‘’We are redeploying three
helicopters to carryout aerial surveillance of Abuja Kaduna highway’’
This was contained in message the
inspector general of police, Ibrahim idris submitted at press time.
The action followed the closure of
the Abuja airport and the diversion of planes to the Kaduna airport.
The police boss also directed that
300 personnel be on duty on the road to escort and protect air passengers from
Kaduna to the Federal Capital Territory.
The Force spokesman, Donald Awunah,
who disclosed this to journalist on Friday, explained that the new security
arrangement was meant to complement ‘Operation Maximum Security’ which was in
place on the highway.
He assured the passengers of
adequate security on the road because the operational strategy in respect of
the highway had been released.
Awunah explained that the operation
would be coordinated by the Deputy Inspector-General in charge of Operations,
He said, “In addition to Operation
Maximum Security already in place on the road, the IG has made additional
security inputs. There will be about three helicopters on patrol and additional
“The buses provided by the airport
authorities will be escorted by security operatives. Other security services
are involved, so there would be inter-agency patrols and increased intelligence
through collaboration with the local communities around the area. The operation
would be coordinated by the DIG Operations. There is an operation order on it.”
The Abuja-Kaduna expressway had
recorded high levels of kidnapping, including the abduction of the
Sierra-Leonean Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Maj.-Gen. Alfred Nelson
(retd.), in July, 2016.
Also, the Corps Marshal, Federal
Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has said eight additional commands would
be set up along the Abuja-Kaduna Road.
He said the essence was to ensure
free flow of traffic, following the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport, Abuja and diversion of aircraft to the Kaduna Airport.
He added that more patrol vehicles
and personnel would also be deployed the area to ease the gridlock that may
arise on account of expected increase in vehicular volumes on the road.