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Bauchi: Police arrest ‘criminals’, recover rifles

The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

The Bauchi State Police Command said that in the last six months, its operatives have recovered 25 AK-47 rifles and 6,460 ammunition.

The command added that within the same period, 352 suspects in connection with 221 cases of various crimes committed within and outside the state were arrested.

The Command’s PPRO, Ahmed Wakil, in a statement explained that the arrests were made from March till date.

According to the statement, Bauchi State is confronted with numerous security challenges such as kidnapping, armed banditry, cattle rustling, thuggery, rape and other manifestation of violent crimes.

It further explained, “In the fight against crime and criminality in the state with sustained operations, intelligence-led community policing engagements and other crime-fighting strategies, the Command has continued to execute its mandate, and made remarkable achievements in the course of policing the state.”

According to the statement, Giving a breakdown of some of the suspects, 115 suspects were arrested in connection with 42 armed robbery cases, 69 arrested for alleged 59 rape cases and 29 of the suspects were arrested in connection with 18 kidnap cases.

It added that in the process of its operation, 15 victims were rescued from the kidnappers.

Wakil further explained that 66 suspects were arrested in connection with 35 cases of culpable homicide recorded across the state and five suspects were arrested for seven cases of attempts to commit homicide.

He said 35 cases of thefts were recorded with 49 suspects arrested and 19 others arrested in connection with 25 other offences.

The PPRO explained that lethal weapons were retrieved from unlicensed individuals as crime preventive measures, 88 firearms and 6,460 ammunition were recovered within the period.

He added that 25 AK-47 rifles, one locally made SMG, one SMG, one locally fabricated AK47, five Dane guns, three locally made single barrel guns, three locally made revolver pistols and six locally made pistols, among others were recovered.

The Police Spokesman assured that the command would continue and will not relent on its oars to put in measures to weed out unscrupulous elements in order to achieve a crime-free State.

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