The command of the Nigerian police in the state of Abia has paraded around 100 suspected armed robbers, arrested in several well-coordinated operations throughout the state.
The alleged criminals who marched on Tuesday are part of the vicious network of armed robbers who have unleashed terror and violent crime in the residents of Aba, Umuahia and other major cities in the state.
Speaking during the parade, the state police commissioner, Mr. Ene Okon, explained that weapons and ammunition were recovered from more than 105 types of suspects who were responsible for the increase in armed robbery, kidnapping episodes. person and cult in the recent past in the state.
Meanwhile, the governor of the state of Abia, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, expressed his profound satisfaction with the improvement of operational efficiency and the preparation for combat of the officers and men of the Abia state command of the Nigeria police.
This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s press secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, and made available to journalists at Umuahia Wednesday morning.
According to the governor, “I want to congratulate and salute the courage and exceptional courage of the officers and men of the Abia State Police Command, led by the Commissioner, Ene Okon, in the fight against crimes in the state.
“It is gratifying to note that these unprecedented number of arrests and recovery of this huge cache of arms and ammunition happened within the last three weeks, a period that coincided with the donation by our administration, of 30 brand new Security Patrol Vehicles to different arms of the nation’s Security Agencies operating in the state. I am profoundly pleased that our modest efforts in this direction yielded immediate dividends and this has emboldened us to do more.
“We shall spare no efforts in securing the lives and property of our people and we shall commit more resources to help equip our security agencies and improve the welfare of the officers, with a view to enhancing their operational efficiency and combat readiness of the security forces”.
Assuring of a more sustained fight against criminals in the State, Ikpeazu stated, “More than ever before, we are determined to take the fight to the criminals. In the coming weeks, Abians will witness a fresh impetus and a revitalized crime-fighting strategy. We have developed a new template for fighting crimes which revolves around improved intelligence gathering and greater inter-agency cooperation amongst the Army, Navy, Police, Civil Defence and the DSS.
“As an administration, we will not allow miscreants to take over our state. Our sustained drive for investments requires an environment that is safe and secure, and as such, no efforts will be spared to rid the state of criminals. I’m advising criminal elements in the state to seek refuge elsewhere, as his government will make the state too hot for them to operate”.