Police Arrest 1,907 Suspects, Rescue 30 Victims In Katsina

 

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.”

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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.

Christmas: Buhari Asks Criminals, Looters To Retrace Their Steps

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President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a meeting at the State House in Abuja.

 

 

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.

Muhammadu Buhari

President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

December 24, 2019

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.