*recommends capital punishment
By; BAYO AKAMO., Ibadan
The Senator representing Oyo North Senatorial District, Senator Abdufatai Buhari on Sunday said the increasing rate of kidnapping and other insecurity issues in Nigeria called for National emergency
Senator Buhari who stated this in Ibadan while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan
said there is the need for capital punishment for the culprits to serve as deterrent to others.
The All Progressives Congress Senator while expressing concern over the current spate of kidnappings in Southwest, Nigeria maintained that its worrisome that the kidnapping which started few years ago in the South south and Southeast is now spreading across the country,
“Let me be honest with you, the situation is nationwide and very worrisome. I believe and afraid because Nigerians themselves are yet to take a drastic measure. I believe by the time anyone caught in the act faces death penalty other people will learn and stop. Kidnappers have been arrested and nothing has been done to them. I believe taking them to court is a longer process,’’ he said.
Senator Buhari then cautioned that Nigerians should not politicise or add any colouration of whatever measure evolved to stem the trend, as insecurity knows no political party, tribe, religion or status of any individual.
Lamenting that the increasing rate of kidnapping and others crimes are becoming a lucrative business for those involved in it., Senator Buhari said, “this heinous crime against humanity has gone beyond the normal Fulani herdsmen attack and has become a real trade for those who engage in it.”
Senator Buhari stressed that the increasing rate of drug peddling in the 80s was arrested through drastic measure, which forced many to abandoned the trade as soon as government made those caught in the act to face firing squad.
“Today, going to Saudi Arabia, Bangkok, Singapore or Indian with drugs or to commit other forms of crime attracts death penalty and such had to an extent stem the trend.
Nigerians are very stubborn people; they won’t change except there is a deterrent. These people collect cash from victims and take it to banks but the banks have not been reporting receipt of strange monies.’’
While appealing to Nigerians to collaborate with security agencies by supplying them with vital information on every strange movement around them, saying. the culprits can’t operate without information.
“I am sure some people would have supplied information to the culprit on the movement of the former minister’s son and the location of his farm. Nobody will tell me that Fulani herdsmen came from Niger Republic to abduct him without information,’’ he said.
Tasking the government to wake up and do the needful as the major function of any government was security of lives and property. Senator Buhari said the National Assembly would deliberate on the spate of insecurity in the country when it reconvened, and would seek expert opinion and give the necessary backing.