Police Arrest 4 Suspected Cattle Rustlers, 340 Cattle Recovered In Niger

Kano- cattle rustlers in Niger-policeNiger State Police Command has announced the arrest of four suspected cattle rustlers. Over 300 heads of cattle were also recovered about  from the suspects.

The arrest was made in the early hours of Sunday at a suspected cattle rustlers’ hideout at Unguwan Kuka Village in Beji, Bosso Local Government Area of the state, following a tip-off from some concerned citizens.

Report named the suspects as Mohammed Abubakar, Mohammed Tanyi, Mohammed Bashir and Mohammed Bello, were caught with 340 cattle in their possession.

A Police source at the Niger State Criminals Investigation Department, revealed that the suspects have since confessed to the crime during investigation by the Police.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Niger State Police Command, ASP Bala Elkana, also confirmed the incident, saying the Command is winning the war against the hoodlums.

Mr Elkana stressed further stressed that the Niger State Police Commissioner has asked owners of the recovered cattle to come and collect them, with the proof of ownership.

“And as soon as the rightful owners of the recovered 340 cattle come forward to claim their animals, with proof of ownership, their animals shall be released to them by the Police on bond, after they must have identified them individually “, Elkana said.

He added that the four suspected cattle rustlers, would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Police Arrest Suspected Criminals In Ebonyi, Recover Stolen Items

Ogun-Police- EbonyiThe Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested suspected hoodlums who were alleged to be behind the attack on a Police patrol team at Okpoto, in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, south-east Nigeria, the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police (CP), Peace Abdallah, said that the hoodlums attacked the policemen in the morning, inflicting bullet wounds and machete cuts on them.

She disclosed that the suspects snatched away three AK47 rifles, with 20 rounds of live ammunition in each rifle.

The CP revealed that through intelligence network, the Police swung into action and smashed an intended robbery attack by the same gang, arrested three men and recovered the stolen items.

Items recovered from the suspects include; four AK47 rifles, nine locally made pistols, 13 live ammunitions, four live cartridges, one locally made double barrel pistol and a blue motorcycle without registration number.

The Command promised to continue investigation and ensure the arrest of other fleeing suspects, as the arrested ones would be charged to court soon.

She used the opportunity to warn all residents of the state to stay away from criminal activities, as the command would not fail to arrest and deal with any group or persons found disrupting the peace of the state, especially during the Yuletide.

Some of the suspects who were interrogated, denied involvement in all the allegations levelled against him.

Police Debunk Rumour Of Alleged Killing In Niger State

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The Niger State Police Command has described as untrue, rumours that five traders were killed by some suspected Militants at Madalla Market in Suleja Local Government Area of the State.

In a statement issued by the Command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, the command maintained that the story, which was widely reported in the social media, especially on popular blogs, was not only false, but malicious.

The police said it was an attempt to cause disaffection among the different ethnic and religious groups that have lived peacefully with one another over the years.

The Command further advised the public to ignore the story and go about their lawful business, as the State Police Command and other sister security agencies in the state would continue to guarantee the safety of lives and property of residents in the state and beyond.

 

Police Arrest Suspected Rapists In Kano

policePolice Arrest Suspected Rapists In Kano Police have arraigned 57 suspected rapists before a Magistrate Court in Zungeru Road, Sabon Gari area of Kano State in northern Nigeria.

Addressing reporters after the court proceedings, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said most of the victims were receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals across the state.

Gang-raped

Most of the victims are said to be boys and girls below the age of 10.

According to the Police, some of the victims were gang-raped by men old enough to be their grandparents. Three of the victims tested HIV positive while several others are being treated of various Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Although most of the suspects denied any involvement in rape, the court ordered that they should be remanded, pending the outcome of further investigations.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner, who said there would be no going back on his campaign against rapists, also called on parents to remain vigilant and ensure they know the whereabouts of their children at all time.

The command therefore urged members of the community not to hesitate in reporting any case of rape or child abuse to the nearest Police Station, as protection of children’s right is non-negotiable. He reminded them that the protection of children had become a collective responsibility of all.

Paris Attacks Suspect Identified

parisFrench investigators have identified one of the attackers who killed 129 people in Paris.

29-year-old French citizen, Omar Ismail Mostefai, who was named by local media and a French parliamentarian, had a criminal record and was known to have been radicalised.

Mostefai was identified by investigators, after his severed fingertip was found at the Bataclan concert hall, where three of the attackers blew themselves up.

Friday’s attacks, claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants, hit a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars in the French capital, leaving at least 129 people dead, and over 35o people injured.

The French President, Francois Hollande, described the attacks in Paris as an ‘act of war’ by the militant group.

He added that the attacks were “organised and planned from outside”.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, also condemned the attack, and extended “sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the unfortunate victims of the callous attacks”.

Police Deny Arrest Of 125 Pro-Biafra Protesters In Delta

policeThe Police have denied the arrest of 125 persons in Asaba, Delta State, marching for the actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

Earlier report says 125 persons were arrested in the south-south Nigerian state during a one-million-man march that has caused untold hardship for travellers. But police said it had not made any arrest.

The agitations by the indigenous people of Biafra have been on since last Friday. The first demonstrations were recorded in Imo State.

One-Million-Man March

Throughout the night, about 10,000 members of the group laid siege at the major fly-over bridge in Enugu.

Report says that the group marched through the major streets at night before going back to their various locations, defiling an earlier warning by the police not to hold the march.

