Reps Call for Immediate Release of Nnamdi Kanu, Accuse Police of Aiding Kidnapping
House Committee Calls for Release of Nnamdi Kanu for Peace in South East Region.
Abuja – The House of Representatives’ Ad hoc committee, charged with addressing the escalating issues of kidnapping, assassinations, and banditry in Isiukwuato and Umunnochi Local Government Area of Abia State, has issued a call for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The committee, chaired by Hon. Obinna Aguocha, convened in Abuja on Thursday to deliberate on the pressing matters affecting the South East region.
Hon. Aguocha emphasized that achieving lasting peace, reducing crime, promoting infrastructure development, ending unproductive sit-at-home actions, and enhancing economic growth in the South East all depend on the government’s acknowledgment of the rule of law and just inclusion of the region.
The committee believes that the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu from unlawful detention is pivotal to ensuring security and peace across the region.
Addressing the security agencies present at the meeting, Aguocha highlighted that the security challenges faced by the focus areas in Abia State stem from shared borders with neighboring states. Criminals exploit these shared borders for easy movement across state lines, contributing to the complexity of the challenges. The areas in focus share borders with Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, and Anambra states, creating opportunities for cross-border collaboration in addressing the security concerns.
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Aguocha stressed the need for inter-state cooperation to form a stronger defense against insecurity and urged a comprehensive approach to tackle both immediate security concerns and their underlying causes. The committee recognizes the impact of criminal activities, banditry, kidnappings, assassinations, communal clashes, and threats to life on the region’s well-being.
The House of Representatives had previously committed to addressing the matter through a motion but had not taken concrete action before recess. Aguocha emphasized that the challenges faced by the region go beyond statistics and headlines, affecting people’s lives and hindering the region’s growth.
He also praised the efforts of state governments and the Federal government in their commitment to peace and security. The committee’s ongoing engagement aims to harness diverse perspectives and expertise to develop actionable strategies for lasting peace.
Meanwhile, Hon. Amobi Ogah, the sponsor of the motion that led to the committee’s establishment, accused the police of using multiple checkpoints to extort money from citizens instead of actively combating criminals in the bushes, as called for by the House. Ogah expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in implementing resolutions related to setting up joint security task forces and combating kidnapping.
To address these concerns, the committee requested a closed-door session with the Commissioner of Police, Abia State Command, Mr. Kenechukwu Onwumelie, to provide insights into the situation on the ground.
As the committee continues its efforts, the South East region’s residents and stakeholders await tangible solutions to the pressing security challenges facing the area.