Killings: Plateau State Gets New Commissioner Of Police

Austin Agbonlahor

 

Following incessant attacks and killings in Plateau State, a new Commissioner Of Police has assumed duty.

Austin Agbonlahor, a Police Commissioner of Department of Operations in the Force Headquarters on Tuesday takes over from Andie Undie.

Before he took over as the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Agbonlahor was the Commissioner of Police Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The new Commissioner of Police has since resumed duty.

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The new commissioner’s resumption comes few days after an attack was carried out by some gunmen on Kiendoro village, Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

Five persons were killed and several others injured and houses burnt down in the attack.

The gunmen attacked Nkiendoro village of Bassa Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night, barely 24 hours after 19 persons were killed in Ariri Village of the same local government.

Among the five who were killed was a member of the Nigerian Army’s special task force, Operation Safe Haven.

Melaye Accuses Council Chairman Of Assassination Attempt

Melaye Accuses Council Chairman Of Assassination AttemptThe lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has cried out over an alleged assassination attempt on his life by gunmen at his residence in Aiyetoro-Gbede Ijumu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Speaking to Channels Television, Senator Melaye accused the Administrator of Aiyetoro-Gbede Ijumu LGA, Honourable Taofiq Isa, of masterminding the attack because of his criticism of the State Government.

He said the assailants invaded his residence at about 12:00am on Saturday, shooting sporadically in the building.

The lawmaker added that two of his vehicles parked within the premises were damaged, while part of the building was destroyed.

In a swift reaction to the allegation, Honourable Isa, who denied the accusation, wondered why Senator Melaye claimed he was attacked.

Contrary to the claims, the LGA Administrator said he only heard that the lawmaker came to Aiyetoro with policemen who allegedly shot sporadically to scare people away.

He, however, disclosed that he has set up a 10-man committee to investigate the incident.

Also, the State Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, said he has visited the senator’s residence, adding that the Police have commenced investigation.

The Police Commissioner promised to make the report of the investigation public as soon as it was concluded.

Gunmen Kidnap Two Expatriates, Nigerian In Akwa Ibom

Gunmen Kidnap Two Expatriates, Nigerian In Akwa IbomTwo expatriates and a Nigerian, one Dr. Idongesit Udom, have been reportedly kidnapped in Akwa Ibom State.

The expatriates, who work for an unnamed construction company in the state, were said to have been forcefully taken away by gunmen from a hotel room in Eket on Sunday evening.

Dr. Udom, a retired ExxonMobil staff and the Proprietor of Sure Foundation Polytechnic, was also kidnapped the same day while worshipping in a church.

Spokesman for the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Mr Chukwu Okechukwu, said that the Police had commenced investigation into the incidents.

He added that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Donald Awunah, has also led a team of senior police officers to Eket over the matter.

Mr Okechukwu, however, said the Police had no information on the identities, workplace and nationalities of the expatriates.

According to him, the Command is also working hard to ensure the release of Dr. Udom, a native of Idung Nneke village in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Police Parade Suspected Killer Herdsmen, Others In Benue

Police, Kidnap Suspect, Turkish School,Four herdsmen suspected to have been involved in killing of farmers and destruction of villages in Tarka Local Government Area (LGA) have been paraded by the Police in Benue state.

The Police also paraded 14 alleged cattle rustlers, alongside some cattle said to have been stolen by them.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, who paraded the suspects, confirmed the killing of two farmers in Kwande LGA by suspected herdsmen.

“Some of them are those that have rustled cows and you can see the cows there, some of them are those that were arrested at the scenes of herdsmen and farmers clashes.

“We heard there was a reprisal attack in that particular community which led to the killing of two persons, and the people (attackers) have already been identified; detectives are already out there looking for them.

“Jungle justice is not allowed, if anybody has rustled their cows, they have reasons to report and if they report, it will be treated. But for them to take the laws into their hands is not acceptable,” Mr Makama said.

He said some of the rustled cows recovered from the suspects by the Police have been return to their owners.

In another development, the Benue State Security Council, during an operation alongside the Inspector General of Police Crack Team, also recovered large cache of arms from a bunker allegedly located in the stronghold of wanted suspect, Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana.

Items recovered include a General Purpose Machine gun, grenades, assorted riffles and live ammunition among others.

The IGP’s investigation team, led by a Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Bello, has been in Zaki Biam and Katsina Ala for over two weeks, in a bid to track down the wanted suspect.

