Hon. Olusola Kilani Olumo, member representing Ijumu Constituency in Kogi State House of Assembly has urged Kogi State Government to set up Joint Security Task Force.
Kilani stated this in a Motion of Urgent Public Importance during plenary on Friday.
The motion titled; “MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE ON THE HIGH RATES OF KIDNAPING ALONG KABBA OBAJANA LOKOJA ROAD” states in full;
“The Rt. Hon. Speaker, distinguished colleagues, the high rate of kidnapping along Kabba – Obajana – Lokoja Road is becoming alarming by the day. Road users can no longer use that road without the fear of being kidnapped. On that particular road, the fear of kidnappers is now the beginning ofwisdom to road users.
“While passing through the road, one will see the heavy presence of security personnel on the said road, but unfortunately that haven’t stopped this children of Lucifer called kidnappers from operating on the road.
“One must honestly commend the Kogi State Government on the proactive measures taken so far on the issue of security, but the kidnapping rate on the Kabba – Obajana – Lokoja road is a peculiar case that needs a new approach to curb the menace on that road.
“I want to urge this honourable house to as a matter of urgent importance:
- “Appeal to the state government to set up a Joint Security Task Force on Kabba Obajana Lokoja road.
“Urge the commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command to as a matter of urgency mount a 24 hours security surveillance on the hot spots of the said road.
“I urge the Commandant of the Kogi State Vigilante group to work with the Locals in safeguarding our forest.
“According to Jodi Rell, “At End Of The Day The Goals Are Simple; Safety And Security”, so I appeal to this honourable house to do everything humanly possible as leaders to safeguard the lives and properties of our people.
Hon. (Barr.) Cosmas Henry Atabor of Igalamela/Odolu Constituency while seconding seek for an amendment that it should be expanded to all highways and boarders of Kogi State.
The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Mohammed of Ankpa I Constituency in support of the motion, noted the need to appreciate Gov. Yahaya Bello for creating a MOPOL BASE at Obajana – Kabba Road, adding that there is need to do more.
Hon. Edoko Ododo Moses of Dekina/Biraidu added that there is need for more security operatives presence in the State.
Hon. Attajachi Musa of Idah Constituency while supporting the motion, stated the importance of not seeking security presence in Kabba – Obajana – Lokoja Road alone, but every nooks and crannies of the State and in all Senatorial District.
The Speaker while ruling noted the need to adopt a local security mechanism for effective security coverage.