OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and other Service Chiefs, to as a matter of urgency deploy their personnel to intensify the raid and combing of some communities in Anambra.
The lawmakers also sought for dislodgement of the camps housing hundreds of kidnap victims and without delay, rescue the victims, including Mr. Steady Onome Idisi and Emmanuel Ifie
These resolutions were sequel to a motion on urgent national importance sponsored by Ben Igbakpa (PDP, Delta) at Wednesday’s plenary.
The Representatives want the security agencies to comb and raid communities are Lilu, Azia, Orsumoghu, and Mbosi in Ihiala Local Government Area of the State.
The motion is titled ‘The Need To Address The Spate Of Insecurity And Abduction Of Innocent Citizens Of Nigeria And For The Immediate Release Of Kidnapped Victims Including Rotarian Steady Onome Idisi And Emmanuel Ifie.’
The House noted the increasing spate of kidnapping and banditry, which has rendered the nation inhabitable for both citizens and foreigners alike.
It further explained that on Sunday, February 20, 2022, Mr. Steady Onome Idisi, the Chief Executive Officer of Lonestar Drilling Company Limited, President of Steady Run Club, and Mr. Emmanuel Ifie; a notable Rotarian, who doubles as his friend, were kidnapped at Orsumoghu in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Mr. Idisi is from the reputable Idisi family of Ovo, Ehtiope East Local Government Area of Delta State. Up until date, their whereabouts remain unknown.
Equally, the House also disclosed that Mr. Idisi on the said date checked out of his Hotel room in Asaba in the company of his friend, Mr. Emmanuel Ifie, and proceeded on their journey back to Port Harcourt.
Furthermore, it explained that Mr. Idisi encountered gunmen suspected to be Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militants at Orsumoghu.
Similarly, the lawmakers expressed concern that a well-known Nnewi businessman, Chief Gab Ofoma was on February 20, 2022, killed along the same road by men suspected to be members of the same gang of unknown gunmen terrorising the area.
The lawmakers also pointed out that several efforts were made to locate Mr. Steady Onome Idisi and Emmanuel Ifie have so far proved abortive, as their whereabouts were still uncertain.
They added that the victims may be held in captivity in a camp deep in the Orsumoghu forest.
The motion sponsor further explained that the account of an escapee indicated there is electricity, generators, Sports Utility Vehicles, in the said location which is like a city of its own, where evil reigns.
By the same account, over 100 persons are held captive in that camp and are killed intermittently at the pleasure of the bandits. Although the members condemned the situation where non-state actors rule over and dictate the conduct of citizens in an undemocratic country.
“It is unacceptable and must be stopped by legitimate agents of the State entrusted with the security of lives and properties.”
The motion was passed when Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase put the question and it was referred to the relevant Committees to ensure compliance thereof, and report to the House within two weeks for further legislative action.