Suspected Cultist, Four Others Arrested In Lagos

 

A notorious cultist, Ibrahim Abdullahi, popularly known as Tiny, who operates around the Satellite-Town area of Lagos, has been arrested.

He was arrested along with one of his accomplices, Obinna Kelvin Okey, 23, on Friday, March 23, at his hideout in the Ijegun-Egba area of the town during an operation led by the Divisional Police Officer of Satellite-Town Division, CSP Chike Oti.

During preliminary interrogation, the suspects confessed to being members of a cult group called the Aro-Bagger a.k.a. Vickings.

Subsequently, their arrest led to the arrest of three other cultists: Ismaila Adebayo, 21, Bode Akodo, 21 and Adefesun Abdulwahab, 25.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Zubairu Muazu (mni), had earlier in the week charged Area Commanders DPOs and Tactical Unit Commanders in the state to clamp down on the activities of members of unlawful societies and raid all identified criminal enclaves.

Based on the directive and credible intelligence received about the suspect, who had been on the run since he was linked to the murder of three residents of the community, Satelite division swung into action.

Following the arrest, CP Zubairu Muazu directed the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to take over the case involving the key suspect.

The other suspects, on the other hand, were transferred to the Command’s Anti Cultism Squad for further investigation.

In a related development, one Stephen Egbe, a notorious traffic robber who specialises in robbing commuters along the Mile 12/Badagry Expressway, was caught in the act also on Friday.

He was caught around Mosalachi Bus Stop near maza- maza, by detectives of the Satellite Town Police Division.

The Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was, thereafter, directed to take over the investigation.

According to the Police spokesperson, all the suspects arrested will be charged to court.

NSCDC Clamps Down On Illegal Oil Marketers In Maiduguri

NSCDC Clamps Down On Illegal Marketers In MaiduguriThe Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has recovered 43 jerrycans of petroleum products from suspects selling above the approved pump price of 145 Naira per litre.

The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said in a statement that the command is clamping down on petrol stations within Maiduguri metropolis, unlawfully selling petroleum products in jerrycans and above the pump price.

He said the suspects took to their heels on sighting officials of the NSCDC who were on routine patrol.

The Commandant explained that the raid was to ensure compliance with controlled prices, and to avoid the possibility of getting the products to the bush where Boko Haram terrorists operate.

“Some fuel attendants and managers found liable were arrested to serve as deterrent to other unscrupulous elements and criminally minded individuals,” Mr Abdullahi stated.

He said investigation into the matter is ongoing while the seized products would be handed over to the Department of Petroleum Resources.

The NSCDC said the move has compelled erring marketers to write letters of undertaking, promising to revert to the official petrol pump price.

It was gathered that with the artificial scarcity of the product, desperate motorists have been forced to buy the product at 165 Naira per litre.

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads In BornoFollowing resurgence of attacks by remnants of the ‎Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima, has held an emergency security meeting with security operatives.

The meeting was attended by heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), with proactive measures taken on how to increase surveillance and forestall unanticipated security breach.

Governor Shettima began with a three-hour closed door meeting with the Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, on Friday at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

‎During the meeting, he was briefed on recent attacks and ongoing military operations while discussions were held with assurances that the remnants of the insurgents were on suicidal mission, given their displacement from their former headquarters at the Sambisa forest.

Spokesman to the governor, Mr Isa Gusau, said in a statement issued on Sunday that after meeting with the Theater Commander who is not a member of the State Security Council, Governor Shettima presided over an emergency meeting of the State Security Council that involved core armed forces.

At the end of meeting, new guard locations were established in some routes across the state to curtail the movement of the Boko Haram fighters.

The number of security personnel deployed to various locations were also increased with more members of the Civilian JTF (youth volunteers) involved.

Governor Shettima also gave approval for the release of additional patrol vehicles to security agencies for increased surveillance in the state.

He also approved logistics to compliment efforts of the Federal Government in strengthening the armed forces, while measures were adopted to strengthen the Civilian JTF and hunters.

The Council also reviewed the synergy between formal armed forces and volunteers, with steps adopted to increase collaboration and clamp down on cattle rustling used by insurgents to raise funds.

The meeting, which lasted for over three hours at the council chambers of the Government House, had in attendance ‎the General Officer Commanding, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu; the Commander, 79 Composite group of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo; the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, and the Garrison Commander, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Jibrin Mohammed.

Others at the meeting are the State Director of the DSS, Suleiman Kankia, Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Shuwa, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Lawan and the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security.

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Officials

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Civil Defence OfficialsThe Borno Command of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps says 75 personnel of the command were killed while 15 were declared missing in action in the year 2016.

The Commandant of the Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told journalists in a news conference that the officers were killed in separate attacks in Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala in the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We have alerted our sister agencies on the issues while the NSCDC national headquarters have assisted the families of the bereaved.” he said.

Abdullah noted that about 19 area offices belonging to the NSCDC across the state were completely destroyed by Boko Haram.

His words: “We will deploy additional 500 personnel in liberated LGA’s. We have already deployed 100 to Dikwa; we are preparing 30 for Monguno, while 20 of our men were drafted for Nganzai local government area.”

