Man Nabbed For Allegedly Selling Marijuana To IPOB Camps

A file photo of policemen.

 

The Imo State Police Command has arrested a 51 year-old-man, Friday Ndimma for his alleged involvement in the sales of Indian hemp also known as marijuana.

Ndimma hails from the Orsu Ihitte-Ukwa community in the Orsu Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Imo state Commissioner of Police Abutu Yaro, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is a major supplier of marijuana to all IPOB and ESN camps across Orsu local government areas and its environs.

He added that the suspect who has confessed to the crime was arrested in his home in the Orsu Ihitte-Ukwa community following intelligence information.

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Yaro explained that the suspect will be charged to court accordingly and he thanked Imo people for providing adequate information to the police to combat crime and another form of criminality.

The police boss, however, assured the people of the command’s readiness and commitment in ensuring that crime is brought to its barest.

Items recovered include over 50kg of Indian hemp and the sum of 430,000 being profit from his most recent sales.

Youths Protest Against NDDC In Imo Over Marginalisation

Aggrieved youths in Imo protested against the Niger-Delta Development Commission on June 28, 2021.
Aggrieved youths in Imo protested against the Niger-Delta Development Commission on June 28, 2021.

 

Eyitope Kuteyi, Owerri

Youths from the oil producing communities of Ohaji/Egbema local government area of Imo State on Monday staged a protest against the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), alleging marginalization and unfair treatment by the commission over a long period of time.

The protesting youths stormed the NDDC state office located along Port Harcourt Express Road in Owerri carrying placards with various inscriptions and barricading the main entrance gate into the commission thereby stalling activities in the commission.

According to the National President of Ohaji Youths, Ugorji Emmanuel, who led the protest, the youths condemned the recent employment exercise conducted by the Commission.

According to them, the exercise did not include youths from the oil rich communities of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta LGA.

The youths also lamented absence of electricity, good roads and other social amenities in their area, adding that as the geese that lay the golden egg there’s nothing to show for it.

They threatened to shut down all oil installations in their communities if the issues raised are not addressed immediately.

How We Repelled Attacks On Two Stations In Imo – Police

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is seen on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have repelled attacks on two police stations in the state, authorities said on Monday.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo, Bala Elkana, revealed that the affected facilities were located in Umundugba and Omuma areas of the state.

“On 31st May 2021 at about 1530 hours, some hoodlums in their number launched an attack on Police Division Umundugba in Isu Local Government Area, but was repelled by the policemen on duty,” Elkana said.

He added, “They stormed the station in three Sienna buses, one Avalon saloon car, and about eight motorcycles. The hoodlums were engaged in a gun battle.”

The command’s spokesman noted that during the duel, the hoodlums threw some petrol bombs at the station, saying they fell at the exhibit room.

He explained that the attackers were eventually suppressed and forced to retreat, having suffered a huge defeat and a number of casualties on their side.

Elkana, however, said that the police were able to put off the fire with the help of some members of the community.

He added that some hoodlums made a similar attempt to attack Omuma Police Division, but it was equally repelled by the policemen on duty.

The command’s spokesman stressed that no life was lost in the two attacks and there was no casualty on the part of the police.

“The two police stations were not burnt. There is, however, no security breach or infraction recorded throughout the day in the entire state.

“This could be attributed to the massive deployment of security personnel across the state by the police and other supporting security agencies, who provided watertight security to the peace-loving people of Imo State,” he said.

According to Elkana, the Commissioner of Police Imo, Abutu Yaro, has commended the efforts of the policemen for repelling the attacks on the two stations and keeping the state safe.

He urged the residents to go about their lawful duties without fear as patrols and surveillance activities were ongoing.

Gunmen Set Ablaze Courts, Police Station In Imo Community

Imo State is located in the southeast region of Nigeria.
Imo State is located in the southeast region of Nigeria.

 

Eyitope Kuteyi, Owerri

Gunmen have razed down a magistrate court, high court and a divisional police station in Atta community, Njaba local government area of Imo State.

According to sources in the community who spoke to Channels Television, the attack took place in the late hours of Friday when people had gone to bed.

The attack was accompanied by long hours of sporadic gunshots in the community, generating panic among residents.

Community members said they noticed that the courts and police station had been set ablaze on Saturday morning.

The police station was still under construction and no lives were reportedly lost.

Some calm have returned to the community with the presence of security operatives, residents said.

Later on Saturday, the police confirmed the attack.

“Upon the receipt of the complaint, Police Special Forces were deployed to the scene,” a statement signed by police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, said.

“The Commissioner of Police Imo state, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc has ordered a full investigation into the incident and directed that no stone should be left unturned until the perpetrators of such heinous crime are apprehended and made to face the full weight of the law.”

