The Oyo State Police Command has revealed a notable reduction in crime in the state in 2013, compared to the statistics of 2012, promising to redouble its efforts in crime-fighting in the current year.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa, stated this on Tuesday, at the Police headquarters at Eleyele, Ibadan, while enumerating the achievements of the police command in the past one year, pointing out that there was no single bank robbery during the yuletide period.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, disclosed that in 2013, the state became a dreaded place for bank robbers unlike previous years when it was a favoured destination for vicious criminals.
Indabawa stated further that his command decided to embrace crime-prevention strategies in line with the transformation agenda of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, which made it fight and win the battle against criminals and criminality in 2013.
Listing the achievements, the police commissioner revealed that 32 armed robberies were foiled in 2013, compared with 18 in 2012, while 103 arms were recovered same year as against 69 in 2012.
In addition, Indabawa said that 60,997 ammunition were recovered same year against 23,127 in 2012, just as 122 armed robbery suspects were arrested, in contrast to 102 that were nabbed in 2012.