Governor of La Guajira demanded that the National Army militarize the roads to stop robberies against drivers

Governor of La Guajira demanded that the National Army militarize the roads to stop robberies against drivers
Governor of La Guajira demanded that the National Army militarize the roads to stop robberies against drivers

The Secretary of Government, Misael Velásquez, announced a reward of $20 million to anyone who offers crucial information about those responsible for the recurring robberies – credit John Vizcaino/Reuters

There is concern in the department of La Guajira due to the overwhelming increase in crime on the roads that connect to that region of the country, after transporters, drivers and citizens of La Guajira reported robberies at the hands of armed men who, generally, They hide in areas with a lot of vegetation that makes their identification difficult.

Precisely because of the panorama that is presented among drivers, the governor of La Guajira, Jairo Aguilar, took the initiative to lead a safety committee in order to address this critical situation. In this context, he demanded that the National Police and the Army immediately militarize the main roads.

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“Our commitment has always been security in the department. We have asked the National Army to militarize this important road artery. There are 36 professional soldiers who are going to begin moving on the roads to face these situations,” said Aguilar.

To increase the effectiveness of these measures, the governor also requested the appointment of a new prosecutor in charge of immediately completing the arrest warrants and searches necessary to combat criminals. In addition, the departmental leader offered a million-dollar reward for those who help identify and capture those responsible for the robberies.

For his part, the Secretary of Government, Misael Velásquez, also reported that $20 million is available from the Security Fund and called on transporters, indigenous authorities and witnesses to collaborate with the necessary information.

“We urge transporters, including indigenous authorities and witnesses of these events, to provide information and report these criminals,” said Velásquez.

Incidents of robbery on the roads of La Guajira have been frequently reported by local media. In fact, The FM announced a robbery that occurred on the Cuatro Vías Maicao – Uribia highway last Thursday, which was strongly rejected by the governor, who urged the National Army to reinforce control on that specific road.

The problem is not limited to the Maicao-Uribia highway. On Friday, an additional incident occurred when one of the robbers who was trying to steal vehicles on the Riohacha – Maicao road was hit by a driver, which is why the security council was ordered to analyze the seriousness of the situation and the need to urgent and effective intervention by the authorities.

 
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