The Kaduna State Police Command in the last 11 months, arrested a total of 305 suspects for involvement in the series of banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery attacks, particularly on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
This is just as a total of 168 kidnap victims were successfully rescued and reunited with their families while 161 sophisticated firearms and weapons, and 2,924 ammunition were recovered by the Police in the various crime-fighting operations.
In the same vein, a total of 242 suspects are being prosecuted at various courts within the State.
Making this known in a statement on Wednesday night, the Command also dismissed allegations in some media alleging complicity and compromise on the part of the Police in the fight against banditry in Kaduna State, purported to have emanated from the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase.
The statement signed by ASP Muhammed Jalige, Public Relations Officer said, “The Command wishes to state unequivocally that at no time has it connived, aided or abetted the commission of these heinous crimes in the State.
“The report that bandits who were arrested by the Police were subsequently released is unfounded and misleading.
“The provision of the law is clear as to the role of the Police within the gamut of the criminal justice system including its statutory powers touching on the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders.
“The Command under the leadership of Commissioner of Police, CP Mudassiru Abdullahi will remain focused in the discharge of these responsibilities.
“The Command enjoins all stakeholders in the fight against insecurity to desist from making comments capable of undermining the fight against banditry and other crimes, not just in Kaduna state but the country at large.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Mudassiru Abdullahi hereby restates that the Command is not discouraged in any way but will be unrelenting in ensuring that the few misguided individuals bent on disrupting the peace in the state by perpetrating these nefarious activities are arrested, and made to face the wrath of the law.
“He calls on residents of the state to promptly report any suspicious activity within their locality to the nearest police station.”