The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday said a total of 93 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers have been arrested in the past two weeks in joint operations in Kaduna, Niger and Katsina States.
Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, who made the disclosure at Katari village along Kaduna-Abuja highway, said more than 500 live ammunitions were recovered from the suspects.
He added that the joint operations comprised policemen from operations, intelligence, technical, counter terrorism and special protection units among others.
He said that the arrests and seizures were part of the successes of Operation Puff Adder launched to clear criminals away from Kaduna-Abuja expressway and Nigeria at large.
He said that the operation was largely to tackle kidnapping, robbery and banditry giving Nigerians sleepless nights, adding that the successes recorded so far were huge.
“The suspects were arrested from Matari Forest, Niger axis and some were pursued to as far as Katsina,” NAN quoted him as saying.
He also stressed that the office of the Inspector General of Police provided supervisory and supportive roles to the entire operations.
“We are determined to descend very hard on criminals. We recovered 37 AK 47 rifles, 12 locally made guns, a revolver pistol, 60,000 fake US dollars, military uniforms and a foreign made pistol.
“Few days ago, the IG rolled out new counter kidnapping strategy, it would also help us curtail such criminality in Nigeria,” Mba said.