Police have arrested 32 suspects in connection with a religious violence that claimed the lives of four persons at Pandogari, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State
The Niger State Police Command confirmed the arrest of the youths on Tuesday.
A statement by the command’s spokesman, Bala Elkana, said that some irate youths had attacked and killed one Methodus Emmanuel Ugwuanyi ‘M’, 20, in Pandogari area.
It was alleged that the said Methodus Emmanuel posted a blasphemous statement on the internet against the Holy Prophet.
Elkana added that six shops were vandalised, two places of worship were burnt, four persons killed including Methodus Emmanuel and three injured.
He noted that Anti-riot policemen and military promptly brought the situation under control and prevented further escalation of the crisis.
Patrol and surveillance operations are intensified across the State after normalcy was restored.
The Commissioner of Police in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa and members of the Command Management Team, have visited the scene and met with relevant stakeholders in the affected community.
The Niger State Police Command says it has arrested 202 suspects that were involved in various major crimes in the state and diligently being prosecuted in court.
The Commissioner of Police in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa, who made the disclosure at a press briefing on Wednesday in Minna, said that the suspects included nine notorious armed robbers.
He added that other suspected criminals paraded were nine armed bandits, kidnappers and six cattle rustlers, all within the last one month.
Marafa further told reporters that during the last concluded Local Government elections, no fewer than 100 suspects were apprehended for electoral offenses attributed to the command proactive and preventive measures put in place for a peaceful conduct of the election.
He lamented that many arms, 134 rounds of live ammunition, 90 cattle, 10 sheep, seven motorcycles and three cars of Peugeot 405, Opel and Volkswagen with registration numbers CX 620 RBC, BE 375 APP and LFA 763 XA were recovered from the suspected criminals.
The Police Commissioner listed the command constraints to include inadequate logistics, paucity of funds and insufficient manpower.
He urged the governments at every level and individuals to assist the Police in the provision of communication gadgets to ease communication, especially in times of emergency.
Mr Marafa also applauded Police officers for the stride so far recorded while assuring them of adequate welfare to enable them carry out their assignment diligently.
He similarly appealed to the general public to always give the Police prompt information, assuring them that it would be treated confidentially.