Sit-at-home

Late Friday’s act of violence is the latest in a series of attacks targeted at government facilities in Imo state and in the south-east region generally.

The region is home to a secession movement championed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which has been proscribed by a Nigerian court.

IPOB, which is seeking to create a Biafra nation, has ordered a sit-at-home directive on Sunday in respect of south-easterners which died in Nigeria’s deadly civil war.

The civil war ended in 1970.

Major streets in Owerri, the Imo State capital, recorded very low vehicular and human movement, as of Saturday morning.

Markets and businesses have also been mostly shut as Imo state residents fear an outbreak of violence.

The Imo state government and the police have urged residents to disregard the sit-at-home directive and go about their lawful duties, as all measures have been put in place to ensure the adequate protection of lives and property.

 

Two Suspects Linked To Attacks On Prison, Police HQ In Imo Killed

Gunmen on April 5, 2021, attacked the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) in Imo State.

 

Two suspects believed to have masterminded the attacks on the Police Command Headquarters and Correctional Centre in Imo State have died of gunshot wounds.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the death of the suspects in a statement on Tuesday.

He identified the suspects as Unchenna Elendu and Elu Osinachi of Umukusu Ocha and Umuobube Awara areas of the state.

Elkana noted that the feat was recorded on Monday following a well-coordinated operation conducted at Ocha community in Awara in Ohaji/Bema Local Government Area of Imo.

He explained that the operation was in response to the mandate given to the Commissioner of Police in Imo, Abutu Yaro, by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to ensure that the hoodlums who attacked the command headquarters and correctional centre were apprehended.

The command spokesman noted that the suspects were engaged in a gun battle that lasted for about two hours, saying they were fatally injured.

He added, “The two suspects were taken to hospital for medical examination. The doctor on duty confirmed Uchenna dead on arrival while Osinachi Elu who was in coma, was subsequently confirmed dead.”

According to him, the police recovered an Ak-47 rifle with breach number 11654 and a cache of live ammunition from the suspects.

Also recovered were a number of expanded ammunition, matchets, and charms tied around the waists of the suspects.

Elkana assured the residents of the state that the operation would be sustained until all the perpetrators of the attacks were brought to justice.

The police command headquarters and the Owerri Custodial Centre, both in the state capital, were attacked on April 5.

Authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) put the figure of inmates who fled the correctional facility after the attack at 1,844.

They, however, noted that six of the fleeing inmates voluntarily returned to the facility while 35 others refused to escape from custody.

The incident was condemned by the Federal Government and the state government, as well as various individuals and groups in the country.

Police Battle Gunmen In Imo, Five Suspects Arrested

A file photo of guns recovered from suspects by the police.

 

Sporadic gunshots were reported on Tuesday as gunmen engage security operatives in a gun battle in the Orji area of Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Mr Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo, confirmed the incident in a statement.

Following the shootout which caused tension in the area, the police arrested five of the suspects who were said to have attempted to stop the reconstruction of a police station in the area.

Those arrested by the security operatives include Chigaemezu Sabastine, Casmir Ibe, John Chinonso, Chukwudi Okoro, and Alozie Daberechi.

The affected police station – Orji Divisional Headquarters – is located near the Government House and a correctional facility in Owerri.

The suspects arrested by the police on May 25, 2021.

 

According to Elkana, hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of the police station.

He noted that the divisional police headquarters was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest in October last year and a philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.

“The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishment of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environ, decided to invade the construction site.

“Before the arrival of reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the neighbouring township area but abandoned their operational vehicles,” the command’s spokesman said in the statement.

He disclosed that the Commissioner of Police in Imo, Abutu Yaro, personally led the enforcement team to the scene.

Elkana stated that no life was lost during the shootout and the police recovered three vehicles from the suspects.

He assured the residents in the area that a mop-up operation was ongoing to arrest more suspects and recover their firearms.

While the police stated that no death was recorded in the incident, unconfirmed reports said some persons were hit by stray bullets.

We Will Crush Anyone That Attempts To Attack Imo Again – Uzodinma

File photo of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has asked residents to ignore rumours of a planned attack, warning that his administration would crush anyone attempting to attack Imo people again.

He described reports making rounds that hoodlums were targeting some institutions and government facilities in the state as unfounded.

“Imo people and residents should go about their businesses without fear of molestation or harassment. What happened in the past weeks will never repeat itself again,” Uzodinma was quoted as saying via a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Oguwike Nwachuku.

“We will crush anybody that attempts to cause mayhem or attack Imo people again. Government cannot surrender to blackmailers, hoodlums and perpetrators of violence who have sworn to make the State ungovernable.”

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Speaking after a church service at the Government House Chaplaincy in Owerri, Governor Uzodimma said that such rumours were designed to put fears in the mind of Imo people and assured them that no such thing would happen.

