According to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, the crime rate in the country is in decline in recent times, due to the enhancement of the institutional capacity of the police.
This he said, in spite of the suicide bomb attack that claimed the lives of 30 and left 42 injured at a viewing centre in Kodunga, Borno State.
The IGP was, however, referring to a recent arrest of 424 suspected kidnappers across the country and recovery of 10,860 ammunitions of various kinds from criminals.
Adamu made the disclosure during a conference with senior police officers at the Force Headquarters yesterday.
According to the IGP, the arrests were made between May 10 and June 14, 2019 in Kaduna state with 101 kidnap suspects in the police net, followed by Katsina with 79 arrests, Nasarawa 54 and 32 in Taraba.
“While there are still isolated cases of internal security breaches, which often attract publicity and national attention, the crime rate in recent times has been on the decline.
“The foregoing is consequent upon the enhancement of the institutional capacity of the Nigerian police to respond to internal security threats and undertake intelligence-led operations. The successes are linked to Operation Puff Adder, which has been a very potent anti-crime vehicle of the police,” the IGP said.