Police Nab 7-Man Car Robbery Syndicate In Minna

eseThe Niger State Police Command has arrested an inter-state car robbery gang, after they negotiated to sell a Lexus SUV in Minna.

The suspects were paraded on Tuesday at the State Command.

Parading the 7-man syndicate, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Bala Elkana, ‎said that the gang members locked their suspect inside the toilet at Mabushi in Abuja and whisked his wife in the car to an ATM where they forced her to withdraw 100,000 Naira.

Mr Elkana said that ‎the car was brought into Minna by the transporter, Gideon Okunleye, who claimed to be a taxi driver in the FCT, while Seidu Mohammed (a mechanic) works on cars before they are disposed to buyers.

Other members of the gang are Suleiman Umar, Mohd Mohd, Promise Marcus, Abdulhamid Umar and Moses Hassan.

“We got a tip-off based on the strength of a reliable source and our Special Anti Robbery Squad swung into action. We were able to arrest the members of the gang and also recovered the vehicle,” he said.

Leader of the gang, 23 year-old Suleiman ‎Umar, who hails from Kaduna, said that he stole a master-key which they use in apartments from a man they met at a popular nightclub in Abuja.

Items found with the gang include a pistol, three laptops, ATM cards, Lexus SUV, cash in Naira, Dollar and CFA, three wrist watches, gold rings and necklaces.

The Lexus SUV had a registration number; Abuja, YAB-214-TD.

Police Arrest 202 Crime Suspects In Niger State

PoliceThe Niger State Police Command says it has arrested 202 suspects that were involved in various major crimes in the state and diligently being prosecuted in court.

The Commissioner of Police in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa, who made the disclosure at a press briefing on Wednesday in Minna, said that the suspects included nine notorious armed robbers.

He added that other suspected criminals paraded were nine armed bandits, kidnappers and six cattle rustlers, all within the last one month.

Marafa further told reporters that during the last concluded Local Government elections, no fewer than 100 suspects were apprehended for electoral offenses attributed to the command proactive and preventive measures put in place for a peaceful conduct of the election.

He lamented that many arms, 134 rounds of live ammunition, 90 cattle, 10 sheep, seven motorcycles and three cars of Peugeot 405, Opel and Volkswagen with registration numbers CX 620 RBC, BE 375 APP and LFA 763 XA were recovered from the suspected criminals.

The Police Commissioner listed the command constraints to include inadequate logistics, paucity of funds and insufficient manpower.

He urged the governments at every level and individuals to assist the Police in the provision of communication gadgets to ease communication, especially in times of emergency.

Mr Marafa also applauded  Police officers for the stride so far recorded while assuring them of adequate welfare to enable them carry out their assignment diligently.

He similarly appealed to the general public to always give the Police prompt information, assuring them that it would be treated confidentially.

Police To Deploy 7000 Officers For Niger Council Poll

policeThe Niger State Police Command on Tuesday said about 7,000 police officers would be deployed for the local government council polls to be conducted on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Bala Elkana, while speaking to journalists in Minna, said policemen are currently undergoing training on how to conduct themselves before, during and after the elections.

He said that two policemen will be drafted to each polling units across the state while armed policemen would be policing the streets and targeted hot spots.

Elkana, who stated that operation orders have been drafted, warned against anyone with the intention to perpetrate violence to shelve the idea as the police is ready to arrest any individual inciting violence.

“Whoever does not call his supporters to orders should be ready to face the law. We are ready to curb any eventuality.

We did it during the last general elections and we are ready and prepared to do it again.”

While speaking on the clash between some political parties in Suleja local government area of Niger State, Elkana said the command will not tolerate or encourage impunity, noting that whoever is found culpable will be prosecuted.

“Although no arrest have been made but whoever is found culpable will be made to face the law no matter how highly placed the person is. The Member in the House of Representatives fingered to be involved in the crisis will be brought in to explain his role in the incident.”

The PPRO then said that the DPO and other policemen injured during the clash are responding to treatment and would soon be discharged from the hospital.

Police To Deploy 5,000 Officers In Niger During Christmas

niger police to deploy 5000 officersPolice say arrangements have been made to deploy 5,000 police officers during Christmas celebration to Niger state.

According to the State’s Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Marafa, the policemen would be deployed to places of worship, markets and recreation centers in the state.

Addressing reporters in Minna, the capital of the State, on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police said patrol and surveillance activities were being intensified for the safety of the lives and property of people in Niger State throughout the yuletide season.

