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IGP Launches FCT Special Squad To Curb Abductions



As part of effort in combating the menace of kidnapping and other heinous crimes that is causing fear and panic among residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, on Wednesday launched the Special Intervention Squad (SIS) to combat insecurity and bandits’ kidnapping, which is wreaking havoc in the FCT.

Egbetokun said the Special Intervention Squad (SIS) was born out of diligent planning and commitment to enhancing the already robust security architecture of the nation’s capital and other parts of the country.

“The FCT remains a bastion of safety and an example of efficient urban security management.

“However, in the pursuit of excellence, we must proactively address even the slightest signs of potential threats. We are thus duty-bound to confront all challenges head-on to protect the lives and welfare of our citizens,” he said.

Expressing deep concern over the unfortunate kidnapping events and other attacks in Abuja, Egbetokun emphasised that with the launch of SIS, similar initiatives will soon be replicated in states neighbouring the FCT to effectively combat criminal incursions, ultimately extending to all 36 states of the Federation.

The IGP said, “The Special Intervention Squad (SIS) stands as a testament to our rejection of criminality in all its forms. It is a declaration of our commitment to reclaiming our streets, neighbourhoods, and cities from the clutches of lawlessness.

“We are mobilising the entirety of our resources, both human and technological, to ensure the triumph of justice and to provide our citizens with the liberty to live without fear for their safety and that of their loved ones.

“Envisioned to include a thousand (1,000) personnel in each state, the SIS is launched today with officers and men from each tactical unit of the Force, complemented 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 symbolises 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.

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He emphasised, “This operation is more than a mere response. It is a bold strategy aimed at dismantling the criminal networks entrenched in communities.

“We recognise the challenges before us and are cognizant that the journey ahead is arduous. However, it is with unwavering resolve that we embark on this mission, driven by a shared responsibility to restore peace and order to all troubled communities across the nation.

“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 safe haven for its inhabitants.”

He reassured Nigerians, especially residents of the Federal Capital Territory, of improved security.

The IGP continued, “We recognize the suffering endured by victims of violent crimes and the anxiety pervading our communities.

“This operation is intended to bring a swift and decisive end to this era of terror. It should also be noted that we are collaborating with the military and other security agencies to ensure our success, and we are confident that with your support, we will be successful.

“As we inaugurate the Special Intervention Squad (SIS) today in the FCT, let us unite against the forces threatening the very fabric of our society.

“May this operation serve as a beacon of hope as we collectively strive to make the FCT, its environs, and ultimately the entire nation safer for all residents. May justice be swift, and may peace permeate the entire landscape of Nigeria.”

“The alarming rise in these criminal activities without equivocation demands immediate and resolute action from us all. It is thus with a determined spirit that I proudly announce the inauguration of the Special Intervention Squad (SIS).”

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