Police apprehend 2,175 for kidnapping, armed robbery and others

Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu said police had arrested 2,175 suspects in armed robbery, kidnapping, worship and banditry since the launch of Operation
 Puff Adder.
A statement from Force spokesman Frank Mba on Wednesday in Abuja said Adamu revealed this when a delegation from the Nasarawa State Local Government Association
 (ALGON) visited him.

Adamu said that between April 5, when the operation was launched, 63 victims of kidnapping were rescued unharmed by the police.
He said that within this reporting period, 834 weapons, including two 19,009 live rocket launchers were recovered.

The chief of police said that the state of Oyo had the highest recovery number with 9,500 live ammunition.

Adamu called for tougher legislation against kidnapping and banditry, including the possible seizure by the state of assets linked to illicit products from
kidnapping and other heinous crimes.
He said that if promulgated, the act would be a strong disincentive for potential hijackers and other violent criminals.

The I-G noted that the call has become necessary against the increasingly bold appeal to these forms of crimes by criminal elements in society.

He said police were rejuvenating their strategies to ensure the proactive interception of illicit weapons arriving in the country.
According to him, most of the cases are already being processed in courts across the country, while others are still under investigation.

He praised his men for a good job and the public for their support of the police and other security agencies in the country.

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