Niger State Police say 259 suspected Terrorists were arrested in the month of August in Niger State, North Central Nigeria, for banditry, kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, farmers/herders conflicts, and other crimes.
The Commissioner of Police, Monday Kuryas, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Saturday said the crimes were committed in 25 local government areas of the state.
Kuryas said, “We have charged 119 suspects out of the 259 arrested in court, 81 of them are still standing trial.’’
According to him, 59 suspects were still under investigation at the state Criminal Investigation Bureau, while nine cases have been sent to the state’s Ministry of Justice for vetting and legal advice.
The CP added that the command also recovered one Dane gun, three locally-made single barrel guns, and two locally-made pistols with three live cartridges.
According to him, the command tackled banditry in Ma’undu village of Mariga Local Government Area, which has been the stronghold of bandits.
He stated that the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the 25 local government areas have been ordered to beef up security architecture in their respective areas of supervision.
Kuryas further said, “We appeal for support and cooperation from members of the public who should give us intelligence information that could aid in apprehending miscreants in their midst.
“We are battle-ready to confront any person or group of miscreants undermining the peaceful nature our state is known for through well-coordinated security approaches to enhance peaceful coexistence among our people.’’