…In only 6 States***
Nigeria may be crawling with a significant number of kidnap and armed robbers as the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu highlights the arrests of 424 kidnap and 276 armed robbery suspects nationwide, just between May 10 and June 14.
The IGP stated this in Abuja during a meeting with officers on the ranks of commissioner and above, noting that the suspects were arrested in Kaduna state, Nasarawa, Katsina, Taraba, Kano and Edo States.
Adamu who said the arrest was effected by personnel of the Operation Puff Adder recently launched across the country to address internal security threats, also noted 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, Federal Capital Territory, 23, adding that 10, 860 ammunition were recovered alongside 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.
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.
“We only request one thing which is the continued goodwill, understanding, and support of all citizens across socio-economic background”, he further said.