Helicopter Drops Guns For Us, Says Arrested ‘Bandit’

 

Police in Katsina State have arrested a twenty-year-old kidnapper’s errand boy, Aliyu Musa of Chediya village in Kankara LGA.

Musa told reporters in local language at the command headquarters in Katsina that he was working with a Fulani bandit since when he was young before being guided on banditry business.

He confirmed that he receives directives from his boss whenever an attack is launched to only be packing out cattle, enter shops and pack out all belongings.

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The young man adds that they were also ordered to carry out different killings.

When asked where they get the guns used for operations, Musa replied saying, ” Between me and God, in my presence a helicopter arrived and stopped half way on the sky, throwing guns. My boss, Oga Sirajo was receiving the guns over twenty of them tied with a cattle rope”.

He describes the helicopter as white in color, adding that the drop off took place in broad day light.

Over 1,000 Guns Seized From Los Angeles Mansion

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More than 1,000 handguns and rifles have been seized in a raid on a mansion in an upscale neighborhood in the US city of Los Angeles, law enforcement authorities said.

The weapons seizure came from an anonymous tip that firearms were being sold illegally out of the home, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) said.

The house, which is mostly hidden from the street by high hedges, is located in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, near the famed Playboy Mansion and the home of Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Video footage taken by local television stations showed Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers and ATF agents inspecting enormous piles of handguns and rifles on grey tarpaulins outside the home.

More than 1,000 handguns and rifles have been seized in a raid on a mansion in an upscale neighborhood in the US city of Los Angeles, law enforcement authorities said.

The weapons seizure came from an anonymous tip that firearms were being sold illegally out of the home, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) said.

The house, which is mostly hidden from the street by high hedges, is located in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, near the famed Playboy Mansion and the home of Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Video footage taken by local television stations showed Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers and ATF agents inspecting enormous piles of handguns and rifles on grey tarpaulins outside the home.

“Pursuant to an anonymous tip, ATF and LAPD became aware of an individual conducting illegal firearms (transactions) outside the scope of the federal firearm license that the individual possesses,” the ATF said in a statement.

“A large amount of firearms manufacturing equipment and tools have been recovered,” the ATF said.

“While the search warrant continues, there has been more than 1,000 firearms seized,” it said. “ATF and LAPD have no reason to believe the public is in any danger.”

According to the police, one person was arrested and is facing charges of “unlawful transportation, giving and lending an assault weapon.”

He was identified by local media as Girard Damien Saenz, 56.

“I’ve never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,” LAPD Lieutenant Chris Ramirez told reporters.

“That’s such a big arsenal in a residence in this type of neighborhood,” Ramirez said. “It’s kind of astounding.”

The Los Angeles Times said the home where the weapons were seized belongs to Cynthia Beck, who is married to Gordon Getty, the son of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty.

The Times said Beck could not be reached for comment and it was unclear “what, if any, connection she had to Wednesday’s events.”

“Pursuant to an anonymous tip, ATF and LAPD became aware of an individual conducting illegal firearms (transactions) outside the scope of the federal firearm license that the individual possesses,” the ATF said in a statement.

“A large amount of firearms manufacturing equipment and tools have been recovered,” the ATF said.

“While the search warrant continues, there has been more than 1,000 firearms seized,” it said. “ATF and LAPD have no reason to believe the public is in any danger.”

According to the police, one person was arrested and is facing charges of “unlawful transportation, giving and lending an assault weapon.”

He was identified by local media as Girard Damien Saenz, 56.

“I’ve never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,” LAPD Lieutenant Chris Ramirez told reporters.

“That’s such a big arsenal in a residence in this type of neighborhood,” Ramirez said. “It’s kind of astounding.”

The Los Angeles Times said the home where the weapons were seized belongs to Cynthia Beck, who is married to Gordon Getty, the son of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty.

The Times said Beck could not be reached for comment and it was unclear “what, if any, connection she had to Wednesday’s events.”

