Following the recent attacks on security officials and facilities, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new security measures for the South-east and South-south regions of the country.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, disclosed this on Tuesday after a security meeting in Abuja presided over by President Buhari.
The IGP who briefed journalists alongside the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, refused to disclose the new measures, saying a decision was reached at the meeting not to, henceforth, publicise measures to be deployed to tackle insecurity in the country.
“The Security Council meeting which has taken place three times within the past 11 days has assessed the security situation in the country, particularly in the South-East, South-South as it affects law and order,” he said.
“We have some measures which we have outlined and have been approved by Council. We will see how we can change the narrative within the quickest possible means to restore law and order, peace in that area.”
The police boss also asked law-abiding citizens to cooperate and work closely with the security agencies in order to tackle the security challenges in the regions.
Speaking also, the NSA said he briefed the Council on factors that propel crime in the country, adding that President Buhari issued directives on how the issues can be tackled.
“I briefed Council on the enablers of crime and the need to find quick responses with a view to mitigating the growing threats to the society,” he said.
“These enablers are discussed in details and Mr President already gave out directions on how to deal with them, particularly issues of drug abuse as propellants for crime, how to make the Criminal Justice System much more effective as we as looking at the issues of unemployment.”
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have busted an alleged online drug trafficking cartel that sells drugged cookies, cakes, brownies and all sorts of illicit substances to residents of Abuja.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, adding that the cartel uses the cyber space as its platform.
“As a result, five members of the organised drug criminal group were arrested during sting operations carried out between Friday 7th May and Saturday 8th May, 2021 by officers of the FCT Command of the Agency during which different brands of illicit drugs were recovered from them,” he said.
The suspects – Queen Nvene, Collins Ozoemena, Samson Peter, Chika Nvene, and Habila Musa – were said to specialise in clandestine production of drug-based cookies, brownies and other edibles; markets and sells same online, through their Twitter and Instagram handles.
They were also accused of selling all types of marijuana, Arizona, Colorado and Loud, among other illicit drugs, online.
The statement added, “While Queen Nvene, a graduate of Business Administration, produces drug cookies and brownies and sells same on Instagram, Collins Ozoemena sells all types of illicit drugs, especially Loud and skunk online.
“Samson Peter on the other hand, is the manager of SK express courier company, who manages motorcycles and dispatch riders to deliver illicit drugs from Collins and drugged edibles (cookies, cakes and brownies) from Queen and Chika, both sisters. Members of the cartel operate from different locations within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, but operate as a network.
“Their arrest followed online orders of drug-based edibles by undercover agents. Supplies of brownies and cookies were delivered and received from different SK Express dispatch riders at various times by narcotic operatives before the final sting operation.”
According to the Commander, FCT Command of the Agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, follow up raids of their various locations in Gudu, Kubwa, Lokogoma, Apo and Damangazo all in Abuja, led to the seizure of some illicit substances.
Items recovered from the suspects included 55 pieces of drugged cookies and brownies, 1.3 kilogrammes of skunk used as ingredient for making cookies and brownies, 0.9 grammes of ecstasy, popularly called molley, 300 grammes of skunk, 00 grammes of Loud and 300 grammes of skunk.
Other items recovered from the syndicate include: a dispatch motorcycle, various equipment for producing cookies and brownies, 10 telephone handsets and two laptops used for online drug trafficking transactions.
NDLEA said the suspects confessed to have a large platform of customers who order for drugs and drug-based cookies, brownies and edibles, on daily basis for parties and ceremonies, in and outside Abuja.
They said they use the manager of SK Express courier company to deliver their products through motorcycle riders and power bikers popularly called droppers.
They further claimed they have been in the business for over three years.
Similarly, NDLEA operatives intercepted and seized 60kilogrammes of cannabis in Akure-South Local Government Area, leading to the arrest of a 29-year-old man, Emmanuel Utaji.
Acting Commander of the Agency in the state, Callys Alumona disclosed that the location was raided at about 9:45pm following intelligence, adding that the suspect was apprehended when the consignment was to be evacuated and taken outside the state.
Also in Rivers State, a suspected drug dealer and armed robber, Sanusi Abdullahi was nabbed by operatives of the agency at Iroko village, where 15.8 kilogrammes of skunk and 16 sim cards were recovered from him on Saturday.
NDLEA Rivers State Commander, Rachael Shelleng, stated that further investigation would unravel other criminal activities perpetrated by the suspect.
Reacting to the development, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the FCT, Ondo and Rivers Commands of the Agency and charged them not to rest on their oars.
He said, “I’m particularly impressed with the speed with which the officers of our FCT Command disrupted the online drug trafficking cartel that has been ravaging the nation’s capital for over three years and I must commend them and their counterparts in Ondo and Rivers for their recent feats.”
