Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State governor, has regretted that kidnapping has now become a national issue, describing the trend as very unfortunate.
The governor spoke on Wednesday when Mr. Alkali Usman, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba, revealing that most of the kidnappings that takes place happen in the highways, saying it is a cause for worry.
While challenging the police to curb kidnapping and other criminal activities in the country, he said, “road users who travel receive a lot of attacks and that has become very worrisome.
“It is getting scary and soon, we will not be able to travel without seeking some form of help from the security agencies and I know that there is not enough man power to be able to provide protection for all travelers.
“We heard recently that Reverend Fathers were attacked, I have talked with the Commissioner of Police and a lot is being done. But, I believe that there is the need to involve our neighboring commands like Edo, Bayelsa and even Anambra states for us to be able to find solutions to this particular crime.
“We need to gather a lot of intelligence as I strongly believe that these criminals are mobile as they move from one location to another,” he stated.
Okowa, who congratulated Usman for his appointment as AIG, expressed confidence that his good knowledge of the terrain would be an asset in making ease the task of crime control in the zone, noting that as Nigerians prepare for the 2019 general elections, it was important for the Police to be proactive in crime control.
Usman, who was in Asaba with top officers of the zone, informed the governor that he was on familiarisation tour of police formation under his jurisdiction and used the occasion to thank the Okowa administration for contributing to the success stories of the police in crime control.