Why rob­bery cases are on the rise – Ali Kwara

NAPTIP res­cued 72 vic­tims in 3 months

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ismail Mu­dashir, Kano

Un­em­ploy­ment oc­ca­sioned by the col­lapse of the na­tion’s in­dus­trial sec­tor is re­spon­si­ble for ris­ing cases of armed rob­bery in parts of the coun­try, armed rob­bers’ hunter, Al­haji Aliyu Mo­ham­mad Ahmed pop­u­larly known as Ali Kwara has said.

Ad­dress­ing news­men shortly af­ter his team sup­ported by the anti rob­bery squad of the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice re­cov­ered a car which was stolen in Abuja in Kano, he stressed the need for the re­vival of ail­ing in­dus­tries in the coun­try, es­pe­cially in the North­ern re­gion.

“There is ur­gent need for federal and state gov­ern­ments to in­ten­sify ef­forts at re­viv­ing ail­ing in­dus­tries and pos­si­bly es­tab­lish more in or­der to en­gage our un­em­ployed youths. We are fac­ing this in­se­cu­rity chal­lenge largely be­cause our youths lack what to do. The in­ces­sant killings in Fu­lani ar­eas are be­ing per­pe­trated by thieves and it re­quires the com­bined ef­forts of all stake­hold­ers to ad­dress the prob­lem be­cause those in­volved are very pow­er­ful thieves, well armed with so­phis­ti­cated weapons,” he said.

Speak­ing fur­ther on the re­cov­ered item, he said the Toy­ota Corolla be­long­ing to one Asima E. Tai­lor was stolen in Abuja and re­cov­ered in Kano.

“The snatcher was gunned down by the po­lice at­tached to my team while at­tempt­ing to es­cape. In the car, we re­cov­ered two guns with am­mu­ni­tion,” he said. South-west zone of the Na­tional Agency for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Traf­fic in Per­sons and other Re­lated Mat­ters (NAPTIP) says it res­cued 72 vic­tims be­tween Jan­uary and March, 2014.

Its com­man­der, Mr Joseph Fa­makin, dis­closed this in an in­ter­view with news­men in La­gos yes­ter­day. He said 62 of the vic­tims were women, while 10 were young boys. The zonal of­fice com­prises La­gos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ek­iti.

Fa­makin said five per­sons ar­rested for hu­man traf­fick­ing were con­victed within the same pe­riod, ex­plain­ing that three were con­victed in La­gos and two in Oshogbo.

He said 59 cases were recorded within the pe­riod and that five cases were charged to court at the same time. He also said that all the en­try and exit routes in the zone have been ad­e­quately cov­ered by his men in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other se­cu­rity agencies.

Fa­makin added that the agency is work­ing to en­sure that no Nige­rian is smug­gled out of the coun­try. (NAN)

PHOTO:

From left: Chair­man/Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of African Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Agency, Malam Abubakar So­toto Muhammed; Na­tional Pres­i­dent Med­i­cal and Health Work­ers Union of Nigeria, (MHWUN),Com­rade Ayuba Wabba and Min­is­ter of Health, Prof. Onye­buchi Chukwu, dur­ing the third an­nual lec­ture of MHWUN in Abuja at the weekend.

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