THE Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Tuesday disclosed that police has arrested 1,629 armed robbery suspects; 1,053 suspected kidnappers; 1,023 cultists, and 482 murder suspects between January till date.
He added that 1,181 firearms of various descriptions and calibre including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and rocket launchers, 389 stolen vehicles were recovered in various police operations across the country within, while 506 kidnapped victims have been safely rescued in the same period.
The Police boss divulged this in his open speech during a conference with senior police officers at the IGP Conference Hall, force headquarters, Abuja.
In his warmly address, Adamu applauded the commitment demonstrated by officers across all ranks in the Nigeria Police within the past months have combined to aid in stabilizing the internal security profile of the country.
Furthermore, he said that 300 victims of kidnapping were secured in Zamfara State alone with 249 of this number rescued between 9th to 23rd July, 2019 from bandits and militias operating in the forests in and around Zamfara State.
Adamu lauded the communities for their support in achieving and rescuing all the victims linked it to the narrow gap between the police and the people.
He said, “The foregoing achievements are indicative of the fact that the trust gap between the Police and the citizens has been narrowed such that the communities are now demonstrating impressive commitment towards partnering with the Police in presenting a common front against criminal elements. It is also suggestive of the fact that the institutional capability of the Police to undertake specialised operations, take the anti-crime war to the camps and other safe havens of high-profile criminals, and respond to any scene of violent crime has also been significantly boosted.
“Above all, the achievements are indicative of the effectiveness of the Operation Puff Adder and other strategies emplaced by the Nigeria Police to address prevalent crimes in the country. In order to sustain these gains, we have commenced the process of implementing the Community Policing concept which involves the engagement of citizens in identifying and prioritizing prevalent communal security threats as they affect their localities, and working together with the police towards developing and implementing solutions to the identified threats.” he said.
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