No fewer than 36 suspected kidnappers armed robbers have been arrested by the Imo Police Command.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, who paraded the suspects at the state’s Police Headquarters yesterday, assured that the offensive against criminal elements in the state will be sustained until heinous criminal activities are reduced to the barest minimum.
He said that apart from tracking down kidnap and armed robbery syndicates, the command will also initiate massive onslaught against cult groups who had taken delight in harassing and maiming innocent residents of the state.
Describing cultism as the ‘root’ of other criminal activities, Ezike, said that cultists would be traced to their classrooms, hostels and homes, where he vowed they would be apprehended to face the law, even after escaping they might have escaped from the scene of crime.“I am delighted this morning as we showcase our modest achievements in crime management in Imo State since my last parade of suspects in April. Permit me to mention however, that we have also in between the period made public some arrests and recoveries which we thought were very urgent importance.
“As we approach the second half of 2017, the Command expects increased business activities and human relationships in Imo State. These activities come with its good, bad and ugly baggage. We must therefore continuously be on the red alert so that the less than seven per cent of criminal elements in our midst do not cause us avoidable pains”.
Continuing, he said: “Consequently in the coming weeks and months, our tactical operational focus shall be to sustain the momentum in the current operation of identification, arrest, detention and prosecution of suspected armed robbers, kidnappers, cultists and other notorious criminals.