Kaduna police kill 21 bandits, rescue 206 kidnapped victims in 2022

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, CP Yekini Ayoku has said the command killed 21 bandits and rescued 206 kidnapped victims in the state in year 2022.


The commissioner said about 1,446 rustled livestock were recovered at different parts of the state

The CP who disclosed this on Wednesday, December 28, at the end of the year news briefing in the state, said 49 rifles/guns were recovered from criminal elements.


He added that 780 suspects were arrested in connection with various forms of crimes within the period under review.


“Let me begin by expressing my profound gratitude and appreciation to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, PSC(+), NPM, NEAPS, fdc, CFR, for finding me worthy to command this Command as the 40th Commissioner of Police in the state and importantly for his continued strong and pivotal support and operational guidance to the Command at every juncture in addressing the security challenges that confront the State,” the CP stated.

“My equal profuse appreciation goes to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, CON, for his strong leadership as a Security Passionate Governor and his constant logistical support and interventions in aid of the Command’s operational activities in fighting crimes and criminality in the State.


Upon assumption of duty as the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State on 8th April, 2022, which was on the heels of the incident of train attack of 28th March, 2022 between Dutse Village – Rijana along Abuja – Kaduna rail track and the earlier security breach within the Kaduna International Airport general area, the need for urgent safeguard of commuters/road users especially along Kaduna – Abuja expressway in the absence of a functional rail and commercial air operation was considered paramount and imperative.


With these challenges met on ground, there was thus no time to spare and I had to immediately and swiftly review and rejig existing architecture, crime map the state, re-strategize and mobilise all operational, tactical and intelligence resources and deploy same massively cognisant of the crimes prevalent in the different areas of the State. For obvious reasons as stated earlier, Abuja – Kaduna highway was prioritsied with heavy motorised and static patrols complemented by military backup and aerial patrol and surveillance from the Force Headquarters.


The objective was to keep the road open and safe for travellers being, as at that time, the only major means of accessing Kaduna and other north-western states from Abuja and the southern part of the Country. This objective was achieved as throughout the period under review, the Command was able to minimize any form of security breach/threat on the highway through the stated upgrade in visibility policing and prompt response to distress calls.


While checkmating attacks and ensuring safety on all major connecting highways, the Command’s inner city patrols and crime prevention and control operations aimed at combating criminal activities within our various cities and communities were equally intensified.


The seven (7) Area Commands and sixty-one (61) Divisions were specifically tasked to leverage Community Policing Strategy by strengthening Police-Community Partnership in discharging their constitutional mandate of ensuring public safety and security in their respective areas of responsibility.

The combined effects of the measures as enumerated above have led the Command to record remarkable achievements in its fight against crimes such as Armed Robbery/Banditry, Kidnapping, Cattle Rustling among others. A summary of arrest, recoveries and other achievements between January – December, 2022 is given hereunder as follows:-


(i). Seven Hundred and Eighty (780) suspects were arrested in connection with various forms of crimes.

(ii). A total number of One Hundred and Sixteen (116) suspects were convicted.

(iii). Two Hundred and Six (206) Kidnapped Victims were rescued.

(iv). Forty-nine (49) Rifles/Guns were recovered.

(v). One Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty-nine (1,359) rounds of live ammunition were recovered.

(vi). Seventeen (17) Bandits’ Operational Motor Cycles were recovered.

(vii). Twenty-One (21) Armed Bandits were neutralized.

(viii). One Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty-six (1,446) rustled livestock were recovered at different parts of the State.

(ix). Fifteen (15) bags of dry leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp.

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