About 503 suspects were arrested by the Enugu state Police Command between March and December last year, Commissioner of Police, Musa Daura has said.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, Thursday, the police commissioner made the disclosure in a performance evaluation of the command within the period under review.
According to the statement, within the period under review, the command successfully arrested a total number of 503 suspects in a breakdown of the figure as follows; kidnappers-99; Armed Robbers-201; Cultists-37; Car snatchers\Vandals (NITEL and PHCN cables)-six; Unlawful possession of fire arms/ammunition-eight; Suspected Members of Biafra Zionist Movement-101; Suspected members of MASSOB-20; Suspects of other related offences-10.
According to him, the command rescued a total number of fourteen kidnapped victims amongst the total number of fourteen cases of kidnapping reported within the period under review while a total number of 79 armed robbery cases were also reported to the command.
He maintained that the command also recovered a total number of 87 arms and ammunitions,68 locally made pistol,10 locally made double barrel short gun,1 revolver pistol of six round,4 AK47 Riffle,3 Pump Action gun,1 Brownie pistol and a total number of 150 cartridges.
Also, about 120 vehicles were recovered and concluded that a total number of 79 Armed Robbery cases were reported in which a total of 201 Armed Robbery suspects were arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
He noted that a total of 14 cases of kidnapping
were reported in which a total number of 99 suspects were arrested and prosecuted while a total of 14 kidnapped victims were successfully rescued by the command’s operatives, whereas a total of 21 car snatchers were also arrested and prosecuted accordingly while a total number of 120 vehicles were recovered.
He stated that a total number of 37 suspected cultists were arrested and charged to court, adding that in the midst of these achievements that several challenges existed.
He noted that the challenges might be numerous but essentially, the inability of some members of the public to give timely and useful information to the police has been a source worry as well as inadequate number of patrol vehicles and other logistics are militating against the smooth operation of the command.
He thanked the Inspector General of Police (IG), Muhammed Abubakar, for his support to the command.
He also appreciated the collaborative efforts of the sister security Agencies in the state, the media, all relevant stake holders in the business of security in the state and other members of the public.
He also appreciated the efforts of his officers and men while urging members of the public to take advantage of telephone lines provided by the command as well as various media programmes sponsored by the command to educate members of the public to educate them on security and safety.