Seven Arrested For Multiple Bank Robberies In Ondo And Ekiti

A file photo of Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba.

 

Police Operatives attached to the Special Tactical Squad have arrested a 7-man criminal gang that attacked and robbed three comm​ercial banks in the South-West States of Ondo and Ekiti between 2019 and 2020, killed innocent citizens including six (6) policemen and carted away several millions of naira.

According to a statement by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, investigation reveals that the dare-devil armed robbers – Tunbosun Ojo ‘m’ 42years, Ismaila Ojo ‘m’ 25years, Victor Oyeyemi ‘m’ 36years, Dele Ariyo ‘m’ 44years, Shola Oladimeji ‘m’ 50years, Olubodun Folayemi ‘m’ 44years and Adeniyi John ‘m’ 42 years – carried out the robbery of a commercial bank in Ile-oluji, Ondo State on 7th February, 2020 where four (4) policemen were killed. Similarly they were also involved in the robbery of a Microfinance Bank in Idanre, Ondo State in December, 2019 and a commercial bank at Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State where two policemen lost their lives.

Efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large and to recover other sophisticated weapons used in the operations.

In a similar vein, twenty-three (23) other suspects were also arrested by the Police operatives for their involvement in various crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal possession of prohibited firearms, car snatching at gun point, amongst other offences.

The following were recovered from the suspects: One (1) AK49 rifle, One (1) AK47 rifle, two (2) pump action guns, five (5) locally made guns, nineteen (19) locally made short guns, one hundred and twenty-five (125) cartridges, one hundred and forty-five (145) AK47 ammunition, locally fabricated explosives and a Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. LSR 490 GC. The suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.

Police Personnel At APC National Secretariat Strictly To Maintain Order – Frank Mba

Spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Frank Mba, has said that personnel of the NPF deployed to the National Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC), located at Blantyre Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, are there to maintain law and order.

Mr. Mba in a statement on Tuesday noted that the deployment is a proactive move by the Force to maintain peace and ensure there is no breakdown of law and order at the Secretariat.

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“The presence of police personnel at the Secretariat is not to seal-up the Complex as has been reported in some quarters but rather to prevent any untoward situation within and around the APC National Secretariat,” Mr. Mba stressed.

He further noted that members of the APC as-well-as staff of the secretariat are at liberty to conduct their legitimate businesses, in and around the secretariat as always.

Death Of Iranian General: IGP Places Policemen On Red Alert Nationwide

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has placed Police Commands and Formations nationwide on red alert.

This proactive measure follows Intelligence Report that sequel to the recent killing of an Iranian General, some domestic interests are planning to embark on massive public disturbances and sabotage.

Consequently, Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police have been directed to ensure maximum surveillance and security of lives and property across the nation.

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According to a communique by Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the police commanders have been directed to ensure strategic deployments of both overt and covert Police operatives to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens, foreigners especially diplomats and diplomatic missions domiciled in Nigeria as well as the protection of critical national assets.

Meanwhile, the IGP has assured all Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria of adequate security. He has equally warned all potential troublemakers to steer clear of the streets and territory of Nigeria.

Soldiers Killed Three Police Officers, One Civilian In Taraba – Force Spokesperson

 

The Nigeria police Force through its spokesman, DCP Frank Mba has said that soldiers killed three officers of the Force and a civilian in Taraba State.

In a statement on Wednesday, DCP Mba said that the three officers were killed while on investigative activities within the Ibi area of Taraba.

He said that the officers had gone to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu who was indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the State.

Mr Mba stated that the police operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) reportedly came under sudden attack and serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, along Ibi – Jalingo Road, as they were taking the arrested suspect, Alhaji Hamisu to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo.

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The police spokesman said the operatives were shot at severally by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they are police personnel on legitimate duty.

“Three Policemen (comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants) and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds. The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run,” Mba said.

He further stressed that Alhaji Hamisu, is a notorious kidnap kingpin, who has been on the police wanted list for his complicity in several high-profile kidnap cases including the recent abduction of an Oil-Mogul in Taraba State wherein a ransom of about One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000) was paid.

