The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11 Command, Adeleye Oyebade, has assured residents of Ila Orangun Community in Ila Local Government Area of Osun state of peace ahead of Saturday’s general elections.
Oyebade gave the assurance on Wednesday during a meeting with the Police Commissioners from Oyo, Osun, and Ondo commands on security and logistics arrangements for the polls.
While reiterating the determination of the police to maintain law and order, Oyebade warned all politicians to sheath their sword.
According to him, the police in collaboration with its sister agencies will not hesitate to deal with anyone found culpable of disrupting the elections.
The remarks come shortly after residents of the Ila Orangun Community raised an alarm over the recent shootings in the area.
Addressing newsmen in Ila town, Spokesperson for the Ila Elders consultative forum, Gabriel Ajiboye sued for peace and called for a level playing ground for all candidates vying for various political offices.
“For some time now, there have been reports of shootings in the area which resulted in people being injured.
“There has also been a further report of likely disturbances between now and the election time next Saturday,” he stated.
Ajiboye appealed to residents of the community to be law abiding and cooperate with the police in maintaining law and order.
Police have arrested a suspect in Abia State allegedly involved in repackaging of expired food products.
Described as a worrisome act, the police said Nnenna Sunday, 28, has perfected the act of using chemicals to erase batch production numbers and expiry dates on snacks.
It is an act that endangers the lives of the buyers of the expired products, but yet reinforces the need for everyone to check well before buying any food product.
“My Hands Are Clean”
After her arrest, she claimed to be innocent and obeying the orders of her boss.
“I did not do anything. They have been doing it before I came. I am not the first or the second. I do not understand this type of temptation.
“My hands are clean. Police saw us wiping out the expiry dates on the snacks and it is my oga (boss) that asked me to do it because that is how he has been doing it before he employed me,” the suspect said.
She further claimed to have joined the company recently and do not know the boss very well, but many onlookers at the scene questioned what her conscience had told her while she engaged in the act.
The arrest, according to the police was part of its determination to continue the implementation of the anti-crime strategies which are proactive in nature and geared towards ensuring a safe and secured environment for inhabitant of Abia State.
The Abia State Police Command that made the arrest reiterated its readiness to sustain the fight against heinous criminal activities by improving on the existing security strategies which include visibility policing, raiding of criminal hideouts, intelligence led policing amongst many others.
While parading the lady and other suspects in Umuahia arrested by the state police command, the Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, told reporters that some were suspected fraudsters.
He disclosed that the Area commanders, Divisional Police Officers and all specialised outfit in the command had been reminded to re-invigorate and re-engineer the aggressive anti-crime strategies to ensure a free environment.
Mr Adeleye called on every citizen to partner with the police to maintain a peaceful atmosphere and warned that procession from any group in whatever name would not be tolerated in the state as the fundamental right of all citizens must be protected.
This is coming just as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had staged a rally they said was to support ‘their man’, President Donald Trump.
“I want to appreciate all those that are partnering with the police, I have said it that we are going to practice reassurance policing.
“It is part of reassurance policing that the members of the public gives us information and we use the information to combat the crime and menace of armed robbers on the highways,
“I want to encourage everybody to be security conscious. Security is everybody’s business. Please, feel free to report any strange face or movement to the nearest police.
“I am also using this opportunity to warn on the members of the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and IPOB to ensure that they do not come out to negate the constitutional provision of this country called Nigeria.
“This is because they can never be a republic within a republic. Therefore the Nigeria Police would continue to ensure that all the law abiding citizens that upheld the tenets of freedom of movement do not use such to disrupt the movement of other persons or people in the same society,” he stated.
I Took It As Scrap
The Police Commissioner further reassure all residents of safety of their lives and property, saying they were statutory responsibility of the police.
“We shall continue to do that to ensure that business thrive in Abia State and to ensure that the existing peace is not compromise,” he promised.
