Armed Robbers have invaded a commercial bank in Oye Ekiti.
The robbers who launched their operation around the closing hour of the bank blew the entrance door with a dynamite.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television but could not ascertain if there were casualties.
Eyewitness pictures sent to Channels Television also showed a police van on the road that had allegedly been set ablaze by the criminals as well as two yet to be identified persons, lying in a pool of blood.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has arrested 157 kidnappers and 218 armed robbery suspects across the country within one month.
This was revealed by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Friday, at a conference with senior police officers in Abuja.
The IGP noted that, despite the slight increase in crime rate, there has been an increase in the arrest of offenders and recoveries of firearms.
“In line with this, it is noted that the national crime profile of the country from 1st April 2019 to date, indicates a slight increase in crime on the one hand, and a significant increase in the arrest of offenders and recoveries of firearms by the police on the other hand.
“Within this period, one hundred and fifty-seven (157) kidnappers were arrested across the country in April while thirteen (13) have so far been arrested in the first week of this month of May.
“In addition, two hundred and eighteen (218) armed robbery suspects were arrested in several operations by the Police in various Commands in April 2019 while fifty-seven (57) have so far been arrested in the first week of this month of May.”
The police boss also added that Kaduna state recorded the highest number of arrests with 18 suspected kidnappers and the Federal Capital Territory had 42 armed robbery suspects.
He added that 147 firearms were recovered within the period in review, with Lagos and Zamfara topping the list.
“Furthermore, one hundred and forty-seven (147) firearms of various descriptions were recovered in April 2019 while fifty (50) have so far been recovered in the first week of the month of May.
“Lagos and Zamfara States topped the list with twenty-two (22) recoveries each, followed by Edo State with twenty-one (21), Delta State with twenty (20), twelve (12) in Kaduna State and eleven (11) in Niger State.”
The acting IGP explained that the month in review, which coincides with the launch of Operation Puff Adder has helped in the arrest of offenders and recoveries connected to the crimes which have also been on a steady increase.
He urged the senior officers to build on the foundation laid and strengthen the crime management frameworks across the country.
Operation Puff Adder, which has been replicated across the Northern states, according to the acting IGP, will be supported by the Safer Highway Motorised Patrol Scheme will be resuscitated with the purchase of a new fleet of operational vehicles, equipment and weaponry.
He revealed plans to establish a National Crime Analysis Centre for purpose of collation, analysis and dissemination of criminal intelligence to support police operations across all commands.
An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun State has remanded six suspects in prison custody for allegedly committing series of crime, including armed robbery.
The six accused persons are: Oyebamiji Oladele, 51; Bisiriyu Ojuade, 56; Aliyu Oyetunde, 35; Ojuade Adebayo, 61; Agunbiade Emmanuel, 40 and Adeyinka Adekunle, 48.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Christian Olajide told the court that the accused committed on May 10, 2018, around 9:00 a.m. at Balogun Village in Ile-Ife conspired among themselves to commit armed robbery, assault and malicious damage.
He added that the accused armed themselves with guns, cutlasses and other firearms and committed various crimes including phones theft, farm produce theft, among others.
He further explained that the accused assaulted one Joseph Oluade and Shuaibu Ojuade and attacked him with cutlasses and inflicted injuries on his head and various part of his body.
Olajide said the accused also willfully and unlawfully maliciously damaged one Honda Civic car, valued at N1.2 million of one Olayemi Francis.
The total value of properties stole, robbed and damage by the suspects was over N3.3 million. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to count 14 to 18, of stealing, assault and malicious damage.
The Defence Counsel, Olalekan Ibrahim, pleaded for the bail of the accused in the most liberal term, adding that they will not jump bail, but would produce reliable sureties.
Magistrate Muhibah Olatunji said that she cannot take the plea of count 1-14 of the charge, for her court lack jurisdiction to try the case of armed robbery and possession of firearms.
She asked the prosecutor to duplicate the case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ministry of Justice of Osun State for legal advice and adjourned the case until June 26, for mention.
Two ex-military officers attached to Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State were on Thursday arrested for alleged armed robbery.
The police command spokesman in Kano State, Magaji Majia said the suspects were nabbed based on an intelligence tip-off and joint effort of SARS operatives from Kano and Katsina were quickly mobilised to ambushed and arrested the two suspects.
