By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase to intensify efforts to ensure prompt release of three abducted female students of Macaulay Junior Seminary School, Ikorodu, Lagos.

The House also constituted a high powered delegation to visit the school and parents of the abducted students.
The decisions followed from a motion raised under matters of urgent public importance by Mr. Babajimi Benson (APC-Lagos) during Wednesday’s plenary session.

Benson in his prayers, urged the Nigeria Police to ensure that the abductors of the girls were also apprehended and brought to book.

He also called on the Police to set up strict surveillance in Ikorodu and all schools in Lagos to avoid similar occurrences in future.
The lawmaker expressed worry that the girls were yet to be rescued 24 hours after they were abducted.
“More than 24 hours after the sad incidence, the Nigeria Police Force and other concerned agencies of government have not been able to reunite the abducted girls with their parents,” he said, adding: “The incidence of insecurity in Ikorodu Federal Constituency is becoming worrisome as the security agencies are finding it difficult to protect lives and properties.”
In their contributions, other lawmakers condemned the act in entirety.
Mr. Obinna Chidoka (PDP-Anambra) canvassed for a legal framework that will provide stringent punishment to deter people from engaging in kidnapping, saying “there is need to enact a new law that will provide stronger punishment to deter people from this heinous act.”
Also Mrs. Rita Orji (PDP-Lagos) urged security agencies to be proactive to avert such occurrences in future and called for the speedy release of the school girls.
The Chief Whip of the House, Mr. Ado Doguwa (APC-Kano) said that the spate of kidnapping in the country was worrisome, adding that measures must be put in place to stop abductions in the country.
“It has become the order of the day and as I speak a member of this House is outside negotiating with abductors to release his kidnapped uncle,’’ the lawmaker said.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara referred the matter to Committees on Needs Assessment, Basic Education and Public Safety for further legislative action.
It would be recalled that on February 29, 2016 armed men scaled the fence of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu and abducted three female students around 8 p.m.


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