Police Arrest Two Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Victims


The Lagos State Police has arrested two suspected kidnappers and rescued two victims in the Itire area of the state.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to him, the commands control room received a distress call that a mob action was ongoing on at Lawanson junction, Itire, on June 6, 2019 at about 12:45 pm.

Subsequently, the Anti-Crime Patrol Team led by the Divisional Police Officer, Itere, CSP Odey Ogah, was deployed to the scene.

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The victims, one Justina Emmanuel and her one-year-old daughter, Munachisom Agugom were rescued, while the two suspects, Joseph Agugom and Paul Agugom were rescued from the mobs for allegedly kidnapping the victims for ritual purposes.

Also recovered were one Honda CRV car with Registration No. LAGOS FST 587 BU, one LG Phone, one iPhone, one bag containing two flasks, three pieces of rope, one black para military belt and one green beret.

Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers In Ogun


The Police have arrested two suspected armed robbers in Ogun State.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer in the state, Csp Dolapo Badmos, said the suspects were arrested on December 31, 2018, while officers of the command were on patrol around Ogere Remo area.

According to the statement, the suspects were seen driving a Toyota Sienna vehicle and on flagging down the vehicle they attempted to escape but were eventually caught.

On searching the vehicle, a locally made gun with three live cartridges was recovered.

Upon interrogation, the two suspects confessed to have robbed residents of Akobo Area of Ibadan in Oyo State where they stole goods worth millions of Naira.

According to the Police, they further stated that part of their loots like phones, laptops and other gadgets had been sold in Oyo State while the Sienna vehicle was being taken to Lagos for a ready buyer.

The suspects who have been arrested in the past confessed to have formed a gang while serving their jail term in Agodi Prison, Ibadan.

They also revealed that their operational base is in Ibadan.

The Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer while briefing journalists said the operational strategy the command had put in place for the Yuletide season actually paid off and more criminals would be fished out.

Police Arrest 22 Suspected Kidnappers, Robbers In Kaduna


The Kaduna State Police Command says it has arrested 22 suspects for armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.

Addressing journalists on Thursday at the Command Headquarters in Kaduna, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abdulrahman Ahmad, said that seven of the suspects were arrested in connection with alleged criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.

He stated that the remaining suspects were apprehended for kidnapping, impersonation and receiving stolen property.

The Police boss also mentioned that some arms, ammunition, stolen television sets, laptop computers, phones and a tricycle were recovered from the suspects.

According to him, the suspects are currently undergoing investigation and will be charged to court when the police concludes its investigation.

The CP also reiterated the commitment of the Force to fighting all forms of crime in the state and protecting lives and property.

On the forthcoming general elections, Ahmad urged all political stakeholders to desist from hampering the relative peace which according to him, is being enjoyed in the state.

He also warned residents to avoid using social media platforms to spread fake news or hate speeches capable of inciting violence.

Police Parade Three Suspected Armed Robbers In Katsina

Some of the suspected criminals paraded by the Katsina State Police Command.


The police in Katsina State have arrested three suspected armed robbers, kidnappers and cattle rustlers.

The Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Wakili told journalists at Command Headquarters in Katsina on Wednesday that one of the syndicates was arrested when a police team had a fierce encounter with the hoodlums.

According to the police boss, the suspects are between the ages of 10 to 35 years.

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He added that the sum of N700,000 was found in possession of the suspects during a police search.

The police commissioner said the suspects confessed to receiving the money from the proceed of a ransom after kidnapping some victims.

Other items recovered from the suspects include two AK47 rifles, 39 rounds of live ammunition, 19 rounds of blank ammunition, amidst an empty shell of GPMG ammunition.

He noted that an investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting other members of the syndicates.

Police Arrest 12 Suspected Criminals, Recover Six Vehicles In Kano


The Kano State Police Command has arrested 12 suspects in connection with various crimes committed across the state.

Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, SP Magaji Majia, told journalists that six vehicles and N1.7 million were recovered from them.

