Kidnappings: IGP canvasses for more community policing

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  • says Evans to appear in court soon

Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has said plans are underway to recruit more policemen to effectively pursue the principle of community policing in other to combat the rising spate of kidnapping and other violent crimes.

The IGP said this at a lecture which held in Lagos State on Friday while proffering solutions to security challenges in the country and expressed worry at the rate at which the youth were venturing into kidnapping.

“It seems kidnapping is becoming attractive to the youth. The more we arrest, the more they are coming up. But I believe that with special courts, this will be addressed.”

“We need the cooperation of the public. There is no way we can succeed without their cooperation. We need the National Assembly to give a positive view of the Police Trust Fund and I believe with that, we can change the image of the police in the country,” he added.

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Idris also assured Nigerians that notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, would be charged to court soon.

Idris attributed the delay in Evans’ prosecution to police investigations to track down his accomplices within and outside the country.

He said: “Evans will be charged to court very soon. This is a man who has over the years been involved in kidnapping, collecting money in millions of dollars and harassing Nigerians from the various parts of the country.

“What we are doing now is to ensure that we conduct thorough investigations so that anybody involved will be brought to book.

Evans was arrested on June 10 in one of his mansions at Magodo area of the state. He confessed to making millions of dollars from ransoms paid to him by his victims’ families.

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