Residents of a number of communities in Kogi State are actually dwelling in each day worry as their areas have develop into secure haven of bandits and kidnappers.
The disaster of kidnapping and banditry has worsened within the current years which residents lamented have additionally affected enterprise and financial actions.
One of the cases cited was the Thursday evening killing of Major General Hassan Ahmed, former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army at Ahoko within the Koton Karfe Local Government Government Area of Kogi State by bandits.
The gunmen had been stated to have shot on the automobile the deceased officer was travelling in on Thursday.
On July 14, gunmen kidnapped a conventional ruler, the Adogu of Eganyi in Ajaokuta LGA.
The conventional ruler was returning to his group from Okene, additionally in Kogi, when he was kidnapped.
Also the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kogi State chapter, known as on the Yahaya Bello-led authorities and safety companies to map out methods to curb the incessant assaults and abduction of their members throughout the state.
In an announcement issued by the state chairman of PSN, Dr Lawal Muhammed, the skilled physique expressed fear that practitioners and businessmen in prescribed drugs within the state have develop into gentle targets for the abductors and armed robbers.
They threatened that pharmacists will withdraw their companies if abduction of their members continues unchecked.
“Within the space of one week, we have recorded three cases of kidnapping in broad daylight and two people have lost their lives during these very ugly incidents in Okene, Kabba and Ajaokuta.
“We have also had instances of armed robbery attacks on pharmacists this year and the previous year within Lokoja, the state capital.
“We, therefore, appeal to relevant security agencies in Kogi state and other stakeholders to swing into action for the release of the victims, hale hearty and map out strategies to prevent future occurrence.
“Most of the monies invested in pharmaceuticals are loan from banks. We therefore urge the perpetrators and the general public not to see us as being rich. One of the implications of this heinous act is shortages in drug supply and withdrawal of services.
“We all need drugs, irrespective of our class, either to keep fit or to recover from an illness. It is an abomination to attack health facilities and personnel, even during war, so all hands must be on deck to put an end to this menace,” he stated.
Also, a sociocultural improvement affiliation of the Yoruba talking a part of Kogi State, Okun Development Association (ODA) has known as for improved safety within the space in direction of nipping the current upsurge of kidnapping in Okun land.
The affiliation, in an announcement by its Secretary General, Chief Ben Ayo Abereoran, urged safety companies to rise as much as their accountability of defending lives and property of the individuals.
The assertion reads partly, “The Okun development Association is making a clarion call on all security apparatus in the country to come and save us from kidnapping, savagery, banditry and killings being carried out by dreaded, black hooded ISWAP.”
It additional famous that “Okun nation has been under siege of these criminals since 8th of July 2021 when they attack a couple driving in their car along Okeagi-Imela (between Mopamuro and Yagba east LGA), shooting at their car and leave them for dead. A farmer who was trying to help was mercilessly beaten to stupor after several gun shots couldn’t penetrate his body.”
The assertion reveals that “On Saturday 10th of 2021, unknown gunmen kidnapped four persons, a man and three women in Mopamuro LGA, as if that is not enough their gang kidnapped an easy going owner of Lifted Pharmacy on 13th 2021 in Kabba.Only God knows who is next.”