Nigeria police recovers 2,037 firearms in nine months-IGP
London, Dec. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Police authorities in Nigeria said they have recovered a total of 2,037 firearms of various calibre, as well as 21,870 ammunition between April 5 and December 15, 2019.
The Force also arrested 6,531 suspects, rescued 945 kidnapped victims and recovered 1,662 vehicles within the same period
Disclosing this in Abuja on Monday during the monthly conference with senior officers, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said the arrests were made by operatives of Operation Puff Adder.
He was, however, unable to give the number of convicted suspects and those still under prosecution.
He said, “All these achievements would not have been possible without the sacrifice of all of you seated here as well as other officers across all ranks who are out there sacrificing day and night for the safety and security of citizens of our beloved nation.”
Speaking on the Police preparations for the Yuletide, Adamu directed all command Commissioners of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to ensure that their areas are properly policed.
The Police boss disclosed that the Force had acquired more patrol vehicles, electronic surveillance and civil disorder management vehicles, adding that it had also completed the National Command and Control Centre, as well as the first phase of the Nigeria Police Crime and Incident Database Centre.
The IG said he planned to improve the capacity and efficiency of the Police in 2020, by investing in policing technologies, intelligence, investigation and prosecution, as well as crime prevention and control.
“The agenda of the Force in the forthcoming year will also focus on boosting our operational capacity and enhancing our logistics and operational base through a well thought-out re-equipment plan that will lead to the acquisition of more operational assets to support our special operations, bridge operational gaps and strengthen the safer highway and safer city initiatives across the country,” he added.