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IGP Egbetokun launches special squad to tackle kidnappings and banditry in Abuja

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, is set to launch a Special Intervention Squad, SIS to arrest the recent surge in kidnapping, killing and other activities of the bloodthirsty bandits in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,

The IGP said the special operations, when launched, would be deployed to all Area Councils in the nation’s capital city.

Abuja has, in recent weeks, witnessed an upsurge in abductions and attacks by bandits infiltrating the FCT from neighbouring states.

In response to the incidents, IGP Egbetokun launched the special squad, urging the officers to root out criminal elements in Abuja.

He also stated that the squad has the full support of the Nigerian government and some foreign governments.

He said: These men are going to be given special training. Don’t get me wrong, they are already well trained, but they are going to have additional training, and that training is not going to stop; they will continue to train regularly.

”The days of those terrorising Nigeria are numbered. I want to appeal to everyone to support this initiative, and please cooperate with these officers when they are out.”

Meanwhile, Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in 2023 elections, Mr Peter Obi, has urged Vice President Kashim Shettima to take charge of security, while President Bola Tinubu, as an expert in economy would handle the economy as promised.

Obi made the call on Tuesday night in a post on his X handle against the backdrop of rising insecurity in the country.

According to him, as terror attacks, banditry, kidnappings and violence continue to rage through the country, it is more concerning now with the surge of violence spreading through the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

He said that the recent killings of two abducted young girls in Abuja makes it more depressing and urgent.

“It is unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015, campaigned and won the elections on three items; Security, Economy and Corruption (SEC),” Obi said.

He said that after his eight years in office, the situation has worsened in all three areas and that the present administration, on assuming office, also promised to deal decisively with the same situation -Security, Economy and Corruption, but that today, however, the situation is getting even worse than ever.

“At the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association held in Lagos in August 2022, the then Vice Presidential Candidate, Sen Kashim Shettima categorically stated that if APC is elected, he as Vice President would be in charge of security, while the President as an expert in economy would handle the economy.

“Nigerians therefore now implore them to fulfil their campaign promises. Even if they do not achieve 100% results, we want to see 100% effort,” Obi said.

“Nigerians therefore now implore them to fulfil their campaign promises. Even if they do not achieve 100% results, we want to see 100% effort,” Obi said.

The former Anambra State governor said that it is now time to stop all forms of foreign trips from people in government, until the nation deal with the ugly situation facing citizens at home.

“No foreign investor or partner will like to invest in Nigeria, with the situation we now find ourselves in. We must make sincere efforts to end the spread of violence and insecurity in our nation, in order to make any meaningful progress,” Obi said.


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