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Senate summons Wike, CP over kidnap, killing of lawmaker’s aide

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The Senate has summoned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and the FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igwe, following the murder of Chris Agidy, an aide to Senator Ned Nwoko (PDP, Delta North) by some kidnappers.

The Senate also agreed that the duo should appear before it for a briefing over the spate of kidnapping in the territory

Their invitation was a sequel to the adoption of prayers contained in a motion sponsored on Wednesday by Nwoko on the kidnap and killing of his senior legislative aide.

The late Agidy was kidnapped along with 19 others in the Galadimawa area of Abuja in November 2023.

Other prayers adopted by the Senate after a debate on the motion are that the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, should urgently increase security patrols and surveillance within Abuja and across the nation for proactive measures against kidnappings.

The Senate also agreed that the IG should see to the installation of CCTV Cameras in strategic locations within and around Abuja highways and that the police should dedicate a three-digit emergency number for effective emergency response.

Also, the Nigerian Communications Commission should urgently ensure the functionality of dedicated emergency numbers for the police, ambulance, and fire service emergencies to enhance swift response to security and public safety incidents.

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, further stated that both the FCT Minister and CP are to meet the Senate in a closed-door session on a date to be written in a letter of invitation to be forwarded to them by the Senate’s Clerk, Chinedu Akubueze.

Akpabio said, “The FCT Minister and Police Commissioner would appear before us in closed session on a date to be sent to them by the Clerk of the Senate.

“Their expected appearance before the Senate is to hear from them, measures and strategies being put in place to stem the ugly tide of kidnappings in FCT.”

“Incidences like kidnapping and killing of  SLA of Senator Nwoko and some residents of FCT, are worrisome and must be stopped not only in FCT but in Nigeria generally,.”

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