By all standards of measurement, Enugu is is one of the most peaceful cities not just in South East Nigeria but also in the entire country as crime and other criminal activities are relatively less frequent in comparison with other major cities across the country.
The Enugu Police Command has however, given a clue as to one of the reasons for peace and low-crime rate in the city as it said it has recovered over 165 arms and 160 assorted ammunition from armed robbers in the state within the first half of 2018.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, made the disclosure in Enugu on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
Danmallam said within the first six months of the year, the command also recovered 231 cartridges and arrested 1,874 persons for various offences in the state.
According to him, the recovered arms include 10 AK47 rifles; 33 pump action guns; 56 locally-made pistols.
‘‘We also recovered 12 locally-made cut-to-size short guns; three locally-made revolver short guns; 11 Berretta pistols and 17 single-barreled long guns under the period under review,’’ he said.
The commissioner also stressed that 1,008 cases were reported to the command in the period under review.
‘‘Among 1,874 persons arrested, 1,680 persons were charged to court and 356 of them had so far been convicted by the court.
‘‘We have 718 of them still undergoing trial in different courts across the state,’’ he said.
Danmallam also revealed that the command recovered N1.5 m cash within the period under review.
He attributed the success of the command to the dedication of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force serving in the state.
‘‘The command had also enjoyed a robust relationship with sister security agencies and the good people of the state, especially Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi that keep on supporting the police in all its efforts to fight crime and criminality,’’ he said.
The commissioner, however, recalled that by the time he took over in February, 2017, the rate of violent crimes in the state was high.
He said the security situation had improved to the extent that ‘‘the state is so crime-free and peaceful that people attend social functions, even late at night.’’
He said the challenges facing the command included shortage of manpower and logistics, inadequate communication gadgets, vehicles, motorcycles, offices among others.