Jigawa State police command on Thursday announced that it has arrested 27 suspects over various offences including kidnapping, banditry and others.
The development was made public in a statement the state police spokesperson, Abdu Jinjiri, released in Dutse, the state capital.
The development is coming as ‘Operation Puff Adder’, was recently launched in the state following the directive of the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
Jinjiri said after Adamu instructed all commissioners of police to launch the operation in their respective states, that Jigawa Command launched the operation at the Area Commands and Divisions across the state, in readiness to confront any security challenge.
He said, “The operation is promptly launched in order to checkmate any incursion of fleeing criminals from neighbouring states intending to domicile in Jigawa, which is relatively peaceful.”
He said the command on launching the operation promptly undertake certain security steps like surveillance, intelligence-led raids of black spot, robust and intensive patrols, and strategic engagement with other law enforcement agents and members of the public.
He said owing to that step that the command recorded some modest achievements.
On the 27 arrested suspects, he said two of them were arrested over alleged criminal conspiracy and kidnapping.
He explained that they were arrested after some armed bandits had on March 18, kidnapped one Adre Palsin, an Indian national working with Alren Construction Company in Jahun Local Government Area of the state.
He also explained that 21 of the suspects were arrested over alleged criminal activities and robbery in Dutse Local Government Area of the state.
He further said that four of the suspects were arrested also in Dutse LGA for allegedly receiving stolen items, adding that “Three stolen motorcycles were recovered from the suspects,” he added.
Jinjiri, who said Jigawa State is a no go area for criminal as they are being “hunted with intelligence-led patrols and constant raids of black spots by well-motivated and tireless police officers,” called on the public to always provide police with vital information that would assist them in the discharge of their duties.