Residents of Rigasa in Kaduna State on Monday staged a protest over the high rate of kidnappings in the community.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters were at the Kaduna State House of Assembly to seek the intervention of the lawmakers over their plight.
“Our people are being kidnapped on a daily basis; some of the residents have fled their homes for fear of being kidnapped,” leader of the protesters, Shehu Sanusi, told the lawmakers.
According to him, more than 50 persons are currently in captivity, including a pregnant woman.
“Ten of the victims released are with us in this protest. None of these victims was released without a ransom, and we are tired.”
Sanusi noted that the community has been abandoned to face their problems alone in spite of the fact that they have representatives in the assembly.
“No member of the House of Assembly has ever visited to commiserate with us.
“We thank the governor for coming to visit, but no member of the Assembly as our representatives visited to show concern or even speak about this problem in the media.
“We voted you to represent us but you are sleeping at your homes comfortably.
“We are tired of this situation, you should please come to our aid,” he said.
The Speaker, Aminu Shagali assured the Rigasa community that the assembly would take action to bring about a lasting solution to the problem.
Represented by the Deputy House Leader, Shehu Idris, the Speaker said the assembly would invite various stakeholders to discuss the security situation and proffer solutions.
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April 6, 2020