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A security expert, Olalekan Jackson-Ojo suggested strategies through which the Federal Government can tackle the issue of kidnapping on highways.
Jackson-Ojo, who is a certified golden member of International Security Association, Switzerland said the government must be proactive in tackling insecurity.
Jackson-Ojo said the government should engage the security agencies in random patrol on the highways.
He said this in an interview with PLATFORM TIMES on Wednesday.
He said, “Let there be random patrol of helicopters on our highways. City policemen can also be doing random patrol on the road.
“If they can be doing random patrol, by the time they arrest gang of kidnappers, it will serve as deterrent to others.
“They should put secret police on the road. They should enter bus as a passenger and by the time they see people that stops them, they should fire them.”
Furthermore, the security expert noted that Nigeria does not have enough police, hence, it cannot establish checkpoints at a kilometre distance.
He however stated that a armed police officer can be allowed to disguise as a passenger in a traveling vehicle, adding that vehicle should move in drones.
He also urged the Southwest governments to ensure its security outfit, Amotekun secure the road, saying this would make it a bit tough for kidnappers to abduct people on the highways.
He said, “Since Nigerians are not permitted to bear arms, I think there is no other way of protection than when you’re plying expressway, it’s better to go in large number of vehicles.
“That means, if you are moving from a particular park, let the park contacts the other park. If any car will be moving, let them move in droves.
“What they are doing in South-South where each long vehicle will have a policeman that will bear arms. That is what passengers should be doing now.
“Because we don’t gave sufficient number of police officers in Nigeria that we can say from every kilometres let there be two or three checkpoints.
“There is power in crowd. If five or six vehicles are moving in droves, it will be difficult for these kidnappers to overpower everybody.
“Another thing is that, when they are moving, let each of them hire police officer to be in their vehicle.
“We can also urge the Southwest governments to make Amotekun secure the road all the time”, Jackson-Ojo said.
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