Mr Marafa, who spoke on the activities of the police in the state, stated that the State Police Command was currently winning the war against criminals and their activities.

He said cattle rustling, youth gangsterism, kidnapping and highway robbery had been reduced to the barest minimum.

The police commissioner further stated that 1,986 suspects were arrested for major crimes in the state while 889 cattle, 114 sheep and goats and 14 donkeys were recovered from cattle rustlers in 2015.

Police Arrest 4 Suspected Cattle Rustlers, 340 Cattle Recovered In Niger

Kano- cattle rustlers in Niger-policeNiger State Police Command has announced the arrest of four suspected cattle rustlers. Over 300 heads of cattle were also recovered about  from the suspects.

The arrest was made in the early hours of Sunday at a suspected cattle rustlers’ hideout at Unguwan Kuka Village in Beji, Bosso Local Government Area of the state, following a tip-off from some concerned citizens.

Report named the suspects as Mohammed Abubakar, Mohammed Tanyi, Mohammed Bashir and Mohammed Bello, were caught with 340 cattle in their possession.

A Police source at the Niger State Criminals Investigation Department, revealed that the suspects have since confessed to the crime during investigation by the Police.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Niger State Police Command, ASP Bala Elkana, also confirmed the incident, saying the Command is winning the war against the hoodlums.

Mr Elkana stressed further stressed that the Niger State Police Commissioner has asked owners of the recovered cattle to come and collect them, with the proof of ownership.

“And as soon as the rightful owners of the recovered 340 cattle come forward to claim their animals, with proof of ownership, their animals shall be released to them by the Police on bond, after they must have identified them individually “, Elkana said.

He added that the four suspected cattle rustlers, would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Police Debunk Rumour Of Alleged Killing In Niger State


The Niger State Police Command has described as untrue, rumours that five traders were killed by some suspected Militants at Madalla Market in Suleja Local Government Area of the State.

In a statement issued by the Command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, the command maintained that the story, which was widely reported in the social media, especially on popular blogs, was not only false, but malicious.

The police said it was an attempt to cause disaffection among the different ethnic and religious groups that have lived peacefully with one another over the years.

The Command further advised the public to ignore the story and go about their lawful business, as the State Police Command and other sister security agencies in the state would continue to guarantee the safety of lives and property of residents in the state and beyond.


Man Arrested For Killing His Three-Month-Old Child

The Niger State Police Command has arrested Mr. Mohammed Adamu for allegedly killing his three months old son.

The mother of the baby and the ex-wife of the suspect had gone to collect the monthly upkeep of the baby as directed by the court when the suspect engaged her in a fight and forcefully collected the baby.

Mallama Shamsiya, a passerby, who sensed danger quickly rushed to her family house and alerted some members of her family. They however met his absence when they got there.

Concerned about the safety of the baby, they waited for him and they were surprised that at his arrival he was not with the three month old baby and they promptly reported to the Police.

The Niger state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Pius Edoboor while confirming the incident to Channels Television in Minna noted that upon interrogation by the Police, the suspect admitted  killing the boy. He also said he buried him in his neighbourhood.

The Police spokesman however noted that an investigation has been launched into the case. He also said the command is putting arrangements in place to exhume the corpse for medical examination.

Niger Police arrests two suspected Boko Haram members

The Police in Niger State have arrested two suspected Boko haram members at Angwa Daji community in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest was made following a complain made by members of the sleepy community after the discovery  of an AK 47 rifle inside a popular Mosque at an Islamic school   where some Almajeris were being kept to  learn  Islamic education.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television in Minna, the Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command; Pius Edobor mentioned that the rifle which belongs to the Nigeria Police was loaded with 27 rounds of live ammunition.

He further mentioned that an empty shell of an expelled bullet was also recovered from the mosque.

The suspects which include the head of the school are presently helping the Police in the investigation, the Police boss concluded.

Borno and Niger states guarantee security for sallah celebration

The Niger state police Command  has assured that  it is battle ready to ensure the protection of  lives and property of  its citizens throughout the forth coming Eid –El Fitr and Durbar celebrations which marks the end of the  30 days  Ramadan fasting.
In a statement signed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Desire Nsiri, the commissioner noted that the Command is fully prepared for a robust surveillance of the nooks and crannies of the state as well as the covert surveillance of all the places of worship including other important public and private institutions during the Sallah celebrations.
Also, the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, has urged residents to report any suspicious person or movement during the celebration to the force for immediate intervention.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, the force called for the cooperation of the people toward achieving the desired peace during and after the celebration.