According to the police spokesman, the IGP has ordered the AIG Medicals to proceed to Jalingo to ensure concerted efforts in the treatment of the injured police officers, adding that the remains of the deceased have been deposited in the morgue.

A full investigation into the incident has also been ordered by the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu.

Frank Mba Releases Phone Numbers Of Police Spokespersons Nationwide

 

Police Spokesman, Mr Frank Mba has released phone numbers of Police Public Relations Officers nationwide.

He said the list was released with a view to making Nigeria safer and more secure for economic development and growth.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force DCP Frank Mba stated that the publication of the phone numbers of Police Public Relations Officers became imperative so as “to create a safe and secure environment for everyone living in Nigeria.”

Below are the names and numbers of the Police PROs

DCP Frank Mba: 08038375844

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer FHQ Abuj: CSP Adeniran Aremu (08034727873)

O/C Public Complaint Bureau FHQ Abuja: CSP Ngozi Nkwoma (07056792065/08034050984)

ABIA STATE: DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna (08039148294)

Adamawa State: SP Othman Abubakar (08089671314, 08036245920)

Akwa Ibom State: SP Odiko Mcdon (08033380470)

Anambra: SP Haruna Mohammed (08060970639)

Bauchi: DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar (08034656568)

Bayelsa State: SP Butswat Asinim (08032789712/
08086642926)

Benue State: DSP Anene Sewuese Catherine (08032845555)

Cross River: DSP Irene Ugbo (08068559326)

Delta State: DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya (08130826008)

Enugu State: Amaraizu Ebere (08038829086/
08123822894)

Ebonyi State: DSP Odah Loveth (08036230968)

Edo State: DSP Chidi Nwabuzor (08033726625)

Ekiti: DSP Ogu Caleb Ikechukwu (08035998410)

FCT: DSP Anjugurijesse Manzah (08133379980)

Gombe: SP Obed Mary Malum (08036057828)

Imo State: SP Ikeoku Godson Orlando (07034714499)

Jigawa State: SP Jinjiri Abdu (08065670314/
08054384759)

Katsina State: SP Gambo Isa (08065737489, 08076666207)

Kaduna State: DSP Yakubu Sabo (08069298508)

Kogi: DSP William Ovye Aya: 08107899269

Kano State: DSP Abdulahi Haruna: 08105359575

Kebbi: DSP Mustapha Suleiman: 08035868719/08129134085

Kwara: DSP Ajayi Okasannmi Jeffrey: 08032365122/
08081763132

Lagos State: DSP Bala Elkana: 07063116303

Nasarawa: DSP Ismael Usman: 07031963217

Niger State: DSP Abubakar Daninna: 08064958740

Ogun State: DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi: 08123822910 08034241238

Oyo State: SP Fadeyi Olugbenga: 08035632410

Ondo State: DSP Femi Joseph: 08060159998

Osun State: SP Odoro Folashade (08035384448/
08075637757)

Plateau State: DSP Tyopev Mathias Terna (08063503207)

Rivers State: DSP Omoni Nnamdi (08033396538)

Sokoto: ASP Mohammed Sadiq (08065633038)

Borno State: ASP Usman Sadiq Usmobik (08039659139, 08020932351)

Taraba State: ASP David Misal (08067426392)

Yobe State: ASP Abdulmalik Abdulhafeez (08066947487)

Zamfara State: DSP Muhammed Shehu (08091914752)

IGP Orders Massive Manhunt For Killers Of Rev Father Paul Offu

PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has ordered a massive manhunt for the killers of Rev. Father Paul Offu, a Catholic Priest in charge of St. James the Greater Parish Catholic Church Ugbawka in Enugu state.

Police Spokesman, Frank Mba says crack detectives from the IGP-Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), the Forensic and Homicide sections of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) have been deployed to Enugu State to complement the Command in their investigations into the unfortunate incident.

In addition, the AIG in charge of Zone 9 Headquarters has been directed to mobilize more units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel to black spots in Enugu State.

