Police Apprehend 5,307 Alleged Robbers And Kidnappers
Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, claimed that the military’s and other security services’ attempts to bring about peace were succeeding.
He emphasized that the country’s current period of greatest insecurity had come to an end. He said “never again would terrorists and bandits hold sway in our country.”
The guarantees were given as Mohammed Dingyadi, the minister’s counterpart for police affairs, revealed that no fewer than 5,307 suspects in kidnappings, robberies, and other crimes were detained nationwide during July and August.
In addition, 299 kidnapping victims were freed, and security personnel found 458 guns, 4,653 rounds of ammunition, 341 stolen cars, and 392 cell phones.
At a joint press conference on Monday in Abuja, Rauf Aregbesola, Mohammed, and Dingyadi discussed the country’s security condition.
Mohammed said, “Today, we are here to tell you that while we may not be there yet, our military and other security agencies have succeeded – and are succeeding – in substantially restoring security across the nation. As far as the daunting security challenges we face are concerned, we can tell you that the worst is over. Never again will terrorists and bandits and their cohorts hold sway in our country.”
He continued by saying that the nation’s security issues would have been overwhelming if the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), had not taken decisive measures.
He stated, “The security challenges we have faced as an administration have been daunting – from terrorism to banditry to kidnapping to separatist violence to crude oil theft to armed robbery and sundry crimes. It’s undoubtedly the greatest challenge to the peace and security of our great nation since the civil war from 1967 to 1970.”
Dingyadi suggested that the nation’s insecurity might be linked to the actions of unhappy politicians.
He said, “Insecurity in Nigeria is both economic and political and let us not forget that when this administration was about to come onboard some disgruntled people believed that if they didn’t retake power they would make the country ungovernable.”
He revealed that a total of 773 people were detained between July and August 2022 for armed robbery, 540 of whom are suspected kidnappers, and 3,994 of whom are classified as others.
In his speech, Aregbesola, the minister of interior, said that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence had made 501 arrests, prosecuted 452 cases, and found 49 of them guilty in 2022.
He added that 71 illegal refineries have been demolished by the corps this year.
Aregbesola added, “In its bid to regulate and standardise the operations of private security companies, this year alone, it has licensed 62 new companies while 41 applications are pending. It has sealed 82 companies that did not live up to standard and unsealed 40 that complied. A total of 587 licences have been renewed within the same period.”