Police Inspector General, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, said the police identified loopholes that led to the bandits’ attack last Sunday on five villages in Kaduna, where 51 people were killed
The IGP, however, promised this attack will never happen again under its surveillance, as the identified loopholes were being worked on.
Adamu stated this in Kaduna on Wednesday, when he visited to interact with senior security officials about his activities in the state and the strategies adopted.
He said that in addition to protecting communities, the police, in collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force, will consolidate their attack on the feared bandits within the forest and expel them.
According to the IGP, the attack is very important “because there are some elements of bandits, members of ISWAP and some of Boko Haram throughout the state.
“This required our joint effort to eradicate them, negotiating with our sister agency, the Air Force, and we went into the forest to fight them and recorded success.
“This is a constant strategy we have adopted to enter their hideout to eradicate them, as we are not giving in to our efforts.
“So, I’m here in Kaduna to reevaluate the strategy, considering that some villages were attacked by bandits in the local government of Igabi and Giwa on Sunday, where about fifty-one people were killed during the attack.
“What happened shouldn’t have happened and we are not going to allow it to happen again, we have been told about the channel that opened up in the attack and we will block these chances so that they never have the opportunity to attack again.
“We observed that they attack mainly early in the morning and at night, so we are going to restructure to prevent them from attacking these villages again, as we have brought more resources, such as mobile units, special forces, counter-terrorism unit, from other commands to Kaduna in order to re-equip strategic officials in Kaduna to deal with banditry.
“For our men on the front line, as always, we talked to them about the rules of engagement, as they need to be brave and stay focused, because when you get to the front line, you don’t back down until you capture. We will encourage them to continue working, as we will continue to support them in whatever way we can, ”he said.
However, the IGP called for the cooperation of the general public to provide the police with useful information, ensuring that they act accordingly and ensure an ongoing fight against the bandits.
He added that “most of these bandits have their homes in these villages and they believe that there are some people who are collaborating with law enforcement agencies who provide information about them”.