Some of the suspects specialised in stealing Enugu Electricity Distribution cables from the transformer while some were members of a gang of notorious criminals terrorising Elughu Nkporo Ohafia Local Government Area.
Ogbonna Ifegwu, who is a 40-year-old man, allegedly stole components of am vandalised EEDC transformer.
He said: “I sell scraps so when I saw the cables on a damaged transformer, I removed it thinking that it was not useful. I took it as a scrap”.
One of the notorious gangster, Nkeiru John Onuoha, claimed that they did not commit any crime.
“We did not commit any crime, what happen is that after the local government election held in December 2016, we decided to hang around to collect our money from one “Skypo”, that was how we were arrested,
“I am not a thief. I live in Lagos. I just came back during the Christmas,” he claimed.
The arrests of the criminals, according to the police led to recovering of huge amounts of money and guns from suspects. Police said all the 25 paraded suspects, on completion of investigation, would be charged.
Ahead of the December 21, 2016 local government election, the Abia state Police has put measures in place that would entail signing a peace agreement by the political stakeholders.
Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, during an event held at Aguiyi Ironsi Conference Centre, Umuahia, which brought all the stakeholders in the election together, hinted that the proactive measure is aimed at preventing electoral violence before, during and after the elections.
According to him, all the political parties and other stakeholders participating in the election are mandated to sign the document and abide by the rules and guidelines as regards the conduct of the election.
Explaining the process, Mr Oyebade said; “we are going to use tags to identify the real policemen involved in the election duties and if there are allegations, we must investigate as long as the accuser can prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegations of what the policeman has done.
“Believe me, Information technology has done everything -All of us here have phones, if you record and show it, it can even be acceptable when it comes to the court of law but you have to proof yourself beyond reasonable doubt.
“As you have your fundamental rights, so also the police officers, everybody must come to understand that we are in a different environment where everybody must be accountable to his or her actions, either as a policeman, or contestants, or as a member of the commission.
“Each person has roles to play and we must work through the roles we are playing with respect to the rule of law.
“Do not be perturbed; if there are allegations labelled against the police and it is proven right, they would face the music because the police has a code of conduct that is guiding the conduct of our office.
“My advice is that everybody must follow the rules of law and not to engage in violence, that is why we have brought everybody here.
“We are going to have enough policemen on ground to make sure that whoever want to create any pandemonium or chaotic situation, we will get to attend to such people.
“I want to assure you that the police would be fair to all, we have no interest in one party or the other, the interest of justice is our business and will ensure fairness and justice,” Oyebade stated.
One after the other, the chairmen and representatives of all the political parties signed the agreement.
Meanwhile, Abians and inhabitants of the state are expecting to witness credible as well as violence free polls, if the agreement signed by the political stakeholders is anything to go by.
The Police in Abia state say their intelligence-led policing and visibility policing have led to the arrest two suspects involved in stealing and trafficking of a four-year-old boy.
The CP Adeleye who returned the boy to the parents, frowned at the spate of child stealing which he described as a crime against humanity.
At the parade of the suspected child traffickers at the officer mess, Umuahia, the Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade disclosed that there is no hideout in the state for such criminals and urged the public to seek out the proper and conventional adoption services.
“I have said it, that there are crime that are against inhumanity, child trafficking, child selling, baby factories, are crimes that you do not want to hear about because they are demeaning and done out of wickedness,
“But the police command in Abia are going to fight them until the perpetrators desist from such act.
“I want to urge all parents to monitor their children to ensure that the care given to them would be such that there would be no temptation whatsoever to sell or buy the children under whatever circumstance
“I want to warn that I will not close my eyes to such criminal act and I have directed the officers of the command to apprehend anybody involved. Enough is enough.
“Follow the right procedure, go to the adoption services if you need a child,” he said,” he said.
Meanwhile, it was all tears for the one of the suspect, a 50-year-old Mrs Chioma Ohajimmadu who lamented that she had two girls and desperately wanted a boy by all means.
