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COVID-19: Police Decongest Staions, Prisons To Check Spread In Edo



Edo  state Police Command on Tuesday said it has decongested prisons and police stations across the state to check the spread of the dreaded coronavirus just as it said men of the command were trailing and tracking suspected kidnappers of Edo state commissioner for Science and Technology, Barr Emmanuel Agbale who was kidnapped four days ago.

The Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta stated this at the Command headquarters where he also paraded 146 suspected criminals including suspected kidnappers, armed robbers, fraudsters, rapists, murders and others.

Jimeta told journalists that the Command complied with the directive of the federal government to decongest the prisons by charging several cases to court and releasing offenders with offences that could warrant bail.

He said: “As a way of stemming the spread of the diseases among police personnel in particular and the public in general, all police cells were decongested, those with serious offence were charged to court, while those with bailable offences were released forthwith. In the same vein, influx of visitors to the Command Headquarters was also minimized.”

On the kidnaper of the commissioner, he said “We are all aware of the unfortunate kidnap of the Commissioner for Science and Technology. Right from that day, the Command and the Anti-0Kidnapping have gone round, they are still in the bush as we are talking. There was contact with the family so we are tracing them but there are other things that we cannot tell you now so as not to jeopardise our moves but till now unfortunately this is the third day but we are still following up with the track on the kidnappers”

He said in the last one month, 20 suspected kidnappers, 69, suspected cultist, 42 armed robbers have arrested adding that four suspected victims were rescuded.

Besides, he said one suspected armed robber was killed while one suspected rapist, two suspected murder, one burglar, six fraudsters were also arrested within the last one month.
On the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by the state government, Jimeta said the first day witnessed almost 100 per cent compliance with few arrests made and that the police would jointly with sister security agencies ensure compliance as directed by the state government for the first ten days.