Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr Umar Muri has ordered the immediate deployment of more operatives on Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway to tackle banditry and kidnapping in the area.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige made this known in a statement released on Saturday, NAN reports.
Jalige explained that the deployment of personnel to the highway was to curb the recent upsurge in banditry, kidnapping, and other heinous activities in the area.
He said that the move would help restore public confidence particularly in the affected communities and among road users.
According to Jalige, conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force, men of Operation Puff Adder, the Anti-Kidnapping unit, and undercover operatives are among personnel deployed.
“This will improve and make safe the socio-economic environment and activities for the teaming populace,” he explained.
“We commiserate with the families of victims of armed robbery and banditry, and pray that the Almighty God would grant them the fortitude to bear the losses.
“The command is also calling on all and sundry to assist the Police in ensuring that criminalities are brought to the barest minimum not only along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway but the State in general,’’ the commissioner was quoted to have said.