- Four officers of the NSCDC were kidnapped in Kogi state while travelling for their promotion examination
- The Kogi state police command said the vehicle conveying the officers was attacked in Alo-Offoke community on the Itobe-Ayingba road
- The police disclosed that ground troops consisting of police and military personnel who are now combing the bush to rescue victims
Four officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Kogi state.
The Kogi police command disclosed that the officers were kidnapped at a spot in Alo-Offoke community on the Itobe-Ayingba road, Premium Times reports.
William Aya, the spokesperson for the command said the officials were travelling to Makurdi for promotion examination when their vehicle was attacked by the kidnappers.
“Information gathered reveals that four civil defence personnel were among the kidnapped victims,” Aya said.
”The Divisional Police Officer in charge immediately mobilised his personnel to the scene where they met two abandoned vehicles, one Volkswagen Sharon bus with registration number Kogi KNA 220 LG and a Volkswagen Gulf car with registration number Lagos EZ 376 SMK.
”Both vehicles were riddled with bullets and occupants suspected to have been abducted while 20 expended AK47 ammunitions and civil defence kits were recovered from the scene.
He said the police have begun aerial surveillance patrol of Obajana axis and other black spots in the state to prevent kidnapping and armed robbery activities currently rocking the state.
He stated that ground troops consisting of police and military personnel who are now combing the bush to rescue victims.
Meanwhile, in reaction to calls from different sections of the country for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising level of insecurity, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that this will never happen.
Mohammed said that President Buhari, as he has always done, will continue to give the military and all security agencies in Nigeria the needed support to defeat insurgency and violent crimes in the country.
The minister also stated that the president will not consider resignation as an option over insecurity because he was given the mandate to protect the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens in 2015 and 2019. He added that the Nigerian leader's tenure will only end in 2023, The Nation reports.
In another report, the governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, has revealed some key steps the federal government must take in order to win the insurgency war in the northeast.
Governor Zulum said the Nigerian Army lacks the manpower and necessary equipment to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Cable reports that Zulum said this in Maiduguri on Wednesday, February 19, when he played host to some members of the House of Representatives.
To conquer the insurgents, the Borno state governor said the Nigerian Army needs to embark on massive recruitment to engage at least 100,000 additional soldiers.
Out of the 100,000 soldiers Zulum recommended, he advised that half of them should be Borno indigenes.
The call for the recruitment of more soldiers has elicited some thoughtful reactions from Nigerians on social media.
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