Panic In Jos As Hoodlums Disrupt Commercial Activities

 

There was panic and apprehension in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Tuesday as hoodlums disrupted commercial activities at Ahmadu Bello way leading to an abrupt end of businesses in the city.

Some shops were vandalised while cars were set ablaze by the miscreants who prompted the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to maintain law and order at the commercial centre before the arrival of the police.

NSCDC personnel told Channels Television that four people were injured and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

The incident at the city centre is not related to the #EndSARS protests going on in some parts of the city, but protesters restricted their activities at the Old Airport Roundabout and the Polo roundabout axis where they have been gathering for almost five days.

LASTMA Mourns Killed Officer, Condemns Attack On Personnel

 

The murder of a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer, Ola Oyeshina, has been condemned by the agency’s General Manager, Olajide Oduyoye, who described his death as ‘unfortunate’.

The LASTMA General Manager revealed in a statement that Mr Oyeshina was attacked on Friday by suspected hoodlums who threw a big stone at the officer during the course of sanitising Iganmu-Sifax axis of Apapa. He was later taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he died on Saturday morning.

“He was immediately rushed to Area “B” police station along with two of the people that attacked him, ACP Bayo Sulaimon thereafter ordered the detention of the two (2) attackers that were arrested while a letter of medical referral was issued for the victim’s attention at the hospital.”

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He assured that the perpetrators of the dastardly act that were caught will be prosecuted in the court of law to serve as a deterrent to other members of the public who may harbour committing such crime in future.

“LASTMA was established to manage and control traffic in order to reduce the people’s travel time on our roads, increase economic growth through increased productivity and ensure the populace safety and security, a situation where road users will now turn against any government official in order not to answer the consequences of breaking the law is unacceptable and would not be condoned henceforth.”

Mr Oduyoye stated that with the recent inauguration of a committee on war against traffic and environmental offenders, there is no more hiding place for Lagos residents or visitors that go against the law.

Suspected Hoodlums Attack Ogun APC Office

Ogun APC Office in Abeokuta, the state capital.

 

Suspected hoodlums have invaded the All Progressive Congress (APC) office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital carting away important documents.

The attackers struck in the early hours of Friday.

A chieftain of the party, Derin Adebiyi said although nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident, the action has been reported to the security agencies for investigation.

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“The attack was massive. All offices were broken into, including the office of the chairman, the state secretary, the organising secretary, among others.

“All offices were ransacked and important documents were taken away. Properties were vandalised,” he explained.

Although Adebiyi did state the value of properties destroyed he said the intention of the attackers remains unknown but suspicious.

According to him, this is because the attack was carried out at the end of Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s administration.

Two Killed Following Electoral Violence In Delta State

 

Two people have been reported dead with several others injured after unknown gunmen opened fire at a polling unit in Amukpe, near Sapele in Delta state.

Channels Television gathered that the deceased were voters trying to cast their votes along Old Eku road Amukpe when the attack took place.

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According to the police, the gunmen stormed the polling units when the voting was still ongoing and rained bullets at the voters leaving two persons dead on the spot while several others were badly injured.

Those injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where they are being tendered to.

The police say investigations are underway, assuring that those who carried out the attack will be apprehended.

Army Arrests 15 Suspected ‘Political Thugs’

 

Fifteen suspected political thugs have been arrested by the Nigerian army in Ikebiri 1, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The army said the hoodlums has planned to disrupt the presidential and national assembly elections in the region.

Jonah Danjuma, a spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, noted that the arrest of the thugs by the troops of the 5 Battalion, 16 Brigade was achieved on the objective of operation ‘Safe Conduct’.

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He said, “In our determined efforts to ensure peace and security in our Area of Responsibility especially in pursuant of the objectives of Operation SAFE CONDUCT, troops of 5 Battalion, 16 Brigade Nigerian Army today arrested 15 armed men suspected to be political thugs at Ikebiri 1 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.”

“It was a successful operation that led to the recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and other items. This feat was achieved as a direct response by vigilant troops in Operation SAFE CONDUCT 2019 in 16 Brigade Area of Responsibility.”

The army spokesman said the arrested thugs would be handed over to the Nigerian police after initial interrogation for onward prosecution.

