Why Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road re­mains un­safe

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ex­tent he had gone in that re­gard.

“You gave us this man­date and we will not fail. I heard your com­plaints re­gard­ing se­cu­rity. Like you know, we are work­ing hard with the se­cu­rity agen­cies and by the spe­cial grace of God, we will see the end of this.

“Aside the mil­i­tary and po­lice ac­tion in Birnin Gwari, which we are col­lab­o­rat­ing with the se­cu­rity agen­cies, the state govern­ment sup­ports the lo­cal govern­ments with funds to strengthen se­cu­rity of life and prop­erty. I noted your com­plaints and we will con­tinue to do all that is nec­es­sary to beef up se­cu­rity,” he said.

How­ever, peo­ple are still wor­ried about the route as it ap­pears at­tacks usu­ally sub­sided when the at­ten­tion of the au­thor­i­ties is drawn to it but recom­mence af­ter a while.

There are also sus­pi­cions that it might be the same set of gangs ter­ror­is­ing the route as the modus operandi of each oper­a­tion ap­pears to be the same.

Since the route be­came dan­ger­ous, the po­lice have stepped-up pa­trol on the route which has helped to save trav­ellers on many oc­ca­sions.

In a case in­volv­ing two fe­male stu­dents and their male lec­turer, they were ab­ducted but the ve­hi­cle they were trav­el­ling in was re­cov­ered by the po­lice while they were be­ing held un­til they were re­leased.

Po­lice Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO) of Kaduna State, ASP Mukhtar Hus­seini Aliyu, how­ever, said the po­lice were on pa­trol on the road and at­trib­uted the suc­cess in crack­ing some of the cases to the ef­forts of his men.

In the Sun­day in­ci­dent in which the army cap­tain was killed, he said a po­lice pa­trol team ar­rived the scene on time and gave the rob­bers a chase but that the rob­bers man­aged to es­cape.

Un­for­tu­nately how­ever, cases of ab­duc­tion and armed rob­bery along the road have con­tin­ued due to ab­sence of se­cu­rity per­son­nel and the in­flux of armed ban­dits es­cap­ing mil­i­tary oper­a­tion in Zam­fara State.

Gover­nor Nasir el-Ru­fai of Kaduna State

Kaduna State CP, Agy­ole Abeh

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