• Senate seeks adequate funding of security agencies

Senate yesterday recommended death penalty by hanging or firing squad for kidnappers in the country, so as to serve as deterrent to others, and as a way of stopping the menace in general.
The senate resolution followed the consideration of a report presented by Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC Katsina South) on crime, compiled by the joint Committee on Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence, in respect of a motion on the unfortunate recurrence of kidnapping and hostage-taking in the country.
The recommendation for death penalty, as adopted by the Senate, was made as additional prayer by Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero (APC Kebbi Central) and adopted by the upper legislative chamber.
While contributing to the report, Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio (PDP Akwa Ibom NorthWest) regretted that kidnapping escalated in Nigeria when ex-governor and now Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, was kidnapped around 2002.
Other recommendations adopted by the Senate were that: “The funding of the security agencies should be taken as a priority project, bearing in mind that the practice of envelop budget for security agencies had proven ineffective.
“Efforts should be geared towards creating employment opportunities for our teeming unemployed youths and security agencies should embark on training and retraining of theor personnel for effective capacity building.”
The Senate also tasked state governments to “enact laws to enable security agencies to prosecute kidnappers and other crime related offences in their jurisdictions.”
It in addition recommended that “synergy and intelligence sharing among security agencies should be vigorously pursued” and that “the Inspector General of Police and Director-General of the Department of State Security in particular and other security agencies should be encouraged to do more.”
The Senate stated that “it appears the security agencies have not been able to perform optimally due to inadequate funding to enable them procure modern technology and equipment” and observed that “it appears to be unnecessary and unhealthy rivalry amongst the security agencies leading to lack of required synergy and intelligence sharing on time.”
It further regretted that “relations of the victims are always ready to pay ransom which tend to encourage the criminals.”
The session was presided over by the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

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