The Senate, Thursday summoned the Inspector general of police over the rising spate of kidnapping following a prayer by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
The Deputy senate leader made the observation while contributing to a motion on “Senseless killing of a Briton and the abduction of three others in a Holiday Resort in Kaduna State by armed bandits” sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani and 108 others
The Senate was shocked to hear that over 3,000 Nigerians are currently held captive by dare-devil kidnappers in parts of the northern states.
Adamu is required to brief the Senate before next week, on the increasing spate of kidnapping and banditry in parts of the country and efforts by the police to stop the trend.
He added that kidnapping of foreigners is increasing the cost of construction in the country as foreign construction firms, now build in funds for payment of ransoms into the cost when bidding for contracts.
Senator Kabiru Marafa contributing to the motion noted that businesses and other sources of livelihood, including farming have completely collapsed in most northern States and unless immediate measures are taken , there might be no Zamfara State in the next few years.
“There might be no Zamfara State in the next two years if something is not done about the insecurity in the state. I saw a video from my state where children of about 11 years are wielding AK47. This is the reality on ground in my state.
“In Zamfara State, there are over 3,000 kidnapped victims in the dens of bandits. Banditry is not reducing. It has become a business. There is technically no business in the north, except kidnapping.
“People have abandoned their farms in the north. There are no more peasant farmers in the north. They are being kidnapped by these bandits.
“I disagree with my colleague from Katsina. All businesses in the north are dead. The government must employ people or they will join these bandits. The reason behind this problem is corruption.
Marafa said ,the problem has gone beyond the state governors.
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