Lawmaker names those allegedly aiding Kidnappers
At Senate plenary, Thursday some lawmakers disclosed that certain intelligence sources have accused some Police and military operatives of having direct link with the prowling bandits and kidnappers across the country. It was also emphasised that criminal activity has fast become a ‘booming business’.
These disclosures were made following an adopted motion sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani and co-sponsored by
Senator Kabir Garba Marafa in his contribution said there was no business again thriving in the north apart from kidnapping and other heinous crimes. He said, “Let nobody deceive you. There is war in the north. In the near future, it may be out of control and, coming to Abuja to take a refuge may be a mirage. I’m from Zamfara state. I know what I am talking. Unless something is done urgently, in the next few years, the people may be wiped out by the marauding bandits. Today, women and children of the state don’t sleep easily. The rate of banditry is not reducing. It has become a business. There is technically no business in the north apart from Kano State. Kaduna people have abandoned their farms for fear of being kidnapped. You either go to farm in the company of security operatives or you don’t go. Now everybody in the north rely on government for survival. The businesses in the north are dead. It is only kidnapping that is thriving. The way forward is to fight corruption. We know people who are Almajiris in the early 90s but they are billionaires now. We should introduce Capital punishment against kidnapping to be able to curb the menace. He who goes out to kill, must also know that is own life is unsafe. I don’t support the creation of State police. This is because the kind of leadership we see now are irresponsible. We saw what some state governors did during the just concluded general elections. If they have a state police under their control, it will be a recipe for total war.