“Our SARS operatives in Kano and Katsina State arrested these people wearing complete Nigerian army uniform while trying to cross to the Niger Republic. They were ambushed before crossing Nigeria/Niger border with the brand new unregistered Ford Hilux Navy Blue Colour. The suspects confirmed to us that they were fighting for survival after being dismissed for the Nigerian army,” Majia said.
Although an investigation is still ongoing, the two suspects have confirmed that they were part of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Baga before their eventual dismissal for deserting their duty post.
One of the arrested ex-military men Abubakar Ibrahim is from Kurmi Mashi Quarters of Kaduna state while his friend and accomplice, Jaduwa Thalma is from Askira Uba local government area of Borno state. They were among the 3,000 army officers dismissed in 2016 have been overpowered by Boko Haram insurgents in Baga area of Borno state.
One of the suspects who drove the vehicle denied being an armed robber. He said he has no choice after he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army.
“We are not armed robbers, we were only asked to deliver this vehicle to one Alhaji in Katsina State at the cost of N150, 000 and since I don’t have a job anymore, I will do whatever job comes my way to survive as long as it is not armed robbery,” he said.
The second suspect said they tactically retreat from Baga because Boko Haram fighters have overpowered them, and they do not have the required military equipment to defend themselves.
The ex-military officers claimed that they have not committed any atrocities contrary to the rules and regulations of the Nigerian army but they were simply outnumbered and by Boko Haram fighters and forced to retreat which led to their court marshal and eventual dismissal from service.
Singer, Abiye David Jumbo popularly known as Mr 2Kay, was robbed at gun point in his hotel room at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday.
The incident occurred at about 11:00 pm, during the Buckwyld and Breathless concert where he also performed.
A statement from Grafton Records, the label to which the artiste is signed, confirmed that he was attacked when about four robbers gained access to his room as he mistook them for room service.
“They forced their way into his room and waved a gun with threats to shoot him if he made a noise.
“Mr. 2Kay, who was in the room with a friend, struggled with one of the robbers, as the others punched and hit him with a gun, repeatedly warning that they will shoot if he doesn’t calm down,” the statement read.
His friend was allegedly locked in the bathroom, while the robbers tied up the singer’s hands and legs and mouth, after which they left with his valuables.
They were also said to have cut the room’s intercom to avoid any form of communication as they left.
According to the Manager, Grafton Records, James Silas, Mr 2k, is however, currently undergoing treatment while the hotel authorities as well as the Police have swung into action to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
The police in Oyo State has paraded 42 suspects for various criminal offences including armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, theft and buying stolen goods.
Among those paraded was a soldier, a student of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki and a 50-year-old suspected ritualist.
The arrested soldier, Abubakar Isiaka claims that he left his Division 1, Nigerian Army Base, Maiduguri on Absent Without Leave (AWOL) for fear of being killed by insurgents. He was arrested while waiting to deliver a stolen vehicle to another member of a robbery syndicate.
Isiaka said before his arrest, he specialises in providing escort service in his military uniform to a gang of car snatchers whenever they want to deliver any stolen car to prospective buyers.
The arrested student, Adedigba Elisha was paraded for stealing motorcycles when parked by unsuspecting victims at football viewing centres. 15 motorcycles were recovered from him and he was paraded alongside his accomplice who buys the items from him.
Also, a 50-year-old man, Mukaila Adewale who said he went to exhume the skull of one of his relatives for money ritual was paraded.
The State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude speaking at the Eleyele Headquarters of the Command, assured residents of maximum security measure throughout the year especially as the end of the year is approaching.
Suspected armed robbers have been killed in Bayelsa State, following an exchange of fire by men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad in the state.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat DSP says that on October 13, 2017, “the command had a distress call that armed men in a Honda car robbed some persons of their money totaling N2m and other belongings.
“Special Anti-Robbery Squad chased the hoodlums and intercepted them along Isaac Boro Expressway.
“The suspects exchanged gunfire with the team. Other attempted to escaped but were chased by youth and arrested. They were however beaten by the mob.
The suspects sustained various degree of injuries and were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.
Items recovered were one British made pistol, one locally made pistol and one Honda Car with REG. NO. EF 66 LSR.
The suspects one Solomon Atuya 26 yrs, Dickson Ebibatei 30 yrs, Preye Niwanidigha 30 yrs and Oyinkuro Dakuro Robert 23 yrs, later died at the hospital due to injuries sustained during the shootout.
