Residents of Rigasa in Kaduna on Monday staged a protest over high rate of kidnappings in the community.
“Our people are being kidnapped on a daily basis; some of the residents have fled their homes for fear of being kidnapped,” leader of the protesters, Shehu Sanusi, told the lawmakers.
According to him, more than 50 persons are currently in captivity, including a woman with eight months pregnancy,
“About ten of the victims released are with us in this protest. None of these victims were released without a ransom, and we are tired”.
Sanusi noted that the community has been abandoned to face their problems alone in spite of the fact that they have representatives in the assembly.
“No member of the house of assembly has ever visited to commiserate with us.
“We thank the governor for coming to visit, but no member of the assembly as our representatives visited to show concern or even speak about this problem in the media.
“We voted you to represent us but you are sleeping at your homes comfortably.
“We are tired of this situation, you should please come to our aid,” he said.
The Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Shagali assured the Rigasa community that the assembly would take action to bring about a lasting solution to the problem.
Represented by the Deputy House Leader, Alhaji Shehu Idris, the speaker said the assembly would invite various stakeholders to discuss the security situation and proffer solutions.
Shagali pleaded with the protesters to be patient, adding that a larger meeting with some members of the community will be convened by the assembly on the matter.