Obinna Aguocha, the chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee assigned to collaborate with relevant security agencies to mitigate kidnapping, assassinations, and banditry in Abia state communities, has called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as a pathway to achieving peace in the southeastern region.
Speaking during the ongoing committee hearing, Aguocha emphasized the necessity of addressing the root causes of insecurity in a comprehensive manner to ensure sustainable solutions. He noted that lasting peace and security in the region would be attainable through the recognition of the rule of law, justice, and equitable inclusion of the Southeast in the nation’s development.
Aguocha remarked, “The unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from unlawful detention will ensure lasting peace and security in the entire region.”
He acknowledged that the challenges faced in the region were not mere statistics but tangible threats that adversely affect communities and disrupt institutions. Addressing these issues requires a collective effort encompassing the expertise of law enforcement agencies, community leaders, policymakers, scholars, and citizens.
Highlighting the complexity of cross-border dynamics in the primary focus areas, Aguocha emphasized the importance of interstate collaboration to address insecurity effectively. The interconnectedness of neighboring states necessitates a united approach in confronting common security challenges.
While acknowledging the efforts of both state and federal governments in the Southeast, the committee’s objective is to harness diverse perspectives and formulate coherent strategies for peace.
Amobi Ogah, a member of the committee, criticized the police for allegedly using multiple checkpoints to extort money from citizens instead of effectively tackling criminal activities. He lamented the increase in kidnapping despite the House’s resolution to establish a joint security task force to comb areas where criminals operate.
Ogah expressed frustration, stating, “I want this to be on record that the police are doing nothing but collecting money.”
The ongoing committee engagement underscores the gravity of the security situation in the Southeast and emphasizes the need for coordinated efforts to restore safety and stability to the region.