A member representing Ukanafun/Uruk Anan Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Unyime Idem has called for immediate action to free the kidnapped Kagara school children as well as halt the growing kidnapping and insecurity in the nation or else the country will go into perpetual anarchy.
Speaking on a motion titled:
URGENT CALL ON THE SERVICE CHIEFS AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS IN THE RECUE OF THE ABDUCTED SCHOOL CHILDREN AND STAFF OF GOVERNMENT SCIENCE SECONDARY SCHOOL KAGARA, NIGER STATE, Idem lamented the spate at which people are being kidnapped these days.
Presemnting his motion on the floor the green chamber, Idem said
“AWARE that on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at about 2:00AM the Government Science Secondary School Kagara, Niger State was attacked by unknown gunmen reportedly dressed in military uniforms and killed One (1) student, abducted twenty-seven (27) students and three (3) members of the staff alongside twelve (12) of their relatives and several others running into nearby bushes for safety.
“AWARE also that at least 30 travelers were abducted on Sunday, 14th of February, 2021 by gunmen who ambushed commuters along the Tegina-Zungeru highway in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State. It was confirmed by the officials of the drivers’ union in the area who said the victims were travelling in a bus of the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) when they ran into an ambush by the bandits. The gunmen also killed three members of the local vigilante group which attempted to foil their operation.
“NOTES that while the government and the security agencies were working in securing the release of the several abducted persons, another occurrence in Shiroro also in Niger State, on Thursday, February 18, 2021 where gunmen attacked and killed 1 person, injured 2, and a yet to be ascertained number abducted.
DEVASTATED that the affected pupils and their families will be deeply traumatized, especially the family of the deceased pupil, one can only imagine how the abductees will be faring under the armed bandits, and what kind of reorientation they will be receiving, leaving their parents, guardians and relations to suffer insomnia.”
He said that “the abductors released images of their location and one of them was holding a Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG), a shoulder-fired missile weapon that launches rockets equipped with an explosive warhead which only Federal Government could grant the licence. The abducted persons could also be seen sitting on the floor and covered in dust.
“Note that the recent happenings particularly in Niger State is horrible and the government must move swiftly to curtail this menace, else we will soon have a nation of perpetual anarchy.”
Following his motion, the House resolved to:
condemn in totality the attack and abduction of students and staff of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, Niger State which occurred on February 17, 2021.
The House also Mandated all Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to intensify efforts for the rescue of the abductees as well as mandated the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence to ensure compliance.