The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested 10 suspects who allegedly engaged in cult related activities which led to public disturbance in Mowe area of the state.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested at various locations in Mowe following the violent cult clash between two rival groups.
He said that the suspects came to Mowe and unleashed mayhem in the area, vandalized vehicles and made life uncomfortable for innocent residents of the area before a distress call was made to the Area Commander, Sagamu and Divisional Police Officer, Mowe by residents of the area
Consequently, Policemen were swiftly deployed to the scene and repelled their activity and in the process 10 among the hoodlums were arrested, including a female member who investigation revealed is the person whose house they gathered to hold meetings and strategize on how to carry out the attack.
According to the PPRO, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
He has also warned that violent crimes will not have a place in the state.
He appealed to parents to warn their children to desist from any criminal act as the Police command is out to deal decisively with anybody caught perpetrating acts of criminality
He advised residents to go about their normal businesses as the Police would deploy everything in its arsenal to ensure their safety all the time.
Deputy Director of Army Public Relations of 82 Division, Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa and the Commandant of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Colonel Isa Abdullahi, have commenced inspection of activities at different check points of the ‘Exercise Python Dance’.
This is to further strengthen the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the mandate of the latest security operations in the five Southeast states.
It is also aimed at ensuring the various teams are operating within the premise of mandate, as well as ensuring that the exercise yields the desired results.
According to Mr Musa, the effect of the exercise was already manifesting, especially in the area of traffic congestion, as it had been minimized greatly at the Bridge Head axis as well as other border points where the check points of the exercise were planted.
At the boundary between Anambra and Enugu state at Amansea community on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, vehicular movement was equally said to be smooth and uninterrupted.
The check points were well manned by vigilant eyed soldiers who passed the vehicles as they came and at the same time maintained security in the area.
On the arrival of Mr Musa and Mr Abdullahi, to inspect the mode of operation at the point, they expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance of road users.
The mandate of the exercise included but was not limited to checkmating rising waves of crime usually prevalent during the yuletide period, traffic decongestion of major highways, patrol raids, cordon and search, planting of check point and road blocks, show of force and anti-kidnapping drills among other serious violent crimes including herdsmen-farmers clashes.
At the second boundary between Anambra and Enugu state, the soldiers, properly positioned, were seen passing vehicles calmly, while motorists complied with the new set up maximally.
Moving out of the area, the next port of call was the Bridge Head axis where initially complaints were laid over sudden traffic congestion occasioned by the new check points.
Reacting to that, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, maintained that the interest of the Nigerian Army was the peace and stability of the country, and in the present exercise, it would be to ensure that the targeted challenges were reduced to barest minimum.
Musa said, “the Nigerian Army has no other interest except one – to ensure peace, security and stability in all parts of Nigeria.
“Here like we have explained, issues of kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen-farmers clashes, cultism, and even traffic gridlock are the issues and our interest here is to ensure that these security challenges are reduced to the barest minimum.
“You can see vehicles moving left and right, so there is no congestion. In any case, there is not much stop and search operation on the road.
“Soldiers are just by the side of the road watching in case of any need for them to act. They will act professionally and decisively,” he said.
While many commended the efforts of the Nigerian army in the area of security and maintenance of orderliness on the highways brought about by their presence, others still complained of traffic congestion.
In the words of some of the citizens, “police and army are doing well, there is no problem.”
Another commuter said, “it is a welcome development because when the military men are on the road, it makes people feel safe that no thieves will attack them.
“So for me, I think it is a welcome development but I will also want to advise them to be courteous of not causing hold up.”
Musa however noted the complaints and assured citizens of necessary intervention.
The Delta state police command has formally launched a new anti-crime outfit tagged Operation ‘Eagle Net’, aimed at complementing already existing outfits in the state, in the fight against every form of crime in the society.
