Ekiti, Osun Police Declare War On Cross-Border Banditry

Nigeria_Police_Armoured_Personnel_CarrierThe Ekiti and Osun State Police Commands are fortifying patrols in all border towns to reinforce security of the states and guard against cross- banditry in the two states.

The synergy was reached at a meeting presided over by the Commissioners of Police in Osun, Mr Olafimihan Adeoye and his counterpart in Ekiti, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, at the Ado Ekiti headquarters, where other senior officers and heads of units were present.

The commands expressed resentment at the increasing robbery incidents in the border towns in the two states, saying proactive measures must be taken to tackle the menace.

The Police Commissioners agreed that patrols and other policing activities along boundaries must be harmonised, just as the commands promised to extend and expand coverage of radio communication system between the two commands.

The Police bosses directed the commanders of Safer Highways in the two states to devise ways of exchanging information through regular communication, adding that police personnel in pursuit of criminals should be given full support with less protocol across boundaries.

“Part of the agreement reached to reduce crime across borders was that, the two commands must be ready to fight crimes and criminality in a manner devoid of pursuit of glory.

“We also agreed that intelligence must be appropriately shared between the two commands and that the Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders must hold regular meetings and strategise on how to make the lives and property of those at the border towns safe.

“We are appealing to the state governments of the two states on the need to clear the road necks to prevent visibility problem and reduce the idea of criminals laying ambush for our men during exchange of gunfire,” they said.

The Commands also agreed to hold joint training on weapon handling and partner in other critical operational areas that could boost the effectiveness of the police.

FCT Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers

Suspected KidnappersThe Federal Capital Territory Police Command has announced the arrest of two persons allegedly responsible for the kidnap of an eight year old boy in Nyanya on the outskirt of the nation’s capital.

Parading the suspected kidnappers in Abuja, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, said the kidnappers, who demanded a ransom of N1 million from the father of the victim, were arrested after the police rescued the victim.

He assured residents of Abuja that the police is working round the clock to ensure the safety of lives and property as other suspects involved in various criminal activities were also paraded.

Leader of the two man gang, Jeremiah Danjuma, disclosed that they were only able to collect N400, 000 before they were arrested.

FCT Police Unveils Special Anti-Robbery Unit

ekiti drivers-police-oyo-akwa ibomThe Federal Capital Territory Police Commissioner, has unveiled a Special Anti-Robbery Unit to curb armed robbery and other crimes in Abuja.

Mr Wilson Inalegwu on Friday, said that the FCT has witnessed increased cases of armed robbery and car snatching incidence between January and February 2016.

According to him, the Special Police Unit would work to make the city and its major high ways, safe for residents.

Several robbery suspects including cars snatching syndicates had been arrested by the police in the last two weeks.

Apart from setting up the anti robbery squad, the Police Commissioner said that there is also a supervising arrangement to ensure professional conduct.

FCT Police Warns Against ‘One Chance’

NigerThe Federal Capital Territory Police Command has warned criminally minded persons who specialize in ‘One Chance’ – robbing passengers through the use of cabs – to steer clear of the nation’s capital as any one caught engaging in such will be severely dealt with.

Speaking in Abuja at a meeting with officials of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, the FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, said the activities of ‘One Chance’ robbers is on the decrease but the Police command is working towards ensuring that other criminals do not have their way in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

National President of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, blamed the activities of one chance robbers on owners of unpainted taxis and operators of illegal parks within the FCT‎.

Police Have Heightened Security Level In FCT – CP

Police Have Heightened Security Level In FCT – CPThe Commissioner Of Police of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) says Police have heightened the security level in Abuja following the alert received that the Boko Haram sect plans to attack churches, mosques and markets, using girls.

Speaking On Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Wilson Inalegwu said that the Police have continued to build partnership and strategic relationships with critical stakeholders and sister agencies like the DSS, Military Guards Brigade, Civil Defense Corps among others.

The team, according to the Commissioner of Police, has the mandate to reassure the citizens of their safety.

“We have advised our people to be vigilant, watchful and observant because when you observe any suspicious activity that keeps occurring around your neighborhood, you should have the presence of mind so that you can report them promptly to the appropriate security agencies.

“We have provided help lines that members of the public can reach us through.

“We have four help lines for the FCT Control Room which are 11 digits and we have made it simple for members of the public,” he explained.

