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Kidnapping: IGP declares State of Emergency in Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria Highways

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Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has initiated unprecedented overhaul of police formations on Kaduna highway. He had ordered the immediate redeployment of Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, all other Officers, Inspectors and Rank and File serving in the Police Divisions and stations abutting the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria highways, notorious for kidnapping and robberies.

All police officers and men in Police Stations and out posts, starting from Zuba Division in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to all Divisions on the route, the axis of kidnappers, are affected by the  unprecedented redeployment , an indication that the police high command may be working on the theory that its men are in collusion with the criminals.

The sweeping redeployment also affected Police Stations and Posts in Niger State located along the Highway to Kaduna, and those other Police Divisions, Police Stations and Outposts throughout the Highways to Kaduna and Zaria City in Kaduna State.

Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said new Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, other superior Police Officers, Inspectors and Rank and Files have been posted to take over from the outgoing ones.

“The redeployment is to bring in new experience and fresh impetus to the fight against kidnappings, armed robberies and other violent crimes on these Highways.

Moshood also said the manpower overhaul in the axis will ensure full execution of Operation Absolute Sanity’s stipulated mandate.

In another development, the Inspector General of Police has promoted post-humously late Inspector Idris Musa to the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police for act of bravery, gallantry and supreme sacrifice of losing his life in active service to his fatherland, Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force.

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The late Police Officer will be remembered as one of the heroes of the Nigeria Police Force in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, Moshood wrote.

Inspector Idris Musa eventually died at about 0100hrs of 24th July, 2017 from injury he sustained along with two other Police Officers who survived when they came under IEDs attack from the remnant of Boko-Haram insurgents who were moving out to attack public centres, place of worships and other locations in Kano metropolis in the early hours of 23rd of July, 2017

The Inspector General of Police has directed that the late Inspector Idris Musa be given a befitting burial, he said.


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