x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Police say 24-hour patrols, cameras help arrest rate

Almost 12,000 arrests were made by Dubai police in the first three months of this year.

DUBAI // Almost 12,000 arrests were made by Dubai police in the first three months of this year.

Colonel Salim al Rumaithy, the deputy director of the Dubai Criminal Investigation Department, said that police patrols and investigations had led to the arrest of 11,775 people.

Comparative figures for last year were unavailable.

Col Rumaithy said that five arrests had been made in co-operation with Interpol, while Dubai CID arrested and extradited 10 overseas nationals.

These included a British resident wanted in Spain on drug-trafficking charges, and James Ibori, one of Nigeria's wealthiest politicians and the former governor of the country's oil-rich Delta state, who was wanted in the UK for embezzlement and fraud.

Mr Ibori, a senior figure in Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party, appeared in a British court this month accused of corruption charges after being extradited from the UAE. He was arrested almost a year ago in Dubai at the request of the London Metropolitan Police.

"Co-operation with Interpol has helped us to track and identify dangerous criminals," Col al Rumaithy said. "We are currently working on locating and arresting them."

Dubai CID said investigations were helped by 24-hour police patrols and police vehicles being equipped with cameras providing live feeds to the police command centre.

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