The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Monday disclosed that ongoing police operations across the country, has resulted in the arrest of 6,531 high-profile suspects between January and December 2019.
Adamu who made this known in Abuja during the end of the year conference with strategic police managers in Nigeria said the suspects were allegedly involved in kidnapping, murder, armed robbery and cultism.
According to the IGP, a total of 2,627 were arrested for armed robbery, 1,621 are suspected cultists, 1,527 were arrested for alleged kidnapping while 758 are murder suspects.
The police IG further disclosed that 945 kidnap-victims were rescued from their abductors while 2,037 firearms of various calibre’s, were recovered by intensified operations, under by “Operation Puff Adder” in the same period.
On manpower gap, Adamu informed that the recruitment process of the ten thousand (10,000) Police Constables approved by the Federal Government under the 2019 batch has been successfully completed and the shortlisted candidates are currently undergoing training at various police training institutions across the country.
Adamu explained that the aim of the conference is to, first, is to dissect the internal security dynamics within the out-going year and critically review the impact of our strategies.
He added, “Second, is to evaluate our performances, challenges, and achievements within the framework of our policing strategies, and the third objective is to project and set targets for the Nigeria Police Force against the New Year.
“The fourth major purpose of this Conference is to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices of all officers of the Nigeria Police in our collective strive to attain our internal security Mandate.
“In this regard, I pay due tribute to our colleagues who have paid the supreme sacrifice or become permanently incapacitated within the year in their exceptional, courageous and selfless commitment to the protection of lives and property of all Nigerians.
The police IG said the force leadership had concluded plans to put in place strategies that would ensure the sustainability of its operations in view of the covered grounds.
He informed that the force would focus on five thematic areas next year; improving the overall efficiency of the force through capacity in policing technology, prosecution and crime prevention.
He said other areas would be full implementation of the community policing strategy and boosting of its special operations capacity.