Kaduna Police Deploys Special Troops To Birnin Gwari Forests

Abia Police Launch Strategies For Festive SeasonThe Kaduna State Police Command has deployed Special Forces to help curb activities of terrorists, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements inside the Kuyanbana and Kaumuku forests in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.

The operation code named Operation Restore Hope was aimed to flush out the bandits from their hideouts and restore peace and security in the area.

Inaugurating the special strike force on Friday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, said that the operatives would be deployed to the forests, major highways and other flash-points within the local government where the criminals are hiding, by ensuring that the lives and property of road users and residents are protected.

Addressing the troops before their departure at the Binin Gwari Divisional Police Station, the Police commissioner vows that the command will no longer tolerate any situation where a part of the state would be taken over by criminal elements. He warns the troops to abide by the rule of engagement and also respect civilian authorities during the operation.

Mr Abeh who said that the exercise would be a continuous operation, assured the citizens living around the area that the arrival of the special strike force, together with the cooperation of the locals will bring activities of rustlers and other criminal elements to an end.

‘”Cattle rustling is not peculiar to Birnin Gwari alone and if you have been following trend of events , you will see the efforts the Police has put in place to ensure that this menace is being controlled.

“I personally came here today to ensure that the troops curtail the activities of these rustlers and other armed bandits. We are not going to operate within the urban areas , we going into the bush and far places we think these cattle rustlers and bandits are hiding.

“We need the assistance of the locals who know the terrain very well so that we can move deep inside the forests. This operation is the normal police duty of maintenance of law and order, but this particular one I want to see it as a mission to restore confidence in the minds of the people of Birnin Gwari and ensure that there is sanity. We have been able to achieve a lot from the operation, last week, we recovered about 220 cattle from rustlers and we have some suspects in our custody”.

Birnin Gwari Local Government Area in Kaduna state has been disturbed by cases of Armed Robbery, terrorism, Kidnappings and Cattle Rustlings over the years, with many businesses relocating from the area.

It is therefore expected that the menace of these criminal gangs in the North-Central and North-West zones of the country would be reduced to the barest minimum, due to the deployment of troops to flush them out from their hideouts.

Police Stop Shittes Procession In Kaduna

Police, Ogun, SuspectsSecurity operatives in Kaduna state have stopped a procession by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as Shiites.

Although the state government last week described the Islamic group as an illegal association and banned it from operating in the state.

But the members however ignored the order and embarked on a procession to commemorate the annual Ashura festival in remembrance of Rhe Matrydon of the grand son of Prophet Mohammed, Imam Hussein .

A member of the movement, told Channels Television that security operatives attacked the procession at Tudun Wada area with tear gas.

While some hoodlums burnt down their centre and some houses belonging to their members located at Tudun Wada area of Kaduna metropolis.

The spokesman of Kaduna Police Command, Aliyu Usman says security operatives have been stationed in the area and other flash points to maintain law and order.

Kaduna Government Issues Order

Earlier, the Kaduna State Government issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as an unlawful association.

A statement issued on Friday by the spokesman for the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, says the government secured an order from the State Executive Council to ban the Islamic Movement from either existing or operating in the state with immediate effect.

In proscribing the group, the government invoked Section 45 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution which empowers the state Governor to take such measures and actions for the promotion and protection of public safety, public order, public morality or public health, or the rights and freedom of all persons in the State.

The statement further explained that the action was to ensure that all persons and organisations were guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution.

Kaduna Police Capture 22 Crime Suspects

Kaduna Police, Police Capture, Police Parade, Crime SuspectsThe Kaduna Police command in North West Nigeria has arrested 22 suspects for committing various offences ranging from armed robbery to kidnapping and car snatching.

Parading the suspects at the command Headquarters, the State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Lemu, said that the suspects were arrested at various locations in the state following a major operation by his men.

Addressing reporters, Lemu who just resumed as Commissioner of Police at the command, explained that five among the suspects were a 5-man kidnap gang that had been terrorizing motorists along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway and another gang that specialized in car snatching.

Items recovered from the suspects, according to the Commissioner include, arms and ammunitions, four stolen vehicles among other exhibits.

On the increasing rate of kidnapping in the state, the Police Commissioner gave the assurance that more of his men have been deployed to all flashpoints in order to arrest perpetrators of such criminal act.

He urged the public to be vigilant and report anyone suspected to be a criminal to the Police or other security agencies.

Gunmen Kill Four In Kaduna Village Attack

Gunmen, KadunaUnknown gunmen have attacked Guruguzu village, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing four persons and leaving about four others injured.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Ahmed Abdullahi, who briefed newsmen said that the incident occurred at about 5:50pm on Monday evening.

Along with heads of the security agencies in the state, he explained that unknown gunmen stormed a farm in the village with motorbikes and shot people on the farmland.

He confirmed that four people were killed instantly while four others sustained injuries.

The Assistant Police Commissioner said that security operatives have been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

He asked residents of the state to remain calm and go about their lawful businesses with the assurance that a manhunt for the killers has commenced immediately.

