Commentators want holistic review of security situation
By Agbanigi Barry
Concern is mounting over the rising wave of crime in Nigeria.
Early on Monday, female suicide bombers once again struck at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri, killing an estimated ten worshippers.
In Delta State, the leader of a four man armed gang who allegedly abducted five secondary school students at Ughelli in Delta State, has blamed the devil for his evil act.
Although, he denied killing any of the students, he however affirmed that he led the gang that kidnapped the students while returning from school. The victims were identified as Efe Joseph, Clement Onos, John Omojevbe, Tina Paul and Stella Otusi.
The gang leader, Austine Okolie (.a.k.a The Lion) was arrested recently by the surveillance squad of the Anti – Kidnapping Committee.
Austine Opunbor, Abraham Silva Obarume and Mabiaku Omassan who led the operation gave a vivid account of how the Lion Okolie was swooped – on. “Immediately we received the report of the kidnap of the school children, my committee mobilized our men to be on their trial.
While some of our personnel were on the streets monitoring others embarked on a thorough search from forest to forest, uncompleted buildings to uncompleted buildings.
“The arrest of Okolie, the self – confessed gang leader, was quite tasking, said Abraham Silva Obarume.
They confided that they were closing – in on the hoodlums when the victims were quickly released by the hostage takers.
An Anti-Kidnapping Committee was set up by the House of Assembly standing Committee on Peace and Security.
The chairman of the Task Force, Austin Opunbor said the children have re-united with their families while they have launched a full – scale man – hunt for the three run – away suspected kidnappers.
The victims were abducted a few metres away from their school located off Bomadi Road, Ughelli while waiting for their parents.
Some time ago, the wife of the CBN governor was abducted by kidnappers. In record time, she was rescued.
Today, it is almost two whole months since 6 students of Government Model School, Igbonla, Epe have been taken away by kidnappers with no clear word from the Lagos State Government, the Inspector General of Police and the Federal Government of Nigeria as to what is going on and when the victims would be successfully rescued and returned to their parents and communities.