President Muhammadu Buhari has again directed security agencies to urgently address the resurgence of kidnapping and other crimes on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway and on other roads across the country.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the president gave the directive while presiding over the meeting of the National Security Council, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.
Aregbesola, who addressed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said the police and other security agencies had been mobilised to intensify surveillance and patrols in pursuing of the criminals.
“Abuja-Kaduna belt was discussed specifically, but we appreciated the fact that we are in the season of festivity.
“All agencies committed to providing security for Nigeria and the maintenance of law and order have been ordered to improve on their activities.
“They have also been ordered to intensify surveillance and minimise, if not eliminate any threat to law and order anywhere in Nigeria,’’ the minister said.
He said President Buhari particularly ordered the armed forces and other security agencies and intelligence organisations, not to rest on their oars.
This, the president noted, was in spite of the progress and efforts being made to eliminate insurgency, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, and all the other criminalities.