Speaking to reporters, Governor Samuel Ortom accused Ghana of hiding behind his amnesty programme to perpetrate crime in Benue state.

“You can now confirm when I said Ghana was using the amnesty to shield himself and perpetrate criminality, but this is just one armoury. We understand from information available to us that there are many more elsewhere and you can imagine the terror they did in Zaki Biam.

“I want to assure the people of Benue state that as we work together with them, and with the team I have here today, the security men that are supporting us in this state, and the directive of the President who is very passionate about the security situation in the state, we are going to overcome this,” he said.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Coloniel Edwin Jando (rtd), highlighted the details of the operations.

“These weapons were in a bunker and someone gave the Police information and they used their instruments to discover them under the ground, the bunker was broken and taken out.

“There are so many of those bunkers out there in Gbishe, and some arrests have been made with some of those arrested taken to Abuja for further investigations,” he said.

High Level Of Insecurity Scares Calabar Residents

Residents Cry Out Over Insecurity In CalabarResidents of Calabar have appealed to the Cross River State Government and security operatives in the state to tighten security network in the metropolis.

Some of the residents told Channels Television that in the past two weeks, they have been living in fear, following series of cult-related activities and other crimes which have led to the death of some persons.

The State Government, however, assured them that the situation was under control.

The government said it has equipped the Nigerian Army with more operational vehicles to assist the Police in tackling the menace.

The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, who also assured Calabar residents of safety, disclosed that the State Command has made arrest of some notorious gangs believed to be terrorising residents in some parts of the metropolis.

According to him, a team from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on March 20 at about 1130hrs, arrested a gang of seven youths between the ages of 22 and 28 allegedly involved in armed robbery and cultism.

He said one locally made pistol and some other items were recovered from the suspects, following their confessions to the crimes.

Mr Inuwa said more suspects were also arrested for armed robbery and car snatching at Marina Resort, Calabar.

He said recovered items include two Beretta pistols with three 9mm live ammunition, an axe, two locally made pistols, a Toyota Corolla Car, a Murano SUV and a Toyota Rav4 SUV.

The Police Commissioner said some arrests were also made with connection to piracy, conspiracy and adulterated cement.

He stressed that in view of the successes made by the Police, the Command has the capacity and capability to deal with any miscreants posing danger to the peace of the state.

Zaki Biam Attack: Ortom Vows To Bring Perpetrators To Book

Ortom Sues For Calm Over Benue Market AttackThe Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has asked the people of Zaki Biam to remain calm, as everything will be done to bring the killers of some traders in the town to justice.

The Governor made the call on Tuesday when he visited the town, alongside the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bashir Makama, to assess the situation there.

The Police confirmed that 17 persons were killed in the attack, after gunmen riding on motorcycles invaded the area while shooting sporadically.

The attack on the traders took place on Monday evening at a yam market in Zaki Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, north-central Nigeria.

The Special Adviser to Governor Ortom on ICT and Media, Tahav Agerzua, clarified that the killing was not linked to the activities of herdsmen.

Although witnesses claim that about 27 people were killed by the attackers, but one of the survivors alleges that many lives were lost.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, condoled with the government and people of Benue State on the attack.

“The President condemns the wicked attack and directs security agencies to begin immediate investigation with a view to bring the perpetrators of the act to book,” he said

President Buhari also sympathised with those who lost their loved ones and prayed that God comforts them.

Police Commit To Tackling Herdsmen Crises In Abia

Police Commit To Tackling Herdsmen Crises In AbiaThe Abia State Police Command has reiterate readiness and commitment to maintaining peace and ensure that the fundamental rights of every Nigerian is protected at all times.

The Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, said strategies have been designed to curb clashes between the farmers and herdsmen which in recent time left members of the groups injured.

According to the Commissioner, the situation would no longer be tolerated as moves have been made by the State Government, security operatives and the warring groups to settle their differences and live in peace.

He said the Police and other security operatives have collaborated to tackle the mayhem which formed part of the discussion when he visited the Commander of 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army in Ohafia, Brigadier General Lawrence Fejokwu.

“I must say that we are working relentlessly and jointly to confront the challenges of making Abia relatively crime free.

“My vision of how to police the state include combating hideous crimes, kidnapping, drug abuse, as well as robbery, and having healthy respect for the fundamental rights of every citizen of this country and respect for the rule of law.

“I want you to know that we will use cooperative, proactive and preventive   policing to actualise the objectives.

