As the Kaduna State police command continues its intense search for kidnappers within the state, it declared yesterday that it has so far apprehended 458 suspects in connection with various crimes in the state. Criminal activities have risen alarmingly in the state which includes kidnapping, cattle rustling, car snatching, armed robbery and drug abuse, have become a source of concern. Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Ballah Nasarawa, who was redeployed from Abuja to tackle the increase in crime in Kaduna about two weeks ago, said the measures the command has put in place within the period has helped to bust many criminal gangs and apprehend suspected masterminds.
According to him, “In prosecuting this important campaign of getting rid of all miscreants in Kaduna State, I requested and got personnel from the counter terrorism unit, the special protection unit, the intelligence response team as well as the forensic and crime data unit, all from the force headquarters in Abuja”.
The AIGP said those arrested include eight people, suspected to be behind the kidnap of the three pastors recently released with one dead, three suspects held in connection with the kidnap of Dr. Mansur Ahmed, an executive director with Dangote Group, two in the case of the kidnap of one Pastor Elijah Afolabi, six arrested in Rigasa, one kidnapper in Kafanchan, three kidnappers in Mararaban, Jos and a notorious kidnapper who has been terrorizing Jere Local Government of the state. He remarked that two suspects were also arrested while trying to kidnap one Samuel David at Sabon Tasha in Kaduna, while a car snatcher in Rigasa, and a cattle rustler were also nabbed.
The AIG said the suspects arrested are currently in police custody and are being interrogated and profiled. Items recovered from the suspects include 71 cattle and 38 sheep, 5 AK-47 riffles with many rounds of ammunition and a sizeable quantity of hard drugs and other intoxicants. The AIG also disclosed that the state command would in the next few days; redeploy many of its personnel outside the state. He said many of the officers in the Kaduna command have been there for 20-30 years and according to him, this was not healthy for effective policing of any state.