Army Begins Inspection Of Exercise Python Dance Checkpoints

Army Begins Inspection Of Exercise Python Dance CheckpointsDeputy Director of Army Public Relations of 82 Division, Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa and the Commandant of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Colonel Isa Abdullahi, have commenced inspection of activities at different check points of the ‘Exercise Python Dance’.

This is to further strengthen the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the mandate of the latest security operations in the five Southeast states.

It is also aimed at ensuring the various teams are operating within the premise of mandate, as well as ensuring that the exercise yields the desired results.

According to Mr Musa, the effect of the exercise was already manifesting, especially in the area of traffic congestion, as it had been minimized greatly at the Bridge Head axis as well as other border points where the check points of the exercise were planted.

At the boundary between Anambra and Enugu state at Amansea community on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, vehicular movement was equally said to be smooth and uninterrupted.

The check points were well manned by vigilant eyed soldiers who passed the vehicles as they came and at the same time maintained security in the area.

On the arrival of Mr Musa and Mr Abdullahi, to inspect the mode of operation at the point, they expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance of road users.

The mandate of the exercise included but was not limited to checkmating rising waves of crime usually prevalent during the yuletide period, traffic decongestion of major highways, patrol raids, cordon and search, planting of check point and road blocks, show of force and anti-kidnapping drills among other serious violent crimes including herdsmen-farmers clashes.

At the second boundary between Anambra and Enugu state, the soldiers, properly positioned, were seen passing vehicles calmly, while motorists complied with the new set up maximally.

Reduced Gridlock

Moving out of the area, the next port of call was the Bridge Head axis where initially complaints were laid over sudden traffic congestion occasioned by the new check points.

Reacting to that, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, maintained that the interest of the Nigerian Army was the peace and stability of the country, and in the present exercise, it would be to ensure that the targeted challenges were reduced to barest minimum.

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Musa said, “the Nigerian Army has no other interest except one – to ensure peace, security and stability in all parts of Nigeria.

“Here like we have explained, issues of kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen-farmers clashes, cultism, and even traffic gridlock are the issues and our interest here is to ensure that these security challenges are reduced to the barest minimum.

“You can see vehicles moving left and right, so there is no congestion. In any case, there is not much stop and search operation on the road.

“Soldiers are just by the side of the road watching in case of any need for them to act. They will act professionally and decisively,” he said.

While many commended the efforts of the Nigerian army in the area of security and maintenance of orderliness on the highways brought about by their presence, others still complained of traffic congestion.

In the words of some of the citizens, “police and army are doing well, there is no problem.”

Another commuter said, “it is a welcome development because when the military men are on the road, it makes people feel safe that no thieves will attack them.

“So for me, I think it is a welcome development but I will also want to advise them to be courteous of not causing hold up.”

Musa however noted the complaints and assured citizens of necessary intervention.

Police Launch Operation ‘Eagle Net’ Following Change Agenda

Police, eagle net, change agendaThe Delta state police command has formally launched a new anti-crime outfit tagged Operation ‘Eagle Net’, aimed at complementing already existing outfits in the state, in the fight against every form of crime in the society.

Launching the outfit at the Officers Mess Okwe in Asaba the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zaina Ibrahim, said it was part of the command’s untiring strategies to ensure that criminals are completely driven out of the state for the peace and safety of Deltans.

Assuring the public of a thorough dedication to its mandate, the Commander of Eagle Net, Dimka Usman, said he would ensure that no member of his team is involved in corruption while discharging their duties.

Earlier on, the command launched the state anti- corruption crusade, which was said to be in accordance with the directive of the Inspector General Of Police for every command to key into the Federal Government’s “Change Begins With Me” campaign, aimed at fighting corruption.

While some suspects were paraded for various crimes bordering on kidnapping, sea robbery, armed robbery, cultism and murder, the command pledged it’s unalloyed commitment towards an improved service delivery to Deltans.

One of spectacular cases was that of an alleged plan to kidnap one Mary Kurbu, aged 77 years, by her nephew known as Francis Kurbu and other members of the gang.

According to the police, the arrests were proactively done after a tip off.

They however advised all criminals to denounce crime as according to them, “the eye of the eagle can see from afar when in search of its prey”.

