Policewoman Missing As Hoodlums Attack Divisional HQ In Enugu

FILE PHOTO: The crest of the Nigeria Police Force is seen on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Yet-to-be identified hoodlums have attacked a police divisional headquarters in Enugu, authorities at the state command have said.

The affected facility is the Umulokpa Police Divisional Headquarters located in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state.

The whereabouts of a policewoman, attached to the facility, is unknown following the incident which occurred on Saturday evening.

Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

Ndukwe explained that the assailants, in their numbers, attacked and vandalised vehicles and other items at the police facility.

The Commissioner of Police in Enugu, Abubakar Lawal, was said to have led a team of senior police officers and commanders of the command’s tactical and operational units to the scene.

He ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and tactical teams of the command to intensify ongoing efforts to locate the missing policewoman and apprehend the assailants.

According to Ndukwe, residents of the state have been asked to assist the police with credible information that will lead to the location of the said security official, and arrest of the hoodlums.

In another statement, he confirmed the killing of a young man identified as Stephen Ajah by yet-to-be-identified armed men.

Although he did not state when the killing occurred, the command’s spokesman explained that the incident took place along the Ozalla-Agbani Road in Nkanu West LGA.

He said the victim was rushed to the hospital by police personnel who arrived at the scene where he was confirmed dead.

The remains of Ajah, according to Ndukwe, have been deposited at the mortuary while the police have begun an investigation to arrest the gunmen.

Gunmen Attack Enugu Police Checkpoint, Kill Two Officers

A file photo of three armed men.

 

Gunmen have attacked a police checkpoint in Nachi, Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State, killing two policemen.

The officers were conducting a stop and search on the axis when the incident took place on Tuesday.

Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the attack in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Although it is unclear what ensued, the police spokesman said the State Police Command has commenced a full-scale investigation that will lead to fishing out the assailants.

“Full-scale investigation that will lead to fishing out of the assailants has commenced. Further development will be communicated, please,” he said.

READ ALSO: INEC Office Set Ablaze In Enugu

A Growing Trend

Tuesday’s incident is the latest in a growing trend of attacks on police stations and security personnel in the South East region of the country.

Over the weekend, gunmen went on a rampage in different parts of the region, killing people and destroying properties.

Three days ago, a police officer and two civilians were killed in an attack at the Ukaegbu Junction by Ezeiweka Road, Awada Obosi Layout in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state.

The incident also saw the attackers setting fire on the police patrol van before leaving the area.

Apart from attacks on police formations, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in the region and the South South have also been torched.

Election materials were destroyed in Sunday morning’s attack on its Awgu Local Government Area office in Enugu State.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, had explained that the attack on the facility was reported by INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Emeka Ononamadu.

Okoye said the office was set ablaze, resulting in extensive damage to mainly the stores’ section where election materials were kept.

In May, the commission’s headquarters in Enugu was burnt down, three days after another office in Obollo-Afor, Udenu LGA of the state, was razed.

INEC had earlier warned that repeated attacks on its offices will affect its preparations for the 2023 general election.

The commission had said sensitive and non-sensitive materials, including generators and card readers, were lost to the attacks.

INEC Office Set Ablaze In Enugu

INEC says attacks on its offices may hamper preparations for the 2023 polls. Photo: INEC.

 

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State has been set ablaze by yet-to-be identified persons. 

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, confirmed this via a statement on Sunday.

The attack, which took place in the early hours of the day, resulted in extensive damage to the stores section where election materials are kept.

He said that all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on the commission’s offices in the state, adding that there were no casualties in the incident.

Security operatives inspect the Enugu INEC office that was gutted by fire on September 19, 2021. Credit: INEC

 

“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation,” the statement added. “This unfortunate incident is the first since the last attack on our facilities four months ago in May 2021.”

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Okoye commended the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the police, the Army, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch.

INEC offices have been attacked in recent times in some parts of the country. Photo: INEC.

 

Sunday’s incident is the latest in a series of attacks on INEC offices especially in the South-East and South-South regions.

In May, the commission’s headquarters in Enugu was burnt down, three days after another office in Obollo-Afor, Udenu LGA of the state, was razed.

INEC had earlier warned that repeated attacks on its offices will affect its preparations for the 2023 general election.

The commission had said sensitive and non-sensitive materials, including generators and card readers, were lost to the attacks.

