Reps Ask FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Kidnapping

House of Representatives, Reps, KidnappingThe House of Representatives says concrete action must be taken to check the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

The lawmakers made the call for a state of emergency to be declared on kidnapping on Wednesday after a debate on a motion of urgent national importance on the need to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping across the country.

The motion was raised by a member of the House from Ondo State, Representative Babatunde kolawole and supported by some of his colleagues including; Ado Dogowa, Emmanuel Orker-Jev and Adam Jagaba.

After deliberations on the issue on the floor of the House in Abuja, lawmakers unanimously agreed that the crime had taken an alarming dimension with the kidnapping of school children.

The House called for a security summit that would fashion an effective response to the kidnapping phenomenon.

They said some committees of the House, telecom service providers and all security agencies would take part in the summit.

The lawmakers are making the move after four students, the principal and his vice were kidnapped at the Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of the state.

They were kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The kidnappers had demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom before the six kidnapped victims were released on Tuesday, October 11.

Some states in Nigeria had established laws that prescribes capital punishment for persons found guilty for kidnapping.

Gbajabiamila Group Walks Out Of APC Lawmakers Meeting

Femi-GbajabiamilaSome members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives loyal to the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, walked out of the party’s caucus meeting on Tuesday.

The action brought another twist to the crisis over the composition of committee chairmen in the House, as the lawmakers alleged that there was a plot to remove Mr Gbajabiamila from his position.

According to a lawmaker, Mustapha Dawaki, the meeting was to discuss a news conference held by some members of the House the day before.

At the press conference the organisers said that the distribution of the committee was not acceptable and that they were speaking on behalf of the APC caucus.

But Mr Dawaki dismissed their claims.

“The statement attributed to the APC caucus is not in the interest of the APC caucus. Two people out of over 200 cannot come and speak on behalf of the APC caucus,” Mr Dawaki said.

“We Get Along”

One of the lawmakers that left the meeting on Tuesday, Honourable Ahmed Kaita, also said that the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, had gone against the wishes of the party.

“Yesterday [Monday] while we were having a meeting at the National headquarters of the party, texts messages were flying by the same group of people that do not want the APC to succeed in this House… that Gbajabiamila is going to be removed today and they actually planned it.

“We came and they could not do anything. We have the majority and as long as this House is going to be dictated by the Peoples Democratic Party, we will resist it,” Honourable Kaita said.

Addressing reporters on the issue, the Majority Leader, however, said there was no issues between him and the Speaker.

“The Speaker and I have no issues. We get along. If those that claim they are with the Speaker and those who claim they are with me have issues among themselves, it is for the speaker and I to resolve these issues for them and not for us because we have no issues,” Mr Gbajabiamila said.

“Nigerians Are Tired”

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Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Ado Dogowa says the House’s leadership has no crack

The Chief Whip of the House, Ado Dogowa, also denied any plot to remove the Majority Leader, saying the leadership of the House is united.

“The leadership has no crack as far as we are concerned.

“As I am talking to you, Honourable Dogara and the leader of the House is in the same room in the office of the Speaker discussing and trying to see how we can move ahead. Nigerians are tired of this waiting,” Mr Dogowa explained.

“Any speculation made that there is a plot to remove the Majority Leader is unfounded and it is not from the APC,” he said.