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PDP depressed by spate of abductions of helpless Nigerians

…Tasks FG on security, demands release of Edo State chairman, others

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed displeasure over the alarming spate of abductions of helpless Nigerians in various parts of the country.

 

In a statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja on Saturday, the party referred particularly to the recent kidnap of about 286 schoolchildren in Kaduna State and others in Sokoto State, who are still being held in horrifying and traumatizing conditions in their abductor’s den.

The PDP challenged the Federal Government to perform its primary function, which is to secure the lives and property of Nigerians, describing the rising spate of kidnappings and other related crimes as worrisome.

It also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of its Edo State Chapter Chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, who was abducted in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The statement read, “The PDP expresses serious concerns about Dr. Aziegbemi’s abduction, which further points to the alarming failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government in its primary duty to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians as provided under Section 14(2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

“Our Party is distressed by the alarming spate of abductions of helpless Nigerians in various parts of the country, particularly the recent kidnap of about 286 schoolchildren in Kaduna State and others in Sokoto State, who are still being held in horrifying and traumatizing conditions in their abductor’s den.

“It is heartrending that the APC administration continues to give false assurances while Nigerians are left at the mercies of kidnappers, bandits, terrorists, and marauders without corresponding concrete effort to check the ugly occurrences.

“Our Party calls on the Federal Government to end its laidback attitude to security by immediately rejigging our national security architecture, especially in the areas of intelligence gathering, security command, and control coordination, in a manner that not only proactively ensure the safety of citizens, but also guarantees rapid response and effective rescue operations.

“The PDP commends our gallant security personnel in their patriotic effort to secure our nation and urges them not to relent despite the daunting challenges.

“The Party also commends the efforts of the Edo State Governor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, particularly in the deployment of effective security frameworks and structures which the security agencies should leverage on to further guarantee the safety of citizens in Edo State and other parts of the country.

“While calling on Nigerians to be prayerful, alert and continue to support our security agencies, the PDP charges the Security high command to take urgent steps to secure the release of Dr. Aziegbemi and all other Nigerians trapped in abductors’ camps in various parts of the country.”

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