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Peter Obi laments killings and kidnappings in Abuja, says nowhere is secured anymore



The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, has lamented the increasing killings and kidnappings in Abuja, the nation’s capital, saying nowhere is secured anymore.

This comes after the recent killing of a 400-level student of biological science, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar.

Bandits on January 2 kidnapped Nabeeha alongside her five sisters at their residence in Abuja.

The young lady was killed on Friday, January 13, 2023, after the N60m ransom demanded by the bandits failed to meet the deadline given.

The kidnappers have also threatened to kill the remaining five sisters.

The situation has sparked outrage on social media with some individuals threatening to take to the streets if the girls aren’t rescued alive.

Obi, in a series of tweets on X, said the tragic killing not only shows how insecurity currently ravages the nation but also shows “how helpless Nigerians have become in the face of these dangers.”

According to him, the latest tragedy should prick the conscience of leaders to realise their primary duty, which according to the constitution, is to protect the life of every Nigerian citizen.

“The fact that these kidnappings, killings and other reported cases of armed robbery and violent attacks, are now taking place in Abuja, the nation’s capital, is a clear pointer to how insecure the rest of the country now is.

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“…I am very concerned about how insecurity has continued to ravage every part of our dear nation,” he said.

Obi called on the government and security agencies to put more effort into ensuring that the remaining members of the family in captivity were released.

The former Anambra State Governor commiserated with the bereaved family and prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed.

Earlier, ex-minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, said that a friend of his has offered to pay N50 million ransom to kidnappers to secure the release of the five remaining sisters who were abducted in Abuja.

Pantami disclosed in a tweet on his X handle on Sunday that a friend of his, whose name was not mentioned, has offered to contribute N50 million to their release.

He wrote, “I am personally not in support of paying ransom to criminals. However, since it became clear, that we lost our daughter Nabeeha yesterday, and the five remaining daughters have been threatened, as I spoke with the father on the matter yesterday and today.

“Furthermore, I spoke with a friend and a brother who offered to pay the remaining 50 million Naira of the 60m immediately.

“I conveyed the account number of the father of our daughters, Mansoor Al-Kadriyar, to the friend and brother to send the money directly. Any additional amount earlier generated from yesterday, the father can use to treat the daughters and other family members in sha Allah.

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“May the Almighty Allah reward the bother and friend with Jannatul Firdaus for the donation. May He also reward all those who contributed in any way with Jannatul Firdaus, too.

“May He also forgive Nabeeha and rescue her sisters. May the Almighty also help our security agencies to bring an end to these challenges. May Nigeria be a better place for all of us.”

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