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The
Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu has given a breakdown of
suspects arrested within the country in just eight months of between January and
August
Adamu made
this disclosure today (Monday) during a southwest geo-political zone security  summit held in Ibadan
Giving a
breakdown of how they were arrested, the inspector general of police said in
southwest alone, 147 was arrested.

Continuing,
Adamu said a total of 837 victims of kidnapping were rescued while 552 murder
suspects were arrested with 66 of which was arrested in southwest
 “2,015, armed robbery suspects were arrested
with 363 of the figure arrested in the zone”.
”1,183
suspected cultists were napped, out of which 425 were arrested in the zone.
”In
relation to recovery, 1,356 firearms of various calibre and descriptions were
recovered in various intelligence-led operations by the Police, with 277 of
such recoveries made in the Southwest.
”Similarly,
21,300 ammunition of various descriptions and calibre were recovered with the highest number of 5,270 ammunition recovered from criminal syndicates in the
zone.
”Also,
1,541 stolen vehicles were recovered across the country, with 482 of such
recoveries in Southwest,” he stated.
The IGP
said the statistics pointed out that the Police in recent months has developed
capacity and demonstrated the requisite professional zeal.
He,
however, said there were isolated cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in the
Southwest, particularly along Benin-Ore-Lagos highway and across Ondo state.
He said
the current operations of the Police and other security agencies across the
country, particularly along Niger- Kogi- FCT -Kaduna -Katsina and Zamfara state
has been successful.
“The
operations areas have engendered a dispersal and relocation of some of the
criminals to new localities including the Southwest.”
He said a special operation was underway across Southwest to specifically address the
threat of kidnapping and armed robbery on the highways and other locations.
He
therefore called on the security stakeholders in the zone to support the Police
in strengthening and advancing in the interest of communal and internal
security.
On the essence of the security summit, Adamu said the meeting was convened within the
context of police community policing vision which emphasises citizens engagement
in the process of identifying, dissecting ”and prioritising threats to communal
values.
He noted
that experience from the first security summit held in the North East
geopolitical zone highlighted the fact that Police could not proceed on an anti-crime war against criminal elements that were united in their
determination to threaten the nation’s common values with a divided front.
”Hence we
must as a strategy, strengthen partnership among ourselves as a community on
the one hand and between the communities and the Police on the other hand.
”The
strength of this partnership and the commitment of all actors within  the process will undoubtedly, influence the extent of success we can record against
the criminals.
He noted
that the first security summit underscores the strategic importance of
community policing as the most potent strategy for internal security
governance.
He posited
that no police agency either in the advanced or developing climes can succeed
in its mandate without the consent, support and trust of the citizens,
regardless of how well equipped, trained or motivated, they might be.
He
stressed that police legitimacy draws from public consent and trust, saying
that lack of effective partnership between the police and the public could only
sustain ineffective policing and engender insecurity.
He
expressed optimism that the aim of convening the summit ”can and shall be
achieved; including advancing the principles of community policing in engaging
the citizens towards X-raying the dynamics of crime in the Southwest
geopolitical zone.
Adamu
further disclosed that 40,000 Community Police Officers (CPOs) would be
recruited in order to give full effect to Community Policing Vision as a pathway towards bridging security gaps across the country.
He said
the CPOs would be recruited from within the communities where the prospective
applicants reside.
Reading
the communiqué at the end of the summit, the host governor, Mr Seyi Makinde of
Oyo state said that the IGP has approved the deployment of Special Forces to
be commanded by a Commissioner of Police.
Makinde
said the CP would lead a Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)
team to support the crime-fighting initiative of the state commissioners of
police.
Makinde
said the South-West States Governors have made a commitment towards the provision of
more serviceable, fast-moving patrol vehicles in support of crime-fighting,
which shall be launched in no distant future, to complement the available
fleet.
He said
the traditional rulers have promised to join hands with the Police to take the ongoing fight against heinous crime to the doorsteps of the criminals.
”The Oodua
Peoples Congress (OPC) has equally agreed to partner with the Police in
fighting crime to bring it to the lowest ebb.
”The
deployment of cutting-edge technology, like CCTV will be strengthened. Aerial
surveillance of flashpoints across the South West Geopolitical Zone will be
sustained.
”In order
to give effect to the community policing vision of the Nigeria Police Force,
Community Policing Officers (CPOs) would be recruited from within the
communities where they reside.
”This will
complement the Police in law enforcement functions within their localities by
performing low-risk and non-sensitive police functions.
”It’s
agreed that a committee, consisting of policemen, other security agencies, the
OPC led by Chief Gani Adams, Miyetti Allah and the citizenry should be set up
in each state.
Dignitaries
present are governors of the Southwest states; Oyo – Makinde and Osun – Gboyega
Oyetola while Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti were represented by their deputies.
Traditional
rulers across the Southwest geopolitical zone were Ooni of Ife- Oba Enitan
Igunwusi, Oba of Lagos- Rilwan Akinolu, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo- Alake of Egba
land and Oba Akanmu Adetunji- Olubadan of Ibadan

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