Members of the Nigerian House of Reps have finally cried out concerning the current spate of kidnappings and armed robbery on the popular Abuja-Lokoja road as they propose measures that could curb it and ensure road users’ safety.
Nigerian lawmakers decry the spate of robbery and kidnapping along Abuja-Lokoja road
During the last plenary session on Wednesday 4th of March 2020, the lawmakers called out to the Federal Government for an immediate set up of a;
“well-equipped and properly motivated joint security task force to address the multiple crimes along Lokoja-Abuja highway.”
The lawmakers also urged the Ministry of Works & Housing to help clear bushes along the highway so that criminals will not be able to spring from behind them to launch sudden attacks on motorists. The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency was also urged to commence an urgent repair of all the bad portions and spots on the Abuja-Lokoja road.
All these resolutions and more followed a unanimous acceptance of a motion that was originally moved by Mr Isah Ibrahim. The motion was titled;
‘Need to address the incessant kidnappings in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State.’
When moving this motion, Mr Isah Ibrahim notably said;
“The House notes that Kogi Local Government Area is situated on the ever-busy Lokoja-Abuja highway, which is very strategic by virtue of the status of Abuja as the nation’s capital city.
“The House is aware that as a result of an alarming rate of kidnappings, killings and armed robberies in that area, more than 45 people were gruesomely murdered in over 84 cases reported between March 17 and December 5, 2019; as about 25 people were reportedly kidnapped between Ahoko and Adabo along the highway; and in January 2020 alone, more than 96 people were kidnapped and 12 people out of the number lost their lives, including a teenager.
“The House is also aware that farming activities in those villages are at the lowest ebb because of the fear of attacking the farms, as kidnappings and killings have become perpetual events as such incidents are recorded on a daily basis."