172 kidnap cases were recorded across the country in the past seven months, Inspector–General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun.
Egbetokun disclosed this on Thursday.
Also, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said troops rescued 116 kidnapped persons in various parts of the country last month.
Egbetokun, at a news conference with strategic police managers at the Force headquarters in Abuja, added that 107 victims of kidnap were rescued by the police while 166 firearms and 41 vehicles were recovered during the seven weeks.
His words: “Following from our last meeting held on the 18th of December, 2023, I am pleased to report that substantial progress has been recorded.
“Significant strides have also been made in maintaining law and order, combating criminal activities, including but not limited to kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, insurgency and secessionist groups.
“Let us continue to support and uplift our officers, whose tireless efforts contribute significantly to the security and prosperity of our communities. It is important for us to address the concerns and fears of our fellow Nigerians regarding the security situation in our country. We understand the gravity of the challenges we face and the responsibility we bear in ensuring the safety and well-being of every citizen.
“I assure you that the Nigeria Police Force remains resolute in its commitment to protecting lives and property, and we are actively working to address the security threats facing our nation.
“By fostering stronger partnerships with communities, leveraging intelligence-led approaches, and enhancing our operational capabilities, we are dedicated to confronting these challenges head-on and restoring peace and stability across the country.
“The safety of our people is our utmost priority, and we pledge to continue undauntedly in safeguarding our beloved nation.
“During this period, we recorded 35 cases of terrorism/secessionist attacks, 302 cases of murder, 111 cases of armed robbery, 172 cases of kidnapping, 67 cases of banditry and 15 cases of unlawful possession of firearms.
“By executing some of the strategies and plans formulated at the last conference, the Nigeria Police Force arrested 814 suspects for their participation in various crimes, rescued 107 kidnap victims and recovered 166 various firearms, 1,074 ammunition and 41 vehicles.”
The police boss said the 14 persons arrested in connection with the elections would be handed over to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for prosecution.
The IGP frowned at the attitude of some police officers, which he said compounds the image of the Police Force.