Kogi House of Assembly has decried the spate of kidnapping and armed robbery on the state highways and called on the state government to set up a joint security taskforce to check the menace.
The House made the call at plenary on Friday in Lokoja, following the adoption of a motion on a matter of urgent public importance raised by Kilani Olumo (APC-Ijumu) on the high rate of kidnapping on Kabba-Obajana road.
Olumo had told the House that the fear of kidnappers was now the beginning of wisdom for most travelers plying the road in that axis and emphasised the need to set up a 24-hour security joint surveillance on the road.
He said that despite efforts by the state government at ensuring the security of lives and properties, the challenge of kidnapping and armed robbery had continued unabated.
Seconding the motion, Cosmas Atabo (APC-Igalamela-Odolu) said that all the efforts of Gov. Yahaya Bello in his first tenure at securing the lives and property of the people were being eroded as a result of the security menace.
Atabo, however, called for an amendment to the motion, by asking that it should include Ajaokuta-Itobe-Anyigba and Lokoja-Abuja highways for a holistic programme by the state government to nip the menace in the bud.