By Augustine Ehikioya
To check incessant attacks by bandits, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, on Saturday patrolled the entire 163km stretch of the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
The patrol was to afford the IGP hands-on assessment of the security challenges on the road and for him to personally supervise the operational deployment of officers drawn from the Police tactical squads to ensure the safety of travellers along the route.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Ag. Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It said “In the course of the patrol, the IGP mapped out some salient and strategic points along the express which were immediately fortified with the deployment of operatives drawn from the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces (SF), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS), as well as airwing operatives in charge of unmanned aerial vehicles of the Nigeria Police Force.
“During the patrol, IGP Baba equally visited personnel of the Armed Forces and Police deployed at Rijana to secure technical crew of the Nigeria Railway Corporation undertaking repair works at the damaged train coaches and rail line in the axis, to boost their morale and assess the state of their post.”
The Inspector-General of Police, the statement said, assured that with the strategic and operational deployment of officers along the route, “normalcy would once again be restored.”
He tasked members of the public on active intelligence sharing with Law Enforcement Agencies for effective policing of all spaces.