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Police arrest 3619, recover 4072 ammunition – IGP



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The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, disclosed on Monday that 3,619 suspects were arrested between January and May.

The police chief also said 486 firearms and 4,072 rounds of ammunition of different calibres were recorded.

In a statement by the police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, the police chief disclosed this in a meeting with strategic police managers.

Leveraging on the need to bring Strategic Police Managers abreast of the policy thrust of the newly inaugurated President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Bola Tinubu, particularly the President’s directive on effective inter-agency collaboration for a synergized internal security architecture and addressing topical security issues in the country, the Inspector-General, Usman Baba, met with Senior Police Officers of the rank of Deputy Inspectors-General , Assistant Inspectors-General, and Commissioners at the Peacekeeping Hall, Force Headquarters Abuja, on Monday, June 5, 2023.

During the conference, the IGP tasked the Strategic Police Managers to build on the quantum of achievements recorded within the months of January to May 2023, particularly the successful democratic transition of May 29th, 2023, and develop proactive mechanisms for effective control of prevailing and projected threats across the country, including the aftermath of the fuel subsidy removal with the emerging threat of industrial strike action, and to forestall any untoward acts from political and non-political actors. He stressed that all hands must be on deck to maintain the needed peace and stability of our democracy even as we prepare for Democracy Day celebrations on June 12, while all peaceful protests must be managed professionally.


Similarly, the IGP noted that within the review period, a total of 1,630 criminal cases were recorded, cutting across major offences such as terrorism, secessionism, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, and the proliferation of firearms. During various officers operations, 3,619 suspects were arrested, 486 firearms were recovered, and 4,072 rounds of ammunition of various calibres were recovered. A total of 316 kidnapped suspects were rescued unharmed.

The IGP observed that deserving officers will, 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 officers 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. Meanwhile, the IGP addressed the prevailing trend of criminalising civil matters by some police officers, noting that such professional infractions, despite repeated warnings, will attract severe disciplinary actions and sanctions, such that the burden of garnishee orders will rest solely on the individuals involved in such malpractices. He also charged supervising officers to caution officers under their command against unprofessionalism, extortion, etc. and to establish and maintain a Human Rights Desk at all Police Commands for seamless reportage of violations of fundamental rights by officers in order to address incidences of rights violations.

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 our great nation. He also stressed that the NPF will continually leverage the Federal Government’s support even as internal security dynamics are re-evaluated and strategies are adapted to ensure that the current downward trend in crime across the country is sustained.

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