The Nasarawa State Police Command has apprehended 58 suspects at various locations of the state under ‘Operation Puff Adder’ in the last two weeks.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, paraded the suspects on Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Lafia, the state capital.
The suspects were said to have been involved in various crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism among others.
Longe explained that 16 out of the suspects were arrested for armed robbery, one for kidnapping, and 32 for cult-related activities.
According to him, some suspected cultists were arrested on Sunday from a hideout around the Karu, Masaka and Mararaba axis of the state during one of their events marking a special day.
A suspected kidnap kingpin, whose gang had been terrorising Udege village and environs in Nasarawa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, was also among those paraded.
The police commissioner noted that under ‘Operation Puff Adder’, the command has been able to reduce crime to a bearable level in the state.
“In Nasarawa State Police Command, we have been able to reduce criminal activities drastically to the extent that crime in the state is at a tolerable level”, he said.
Longe attributed the achievements of the command to the cooperation of members of the public through information and intelligence sharing.
He, therefore, urged them not to relent in their support for security and peace in the state.
Items recovered from the suspects include six firearms and ammunition, bows and arrows, machetes, motorcycle number plates, as well as one army uniform among others.