Nigeria Police: We’ve Rescued 509 Kidnapped Victims So Far, Arrested 1,053 Suspected Kidnappers

Nigeria Police: We've Rescued 509 Kidnapped Victims So Far, Arrested 1,053 Suspected Kidnappers

The Nigeria Police Force has given a data of its operations from January to July 2019.

The police said within seven months, it had arrested 4,187 high profile suspects with 1,629 of those arrested being armed robbery suspects.

Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police reeled out the figures at a meeting with senior police officers in Abuja on Tuesday.

Giving a breakdown of the arrest, Adamu said 1,629 armed robbery suspects; 1,053 suspected kidnappers; 1,023 cultists, and 482 murder suspects were arrested.

“One thousand, one hundred and eighty-one firearms of various descriptions and calibre including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and rocket launchers were recovered in various police operations across the country within the same period. Three hundred and eighty-nine stolen vehicles were also recovered from criminal elements.

“Five hundred and six kidnapped victims have been safely rescued. It is pertinent to mention that of the rescued victims, 300 were secured in Zamfara State alone with 249 of this number rescued between 9th to 23rd July, 2019 from bandits and militias operating in the forests in and around Zamfara State, the police chief added.

Adamu lauded all police personnel across the country for keeping the country safe, adding that the “institutional capability of the Police to undertake specialised operations, take the anti-crime war to the camps and other safe havens of high-profile criminals, and respond to any scene of violent crime has also been significantly boosted”.

He attributed the success the police is enjoying to the ongoing Operation Puff Adder and other strategies emplaced by the Nigeria Police to address prevalent crimes in the country.

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