Sixty-six suspected criminals comprising of kidnappers, bandits, armed robbers, gunrunners, bandit collaborators, and informants have been arrested by the personnel of the Nigerian Army Four Special Forces Command.
The suspects were paraded on Wednesday by the Commander, Major General Moundhey Gadzama Ali, at the command’s headquarters at Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
Ali said that the command has carried out operations in the North West, North East, and North Central, South-South, South West regions of the country after receiving credible information which led to the rest of several bandits and the killing of some gun runners.
He added that among the suspects, 41 of them are members of the late Benue militia leader, Terwase alias Gana, which also included his Chief Priest, Ugba Iorlumun.
“We have operated in Borno, Yobe, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger amongst other places. In Benue, we have arrested the Chief Priest of the late Criminal Terwase alias Gana, one of his men called ‘ Commander’s among others and razed the Shrine. While another criminal, Paul Duguma died in Katsina-Ala,” he said.
“In Niger State, Special Forces with 31 Artillery and the Nigerian Airforce, we neutralized kidnappers, destroyed the dens of Alhaji Damina, while the kidnappers killed each other due to rivalry between the camps of Alhaji Kawuwajo and Zagalo in Kamfanin Wayo, a boundary Village between Niger and Kaduna State.”
Speaking further, the Commander regretted that seven personnel were killed during Operation Nut Cracker II, carried out in Kamfanin Bobi, Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State where nine bandits were killed.
While reiterated the resolve of the command to ensure safety, the Commander said: “I want to assure you that we will continue to do our best to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens of this great nation.
“I urge all law-abiding citizens not to be intimidated by these criminals in providing actionable intelligence that will help the command to rid these troubled areas of bandits, terrorists, and their collaborators.”
The Imo State Police Command has paraded 14 suspects allegedly involved in various criminal offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, cultism and unlawful possession of firearms.
Parading the suspects on Friday at the command headquarters in Owerri, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, said the command remains committed in its resolve to fight crime and criminality in the state.
While assuring Imo indigenes of adequate security during the yuletide, the commissioner explained that adequate measures have been put in place to secure lives and properties as a total of 3,500 policemen will be deployed for yuletide operations.
“I wish to showcase to you 14suspects involved in various violent crimes ranging from Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of Arms etc,” he said.
“I wish to use this opportunity to tell Imolites that adequate arrangements have been emplaced for a peaceful yuletide period, as such a total of Three Thousand Five Hundred (3500) policemen shall be deployed for the yuletide operations, I urge them to feel free to celebrate as the command remains in the business of protecting lives and properties of Imolites.”
The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has asked leaders of Udege chiefdom to fish out the killers of Mr Amos Ewa Obere, the traditional ruler of Odu community in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ibrahim Addra, Governor Sule told the leaders that the security of lives of the citizens is a priority of his administration and that criminals must not be allowed to truncate the peace and destabilise economic activities of the state.
“We believe there are criminal elements amongst the people of this area and we must fish them out,” he said when he paid a fact finding visit to the palace of the Osu Ajiri, Halilu Bala Usman the traditional ruler of Udege Chiefdom of the state on Sunday.
Worried about the resurgence of insecurity in the area that was peaceful only months ago, the governor admonished youths in the area to shun crime.
The Osu Ajiri on his part, commended the governor for beefing up security in the area as well as the ongoing construction of the Mararaba Udege – Udege Mbeki road.
He, however, wants the speedy appointment of more district heads in the area for ease of administration and improved security.
A total of 1,907 suspected criminals in connection with 1,519 reported cases have been arrested by the Katsina state police command in 10 months.
This is within the last 10 months in its ongoing fight against the menace of cattle rustling, armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality especially in the most affected eight front line LGAs of the state.
The state Police Commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba disclosed this on Tuesday during his end of the year press conference held at the Command Headquarters, Katsina state.
He said a total of 1,256 arrested suspects are currently undergoing prosecution in various competent courts of law in the state, adding that a total of eight (8) rustlers were killed, 44 arrested while five (5) were severely injured in several battles.
CP Buba further stated that a total of 435 rustled animals comprising 359 cows, 61 of them are sheep, seven donkeys, seven camels and one goat recovered alongside 170 suspected armed robbery suspects, 106 suspected kidnappers arrested, two killed in battle and 44 victims rescued.
