Police arrest 3,619 suspects in five months
The Police High Command, yesterday, said a total of 3,619 suspected criminals were arrested nationwide between January and May 2023, while 486 firearms were recovered in the process.
It also said a total of 4,072 pieces of ammunition of various calibres were recovered.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Usman Baba, who disclosed this during the monthly briefing at Force Headquarters, Abuja, said a total of 1,630 criminal cases were also recorded within the review period.
Spokesperson for the Nigerian Police Force, Olumiyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, quoted the IGP as saying that the cases cut across major offences, such as terrorism, secessionism, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and proliferation of firearms.
“During various police operations, 3,619 suspects were arrested, 486 firearms and 4,072 ammunition of various calibres were recovered.
“A total of 316 kidnapped suspects were rescued unhurt.
“The IGP observed that deserving officers would in due course be elevated on the basis of merit and vacancy as is customary.
“He added that within the review period, 31,465 rank and file have been promoted to their next ranks, while thousands of Inspectors due for promotion are currently attending departmental selection boards for promotion to the rank of Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs),” he added.
Meanwhile, the IGP has condemned the prevailing trend of criminalising civil matters by some police officers.
He noted that such professional infractions, despite repeated warnings, would attract severe disciplinary actions and sanctions such that the burden of garnishee orders will rest solely on the individuals involved in such malpractices.
A garnishee order is typically issued when a creditor you owe money to has obtained a default judgement from a court or other authority against you.
He also charged supervising officers to caution officers under their Commands against unprofessionalism, extortion, and to establish and maintain human rights desks at all police Commands for seamless reportage of violations of fundamental rights by officers to address incidences of rights violation.
The Inspector General of Police assures law abiding citizens of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to a peaceful and serene civil space, even as the Force continually sustains the framework for the salient crime-busting achievements vital to securing the country.