Gov. Okowa Launches Special Police Unit in Delta State

empowerment scheme, Okowa, Delta State, Knowledge-Based DevelopmentDelta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa says he is committed to curbing the activities of criminals in the state ahead of the Christmas celebrations.

The governor stated this when he officially launched the new special police security unit called “Eagle Net.”

He also donated ten Hilux vans to the Delta State Police command for the effective operations of the special police unit.

While presenting the vans to the State Commissioner of Police, Governor Okowa says  this initiative is a product of resolutions made during the state security council meeting to create a special unit in the police force to combat crime.

According to the state  Commissioner of Police, Zaina Ibrahim, the security vans will assist the new special security to tackle special security challenges in the state.

He added that the problems of Nigerian police in exercising its duties are both logistical and moral.

According to the commissioner of police, there is no better time than now to receive these vans which will be used by the ‘Eagle Net’ to check criminal activities, especially during these ‘Ember months.”

The new unit was created to complement the activities of existing police security units such as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), SWAT, and others.

Police Arrest 23 Suspects, Recover 21 Guns In Ogun

Police, Ogun, SuspectsPolice have arrested 23 suspects for unlawful possession of firearms in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The police also recovered 21 guns of different types from the suspects alleged to be disturbing the peace of the state.

The suspects were paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hammed Iliyasu, at the Police Headquarters at Eleweran in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

Mr Iliyasu said they were picked from different parts of the state.

He added that their offences ranged from armed robbery, kidnapping and human trafficking among others.

The Police Commissioner sought for more synergy from other security agencies to ensure effective policing of the state.

He also called for more quality information from the public in the onerous task of protecting lives and property.

While some of the suspects confessed to the crime they were being paraded for to Channels Television, a 46 years old man narrated his ordeal in the hands of his abductors before he was rescued by the police.

Army Kills Three Armed Suspected Kidnappers In Bauchi State

Nigerian Army kills suspected kidnappers Officials of the Nigerian Army have killed three armed suspected kidnappers in Bauchi State.

The suspects were killed by troops of 33 Brigade during fighting patrols to clear the State of such criminals.

A statement by the spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the operation was carried out to end incessant cases of armed robberies and kidnappings in some parts of Bauchi State.

The suspected kidnappers were killed during fighting patrol on Sunday at Dutsen Mairama and around Dogon Ruwa settlement within Lame/Burra forest of Toro and Ningi Local Government Areas of the State.

“During the encounter, three armed kidnappers were killed and their camps were destroyed.

“The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions including empty shell,” a statement by Colonel Usman read.

Kidnapping is increasing in Nigeria’s northern region, where a dissident group had terrorised its eastern part for over six years.

The crime, seen as a means of livelihood by criminals, used to be more prominent in the south-south region, where several expatriates had been taken hostage in the past.

Huge amount of money is usually requested for as ransom for persons kidnapped.

In the heightened operations against kidnappers, the army said the troops would continue to carry out clearance operations in all known hideouts of kidnappers and armed bandits within Bauchi and other States to deny criminal elements freedom of action.

Police Reunite Missing Child With Parents In Abia

Police, abia, stolen boy, kidnapping, Joseph OkaforThe Abia State Police Command has handed over a stolen boy back to the parents after an alleged disappearance with a woman in Imo State, southeast Nigeria.

The Abia State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, said that the boy, Joseph Okafor, who hails from Eluma Lokpaukwu Umuchieze in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, was stolen from his father’s compound on May 27, 2015.

He was found in 2016 at Okigwe in Imo State, in the custody of a foster mother who claimed the late husband adopted him.

Handing over Joseph to his parents, Mr Oyebade vowed to ensure child stealing and kidnapping among other crimes were eradicated from the state.

He also warned those involved in the act of stealing children to desist, saying that the police would ensure that their activities were exposed.

The Police Commissioner further urged the public to make inquiry of the type of adoption services they patronise, stating that anyone found wanting would face the full wrath of the law.

This is coming few days after the Nigeria Immigration Service arrested a Cameroonian couple for alleged child trafficking in Cross River State.

Bauchi Security: Police Rescue Traditional Ruler, Others From Kidnappers

bauchi security, police rescue, kidnappersThe Bauchi State police command says 49 hostages including the district head of Tama In Toro Local Government Area of the state, have been rescued from the den of kidnappers during an operation by the security agents.

