Police Arrest Two Over Death Of Military Officer

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The Nasarawa Police Command has arrested two persons in connection to the killing of a military personnel at Unguwar Tiv in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officers Idrissu Kennedy confirmed the arrest of the suspects.

Furthermore, he gave the name of the military personnel as Corporal Ayuba Ali, explaining that the incident occurred after he returned home from special duty in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

A fracas was said to have ensued between the late officer and the suspects who beat him mercilessly and he later passed away at Our Lady of Apostle hospital in Akwanga.

The PPRO stated that the command has commenced further investigations on the case.

Nasarawa Police Command Highlights Successes

Nasarawa Police Command Highlights SuccessesThe Nasarawa Police Command said it has achieved relative success in the months of November and December in its task of ridding the state of criminals.

This was disclosed during the parade of 39 suspects caught for various offences at different locations in the state, including five suspects who were involved in the killing of three staff members of Cedar-Bay Mining Company.

The incident happened on November 28, 2016 at Wugibi Hills in Alogani village of Nasarawa Eggon where the three, including a Chinese national and a Police sergeant, were ambushed in a commando-like operation while the staff were on their way back from the mining.

The Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello noted that “investigation is still ongoing as such further arrests are likely to be made”.

Another notable arrest, according to the Police boss, was that of two suspects that were involved in the kidnapping of a four-year-old girl in Nasarawa town on December 14, 2016.

He said that the two suspects have made confessional statements and a single barrel gun, a locally made pistol and 200,000 Naira cash which was the ransom collected from the father of the kidnapped little girl were recovered from them.

“Other cases of kidnapping are still under investigation and we are making progress on them. By the grace of God we will get the suspects all arrested and charged to court,” he said.

The Commissioner said that the command was able to record the successes because of strategies that were emplaced to counter activities of criminal elements.

“Such strategies include constant raids of black spots, deployment of more patrol teams on our highways, visibility policing within the cities and intelligence led policing,” he said.

In all, two AK47 riffles, five locally fabricated guns, two vehicles, one motorcycle and 205,660 Naira were recovered.

He concluded with gratitude: “I would like to conclude by thanking the government and all the good people of Nasarawa state for their support and cooperation which has contributed immensely to our success story in 2016.

“The command is looking forward to a robust collaboration and cooperation with stakeholders as we match forward in the fight against crime and criminality in 2017.”

Nasarawa Police Must Investigate Shooting Of Workers, NLC Insists

NLC 3The shooting of protesting workers in in front of the Government House Nasarawa State on Friday has sparked outrage from the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba.

Mr Wabba has called on the Nasarawa Police command to fish out the policeman allegedly responsible for the incident.

The shots were fired as the workers were waiting for the outcome of a meeting between the NLC boss and Governor Tanko Al Makura over the implementation of a new salary template which prompted them to embark on an indefinite strike.

One of the workers was killed while at least three others, two of them from the state Judicial Service Commission and a journalist, were injured in the incident.

A policeman was said to have been injured in the process as well.

The state police spokesman, ASP Umar Numan told Channels Television that the incident occurred as some of the workers threw stones at the General Manager of Nasarawa Broadcasting Service, Mr Yusuf Musa, while making his way to the Government House to attend the meeting.

He said that the Police were not sure if the shootings were from the Police or the workers.

The Police said that they were working to establish the circumstances that led to the shooting.


Nasarawa Police Parade Suspects

Police Parade, Colonel YinusaThe Nasarawa State Police Command has paraded 15 suspects which the Police say were apprehended for various crimes including car snatching.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawal Shehu is appealing to parents not to allow their children go hawking especially at night so that they do not fall prey to criminals.

He added that five of the suspects are students of the Nasarawa State University with an age range of between 20 and 22 years.

The students have been accused of rape.

Herdsmen Crisis: Nasarawa Police Host Town Hall Meeting

Herdsmen Crisis, Nasarawa PoliceThe Nasarawa State Police Command has held a town hall meeting at the state capital with a view to finding lasting solution to the clash between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

The meeting, which was held at the Police officers’ mess in Lafia, emphasized community policing as a way of preventing conflicts.

Stakeholders gathered to brainstorm and share ideas on how to ensure peaceful co-existence between farmers and herdsmen and also between ethnic groups in the state.

The meeting, which was on the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had the theme ‘How Community Policing Can Help Prevent Conflicts In The State’.

Participants at the meeting said that they were concerned with the weapons used by some herdsmen and were confused if they were truly herdsmen.

They urged the Police to look into the proliferation of arms critically before it gets out of hand.

Some others were of the view that conflicts escalate as a result of misinformation, calling on the Police to address this also.

The Fulani representatives said that they were happy with the meeting and that they have begun the setting up of a Fulani peace and security committee in all the local government areas and development areas in the state.

They expressed the belief that this would control clashes and enlighten members of their association on how to graze peacefully.

Ethnic associations also called on their members to embrace peace and forge ahead for development to thrive in the state.