The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the various forest reserves in Owo/Ose Federal Constituency of Ondo State in order to comb and fish out criminals perpetrating crimes.
The House also condemned in strong terms, the recent killings of worshippers in the State by yet to be identified gunmen.
This was sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent national importance sponsored by the lawmaker representing the constituency, Adelegbe Oluwatimehin, at the plenary.
The lawmaker noted that the act was reportedly carried out on the innocent congregation with the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) after which the defenceless people were shot indiscriminately.
He disclosed that, apart from the incident, thirty people have been kidnapped in the last three weeks in the area and millions collected in ransom payment.
“Worried that in the last three weeks, 30 persons kidnapped at different locations in Ose Local Government and several millions have been collected in ransom payment. Four days ago, five people were kidnapped at Olufa in the same Ose Local Government and they are yet to be released. Just this morning, Mr Speaker, sporadic shooting is going on in the communities of Okeluse, Molege and Arimogija in the same Ose Local Government.
The lawmaker expressed concern that unless drastic security measures are put in place, similar attacks will continue to be carried out by the perpetrators until many communities are completely wiped out in the local government area.
Adopting the motion, the house mandated the police authorities not to stop at just fishing out the perpetrators but to also prosecute them so that at the end, justice may be served.
The house also directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to alleviate the suffering of the family members of those that lost their lives by supplying them with essential relief materials.