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Return Of Kidnappers Along Abuja-Kaduna Highway Is Worrisome

Motorists have confirmed the return of notorious bandits terrorising the busy Abuja-Kaduna federal highway. Scores of passengers, motorists and others were abducted and whisked into the bush by the suspected bandits. This negative development has created anxiety among people. Considering the gravity of the situation, the Nigerian Police Force has already been notified of the incident. The return of bandits to the federal highway is indeed worrisome.

Months ago, these violent criminals used to block the popular Kaduna highway and rob passengers. In a critical situation, they kidnap innocent people and chase them into their hideouts in order to demand huge ransoms from their families. When the situation escalated, the then Inspector General of Police Mr Ibrahim Idris has instructed the deployment of a police rapid response squad to tackle their menace.

At that time, the police squad aided by Nigerian Air Force were able to restore normalcy and stability as many kidnappers were apprehended on various raids. It came as a surprise to people when the news of fresh abduction on the same highway surfaced. It is a moment of anguish for the families of the abducted passengers.

Banditry, kidnappings and armed robbery have become the major security threats affecting the northwestern part of the country. Mr president has charged the security forces to tackle this issue on multiple occasions. But the bandits take advantage of the rough terrain in the region to evade capture and launch attacks on remote villages.

(Photo Credit: Punch Newspaper)

There is a need to redeploy the special tactical command in the affected areas. Any act of insecurity close to the nation's capital is alarming. The police official spokesman, Mr Frank Mba is yet to issue a statement regarding this development. Hopefully, upon completing the investigation, there will be a comprehensive report for the general public.

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Abuja-Kaduna Ibrahim Idris Kaduna Nigerian Police Force

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