The military is collaborating with other security agencies and stakeholders to target kidnapping syndicates operating in the region, according to the Defence Headquarters.
In the weekly report on the armed forces’ operations, Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, assured the public that the military is aware of the impact of kidnappings on affected families and the fear it has caused among residents.
Buba explained that the troops have increased ground and air surveillance in areas with high kidnapping incidents and have deployed technology to locate the hideouts and strongholds of kidnapping gangs.
The operations have been intensified to locate, weaken, and eliminate these groups.
While the troops may not have all the answers at the moment, Buba reassured citizens that the armed forces are tirelessly working to address this distressing situation.
“Additionally, troops are synergising with other security services and stakeholders to investigate and gather more intelligence on these kidnapping gangs, particularly around the FCT.
“In the FCT and environs, some of the areas cleared by troops so far include Kawu, Gaba, Deidei, Kubwa Hills, and Ushafa in the FCT, Garam, Jibi, and back of Zuma Rock in Niger State, as well as Gidan Dogo and Kuyeri/Kuyeri Hills in Kaduna State.
“There have also been intensified night patrols in Mpape, Kubwa, Lugbe, Pyakasa, Keti, Gbaupe, Gbaukuchi, and Airport Road, among others,” he said.