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Adamawa Police arrests 21 suspects link to seven persons’ death

By News Desk

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Adamawa State Command, has disclosed that it has arrested no fewer than 21 persons in connection with killing of seven person over witchcraft.

As stated, the suspects allegedly cut short lives of the seven person in a village in Adamawa over allegations that the deceased were practicing witchcraft said to have contravened religious beliefs in the area.

Confirming the development, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Adamu, said that the suspects were arrested from Dasin Bwate, Fufore Local Government Area of the state.

Briefing journalists during at a news conference on Monday in Yola, the commissioner said that the arrest, and many other achievements, was as a result of the cordial working relationship between the command and other sister-agencies, hunters and vigilantes, and as well as the police’s zero tolerance for corruption.

According to him, these sacrifices yielded positive result, such as the arrest of 21 suspects in connection with the recent killing of seven persons in Dasin Bwate. The case is under investigation, while the area is calm

“I want to state that the officers have keyed into the zero tolerance for corruption drive, which has reduced tremendously. The Command has apprehended, investigated and prosecuted about 1,146 suspects for various offences in various courts of competent jurisdictions, 426 suspects had already been convicted while 720 are now awaiting trial,” Adamu said.

According to the commissioner, the command was also able to dislodge and apprehend more than 400 radical armed Shilla Boys, who were terrorising people in Yola and environs, and that the suspects were charged and prosecuted accordingly.

He further explained that the police had arrested more than 121 kidnappers from across the state, and rescued some kidnapped Victims.

“With the enactment of the state VAPP (Violence Against Persons Prohibition) Act, the Command prosecuted over 21 for gender-based violence offences across the state and rescued some rape victims.

“Also, the Command successful cracked and apprehended some notorious highway robbers, that were terrorising Numan-Gombe road, Numan –Jalingo road and Ngurore–Mayo Belwa road,” he said.

Adamu said that the police had during the sting operations, recovered various arms and ammunition, including 20 AK-47 rifles, three G3 rifles, two pump actions and seven single-barreled guns.

He listed other recovered items as 11 locally-fabricated guns, 600 rounds of live ammunition, 115 cartridges and eight stolen vehicles, among others.

He called on the general public to assist with useful information that would help the command in the effective discharge of its duty.

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