Amid the incessant abductions and attacks in Kogi, the Peoples Democratic Party Senator representing Kogi Central, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has called for increased security presence in the State.
According to a statement by Senator Akpoti’s Chief Press Secretary, Arogbonlo Israel, this would ensure peace and security in the state.
The call followed a recent attack in Idah, Kogi East, where a 75-year old woman, Mallama Meimunat Opaluwa-Sani and her granddaughter were set ablaze by unknown assailants resulting in her death.
Also, twenty-one travelers were kidnapped along the Ajaokuta-Itobe road last week. The victme were however rescued by security operatives who quickly swung into action.
Also, a popular Juju artiste, Omoba De Jumbo Beats, and his band members, last month, were kidnapped in Kogi and later released after family members and well-wishers rallied round to pay for their ransom.
In November 2023, a member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Imaobong Samuel, alongside 11 passengers was also kidnapped on her way to Kogi Orientation camp with others on board the Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) bus.
Senator Natasha, however, urged the government to ensure the security of all citizens at all times just as she called for the deployment of technology to tackle the level of insecurity in the State and the country at large.
She believes the issue at stake requires collaborative effort to surmount, adding that there would not be development without peace and security.
She further identified poverty and poor governance as major contributors to the spate of insecurity in the State, urging governments across all levels to address this dysfunctional leadership.