ICYMI: We will go to the forest to uproot bandits ― IGP
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has said that the police and other security agencies will go to the forests and will uproot the bandits because it is the only thing that will bring peace back to our lands.
The IGP made this known during his visit to Kaduna State on Tuesday where he interacted with the senior security officers about their activities in the state such as the strategies put in place as well as to review some of these strategies.
“This is very important because today we are faced with the challenges of bandits, ISWAP members and Boko Haram around the state.
“This necessitated our concerted effort to root them out by negotiating with our sister agency, the Airforce and went to the forest to fight them and we recorded success.
He continued: “This is a constant strategy we put in place to go into their den to root them out as we are not relenting on our effort.”
“So I am here in Kaduna to reassess the strategy in view of the fact that some villages were attacked by bandits in Igabi and Giwa Local Government on Sunday where about fifty-one people were killed during the attack.
“What had happened should not have happened and we will not allow it to happen again, we have been briefed on the channel that opened up on the attack and we will block those chances so they will never have the opportunity to attack again.”
The IGP called on the cooperation of the general public to keep providing the police with useful information and we will act accordingly and it will be a continuous fight as we will not relent.
He added that most of these bandits have their houses in these villages and they believe that there are some people who are collaborating with the law enforcement agencies giving information about them.
“We have observed that they attack mostly early in the morning and at night, hence, we will restrategise to stop them from attacking these villages again as we have brought more resources such as mobile units, special forces, counter-terrorism unit, from other commands to Kaduna so as to re-equip the strategic officers in Kaduna to deal with banditry.
“For our men who are on the front line as always, we talk to them on the rules of engagement as they need to be courageous and remain focus because as you get to the front line, you do not retreat until you capture. We will encourage them to continue to work as we will keep supporting them in whatever way we can.