The suspects were identified as – Adede De Black, Fombutu and Bernard Mfam, from Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The police spokesman explained that the suspects were arrested by men of the AIG Border Patrol Squad along Okobo-Oron highway.
During stop and search operations, the explosives including two bags of dynamites, charms and other dangerous weapons were also recovered from them.
The breakthrough, the police say, was as a result of the introduction of new innovations in the security architecture pioneered by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Amegieme Andrew, in synergy with other security agencies.
While assuring residents of the security of lives and property in all parts of the state, the State Police Command appealed for continued support from stakeholders to make the job of securing Akwa Ibom easier.
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 25-year-old man, Bisi Omoniyi for murder.
The suspect was nabbed on October 15 after allegedly killing a 50-year-old man over a woman he purportedly wanted to pass the night with.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident via a statement issued on Sunday, said the arrest followed a distress call received at the Owode Egbado Divisional Police Headquarters.
According to him, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Olabisi Elebute quickly mobilised the patrol team to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.
Efforts made to resuscitate the victim proved abortive as the police say he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty when rushed to the hospital.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, Akinyemi Wahab Alani a.k.a Ajiolopon was with his woman friend one Kafayat Sakariyau in her room apartment at Ajilete purposely to pass the night with her when the suspect, who also intended to pass the night with the same Kafayat came knocking but was denied entry,” the statement read.
“The suspect who came from Ibasa area of Okeodan forced his way into the woman’s room and met the deceased in a position the suspect described as unacceptable to him.
“Consequently, a fight ensued between them and the suspect picked a cutlass in the room and macheted the victim to death.”
Police spokesman explained that the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the General Hospital mortuary for autopsy, adding that the woman in question has since fled the crime scene.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
Their arrest followed the order by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, and unrelenting effort by the police towards ensuring perpetrators of the dastardly act were nabbed and made to face the full wrath of the law.
According to the police spokesman, the breakthrough leading to the arrest of the suspects followed the arrest of Babangida, who is one of the principal suspects in the kidnap operation.
The confession of the arrested suspect revealed how they abducted the victims, one Alhaji Bahago of Ibbare and the attack on Ngurore police station last Sunday.
While lauding the efforts of some professional hunters who apprehended other members of the gang, the police spokesman reiterated the commitment of the Commissioner of Police to working with law abiding citizens.
This, he said, is to secure the state and reduce crime to the barest minimum.
He promised that all the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.
The police authorities in Ogun State have arrested two suspected kidnappers while they were trying to collect ransom.
In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were identified as Muhammed Abubakar and Clinton Niche.
They were said to have been apprehended following a report lodged at the Agbara Area command by one Stephen Ajibili who said that his seven-year-old son was abducted by unknown persons while he was sent on an errand.
The victim’s father had claimed that the abductors had called him and demanded one million naira to secure his son’s release.
“Consequent upon the report, the acting Area Commander Agbara, CSP Kayode Shedrack, quickly mobilised his detectives to embark on a technical and intelligence-based investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act,” the statement partly read.
“The efforts of the detectives paid off when the suspects who had directed the victim’s parents to drop the ransom somewhere were ambushed and apprehended by the police detectives. The suspects subsequently led the policemen to a bush where the innocent young boy was tied to a tree by his abductors.”
Upon interrogation, the suspects informed the police that they are three in number, but the remaining member of their gang was the person watching over their victim while they came out to collect the ransom.
The police spokesman explained that the other suspect took to his heels after discovering that his two accomplices have been arrested.
The acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Abiodun Alamutu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Kidnapping Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
He also directed that the fleeing member of the gang be hunted and brought to justice within the shortest possible period.
The police in Edo State have arrested three suspected cultists for assaulting a TikTok star simply identified as Olivia.
Edo Police Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello, said a viral video clip showed the suspects assaulting and humanizing the victim.
Following the directive from the Commissioner of Police, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, for a discreet investigation and intelligence-based approach to unravel those behind the dastardly act, the cultists were nabbed at different locations in Benin City, he said on Friday.
The suspects, identified as Omozejele John, Smart Ogbeide and Tajudeen Afesume, were between 29 and 30 years.
The police spokesman explained that the trio had “all confessed to the crime and further confessed to being members of Aye Secret Cult”.
According to him, they are cooperating with police investigations and are already providing useful information that will lead to the arrest of other cult members on the run.
