2013: 92 armed robbers, 30 kidnappers arrested in Enugu

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IFEANYI EZUGWU,ENUGU.

The Enugu State command of the Nigeria Police Force,NPF, has said that the command will focus more on proactive policing borne out of intelligence led policing and sharing of information given its veritable approach to making the area safer and secured.

This disclosure was made known by the Commissioner of Police,Enugu State, Adamu Abubakar Mohammed at the state Police headquarters in Enugu yesterday while responding to some of the crime prevention and reductions tactics embarked upon by his command in the year 2013 even as he compared it with crime prevention /reduction records of the year 2012.

According to Adamu,members of the public were positively sensitized on the need to be security conscious about their environment and properties as well as being able to report promptly to the command with the designated numbers about information on crime and criminality in their environment.

Said he: “Operatives were always on hand to attend to any distress calls within the shortest possible time. Kudos goes to the strong partnership in existence between the state command and sister security agencies,the Government and good people of the state as well as other relevant stake holders which has contributed to the drastic reduction of crime and making the state safe and secured”.

He assured that in 2014, all the newly created divisions across the state will have a functional Police Community Relations committee members to help bridge the gap between the Police and the public in those areas thereby encouraging partnership in sharing of information for effective crime prevention activities.

Continuing, the CP pointed out that robust patrol within the city and the hinterlands will be encouraged to attain high visibility of Police men in all the nooks and cranny of the state.

The Police Chief however maintained that from the analysis drawn from year 2012 and 2013,the command made a remarkable impact in crime prevention and reduction in 2013 and promised to invoke all necessary measures to improve upon it in 2014 to make the area more secured and safe While disclosing that the analysis follows thus;2012 the command arrested a total number of 351 suspects under the following cases armed robbery-188,kidnapping-91,cult activities-37,car snatching-20,vandalization-6 and burglary and stealing-9.

Also in 2012, a total number of 90 arms  and 417 ammunition were recovered while a total number of 11 kidnap victims were rescued.

In the area of car theft/snatching,a total number of 115 vehicles were recovered.

Then in the year 2013 a total of 92 armed robbery suspects were arrested,30 kidnap suspects arrested,11 were arrested for cult activities,15 car snatching suspects arrested,13 vandals were arrested while burglars and thevies were 3 which brought the number of suspects arrested in 2013 to 164.

Then in the area of arms,a total number of 39 arms  and 51 ammunitions were recovered while 7 kidnapped victims were rescued without payment of any ransom.

In car snatching/ theft, a total number of 18 vehicles were recovered.

Adamu maintained from the record that there is drastic reduction of crime in the year 2013 as most crime that would have occurred were promptly prevented in line with the tenet of proactive policing strategies which the command believes in and assured that year 2014 will witness a more better record than 2013 as all hands will be on deck.


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