Rita Enemuru, Reporting
GOVERNOR of Delta State and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, has knocked the Federal Government of Nigeria over its sluggish attitude towards the fight against insecurity.
Okowa said this in respect of the gunmen attack on a train sub-station that took place in Igueben, Edo State on Saturday evening where over 30 passengers were kidnapped and others injured.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Sunday, Okowa bewailed the incident, and said that activities of gunmen across the country had remained a disturbing occurrence in the nation.
Describing the incident as “very sad and unfortunate,” the vice-presidential candidate charged the Federal Government to stop toying with the lives of citizens and face the insecurity ravaging the nation head-on.
While calling on security agents to be diligent in tracking the attackers, he urged Nigerians to rise to the occasion and assist security agencies with relevant information to enable them tackle the issue effectively.
“As a country we must be deeply concerned about the activities of armed groups and non-state actors trying to destabilise our nation.
”With the general elections a few weeks away, this dastardly act is not just worrisome but condemnable, and we urge security agencies to quickly track and apprehend the gunmen and rescue the victims.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I sympathise with the authorities of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and families of the kidnapped intending passengers at the train station.
”Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this difficult time and we pray for the early return of the victims to reunite with their families,” Okowa stated.