1,503 Suspects Arrested, 1,024 Crime Cases Reported In Katsina – Police

A photo released by police authorities in Katsina State on December 31, 2020, shows some suspects paraded with their guns at the Command Headquarters in the state capital.


The police have arrested at least 1,503 suspected criminals in connection with 1,024 cases in Katsina State.

These figures, according to the authorities, represent the overall summary of the achievements recorded so far by the State Police Command within the year which ends on Thursday.

At a press briefing held at the Command Headquarters, the Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Sanusi Buba, noted that 1,116 suspects were being prosecuted in various courts in the state.

He revealed that 267 suspected armed robbers were arrested and charged to court, while 304 suspected kidnappers were also arrested and charged to court.

The police commissioner added that 393 kidnapped victims were rescued from hoodlums and 29 bandits were neutralised in a series of gun battles with the police within the year under review.

He stated that the police arrested 526 suspected cattle rustlers, and 1,366 cows, 1,211 sheep, 271 goats, and four donkeys were recovered from hoodlums.

Similarly, 287 suspects who were arrested in connection with 236 reported cases of rape have already been charged to court.

Buba said, “47 victims of human trafficking were rescued in six reported cases of human trafficking which were transferred to NAPTIP office in Kano; 18 stolen motor vehicles were also recovered during the period.

“Stolen motorcycles and bandits-owned motorcycles were recovered. 24 AK 47 rifles were recovered, 10 locally made pistols, 20 locally made guns, 600 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one LAR rifle, one assault rifle, one double barrel, were also recovered.”

The police commissioner acknowledged the effort of the Nigerian Air Force, the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and other security agencies in the onslaught against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed robbery, human trafficking, and rape, among other crimes in the state.

He assured the people of Katsina that the command would sustain and improve the security situation in the state.

“We need credible information on the activities of bandits and the suppliers of fuel, motorbikes, food, and other logistics that facilitate crime and criminality,” Buba said.

Army Arrest Notorious Kidnap Kingpin Bawa Gomna


The Nigerian Army says it has arrested a notorious kidnap kingpin, Bawa Gomna, as part of operations against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminalities in Katsina state.

According to the army, the arrest was made possible by troops of 17 Brigade on Operation HARBIN KUNAMA (III).

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Those arrested so far are reportedly responsible for terrorizing villagers in Batsari, Jibia and Safana Local Government Areas of the State.

No More Hiding Place For Criminals In Ikorodu – Ambode

No More Hiding Place For Criminals In Ikorodu – Ambode
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that criminal elements in the Ikorodu axis of the state will no longer have a place to hide.

The governor said this on Monday at the inauguration ceremony of a new Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron Base 63 in Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu.

He told traditional rulers, political and religious leaders, as well as top security chiefs at the gathering that the new unit would go a long way in effectively addressing the security challenges experienced in the area and its environs in recent times.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said aside from the fact that the primary responsibility of government was to ensure the safety and security of its citizenry, the decision to put the new unit in place was in line with the commitment of his administration to transform all parts of the State.

He added that no meaningful development can be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos, fear and uncertainty about the safety of lives and property of residents.

“The security and safety of residents of our dear state cannot and will not be compromised. This is why this administration, in partnership with well-meaning individuals and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) have invested and continue to invest in the provision of equipment and other security infrastructure for efficient and effective operations of security agencies in the state.

“The establishment of this Police Mobile Force 63 Squadron in this location was initiated by the Lagos State Government to effectively address the security challenges being experienced in the Ikorodu axis of the state.

“With the commissioning of this Squadron, which we have provided with operational vehicles, communication equipment, among others, all criminal elements within Ikorodu and its environs, will have no place to hide,” the governor said.

He further commended the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for approving the request for the establishment of the unit and for partnering with the state government to ensure that criminals do not have a safe haven in any part of Lagos.

According to him, incidences of violent crime in Ikorodu and other parts of Lagos will be tackled headlong in line with the renewed vigour and commitment of police and other security agencies.

Ambode, who stressed the importance of community involvement in fighting crime, specifically urged community leaders and all residents of the axis to support the security personnel that would be deployed to serve at the base.

He also asked them not hesitate to pass on useful information that would help in tracking down criminally minded persons in the area.

