By Auwalu Birnin-Kudu, Yola.
The Police Command in Adamawa State has arrested 44 suspected criminals and seized arms, ammunition from them.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Sikiru Akande, made this known in Yola on Monday, while briefing newsmen.
Akande said that the suspects were arrested for various offences, ranging from kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, theft and other violent crimes.
He said that the command had seized from the suspected criminals five AK-47 rifles, pistols, locally made single barrel gun, two rounds of live ammunition, laptop, computer accessories, two vehicles and jerry cans of engine oil.
Other seized items include cartons of hydraulic oil, handsets, generator, television and other electronic gadgets, cutlass, knife, a tricycle and car windscreen.
Akande said: “Police operatives, drawn from the Crack Squad, Special Rapid Response Squad, Criminal Investigation Department and the divisional police headquarters, have been directed to carry out tactical and intelligence-driven dusk-to-dawn raids of criminal hideouts.”
The police commissioner assured that the command would not allow space for any group of persons to tamper with the peace of the state, saying that the police was ready for all emerging security challenges.
“We will not relent in our duty of protecting the lives and properties of all law-abiding citizens, and we will re-double our efforts to apprehend those criminals at large,” he said.
The police boss appealed to the general public to provide useful information to security agencies, to enable them to effectively tackle crimes in the state.
Akande urged politicians to be decent and law-abiding during campaigns and other political gatherings.
He assured that the police were committed to ensuring the peaceful conduct of political activities across the state.