In One Year, Bauchi Police Neutralise 20 Kidnappers, Rescue 127 Victims

In a detailed report of the operational activities in 2023, Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Auwal Musa Mohammed, revealed that the law enforcement agency successfully neutralised 20 suspected kidnappers and rescued 127 victims from the clutches of their abductors.

WikkiTimes learnt that the police documented 36 cases of kidnapping incidents with 85 suspects arrested.

The Commissioner disclosed these during a press briefing at the command’s headquarters in Bauchi on Saturday.

The Commissioner Mohammed said about N31,110,000 in property and cash was recovered from the arrested suspects, adding that an estimated value of property lost, damaged, or stolen is around N62,890,000.

He said through sustained operations and a resolute dedication to securing the state, it recorded 414 criminal cases. A total of 673 suspects were apprehended in connection with these cases.

“Out of the 414 criminal cases, 406 cases involving 672 suspects were charged to court for prosecution. Of these, 41 cases with 59 suspects resulted in successful convictions. Presently, 365 cases with 613 suspects are standing trial, and 8 cases remain under investigation,” he said.

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The Commissioner attributed some of the security challenges faced by Bauchi State to its proximity to frontline states grappling with their security issues.

He noted that suspected criminals, armed and fleeing from these states, attempted to instigate crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, cattle rustling, and rape in Bauchi, albeit to a minimal degree.

Emphasizing the crucial role of public cooperation, Commissioner Mohammed expressed gratitude for the intelligence provided by citizens, stressing that partnership between the police and the public, united in their desire for a safe and secure environment for all citizens.

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