President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he was concerned with the insecurity on major highways in the country. He particularly mentioned the Abuja-Kaduna highway as needing urgent attention. The highway has long been a target for bandits, with gunmen abducting or killing motorists.
Sagir Hamida, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a candidate for the governorship of Zamfara in the 2019 election, was slain when gunmen attacked motorists on the highway on Sunday.
More than 20 people are said to have been kidnapped.
The president has ordered intensified patrol by security services on the route, Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, said after the national security council (NSC) meeting presided over by Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
“The president stated that we are still not where we should be; that Nigerians deserve to live in peace, and that we will not rest until we achieve that,” he said.
“Police and other security agencies have been called in to increase surveillance and patrol in the hunt for the perpetrators.
“As a result, the agencies charged with ensuring Nigeria’s security and maintaining law and order have been directed to improve their operations, increase monitoring, and minimize, if not completely eliminate, any threat to law and order wherever in the country.”
“As I have stated, the police are the key agency in terms of internal security. So, whatever I say about maintaining law and order will, without a doubt, start with the police and then spread to all other security organizations.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.