From Elohor Igbru
The end may be in sight for kidnappers who have besieged the federal capital territory Abuja as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Olukayode Egbetokun, has deployed the Special Intervention Squad (SIS) in the Federal Capital Territory to curb the murderous activities of kidnappers and bandits in border towns within the territory.
On the same day, the federal government warned Nigerians against the payment of ransom to kidnappers as it will worsen the security situation in the country.
Scores of SIS operatives were dispatched to the entry and exit points of the FCT in a move to bolster security in the nation’s capital which has been under siege by bandits.
The hoodlums, who had operated on highways and in rural communities, have in recent times escalated their attacks on residents of Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, Kaduna and other urban centres.
The Killing Field
In the last one week, kidnappers killed four of their victims, including Folashade Ariyo, who was kidnapped alongside her mother and three siblings from their home in the Dutsen-Alhaji area of the Bwari Area Council, FCT.
They also gunned down Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, a 400-level student of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who was kidnapped with her five sisters. The abductors similarly murdered a barman who was taken away alongside 23 other hostages.
At the deployment, the IGP said the SIS would be backed by a formidable arsenal of operational assets, including sophisticated arms, drones, and vehicles.
Egbetokun said: “Envisioned to include a thousand personnel in each state, the SIS is launched today with officers and men from each tactical unit of the Force, supplemented by a formidable arsenal of operational assets, including sophisticated arms, drones, and vehicles.
‘’These assets, some of which are displayed here, are ready for deployment to counteract the security threats. This deployment symbolizes our unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our people, sending a clear message that criminal elements will find no sanctuary within the FCT, and by extension, Nigeria.’’
Egbetokun clarified that the operation was not a mere knee-jerk response to the security challenge buffeting the country but a bold strategy to dismantle the criminal networks entrenched in the communities.
The police boss emphasised the new approach aimed at addressing the security conundrum saying, “Our approach is comprehensive. Beyond immediate intervention, the SIS will also engage in community-oriented policing – a testament to our philosophy that public safety is a collaborative endeavour.
‘’By working hand-in-hand with community leaders, residents, and all stakeholders, we aim to fortify the already strong bonds between the Police Force and the communities, ensuring that every corner of the FCT remains a haven for its inhabitants.
“The Special Intervention Squad stands as a testament to our rejection of criminality in all forms. It is a declaration of our commitment to reclaiming our streets, neighbourhoods, and cities from the clutches of lawlessness.
‘’We are mobilizing the entirety of our resources, both human and technological, to ensure the triumph of justice and to provide our citizens the liberty to live without fear for their safety and that of their loved ones.’’