IGP reacts as police arrest 1,503 high-profile criminal suspects, rescue 393 victims

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has commended the Katsina State Police Command for arresting

1,503 high-profile criminal suspects and securing the freedom of 393 kidnapped victims

The command also recovered 4-GPMG, 37-AK47 rifles, 288 anti-aircraft ammunition

This was contained in a statement on Friday by CP Frank Mba

Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja

He further commended the state command for rescuing kidnapped victims and reuniting them with their families, as it showed improving public confidence.

He said the IGP gave the commendation during a one-day official visit to Katsina State on Thursday, 2nd September, 2021. He said the visit was part of efforts at carrying out on-the-spot security assessments in the State, and to mobilize members of the public and other credible stakeholders against crimes.

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This, according to the statement, would boost the confidence of Police operatives in the Command and provide the needed leadership for onslaught against crimes and criminality.

He said, Katsina State, for instance, within the past four months of the current administration, a total of one thousand, five hundred and three (1,503) suspected high-profile criminals were arrested in connection with different violent crimes in the State, including kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, sexual and gender-based crimes, etc.

“The arrests include two hundred and sixty-seven (267) suspected Armed Robbers, three hundred and four (304) suspected Kidnappers, ninety-seven (97) bandits, amongst others.

“He also stated that Police operatives also successfully rescued three hundred and ninety-three (393) kidnapped victims and have since reunited them with their families and communities,” the statement said

It said, the IGP also confirmed that the Force has made tremendous success in breaking the weapon supply chain to bandits and other criminal elements in the State.

He said there was great evidence in the interception and recovery of sophisticated weapons, including 4 GPMG, 37 AK47 rifles, 2 G3 rifles, 288 anti-aircraft ammunition and 118 AK47 ammunition.

Meanwhile, the IGP has assured the nation that despite the harsh operational environment in which Police officers operate, the Force will continue to improve on the gains in the fight against crimes across the country.

He called on parents and guardians, traditional rulers, political leaders and religious leaders and other critical stakeholders, to provide necessary leadership, counselling, mentoring and support needed to guide citizens, particularly, our youths, out of the path of crime and criminality.

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