Hon Dumnamene Deckor the deputy speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly has joined other Nigerians in condemning the kidnap of the chairman of the Lagos State council of Journalists, Wahab Oba and three others by unknown gunmen in Abia State.
He described the urgly incident involving these journalists as a challenge to national security and urged the relevant security agencies to rid off the society of the social menace.
Hon Deckor who gave the thumb down against this urgly societal vices during an interactive session with assembly correspondents, in Port Harcourt at the weekend, called on well meaning Nigerians to canvass for the immediate release of the four journalists.
He noted that journalists held in high esteem should not be subjected to such societal vices like kidnapping because of their immense contribution to national development .
The state lawmaker called on the release of the four journalists including their driver unconditionally adding that hostage taking is an act of disloyalty to the Almighty God.
“The Bible proposed death penalty to hostage takers” and urged the Nigeria police to intensify their efforts to ensure that the journalists were released from the hands of their captors without further delay.
Hon Dockor maintained that many Nigerians have lost their lives in the hands of kidnappers and urged everybody to rise up against this societal menace and entirely condemn the urgly trend.
He noted that the solution to kidnapping should not be left alone in the hands of security agencies but, that every community and individual should assist them to run the kidnappers out of the society.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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