The Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has called for more sophisticated technology and involvement of better intelligence to tackle the wave of kidnapping in the country.
Speaking at Sunday’s 2019 Annual General Meeting of the American Society for Industrial Security International, Chapter 273, Abuja, Kyari said, “The criminals have now understood that the police and other law enforcement agencies have developed capabilities in tracking GSM phones and have deployef more evasive means in executing their crimes. One of such smart moves by the Kidnappers is the use of victims’ phones for ransom negotiations, a development which has made it increasingly difficult to track criminals even after the release of the hostage.
“Special attack helicopters are needed to provide air support to flush out kidnappers’ camps in the forest and remote locations that are not accessible in places like Kaduna, Kogi, Nigeria and Zamfara forest which is currently being occupied by gangs of fulani kidnappers.”
Kyari noted that the Fulani’s knowledge of Forrest terrains made it more difficult to manage the security situations as is is harder for the police to access.
“This is the situation along Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano roads, Okene-Lokoja-Obajana Expressway, Abuja-Jere-Kagarko-Jos Road, Kaduna-Birin Gwari-Minna Highway and some parts of the South-West and South-South”, said Kyari