By Umar Sa’id Moh’d, Baúchi
The Bauchi State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has successfully rescued 127 kidnapped victims in different parts of the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Muhammad Musa disclosed this to journalists while briefing them on the achievement recorded by the command from January to December last year.
He said the Command during several daring operations, rescued the total number of 127 kidnapped victims from the kidnapper’s enclaves, dismantled so many suspected kidnappers’ hideouts and neutralized about twenty 20 as a result of gun duel.
He explained that the achievements were recorded through a robust synergy with other sister security agencies – military and para-military, quasi-security groups and other relevant stakeholders in the state, saying It is a collective efforts and desire towards the attainment of a relatively peaceful atmosphere in the State that brought us thus far.
CP Musa assured that the Command is doing everything possible towards the actualization of a crime-free society in the last one year, where the unsavory activities of criminal merchants desperate to make a living at the expense of the law-abiding citizens of the State has been tackled and halted, hence, the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the state.
He noted with concern that because of Bauchi’s proximity with some of these states which have their fair share of security challenges, suspected criminals armed with varied weapons fleeing onslaught in some of the frontline states, attempted to unleash Kidnapping, Armed robbery, Banditry, Cattle Rustling, Rape and other manifestation of crimes here and this resulted in the occurrence of such incidences here, though to a very minimal degree.
He said the Command through sustained operations, dedication, and commitment to secure the State and create a strong security sustainability framework resulting in a total of 414 criminal cases and a total of 673 suspects arrested in connection with the cases. Out of this figure, about 406 cases alongside 672 suspects were charged to court for prosecution, 41 cases alongside 59 suspects were successfully convicted while 365 cases with 613 suspects are standing trial, while eight cases are still under investigation.
He stated that the Command as part of its efforts to carry out its statutory duties of enforcing law and order to have a crime-free environment in the State over the last year, an estimated value of properties lost, stolen, or damaged amounted to about N62,890,000.00 while the estimated value of properties recovered by the Command is N31,110,000.00.
He commended Governor Bala Mohammed whom he described as a true security-conscious governor who is doing all it takes to provide an enabling playing field for Security agencies to maintain law and order in the state.
CP Musa called on members of the public to support the crime-free-state mission of Command by refraining from any inhumane acts and also reporting any suspicious person(s) to the authority in the interest of Justice.