Kano State Government has formed an amnesty committee for cattle rustlers who may wish to lay down their arms to stop cattle rustling and other criminal activates in the state.
While receiving cattle and other domestic animals recovered by the police in Kano, Governor Ganduje urged rustlers to surrender their weapons before it becomes too late.
According to Channels Television’s correspondent in the state, 71 suspects were arrested, while 21 weapons of different caliber were recovered from the miscreants.
While disclosing the success achieved in the fight against cattle rustlers in the state, the Governor said that “The days of cattle rustlers in Kano State are numbered”.
Mr. Ganduje also revealed that under the cattle rustling amnesty, the rustlers will be trained and empowered by the state government on any business suitable for their skills.
He went further to say that three Local Government Areas, which were worst hit by rustlers, have since been liberated while a joint military and police, ‘Operation Puff Adder’, is currently going on at the notorious Falgore Forest to fetch out fleeing rustlers who pose a threat to the growth and survival of rural economy in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, while handing over the cattle, told the Governor that the recent encounter had led to the recovery of 519 cows, 11 camels, 134 Sheep and a large quantity of drugs valued at over 61 million Naira.
The Commissioner assured the Governor that his command will not allow Kano to continue to be a haven for cattle rustlers and other criminal activities.
Addressing reporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the State Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, said the suspects were part of criminals arrested in the last two weeks.
Suspected cultists, armed robbers, kidnappers and sea pirates were among persons paraded by the police.
At the session with reporters held at the state Police Command Headquarters in Akure, Mr Eke said 76 suspected cultists, five suspected armed robbers among the gang that robbed four commercial banks in Owo and seven suspected sea pirates that have been terrorising the residents of the riverine areas of the state.
Weapons recovered from the suspects include; 11 Improvised Explosive Devices(IED), 61 arms, over 12,000 rounds of ammunition, and 143 magazines.
Other items also recovered from them were; a cash of over nine million Naira, two video cameras, one plasma television, four laptop computers, police helmets and a table telephone.
Several persons were killed in the March 26 syndicated armed robbery operation in four commercial banks in Owo town
One of the commercial banks was said to have been set ablaze, after the robbers detonated an explosive to gain access into the building.
The Nigeria Police Force has arrested a serial killer and three middle aged men suspected to be fake customs officers.
The Ogun State Police Command that made the arrest told reporters on Thursday that the serial killer was suspected to be the leader of the Black Axe Cult group, popularly known as Aye confraternity in Ijebu area of Ogun State in south west Nigeria.
Parading the suspects at the state command of the Nigeria police, the State Police Commissioner, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye, said they were arrested after a useful information from public.
Eleven cars, guns and fake customs identification cards were part of the items recovered from them.
The Police in Niger State on Tuesday arrested two suspected child traffickers along the ever busy Kontagora Yauri road. The suspects, Shehu Jubril and Salisu Rabiu were in possession of twenty one children, aged between 12 and 15 years, who could not establish their relationship with the men or tell where they were heading to.
On interrogation by men of the Niger state Police command, the suspects who claimed to be relatives of the children and taking them from Jigawa to Niger state could not identify the children by their names or remember their parents’ names.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Niger state Command, Pius Edobor noted that what raise the curiosity of the Police team on a regular patrol on the road was the inability of the suspects to give satisfactory accounts of where they got the children from.
The Police spokesman also revealed that on questioning, the children could not state their mission to Niger state and also deny any relationship with the suspects.
The suspects are currently being detained at the Criminals Investigation Department of the Niger state police command.
The capacity of the Nigerian Police Force is currently being overstretched by the insurgency in the North, abuses against ordinary citizens and undermines of the rule of law. According to a report of the Human Rights Watch, Nigerians don’t trust the police; citizens generally have a bad impression of police officers because of their perceived brutality and corruption. Despite the huge budgetary allocation to the force – N311 billion ($1.99 billion) in 2013 – the Nigerian police are haplessly often overpowered by criminals whose activity affects those in high and low places.
At the heart of the problem of the police force is training, there are seven police colleges in Nigeria and new recruits are expected to undergo about 13 months training in these institutes.
