Police Launch ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ To Tackle Crime

Police Launch Eminent Persons ForumThe Nigerian Police Force has launched an initiative called the ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ to complement the foremost Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) and community policing.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said that the forum was a community policing aimed at combating crime and other related offences in Nigeria.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, led the maiden meeting of the Eminent Persons Forum in the state at the Imo State Traditional Rulers Council secretariat in Owerri, the capital of the state.

Mr Lakanu said that the initiative was one of the police leadership’s crime fighting strategy to ensure that the police force collaborate with opinion leaders from various communities.

He described the forum as a bridge between the police and members of the community by giving adequate information about criminal activities in their locality.

The Commission added that it would offer necessary partnership and support in solving crime related issues and enhance policed public relations.

The Chairman of the PCRC in Imo State, in southern Nigeria, Mr Chima Chinyere, said the initiative would no doubt, enhance effective community policing and effective crime control in the state.

Commending the initiative, the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Mr Samuel Ohiri, pledged the support of the traditional rulers and members of the community and promised that they would partner with the Nigerian Police in providing adequate information in combating crime in the state.

Some other stakeholders who spoke at the meeting stressed that security of lives and property was the business of everybody in the community and should not be left in the hands of the police alone.

Imo Deadly Clash: Normalcy Returns To Akokwa Community

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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Normalcy has now returned to Umukegwu Community in Akokwa Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State after a deadly clash between some Hausa residents in the area and some members of the host community that left 6 people dead.

Six people were feared dead after a violent clash erupted in Akokwa community in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State between some Hausa residents and some members of the host community.

Our correspondent, who visited the community, reports that there is heavy presence of security operatives and people are going about their normal duties.

However, the indigenes of the area have called on the government to look into the matter critically and to prevent any future occurrence.

Some of the residents, who narrated the incident, alleged that the Hausa man, who was hired as a security guard in the one of the buildings in the area, had a misunderstanding with a young lady named Ngozi and the misunderstanding became intense that he pursued and murdered the lady in cold blood with a shovel, adding that he also went ahead to kill one Mrs Beatrice Ibe, who was trying to settle the dispute.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Mr Eze Madumere, who led security operatives and other top government functionaries to commiserate with affected families condemned the incident in its entirety while assuring the people that the state government is on top of the situation.

He noted that the incident is a clear case of homicide and not related to ethnic clashes.

However, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, has asked for the cooperation of the people while imploring them to remain calm and desist from any further attacks that might cause a breakdown of law and order in the state.

In the meantime, the corpses of the affected victims have been deposited in a nearby mortuary, while some others who were wounded in the process including a 7-year old boy are still receiving treatment in a hospital.

Six Die In Clash Between Hausa Residents And Indigenes In Imo

clash in Imo stateSix people are feared dead after a violent clash erupted in Akokwa community in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State between some Hausa residents and some members of the host community.

Confirming the incident on Friday, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, said preliminary investigations revealed that the clash was triggered by an alleged murder of a woman by a Hausa man.

Murdered With A Shovel

He told Channels Television that the middle aged Hausa man, who works as a security guard in the area, had a misunderstanding with a young woman which became intense that the man murdered the woman with a shovel.

Mr Lakanu also said that the Hausa allegedly went ahead to kill the woman’s friend who was trying to settle the issue.

“On seeing the level of crime committed, the Hausa man went ahead and committed suicide,” he said.

The commissioner further noted that as the news filtered round the community, there was a reprisal attack by members of the community against northerners in the area which left three other people dead.

However, the Commissioner of Police said the command had deployed adequate policemen in the area to prevent any further breakdown of law and order.

In the meantime, the state government has called on indigenes of the state to remain calm and go about their lawful duties, as the security agents were making efforts to bring the situation under absolute control.

INEC Conducts Supplementary Elections In Imo North, Oru East

INEC, Elections, Imo North, Oru East The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday conducted the supplementary elections for the Imo North senatorial district and Oru East State Constituency that were declared inconclusive last Saturday.

Channels Television crew who monitored the election reports that the elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, as there was no report of violence recorded in the areas where the elections were conducted.

However, the election witnessed very low turnout of voters as some electorates who spoke to Channels Television attributed the low turnout to voters’ apathy.

Even though there was restriction of movement in the affected areas, residents of the areas were still going about their normal business, especially grocery stores and restaurant.

Meanwhile, security operatives led by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, were on ground to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order in these areas.

As at time of filing this report, final collation was still ongoing as voters were still awaiting the final declaration of the winner by the returning officer.

Imo Govt. Demolishes Houses Owned By Suspected Kidnappers

Imo, KidnappersThe Imo State government has demolished buildings said to be owned by suspected kidnappers in Ohoba community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state.

The Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, who led the team to Ohoba community disclosed this to reporters in southeast Nigeria.

He vowed that the state government would continue to resist any form of illegal and ill-gotten wealth in the state, especially through kidnapping and armed robbery.

“We will be committing an unpardonable sin by allowing those with ill-gotten wealth to continue to parade themselves as successful people,” he said.

Mr Madumere said that the action would also serve as a deterrent to others who may have plans to make money through such illegal means.

