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Nigerian police arrest 700 kidnapping and armed robbery suspects

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Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu said that the police have arrested 424 kidnapping suspects and 276 armed robbery suspects across the country.

Speaking at a meeting with officers on the ranks of commissioner and above in Abuja, Adamu said that the suspects were arrested between 10 May and 14 June 2019 in Kaduna state, Nasarawa state, Katsina state Taraba, Kano state and Edo state.

He said that the arrest was effected by personnel of the Operation Puff Adder recently launched across the country to address internal security threats.

According to him, Kaduna state recorded the highest number of kidnap suspects with 101, 79 from Katsina state, 54 from Nasarawa state and 32 from Taraba.

The police boss said that Edo state recorded the highest number of armed robbery suspects with 38, Nasarawa with 25 and the Federal Capital Territory with 23.

He said that 10 860 ammunition 301 firearms, including a rocket launcher, AK 47 rifles, pistols and locally made gun, were recovered.

Adamu said Katsina state recorded the highest number of firearms with 80, Edo with 26 and Kaduna state with 25.

He said that 176 suspected cultists were also arrested across the country during the period under review and 77 vehicles recovered.

The police boss said that within the period under review, 44 murder suspects were also arrested, with seven in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja and six in Kano state.

He said that the arrests were made possible with the cooperation of members of the public and the dedication of police commanders and other tanks.

“I want to reassure the citizens that the police have emplaced frameworks that will facilitate the strengthening of operation Puff Adder and ensure the sustenance of its gains,” he said.

Adamu assured the personnel of concerted efforts of the Federal Government to address the challenges confronting the force.

He said that the strategies included the adoption and implementation of the concept aimed at changing the policing narratives of the country.

Adamu assured Nigerians of the commitment of the police to sustain the war against crimes by taking the battle to the door steps of criminal elements.

“We only request one thing which is the continued goodwill, understanding, and support of all citizens across socio-economic background,” he said.