Economic interest driving insecurity in the North – Mba

Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, has condemned the spike of insecurity and violence in northern Nigeria, saying the perpetrators are more interested in the economic benefits derivable from the heinous crime than the humanitarian crisis it has generated in the country.

Mba stated this in a Channels Television programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’, monitored by Blueprint in Abuja, Thursday.

Responding to issues of kidnapping, jungle justice, banditry, sexual violence, EndSARS protests and sundry concerns in the country, Mba said perpetrators of the violence were solely driven by economic interest, assuring the Nigerian police were doing their best to contain the onslaught and bring the situation to a halt.

The Commissioner of Police lauded the personnel on the success in addressing extremism in Zamfara state as well as the planned strategy to replicate same in Niger state.

“In Niger state, we have deployed the Police Force, including the Special Tactical Squad working alongside the host police command and the Nigerian military, DSS and the state government.

“The hub of kidnapping used to be in the southern parts of Nigeria, but our major problem is now resident in the northern states of this country,” he said.

Speaking on the difficulty in combating violence, Mr Mba said “Landmass is a problem inherent in the North and its nearness to the Sahel region has also aided armed smuggling and heightened violence.”

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