By Bisi Akinlade
The involvement of Fulani in kidnapping given their knowledge of the forest terrain across the country has compounded the problem , the Commander, Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari has said.
He spoke at the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the American Society for Industrial Security International, Chapter 273, Abuja. His statement was monitored by Irohinoodua. The Fulani are believed to have joined the league of other ethnic groups involved in kidnaping including those in the Niger-Delta and Middle Belt.
According to him, the Fulani kidnappers currently occupy some forests in Nigeria.
He said “This is the situation along Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano roads; Okene-Lokoja-Obajuna Expressway; Abuja-Jere-Kagarko-Jos Road, Kaduna-BirninnGwari-Minna Highway and some parts of the South West and South South.”
Kyari said “The criminals have now understood that the police and other law enforcement agencies have developed capabilities in tracking GSM phones and have deployed more evasive means in executing their crimes; one of such moves by the kidnappers is the use of victims’ phones for ransom negotiations, a development which has made it increasingly difficult to track the criminals even after the release.”
Kyari, note for his expertise and high level of credibility in crime protection said the best way to fight the criminals is to employ modern technology.
He said “Special attack helicopters are needed to provide air support to flush out kidnappers’ camps in the forests and remote locations that are not accessible in places like Kaduna, Kogi, Niger and Zamfara forest which is currently occupied by Fulani kidnappers.”
Mr Kabir Adamu who spoke at the event said the Office of National Security Adviser is currently reviewing Nigeria’s strategic security framework.