Lawmakers Want Amnesty For Kidnappers In Abia


Lawmakers in Abia State House of Assembly has appealed to President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, to extend the amnesty offered militants in the Niger Delta region to kidnappers in the state to lift their siege on the state.

The Assembly also called on the Federal Government to declare the State a security disaster zone, and take immediate steps to overhaul its security apparatus.

Our correspondent reports that the House passed the resolution, following a matter of urgent public importance brought before it by the member representing Aba Cetnral State Constituency, Hon Uzo Azubuike, consequent upon an incident in Aba, when armed men, suspected to be kidnappers, killed and burnt bodies of five police officers after a failed bid to kidnap an expatriate.

In a unanimous resolution, the lawmakers called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mike Okiro, to deploy the State Commissioner of Police Edger Tam Nana-Kumo, while the director-general, State Security Service (SSS),was equally asked to deploy Abia State Director of Security Services (SSS), describing them as “incapable of dealing with the alarming insecurity situation in the state going by the renewed bravado of criminality.