Politicians decries spate of kidnapping in Nigeria


Some politicians in Lagos on Sunday decried the manner at which Nigerians were being kidnapped by unknown men.

The politicians told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that government should tackle the issue with seriousness it deserved.

They spoke on the heels of the release of wife of the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Mrs Muibat Salaam.it would be recalled that Muibat was kidnapped on Oct. 9 in Ejigbo Area of Osun state.

Mr Sam Onimisi, the National Secretary, Democratic People’s Alliance (DPA), called on Nigerians to make sacrifice to correct the societal ills.

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Onimisi decried the settlement of kidnappers, adding that it encouraged kidnappers to keep on kidnapping more people.

“Those, who pay so much money to bail themselves from the kidnapper, must equally be dealt with now.

“We must be able to make sacrifice in this country to correct what is wrong and there’s no way you can correct whatever is wrong without making one sacrifice or the other,” he said.

He urged the police to always produce kidnappers as soon as the kidnapped person was released.

Alhaji Musa Umar, the Deputy National Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD), also said that government should take kidnapping as a serious issue.

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Umar said no investor would invest in a country where he was not secured, adding: “kidnapping depicts the government as incapable of securing the life and property of citizens and foreigners.

“It scares away investors and tourists, cripples the economy and gives Nigerians a bad name. Something really has to be done to stem this act,” he said.

Mr Yusuf Buba, the National Chairman, Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), also agreed that insecurity would discourage investors from investing in the country.

Buba said that if nothing serious was done; kidnapping could stop the economic growth of the country.

“No country develops without investment and no country develops when its investment and even the life of its citizens are not secured,” he said.

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Buba, however, identified unemployment as the major cause of insecurity in Nigeria. (NAN)



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