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Kogi Assembly Decries Incessant Kidnapping, Robbery

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Members of the Kogi State House of Assembly yesterday at plenary tasked the Executive arm of government to intervene and arrest the resurgence of high-level kidnapping and armed robbery on the Lokoja-Obajana, Oshokoshoko-Kabba and other roads.

The House also urged the Yahaya Bello administration to help equip the police with modern communication gadgets to enhance crime detection and prevention in the state.

The House made the appeals in a resolution in Lokoja following the adoption of a motion on matter of urgent public importance moved by the speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole.

The motion, which was presented by Oluwatoyin Lawal (PDP-Yagba-West) on behalf of the speaker, drew the attention of the state government to the resurgence of criminal activities in the state.

Lawal said that the speaker’s brother, wife and two others, were within the week abducted on Oshokoshoko-Kabba Road by unidentified hoodlums in Army and Police uniforms.

He urged security agencies, especially the police to step up their game in ensuring the protection of life and property in the state, adding that more security personnel be deployed in flash points to check the activities of the hoodlums.

Hon Musa Jiimoh Omiata (APC-Yagba-East), who seconded the motion, said sometimes ago, Kogi represented a home to armed robbers and kidnappers, stressing that the intervention of the state government, equipping the police and other security agencies, brought relative peace to the residents and other Nigerians.

Omiata, however, regretted the resurgence of criminal activities in the state in the last two months and noted that Egbe-Isanlu and Obajana-Kabba roads had become robbers’ dens again.

Also supporting the motion, Hon Edoko Moses-Ododo and the deputy speaker, Hon Abdullahi Hassan, recounted how only last week, at Ojodu on Itobe-Anyigba Road, Ofu local government area, hoodlums robbed and kidnapped motorists during the day and urged the  security agencies to wake up to their responsibility of securing life and property.

Hon Kolawole said that the issue of kidnapping and armed robbery in the state had assumed an alarming proportion saying that only five days ago, one Clement was attacked and was now on hospital admission for treatment of machete cuts.

Kolawole urged that security agencies to map out strategies to contain the new crime wave and particularly address the Oshokoshoko axis crime rate.



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