We Have Arrested 1,154 Suspected Kidnappers In 2019 – Nigerian Police

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police says
1,154 suspected kidnappers were arrested across the country between
January and August.    

Adamu, who made the disclosure on Monday, September 2nd during the
Southwest Geopolitical Zone Security Summit held in Ibadan, said that
147 of the arrests were made in the Southwest.  

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He said that a total of 837 victims of kidnapping were rescued with 106 of such rescues achieved in the Southwest.

He further said: ”Between January and August, a total of 552 murder
suspects were arrested with 66 such arrests effected in the Southwest.
2,015 armed robbery suspects were arrested with 363 of the figure
arrested in the zone.

”1,183 suspected cultists were napped, out of which 425 were arrested
in the zone. In relation to recovery, 1,356 firearms of various calibre
and descriptions were recovered in various intelligence-led operations
by the Police, with 277 of such recoveries made in the Southwest.  

”Similarly, 21,300 ammunition of various descriptions and calibre
were recovered with the highest number of 5,270 ammunition recovered
from criminal syndicates in the zone. Also, 1,541 stolen vehicles were
recovered across the country, with 482 of such recoveries in Southwest,”
he stated.

The IGP said the statistics pointed out that the Police in recent
months have developed capacity and demonstrated the requisite
professional zeal.

Adamu further disclosed that 40,000 Community Police Officers (CPOs)
would be recruited in order to give full effect to Community Policing
Vision as a pathway towards bridging security gaps across the country.
He said the CPOs would be recruited from within the communities where
the prospective applicants reside.

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