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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has called for tougher legislations against kidnapping and banditry including possible state seizure of assets linked to illicit proceeds from these and other heinous crimes. This, the IGP believes, will act as a disincentive to potential kidnappers and other violent criminals.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the IGP made this call on Wednesday, while addressing a delegation of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Nasarawa State Chapter, led by Alhaji Aminu Muazu Maifata, who paid him the traditional Salah visit in his official quarters in Abuja.
He noted that the call became necessary against background of the increasingly daring resort to these forms of crimes by criminal elements in the society.
The IGP also used the opportunity of the visit to apprise the visitors on the successes recorded by “Operation Puff Adder” in the ongoing fight against criminal elements across the country. He stated that since the launch of Operation Puff Adder on 5th April 2019, till date, a total of Sixty-Three (63) Kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt by Police Operatives.
In a similar vein, two thousand, one hundred and seventy-five (2,175) suspects were arrested for the following offences: Kidnapping – eight hundred and fifty two (852), armed robbery – eight hundred and sixty five (865), murder – three hundred and fifty-nine (359) and cultism – ninety-nine (99).
With respect to arms recovery, the IGP noted that eight hundred and thirty-four (834) arms, including two (2) – rocket launchers, nineteen thousand and nine (19,009) live ammunition were recovered with Oyo State recording the highest number of nine thousand, five hundred ( 9,500) live ammunition. The IGP stated that the Police are rejigging their strategies to … Read More...