Between August and the first few weeks of October 2022, 326 people were detained in Niger State on suspicion of serious offenses as culpable homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling, rape, and unauthorized possession of firearms.
The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas, revealed this during his farewell speech at his retirement pull-out parade in Minna, the state capital.
He claims that out of the 326 people detained, 284 were charged and prosecuted in court, while 43 others are still being investigated and awaiting trial.
CP Kuryas promised that he would send tactical teams and operational resources to seven local government areas with significant security issues when he took office 14 months ago.
You might concur with me that there is some tranquility in the state right now, he said.
He continued, “Our deployments are still on the ground; with the joint effort of the military, with the ground forces and air components, we shall prevail by the grace of God.”
Kuryas thanked the police high command for giving him the chance to serve as the Commissioner of Police in Niger State and for the deployment of Operation Restore Peace in the state while advising the federal government to provide adequate equipment such as Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), anti-riot equipment, bullet-proof vests, operational vehicles, helmets, long and short-range tear gas, and sophisticated arms to enable the force to perform its duties.
He didn’t forget to express his gratitude to Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of Niger State, for his enormous assistance and provision of supplies, compensation, and other equipment for the command’s operational activities.
Without recognizing the assistance of other sister security agencies, local government chairmen, and traditional rulers for their support and community policing efforts in their respective areas toward ensuring the proper security of their citizens, Kuryas continued.
The Niger State Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Bagna Umar, spoke on behalf of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and praised CP Kuryas’ efforts to maintain law and order in the state.
The governor characterized the state’s relationship with the departing commissioner of police as being quite amicable.
“CP Kuryas visited all the LGAs with security issues when he took office last year, and today we have relative peace in the afflicted regions,” Governor Bello said.