The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, has said bandits had been diminished but only showing their presence in a ‘cowardice manner’
He debunks the report that policemen had abandoned the Abuja-Kaduna Road
The Minister stated this in an interview with state House correspondents after a security meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
He said the bandits were now operating a “hit-and-run kind of tactics.”
He however insisted that police personnel and soldiers were embarking on joint patrols of the road, adding that efforts must be reinforced for the safety of travellers.
Dingyadi noted that he reported to the Security Council that policemen had returned to their duty posts after their abolition due to the violence that followed the #EndSARS protests.
Dingyadi said, “These bandits have already been degraded. So, there is no way they can resuscitate themselves and take over.
“I think they have already been degraded; what they are doing is just a hit-and-run kind of tactics.
“So, we don’t see any sign of them coming to take over or overpower. I think they have been well degraded and they are just trying to show their presence in a very cowardice manner.”
The Minister commenting on the fact that the police had abandoned the Abuja-Kaduna Road, he said, “Once a small thing happens in a particular place like this, we begin to talk about lack of security in that area.
“That place is being monitored 24 hours. There are police and the army, who are on a kind of joint patrol on a 24-hour basis.
He also disclosed that the police have begun plans to ensure that peace returned to the route.
Dingyadi added, “Whenever this kind of thing happens, we pursue them like what happened just two days ago, those people were rescued. So, the police and security personnel will continue to monitor this road and all other places to ensure that peace is, to a very large extent, maintained in the area.”