Twenty-eight suspected kidnappers have been arrested while 21 kidnap victims were rescued in Abia State in the last 11 months, the Commission of Police in the state, Mr. Adeyele Oyebade, has said.
According to the police boss, out of the 28 suspected kidnappers, 23 had been charged to court.
Oyebade, who said this in a chat in Umuahia on Tuesday, added that the community policing strategy of the command had led to a decline in the number of kidnap cases recorded in the state in the last three months.
He said the command had for long maintained a constant interaction with the residents in the state at different levels, such as engaging traditional institutions, principals and proprietors of private schools, bankers, markets unions and the eminent people’s forum.
He pointed out that the strategy was in line with the business dynamics of the people of the state, noting that criminals had different modus operandi in different environments.
He said, “Whatever we are doing is to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state because we cannot compromise the fundamental human rights of Abia residents.
“When we talk of the relevance of Aba in this context, we must know that Aba is the Japan of Africa for now. Businesses are thriving there and people are coming from all over the country and abroad to invest in Aba.
“We cannot but continue to update our strategies to ensure that Aba and even Abia as a whole is safe for economic activities to thrive.
“We want to thank members of the public for better cooperation so far; we kept receiving better response from members of the public.
“Information has been coming and we have been using such information to the best of our ability to nip heinous crimes in the bud and we are going to be more responsible and accountable to members of the public.”