Police arrest 178 suspects for kidnapping, trafficking and other charges

Police arrest 178 suspects for kidnapping, trafficking and other charges

Plateau State Police have arrested 178 suspects for cult activities, kidnapping, trafficking and illegal possession of firearms.

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

“Thanks to the multidimensional strategies employed by the command and the prudent use of human and material resources, we have been able to maintain the peace that prevails today on the Plateau,” he said.

The commissioner said he held a series of meetings with stakeholders from troubled areas of the state to ensure peaceful coexistence.

“I implemented intensive patrols, raids on criminal hideouts and police visibility surveillance, which have become the hallmark of my policing strategy employed to record these recent achievements.

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

Adesina said those arrested for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, trafficking and grievous bodily harm, among others, were apprehended within the last month. He added that all the suspects were currently being investigated after which they would be charged to court.