Daniel Bwala, a former aide to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed hope that President Bola Tinubu will find a lasting solution to the evil of banditry and kidnapping.
Bwala’s optimism is coming amid reports of bandits abducting some residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and demanding ransom of about N700 million.
Pmnews.ng reported that the Sagwari Layout Estate Dutse in Abuja was thrown into confusion after kidnappers who abducted ten persons from the area killed three of their victims.
On January 7, the daredevil gunmen invaded the estate with highly sophisticated weapons and abducted at least ten persons.
But reports said the terrorists have killed three of the ten victims to send a strong warning to their relatives negotiating ransom payment.
Our correspondent also gathered that the assailants have increased their demand from the initial N60 million per person to N100 million, now totalling N700 million, as the only condition for their release.
Reacting, Bwala urged the heads of intelligence organizations and security agencies to think outside the box to resolve the carnage.
Posting on X, Bwala wrote: “The crisis economy is testing the resolve of this administration.
“Amidst the rising spat of banditry and kidnapping for ransom, I am convinced that @officialABAT would galvanize a consensus of national security brains to find a lasting solution to this evil.
“The constitution of a national security advisory council consisting of 7 members who would be serving and/or retired heads of security and intelligence organisations such as SSS, DIA, NIA, Police etc to think outside the box would be key.”