The zone 5 headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force says about 40 suspects have been arrested in the zone between July and September.
This is contained in a statement on Friday by AIG Lawan Jimeta, who is in charge of the zone, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Jimeta, highlighting the achievements of the zone which comprises Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states, within the period under review, disclosed that 32 cases were reported to the zone.
He also disclosed that 10 of the cases were presently under investigation, adding that 21 suspects were awaiting trials.
He, however, said that whereas no conviction was recorded within the period, exhibits which included a knife, short single barrel gun, two locally made single barrel guns and one locally made single barrel gun were recovered.
The AIG disclosed that 15 suspects were arrested in July for crimes ranging from alleged murder, arson, armed robbery, communal clash, rape/defilement to unlawful possession of firearms.
“In August we arrested 16 suspects for crimes ranging from alleged child trafficking, unlawful possession of firearms, murder, armed robbery, rape/defilement and communal clash.
“In September, we also arrested nine suspects for alleged murder, arson, armed robbery, communal clash as well as kidnapping”, he said.
Giving a further breakdown of the figure, he said that within the period under review, six persons were arrested for alleged murder, two for arson, seven for armed robbery and eight for communal clash.
The police chief noted that for some time now, communal clashes had been a major challenge in the zone. He, however, said that the zone was ready to tackle the challenge within the ambit of the law.