Police arrest 178 suspects for kidnapping, trafficking, others

The police in Plateau State have paraded 178 suspects arrested over cult activities, kidnapping, trafficking, and unlawful possession of firearms.

Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Adesina, who disclosed this yesterday, said out of the 178 suspects, 118 were arrested on July 7, for cult activities, being their day of celebration and initiation of new members. He said the remaining 60 were arrested for other crimes.

“Through the multi-faceted strategies employed by the command and the prudent utilisation of human and material resources, we have been able to sustain the prevailing peace being experienced today on the Plateau,” he said.

The commissioner said that he had held a series of meetings with stakeholders from troubled areas in the state to ensure peaceful co-existence.

“I have put in place intensive patrol, raiding of criminal hideouts, and visibility policing, which have become the hallmark of my policing strategy employed in recording these recent achievements.

“Based on credible intelligence gathered, I ordered the raiding of an apartment suspected to be a hideout of a cult syndicate. As a result, the command’s Eagle-Eye Patrol Unit arrested these suspects,” he said.

Adesina said that those arrested over criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, trafficking and causing grievous hurt, among others, were nabbed in the last month. He further stated that all the suspects were currently under investigation, after which they would be charged to court.

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