THE Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Sunday raised the alarm over the state of insecurity in some parts of Kogi State, calling for redeployment of overstayed security agents in the area.
The Okene branch of the association in a statement by its chairman, Amechi Obiechina, particularly expressed concern over insecurity in Kogi central senatorial district, describing the situation as “worrisome and scary”.
The body lamented the last abduction of a High Court judge in the area and recently the kidnapping of a member of the association, Anthony Eghieye, who was taken away from a church along the Okene-Ajaokuta road.
The chairman said the body had met with the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, over the rampant cases of kidnapping in the area with an appeal to the monarch to sensitise his subjects on the need to expose those behind the criminal activities.
The association regretted that rather than subsiding, like in other parts of the state, cases of kidnapping had been on the increase in Kogi, therefore, defying the presence and efforts of security agents.
The body however noted that for security to be beefed up in the area, those officers that had stayed for too long should be moved, while indigenous vigilante groups should also be engaged.
The NBA also commended the efforts of the state government and the security agencies in the state in the war against crime, urging them to redouble their efforts.