From Nicholas Justus, Kaduna:
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris K. Ibrahim has ordered the establishment of a police Station at Rijana, a village along Kaduna-Abuja Road.
The IGP’s order came as villagers told him that, they bribe criminals before engaging in farming and cattle rearing.
The Police boss spoke during an interactive session with the villagers when he visited the police anti robbery and kidnapping team around the area, saying that Nigeria Police Force is committed to protection of lives and property.
He also promised to recruit youths from Rijana in order to boost the security of lives and property in the area, saying that employing the youths will reduce the level of terrorism , especially on the Kaduna-Abuja highway once the people are occupied with legitimate job.
While saying that the kidnapping on Kaduna -Abuja highway has become an embarrassment, Ibrahim called on Vigilante groups in the area to join force with police in combating and putting an end to the criminal act.
According to the IGP, “our coming here was to increase the confidence and support of the people, and we want them look at police as their friends and try to reduce this element of suspicion and lots more, because they have no alternative since it is Nigeria Police Force, and that is the only police we have in this country.’’
“Kidnapping has become an embarrassment here, so we have to rebuild the image of people in Rijana. If people ask you where you come from and say you are from Rijana, people will be scared of you. So, I want you people to join force and repair the image of the community to put an end to this,’’ he said.
“If any community member has information at hand about kidnappers’ whereabout in Rijana, they should not to hesitate in providing the details, such information will help in tracking down the kidnappers in their den”, he said.
Meanwhile the villagers who spoke to Daily Asset said, majority of farmers in Rijana could not afford to go to farm due to fear of being hacked to death, saying that if at all they want to farm without being attacked, they must contribute some money to appease the kidnappers.
According to them, “we contributed N200,000 and gave to the terrorists in exchange for our safety.”