However, this video report focuses on the deplorable state of the police college in Ikeja, Lagos.
A Professor of criminology and social sciences at the University of Abuja, Femi Odekunle has described Nigeria as a place where politicians engage in political and economic racketeering for their selfish purposes. Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Odekunle said Nigerians should disregard the comments of ministers and other government, officials, who often say that Nigeria’s macroeconomic indices are growing.
“Of course, nobody would deny that we are growing but the growth is not translating to development. Development has to do with impacting on the socioeconomic and political lives of the average citizen. It has to do with distribution of the dividend of development,” he said.
The professor said the reason why the dividend of development is not getting to the ordinary Nigerian was because of corruption.
“The consequences of the resulting underdevelopment cannot be divorced from our level of insecurity which has been worsening, if you allow me to say, from the 60s to today,” Mr Odekunle said.
A security expert and National Coordinator of the Network on Police Reform, Emeka Nwanevu has said that the opaque processes by which Inspectors-General of Police are appointed, the absence of secured tenure for those that occupy that office and high turnover in the leadership of the police make planning for improvements in the performance of the force rather difficult in Nigeria.
Mr Nwanevu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the lack of security of tenure for the Police Inspector General as well as interference of politicians into the operations of the police make the position of IGP one of the most unstable leadership positions in the country.
He said since the President was the one who can hire and fire the IGP; he has enormous power to control the activities of the police boss. “An Inspector General cannot flaunt the orders of the person who appoints him,” Mr Nwanevu said.
The security expert is calling for the amendment of Section 215(1) of the Nigerian Constitution which provides that the IGP “shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Police Council from amongst serving members of the Nigeria Police Force.”
A lawyer and member of the Crusade for Justice, Richard Nwankwo has described the efforts by the leadership of Nigeria in fighting corruption as superficial and designed to achieve nothing. Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Nwankwo said the present leaders in the country lack the political will and determination to conduct a genuine crusade against corruption in Nigeria.
“When you are fighting corruption from the general point of view, the leadership must show some measure of political will and determination and some measure of drive to demonstrate to everybody that actually there is a massive campaign against corruption and that is clearly not been done here,” he said.
The management of Oxpharm specialities limited, the pharmacy where the drug, Rohypnol Flunitrazepam, was allegedly bought and used on the late Cynthia Osokoku has told their side of the story on how the two accused pharmacists were arrested.
The Chief Executive Officer of the pharmacy, Ike Ugwu while speaking with Channels Television’s correspondent, Yomi Otaigbe, expressed regret over the blanket charges placed on both the pharmacists – Osita Orji and Chukwunonso Maduokor, who were alleged to have dispensed the drug and the other accused persons.
Both pharmacists were arraigned together with the suspected killers of the deceased before a Yaba Magistrate Court on Monday. The suspected killers, Okwumo Nwabufo and Ezike Olisaeloka, allegedly purchased the drug, most commonly known as date-rape drug, which was allegedly used on the late Cynthia.
Mr Ugwu pleaded with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to look carefully into the matter to prevent miscarriage of justice.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the weekend arrested a man suspected to be in possession of 2.655 kilogrammes of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken.
According to the agency the arrest was made at the Murtala Muhammed international airport in Lagos during the inward clearance of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
NDLEA put the street value of the seized drug at about N24 million.
The NDLEA Airport Commander, Hamza Umar who gave the name of the suspect as Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa described the seizure as remarkable.
“We discovered 2.655kg of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken. It is a remarkable seizure because no one would have imagined cocaine worth several millions inside roasted chicken,” Mr Hamza said.
“During interrogation, the suspect said he thought that the drug will not be detected. In his words,” NDLEA said.
According to the agency, the suspect said: “It took me three days to pack the cocaine inside the roasted chicken. I was confident that the drug will not be detected. I have been living in Brazil since 2006. Life has been stressful because I cannot even visit my wife in Nigeria due to lack of money. I wanted some money to start any business of my choice back home. Unfortunately, I was disappointed upon arrival in Lagos”.
The agency’s spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju said the suspect who hails from Imo State will soon be charged to court soon.