Police Deploy More Personnel To Tackle Crime On Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Highway

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Police authorities in Kaduna State have deployed more personnel along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Highway in the north-western state.

The Public Relations Officer of the police command, Muhammad Jalige, who disclosed this on Saturday explained that the deployment was part of efforts to curb the menace of banditry, kidnapping, and other heinous activities in the general area.

He noted that the deployed personnel included conventional police officers, undercover Operatives, as well as operatives of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Operation Puff Adder, and the Anti-Kidnapping Unit.

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Jalige stated that the carefully planned deployment of the police personnel was to create a workable synergy between intelligence and striking units of the force.

According to him, this is to minimise the activities of the men of the underworld around that axis and improve socio-economic activities of residents in the area.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, Umar Muri, commiserated with the families who have lost their loved ones to attacks on the highway and pray that God would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

He, however, called for more support, saying operations of such magnitude cannot be carried out successfully without the cooperation of the host communities and commuters, among other stakeholders.

FRSC Installs Cameras In Patrol Vehicles To Check Highway Offences

FRSC, Cameras, Vehicles, HighwayThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has begun installation of mobile cameras in its operational vehicles to track traffic offenders.

The agency explained that the cameras would be used to check traffic light violators, assaults and other operational offences.

The development was announced on Wednesday by the FRSC Corp Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, at the decoration of some senior officials of the corps in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

“Already we’ve received mounted cameras from the World Bank installed already in the vehicles and we are activating this and it has a radius of 200 metres.

“So with this I believe (traffic offences), especially for these traffic light violators, assault cases and critical operational offences (would be checked). We are activating the usage of these mobile cameras in the patrol cars,” he said.

Mr Oyeyemi disclosed that the mobile cameras would be operational from February 1, 2017 stressing that more cameras would be installed in due course.

“For 2017 I think we are going to have more appropriation to install cameras in the patrol cars. Technology is improving and we need more cameras to be able to get recalcitrant offenders, especially for these traffic light violators.

“Since we have a robust database, we only need to take their numbers and get their records and we issue a citation to them, (as well as) get the magistrate for warrant of arrest and prosecute them.

“That is our focus; we need to improve on the mode of our operations in 2017,” he said.

Kidnapping: IGP Deploys Special Forces To Abuja-Kaduna Highway

kidnapping, igp, special forcesThe acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed Special Forces to help curb activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements along the highway and surrounding states.

This is in response to the rampant cases of kidnapping along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Inaugurating the special strike force on Friday, the IG who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of operations, Joshak Habila, said that the operatives would be dispatched to various locations in Kaduna, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory to protect lives and property of road users and residents of the areas.

The IGP assured citizens living around the area that the arrival of the special strike force, together with operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command would bring activities of kidnappers and other criminal elements to an end.

He appealed to members of the public to cooperate with men of the strike force and the command by providing useful information that would enable them track down the criminals that have been terrorising the state.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Alkali Usman, also joined the DIG in warning the officers and men of the squad not to exhibit acts capable of truncating the operation.

He also assured them that their welfare would be adequately taking care of.

Kaduna has recently gained notoriety as a hotbed for the kidnapping, with past victims including diplomats, judges, government officials and political figures.

For a smooth operation, operational patrol vans with communication gadgets have been procured for the troops.

As they move into their various units to commence operation, it is hoped that they will bring the activities of armed bandits to an end.