The Chairman Ministerial Security Sub-committee on the movement of Abuja International Airport Operations to Kaduna, Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG (Operations), Alkali Usman, has assured that 24-hour security surveillance will be mounted around the Kaduna airport and environs for protection of lives and property of passengers.
This is ahead of the closure of the Abuja International Airport for repair of its runway, starting from March 8, 2017.
The assignment of the committee on the airport diversion project, is to ensure that security is beefed up at the Kaduna airport, the state capital and the Abuja-Kaduna highway before and during the flight diversion.
AIG Usman, who declared the Kaduna airport safe to receive both local and international flights, says the ongoing rehabilitation at the airport is about 95% completed and all aspects of preparation in terms of security has been concluded.
Meanwhile, the manager of the Kaduna Airport Mrs Amina Salami, says so far the airport is almost 95 per cent completed.
She explained that part of the new terminal building is not ready but the Hajj terminal building will serve as an alternative.
Police on Wednesday uncovered a den in Ogun State believed to be operated by fraudsters and used for organised crimes.
The police say unsuspecting members of the public have been swindled of money and other valuables.
Located inside the bush at Abule Ifa area of Siun, in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, many victims were thought to have fallen victims to their pranks.
Leading others, including the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, said two suspects had been arrested and would be made to face the consequences.
A Place For Organised Crime
The building from outside looks like a place where movies are shot, but on the inside, it bore marks of a place where illegal activities occur.
It is located inside the forest, hidden from the prying eyes of other members of the community.
A cursory look at the buildings revealed that the den was equipped with underground bunkers, no doubt many unsuspecting members of the public must have been duped of their money and other valuables.
“I think you have gone around yourself and see some funny stuffs they put in place.
“This is not a theatre place. This is a place for organised crime, where fraudsters use to deceive innocent citizens and part with large sums of money.
“I have gotten a lot of report about them and we have been monitoring them and we have successfully arrested two of them,” Mr Ali told reporters.
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the den. They claimed to have been in the business for months now.
One of the victims who was lured into the den narrated his ordeal.
He said: “When I got inside, they were in the dark and they were talking to me saying that they wanted to make me the richest person in this country. In this wise, I asked them what my next action should be.
“They said that they will cut down the Iroko tree, calve a box for me and that I will have to look for a house where nobody will enter and put it there.
“They said I will have to put 40 million Naira there and that it will be converted to dollars”.
In a related development, the State Police Command also paraded a 32-year-old house-wife and mother of one alongside two others for allegedly hiring hired assassins to eliminate her husband over unresolved marital issues
The woman in question, Oluchi Onyebuchi, has, however, debunked this claim asking the police to investigated the claims and ascertain her culpability or otherwise.
Officers and men of the Osun State Command of the Nigeria police have been charged to maintain professionalism and good conduct in the line of their duty, especially when faced with uncooperative members of the public.
The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye gave the charge while addressing senior officers of the command at the headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital.
The command also paraded five-armed robbery suspects apprehended for stealing two vehicles and other valuables.
The state police boss told senior officers that its high time policing be done with human face in the state.
He says police brutality, corruption and breach of code of conduct will not be condoned in the force.
The Commissioner who disclosed that a total of nine vehicles have been recovered by men of the command since September, also paraded five suspects arrested at various points in the state for armed robbery.
In the meantime, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone XI, Dan Bature at a 3-day training on human right and police citizens’ relations for officers of the special Anti-Robbery Squad, charged the officers against infringing on the fundamental rights of the people.
Represented by the Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, the AIG maintained that the primary duty of the police is to build the confidence of the police in the people rather than scare them.
The three-day training is expected to re-enlighten the role of the police and the proper Interaction with the people for effective policing.
The 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.
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.
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.
The Nigeria Police Force is pushing a strategic initiative that will leverage on community policing practices to address internal security challenges.
To pursue the initiative and ensure it was successful, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has directed all State Commands’ Commissioners of Police (CPs) and the Federal Capital Territory to, as a matter of urgency, convene town hall meeting in their respective state commands.
The instruction came on Monday in a statement signed by the spokesman for the police, Mr Olabisi Kolawole, at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.
Mr Arase reiterated that the move was to address specifically the misinformation, anxiety and animosity being generated in relation to the current security challenges associated with local communities and herdsmen.
He directed that the proposed meetings should be held at state and area commands, as well as at divisional levels, to enhance the process of re-assurance policing and the need for peaceful coexistence and sensitivity of each community’s value, space and interest.
The forum, which would be utilised as a veritable platform for dialogue between all parties within the community, would have participants drawn from all strategic security stakeholders.
The stakeholders, according to the Police boss, include traditional rulers, community leaders, public officials, religious actors, youths bodies, local vigilante groups, women/market associations, Police Community Relations Committee, other sister security agencies, professional bodies, media, state and non-state actors, among others.
The IGP also ordered all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands (AIGs) to personally oversee the process and ensure urgent compliance, as it affects commands under their area of responsibility.
He urged the citizen to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the Police in the face of current security challenges confronting Nigeria.
