With the assistance of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Squad, men and officers of the Kogi State Police Command has arrested 45 suspected criminals, including a woman for kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling.
Among the suspects is a 72-year-old Alhaji Ahmed Adoke, an uncle to the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, an All Progressives Congress, APC candidate in the last House of Assembly election for Okehi State Constituency, Idris Ozi Shuabu and a cripple alleged of being the keeper of stolen items and financing some criminal gangs terrorising the state.
Addressing journalists in Lokoja, yesterday on the arrest of the suspects, the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the arrest was fallout of the Special Anti-Crime Task Force led by CP Chris Ezike of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad drafted by the IGP, Mr. Solomon Arase, to combat the increasing cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in the state.
He said: “Following the upsurge of activities of bandits, kidnappers, social miscreants and hoodlums in Kogi State, especially along Auchi-Okene-Lokoja, Ajaokuta-Lokoja, Kabba-Obajana highways, the IGP directed the Special Anti-Crime Task Force to relocate to Kogi State and address the situation. The team arrived in Lokoja on 27th May, 2015 and was supported by a strong force of 300 personnel of the Police Mobile Force.”
Ojukwu said the squad designed a template in the last three weeks to “contain the situation, identify all criminal syndicates, identify kidnappers’ hideouts and carry out sporadic raids of their houses,” adding that, “today (yesterday), 45 persons have been arrested in connection with the criminal activities in the state during the operation.”
In his breakdown of the arrest, Ojukwu said on June 13, 2015, the operatives of Special Squad acting on a tip-off arrested one Isa Sunday Omouya, (36) at Ihima in Okehi Local Government Area, adding that a search of his premises led to the recovery of one AK 47 rifle, single barrel and 13 rounds of live ammunition.
He said that further investigation revealed that the recovered rifle was snatched from one Corporal Apogu Dzakwa who was shot and killed on May 18 along Ayere/Ajowa Road in Ijumu Local Government Area while escorting an expatriate, Karunadasa Dorawaka of Borini Prono Construction Company.
Ojukwu added that Ompuya had gathered enough experience in terrorism, stressing that part of the ransom he received on the kidnapping were traced to his wife’s account in one of the banks.
Also, Ojukwu revealed that five suspected armed robbers/cattle rustlers were arrested on June 4 along Lokoja-Ajaokuta Road, adding that the suspects always emerge from the bush to rob unsuspecting motorists and cattle rearers
In the same vein, he said seven other robbery suspects who terrorise motorists along Okpella-Auchi-Okene highway with reckless abandon had been arrested by the men of the task force.
He however noted that Arase regretted the death of Corporal Benjamin Agada who died in the course of the operation, pointing out that the fallen police officer was killed by enemy’s bullet at Itake-Eika junction in the central axis of the state.
While attributing the high rate of criminality in the state to the unwholesome engagement of youths in thuggery and political violence by politicians who have over the years recycled the hoodlums and assisted them through patronage to procure illicit firearms as well as rising influence of hard drugs and cultism, he said the crime wave increased due to the activities of awaiting trial and convicted criminals who escaped from Koton-Karfe Prison during the two infamous jail breaks in 2013 and 2014.
Items recovered during the three-week operations are two AK47, nine single and double barrel guns; gun manufacturing equipment; cutlasses, charms and other weapons.
Although journalists were not allowed to interview the suspects, Ahmed Adoke, a well known human rights crusader in the state shouted that the police only came to search his house following a petition and found nothing on him and that he was surprised to be paraded.
Also, the APC candidate kept shouting that his arrest was politically-motivated as the police only invited him to clarify the petitions written against him, only for him to be detained and paraded.

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