The Katsina State Police Command said it arrested a total of 999 suspects in connection with 608 reported cases in the year 2021.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Superintendent of Police SP, Isah Gambo disclosed this to journalists on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, AIG Sanusi Buba, during the end of the year press conference in the state.
Mr Gambo at the briefing gave the breakdown of the arrests of the year under review.
He said: “A total number of eight hundred and seventy-four (874) of the arrested suspects are undergoing prosecution in various competent Courts of Law in the State.”
“He also disclosed that the total number of one hundred and fifty-seven (157) suspected Armed Robbers were arrested and one hundred and forty-five (145) suspects charged to court while twelve (12) suspects are under investigation.
The police spokesman also gave the “total number of suspected kidnappers arrested during the year under review as Sixty-five (65) of which sixty-three (63) suspects have been charged to court while two (2) suspects are under investigation.”
Mr Gambo equally revealed that, “Two hundred and forty-four (244) suspected cattle rustlers were arrested, of which two hundred and thirty (230) suspects have been charged to court while fourteen (14) suspects are under investigation.”
However, he said the command lost five policemen in the course of the campaign while it succeeded in “neutralizing thirty-eight (38) bandits in various gun battles while five (5) police officers paid the supreme price.”
During the year under review also “One thousand two hundred and forty-three (1,243) domestic animals were recovered which consist of eight hundred and sixty-seven (867) cows, three hundred and fifty-two (352) sheep, twenty-four (24) goats and one (1) donkey were recovered from the hoodlums.”
In connection to the rape and unnatural offences during the year under review, the police spokesman said: “two hundred and forty-six (246) suspects were arrested in one hundred and ninety-five (195) reported cases.”
Mr Gambo also disclosed that “Sixty-three (63) victims were rescued in four (4) reported cases of Human Trafficking which were transferred to NAPTIP office in Kano State.”
Also “twenty (20) suspected stolen motor vehicles were and eighteen (18) stolen/bandits’ motorcycles were also recovered,” Mr Gambo said.