Nigerian Police arrest 424 kidnapers, 276 robbery suspects

APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

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.


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