Police Recover Guns Allegedly Snatched By Niger Delta Militants

Police, Kidnappers, OsunThe Delta State Police Command has recovered guns said to have been snatched by Niger Delta militants from officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service.

The two automatic weapons were reported to have been seized from the officials on routine patrol in the creeks of the Niger Delta region to check the influx of illegal aliens to Nigeria through the waterways.

There was a short ceremony put together by the Delta State Police Command to put on record that two M3 rifles snatched from a marine crew of the Nigerian Immigration Service in the Creeks of the Niger Delta on December 10, 2016 have been recovered.

The weapons were handed over by the traditional ruler His Royal Majesty, Couple Orominor, the Pere of Ogbe-Ijaw Kingdom to the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim.

The Ijaw monarch called for a better synergy between security agencies, government and the community for effective dissemination of information that would help in reducing crime in the Niger Delta Region

“Arms were seized by unknown persons within my domain and I swung into action in getting information on how to recover the arms. Government should do its part in ensuring that there is no hiding place for criminals, as most of them take advantage of the bushes to perpetrate their evil intentions,” he said

While stressing the importance of partnership, Mr Ibrahim pointed out that trust was the only way for effective community policing, adding that the two rifles were recovered through the combined efforts of some policemen and Ogbe-Ijaw community.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, have always advocated community partnership, believing that the police could not do it alone.
“You have to partner with all security stakeholders and traditional rulers to build trust and confidence,” Mr Idris had said.

It was reported that the immigration officials the guns were assigned to were abducted and held hostage for some days before they were released by their abductors

Since then, the missing weapons have become a source of concern for the security agencies.

There is also an appeal to the Niger Delta Militants and other youths to embrace peace which only dialogue being

Meet Man Who Kidnapped Himself And Asked For Ransom

Meet Man Who Kidnapped Himself And Asked For RansomThe Delta State Police Command recently held a press briefing at the Police headquarters in Asaba where it showcased some breakthroughs recorded in delivering on its core mandate of apprehension of crime suspects.

Suspects involved in armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, homicide were all paraded but the case of a self kidnapper and adulteration of popular alcoholic drinks stood out.

One Justice Ifeanyi aged 21 years allegedly planned to kidnap himself with intent to extort money from his uncle.

According to the Police, it was revealed that he planned his own kidnap and made a ransom demand of four million naira to secure his release

The suspect confessed to the crime.

“I left Rivers for Delta state to plan my kidnap so that I can collect money from my uncle to complete my father’s house in the village.

“The gang began to threaten me when my uncle refused to pay the ransom so I had to run away.”

The Police also apprehended a 39-year-old man who was caught in the act of packaging adulterated alcoholic drinks for sale to the public.

The suspect whom the Police said has already been charged to court, is identified as Ugochukwu Alozie aged 39 years.

He had in his possession, bottles, cartons, labels of expensive brands of hot alcoholic drinks.

A total of 14 cases were recorded and 44 suspect arrested. Items recovered include guns, live ammunition and cartridges, vehicles, adulterated hot drinks amongst others.


Police Give Tips On Security At Yuletide

Kwara Police Launch Public Complaint Rapid Response UnitAhead of the yuletide celebrations Nigeria Police Force has warned the general public to desist from the use of fire crackers popularly known as bangers to celebrate the season.

The Commissioner of Police in charge of the Delta State Police Command, Zanna Ibrahim, gave the warning on Saturday while addressing the press at the state headquarters in Asaba, the capital city.

The Commissioner of Police warned that the use of bangers and knockouts was not only harmful to the users, but are capable of causing unnecessary security distractions which were not in the interest of public safety.

“The yuletide season is a festive period that is characterised by so many activities. In the spirit of the celebration, most Nigerians engage in the use of knockouts and bangers to celebrate the season irrespective of the dangers involved. Therefore, the command will go the whole hog in enforcing the extant law banning the use of fireworks,” Mr Ibrahim told reporters.

Be Vigilant

He also advised that worshipping Christians must be vigilant in their various places of worship to prevent the infiltration of hoodlums who might want to perpetrate atrocities.

“It is therefore imperative that worshippers must be security conscious by observing persons coming to worship places. Church users or internal security operatives are to be vigilant and identify strange worshippers. Worshippers coming to church with bags should be made to disclose the content of such bags before they are allowed entrance,” he warned.

Finally assurances that the state police command is effectively in control of crime situation in the state was given, with the Commissioner urging everyone to contribute towards the unanimous goal of crime prevention and reduction.

Police Launch Operation ‘Eagle Net’ Following Change Agenda

Police, eagle net, change agendaThe 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”.

Police Nab Suspected Child Traffickers In Delta State

delta state, police, child traffickers, suspected criminals, kidnappersThe Delta State Police Command has nabbed suspected child traffickers of a seven-year-old boy who was reported missing since September 6, 2016.

The kidnapped boy, Moses Ijoba, was said to reside in Okpanam, a community close to the State’s capital, Asaba, where various cases of child theft had been reported severally.

According to Moses’ younger sister, he was lured by an unknown lady who pleaded with him to help her run some errands.

The Delta State Police Command confirmed that it had arrested one Abigail Nwakama, also known by the syndicate as ‘Madam Cash’ as well as nine other members, in connection with child trafficking in the area.

Parading suspects at the command’s headquarters in Asaba, the police said most of the suspects have admitted to the crime which in turn led to the recovery of about 12 children.

The parents of the children have been asked to contact the police for immediate identification of their children.

Among other reported cases where the arrest of one Chukwuma Ijoema who allegedly raped and killed one Blessing Ogammer, who prior to her death, was also reported missing.

