The Katsina State Police Command said it has recorded tremendous successes against the menace of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other forms of crime and criminality in the state in 2022.
The State Police Commissioner, CP Shehu Umar Nadada, said this on Friday during his end-of-the-year press conference held at the Command Headquarters, Katsina.
According to him, the command within the period under review lost one of its best commanders in the fight against terrorism in the state, Area Commander, Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar, and four other officers.
CP Nadada while paying tributes to the gallant officers said 2022 saw a reduction in the crime rate in the state as compared with the previous year.
He described the arrest of 1,102 suspects in connection with seven hundred and five (705) reported cases as part of the achievements recorded by the Command within the year under review.
He added that the Command also arrested nine hundred and eighty-nine (989) suspects who are undergoing prosecution in various competent courts of law in the state.
According to him, the Command arrested one hundred and seventy-seven (177) suspected armed robbers and one hundred and sixty-nine (169) suspects charged to court while eight (8) cases are under investigation.
“Two hundred and forty-one (241) suspected bandits/kidnappers/ and informants to bandits were also arrested; in which two hundred and thirty-nine (239) suspects have been charged to court while sixteen (16) suspects are under investigation.
“In the course of this campaign, fifty-four (54) bandits were neutralized in various gun battles while five police officers paid the supreme price.
“One thousand and ninety-two (1,092) domestic animals were recovered, which consist of seven hundred and twenty-seven (727) cows, three hundred and seventy (370) sheep and goats, were recovered from the hoodlums.
“Two hundred and sixty-six (266) suspects were arrested in one hundred and forty-five (245) reported cases of rape and unnatural offences; in which two hundred and sixty (260) suspects have been charged to court. Six suspects are undergoing investigation.
“Forty-six (46) victims of human trafficking were rescued in four reported cases which were transferred to the NAPTIP office for further investigation.
“One hundred and twenty-two (122) kidnapped victims were also rescued from suspected bandits/kidnappers during the period under review.
“Twenty (22) suspected stolen motor vehicles were recovered and 18 stolen/bandits’ motorcycles were recovered.
“Twenty-seven suspected motor vehicles thieves arrested and have been charged to court
“Seventy-one suspected vandals were arrested and a large amount of cable wire/other electrical items recovered. They have been charged to court for prosecution.
“Twenty-one suspected Indian Hemp/illicit drugs traffickers and suppliers of drugs to bandits were arrested and a large quantity of illicit drugs such as Pentazocine injections, Tramadol, etc, and substances such as jerricans loaded with ‘SUCK and DIE’ solution, rubber solution, spirits, etc, and dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis were recovered.
“Nineteen suspects have been charged to court, and two were transferred to NDLEA for further investigation.
“Arms and ammunition recovered: 14 AK-47 riffles; two Locally fabricated AK-47 rifles; 19 locally made guns; 81 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition of AK-47 rifle
“Members of the Fourth Realm, I will like to acknowledge and appreciate your immense cooperation and partnership with the command.
“You have honestly and avidly displayed fraternity and collaboration towards strengthening the relative peace and security in the state through your fair and balanced reportage of the Command activities.
“The fight against crime and criminality is so dynamic and not an easy one but I urge you to continue to project the hard and good work of the Police and other security agencies to the general public.
“I must acknowledge the concerted efforts of sister security agencies in the fight against terrorism and other crimes in the state. The Community Policing drive in the state is yielding positive results.
“My special appreciation goes to members of the community who have left the comfort of their houses to join hands with the security agencies and join the vigilante groups.
“You have made us proud and increased the morale of our personnel in this fight.
“Let me also use this opportunity to thank the good people of the state for their unflinching support, understanding, and cooperation with the Command.
“I am very grateful to you all. I wish to also call on the maximum support of all and sundry in the aid of security agencies in the state as we cannot do it alone,” he noted.