The statement also adds that Investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.
Few weeks after the launch of the military exercise code-named Operation Python Dance II in the South Eastern part of the country, the military has announced the arrest of 42 suspected criminals in Imo State.
The suspects were said to have been arrested for various crime ranging from armed robbery to kidnapping to cultism among others.
While handling over the suspects to the Police in Imo, the commander 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, Brigadier General Hamza Bature said the officers and men of the command are poised to flush out criminal elements in the zone and make the it a haven for citizens of the state.
The Commissioner of Police Imo State, Mr Chris Ezike, who received the suspects commended the army in the state for their contributions to fighting crime in the state. He promised that the suspects will be prosecuted accordingly.
Various weapons including six pump action weapons, 18 locally made weapons, two motorcycles, fake dollars and bullet cartridges were among items recovered from the suspects.
The police in Kogi State has paraded about 20 suspected criminals for various criminal offences.
Among the suspects are two policemen, Corporal Suleiman Isiaka, Corporal Ibrahim James and one naval officer, Bature Habila who were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery.
The new Commissioner of Police Mr Ali Janga while parading the suspects at the Headquaters in Lokoja, said the suspects were arrested in various location in the state, while some of them, including the policemen and naval officer were arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping.
He said the policemen have been dismissed immediately.
“They are ex-policemen and naval personnel. They were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery. We have tried them and we have dismissed them. They are facing the court as soon as soon as investigation is concluded.”
The Police in Anambra has paraded 29 criminal suspects for various criminal activities including armed robbery, and murder of policemen during robbery attack.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar, during the parade of the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Anambra.
The suspects include three out of a six-man gang of armed robbers responsible for the attacks and killing of policemen at Nipping Points and robberies at fuel stations and various places. The suspects were also reported to have carried out armed robbery attack at Bukachi Filling Station, Eziowelle, on August 31, 2017.
Others paraded include a suspected two-man gang armed robbers who were arrested at Uru Ogidi in Idemili North local government area. Locally made cut to size double barrel gun, one live cartridge, clothes, shoes, and household equipment among others
Locally made cut to size double barrel gun, one live cartridge, clothes, shoes, and household equipment among others was recovered from their possession.
The third category of suspects paraded is the kidnap suspects who invaded the house of their victim in Aguleri and took him to a shrine where he was subjected to torture but was luckily rescued by the police.
The last group paraded include 22 young suspects within the age bracket of 16 and 25 who were nabbed for alleged cult activities.
During the parade, Umar gave assurance of the command’s commitment to deliver on the mandate of protecting lives and property of the people of Anambra State through the continued fight against crime and criminality of all kinds.
The Modakeke Magistrate Court in lle Ife, Osun on Thursday, remanded three persons over alleged robbery.
The accused persons are Timileyin Muyiwa, 25; Sunday Oluwole, 19 and Ayomikusibe Olunlade, 19.
The Male Prosecutor, Ona Glory told the court that the accused committed the offence on Feb 22, 2016 around 12:30 am at Irebami Area, Modakeke, in Ife Northeast Area of Osun.
Glory said that the accused conspired with others now at large to commit the felony with armed robbery.
He added that Muyiwa armed himself with dangerous weapons such as gun, machete and attempted to rob innocent cocoa farmers of their valuables
The prosecutor explained further that the three accused persons armed themselves with dangerous weapons such as a gun and machete to rob one Bosede Ayoola.
Glory listed the stolen goods as two crates of eggs, one bag of rice, half bag of beans, one keg of palm oil and one keg of vegetable oil.
Other stolen items are 10 packets of Maggi, onions, pomade cream, one DVD player, one red stabiliser, Garri and beverages.
The prosecutor stated further that Muyiwa unlawfully has one live cartridge in his possession which he cannot give a satisfactory account of.
He said that the offence was contrary to and punishable under sections 2 (1) (a), 6 (b), 8 and punishable under sections 1 (1) (2) (a) (b), 2 (1) (a), 27 (1) (b) (ii) of the Firearms Act Cap F. 28 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
Magistrate Bose Awosan did not take the plea of the accused but asked the prosecutor to duplicate their case file to the office of the Ministry of Justice for legal advice.
Meanwhile, Awosan ordered for the remand of the accused persons in prison custody and adjourned the case to May 22, for legal advice.