“I am talking of synergy where all the sister security agencies would work together, actualising the fact that in togetherness lies the strength because we have the same focus to improve internal security, the same agenda which is to ensure that Abia is relatively crime free.

“I want to ask that we continue the synergy and work in that direction,” Oyebade urged.

On his part, Brigadier General Fejokwu said the Army would continue to play its part to ensure cooperative and peaceful atmosphere.

“I want to assure that we will continue to be on the heels of the criminals to make Abia State crime free.

“I am committed and promise that this synergy will not die, together we will keep it alive. We are all working for a common goal of ensuring that peace remain supreme in the state,” he said.

Kaduna Bans Street Hawking, Begging And Motorcycle

Kaduna Bans Street Hawking, Begging And MotorcycleThe Kaduna State Government has placed a ban on street hawking and begging, as well as commercial motorcycle activities in the state capital and environs.

This is the outcome of resolutions reached at the State Security Council meeting held on Tuesday at the Government House.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Samuel Aruwan, said the decision was reached so as to maintain law and order in the state, based on credible intelligence report of security threat to lives and properties.

He explained that the ban was with immediate effect and will remain in force till further notice, while asking the citizens to be law abiding, that is abide by this and other government directives.

“Kaduna State Security Council has announced the enforcement of subsisting restrictions on begging, street hawking and usage of motorcycles for commercial transport in Kaduna metropolis and other urban centres in the state.

“Credible reports at the disposal of security agencies have made it necessary to begin vigorous enforcement of the laws against street begging, hawking and the illegal business of motorcycle taxis, as well as safeguard lives and property.

“Law enforcement agencies have been directed to begin enforcement of the restrictions against begging, street hawking and Okadas/Achabas in Kaduna town and other cities in the state.

“The directive is with immediate effect and is based on cogent security concerns and the need to uphold law and order in the state.

“Citizens are urged to cooperate with the security agencies as they enforce the relevant laws; the directive is clear.

“No motorcycle is allowed to carry any passenger. Beggars and hawkers are also reminded by this notice to leave the streets, please,” the Governor’s spokesman urged.

The State Security Council meeting, which is usually chaired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, and attended by his deputy, Heads of Security Agencies and traditional rulers in the state, is to appraise the security situation in Kaduna State.

The meeting deliberated on the situation report on Southern Kaduna where many attacks occurred in several communities which took a toll on lives and properties.

The Nigerian Air Force said it has increased air surveillance in Southern Kaduna and has also deployed 60 Special Forces to compliment the ongoing military operations aimed at restoring peace and security in the area.

The Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, on his part said security operatives have taken the war against armed bandits into the forest where they are hiding, and some suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

“Prior to our relocation to the place, you are already aware that the Commanders were directed to move to Kafanchan to ensure that peace returns to the area and today, we are happy to tell you that we have been able to restore peace to Kafanchan and environs.

“We are going to sustain this effort and we are appealing to members of the community too to assist us in achieving this objective.

“However, in recent time, we have been confronted with other problems regarding the crisis in Southern Kaduna, like I earlier said in the previous briefing that some people are actually fueling these crises.

“We have made arrest of people who write letters that are intended to incite people against one another. To say that, it has been written that an attack will be carried out in communities.

“We investigated some of these letters and we made arrest of persons, which in due time, we will parade before you so that you will see that some of these inciting speeches and letters are actually not even done by the perpetrators of the acts.

“We assure that we are going to continue to bring about law and order in that part of the state, with the efforts of the communities.

“As long as they want peace to reign, they must contribute their quota to try as much as possible to speak to the youths who are the principal actors in this violence, because the only way to peace is for the people themselves to be prepared to embrace peace, accommodate themselves and live together,” the Police Commissioner said.

Also, the Commander One Division Garrison, Brigadier General Samaila Isah, revealed that as part of the efforts in sustaining the peace in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Army would embark on a major exercise called ‘Exercise Harbin Kunama’ in the area.

On his part, the State Director of the Department of State Services, Mohammed Wakili, urged the public to ignore inciting messages from the social and traditional media, aimed at fueling the crisis in Southern Kaduna.

The Kaduna State Government said it was working with Federal Security Agencies that are taking proactive measures to flush out armed bandits and other criminal elements from every part of the state, especially now that the state is going to witness influx of people through the Kaduna Airport.

