The Nasarawa State Police Command has paraded 90 suspected criminals arrested in various operations across the 13 local government areas as well as 18 development areas of the state.
Those paraded in Lafia, the state capital, on Thursday, included 58 armed robbery suspects and 32 suspected cultists.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, who paraded the suspects, said they were picked up from various criminal hideouts based on credible intelligence supplied by members of the public.
Longe told reporters that in one instance, a case of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery was reported at the Masaka Divisional Police Headquarters by a victim.
The victim told the police that he was dispossessed of his valuables, including one Infinix Zero 5 valued at N125,000; Infinix Note 4 valued at N95,000; and one Tecno Spark valued at N39,000.
According to the police boss, his men immediately swung into action and investigation led to the arrest of two suspects on June 18, 2019.
The police recovered two locally-made pistols with two rounds of live 9.62mm ammunition and one axe from the suspects.
Longe said, “In our various operations, we have arrested some notorious criminals, particularly kidnappers, in the last two weeks. We have arrested 16 suspected armed robbers, including one who has been on our wanted list.
“Apart from that, one notorious kidnapper was killed in a gun battle in the Toto Local Government Area of the state. Items recovered from the suspects were firearms, including a European made pistol.”
He explained that the suspected cultists, some of who are as young as 14 years old, were arrested at the Karu Local Government Area of the state while celebrating the anniversary of their group called the ‘77’.
He enjoined parents and guardians to endeavour to watch the company their children and wards keep in order to prevent them from joining criminal gangs.
Longe promised that all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed.