Police Arrest 195 Rustlers, Recover 612 Cattle In Niger

Police Arrest 195 Rustlers, Recover 612 Cattle In NigerThe Niger State Police Command has arrested 195 suspects in various areas of the state that have been attacked by kidnappers and herdsmen criminalities.

The State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, while parading the suspects at the Police headquarter in Minna, said that most of them were herdsmen and kidnappers who have terrorized several communities on the Niger East senatorial districts in the last one month.

According to him, “aerial and land operations” carried out by men of the command led to the arrest of not less than 194 suspects from various locations in January alone.

“The Police in collaboration with sister security agencies took the battle to the dens of armed bandits in Allawa, Kukoki, Pandogari, Isau, Kaffinkoro, Sarkin- pawa, Shiroro, Mangoro, Lapai and Gurara.

“The aerial surveillance and ground raids culminated into the harvest of arrests and recovery of assorted weapons”.

CP Zubairu Muazu said among those arrested were “24 most wanted kidnappers and cattle rustlers” adding that 612 cattle recovered from the suspects had “been handed over to their owners”.

According to him, weapons recovered from the suspects were five AK47 riffles, 648 rounds of live ammunition, 21 single barrel guns with 248 cartridges, one revolver riffle and five revolver short guns.

Others, he said were six Ghana made pistols, one locally made pistol, nine Dane guns and other dangerous such as axe, bow, arrows and knives.

The Police Commissioner said a man suspected to be giving treatment to injured herdsman and a box containing some drugs and other medical equipment was also recovered.

He further said 21 victims were rescued from the criminals hail hearty while some were rescued injured.

The Police Commissioner advised the public “to remain calm and stop peddling rumour” saying the Police would always track down any criminal in the state.

Police Say Cattle Rustling Has Ended In Niger State

Police Unveil Achievements Recorded In NigerNiger State Police Commissioner, Mr Abubakar Marafa, says since his arrival in the last two months, there has been no single case of cattle rustling in any part of the state, while cases of kidnapping have reduced to the barest minimum.

Mr Marafa made the assertion during an interview with Channels Television at the state’s Police Command headquarters in Minna, the Niger State capital in north-central Nigeria.

He said he had warned Cattle rustlers, kidnappers, armed robbers and other sundry criminals to leave Niger State, vowing that he was prepared to take the battle to their hideouts across the forest areas of the state.

“We have not recorded any Cattle rustling case, they might have been scared with my warning and left the state. Also on the issue of kidnappers, it has reduced to the barest minimum for the past 30 days now and we have only recorded one case of kidnapping. In the process the victim was rescued without paying ransom while the three suspects were arrested”, the Police boss said.

Mr Marafa further noted that the command once had some little problems with regards to the issue of Cattle rustling between Suleja and Lapai axis of the state shortly after his arrival as the Police Commissioner in the State, emphasising that the problem had since been nipped in the bud.

“We were able to arrest another gang of cattle rustlers with three Cows inside their truck which led to a huge success of another recovery of 80 more Cattle and the arrests of three other Cattle rustlers on that axis,” he said, pointing out that it was within the period under review.

He attributed the numerous achievements of the Niger State Police Command in the past two months under his watch to supports and cooperation of his management team at the command, coupled with the motivation of his officers and men within the available resources.

Coroner Orders Inquest Into Oshodi Extra Judicial Killings

The chief coroner of Lagos state, Justice Lateefa Okunnu, has ordered a coroner inquest into the killings of Rafiu Adeniji and Ganiyu Adedoyin who were killed by unidentified policemen on the sixth of October 2013, in Oshodi.

On visiting Oshodi area where one of the two men was killed by an unidentified policeman’s stray bullet, Channels Television’s correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, discovered a link in the two deaths which the police said they are investigating.

It was revealed that the 31 year old Ganiyu who was watching a football game was shot dead while attempting to enter the bar where a match was being watched by other residents and football fans.

However, Rafiu was allegedly killed after a confrontation with the policemen over an accident that happened along the Mangoro end of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. Ms. Adeniji said “My daddy was driving home when someone hit his car.”

A resident, Adebayo Bamgbose who was with Ganiyu when he was hit by a stray bullet, disclosed that the two of them were about stepping into a bar, to watch football, when he was hit by a bullet.

Meanwhile, human rights groups have also begun to ask questions on the identity of the policemen responsible in the deaths. In the past few months, Amnesty international has accused Nigerian police force of several extra judicial killings which led to the death of hundreds which the human rights group claimed have gone un-probed.