The Ogun State Police Command says that it recovered property worth N3billion from criminals in the last four months of its operations in the state and its environs.
The Ogun State Police also said that in that time, the force apprehended 96 suspected armed robbers.
The Commissioner of Police, Okoye Ikemefuna, made this known to newsmen at Eleweran Police Headquarters, Abeokuta. He also released the summary of achievements and statistics of the major crime recorded.
He explained that the summary covers the period between March and June, 2012, adding that the command arrested 18 cultists, 10 kidnappers and 49 murder suspects. He also said that 37 arms and 385 ammunitions were recovered while 198 suspects were charged to court.
The commissioner, who resumed duty in March, admitted that there are many security challenges in Abeokuta, ranging from bank robbery which led to the closure of some banks; to kidnapping; car snatching, and murder cases.
Mr. Ikemefuna said that he has curbed the security challenges.
“The command wishes to state that presently in the state, all these have been drastically reduced to their barest minimum and records on ground can show for it. By and large, the command wishes to state without mincing words that sigh of relief has come upon the state within the last few months I took over,” he said.
He held that residents of Abeokuta helped in sharing information and supporting the police in combating crime, saying “they have accepted the concept of community policing which has assisted us immensely”.
“I wish to encourage them to add more pep in this area and see security as a collective responsibility, as the command will not relent on its effort to make Ogun State as a safe arena for all and sundry,” the commissioner said.