Police Parade Kidnap Suspects, Others In Kaduna

Police Parade Kidnap Suspects, Others In KadunaThe Police have paraded 18 suspects allegedly involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes in Kaduna State.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abbeh, paraded the suspects on Monday at the Police Headquarters in the Kaduna State capital, north-west Nigeria.

Mr Abbeh, who said the arrests were made based on tip-off, noted that some of the suspects were actually arrested while committing the crime.

He said the Police recovered seven cars, one locally made pistol and three cutlasses from the suspects.

“We have arrested six suspected armed robbers, seven kidnappers and one fraudster as major criminals, apart from others like drug pushers who we have handed over to government agency.

“We recovered 24 number plate of cars, five Toyota and two Honda cars, as well as one locally made pistol and three cutlasses from the suspects,” the Police Commissioner disclosed.

He stressed the need to keep the state safe for business to thrive, pointing out that “we are saying that Kaduna must near crime free society”.

Abbeh said the rate of crime has considerably reduced in the state, and urged resident to provide information about criminal hideouts and their activities.

He said the Command has mapped out crime preventive measures to check crime rate in the state, adding that the menace in the city centre has drastically reduced.

“Our problem is information; once we have information, our response is within 20 minutes. In fact, we have responded within nine minutes to distress calls within the city centre,” the Commissioner said.

Police Parade Suspected Killers Of Herdsmen In Southern Kaduna

Police Parade Suspected Killers Of Herdsmen In Southern KadunaThe Kaduna State Police Command has paraded some suspects that were arrested in connection with last weekend’s killing of three herdsmen at Jemaa Local Government Area of the state.

Parading the suspects before journalist on Monday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, said the three suspects attacked the herdsmen while they were grazing their cattle inside the bush.

According to him, the arrest was made possible by a tip off from a patriotic citizen of the area.

He then reiterated that the command is determined to bring to justice, anyone or group of persons found engaging in any act of disrupting peace in the state.

The Police boss assured residents of the command’s commitment in ensuring that all forms of crime are brought under control.

“As peace is gradually returning to the Southern part of Kaduna, some persons are bent on ensuring that such efforts are truncated as witnessed few days ago in which some criminal elements from one of the communities in Kafanchan attacked and killed two herdsmen while grazing their livestock.

“However, on a tip off from a good samaritan, some suspects were apprehended and the arrest paid off with three of the suspects confessing to have taken part in the killing of the victims.

“I am committed to ensuring that the citizens of Kaduna state enjoy the benefit of security as enshrined in the constitution.

“The arrest of the suspects who killed the herdsmen on the 11th March, 2017 at Unguwan Luka is a clear indication of our determination to bring to justice any one or group of persons found to be engaged in acts of disrupting the peace in the state and Southern Kaduna in particular.

“Finally, I want to assure the peace loving people of Kaduna state of my resolve and total commitment in ensuring that all forms of crime and criminalities are brought under control so that citizens will be free to carryout their lawful businesses without any form of molestation.”

One of the suspects who confessed to have participated in the killing of the herdsmen, however said it was done in self-defence.

Southern Kaduna has recorded several deadly attacks that claimed many lives and property but as peace gradually returns to the area, it is hoped that the security agencies would intensify efforts to stop any form of fresh attack and ensure that those responsible for the attacks are brought to justice .

Tanker Explosion Kills One In Kaduna, Razes Police Station

kaduna tanker explosion A petrol tanker explosion in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State has left one person dead and razed down a Divisional Police Station.

An eyewitness told Channels Television on Sunday that the fire was ignited from the explosion of the tanker after it fell near Danmagaji village in Zaria.

The fire was reported to have injured scores of people mainly travellers who scampered for safety and also destroyed not less than 15 vehicles before fire-fighters put out the inferno.

It was reported that none of the suspects or Police officers in the station were affected. All the suspects in custody were evacuated to a safe and secured facility while the fire rages.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, visited the scene of the incident. He commended the DPO and other officers in the division for their prompt action to save lives of the suspects who were in detention when the fire started.

He said appropriate authorities would be adequately informed on the incident with a view to having temporary arrangement of a building that could serve as the Divisional Headquarters pending when the burnt down building would be rebuilt.

