Governor Nasir El-Rufai has declared the Kaduna-Abuja highway safest after having become notorious for kidnapping in the past couple of years.
The governor, who made the declaration at a meeting of Federal and State security Administrators, noted that no kidnap incidence has taken place on the road in the last two and a half months.
According to him, such a feat was achieved through measures taken by his government in collaboration with security agencies.
“…in the last few months, there has been a great reduction in cases of kidnapping. Though it is a combination of issues, 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 pro-activeness to these issues.
“The second thing is that the security agencies have changed their strategies from reaction to action. 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. In the past, we wait until it happens and then, we start running helter-shelter.
“Thirdly, I think there is a high level of coordination and cooperation within the security agencies. So, you find out that, the Air Force is in the air doing ISR, the intelligence surveillance and feeding the police and others on the ground with information.
“So, the level of cooperation has been enhanced and that has helped in dealing with these problems.
“A very good example is the Kaduna-Abuja road. The Kaduna-Abuja road has not witnessed a single incident of criminality or kidnapping in the last two and a half months. But, 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. Because of constant surveillance; the Air Force has helicopters and planes constantly over the road and they are feeding information, and the kidnappers that use to stay around the road have all been wiped out or chased deeper into the jungle” the governor said.
He said 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.
Earlier in his speech, Kaduna state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said the state government is committed to complementing the efforts of the armed forces, the police and other national security outfits through logistics support, mobility, hardware and other means.