Police in Niger nab 247 bandits, kidnapping, & homicide suspects

Charles Nwoke, Minna, Nigeria
January 18, 2021 

The Niger State Police Command said it had apprehended about 247 banditry, kidnapping, homicide, and other crimes suspects committed in different parts of the state in 2020.

Adamu Usman, the Niger State Police Commissioner, stated this on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Minna.

“We have diligently succeeded in charging 215 suspects out of the 247 arrested for committing various crimes before competent courts, while 32 suspects are under investigation,” said Usman.

“93 cases of alleged culpable homicide were reported; 60 cases already charged to court, and 33 other cases are under investigation.”

The Police Command also said it had arrested 79 suspects for the same offense, and 61 of them were charged to court, while 18 suspects were still under investigation.

“Ninety-two cases of kidnapping were reported; 33 cases were charged to court and 59 cases are under investigation.

“Forty-four kidnapping suspects were arrested and charged to court, while 62 victims were rescued within the year under review.

“Forty-four cases of armed robbery were reported, out of which 39 cases have been charged to court and 5 cases are under investigation.

“The command has also succeeded in arresting 68 suspects over an alleged armed robbery in different parts of the state and 61 of them have been charged to court, while 7 suspects are still under investigation.

“Forty cases of rape were reported; 32 cases were charged to court, and 8 under investigation, while 36 suspects were arrested for rape and other sexual offenses, and all of them have been charged to court.

“Thirteen cases of unlawful possession of firearms were reported, 17 suspects arrested, 10 suspects charged to court and 7 others are under investigation,” the commissioner said.

“The command has recovered a total number of 80 arms and 1,535 ammunition, which includes; 6 AK-47, 2 AK-49, 27 magazines, 9 locally made pistols, 6 locally fabricated short guns, 27 single barrel dane guns, and 3 pump action rifles.

“Seven hundred and forty-six live ammunition of 7.62mm, 19 live ammunition of 9mm, and 770 cartridges.

“Other weapons recovered are 28 cutlasses, 19 knives, and 23 sticks,” he said.

The Commissioner disclosed that already, the Command had mapped out comprehensive security strategies to deal with any form of security threats in the state.

He appealed to residents of the state to volunteer reliable and credible information that could help the officers beefed up to fight crimes in the volatile communities.