The Nigerian Police have restated commitment towards ensuring that all forms of crime, particularly kidnapping for ransom and other violent acts are curtailed.
The assurance comes as the police arrested and paraded nine suspected kidnappers, with two soldiers in Abuja for abducting the wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mrs Margret Emiefele.
“Items recovered from the suspects included, N14, 725,000, three cars, one AK 47 magazine and two cartridges,’’ the force spokesman, Don Awuna said.
“The suspects also received various sums of money as part of their share of the ransom paid,’’ Awunah, who is also a Deputy Commissioner of Police said.
The spokesman stressed that the police would continue to limit the capacity of kidnappers and other criminals by deploying adequate manpower to counter them.
He urged all stakeholders to cooperate with the police, to successfully check the activities of kidnappers.
According to Awunah, money or ransom is sometimes used as bait or bargain to save the lives of victims of crime.
“It is also absolutely important to mention that the police do not and will not encourage payment of ransom.
“Relatives of victims of kidnap are strongly advised to exercise considerable caution in succumbing to payment of ransom.
“The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris is determined in making sure that all those who are engaged in kidnappings and armed criminal activities do not escape justice,” he added.
Mrs Emiefele was kidnapped with her three aides on September 29 in Delta and were rescued on September 30.