Police List Measures To End Kidnapping, Child Theft In Southern Nigeria

Police says it will end kidnapping and child theftThe Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 6, Mr Abubakar Marafa, says the police in the zone has put in place measures to effectively curb kidnapping, child theft and other criminal activities in the zone.

The AIG gave the assurance in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State capital on Friday while on a familiarisation tour of the Akwa-Ibom State police command.

In a chat with reporters at the Government House in Uyo, the AIG listed some of the measures to include motivation of officers and men and synergy with sister security agencies.

He also appealed to the public to volunteer information to enable the police do its job effectively.

Earlier at a courtesy call on Governor Udom Emmanuel, the police boss acknowledged the support and cooperation of the governor but appealed for more.

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A kid rescued from kidnappers by the police

Governor Emmanuel advised against the frequent transfer of officers and men of the police force.

He assured the police of the state government’s continued support and cooperation.

The AIG also had an interactive session with the rank and file of the command where he reminded them of basic rules of the police and their relationship with the public.

Zone 6 comprises Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers states.

Kidnapping and child trafficking have been on the increase in the region, with police rescuing several children in the last few months.

On september 13, the Delta State Police Command arrested one Abigail Nwakama, also known as Madam Cash and nine other suspected child traffickers in connection with child stealing and trafficking in the state.

Parading the suspects at the state headquarters in Asaba, the Police said that most of the suspects have confessed to the crime and this has led to the recovery of about 12 children.

Various cases of child theft have been reported severally in Okpanam, an outskirt of the Delta State capital, Asaba including the case of seven-year-old Moses Iloba who was reported missing a few days earlier.

Moses Iloba, son of Mr and Mrs Iloba who resides in Okpanam Delta State had been reported missing since September 6, 2016

According to his younger sister, he was lured by an unknown lady who pleaded with him to help run some errands.

“We have not found our child; everyday they say come back today, come back tomorrow. I don’t know what to say,” the mother of Moses expressed her anguish at the situation.

Moses was not among the recovered children but the Iloba family were hopeful that their son would be back and reunited with them soon.

Meanwhile, the Police have encouraged the parents of missing children to contact the Police to identify their children among the rescued.

Police Arrest Indian Hemp Dealers’ Kingpin In Niger State

HempThe Niger State Police Command has arrested the leader of notorious India hemp dealers at Gwada in Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State, after several failed attempts.

Investigation revealed that the notorious gang leader simply identified as Sani was arrested by a Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Niger Police Command.

The arrest was made after the people of Gwada community cried out over the way and manner the gang’s operations in the area.

The gang had threatened many lives before now.

Consequently, the inhabitants of Gwada, according to report, were surprised when the news of the arrest got to them.

“We never believed the gang leader and his members could be arrested because of the way they operate. It was as if they were above the law or were certified by the security,” a community member told Channels Television’s correspondent.

The gang leader has been handed over to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for prosecution, leaving Gwada town and environs free from public embarrassment and threats from the gang.

A Gwada resident, Mr Abdulkadir Yunusa, applauded the Nigeria Police Force in the state, led by the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Marafa, for that stride especially in their community.

He further requested for sustainable monitoring of the town to get rid of those who were operating in secret.

The arrest of the gang leader of the Indian hemp sellers, who sold their substances in an open market square in broad daylight at Gwada town, is considered historic.

The use of sophisticated weapons by the gang had made their arrest difficult in the past years.

Police Arrest 32 Suspects Linked To Religious Violence In Niger State

Delta PolicePolice have arrested 32 suspects in connection with a religious violence that claimed the lives of four persons at Pandogari, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State

The Niger State Police Command confirmed the arrest of the youths on Tuesday.

A statement by the command’s spokesman, Bala Elkana, said that some irate youths had attacked and killed one Methodus Emmanuel Ugwuanyi ‘M’, 20, in Pandogari area.

It was alleged that the said Methodus Emmanuel posted a blasphemous statement on the internet against the Holy Prophet.

Elkana added that six shops were vandalised, two places of worship were burnt, four persons killed including Methodus Emmanuel and three injured.

He noted that Anti-riot policemen and military promptly brought the situation under control and prevented further escalation of the crisis.

Patrol and surveillance operations are intensified across the State after normalcy was restored.

The Commissioner of Police in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa and members of the Command Management Team, have visited the scene and met with relevant stakeholders in the affected community.

Niger Police Boss Wants ‘Fulani Youth Volunteers’ Established

Fulani, Niger Police The first stakeholders’ town hall meeting between the Police and Fulani leaders has taken place in Minna, with a resolution that the Fulanis should establish what is called ‘Fulani Youth Volunteers’.

The Fulani Youth Volunteers is to be established in each of the 25 Local Government Areas of the state and would work directly with Police command officials in each of the council area.

When the volunteers are established they should provide security agencies in the respective local government areas with information on the movement and activities of strange elements.

The town hall meeting was attended by over 2,500 Fulani leaders from the 25 local government areas of the state.

Addressing the gathering, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abubakar Marafa, said that the meeting was to address the upsurge in cattle herdsmen and natives clashes across the country.