The FCT Police Command has arrested five suspects for car snatching/armed robbery along the Gwagwalada and Wuye axis of Abuja.
One of the suspects, Mohammed Musa ‘m’ 30 years a member of a notorious 4-man car snatching syndicate was arrested by eagle-eyed police detectives from Gwagwalada Division during a routine patrol on Friday 30th April 2021.
The suspect confessed that the syndicate operates by disguising as stranded passengers to lure their unsuspecting victims(motorists).
Exhibits recovered are; one (1) blue colour Toyota Corolla with reg no YAB 15 BK, one (1) locally fabricated pistol, and six (6) rounds of live ammunition.
The spokesman of the command, Yusuf Mariam, noted that effort is in place to arrest the fleeing suspects.
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PRESS RELEASE FCT POLICE ARRESTS SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBERS/RECOVERS EXHIBITS ……………… enjoins residents to desist from the use of covered number plate The FCT Police Command has arrested five (5) suspects for car snatching/armed robbery along Gwagwalada and Wuye axis.
2. Amongst the suspects is: one Mohammed Musa ‘m’ 30 years a member of a notorious 4-man car snatching syndicate arrested by eagle-eyed Police detectives from Gwagwalada Division during a routine patrol on Friday 30th April 2021.
The suspect confessed that the syndicate operates by disguising as stranded passengers to lure their unsuspecting victims(motorists). Exhibits recovered are; one (1) blue colour Toyota Corolla with reg no YAB 15 BK, one (1) locally fabricated pistol and six (6) rounds of live ammunition.
The effort is in place to arrest the fleeing suspects.
3. Similarly, Police Operatives from Wuye Division arrested one Abdullahi Haruna 25 years, Naziru Nasiru 23 years, Sani Ibrahim 20 years, Umar Musa all male and members of a four-man robbery gang terrorizing Wuye axis.
The suspects stated that they are responsible for snatching phones, bags etc along the Stadium area. Exhibits recovered from the suspects are one (1) red colour Gulf, four (4) mobile phones, two (2) sharp knives and three (3) reflective jackets.
4.The suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the investigation.
5. The Command wishes to reiterate the ban on the use of unauthorized covered number plates within the FCT to desists, as violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
6. The Command Implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653,08028940883 and to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) Line: 09022222352
ASP Yusuf Mariam, Police Public Relations Officer, For: The Commissioner of Police FCT Police Command, Abuja
Less than a week, President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over another Security Meeting at the statehouse in Abuja.
The meeting which is holding at the First Lady’s Conference Room was earlier held last Friday and adjourned till today.
The Agenda for the meeting is not unconnected with the heightened insecurity across the country.
Those in attendance include the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Others are Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd) and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.)
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo; acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba are also attending the crucial meeting.
At the last meeting, the National security adviser, Babagana Munguno disclosed in a statement issued on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to stem the insecurity in the country.
He said that the insurgents, bandits, and criminals are still at it and there is no doubt that the Nigerian Security agencies with the cooperation of all will certainly overcome all the current security problems and defeat the forces of evil marauding about in different parts of the country.
“There shall be no relenting until peace and security is significantly restored in our communities,”
“Mr. President is very prepared to take profound measures in the wider interest of the people and the Nigerian nation.” Monguno, a retired Major-General said.
Monguno explained that the security meeting is necessitated by the fact that President Buhari is “concerned about the persisting security challenges in parts of the country.”
According to him, the Commander-in-Chief is ever ready to confront the situation in the country.
Police authorities have dismissed reports on social media suggesting that the Federal Capital Territory is under attack by Boko Haram Terrorists.
FCT Police Command and the Joint Security Team described the reports as a “mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT.”
According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, ASP Yusuf Mariam resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures, particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized/foot patrols.
The decision, Mariam said, followed a strategic meeting held by the Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the nation’s capital.
She said, “The patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory, in other words, the team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory.
“In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma enjoins residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify the information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.
“On this note, the Joint Security Team wishes to reaffirm its undeterred resolve towards the protection of lives and property, and implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653,08028940883 or 112.”
The lawmaker representing Edo Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Clifford Ordia, has narrated how he escaped attack twice by bandits.
Ordia, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Local and Foreign Debts, narrated his ordeal to reporters on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said he was travelling along the Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads on Monday when the daredevil bandits opened fire on his convoy while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo State.
The lawmaker noted that during the exchange of fire between the criminals and the security operatives attached to him, three policemen sustained gun wounds.
He explained that one of the wounded policemen was in a critical condition but responding to treatment in one of the hospitals in Abuja.
“I am seriously traumatised by the experience,” said Ordia who noted that his personal vehicle was riddled with bullets, although he was lucky to have escaped unhurt.
