Supreme Court Verdict: Police Ban Protests, Rallies In Imo

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The Imo State Police command has announced that a ban has been placed on protests and rallies in the state.

According to the police, the ban was necessary following the plan by some hoodlums to hide under the guise of protests and rallies to cause mayhem.

“It has come to the notice of the Imo State Police Command that some hoodlums are planning to hide under the protests/rallies as witnessed in the last few weeks to cause mayhem in the state.

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“In view of the above, therefore, the command wishes to inform the general public that all protests/rallies of any kind are hereby banned forthwith especially as affects the Supreme Court ruling of 14th January 2020,” the statement, which is signed by the police spokesperson for the Commissioner of Police, Ikeokwu Orlando read.

It added that since the Supreme Court has acknowledged an application for the review of the judgment and as such fixed a date for the review, it is therefore pertinent that both parties should remain calm pending the outcome of the review.

“Furthermore, the command wishes to commend all the groups for the peaceful manner they conducted their protests in the past few weeks, but wish to advise all the groups to stop any further protests/rallies, either in support or against the said supreme court judgment.

“This is to ensure that such protest is not hijacked and used to cause chaos, anarchy or breach of the Public Peace,” Orlando added in the statement.

Residents of the state are therefore advised to go about their lawful business as the police are still in the business of protecting the lives and properties of all.

Imo Police Parade Fake U.S. Soldier Over Alleged Fraud

The suspect, Garrick Michael Slack, at the Imo State Police Command Headquarters while being paraded on Saturday, August 11, 2018.


The Imo State Police Command has arrested a man who they claimed is an American citizen and self-acclaimed U.S. soldier for impersonation and fraud.

The suspect, identified as Garrick Michael Slack, was paraded on Saturday at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

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The commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, told journalists that Garrick specialised in defrauding women with the promise of taking them to the United States of America. The police noted that Garrick deceived his victims by claiming that he is a member of the U.S army.

Other suspects paraded.


Some other suspected criminals were also paraded for various crimes including alleged armed robbery, child trafficking, and cultism, alongside some weapons allegedly used by them.

Bank Robbery: Imo Police Arrests Three Suspects

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Imo state Police Command said it has arrested three suspects in connection to the robbery that occurred at Zenith Bank along Wetheral Road Owerri in February.

Addressing newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital, State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike said the suspects who were identified as Justice Ogbonna also known as JJ, Turbine Charles, Okechukwu Nwanebo a.k.a. Modestus are cooling their feet in the police net.

The Commissioner said for the avoidance of doubt, that the trio of Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko and Sergeant Sunday Agbo who died during the incident and Sergeant Otu Athan who sustained injuries remain uncommon heroes of the Nigerian police.

He commended their gallant, professional and courageous display in defense of life and property.

He added that the Nigerian Police FORCE (NPF) under the able leadership of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, have not, did not and will not abandon them and or their families.

As all their financial rites, entitlements, benefits and even privileges shall be fully paid in no distant time.


Police Arrest Three Suspected Army Impostors In Imo State

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Imo State Police Command has arrested three suspects, Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan all from Akwa Ibom state for impersonation and claiming to be army officials, while extorting huge amount of money from unsuspected applicants who wish to join the Nigerian Army.

While parading the suspects at the Imo Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Chris Ezike, said the suspects were arrested at Amakohia Ubi in Owerri west Local Government area of Imo state following intelligence reports.

The commissioner also paraded some other suspected criminals who are allegedly involved in various crime ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, car snatching and cultism.

The commissioner said the renewed vision of the command is to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo state as well as provide qualitative police service for the people of Imo state.

Items recovered include three AK rifles, 15 AK47, magazines loaded with ammunition, locally made pistols and army camouflage uniforms.

In his words, “we have collectively resolved in this command that our mission and vision is to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo state.

“This state shall not only enable Imolites go about their lawful business without fear of any molestation but also enable the business of government and private sector thrive without security encumbrances, we shall provide qualitative Police service to the people of Imo state.

“Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan all from Akwa Ibom state have been arrested for specializing in defrauding unsuspected applicants wishing to join the Nigerian army.
“They were arrested at Amakohia Ubi in Owerri west Local Government area of Imo state following a tip off.

“Investigation revealed that the affected candidates were ignorantly mandated by the suspects to pay the sum of 8, 000 Naira and 70, 000 Naira for medical test and recruitment training exercises.

“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation and will be charged to court soon”, the commissioner said.

Police Begin Arrest Of Zenith Bank Robbery Suspects In Imo

Police Begin Arrest Of Zenith Bank Robbery Suspects In ImoThe Imo State Police Command says it has begun the arrest of suspects involved in the Zenith Bank robbery along Wetheral Road in Owerri, the state’s capital.

The Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, stated this during a news conference at the headquarters of the Police Command in the Imo State capital, southeast Nigeria.

