The Police Command in Adamawa State has arrested a total of 319 people suspected to have been robbing, kidnapping, being involved in homicidal acts or raping people around the state in the last five months.
In the arrests made between July and now, 115 are robbery suspects, including the infamous Shilla Boys, as well as 106 suspected kidnappers, 37 rape suspects, and 61 people suspected to have been involved in homicidal acts.
The state Commissioner of Police, Audu Madaki, gave the figures in Yola Tuesday while parading some of the suspects.
The arrest of over a hundred suspected kidnappers is considered a major development in a state where kidnapping has recently been rife, with a DPO abducted last Tuesday and released only on Saturday night.
The Police Commissioner announced, in the course of conducting newsmen round the paraded suspects and the items recovered from them, that Shilla Boys, a crop of young men who usually terrorize Yola residents by stealing their belongings, have shifted emphasis from phones to seizing tricycles (Keke NAPEP) from owners.
He said they now snatch tricycles and I’ve them to the neighbouring Cameroon where they dispose of them.
He explained that Shilla Boys shifted from phones to tricycles because the police always track and recover stolen phones, making phones unattractive for them as they could no longer easily sell off the phones they steal.
“We have done much to check the activities of Shilla Boys, but the few who still operate now go for Keke NAPEP which they take to dispose off in Cameroon,” the police commissioner said.
He said 13 of the tricycles they stole were recovered from them, and conducted newsmen round some of the recovered ones as well as other items recovered from other categories of suspects.
Shilla Boys have always been closely associated with Keke NAPEP, as they have often used it to carry passengers whom they frequently dispossess of valuable belongings.