This is even as the Commissioner of Police directed that the suspects be charged to court, vowing that cult groups and other criminals will not be allowed to operate in the state.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested some suspected pipeline vandals and seized 36 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol in Lagos State.
NSCDC spokesman in the state, Abolurin Oluwaseun Olumide, disclosed the arrest via a statement obtained by Channels Television on Friday.
He said the Divisional Officer of Badagry, Akinyemi Rasheed Ayodeji, led the operation, adding that the suspected vandals took to their heels on sighting the security operatives when they were about perfecting their act.
“The gallant marine and anti-vandal team, who intercepted the suspected vandals at the Badagry Division, discovered some thick nylons (white colour ) wrapped with sacks loaded with unknown quantity of litres of petrol, numbering four eight (48) in quantity and another thirty six 30 litre kegs loaded with (PMS), which the vandals intended to cart away around Mangoro creek along Iya’fin waterways heading towards the Republic of Benin,” the statement read.
“The Commandant has immediately ordered the anti-vandal unit of the command to evacuate the suspected products back to the Lagos State Command, Head Quarters, in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, in a bid, to carry out further investigation.”
To avoid further destruction of pipelines in the state, the Lagos NSCDC Commandant, Eweka Okoro directed that the security of lives and properties and the protection of oil pipelines in the Badagry Division and other oil pipeline areas be beefed up immediately.
Okoro said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) office in the state has also been contacted for proper evacuation of the products due to its highly inflammable nature.
The NSCDC boss also reiterated the command’s commitment to ensuring a zero tolerance against oil pipeline vandalism and other forms of criminalities.
He assured Lagos residents of his unflinching commitment and dedication towards sustaining the already established peace and security in the state.
According to him, promised the NSCDC will continue to work assiduously and laboriously, with the government and other security agencies and stakeholders to tackle insecurity.
The police have arrested five suspected ritualists for the murder of a commercial sex worker in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed this in a statement on Friday. He identified the suspects as Samuel Peter Tsado, Mohammed Gbara, Abubakar Mohammed, Mohammed Ahmadu Nma and Bala Karin.
According to him, the victim identified as Abigail, was lured from the hotel where she worked, taken to the home of one of the suspects before she was beheaded for money ritual purposes.
“On June 29, 2021, at about 23:08hrs, an unknown young person, later identified as Samuel Peter Tsado ‘m’ of Patigi town in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State, went to one Victory Hotel Patigi and requested for the service of a commercial sex worker by name Abigail ‘f’ (other names unknown),” the statement read.
“After the monetary negotiation of N5,000, both Peter and Abigail left the hotel premises to an unknown place, ever since then both of them were not seen again. On the receipt of the report of a missing person, the commissioner of police, who suspected foul play directed the case be taken over by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for a discreet investigation.”
The police spokesman said investigations led to the arrest of one Samuel Peter Tsado, who confessed that he actually contracted the deceased for sex.
Tsado was said to have planned with another suspect, Mohammed Agbara and agreed on how to do money rituals in furtherance of their desires, the police added.
After plotting how to source the human head that would be needed for the money rituals, one of the suspects left his house at Patigi for Victory Hotel with his motorcycle where he approached the victim.
It was gathered that the late Abigail thereafter agreed to follow Tsado to his house after agreeing on N5,000 for the night.
“At Samuel Peters home where Mohammed Gbara ‘m’ an accomplice was already waiting, Abigail was strangulated by the duo of Samuel Peter Tsado and Mohammed Gbara, the head of late Abigail was severed with a knife, the headless body of the deceased was conveyed by the suspects on Samuel Peter Tsado’s motorcycle and dumped in the bush along Patigi/Rifun road.
“Both Samuel and Mohammed went away separately, to reassemble in Bida on 30/6/2021. While in Bida, the deceased head was kept in Mohammed Abubakar ‘m’ a.k.a. Mallam Baba Pati’s home awaiting the arrival of the ritualist from Maiduguri in Borno State for the money ritual exercise,” the police spokesman added.
To get to the root of the matter, police detectives went to Bida and Minna in Niger State where three other suspects were arrested.
Upon arrest, the suspects “confessed to the offence and also confessed to have been involved in an earlier ritual attempt using a hand of one victim yet to be identified.
