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World Igbo Congress Condemns Kidnapping Of Uduji, Others

Posted: Oct 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent, Owerri


The World Igbo Congress (WIC) has condemned the recent kidnapping of James Uduji, an industrialist, in his residence at Festac Town, Lagos.

The group described the incidence as evidence of increasing insecurity in Nigeria.

In a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr. Larry Udorji, Secretary General, Cyril Nwaguru, and Public Relations Officer, Jimmy Asiegbu, WIC called on the Inspector General of Police, the Director of State Security Service, the FG of Nigeria, and other relevant and related security agencies to intervene in the matter as a matter of urgency.

Similarly, the group also condemned the recent kidnapping of Olu Falae, former Secretary of the Government of Nigeria, Mrs. Toyin Nwosu, wife of the Deputy Managing Director of Sun Publishing Limited, Steve Nwosu; Toyin Nwosu, and many others.

According to the Diaspora group, despite assurance of the Police IG on security, the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria has dramatically increased recently.

Even with the four gate entrances and exits in Festac, the group noted that there have been repeated incidents of kidnappings in Festac Town, adding that Police have not done enough regarding the kidnapping of Uduji.

In the spirit of the Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, the group said that there was urgent need for a thorough overhaul of the FESTAC Police Command.

‘‘In fact , recent kidnappings are taking place in metropolitan urban areas like Lagos and Abuja, and in residential neighbourhoods that are in very close proximity to police stations and security posts. The shootings, killings related to kidnappings happen in broad daylight and early evening hours in the presence of women and children.

‘‘If an industrialist and an employer of labour like Chief Uduji can be kidnapped at will in metropolitan Lagos, or any other Nigerian city for that matter, on what grounds are the governments of Lagos State and the federal government of Nigeria soliciting foreign investors to come into the country to invest?

‘‘We, at the WIC agree with the President of NUPENG, the spate of kidnappings could certainly destroy the investment interest of local and foreign investors.

‘‘We do not want to be compelled to mobilize Ndigbo in the Diaspora to demonstrate before our embassies abroad before the federal government decides to fight frontally this cancerous disease that is quickly threatening the lives of all Nigerian citizens,’’, WIC noted.

The group quoted President Buhari as saying at the United Nation that “By any consideration, corruption and cross-border financial crimes are impediments to development, economic growth, and the realization of the well-being of citizens across the globe.”

Agreeing with the Buhari’s commitment to fight corruption, WIC noted that abduction and kidnapping for ransom are much more pernicious and cancerous evils than endemic corruption.

‘‘Kidnapping threatens the very essence and existence of the citizen who must live in a corrupt-free society, the citizen must be alive to live in a corruption-free society.

‘‘Kidnapping for ransom is akin to slavery-monetary bargains are made for the life of the citizen.”