According to him, the suspects are making useful information that will lead to the arrest of other gang members on the run and will be arraigned in court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
Bello also narrated how a team of police operatives rescued three persons who have been held captive for two weeks.
He said, “On the 20/02/2022 at about 1200hrs, the Edo State Police Command acted on credible information that hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers bearing dangerous weapons are sighted around Unomi Farmland in Iddo Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, together with some persons believed to have been kidnapped.
“On receipt of the information, the combined team of police operatives and local hunters led by the ever gallant Divisional Police Officer, Okpella Division, immediately mobilised to the location on a rescue mission and possible arrest of the suspects.
“On sighting the team of operatives approaching them, the hoodlums opened fire. Left with no option, the team responded accordingly, resulting in a gun duel that lasted for about one hour.
“The suspected kidnappers, because of the superior firepower from the team of operatives, had to abandon their victims unhurt and escape into the bush, with various degrees of bullet wounds.”
Bello identified the rescued victims as Marcellus Ekhayeme, Igbafe Austine, and Musa Aliu who said they were abducted from the Iyiku Jattu area of Auchi since February 8.
The victims, he said, were profiled and handed over to their various families while the Commissioner of Police in Edo, Philip Ogbadu, promised to continue to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure a crime-free state.
For the police commissioner, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and others are to be blamed for the problems.
He, however, thanked the governor for his support which he said led to the vigorous and aggressive attacks on the terror groups and the decimation of their camps.
Hussaini revealed that the police were collaborating with traditional rulers, youth, and religious leaders, among other stakeholders on community policing.
Read the full text of his briefing below:
AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, IMO STATE COMMAND, CP RABIU HUSSAINI PSC, ON THE WORKING VISIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE, DISTINGUISHED SENATOR HOPE UZODINMA TO IMO POLICE COMMAND.
Your Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Distinguished Senator, Hope Uzodinma (ONWA IMO), Deputy Governor of Imo State, Senior Government Officials, Senior Police Officers, Gentlemen of the Press, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
May I, on behalf of the officers and men of Imo State Police Command, welcome our amiable and indefatigable Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Distinguished Senator, Hope Uzodinma (ONWA IMO), and his entourage to the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Owerri, Imo State on his working visit to the Command.
I wish to use this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State for finding time out of his stringent schedule to be here today. This visit marks a turning point in the history of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit and serves as a morale booster to all the officers and men of the Command.
Your Excellency, I assumed duty as the Commissioner of Police, Imo Command on the 11th of August 2021. On my arrival, I met a command faced with a lot of security challenges which include amongst others, the activities of organised local terrorist groups christened “Eastern Security Network (ESN)”, its Militia Wing, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and others.
However, my sincere appreciation goes to Your Excellency for your wonderful advice and logistics support that assisted the command tremendously in launching vigorous and aggressive attacks on terror groups and the decimation of their Camps in the state, resulting in relative peace and tranquillity the state is enjoying today.
I am delighted to inform you that the general security situation in the state has improved considerably and to sustain it, a lot of strategies have been emplaced by the command.
Presently, we are collaborating with the traditional rulers, town union president generals, stakeholders, youth leaders, religious leaders, and hunters’ associations with an emphasis on community policing which has assisted greatly in combating violent crimes.
In spite of the Command’s Anti kidnapping Unit’s constraints, due to the lack of modern equipment used in fighting crimes, like serviceable vehicles, modern tracking devices, drones, and other vital security apparatus, it has recorded laudable achievements.
It will interest His Excellency to know that, between the Months of January 2021 and January 2022, the unit has arrested a total of One Hundred and Five kidnappers/Armed Robbers, Forty-Five Terrorists, and have recovered Twenty-Seven vehicles of different makes and assorted caliber of Arms and Ammunition.
However, I attribute these achievements to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma (ONWA IMO) whose purposeful leadership qualities, concern for the welfare of the officers and men, vision, and exceptional support has contributed and aided the command immensely in policing the state.