Though Marafa conceded to the fact that the state had not recorded any of such clashes, he nonetheless explained, “we have to be pro-active to forestall any of such incidents”.

The Police boss decried the activities of cattle rustling in the state which he blamed on some Fulanis as “some of the victims and suspects were discovered to be Fulanis”.

Speaking on behalf of the Fulanis, the Vice President of the Maiyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Hussaini Bosso, blamed some of his kinsmen on the problem facing the country especially the herdsmen and natives.

He said that the town hall meeting would allow the association to properly monitor herdsmen and report their activities to the security agencies.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, had during an on-the-spot assessment of communities attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Enugu state, directed that all commissioners of police should hold regular town hall meetings with Fulanis with the sole objective of nipping in the bud, similar incidents in the future.

Police Boss Orders Withdrawal Of Politicians’ Orderlies

Solomon-Arase-Police_IGP-NigeriaThe Inspector General of police Mr Solomon Arase, on Saturday ordered the withdrawal of policemen from politicians, saying that only “high risk” politicians should be allowed to have orderlies.

Mr Arase gave the order in Minna, the capital of Niger State while on a one-day visit to address officers and men of the Niger State Police Command.

According to him, the policemen to be withdrawn would be deployed to regular police duties.

Addressing personnel he said Niger State needed more manpower to curtail the rate of crime in the state which he described as ‘a state with  a large landmass’.

He further laid emphasis on the personalities of the police force and the need to be firm, honest and knowledgeable on their responsibilities in order to carry out their duties diligently.

Mr Arase also stressed the need for the police force to respect the fundamental human rights and avoid arresting innocent people.

On the welfare of Policemen across Nigeria, Mr Arase decried the dilapidation of Police Barracks, pointing out that the force was already seeking funds to rehabilitate them.

Meanwhile, the Niger State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Marafa, in his remarks highlighted the achievement of the command, stating that there is a drastic reduction on highway crimes in the state.

He said community policing should be encouraged to further establish a cordial relationship between the police and the communities and mould their perception.

He also told the Inspector  General that the state government had been contributing immensely to the police force in the state.

The Inspector General of police later paid a courtesy visit on the Emir of Minna Dr. Umar Farouk Bahago, in his Palace and the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso in the Government House.

Police Arrest 202 Crime Suspects In Niger State

PoliceThe Niger State Police Command says it has arrested 202 suspects that were involved in various major crimes in the state and diligently being prosecuted in court.

The Commissioner of Police in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa, who made the disclosure at a press briefing on Wednesday in Minna, said that the suspects included nine notorious armed robbers.

He added that other suspected criminals paraded were nine armed bandits, kidnappers and six cattle rustlers, all within the last one month.

Marafa further told reporters that during the last concluded Local Government elections, no fewer than 100 suspects were apprehended for electoral offenses attributed to the command proactive and preventive measures put in place for a peaceful conduct of the election.

He lamented that many arms, 134 rounds of live ammunition, 90 cattle, 10 sheep, seven motorcycles and three cars of Peugeot 405, Opel and Volkswagen with registration numbers CX 620 RBC, BE 375 APP and LFA 763 XA were recovered from the suspected criminals.

The Police Commissioner listed the command constraints to include inadequate logistics, paucity of funds and insufficient manpower.

He urged the governments at every level and individuals to assist the Police in the provision of communication gadgets to ease communication, especially in times of emergency.

Mr Marafa also applauded  Police officers for the stride so far recorded while assuring them of adequate welfare to enable them carry out their assignment diligently.

He similarly appealed to the general public to always give the Police prompt information, assuring them that it would be treated confidentially.

Niger State Governor Calls For Religious Tolerance

NigerGovernor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called for peace, tolerance and harmony among religious leaders and followers in the state.

Addressing religious leaders of various denominations at government house on Monday in Minna, Bello expressed the need for all, irrespective of their faith, to tolerate one another and continue to co-habit peacefully.

He said that securing the lives of the people and protecting their properties was the primary responsibility of this government.

Adding that achieving such could not be possible without the support and cooperation of the religious leaders.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Tanko Baba Ahmed, then appealed to all religious bodies and groups in the state to carry out their activities, ensuring strict adherence to the law.

He urged the clergymen to use their pulpit and rostrum to preach peace and tolerance to their followers.

He stated that peace in its originality, as well as the establishment of religious fraternity was in the hands of the clergymen hence the need for the interface between them and the government.

Briefing Journalists shortly afterwards, the representatives of Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI), Alhaji Umar Usman and that of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Musa S. Dada appreciated the Governor for taking a proactive step in the sustenance of peace and stability in the state.

The religious leaders gave the assurance that the message of peace, tolerance and need to be security conscious would be extended to their followers. They described the Governor as humble, truthful and God-fearing.

Police Promise Niger State Residents Adequate Security

NigerAbout 5,000 Police officers and men from the Niger State Police Command would be deployed during the Christmas celebration, the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Marafa has disclosed.

