By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The Anambra State House of Assembly has condemned the killing of a policeman and the kidnapping of the contractor working at Otu-Ocha axis a community in Anambra west local government of the state.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Victor Jidefor Okoye, the member representing Anambra West, brought a matter of urgent attention on the killing of a policeman and the kidnapping of a foreigner, who happened to be the contractor working in a site by unknown gunmen.
While speaking at the plenary, Hon. Okoye condemned the barbaric act and also reminded those responsible of the penalty for kidnapping, which is death sentence.
The Anambra West representative also called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to reconsider its decision to disarm vigilante groups, stating that, “We cannot do without the vigilante group because, they have been of great assistance to the security agencies that lack enough man power”.
“Our youths should engage themselves in positive activities”, he advised.
Member representing Anambra East. Hon. Obinna Chris Emeneka, while also condemning the act said, “The security of Ndi-Anambra is and has becoming the target of Chief Willie Obiano led administration and we will not allow it to fail. It is sad that this is happening at this time that Anambra is been ranked as the safest state in the country”.
"We are calling on the Commissioner of Police, to rise to the occasion. All Anamberians should be vigilant because, we cannot go back to Egypt- that is, the days of kidnapping”. Hon Emeneka emphasized.
Member representing Njikoka 2 constituency. Hon. Peter Ibida, while also adding his voice said, “All hands must be on deck to trace and bring to an end kidnapping which is gradually coming back to the state.”
Warning that, “If this is not checkmated now at its early stage, it will soon escalate to other parts of the state.”
Hon. Iruoba Kingsley Chukwuma, member representing Nnewi South, who was more critical of the IGP said, “The coming back of kidnapping is as a result of the pronouncements made by the Inspector General of Police. We cannot allow anybody or institution to undermine our security. The Fulani herdsmen and Boko haram should be disarmed first”.
Hon. Ibida kicked against the idea of disarming the vigilante group and called on the IGP to reappraise his order.
“Our lives are no longer secured. I agree with General Danjuma, who recently said all citizens should secure themselves because the security agencies have failed us. Mr. President should do the needful so that peace will return”, Hon. Charles Chukwuma Ezani reiterated.