Anambra Police Command arrested 281, killed 14 criminals in 2013

By The Citizen

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Gwary, on Tuesday announced that the command arrested 281 robbers and killed 14 criminals in 2013.

Gwary told newsmen that the command also lost many officers last year, but did not make the figure public.

He said other achievements in the year included the arrest of 182 kidnappers, foiling of 10 kidnap attempts, killing of 18 kidnap suspects and the rescue of 45 kidnap victims.

He said the command recovered 247 arms, including 25 AK-47 rifles, two 06-K2 rifles, one air rifle, 57 locally made pistols, 120 pump action guns, three toy guns, 15 DGSGs and nine English pistols.

The others are three cut-to-size guns, two SMG rifles, seven SBSG, one AR-70 rifle, one Lar rifle and one G3 rifle.

The commissioner said the command recovered 8496 assorted live ammunition, 164 magazines and 90835 cartridges.

Also recovered were 74 vehicles, 26 motorcycles and two tricycles.

He added that 16 cultists and 33 MASSOB suspects were arrested; one bank robbery foiled investigation of two robbery cases.

He said that murder over land matters, robbery and kidnapping were the three major crimes in the state, adding that things were getting better with the cooperation and assistance of the citizens.

According to him, the police maintained cordial relationship with the citizenry, especially with the provision of information about the criminals to further reduce crime in the state.

Gwary assured the people that the successes would be improved upon in 2014.

He also assured them that the zero tolerance for crime by the Inspector-General of Police would be achieved in the state even if it took time.

He said the police would continue to educate the vigilance groups in the state on their limits to make their operations effective and result-oriented.

Gwary commended the support of the state government, other security agencies, traditional rulers and leaders of various town unions for the success achieved.