By Danmaryam Zayamu
The Nigeria Police Force has, from January to December this year rescued 945 kidnap victims through various police operations across the country.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, disclosed this at the end of the year conference with strategic Police Managers in Nigeria in Abuja, yesterday.
He also revealed that between January and December 2019, the Force arrested 6,531 high profile suspects in different parts of the country.
The breakdown of the arrest, according to the IGP, included 2,627 armed robbery suspects; 1,621 suspected cultists; 1,527 kidnapping suspects; and 758 murder suspects.
“Within the same period, we also recovered a total of 2,037 firearms of various calibre and descriptions; 21,870 ammunition; and 1,662 vehicles,” he said.
He, therefore, applauded officers and rank and file of the Nigeria Police Force, stressing that: “All these achievements would not have been possible without the sacrifice of all of you seated here as well as other officers across all ranks who are out there sacrificing, day and night, for the safety and security of citizens of our beloved nation.
“I am very proud of you and I use this opportunity to immensely commend and thank you and to assure you all that your efforts are constantly recognized and deeply appreciated.”
According to the IGP, the Force will focus on five thematic areas in the year 2020.
They include, “improving the overall efficiency of the Force through capacity building in policing technology, intelligence, investigation, prosecution as well as crime prevention and control through a more robust visible policing architecture.
“Full implementation of the community policing strategy and the strengthening of other strategies with a view to aligning them to projected crimes and thereby, remaining ahead of criminal elements and sustaining the current gains we have recorded in our internal security management functions.
“Boosting of our special operations capacity.
“Enhancement of our logistics and operational base through a well-thought out re-equipment plan that will lead to the acquisition of more operational assets to support our special operations, bridge operational gaps and strengthen the safer highway and safer city initiatives across the country and training and human capacity development, the improvement of the welfare of officers and enhancement of post-retirement conditions through the push for an improved Police Pension entitlement.”