The Police Command in Edo revealed on Wednesday that no fewer than 332 suspects have been charged in court in the past two months.
Phillip Ogbadu, the Police Commissioner in Edo, revealed this at a press conference at his office in Benin on Wednesday.
“From February 5 to date, we have brought charges against 332 suspects out of the 357 arrested during the period in various courts,” Ogbadu said.
He explained that 58 suspects were arrested for alleged kidnapping, while 100 suspects were arrested for alleged cult.
He further explained that 81 suspects were also arrested for alleged armed robbery, and six suspects arrested for alleged rape.
“We arrested 50 suspects for alleged murder, seven suspects for alleged desecration.
“We also arrested 16 suspects for illegal possession of firearms, 13 suspects were arrested for alleged murder,” he said.
The PC also revealed that within the period 34 victims were allegedly killed by the suspects, while the number of allegedly kidnapped victims was 22.
In addition, it revealed that within the period, the command recovered an Ak-47 rifle with breech No. 6244, a Lar Rifle pistol and a Pump action pistol.
Other recovered weapons and ammunition, Ogbadu said, include eight English-made double-barreled pistols, 19 locally made custom-cut pistols and two AK-47 magazines.
“Three rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, seven locally made pistols, 28 life cartridges and 15 miscellaneous vehicles were recovered,” he said.
He pointed out that the command faced violent crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, murder, rape, burglary, among others.
He stressed that, in light of this, the command had continued to devise security strategies to prevent criminal activities and guarantee a safe, secure and stable environment for economic growth and social interaction.
It noted that it had also continued to adopt due diligence, a management intelligence system, strong tactical operations, and ensuring that cases are properly investigated and prosecuted.