Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu on Monday declared that the crime rate in the country has declined even as he noted that the last few weeks have witnessed new patterns and threats of criminality that has necessitated a review of strategy.
Noting that the successes in tackling the different criminal challenges were a fall out of the Operation Puff Adder which is ongoing, the IGP urged the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to redouble their efforts as the battle is still far from over. Buttressing his declaration that crime is on the decline in the country, the IGP said, ”
Sequel to the launch of Operation Puff Adder in all the States of the Federation and other security strategies recently emplaced to address internal security threats, a total 424 kidnappers were arrested between 10th May, 2019, and 14th, June, 2019. “”The highest number of One Hundred and one (101) kidnap suspects were arrested in Kaduna State, followed by Katsina State with Seventy Nine (79) arrests. “Fifty Four (54) suspects were apprehended in Nasarawa State and Thirty Two (32) in Taraba State.
“In the same vein, a total of Forty Four (44) murder suspects were arrested during the period under review, with the highest number of Seven (7) in FCT and Six (6) in Kano State. “In addition, Two Hundred and Seventy Six (276) armed robbery suspects were arrested within the same period with the highest number of Thirty Eight (38) in Edo State, followed by Twenty Five (25) in Nasarawa State and Twenty Three (23) in FCT.