Kaduna Police Command Promote Over 5,000 Officers

Kaduna PoliceThe Kaduna State Police Command has decorated newly promoted officers drawn from the various divisions across the state.

Addressing the newly promoted officers during their decoration at the command headquarters, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, said that their promotion was in recognition to their selfless service and dedication to duty.

He urged them to maintain the tempo of dedication and hard work which was the reason behind their promotion.

The Kaduna Police Commissioner also tasked them to maintain discipline and shun corruption in order to enhance the image of the force, noting that their promotion comes with a greater responsibility.

Over 5,000 officers and men were decorated with their new ranks in a mass promotion approved by the Police High Command.

The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, was among the newly decorated officers and now wears the rank of Superintendent.

Others who were also promoted included 12 Superintendents of Police, Inspectors, Sergeants and Corporals.

Speaking to journalists, some of the newly promoted officers promised to uphold hard work, dedication to duty and respect for rule of law in order to enhance the image of the profession.

Police Assure Kaduna Residents Of Security During Easter Holiday

police -oyoThe Kaduna Police command has beefed up security across the 23 local government areas of the state ahead of the Easter celebrations.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Shehu, told Channels Television that arrangements had been made to provide water and tight security within the state before, during and after the Easter celebration.

He said that adequate security measures had been put in place to secure all places of worship and other public places.

While warning to deal with any person or group that would want to cause problem during the festive  period, the police boss appealed to residents of the state to be security conscious and report any unusual activity in their neighbourhood to security agencies.

Meanwhile, the residents of Kaduna State are lamenting hike in cost of transportation, food items as well as other commodities needed to mark the Resurrection of Christ.

According to them, the increase in transportation fare was caused by the scarcity of petroleum products which seemed to have paralysed commercial activities in the state.

Some passengers decried that the transport fare to Kaduna to the South East and South South parts of the country had risen to 7,000 Naira from 4000 Naira.

Transporters planning to convey passengers from Kaduna to other parts of Nigeria lament shortage of passengers which they attributed to the harsh economy, even as they called on the Federal Government to urgently address the problem of fuel scarcity to reduce their sufferings.

Presently,  most fuel service stations across the metropolis are still locked up due to the petroleum scarcity, while  there were long queues at petrol stations that opened for business.

Southerners Leave Kaduna Ahead of Election

kaduna Nigerians particularly southerners living in Kaduna State and other parts of the north are migrating to their villages in anticipation of post election violence.

This is despite the pleas by Igbo leaders and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to Igbos in other parts of the country, especially the North, to vote where they live.

Channels Television visited some motor parks in the state capital, reported that many families prefer to travel to their home towns ahead of the election, in anticipation of election violence.

Some of those interviewed, gave reasons for their traveling to fear of an outbreak of election violence, as witnessed in 2011, while others claimed they are traveling ahead of the Easter Celebration.

Some of the passengers who were seen at the motor park said, they would stay until after the elections before returning to the North, adding that they abandoned their businesses for fear of crisis.

Commuters are traveling along with mattresses and other household items, signalling that they may likely stay for quite some time before returning to their bases.

In 2011, many people in the state were killed including non indigenes during the post election violence in Northern Nigeria.

While assuring residents of adequate security during the general elections, the Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, called on people not to panic. The Commissioner said that the fear is unfounded, noting that such movement will only be necessary if they were going home to cast their votes in the elections.

Mr. Shehu, also warned of a restriction order starting from Thursday evening, adding that all exit and entry points into the state will be blocked by security agencies ahead of the election.

The Kaduna state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has however faulted the Police commissioner’s restriction of movement order, saying that it is illegal and unconstitutional to bar people from moving around freely more than 48 hours to the election.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has received all non-sensitive and sensitive materials in preparation for the election. The materials were brought to the state amidst tight security.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Husseni Mahuta who briefed journalists in his office, said adequate arrangement has been put in place to ensure a hitch free election, while it is still distributing Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) that are already in its custody.

Yerima Arrested Over Inciting Comments On Radio

Former governor of Zamfara State and serving Senator, Ahmed Yerima has been speaking on his arrest on Saturday by the police for allegedly making inciting statement on a live Hausa programme on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) station in Kaduna.

The Senate deputy minority whip said shortly after his release that his statements during the programme were not incisive and did not contravene the law of the country.

The Kaduna state police commissioner,Olufemi Adenaike had led a team of policemen in six hilux vans to arrest the former governor at the FRCN premises shortly after the programme.

Mr. Yerima was alleged to have said that if the independent national electoral commission failed to register the newly formed all progressive congress ahead of the 2015 elections, the party members would stage a peaceful protest at the eagle square in Abuja.

But the police commissioner said Senator Yerima was only invited for interrogation over the statement, adding that the statement credited to the senator was capable of causing crisis in the state.

The Senator was detained at the headquarters of the Kaduna police command. Shortly after his supporters were seen trooping to the gate of the command to demand for his immediate release.