Is­sues

Weekly Trust - - Weekend Magazine -

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.”

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