Kidnappings: IGP summons task force, tactical squad commanders

Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has summoned a crucial meeting with the Force Management Team and Tactical Squads to address the escalating wave of insecurity across the country.

Lately, bandits have been breaking into houses and abducting residents from the comfort of their homes.

The incidents which have created tension got to a height when some Abuja residents, including a 13-year-old secondary school student, were killed over failure to meet the deadline of ransom payment.

Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement that the IGP while expressing deep concern over the events, stressed the need for decisive action.

The statement read, “The IGP expressed deep concern over the unfortunate events and emphasised the need for decisive action to curb such heinous crimes.

“During the meeting, which centred on a comprehensive review of current security challenges, strategic planning, and the deployment of tactical resources to tackle emerging threats, the IGP emphasised the need for a coordinated and intelligence-driven approach to address the evolving security landscape.

“Tactical squads were briefed and directed to intensify efforts on the deployment of proactive measures to prevent criminal activities and protect citizens.

“While reassuring Nigerians, especially residents of the Federal Capital Territory, of improved security, the IGP ordered the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Department of Operations, to personally coordinate the upscaled security strategies emplaced to decimate kidnappers and other criminally minded individuals in the FCT and immediately restore normalcy.

“In addition to operational strategies, the IGP underscored the significance of community engagement and collaboration with relevant stakeholders to gather information, enhance trust, and foster a collective effort in combating criminal elements.”

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