By Simeon OSAJIE
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Dankwara, said the police have arrested 30 kidnapping suspects, 22 armed robbery suspects and 36 cultists in less than three months since he assumed office in the state.
CP Dankwara disclosed this during his first media briefing with journalists in Benin City.
He gave the breakdown as follows, 2 fraud suspects, 6 murder suspects, 20 attempted murder suspects, 10 stealing suspects, 1 gun running suspects, 2 unlawful possession of fire arms, 5 AK 47, 105 cartridges, 7 live ammunition, 10 vehicles and the sum of N1.2 million recovered from the criminal suspects.
When asked to share more light on the high profile individuals involved in the Ikekhen Igueben train station attack, the Edo Police CP said it was premature to speak on it adding that three more suspects have been arrested.
“Well, it is true, we have a high profile people with us with the other people that we have arrested but it will be premature now for me to speak on that since we are still in the investigation stage, like yesterday too, we have arrested additional three, those that partook in that train attack.
“So it will be unwise on my part now to begin to divulge those security information.”
When also asked if ransom was paid for the release of the Ikekhen Igueben train station attack, he said no money was paid stressing that the men of the operatives rescued them.
“No money was paid for their release, to my knowledge, those people were rescued by my men”, Dankwara said.
Recall that on Saturday January 7, 20 passengers waiting to board a train at the Ikekhen Igueben station, Edo State were kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers and whisked them into the bush.
Dankwara urged other criminal elements in the state to either repent or relocate from the state or have them to contend with.
“My clarion call to criminals in the state is that they should either repent and sin no more or relocate from the state or we will shall make Edo State too hot for them to operate in.
“We are also committed to making sure that the rights of people are upheld, ensure their liberty within the confine of the law and make sure they go about their normal businesses without fear and intimidation”, CP Dankwara said.