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The Kogi State Police Command in Thursday paraded 20 suspects arrested for alleged crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and culpable homicide.
Parading the suspects on Thursday at the State Police Command, Lokoja, Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, said the security strategies he adopted since he assumed office have started yielding results.
He said the suspects were arrested at Igalamela/Odolu, Ankpa, Ibaji,Odo-ere, Okene, Odo-Ape during various security operations carried out by the Special Anti Robbery Squads (SARS) operatives.
Amongst those paraded include Musa Audu, Adamu Lamun and Bodori Ide who were alleged to have kidnapped one Aishetu Shehu on February 4, 2017 and collected N500,000 ransoms before releasing her.
Others include Enemona Godwin, Solomon Anthony, Yakubu Abdullahi, Hassan Abdullahi, Ekele Attah, Umar Abubakar, Ahmadu Panya, Jeremiah Olorunmowaju,Idris Umar, Umar Mohammed and Hussaini Yahaya.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include four pump action guns, four AK47, two pistols, two double barrel guns, two dane guns, 200 live cartridges, 150 wraps of Indian hemps, military cap, boots and belts.
The police commissioner said his men were on the trail of other suspects and expressed optimism that more arrests would be made soon.
"I want to assure all that we are doing our best and I want to commend the public for the supports they have continued to give this command. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without them. Sometimes the vigilante groups have contributed significantly to the breakthroughs we have recorded.
"We are taking the battle to all nooks and crannies of Kogi State and God willing with the support of the public, we will be victorious because Kogi deserve to have peace and security and we are focused, determined and passionate about our job to ensure there is peace and that people can sleep with their two eyes closed.
"We have prioritize the stoppage of kidnappings, highway robberies and of course the use of cannabis. We are degrading kidnapping across the state and you are going to see more achievements soon", he said .
One of the suspects, 18-year-old Happiness Ameh said she was lured into armed robbery by her boyfriend who is now at large.
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