The State Law Makers have in a resolution called on the State Government to implement the Anti kidnapping law gazetted on March,15th 2015 while also requesting the Security Agencies in the State to work assiduously to ensure the safe and unconditional release of Doctor Iyama Marcus and all other kidnapped victims.
The Law Makers have also called on the State Government to fast-track the appointment of an experienced and competent State Security Adviser with as a measure to curb the security challenges in the State.
These resolutions were taken by the House following a Matter of Urgent Public Interest presented by Member representing Bakassi, Rt Hon Ekpo Ekpo Bassey who stated that the Nigerian Medical Association has embarked on an industrial action to protest the Kidnapping of the medical practitioner.
Bassey, lamented that the spate of kidnapping, cultism and other forms of criminal activities in the State has adversely affected the industrialisation drive of Government adding that there was an urgent need to activate the security apparatus of the state to ensure the release of all kidnapped persons.
In his contribution the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Joseph Bassey expressed regret that, “kidnapping and cultism have become the order of the day in Calabar South, rape of women and girls is perpetrated on a daily basis” He emphasized that, “nobody is safe anymore in Cross River State”.
Also speaking, Member representing Yakurr 1, Rt. Hon. Nelson Ofem regretted that, “Hoodlums have found a safe haven in Cross River following the stringent security measures put in place by neighbouring States”.
Members unanimously condemned the high rate of kidnappings not only in the State capital but also across the entire State and called on the State Government to expedite action on the implementation of the Anti Kidnapping Bill earlier passed by the 8th Assembly.
Members who expressed sadness that Calabar was fast loosing it safe and clean status due to the activities of criminals, expressed dissatisfaction with the services of the State Security Agencies which are empowered to safeguard the lives and property of Citizens.
Members appealed to the striking Doctors to call off their strike in the interest of the generality of the masses.