The Rivers State Police Command has rescued 46 victims of kidnap between February and September, the outgoing Police Commissioner for the state, Tunde Ogunsakin, said Thursday.
Dan Bature is replacing Mr. Ogunsakin as the Commissioner of Police in the state.
Mr. Ogunsakin said that kidnapping in the state had reduced by 25 per cent since June.
“Within this period, a large number of suspects have been arrested with 1,745 ammunition and firearms recovered by the different divisions and units,” said Mr. Ogunsakin, an Assistant Inspector-General.
“Over 46 victims of kidnap have been rescued in this time also. As a matter of fact, in the area of kidnapping overseen by the Anti Kidnapping Unit, we have recorded a reduction of the incidence by about 25 per cent in the past three months, a build up of the 49 per cent reduction in the previous quarter with a total of 23 cases as against 31 cases in the previous quarter.”
In the area of armed robbery in the state, the Special Anti Robbery Squad recorded a rise in the arrest of suspected robbers, according to Mr. Ogunsakin.
“Statistically speaking, a rise in apprehension to the measure of 75 per cent as a result of the activities rising from present and imminent politicking in the state,” he added.
The outgoing police commissioner described his achievements in his eight month stay at the helm of affairs in the Rivers State Police Command as “astronomical.”
“Criminals can no longer consider Rivers state a safe haven as the well motivated men of the command have taken a liking to combating crime in all its manifestations,” Mr. Ogunsakin said.
“In February, a total of 181 cases were recorded of which 257 suspects were arrested. A total of 98 cases were charged to court alongside 175 suspects, out of which 33 suspects were convicted, 78 are awaiting trial, while 36 were discharged and acquitted.
“In March, a total of 171 cases were recorded of which 213 suspects were arrested. Of these, 99 cases were charged to court alongside 166 suspects out of which 36 suspects were convicted, 72 are awaiting trial, while 16 were discharged and acquitted.
“In April, a total of 198 cases were recorded of which 344 suspects were arrested. Of these, 128 cases were charged to court alongside 243 suspects, out of which 84 suspects were convicted, 135 are awaiting trial, while 24 were discharged and acquitted.
“From May till date, a total of 819 cases were recorded with the command still facing the challenge of charging suspects to court owing to the ongoing strike by the judiciary.
“Gentlemen of the press, judging from this analysis, it is obvious that the Police have recorded success in the reduction of crime rate occasioned by the increase in apprehension of criminals,” Mr. Ogunsakin added.
Mr. Ogunsakin also appealed for the support of his successor, whom he described as a police officer “renowned for his great crime prevention and fighting prowess.”
“I am filled with great optimism that he will use his wealth of experience to send crime into oblivion in Rivers State and bring criminals to their knees,” he added.