Eyewitness said the driver of the truck and his mate escaped death and flee the scene immediately the tanker fell.

Although emergency officials are yet to ascertain the cause of the accident, residents of the area, however, attributed it to the bad condition of the portion of the road.

They said accidents of different kinds occur on regular basis in the area and called  on the government to urgently fix the bad road in order to reduce the frequency of accidents in the area.

Police Parade Crime Suspects In Kaduna

Police, Kaduna, CrimeThe Kaduna State Police Command has arrested over 40 crime suspects who specialise in armed robbery, snatching of cars, cattle rustling and stealing household items.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Adamu Ibrahim, disclosed this when he paraded the suspects before reporters at the Police Officers’ Mess in the Kaduna State’s capital, northwest Nigeria.

He said that the suspects were arrested by the Police at different locations in the state during an operation, while several AK47 rifles, pistols, live ammunition and cartridges were recovered from them.

Mr Ibrahim who said all the arrests were made within the month of May, added that vehicles of various kinds, television sets, laptops and handsets were recovered from them during the operation.

He revealed that the suspects usually take their stolen vehicles to Niger Republic, where they sell them to their accomplices.

He noted that one of them had a device with which he used to neutralise a vehicle tracker, thereby preventing owners of such cars from tracking them when they were stolen.

One of the robbery suspects, Ibrahim Kabir, who was arrested last year for the same offence confessed to the crime, but blamed it to the devil’s handiwork.

Another female suspect arrested for allegedly keeping guns for one of the suspects, who incidentally was her boyfriend, narrated how she got involved in the act.

The Kaduna State Police Commissioner reiterated that the command would not relent in its fight against criminals and criminality throughout the state.

He urged the car owners to come to the command with their vehicle papers to claim their vehicles.

Women Protest Army’s Detention Of El-Zakzaky, Wife

ZakzakyThe Sisters Forum of Islamic Movement of Nigeria have staged a peaceful protest to demand for the immediate release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife.

The women took their protest to the Secretariat of the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Tuesday in northwest Nigeria.

According to the spokesperson, Aisha Hassan, the group also wants the immediate release of the corpses of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, who were killed during a clash with soldiers.

They also asked the government to immediately compensate all affected families and relations in the interest of peace and justice.

According to them, at least 1,000 members of the sect, popularly known as Shiite, were brutally killed in a coordinated attack by men of the Nigerian Army during a peaceful procession. They maintained that the attack was a gross violation of their fundamental rights of free association and movement.

There had been rumours that El-Zakzaky was arrested by soldiers at his residence and his wife killed, but the Nigerian Army had debunked  the claims.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, said that the Islamic cleric and his wife were rescued alive during the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers.

Defending his men’s action, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said that they acted within the law.

The Army Chief, who described the action of El-Zakzaky’s men as an infringement on national security, said that the incident could have been avoided if the sect members heeded earlier warnings to allow free movement.

Army Says Zakzaky, Wife Were Rescued Not Arrested

ArmyThe Nigerian Army has debunked rumours that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was arrested by soldiers at his residence and his wife killed.

The assertion was made by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, in company of the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police and other senior Army officers on Monday.

General Oyebade disclosed that the Islamic cleric and his wife were rescued alive during the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers, adding that they were in the Army protective custody.

He narrated how members of the movement attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who was on his way to pay a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau.

According to him, the Shiite members blocked the Army Chief’s convoy along Sokoto Road in Zaria, and attacked his vehicle with dangerous weapons.

The General stressed that all entreaties by some senior officers for the sect members to leave the road were resisted, a situation which he said prompted the soldiers in the convoy to apply minimum force against them.

He said that in the process of using minimum force to subdue the sect members, both parties recorded some casualties while stating that the attack on the Army Chief’s convoy was pre-meditated and planned to assassinate him.

General Oyebade said that the sect over the years, had taken laws into their hands, unleashing terror on innocent citizens within the places they have their shrines and activities.

He warned sect members within the Northwest zone to be law abiding and not to unleash violence on security forces and members of the public as such action would not be condoned by the Army.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said that the Shiite members had never obtained Police permit or respected any constituted authority whenever they were carrying out their functions.

