By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Member representing Tangaza/Gudu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives Hon. Yusuf Isah Kurdulla (APC- Sokoto) has called on the federal government using security agencies to urgently adopt a responsive hybrid security arrangement towards ending the menace of kidnapping and other related heinous crimes in the two local governments .
However, Tangaza and Gidu local government had been targets of attacks by bandits and kidnappers in recent time where a DPO and one other officer were killed.
Kurdulla made the call Thursday while speaking to journalists in Sokoto on the ravaging bandits operations in the areas.
According to the lawmaker who noted that residents across communities in the two local government areas were battling with the invasion of bandits and kidnappers, stressed the urgent needed for the federal government to come up with a practical security framework approach in taming and bringing an end to the challenge.
” A holistic step has to be taken to identify the root causes of kidnapping and other crimes inorder to safeguard and protect the lives and property of innocent citizens of the areas now most vulnerable to bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers activities .”
He pointed out that” in recent times,there had been series of attacks across communities in the two local governments resulting to residents fleeing their ancestral homes. Today, many towns and villages have been deserted for fear of attacks. Bandits now resort to attacking soft targets at night”, Kurdullah stressed.
Kirdulla who was a former Chairman of Gudu local government said with the increasing series of attacks, only federal government with the quick intervention of the security agencies can end the problem which has led to loss of lives and properties of residents in millions of naira.
” Victims have also lost their primary source of livelihood; foodstuff, livestock and valuables running into millions of naira with their homes destroyed as a result of the attacks. Some household had been displaced while many women and children are widowed and orphans”, he said.
However, the lawmaker who commended the federal government for it’s effort in dealing with security problems nation-wide and called on National emergency management agency NEMA to hasten the delivery of relief materials to the affected communities in Gudu and Tangaza local government areas of Sokoto state, assured of the people’s are readiness to cooperate and support security agencies on the course against insecurity in the areas.