Suspected cultists, robbers, murderers and kidnappers were caught and paraded alongside recovered items – riffles, locally made guns, ammunition, cartridges and phones.

The police have intensified efforts to achieve peace and order at all times in the state and re-unite seven-year old Moses, who was still declared missing, with his family.

Eid-el-Kabir: Police Beef Up Security In Delta State

Police, Delta State, Eid el KabirThe Delta State Police Command has assured residents of adequate  security as they celebrate the Eid El Kabir.

The police said security has been beefed up not just for the purpose of the Sallah celebrations, but also for the last four months of the year known as the “ember months”.

The assurance was given by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, during an interview with Channels Television in Asaba, the Delta State capital in Southsouth Nigeria.

The police assertion comes as the people of the state say the Sallah celebrations would to go on, even in the face of the harsh economic situation in Nigeria.

However, a visit to a livestock market in Asaba by Channels Television crew clearly shows that sales are very poor and nothing to write home about, even as individuals lament the high cost of livestock and food stuff generally.

A dealer at the popular livestock market said that the weakness of the Naira against the Dollar has affected the price of livestock.

Meanwhile, the Asaba Airport appeared to be very scanty in operations, which was a fall out of the announcement of one of its major carriers, Aero contractors, saying it has shut down operations in Nigeria.

Smoke Out Criminals, New Police Boss In Delta State Tells Officials

policeThe new Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim has asked operatives of the State’s Police Command to smoke out criminals from their hide outs in any part of the state.

He gave the command on Saturday at his maiden press briefing at the police headquarters in Asaba, the capital of the state.

Mr Ibrahim assured residents of the state that the Command was currently re-strategising its policing methods to be ahead of criminals at all times.

“The Command under my watch will do everything possible to tackle all security challenges in the state,” he stated.

The new police boss in the state further warned criminals to have a change of heart and called on residents to serve as whistle blowers by reporting crimes within their environment to the police.

He also advised the citizenry to refrain from activities that are capable of causing break down of law and order in any community.

The Commissioner of Police, who said the Command had rescued several kidnapped victims, recovered arms and ammunition, motor vehicles among others, later paraded several criminal suspects, including armed robbers, a police impersonator and an incestuous father who had carnal knowledge of her 14 years old twin daughters.

Delta Arewa Community Condemns Alleged Attack By IPOB Members

FILE: Members of IPOB during one of their protests.

The Arewa Community in Asaba, Delta State has condemned the recent attack on their members by the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), calling on the state government and security operatives to help ensure the security of lives and property of its people.

Briefing the press in Asaba, Chairman of Moslem Association of Nigeria (South South and South East Zone), Mr. Mohammed Nduka Elunor, said they were forced to speak out after the recent attack by IPOB members.

Mr. Elunor alleged that on Monday 30th May 2016, a group of IPOB members invaded and vandalised their mosque at Cable Point, killing two of their members in the process, even as security agents are yet to apprehend any of the suspects.

Mr. Elunor accused the state government of handling the Fulani herdsmen terrors with kid gloves, maintaining that “the state government has not really addressed the issue of the Fulani herdsmen, they have only addressed the issue on a surface, very wrong and it cannot work”.

The Chairman further called on the Delta State government and security operatives to urgently address the issue to avoid counter reaction, as they are now living in fear.

However, in a swift reaction, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command, Douglas Agbonleni, said the incident was not reported to the police and assured that the police will continue to ensure security of lives and property.

Speaking on the side of Government, the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, said there should be no room for fear as the Ifeanyi Okowa-led government is fully determined and responsible for the protection of lives of all who reside and conduct business in Delta state.

Delta Police Command Parades Ritual Suspects

Delta PoliceThe Delta State Police Command has paraded suspected ritualists who were arrested by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for being in possession of a human hand.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Celestina Kalu, paraded the suspected ritualists alongside other suspects on Thursday in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

He disclosed that the gang were nabbed at Issele-Asaba during a stop and search session by the NDLEA for an alleged money-making ritual.

Mr Kalu hinted that the Police had through the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, carried out a sensitisation campaign against cultism.

He said that the Police highlighted the dangers of cultism as a vice in the society and the menace it can cause now and in the future.

The PPRO solicited for the continuous support of members of the public in order to free the society from all forms of vices.

According to one of the suspects who testified to have committed the crime, they were asked to get the human part by an unknown herbalist for money making rituals.

Police Hold Crucial Meeting With Security Stakeholders In Delta

Solomon Arase Police BossThe police in a meeting with security stakeholders in Delta State, south-south Nigeria, said it would partner with the civil society and other security stakeholders to checkmate crime.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, gave the indication for the partnership on Wednesday during an interactive session with members of the PPRC, vigilante groups, traders and other stakeholders in Delta State.

He appreciated the efforts of the different security bodies in fighting crime, where they expressed themselves on some of the challenges faced while trying to carry out the onerous task of crime prevention.

Addressing the men of the Delta State Police Command, the Mr Arase commended his men for their hard work and dedication in carrying out their duties, stressing the importance of community policing.

On the clashes between cattle herdsmen and farmers in various communities in Delta State, he said that caution must be applied to avoid making mistakes.

Police Nab 19 Crime Suspects In Delta

PoliceThe 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.

Navy Hands Over Vessel To Delta State Police

NNS-DeltaNigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta has handed over merchant tanker, Eyuwa Laden, with over 670 metric tonnes of stolen crude oil to the Delta State Police Command at the command headquarters in Warri, Delta State.

The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Usman, who took custody of the vessel with its 10 crew members, said the Police will continue with investigations.

He also promised that prosecution will be speedily done.

The Commander NNS Delta, Commodore Raimi Mohammed, confirmed that the seized vessel along with its contents will remain at the base, pending the decision of the court.