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In a similar vein, intensified operations have commenced for the rescue of RCCG Pastors who were abducted along J3 Area of Ogbere on their way to Lagos from the Eastern part of the Country.

Mr Mba says, tactical and operational assets of the Force have been deployed with the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Command taking the lead-role in the search and rescue operations.

The IGP, while condemning the killing of the Catholic priest and the abduction of the clergymen, calls for calm and assures that the perpetrators will not go unpunished. He therefore enjoins the public to avail the Police with credible information that will assist in apprehending the criminals.

DCP Killed In Shiite Protest – Police

 

A Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations at the FCT Command, Usman Umar, has been confirmed killed in a clash between the Shiites and police personnel in Abuja. 

According to a statement from the Force Headquarters, DCP Umar was killed in a protest involving about 3000 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) who have been calling for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The police communique as issued by DCP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, states that two Assistant Superintendents of Police were injured in the clash which also saw a Staff of Channels Television sustain serious injuries.

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The statement further stressed that the protesters who were heavily armed, defied all sense of decency and violently attacked innocent citizens and police personnel on duty within the Central Business District of Abuja.

It also states that the protesters razed down a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Response Post close to the Federal Secretariat, Abuja and two vehicles.

Meanwhile, the police say they have arrested fifty-four (54) suspects in connection with the incidents, adding that the suspects are undergoing interrogation and will be arraigned in court as soon as possible.

The IGP, while commiserating with the family of the late DCP, condemned the incident and warned that ‘Enough-is-Enough’ as the Force and the nation at large will not continue to suffer losses on account of reckless and lawless persons and groups in the society.

Sex Toy Shop Assault: Our Investigation Will Be Holistic – Police

 

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) Nigeria Police Force, Frank Mba says they have commenced a holistic investigation into the case of assault of a woman at a sex toy shop by Senator Abbo Elisha.

Mba in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday said the investigation will include forensic analysis of the video and highlight of the Senator’s actions.

“We have commenced investigations into the incident, our investigation will be holistic. We are looking at every facet of that incident. We will carry out a forensic analysis of the video.

“We will look at the conduct of the Senator. We will also look at the actions and inactions of the policeman that was in that video,” he said.

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Mba also added that the investigation will be carried out promptly noting that “justice delayed is justice denied.”

“Nigerians should rest assured that we will not only be professional, but we will also be fair, just and ensure that the right thing is done promptly,” he added.

The CCTV footage of Senator Abbo beating a woman who tried to prevent him from assaulting another woman sparked outrage on Tuesday after it was published by Premium Times. Many Nigerians condemned his action and called for his prosecution, urging the Senate to also discipline him.

Senator Abbo later confirmed to Channels Television that he is indeed the man in the video and that he would release an official statement in reaction to the assault video.

Representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Abbo later apologised to Nigerians, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and women, in general, saying he is sorry for his action.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) M.A Adamu has however ordered a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the case.

Specifically, the IGP directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, CP Bala Ciroma to provide a personal and round-the-clock supervision of every facet of the investigation including the forensic analysis of the video currently in circulation as well as the actions and inactions of the policeman seen in the video footage.

Police Parade 38 Suspected Kidnappers, Armed Robbers And Cattle Rustlers

The suspects

 

Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder have paraded 38 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers for various criminal activities.

Among the suspects is a nursing mother suspected to be involved in high-level kidnapping and car snatching in various parts of the north and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Parading them in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba said the other members of the kidnap gang that abducted the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education commission along Kaduna Abuja high-way are among the 38 suspects

“Operatives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), as well as Operatives from the Special Tactical Squad (STS) who are integral and very important components of the Operation Puff Adder scheme within this period, were able to arrest 38 suspects, one of them a female.

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“All of these persons that we are presenting to you today have been positively been indicted by our investigations in one way or the other, in various crimes particularly in kidnapping, armed robbery, crime theft, cattle rustling, unlawful possession of firearms, illicit manufacturing and fabrication of weapons, attempts to commit culpable homicide and in some clear cases actual homicide,” he stated.

