The Commander, Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, has called for the deployment of intelligence and acquisition of sophisticated technology against kidnappers, noting that the criminals were deploying several means to evade arrest.
The DCP stated that kidnappers are now using encrypted communication for ransom negotiations including WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, roam numbers and jammers to prevent tracking of their phones by law enforcement agencies.
Speaking at the 2019 annual general meeting of the American Society for Industrial Security International, Chapter 273, Abuja, Kyari stated that this had made it increasingly difficult to track the kidnappers, hence the need for acquisition of further technical capabilities by the authorities.
The commander called for the use of drones to enable operatives to access very remote locations and social media analytical tools for analysis and tracking of encrypted calls from WhatsApp, Trima, Facebook, Instagram, and others.
Kyari, who had led various operations that successfully arrested many notorious kidnappers across the country also recommended the establishment of a strong anti-kidnapping unit in all the states or the six geo-political zones.