By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—The new Commissioner of Police in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa, has declared total war on criminals in the state, advising them to leave the state before the long arm of the law caught up with them.
Marafa, who gave the warning while officially taking over from his predecessor, Mr. Olusola Amore, at the Police headquarters, Minna yesterday, particularly declared total war on armed robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and youth gangsterism, adding that there would be no hiding place for such criminals.
Marafa, who was posted from Osun State to Niger declared: “This is not an empty threat. Go and find out from Osun State how I dealt with criminals there and how I made the entire state safe for the entire residents and I am going to replicate the same thing here and even better to make the state crime-free.”
He promised to build on the solid foundation already laid by his predecessor and called on his officers and men to join hands with him to tackle the challenges ahead.
The commissioner also called on the people to cooperate with him by way of giving useful information that could easily lead to the success of winning the battle against criminals.
Meanwhile, the outgoing Commissioner of the state, Mr. Amore, said within his one year in the state, 776 raids were carried out, while 1,756 persons were arrested.
According to him, 1131 people were charged to court; 869 convicted; 933 exhibits recovered, while 244 persons are awaiting trial.
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