Nigeria’s police chief has said 21,296 suspects allegedly involved in “violent crimes”, including kidnapping and armed robbery, were arrested in the country in 2020.
Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu gave the figures while reviewing police operations over the past one year at the Criminal Investigation Department and the Force Intelligence Bureau in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
He did not say whether any of those arrested had been prosecuted or even convicted.
But a statement from the police spokesperson Frank Mba says “all suspects will be charged” in court on conclusion of investigations.
Rights groups have long accused the Nigerian police of arbitrary arrests and detentions without trial, which they often deny.
Giving a further breakdown of their scorecard, the Nigerian police said 3,347 firearms and 133, 496 ammunition were recovered from suspects during the year, while a total of 1002 kidnap victims were “safely rescued” and reunited with their families.