In his words, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, said that the demolition was to ensure that strategies and structures that would prevent carnage in the state were put in place.

“We are trying to ensure that we put a total end to crime and criminality (and) this will send a strong message to those using seed money to build houses and to villagers, especially those who are supporting them,” he said.

The Police Commissioner said that the suspected kidnappers whose houses were being demolished were already in Police custody.

 Imo Re-run Election: Political Parties Sign Peace Accord

Anambra-ImoThe Imo State Police Command has warned politicians, group of persons to desist from any act of thuggery, hooliganism or any related action that might disrupt the peace and success of Saturday’s National and State Assembly re-run election in the state.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, handed out the warning at an election stakeholders meeting and signing of peace accord at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Mr Lakanu said that the command and other security operatives in the state have put measures in place to check mate any act or action that might cause a breakdown of peace in the state during the election.

He urged all political parties involved in the election to play by the rules, noting that the command will give all the parties a level playing ground.

The Police Commissioner also warned against any act of thuggery, hooliganism or any act of criminality that might cause the breach of peace during the election.

The Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Evurulobi Chinedu, said INEC in the state is ready and fully prepared for the election. He also disclosed the new accreditation and voting pattern for the re-run election.

The election will take in Okigwe Senatorial District, Owerri West, Oru East and Isiala Mbano State Constituencies. Movement within these areas have been restricted between 7:00 and 6:00pm.

Police Parade Murder Suspects, Others In Imo

PoliceThe Imo State Police Command has arrested at least 25 suspects for their alleged involvement in criminal activities ranging from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and car snatching.

The suspects were paraded by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, at the command headquarters in Owerri, the state’s capital in southeast Nigeria.

Mr Lakanu disclosed that one of the most shocking stories in the arrest of the suspected criminals was that of a dangerous four-man kidnapping gang responsible for the kidnap and murder of one Madam Ogo Omereji aged 63-years-old, who was kidnapped in her farm at Awara in Ohaji/Egbema late last year.

He said that during interrogation, the suspects confessed to have kidnapped, tortured to death and subsequently buried the victim’s corpse in a shallow grave in the forest, even after they had collected a ransom of 510,000 Naira from the victim’s family.

The Police Commissioner also revealed that over the last three months, a total number of 88 suspects have been arrested for kidnapping while 16 victims have been rescued with 41 other suspects arrested for armed robbery.

While warning criminals to stay away from Imo State in their own interest, especially kidnappers and armed robbers, Mr Lakanu said that the command has crime mapped and cobwebbed the entire state through overt and covert strategies that would enable them detect any crime in and around the state.

He also asked for the support and cooperation of the government and people of Imo State in their renewed determination to fight crime to a standstill in the state.

Police Give Materials To Orphanage In Imo

ekiti drivers-Imo-policeThe Imo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force will soon commence the delivery of free medical services to the general public, as part of its Corporate and Social Responsibilities to the people of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed this when the leadership of the state command visited Nigerian Red Cross, Orphanage and Motherless Babies Home along Orlu Road in Owerri, Imo State capital, to donate food items and essential materials.

The Police boss in the state said that the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force, led by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, was conscious of regaining public trust and partnership which he stressed was a panacea to getting useful information that would no doubt assist the security agencies in fighting crime.

He said that the Police would in no distant time commence some humanitarian services in appreciation for the cooperation and support from the civil populace.

Responding, the state Vice Chairman of the Red Cross, Keke Chima, expressed delight saying the visit and donation for the first time from the Nigerian Police Force, is an indication that change has come to the nation.

Police Parade Two Kidnap Suspects, 15 Others In Imo

PoliceThe Imo State Police Command has paraded two suspects allegedly involved in kidnapping and 15 others suspected to be involved in various criminal acts.

The kidnap suspects, Ebuka Ibe, 22 and his accomplice Kelechi Nwogu, also 22, were said to have allegedly kidnapped two male kids of the same parent, who were returning from school at Amazu Amato in Orsu Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State in South-east Nigeria.

The suspects with various acts of crime such as car snatching, armed robbery, kidnapping and other related offences, were paraded by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Austin Evbakavbokun, on Sunday at the State Command Headquarters in Owerri, the state’s capital.

The Commissioner said the two kidnap suspects were nabbed by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, following a distress call by a law abiding citizen.

He revealed further that the four year old kid, Ckukwuka Ezeribe and his three year old brother, Chigozie Ezeribe, were conveyed by the suspects to a prospective buyer before they were intercepted and arrested by the police.

Mr Evbakavbokun also asserted that the Command would not relent in fishing out criminals in the state. The Command had launched an onslaught on criminals and its ground sweeping operations that cuts across the 27 LGAs of the state.

The Command Spokesman, Andrew Enwerem, advised youths in the state to stay clear of any crime related activities, adding that the Command would not relent in its effort to sanitise the state of crime.

Nevertheless, the suspects pleaded with the police to forgive them, stressing that they got involved in such act to earn a living.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects were guns of different types, a 4Runner Jeep with Lagos registration number ‘KTU 168 AU’, cartridges and stolen handsets.

Mr Evbakavbokun, however, appealed to members of the general public to furnish the police with adequate information that would help in fighting criminals in the state.