Mba also explained that the police succeeded in intercepting 28 trucks loaded with grains meant to be delivered to bandits in Zamfara State.

12 Tips For Surviving In The Hands Of Kidnappers

A kidnap victim. Credit: Frank Mba.

 

There is a disturbing rise in kidnapping across Nigeria and this calls for very serious concern.

It is not certain that the observance of all precautionary measures known to us can stop individuals from being kidnapped.

Hence, in the unlikely event that one gets kidnapped, surviving the ordeal should be the next course of action.

Below are 12 tips for surviving in the hands of kidnappers, as advised by Mr. Frank Mba, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

1. Take a deep breath

Assure yourself that you will certainly come back alive. Note that the first few minutes of abduction or kidnapping is the most critical and hostile period. At this stage, the kidnappers are also afraid for their lives. Failure on their part means they could be arrested and prosecuted. They are therefore jittery and any suspicious move by you could make them pull the trigger at you.

2. Cooperate

Having tried to avoid the kidnap situation and failing, the most important option should be to cooperate as unplanned attempt to escape may become too risky.

3. No facial contact

Avoid openly making any facial contact with the kidnappers, but try and memorize their description, if you get the opportunity to view them without endangering your life.

4. Be observant

Keep a mental note of the landmark especially the shops, supermarket, fuel stations, buildings around the area the kidnappers are taking you to if you are not blindfolded by your captors.

5. Obedience is better

Obey all instructions from the kidnappers and avoid any unnecessary argument with them.

6. Provocation leads to death

Avoid behaviors or attitude that will provoke the kidnappers.

7. Listen!

Listen to their conversation and keep a mental note of the details about their names, accent, slangs and other information about the abductors to assist the police in the investigation after your rescue.

8. Nag less

Try to avoid too much complaint so they do not get tired of you and kill you.

9. Stay healthy

Try to stay healthy. Avoid anything that will make you sustain a physical injury as getting medical attention might be difficult. More so, as you do not know how soon you will be rescued or freed.

10. Play the game, win their trust

Gradually try to win the kidnappers trust. Try playing mind games with them especially with any of them you consider less hardened. For instance show empathy to the kidnappers even if you are acting it. If for example, they claim they were driven into kidnapping for reason of unemployment, tell them you understand and blame someone else for not providing them a decent job. You may try talking them into pitying you or putting yourself in any of their relatives’ shoes.

11. Duck! Take Cover!!

During Police rescue operation, lie on the floor to prevent stray bullet from hitting you. Identify yourself to the rescuers as soon as it is safe to do so.

12. Have an escape plan

Plan your escape only if it is absolutely safe to do so. This should be your last resort and remember, there is no escape plan that is absolutely risk-free.

Police Uncover Plots By Subversive Elements To Attack Oil Facilities

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The Nigeria Police says it has uncovered plots by some people posing as climate and environmental activists to commence coordinated attacks on oil installations across the country especially in the Niger-Delta region.

According to a statement by the force spokesman DCP Frank Mba, these plots which are politically motivated, are aimed at sabotaging oil installations with intended negative consequences on national security and economic development.

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Mr Mba says the Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu has ordered commissioners of police nationwide, and particularly in designated states to intensify their surveillance missions around oil facilities and other critical national infrastructure.

The police chief also warned persons or group of persons who may want to resort to use of violence of dire consequences as the force will not hesitate to bring them to book.

You Can Request To Search A Policeman Before He Searches You – Frank Mba

 

Police spokesman, Frank Mba has said that Nigerians have the right to search policemen in certain situations when the officers are about to carry out inspections.

Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer made this disclosure in a statement on Monday.

Mba said in a bit to allay fears, a person can politely request to search an officer before he or she is being searched.

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According to Mba’s statement, individuals also have the right to demand to know the reason for their arrest whenever an arrest is about to be made.

Below are tweets of the Force spokesman’s statement titled “(Part 2) Tips For Safe And Cordial Conduct During An Arrest”.