Police Raid Terrorists’ Hideout, Arrest Seven Bandits’ Informants, Robbers, Others

 

Seven suspected bandits’ informants belonging to a syndicate of terrorists, armed robbers, and kidnappers have been arrested by the Police in Katsina State.

The suspects, who have, according to the police, reportedly been terrorizing Danja Local Government Area of the state and its environs were arrested based on credible intelligence on August 8th, 2022 at about 0800hrs.

The suspects all from Layin Kwari, Danja LGA include; Aliyu Ismail, ‘M’, aged 30yrs, Kabir Aminu, ‘M’, aged 26yrs, Shagari Abubakar, ‘M’, aged 28yrs, Umar Garba, ‘M’, aged22yrs, Sani Lawal, ‘M’, aged 30yrs, Murtala Abubakar, ‘M’, aged 25yrs and Basiru Abdullahi, ‘M’, aged 25yrs.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda stated this on Wednesday while parading the suspects at the command headquarters, Katsina to announce the recent achievements recorded by the officers in the ongoing onslaught against crime and criminality in the state.

He recalled that sometime in June 2022, the syndicate attacked the residence of one Abdullahi Muhammad, ‘M”, of Layin Kwari village, Danja LGA, and inflicted injuries on him.

The suspects according to CP Dauda equally kidnapped the victim’s wife and mother but were fortunately rescued while on their way into the forest by a combined team of police and vigilante.

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“Similarly, on 07/08/2022 the same syndicate returned to the village, attacked the residence of one Yunusa Danjuma, broke into his provision store, and stole away assorted goods valued three hundred and ninety-three thousand naira (N393,000:00K).

“Equally, they proceeded to the house of one Alhaji Murtala Yakubu and kidnapped his wife, one Fatima Murtala, ‘F’, aged 25yrs of the same address to an unknown destination. In the course of an investigation, suspects confessed to the commission of the offences,” he added.

In a related development, the Police on August 12th, 2022 at about 0300hrs, raided a terrorist’s hideout at Babban Duhu village in Safana LGA of Katsina State and engaged them in a gun duel, recovering one AK-47 rifle with thirty-nine (39) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

In the meantime, the State Police Command has busted a syndicate of armed robbers and arrested nineteen (19) suspected armed robbers where thirteen (13) suspected stolen motor vehicles were recovered in their possession.

CP Idrisu recalled that recently, residents especially in Katsina metropolitan area were bedeviled with the activities of a syndicate that specialized in housebreaking, armed robbery, and theft of motor vehicles.

He explained that the command did not rest on its oars but launched a manhunt for the daredevil criminals.

“And to God be the glory, it has succeeded in cracking down the syndicates terrorizing the state. A total of nineteen (19) suspected members of the syndicate including their ring leader were arrested and Thirteen (13) suspected stolen motor vehicles were recovered by the command.

“The details are hereby summarized below: on 31/07/2022 at about 2330hrs, the syndicate broke and attacked the residence of one Nura Lawal, ‘M’, of Modoji Quarters, GRA, Katsina, with a gun and other weapons, robbed him of his vehicle, Toyota, Corolla L.E., 2010 model, with registration number ABJ 836 HC, ash in colour, valued three million, five hundred naira (N3,500,000:00K), cash in the sum of three hundred and forty thousand naira (N340,000:00K) and clothes.

“In the course of the investigation, one of the suspects, Musa Isah, ‘M’, aged 35yrs of Behind Tourists Lodge, Katsina was accosted by police with the said motor vehicle at Kazaure, Jigawa state, and the stolen clothes were also recovered inside the vehicle.

“After due and diligent investigation, the duo of Abdullahi B. Mahmud, ‘M’, aged 35yrs and Babayo Abdulkadir, ‘M’, aged 32yrs, both of Bauchi Township, Bauchi state, were arrested as receivers of stolen motor vehicles from Katsina. Four fake transaction receipts/Invoices and stamps used in issuing to unsuspecting buyers as genuine documents were recovered.

“Further investigation, also led to the arrest of two other members of the syndicate, one (1) Ibrahim Musa, ‘M’, aged 45yrs and (2) Nura Isa Lawal, ‘M’, aged 42yrs of Jos, Plateau state. In the course of the investigation, three (3) suspected stolen motor vehicles were also recovered in their possession; two (2) Toyota, Corolla L. E., unregistered, one with registration number JJN 315 AG, red in colour, belonging to one Reverend Blessing Geoffrey of the Assemblies of God Church, Katsina and a Peugeot 206 model, blue in colour, with registration number KTU 938 AC.

