By Mfonobong Ukpong |
Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has risen in condemnation of the lingering security crisis in parts of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun Local Government Areas of the state. The Assembly made its position known on Tuesday during plenary.
The House has therefore mandated its Committee on Security, Youths and Sports to convoke a security summit in the state with a view to engage stakeholders for the purpose of finding a lasting solution to the matter.
In their resolution, the lawmakers pushed for a multilateral action that would see to the amicable resolution of the crisis and have peace returned to the affected area. The House also resolved to meet with heads of security agencies in the state at the executive session of the House of Assembly.
Also during plenary, the legislature urged all Security agencies in the state to do more in their actions to step up their responsibilities to make sure that criminal activities are brought to an end in the affected areas and other parts of the state.
This resolution of the House is sequel to a motion on a matter of urgent public importance raised by the member representing Etim-Ekpo/Ika State constituency, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Toby who drew the attention of the House of Assembly to lingering security situation in Etim-Ekpo which has led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties in the his constituency. He narrated how members of his constituency were kidnapped, maimed, killed, raped and had their houses and other properties set ablaze by gun wielding criminals who have been terrorising the area.
He cited an instance where the criminal elements set a police vehicle ablaze in Etim-Ekpo.
Members of the House who spoke on the matter including, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Felicia Bassey, Chief Whip ‘ Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong (Ini), Hon. Aniekan Uko, (Ibesikpo Asutan), Hon. Samuel Ufuo, (Mbo), Hon. Otobong Jonathan (Ukanafun), Rt. Hon. Friday Iwok (Abak), Hon Aniekan Bassey (Uruan), Hon. Mark Esset (Nsit Atai), Hon. Nse Ntuen0 (Essien Udim), Hon. Aniefiok Dennis (Etinan), and Hon. Effiong Bassey (Oron/Udung Uko), condemning the senseless killings and wanton destruction of properties perpetrated by the criminals, and called for a holistic approach towards resolving the matter.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke, thanked the sponsor of the motion for being sensitive to the plight of his people, saying the House of Assembly will always rise to the occasion to protect and defend the wellbeing of Akwa Ibom people.
He urged perpetrators of the crime to give peace a chance and turn a new leaf, warning that government would spare no effort in ensuring that every part of the state remains safe for the citizenry.
He directed the House Committee on Security, Youths and Sports to report back to the House within one months.