Kogi: Lawmaker laments as gunmen kidnap six in Yagba East


Six people have been kidnapped in the last three weeks in the Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The member representing Yagba East in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Emmanuel Obaro, disclosed this on Tuesday when he moved a motion of urgent public importance on the floor of the house in Lokoja.

Hon Obaro, who could not ascertain whether the kidnapped victims have regained their freedom, stated that the issues of kidnapping and armed robbery are gradually spreading in his constituency.

He state that the development is creating a rippling effect that can harm individuals, families, and engulf the environment with fear and uncertainty across various communities in Yagba East Local Government.

He stated, “I am aware that in the last three weeks, six different cases of attacks leading to loss of lives, akin to banditry, have been reported. Other cases of attacks in the form of kidnapping are on the rise. These attacks are affecting businesses and depleting the resources of the vulnerable poor victims.

“It is my desire that measures be resolved by this honorable House to address these issues and ensure that people can live their lives without fear of violence and victimization.”

The first-time lawmaker called on the state government to investigate the increasing cases of armed theft and kidnapping with a view to identifying individuals involved, their modus operandi, and areas of operations and putting an end to them.

He, however, commended the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for securing the state for more than seven years, praying that his motion will be given urgent attention to restore peace in his constituency.

“A passionate plea be conveyed by this august assembly urging the state government to provide 24-hour security surveillance on Isanlu to Egbe road. Where applicable, the military, local hunters, or vigilantes should be involved to eliminate the criminal threats,” he added.

Seconding the motion, the member representing Igalamela/Odolu, Major Enefola, lamented that the resurgence of kidnapping, banditry, and armed robbery remains a matter of concern for all in the state. He stressed that all hands must be on deck to address this societal menace.

He said, “On December 24, 2023, a Reverend Father was kidnapped in my local government when he was going to perform his religious obligation. Ransom was paid before he was released. I would like us to speedily invite the head of vigilantes to know their challenges and see how we can rub minds together to curb the growing spate of armed robbery and kidnapping across the state.”

In his submission, the Minority Leader and member representing Yagba West, Hon Idowu Ibikunle, who could not hide his emotions following his experience while going to his constituency, said, “Whenever I am going to my homeland, it takes entering my home before my mind will settle. Within Isanlu and the nearest village, the road is very bad, and these men of the underworld easily operate. The problem is too much. It needs urgent attention to avert further casualties.”

Ruling on the motion, the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Aliyu Umar, posited that the people of Kogi State are aware of the giant achievements of the present administration in terms of security.

He charged the House Committee on Security to interface with the newly appointed caretaker chairmen to chart a way forward in addressing the present insecurities across the state

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