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‘Katsina records 210 rape cases in 2017’

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By Hamidu Sabo
Katsina

Katsina state Police Command has said it recorded 210 cases of rape and unnatural acts in the state in 2017.
The command’s spokesman, Isa Gambo who made the disclosure in an interview yesterday said 275 persons allegedly involved in the various rape cases were arrested during the period, adding that 207 of the cases were in court, with three still under investigation.
Gambo also said that the command arrested 320 persons suspected to be involved in 204 armed robberies across the state during the period, explaining the command was prosecuting 155 of the cases while the rest were being investigated.
The spokesman also said 150 incidents of culpable homicide were reported to the command for which 319 persons were arrested, adding that 140 of the cases had been investigated and charged to court while 10 were under investigation.
On cattle rustling, Gambo said the command was able to recover 313 and 24 sheep from 29 suspected rustlers.
He disclosed that 43 cases of car theft were reported to the command in the period under review with 85 persons arrested and charged to court.
On recoveries, the spokesperson said the command recovered 38 firearms and 158 ammunitions. He said stolen property valued at N17.7 million were recovered during the period under review, explaining that five suspects were arrested in connection with three cases of kidnapping in the state.
In another development, the official said a total of 2,000 policemen were promoted for their gallantry during the period, while 136 personnel in the command were issued with houses under the new Police Housing Scheme.
Gambo, however, said the command was grappling with challenges of logistics, including inadequate patrol vehicles and manpower, stressing the need to review their welfare package to enhance efficiency and boost their morale.


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