He said the command is making progress in arresting other prime suspects involved in the operation which happened on February 22, adding that they would be apprehended in no distant time.

Mr Lakanu paraded about 50 suspected criminals allegedly involved in kidnapping, murder, cultism, fraud, child trafficking and car snatching among others.

He disclosed that the command has successfully arrested the suspected murderer of an American veteran solider, Oscar Okebata, who was robbed and murdered on January 12.

The Police Commissioner reiterated the resolve of the command to ensure a well-policed Imo State.

“While it is an illusion to completely wish away crime in any society, it is our resolve to ensure a better, well-policed and secured state.

“Our renewed strategy of proactive policing has recorded successful results, leading to the arrest of over 50 suspects involved in various crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, child stealing and trafficking, murder, fraud and PHCN vandals.

“The command has begun the arrest of suspects involved in the Zenith Bank robbery of Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 and details will be made known at the appropriate time.

“Again, we have recorded a breakthrough in the case of robbery and murder of one Oscar Okebata, an American veteran soldier who was robbed and murdered on the 12th of January 2017,” Mr Lakanu said.

Imo Police Command Launches ‘Change Begins With Me’ Campaign

imo-policeThe Imo State Police Command has promised citizens of improved service delivery by keying into the Federal Government’s “Change Begins With Me” campaign.

The State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, said the campaign was aimed at correcting the attitudinal problems and negative habits in the police force, and to change the public’s perception about the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force.

He made the statement during the official launch of the campaign at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri, the state capital,

Lakanu said the general public was entitled to a better service delivery by the Nigeria Police Force and as such, must have a better perception of their services.

In a similar vein, the Imo Police Command also launched Operation Nkpochakpu also known as ‘operation wipe out criminals’, ahead of the yuletide season.
police2Present at the launch were royal fathers from the 27 local government areas, sister security agencies in the state, government functionaries and stakeholders.

Meanwhile, traditional rulers from Umunneato autonomous community, Aboh Mbaise and Leo Nwokocha, have lauded the development, promising to support the Imo State’s police in fighting crime in the communities and the state in general.

The new initiative has restored the hopes of the public over adequate security service by the police during the yuletide season.

Imo Police Foil Attempted Invasion Of INEC Office By Hoodlums

Imo Police Foil Attempted Invasion Of INEC Office By HoodlumsThe Imo State Police Command has foiled an attempted invasion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Owerri by unidentified hoodlums numbering over 30.

When Channels Television crew arrived the office, the situation had been put under control by security operative but our correspondent got the Imo State INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr Adelani Asade, to narrate how the incident happened.

He said that the unidentified hoodlums came in two chartered buses to the premises around 9AM and tried to force their way into the premises by banging the gate.

On sighting them, they called the attention of the Imo State Police Command and other security operatives and with the presence of the security operatives, the hoodlums took to their heels as they were not able to gain access to the offices.

The aim of the hoodlums in the office is yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report,.

“It was around 9AM this morning when two buses filled with unidentified hoodlums rushed towards our gate and tried to force their way in. Immediately we saw this, I called the Commissioner of Police who immediately detailed his men to the scene.

“On seeing the Police the boys took to their heels, as at this moment, we don’t know what their aim was, and we can’t identify them,” Mr Asade said.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, who declined speaking on camera said that investigations were ongoing to ascertain the cause of the attempted invasion.

However, some sources told Channels Television that the invasion might not be unconnected to the ongoing tribunal case on the Imo North senatorial election.

The sources said that at the last sitting of the tribunal, the court ordered INEC to send the certified true copies of some documents used during the election to court for scrutiny.

Meanwhile, security operatives have taken over the premises to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Army Arrests Impersonators, Suspected Cultists In Imo State

Army Impersonators In Imo arrestedThe Nigerian Army says it has arrested three army impostors in Imo State in southeast Nigeria.

The impersonators were nabbed by officials of the 34 Artillery Brigade of the Army in Obinze, during the precursor operations nicknamed “exercise crocodile smile”.

Parading the suspects at the Army Headquarters in Owerri, the Assistant Director, Public Relations of the Brigade, Lieutenant Haruna Tagwai, said the suspects had been parading themselves as military personnel using fake identity cards and some military kits to perpetrate criminal acts within Owerri metropolis and its environs.

Suspected Cultists arrested in Imo
Suspected cultists arrested by the army

He added that another four-man gang suspected to be members of a deadly cult group in Ohaji/ Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State were also arrested during the operation.

Lieutenant Tagwai said that the suspects would be handed over to the Imo State Police Command, for further investigation and prosecution.

