Benin - The Police in Edo said on Monday that the command had arrested four suspected rapists and 16 armed robbery suspects in the state.
The state's Commissioner of Police, Mr Foluso Adebanjo, told newsmen in Benin that the arrests were made within one month.
Adebanjo said that four suspects, Saturday Enabulele (28), Osasuwen Enine (17), Junior Odubu (19) and Moses Okoebi (18), allegedly gang-raped a 22-year-old girl on April 13.
He said that the suspects were arrested almost immediately, following a distress call to the police.
"They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed," he assured.
Adebanjo named the armed robbery suspects as Ibrahim Sule, Collis Agbonrimi, Godwin Imafidon, Victor Osayande, Eyisogie Anase, Omorogbe Osasumwen, Mavis Osamudiamen and John Peter.
The commissioner said that the suspects were arrested during their robbery operations.
Other suspects arrested for unlawful possession of firearm are Amos Idowu, Rasheed Haruna, Francis Imoregie, Liami Bernard and Ovesuor Joseph, who was arrested with gun during a stop and search operation.
Adebanjo said that that one Precious Omoruyi was also arrested for suspected armed robbery at a criminal hide-out, while Asuerimen Anthony and Mamus Egwuje were arrested at different locations, following a tip-off after dispossessing motorists of their vehicles.
Items recovered from the suspects include `cut to size gun', locally made pistols, expended cartridges, Audi 80 saloon car and a station waggon vehicle, among other items.
"I have warned criminals to either relocate from Edo State or shun criminality completely if they must remain in the state.
"Those who refused to heed this call will have themselves to blame as the command will continue to go after them," Adebanjo stated.