He also seized the opportunity to reiterate his earlier stand that those perpetrating the violence and evil are mostly not Igbo people but hired machinery, insisting that the government under his watch will not allow those who visited mayhem on the people to operate again in the state.

Uzodinma reiterated that over 400 of those who carried out the threats on the state in the past have been arrested and undergoing trials in the courts, adding, “the good thing there is that over 70 percent of them are not Igbos.”

While enjoining Imo citizens to “feel free so long as you are not a criminal,” Uzodinma advised those planning to visit the state with any form of violence to have a rethink as “government is more than ever ready and prepared to keep Imo safe and secured.”

Police Rearrest Imo Fleeing Inmate In Owerri

The inmate rearrested by operatives of the Imo State Police Command.

 

The police authorities have rearrested an inmate who recently escaped from the prison in Imo State, South-East Nigeria.

Some 1,844 prisoners were freed when gunmen attacked the prison headquarters in Owerri on April 5. The police headquarters in the state was similarly attacked by gunmen.

Francis Enobore, the spokesperson of the correctional centre, said the gunmen used explosives to blast their way through the centre’s administrative block before gaining entrance into the prisons yard.

In a statement issued on Monday, the police spokesperson in Imo State, Ikeokwu Godson Orlando, identified the rearrested inmate as Eze Obinna, from Amaimo, Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state, adding that he was in series of kidnap incidents lately.

“The operatives while acting on the directives of the Commissioner of Police, CP ABUTU YARO, fdc to rid Imo state of crime and criminality to take the war against violent crime to the den of the hoodlums,  as well as rearrest the escapee inmates of the Correctional services stormed Obinze, Owerri West LGA, Imo State, arrested the said Eze Obinna whom has since his escape from the prison,  formed another deadly kidnap gang and have been terrorising Owerri and environs,” he said.

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According to the police, the suspect was arrest in December 2020 by the operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, for kidnapping a victim, where he personally transferred the sum of five million naira from the victim’s Bank account to his own account.

He was said to have and later collected the sum of four million Naira cash, as ransom from the same victim, while the victims Toyota Venza car is yet to be recovered.

Three AK-47 rifles with a large number of ammunition were also recovered from him and his accomplices then.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has ordered the arrest of all his gang members, as well as mopping up their operational arms, noting that the investigation is ongoing.

Suspected Bandit Arrested In Imo

The suspected bandit arrested by operatives of the Imo State Police Command.

 

Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a suspected bandit, Micheal Osundu in the state.

The suspect, according to police authorities, is suspected to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the Nigeria Correctional Services and the Police headquarters on April 5.

According to the police spokesman in the state, Ikeokwu Orlando, the arrest followed the mandate and directive of the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman to restore peace and tranquillity in Imo state.

“He was arrested in connection with criminal activities in the state, and he is reasonably suspected to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the Nigeria Correctional Services and the Police headquarters on 5/04/21,” the police spokesman said via a statement issued on Monday.

Items recovered from the suspect include one English-made Pump action rifle and 26 live cartridges, and a pair of police uniform with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) hidden in his tinted Toyota Escalade vehicle.

Upon interrogation, police operatives said the suspect claimed to be a spy trained at the Police Training School, Ikeja.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter, with a view of discovering his level of culpability and possibly arresting other suspects.

He also asked other persons that participated in the attacks on Police and Correctional facilities, as well as the escapee inmates/suspects to turn themselves in, or else, will be made to face the full wrath of the law if caught.

The police boss also appealed to members of the public to partner with the Command by volunteering credible information to the Police, which may lead to arresting criminal elements in and around the state.

 

 

Eid-El-Fitr: Police Deploy 3,200 Personnel In Imo

A file photo of policemen.

 

The Imo State Police Command on Tuesday said it has deployed a total of 3200 personnel to ensure adequate security in the state as Muslim faithful mark the Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

In a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, the command assured Imo indigenes that it is collaborating with all security agencies in the state.

Ikeokwu said the police have made adequate arrangements to ensure the safety and security of lives and properties within the period of the celebration.

While felicitating with Muslim faithful in the state, he asked them to use the period to pray for the sustenance of peace and security in the state as well as the unity and peace of the nation at large.

Meanwhile, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has ordered the 15 Zonal Commanders of the Corps to beef up security in all the state.

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This comes as the Corps renews efforts to maintain security before, during and after the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

NSCDC who disclosed this via a statement issued by its spokesman, Olusola Odumosu, said the directive followed threats of attack by miscreants and bandits in different parts of the country which as a matter of necessity must be forestalled to guarantee a peaceful and hitch-free Sallah celebration.

