Adamawa residents have commended recent crackdown on kidnappers and criminal gangs by the police in Adamawa State.
A cross section of residents interviewed by North East Trust in Yola said the arrest of dozens of criminals in Yola metropolis and other parts of the state led to sharp decrease in criminal activities.
A robbery victim, Tonko Rabe urged security agencies to sustain the operations until residents are safe from robbers, kidnappers and other criminal elements.
Another victim, Isa Yaro, said recent raid on Shila boys hide out and the arrest of several members of the gang brought hope to the people in Yola and environs, advising the community to support the police
The Adamawa State Police Command had on May 30 paraded 37 suspects alleged to have been involved in criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearms and armed robbery.
Parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Audu Madaki, said 19 of the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy and kidnapping, 13 for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.
He added that three suspects would be charged with ‘criminal conspiracy and armed robbery committed by a local gang known as Shilla Boys,’ while two others were charged with unlawful possession of firearms.
According to him the 37 suspects were apprehended following raids on criminal hideouts and black spots across the 21 local government areas in Adamawa State.
“As the operational strategies continued, the command recorded tremendous achievements through the sacrifices of some gallant officers in the command by dislodging criminals in their hideouts, rescuing some innocent citizens in their captivity, arresting the criminals and recovering so many dangerous weapons,”he said.
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