The Rivers State Police Command says it has arrested 169 armed robbers and 55 kidnappers between July and August, this year.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Suleiman Abba, disclosed this during the monthly Police press briefing held at the Officers Mess, Forces Avenue, Port Harcourt last Friday.
Giving a breakdown, the state Commissioner of Police disclosed that a total of 121 armed robbers, 30 kidnappers were arrested, while 29 fire arms, 54 live ammunitions and 17 vehicles were recovered in the month of July, while 48 armed robbers and 22 kidnappers were arrested in the month of August, and 130 rounds of ammunitions, 15 fire-arms and five vehicles were also recovered within the month.
According to him, 19 of the robbers were fatally wounded while trying to resist arrest by the Police during the various operations under review.
He stated that the increase of inmates in the prisons within the state capital attest to the fact that the Police in the state is performing its statutory role efficiently.
He used the opportunity to warn youths in the state who indulge in both kidnapping and robbery activities to stop such act, adding that the penalties for kidnapping in the state is life imprisonment.
The State Police Commissioner commended the effort of the state government in assisting the command to fight crime, especially bank robbery in the state assuring that the Police would continue to live up to its responsibility at all times.
Mr. Abba lauded the judiciary for their co-operation with the Police in ensuring that those arrested are prosecuted accordingly.
Meanwhile, the Command says it has dismissed five Police officers for various corruption offences within the last three weeks in the state.
Mr. Abba, who did not disclose the identity of the affected Police officers, said the effort was on the current war against corruption within the force adding that the state Police command is commited to rid the force of bad eggs.
He used the opportunity to warn officers of the command to desist from extorting money from the public adding that any one caught will be disciplined.