ABUJA, Nigeria – ’s police chief has mentioned 21,296 suspects allegedly concerned in “violent crimes”, together with kidnapping and armed theft, have been arrested within the nation final 12 months.
Inspector-Basic of Police Mohammed Adamu gave the figures whereas reviewing police operations over the previous one 12 months on the Prison Investigation Division and the Power Intelligence Bureau within the capital Abuja.
He didn’t say whether or not any of these arrested had been prosecuted and even convicted.
However, an announcement from the police spokesperson Frank Mba says “all suspects shall be charged” in court docket on the conclusion of investigations.
Rights teams have long accused the Nigerian police of arbitrary arrests and detentions without trial, which they usually deny.
In October 2020, the nation was rocked by anti-police brutality protests with the #EndSARS hashtag which went viral.
Giving an additional breakdown of their scorecard, the Nigerian police mentioned 3,347 firearms and 133, 496 ammunition have been recovered from suspects through the 12 months whereas a complete of 1002 kidnap victims have been “safely rescued” and reunited with their households.
As Nigeria continues to expertise frequent incidents of kidnapping for ransom and different types of violent crimes, the police boss has promised higher safety in 2021 saying they’d undertake “aggressive, proactive, intelligence-driven and community-based crime preventing methods”.