“We were coming from Edo State, somewhere between Okenne and Lokoja, when we met these suspected bandits. They opened fire on my convoy. The gallant policemen had to immediately return fire.
“The other security vehicle behind had to immediately join them and they were able to repel the suspected bandits,” he narrated.
The senator added, “I had to immediately put a call across the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja to be on standby. One of the policemen had a bullet lodged close to his liver. We met another setback around Abaji.
“There was traffic because of the incident and because we had to save the lives of the wounded policemen, we decided to make a move. They opened fire on us. Some vigilantes had to join the policemen and they (the bandits) were chased into the bush. That was how I survived that attack.
“If you see all my vehicles, you will see how the bullets damaged them. But I am glad that we all survived. I must salute the gallantry of our policemen. If given the right equipment, they can do a lot and protect Nigerians.”
The lawmaker called on the Federal Government to immediately initiate moves to restructure the security architecture of the country, warning that no one was safe anymore.
He stressed that something urgent must be done to restore order to every part of the country and protect the lives of every Nigerian.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspected drug trafficker, Goodluck Odeh at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
In a series of tweet on Sunday, the drug agency said the suspect was arrested with 2 kilogramme of heroin, which has a street value of ₦564million concealed in the lining of the false bottom of his suitcase.
The 40-year-old suspect from Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State was arrested at the departure lounge of the airport during an outward clearance of Ethiopian aircraft en route Abuja-Addis Ababa to Italy.
Upon interrogation, Odeh claimed he has been living in Italy since 2015 arriving through Libya.
The suspect noted that he works as a labourer on a farm in Italy with a pay of about 50 Euro a day, adding that he also works as a “flyer distributor” when farming season is over and gets as much as 50 euros a day.
Odeh further claimed he came to Nigeria over two weeks ago to see his family and also used the same opportunity to buy foodstuff to sell on his return to Italy.
According to him, he did not know how the drug found its way into the bag as he bought the suitcase from a second-hand material open market in Lagos not knowing that it contained the drug.
When further asked of the market address, he said he does not know the address.
One person identified as Muhsin Abdallah was feared killed on Tuesday when the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command dispersed protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) at Maitama, Abuja.
FCT police command was however silent over the incident even as the sect alleged that the deceased was killed by stray bullets fired by the police operatives while many others sustained injuries.
The spokesperson of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, alleged that “the police fired at the Shi’ites procession killing Muhsin Abdallah and injuring scores of others.”
Members of the IMN were demanding the release of their detained leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife when the incident occurred.
However, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said it dispersed the procession by members of the proscribed IMN after a violent protest in the Maitama area of Abuja.
The police in a statement signed by the command spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, said some members of IMN went on a rampage, destroying public property and attacking innocent citizens including police officers with stones and other dangerous objects.
“Unfortunately, the members of the disbanded sect went on a rampage destroying public property and attacking innocent citizens including Police Officers with stones and other dangerous objects.
“In view of the above, the Command wishes to state that it will not condone any form of attack on its personnel, equipment or other public property,” the statement read in part.
The police presented pictures of injured police officers and a damaged patrol van.
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested 50 criminal suspects who are members of various notorious criminal gangs and networks across the country.
The arrests were carried out by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team and the Special Tactical Squad of the Force attached to the Operation Puff Adder II, a series of tweets from the police said.
They were outcomes of successful follow-up on cases bordering on kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, unlawful possession of firearms, among others.
During operations that led to the arrests, 10 prohibited firearms, 2,496 AK-47 live ammunition, 10 live cartridges, and cartons of tramadol drugs worth over N3 million naira were recovered.
Other items recovered by the police included bags of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, two laptop computers, and eight mobile phones.
In one of the operations, operatives while on patrol along the Kachia-Kaduna Highway intercepted two men – Danjuma Dachung and Markus Danladi – in Kachia, Kaduna State on February 28.
They were said to be conveying 1,565 AK-47 ammunition in a Volkswagen car while investigations revealed that the suspects were members of a syndicate engaging in the supply of ammunition to bandits in their various camps and hideouts in forests in Kaduna State, from Jos.
“Further investigations led to the arrest of one Suleiman Tukur, 55yrs old and his son, Shuaibu Suleiman, 18yrs on March 9, 2021, who are relatives of a notorious gang leader who was to receive the ammunition conveyed by Danjuma Dachung and Markus Danladi.
“Two hundred and thirty-one AK-47 live ammunition were recovered by the police team at their residence in Karabi, Kaduna State,” two of the tweets said.
In his reaction, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, commended the public for their continuous support to the police and the security community.
He gave an assurance that the police would be relentless in taking the battle to criminal elements hell-bent on threatening the nation’s internal security and bringing such persons to justice.