By Ben Agande
KADUNA—In a renewed effort to put an end to the rampant cases of kidnap on Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Nigeria Police Force has deployed 600 personnel and 90 vehicles to patrol the road and fish out kidnappers, who have made travelling on that road a nightmare.
Flagging off the operation in Rijana, a settlement on the highway, which has gained notoriety 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.
The DIG explained that 60 of the patrol vehicles would be dedicated to patrolling the Kaduna-Abuja Highway, while the remaining 30 will patrol the Kaduna-Zaria axis of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Highway.
Addressing officers and men mobilised from Kaduna, Abuja, Katsina, Jigawa, Akwanga, Lafiya, Zaria, Minna, Challawa, Rivers and Makurdi commands, Joshak urged them to ensure the highway was made safe for motorists and travellers.
His words: “I want to assure Nigerians that we will not have any situation that will overwhelm us. We will be robust in our actions.
“There will be no more kidnapping on this road. We have done it before. We will do it again.”