The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Nigerian Senate, Shehu Sani, has condemned the kidnap of Kaduna lawmaker, Ibrahim Samaila.
Mr. Sani said the “kidnappers represent an evil and tyrannical force who threatens our lives, liberty and livelihood in the north today”.
Some unknown gunmen on Tuesday, abducted Mr. Samaila, a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, representing Tudun Wada Constituency.
The lawmaker, who serve as the the Chairman of the Assembly’s committee on land surveys and country planning, was abducted at gunpoint in Abakpa, in the Kaduna North Local Government area of the state.
“The kidnappers came in a Sienna Car and within few seconds, their other gang members joined them and whisked the lawmaker away,” the witness, who asked not to be named for security reason, said.
“The kidnappers were armed with sophisticated weapons. They shot at a vehicle vending pure water which was passing by, thinking it wanted to block them,” a witness told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday
Mr. Sani in a statement on Wednesday said the rising cases of kidnapping in the north and particularly in Kaduna axis, “is evidently the next threat to national security after a dying insurgency.
“As a people we can only save ourselves by standing up and speaking out collectively against kidnapping and kidnappers in our society,” he said.
The Senator said the culture of silence and fear of kidnappers cannot in anyway guarantee the safety and security of the people.
“Kidnappers are embolden and encouraged by our silence, our resignation and our submissive resort to payment of ransom to secure our freedom.
“There exist today a regime of fear of Kidnappers in the north and it’s sustained by a systemic pattern of silent payment of ransom and fear.
“Kidnappers have taken over from Insurgents. Political leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth and women must courageously stand up and speak out against this evil. To extinguish a deadly inferno we must move towards it and confront it,” he said.
Mr. Sani also called on security agencies to wake up and stand up to dangerous trend, while, also urging the Federal Government to provide for them the adequate funding and relevant technological equipment to contain the menace.
“Kidnaping has become a widespread profitable criminal enterprise which cannot be combatted by half scale measures.
“The need for citizens to form protective and preventive groups against kidnapping is now. Kidnappers must not dictate our way of life. Security agencies and the general public must jointly confront this evil,” Mr. Sani said.