Taraba under Kidnappers’ siege, says Senator Bwacha

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Taraba South senatorial district representative, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha has lamented that Taraba South has been totally overtaken by kidnappers, stating that they operate at will without confrontation from security operatives.

Speaking during Senate plenary through Order 42 against the massive state of kidnapping in Taraba, he insisted that the situation has deteriorated to a height where kidnappers operate in broad-day light.

“Even in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, armed gunmen move around in broad-day light without challenge from the security agents.

“They have their informants and they will attack and kidnap anyone only for the person to be taken to the bush for ransom.”

According to Bwacha, there was the need for an alternative means to protect lives and properties of citizens as he added that security agents are handicapped.

He further explained that several individuals were still in the custody of their captors, who are demanding huge sums of money for ransom.

He however urged the National Assembly to speedily make laws that would serve as alternative protection of citizens rather than rely on a security system that is in ineffective.

Commending the Inspector General of Police, Bwacha said the IGP inherited security challenges that were beyond his capability.

Bwacha said “I must commend the IG, we were ready for a protest on insecurity in Taraba today, but he stopped it and explained reasons we should not protest and it was reasonable that we stopped the planned protest.”

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