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NSCDC records 29 cases of kidnapping in Niger in 2017 – Commandant

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Niger State Command on Wednesday said it recorded 29 cases of kidnapping and 12 cases of cattle rustling in the state in 2017.
The Commandant of the corps, Philip Ayuba, disclosed this in Minna in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
Ayuba said 40 alleged murder cases, 17 armed robbery cases and 30 cases of fraud, job scam and breach of trust were also recorded during the year.
He added that 25 cases of theft and 13 rape, abortion and human trafficking cases were similarly recorded during the period.
He said: “We also recorded 12 cases of illegal mining, 18 cases of road accident, 14 fire incidents, flood, nine rainstorm and boat mishap and 10 cases of vandalism and related matters were recorded.”
Others, the commandant said, included 10 conflict-related cases and four cases of quarry blasting.
“We have successfully prosecuted 22 of the suspects while investigation is going on the remaining cases,” he added.
Ayuba also said the command had introduced tight security measures through which to tackle any threat to peace in the state.
He said effective operational order had been issued to officers in charge in the 25 local government areas of the state for implementation.
He said the rate of crime had, therefore, been reduced in the state during the year under review.
The commandant called on residents to assist the field officers with intelligence information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals.