Nigeria: IGP Launches Special Squad to Tackle Abductions in Federal Capital Territory

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In response to the escalating threat of kidnappings and other criminal activities causing fear among Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun has taken decisive action by launching the Special Intervention Squad (SIS). The initiative, unveiled on Wednesday, aims to enhance the existing security infrastructure and combat the increasing incidents of insecurity and banditry in the FCT.

Inspector-General Egbetokun emphasized that the formation of the Special Intervention Squad is a result of meticulous planning and a commitment to fortifying the security apparatus of the nation’s capital and, eventually, all states across the country.

“While the FCT remains a stronghold of safety and a model of efficient urban security management, we must proactively address even the slightest signs of potential threats to protect the lives and welfare of our citizens,” said Egbetokun.

Expressing deep concern over recent kidnapping events and attacks in Abuja, Egbetokun assured that similar initiatives would be implemented in states neighboring the FCT to effectively combat criminal incursions, extending eventually to all 36 states of the Federation.

The IGP underscored the importance of the Special Intervention Squad in countering criminality. He stated, “The 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, neighborhoods, and cities from the clutches of lawlessness.”

Envisioned to consist of a thousand personnel in each state, the SIS will deploy officers from each tactical unit of the Force, supported by a formidable arsenal of operational assets, including advanced arms, drones, and vehicles.

Egbetokun outlined the comprehensive approach of the operation, stating that beyond immediate intervention, the SIS would engage in community-oriented policing. This collaborative effort with community leaders, residents, and stakeholders aims to strengthen the bonds between the police force and communities, ensuring the safety of every corner of the FCT.

He reassured Nigerians, especially FCT residents, of improved security, stating, “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.”

In closing, the IGP called for unity against the forces threatening society and expressed hope that the Special Intervention Squad would serve as a beacon of hope in making the FCT and, ultimately, the entire nation safer for all residents.

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