The police have launched a massive security operation against kidnappers and other criminal gangs nationwide as part of measures to stem rising insecurity in the country.
it was gathered in Abuja on Sunday that the exercise involved raids, aerial and ground surveillance special police teams.
It was gathered that the special teams involved in the operation had been raiding dark spots, criminal hideouts and other locations and communities known for harbouring hoodlums.
Our correspondent learnt the operation was going on in Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Katsina, Kogi, Niger and other parts of the country, including Enugu, Benue, Osun, Oyo and other border states.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, told our correspondent on Sunday the police had taken steps in the southern region of the country to prevent what he called dispersal effect of crime.
“The security vigilance operations in the border states were meant to prevent the crimes from spilling over to the contiguous states. We expected that the gangs involved in various heinous crimes would be apprehended and their nefarious activities curbed as we ramped up the heat on them.”
Mba further disclosed that the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, had relocated his office from Katsina, the state capital to Daura, where he is coordinating security operations aimed at rescuing Alhaji Musa Umar, the district head of Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown.
Umar was reportedly kidnapped by four unidentified gunmen on Wednesday shortly after returning from the mosque.
Mba declined to give update on the operation to rescue Umar due to what he described as its covert and sensitive nature.
“Currently, there are massive strategic security operations, both covert and overt missions, taking place in different parts of the country, including Katsina aimed at subduing the criminal gangs and restoring sanity to the land.
“However, because of the covert and sensitive nature of these operations, I will not discuss them for now. But Nigerians should be assured that the entire law enforcement and intelligence community in Nigeria will not rest until we win the battle against crimes and criminality in Nigeria,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has exonerated foreigners in Nigeria from kidnapping and other criminal activities.
He noted that a stronger border would reduce the menace of kidnappings in the country.
The CG said, “The number of foreigners is small when compared to Nigerians. The percentage does not show the majority of kidnappings are done by foreigners. There are a lot of Nigerian criminals and criminal groups. We should not transfer our crime to another territory. It is our problem.”