KIDNAPPING: IGBO IN DIASPORA TO DEPLOY TRACKING DEVICE
Disturbed by the incessant kidnapping cases in the South-eastern states, the Igbo in the Diaspora under the aegis of World Igbo Congress (WIC) have proposed the use of location-based technology to track and apprehend kidnappers who have laid siege to the region.
The group made the proposal after an emergency teleconference it held on October 9, to look at avenues and possible 'commitments towards alleviating the state of siege in Igbo land occasioned by unmitigated incidents of armed robbery and kidnapping, especially in Abia State.'
WIC after the meeting urged the governors to deploy their monthly security votes in addressing security issues in their domains,. The group also advised them as Chief Security Officers of their states to persuade the Federal Government to get the services of Wireless Telecommunications Operators in the country to adopt the WIC-sponsored proposal of using location- based technology to track and apprehend kidnappers.
The group in its communiquÃ© entitled: 'Emergency Worldwide Teleconference on the State of Siege: Armed Robbery and Kidnapping in Igboland, ' signed by its Chairman, Joe Nze Eto; Secretary-General, Chief Cyril Nwaguru; Chair WIC Security Committee, Chukwuereka Egwim, and Executive Director, Dr. Anthony Ejiofor and made available to Daily Sun disclosed that its consultants on the technology would lead the implementation strategy to ensure its smooth operation.
The group also disclosed that its consultants would work with the National Communications Commission (NCC) and the Federal Ministry of Information towards achieving this goal. WIC also said it would seek audience with the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo for the purpose of coordinating information gathering and sharing at the town levels, as well as fostering synergy to build capacity for implementation of its programmes for quick return of security to communities in the South-east.
It also said that it would identify with the Managing Directors of banks, bankers' associations, and traders associations in Aba and the entire Abia State for the purpose of sharing and reviewing security plans. WIC also promised them to help in building capacity for sustainable security plans with an aim to preventing disruptive criminal acts to ensure that the banks and the markets are open for business.