The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps says it has arrested 138 suspects for various offences in the state in the last one month.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Commandant of the corps in the state, Mohammed Mahmoud-Fari, stated this in Lafia while briefing journalists on the achievements recorded by the NSCDC within the period.
According to him, the offences include theft, vandalism, rape, fraud and assault, among others.
He attributed the successes recorded by the corps to the support and cooperation of members of the public who gave useful information.
He appealed to the public to sustain the relationship and always be security conscious by reporting strange and suspicious activities in their neighbourhoods to security agencies.
The NSCDC boss, who decried the high rate of criminal activities in the state, sued for more inter-agency collaboration toward curbing the menace.
“As security agencies, we might have different nomenclatures, but our ultimate mandate is the security of lives and property of the people, hence the need for a stronger collaboration to achieve results,” Mahmoud-Fari said.
He said the corps would prosecute some of the suspects whose alleged offences fell within its purview and transfer others to the appropriate sister agencies for prosecution.
Mahmoud-Fari said some of the suspects had already confessed to the alleged crimes they were arrested for, adding that investigation was ongoing regarding the remaining cases.
According to him, the command will not relent in its quest to rid the state of vandals and other criminal elements, especially at Yuletide.
He said the NSCDC had put adequate measures in place by deploying its officers and men in strategic locations to ensure hitch-free celebrations.
He also sought the collaboration of traditional and religious leaders in the fight against crime in the state.
Source: ( NAN )