From: Sola Ojo, Kaduna
In efforts to rid Kaduna State of criminal elements, the Kaduna State Police Command, on Monday, paraded 18 suspects comprising six armed robbers, seven kidnappers, one fraudster and four others.
The suspects, according to the Police Commissioner in the State, Agyole Abeh, were arrested while committing the acts at various spots outside Kaduna, the State capital based on tip-off.
Parading the suspects before newsmen at Command’s headquarters, the Police Commissioner said with the commitment of his men in recent times, crime rate in the state has reduced drastically, promising to continue in that light.
He hinged the success the police in the state have recorded on reliable intelligence information gathering with locals playing active role by making useful information available to police on crime.
“As a result of commitment of the command to reduce the crime rate to a barest minima, we have arrested six suspected armed robbers, seven kidnappers one fraudster as major criminals apart from others like drug pushers and common criminals who we have handed over to agencies of government in charge.
“We are working hard to make Kaduna a safer state where business can strive very well. And we are saying Kaduna must remain near crime free society.
“We have mapped out crime preventive measures and that is why the crime in the city centre has reduced drastically and the command will improve on that with the support of the media and general public. Our problem is information. Once we have information, our response is within 20 minutes in fact, we have responded within nine minute to distress call within city centre”, stated the police boss.
Some of the items recovered from the suspects include one locally made pistol, several vehicle number plates, two cutlasses, on sword and documents.