The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim K. Idris, concerned with the unfortunate kidnapping on the 22nd February, 2017 at about 0855hrs of the two German archaeologists, working in collaboration with the National Commission for Museum and Monuments on the relics of the Nok culture in Nigeria in an excavation site at Janjala area of Kagarko LGA of Kaduna, deployed Special Police Forces comprising the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), the Police Mobile Force, Police Surveillance Helicopters and Special Investigation Team on Kidnapping and Terrorism Cases under the Command of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations to Janjala Village under Kagarko LGA of Kaduna State to search and rescue the two Germans unhurt and arrest the perpetrators.
The team is already on the ground working in synergy with the Kaduna State Police Command and the local indigenes of towns and surrounding villages where the German archaeologists were kidnapped. Though the two German archaeologists had police officers attached to them for their protection at the Nok Archaeology Research Project Centre, they did not go with the policemen to the excavation site where they were kidnapped.
Two locals in the company of the archaeologists were killed during the kidnap attack. The Special Forces and Police Investigators deployed are in contact with the colleagues of the victims and have provided additional security for their safety. In order to achieve prompt results, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department has also been mandated to coordinate the investigation aspect of the operations.
The Nigeria Police Force, while assuring all Nigerians and foreign nationals in the country of their safety, wishes to implore them to always request and obtain police escort to protect them any time they are embarking on research, mining and related endeavours outside the towns and cities across the country.
Thank you all for your attention and God bless.