Army Arrests Notorious Hoodlums In Sokoto

 

Sequel to the flag off of Exercise EGWU EKE III (Python Dance) by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai in 1 Battalion, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State on the 8 of January 2019, the exercise simultaneously became activated in the North West geopolitical zone with the deployment of troops in all Divisional Areas of Operation for internal security which has started yielding dividends.

According to a statement by the army spokesperson, Major Clement K Abiade, Troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army in Sokoto on the 9th of January 2019, at about 6.30pm while on routine patrol for the safety and serenity of the metropolitan ran into a group of hoodlums causing mayhem, extorting and threatening the lives of innocent citizens along Sokoto – Gusau road.

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Seven (7) of them were apprehended and were being profiled.

The suspects are: Auwalu Shehu, 32 years – Carpenter, Muritala Garba, 41 years, Driver. Jamilu Bello, 30 years – Trader, Abubakar Aliyu, 29 years – Trader, Musa Abubakar, 32 years – Bricklayer, Zayyanu Aliyu, 28 years – Iron Bender, and, Bashir Sarkinpawa, 27 years – Cow Butcher.

The Items recovered include, five machetes, two Knives, two catapults, two long sticks (Gora), one tyre ream, three bottles of Codeine and, sizeable numbers of stones.

A preliminary investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution on completion. Members of the public are hereby enjoined to cooperate with the security agencies by reporting any suspicious persons and activities.

Hoodlums Disrupt Ondo Factional APC Congress

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Some hoodlums have stormed the venue of the State Congress of the All Progressives (APC) faction loyal to the suspended Chairman, Isaacs Kekemeke in Akure, the state capital.

The hoodlums armed with sticks and clubs attacked party delegates and members as well as newsmen at the venue.

The hoodlums also set a bonfire built with automobile tires in front of the venue.

Some of the delegates had earlier arrived at the venue and were waiting for the exercise to start while the hoodlums arrived and disrupted the venue.

The Congress, therefore, ended abruptly as delegates and everyone present ran for cover.

How Hoodlums Tried To Help Dino Melaye Escape From Custody – Police

Senator Dino Melaye on the ground after allegedly jumping off the police vehicle in Abuja.

 

Police authorities have confirmed that Senator Dino Melaye jumped from a moving vehicle today in Abuja, allegedly in a bid to escape.

The Police in a statement signed its spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said some hoodlums who drove in two Hilux vehicle tried to help the Senator’s escape by blocking the police vehicle conveying him to a court in Kogi State.

“At about 1200Hrs of today Sen. Dino Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force and being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court, Lokoja from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two (2) Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja.

“In the process, the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued (sic) from the Policemen by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination,” the statement read in part.

According to the police, the lawmaker was taken away by the hoodlums after he jumped from the window of the moving vehicle.

Melaye was however re-arrested by the police at the hospital where he was rushed to after sustaining injuries from the incident.

“The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay,” Moshood added.

The Police have also recovered the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums.

A thorough investigation, according to the police will be conducted into the circumstances leading to Senator Dino Melaye attempted rescue from police custody.

Police Clamp Down On Hoodlums In Ondo

Police Clamp Down On Hoodlums In OndoThe Police have begun to clamp down on hoodlums such as cultists, kidnappers, armed robbers and ritualists in various towns across Ondo State.

The spokesman for the State Police Command, Femi Joseph, disclosed that in response to tip-offs by some residents, the Police have arrested a number of suspected criminals and are still on the lookout for others.

According to Mr Joseph, one of such criminal hideouts was an uncompleted storey building close to the State House of Assembly in Alagbaka area of Akure, the state capital.

He said investigations have commenced to identify the real criminals among the arrested suspects and charge them to court while the innocent ones would be released.

The Police spokesman assured law abiding residents of the state that the police were up to the task of securing their lives and property.

He also advised them to remain vigilant and promptly report any person or group of persons suspected to be criminals in their localities to the Police.

Kogi Police Parades 45 Criminal Suspects

policeThe Kogi State Police Command has paraded 45 suspected criminals, including a lady for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling activities in the state.

