By Yemi Akinsuyi, Segun Awofadeji
Efforts at boosting the integrity of the police received a boost with the raiding of some hide-outs of some criminals, recovery of 19 allegedly stolen vehicles and the arrest of three suspects in Kaduna State.
This came on a day the Bauchi State Police Command said it will soon arraign two suspects, Adamu Haruna and Salisu Sama’ila, who were alleged to specialise in vandalising armoured cable wires.
The raid came barely a week after the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, set up a Special Taskforce on Heinous Crimes (STHC), to track down and arrest criminals.
According to the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer (DFPRO), Mr. Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), “the Special Taskforce, working on a tip-off, in reaction to the upsurge in incidents of car theft in some parts of the country, proceeded to Kaduna State on August 22, 2012, where it smashed and arrested the syndicate that specialises in car theft.”
Mba further explained that the IG had set up the Taskforce, “in response to the emergence of heinous crimes in some parts of the country, as part of renewed efforts by the Nigeria Police to check-mate, through proactive measures predicated on intelligence policing, the activities of the sponsors and perpetrators of these crimes.”
He added that the new outfit relies to a great extent, on vital information made available to the Police by the public and attributed the recent break-through to the growing trust and cooperation between the Force and the public.
The IG also assured Nigerians that the Police will remain dynamic and creative in formulating new strategies for fighting crimes and criminality and urged Nigerians to continue to support the Force. everyone achieves their KPIs. So, they are not on their own. We will always be there to assist and support them to ensure that everything works out well. We are not setting them up to fail in any way or make things difficult for them. Most of the KPIs were developed based on certain assumptions. It is possible that those assumptions may change in six months’ time and where this happens, we will review them.”
Meanwhile, the two suspects, who hail from Bakin Kasuwa in Bukuru area of Plateau State were recently arrested, while vandalising armoured cable wire along Zaranda Hotel, Bauchi.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Hassan Mohammed Auyo Sunday, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said a jack, saw blade and cable wire iron were recovered from the suspects during the arrest.
In the same vain, four suspects-Mohammed Isah, Faisar Umar, Mohammed Mamman, and Abdullahi Adamu, who are residents of Bauchi township were arrested, while stealing diesel from Starcoms mast at Tambari Housing Estate in Bauchi.
The statement said exhibits recovered from the suspects included six Jerri cans of diesel oil, six empty Jerri cans, and an Opel motor vehicle with registration number XA 610 JMA.
Auyo, who explained that investigation was ongoing, while the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as the investigations were completed.
He further disclosed that one Chimaobi Michael, a hawker was at a stop and search point arrested with Nokia handset batteries.
According to him, Michael confessed that he and eight others came to Bauchi from Lokoja and lodged at Blue Spot Hotel from where they go out for hawking.
The other eight suspects are Cochis Eworo, 22, Ifeanyi Mgbedu, alias Osmote, 20, Prince Eleahi, 23, Chibiule Nwati, 26, Valentine Ugwu, 21, Chodima Nweite, 21, Ikechukwu Mgbedu 23, all indigenes of Ebonyi state
He added that 293 package of new Nokia batteries, 89 pieces of Nokia batteries and four chargers were recovered from the suspects.
Meanwhile, the state Police Command have intensified a 24-hour round the clock patrol ostensibly to raid identified black sports and flash points in the area.