The Kaduna state police command on Thursday said they arrested 39 suspected kidnappers, armed bandits, armed robbers, culpable homicide, cattle rustlers and internet fraudsters, while recovering 10 AK47 rifles, and four pump action.
A statement signed by the Kaduna state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the police also recovered two local pistols and one local gun, 154 live ammunitions, 17 cartridges, four vehicles and four motorcycles.
“The Command has intensified efforts towards ensuring safety and security of the populace through some coordinated raiding of criminal hideouts by our gallant Operatives of the Command’s Anti Kidnapping Unit, SARS and the IGP’s Special Tactical Squad (STS) and IRT as well as active Community Engagement Initiative in line with the Inspector General of Police mandate on Community Policing.
“These efforts have gained some remarkable results which led to the arrest of 39 suspected criminals comprising of largely suspected Kidnappers, Armed Bandits, Armed Robbers, Culpable Homicide suspects, Cattle Rustlers and Internet Fraudsters among others.
“And recovery of 10 AK47 Rifles, four Pump Action, two Locally Made Pistols, one Locally Made Gun, 154 live Ammunition, 17 Cartridges, four vehicles, four Motorcycles and host of other recoveries. Some of these suspects confessed to series of kidnapping within and outside the State including the killing of Police Personnel and two other victims at Kangimi after collecting millions of naira as ransom.”
He said despite facing some peculiar security challenges such as armed banditry, Cattle rustling, kidnapping, Armed Robbery and other violent crimes, the Kaduna state police command has succeeded in reducing these crimes within the towns, villages and to a large extend on the major highways.
“Recently, the Command has been relatively calm, as the bandits can no longer carry out any coordinated attack largely due to our strategic deployment as well as the public support we receive which force the criminals to resort to soft targets at outskirts and hamlets where there are no firm security structures.
“In view of the successes recorded and the drastic reduction in crime rate in the Command within the period under review, we cannot afford to relent in our effort to sustain the gains. I therefore, reiterate my call to the general public to continue to be supportive of the Police in various ways they can, to ensure peace and stability of businesses and the social environment in the state.”