The acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday launched an operation against kidnappers and other hoodlums by deploying 510 anti-riot policemen in Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
The operation which was backed with 40 patrol vehicles and armoured carriers, was expected to man dark spots and vulnerable points along the road which had become notorious for kidnapping and other violent crimes.
Speaking during the inauguration of “Operation Maximum Safety,” the IG asked the policemen to curb all forms of crime around the area and provide security for travellers and residents of surrounding communities.
Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operation, Habila Joshak, stated that criminals would not be allowed to take over any part of the country.
He said that the government was worried about the insecurity along the highway, hence the decision to deploy the security personnel to ensure security of lives and property.
The IG called on the community leaders, residents and youths to support the police with information, adding that the operatives were selected from different Mobile Police Force units for the special operation.
He assured the policemen that their welfare would be taken care of, adding that Kaduna State government had offered to pay their allowances and to fuel their patrol vehicles.
Idris said, “We would regularly review the template for providing security from time to time, we will smoke out the criminals, we are not going to spare or think twice about anyone who raises his gun to fire at innocent citizens, we would not allow that hand to come down.
“I say this with all sense of purpose, but we cannot achieve this without the support of the community leaders, the people and the youth.”
The AIG in charge of zone 7, Abuja, Alkali Usman, admonished the police officers to carry out their duties with all their heart and mind.