The former Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Musa Mohammed, has called on security agencies to increase surveillance around Nasarawa-Toto axis of Nasarawa State to prevent further attacks and acts of criminality.
Speaking to newsmen in Lafia on Tuesday, he said that the recent abduction of health workers and other criminal activities in the area was affecting socio-economic activities.
Mohammed, who is the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for Nasarawa-Toto Federal Constituency in the 2019 general election, said the people of the area have been leaving in fear and needed the assistance of security agencies to restore normalcy.
He explained that the axis is among one of the most economically viable areas in the state that has more people in the urban and rural centres.
The ex-speaker however urged the security agencies and residents of the state to collaborate to ensure safety.
He said: “Our people are constantly leaving in fear and needed the support of security agencies and other stakeholders to bring an end to the activities of criminal elements in the area.
“There should be more surveillance around the area and if possible collaboration between vigilante groups and security agencies, we are in need of serious security presence.
“The rate of kidnapping and other attacks by unknown gunmen in the area is becoming alarming which is very alien to our people because our people are peace loving citizens that go about their normal business activities across the state.”
The PDP candidate promised to present the challenge before relevant authorities as he called on the people of the area to report any suspicious person or movement to security agencies.
Besides, the former speaker enjoined the people of the area to embrace peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that unknown gunmen abducted three officials of the Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency along Nasarawa-Toto road on November 1.
The area is also witnessing incessant kidnapping and other criminal activities.