The Delta State Police Command says it has within the last three months arrested 13 kidnappers, 72 cultists and other criminals.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass today Tuesday during a press briefing of the Command under his watch from July 1, 2023, till date at the Command’s headquarters in Asaba.
The Police boss used the opportunity of the press briefing to warn youths to desist from jungle justice noting that “Apart from being an act of self-help, jungle justice is barbaric. It festers a circle of violence and lawlessness thereby sabotaging the prospect of having the fundamental human rights of the victims protected.
Speaking further CP Abass said, “The Command under my watch has since keyed into the vision and mission of the IGP. Part of my first major shake-up in the Command was the redeployment of the then DPO Ovwain Aladja to Ekpan owing to the volatile nature of that area.
“You will agree with me that Ekpan which used to be a troubled area is now very safe and residents can now go about their lawful businesses. In the month of September 2023, I directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations to embark on an on-the-spot assessment of Jesse Road where kidnapping was gradually becoming the order of the day.
“Consequently, security strategies were reviewed culminating in the deployment of DOPS Buffalo team, tactical teams and the Command’s Special Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber-Crime Squad to the area. The strategy paid out as within a few days of its emplacement, some suspected kidnappers were arrested while a good number of Assault rifles were recovered.
“I wish to use this opportunity to appreciate the State Government for its unwavering support of the Command, I also wish to commend the various sister security agencies for their continuous collaboration with the Command.
“My indebtedness also goes to residents who have continued to support the Command by providing us with useful, timely and credible information.”