The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday called on the National Assembly to hasten the law prescribing death penalty for kidnappers.
The NUT National President, Mr. Michael Alogba-Olukoya, made the statement while expressing shock over the abduction of six persons from Lagos Junior Model College, Igbonla, Epe in Lagos.
He described the development as ‘a bad omen’ and called on the government to go hard on kidnappers.
He said: “It is a bad omen and the security operatives should swing into action. We believe in the ability of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, to secure the release of the pupils, their teacher and the vice-principal.
“Let us prescribe the death penalty for kidnappers. If anyone attempts kidnapping, let the person be killed. We have to go a little bit harsh on them. Yesterday, it was Kaduna and today it is Lagos. Now that bunkering and robbery are no longer viable, criminals have resorted to kidnapping. The Nigerian government has to rise to the occasion.”
Also, the House of Representatives asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to secure the release of the victims.
The member representing Epe Federal Constituency, Mr. Olawale Raji, sought the intervention of the House under matters of urgent public importance.
The House promptly passed a resolution asking the IGP to search for the victims.
The lawmakers called on the IG and “the Nigeria Police Force to intensify efforts to ensure the prompt release of the victims and the apprehension of the perpetrators.”
The motion received a unanimous approval by members at the Thursday session, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
In addition to securing the release of the victims, the House asked the police to beef up security in Epe and the entire state.
“The House also urges the police and other security agencies to step up strict surveillance in Epe and all schools in the state to avoid a recurrence or any breach of the security in the future,” the resolution of the House added.