IGP Arase reassured the public of the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to the safety and security of all Nigerians anywhere in any part of the country.
Police have announced the arrest of a total of 458 crime suspects for alleged involvement in various offences in Kaduna State.
The Kaduna State Police Command also made public, the arrest of eight persons allegedly responsible for the kidnap of three clergymen along the Abuja-Kaduna highway last month.
While some of the suspects denied their involvement in the crime, others said they were merely arrested by Policemen for loitering at about 7:00PM.
Parading the suspects at the Police Officers Mess on Friday, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 7, Ballah Nasarawa, said that the suspects were arrested through intelligence gathering about various offences ranging from kidnapping, car snatching and armed robbery.
He disclosed that his men have also uncovered many hideouts being used by criminals to perpetrate their crime across the state.
The AIG equally disclosed that in an effort to sanitise the system, personnel who have served in the command for six years and above would be transferred to other commands and units to ensure effective policing.
He added that all the suspects were being interrogated and profiled, and would soon be charged.
The Police officer also assured the residents of Kaduna State that the command was working round the clock to ensure the safety of lives and property.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has directed the AIG in charge of Zone Seven to relocate to Kaduna State for effective supervision of security situation in the state.
Mr Arase gave the directive for the redeployment of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Ballah Nasarawa, in a statement on Monday.
Concerned by the general crime situation in Kaduna State, he urged the AIG to evolve new intelligence gathering, crime-fighting techniques and methodologies to suit the local challenges.
The Police boss also directed that personnel, who have served in the Kaduna State Command for a period of six years and above, be transferred out of the command with corresponding replacement.
He also tasked the AIG to devise means of halting the incessant kidnapping and other forms of crimes and criminality, especially in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.
In a similar development, Mr Arase equally directed the Commissioners of Police in Kogi State Command and his counterpart in Abuja to improve on the surveillance network and high police visibility in their respective Commands, especially along the Abuja-Lokoja-Oken and Kabba-Owo axis, to check the incessant criminal activities in the areas.
He assured the citizenry of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to their safety, stressing that the Police in cooperation with other security agencies would continually ensure strategic responses towards eliminating any threat to internal security of the nation.
An Assistant Inspector- General of Police (AIG) has blamed the crimes allegedly committed by Fulani cattle rearers in some Nigerian states on the migration of Fulani from neighbouring countries.
The AIG in charge of Zone Five, Musa Daura, made the observation on Wednesday during a meeting with the Hausa/Fulani communities and the traditional rulers of their host communities.
The Police officer explained that the influx of Fulani immigrants from Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Mali was largely responsible for the current upsurge in crimes allegedly perpetrated by Fulani cattle rearers in Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states.
The meeting which took place at the Police Zonal Headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital was held to strengthen the security of the areas and ensure mutual co-existence of the people.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Baba Bolanta, has said that there would be massive deployment of men of the Police and other security agencies in Rivers State in the coming days.
AIG Bolanta, who was in the company of heads of other security agencies, made the statement during his first official visit to the Rivers State Police Command, Port Harcourt, the state’s capital, on Tuesday.
The AIG said that the new move was to stabilize the security situation in the state and ward off any wave of security tension.
He informed reporters that there is an ongoing deployment of security personnel and equipment to flash points in the state.
The convergence of security agencies has been applauded by residents in view of the political tension that followed the recent governorship election tribunal judgment which did not favour the incumbent PDP-led government in the state.
It is also expected that decisions made at the meeting would further boost efforts to deal with the wave of crime and criminality in the state.
The Nigeria Police Force has warned all members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and its affiliate to desist from any activity or pronouncements that will breach peace and public order.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 9, Usman Gwarry, stated this in Owerri, the Imo State capital, during a one-day familiarization tour to the Imo State Police Command.
Mr Gwarry warned that any person or group under any disguise of MASSOB or related organization found causing chaos will be dealt with severely, as the Nigerian Police will not give room for hooliganism or any act of criminality in the south east.
He urged all officers in the Zone to be of good conduct in the discharge of their duties, especially on matters that affect the civil public.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Imo State, Taiwo Lakanu, also enumerated some of the achievements of the command within the few weeks he has taken over as the CP in the state
He maintained that necessary measures and actions have been put in place to combat the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery, child trafficking and car theft.
The Nigerian Police Force is set to deploy a special combat unit to the notorious armed robbery zone of Falgore Forest in Kano State.
The State Police Command said the unit would checkmate the increasing activities of armed robbers in the area, following the ban on check points by the Inspector General of Police.
During an assessment tour to the site, the newly posted Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, told reporters that the officers had already been trained on counter-terrorism and other crime prevention techniques.
According to motorists plying the route, the recent ban of check points has helped in increasing the activities of armed robbers around the area, with at least three to four robbery cases recorded within a week.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner has asked motorists to cooporate with the Police in order to ensure safety of life and property, as some strategic locations had been identified for the deployment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit.
This exercise is the first major operation carried out by the new Commissioner of Police in Kano, after being posted to replace Ibrahim Idris, who was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).