He called for more cooperation from citizens and religious organisations as the security agencies strive to protect their lives and property.

Agency To Build New Facilities To Decongest Prisons

nigerian prisonThe Nigerian Prison Service is planning to build new prisons and renovate the old ones, as part of effort by the current administration to decongest the prisons across the nation, the Comptroller General of the Prison Service, Dr. Peter Ekpendu, has said.

Dr. Ekpendu gave the hint during the commissioning of the Zaria Prison that was renovated by the Kaduna State government.

Some aggrieved inmates of the prison had on May 28, set the detention facility ablaze during a riot, while two inmates escaped.

During an inspection tour to assess the level of damage at the prison, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, approved the sum of 24 million Naira for the renovation of the facility.

Riots and jail breaks in Nigerian prisons have become a phenomenon that have more or less become part and parcel of issues of great concern in the administration of justice, prisons management and national security.

Some of the causes of most of the riots in prisons in Nigeria include congestion in cells, poor feeding of inmates, lack of court appearance, poor medical attention and facilities and harsh punishment in prisons among others.

The Zaria prisons built in 1903 is not an exception, as it witnessed an attempted jail break on May 28, 2015.

At the commissioning of the renovated building were the Controller General of the Service accompanied by the representative of the Kaduna State Governor, Amina Sijuade and heads of other security agencies.

The Controller General said the renovation of old prison building and the construction of new ones had become very important to decongest detention centres across the nation and give them the necessary infrastructural facelift required in line with international standards.

While acknowledging that Prisons Service was within the exclusive list in Nigeria, he urged Governors to help the Federal Government improve prison facilities in their respective states.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, who was also at the event, assured Nigerians of the readiness of his command to collaborate with the Nigerian Prison Service for speedy dispensation of justice, as a way to further decongest the prisons.

NPS To Build New Prisons, Renovate Old Ones

NPS To Build New Prisons, Renovate Old OnesThe Controller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Dr. Peter Ekpendu, says the service is planning to build new prisons and renovate the old ones as part of effort by the current administration to decongest the prisons across the country.

He disclosed this in the presence of a representative of the Kaduna State Governor, Amina Sijuade, the Controller of Prisons in the state, Abubakar Garba as well as the state’s Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, during the commissioning of the Zaria Prison that was renovated by the State government.

Some aggrieved inmates of the prison had on May 28, set part of the detention facility ablaze during a riot, while two inmates escaped.

During an inspection tour to assess the level of damage at the prison, Governor Nasir El-Rufai had released the sum of 24 Million naira for the renovation of the damaged facility.

The Controller-General stressed the importance to decongest detention centres across the country and give them the necessary infrastructural face-lift required in line with international standards.

Acknowledging that Prisons Service was within the exclusive list in Nigeria, Dr. Ekpendu challenged state governors in the country to help the Federal Government improve prison facilities in their respective states.

The state’s Commissioner of Police also pledged the readiness of his command to collaborate with the NPS for speedy dispensation of justice as a way to further decongest the prisons.

 

Police Arrest 70 Year Old Man For Raping 2 Minors In Kaduna

police-on suspectsThe police have arrested a 70-year-old man for allegedly raping two minors in Kaduna State in north-west Nigeria.

Police authorities said the victims were as young as three and seven years old and were of same parents.

The suspect, Abdulkadir Ahmad, was said to be living in the same compound with the victims and their parents at Ungwar Kanawa area of the state capital.

He, however, denied defiling the two girls when interrogated by the Police.

According to the police, sometime last year, Ahmad lured the younger one inside his room where he defiled her, and later repeated the same act with the elder one.

The act, however, landed him into police net, but he was subsequently granted bail by the court.

The Police nonetheless, said that the suspect had been convicted three times by the court for committing same offence with the two sisters last year.

While speaking on Ahmad’s arrest, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu said his men apprehended him when the parents of the victims reported the matter to the command in order to seek justice.

Mr Shehu told Channels Television that medical examination conducted on the two girls, confirmed they had been raped.

The mother of the girls, who spoke in Hausa dialect, narrated how the old man sexually abused her two daughters.

