LOKOJA – Twenty suspected criminals have been arrested at different locations in the last seven days across Kogi state as state Government sustained the war against criminals in the state.
The suspects were arrested by the Joint Task Force of State Vigilante Service and the Neigbourhood Watch.
Among those arrested were four dreadful kidnappers who confessed to be terrorizing the people of Dekina and Bassa local government areas.
Also, over 16 cult members who confessed to be from Ankpa Local Government Area Of Kogi State were arrested in Olamaboro Local Government Area where they were carrying out initiation of new members on April 6.
The cult group also confessed to have carried out several armed robbery operations on Ankpa-Okpo-Otukpa road.
Similarly, 8-man gang of miscreants who were involved in destabilizing the peace around Anyigba and Egume areas of Dekina Local Government Area Of the state were also apprehended by the security agencies when they led masquerades into the mosque during Islamic congregational prayers in order to spark up religious crisis.
The suspects were thereafter handed over to the Police at Okpo Division.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Dekina Local Government Area, Ishaq Shaibu, described the suspected criminals as miscreants who were bent on creating trouble in the local government area.
Shaibu urged parents and guardians to report their wards who they knew was into any form of criminal activities, saying ”the Governor has said any parent who come forward in defence of any criminal should be treated as one”.
Confirming the arrest, the State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP, William Anya said the arrested suspects have been transfered to the Criminal Investigative Department, CID, in Lokoja “where investigation is ongoing before onward charging them to court for prosecution according to the criminal laws.”
He however said the arrested suspects were sixteen.