By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—INSPECTOR-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed Assistant Inspectors-General, AIGs, and Commissioners of Police, CPs, in zones and commands across the country to introduce new strategies in curbing kidnappings and other violent crimes on highways and major roads.
They are also to beef up security in their area of responsibilities and ensure massive deployment of armed Police personnel, patrol teams and undercover operatives to black spots, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots.
Force Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent Jimoh Moshood, who said this while parading 31 arrested Abuja-Kaduna Highway kidnap, rape and robbery suspects in Kaduna yesterday, added that the Police boss said the AIGs and CPs must make sure that detection of crimes were prompt, to serve as effective deterrent to would-be criminals.
The success made in the arrest of the criminals, according to Moshood, was consequent upon the reinforcement of Operation Absolute Sanity on Abuja- Minna Highway with more personnel of Special Tactical Squad and additional two units of Special Police Forces by the Inspector-General of Police.
The suspects, he said, were arrested in their hideouts and camps, where some of their victims were rescued.
Items recovered from them included firearms, ammunition, army camouflage uniforms and operational vehicles of the kidnappers.
According to Moshood, “in the operation that is still ongoing, four different vicious and notorious kidnap-for-ransom gangs, including those dealing in prohibited firearms, were dislodged.
“Also arrested is a gang that is responsible for the killing of some security personnel on Kaduna-Abuja Road and Abuja-Lokoja Road, recently.”