In response to questions about the effort of the Police to improve the effectiveness of help lines, Mr Inalegwu disclosed, “The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, sent some communication experts to my office to discuss the issue and what should be done about communication.”

He further said that the Police had held meetings with various religious groups; Christians, Muslims, traditional rulers and tribal groups. “I believe working together with these groups, having these synergies, collaboration, partnership, will prevent any attack on the FCT”, he said.

Vigilant Of ‘Golf Cars’

CP Inalegwu also commented on the authenticity of the intelligence report on the planned attack on the FCT by insurgents. “Considering the period we are in, usually, we receive intel from various sources,” he said, adding that there is a need to keep the public well informed so that they can play their part.

“There is no need for fear and apprehension,” he said, giving a detailed explanation of the roles played by the Police in educating the public.

“We have been meeting with various groups to sensitize them, we have had meetings with national road workers, Luxurious Bus Owners Associations among others.

” We have advised schools to provide identification of students, to emplace perimeter security fence, we also advised them to be vigilant.

“We have also told them to be vigilant of Golf cars and people carrying laptops.

“We also emphasized that when people close from any place of worship, the flow should continue so as not to provide sitting target for these dangerous elements and not to allow hawking around any place of worship.

“The IGP has also issued directives to all CPs to continue to engage different sectors of the public”, he added.

 

15 Dead, 41Injured In Abuja Blast

abuja bomb blastThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has confirmed 15 dead, 41 injured in the bomb blast that rocked three spots in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Friday night.

The victims had been evacuated to Nyanya, Asokoro General Hospitals and National Hospital, Abuja.

In Nyanya, Two deaths were recorded and 21 other injured.

While in Kuje, 13 persons lost their lives and 20 injured.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, told Channels Television that a young female suicide bomber detonated the bomb that wrecked havoc at the police station in Kuje while the two explosions at the Nyanya motor park were said to have been carried out by one male and another female suicide bomber.

17 people were said to have been seriously wounded at the Kuje explosion, 23 casualties including a soldier were wounded at the Nyanya motor park.

Men Of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), NEMA and the Red Cross were at the Kuje police station to intensify rescue efforts.

However, the wounded were said to have been taken to the Kuje General Hospital.

A relative of one of the victims, Emeka Chukwudube, said his one year old boy was wounded.

The Management of the Kuje General Hospital did not allow entry into the wards, but the Head of Clinic, Dr Isiaku Musa, confirmed the number of casualties so far and that they lack the capacity to contain them and have moved some of the victims to the National Hospital.

The Unit Commander of FRSC Nyanya, Micheal Agu, also confirmed that two suicide bombers were involved there.

The Permanent Secretary of the FCT, John Chukwu, said that this is the time for residents to be extra vigilant.

Suspected Boko Haram members detonated Improvised Explosive Devices at the Kuje market and the Police station in Abuja.

Police IG Explains Reasons For Removal Of Checkpoints

IGPThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, says he ordered the removal of police checkpoints on the highways upon assuming office to reduce bribery and corruption.



Mr Arase gave this explanation during one of his routine visits to commands during which he holds security briefs with the commissioners.

The Police boss on his visit to the FCT Police Command, said that such roadblocks encouraged corruption among some of his officers who collect bribes from commuters on the highway.

The IGP said that such act only reduced officers of the Police Force to mere beggars and had also brought the image of the force to disrepute in the past.

Mr Arase then emphasized the need for officers to carry out their duties professionally.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, however, appealed to the IGP to create more commands within the FCT.

According to him, the current population of the capital city has overstretched the FCT Police Command.

The IGP has made similar visits to Lagos, Anambra, and Plateau States recently to hold the same meeting with their commissioners.

Senate Begins Investigation Into Invasion Of National Assembly

Nigerian SenateThe Senate Adhoc Committee investigating the invasion of the National Assembly has began its hearing as the committee summoned the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, to explain why he ordered the National Assembly Divisional Police Officer to invade the complex.

On November 20th, the police stormed the National Assembly firing teargas in an attempt to prevent the Speaker Aminu Tambuwal from gaining access to the assembly complex.

However in a surprising twist, the Divisional Police Officer attached to the complex , Mr. James Idachaba, accused the security details attached to Senate President David Mark, of firing the tear gas in the National Assembly complex.

Mr Idachaba also told the committee that the instructions to close the gates on that day was based on a directive he received from the Federal Capital Territory Command.