Senate To Begin Process Of Issuing Arrest Warrant To Lamorde

lamorde-efcc-senateThe Nigerian Senate is to begin the process of issuing an arrest warrant to  former EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde.

At the continuation of legislative proceedings on Thursday, the Senate directed its Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petition to begin the process of issuing a warrant of arrest to the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of diverting EFCC’s recovered loot.

The Senate Committee on Ethics is recommending that an arrest warrant be issued to the former anti-graft agency boss for failing to appear before the committee, despite several invitations from the committee.

The Ethics Committee has been investigating allegations levelled on Mr Lamorde by a petitioner, Mr George Uboh, who is asking the Senate to investigate the Former EFCC Chairman over allegations of Financial Crime and Corruption while in office.

Police Parade Cattle Rustlers In Zamfara

Kano-ZamfaraThe Inspector General of Police’s (IGP) Special Task Force on cattle rustling has arrested 22 suspected cattle rustlers and recovered over 300 cattle in Zamfara State, North west Nigeria. 

Receiving the cows for onward distribution to the owners, Governor Yari said he has already established a committee for cattle rustling which will immediately commence verification of the owners.

Handing over the cows to Governor Abdulaziz Yari, the State Police Commissioner, Istifanus Shettima, said weapons were also seized from the suspects during the encounter.

According to Governor Yari, after a successful operation by the special anti-cattle rustling squad posted by the IGP, supported by the state government, the suspects were put in custody and 310 cows, 105 sheep and 22 donkeys were recovered.

Meanwhile, Governor Yari told reporters that the Government will no longer seat back while innocent Fulani herdsmen are being terrorised.

While the leader of the syndicate, Buharin Daji remained at large, the Governor confirmed the arrest of his two wives.

Police Give Scholarship To 12 Pupils, Parade Suspects In Ibadan

policeThe Oyo State Police Command has given scholarship to 12 pupils drawn from both primary and secondary schools of Police Children in Ibadan.

The new scholarship scheme was introduced by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, for exceptional Police children and those who lost their parents on duty, as part of measures aimed at improving the welfare of Police officers in the state.

The scheme was in fulfilment of the promise made by the IGP during his visit to the state that brilliant children of Police officers and those who lost their parents in active duty would be assisted by the force through scholarships to actualise their dreams.

The Command also paraded 17 suspected criminals whose offenses range from illegal arms manufacturing, fraud to armed robbery.

Items recovered include various locally made pistols at different stages of fabrication, assorted guns, charms, vehicles, motorcycles, handsets among other exhibits.

Addressing journalists at the command headquarters in Eleyele Ibadan, the state Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, said the command has taken measures to discourage bank robbery and other forms of organised criminal activities in the state.

Police Parade 30 Suspects In Cross River

ekiti drivers-police-oyo-akwa ibomThe Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police has paraded about 30 persons suspected of different crimes in Calabar, the state capital.  

Parading the suspects at the State CID, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Henry Fadairo, said that the exercise is part of the Command’s efforts towards eradicating criminal activities in the state.

While briefing reporters, the CP claimed the suspects were arrested at different locations of the state for crimes ranging from armed robbery, unlawful possession of fire arms, cultism among others.

He maintained that the Police would continue to fish out all perpetrators of crime in the state and bring them to book, in order to achieve a crime-free Cross River.

Mr Fadairo also called on the public to always assist the Police with useful information.

Doctors Protest Kidnapping Of Colleagues In Rivers State

doctorsMembers of the Nigeria Medical Association in Rivers State have protested what they call the incessant kidnapping of their members.

The doctors came out in their numbers on the streets of Port Harcourt carrying placards with various inscriptions and marched to the office of the DSS and the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital to register their worry over the issue.

They condemned the rate at which they say their colleagues have been targeted in recent times, calling on the security agencies and the state government to do more to protect their lives and those of other residents of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Musa Kimo, gave the assurance that all hands are on deck to guarantee their safety.

