Sunday, January 17, 2021

Senate summons Minister over inability to track kidnappers who carry out operations using mobile phones

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The Senate has summoned the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, over the inability of the ministry to stop kidnappers from using mobile phones to negotiate ransom payment.

It asked Patami to appear before its committees on Legislative Compliance and Communications on the need to examine how the ministry can implement resolutions of the Upper Chamber to curb insecurity matters that are related to the mandate of the ministry.

The Senate resolution followed the consideration of a motion on the growing insecurity across the country sponsored by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South).

He said the challenge had manifested in kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, assassination and other criminal activities in the land.

After a debate, the House mandated its committees on Tertiary Education and National Security and Intelligence to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Education, COAS Buratai, IG Adamu and other relevant agencies of government to implement the resolutions and report to the House within three weeks.

Also, the House of Representatives urged the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Brig.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to urgently establish a battalion of the Army at the southern border of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, Kaduna State, to prevent further incursions of kidnappers, bandits and other criminals into the campus.