Adamawa State police command has on Thursday paraded 23 men of the underworld who have been wreaking havoc on innocent people across the state.
Also recovered from the suspected criminals are assorted weapons including 3 AK 47 rifles, one fabricated SMG rifle, two single barrel guns, 468 rounds of live ammunition, one SIM card, one handset and 25 cartridges.
The new state commissioner of police, Olubenga Adeyanju during a maiden press conference in Yola, noted that nine out of the criminals were apprehended in April 2020 after they kidnapped 2 residents of Gombi local government and collected N4.5 million ransom.
Adeyanju added that six out of the suspects were apprehended for involving in violent crimes including kidnap for ransom in Ganye local government of the state.
The CP noted that the remaining 8 suspects who are residents of Hong local government were arrested after threatening to kidnap 3 residents of the area whom they asked to produce N3 million in leu of their freedom.
Adeyanju promised to ensure diligent prosecution of all the cases just as he assured residents that the remaining members of the criminals gangs currently at large will be brought to justice.
The commissioner of police also promised to enhance community policing and reduce the mutual suspicion between the police and the general public as they need each other to succeed.
“Members of the public are our partners in crime fighting. The command will synergize and cooperate with both state and non state actors to form a common formidable frontier against crime and criminality in Adamawa State.
” The police cannot achieve much without the support of the community through information sharing, logistics support, adherence to laws of the country etc.
” Some of our strategies in enhancing community policing is the intensification of both vehicular and foot patrols, outreach in schools, religious centers, markets, motor parks etc.
” These will take us closer to the public and public closer to us and this in turn will put an end to mutual suspicion, exploitation and corruption bewtewwn the police and the public.
” We will also encourage constructive engagements between local communities and cattle herders so as to foster mutual understanding and nip in the bud any possilble,” he said.