According to him, these policemen would be deployed to places of worship, markets and recreation centres in the state, like Murtala Garden and Magartakada Garden.

Speaking to newsmen in Minna, the Commissioner of Police said patrol and surveillance activities are being intensified for the safety of the lives and property of people in Niger State throughout the festive season.

Marafa, who also spoke on the activities of the Police in the state, stated that they were winning the war against criminals and their activities.

He added that cattle rustling, youth gangsterism, kidnapping and highway robbery have been reduced to the barest minimum.

He revealed that 1,986 suspects were arrested for major crimes in the state while 889 cattle, 114 sheep and goats and 14 donkeys were recovered from cattle rustlers in 2015.

Police To Deploy 5,000 Officers In Niger During Christmas

niger police to deploy 5000 officersPolice say arrangements have been made to deploy 5,000 police officers during Christmas celebration to Niger state.

According to the State’s Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Marafa, the policemen would be deployed to places of worship, markets and recreation centers in the state.

Addressing reporters in Minna, the capital of the State, on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police said patrol and surveillance activities were being intensified for the safety of the lives and property of people in Niger State throughout the yuletide season.

Mr Marafa, who spoke on the activities of the police in the state, stated that the State Police Command was currently winning the war against criminals and their activities.

He said cattle rustling, youth gangsterism, kidnapping and highway robbery had been reduced to the barest minimum.

The police commissioner further stated that 1,986 suspects were arrested for major crimes in the state while 889 cattle, 114 sheep and goats and 14 donkeys were recovered from cattle rustlers in 2015.

Army Recovers 192 Cattle From Rustlers In Niger

cattle rustlers-ArmyThe 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Minna, Niger State, says it has dislodged cattle rustlers camp in Bagabaga village, located within Alawa forest, Rafi Local Government in the state, recovering 100 cows and 92 sheep.

According to a statement from the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Captain Njideka Agwu, the operation was led by the Brigade Task Force Commander, Lt Col. Dzarma Zirkushu. Other items recovered include 70 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 19 cartridges of double barrel, one locally made revolver pistol, one empty AK-47 magazine, three handsets and a motorcycle.

Mrs Agwu said that Army authorities had handed over the livestock to the Chairman of the Local Government Council, in the presence of the DSS officer in charge of the council, Mr Barnabas Idzi, the representative of the Nigerian Police, Mr Lawal Yinusa and District Head Alawa, Alhaji Shehu Adamu Gajere.

She added that the aim of the operation was to get rid of banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the area, warning that the Brigade, under the leadership of Brigadier General Baba Ibrahim, would not tolerate criminal acts in the area.

“I want to categorically state that the Brigade will not condone any form of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, rape or any form of criminality in its area of responsibility,” she said.

The Army spokesperson admonished members of the public to go about their normal business without fear of intimidation and also called on any person with useful information to report to the nearest security agency.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa, has said that since his arrival in the last two months, there had been no single case of cattle rustling in any part of the state, while cases of kidnapping have reduced to the barest minimum.

He also said that he had warned cattle rustlers, kidnappers, armed robbers and other sundry criminals to leave Niger State, vowing that he was prepared to take the battle to their hideouts across the forest areas of the state.

Police, Stakeholders Deliberate Effective Policing In Osun

For effective and efficient community policing, there must be mutual understanding between the police and the People, a police official said on Friday.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun, Mr Abubakar Marafa at a stakeholders meeting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, told stakeholders that the cooperation of residents in the state would help the police deliver better service.

Mr Marafa was addressing a gathering of representatives of Various groups, ranging from Civil society organisations, religious leaders, traditional rulers, medical practitioners, Road transport Workers, Men of the Penat, at the hall at the Osun State Police Command.

The meeting afforded the police an opportunity to rub minds with major stakeholders in the State on issues bothering on security and measures that should be put in place to strengthen the long relationship between the police and the people, as it sought to foster peace.

Mr Marafa, who was Represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, believed that a good police-people relationship would go a long way in combating crime in the society.

He urged the public not to hoard useful information that could help the force in their duties, assuring them that shared information would be treated with full confidentiality.

Different police commands across Nigeria have held such meetings in different states in the last few months, as the nation prepares for a general elections.

It is aimed at ensuring that the general elections are held in a peaceful environment and forestalling violence before, during and after the elections.

Osun Police Command Promises To Rid State Of Crime

OsunThe Osun State Police Command has said it has the mercenaries and strategies to combat all forms of crime and criminal activities in the state, thereby bringing it to the barest minimum.

The new Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Marafa, gave this assurance when the command paraded some suspects believed to be responsible for most crimes committed around Osun and Kwara states.

Speaking on behalf of the CP, Force Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, Folasade Odoro, said that the arrests were made based on tip off from people in the environs who suspected the unusual movement of the suspects.

She said items recovered from ‎the suspects include vehicles, arms and ammunition, jewelries, laptops, phones and electrical appliances.

Odoro urged the people to always be vigilant and report to the Police promptly whenever they are suspicious.

She gave assurances that the command would not relent in combating crime and all criminal activities in the state.