Majia, a Superintendent of Police, explained that the development followed the launch of a special operation targeting various criminal hideouts across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

During the process, the police nabbed the gang leader, Yahaya Alhassan and two others linked to the six stolen motor vehicles.

According to him, various weapons were also recovered in the course of the arrest.

Also, a suspected member of the Shiites sect in Kano State, Abba Usman, was arrested for conspiring with a dismissed police officer who promised to enlist him (Abba) into the Force.

Upon interrogation, the police spokesman stated that Abba was meant to pay N150,000 for the promised offer while two other suspects were arrested for raping a housewife.

Majia stated further that the suspects would be charged to the court upon the conclusion of the police investigation.

‘Criminals Won’t Go Unpunished!’ Wike Says As He Assents New ‘Security’ Bills

Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike has promised to bring all criminals in the state to book as he signed three new security-related bills into law.

Governor Wike while signing the bills on Thursday said they were necessary to enhance security. He promised that criminal activities in the state will be fought to a standstill by his administration.

“All criminals will face the full weight of the law. We will fight crime and ensure that the state is safe for investors,” he vowed.

The newly signed laws include Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law, Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) (Amendment) and the Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) (Amendment).

Wike said the Neighbourhood Watch Safety Corps will support existing security agencies with intelligence and information for them to effectively fight crime and make the state safe.

“If your hands are clean, you have nothing to fear about the three laws that I have given assent to. If you are a cultist and you are caught, it is life imprisonment.  If you are a cultist and you kill during cult activities, you will face the death penalty.

“If you are convicted of kidnapping and the Supreme Court affirms your conviction, I will sign the death warrant without looking back,” he said.

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He debunked that the State Government plans to use the Neighbourhood Watch to arm youths. The governor said that the corps is a replica of what is already in existence in Lagos State.

In his reaction to the governor’s assent, the Senator Representing Rivers West Senatorial District, Osinakachukwu Ideozu said that the laws will strengthen security operations in the state.

Presenting the bills, Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule said that the laws provide stiffer penalties for criminals in the interest of the state.

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ikuinyi Ibani said the Rivers State Governor has made a difference by assenting the laws.

Edo Will No Longer Be Haven For Criminals – New CP

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The new Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr Johnson Kokumo, says the state will no longer be a safe place for criminals.

He also vowed to start a new regime for crime fighting in the state, following a turbulent period when residents live in fear of attack by criminal elements.

Kokumo who was posted to the state from the Force Headquarters in Abuja made the pledge on Wednesday when he visited Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He appealed to the people to go about their lawful duties peacefully, noting that the State Police Command under his watch would have zero tolerance for crime.

“I want to assure you that Edo State will no longer be a haven for criminals; I advise them to leave the state.

“Edo people and residents of the state should go to sleep with both eyes closed because there will be proper policing both in the day and at night,” the new CP said.

On his part, Governor Obaseki expressed confidence in the ability of the new police boss to effect a drastic reduction in the crime rate.

He promised that the police would enjoy the needed support and cooperation of the state government to design a new security architecture in the state.

“we will give you the needed support to succeed. We believe that the responsibility for restoring law and order rests with the police.

“We hope that you will fulfil your constitutional responsibility by helping us enforce law and order in Edo State,” the governor said.

Police Parade 25 Suspected Criminals In Cross River

policeThe Cross River State Police Command says it has arrested a total of 25 persons for various offences such as rape, armed robbery, attempted murder, assault on police officers, possession of unlawful firearms, and possession of fake currencies among others.

The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, told journalists at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Calabar, the state capital, that the arrest is part of the achievements recorded by the command in the last two weeks.

Inuwa said five AK-47 rifles, seven magazines and 200 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, four locally made pistols, one locally made single barrel gun, one battle axe, eight live cartridges, one Mercedes-Benz truck loaded with suspected stolen wheat and N380, 000 cash were part of items recovered from the suspects.

While thanking members of the public for providing the police with the information that led them to the hideouts of most of the suspects, the CP pledged the continuous support of the police towards ensuring a complete crime-free Cross River State.

