Following a recent upsurge in violent crimes in Bayelsa, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has sent a special squad to complement the efforts of Bayelsa Police Command in combating crime.
Asuquo Amba, Commissioner of Police in charge of Bayelsa Command, who confirmed the development to journalists noted that the proliferation of arms was hindering the efforts of the police.
Mr. Amba said that the arrival of the IGP squad has strengthened the manpower needs of the police as well as enhanced the command’s capacity to provide security for lives and property and ensure a crime-free Yuletide.
He said that the command was receiving specialised technical support from the IGP team and had been linked to the IGP’s platform used for technology based scientific investigations especially in the area of analysing telephone calls.
He said that the increase in crime rate would soon be a thing of the past following strategies put in place to intensify raids and increase vehicular patrols.
No fewer than five people have been shot dead in Bayelsa in the past two weeks, according to police records.
A female journalist survived an armed robbery attack in Yenagoa a few days ago.
Mr. Amba also said that the command was having challenges with the lack of detention facilities and had resorted to using the facilities of sister security agencies with well-fortified facilities.
He noted that the command had also received assurances from Bayelsa government that a modern detention facility for the Bayelsa Police Command was being put together and would be ready in January 2018.
The commissioner noted that despite several challenges facing the Bayelsa Police Command under his watch, the command had made modest achievements in policing the state. He identified the major crimes in the state as armed robbery, cultism, kidnapping, illegal possession and piracy.
He explained that between January 2017 till date, 62 murder cases were reported to the command with 68 arrested while 21 cases are being investigated and 27 others charged to court.
On rape and indecent assault, he said 73 cases have been reported within the period under review. About 122 suspects were arrested, 37 cases are under investigation while 15 have been charged to court.
According to Mr. Amba, 33 cases of kidnapping were reported to the command, 87 suspects arrested, and 17 under investigation while eight cases have been charged to court.
He said that the command got 177 reports of armed robbery cases from January 2017 till date, out of which 241 suspects were apprehended, and 70 under investigation. He said 56 of the reported cases have been transferred to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for legal advice and 27 cases have been charged to court.
On unlawful possession of firearms, he said 66 arms were recovered under the period of review. About 107 suspects were arrested, 29 cases are currently being investigated while 13 have been charged to court.
Mr. Amba said that the command recovered a total of 40 locally made pistols, five locally made doubles barrel guns, 11 pump action guns, three revolver pistols, 8 K2 rifles and four AK-47 riffles.