The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, on Wednesday, launched a special team tagged the ‘Special Intervention Squad’ to reduce the spate of kidnappings in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The IGP said the special operations would be deployed to all Area Councils in the nation’s capital city.
Recall that the gunmen have, in the last few weeks, attacked and kidnapped several residents of the territory.
While noting that the squad will engage in massive community policing, Egbetokun assured Nigerians that the newly launched Special Intervention Squad will be replicated in neighboring states to address the challenge of insecurity.
President Bola Tinubu and the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike had assured residents of their commitment to ensuring that the security situation is brought under control.
The president said that while security agencies are acting with dispatch to immediately address the current challenge, all required resources, policies and plans will be rolled out soon for the massive education of Nigerian youths.
He made the assertion when he received a delegation of Jam’iyyatu Ansaridden, Islamic Movement, at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
The President said education is the antidote to the troubles agitating the nation, adding: “There is no weapon against poverty that is as potent as learning.
“I can assure you that we are here to change the lives of our people. We are here to promote peace, stability, and economic prosperity.
The President also emphasised that it was important to promote updated knowledge through existing Islamic learning institutions for youths in Northern Nigeria to speed up development in the region, in Nigeria, and throughout Africa.
“Please embark on special prayers. Embark on proper education for our youths. Kidnapping and banditry are not the way of God. Shedding each other’s blood is bad. And there can be no development without peace. It is only in the area of peace that we can eliminate poverty. We must work for peace in order for our economy to grow better,” the president stated.