Delta police announce drop in crime rate in 2021
Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Mr. Muhammed Ali, has said the crime rate in the state dropped to 424 in 2021 from 2,013 recorded in 2020, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The commissioner said this, yesterday, in Asaba at a security stakeholders meeting.
Ali said only 173 armed robbery cases were reported in 2021 compared to 7,034 in 2020 and pointed out that 83 kidnap cases were recorded in 2021 as against 478 in 2020.
He added that 102 murder-related cases were recorded in 2021 as against 200 in 2020.
“Sixty-six cult-related cases were recorded in 2021 as against 578 incidents recorded in 2020.
“Two-hundred-and-two suspected armed robbers were either arrested or had their nefarious plans busted before they were hatched in 2021.
“Eighty-one suspected kidnappers were arrested in 2021 with 73 victims rescued and reunited with their relations,’’ he said.
According to Ali, 91 persons were arrested over alleged murder, while 513 suspected cultists were arrested either at their initiation grounds, their hideouts or during clashes.
He said 227 arms of varying calibres and 10,151 ammunition were recovered from suspected IPOB members, kidnappers and cultists.
“The ratio showed that 156 arms were recovered from kidnappers and armed robbers; 49 arms from suspected cultists and 22 from murder suspects.
“Out of the 10,151 recovered ammunition, 6,545 were from proscribed IPOB members, kidnappers and armed robbers, while 1,352 were recovered from cultists,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, some Delta residents have commended the police commissioner for security in the state, which has led to crime reduction.
They noted that the killing of policemen and the snatching of their arms by suspected members of the proscribed IPOB took already permanent flight.
Mrs. Joan Mrakpor, Director-General, Asaba Capital Development Agency, said: “Muhammed Ali is a blessing to Delta. Incidentally, he is policing a state where the governor is passionate about security of lives and property.
“That man is alive to his responsibilities. The usual report of kidnapping along the notorious Ubulu-Uku-Onicha-Ugbo Road that claimed innocent lives have long ceased.
“If we have such level-headed police officers like CP Ali to man some of the volatile states in the country, we would be happy for it,’’ she said.