Police Begin Arrest Of Zenith Bank Robbery Suspects In Imo

Police Begin Arrest Of Zenith Bank Robbery Suspects In ImoThe Imo State Police Command says it has begun the arrest of suspects involved in the Zenith Bank robbery along Wetheral Road in Owerri, the state’s capital.

The Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, stated this during a news conference at the headquarters of the Police Command in the Imo State capital, southeast Nigeria.

He said the command is making progress in arresting other prime suspects involved in the operation which happened on February 22, adding that they would be apprehended in no distant time.

Mr Lakanu paraded about 50 suspected criminals allegedly involved in kidnapping, murder, cultism, fraud, child trafficking and car snatching among others.

He disclosed that the command has successfully arrested the suspected murderer of an American veteran solider, Oscar Okebata, who was robbed and murdered on January 12.

The Police Commissioner reiterated the resolve of the command to ensure a well-policed Imo State.

“While it is an illusion to completely wish away crime in any society, it is our resolve to ensure a better, well-policed and secured state.

“Our renewed strategy of proactive policing has recorded successful results, leading to the arrest of over 50 suspects involved in various crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, child stealing and trafficking, murder, fraud and PHCN vandals.

“The command has begun the arrest of suspects involved in the Zenith Bank robbery of Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 and details will be made known at the appropriate time.

“Again, we have recorded a breakthrough in the case of robbery and murder of one Oscar Okebata, an American veteran soldier who was robbed and murdered on the 12th of January 2017,” Mr Lakanu said.

Bauchi Security: Police Rescue Hostages From Kidnappers Den

Bauchi Security: Police Rescue Hostages From Kidnappers DenThe Bauchi state police command says it has rescued 21 hostages among whom were 12 women from kidnappers operating in Basirka/Balmo Forest of Darazo local government area of the state.

Commissioner Of Police, Bauchi State Command, Zaki Ahmed, while briefing journalists on the activities of the command, also confirmed the arrest of over 130 suspects including kidnappers, armed robbery suspects and other suspects for various offences, as well as recovery of arms and ammunition.

The command has attributed its achievement in fighting crime in the state to the cooperation of members of the public and the synergy between the police and other security agencies.

Some of the arrested suspects admitted to participating in the crime even as investigation on the matter continues.

While some have been charged to court, others are under investigation and have been providing useful information to police detectives on their roles in the nefarious activities.

Court Frees 35 Biafra Agitators In Port Harcourt

Court Frees 35 Biafra Agitators In Port HarcourtThe Rivers State Judiciary complex in Port Harcourt was full of jubilation as 35 pro-Biafra agitators were discharged.

The agitators were arrested by the Police on January 20, during a rally in solidarity for the inauguration of the U.S. President, Donald Trump.

They were charged by the Police on two counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treason and treasonable felony.

The Chief Magistrate, Andrew Jaja, freed the suspects for what he described as lack of diligent prosecution by the Police.

In his ruling on Friday, Justice Jaja held that neither the Attorney-General nor the Commissioner of Police showed up in court within the 20-day period as stipulated by law, to file the necessary court processes to show proof why the agitators should continue to be held in prison custody for the offences for which they were charged.

Ogun Police Arrest Three Armed Robbery Suspects

Ogun Police Arrests Three Armed Robbery SuspectsThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested three members of a suspected armed robbery gang disturbing the peace of residents of Ogunmakin, in Obafemi Owode local government area of the state.

A police press statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, revealed that the suspects were arrested after they invaded the village and shot a middle aged man, Abiodun Sowunmi, on the thigh in a bid to disposess the family of their money.

The statement further explained that: a “distress call was made to the police and the Divisional Police Officer, Owode Egba, CSP Sheu Alao, led his men to the scene, combed the area thoroughly and subsequently arrested Olumide Ifelowo, a 28-year, who was subsequently identified by the victim as the person who fired the shot that injured him.

“On interrogation, Olumide confessed to have come along with Jeje, who is now at large from Shagamu.

“He said he was invited by the duo of Abiodun Bayegun and Fatai Sowunmi who informed them that Isaiah Sowunmi is always in possession of large sum of money as a cocoa merchant, hence their invasion of the village with Isaiah as their main target.

”His confession led to the arrest of Abiodun Bayegun and Fatai Sowunmi and a gun loaded with live cartridge was recovered from them”, he lamented.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, has however ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to FSARS for discreet investigation.

He further directed that the fleeing members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to justice.

Iliyasu then appealed to members of the public to always beware of people around them because according to him, most robbery incidents always have the backing of an insider.