Police Arrest 5 Kidnapping Suspects, Recover 16 Cars In Oyo

police-oyoThe Oyo State Police Command says community policing has led to a noticeable reduction in crime, even as it nabs five kidnapping suspects and recovers 16 cars in one single operation.

The State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, who made the disclosure to Channels Television on Sunday, explained that the latest feat achieved, which was the arrest of notorious kidnapping syndicate in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State, was made possible by an active collaboration with residents.

He added that a statistical analyses of serious crimes committed during the ember months from September to December in 2015, showed a significant reduction when compared to that of 2014.

He said a total of 127 serious cases were reported. Out of the reported cases, 257 arrests were made in relation to robbery, kidnapping, rape and burglary.

Adeleye further submitted that this achievement was made possible because of intelligence-led policing which had been made active by the contributions of the people who provide valuable information to the Police.

Meanwhile, the Police have called on members of the public, whose cars have been snatched in the past weeks, to contact the command for possible identification with valid documents.

EFCC Gives Reasons For Jafaru Isa’s Release

efccThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied reports that it is focusing its anti-corruption fight on opposition, with the release of Jafaru Isa, an All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain and the continued detention of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

The opposition party had alleged that the release of Jafaru Isa showed that the anti-corruption crusade was a much-hyped crusade to prosecute the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“The release of Jafaru Isa, a known associate of the President and Chieftain of the APC, eight hours after his arrest, while our Spokesman remains in detention even when the two are being investigated over same allegation, clearly shows that the President Buhari-led APC government is not fighting corruption but using the much-hyped crusade as a cover to prosecute PDP leaders and decimate the opposition, a project the EFCC has clearly yielded itself as a willing tool,” the PDP claimed.

In a statement by the commission through its Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC explained the reason behind the release of Mr Isa, who was arrested for his involvement in the arms procurement scam of a total of 170,000,000 Naira.

“Upon his arrest, the retired General admitted receiving the said sum from Dasuki and immediately refunded a total sum of 100 million Naira, with an undertaking to refund the balance of 70 million Naira in two weeks,” the EFCC said.

The commission also mentioned the state of the APC Chieftain’s health as another factor that prompted his release.

The EFCC pointed out that the grant of bail does not amount to exoneration of the suspect.

In the case of the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, the EFCC revealed that “Metuh, who is exposed to the tune of 1.2 billion Naira in the arms scandal, has shown no readiness to refund any amount of money to the EFCC, nor has he signed any undertaking to do so at a future date”.

It also claimed that contrary to claims by his party, the PDP Spokesman was not being detained illegally, as the commission obtained a valid court order to hold him.

The commission gave the assurance that Mr Metuh would be released once he satisfied the condition for the discretion to be exercised in his favour.

The EFCC further said it would not be intimidated or stampeded by any campaign of calumny intended to detract it.

Ogun Police Intercept Tanker With Stolen Petrol

Ogun-policeThe Ogun State Police Command says its operatives attached to Sagamu Division intercepted a truck loaded with vandalised Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Sagamu area of the state.

This is barely four days after a 33,000-litre truck loaded with stolen petrol was intercepted in Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

According to a press statement by the spokesman for the command, Muyiwa Adejobi, the Police operatives acted on a tip-off which led to the arrest of one of the vandals named Elochukwu Byron. He said other suspects escaped.

The suspect and the exhibits, according to Mr Adejobi, would be transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, in Eleweran Abeokuta, for further investigation on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, Abdulmajid Ali.

Mr Ali has also put all officers and men of the command on their toes to make sure that pipelines and installations are adequately protected, particularly during a period of fuel crisis like the one being witnessed across Nigeria.

He warned that many of the hoodlums would want to seize the opportunity to perpetrate their criminal act of economic sabotage.

Ogun Police Parade 35 Suspects, Impound 297 Bags Of Cannabis

PoliceThe Ogun State Police Command has announced a total ban on the use of banger, firecrackers and knockout, saying that anyone caught would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, handed down the warning in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital, while parading about 35 suspects arrested from various areas across the state for various offenses.

