Rep, Maren demands rescue of Plateau Boko Haram captive

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Jennifer Samuel

Nigerian House of Reps member, Solomon Maren says Sunday’s kidnap of Plateau aid worker, Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, by Boko Haram in Northeast Borno State is the third in three months.

Miss Ukambong, a native of Bokkos Local Government Area was isolated and captured along with others on Monguno-Maiduguri road at about 8am.

She is the second victim of such terrorists’ abduction from Plateau State in three weeks, and the fourth in four months, says parliamentarian, Maren.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the Mangu-Bokkos constituency Rep said, “Mr. Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham, both carpenters from Mangu LGA, working with an international NGO were publicly executed in a widely circulated video in October 2019.

“The entire Mangu-Bokkos constituency is yet to recover from the experience. Now we hear of the abduction of Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, an orphaned indigene of Bokkos LGA, kidnapped in a brutal ambush the day she was marking the 21st remembrance of her dear father’s demise.”

The kidnap of the “innocent constituent,” Maren said is a “brutal shock”.

“As a representative of the peaceful people of this constituency, my heart bleeds. This is particularly so as reports say another indigene of Bokkos was three weeks ago kidnapped by the same insurgents in the northeast, yet nothing has been done by the Authorities concerned.”

“Enough of the media propaganda”

Maren blamed the growing insecurity in Nigeria on “laxity of government and other concerned parties to do the needful”.

In his work, “These abductions among many instances of insecurity in our nation show the extent to which the terrorists have grown, all owing to the laxity of government and other concerned parties to do the needful.

“As legislators, we will continue to enact laws and carry out all necessary functions with regards to national security.

“I in particular, will not hesitate to throw up meaningful debates that will guarantee the safety and general wellbeing of my constituents wherever they are.

“However, the executive in whose hands lies the power to deploy troops and/or facilitate rescue and other security missions must be active beyond words.

“Enough of the media propaganda. Let us deploy the right military personnel with the right mindset, the right welfare and the right equipment. We cannot be budgeting huge chunks of money to national security and still be losing citizens on daily basis. Nigeria has all it takes to crush its adversities. All that is needed is the right attitude.”

“Test of capacity”

The Rep member demanded the rescue of Jennifer and others in captivity as a prove of government’s commitment to security and religious freedom.

He said, “The kidnap of Jennifer and others in Boko Haram captivity is a test of our capacity as a nation to rise up to the security needs of our communities.

“Given the increasing religious bias in the selection of those to kidnap or execute, drawing from the case of Leah Sharibu and others before now, the kidnap of Jennifer and her colleagues is even a greater test of our religious tolerance, particularly now that the nation is battling to redeem its image following recent poor international rating on religious freedom.

“We must therefore act fast to rescue these innocent ones and prevent a reoccurrence by putting in place the necessary mechanisms.”

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