All eyes on Nigeria’s strategy to forestall kidnapping, armed robbery

Nigerian Police Units. Photo : NAIRA

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – The world is anticipating to emulate anti-kidnapping and armed robbery strategy if it works out in Nigeria, analysts told ADV.

The intention follows Nigerian army’s announcemrny on Tuesday that it had floated a strategy that will forestall kidnapping, armed robbery, militancy across the country.

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, made the statement when he inaugurated “Operation Crocodile Smile III”.

He launched the operation in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River state on Tuesday with the training soldiers of the 13 Brigade.

Soldiers trained during the exercise will carry out riverside and land operation and to tackle kidnapping, militancy and curb the menace of robbery.

Further to that, the soldiers will check armed robbery, communal clashes, stop and search of vehicles among others.

The riverside operation will equally help us to check the activities of militancy and kidnapping of personalities across the creeks.

In addition to the exercise, we will also carry out medical outreach in host communities and schools.

“As we do this, it will also help us to maintain peace and order and create a conducive environment as we approach the 2019 general elections,” he said.

On his part, the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, said the exercise will also reduce the proliferation of arms through the Cameroon border at Ikang, Bakassi.

Nigeria is almost permanently threatened by armed robbery, kidnapping and armed dissident activities which continue to make the country one of the most unsafe on the continent.

Analysts told ADV that many other countries in Africa will emulate from the Nigerian experience if the ongoing operation bears dividends in the days or weeks to come.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)