The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc(+), NPM, fdc, has stated that the Nigeria Police Force has recorded successes in its
operational efficiency with the arrest of over 1,000 suspects between January till date.
The IGP made this known at a meeting with Strategic Police Managers on Thursday at the Goodluck Jonathan Peacekeeping Hall, Force Headquarters,
He said, “Between January till date, the Police have arrested a total of 328 terrorists/bandits, 325 armed robbery suspects, 339 kidnapping offenders, and
247 suspected cultists.
“Also, within this period, we have safely rescued 307 kidnapped victims and 510 firearms of various descriptions, and 8,906 ammunition of various
descriptions and calibre including rocket-propelled grenades and other Improvised Explosive Devices.”
In the continued effort to ensure the safety of Nigerians and the quick intervention of the Police in emergencies, the IGP has confirmed a national
Police Short Code for free emergency calls and information sharing between the Police and citizens. Although the shortcode has not been launched, the
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved it.
“The acquisition of the short Code, which is ‘933’, is a landmark initiative by the Force leadership to bridge the age-long emergency communication gap
between the Police and members of the public,” IGP Baba intoned.
On the issue of kidnappings along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, the IGP said the Police are collaborating with sister agencies to implement a security
architecture that will address the current threats on a sustainable basis.
In the interim, the Police have deployed more patrol vehicles for patrol operations along the highway and air assets for aerial surveillance to support
the ground teams.
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