1,000 kidnappers, robbers arrested – IG

The Nigeria Police has said it had arrested more than 1 ,000 kidnapping and armed robbery suspects .
The Inspector General of Police , Ibrahim Idris , disclosed this during a public lecture titled , ‘ Providing strategic solutions to emergent security challenges, the essentials of synergy among security agencies and the civil populace ’, that was held recently in Lagos State .
In his remarks , the police boss pointed out that his men had been successful in preventing and detecting crime based on the number of kidnapping and armed robbery suspects arrested .
“ Heinous crimes, especially kidnapping and armed robbery are being detected with great success. More than 1 , 000 kidnapping and armed robbery suspects have been arrested ; over 270 of them were apprehended in July. Many of the kidnappers are facing trial across the country , ” Idris said .
He added that some of the suspects were killed during exchange of gunfire with policemen .
“ You ’re aware of the killing of the notorious kidnapper , Henry Chibueze , aka Vampire , in Imo State , during a shoot - out with the police. You will also remember the jubilation that followed the arrest of Chukwudi Onuamadike, aka Evans , in Lagos , recently. Efforts are made daily to arrest other suspected kidnappers and bandits across the country , ” Idris said .
He attributed the success of the police to the collaboration with other security agencies .
“ It is true that the police have done well since my assumption of office . But, we did not do it alone. There has to be synergy among the military , other security agencies and the public to deal with the challenges of security in the country . This synergy has worked in many states like Benue , Kaduna , the North - East , Kano, Lagos , and the South - East ,” Idris stated .
He reassured Nigerians that the police would continue to review the synergy with a view to achieving better performance .
The guest speaker , a Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law , Etannibi Alemika, pointed out that despite the efforts of the government and police leadership , the “ performance and conduct of a significant proportion of members of the Nigeria Police Force are often described as unsatisfactory . ”
He linked the ineffectiveness of the police to the absence of “ many of the prerequisite conditions needed for efficient performance . ”
Alemika called for the review of constitutional and statutory provisions to empower local participation in policing , as well as provide adequate funding for training , welfare and equipment .
“ However, the effectiveness of police and other security and criminal justice systems will not provide lasting solutions if attention is not paid to the transformation of the political, economic , social and ethno - religious structures and relations that breed crime and criminals in the country , ” the security expert said.
He also linked the security challenge in Lagos to being the most populous state in the country and host to many “industrial , commercial, financial , media and cultural enterprises . ”
While delivering his goodwill message during the lecture , Lagos State Governor , Akinwunmi Ambode , admitted that Nigerians have been faced with security challenges in recent times.
The governor noted that if the security agencies and members of the public collaborate more on intelligence sharing , crime rate would reduce .
Ambode added that the spate of crime in the state led to the creation of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps .
The governor expressed worry over the capacity of the police to provide adequate security in the state, urging residents to support the agency .
“ It is common knowledge that the numerical strength of the Nigeria Police as of today falls short of the minimum requirement relative to our population . For instance , Lagos State , with a population of over 22 million people , has less than 30 , 000 police officers and men . ”