Crime is declining, says IGP

In the
estimation of Nigeria’s top corp, the Inspector-General
of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, the national crime profile is declining.

Adamu noted that the trend is indicative of the
effectiveness of policing strategies that are based on community partnership
practices, application of cutting-edge policing technologies and crime
management solutions, engagement and integration of intelligence-led policing
standards and enhanced inter-agency collaboration.

He told senior police officers in Abuja that in furtherance of
this, the trust gap between citizens and the police have been significantly
narrowed and the bond to fight and reclaim communities from criminals who are
our common enemies has been strengthened.

The IGP said in addition, the commitment and capacity
of the police to re-dominate the public space and deny criminals the liberty to
manifest their heinous crimes has been appreciably boosted.

“In consequence, between August till date, 1,151 high profile
suspects have been arrested nationwide. This includes 470 armed robbery
suspects; 216 kidnap suspects; 335 suspected cultists and 130 murder suspects.

“Furthermore, 228 firearms of various descriptions and
caliber were recovered in various police operations across the country within
the same period. Aside this, 231 kidnapped victims have been safely rescued and
reunited with their families while 75 stolen vehicles were also recovered from
criminal elements,” he said.

Adamu said the constant engagement of senior police
officers occupying strategic administrative and operational portfolios across
the country has been one of his management traditions.

In attendance at the conference were strategic police
managers drawn from the 12 zonal police commands, the 36 states of the
federation and the FCT.

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