Police arrested 1,154 kidnappers In 8 months
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, says 1,154 suspected kidnappers were arrested across the country between January and August.
Mr Adamu, who made the disclosure on Monday during the Southwest Geopolitical Zone Security Summit held in Ibadan, said 147 of the arrests were made in the Southwest.
He said that a total of 837 victims of kidnapping were rescued with 106 of such rescues achieved in the Southwest.
He further said: ”Between January and August, a total of 552 murder suspects were arrested with 66 such arrests effected in the Southwest.
”2,015 armed robbery suspects were arrested with 363 of the figure arrested in the zone.
”1,183 suspected cultists were napped, out of which 425 were arrested in the zone.
In relation to recovery, 1,356 firearms of various calibre and descriptions were recovered in various intelligence-led operations by the Police, with 277 of such recoveries made in the Southwest.
”Similarly, 21,300 ammunition of various descriptions and calibre were recovered with the highest number of 5,270 ammunition recovered from criminal syndicates in the zone.
”Also, 1,541 stolen vehicles were recovered across the country, with 482 of such recoveries in Southwest,” he stated
The IGP said the statistics pointed out that the Police in recent months have developed capacity and demonstrated the requisite professional zeal.
He, however, said there were isolated cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in the Southwest, particularly along Benin-Ore-Lagos highway and across Ondo state.
He said the current operations of the Police and other security agencies across the country, particularly along Niger- Kogi- FCT -Kaduna -Katsina and Zamfara state has been successful.
The operations areas have engendered a dispersal and relocation of some of the criminals to new localities including the Southwest.”
He said a special operation was underway across South west to specifically address the threat of kidnapping and armed robbery on the highways and other locations.
He therefore called on the security stakeholders in the zone to support the Police in strengthening and advancing in the interest of communal and internal security.
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