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Senate Summons Wike, FCT CP Over Increasing Rate Of Abuja Kidnapping

The Senate, on Wednesday, summoned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike and the FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igwe, to appear before it for an interactive session on the rampant incidences of kidnapping in the territory.

The Senate resolved to summon the two government officials following the adoption of prayers contained in a motion sponsored by Senator Ned Nwoko (PDP, Delta North) on the kidnap and killing of his Senior Legislative Aide (SLA), Barrister Chris Agidy in Galadimawa in 2023.

After a comprehensive debate on the motion, the Senate adopted other prayers, including that the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun, should urgently increase security patrols and surveillance within Abuja and across the nation for proactive measures against kidnappings.

The Senate also urged the IGP to ensure the installation of CCTV Cameras in strategic locations within and around Abuja highways and that the Police should dedicate a three-digit emergency number for effective emergency response.

It also called on the Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC), should urgently ensure the functionality of dedicated emergency numbers for Police, Ambulance and Fire Service emergencies to enhance swift response to security and public safety incidents.

The FCT Minister and Police Commissioner, according to the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, are to meet the Senate in a closed-door session on a date to be written in a letter of summons to be forwarded to them by the Clerk of the Senate, Chinedu Akubueze.

“The FCT Minister and Police Commissioner would appear before us in closed session on a date to be sent to them by the Clerk of the Senate.

“Their expected appearance before the Senate is to hear from them, measures and strategies being put in place to stem the ugly tide of kidnappings in FCT.

“Incidences like kidnapping and killing of SLA of Senator Nwoko and some residents of FCT, are worrisome and must be stopped not only in FCT but in Nigeria generally,” he said.

The late Barrister Chris Agidy was kidnapped along with 19 others in Galadimawa in November 2023.

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