The police in Bayelsa State have arrested 22 suspected robbers and cultists.
The new Commissioner of Police, Romokere Ibani, stated this during a press briefing at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa on Friday.
Ibani said the suspects were nabbed by operatives of the SWAT and anti-kidnapping units between January and May 2023 following tip-offs, responses to distress calls, follow-up operations and search of hideouts, among others.
He listed the items recovered from the suspects as six locally-made pistols, one silver automatic pistol, one English-made pistol, 11 machetes, one walkie-talkie, one dagger, one facemask, four rounds of .9mm ammunition, one knife, two expended cartridges, three live cartridges, among others.
The police boss, who formally resumed duty on May 2, said a robust operation strategy put in place by the command, upon his assumption of office, had strengthened the tactical teams for effective delivery of police service.
While noting that the command had recorded tremendous gains in crime-fighting, he attributed the arrests and the various items recovered to the commitment of officers and the cooperation of the public.
He said, “My leadership style will be anchored on the principle of community policing and an intelligence-driven approach to solving crime. I will rejig to command control room to ensure a coordinated response to distress calls.
“Police officers under my watch will be motivated to strive for professionalism and excellence in discharging their duties. I have also charged my officers and men to be firm and courageous in discharging their duties and to be civil and uphold the ethics of the police profession.
“The command will work in synergy with other security agencies to ensure public safety and security in the state.”