Defence & Security

We lost 5 officers, neutralised 54 bandits in 2022 – police

James Danjuma, Katsina

The Katsina State Police Command says it lost five of its officers even as it neutralised 54 suspected bandits during various operations in the state in 2022.

This is even as the command said it arrested a total of 177 suspected armed robbers with 169 of them charged to court while eight were under investigation.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday on achievements recorded by the command in the year under review, the state Commissioner of Police, Shehu Nadada also said 1,102 suspects were arrested in connection with 705 reported cases.

Nadada said what they recovered during the period include 14 AK-47 rifles, two locally made AK-47 rifles, 19 locally made guns, and 81 rounds of 76.2mm AK-47 ammunition.

“A total number of one thousand, one hundred and two (1,102) suspects were arrested in connection with seven hundred and five (705) reported cases.

“While a total number of nine hundred and eighty-nine (989) arrested suspects are undergoing prosecution in various competent Courts of Law in the State.

“A total number of one hundred and seventy-seven (177) suspected Armed Robbers were arrested and one hundred and sixty-nine (169) suspects charged to court while eight (8) cases are under investigation.

“Two hundred and forty-one (241) suspected bandits/kidnappers/ and informants to bandits, were arrested; in which two hundred and thirty-nine (239) suspects have been charged to court while sixteen (16) suspects are under investigation.

“In the course of this campaign, fifty-four (54) bandits were neutralized in various gun battles while five (5) police officers paid the supreme price.

“One thousand and ninety-two (1,092) domestic animals were recovered, which consist of seven hundred and twenty-seven (727) cows, three hundred and seventy (370) sheep and goats were recovered from the hoodlums.

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“Two hundred and sixty-six (266) suspects were arrested in one hundred and forty-five (245) reported cases of rape and unnatural offences; in which two hundred and sixty (260) suspects have been charged to court.

“Six suspects are undergoing investigation.
Forty-six (46) victims of Human Trafficking were rescued in four (4) reported cases, which were transferred to NAPTIP office for further investigation.

“One hundred and twenty-two (122) kidnapped victims were also rescued from suspected bandits/kidnappers during the period under review.

“Twenty (22) suspected stolen motor vehicles were recovered and eighteen (18) stolen/bandits’ motorcycles were recovered. Twenty-seven (27) suspected motor vehicles thieves arrested and have been charged to court

“Seventy-one (71) suspected vandals were arrested and large amount of cable wire/other electrical items recovered. They have been charged to court for prosecution.

“Twenty-one (21) suspected Indian Hemp/illicit drugs traffickers and suppliers of drugs to bandits were arrested and large quantities of illicit drugs such as Pentazocine injections, Tramadol, etc, and substances such as Jerricans loaded with “SUCK and DIE” Solution, Rubber solution, spirits etc, and dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis were recovered.

“Nineteen (19) suspects have been charged to court, two (2) were transferred to NDLEA for further investigation.

“Arms and ammunition recovered:
14 AK 47 riffles; 2 Locally fabricated AK 47 rifles; 19 Locally made guns; 81 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition of AK 47 rifle.”

Nadada said the year under review was a challenging one in the effort to combat crime and criminals, but that the effort had yielded positive results as there was reduction in crime rate when compared to last year, in the state.

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