“Some of them are already in Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas.” Abdullahi stated.

Abdullahi said those deployed include the Anti-riot Squad, Bomb Detection and Disposal Unit as well as Intelligence and Detective Unit of the command.

Police Arrest Runaway Mastermind Of CBN Governor’s Wife’s Kidnap

Police Arrest Runaway Mastermind Of CBN Governor's Wife's KidnapThe Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested one Umar Abubakar identified as the 10th gang member in the kidnap saga of the CBN Governor’s wife, Mrs Margaret Emefiele in September 2016.

According to a Police statement, Umar Abubakar aka Kiriwa was trailed and arrested in Minna, Niger State on December 9, 2016 “consequent upon several weeks of monitoring and actionable intelligence gathering coupled with collaborative efforts of public spirited members of the community”.

“Umar Abubakar, one of the arrow heads of the dare devil kidnapping gang led detectives to two (2) houses and three plots of empty land he purchased with the proceeds of his share of the ransom.

“The arrested kingpin confessed that he used three million naira (N3m), part of the ransom, to open a provision shop in Minna, Niger State which he was running with his wife.

“The original papers of the houses and plots of land have been recovered and registered as exhibits and the shop also sealed,” the Police stated.

The Police promised that with the assistance and the support of the people, it would ensure that no crime committed will go undetected and perpetrators apprehended for justice and closure to prevail in the court of law.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, reassured members of the public of the readiness of the Police under his leadership to deliver dedicated and quality policing services.

He further urged all citizens to be vigilant, provide useful information and report suspicious movements and activities to the Police for prompt response.

Nine suspects linked to the kidnap of the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mrs Margaret Emefiele, were paraded in the nation’s capital Abuja in October.

Those paraded were two serving and one dismissed soldier, Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra, Lance Corporal Edwin George, and Anthony Uduefe.

The others are Mohammed Abubakar, who was said to be the gang leader, Mohammed Musa, Mohammed Sule, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Aliyu Musa and Mohammed Yusuf.

The Police, in a statement, revealed that over 14-million-naira cash, three vehicles and one AK-47 magazine and two cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

Mrs Emiefele and three of her aides were kidnapped on September 29 at Oquneki hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta state, but were all rescued the following day unhurt.

The kidnappers had demanded for the sum of 100 million naira ransom.

Police Parade Suspected Kidnappers Of CBN Governor’s Wife

Police parade, Police ARREST, 419 syndicate, Police Arrest Kidnappers In KanoNine suspects linked to the kidnap of the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mrs Margret Emefiele, have been paraded in the nation’s capital Abuja.

Those paraded in connection with the crime are two serving and one dismissed soldiers, Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra, Lance Corporal Edwin George, and Anthony Uduefe.

The others are Mohammed Abubakar, who is said to be the gang leader, Mohammed Musa, Mohammed Sule, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Aliyu Musa and Mohammed Yusuf.

The Police, in a statement, revealed that over 14-million-naira cash, three vehicles and one AK-47 magazine and two cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

Mrs Emiefele and three of her aides were kidnapped on September 29 at Oquneki hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta state, but were all rescued the following day unhurt.

The kidnappers had demanded for the sum of 100 million naira ransom before they were smashed by the Police at 1.30 am by the Police while combing the forest around Agbor.

Nigerians Should Build On Presidential Election Success

ElectionA Fellow of the Chattered Institute of Personnel Management, Ibrahim Abdullahi, has suggested that ahead of the governorship and state assembly elections on April 11, Nigeria must build on the success of its presidential election by paying special attention to some trouble spots judging by the result of the March 28 election.

Mr Abdullahi, who is also the Vice Chairman, Mediation and Conflict Resolution Committee of the institute, was speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“I think the most important issue people should ruminate on or talk about and work upon is to build on the success we have achieved during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

“Kudos to the President-elect, President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Peace Committee, for the wonderful job they have done,” he said.

Explaining further his suggestion, Mr Abdullahi stated that crisis could arise in 18 states in the federation. He named Lagos, Osun and Ondo as the states security agencies have to put under close watch in the South-West region.

He said that issues could arise during Osun State House of Assembly election because the sitting governor is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state are threatening to unseat the APC members of the House.

Speaking about Lagos State, Mr Abdullahi said that the votes the PDP got during the presidential poll was a surprise to many, especially the ruling APC and they would be working hard to prevent another close contest in the governorship election.

In Ondo State however, he explained that the APC sees the PDP Governor’s inability to deliver the mandate of his party during the presidential poll as an opportunity to take over, which they are threatening to.

He added that this is further made worse by the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Ali Olanusi, who has defected to APC.

Mr Abdullahi also named Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi states in the South-East.

He cited the frosty relationship between the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and the PDP following the last election as well as allegations in Ebonyi State that their PDP Governor sponsored a candidate of the Labour Party during the National Assembly elections.

Other states mentioned are Rivers and Edo states in the South-South region; and Kogi, Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau, Niger, North East, Adamawa, Bauchi and Taraba in the North Central.