The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday, March 2, said kidnapping is now like an industry in Nigeria.
Lawan said this following the confirmation of Service Chiefs by the Senate.
He described the situation as unacceptable and asked the new military generals to stop the ugly trend.
Lawan, therefore, gave the new service chiefs directive to end mass abduction in Nigeria, as he described mass abduction as “unacceptable.”
“A situation whereby a group of people will go to a school and take over 300 students away on motorcycles is not accepted.
“Kidnapping without a trace is not acceptable. Something has to give; because, apparently, this is becoming an industry, some people are benefiting from this; and we have to unravel who these people are, and fight bandits and insurgents until we rescue our country.
“Let me also advise the service chiefs that there must be an interagency corporation. There must be an interagency corporation, the army, the air force, they are supposed to have complementary roles.
“We promise them and indeed Nigerians that we support them in whatever way the parliament can come to their support.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has stated that it will not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions on marketers engaged in the hoarding of petroleum products in their outlets.
Mr Sarki Auwalu, Director, DPR, gave the warning in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 2, in Lagos.
Auwalu said the warning was necessitated by the emergence of queues in retail outlets in some states of the federation.
According to him, from available records, there is product sufficiency in the country; and there is no need for hoarding by any marketer.
Auwalu said: “The DPR will not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions on any outlet found wanting in this regard.
“The regulatory agency has set up a special taskforce to intensify surveillance and monitoring of all retail outlets and depots nationwide to check the anomaly.”