A team of 20 representatives of women groups on Tuesday converged at the Kano State House of Assembly seeking for legislative intervention in the matter of the recent abduction and recovery of nine children from the State.
The women groups, under the Coalition of Ulama and Non-Governmental Organisations, called on the Assembly to constitute an independent committee to probe the development.
Leader of the delegation, Amira Halima Shitu-Abdulwahab, said the appeal was aimed at identifying any gap in the existing laws that permit such crimes to be perpetuated.
She advised that “On discovering any lacuna, the Assembly should hasten in making necessary amendment or coming up with new laws to arrest the situation once and for all. The death penalty suggested by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is apt in this regard.”
The groups also called on the Assembly to follow up on the progress of the Kano State Commission of Inquiry on the matter and ensure that the state government takes the necessary steps regarding whatever recommendations that will come out of the commission’s report.
“We are also calling on the Assembly to pass a resolution urging the state government to render all necessary support to the security agencies in the state in a manner will facilitate the recovery of the remaining stolen children.
“The House should also look into possible ways of closing all houses that are found to be harbouring any kidnapper and their landlords should be interrogated.
“Also the Assembly should instruct the state government to withdraw the representatives of Igbo community and that of the Christian Association of Nigeria as we do not see the rationale behind their inclusion in a matter that strictly concerns Kano,” she said.
Responding, the Speaker of the House, Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, commended the groups on the matured manner in which they have handled the issue.
Garba-Gafasa added that the assembly would address the issue with the aim of curbing such criminal acts in the state.