At this juncture, Your Excellency, may I respectfully request your assistance in the tarring of the only access road leading to the barracks and the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit. As you might have observed, it is in a very deplorable condition and worse during the rainy season. Also, the command lacks modern barracks accommodation.
The majority of the officers and men serving in the command live outside. More so, the existing barracks were built in the colonial era hence, they are dilapidated, while some are obsolete due to large threatening cracks. Finally, the barracks lacks consumable water.
I also, wish to express my profound gratitude to Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc+, NPM, fdc for his constant directives and unrelenting logistic support that gave the officers and men the courage and zeal in the fight against terror in the State.
Finally, I thank His Excellency for this laudable visit and wish to assure you of the commitments of the officers and men of the Command in ridding the state of crime and criminality.
Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested three suspected kidnappers belonging to a gang of kidnappers terrorising motorists on the Itobe-Anyigba highway area of Kogi State.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ovye Ayan, who disclosed this in Lokoja via a statement, said the suspects were arrested by operatives attached to Itobe Division in Ajaokuta Area Command.
The suspects, Danlami Shauibu, Kabiru Amodu and Adejoh Tijani, the police spokesman said, were responsible for a series of kidnappings and are all of Adumu village in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.
According to Ayan, the operation was conducted to curb criminal activities especially the high volume of kidnappings in Itobe and its environs particularly, the Itobe-Anyigba highway.
Shauibu and Amodu were initially arrested on October 16, by a police team, following an intelligence-led operation.
This is even as he revealed that during preliminary investigations, one of the suspects gave useful information that led to the arrest of the third suspect, Adejoh Tijani of the same address on October 22, at about 8:30 a.m.
Items recovered on them include one cut to size single barrel gun, a locally made pistol, POS machine, one battle axe, a face mask, five live cartridges and assorted charms.
While efforts were being made to arrest other members of the gang, the police authorities said the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.
Their arrest followed the order by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, and unrelenting effort by the police towards ensuring perpetrators of the dastardly act were nabbed and made to face the full wrath of the law.
According to the police spokesman, the breakthrough leading to the arrest of the suspects followed the arrest of Babangida, who is one of the principal suspects in the kidnap operation.
The confession of the arrested suspect revealed how they abducted the victims, one Alhaji Bahago of Ibbare and the attack on Ngurore police station last Sunday.
While lauding the efforts of some professional hunters who apprehended other members of the gang, the police spokesman reiterated the commitment of the Commissioner of Police to working with law abiding citizens.
This, he said, is to secure the state and reduce crime to the barest minimum.
He promised that all the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.
Men of the Police Elite Squad Operation Zenda in Benue State on Monday rescued the wife of the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mrs. Ann Unenge.
During the rescue operation, three kidnappers were killed by the police.
Mrs. Unenge was kidnapped on Saturday.
Governor Samuel Ortom who received the rescued victim in the company of her husband, Mr. Bernard Unenge, warned all local collaborators of the kidnap syndicates to desist from the act or face a similar fate like three of the kidnappers who were killed by the police during the rescue operation at Agber village, a suburb of the state capital.
Governor Ortom commended the police for their gallantry and professionalism in the operation without paying any ransom to the kidnappers while urging the team to ensure the arrest of the fleeing members of the gang with a directive to demolish the property used by the kidnappers immediately.
On Saturday Governor Ortom had called on the Federal Government to clamp down on bandits and kidnappers.
The FCT’s joint security operation involving the police tactical squad, operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) are said to have raided the criminals’ hideout, following actionable intelligence.
Authorities say members of local vigilantes and hunters also provided useful information and support in the operation.
One of the kidnappers was arrested by the police squad and efforts to apprehend others are ongoing.
Police operatives in Benue State have arrested eight suspected kidnappers and recovered the bodies of four victims.
Anene Catherine, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement on Thursday.
She explained that the suspects were part of a 10-man gang of kidnappers who escaped from the Sankara area of the state.
According to the command’s spokesperson, police detectives trailed the fleeing persons and arrested eight of them in Osun State, and brought them back to Benue for further investigation.
