The Kaduna state Police Command on Wednesday paraded 79 suspected kidnappers, armed bandits and criminals at Rijana, along Kaduna-Abuja highway, while 35 guns and 439 cattle were recovered from the suspects.
Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Ali Aji Janga, who paraded the suspects before newsmen said that all the suspects were arrested at locations within the state in July.
According to Janga, “The gallant determination of our crack operatives such as SARS, AKU, IRT, and other units have again recorded some successes with the apprehension of 79 suspects for various crimes which includes criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling, culpable homicide, shop breaking and theft, impersonation and receiving stolen property.
“The Command sustained a serious manhunt on bandits and other perpetrators of crime within the state with a view to arresting and bringing them to book. We are currently reviewing our structural deployment along Kaduna-Abuja Road, Kaduna-Zaria Road and Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road with a view to make the highways safer for commuters while the efforts to rid the command of banditry and other violent crimes continue.”
“Exhibits recovered include, nine AK47 rifles, one unserviceable LAR rifle and 11 locally made rifles and pistols. Also one pump action, three Dane guns, 954 rounds of Live Ammunition of different Calibre and 24 live cartridges, one knife, one hacksaw, the sum of N30,000, two handsets, one face mask, two pairs of canvass, four and half bundle of brocade (Shedda) materials and 22 caps.
“We also recovered one KIA Serato motor vehicle with Reg. No TT 547 AA black in colour, one Toyota Corolla S ash in colour with Reg. No. GWA 872 FM, one unregistered Mercedes Benz C350 ash in colour, 439 cattle,18 sheep, eight donkeys, one tricycle with Reg. No. MKA 248 WY, six motorcycles, eight plasma televisions, one HP laptop, one Tiger generator and four cutlasses.
“I am calling on the good people of Kaduna state to feel free and go about their normal businesses as the Command has appreciably reduced the rate of crime within the state. I remain grateful to the media for being our window and supportive in the fight against criminality in state,” he said.
The CP also commended the gallant efforts of officers and men of the Command for their selfless determination and professional manner in the handling of the violent protests by members of the proscribed IMN in Kaduna.