Army Intercepts Trucks Loaded With Live Cartridges In Ogun

The Nigerian Army has intercepted three trucks fully loaded with thousands of live cartridges at a village located in Igbogila-Ilara area of Ogun State.

The live cartridges were carefully concealed and sealed in boxes made up of a wooden platform with metallic plates. The drivers of the trucks and passengers on sighting the troops abandoned the trucks and fled.

The Army in a statement signed on Friday by Acting Deputy Director, 81 Division Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Om Daudu, said the operation was carried out following a tip-off.

“Following a tip-off received from well-meaning Nigerians during anti-illegal bunkering, anti-pipeline vandalism and anti-smuggling patrols, on May 30, 2018 at about 2:58am, troops of 81 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with The Nigeria Police, Department of State Security, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps intercepted three 5-ton trucks with vehicle registration numbers: ANAMBRA AAH 409 ZV, LAGOS BDG 782 XU and LAGOS GGF 88 XU loaded with thousands of live cartridges, at Balogun village, along Igbogila-Ilara road, Ogun State,” the statement read in part.

No arrest has been made, as the statement said further that, “the drivers and their crew on sighting troops abandoned their trucks and fled.”

The troops are, however, on the trail of the fleeing drivers, their crew, collaborators and sponsors and an investigation is currently ongoing into the incident.

Kaduna Police Arrest 31 Robbery Suspects, Recover 8 Vehicles

policeThe Kaduna State Police Command has arrested 31 armed robbery suspects who specialize in snatching of cars, motorcycles and women handbags.

The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, Umar Shehu,  said an AK47 rifle, four bareta pistols, four single barrel short guns, five single barrel long guns, 39 rounds of live ammunition and 92 live cartridges were recovered from them.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the suspects were arrested in Zaria, Kafanchan and Kaduna, the state capital, by operatives of the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB), during a stop and search operation and cross fire, following a tip-off from members of the public.

During the operation, a total number of 8 vehicles of various kinds including a Prado jeep, 14 motorcycles were also recovered from the robbers.

Mr Shehu noted ed that the arrests were made within this month of May, 2015.

According to the Commissioner, the suspects usually take their stolen vehicles to Niger Republic, where they sell them to their accomplices, adding that the command is working closely with the Interpol in Niger Republic to track down stolen vehicles and their buyers.

Other arrests made by the command include 16 members of a suspected terrorist group known as ‘Sara- Suka in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state, where they have been attacking residents and later killed a middle aged man, injuring two others.

Mr Shehu however reiterated that the command would not relent in its fight against criminals and criminality throughout the state, urging car owners to come to the command with their vehicle papers to claim their vehicles.

One of the robbery suspects, Ibrahim Kabir, who is a 20 year old boy and a 200 level Accountancy student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, confessed to the crime.

Kabir narrated how he got  involved in the crime and however begged for forgiveness. He also disclosed how they sold the stolen vehicles at giveaway prices.

 

Edo Police Parade 50 Suspects, Read Riot Act To Criminals

Edo State Police Command have paraded 50 suspected criminals, including the kidnappers of Dr. Izebuwa who was murdered in Ekpoma by his abductors.

The State Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, while addressing journalists, thanked the people of the state for their support in the fight against criminality, stating that 2014 will be very tough for criminals in the State.

The suspects were paraded alongside large cache of arms, which includes AK-47 rifles, locally made pistols, live cartridges and several other exhibits.

Also paraded was a 33 year old suspect who confessed to sodomising five boys between the ages of 7 to 13.

CP Adebanjo warned inter-state robbers to stay clear of the state, as the command is doing their best to make the state safe for its residents.

The Edo State Police Command paraded 384 suspects, recovered 95 vehicles, 117 arms and over 8,000 ammunitions and recorded a 7.4% cumulative decrease in crime in 2013 as against its 2012 record.

EDSTMA Unruly Behaviour

Meanwhile, Edo State residents have called on the State Ministry of Transport to check the unruly behaviour displayed by some officials of Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA).

Residents made the call after alleged  series of harassment and intimidation experienced from the EDSTMA officials while discharging their duties in the state.

A driver was said to have been stripped and beaten by same officials of EDSTMA sometime ago, prompting residents to call for proper training of these men.

However, the Head of Operations, EDSTMA, Amadin Owas, has blamed motorists who contravene traffic laws with impunity, for provoking the attitude displayed by some of his men.