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Employ Native Intelligence, ICT to Curb Unending Crime, IGP Tells Police Personnel

• As masterminds of banditry operations in Taraba, Gombe, and Adamawa states are apprehended

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has told operatives of the Force to embrace the use of native intelligence and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) driven approaches, to curb crime and criminality, which according to him has defied traditional patterns of policing.

According to him, engaging the citizens actively at the communal level is a key to major crime-busting successes recorded in recent times.

In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the IGP emphasised the importance of strategically deploying technological assets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), upgraded road-to-base operational vehicles installed with high-tech communication and reporting features as well as technical intelligence apparatus.

The IGP’s call is coming after dauntless operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau – Special Tactical Squad/Tactical Intelligence Unit (FIB-STS/TIU), acting on actionable intelligence, successfully intercepted two suspects in connection with armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal possession of prohibited firearms, and criminal conspiracy on May 29, in Taraba state, he added.

Olujobi said the suspects, Abdulrahman Ba’u (35) and Ahmadu Umaru (50), both male, of Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, were arrested in possession of one locally-made revolver gun, military camouflage uniforms, three rounds of live ammunition, three operational swords, and hard drugs, suspected to be Tramadol and Rafenol.

The suspects, he disclosed, confessed to being responsible for the string of kidnappings and banditry operations in Taraba, Gombe, and Adamawa states and equally admitted to the kidnapping of one Malam Wanzam of Iware Village in Taraba State.

Baba, he added, has assured that all criminal elements will surely meet their waterloo at the hands of law enforcement agents and urged all citizens to rest assured that the Force is committed to the general safety of lives and properties of all and sundry in Nigeria.

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