The Senator representing Ogun-East Senatorial District, Senator Lekan Mustapha yesterday urged the Nigerian Navy to establish a naval base in Makun Omi in Ogun waterside area of Ogun state to tackle the escalating cases of kidnapping of residents in the area.
The motion which was made by the Ogun-East Senator, according to him was to address the rising rate of kidnapping of residents of Ogun riverine areas.
Presenting the motion at plenary, Mustapha said that 11 persons had been kidnapped in the area between August 11 and October 2019. He further added that following the series of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the area, many residents had fled the zone for fear of being abducted.
Senator Lekan Mustapha cited orders 42 and 45 and moved a motion on the urgent need for the increase of security agencies to intervene against kidnappings in the riverine areas of Ogun-East Senatorial District, securing its waterways.
According to the lawmaker, the activities of kidnappers has caused untold hardship for Ogun residents. He urged the government, the senators and the military to put measures in place to put the menace of the kidnappers into check.
Seconding the motion, Senator Ibikunle Amosun noted that kidnapping in Ogun East should be a concern to everyone and he further charged the police to assist in tackling the menace. He said that the activities of kidnappers had resulted in the relocation of some residents of the area.
“I want to join my colleague on the issue of having a naval presence there and this should be extended to Sagamu, Ikorodu in Lagos state and all those areas we have kidnapping cases.” Amosun added.
In his remark, the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, said that he had held several meetings with security agencies on how best to mitigate insecurity in the country. He added that there was the urgent need to ensure adequate security to promote and attract investment and investors in the country.
“What we are trying to do is get a result oriented approach to fighting insecurity and we have insisted that no amount of funds is too much. This is something we have to do together with the executive arm of government.” Lawan added.
The Senate President emphasized on the need to evolve other means of raising funds to fight insecurity in the country.
“We thought there should be drones all over the place properly deployed to ensure that kidnapping is tackled. We have to find the way to track phone conversations between kidnappers and victims’ families” Senate President concluded.
Following the contributions, the Senate, after a unanimous affirmation urged the Federal Government to direct the Inspector-General of Police to beef-up security in the affected communities in the state and make available sufficient helicopters and marine police to tackle the menace of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the area.
Also, the Nigerian Senate urged the Nigerian Navy to establish a naval presence in the area to put the nefarious activities into check.
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