Police in Edo State says it has retrieved 9 AK47 rifles among other dangerous weapons from assorted criminal suspects such as cultists and kidnappers who were rounded up from several areas of the state recently.
The State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, who disclosed this while briefing journalists on the current security situation in the state, explained that many of the suspects were intercepted by the highway patrol teams of the command.
The police chief recalled that the command arraigned 227 cultists in May, 2015, adding that an additional 30 suspected cultists arrested were now undergoing interrogation and would be charged to court subsequently.
“Apart from the 227 high profile cultist‎s arraigned in court between May 2 and 9 this year, we have 20 suspects who have confessed to have kidnapped various prominent individuals in the state and even outside the state.
“Fifteen victims of kidnapping have been rescued. Nine AK47 riffles were in the process recovered. One bereta pistol and about 60 locally made weapons as well as some paraphernalia of military outfits”, he added.
Adegbuyi explained that as part of proactive measures by the Inspector-General of Police, several highway patrol vehicles had been deployed in locations within the state, including Benin-Lagos road, Benin-Agbor road, Benin-Akure road, Auchi-Okpella road, Ibilo, Ehor and Benin bypass.
The CP who described some the suspects as “travelling criminals” who were not resident in Edo but used the state as an escape route, commended the ‎efforts of local vigilante groups, whom he said had used their knowledge of the terrain to aid the command in tracking down criminals even in odd hours.
He, however, called for continuous collaboration with relevant stakeholders in crime control, including traditional and religious leaders, to make the state safer.

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