The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Femi Joseph said that a police officer in the state fell victim of the robbers in Akure, the state capital as his car was snatched and his rifle taken from him.
Items recovered from the suspects include two rifles, an axe, and other dangerous weapons.
Joseph appealed to members of the public not to relent in giving relevant information to the police about activities of criminals in the state.
Security operatives have expressed worry over the rising proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.
Commander of the Task Force, Major General Rogers Nicholas, made the declaration while parading some crime suspects at the Operation’s Headquarters in Jos, Plateau State capital.
He noted that the proliferation of weapons was a threat to the peace of the state which they have been working hard to restore.
Major General Nicholas disclosed that the 13 suspects were on parade for various offences ranging from unlawful possession of firearms, armed robbery and car snatching as well as buying and selling of hard drugs among others.
He said six members of an armed robbery gang were apprehended in Langtang, southern part of the state while a syndicate that specialises in the business of hard drugs were also arrested by officers of the task force during their routine operations.
However, the special task force in the state, code-named “Operation Safe Haven”, says it has put strategies in place to mop up such weapons.
The Commander expressed delight that the inter-agency collaboration between the Task Force and other security agencies has been yielding positive results in the fight against crime and urged the public to give relevant information.
He advocated for a review of the criminal justice administration which he said has been an impediment in dispensing justice as it concerns various arrests made by the task force.
The Imo State Police Command has arrested at least 25 suspects for their alleged involvement in criminal activities ranging from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and car snatching.
The suspects were paraded by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, at the command headquarters in Owerri, the state’s capital in southeast Nigeria.
Mr Lakanu disclosed that one of the most shocking stories in the arrest of the suspected criminals was that of a dangerous four-man kidnapping gang responsible for the kidnap and murder of one Madam Ogo Omereji aged 63-years-old, who was kidnapped in her farm at Awara in Ohaji/Egbema late last year.
He said that during interrogation, the suspects confessed to have kidnapped, tortured to death and subsequently buried the victim’s corpse in a shallow grave in the forest, even after they had collected a ransom of 510,000 Naira from the victim’s family.
The Police Commissioner also revealed that over the last three months, a total number of 88 suspects have been arrested for kidnapping while 16 victims have been rescued with 41 other suspects arrested for armed robbery.
While warning criminals to stay away from Imo State in their own interest, especially kidnappers and armed robbers, Mr Lakanu said that the command has crime mapped and cobwebbed the entire state through overt and covert strategies that would enable them detect any crime in and around the state.
He also asked for the support and cooperation of the government and people of Imo State in their renewed determination to fight crime to a standstill in the state.
The Imo State Police Command has arrested 55 year old Juliana Dike for allegedly operating an illegal motherless baby’s home.
Parading the suspect at the Command Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the Police said 16 children, including teenagers, were rescued from the orphanage.
The Command Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, said that preliminary investigations showed that the woman, also known as Ezewanyi, had no license to operate the orphanage home and revealed that she was also involved in the business of selling babies.
Speaking in Igbo dialect while on interrogation, the suspect said that all the children and teenagers were all her relatives and that her poor financial state pushed her into selling some of the children.
However, while briefing newsmen in his office, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, said that the arrest of the suspect was one out of the numerous successes the command had made in the securing the state, especially in areas of kidnapping, armed robbery, car snatching and child trafficking.
He said that over the last 3 months, the command had rescued over 25 children from cases of child stealing, arrested over 16 kidnappers and recovered over 15 cars from car snatchers.
As the command continues to tackle the menace of child stealing, kidnapping and armed robbery in the state, they have also urged all Imo State citizens to cooperate with the Police by furnishing them with adequate and relevant information on any form of crime in their area.