FG MUST TACKLE INCESSANT KIDNAPPINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY URGENTLY – CACOL, ATACK

The Action Team Against Conscription and Kidnapping, ATACK, an affiliate of the Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL has called on the Federal Government to urgently look deeply into the incessant kidnap incidences happening across the country with a view to proffering solution to the menace.  
 
ATACK and CACOL, speaking through its National Coordinator, Mr. Debo Adeniran, dissects that in recent times, kidnapping has been so frequent that almost every day, there had been at least a report of Kidnap incident or the other in media reports.
Adeniran speaking on the frequency of kidnapping cited some recent cases of kidnapping. He said “recently, a former Director of the Department of Security Services, DSS, Mike Ejiofor was kidnapped along Obajana junction in Kogi State together with his driver. Also in November, 2016, a diabetic septuagenarian who was also critically ill was abducted by a four-man gang at his residence in Bomo, the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of  Bayelsa state, while a Ghanaian, Enyolam Believe, was arrested for allegedly kidnapping her niece in the Ikotun area of Lagos State for N30, 000.”
 
“The seeming inaction on the part of government has in fact emboldened the kidnapers to the extent that they operate and act with impunity. Their victims could just be anybody; from women to children, clergy to traditional rulers etc. They invade schools; abduct children like we witnessed in the Nigerian-Turkish International College episode that happened in Ogun state and Ikorodu School invasion of 2016 in Lagos state. And in Delta state, the treasurer of the State branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr. Titus Okotie on February 18, 2017 was abduction of just like a Roman Catholic Priest of Ikot Ekpene Diocese, in Akwa Ibom State, Rev. Father Felix Akpan who was kidnapped on 16th February 2016. The list of these incidences keeps increasing by the day and beginning to look endless.”
 
Continuing, he said “the problem caused by these kidnappings is very traumatic and exposes the lives of law abiding Nigerians to untold dangers. As a result of this, we recommend that the punishment for crime of kidnapping should by commensurate with the trauma they cause the victims and their families. We believe life sentences should be awarded in cases where kidnappers are apprehended, tried and found guilty.”
 
“This is because, despite the time-to-time arrest of these kidnappers, the crime seems not to be coming to an end. There is need for the constitution to be amended in such a way that it gives room for harsher punitive measures for kidnapping to serve as deterrents to others.”
 
“We however recognize the socio-political and economic background to the increasing spate of kidnapping particularly the economic situation. True, nothing justifies crime, but the Federal Government must create the enabling and suitable socio-economic conditions that will detract people from heinous crimes like kidnapping. Government needs to facilitate the capacity of people to have no reason to lose their humanness by getting involved in crimes that leads them to dehumanizing fellow humans. This is the ultimate solution to ending crimes of all kinds.” He concluded
 
Wale Salami
Media Coordinator, CACOL, ATACK
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