She noted that the suspects, on Monday, opted to lead police detectives to Tavachan forest in Mbamon in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue where they buried their slain victims.
Upon arriving at the scene, Catherine disclosed that a deep well and a shallow grave were found in the forest with decomposed bodies of the suspects’ victims.
“Suspects confessed that some of the victims died due to inability to survive the trauma of being held hostage while others were killed for not paying the required ransom.
“Two of the suspects also confessed to have killed their wives for making attempt to expose their nefarious acts. Four corpses were exhumed for autopsy while an investigation into the case is ongoing to enable the arrest of suspects at large and unravel more facts about the case,” said the command’s spokesperson.
She noted that the police have continued to gain victory over banditry in the state, particularly the Sankara axis.
Within the last two weeks, Catherine stated that operatives deployed in Sankara dislodged bandits’ camps and recovered arms and ammunition.
She added that the suspects have been arrested and charged to court while normalcy has been restored in various markets within the area.
Eight suspected members of a high-profile, serial kidnapping syndicate have been arrested at Omo Ijesa village in Osun State.
The Osun State Police Command disclosed this on Sunday via a statement issued by its spokesman, SP Opalola Yemisi, adding that the arrest followed credible intelligence the command received.
She said the suspects were involved in the kidnap of a 65-year-old, Akiishi Catherine in Benue State, thus forcing the Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, to lead the operation.
“Prior to the arrest, Police investigations revealed that the suspects relocated to Osun State after the kidnap of the woman as a deceptive tactics to avoid arrest by the Police in Benue State,” she said.
“The suspects have also planned to use Osun State as a safe haven for the negotiation and collection of ransom even after murdering the woman in cold blood.”
The police authorities identified the suspects as Orikashima David, Teryange Demenogo, Terngu Tortindi, Anawuese Akough, Mbalumulum Kaorga, Comfort Terdoo, Michael Msendoo and Aondoaseer Terver, all Tivs from Benue State.
The suspects were said to have murdered the kidnap victim in Benue State before relocating to Osun State.
According to the police spokesman, the suspects revealed to the police team how they have murdered three other victims in their previous operations, adding that they would be handed over to the Benue State Police Command as soon as preliminary investigations are concluded.
Reacting to the incident, the police job commended personnel of the command for a job well done, reassuring Osun citizens that there will be no hiding place for criminals in the state.
He noted that the new policing vision of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, is already assisting the command in redefining its strategies toward combating crimes in the state.
While in Kaduna, the air chief paid a courtesy call on Governor Nasir El-Rufai at the Government House in the state capital.
He thanked the governor for his support to NAF in the state and commended him for his zeal towards tackling the security challenges in the state.
In his remarks, Governor El-Rufai thanked Amao for the visit and singled out NAF personnel in Kaduna for their professionalism, dedication, and particularly for their integrity in all dealings with the Kaduna State government.
He decried that for a long time, Nigerians have taken peace and security for granted until the current spate of insecurity afflicting the nation.
The governor called on all Nigerians to appreciate and support the efforts of the military as they continue to make efforts to keep the nation safe.
“The security situation could have been worse but for the efforts of our Armed Forces,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.
Governor El-Rufai also stated that governors in the north-west region had agreed to assist the military, particularly in efforts at employing scientific measures towards containing insecurity.
On the payment of ransom to kidnappers, he reiterated the resolve of his government not to pay any ransom to bandits and kidnappers.
The governor went further to state that despite the threats of kidnapping, schools would continue to remain open, saying the decision was taken so as not to allow criminals to dictate the education of children in the state.
He also noted that the ability of the military to swiftly respond to kidnapping has further given the state the confidence to keep schools open.
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have attacked the Federal College of Forestry in Kaduna State, abducting several students.
The college is located few metres away from the Nigerian Defence Academy in the Mando area of Kaduna State.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige told Channels Television that the attackers invaded the college located at Mando area in the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis at about 3 am on Friday and abducted some students.
He however said that the exact number of students abducted is uncertain.
He explained that security operatives were mobilized to the college upon hearing about the attack and were able to secure the remaining students.