Police arrest 121 kidnappers, recover 20 guns, others
Armed conflicts claimed 400,000 Nigerians in 10yrs, says CISLAC
NSCDC dissociates from bandits’ viral video
Within two months, the police in Adamawa State apprehended 121 kidnappers and recovered 20 AK-47 guns with other arms and ammunition.
While addressing journalists yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Adamu, said the arrest was done in conjunction with local hunters in the state.
Another set of 21 suspected killers of seven people in Dasin Bwate village, Fufore Local Council, he added, were arrested last week and they would be arraigned after full investigation.
His words: “The command was able to dislodge a gang of over 400 members, who had been robbing Yola residents. Investigation led to the recovery of three G3 rifles, two pump action guns, 600 rounds of live ammunition, 115 cartridges and seven barrels guns,” he said.
AS Nigeria marks the International Day of Peace, today, with the rest of the world, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has said that over 400,000 Nigerians have been killed in armed conflict across the country in the past 10 years.
CISLAC also disclosed that the conflicts led to the displacement of about three million people, with 10 million depending on humanitarian aid for survival.
Speaking at a media parley on the need to adopt a national policy on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts, yesterday, in Abuja, the Executive Director, CISLAC, Mr. Auwal Rafsanjani, condemned the military bombing of a village in Yunusari Local Council of Yobe State where 10 people were killed and over 20 wounded.
According to him, such an incident could have been averted, if there was a law in place to protect civilians during conflict.
MEANWHILE, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has distanced itself from a viral video purportedly showing its personnel, who was arrested with a group of bandits in Kogi.
The Public Relations Officer, Olusola Odumosu, said the person in question had not been verified to be a staff of the agency, and that a committee had been raised to investigate the allegation and take necessary action.
NSCDC, however, advised the public to be wary of the claim.
“It is important to note that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he added.