…arrest 93 kidnap suspects, recovers weapons
By Lolo Ayaba
In what seems to be a huge breakthrough in the fight against kidnappers within North-Central, North-Western and North-Eastern parts of the country, operatives of the Inspector General response Team (IRT) alongside other police formations have arrested 93 Kidnap Suspects.
Recovered during the operation were numerous arms and ammunition which include a Rocket Launcher, 35 Ak47 Rifles, 500 Live Ammunition and other dangerous weapons.
Also recovered from the suspects were eight (cool locally-made revolver pistols, ten (10) pairs of military camouflage uniform, two (2) operational vehicles, and other incriminating items.
According to DCP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquaters, the unrelenting and aggressive counter kidnapping strategies of the Police in the fight against kidnapping and other heinous crimes in the country have continued to yield positive results as police operatives recorded yet another harvest of criminal elements.
“The operations leading to these arrests and recoveries were carried out by joint team of Police operatives. The team was made up of detectives from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Force Intelligence Unit, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS). Other operatives in the Joint Mission include personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF) the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Protection Unit (SPU) and the Special Forces.
MBA noted that, police investigators backed by their counterparts in the Forensic and Technical Intelligence Units have commenced comprehensive investigation of all the Ninety-three (93) suspects arrested in these operations. The investigations among other things are aimed at tracking, uncovering and disrupting the sources of arms supply to the criminal groups, as well as identifying their collaborators, and bringing all involved in these heinous crimes to justice.
Reacting to the huge success of the police, the Inspector General of police, Adamu Mohammed said the massive achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force within the last few days are aimed at curbing all kinds of violent crimes within our society. The achievements are also indicative of the fact that the security agents are now winning the war against the criminal elements.
While commending Police Operatives for their sacrifice and resilience, Adamu Mohammed reiterated the commitment of the Nigeria Police to restoring sanity on our highways and inner cities. He further expressed his gratitude to the general Public for providing credible intelligence that has helped the Police in achieving the successes recorded so far.