Launching the outfit at the Officers Mess Okwe in Asaba the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zaina Ibrahim, said it was part of the command’s untiring strategies to ensure that criminals are completely driven out of the state for the peace and safety of Deltans.
Assuring the public of a thorough dedication to its mandate, the Commander of Eagle Net, Dimka Usman, said he would ensure that no member of his team is involved in corruption while discharging their duties.
Earlier on, the command launched the state anti- corruption crusade, which was said to be in accordance with the directive of the Inspector General Of Police for every command to key into the Federal Government’s “Change Begins With Me” campaign, aimed at fighting corruption.
While some suspects were paraded for various crimes bordering on kidnapping, sea robbery, armed robbery, cultism and murder, the command pledged it’s unalloyed commitment towards an improved service delivery to Deltans.
One of spectacular cases was that of an alleged plan to kidnap one Mary Kurbu, aged 77 years, by her nephew known as Francis Kurbu and other members of the gang.
According to the police, the arrests were proactively done after a tip off.
They however advised all criminals to denounce crime as according to them, “the eye of the eagle can see from afar when in search of its prey”.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa says he is committed to curbing the activities of criminals in the state ahead of the Christmas celebrations.
The governor stated this when he officially launched the new special police security unit called “Eagle Net.”
He also donated ten Hilux vans to the Delta State Police command for the effective operations of the special police unit.
While presenting the vans to the State Commissioner of Police, Governor Okowa says this initiative is a product of resolutions made during the state security council meeting to create a special unit in the police force to combat crime.
According to the state Commissioner of Police, Zaina Ibrahim, the security vans will assist the new special security to tackle special security challenges in the state.
He added that the problems of Nigerian police in exercising its duties are both logistical and moral.
According to the commissioner of police, there is no better time than now to receive these vans which will be used by the ‘Eagle Net’ to check criminal activities, especially during these ‘Ember months.”
The new unit was created to complement the activities of existing police security units such as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), SWAT, and others.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has warned criminals, especially kidnappers in the country never to think that Nigeria is lawless.
The Police Chief gave the warning in a statement on Thursday when operatives of the IGP’s Intelligent Response Team “IRT” arrested notorious kidnapping gang known to have been terrorising law-abiding citizens in Rivers State and its environs.
“The gang met its end when they kidnapped a woman and her one year old daughter from her Port Harcourt home, demanding the sum of 2.5million Naira as ransom for their freedom. Based on credible technical intelligence generated by the IRT, this was however agreed as bait.
“But the end of the kidnapping gang came when in their attempt to claim the said sum of money at the agreed point, operatives of IRT engaged them, rescued the victims and arrested four of the kidnappers who gave their names as: Herbert Oriminagbe, Chijioke Akah, alias Kottos, Kelechi Nwaordu, alias Seedorf and Nelson Ajumogobia, alias Ibios,” the statement said.
In their confessional statements, the gang admitted that they were also responsible for the kidnap of one Undunobuk and other innocent Nigerians.
“Going through a laptop computer recovered from them, it was discovered that the real owner, Undunobuk was once robbed in his Port Harcourt residence and later kidnapped to unknown seaside only to be released on the payment of 1.3 million Naira ransom,” the statement added.
Mr Idris said that the Nigeria Police Force has the technical and intelligence, as well as the capacity and capability to reduce the perceived rise in crime, especially kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and other forms of violent crime.
He therefore urged Nigerians to always inform the Police when they perceive any act of criminality and provide necessary credible information.
The Nigerian Army has commenced company field training exercise at the Ekenwan Barracks in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Commander of 4 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Farouk Yahaya, disclosed this to journalists on Thursday.
Stressing the importance of the exercise, he said that it was in line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
He maintained that the force has a mandate to give necessary support to other relevant security agencies in maintaining law and order.
General Yahaya also explained that the training, which centered on cordon and search drills, would help in the fight against prevalent crimes such as kidnapping and cultism in Nigeria’s southern region.
The Kwara State government has concluded arrangement to strengthen the cultism law, to reduce the current increase in cult activities in the state.
