A 72-year-old Ahmed Adoke, an uncle to the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, was among the 45 kidnappers and armed robbery suspects paraded by the police monday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, THISDAY reports.
Addressing journalists in Lokoja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Commissioner of Police Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the harvest of arrests was consequent on the Special Anti- Crime Task Force led by Chris Ezike, a Commissioner of Police of the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad assigned by the Inspector General (IG) to combat the menace of kidnapping and armed robbery rocking the state.
“Following the upsurge in the activities of high profile kidnapping and armed banditry along the Auchi-Okene-Lokoja, Ajaokuta-Lokoja, Kabba-Obajana highways, the IG, Solomon Arase, directed the Special Anti-crime Task Force to relocate to Kogi State and quickly address the situation.
“The team, which arrived Lokoja on May 27, 2015 and was supported by a strong force of 350 specialists police officers drawn from across Nigeria swung into action in earnest with the arrests of over 45 criminals from mostly the central senatorial district of the state.
“In the past three weeks, the squad quickly design a template to contain the situation, identify all criminal syndicates, identify kidnappers hideout and carry out sporadic raids of their houses. Today, 45 persons have been arrested in connection to the criminal activities in the state during the operation,” Ojukwu disclosed.