 

 

 

 

Policeman Caught Assaulting Lady In Viral Video Faces Probe

A map of Enugu state in the south-east.
A map of Enugu state in the south-east.

 

The Enugu State Police Command has started investigation into the case of its personnel caught in a viral video assaulting a lady in the state.

Police spokesman in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this via a statement obtained by Channels Television on Friday.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal “ordered the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (State CIID) to commence immediate investigation and disciplinary sanction of the police operative”.

The Police Public Relations Officer said “the officer was seen engaging a young lady in an altercation and physically assaulting her in the video circulating on social media while on duty at a checkpoint in Obeagu Awkunanaw, along Agbani Road, on 8th September, 2021.”

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But the police commissioner condemned the incident, warning personnel of the command against conducting themselves unprofessionally or disrespecting the fundamental human rights of citizens while performing their duties.

The police boss “made it clear that anyone found wanting will be made to face maximum disciplinary sanctions”.

Meanwhile, police authorities have asked the lady and eyewitnesses to visit the State CID, Enugu to volunteer their statements, in order to facilitate meticulous and swift conclusion of investigation.

This is even as residents of the state have been enjoined to promptly report police officers found conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner to the nearest police station.

Enugu, Kaduna, 11 Other Commands Get New Police Commissioners

A file photo of the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, addressing reporters in Abuja.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the posting of Commissioners of Police to take over the leadership in 13 state commands, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Mr Frank Mba, who is the Force Public Relations Officer, announced this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He explained that the posting of the senior officers was part of efforts at repositioning the Force for greater efficiency, stabilising the internal security order, and scaling up the fight against crimes and criminality in the country.

The affected state commands and Commissioners of Police posted include Niger State Command, CP Monday Kuryas; Kwara State Command, CP Emienbo Assayamo; Nasarawa State Command, CP Soyemi Adesina; Benue State Command, CP Akingbola Olatunji; FCT Police Command, CP Babaji Sunday; and Taraba State Command, CP Abimbola Shokoya.

Others are Kogi State Command, CP Arungwa Udo; Kaduna State Command, CP Abdullahi Mudashiru; Jigawa State Command, CP Aliyu Tafida; Enugu State Command, CP Abubakar Lawal; Cross River State Command, CP Alhassan Aminu; Bayelsa State Command, CP Eworo Echeng; and Kebbi State Command, CP Musa Baba.

Similarly, a former Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, CP Ndatsu Aliyu Mohammed, has been posted to the Force Headquarters as the CP Anti-Fraud Unit FCID, while CP Sikiru Akande, a former CP in Cross River State, has been redeployed to the Department of ICT as the CP ICT, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The police boss also deployed CP Bankole Sikiru as the CP INTERPOL, FCID Lagos while CP Augustine Arop was posted as the Deputy Commandant, Police Staff College in Jos.

According to Mba, the IGP asked the officers to justify the confidence reposed in them and assured Nigerians of sustained efforts by the police in stabilising security in the country.

He also asked those in the affected states to cooperate with their new Commissioners of Police for efficient service delivery.

“The posting and the redeployment of the senior police officers are with immediate effect,” the police spokesman said.

Seven Killed By Cholera In Enugu

A map of Enugu state in the south-east.
A map of Enugu state in the southeast.

 

At least seven people have been killed following a Cholera outbreak in New Artisan Livestock Market, Enugu.

Also, 19 sick persons were identified with the symptoms of loose stool and vomiting in the market.

This was confirmed in a statement on Friday by the State Commissioner for Health, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi.

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He said the Ministry’s rapid response team, upon receiving reports of the incident carried out an immediate investigation, and “it was observed that the patients presented with sudden onset of the passage of loose stool and vomiting.”

He added that, “the ill persons identified within the area were immediately and safely evacuated to the state teaching hospital and are receiving treatment, while health education on safe and hygienic practices was given to the inhabitants of the market.”

According to the Health Commissioner, “further tests carried out by the State Ministry of Health at the Teaching Hospital revealed that all the persons were suffering from Cholera.”

He added that samples were collected for further confirmatory tests of this finding.

However, surveillance, contact tracing, and risk assessment have commenced at the market and its environs, while the Enugu State Ministry of Health Emergency Operations Centre for Cholera outbreak response will be activated on Saturday 17th July 2021.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that is a potentially life-threatening and primarily waterborne disease.

