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Police parade 29 in Imo for kidnapping, other offenses

CP Rabiu Hussaini addressing the press before a display of firearms and live rounds at the Imo State Police Command Headquarters, Owerri. Photo: Chinazo Ilechukwu.

Imo State Police Command has paraded 29 persons arrested for alleged roles in kidnapping, robbery, and child trafficking in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, who confirmed this, said the command has adopted various security measures to ensure a crime-free yuletide throughout Imo.

According to Mr Hussaini, the measures include: intelligence-led stop and search, increased visibility policing, deployment of plain-clothed policemen to blackspot areas, and emphasis on community policing, among others.

Some of the paraded suspects/ Photo: Chanazo Ilechukwu

The police commissioner said the Command was working with the association of hunters in the state to ensure that bushes were not used as hideouts for criminals.

Some of the suspects who confessed their roles in the abduction of a catholic priest described their action as the handiwork of the devil, and prayed for forgiveness.

Items recovered from the suspects include 13 firearms, 89 ammunition of different calibers and 9 vehicles.

Reporting by Chinazo Ilechukwu; editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor