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Nigeria Police Arrest 3,685 Suspects in 8 Weeks

In its efforts to alleviate criminal activities, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has announced that it made arrest of 3,685 suspects across the country in two months.

NPF said that it has rescued 401 kidnapped victims, recovered 216 firearms, 3,601 ammunition and 82 vehicles in that period.

The Police also stated that it held a strategic meeting with its senior officers to intensify mode of operations – and ₦7.2 billion cheques was presented to families of the deceased in the last 9 months.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Force Spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Thursday, April 4.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, held a strategic meeting with strategic police managers comprising Deputy Inspectors General of Police and members of the Force Management Team, Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police, and Tactical Commanders at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“During the meeting, the reported notable achievements of the Force in mitigating criminal activities nationwide within a period of eight (8) weeks since the last Conference, which included the arrest of 3,685 suspects, the rescue of 401 kidnapped victims, and the recovery of 216 firearms, 3,601 ammunition, and 82 vehicles,” the statement reads in part.

While addressing the Strategic Managers comprising officers at the highest echelon of the Force, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun highlighted the recent tragic incident in Ohoro Forest, Ughelli North LGA of Delta State, where six (6) officers were ambushed and gruesomely killed during a Special Operation.

IGP Egbetokun expressed deep condolences to the families of the fallen officers and noted that significant progress has been made in the investigation, with nine (9) suspects apprehended and assisting in unravelling the circumstances surrounding the incident.

He also assured Deltans and Nigerians at large that no stone would be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

In the same vein, the IGP declared the presentation of cheques totalling Seven Billion, Two Hundred and Sixty-Three Million, Three Hundred and Ninety-One Thousand, Fifty-One Naira, and Seventy-Three Kobo (N7,263,391,051.73K) to Two Thousand, Five Hundred and Fourteen (2,514) families of deceased police officers over the past nine months as part of efforts by the Nigeria Police Force to prioritize the welfare of its personnel and their families.

“In recognition of officers’ sacrifices, the IGP emphasized that the Force has prioritized the welfare of personnel, secured the release of insurance claims, and addressed pension concerns.

“Similarly, the forthcoming Police Awards and Commendations Ceremony scheduled for the 15th of April 2024 at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, by 5 p.m. will honour officers who have demonstrated bravery and dedication to duty.

“Also addressing housing challenges faced by officers, the NPF Housing Summit, scheduled for April 22nd–23rd, 2024, aims to provide solutions and launch the Police Fund. Additionally, the Nigeria Police Green Initiative, aligned with climate justice goals, seeks to boost operational capacity through renewable energy and community outreach.”

IGP Egbetokun further charged the Strategic Police Managers to deliver the Force’s constitutional mandate, thereby ensuring the safety and security of the nation.

He emphasized the pivotal role of police leadership in upholding integrity, professionalism, and excellence, hence, he called for concerted efforts to overcome challenges and fulfill their duties with dedication and diligence.

He also urged all stakeholders to remain steadfast in their commitment to policing the nation with integrity, professionalism, and excellence in order to overcome challenges and ensure the safety and security of Nigeria.

 

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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