Police nab 3 kidnappers, rescue 4 victims in Kogi

Police in Rivers State have said the command arrested 187 armed robbery and 329 kidnap suspects in the state in 2015, while 339 kidnapped victims were rescued.
Police Commissioner, CP Hyelasinda Musa Kimo, made the revelation during a press briefing at the command’s headquarters, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The CP, who spoke through the PPRO, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, said the Police also foiled 98 bank robberies, recovered 1,1917 assorted ammunition and arrested 13 rape/defilement suspects during the period under review.
According to him, a total of 145 suspects were fatally wounded during operations, noting that those arrested have been charged to court.
“Permit me to state that the achievements recorded within the eventful year under review are as follows: Number of suspected armed robbers arrested, 187, No. of armed robberies foiled, 98, bank robberies foiled, 7, suspected armed robbers fatally wounded, 98, suspected kidnappers arrested, 329, suspected kidnappers fatally wounded, 145, kidnapped victims rescued, 337, suspected cultists arrested, 375, and rape/defilement suspects arrested, 13.
“Number of firearms recovered: AK 47 rifles, 80, Pump action guns, 123, locally made pistols, 4251, Short guns, 349, Double barrel guns, 78, Single barrel guns, 31, Assault rifle, 56, Locally made long guns, 92, English pistol, 16, Rocket propelled grenade, 1, General purpose machine gun, 1.
“Also, number of assorted ammunition recovered, 11,917, IED materials recovered, 10, while cartridges recovered were 994 and assorted vehicles recovered were 101, in addition the amount of money recovered was N137,000,000.00.”
He also informed the unveiling of new uniforms for men of the SARS by the Inspector-General of Police, IG Solomon Arase.
He said the move became necessary due to reports from members of the public that they were being harassed by operatives of the command and urged the public to take note of the new uniforms so as to be able to identify criminals, who attack people in police uniforms.
“It is pertinent at this juncture to unveil to you the new official regalia of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, men. The rebranded uniform is an idea conceived, executed and was recently launched by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon E. Arase, purposely for it to be in tune with nature of the squad’s job and to eradicate complaints of mistaken identity,” he stated and appealed to members of the public for improved partnership with the police in order to stamp out criminals from the state.

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