“The launching of Operation Puff Adder by the Inspector General of Police in Batsari LGA of the state witnessed the massive deployment of personnel and equipment in the Front line areas leading to massive raids and several arrests of suspected bandits from their criminal hideouts and recovery of a large catch of arms and ammunition.”
The police Commissioner while assuring determination to do more in 2020, maintained that in the same year, following the state government peace dialogue initiative, 30 kidnapped victims were also released by their captors.
He said 11 AK47 rifles, one Tavo 21 rifle, two English pistols, 24 locally made guns, 27 Dane guns 398 live ammunition and 48 cartridges were also recovered during various sting operations carried out by the command.
Similarly, the command according to the commissioner during the year under review recovered a total of 18 motor vehicles and 66 motorcycles from 59 suspected criminals.
He, therefore, appreciated the effort of the state government for initiating and leading the peace dialogue process between farmers and herders in the state, adding that, the giant stride has by no means brought about peace in the affected communities.
He, however, warned unrepentant bandits and their collaborators or informers to either accept the peace initiative of the Government or be dealt with according to extant laws of the land.
The highlight of the conference was the decoration of four police officers who were hitherto promoted to various ranks.
Two of the officers decorated were promoted from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of police whereas last two officers were promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday rejoiced with Nigerians, especially Christians in the country on the occasion of this year’s Christmas.
In his message to the nation, he urged the people to show love to their fellow neighbours, noting that this among others was the essence of the season.
The President also called on insurgents, armed robbers, and kidnappers, as well as economic saboteurs among others to have a rethink and be of good behaviour.
He, however, warned that those who choose to remain adamant would definitely come to the end of the road as respective government agencies were already making efforts to make Nigeria better.
President Buhari was confident that the recent signing of the 2020 Appropriation Bill into law would help the country to actualise its vision of a bright and prosperous future.
During the period of celebration, he appealed to the people to pray for members of the nation’s armed forces making the sacrifice to protect the people.
He also advised motorists to drive with care and ordered the relevant traffic agencies to ensure compliance with safety measures.
The President, therefore, wished Nigerians a Merry Christmas and a more fulfilling New Year 2020.
Read the President’s message to the nation below:
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S 2019 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO NIGERIANS
I felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters in particular, and all Nigerians in general, on the joyous occasion of Christmas of the year 2019.
As Christendom commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, I enjoin all Nigerians to imbibe and demonstrate the essence of the season of love; goodwill among all the ethnic groups in the country; giving and sharing; strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and good neighbourliness; and focusing on all that bind us together as one united country.
I, therefore, urge our compatriots to shun all actions which negate the spirit of the season.
However, celebrating the spirit and virtues of Christmas need not be a one-day affair, but rather, ought to continue into the New Year.
It is in line with the spirit of Christmas that I call on all elements whose actions are opposed to what the season represents, especially, insurgents, terrorists, armed robbers, kidnappers and economic saboteurs, to retrace their steps and join people of goodwill and common humanity.
If they fail to heed this call, they will meet their end as the armed forces, security and law-enforcement agencies are poised now to confront and defeat them.
Our people must make extra efforts to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours, irrespective of differences.
While it is gladdening to note that incidents of violence and conflicts have reduced drastically owing to the several operations embarked on by our security agencies, we must not let our guards down.
As Christmas indicates good tidings of hope and redemption, Nigerians can look forward to a turnaround in the administration’s priority areas of fighting corruption, providing security, economic diversification, job creation and infrastructure upgrade.
Having recently signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill into Law, I reiterate my promise during the presentation of the Budget Proposals before the National Assembly on October 8, 2019 that, “We remain resolutely committed to the actualization of our vision of a bright and prosperous future for all Nigerians.”
The 2020 Budget of Sustainable Growth and Job Creation will be rigorously implemented to further deepen its impact on the generality of our people.
Let me use this occasion to once more thank the leadership and members of the National Assembly for the speedy consideration and passage of the 2020 Budget Proposals.
We are confident that this new era of cordiality and cooperation between the executive and the legislature will fast-track our collective commitment to giving our people better life and governance.
As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember to pray for members of our armed forces and other security agencies who are making so much sacrifice to protect us from people of evil intent.
We should also extend love to the families of those whose bread-winners made the ultimate sacrifice while defending their fatherland.
I appeal to motorists to drive with care this festive season, while road safety and security officials should ensure compliance with safety measures to avoid needless accidents and attendant loss of life and property.
I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a more fulfilling New Year 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.