By Muhammad Aminu
Kano State Police Command said it had apprehended 198 suspects for various criminal activities in the State.
Police Commissioner, Sama’ila Dikko, made l this known while briefing journalists on Thursday in Kano.
CP Dikko explained that the suspects were arrested between 27th June to 21st July in different parts of the State in their efforts to “protect with courage and serve with compassion”.
He stated: “From our last Press Release of 27th June 2022 to date, i.e. for 24 days, the Command arrested One Hundred and Ninety-Eight (198) suspects for major offences which include; Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Car Theft, Fraud, Thuggery (Daba), Drug Abuse, etc., most of which were charged to court for prosecution.”
According to Dikko, the suspects arrested are “Forty-Two (42) Armed Robbery Suspects; Nine (9) Kidnapping Suspects; Sixteen (16) Suspected Fraudsters; Two (2) Human Trafficking Suspects; Twenty-Seven (27) Motor Vehicles and Tricycles Thieves; Twelve (12) Suspected Drug Dealers; Ninety-Two (92) Suspected Thugs (‘Yan Daba).”
The Police Chief further said they rescued trafficked persons and recovered weapons, “Five (5) Human Trafficking Victims; Twenty-Five (25) Rifles, including Three (3) AK-47s, One (1) Micro Uzi, One (1) Pistol, One (1) Pump Action, Ten (10) locally made Pistols and Nine (9) Den Guns; One Hundred and Twenty-Two (122) Knives and Ninety-Six (96) Other Rod-made Sharp Weapons.”
He said the command also recovered stolen vehicles and motorcycles “Twelve (12) Motor Vehicles; Seven (7) Tricycles and Three (3) Motorcycles.”
Dikko further revealed that some drugs and substances were found in possession of the suspects.
“Two Hundred and Sixty-Nine (269) Parcels and Two Hundred and Sixty-Five (265) Wraps of Dried Leaves Suspected to be Indian Hemp valued Two Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Naira (N2,725,000:00); Seventy-Four (74) Bottles of Suck and Die Substance and Two Hundred and Eighty (280) Pieces of Exol Tablets.”
Other recoveries include four (4) laptop computers, 134 Mobile Phones and 16 Plasma TV.
He said the Police are committed to community-based and citizen-led policing in the State.
He applauded other security agencies, residents and civil society organisations for their support and cooperation toward ensuring a crime-free Kano State.