After a dismal performance since the ostentatious deployment of 600 police officers along Kaduna-Abuja highway, the police has now announced the deployment of special anti kidnapping units along the now dreaded highway.
“The Inspector General of Police hereby urges members of the public, most especially commuters, travellers, road users and people in the towns and villages along Abuja-Kaduna Highway not to panic on the mass deployment of Police personnel, but to assist and cooperate with the Police personnel in the discharge of their responsibilities,” The police spokesman said.
But despite this new white elephant gesture, most Nigerian motorists are not buying into the confidence of the police.
“They stopped all the robberies even along Jere while the big people were using this highway, did they not?” Mal Shuaibu Musa a commercial driver said, referring to the events following the closure of the Abuja airport which saw serious action on the part of the police.
“we hope that it works, but this government has so far removed all subsidy, increased taxes and is now flatly refusing to protect the lives of citizens, I would never call it a success” Mrs Laila Dauda, a passenger told me.
It seems, after witnessing so many ostentatious projects, Nigerians have now lost faith in the APC government’s ability to deliver on its primary duty of protecting the lives and properties of poor Nigerians. Since it’s coming to power, Northwest Nigeria has seen an increase in crime unlike any in history. A military operation tagged Sharan Daji aimed at securing the region ended up a failure with soldiers pleading and negotiating with armed gangs, a trend seen too commonly within the security establishment of today’s Nigeria