“Equally another gang member of the syndicate, one Muhammed Ibrahim Lawal a.k.a “ABBA KALA”, ‘M’, aged 30yrs of Daura but residing at Behind Tourists Lodge Quarters, Katsina, was arrested with a suspected stolen motor vehicle, and which is used as their operational vehicle, a black Mercedes car with registration number KWR 93 NT.

“It can also be recalled that on 11/08/2022 at about 0530hrs, the said ‘ABBA KALA’ led his gang of armed robbers and attacked the house of one Samaila Samaila, ‘M’, of Gidan Dawa Quarters, Katsina, with a gun and other dangerous weapons and robbed him of his motor vehicle Toyota, 2014 model, Camry, black in colour, with registration number KTN 183 DBA, valued five million, five hundred thousand naira, (N5,500,000:00K).

“In the course of the investigation, the plate number of the said stolen Toyota, Camry, with reg. no. KTN 183 DBA was found inside the boot of the black Mercedes. Bunches of motor vehicle keys, two machetes, and house-breaking implements were also recovered in his house. The suspect confessed to having masterminded several armed robbery attacks in Katsina and robbed many motor vehicles.

“Furthermore, he mentioned one Nasiru Mumuda, ‘M’, aged 27yrs of Sheka Quarters, Kano to be his cohort and accomplice. An investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting other members of the syndicate and recovering more stolen vehicles.

“On 26/07/20222 at about 1500hrs, a distress call was received that a motor vehicle, Honda, Civic, 98 Model, red in colour, with registration number SDM 178 AA, belonging to one Salisu Abdullahi, ‘M’, of Sandamu LGA of Katsina State, was stolen at Daura Motel. Police patrol team at Nakola, along Daura – Katsina road were alerted and the vehicle was intercepted.

“The duo of one Mubarak Lawal, ‘M’, aged 28yrs of Bakin Kasuwa Quarters, Daura, and one Umar Salisu, ‘M’, aged 23yrs of Kofar Kaura Quarters, Katsina were accosted. In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to the crime and admitted to having specialized in stealing vehicles using fabricated keys. Two fabricated master keys were recovered in their possession during a police search.

“On 16/08/2022, based on credible intelligence, the command succeeded in busting another syndicate of armed robbers and vehicle snatchers terrorizing Katsina and its environs.

“Nemesis caught up with the following suspects: (1) Zakariya’u Adamu, popularly known as Babangida Danjuma, alias BB, ‘M’, aged 25yrs of Behind KTTV Quarters, Katsina, (2) Sadiq Garba, alias Coper, ‘M’, aged 35yrs of Abukur village, Rimi LGA of Katsina State and (3) Aminu Lawan, alias entertainment, ‘M’, aged 30yrs of Layout Quarters, Katsina, when they were arrested in their hideout and in the course of the investigation, the following four (4) suspected stolen motor vehicles were recovered in their possession: (1) HONDA CRV, Ash in colour, unregistered (2) HONDA CIVIC, fish-eye, black in colour, unregistered, (3) HONDA UK, with registration number AP 954-YAB, Abuja, ash in colour (4) PEUGEOT 407, black in colour, with registration number KRD-264 GW, Lagos and other incriminating items such as house breaking implements, two cutlasses, master keys, a handbag containing wrist watch, necklace, and rings.

“It can also be recalled that on 23/07/2022 at about 0430hrs, suspect Zakariya’u Babangida alias Babangida Danjuma, B.B., led his gang of armed robbers and attacked the business premises of one Hajiya Hadiza Sadi, ‘F’, aged 40yrs, at Goruba, GRA, Katsina and robbed her of assorted goods valued four million and two hundred thousand, (N4,200:00K).

“But due to the swift response of the command, the hoodlums were repelled and their operational vehicle, Toyota Corolla, Golden in colour, with registration number BUU 706 RR, Plateau, was recovered at the scene loaded with the stolen goods. Also, another plate number EE970 ABJ, Abuja was recovered at the boot of the said vehicle.

“In the course of the investigation, suspects confessed to having participated in several armed robbery cases and theft of motor vehicles in the state. An investigation is ongoing.

“On 07/08/2022 at about 1900hrs, acting on a tip-off, the command succeeded in arresting the duo of one Murtal Sani, ‘M’, aged 29yrs of Na’ibawa Quarters, Kano state and Rabi’u Lawal, ‘M’, aged 53yrs of Kadawa village, Garun Mallam LGA of Kano state, in possession of a motor vehicle Golf III, Saloon, Black in colour, with registration number TRN-135 YZ, Kano, suspected to be stolen.

“In the course of investigation suspects confessed to have stolen the vehicle from Na’ibawa Quarters, Kano. They also mentioned one Abba Gajere, ‘M’ of Kano State, and Rabi’u Lawal, “M”, of Katsina (now at large) as their accomplices.

