Herdsmen/Farmers Clash: Abia Police Hold Town Hall Meeting

The Abia state Police Command says that measures are being put in place in collaboration with the state government to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

The state Commissioner of Police, said this during a town hall meeting in Umuahia, the state capital.

“Each Local Government, the DPOs there, the Local Government Chairmen, then the leadership of the farmers and the herdsmen, the traditional rulers and community leaders will go and map out the routes within their Local Government Areas, they will be able to designate areas where they can allow the herdsmen to pass and that route will be the route that will not conflict with the position of the farmers crops.”

He further stated that “the state government will put some marshals and these marshals will be drawn from the two sides also and those of them that are good with the topography of the area we are talking about.

“By the time we implement the marshal system, these marshals will be on ground 24/7 to tell the migrant herdsmen where to go and where not to go”

The meeting had in attendance, representatives of the local communities as well as the herdsmen.

Police Commit To Tackling Herdsmen Crises In Abia

Police Commit To Tackling Herdsmen Crises In AbiaThe Abia State Police Command has reiterate readiness and commitment to maintaining peace and ensure that the fundamental rights of every Nigerian is protected at all times.

The Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, said strategies have been designed to curb clashes between the farmers and herdsmen which in recent time left members of the groups injured.

According to the Commissioner, the situation would no longer be tolerated as moves have been made by the State Government, security operatives and the warring groups to settle their differences and live in peace.

He said the Police and other security operatives have collaborated to tackle the mayhem which formed part of the discussion when he visited the Commander of 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army in Ohafia, Brigadier General Lawrence Fejokwu.

“I must say that we are working relentlessly and jointly to confront the challenges of making Abia relatively crime free.

“My vision of how to police the state include combating hideous crimes, kidnapping, drug abuse, as well as robbery, and having healthy respect for the fundamental rights of every citizen of this country and respect for the rule of law.

“I want you to know that we will use cooperative, proactive and preventive   policing to actualise the objectives.

“I am talking of synergy where all the sister security agencies would work together, actualising the fact that in togetherness lies the strength because we have the same focus to improve internal security, the same agenda which is to ensure that Abia is relatively crime free.

“I want to ask that we continue the synergy and work in that direction,” Oyebade urged.

On his part, Brigadier General Fejokwu said the Army would continue to play its part to ensure cooperative and peaceful atmosphere.

“I want to assure that we will continue to be on the heels of the criminals to make Abia State crime free.

“I am committed and promise that this synergy will not die, together we will keep it alive. We are all working for a common goal of ensuring that peace remain supreme in the state,” he said.

Police Strategise To Avert ‘Ember Months’ Crime In Abia

Police, Imo, Ember Months, CrimePolice have strategically positioned personnel at various entrances into Abia State in southeast Nigeria.

The Abia State Police Command says the development is part of measures to prevent and reduce crime in the state during the ’ember months’.

Addressing personnel in Umuahia, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeleye Oyebade, said the deployment would also guarantee travelers and residents’ safety on the highways.

He added that due to influx of people in and out of the state during the period, the efforts put in place would assist in checkmating crime.

Mr Adeleye reassured the people of the state that the police would leave no stone upturned to ensure their safety.

He also urged officials at the command to be diligent, professional and honest in the course of their duty.

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.

Police Parade Crime Suspects In Abia

Police-AbiaThe Police have paraded some suspected armed robbers and car snatching syndicate in Abia State, southeast Nigeria.

Items recovered from the suspects by the Abia State Police Command include a Lexus Jeep, a Toyota Camry car, locally made pistols, handbags amongst others.

While briefing reporters in Umuahia, the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Habila Joshak, said that the suspects met their Waterloo when a patrol team of the command mounted up a surveillance during one of their operations after a tip off.

Mr Joshak explained that on sighting the Police, the suspects opened up fire while the security agents outwitted them, saying the driver of the Toyota Camry hit an electric pole and died while reversing.

He noted that the command has mapped out strategy that would checkmate the activities of criminals in Abia State.

The Police Commissioner called on the public to give useful information about questionable characters and suspicious activities around their vicinity.

Abia Residents Urge Police To Be Proactive

Abia Residents Urge Police To Be ProactiveResidents of Umuahia and its environs in Abia State have called on the Police to beef up security within the city and the highways.

The troubled inhabitants also asked the Police to put up strategies to monitor the activities of tricycle operators popularly known as Keke and their passengers.

Although, the people are willingly to do their part by offering information, one of the residents, Morgan Odikemere, maintained that the Police should be more proactive.

Speaking with Channels Television in Umuahia, the Abia State capital in Southeast Nigeria, the Commissioner of Police, Joshak Habila, hinted that the command was not leaving any stone unturned in its commitment to rid the state of criminals and mischief makers.

He assured the residents of adequate security and urged them to be cognisant of their environments and report any unwarranted loitering within their domain.

The Police commissioner also disclosed that four suspected kidnappers within the ages of 20-30 years were killed by men of the Abia State Police Command during gunfire exchange while trying to abduct a businessman.

He said the incident, which took place at Okpuala-Ngwa, also led to the recovery of some deadly weapons such as guns amongst others.

According to Mr Habila, strategy “had been put in place to monitor the activities of criminals who use keke to perpetuate their crime”, warning that the police would not relent in maintenance of peace and order.

Police Discover 1,333 Live Ammunition In School Playground In Abia State

police discover Live AmmunitionPolice have discovered 1,333 live ammunition of 7.762mm long hidden in a School playground in Abia State, south-east Nigeria.

The discovery was made by the Explosive Ordinance Department of the Abia State Police Command at the school located in Nkata- Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area.

Addressing reporters in Umuahia, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Joshak Habila, said the effort was in line with the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to flushing out criminals in order to maintain the safety of lives and property of citizens of the State.

According to the police, the discovery was made with the aid of an informant at Nkata Primary School, Bende Road.

Mr Habila said the police would continue to make efforts to ensure calm and safe environment for residents of Abia to transact their business.

He promised to continue to work tirelessly with men of his command to ensure zero-tolerance of crime.

The police also arrested an undergraduate of Michael Okpara University Of Agriculture in Umudike, Abia State, for allegedly using a hot iron on two of his young relatives.

The police swung into action to arrest the student after they received a report that an act of inhuman treatment was melted out against two young underage girls, Hope, 11 and Ngozi, nine.

The two young girls, living with their auntie and family, are said to have allegedly stolen the sum of 100 Naira only.

The undergraduate, who also is their relative, burnt their legs and feet with the hot Iron

Meanwhile, the police command has embarked on an intensified effort to reduce crime in the state and urged residents to partner with them by volunteering information at all times.

Police Uncovers Orphanage Where Teenage Girls Are Used To Breed Babies In Abia

The Abia state police command has apprehended a fake social worker; Ngozi Nkwonu, who under the pretense of operating an orphanage, runs a baby-making centre, where teenage girls are impregnated and the babies sold off.

Briefing journalists on the discovering, the Commissioner of Police in Abia state, Usman Tlli Abubakar disclosed that one Odinakachi Samuel from Ovurungwu Village, Isiala Ngwa South local government area, who delivered a baby girl connived with the nurse Monica Benjamin to sell her baby for N150,000.

Suspects who were arrested in relation to the case were accused of selling and trafficking babies at the cost of N450,000 while the teenage mothers were paid N10,000 for giving up their children.

The Police boss warned that the command would not tolerate any form of criminality in the state as its primary priority is sustained peace and security.