AFP

Wike Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot To Plant Guns In Rivers

 

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has raised an alarm, alleging that the APC-led Federal Government plans to plant 800 guns in the state, in order to create crisis in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Special Assistant on Electronic Media to the Governor, Simeon Nwakaudu.

According to Wike, intelligence from credible sources revealed that the resolution to implement the plot was hatched at the Federal Government’s last security meeting.

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The governor, therefore, called on the international community to take note of the proposed illegal action of the APC-led government.

He, however, urged the people of the state to remain calm, but vigilant, adding that the alleged evil machinations will not distract the state from delivering on her constitutional responsibilities to its people.

Police Arrest 11 Robbery Suspects, Recover Eight Guns In Lagos

Police Arrest 11 Robbery Suspects, Recover Eight Guns In Lagos

 

The police have arrested eleven armed robbery suspects in their hideout at Elemoro community in Lekki axis of Lagos State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chike Oti, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He revealed that upon searching the suspects’ den, the police recovered one berretta pistol and two locally made pistols.

Police Arrest 11 Robbery Suspects, Recover Eight Guns In Lagos

 

Noting that progress made in the investigations would be made public, Mr Oti disclosed that the police also recovered five rifles inside an unoccupied shanty in an estate in the same axis of the state.

He said the guns were recovered on Friday last week by personnel of the State Police Command’s Taskforce on recovery of illegal and prohibited firearms, attached to Area J Command Headquarters, Ajah.

“The guns recovered comprises of three European made pump action rifles numbers L926547, R268751 and P987707 respectively, one locally made double barrel rifle and one locally made single barrel rifle,” Mr Oti said.

 

The Commissioner of Police in the state thereafter directed the ballistic arm of the SCIID Panti Yaba to commence an investigation into the case.

He assured residents that the ember months would remain peaceful in Lagos as the Command continues to carry out intelligence and purpose-driven raids on all identified criminal spots in the state.

The CP added that the Command would continue to enforce the Inspector General of Police’s directive on mopping up of illegal and prohibited firearms.

He, however, warned that anybody found in possession of such weapons would be diligently prosecuted by the police.

Americans Own 40% Of The World’s Firearms – Study

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Americans make up only four per cent of the global population but they own 40 per cent of the world’s firearms, a new study said Monday.

There are more than one billion firearms in the world but 85 per cent of those are in the hands of civilians, with the remainder held by law enforcement and the military, according to the Small Arms Survey.

The survey, produced by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, says it bases its estimates based on multiple sources, including civilian firearms registration data from 133 countries and territories and survey results in 56 countries.

Of the 857 million guns owned by civilians, 393 million are in the United States – more than all of the firearms held by ordinary citizens in the other top 25 countries combined.

“The biggest force pushing up gun ownership around the world is civilian ownership in the United States,” said Aaron Karp, one of the authors of the report which compiles new data from the last ten years.

“Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns every year,” Karp told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York.

Americans have access to powerful firearms that are not available in many other countries due to tighter legislation.

“Why are they buying them? That’s another debate. Above all, they are buying them probably because they can. The American market is extraordinarily permissive,” he said.

Gun ownership rates vary across the world, with 121 firearms for every 100 residents in the United States compared to 53 in Yemen, 39 in Montenegro, and 35 in Canada.

Japan and Indonesia are at the other end of the spectrum with less than one firearm per 100 people.

Only 28 countries released information on their military stockpiles while 28 nations offered information the firearms owned by law enforcement agencies.

Civilian firearms registration data was available for 133 countries and territories. Survey results were used

AFP

Edo Police Command Parades 96 Suspected Criminals

Edo Police Command Parades 96 Suspected CriminalsThe Edo State Police Command has paraded 96 suspected criminals arrested for cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery among other offences along with some recovered items like guns, vehicles, laptops, charms and so on.

All the arrests were made during the recent festive season.

Speaking to journalists during the parade at the state headquarters in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Commissioner for Police, Haliru Gwandu, said that the successes recorded in the various operations carried out since November 29, 2016 are largely due to the synergy between the Police and community members.