The Abia State Police Command in its determination to rid the state of criminals says it has adopted strategies aimed at facilitating its position on crime management, the implementation of which have assisted the police command in the performance of its constitutional duties.
The Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Adeleye Oyebade, has assured the citizens of the state of a crime-free festive season as officers have been directed to implement all the necessary plans to secure lives and properties.
While briefing newsmen in Umuahia, CP Oyebade warned that the command would not fold its arms and watch miscreants disturb the existing peace in the state and hinted that they would maintain a zero tolerance to crime and would not hesitate to bring to book anybody who tries to disobey it.
“For the incoming Christmas and the New Year, we have made our resolution that it is going to be free of any ugly incidents and hideous crime.
“That is why all the Police officers have been called and directed to map out strategies that would ensure that their area of responsibility is kept tidy for the Christmas.
“I want Abians in Diaspora in their large numbers to come and celebrate, and I want to assure them that we will cover all the areas before, during and after festivities.
“I urge everybody to please partner with us,” he said.
Police have arrested some persons suspected to have vandalised transformers of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Sub-Station in Abia State.
The Abia State Police Command said the suspects vandalised a facility at Omoba in Isilangwa South Local Government Area of Abia State.
According to the command, intensified anti-crime campaign with renewed vigour aimed to ridding the state of criminals led to the arrest of the suspected criminals.
About 20 suspects were paraded at the Police Headquarters in Bende Road, Umuahia.
Part of the figure were other suspects involved in various crime – armed robbery, fraud, faking and forging of vehicle license, proof of ownership and other sensitive government documents amongst others.
Also among them were four suspected cultist of Covenant Polytechnic, Aba, who are all final year students pursuing a National Diploma.
The police said that all the suspects have confessed to the crime.
Items recovered from them include, one locally made double barrel shortgun, two live cartridges, one machete, two rolls of heavy armoured cables worth thousands of Naira and two jacks as well as some substance suspected to be cocaine.
One of the suspects, Prince Okoroafor, an indigene of Amaekpu ,Ohafia and a car washer at Aba, claimed that it was his first attempt at vandalising government’s installation.
He also said that he was lured into the business by a friend – an indigene of Omoba where the heavy armoured cables were stolen – but was unaware that his friend was notorious for vandalising government’s infrastructure.
”My friend called me to escort him to his village that he has a business for us but I did not know that it involved vandalising, as soon as I got close to the armoured cable with the okada man, the villagers quickly surrounded us and I looked around but my friend was gone,” he told reporters.
His friend is currently on the police list as a wanted criminal and all efforts are being put in place to track him down and arrest him for the crime.
The Police Commissioner in the State, Adeleye Oyebade, said that the strategies put in place by his management team in combating crime yielded the desired results.
He told reporters that the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers had been mandated to explore intelligence-led policing, community policing and involvement of Eminent People’s Forum in tackling crime.
These efforts, according to the Commissioner of Police, require the involvement of citizens and would assist to chase away the criminals from the state.
He warned hoodlums to stay clear, as all the exit and entry points to the state were secure, with officers strategically positioned to checkmate any criminal activity.
The Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia Imo State, is awaiting a go-ahead to carry out an autopsy on the two persons who were killed at the Bar Cum Hotel, Uyo Street, Umuahia, Abia state.
Three among the six people rushed to the hospital on Tuesday, have recovered while one is still in the Intensive Care Unit of the Federal Medical Centre.
All attempts to get information from the patients were blocked. Meanwhile, the hospital management said they were still awaiting the results of the blood samples.
Investigation has followed the homicide that has left people within the neighbourhood in fear as they said it was caused by an unknown ghost.
When Channels Television visited the scene of the incident, Police had cordoned off the street to forestall unwarranted action or breakdown of law and order.
Eyewitness said that the occupants of the building claimed that it was an unknown ghost that caused the deaths.
