By Peter Duru, Makurdi
Benue State Police Command has arrested no fewer than 121 suspected criminals across the state, in the last one week, in a renewed crackdown on criminals operating in the state.
The new commissioner of Police in charge of the state, Mr. John Haruna who disclosed this while parading some of the suspects in Makurdi, stated that some of the suspects we arrested in Otukpo, Gboko, Oju, Makurdi and other major towns of the state.
He stressed that among those arrested were suspected kidnappers, child trafficking syndicates, robbers, vandals and a man who allegedly murdered his wife.
The Commissioner who assured that the crackdown would be intensified promised to give maximum security as Chrismas gift to all people resident in the state during the yuletide period.
While noting that security is everybody’s business, Haruna called on members of the public to join hands with the Police to achieve a secured and crime-free society.
The CP revealed that the command has procured five new telephone numbers which members of the public can call whenever in distress. The numbers are 07067374913, 08105484405, 08066006475, 080080792550.
The commissioner urged people living in Makurdi to call 07067375262 while those in Gboko and Otupko can call 07060573146 and 07031297313 respectively.
“We want to arouse the security awareness among all Benue people. I urge all members of the public to report suspicious characters or activities that are likely to hamper security in the state.”
Haruna called on all law abiding citizens who wishes to pass information to the police to do so without fear but also without being vindictive.
The CP vowed to punish anyone who deliberately gives false information to the police. He advised parents to caution their children and wards against criminality , warning that police in the state will not rest on its oars in the fight against criminality.