Police Gun Down Four Robbery Suspects In Kaduna

Police, Kaduna, Robbery Suspects, RobbersFour robbery suspects have died during a shootout with operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command.

The incident, according to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, occurred on Monday afternoon around Jere area in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state in northwest Nigeria.

Mr Abeh said the suspects were on their way for a robbery operation before the police intercepted them.

He said the feat was made following intelligence information that the suspected robbers were on their way for an operation.

The Police Commission also disclosed that operatives of the command arrested a dismissed police officer who has been terrorising residents of the state capital in the name of the command.

He added that members of another robbery gang, who specialise in shop theft and car snatching, were also apprehended by his men in different parts of the state.

Items recovered from the suspects include 10 AK 47 rifles, live ammunition, a stolen Toyota Camry vehicle, a police uniform and stolen clothes and jewelleries.

Mr Abeh further assured the residents of water-tight security across the state ahead of the planned diversion of the Abuja bound passengers to the Kaduna International Airport which had been scheduled to take effect from March 8.

One of the suspects, who claimed to have been dismissed from the police since 2015 for alleged involvement in some criminal acts, confessed to the crime.

He told reporters that he had been impersonating as a police officer in order to earn a living.

Security Operatives Recover Over 500 Stolen Animals From Rustlers

Security Operatives Recover Over 500 Stolen Animals From RustlersPolicemen attached to the ‘Operation Yaki’ security outfit in Kaduna have recovered over 500 cows and sheep that were stolen from herdsmen in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state while suspected rustlers were also arrested.

At the handing over of the recovered animals to their owners, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Internal Security, Mr Yakubu Yusuf, said that the state government was not leaving any stone unturned in its effort to flush cattle rustlers and other criminal elements out of the state.

Cattle rustling has become an emerging security challenge that has continued to threaten human security and economic activities in the rural pastoralists’ communities and commercial farms in Kaduna state, and some other parts of Northern Nigeria.

The Governor’s Security Adviser explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.

He applauded the contribution of security operatives for their role in ensuring that activities of rustlers and other criminals are reduced to the barest minimum across the state.

In their response after taking delivery of the recovered animals, members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, commended the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their effort in flushing rustlers out of the state.

Attacks on pastoralists have become a reoccurring issue in Kaduna State, in most cases, the entire villages and herders’ camps are displaced.

The emergence of the joint task force operation against cattle rustling and armed banditry in the state, is expected to bring the crimes to the barest minimum.

Troops Rescue 275 Boko Haram Hostages In Borno

Troops - Boko Haram - Borno Troops have rescued 275 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists during a mop-up operation in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The troops of 152 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 of Multinational Joint Task Force made the feat during a clearance operation in suspected hideouts of the dreaded terrorists.

A statement by the Acting Director of the Nigerian Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said that one of the rescued persons gave birth to a baby boy shortly after their liberation. He said that both mother and child were doing fine.

According to the statement, the soldiers cleared terrorists in Madawaya, Jere, Kardile, Koujili, Ngenere and Maksamari, as well as Douse, Bembem, Zombulum and Taraji villages while they recovered several vehicles and motorcycles.

In addition, the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, four fully loaded magazines with 7.62mm ammunition, two power generating sets, welding machines, assorted batteries and solar panels.

The gallant soldiers also recovered drums of beans and other grains as well as bandolier while they discovered and destroyed an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) – making factory at Bula Umara.

The troops have continued with their clearance operations to other suspected hideouts of the Boko Haram sects in their areas of operations.

Police Arrest 13 Kidnap Suspects In Kaduna

KadunaThe Kaduna State Police Command has announced the arrest of 13 persons allegedly responsible for the abduction of a Director in the Kaduna State Civil Service.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, paraded the suspects at the Command’s headquarters in the state’s capital on Monday.

The arrest came barely a week after an Army Colonel and three clergymen were kidnapped at different locations in the state by unknown gunmen. Both the Colonel and one of the abducted clergymen were killed while in custody of the abductors.

Briefing reporters in his office, the Commissioner said that Police operatives tracked and stormed the kidnappers’ hideout located at Gadan-Gaya, Jere and Zaria where they recovered dangerous weapons and money from them.

Mr Shehu disclosed that one of the suspects was responsible for the abduction of one Mr Mansur Ahmed, who is a Director in the Kaduna State Civil Service along the Abuja/Kaduna highway few weeks ago.

The Police also arrested another three-man kidnap gang when they attempted to abduct a woman at Gidan Busa village in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Other suspects involved in various criminal activities were also paraded, while two AK47 rifles, locally made guns and ammunition were also recovered.

Mr Shehu noted that all the suspects would be charged at the end of the investigation.

He also assured Kaduna residents that the Police in collaboration with other security agencies were in the trail of the killers of the late Army Colonel and the clergymen.

Mr Shehu, who reiterated the Command’s commitment in curbing crime, also assured the people of its readiness to respond to tip off.

Police Boss Orders Relocation Of AIG Zone 7 To Kaduna

PoliceThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has directed the AIG in charge of Zone Seven to relocate to Kaduna State for effective supervision of security situation in the state.

Mr Arase gave the directive for the redeployment of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Ballah Nasarawa, in a statement on Monday.

Concerned by the general crime situation in Kaduna State, he urged the AIG to evolve new intelligence gathering, crime-fighting techniques and methodologies to suit the local challenges.

The Police boss also directed that personnel, who have served in the Kaduna State Command for a period of six years and above, be transferred out of the command with corresponding replacement.

He also tasked the AIG to devise means of halting the incessant kidnapping and other forms of crimes and criminality, especially in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.

In a similar development, Mr Arase equally directed the Commissioners of Police in Kogi State Command and his counterpart in Abuja to improve on the surveillance network and high police visibility in their respective Commands, especially along the Abuja-Lokoja-Oken and Kabba-Owo axis, to check the incessant criminal activities in the areas.

He assured the citizenry of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to their safety, stressing that the Police in cooperation with other security agencies would continually ensure strategic responses towards eliminating any threat to internal security of the nation.

FG lifts state of emergency on troubled local governments

The Federal Government has lifted the state of emergencies imposed on 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the northern part of the country following unabated violence and terror attacks.

President Goodluck Jonathan in December 2011 imposed the state of emergency on the LGAs in Borno, Niger, Plateau and Yobe states.

The affected LGAs in Borno were Maiduguri Metropolitan, Gamboru Ngala, Banki Bama, Biu and Jere, while those in Yobe were Damaturu, Geidam, Potiskum, Buniyadi-Gujba and Gasua-Bade.

Those affected in Plateau were Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom, while only Suleja LGA was affected in Niger.

The directive was contained in a statement issued by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the Federal Government decided to end the emergency rule, with immediate effect, following a careful review of the security situation in the affected areas.

The AGF stated that the move will also enable government to put in place appropriate confidence building measures to improve security in the affected areas.

Mr Adoke said that with the end of emergency rule, the appropriate authorities at the local and state government levels should be responsible for the maintenance of security, law and order in the affected areas.

The Minister also noted that the President directed an end to the emergency powers on restriction order, reporting of persons, detention of persons, processions, meetings and curfew.