She stressed that the abuse always occurred whenever she and her husband were away, until she discovered that one of them was bleeding.

While the police are concluding arrangements to charge the suspect to court, the Commissioner warned parents to be mindful of the whereabouts of their children in order to ensure they do not fall victim of rape.

Police Cancel Social Gatherings During Sallah In Kaduna

police CheckpointsThe Kaduna State Police Command has cancelled all forms of social gathering at public places such as recreation centres and amusement parks during the Eid-el Fitr celebrations in the state.

This followed a security alert by the state security outfit, code-named ‘Operation Yaki’, that the state might be attacked on Sallah day by terror group, known as ‘Surasuka’ or ‘Masushara’.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Shehu, announced this in a statement he issued to journalists on Thursday.

He said that places for fun seekers such as the Gamji Gate Amusement Park, Galaxy Park and others would be closed down during the celebration.

He also disclosed that the State Police Command had deployed both conventional and mobile policemen, as well as undercover operatives to man and monitor vulnerable points, with a view to ensuring tight security across the state.

Mr Shehu warned residents against accommodating or harboring strange fellows, as the Boko Haram terror group had changed their tactics of attacks.

The Police Commissioner urged parents and guardians to be vigilant, monitor and warn their children and not allow them to be used by mischief makers.

He reiterated that the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called ‘okada’, as well as street begging and hawking were still in force, all in the bid to ensure that Kaduna residents have a crime and violence free Eid-El Fitr celebration.

Similarly, the Emir of Zazzau, who is also the Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Shehu Idris, has cancelled the traditional Durbar that usually takes place during the Sallah, citing insecurity as reason for the cancellation.

15,000 Police Deployed To Kaduna For April 11 Elections

PoliceThe Kaduna State Police Command has deployed over 15,000 policemen and officers to provide security during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

Addressing the officers before their posting to the various electoral wards in the 23 local government areas of the state, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, warned them not to be compromised by desperate politicians, but to remain neutral in line with the police code of conduct.

He said that the command in collaboration with other security agencies is fully prepared for the elections and urged them not to intimidate the voters or allow themselves to be intimidated by hoodlums.

He also called on the officers to redouble their efforts towards ensuring a peaceful conduct of the election and also to remain at their various units before, during and after the election in order to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

The police boss also commended his men for the sense of professionalism they exhibited during the March 28 presidential election and challenged them to show the same spirit in Saturday’s election.

On his part, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 7, Patrick Dokumor, who is already in the state to monitor the April 11 elections, assured Nigerians that adequate security had been provided across the states under the zone during the election.

According to Channels Television correspondent in Kaduna, apart from the police, there is also heavy presence of soldiers in the state capital.

He said the soldiers would be deployed later in the day to major roads and highways within the state during the period of the election, pointing out that the state is calm while people are going about their normal business.

Voters In Kaduna State Seek Extension Of Election

Kano VotersSome voters in Kaduna State have called for the extension of the election to Sunday, March 29, due to the failure of the Smart Card Readers in capturing the finger print of voters and the delay involved in the process

They said the extension would ensure that no one was disenfranchised from exercising civil duties.

Complaints of card reader failures were recorded in most parts of the State, where it took voters over three to five minutes to accredit each voter.

At Barnawa, Gonin Gora and Sabon Tasha areas, a large number of the voters were yet to be accredited as at 1:00pm.

The card reader challenges has delayed the accreditation that was scheduled to end by 1:00pm, as a large number of eligible voters are yet to have their PVCs verified.

As the accreditation continued, the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu alongside head of other security agencies in Kaduna State went round the polling units across the State capital to monitor the exercise.

The Commissioner expressed satisfaction with the orderly manner which the accreditation was going.

He appealed to voters to remain calm and law abiding,during and after the elections.

At another polling unit in Kaduna, Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo, told reporters that the decision of the INEC to accredit voters manually in polling units where card readers were not working properly was commendable.

Vice President Sambo made the remark after he and his wife, Amina, voted at their Police College polling unit in Kaduna.

He, however, urged the commission to make changes whenever required to ensure that no eligible voter would be disenfranchised.