Widespread insecurity: Military, police, others plan special joint squads to stop killings, kidnappings

Widespread insecurity: Military, police, others plan special joint squads to stop killings, kidnappings

The leadership of the Armed Forces and the Nigerian Police Force have met and agreed to launch a special joint operation to rout bandits and other criminal elements currently terrorising residents of the country . The Defence Headquarters , Abuja , confirmed this on Saturday , saying the armed forces and the police authorities had

The leadership of the Armed Forces and the Nigerian Police Force have met and agreed to launch a special joint operation to rout bandits and other criminal elements currently terrorising residents of the country .
The Defence Headquarters , Abuja , confirmed this on Saturday , saying the armed forces and the police authorities had identified gaps in their efforts and resolved to address those issues together .
The DHQ spokesman , Col . Onyema Nwachukwu , in an interview with SUNDAY NEWSPAD, said the military and police were given “ marching orders ” , and had carried out a re – evaluation of their efforts against the bandits as well as the next line of action .
Nwachukwu stated , “ The leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under Gen Abayomi Olonisakin , the Chief of the Defence Staff , and the police have met and the meeting was to identify gaps in the operations and how to address those issues .
“ There is a special joint operation coming up and all is already set for it. I cannot give you details of the operation . But it will take care of the banditry in the North – West region and other criminalities . ”
A top military source , who was part of the meeting, told one of our correspondents that the special joint operation had already been named.
“ The special joint operation is already in the pipeline with specific deployments expected from the army, the air force , the navy and the police, even with contributions from the Department of State Services , and the Nigerian Immigration Service, ” the source added .
Police need military support to tackle banditry – Mba
The Nigeria Police Force had initially told one of our correspondents that the agency required support from other security agencies as well as the cooperation of political leaders among other residents of various communities under attacks by bandits, kidnappers and other criminals to free such areas from the grips of the hoodlums.

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