Nasarawa Police Give Owners Of Illegal Firearms 30-Day Ultimatum

arms, cultists, suspected criminals, Illegal Weapons, AmnestyThe Nasarawa State Police Commissioner, Abubakar Bello Sadiq has given persons in possession of illegal firearms 30 days to surrender the weapons or be ready to face prosecution.

He gave the ultimatum while speaking to journalists during the parade of 25 suspects in Lafia, the state capital.

Their offences varied from robbery, homicide, rape, kidnapping to possession of firearms.

The police boss assured residents of adjustments in crime fighting strategies to minimise the trend while also calling for their support in exposing persons in possession of firearms, manufacturers and traders.

17 Suspects Arrested For Possession Of Illegal Firearms In Kaduna

Police To Ensure Peace Ahead Of Abia ElectionThe Kaduna state police, have arrested 17 suspects for an alleged possession of illegal firearms in the state.

The force says it is making progress in the fight against criminality across the state.

Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations, Josak Habila, on visiting the state, told journalists that there has been a major breakthrough in crime fighting.

He said this while parading the suspects arrested in Kanikon community and other villages within the Kafachan district of Kaduna state.

The DIG disclosed that the operation was carried out by special forces under the ‘operation harmony’ campaign.

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees The IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), has recorded another breakthrough with the arrest of three of the kidnappers that murdered one and kidnapped five expatriate members of staff of Dangote group.

The IRT, armed with credible intelligence, between November 27, 2016 and December 3, 2016 arrested three of the kidnappers; Abubakar Gide 24, Abdullahi Salihu 22, and Babuga Adamu 25, in Ijebu Igbo – Ogun state, Epe Forest – Lagos State and Ajase Ipo Forest – kwara state respectively.

The suspects confessed to kidnapping and releasing all five initial victims after receiving 5.6 million Naira ransom.

They also confessed to kidnapping and murdering the ransom transporter, Mr Istifanus Gurama, also of the Dangote group.


This was revealed in a statement by the force’ Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, Fsi.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, also stated that it is imperative for relations of kidnap victim(s) to exercise considerable restraint in negotiating and paying ransom.

“It is absolutely important the negotiators of ransom should have confidence in the police.”

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees

Meanwhile, the suspects have since led the police to their hideout in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun forest, where the following arms and ammunition they used in the operation were recovered: 3 AK47 rifles, 6 AK47 magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition.

The suspects further led IRT operatives to Apoje River where the body of one Mr Bello Gurama was recovered.

The Police boss however mentioned that efforts are in progress to arrest other gang members who are currently at large in other states.

He then admonished officers not to get carried away by recent successes but instead redouble their efforts in the fight against crime.

In the same vein, he assured Nigerians that the police would remain undaunted in the collective fight against crime.

“As members of the public begin the yuletide celebrations, the police will ensure the celebrations are crime free,” Idris said.

Phone Theft Earns Man Six Months Imprisonment

court23-year-old man, Omodolapo Iyanu Oluwa, was on Monday sentenced to six months imprisonment in Ilesa prison, by an Osogbo Magistrate Court in Osun state, for stealing an Infinix mobile phone. 

The Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko, ordered that the convict be kept behind bars due to the magnitude of the offence committed.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Rasaki Olayiwola, told the court that the convict committed the offense on October 1, 2016, at about 10:00am, at Akede Iyaloja area, Oke Baale, Osogbo.

Olayiwola said the convict did unlawfully seize one Infinix mobile phone, from one Mrs Oladipo Ifeoluwa, without any genuine reason for such action.

He said the convict refused to return the phone to the complainant before he was arrested by the Police and brought to the court.

The Prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 516,144 and 390 of the criminal code Cap. 34 Vol. 11 laws of Osun, 2003.

Although the convict pleaded guilty to the three count charges of theft and unlawful possession of property, counsel to the convict, Mrs Bose Adeyinka, prayed the Magistrate to temper justice with mercy, in the delivery of his judgement.