By Ogalah Ibrahim
The Katsina State Police Command says it arrested 1,102 suspects in connection with 705 reported cases between January and December 2022 in Katsina.
The Command also disclosed that its agents neutralized 54 bandits, rescued 122 kidnapped victims and recovered 35 guns from the attackers who terrorized the state within the stipulated period; these include 14 AK-47 and 19 locally made guns.
State Police Commissioner CP Shehu Umar Nadada made the revelation while addressing journalists at the year-end press conference held at the command’s headquarters on Tuesday.
46 victims of human trafficking have also been rescued in four reported cases and have now been handed over to NAPTIP for further investigation, the police chief said.
In the reporting period, 1,092 domestic animals were also found, including 727 cows, 370 sheep and goats.
Likewise, 22 suspected stolen motor vehicles were recovered, as well as motorcycles belonging to bandits, Nadada said.
He further explained that of the 1,102 arrested suspects, 266 were related to rape and unnatural crimes, while 241 others were related to banditry.
Other arrests made by the command during the reporting period include 177 armed robbery suspects, 71 suspected vandals, and 21 suspected illegal drug traffickers and bandit suppliers.
Nadada also revealed that 989 of the 1,102 arrested suspects are being prosecuted by various competent courts in the state.
Conversely, Nadada said over the course of the campaign, five police officers paid the highest price as the command lost one of its top commanders in the fight against terrorism in the state, area commander, Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar and four others.
Nadada declined the opportunity to thank the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, for his huge support to the command, without which he said the great successes would not have been achieved.
He also appreciated the efforts of the state government and the two emirate councils in the state for their cooperation and paternal guidance.
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