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Crime: Police arrest 88 suspects in Edo in November

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The Police Command in Edo said on Friday it arrested no fewer than 88 suspects in connection with various alleged crimes in November.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Phillip Ogbadu, gave the figure in an interview with the newsmen in Benin on Friday.

Giving the breakdown, Ogbadu said 20 suspects were arrested for alleged kidnapping, 12 for murder, 10 for stealing and 12 for assault.

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He also said five suspects were arrested for alleged armed robbery, three for unlawful possession of firearms, three for rape and four for false pretence.

“The command also arrested two suspects for alleged burglary, six suspects for defilement, three suspects for attempted murder and five suspects for breach of public peace.

“One suspect was arrested for alleged forgery, another for housebreaking and a third for store breaking respectively,’’ he said.

Ogbadu, however, said the crime rate in the state had reduced, adding that the six suspects arrested for defilement had already been charged to court.

“There is need for timely legal action and advice on the issue of defilement because it is becoming rampant and very worrisome in the country,’’ he added.

The commissioner of police said the command had recorded success in the fight against crime, majorly due to its preventive measures.

He said prevention was cheaper and safer, adding “so, we try to prevent, where we cannot prevent, we investigate.

“We also work in collaboration with sister security agencies, Nigerian Army, Edo Security Network (ESN),  vigilance groups and hunters.

“They are part of the command’s success story in the fight against crime,’’ he said.

Ogbadu said the command had put in place a strategy to ensure crime-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.

In the same vein, the Police Command in Akwa Ibom says it has arrested one fake doctor and a man parading himself as a soldier in Akwa Ibom.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, disclosed this in a statement issued in Uyo on Friday.

He said that the fake doctor, who claimed to be a medical practitioner attached to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), was arrested on Nov. 30.

Macdon further stated that the fake doctor, who was arrested at Tranquility Hotel, Nung Oku village in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of the state, claimed to be residing in No. 26, Asokoro Road, Area II, Abuja.

He added that the command also, on Nov. 16, arrested a man who claimed to be a soldier on Nwaniba Road during a stop-and-search operation.

Macdon said: “The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has beamed its searchlights on impersonators of security personnel and other professionals. This has led to the arrest of a fake soldier and a fake doctor.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and stated that he is not a medical doctor, as claimed.

“In his confessional statement, he stated that in 2015, he told his mother that he had gotten admission into University of Lagos to study Medicine and that since then, he had collected various sums of money from her.”

He added that the other suspect had also confessed to be impersonating a soldier, during interrogation.

“He (the suspect) led operatives to his house where two pairs of army uniforms, army shorts, two army sweaters, army belt, two army caps, three pairs of army boot and two army jack-knives were recovered.

“Other items recovered from the suspect included: two walkie-talkies, one live jacket, one stethoscope and a blue-color Toyota Camry car, with reg. number: LSR 735 AC.

“The suspect uses the uniform to deceive, intimidate and commit heinous crimes around Uruan and Uyo,” the police spokesman said.

He said that the two suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.


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