The Edo Police boss also insisted that his command has no outstanding case of kidnapping or any other related criminality.

ISIS Indoctrination: FG Warns Against Mobile App Targeting Children

Lai Mohammed, ISIS, ChildrenThe Federal Government has alerted Nigerians to the existence of a newly-launched mobile application developed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), for propagating Jihad to children.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed.

The Minister said that the mobile application tagged ‘Huroof’ (Arabic alphabets or letters), was to be used by ISIS to teach children the Arabic alphabets with the aid of guns, military tanks and cannons.

“The application utilises colourful illustrations that attract and engage the attention of young children,” he said.

Mr Mohammed urged members of the public in general and parents in particular to be vigilant, so as to prevent their children and wards from being indoctrinated.

Police Parades 30 Suspects, Recovers 10 Vehicles In Ogun

policeAs part of its renewed onslaught against criminals in Ogun state, south-west Nigeria, the Ogun State Police Command has arrested about 30 suspected criminals across the state, including a four-man gang of armed bandits which specialise in snatching vehicles in the state and neighboring states.

Parading the suspects at the state headquarters of the Police Force, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Muyiwa Adejobi said the arrest was made possible with useful information from members of the general public.

Among the arrested suspects are 16 suspected cultists and armed robbers.

The items recovered from them included guns, flat screen TV, arms and ammunition, ten vehicles and fabricated master keys being used by the suspects.

The PPRO informed the public that the command would not relent on the latest determination to reduce crime and criminal tendencies to the barest minimum in the state.

The suspects confessed to the crime as a 34-year-old car dealer claimed to buy the cars between 200,000 and 250,000 naira.

The command has however appealed to members of the general public whose car were stolen to approach the command with prove of evidence and claim their vehicles.

Police Warn Personnel In Ogun Against Extra-judicial Killing

Ogun Police Warns Personnel Against Extra Judicial KillingThe Ogun State Police Command has warned men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force in the state against extra-judicial killings.

The order is coming just as the Command cautioned on the use of firearms in the discharge of constitutional duty of providing adequate security for the people of Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Valentine Ntomchukwu, made the statement at the Ogun State Police Headquarters in Abeokuta on Thursday.

In another development, Mr Ntomchukwu paraded 14 suspected cultists, six kidnappers and four members of an armed robbery gang arrested while perpetrating their nefarious activities in different locations in the state.

A 41 year old man and a commercial driver, who kidnapped a 97 year old man for a ransom of two million Naira, were among the paraded suspects.

Items recovered from the suspects include an ash colour Toyota Highlander, guns, assorted charms amongst other items.

However, the Police Commissioner solicited quality information from the residents in order to nib crime in the bud, assuring them of the utmost readiness of the police to provide adequate security of lives and property.

Police, Others Caught Trying To Steal Arms In Kaduna

Recovered Arms.A police chief armourer and two gun runners have been arrested by the Kaduna State Police Command during an alleged attempt to steal firearms from the command’s armoury.

Parading the arrested persons at the command’s headquarters in Kaduna on Monday, the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said that at about 11:30pm local time on October 20, the Command’s chief armourer, Nanbol Audu, a deputy superintendent of police, came to the armoury with two unknown persons in a private vehicle to steal arms and ammunition.

The car was discreetly parked behind the armoury as the officer and the two other suspects loaded arms into it.

The commissioner said police officers on guard suspected foul play and immediately stopped the vehicle from leaving the premises while both chief armourer and his two accomplices were arrested.

Mr Shehu further explained that the two suspects came from Jos, Plateau State, on arrangement to purchase the said firearms from the armament officer.

“Further investigation revealed that one of the two civilian suspects is a blacksmith who specialises in manufacturing locally made firearms.

“Eleven G3 Rifles already concealed under the seat of the Mercedes Benz car and a cash sum of 400,000 Naira were recovered from the suspects,” he said.

For Self Protection

The police officials serving at the Kaduna Police Command and residents were left in shock after discovering that the man saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property of the police, eventually turned out to be a traitor, by supplying police firearms to criminals.

