IGP Egbetokun Charges FID, Intelligence Community To Step Up Operations Regarding Kidnapping/Terrorism

……..Meets Departments, Experts on Financial Intelligence, Commends Operatives for Steadfastness

The Nigeria Police Force is stepping up its efforts to battle the horrible crime and other related vices considering the ongoing menace of kidnapping in several areas of the nation.

In a press release on Wednesday, 20th March 2024 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that in line with this, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun has issued a charge to the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Department (FID) and the broader intelligence community to enhance their operations and intelligence gathering capabilities to effectively tackle the scourge of kidnapping across the nation.

According to Adejobi, the IGP noted that kidnapping/abduction, and other similar security threats have remained significant security challenges in some parts of the country, threatening the safety and well-being of our citizens. Recognizing the gravity of this trend, the NPF is committed to deploying all necessary resources and strategies to curtail the challenges and ensure the safety of all Nigerians.

The statement read, “Consequently, the IGP has directed the Force Intelligence Department to intensify its intelligence-gathering efforts and collaborate closely with other law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders to gather actionable intelligence on kidnapping syndicates and their dynamic natures across the country.

“Furthermore, the intelligence community at large is urged to enhance coordination and information sharing to facilitate targeted operations against kidnappers and their networks to rescue the captives at various locations and decimate the activities of the evildoers who are bent on jeopardising the collective peace and stability in our dear country.

“Similarly, the Inspector General of Police, on Wednesday 20th March 2024, host delegates from the US Treasury Department and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, in a strategic meeting focused on enhancing financial intelligence capabilities and strengthening the fight against corruption, counterterrorism financing, and money laundering.

“During the productive discussions, both parties emphasized the critical role of financial intelligence in combating various forms of illicit activities and reaffirmed the commitment to collaborative efforts aimed at safeguarding national security and promoting integrity in financial systems.

“The Inspector General of Police, while commending the intelligence operatives across the board for their efforts so far in tackling the current security challenges in the country, assures that the NPF will leave no stone unturned to sustain the fight against kidnapping and other criminal activities. He expresses the resoluteness of the Police in bringing perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice, the statement concluded.