He narrated that the coming of the hotel in the neighbourhood had led to all manner of crimes, hinting that the latest incident was the second time such was happening in a row.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in the state, Adeleye Oyebade, confirmed the death of the two persons and said that the other four involved in the incident were presently recuperating at the Accident and Emergency Unit of Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia.
Although reporters were not allowed to ask questions or take shots, the crowd outside the emergency unit equally were not allowed to give out any information.
Mr Adeleye has also urged Abia residents to go about their lawful duties, as Police were on top of the issue.
He said that investigations were still ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the death and injuries inflicted on the people.
The Police has nabbed a notorious kidnapper and the owner of a quack maternity home at Aba, for baby factory, as well as criminals involved in various offences.
Some of the suspects were involved in stealing, vandalism, possession of fake currency, locally made pistols and ammunition.
Parading the suspects with fake currency at Zonal Headquarters, the AIG Zone Nine, Hassan Karma, urged the public to continue to partner with the police to fish out criminals, as every information given would be thoroughly investigated.
While the Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade hinted reporters that the police would not rest on its oars until all the criminals were flushed out.
Meanwhile, two suspects are in police net for stealing 4.7 million Naira worth of electrical goods from a shop at Aba and two other boys under the ages of 25 for vandalising and stealing parked vehicles.
The Police Commissioner, who also rescued young girls from a baby factory, said that the suspects would be charged to court as police would continue to rid the state of all criminal elements.
The 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.
The Police in Oyo State have vowed to track down the killers of the State House of Assembly member, Gideon Aremu.
The lawmaker representing Oorelope constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly was gunned down late Friday night at the entrance of his Akobo residence by unknown gunmen.
The 40-year-old House of Assembly member was said to be returning from a function at Bodija to his Akobo residence where three gunmen waylaid him on a motorcycle and shot him several times before fleeing the scene.
Report has it that he died at the hospital as a result of multiple gun shots.
The Oyo State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, who led journalists to the scene of the crime described it as an unfortunate event which has long been forgotten in the state.
He assured the residents of the state and relatives of the deceased that full scale investigation would be launched to fish out the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the incident as most shocking and disturbing. They called for thorough investigation into the matter by the relevant security agencies with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.
Hon. Gideon Aremu was the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Public Relations and Security under the Labour Party, until his death in the hands of suspected hired assassins.
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has cautioned that the use of military might be considered in the bid to end herdsmen and farmers faceoff that has claimed many lives in some states in Nigeria.
He gave the warning on Tuesday in his office in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, when the Chief of Army Staff’s Task Force on herdsmen and farmers crisis paid him a visit.
Governor Ajimobi, however, noted that the crisis could be reduced and consequently conquered by active collaboration of local communities, local governments and states under the coordination of the Federal Government instead of allowing the army take control of such areas.
The leader of the team, Major General Edward Nze, had earlier told Governor Ajimobi that the Chief of Defence Staff was setting up an operation code named “Operation Accord” to nip the crisis in the bud.
Major General Nze further noted that self-help, which may result in carrying of arms and forming local vigilantes against groups involved, has been outlawed even as the military prepares to take over in affected areas.
Before the meeting, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, led the team to one of the flash points in the State.
At the Agbanda village in Oriire Local Government Area in the suburbs of Ogbomosho Town, Major General Nze and Mr Oyebade addressed the people yet again but not before hearing their sides of the story.
Having listened to all sides, the riot act was read to them with clear instructions on what is expected of them for peaceful coexistence.
According to the task force leader, efforts are on to commence Operation Accord which in his view will put an end to herdsmen and farmers dispute across Nigeria.
The Oyo State Police Command has averted a communal clash that could have turned bloody between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Agbanda village, Ikoyi Ile in Ogbomosho.
The Oyo State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, who led the Police to the village appealed to the farmers and Fulani settlers to allow peace reign and warned that any further breach of order would not be tolerated.
The indigenes accused the herdsmen of allegedly destroying their farmland and raping their daughters and wives.