In 5 Weeks, Police Arrested 1,346 Suspects For Various Violent Crimes

……As the Police begin profiling individuals for employment, tenancy;
……Reiterates zeal for improved welfare for all officers, men

The Nigeria Police Force has made notable progress in combating crimes nationwide over the past five weeks as part of the ongoing effort to protect the nation from the activities of criminal elements under the visionary leadership of Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun. These efforts have resulted in the arrest of 385 suspects in armed robberies, 238 suspects in kidnappings, 341 suspects in murder and homicides, 87 suspects linked to the unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, 143 rape suspects, and 151 suspects in cultism.

Parading the suspects on Friday, 12th April 2024, the Force Public Relations Officer ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said that the police have recovered 143 firearms of various calibres, 741 ammunition, and 72 stolen vehicles, as well as the rescue of 461 kidnapped victims across the country.

Among the pivotal cases, on 4th Mach, 2024, a team from Operation Zenda Joint Task Force, acting on credible intelligence, invaded an arms manufacturing hideout at Amahundu, Nanev, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State and arrested nine (9) suspects including a Cameroonian. Exhibits recovered from them include 8 Barretta Pistols under fabrication, 1 AK-47 rifle, 10 AK47 live ammunition, 5 Barretta pistol ammunition, four welding gas cylinders and other fabrication materials.

In the same vein, operatives of the FCT Command on 24th February 2024, acting upon credible intelligence stormed Sardauna, Toto forests and arrested one Samaila Wakili Fafa AKA Habu Ibrahim, a kidnap kingpin on the Command wanted list with a bounty placed on him by the Honourable Minister of the FCT. He confessed to several killings done by himself and his gang, including the abduction of one Barr Chris Agidy, the legal aide to Senator Ned Nwoko and Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, the village head of Ketti Village who were both killed by him. He led operatives to where he buried the remains of the Late Barr Agidy whose corpse was exhumed and deposited at Gwagwalada General Hospital.

The Nigeria Police Force, recognizing the essential role of officer welfare in enhancing service delivery, has taken strategic steps to ensure that officers and men of the Force are adequately catered to. Some of the recent activities of the Force in this regard include the swift disbursement of insurance packages to families of fallen policemen within the past 9 months, amounting to 7.2 billion Naira, the Police Awards and Commendation Ceremony scheduled for April 15th, 2024, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, the NPF Housing Summit scheduled for April 22nd to 23rd, 2024, with focus on viable housing solutions and the launch of the Police Fund to support officers’ accommodation needs.

The Inspector General of Police while emphasizing the importance of improving officer welfare and morale, as it directly correlates with effective service delivery and crime prevention, also urged all landlords and employers of domestic staff in the Federal Capital Territory, and by extension other states of the Federation, to ensure they visit police stations within their areas to request for, and fill forms for proper profiling of intended employees/tenants for employment and tenancy purposes to strengthen the capacity of the NPF to identify and deter potential threats within the FCT.

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