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Saraki tasks FG on devices to track down kidnappers

 By Demola Akinyemi

ILORIN — Worried by the rising cases of kidnapping in Nigeria, the Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum, Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State, has urged the federal government to compel the GSM operators in the country to install gadgets around strategic areas of Nigeria that will indicate where a call is being made so as to settle the problem of kidnapping once and for all.

It will be recalled that four journalists were kidnapped at the border town between Abia and Akwa Ibom states on their way from their union’s NEC meeting in Uyo and were held captive for seven days demanding for ransom of N250 million before they were released Sunday morning.

Governor Saraki while briefing journalists on the development at his government house office in Ilorin, yesterday, noted that this became imperative, because kidnapping has become one big criminal business and very cheap too that should be discouraged.

“The federal government should deal decisively with this issue once and for all. Law should be provided to compel the GSM operators to provide gadgets that will reflect  data  on areas of calling while making call as it is done in developed countries.

 They should also cooperate with the security agencies in solving this problem”, he stressed.

The governor, who recalled that he had once written a letter to the presidency over the matter in February this year, explained that the cost of procuring the needed gadgets by the GSM operators is very cheap compared with the huge profit they make from their numerous customers in Nigeria annually.


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