Police in Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria said a total of 1,503 suspected criminals were arrested in the state in the year 2020.
Sanusi Buba, the State Commissioner of Police who disclosed this during a press briefing said “these figures represent the overall summary of the achievements recorded so far by the State Police Command within the year which ends on Thursday.”
“1,116 suspects were being prosecuted in various courts in the state,” Buba said.
According to him 267 suspected armed robbers were arrested and charged to court, while 304 suspected kidnappers were also arrested and charged to court.
Buba added that 393 kidnapped victims were rescued from hoodlums and 29 terrorists were killed in a series of gun battles with the police within the year under review.
He continued that “ the police arrested 526 suspected cattle rustlers, and recovered 1,366 cows, 1,211 sheep, 271 goats, and four donkeys from hoodlums”.
“Similarly, 287 suspects who were arrested in connection with 236 reported cases of rape have already been charged to court.”
Buba said, “47 victims of human trafficking were rescued in six reported cases of human trafficking which were transferred to NAPTIP office in Kano; 18 stolen motor vehicles were also recovered during the period”.
“Stolen motorcycles and bandits-owned motorcycles were recovered. 24 AK 47 rifles were recovered, 10 locally made pistols, 20 locally made guns, 600 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one LAR rifle, one assault rifle, one double barrel, were also recovered.”
The police commissioner acknowledged the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and other security agencies in the onslaught against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed robbery, human trafficking, and rape, among other crimes in the state.
He assured the people of Katsina that the command would sustain and improve the security situation in the state.
“We need credible information on the activities of bandits and the suppliers of fuel, motorbikes, food, and other logistics that facilitate crime and criminality,” Buba concluded.
Katsina State in the North west region of Nigeria is fast becoming a criminal armed group epicenter.
Recently, the Nigerian police command ordered the establishment of 10 mobile police units while in June last year, Nigerian Army established super camp and Operation Sahel sanity to tackle terror related activities in the state and other North western states in the country.
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