During a press briefing on the activities of the command in fighting crime in the state, the Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, also confirmed that over 50 suspects including the kidnappers of the monarch had been arrested and charged while others are being investigated.

Part of the arrested suspects are armed robbery gangs, cattle rustlers, impersonators and rapists.

Arrested were made by the command through synergy with other security agencies in the state.

Briefing reporters on the command’s efforts in the war against crime, the Police Commissioner said the efforts had been yielding positive results, leading to recovery of arms, ammunition, stolen vehicles and rustled cattle as well as arrest of some suspects.

The suspects were being paraded alongside the various exhibits recovered which include fabricated master keys; police warrant card, complete set of police uniform, boot, handsets firearms and ammunition.

The command also held an interactive session on safety and security in the state with traditional rulers, caretaker committee chairmen of local government councils, and representatives of vigilante groups including clerics and youth leaders.

Community leaders were also at the meeting where modalities for collaboration in fighting crime between the people and security agencies were discussed.

FG To Inaugurate Committee On Prison Reform

prisonThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau, says that a committee on the Reformation of Prisons will be soon inaugurated.

The Minister said that the development is part of efforts by the Federal Government to decongest and secure prison facilities across the country.

He made the disclosure on Monday during a meeting with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, at the Government House in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

The Interior Minister said that the committee would come up with the ways of rehabilitating the prisons in line with global best practices.

He added that the Ministry of Interior would collaborate with the Kaduna State government on the decongestion and rehabilitation of the convict prison that was built over 100 years ago.

Mr Dambazau also promised to lead the ministry to partner with the state government to tackle the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping and herdsmen attacks.

Governor El-Rufai on his part commended the support and contribution of the paramilitary agencies in the fight against crime in the state.

He further requested for the relocation of the Kaduna convict prison from its present location in the state capital to a more suitable place on the outskirts of the town.

The Governor hinted that his administration has been conducting periodic jail delivery and granting of amnesty to prisoners with minor offences, in order to decongest the prisons in the state.

Nigeria Is Not Lawless, Police Boss Warns Criminals

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Criminals, NigeriaThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has warned criminals, especially kidnappers in the country never to think that Nigeria is lawless.

The Police Chief gave the warning in a statement on Thursday when operatives of the IGP’s Intelligent Response Team “IRT” arrested notorious kidnapping gang known to have been terrorising law-abiding citizens in Rivers State and its environs.

“The gang met its end when they kidnapped a woman and her one year old daughter from her Port Harcourt home, demanding the sum of 2.5million Naira as ransom for their freedom. Based on credible technical intelligence generated by the IRT, this was however agreed as bait.

“But the end of the kidnapping gang came when in their attempt to claim the said sum of money at the agreed point, operatives of IRT engaged them, rescued the victims and arrested four of the kidnappers who gave their names as: Herbert Oriminagbe, Chijioke Akah, alias Kottos, Kelechi Nwaordu, alias Seedorf and Nelson Ajumogobia, alias Ibios,” the statement said.

In their confessional statements, the gang admitted that they were also responsible for the kidnap of one Undunobuk and other innocent Nigerians.

“Going through a laptop computer recovered from them, it was discovered that the real owner, Undunobuk was once robbed in his Port Harcourt residence and later kidnapped to unknown seaside only to be released on the payment of 1.3 million Naira ransom,” the statement added.

Mr Idris said that the Nigeria Police Force has the technical and intelligence, as well as the capacity and capability to reduce the perceived rise in crime, especially kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and other forms of violent crime.

He therefore urged Nigerians to always inform the Police when they perceive any act of criminality and provide necessary credible information.

Police Hunt Down Militants In Lagos

Police-Militants-LagosPolice have begun an operation to hunt down militants who allegedly attacked residents of Ewedogbon community in Igando area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

Speaking during a combine-operation with the military, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, assured the residents of their safety.

“We are here (you can see my military counterparts with me as well) to come and appraise what we did yesterday.

“To see what gaps are left from what we did yesterday in order to be able to further strategise on the need to increase our dominance, on the need to increase our visibility here and of course to further prepare our operation, in order not to give these criminal elements freedom of action, Owoseni said.

A resident of the community told Channels TV, “The Ijaws are the ones causing the trouble.

“Initially they were selling petroleum products, now they are kidnapping and attacking innocent people.”

Many of the residents had fled their homes after suspected militants laid siege to their community on Monday.