• Police in Plateau arrests 3,378 suspects, prosecutes 1,935 cases in 2015

    Nigerian_Nigeria_army_soldiers_news_01December2008_003The Plateau Command of the Nigerian Police Force said it arrested no fewer than 3,378 suspected criminals and prosecuted over 1,935 cases in 2015.
    The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Adekunle Oladunjoye disclosed this at a press briefing on Monday in Jos.
    Oladunjoye said that of the over 2,303 cases reported, the command had successfully prosecuted some and recorded 1,126 convictions, with 760 suspects awaiting trial.
    He explained that 350 cases were still under investigation, while 49 were acquitted.
    ”In the period under review, properties worth N223, 447, 062 were damaged or stolen, while the value of properties we recovered was worth N56,223,190.
    ”We also recovered 26 arms, 1,000 ammunition, 13 stolen vehicles, 10 rustled cows and rescued six persons from their abductors,” the CP said.
    Oladunjoye ascribed the success achieved to the resilience and commitment of the officers and men of the command and the existing synergy with other security agencies.
    He said that `visibility policing’, highway patrols, foot patrols, and regular raids on criminal hideouts accounted for the success the command recorded.
    The commissioner said that the command would do more in 2016 to ensure it rid the state of criminal activities through massive and aggressive patrol system.
    ”This year, we will be more intense in our effort to ensure criminal activities are reduced to the barest minimum in Plateau.
    ”We have a good network of information and intelligence gathering; there is a synergy between us and other security agencies and key points and vulnerable areas are identified and placed under watch.
    ”Our Safer Highway Patrol vehicles are strategically positioned in all local government areas of the state, and we are also monitoring the activities of ex-convicts to ensure they don’t commit further crimes,” he said.
    Oladunjoye said further that there would be massive sensitisation campaigns and an enhanced community partnership to consolidate on the existing peace in the state.
    He urged Plateau residents to cooperate with the Police, and other security agencies to rid the state of all forms of crime.
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