The Nigerian police has arrested 103 suspects for various offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, child trafficking, unlawful possession of firearms and rape in Delta State.
The state Commissioner of Police in the state, Hafiz Inuwa, disclosed this on Thursday after parading the suspects at the police headquarters, Asaba.
The CP, Hafiz Inuwa, noted that the suspects were arrested at various locations across the state from June till date following the “proactive and reactive crime preventive mechanisms” put in place by his command.
Inuwa disclosed that among the 103 suspects, 27 were arrested for armed robbery, 25 for cultism, 12 for kidnapping, 14 for unlawful possession of firearms, nine for arson, eight for stealing and trafficking while another eight were arrested for rape and defilement.
Inuwa said sophisticated and prohibited firearms and ammunitions from suspects, vehicles robbed or stolen within and outside the state, hard drugs and other stolen and incriminating items were recovered.
Items recovered from the suspects included seven AK-47 rifles, 142 AK-47 rifles 7.62mm ammunition, three explosives (dynamites), 26 firearms, 487 live cartridges, seven motorcycles/tricycles, four vehicles and six pump actions.
He said “many robberies and kidnapping attempts were foiled through visibility patrols and prompt response to distress calls. Many armed robbery suspects, suspected kidnappers, cultists and other criminals disturbing the peace of the state were arrested”.
Inuwa said some of those arrested had since been charged to court accordingly.
He said, “The domino effect of the #EndSARS protests, which was hijacked by hoodlums and turned violent, had a devastating impact on the general security of life and property. The spike in crimes and criminality associated with ember months added to the headache”.
The commissioner of police solicited the continuous support and cooperation of members of the general public in the fight against crime and criminality in the state.
He also encouraged residents of the state to follow the the fegeral governmwnt directives on how to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus and the mitigation of its impact in the state.
The police commissioner assured residents of the state of the command’s renewed commitment towards the protection of lives and property in the state and urged everyone to be security conscious during this season of festivity.
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