Police Arrest 39 Suspected Cult Members In Imo

Police, Eminent Persons Forum, KwaraThe Imo State Police Command has arrested 39 suspected cult members within the Nekede axis in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The suspects were said to have gathered and wereplanning for an initiation party.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, while briefing journalists at the command headquarters in Owerri said the command got wind of an intelligence report of a plan by the suspects, believed to be members of AYE confraternity to disrupt the peace of Nekede axis within the state during their initiation party.

He said thorough investigations have commenced and they will be charged to court accordingly.

The Commissioner said the police in the state will continue to work assiduously to ensure that crime in the state is brought to its barest minimal.

According to him, “considering the spate of cultism in the state and following a tactically coordinated operation by operatives of the State Police Command through credible source stormed the initiation party organized by the cultists for new members within the Nekede area of Owerri”.

“On the receipt of the information, covert operatives of the Command were promptly mobilized and dispatched to the area to monitor the situation. Notable flashpoints within Nekede and environs namely, ‘South Africa ‘, ‘Shrine Tree Square’ and Pentagon Bar Umuofocha’ were surrounded and cordoned off by ever ready operatives.

“As a result, 39 suspected cultists, who converged in the aforementioned location for initiation and other cult activities, were rounded up.

“The suspects have made useful statements confessing their membership of the Aiye confraternity. Thorough investigation has commenced with the view of charging the suspects to court accordingly “, he said.

Police Explain How Three-Day-Old Stolen Baby Was Rescued

Baby Thieves and child traffickersThe Imo state police command has rescued a 3-day old baby, born to the family of Mr and Mrs Oluebube Ekwedike of Umuezealaowerre Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

While reuniting the baby with his parents on Monday, the Imo State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, said the baby was said to have been stolen by unknown child thieves barely 48-hours after the baby was given birth to at the Chukwunonso Maternity in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo state.

At The Verge Of Selling

He said that after the issue was reported to the police, the men of the command swung into action and arrested two suspects who were at the verge of selling off the baby.

Mother of stolen baby
The mother of the baby could not hold back her tears as she holds her baby again

The mother of the baby, Uchechi Ekwedike, 21, who could not hide her joy seeing her baby again, said she was tricked by the culprits in order to steal her baby.

After reuniting the baby with his parents at the command headquarters in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in southeast Nigeria, Mr Lakanu said despite the numerous warnings for people to desist from child stealing and trafficking, some persons were still adamant in causing pain and sorrow on innocent members of the society.

He said: “My team, the entire Imo State Police Command, will not rest on its oars to ensure that criminal offenses are brought to its barest minimum in the state.

“It is so unfortunate that such barbaric behaviour still exists amongst our people. But the arrest of these ones should serve as a deterrent to other child thieves across the state and to make them realise that no matter how smart they are, the hands of the law will catch up with them”.

While speaking to reporters in an incoherent manner, the prime suspect, Mrs Ngozi Anyanwu, claimed that the act was not intentional as it was targeted at the owner of the maternity home who she claimed was owing her some amount of money prior to the incidence.

Imo Police Parades Suspects For Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Murder

IGP, Police
Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase

The Imo State Police Command on Tuesday paraded over 25 suspects alleged to have been involved in various degrees of crime ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, theft, fraud and murder.

While parading the suspects at the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, said the arrest also involves that of a 38 year-old Pastor, Delight Korie of Water Ground Ministry in Njaba Local Government Area, who attempted to murder one of his church members in the pretense of conducting a deliverance session for her beside a river in Njaba.

The commissioner also disclosed that the suspects arrested in respect of the kidnappings were the notorious gang that had been terrorizing the peace of the state in recent times especially in New Owerri, World Bank layout and Port-Harcourt road area of the city.

CP Lakanu, however, called on all Imo residents to support the police command in the fight against criminality in the state by furnishing the command with useful information about criminals and their activities.

He also assured the citizens of continued protection of lives and property by the command.

Items recovered from the suspects include guns, machetes, fake dollars, gun cartridges with rounds of ammunition and bullets as well as other harmful devices.

IGP Seeks Partnership From Public On Community Policing

Community Policing-IGPNigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has continued to campaign for community policing, community partnership and police-civil relationship.

The IGP was of the opinion that community policing is a key policing strategy that would curb the menace of crime and other criminal related issues in the country.

Mr Arase made the campaign during his visit to Imo State Police Command in Owerri, the capital of Imo State on Monday.

The IGP urged the officers of the Command to partner with the general public and the grassroots to enable them get useful information that would help in fighting crimes.

While thanking the IGP for the visit, the State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, informed Mr Arase of some of the achievements of the Command and measures that are being put in place to checkmate the activities of criminals in the state.

Mr Lakanu also commended the Imo State Police Command for its commitment in fighting crime in the state.

After addressing the officers, Mr Arase visited the Government House where he was received by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

The IGP also had a meeting with politicians, traditional rulers, market women, youths and artisans at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri.

At the meeting, Mr Arase briefed them on the need to cooperate and collaborate to fight crime in the country.