Police arrest 500 kidnappers

Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo, said, weekend, that at the last count, there were about 500 kidnapping suspects in Police cells across the country with many of them having confessed to the criminal act and others caught in the act.
He also suggested the setting up of ‘Special Courts’ to try and punish kidnappers to serve as deterrent to others planning to join.
Onovo said: “As at today, we are requesting for special courts to try kidnappers, so that it will not only serve as deterrent, it will also help to decongest Police cells. Their numbers are increasing by the day and there is inadequate punishments for them except the courts come on stream.
“Cases of kidnapping should be seen as acts of terrorism for the fact that it is not only technology driven, it has been commercialized and can be used as an instrument of coercion. So it has to be fought with technology, information and with the support of everybody. It must not be a factor in 2011. Those who aid and abet it must be revealed, including their collaborators.”
The Police IG said that kidnapping apart, dangerous criminal trends like terrorism, trans-national and organized crimes in hard drugs, arms and ammunition which transcended borders and territory, were problems the police was struggling to deal with, noting that the Nigeria Police was blessed with the personnel to do the job if properly equipped.
He added: “Another area that is of great concern is the fight against corruption and we have taken this fight to far reaching levels throughout the year. We have succeeded in reducing it to the barest minimum. Cases of accidental discharge are being tackled by providing better training while there was ongoing sensitization on the need for every Nigerian to know that crime fighting is everybody’s responsibility.”
Onovo who was speaking during the decoration of eight newly promoted commissioners of Police, warned politicians planning or strategizing to use the instruments of kidnapping to gag or influence voters direction in 2011, to think again, noting that with government’s renewed vigour towards equipping the Police in the fight against kidnapping and other crimes, such plots would be neutralized while no culprit would be spared no matter the status.
The eight commissioners of Police were: Adenrele Tasheed Shinaba, CP in charge Anti-Terrorist Squad; Felix Osita Uyana, COMPOL MOPOL; David Omojola, CP Quarter Master; Jubril Olawale Adeniji, CP in charge Federal SARS; Abdulahi Mogaji, CP Kogi State; Ibrahim Maishanu, CP Police College, Kaduna; Amanam Abrakasanga, CP Police Cooperatives; and Olajide Akano, CP in charge Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Force Headquarters.
Abia police pick 4 ‘kidnappers’
Meantime, the Abia State police command has arrested four persons in connection with the abduction, two Sundays ago, of four journalists and their driver.
The chairman, of Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mr. Wahab Oba; Secretary of the Council, Zone G, Mr. Adolphus Okonkwo; Mr. Shola Oyeyipo; Council’s Assistant Secretary, Sylva Okereke; and their driver, Mr. Azeez Abdulrauf were kidnapped in Umuafouka junction near Ukwakiri in Obingwa Local Government Council of Abia State. The journalists were released six days after.
The arrested suspects were two males and two females who were said to have been picked up in the course of police combing of the community.
Abia State commissioner of police, Mr. Jonathan Johnson, said one of the female suspects served as cook for the kidnappers, while the other was said to be the mother of one of the kidnappers who is still at large.
Meanwhile, scores of policemen and other security operatives are still besieging some communities in Obingwa council area in search of the hoodlums who kidnapped the journalists and their driver.
The pressure and tension generated by the abduction of the journalists prompted the Federal Government to give the police an order to ensure that the hoodlums were captured and the menace of kidnapping wiped out of the state and other parts of the country.
Abia State Government, on its own part had put some measures in place to help fight the menace. Governor Theodore Orji is said to have placed orders for the procurement of three more armoured personnel carriers, APC, to enable the police effectively combat kidnapping and other crimes.
IGP counsels over 2011
Still basking in the euphoria of the successful liberation of the four kidnapped executive members of the NUJ last week, the Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo, said the forthcoming elections in 2011 would be the greatest challenge and test to the nation’s democratic dispensation hinting that reports indicated that rising cases of kidnapping and its patterns were pointers to what politicians intended to do to perpetrate themselves in power.
Onovo said: “The last one year of policing the country has been very tough but by God’s grace and support of everybody particularly the government, we are marching on. Let me, however, say that the greatest challenge to our democracy lies ahead in 2011. So many people have said there will be bloodbath, assassinations and kidnapping as a result of the elections. But I am saying we will surprise these people.
“I am saying the year 2011 will come, the elections will hold and we will ensure it is free, fair and peaceful and we as a nation will remain in one piece while all those that will do things to disrupt the elections or try to set the nation ablaze will have themselves to blame.”
Source: Vangiuard Newspaper – www.vanguardngr.com

5 Comments

  • More grease to your elbow IG. I pray you convert these powerful words of assurance and confidence to actions. God Bless Nigeria !!!!

  • May God continue to give you the strenght to wipe the cohorts and perpetrators of these acts thereby making our nation a home to stay rather than a place to run away from. AMEN

  • now or never for the kidnappers,they should be kill as long as they belong to such group,no matter their statue of post,and also police will continue door to door searching for them in Aba and entier Abia state,they have scarter the indigen of the state away from their mother land.Eze nwabiaraije should also be executed he have kill a lot with his boys in Aba.criminals dont suppose to superseed the government,the masses is protected by the government if theres any other way to protect than government is for everyone to have his or her own fire arm for protections,please we plead to Government of Nigeria for help

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