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Banditry: Senate tasks IGP to ensure police patrol of Nigeria

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Written by Maritime First

…As Police arrest 6 suspected kidnappers, 4 armed robbers in Kano***

The Senate on Wednesday, urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to intensify efforts toward police patrolling of various communities in the country.

The upper chamber also called on Service Chiefs and all security agencies to as a matter of urgency deploy security to some parts of Niger affected by activities of bandits and to change the security architecture of the area immediately.

The resolutions were sequel to a motion during plenary, moved by Sen. Sani Musa (APC-Niger East) on the menace of bandits in the senatorial district.

The Senate also urged the National Emergency and Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently provide relief materials for the affected communities, in view of the harmattan being experienced.

Moving the motion, Musa said : “Bandits have taken over the whole villages around Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger. They came in their hundreds and most of them were on motorbikes and Hilux.

“I wonder how they have been able to work without any security agency intercepting them. I am bringing this matter of urgency to this hallowed chamber to rise to the occasion.

“The insecurity is becoming alarming and if we should allow it to continue and we feel safe here, we are not safe.The security architecture in that area is not working. The bandits in Katsina and Zamfara are all in Niger. It is beyond the Nigerian police,” he said.

Supporting the motion, Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, said that there was need to look at the issue of banditry holistically, adding that “it is not enough for actions to be taken at a particular point.“

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said that the motion was very serious and urged the security agencies to act as quickly and expeditiously as possible to repel the attacks by the bandits.

“The essence of any government is the protection of lives and property,this is one thing we need to do to our citizens as an administration and as a government.

“We hope this thing is brought to an end and we will do everything possible, working together with the executive to ensure that we secure the lives of our citizens as well as their property, “ he said.

Similarly, the Senate has directed Inspector-General of Police to ensure better security of lives and property in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River.

The upper chamber urged the police boss to establish mobile police barracks in the headquarters of the local government area for easy deployment to troubled spots.

This followed a motion moved by Sen. Sandy Onor (PDP-Cross River Central), on the incessant cases of militancy, coordinated killings and kidnapping in the area of the state.

The Senate also asked the Cross River Government to take over the crisis stricken areas and delineate the inter community boundaries accordingly.

In the meantime, the Kano State police command said it had arrested six suspected kidnappers and four armed robbers in addition to rescuing one abducted victim within the last one week.

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The state police commissioner, Mr Habu Sani disclosed this while addressing a press conference in Kano on Wednesday.

“With renewed vigour and determination, Sustained Puff-Adder Operations, Community Policing Engagements, the launch of Police Campaign Against Daba and Other Vices (POCADOV) and Technical Support Operations, tremendous successes were achieved in the last one week.”

According to him, the command has also apprehended two suspected tricycle snatchers after they were trailed in Gusau, Zamfara pointing out that one snatched tricycle was recovered from the suspects.

He added that four suspected motorcycles snatchers were arrested and two motorcycles recovered from the suspects within the period under review.

Similarly the commissioner said 79 miscreants popularly known as ‘Yan Daba were arrested with assorted weapons such as machetes, knives, clubs, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

Others were 60 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Marijuana and other large quantity of assorted illicit drugs were also recovered from them.

He added that two suspects were arrested in possession of Tramadol Tablets valued at N2.4 million while two other suspects were nabbed in possession of 48 cartons of Astinum Tabs and Cold Tabs suspected to be fake.

“Two suspects were arrested at various locations within the state and seven vehicles were recovered. Suspects are giving useful information for more recoveries and arrest,” the commissioner said.

He said items recovered from the suspects include one locally made gun, two empty shells of cartridges, knives and horns, three tricycles, six motorcycles and one Samsung Galaxy handset valued at N240,000.

“A tricycle was also intercepted loaded with 34 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Marijuana,” he added.

The commissioner said as soon as investigation was completed, the suspects would be charged to court.


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