The Kaduna State Police Command says no fewer than 200 terrorists and 20 armed robbers terrorizing the state have been arrested by its operatives.
Among the suspects paraded before journalists, on Wednesday, at the Command Headquarters along the Bids road in the metropolis, were the prime suspect in the murder of Air Vice Marshal Maisaka (retd.) and a suspected bandit, who was alleged to have killed over 15 persons at different operations.
The State Police Commissioner, Mudasiru Abdullahi, also said several dangerous weapons such as 18 AK47 rifles, 2000 live ammunitions of different calibre, 11 pump action guns, 10 locally-fabricated pistols, 140 shotgun 12-guage cartridges, 7 motor vehicles of different brands and 9 motorcycles were recovered from the suspects between January and March, 2022.
Represented by the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammad Jalige, the CP noted that the serene atmosphere currently enjoyed by residents was as a result of the strategic and tactical deployment of the special units of the Force in the state.
He said, “The Kaduna Command during the period under review is not unmindful of the security challenges bedevilling the State, amongst which are banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery and farmers/herders clashes, just to mention but a few. However, remarkable efforts were not spared in addressing the situation which culminates into the relative peace currently being enjoyed by law abiding citizens in the state.
“The relative serene security atmosphere in the state is as a result of the strategic and tactical deployment of the special units of the Force, undercover operatives, conventional police personnel as well as the purposeful synergy within the security architecture in the state.
“The sum of these approaches resulted in the successes we are showcasing today with the arrest of over 200 Armed Bandits, 20 Armed Robbery Suspects and the Recovery of 18 AK47 Rifles, 2000 Live Ammunitions of different Calibre, 11 Pump Action Guns, 10 Locally Fabricated Pistols, 140 Shotgun 12-Guage Cartridges, 7 Motor Vehicles of different brand and 9 Motorcycles.”
“Let it be on record that the relentless efforts of the Command in investigating the Culpable Homicide case involving late Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Musa Umar Maisaka of No. A27 Makarfi Road, Rigasa, Kaduna, who was assassinated on the 8th November, 2021, at the above address has yielded a positive result with the arrest of the principal suspect Muhammed Muhammed Giwa.
“The said suspect confessed that he and his cohorts had extorted money, at different times, and running into millions of Naira, from the victim on several occasions by threatening to kill him if he fails to meet up with their demands.
“All the suspects being paraded here are currently in various stages of investigation an