About 259 suspects were arrested in Niger State over banditry, kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, farmers/herders’ conflicts, and other crimes in August.
Mr Monday Kuryas, the state’s commissioner of police, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Saturday that crimes were committed in 25 local government areas.
“We have charged 119 of the 259 suspects in court. Eighty-one of them remain on trial,” said him.
According to him, 59 suspects are still under investigation at the state Criminal Investigation Bureau, while nine cases have been referred to the state’s Ministry of Justice for vetting and legal advice.
Additionally, three locally-made single-barrel pistols with three live cartridges, one Dane gun, and two pistols with three live cartridges were recovered, he explained.
In addition, the police commissioner told NAN that the command had eliminated banditry in Ma’undu village in Mariga Local Government Area, which had been a stronghold of bandits.
Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the 25 local government areas have been instructed to enhance security architecture in their areas of responsibility.
We are asking the public to provide us with intelligence information that can help us identify miscreants in their midst and apprehend them.
“We are prepared to engage any individual or group undermining the peaceful nature our state is known for using well-coordinated security measures to enhance peaceful coexistence among our citizens,” Kuryas said.