Also paraded among the 45 suspects were 72-year-old Ahmed Andoke, a relative of former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Andoke, and an All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the last House of Assembly election for Okehi State Constituency, Idris Ozi Shuaibu, and a cripple alleged to be in custody of stolen items and financing some criminal gangs terrorizing the state.

Following the upsurge of activities of armed bandits, kidnappers, social miscreants and hoodlums in the state the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, deployed a special anti-crime task force to relocate to the state and quickly address the situation.

The State Governor, Idris Wada, has promised to give out the sum of 5 million naira to anybody with credible information that will lead to tracking down the kidnappers terrorizing the state.

On parading the suspects and their loot, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the squad has in the last three weeks quickly design a template to contain the situation.

Items recovered from the suspects are: 3 faces prepaid meters, AK 47, double barrel guns, locally made Dane guns, cartridges, charms, pump action, cars, cutlasses, military camouflage uniform, ATM cards etc.

Two of the harden criminals popularly called cat and target, were said to be terrorizing people of the Okene axis and were alleged to have killed some Policemen on duty and went away with their guns, were called for questioning.

Though Journalists could not ask questions from the suspects, and this made some of the suspects protest by shouting out, while others claimed it was a  frame up.

The police said the suspects will be charged to court after the completion of their investigation, not until then, they will be under the custody of the Police.

Thugs On Rampage In Oshodi, Other Parts Of Lagos

Oshodi2Hoodlums wielding guns, axes, matchetes and other dangerous weapons have gone on rampage in the Oshodi, Mushin, Maryland and Costain areas of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.

Commercial vehicle drivers are reported to have discharged their passengers and driven off in fear, causing gridlock in the process.

Traders at Oshodi were also said to have hurriedly shut their shops and fled as the hoodlums shot sporadically.

The cause of the mayhem is not clear at this time.

Developing story…

Lawyer Blames Tambuwal’s Entourage For NASS Fracas

George EkehA legal practitioner, George Ekeh, on Monday apportioned blame to the entourage of the House of Representatives speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, for the fracas which occurred at the National Assembly last Thursday, insisting that they had been unruly.

According to him, their unruly behaviour had proven that the intelligence report that hoodlums would cause mayhem at the National Assembly, as disclosed by the Police, was accurate and necessitated the security measures put in place.

Commenting on the issue on Sunrise Daily, Ekeh noted that the fracas was embarrassing to the entire nation, as it had attracted both local and international attention. He, however, insisted that although the footage of lawmakers scaling a gate was a sensation for both local and international media, “it is important for us to appreciate what happened by looking at it sequentially”.

He stressed that nobody was above the law and that self-help on the part of the lawmakers was not an option.

Lawmakers had scaled the gate of the National Assembly after security agents including the Police and SSS had barred them from gaining entrance and shot tear gas canisters at them.

The Police had explained that they had received security intelligence that there was going to be mayhem hence the measures put in place.

Ekeh backed the claim, noting that “even if we did not believe them, the situation that we found ourselves in vindicated whichever officer that gave that report; That indeed there was going to be mayhem and indeed there was mayhem”.

He noted that the police had the right to be at the National Assembly since it was their duty to maintain law and order.

However, footage of the fracas had revealed that the last gate leading to the chambers had been locked and police officers did not open to lawmakers who questioned their action.

Ekeh defended the action saying “they did not shut down the National Assembly. They were screening people. They had screened some people even if it was quite torturous.. David Mark himself said he was screened at three points”.

He claimed that the Speaker and the Representatives in his entourage had assembled, based on their perception of events, and “all of them came and obviously overwhelmed the police”

He added that the gate had been locked because the Representatives had become unruly, hence, interrupting the screening process at the gate.

Asked if it would have been out of place for the Police to have informed the leadership of the House of the intelligence report and the planned action, Ekeh argued that such announcement would depend on the strategy adopted by the Police.

“I don’t think that it behooves on the Police to first of all inform members and say we are going to screen you people.”

He noted that “if the Police said they were trying to fish out thugs, or hoodlums – thuggery is not a profession. It is the conduct of a person”, insisting that if the conduct of a lawmaker becomes unruly, “the police should be able to rein him in”.