Police Arrest Soldier, Student For Armed Robbery

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The police in Oyo State has paraded 42 suspects for various criminal offences including armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, theft and buying stolen goods.

Among those paraded was a soldier, a student of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki and a 50-year-old suspected ritualist.

The arrested soldier, Abubakar Isiaka claims that he left his Division 1, Nigerian Army Base, Maiduguri on Absent Without Leave (AWOL) for fear of being killed by insurgents. He was arrested while waiting to deliver a stolen vehicle to another member of a robbery syndicate.

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Isiaka said before his arrest, he specialises in providing escort service in his military uniform to a gang of car snatchers whenever they want to deliver any stolen car to prospective buyers.

The arrested student, Adedigba Elisha was paraded for stealing motorcycles when parked by unsuspecting victims at football viewing centres. 15 motorcycles were recovered from him and he was paraded alongside his accomplice who buys the items from him.

Also, a 50-year-old man, Mukaila Adewale who said he went to exhume the skull of one of his relatives for money ritual was paraded.

The State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude speaking at the Eleyele Headquarters of the Command, assured residents of maximum security measure throughout the year especially as the end of the year is approaching.



Woman Arrested After Masterminding Her Own Kidnap

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The Oyo State Police Command has foiled a kidnapping attempt masterminded by the victim herself and two others.

Briefing Journalists in his office, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude said the victim, a 37-year-old woman connived with two others to be kidnapped in order to fleece her husband to the tune of N20 million.

The woman who was paraded at the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan, with the two other suspects said she needed the money to upgrade her shop and travel to America.

The Police boss further disclosed that the woman was kidnapped on 4th of July at Elesun area of Oluyole in Ibadan to an unknown destination after which the kidnappers demanded for a N20 million ransom from the husband.

After receiving a distress call from the husband, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad swung into action and the manhunt paid off with the rescue of the victim at a hotel at Imalefalafia area with two other suspects.

Also three armed robbery suspects who specialise in vandalising telecommunication gadgets from telecomm companies and installations were apprehended.

The Police said following the arrest, further investigation eventually led to the arrest of two others from their hideout.

Their operational base is said to be located at the Oke Ogun area of the state, along Ago-Are/Sabe road.

Odude, however, assured residents that the command will not relent in its effort to rid the state of criminals and their activities.

Notorious Armed Robber Nabbed By Police

He is not an ordinary armed robber; he and his gang have been accused of killing several policemen and civilians in the south west for over a decade.

His gang members call him ‘Godogodo’ meaning ‘a hefty man’ but the police say he is a notorious armed robber who has visited terror on his victims.

Nemesis however caught up with Biodun Egunjobi, a.k.a Godogodo, at Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.

He was arrested in the early hours of this morning in his new site in Ibadan.

Police say, he tried to escape and was shot around the upper part of his body.

His arrival at the police headquarters, Ikeja sparked off jubilation among  police officers.

Students Accuse Nigerian Navy Of Lying

The Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technologies has accused a Naval Rating officer with the Nigerian Navy of shooting two students of the college and denied that some students paraded by the Navy on Thursday for impersonating naval officers are students of the college.

The Navy paraded some students whom it accused of impersonating Naval officers, claiming they are students of the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technologies but the students and school authority are accusing the Navy of a cover up for the alleged shooting of two of their colleagues.

Some Naval Ratings were alleged to have shot at some of the students following an argument.

The Navy has however announced an inquest into the shooting incident.

Channels Television visited some of the students in the hospital where they have undergone surgery for gunshots as well as the college. 

40 year old man goes to jail for stealing hair attachments

A 40-year-old man, Emmanuel Chinedu, has been sentenced to a one-year jail term by the Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court for stealing a shirt and four pieces hair attachment worth N4,800.

The Magistrate, O.O. Olatunji, in handing down the sentence, gave Mr. Chinedu, no option of fine, after he pleaded guilty to a three-count-charge bearing on felony and stealing.

The prosecutor, Paul Ojogo, had told the court that the accused, at about 3a.m on March 2, broke into the store of Chukwuma Ezenwa at Iddo, a Lagos suburb, to steal a shirt and the attachments.

He said the accused, who had no occupation and was of no fixed address, was released from prison five months ago.

The prosecutor also said the offence contravened 285 and 307 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.