“The suspects took detectives to the bush where the carcass of the deceased was recovered. Efforts to recover the head of the deceased were still in progress as the custodian of the head is still at large, but he will certainly be arrested and brought to justice.”
Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo warned criminals to stay clear of Kwara as the state would be too hot for them to dwell in.
The police commissioner assured Kwara residents of their safety, asking for more collaboration in tackling crimes.
Contrary to the news on social media that our Sunrise Daily’s anchors have been arrested, this is just to clarify that no such arrest was made.
But the entire anchors were invited for a meeting by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Abuja and they have since returned from that meeting.
Similarly, the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday clarified that Channels Television’s presenters invited by the secret service in earlier stories on social media are false and misleading.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, made the clarification via a statement, warning purveyors of such to stop.
“The attention of the DSS has been drawn to news making the rounds in some sections of the media that its operatives earlier today (26th August, 2021) arrested two (2) journalists of Channels Television. This is false and misleading. Fake news peddlers should shun the act,” the statement read.
A suspected drug dealer has been arrested in a popular pentecostal church in Lagos.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) disclosed this on Sunday via a statement issued by its spokesman, Femi Babafemi,
He said NDLEA operatives trailed the suspect to Ojodu Berger in the Ikeja area of the state.
Channels Television gathered that the suspect – Stephen Afam Ikeanyionwu – had been on the wanted list of the anti-narcotics agency “for attempting to export 69.65 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, and cannabis to the United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA)”.
His arrest followed the interception of a consignment of illicit drugs weighing 69.65kg going to the UK through the Lagos airport on August 12.
“The illegal baggage had been sent to the airport for export through a freight forwarding company, which in turn gave a driver to deliver at the NAHCO export shed,” the statement partly read.
“Following the arrest of the driver, follow-up operations and investigations later revealed the true identity of the actual owner of the consignment, Stephen Afam Ikeanyionwu, who was arrested three days later in a sting operation.”
Also at the Lagos airport, NDLEA operatives also arrested an Italy-bound passenger, Abibu Miminu, during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airways flight to Italy via Addis-Ababa for ingesting illicit drugs.
The agency’s spokesman explained that the suspected trafficker excreted 68 wraps of heroin in three excretions, all weighing 800grams while under observation between August 14 and 15.
“In the same vein, narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation have intercepted at two courier companies in Lagos 840 grams of Methamphetamine going to Australia and concealed in bolts.
“340 grams of Meth hidden in locally made footwear and also going to Australia; 1 kilogram of cocaine coming from Ghana with the UK as destination and concealed in four local guitars. Also seized from one of the courier firms is another 480grams of Meth concealed in footwear and going to Australia,” the statement noted.
Meanwhile, a South Africa returnee, Obi Chigozie Samuel, was also arrested at the Lagos airport last Sunday during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines from Addis-Ababa, for importing 58grams of skunk into Nigeria. During a preliminary interview, he admitted ownership and claimed to be a cannabis smoker.”
Similarly, in strings of operations in Edo, Ondo, Kaduna, Kano and Kogi states, at least 2,504.8 kilograms of diverse illicit drugs were seized from multiple suspects in the past week.
In Kogi, the agency nabbed a 60-year-old woman, Comfort Uzor, with 62.1kg cannabis on August 17 in Lokoja, where one Dayyabu Usman was also caught with 8kg of the same substance.
While Uzor was said to have sourced hers from Bolorunduro in Ondo state and was heading to Abuja, Usman purportedly got his from Lagos and was taking it to Kano for sale.
In Kaduna State, NDLEA operatives raided the home of one Joseph Sunday at Ungwa Pama, Birnin Gwari area of the state and recovered 48.3kg of cannabis from his room following credible intelligence.
Following a raid on Ugbuwe forest in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, 146 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 2,044 kilograms were seized.
This is as one Ikechukwu Aleke was arrested in Kano State with 30,000 tablets of Tramadol, 225mg and 99 bottles of Codeine syrup. One Muktar Muhammad was also arrested with 370 bottles of Codeine cough syrup, weighing 60.4kg, and 900 tablets of Rohypnol
One Sufiyanu Abubakar was arrested in Kano with 400 plastic bottles of Codeine cough syrup weighing 52kg. Mutta Hassan Wada, who allegedly specializes in using courier firms to send drugs to a recipient in China, using cooking spice bottles for concealment, was equally nabbed by the agency’s operatives.
