POLICE in the Federal Capital Territory said in the last three months it had arrested 421 suspects in connection with various criminal offences and had secured 247 convictions during the period under review. The FCT Police Command also disclosed that it recovered over N3million, 72 stolen vehicles, 13 dangerous weapons, 42 firearms, 250 ammunitions and other items from the suspects. The FCT Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa gave the statistics yesterday at the command’s headquarters in Abuja, during a stakeholders meeting with residents of the seat of Nigerian government. CP Mustafa in a speech tagged ‘The scorecard under my stewardship from August 2016 till date,’ said the scorecard was a novel initiative of his policing agenda for the FCT, with a view to keeping themselves (police) in check as custodians of law and order. He continued: “It is also an opportunity for us to remind ourselves that we are accountable to members of the public and we must be up and doing not to betray the people’s trust. “It is worthy to note that the scorecard is not only an opportunity to roll out our achievements, it is a subtle privilege to review our policing activities and identify areas that require more attention. It is also a clarion call on FCT residents to see the police as partners saddled with the task of protecting them and their property.” The FCT police chief stated that of the 421 arrested suspects, 106 were armed robbers, 213 were thieves, 20 were arrested for homicide, 14 cultists, 27 ‘one chance’ suspects, 27 car snatchers,
two cattle rustlers and eight vandals. The command, according to the CP, made 200 raids and arrested 408 within the period and out of this number, 216 suspects were prosecuted and there are 461 cases going on in various courts within the jurisdiction. Tue CP further stated that the command had adopted alternative dispute resolution (ADR) within the period to solve a lot of cases, including family matters. “The command within this period has treated rape cases. We have successfully reunited two children, a child of about three years and an infant of seven months. The CP recalled that on assumption of office on July 27, he reviewed the existing crime fighting measures and the existing strategies were restructured and some fresh measures introduced to augment the existing ones.
“Immediately I resumed duty, I was faced with the kidnap of a young lady. She was taken to Sokoto. She was rescued with the ransom of N7million. The command with the collaboration of other security agencies recorded a major breakthrough that resulted in the rescue of 10 persons kidnapped by some assailants at Darka and Huni villages in Rubochi, Kuje Area Council. He said the command, through intelligence, identified ‘one chance’ robbers had designated certain spots they use as shrines to disposes their victims. “The command has launched a campaign to destroy the shrines. A lot of the shrines have so far been destroyed” and “the operation will be sustained. I seize this medium to call for more collaboration from our stakeholders. We thank FCT residents and all stakeholders for thru support.

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