The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba on Monday, May 17, ordered for more Police Officers to be deployed in Kaduna State following the industrial strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), that kicked off today, May 17 in Kaduna.
According to the IGP, CRIMECHANNELS learnt that the mobilisation of additional Police Officers was to ensure the safety of the citizens of Kaduna as well as to strengthen security along the Kaduna – Abuja expressway.
The Force Police Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.
According to Frank Mba, the IGP gave the directive as a proactive measure to protect communities and travelers in anticipation of increased traffic on Kaduna – Abuja expressway following the disruption of other means of transportation by the industrial action in Kaduna State.
Part of the statement reads, “The IGP noted that the deployment of additional officers is designed to enhance police visibility, prevent and neutralize possible criminal activities targeted at citizens plying the road.”
“Consequently, the IGP has directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in Zonal and State Commands with jurisdictions straddling Kaduna – Abuja Highway and its environs to ensure no new threat to lives and property thrive within their Area of Responsibility (AoR) as a result of the industrial action.”
“Similarly, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau has been directed to immediately deploy covert operatives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) to prevent any untoward situation along the expressway.”
Meanwhile, the IGP appealed to residents, travellers, transporters and commuters along the Kaduna – Abuja expressway, to comply with security operatives that are deployed to their areas.
While assuring the citizens of the Police commitment in ensuring that their lives and properties are well secured, Usman Baba urged them to be vigilante and remain observant, adding that they should not hesitate to report any suspicious activities by any individual or group of persons.