By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu
IT was a bumper harvest of criminals for the police in Edo state yesterday as not less than 102 suspected criminals were paraded before newsmen in the Edo state capital.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Babatubde Komumo said the suspects were arrested from different parts of the state for offences ranging from cultism, fraud, kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.
He advised criminally-minded persons to either repent or relocate to other places, else, they would face the full wrath of the law. He alleged that many of the suspects who escaped from the long arms of the law in neighbouring States, were caught in Edo following a crack down on criminal hideouts in the State.
Among the suspects paraded was 14-year-old boy, who was arrested last Wednesday, for the alleged murder of 71-year-old Madam Helen Adodo, a day before, by smashing her head with a stone.
Also paraded was a 77 year old man, Osarumwese Osahon who claimed he was not a criminal and that he was arrested in connection with land issue but paraded alongside criminals among others.
The suspects were arrested within the state while others made incursion into the state from neighbouring states to commit crime and were arrested.
“Many of them were arrested within the state and others were arrested outside Edo State.
“Some of these criminals of course are residents criminals within Edo state and some of them actually made incursion into Edo State from neighbouring states.
“They robbed innocent citizens and also their arms and ammunition were recovered.
“Articles robbed from innocent citizens were equally recovered from them.
CP Kokumo said the command has launched a war against,armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, saying that the war has yielded good result with the arrest of many cultists and other criminals.