THE acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has said that the Police would fight the rising crime rate in the country. Adamu said that 170 kidnappers have been nabbed, while 275 armed robbery suspects were also arrested within the past one month
Adamu disclosed this when he met with senior police officers to review patterns and trends of crimes, particularly, the threat of kidnaping, banditry and armed robbery and presentation of the national crime profile of Nigeria from April 1 to May 10, 2019
The officers also evaluated the extent of implementation of Operation Puff Adder which was launched by the IGP on April 5, 2019, as a strategy to address internal security threats within the shortest possible time.
A statement later issued by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, gave details of the national crime profile thus:
“Within this period,157 kidnappers were arrested across the country in April while 13 have so far been arrested in the first week of this month of May. Kaduna State recorded the highest number of arrested kidnappers with 18 suspects, followed by Plateau State with 17, Edo State with 15 and 10 each in Niger and Zamfara States.
“In addition, 218 armed robbery suspects were arrested in several operations by the Police in various Commands in April, 2019 while 57 have so far been arrested in the first week of this month of May. FCT recorded the highest number with 42 arrests, followed by Edo State with 28, Oyo State with 24, Anambra State with 22, Imo State with 21.
“Furthermore, 147 firearms of various description were recovered in April, 2019, while 50 have so far been recovered in the first week of the month of May. Lagos and Zamfara States topped the list with 22 recoveries each, followed by Edo State with 21, Delta State with 20,12 in Kaduna State and 11 in Niger State.
He urged the officers to return to their respective Commands with a renewed vigour to redouble efforts towards taking the war against kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits to their doorsteps.