The House of Representatives has called upon the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, to establish a military formation in Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. This development is aimed at addressing the incidents of kidnapping and killings in the area, which have been exacerbated by the porosity of national borders.
The motion was initiated by Hon Martins Esin, who represents Oron/Mbo/Okobo/Udung Uko/Urueoffong Oruko Federal Constituency. His statement highlighted the urgent need to bolster security in the Oron Local Government Area and its surroundings.
Esin emphasized that the porous national border has made border communities in Akwa Ibom State vulnerable to frequent attacks by criminals and sea pirates, resulting in killings and kidnappings. He also pointed out the lack of adequate armed security agencies, equipment, and morale among law enforcement agents in the area, leading to various crimes and economic hardships.
Moreover, Esin cited the recent abduction of a High Court judge in Akwa Ibom State as a testament to the urgency of the situation. The motion received unanimous support from all members present at the plenary, prompting the urge for the Inspector General of Police and the National Security Adviser to expedite the deployment of security personnel in the affected constituency.
The House also mandated its committees on army and police affairs to oversee the implementation of these measures. Meanwhile, in a separate incident, the army apprehended a suspected female kidnapper in Taraba while she attempted to collect ransom for an abducted victim. The suspect, Janet Igohia, was arrested after picking up N 1.5m, following information received by the troops regarding the activities of extremist groups and insurgents in the area.