“The vehicle’s documents bearing the name of one Yahaya Suleiman of Layin Nagero, Yar’akwa Quarters, Na’ibawa was recovered inside the vehicle during a police search. An investigation is ongoing.

“On 19/08/2022, based on incredible intelligence, the command succeeded in busting another syndicate of armed robbers and car thieves terrorizing the state.

“Nemesis caught up with following suspects: Usman Haruna, ‘M’, aged 32yrs of Shola Quarters, Katsina.

“Abdulaziz Muhammad, ‘M’, aged 32yrs of Karofi Quarters, Keffi, Nasarawa state.
Mohammed Sanusi, ‘M’, aged 39yrs of Janya’u Tagabas Quarters, Gusau, Zamfara state, Aminu Maikano, ‘M’, aged 42yrs of Tsohuwa Kasuwa Quarters, Gusau, Zamfara state, and Mustapha A. Garba, alias D.D., aged 50yrs of Green –Admin bypass area, Gusau, Zamfara State.”

The police commissioner further called on the good people of the state to continue to cooperate with the police and indeed other sister security agencies in the ongoing onslaught against the recalcitrant terrorists.

He announced that the command in collaboration with other security agencies especially the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, and DSS is working assiduously towards decimating the activities of terrorists in the state.

He also charged members of the communities to be courageous and not be intimidated or afraid in coming out to give any useful information that will assist the security agencies, assuring that, any useful information given will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Fake Soldier, Kuje Prison Escapee Arrested In Adamawa

Some of the suspects paraded at the police headquarters in Adamawa State.

 

A fake soldier and one of the inmates, who fled the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja following an attack on the facility by terrorists, have been arrested in Adamawa State.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Sikiru Akande, disclosed this on Thursday during a press conference at the Command’s Headquarters in Yola, the state capital.

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He said the fleeing inmate, a 23-year-old Abubakar Mohammed, who is facing terrorism charges, was nabbed in the north-eastern state while trying to relocate to his native home of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to the Commissioner, the arrested escapee has been in detention at the Kuje facility since 2017 over alleged involvement in terrorism.

Also nabbed by police operatives are a fake soldier said to be extorting innocent victims and 12 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers. Recovered from the suspects are assaulted firearms and weapons.

Parading the suspected criminals, Akande said the arrest was made possible by police operatives from Mubi Division on Wednesday.

The police commissioner said detectives discovered that the suspect escaped from the Kuje prison upon interrogation.

After getting wind of the information, he said he quickly contacted the Controller of Prisons in Adamawa State, Ahmed Abdulusman.

“Yesterday, detectives in Mubi suspected somebody and after interrogation, they discovered that the boy is of those people who escaped from the Kuje Correctional Centre,” he said.

“Immediately, I got in touch with my brother, the Controller of Correctional Centre in Adamawa State because the act committed by these people is directed at them.”

While noting that any action done against any security service is directed at all agencies, the police commissioner said the Adamawa State Command will leave no stone unturned in tackling criminal activities.

He assured residents of the state of their safety, calling for increased collaboration and synergy among security agencies.

The CP thereafter handed over the suspected terrorist to the NCS Controller for the proper procession, upon which the fleeing inmate will be transferred to Abuja to continue facing terrorism charges.

In his remark, the Prison Controller commended the efforts of police operatives who tracked down the fleeing inmate.

Abdulusman also reiterated the commitment of the Correctional Centre to apprehend other fleeing suspects so that they can answer for their criminal activities.

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Police Discover Indian Hemp Plantation In Ogun, Arrest Seven Suspects

Arrested crime suspects in Ogun State.

 

The Police in Ogun State have discovered a large expanse of land cultivated for planting Indian hemp.

They have also arrested seven suspects who were caught on the farmland.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command, Dsp Abimbola Oyeyemi (Anipr).

According to the statement, the suspects, Nelson Enu, Patrick Emmanuel, Samuel Paul, Ekioya Joe, Monday Okoro, Endurance Eliobe and Stanley Ogejiagba were all arrested following credible intelligence gathered by policemen at Isara divisional headquarters.

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The intelligence further revealed that the suspects were threatening the lives of the villagers who did not initially know what they wanted to use the cultivated land for, for daring to disturb them while the planting was going on.

Upon the information, the DPO Isara division, CSP Shobiyi Oluwatoshin mobilised his men in conjunction with local vigilante and moved to the scene where the seven suspects were arrested.

Recovered from them were five bags of suspected Indian hemp seeds while two bags had already been planted.

Oyeyemi said the Commissioner Of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for onward transfer to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for possible prosecution.

