Police Raid Abuja For Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists

Police, Abuja, Boko Haram, TerroristsThe Police Command in Abuja says it has begun raid operations to identify Boko Haram sect members that might have infiltrated the Federal Capital Territory.

The operations follow the dismantling of the insurgents’ stronghold in Borno State, the Sambisa forest and the subsequent arrest of a suspected terrorist in the nation’s capital.

Briefing journalists on the development, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammed Mustapha, explained that security operatives have already apprehended some of the suspects.

Mr Mustapha assured residents in the FCT of their safety, stressing that the Police were working with other security agencies in all their operations.

The Police on Tuesday, December 20, arrested a suspected Boko Haram member in Abuja.

The suspect reportedly confessed that more members of the sect have found their way into the nation’s capital to seek refuge.

“As we are here, some elements of the Boko Haram, have always been with us… Definitely they will be all over Nigeria not only the FCT.

“We are conscious of that and we are doing raids and you are even aware that two or three of them were picked up, so it is a continuous process and our raiding is helping and we will continue to raid.

“The intelligence is there too. People should come out and give information.

“So as these people have been dislodged and they are coming, we will advise the general public to work with us. If you suspect any individual, if you suspect them to be people from those areas, please quietly give us this information,” the FCT Commissioner said.

FCT Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers

Suspected KidnappersThe Federal Capital Territory Police Command has announced the arrest of two persons allegedly responsible for the kidnap of an eight year old boy in Nyanya on the outskirt of the nation’s capital.

Parading the suspected kidnappers in Abuja, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, said the kidnappers, who demanded a ransom of N1 million from the father of the victim, were arrested after the police rescued the victim.

He assured residents of Abuja that the police is working round the clock to ensure the safety of lives and property as other suspects involved in various criminal activities were also paraded.

Leader of the two man gang, Jeremiah Danjuma, disclosed that they were only able to collect N400, 000 before they were arrested.

15 Dead, 41Injured In Abuja Blast

abuja bomb blastThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has confirmed 15 dead, 41 injured in the bomb blast that rocked three spots in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Friday night.

The victims had been evacuated to Nyanya, Asokoro General Hospitals and National Hospital, Abuja.

In Nyanya, Two deaths were recorded and 21 other injured.

While in Kuje, 13 persons lost their lives and 20 injured.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, told Channels Television that a young female suicide bomber detonated the bomb that wrecked havoc at the police station in Kuje while the two explosions at the Nyanya motor park were said to have been carried out by one male and another female suicide bomber.

17 people were said to have been seriously wounded at the Kuje explosion, 23 casualties including a soldier were wounded at the Nyanya motor park.

Men Of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), NEMA and the Red Cross were at the Kuje police station to intensify rescue efforts.

However, the wounded were said to have been taken to the Kuje General Hospital.

A relative of one of the victims, Emeka Chukwudube, said his one year old boy was wounded.

The Management of the Kuje General Hospital did not allow entry into the wards, but the Head of Clinic, Dr Isiaku Musa, confirmed the number of casualties so far and that they lack the capacity to contain them and have moved some of the victims to the National Hospital.

The Unit Commander of FRSC Nyanya, Micheal Agu, also confirmed that two suicide bombers were involved there.

The Permanent Secretary of the FCT, John Chukwu, said that this is the time for residents to be extra vigilant.

Suspected Boko Haram members detonated Improvised Explosive Devices at the Kuje market and the Police station in Abuja.

Police IG Explains Reasons For Removal Of Checkpoints

IGPThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, says he ordered the removal of police checkpoints on the highways upon assuming office to reduce bribery and corruption.

Mr Arase gave this explanation during one of his routine visits to commands during which he holds security briefs with the commissioners.

The Police boss on his visit to the FCT Police Command, said that such roadblocks encouraged corruption among some of his officers who collect bribes from commuters on the highway.

The IGP said that such act only reduced officers of the Police Force to mere beggars and had also brought the image of the force to disrepute in the past.

Mr Arase then emphasized the need for officers to carry out their duties professionally.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, however, appealed to the IGP to create more commands within the FCT.

According to him, the current population of the capital city has overstretched the FCT Police Command.

The IGP has made similar visits to Lagos, Anambra, and Plateau States recently to hold the same meeting with their commissioners.

Senate Begins Investigation Into Invasion Of National Assembly

Nigerian SenateThe Senate Adhoc Committee investigating the invasion of the National Assembly has began its hearing as the committee summoned the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, to explain why he ordered the National Assembly Divisional Police Officer to invade the complex.

On November 20th, the police stormed the National Assembly firing teargas in an attempt to prevent the Speaker Aminu Tambuwal from gaining access to the assembly complex.

However in a surprising twist, the Divisional Police Officer attached to the complex , Mr. James Idachaba, accused the security details attached to Senate President David Mark, of firing the tear gas in the National Assembly complex.

Mr Idachaba also told the committee that the instructions to close the gates on that day was based on a directive he received from the Federal Capital Territory Command.

Ministerial Parcel Causes Bomb Scare In FCT

The FCT Police Command have discovered and defused a suspicious package addressed to  the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in the Federal capital Territory, Abuja.

The package suspected to be a bomb was found in front of the Garki Area 10 Postal Service office.

The Post Master General of the Nigeria Postal Service, Mallam Ibrahim Baba told journalists that the package, which was addressed to the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was brought by a man last Friday.

Mallam baba explained that men of the Anti-Bomb Squad defused the package, hence causing a panic in the area.

However, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adenrele Shinaba explained that the suspicious package had to be defused to avoid any loss of lives as witnessed sometimes back in Kaduna.

Mr. Shinaba added that the package actually contained sand and tiles.