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Police Arrest 424 Kidnap Suspects In 1 Month

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The Nigeria police Force said its operatives have attested 424 suspected kidnappers in one about month.

The suspects were arrested between May 10, 2019, and June 14, 2019, with the highest number of 101 kidnap suspects arrested in Kaduna State, followed by Katsina State with 79 arrests, 54 suspects were apprehended in Nasarawa state and 32 in Taraba state.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu revealed this during the conference with senior police officers at the Force headquarters, Abuja.

He further noted that “in the same vein, a total of 44 murder suspects were arrested during the period under review, with the highest number of seven in FCT and six in Kano State. In addition, 276 armed robbery suspects were arrested within the same period with the highest number of 38 in Edo state, followed by 25 in Nasarawa state and 23 in FCT.  ”

The IGP also stated that “a total of 10,860 ammunition of various descriptions and calibre were recovered while a total of 301 firearms including a rocket Launcher, AK47 assault rifles, pistols and locally made gun, were similarly recovered from criminal elements across the country, with the highest number of 80 in Katsina state, followed by Edo state with 26 and Kaduna state with 25.

“Furthermore, 176 suspected cultists were arrested across the country while 77 stolen vehicles were recovered by Operation Puff Adder operatives nationwide between 10th May, 2019 and 14th June, 2019, with the highest number of 29 in FCT.”

On the current efforts to improve and correct the police narratives, the IGP said “The current attempts at adopting and implementing the concept of Community Policing also represents part of enduring strategies aimed at changing the policing narratives of the country. This will ensure the effective integration of the citizens to our internal security framework, guarantee the concept of policing by public consent and build partnership required to address peculiar communal threats.

“In this regard, I want to charge all you all as strategic Police Commanders to redouble your efforts in ensuring the safety and protection of lives and property in your areas of jurisdiction while you provide the requisite leadership to officers and men under your supervision to desist from acts that widen the gap between the Police and the community as it is only when we present a common front that we can defeat the criminals that constitute our common enemies.”

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