Usman, who was shot and killed and six passengers in his car wounded.
A modern farmer told Daily Trust Saturday that he had since avoided going to check his farm because of fear of being kidnapped, and that even when he had to, he did not tell anyone, apart from his family, about his direction; dressed in simple, cheap clothes and in a rickety car.
Recently, security experts talked about the possibility of kidnappers capitalising on tall grasses to harm people. They said the bush that encroached roads affected visibility of drivers and security personnel on patrol, but ironically exposed accident victims thereby aiding kidnappers and armed robbers to have access to their victims.
The Special Adviser on Security to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Gen. Muhammadu Dan-Hanne Isah (Rtd), said, “I am very much in support of clearing both shoulders of the road for clearer view. You can’t mortgage security of lives and property for beautification.”
Also, a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to a former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Col. D. A. D Usman Dudu (Rtd) Esq, said, “Grasses are not supposed to encroach on the road, but that is not enough to give a good chance to kidnappers, but it enhances their operations. It only enhances that they cannot be seen and detected easily, and it means they can do anything. Tall grasses along the highways are supposed to be cleared to make the roads visible; not only along the major highways, but even along other roads and even rural roads in the country because if accidents occur, especially when there are no vehicles behind, the tall grasses will not make it easy for detection and rescue.”