The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has claimed that the crime rate in the country is declining, despite reports of violent killings and kidnappings across the country.
The Zamfara State Police Command on Sunday confirmed that 34 persons were killed by bandits in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa communities in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state last Friday, PUNCH reports.
One person was also said to have been murdered on Sunday night in Tudiri village in Ardo Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State following an attack by suspected herdsmen who also set some houses ablaze
But speaking in Abuja on Monday at a meeting with senior officers at the Force headquarters, the IG stated that the police apprehended 424 suspected kidnappers between May 10 and June 14, 2019, with 101 persons arrested in Kaduna State.
He added that 79 suspects were picked up in Katsina, 54 in Nasarawa and another batch of 32 suspected bandits in Taraba State.
Mohammed also explained that 276 armed robbery suspects were arrested within the same period with the highest number of 38 in Edo State, followed by 25 in Nasarawa State and 23 in the Federal Capital Territory.
The IG further explained that a total of 44 murder suspects were arrested during the period under review, including seven in FCT and six in Kano State.
“Furthermore, 176 suspected cultists were arrested across the country while 77 stolen vehicles were recovered by the operatives of the Operation Puff Adder nationwide between May10 and June 14, 2019, with the highest number of 29 in FCT,” the police boss added.
On the efforts to improve the security architecture, he noted that the move to implement the concept of community policing was part of strategies aimed at changing the security situation in the country.