Meanwhile, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended operatives of the agency for strings of arrests and seizures in the past week, urging them to keep up the tempo.
“We have all laid our hands on the plough, there’s no looking back, no retreat or surrender and as such I urge all our officers and men to intensify the ongoing offensive action until the last gram of illicit drug is taken away from merchants of death,” Marwa said.
Police authorities have arrested a suspected supplier of firearms to kidnap syndicates operating along Tungan Maje in the FCT and Gawu axis of Niger State.
FCT police spokesperson Yusuf Mariam, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday.
She also said three kidnap victims were rescued, adding that the suspect – Matthew Vaaswem – confessed to the crime after his arrest at Tipper-Garage in the Gwagwalada area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Items recovered from the suspect include two single-barrel Dane guns and two locally fabricated shotguns. Efforts are ongoing to nab fleeing suspects, Mariam added.
“In another development, police operatives from Gwagwalada Division arrested three (3) suspected armed robbers,” the statement partly read.
The suspects, identified as Idris Ibrahim, Adamu Husseini, and Mohammed Hassan met their waterloo while attempting to break into their victim’s residence in Gwagwa.
The police spokesperson said the suspects “confessed to being responsible for terrorizing Gwagwa axis,” with one cutlass recovered as exhibits.
“Relatedly, on Thursday 19th August 2021 operatives of the command’s anti-kidnapping squad in a joint operation with vigilantes and hunters rescued three(3) hostages along Sabon Gari and Shapete villages of Kwali axis,” she added.
“The victims who were taken hostage by armed men in the wee hours of Thursday were rescued during the joint operation. The victims rescued are: Amina Ahmadu ‘f’ 20years, Furaira Yahaya ‘f’ 27 years, and Jahori Umaru ‘m’ 35years.”
While noting that the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations, Yusuf asked FCT residents to report all suspicious movements, emergencies or distress to the command.
The police in Niger State have paraded Sadiya Ibrahim Umar Mohammed, a school teacher abducted last week Thursday along with her husband, Mohammed Mohammed over alleged self-kidnap in Minna.
Channels Television had reported that the abductee was kidnapped eight days ago at Maitunbi on her way home from work and the following day, the purported Kidnappers called her family demanding a ransom of N5 million
It was gathered, however, that the sum of N1m was eventually paid to secure her freedom on Wednesday.
Parading the suspects before journalists, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the police operatives attached to SCID Minna arrested two suspects; a husband and wife – Mohammed Mohammed and Sadiya Ibrahim Umar Mohammed – both of Limawa area of Minna.
“It would be recalled that on 15/07/2021 at about 1200hrs, the said Sadiya was reported to have been kidnapped by unknown person(s) having boarded a tricycle at Challenge junction Maitumbi going to Old Airport road Minna after closing from work at Umar Bn Khattab International School Maitumbi,” he said.
Abiodun explained that a day after her abduction, the father was contacted by an unknown caller demanding for N5million ransom which was later reduced to N1million.
According to him, the ransom was dropped at a location in Rafin-Yashi, Minna for the anonymous caller, who picked the money.
The police spokesman revealed that the same day (Wednesday), Mrs. Sadiya returned home, she was invited by the command for investigations and there, she claimed that she faked her kidnap at the instance of her husband.
The husband confessed to have collected the wife’s phone and handed it over to one Abdullahi, his friend who negotiated and collected the ransom on his behalf.
The police spokesman added, “The case is under investigation while effort is ongoing to arrest the said Abdullahi. Suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.”
He advised members of the public to be calm and not panic at every reported case of crime especially kidnapping, noting that some of the crimes especially kidnapping are faked and done with the connivance of family members or close associates for monetary gains.
Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Although security agents in the country are yet to confirm the arrest, renowned historian and leader of the Umbrella Body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Professor Banji Akintoye, in a statement on Monday, confirmed the incident.
“I received last night the troubling information that Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Igboho had been arrested at the Cotonou Airport,” Akintoye said.
According to The Punch, Igboho was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night by the security forces in Benin Republic while trying to flee to Germany.
“He was arrested in Cotonou while he tried to travel out on Monday night. His destination was Germany. The security forces in Benin Republic should repatriate him to Nigeria on Tuesday,” the source said.