In Nigeria, cholera is an endemic and seasonal disease, occurring annually mostly during the rainy season and more often in areas with poor sanitation.

Two Soldiers Killed As Troops Repel ESN Attack In Enugu

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A file photo of soldiers.

 

Two soldiers were killed during a firefight between troops of the Nigerian Army and Eastern Security Network (ESN) members at Adani community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

This was contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.

The incident occurred when the troops were trying to repel an attack by the ESN on troops’ location at Iggah/Asaba checkpoint.

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“Nigerian Army troops deployed to checkmate the activities of gunmen at Adani community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, yesterday 13 July 2021, repelled Eastern Security Network (ESN) gun attack on troops’ location at Iggah/Asaba checkpoint.

“Sadly, during the firefight that ensued, two soldiers paid the supreme price. Troops are currently on the trail of the criminals,” Nwachukwu said in the statement.

The Nigeria Army, therefore, assured the general public of its commitment to provide adequate security in the general area in collaboration with other security agencies.

They also urge members of the public to complement the effort of the security agencies by remaining law-abiding and provide useful information on the fleeing gunmen.

IGP Launches Operation Restore Peace In South-East

Flag-off of Operation Restore Peace at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu State on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has flagged off a new Operation codenamed Operation Restore Peace in the Enugu State to contain the rising insecurity in the South-East region.

The event was held on Tuesday at Micheal Okpara Square in Enugu capital city and was attended by Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

This is coming barely two days after the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State was attacked and properties set ablaze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Sunday night.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and other top officials at the event.

 

Six vehicles were razed with two others damaged following the attack INEC office in Enugu.

Also in April, two officers were killed in an attack on a police station in Adani, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, raising concerns over incessant assaults on security formations in the South-East region of Nigeria.

 

See more photos from the flag-off below…

Six Vehicles Razed As Hoodlums Attack INEC Enugu Office

Some of the burnt vehicles in the INEC Enugu office.

 

Six vehicles have been razed with two others damaged following an attack on the Enugu State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by hoodlums.

INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye who disclosed the attack via a statement on Monday said the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, reported that the incident happened on Sunday night.

“Some unidentified persons overpowered the security personnel on duty around 9.00 pm and tried to set the entire building ablaze. The attention of the security agencies, as well as the Federal and State Fire Services in Enugu, was drawn to the unfolding situation and they responded swiftly,” he said.

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“The attackers set the foyer ablaze, vandalised some offices in the main building and caused extensive damage to some of the Commission’s movable assets within the premises.

“Six utility pick up vehicles (Toyota Hilux) were burnt down while two more were smashed and damaged. The security agencies who were at the scene have commenced an investigation.”

READ ALSO: INEC To Hold Emergency Meeting Over Attack On Offices

INEC offices have been witnessing series of attacks by unknown persons lately with the most recent happening a few days ago.

 

On Thursday, INEC’s office in Enugu was also involved in a fire incident. However, the remote cause of the inferno is yet unclear.

Also last week, the Commission’s office in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State was set ablaze by hoodlums on Sunday night, a week after the Commission’s Headquarters in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State was also razed by unknown persons.

The Commission has lamented the spate of attacks on its facilities, noting that it portends danger to national electoral activities.

Following the ugly incidents, INEC said it would hold an emergency meeting with all Resident Electoral Commissioners across the states over attacks on its offices.

INEC Laments Loss To Fire Outbreak At Enugu Office, Demands Probe Into Incident

Fire guts INEC Office in Enugu

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is lamenting over the loss of materials and equipment destroyed during a fire outbreak at their office in Enugu.

The fire in a statement by National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye explained the incident occurred around 8.40 pm on Thursday 13th May 2021.

“He said no casualties were reported.

“However, the office building was extensively damaged while electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed in spite of the best efforts of the Enugu State Fire Service to contain the inferno. The Commission appreciates the intervention of the Fire Service”.

Read Full Statement Below:

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION

PRESS RELEASE

INEC LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OFFICE IN ENUGU STATE SET ABLAZE

Some documents destroyed in the fire

 

The spate of fire incidents involving the facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in some states of the Federation has unfortunately persisted. This time around, it is Enugu State, where the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the State, Emeka Ononamadu, has reported that the INEC office in Udenu Local Government Area was set ablaze.

