The Senate has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to brief it on measures being taken to curb the increasing rate of kidnappings in the country while also urging traditional, religious institutions and all Nigerians to be more vigilant and participate actively in the security of their various localities.The latest of such abduction is that of the 72 year old mother of Samson Siasia, coach of Nigeria's under 23 men football team.
The summon on the IG follows a motion on the unfortunate recurrence of kidnappings and hostage taking in Nigeria moved by Senator Andy Ubah representing Anambra South, who urged the government to begin to see kidnapping as terrorism and treat it as such.
While supporting the motion, Deputy minority leader Bala Ibn Na'Allah said the menace of kidnapping has become widespread in the country as rich and powerful Nigerians are not spared the horrors of the act.
He cited a case of former governor of Anambra state, Chris Ngige who despite his official security details was kidnapped by political opponents, however his attempt to blame the then PDP government for the increase in cases of kidnappings in the country was immediately countered by the minority leader, Godswill Akpabio.
Lawmakers were in agreement on the need to tackle unemployment in the country which many believe is behind the increase rate of kidnappings.
But a move to amend the prayers in the motion to reflect a call on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on unemployment raised by Senator Albert Akpan from Akwa Ibom state was rejected on the floor.