3000 kidnap suspects in custody –IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has disclosed that there are over 3,000 suspected kidnappers in various police cells across the country.

Idris, who stated this yesterday while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said the suspects were being taken to the courts on daily basis. “Presently, we have over 3000 suspects in various police stations all over the country and we are taking them to court,” he said.

“Recently, I set up a task force to streamline or scrutinise these cases so that we have speedy trial of some of the suspects”, Idris said.

The Police IG said he was at the Villa to brief Buhari on the security situation across the country and arrangements in respect of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state.

He said the force was deploying about 21,000 police officers to be able to provide adequate security in Anambra state, adding: “We are also deploying our water boats to take care of the waterways; we are deploying our helicopters to take care of the aerial surveillance and we are deploying our conventional police men and special police units to take care of situations on ground and by the grace of God, we are going to have a successful and peaceful elections in Anambra state”.

The Senate had earlier in the week asked the IGP to appear before its ad-hoc committee investigating claims made against him by Senator Hamma Misau or risk being arrested.

Responding yesterday, Idris said he was discussing with his legal team.
“Obviously, if there is need, we are going to appear for the sake of having respect for the Senate, I will appear before them,” he said.

Idris also said the police was continuing to pay attention to the rampant cases of kidnappings along the Abuja/Kaduna highway.

He said a special unit of the force had been posted to the highway.
He commended the National Assembly for “providing a death penalty for suspects involved in some of these cases of kidnapping”.

He also said there will be a drastic drop in the number of kidnappings along the road “because of these punishments that have been made now by National Assembly”.


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