The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has declared that the Kaduna-Kaduna-Abuja highway is now one of the safest states in the country. after series of kidnapping cases were experienced in the state.
He stated this while addressing newsmen after declaring open a workshop on security, that in the last few months, there has been a great reduction in cases of kidnapping.
The highway was known in the past for its notoriety as one of the most dangerous roads in the country, but the governor noted that the measures taken by his state government in collaboration with security agencies.
He said, “Many people still think it is not safe, they are not plying it and the rest. That road is the safest road in Nigeria today.”
Acknowledging the good effort of the state security forces, he said, “I will like to give credit to our Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs because the creation of that ministry has raised the level of proactiveness on these issues.”
El-Rufai who listed out reasons that prove the state is now safe said “contrary to their past tactics where security forces waited for kidnapping incidence to occur before they intervene, the security agencies have changed their strategies from reaction to proaction. So, they don’t wait until kidnapping takes place. They identify where the bandits are and they go and attack them; so the bandits have been on the run.”
He also added that there is a high level of coordination and cooperation within the security agencies. This he said has helped in dealing with these problems.
Also, the state has invested in the state of the art security equipment like drones and Closed Circuit Television Cameras to ensure that the state remains safe. “The kidnappers that use to stay around the road have all been wiped out or chased deeper into the jungle,” he said.