On Friday, The Nigeria Police Force issued a warning against the one-million-man march, saying the protesters, from the south-eastern region, would be provoking the law if they do not stop such protests or call.

Police Parade Suspected Crime Perpetrators In Lagos

Rivers-policeOver 40 suspects have been paraded by the Lagos State Police Command for their involvement in crimes across the state.

Although some of the suspects alleged that they were picked up indiscriminately in motor parks and stores, others however said they were arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism.

Speaking on the arrest, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, explained that some of the suspects are those terrorising motorists in traffic gridlock across the city.

Mr. Owoseni however warned road users to be vigilant and stop patronising hawkers in traffic, so as to avert robbery attempt.

Reps Mandate Committee To Investigate N1 Trillion EFCC Fund

efccThe House of Representatives has mandated its committee on financial crimes to investigate the alleged non-remittance of over one trillion naira generated from seized assets by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This followed a motion by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, who said there is an urgent need to look into the matter.

The members also took a contrary position to that of the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr. Abdullahi Yola, who had directed the Commission to investigate the allegation, as according to them, the Commission cannot investigate itself.

In August, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition received documents tended as evidence by the anti-graft agency, over allegations of fraudulent diversion of over N1 trillion by, Ibrahim Lamorde, the Chairman of EFCC.

Nigerian Troops Destroy 20 Boko Haram Camps In Borno

Niger Republic-troopsTroops of 5 Brigade Nigerian Army say that they have destroyed all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu, as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.

The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman made this revelation during the destruction.

He added that the troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well-fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa.

According to Colonel Usman, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp.

He added that among facilities discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns and others.

Kaduna Police Recover 20 Stolen Vehicles, Arrests 12 Suspects

kaduna policeThe Police in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, has recovered 20 assorted stolen vehicles from suspected robbers in the last couple of weeks.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, disclosed this while parading the suspects and the stolen cars before newsmen at the Zaria Area Police Command.

The Police Commissioner disclosed that the stolen vehicles were recovered from the snatchers at different locations over a period of time.

He said that the Command’s robust intelligence gathering paid off due to diligent investigation, leading to the recovery of the assorted cars snatched from the owners at gun point from different locations in Minna, Kano, Kontangora, Maiduguri, Abuja and Kaduna.

The suspects were able to take the Police to some of the places where they sold the stolen vehicles, as both the snatchers and dealers are now in police custody, and would be charged to court for stealing and criminal conspiracy, as soon as investigations are over.

Some of the recovered vehicles include three Honda Civic, one BMW, four Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Avensis, Toyota Pontiac, Toyota Camry, two Honda Accord cars (E.O.D), among others.

The Police boss added that an AK 47 rifle, and some locally made guns, live cartridges, currencies of various denominations, car theft jammers and SIM cards were also recovered from the suspects.

The robbers were said to have been terrorizing commuters along the Kaduna-Kano road, Kaduna- Abuja road, Abuja-Minna road, amongst others.

While appealing to members of the public to collaborate with the Police in its effort to rid Kaduna State and its environs off criminals, Mr Shehu said efforts are being made to arrest other suspects that are still on the run, while he also declared total war on criminals.

Even with the pressing charges by the Police against them, the suspects still claimed innocent of the allegations.

Meanwhile, two suspects were arrested for different offences ranging from drug peddling and armed robbery. The drugs suspects were caught with bags of Indian hemp and cocaine.

Police Deploy Special Unit To Kano Forest To Tackle Robbers

kano-policeThe 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).

NNPC To Recover $9.6 billion From Tax Deductions 

nnpcThe Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) has begun the process of recovering over $7 billion in over-deducted tax benefits from JV Partners on major capital projects.

In a report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by its new management detailing its successes so far, the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Ibe Kachikwu, had commenced Performance Measurement & Benchmarking as well as Value for Money Review of NNPC and the JV Companies, covering the period of 2008 till 2013.

The report shows that this process may lead to further cost recovery.

The report also said that a reputable International Accounting Firm has been engaged by the NNPC to ascertain the exact amount due government on the Strategic Alliance Contracts entered by NPDC, where up to $2.46 billion of Nigeria’s money is to be recovered.

NNPC also revealed that consequent upon an extensive investigation of the various toxic crude oil for refined products swap contracts, a total sum of $420 million has so far been reconciled in favour of NNPC and is now due for recovery from the legacy OPA/SWAP contracts.

Out of the reconciled amount, the sum of $277 million has been recovered in lieu of products and the recovery effort is still ongoing.

According to the report, the GMD of NNPC is committed to continued review of all existing contracts and addressing the ones that are not favourable to the Corporation.

It was noted that significant cost reductions are also expected to ensure the Corporation remains profitable in the prevailing low crude oil price regime.

He added that progress is being made towards bringing back the nation’s refineries to full production, noting that the management of the NNPC is working to ensure that it happens before the end of 2015.

The report stated that if the refineries resume full production, it is expected to achieve an annual savings of about $1billion worth of foreign exchange from fuel import substitution, and additional total savings of over $500 million annually will be made from the petrochemical products of Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company.

NNPC also disclosed that efforts at repositioning the NNPC have started yielding results on the nation’s economy.

According to its content, gas supply to the power plants that had hitherto been handicapped by the supply of much-needed gas has improved significantly from about 630 to 861 million standard cubic feet per day, which has resulted in a more steady power supply being witnessed in the country.

Indeed, the report revealed that gas supply for power and peak generation have in recent times reached a historical height of 876 million standard cubic feet per day and 4,782 Mega Watts respectively.