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We arrested 35,496, recovered 2,750 arms, 22,568 ammunition in 1 year – Police IG

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, has said the Nigeria Police Force under his leadership in the last one year recorded significant crime statistics, including arrest of 35,496 suspects, recovery of 2,750 arms, 22,568 ammunition, and 1,540 cars, among others.

Speaking during the monthly meeting with senior police officers, Commissioners of Police (CPs) and above Thursday at the Force Headquarters Abuja, he gave a breakdown own of the cases to include: 814 cases of terrorism/secessionist attacks, 2,308 cases of murder, 856 cases of armed robbery, 1,453 cases of kidnapping, and 1,429 other sundry cases.

Egbetokun, who said his administration took office “at a crucial period in our democracy, marked by significant tests of our democratic credentials,” noted that: “To address these, we conceived a special police intervention unit, the Special Intervention Squad (SIS), consisting of specially trained officers focused solely on rapid and proactive crisis intervention.  

“The SIS has achieved significant successes particularly in FCT where it was launched on January 17, 2024. We must continue to sustain our strategies and maintain internal security.”

Speaking further he said, “Recognising our officers as our greatest asset, we have implemented measures to ensure their well-being during and after service.

“We are also addressing retirees’ pension concerns and we hope to achieve enhanced pensions earnings for our retired officers very soon.

“We have presented cheques totalling N9.85 billion to families of deceased officers under the Group Life Assurance Scheme and the IGP Family Welfare Scheme.”

The police boss said, “Motivating our officers is vital for optimal performance. The inaugural Police Commendation and Awards Ceremony on April 16, 2024, recognised and rewarded exceptional service, bravery, and dedication.

“In terms of promotions, 33,867 officers have been elevated based on merit, competence, and available vacancies in the establishment of the Force. This commitment to fairness and excellence must continue.”

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