Kogi Police Parades 45 Criminal Suspects

policeThe Kogi State Police Command has paraded 45 suspected criminals, including a lady for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling activities in the state.

Also paraded among the 45 suspects were 72-year-old Ahmed Andoke, a relative of former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Andoke, and an All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the last House of Assembly election for Okehi State Constituency, Idris Ozi Shuaibu, and a cripple alleged to be in custody of stolen items and financing some criminal gangs terrorizing the state.

Following the upsurge of activities of armed bandits, kidnappers, social miscreants and hoodlums in the state the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, deployed a special anti-crime task force to relocate to the state and quickly address the situation.

The State Governor, Idris Wada, has promised to give out the sum of 5 million naira to anybody with credible information that will lead to tracking down the kidnappers terrorizing the state.

On parading the suspects and their loot, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the squad has in the last three weeks quickly design a template to contain the situation.

Items recovered from the suspects are: 3 faces prepaid meters, AK 47, double barrel guns, locally made Dane guns, cartridges, charms, pump action, cars, cutlasses, military camouflage uniform, ATM cards etc.

Two of the harden criminals popularly called cat and target, were said to be terrorizing people of the Okene axis and were alleged to have killed some Policemen on duty and went away with their guns, were called for questioning.

Though Journalists could not ask questions from the suspects, and this made some of the suspects protest by shouting out, while others claimed it was a  frame up.

The police said the suspects will be charged to court after the completion of their investigation, not until then, they will be under the custody of the Police.

NANS President Escapes Assassination Attempt In Jos

The crisis rocking the recent elections of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) took a new dimension as hoodlums attacked the entourage of the newly elected president in Jos on Thursday with accusing fingers pointed at one of the contestants.

The newly elected president of National Association of Nigerian Students, Yinka Gbadebo and some members of the association escaped an attempt on their lives in Jos, north central Nigeria while on tour of campuses across the country.

Comrade Yinka Gbadebo in a press briefing in Jos narrated how a group of assassins attacked him and his entourage at a hotel in Ray field area of Jos with guns and machetes and kidnapped one of his colleague as well as destroying the association vehicle but one of the assailants was apprehended and handed over to the police.

“Prince Miaphen sent a group of assassins after me and my entourage on Thursday 7th Feb, 2013. The assassins arrived Rayfied area in Jos at about 7:30 a.m. with guns and matchete but they couldn’t locate me. Unfortunately, they kidnapped one of my colleagues, comrade Dimeji Azeez of the University of Ibadan,” he said. Mr. Gbadebo added that despite coming 7th out of 12 candidates in the election, Mr. Miaphen has been parading himself as the elected president of NANS. The union leader said he got 32 votes out of the total votes cast during the convention to emerge President of the Association, while Mr. Miaphen got 18 votes.

Addressing pressmen on the assassination attempt on his life, Yinka Gbadebo expressed concern on the attitude of the contestants that has been parading himself as NANS president with a final onslaught on his life.

The outgoing NANS president, Dauda Mohammed had a dose of the attack as his vehicle was vandalized and lost some valuables to the attackers.

The matter is being investigated by security agencies as it needs to be urgently addressed with adequate legal steps taken towards the prosecution of the accused which will serve as deterrent to others in the future.