Kidnapping: Police Deploy 600 Men, 90 Vehicles For Road Safety


BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – Determined to put an end to the rampant cases of kidnapping on the Abuja-Kaduna highway, the Nigerian Police Force has deployed 600 personnel and 90 vehicles to patrol the road in order to make the highway safe for travelers.

Flagging off the operation in Rijana,  a settlement known as “kidnappers ‘den,” the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Federal operations, Habila Joshak, said the tactical operation, which is a continuation of Operation Maximum Safety launched last year is made up of 500 regular officers and men, as well as 100 intelligence officers.

He explained that 60 of the patrol vehicles would be dedicated to patrolling the Kaduna-Abuja highway, while the other 30 vehicles would Patrol the Kaduna-Zaria axis of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway.

Addressing officers and men mobilised from different Mobile Police Commands across the country, DIG Joshak enjoined the officers and men of the Force to ensure the highway was free from all forms of social vices.

“I want to assure Nigerians that we will not have any situation that will overwhelmed us.  We will be robust in our actions. We will not only be on the highway, but Nigerians will see our actions.  We have done it before. There will be no more kidnapping on this road again.  We have done it before. We will do it again.

“Allow any hand that is coming to the road with arms with the intention of kidnapping people for ransom reach the trigger. We will match force with force,” he explained.

The personnel who were deployed from eleven state commands of the Force are to be stationed in Rijana.

The mobile policemen were deployed from Kaduna Abuja,  Katsina,  jigawa,  Akwanga,  lafiya, Zaria Minna,  Challawa , Rivers  and Makurdi.

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