The new law, when implemented, would ensure the culprit spends between 10 to 14 years behind bars while the properties and buildings being used for the nefarious activities would be confiscated by the government.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting which dwells on the issue, the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General for the State, Kamaldeen Ajibade, explained that a new bill would be sent to the state legislature to strengthen the existing bill on cultism.
Confiscation of the properties and buildings used for the crime, according to him, would be part of the new measure while anyone caught would spend between 10-14 years behind bars when convicted.
He denied the insinuation that the government has whittled down the law on cultism. He insisted that tougher measures would be introduced.
Adding his voice, the State Commissioner for Information, Mahmud Ajeigbe, said that the government has realised the need to strengthen the existing law, stressing that parents should constantly monitor their wards who are students in higher institutions to guard against moving with bad friends.
In recent times, there has been increase in cult activities in Ilorin the Kwara State capital, which has led to killings and counter killings.
The Police authority had been parading cultism suspects almost on a monthly basis and has given assurance of its readiness to work with relevant authorities to bring the menace to an end.
Police have arrested 17 crime suspects alleged to have been involved in armed robbery, cultism and ritual killings in Ogun State.
The suspects were paraded at the State Headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in Nigeria’s southwest region.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said that the suspects were arrested after a useful information from residents of the state.
He disclosed that among those arrested was a 30 year-old cobbler, a native of Cross River State who impersonated and disguised as a military officer to defraud some persons.
While assuring residents of adequate protection of life and property, Mr Adejobi sounded a note of warning to criminals in Ogun State to have a re-think of their action, expressing the Police’s readiness to combat crime.
Items recovered from the crime suspects include arms and ammunition, charms and a taxi cab allegedly being used by a three gang of robbers terrorising residents of Abeokuta.
The Police have arrested a gang of 19 suspects for crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism.
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, made the disclosure to reporters while parading the suspects at the Delta State Police Command headquarters in southern Nigeria.
The Police Commissioner revealed that the suspects, arraigned for various crimes, were caught and arrested at different locations in the state.
Giving a breakdown of the suspects activities, he said some were members of an armed robbery group terrorising the Effurun Market involved in a gun battle with a team of soldiers while some others were members of a cult group who were apprehended on their way to carry out an attack on students of a polytechnic.
Mr Usman expressed delight that his command had continued to deliver on their mandate to protect lives and property.
He also requested for the cooperation of well-meaning residents in curbing crime in the oil-rich state.
Some of the items recovered from the suspects were locally made guns, cartridges and vehicles.
Meanwhile investigations are still going on while efforts are being made to apprehend other suspects yet to be arrested.
The Imo State Police Command has arrested at least 25 suspects for their alleged involvement in criminal activities ranging from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and car snatching.
The suspects were paraded by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, at the command headquarters in Owerri, the state’s capital in southeast Nigeria.
Mr Lakanu disclosed that one of the most shocking stories in the arrest of the suspected criminals was that of a dangerous four-man kidnapping gang responsible for the kidnap and murder of one Madam Ogo Omereji aged 63-years-old, who was kidnapped in her farm at Awara in Ohaji/Egbema late last year.
He said that during interrogation, the suspects confessed to have kidnapped, tortured to death and subsequently buried the victim’s corpse in a shallow grave in the forest, even after they had collected a ransom of 510,000 Naira from the victim’s family.
The Police Commissioner also revealed that over the last three months, a total number of 88 suspects have been arrested for kidnapping while 16 victims have been rescued with 41 other suspects arrested for armed robbery.
While warning criminals to stay away from Imo State in their own interest, especially kidnappers and armed robbers, Mr Lakanu said that the command has crime mapped and cobwebbed the entire state through overt and covert strategies that would enable them detect any crime in and around the state.
He also asked for the support and cooperation of the government and people of Imo State in their renewed determination to fight crime to a standstill in the state.