By Bode Olushegun
The Yobe Commissioner of Police Yahaya Abubakar said there had been crime reduction in the state since the beginning of the year.
He said security situation had improved tremendously in Yobe state despite the dynamic nature of the security environment in the first quarter of 2020.
The Commissioner disclosed this during a briefing sessiom with journalists at the state Police Command headquarters in Damaturu.
He said comparative analysis based on statistics of crime incidents recorded in the state showed that there had been tremendous reduction in major crimes in the first quarter of 2020.
“It is worthy to note that this year only seven cases of terrorist attacks were recorded unlike in the previous year in which eleven cases were recorded,” he said.
Abubakar said the command had succeeded in controlling crimes and increased community safety in the state.
He revealed that the command was able to apprehend 129 suspects for various offences which included homicide, kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, house breaking and theft.
The State Police boss said 48 of the suspects had been arraigned in various high courts and magistrate courts for prosecution.
He added that 39 suspects were still standing trial while 9 suspects had already been convicted and sentenced to various jail terms.
Abubakar also revealed that 59 suspects were still undergoing various stages of investigation for arraignment in courts.
He noted that other achievements of the command included recovery of one AK47 rifle, a locally-fabricated automatic pump action gun, 107 live ammunition, five cartridges, a face mask, a Honda Accord Car, two LG Plasma TV Sets, three Samsung DVD recorders, two Techno GSM Handsets, two solar hargers and a TV remote Control.
Also recovered were 13 sim cards of Airtel, MTN, Etisalat and Glo Networks, a memory card, and some foreign currency.
Abubakar assured that the state Police command was ready to enforce all the directives given by the Federal and State Governments aimed at preventing the spread of Coronavirus in the state.