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IGP Launches Special Intervention Squad to Tackle Kidnappings in FCT



Inspector-General of Police, IGP Olukayode Adeolu Egbetokun

In response to the rising incidents of kidnappings in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, unveiled a new initiative on Wednesday. The special team, named the ‘Special Intervention Squad,’ aims to combat the menace of kidnappings in the nation’s capital.

During the launch in Abuja, the IGP highlighted that the squad consists of specially trained mobile police officers equipped to deliver swift responses to security breaches within the FCT. Emphasizing the importance of community policing, Egbetokun assured the public that the newly established squad would extend its operations to neighboring states, addressing the broader challenge of insecurity.

The move comes in the wake of public outcry following the kidnapping of six siblings and their father in the Bwari Area Council of Abuja on January 3, 2024. Tragically, one of the sisters, Nabeehah, lost her life after her parents were unable to meet the kidnappers’ N60 million ransom demand.

On Monday, the IGP called for an intensified effort to “decimate kidnappers and other criminally-minded individuals” in the nation’s capital. In addition to launching the Special Intervention Squad, the IGP held meetings with the Force Management Team and Tactical Squads in Abuja to strategize on tackling the escalating security challenges.

President Bola Tinubu also joined the conversation on Tuesday, condemning the recent surge in kidnappings and bandit attacks across the FCT and other regions of the country. Describing the situation as disturbing, ungodly, and sinister, President Tinubu assured that security agencies were taking swift action to address the immediate challenges. He further stated that comprehensive resources, policies, and plans would be implemented to facilitate the extensive education of Nigerian youths in the near future.

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As the Special Intervention Squad begins its operations, the public eagerly awaits the impact of this initiative in curbing the menace of kidnappings and enhancing overall security in the Federal Capital Territory.

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