Governor Umaru Al-makura of Nasarawa State has challenged the Nigerian Army to tackle the rising tide of kidnappings in the state.
He made the call when the Commander of Operation Whirl-Stroke, Major General Adeyemi Yekini paid him a courtesy visit in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, on Tuesday.
Al-Makura said: “I have come to the painful understanding that these kidnapping activities is not as merely as what we see; it is done by a highly sophisticated syndicate with so many specialists.
“The security has a lot of work to do to unearth the intricacies and until that is done, I am sorry to say, this will be around for a long time because they are well connected.
“The kidnappers are getting a lot of money from their nefarious activities as they have highly sophisticated weapons and are deep into the hinterlands.”
In his remarks, Major General Yekini gave an assurance of a working synergy between the Operation and other security agencies in the state to surmount the trend and nip it finally.
He said: “We have to work with the security units on ground in the state here to find out what they are doing, so that we know where and how we can come in to support them.
“It is something that is beatable. We will try our best but in conjunction with the security forces in the state.”