To tackle kidnapping and other criminal activities, the Nigeria Police has introduced the Special Intervention Squad (SIS), focusing on enhancing security, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, inaugurated the squad, emphasising that it comprises specially trained, well-equipped, and highly mobile police officers. This unit is designed for rapid intervention and effective containment of significant security breaches, particularly those posing a threat to the FCT suburb and causing general panic.
Egbetokun stated, “The initiative is not just born out of necessity, but out of foresight, diligent planning and commitment to enhancing the already robust security architecture of our nation’s capital.”
While acknowledging the FCT as a bastion of safety with efficient urban security management, the Police Chief highlighted the need to proactively address potential threats. He affirmed the duty to confront challenges head-on, ensuring the protection of citizens’ lives and welfare.
Describing the squad’s vision, Egbetokun explained, “the Squad is envisioned to include a thousand personnel in each state, the SIS is launched with officers and men from each tactical unit of the Force, supplemented by a formidable arsenal of operational assets, including sophisticated arms, drones, and vehicles…These assets, some of which are displayed are ready for deployment to counteract the security threats.”
The deployment signifies an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of the people, sending a clear message that criminal elements will find no sanctuary within the FCT and, by extension, Nigeria.
Egbetokun stressed, “the operation is more than a mere response; it is a bold strategy aimed at dismantling the criminal networks entrenched in most of the communities.”
He said, “We recognise the challenges before us and are cognisant that the journey ahead is arduous. However, it is with unwavering resolve that we embark on this mission, driven by a shared responsibility to restore peace and order to all troubled communities across the nation.”
The SIS, beyond its operational role, will engage in community-oriented policing, fostering collaboration with community leaders, residents, and stakeholders to strengthen bonds between the Police Force and communities. Egbetokun declared that the show of force symbolises a commitment to reclaiming streets, neighbourhoods, and cities from lawlessness.
Assuring the citizens, Egbetokun emphasised that the operation is not symbolic but a tangible demonstration of dedication to securing lives and properties. He urged collective support and collaboration, stating, “let us unite against the forces threatening the very fabric of our society. May this operation serve as a beacon of hope as we collectively strive to make the FCT, its environs, and ultimately the entire nation, safer for all. May justice be swift, and may peace permeate the entire landscape of Nigeria.”