By Christiana Ekpa
The House of the Representatives yesterday called on the Federal Government to devise measures that would ensure the security of lives of travelers along the Benin-Okada road, as well as other roads across the country
The House also call on the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adam to increase Police presence on the highway to forestall incidents of robberies and kidnappings on the highways
The House resolutions was sequence to a sponsored by Hon. Dennis Idahosa, tilted “call to Reinforce Security along Benin-Okada Road to Stem the Rise in Kidnappings and Robberies”
Presenting the motion, Idahosa noted that “Section 33 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of Nigeria, 1999 provides that every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty;
“Aware that the Benin-Okada Road in Edo State links the Southern and Northern parts of the country, hence the heavy vehicular movement on it daily which is now being taken advantage of by bandits who are robbing, kidnapping or killing travelers, most recent of which was Warrant Officer Felix Akanbi of the Nigerian Navy who was shot during a kidnapping incident, as well as others;
“Acknowledges the efforts of the Government to ensure security along the nation’s highways and the commitment in this regard was recently restated when the Government announced the deployment of more troops on the nation’s roads to drastically reduce insecurity along those roads”.
The House presided by Idris Wase, however resolved to mandate the Committee on Police Affairs (when constituted) to ensure compliance.+++++++++++++++