According to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, a total of, 1,154 suspected kidnappers, have been arrested within the month of January 2019 to August.
Adamu revealed the numbers at the South-West geopolitical zone security summit held in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, adding that 147 of the kidnapping incidents occurred in the South West.
He also disclosed that among the total of 837 kidnapped victims that were rescued, 106 of them was achieved in the South West.
Also, between January and August 2019, a total of 552 murder suspects were arrested with 66 of such arrests effected in the South West.
Adamu said ”2,015 armed robbery suspects were arrested with 363 of the figure arrested in the zone. 1,183 suspected cultists were nabbed, out of which 425 were arrested in the zone.
”In relation to recovery, 1,356 firearms of various calibre and descriptions were recovered in various intelligence-led operations by the police, with 277 of such recoveries made in the South West.
”Similarly, 21, 300 ammunition of various descriptions and calibre, were recovered with the highest number of 5, 270 ammunitions recovered from criminal syndicates in the zone.”
The Inspector-General of Police also mentioned that 1, 541 stolen vehicles were recovered across the country, with 482 of such recoveries in South West.
He acknowledged that the numbers were proof that the police have advanced in capacity and also demonstrated professional zeal.
He identified Benin-Ore-Lagos highway and across Ondo State, as the locations that had the most cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in the South West
He noted that the police have been mainly victorious with kidnapping in states like Niger, Kogi, FCT, Kaduna, Katsina, and Zamfara.
He, however, called on the security stakeholders in the zone to support the police in strengthening and advancing in the interest of communal and internal security.