AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna, and Nsa Gill, Calabar
POLICE in Kaduna have arrested no fewer than 217 individuals believed to be behind the frequent killings, kidnapping, armed theft and rustling within the state.
This week, gunmen killed and kidnapped many in components of the state.
Commissioner of Police Umar Muri, who paraded the suspects on the command’s headquarters in Kaduna yesterday, additionally displayed 43 weapons, together with AK-47 rifles, pistols and others recovered from the suspects.
Muri stated the suspects have been arrested between April 29 and July 22, 2020.
He stated, “Immediately (yesterday), I’m delighted to tell you that the command inside the previous few weeks succeeded in arresting 217 suspects for numerous crimes which embody armed banditry, armed theft, kidnapping, rustling, culpable murder, rape, store breaking, theft and different associated crimes.
“Seven AK47 rifles, one sort 06 rifle with breech No.20900, two locally-made pistols, two English-made pistols, 22 locally-made Dane weapons, three revolver pistols, two revolver rifles, two double-barrel Russian-made weapons and one single-barrel gun, amongst others, have been recovered.”
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“Additionally recovered have been N93,008,783 and 180,070 Saudi Arabian Riyadh.”
The police chief added that thousands and thousands of faux native and foreign currency, baggage of rice, poultry feed sacks, vehicles, bikes, tv and phone units, laptops, cows , faux police ID playing cards, sacks of Indian hemp and charms have been additionally recovered from the suspects.
Muri additionally introduced that 500 policemen had been deployed in Southern Kaduna to spice up safety efforts within the space.
In the meantime, gunmen within the early hours of yesterday attacked Danatrite Development Firm in Oban, Akamkpa Native Authorities Space of Cross River State.
A policeman was shot useless whereas 4 expatriate employees, believed to be Chinese language, have been kidnapped.
State police command spokeswoman Irene Ugbo confirmed the assault, saying that policemen had been despatched after the attackers.