According to the CG, there is a need to deploy a different scientific approach to combat insecurity at this time, hence, his resolve for tactical deployment of conventional and specialized personnel with appropriate operational equipment to strategic locations such as Eid praying grounds, recreational centers, motor parks, shopping malls, markets and other Critical National Assets and Infrastructure while surveillance personnel is deployed for covert duties with a view to gathering credible intelligence.

Dr Audi noted that while the present security situation in the country may be worrisome, he is optimistic that all the challenges threatening the fabric of the nation’s collective existence would soon be a thing of the past and Nigeria will again become a nation of our fondest dreams.

While congratulating the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, the Muslim Ulamas as well as other Muslim faithful across the country on this year’s Sallah celebration, Dr. Audi called on all Nigerians irrespective of religion, tribe, race or colour to use this moment to pray for peace to reign in Nigeria.

He reiterated that peace and stability of the country are the sines qua non of economic growth and development, therefore, it beholds on every citizen to see Nigeria as a collective project that must not be allowed to fail and this can only happen when all hands are on deck to curb crime and other nefarious activities in order to make Nigeria a better, greater and more prosperous nation.

He also seized the occasion to remind the good people of Nigeria, especially those who have enough to eat and feast to equally remember the less privileged in the society and to pray for those families whose breadwinners are in the forefront of combating various waves of threats across the country.

According to the CG, even when this year’s celebration is coming at a trying moment occasioned by the debilitating effect of all forms of insecurity, the public, especially Muslim faithful should rest assured that the Corps will work assiduously in providing adequate security before, during and after the celebration.

He hinted that the Corps has set up a technology called Integrated Electronic Arrest Reporting System (I-EARS) to make collation of security data and information concerning all manners of crime very seamless in the face of planning and orchestration of strategic action for security operations by the Corps

Dr Audi enjoined Nigerians to see security as the responsibility of everyone and to promptly report suspicious movement or activities around their neighbourhood to security agencies in order to forestall any breakdown of law and order’.

 

DCC Olusola Odumosu

Director, Public Relations

NHQ, Abuja.

 

 

Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers, Recover Ammunition In Imo

File Photo: A police officer handcuffed some suspects in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The Police have arrested suspected armed robbers and recovered ammunition in Imo State.

The suspects were said to be a part of the robbery gang that has been terrorising Nekede and its environs.

In a statement by the spokesman of the command, SP Ikeokwu Orlando, the suspects, Godwin Danladi and Bamaiyi Gada were arrested at Eziobodo in Owerri West LGA of Imo State.

“At the point of arrest, one AK47 rifle, two magazines, two live ammunition, one Military Camouflage, and some other Military Accouterments were recovered from them”.

Read Full Statement Below

On 11/05/21, operatives of the Divisional Police Hqrs, Nekede/Ihiagwa, acting on a report of Armed robbery stormed a criminal hideout at Eziobodo, Owerri West LGA, and arrested the following:-

– GODWIN DANLADI “M” 20 yrs old

– BAMAIYI GADA “M” yrs old

At the point of arrest, one AK47 rifle, two magazines, two live ammunition, one Military Camouflage, and some other Military Accouterments were recovered from them.

They confessed to being part of the Armed Robbery gang that has been terrorising Nekede and the environs.

They are strongly believed to be part of the prison inmates that escaped from the Correctional Service on 5/04/21. Efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.

SP IKEOKWU GODSON ORLANDO
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
IMO STATE

Nine Gunmen Killed, Four Policemen Injured In Imo Attack – Police

A policemen wearing live bullets

 

Nine gunmen have been killed and four policemen injured in a botched attack on a police station in Imo State.

This is according to the new Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, who disclosed this during a press conference on Friday in Owerri, the state capital.

He said the attack on the Divisional Police and Area Command Headquarters on Thursday night in Orlu Local Government Area of the state was repelled by Special Forces.

“After a gun duel, nine of the insurgents lost their lives while others fled with bullet wounds abandoning their operational vehicles in the process,” the police boss said.

“However, four of our operatives sustained various degrees of injuries and are presently responding to treatment.”

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The police commissioner explained that a joint operation consisting of IGP Response Team, Special Forces and other Tactical Teams of the Imo State Police Command, operatives of the military and the Department of State Services (DSS) engaged the hoodlums in a shootout.

He explained that the criminal elements were seen in a viral video around Orlu Metropolis stealing and forcefully collecting items from people and also causing disorder in the area.

According to the police boss, the gunmen were believed to have attacked the headquarters of the Nigeria Police and Correctional Service in Owerri on April 5.

Items recovered from the miscreants include four AK-47 rifles, one pump action, two Toyota Sienna cars, one Toyota Camry car, one Toyota Hilux van, one SUV Highlander, one SUV Landrover, one Nissan Pickup van and assorted charms.