Police Arrest 84 Notorious Criminal Suspects In Special Operations

A collage of suspects paraded by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

 

Authorities of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) say operatives have arrested a total of 84 notorious criminal suspects within the past month.

In a communique on Wednesday, Police Spokesman, CP Frank Mba noted that the arrests follow the ongoing implementation of a robust security action plan to protect citizens and critical national infrastructure across the country.

“A total of forty-five (45) sophisticated firearms and ammunition including 1-GPMG, 1-LAR rifle, 17-AK47 rifles, 2-Pump Action rifles, 20- locally fabricated firearms, 3-single barrel guns, 9899- live ammunition of different calibres, 80-fake vehicle number plates, 1- Toyota Camry with Reg. No. AA 792 HJA and 1-Toyota Corolla LE with Reg. No. QAP 622 AA, were recovered from the suspects in the operations.

“The suspects were arrested for their involvement in series of violent crimes including terrorism, banditry, kidnap for ransom, possession, and proliferation of illegal weapons, armed robbery, unlawful production of vehicle number plates, etc. While many of the suspects were arrested in follow-up on cases of violent crimes under investigation, many others were arrested after being subdued following a gun duel with the police who took the battle to the doorsteps of the criminals,” the police image-maker stated.

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CP Mba further revealed that notably amongst the cases is the arrest of four (4) members of a notorious criminal gang responsible for carrying out some of the high-profile kidnaps for ransom operations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Bauchi, and the Plateau States.

“The suspects are Umar Abdullahi ‘m’ 40yrs of kali Kura village, Giwa LGA, Kaduna State, Yusuf Tanimu ‘m’ 23yrs of Kurena, Zaria, Kaduna State, Mamuda Suleiman ‘m’ 40yrs of Barkin Ladi, Plateau State and Abubakar Yaro ‘m’ 38yrs from Wase village, Plateau State.”

Investigations revealed that the gang is linked to series of kidnap for ransom crimes including the kidnapping of some senior staff of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, family members of notable political appointees, and business entrepreneurs in Kaduna State and other contiguous State.

A further inquiry suggested that the suspects were at an advanced stage of operationalizing their plans to kidnap a Catholic Bishop in Zaria when they were apprehended.

In addition to their kidnapping enterprise, the gang also supplies arms and ammunition to Bandits at Birnin Gwarri, Kaduna State, Niger, Katsina, and Zamfara States.

“One (1) General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), two (2) AK47 rifles, six thousand, five hundred and nine (6,509) live ammunition were recovered from the syndicate during the operation,” the police communique read in parts.

Mr Mba also disclosed that the police team arrested a 7-man criminal syndicate that specializes in the manufacturing and supplies of locally fabricated AK-47 rifles and ammunition to bandits in forests along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway and Funtua – Kankara expressway in Katsina State.

“The suspects are; Dung Michael ‘m’ 26yrs, Dung James ‘m’ 29yrs, Bulus Iliya ‘m’ 25yrs, Markus Danladi ‘m’ 25yrs, Danjuma Dachu ‘m’ 25yrs all from Jos South and Samaila Abdullahi ‘m’ 45yrs from Toro in Bauchi State, Maek Danladi ‘m’ 30yrs from Chukum, Kaduna State. In a similar vein, one Abubakar Mohammed a.k.a Mallam Buzu from Mali who is a transnational gun-runner was arrested by the Police team in Tsamiya, a border town between the Benin Republic and Nigeria. He was arrested with a GPMG ammunition chain drive with a holding capacity of 1,600 rounds of ammunition.”

In addition, three (3) suspects responsible for the production of fake vehicle number plates including a replica of number plates of government, diplomatic and security agencies were arrested. Investigations revealed that the suspects supply the number plates to criminal elements who use the same to beat security checks during their operations. A total of eighty (80) fake number plates were recovered from the gang.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba,  while affirming that the kinetic and non-kinetic approaches targeted at re-ordering security in the country are already yielding positive results, reassured citizens of the renewed commitment of the Force to the fight against crimes and criminality.

He called for sustained support for the police and the security community as efforts are intensified to enhance public safety, peace, and security.

All the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.

Army Arrests 66 Suspected Criminals, Loses Seven Personnel In Niger

Some suspected criminals paraded by the Commander, Major General Moundhey Gadzama Ali, at the command’s headquarters at Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State on December 23, 2020.

 

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.”

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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.”

Yuletide: Police Parade 14 Suspected Criminals, Deploy 3,500 Personnel In Imo

The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Isaac Akinmoyede, speaks during a press conference in Owerri on December 13, 2020.

 

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.”

Killings: Nasarawa Gov Orders Community Leaders To Fish Out Criminals

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.

 

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.

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.