Kidnapping: Police told to step up surveillance operation
The Nigerian Police has been told to step up surveillance activities across the country to checkmate the increasing wave of kidnapping and other criminalities.
The Senate, before adjourning for the break last Tuesday bemoaned the current rise in crimes especially the cases of kidnapping and urged the Federal Government to direct the Inspector-General of Police to immediately make available helicopters for aerial patrol, and gunboats to Marine Police Department of Lagos Command.
This was as a result a motion by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (APC-Lagos) on “the need for the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to intervene in the increased rate of kidnapping in Lagos East Senatorial District and secure the waterways.”
He noted that the activities of criminals have forced law-abiding residents of coastal communities to flee the communities and their livelihoods out of fear adding that the situation had deteriorated so much that prominent citizens had to vacate the communities due to high level of insecurity in the district.
The lawmaker said that the unfortunate development had caused untold hardship to people in the area, and called for urgent intervention of the Federal Government.
In seconding the motion, Senator Joshua Lidani (PDP-Gombe) observede that recently, there had been an upsurge in the activities of militants and kidnappers across the country. “This upsurge is not restricted to Lagos. There has been an upsurge of criminal activities even in the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.
Lidani subsequently challenged the security agencies to be more vigilant, stressing that the citizenry should also be wary of hoodlums around them and report suspected activities and persons to appropriate quarters. “There is the need for the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police to rise to their responsibility and make sure they apprehend all those that engage in these criminal activities.”
He further called on the Federal Government to increase the budget of DSS and the police to enable them combat crime effectively.
The motion was unanimously adopted when the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, put it to a voice vote.