The latest tragic incident occurred around 8.40 pm on Thursday 13th May 2021. No casualties were reported. However, the office building was extensively damaged while electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed in spite of the best efforts of the Enugu State Fire Service to contain the inferno. The Commission appreciates the intervention of the Fire Service.

The attention of the Police has been drawn to this yet another very worrisome development for investigation.

This is the third incident involving INEC’s Local Government offices in three States in less than two weeks. First, there was the destruction of the office in Essien Udim LGA of Akwa Ibom State on 2nd May 2021. This was followed by the fire at the Ohafia LGA of Abia State on 9th May 2021.

This is yet another setback to the Commission’s ongoing activities and preparations for upcoming electoral activities.

Following the attack in Abia State, the Commission resolved to convene an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) next week to discuss this disturbing trend. The latest destruction of the Commission’s physical infrastructure and electoral facilities in Enugu State calls for an immediate review of the measures necessary to secure INEC’s assets across the States.

Consequently, the Commission is convening an emergency meeting with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in Abuja ahead of the meeting of ICCES.

Meanwhile, the Commission is determined to continue to discharge its responsibilities, including the conclusion of the expansion of voters’ access to Polling Units, resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), capacity-building activities, the review of the draft Strategic Plan 2022-2026, engagement with stakeholders as well as all scheduled and pending elections.

Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee.
Friday 14th May 2021.

Fire Guts INEC Office In Enugu

 

A map of Enugu state in the south-east.
A map of Enugu state in the southeast.

 

The Enugu office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been gutted by the fire.

The spokesman of the state police command, Daniel Ndukwe confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.

Mr. Ndukwe stated that preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices may have been caused by a power surge.

According to him, It’s not certain the level of damage this may have caused but the state Police Commissioner has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of a thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire and damages incurred.

Read Full Statement Below:

FIRE INCIDENT AT INEC OFFICE IN OBOLLO-AFOR: CP ORDERS THE CONDUCT OF THOROUGH INVESTIGATION TO ASCERTAIN CAUSE OF THE FIRE OUTBREAK AND DAMAGES INCURRED

Following a distress call received at Udenu Police Divisional Headquarters of Enugu State Command on 13/05/2021 at about 2140hrs, alleging that there was a fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor Office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Udenu L.G.A. of the State, Operatives attached to the Division immediately raced to the scene, while contacting Fire Service Office in the area to promptly put out the fire.

The affected portion of the office

 

2. Preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices around the building, through the combined efforts of the State Fire Service, the Police, and law-abiding citizens, may have been caused by a power surge due to sudden power supply to the building.

3. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, psc, has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of a thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.

ASP DANIEL NDUKWE, Anipr
Police Public Relations Officer
FOR: Commissioner of Police
Enugu State Command

Insecurity: South East Governors Meet In Enugu

Southeast Governors and stakeholders meet in Enugu to discuss rising insecurity in the region

 

Governors in the southeast region are currently meeting at the Enugu Government House, in Enugu State.

The meeting may not be unconnected with the rising insecurity in the region.

Another issue that is likely to come up is the domestication of the regional security outfit, code-named Ebube Agu in each of the five states.

The outfit is meant to oversee and monitor the activities of vigilante groups in the southeastern part of the country.

Some of the stakeholders at the meeting

 

This is the second time, the governors are meeting this month to deliberate on the safety and security of lives and property in the south-eastern region.

The meeting is coming barely 24 hours after gunmen attacked the resident of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

The gunmen were said to have invaded the governor’s village house in the early hours of Saturday.

Commissioner of Information in the state, Declan Emelumba, confirmed the attack to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

He explained that the attack was repelled by a combined team of security operatives attached to the house.

Southeast governors meet over insecurity in the region

 

“Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma,” he said via a statement.

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“At about 9 am today, Saturday, April 24th, a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the country home of the governor in Omuma,  Oru East  LGA and attempted to burn down the house.

“However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimised the damage they had planned to unleash.

“In the crossfire that ensued a few casualties were recorded.  Preliminary investigation suggests that the foiled attack may have been politically sponsored.”

Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi and Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

 

The commissioner noted that security agencies have been asked to investigate the incident, promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice.