- Mohammed Adamu said the rate of crime has reduced in the country
- The inspector-general of police said this is due to the special training police officers now receive
- The police chief also credited community collaboration with locals for low crime rate
The inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that the criminal activities in the country have reduced in relation to the previous quarters.
The Nation reports that the police chief said this in Abuja during a conference with senior officials on Thursday, October 3.
He said effective policing strategy while putting community partnership into consideration has helped to reduce crime particularly in Abuja.
Adamu said there has also been a boost in the ability of the police to prevent criminals from carrying out their act by dominating the public space.
He said: “In consequence, between August 2019 to date, a total of one thousand, one hundred and fifty-one (1,151) high profile suspects have been arrested nationwide. This includes four hundred and seventy (470) armed robbery suspects; two hundred and sixteen (216) kidnap suspects; three hundred and thirty-five (335) suspected cultists, and one hundred and thirty (130) murder suspects.
"Furthermore, two hundred and twenty-eight (228) firearms of various descriptions and calibre were recovered in various police operations across the country within the same period. Aside this, two hundred and thirty-one (231) kidnapped victims have been safely rescued and reunited with their families while seventy-five (75) stolen vehicles were also recovered from criminal elements."
The police chief said his engagement with senior officers allowed him to evaluate the security situation of the country and that it has produced desired result.
He said: “We are challenged by these achievements to sustain our tempo. This calls for constant re-evaluation of the dynamics of crime and the re-alignment of our strategies accordingly. In so doing, I am to note that there are still some security challenges which currently require our professional attention and which will constitute part of our discourse during this Conference. In this context, I encourage you all not to relent, but to roll up your sleeves with renewed vigour in the fight against crimes in the country.
“The Nigeria Police under our watch, will not only continually emplace strategies that are potent enough to deal with the emerging trends of crime, we are determined to attain this mandate within the dictates of rule of law, uncompromising respect for human rights, and best global policing practices. In this regard, it will be recalled that I have at various fora confirmed our determination to adopt less-lethal approaches and equipment in our policing duties. This is with the intention of ensuring that the sacred lives of the citizens whom we swore to serve and protect are not endangered in the line of our duties.”
The police boss noted that he has organised special training for special police units so as to equip them with modern policing.
Meanwhile, president of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, on Wednesday, October 2, said the Nigerian Senate will adopt a radical approach in tackling the rising spate of kidnapping and insecurity across the country.
Lawan made this known during the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senate Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West senatorial district.
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