This arrest is coming on the heels of a recent order of a nationwide audit of police armouries by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba.

Mr Shehu further said that the two civilian suspects from Jos were on sent by a traditional ruler who gave them the money to purchase the said firearms from the chief armourer.

“Our men are on the trail of the unnamed traditional ruler who is now on the run,” Shehu said.

About his involvement in the crime, DSP Audu, who has served the Police force for 30 years and is due for retirement in the next five years, accepted committing the illegal act.

He said that his intention of supplying the firearms to the gunrunners was due to the incessant attacks on his kinsmen in Jos by Fulani men. And that the gun was meant to be used for self protection against the Fulani gunmen.

Other arrests made by the command include arrests of six notorious armed robbery suspects who have carried out series of robbery operations in Kaduna and Niger States. Nine stolen vehicles, one Ak47 rifle, five locally made pistols and 1,015 rounds of Ak47 live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

The commissioner said that all the suspects would be charged to court. He, however, reassured the citizens of the state that the command was fully determined to flush criminals out of the state.

Yobe Residents Ask Reconciliation Cmte’ To Unveil Sponsors Of Boko Haram

Residents in Yobe state at an interactive session with the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the north have asked the committee to identify and unveil sponsors of Boko Haram.

An elder statesman, Khalifa Hassan Yusuf, who made the call for unveiling sponsors of the group asked why Nigerians “are still in the dark” on sponsors of the group.

According to him, apart from revealing who the sponsors are, Nigerians and the whole world are keen to know where and how sophisticated firearms are in circulation or in use by various hoodlums for their various operations across the country.

“Several arrests have been made since the commencement of the insurgency, lots of revelations have been uncovered, caches of arms have been recovered, yet Nigerians and the whole world are yet to know those behind the Boko Haram insurgency” he lamented.

The elder statesman also challenged the committee to verify and tell Nigerians which countries, groups or individuals are supplying AK47, Rapid Propel Grenade (RPG) among other weapons to the group.

Another Damaturu elder, Alhaji Mohammadu Gombe, lamented on the colossal loss of lives and property since the attacks on people in Damaturu and Maiduguri.

He process solicited assistance for groups and individuals who suffered losses as a result of the attack, while urging the federal government to bring culprits to book. He also alleged that some highly placed individuals must be involved in the dastard act.

Other speakers called on parents, religious groups and organisations to preach and inculcate good morals in the minds of their followers, warning that without it religious tolerance will continue to deteriorate and have adverse effects on the peace and progress of the country.

While commending the President for constituting the committee, participants at the session also called on the committee to be objective and to ensure that lasting peace is achieved at the end of their assignment.

The Committee Chairman and Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs; Kabiru Tanimu Turaki assured participants that the committee will be fair and diligent in the course of its assignment pointing out that tremendous progress is being made in the quest for peace.

Stakeholders and participants were drawn from the Jamatul Nasir Islam (JNI) the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) traditional rulers, various political, tribal, religious and social groups as well as trade unions among other interest groups.

 

Army Arrests Recruiter Of Terrorists In Maiduguri

A key terrorist suspect, who specialises in recruiting personnel into terror cells, has been arrested by troops in Maiduguri following a tip off.

In a press release signed by the defence spokesman, Brigadier General Christopher Olukolade, the individual is also the person that watches over the insurgents’ armoury.

He further stated that another group of five insurgents, all Nigeriens were arrested when troops stormed their hideout at Mallam Fatori as they attempted to escape in two Toyota Cruiser Jeeps.

He said the Troops continue to patrol the notorious Sambisa forest and are also cordoning the Alou forest and Gwoza Hills finding more abandoned vehicles, weapons and other items in the camps of the insurgents.

Among the recent finds are rifles, double barrel guns, various charms and amulets, machine guns as well as pairs of camouflage uniforms, bows and quiver and assorted rifle magazine.

Others are handset, walkie-talkie, car number plates and some food items.