The command also paraded a truck loaded with 297 bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp along Ajuwon/Akute road in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Police Commissioner, it is now a crime to organise illegal procession, use firecrackers, knockout, etc. He said that the sale and use of those items remained banned, just as he asked residents and fun seekers to be moderate and vigilant.

While assuring residents of adequate protection of life and property, the Police boss also canvassed quality information from members of the general public that can lead to the arrest of criminals in their midst.

Yobe Police Recorded Less Serious Crimes In 2015 – Commissioner

RRS-yobe -policeThe Yobe State Police Command says it has recorded less serious crimes in 2015, compared to the year 2014.

Parading 17 suspects before journalists at the end of the year media briefing in Damaturu, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Zannah Ibrahim, said major crime statistics for the two years indicates that terrorists’ attacks recorded in 2015 stands at 19 cases, as against the 25 of last year.

According to the CP, other crimes that recorded decrease in 2015, compared to 2014 include; culpable homicide, kidnapping, unnatural offences, armed robbery, grievous hurt and wounding, as well as breach of public peace.

CP Ibrahim also revealed that rape and indecent assault offences against firearms and forgery of currency notes recorded various increase in 2015.

The Police Commissioner disclosed that four of the paraded suspects are believed to be involved in certificate forgery at the College of Education, Gashua.

While one is responsible for signing, stamping and issuance of forged certificates, two others were canvassing for interested “grandaunts” and the last person specialised in printing the certificate.

Musa Ahmed and Ali Yusuf, who are suspects to the crime, in an interview with newsmen, attributed his offence to an act of the devil.

The CP also disclosed that some of the suspects paraded were found to have engaged in the production and circulation of counterfeit currency, contrary to section 21 of the Penal Code Law.

He said further investigation revealed that the suspects had in their possession fake Nigerian currency totalling about 490, 000 Naira, Identity cards, a bottle containing mercury and forged land sale agreement, among others.

The Commissioner said that some of the suspects will be arraigned for culpable homicide, being in possession of dried leaves believed to be Indian herp or a control substances, suspected homicide and mischief, contrary to sections 221 and 327 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.

He appreciated the efforts of the state government, traditional institution, sister security agencies, the media and other security stakeholders in the state for their unflinching support given to the Police in the year under review, hoping similar synergy will be exhibited in the years ahead.

While assuring of a hitch free Christmas celebration, the CP said the command will intensify vehicular, foot and join patrol to ensure a crime free state.

NDLEA Intercepts 905 Kilograms Of Illicit Drugs In Yola

NDLEAThe Adamawa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted a large stock of illicit drugs at the Jimeta Modern Market in Yola, the state capital.

Officials at the command cordoned off a sales unit, which also serves as a store, inside the Jimeta Modern Market where assorted brands of Tramadol tablets and narcotic analgesics concealed in 20 cartons weighing about 905 kilograms were also seized.

NDLEA’s Commanding Officer in Adamawa State, Yakubu Kibo, said that the illicit drugs were meant for consumption within the state and other neighbouring communities which he said would have contributed to increasing criminal activities across the north-east region.

Two of the arrested suspects claimed ignorance of the contents of the cartons, saying they received the items for safe-keeping from an unknown trader.

Boko Haram Deadline: Army Chiefs Hold Critical Meeting

Boko Haram-armyNigerian Army Chiefs have met in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to strategise in a desperate attempt to meet up with the December 31 deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out Boko Haram in the northern part of Nigeria.

The meeting took place at the Military Command and Control Centre in Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, and the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Abubakar Yusha’u, were also present at the meeting.

The CDS expressed regret over the loss of lives recently recorded in the front lines. He described it as a setback to the operations, but expressed optimism owing to the successes so far recorded in the operations.

President Buhari had expressed confidence that Boko Haram’s ability to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territory would be completely wiped out by the end of December 2015.

He said that the Nigerian Armed Forces are well positioned to meet the December deadline which they have been given to end the insurgency.