Friday, April 15, 2016 3:46 pm
About 458 suspected criminals have been arrested in Kaduna State, in the last 10 days, Mr Ballah Nasarawa, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 7, disclosed today.
The AIG recently relocated to Kaduna following spate of kidnappings and other criminal activities in the state.
Part of his mandate was to rid the state of criminals, reorganise and streamline police operation in the state.
Nasarawa said at a news briefing in Kaduna that among those arrested were 27 suspected kidnappers including those who abducted three Reverends, and a director in Dangote Group.
The police chief said one car snatcher was apprehended while attempting to sell a 4-wheel runner jeep with registration GGE 222 AM.
Nasarawa added that a suspected cattle rustler was also arrested by the police and that 71 cattle and 33 sheep were recovered from him.
“Five AK47 ripples with many rounds of different types of ammunition have been recovered; a sizeable quantity of hard drugs as well as Indian hemp and other intoxicants were also recovered.”
The AIG said that the 458 suspects arrested in various raids across the state “are being interrogated and profiled.”
He said that the police had identified many criminal hideouts of armed bandits including “renowned car snatchers” and receivers, and promised to bring them to book.
On the reorganisation, Nasarawa announced that the process may be concluded by next week and “will see to the transfer of many policemen out of the Kaduna State Police Command.”