The Nigeria Police Force has spread its dragnet to curb the rampant incidents of kidnapping and robbery, confirming the arrest of 424 kidnapers and 276 armed robbery suspects.
The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, told a meeting of officers on the ranks of commissioner and above in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said that the suspects were arrested between May 10 and June 14 in Kaduna, Nasarawa, Katsina, Taraba, Kano and Edo states.
Adamu said that the arrests were made by personnel of the Operation Puff Adder recently launched across the country to address internal security threats.
He said that Kaduna state recorded the highest number of kidnap suspects with 101; Katsina state, 79; Nasarawa state, 54; and Taraba, 32.
The police boss said that Edo recorded the highest number of 38 armed robbery suspects; Nasarawa 25; and Federal Capital Territory, 23.
He said that 10,860 ammunition were recovered, also 301 firearms, including a rocket launcher, AK 47 rifles, pistols and locally made gun.
Adamu said Katsina state recorded the highest number of firearms with 80, Edo, 26 and Kaduna state, 25.
He said that 176 suspected cultists were also arrested across the country during the period under review and 77 vehicles recovered.
The police boss said that within the period under review, 44 murder suspects were also arrested, with seven in the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) and six in Kano state.
He said that the arrests were made possible with the cooperation of members of the public and the dedication of police commanders and other tanks.
“I want to reassure the citizens that the police has emplaced frameworks that will facilitate the strengthening of operation Puff Adder and ensure the sustenance of its gains,” he said.
Adamu assured personnel of concerted efforts of the Federal Government to address the challenges confronting the force.
He said that the strategies include the adoption and implementation of the concept 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,” he said.
He charged police commanders to redouble their efforts in ensuring the safety and protection of lives and property in their jurisdiction.
Adamu assured Nigerians of commitment of the police to sustain the war against crimes by taking the battle to the door steps of criminal elements.
” We only request one thing which is the continued goodwill, understanding, and support of all citizens across socio-economic background.” he said.