By Mohammad Tijjani
The Kaduna State Police Command on Wednesday said it arrested 2, 551 suspected criminals in the state in 2018, out of which 2, 229 were arraigned.
It added that 189 of the cases are still under investigation, while 484 had been forwarded to the state Ministry of Justice for legal advice.
This is contained in a document made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo.
It further indicated that out of the 1, 290 cases recorded in 2018, 829 along with 1,794 accused persons are awaiting trial.
The police stated that among those charged to court were 66 persons accused of kidnapping out of the 70 kidnap suspects arrested in 2018.
“On kidnapping, a total of 47 cases reported with 70 suspects arrested. 46 victims were rescued by the police while four lost their lives.
“Thirty seven cases along with 66 accused persons were charged to court for cognizance and are still on awaiting trial.
“Ten cases are still pending investigation while 37 case files were sent to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice.
“The sum of N14,900,000 ransom demanded was recovered from the suspects on the process of investigation within the period under review.”
The command also revealed that properties worth N724, 762, 590 were reported stolen or lost during the period, but that it was able recover properties worth N408, 470, 040.
On culpable homicide, it said 132 cases were reported and 294 suspects arrested.
It added that 141 victims lost their lives, while 129 cases along with 288 suspects were charged to court, and the remaining three under investigation.
The command said it recovered “66 arms and 93 ammunition of various calibers”, and also arrested 275 robbery suspects from the 63 armed robbery cases recorded in the state in 2018.
“In the case of rape and indecent assault, a total of 113 cases were reported and 132 suspects arrested,” it said.
The police command stated that it would be more vigilant in 2019 in safeguarding lives and properties, and appealed to the general public for a robust collaboration to kick out criminals from the state.