The chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday called for the setting up of a special security and intelligence task force to combat the new wave of kidnapping of farmers and motorists in Kaduna State.
Mr. Sani, who represents Kaduna Central senatorial district under the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the wave of kidnappings of citizens was becoming a serious national security situation that must not be ignored.
“The rising cases of kidnap of farmers and motorists in Kaduna is gradually making the state become the kidnap capital of northern Nigeria,” Mr. Sani said in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES.
“In Kaduna state today,farmers now go to their farms in fear. Motorists ply Kaduna-Abuja road in fear.The incessant cases of kidnap in farms and along major highways is deserving of serious attention.As a nation we cannot achieve any meaningful economic targets or goal when our farmers are no more safe,” he said.
The lawmaker, who is also the vice chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, said nowadays families in Kaduna and environs are forced to borrow and part with millions of naira to enable them pay for ransom in order to secure the freedom of their loved once.
He said diversification of the country’s economy would remain a mirage until order and security were guaranteed in all parts of the country.
“As a nation, we must address the problem of rising poverty, mass unemployment and creeping hopelessness,budding disenchantment to avert a national discontent.Security for the rich is tied to the comfort of the poor.Until everyone is secure,no one is safe,” he stated.
He criticised the government for always defending its officials for failing to provide security for the people, saying a special security and intelligence task force was needed to combat the menace as soon as possible.
“It’s unacceptable to continue to provide magical excuses by defending government officials elected to serve and to perform as “non-magicians” or “non-miracle” workers,” Mr. Sani said.
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