By Dotun Adebusoye, Akure
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Owo Branch has called on the state government to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping, just as the association accused the Nigerian police of not doing enough to protect lives and properties in the state.
The association said this during a peaceful demonstration in Akure on Wednesday, also decries rate of insecurity in the state.
They marched with placards with various inscriptions such as: ‘Kidnapping is A Crime Against Humanity’; ‘Let Us Say No To Kidnapping, It is A Heinous Crime’; ‘All Hands Must Be On Deck Against Kidnapping and Robberies’, among others.
The demonstrators noted that major roads leading to the Northern part of the state have become kidnap traps as it is also difficult for vehicular movement. They added that due to the deplorable state of the roads, kidnappers now operates in broad daylight.
Speaking on behalf of the lawyers Wednesday, Tajudeen Olutope-Ahmed, the Owo branch Chairman of the NBA, said the rampant cases of kidnapping in Ondo State was becoming a source of concern to members of the legal profession.
Olutope-Ahmed expressed displeasure over security lapses in the state in recent times and also demanded that more security measures are put in place to curb the menace of kidnapping. While also condemning the recent kidnapping of some people, he charged the police to ensure that peoples lives are secured and the state free from criminal activities.
“We therefore call on the Police authorities to wake up to the present security challenge in Owo. This is not the time to slumber. It is not the time to be supine as well. Police must, as a matter of necessity, be at alert to the security situation in Owo and its environs. To this end, we suggest that the idea of mounting Police check points which are nothing but avenues to rake bribes from commuters be reviewed.
“Constant Police patrol of the roads should be embarked upon. In this way, police will be able to foil any attempt by men of the underworld from showcasing their daredevil skills on the roads.”
The NBA Local Chairman, however, accused the state government of having failed in its constitutional responsibility of providing security to its citizens.