By David Odama
LAFIA – THE Nasarawa state House of Assembly has summoned the state Commissioner of Police and other security chiefs in the state to appear before it over incessant kidnapping and other forms of criminality across the state.
The speaker of the house, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, who gave the directive in Lafia following a motion of urgent importance brought before the House by Mr. Mohammed Okpoku (APC-Udege/Loko state constituency said that the invitation of the security chief in the state was to enable them give an insight into the increasing cases of insecurity and to see how the issue can be addressed.
According to the speaker, “We have heard what the member from Udege/Loko and Akwanga South constituencies respectively have said on the security challenges facing their constituencies ranging from incessant kidnapping and other forms of insecurity.
“We can not fold our hands to allow insecurity continue to take the lives of our people in Nasarawa state”.
“I think the only option left for us at this point in time is to direct the house standing committee on security to invite the commissioner of police and all other heads of security operatives to appear before the house to brief them on the steps taken by the security chiefs to nip this ugly situation in the board because the security and welfare of our people is our concern”.
“We are not saying that security operatives are not doing their jobs, but we will continue to urge them to put in their best until criminals will not have a place in Nasarawa state,” he said
He said that the assembly would continue to enact laws that would ensure the security of lives and properties in the state.
Earlier, the speaker had condoled with the families of decease who were kidnapped and killed by the unknown gunmen.
Presenting the motion earlier before the House, Mohammed Okpoku (APC-Udege/Loko) state constituency had appealed to the assembly to take urgent steps in order to tackle security challenges facing his constituencies.
Commenting also on the security situation, Mohammed Kassim (APC-Akwanga South) said noted that the security situation in the state has gotten to a very sad level which must be tackled with vigour.
While recalling that five days ago kidnappers allegedly kidnapped a very known herbalist, Dr Nakowa in his constituency and was later found dead yesterday Feb.22.
“When he was kidnapped, the kidnappers killed his aides instantly, an act in which I condemn in its totality as it is barbaric, uncultured and evil,” he declared.