Wednesday, 14 October 2015

JUST IN... Alarm Over B’Haram Kidnappings

Boko Haram: 45,000 People Have Been Kidnapped - Reps
Nigeria’s House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 13, stated that about 45,000 Nigerians had been kidnapped by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram since 2012.

The House had ealier urged the federal government to set up a control situation centre with sole responsibility to search for the missing Chibok girls and all other victims abducted by the insurgents in the northeast.

According to the Nigerian Tribune, the resolution was sequel to a motion sponsored by Honourable Asabe Vilita Bashir, who represents Chibok/Damboa//Gwoza Federal Constituency of Borno State, calling on the federal government to intensify efforts to rescue the 219 abducted Chibok girls.

Honourable Nasir Ali Ahmad, while amending the motion, informed the House that about 45,000 Nigerians had been kidnapped by the insurgents.

He said: “A control/situation room to be manned by highly-skilled and specialised crack team drawn from the security forces (SSS, Police, Army and Air Force), with the sole responsibility to search for the 219 abducted Chibok girls and present periodic feedback to Nigerians.”

She also sought the publicisation of the search of the lost girls through the print and electronic media, adding that the federal government should issue financial assistance to the families of the kidnapped secondary school girls and keep to the promise of rescuing these victims of Boko Haram.

Bashir also commended the Bringbackourgirls group, led by a former education minister, Obiageli Ezekwesili, for sustaining the call for the rescue of the girls.

She praised former vice president, Atiku Abubakar for the rehabilitation of the rescued 67 Chibok girls and the United States government.

In the same vein, Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has revealed that about 5 million Nigerians have been displaced by the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram in the northeast.

The speaker noted that he had sponsored a motion calling the on the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the plight of IDPs.