IGP seeks stiffer laws against kidnapping, banditry, others
• Anglican Church tasks Buhari on better security architecture
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has called for stiffer laws against kidnapping, banditry and other heinous crimes, including possible seizure of questionable assets and proceeds.
This, he believes, would act as a strong disincentive to potential kidnappers and other violent criminals.Addressing a delegation of the Nasarawa State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), led by Alhaji Aminu Muazu Maifata, during a Sallah visit to him yesterday in Abuja, the IGP stated that the appeal had become imperative against the backdrop of the increasingly daring nature of the criminal elements in the society.
Adamu apprise his visitors of the feats recorded so far by “Operation Puff Adder” in the ongoing fight against criminality nationwide.He stated that since its launch on April 5, 2019, the team had rescued 63 kidnap victims.
The police chief added: “In a similar vein, 2,175 suspects were arrested for the following offences: kidnapping – 852; armed robbery – 865; murder –359; and cultism – 99.” He disclosed that 834 arms, including two rocket launchers, 19,009 live ammunition, were also recovered, with 9,500 of the munitions coming from Oyo State alone.Adamu stated that the force was reviewing strategy to proactively intercept and mop up unauthorised weapons in circulation
According to him, a good number of cases are being prosecuted in courts across the federation, while several others are at investigation level.Commending his men for a good job, the IGP maintained that the ‘mind-boggling’ arrests and arms recoveries were a testament to the efficiency of the rescue team, and more importantly, the unwavering support the police and other security agencies enjoy from Nigerians.
In a related development, the Gombe Diocese of the Anglican Communion has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the nation’s security architecture to effectively tackle the precarious situation at hand.
In a communiqué issued after the Second Session of its Seventh Synod themed “Total Commitment: An imperative in following Jesus” and signed by the diocesan bishop/Archbishop of Jos Province, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, the church called on the Federal Government to be decisive and secure the citizenry.
It pointed out that the collapse of the country’s security network had manifest in the wanton destruction of lives, increased cases of kidnapping, banditry, cattle rustling and upsurge in Boko Haram activities.The communiqué also called on communities and security agents to redouble efforts in the protection of critical national infrastructure.
Decrying the spate of suicides in the country, the church, however, applauded the president for giving vent to the new national minimum wage of N30,000, urging its prompt implementation.The clerics also congratulated Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya and his team on their successful inauguration, charging them to reciprocate the people’s confidence by maintaining the existing peace for the development of the state.
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