Jang’s NGF wants immediate release of abducted American

THE Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), under the leadership of Jonah Jang of Plateau State, has called for immediate release of the American missionary, Rev. Phyllis Sortor, who was kidnapped in the state Monday night.

   In a statement in Abuja by the NGF Secretary and Administrator, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the governors frowned at the abduction of Sortor, describing it as wicked and an embarrassment to the nation – one that would not yield anything positive for the kidnappers.  

   They affirmed support for Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State in his effort to ensure peace and security in the state and also called on security agents to leave no stone unturned in ensuring her safe return.

   The governors further commended the military for the recent gains against Boko Haram and urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security agents.

Leaders condemn rising crime in Kogi

Similarly, stakeholders in Kogi Central Senatorial District have expressed serious concern about the rising crime rate in their zone, which in recent time has seen “random assassinations, kidnappings and armed robberies.”

   The meeting, convened by the Kogi Central Advancement Initiative in Abuja over the weekend, was attended by a cross-section of stakeholders in Ebira polity, including traditional rulers, political leaders, the academia, captains of industries, youths and women groups.

   Condemning the unpleasant trend, the group stated that “there has not been effective intervention by the security agents, the police in particular, given their constitutional responsibilities.

   “We note, sadly, that no suspect has been prosecuted by the security agents for these crimes to serve as deterrence to others. Also, there is a clear absence of effective leadership at the traditional, spiritual and political levels in the state. The resultant vacuum is today being filled by criminals who operate with impunity.”

   Among other resolutions, they called for the formation of community vigilance groups and community security committee comprising credible retired military and paramilitary personnel, community leaders, women and youth in each community.



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