Niger Security: No Curfew Imposed In Kagara, Rafi LGA – Police

 

The Niger State Police Command has responded to what it terms a piece of fake news circulating within the some social media sphere, suggesting that bandits attacked a military check point at Zuma Rock and that there is a massive influx of bandits into Niger State via Birnin-Gwari Area.

According to a statement by the Commissioner of Police Niger State Command, CP Ogundele J. Ayodeji, the fake report further stated that DPO/DSS Rafi LGA affirmed such massive movement of bandits into the State.

The command unequivocally stated that the report is false and untrue, adding that it is only a figment of the imagination of mischief makers whose intention is to cause panic in the public domain by originating such a report.


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The statement also noted that further indices which indicate that such report is fake, “is the part that stated that 24hrs curfew have been placed in Kagara. It is pertinent to state that no curfew of any kind is imposed in Kagara, there was no report of such emanating from DPO/DSS in Rafi LGA and there was equally no report of bandits attack at Zuma Rock, Suleja”.

The commissioner enjoined members of the public to disregard such fabricated report and continue to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation, molestation or any form of attack, as the police and other security agencies in the state “are working assiduously towards ensuring a guaranteed secured environment”.

Furthermore, the command said it is privy to the modus operandi of bandits as regards reprisals, due to some successes recorded against the hoodlums during their recent escapades in the State, adding that strategies have been put in place to curtail such move, while urging ‘Nigerlites’ to equally continue to support the Police and other security agencies with accurate information for prompt intervention.

Bandits Kill Police Inspector, Abduct Several Passengers In Katsina

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Emerging reports suggest that a Police Inspector identified as Idris Musa has been killed by bandits at Makera quarters, Kwakware Community along Katsina-Jibia Road.

An eyewitness (name withheld) told Channels Television that the gunmen arrived the community on Monday at about 7:00 am shooting sporadically while chasing a bus conveying some passengers.

According to the source, the efforts made by the deceased Police Inspector to repel the terror group proved abortive, even as they returned fire on the police, leading to the death of the officer.


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After shooting him dead, the bandits are said to have burnt the Inspector’s vehicle after which they abducted an unspecified number of passengers, whisking them away to a location yet to be determined.

Authorities of the police force in Katsina State are yet to release an official statement on the incident, when reached for comments, police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah said he was at a briefing and will address the press within the hour.

Over 400 Young Police Constables Protest Non-Payment Of 18months Salaries

A map of Osun state, a region in South-west Nigeria.
A map of Osun state, a region in South-west Nigeria.

 

Over 400 young constables who were freshly recruited into the Nigeria Police Force to assist in maintaining security in Osun State on Wednesday protested non payment of salaries.

The protesters who stormed strategic areas like Oke fia, Akindeko/Alekuwodo terminated the protest at the popular Olaiya Flyover following the intervention of the police Commissioner, Olawale Olokode.

The aggrieved Constabularies called on the government to pay their 18 months salaries since the completion of training in May 2021.


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According to them, they had gone to the local government, meeting with statesmen and lawmakers, yet, nothing has been done.

The constables added that they have lost three comrades in Ikire and one in Iree, stressing that the officers died in the course of discharging their duty.

They further lamented that inspire of them being dutiful, they have not been paid a dime.

Addressing the protesters, the Commissioner of Police, Adewale Olokode ordered them to stop the protest with immediate effect just as he assured them that the authorities in charge would see to their matter.

While asserting that the protesters are embarrassing the force with their protest, the commissioner asked the constables to always channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters.

Police IRT Operatives Arrest Informants To Notorious Bandit Leader In Katsina

 

Operatives of the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested three suspected informants to a notorious bandits’ leader, Sani Tukur, also known as Abacha in Katsina State.

The three are said to be part of a deadly kidnap for ransom syndicate who kidnapped the wife and two children of a serving lawmaker Hon. Dr Ibrahim Aminu in Katsina.

The suspects Muttaka Ibrahim, Suleiman Rabiu and Surajo were apprehended following intelligence reports on the activities of the deadly criminal gangs by IRT operatives attached to the Operation Restore Hope of the Force in Yankwani village and Kurani town.


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According to a statement from the office of the IRT Commander, dcp olatunji Disu, the team swung into action swiftly and arrested the suspects in their various hideouts within Bakori Local Government Area.

During investigation, the trio confessed to have served as informants to Sanni Tukur who is terrorising innocent citizens in villages and towns around Katsina and Zamfara states.

They also confessed to have facilitated the kidnap of six other persons in addition to the family members of the lawmaker.

Other victims of the syndicates criminal gang include Buhari Usman, also know as Fedeco, Nazaradeen Ibrahim, Amandallah Ahmad, Ibrahim Suleiman, Sumayya Nura and Yahaya Bura who are currently in the captivity of the gang.

Confessing further, the suspects disclosed that after kidnapping the family of the lawmaker, they demanded for and received a total sum of twenty-one million naira.

Muttaka Ibrahim, the chief informant admitted that he got a payment of one hundred and thirty thousand naira (N130,000) from the gang leader adding that one Yusuf Bala of Zaria is his accomplice.

He also admitted that the bandit leader collected a total of six million five hundred thousand naira from the other victims they kidnaped at Yankwani town.

Narrating his ordeal, the lawmaker told police investigators that he paid a total sum of thirty seven million and five hundred thousand naira to the gang leader to secure his family member’s release from captivity.

Authorities of the force say all the suspect are still undergoing investigation by the police and would be charged to court soon.

Police spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Monday assured residents of the terrorized communities and all Nigerians, that all the suspects are going to be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the nation.

Security Agencies Hit Criminals With The Language They Understand – Dingyadi

 

The Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has reiterated the resolve of the federal government to deal with criminals with the language they understand within the legal framework as security agencies have made a lot of progress in suppressing their activities in the last one month.

He made this known during the visit of the Canadian High Commission to Nigeria led by High Commissioner James Christoff to the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja.

The Minister said by the time security agencies sustain the current momentum of dealing with criminals in the country within the next three to five months the security situation would have improved greatly as government agencies are trying their best to check these criminals.


L-R: Permanent Secretary, Mr. Temitope Fashedemi, Canadian High Commission, High Commissioner James Christoff, and Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi during the visit of the Canadian High Commission to Nigeria led by High Commissioner James Christoff to the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja.

Dingyadi said “We are doing the best that we can do to ensure that we face the issue, criminals are criminals whenever they are and sometimes, we can only hit them with the language they understand.

He said the government will continue to solicit support and understanding of countries like Canada to figure out how we can work together to assist in fighting criminalities and cooperate in the areas of exchange of intelligence and information that will go a long way to curb the activities of criminals.

The Minister posited that Canada has a lot to contribute to Nigeria toward facilitating peace in the country and noted the effort of the mission in working together with the Nigeria Police Force to improve the security situations in the country.

According to him, “the Ministry is ever ready for mutually benefits arrangement on intelligence gathering, training, technological improvement, education, and many other areas”.

Dingyadi recalled that Nigeria is facing a lot of security challenges which is not limited to Nigeria alone as it is affecting other West African countries but the Federal government is facing it head on and making tremendous progress and assured the High Commissioner that the issue of security challenges will be curb before election and government will facilitate a free, smooth and peaceful transition of government.


L-R: Head of Political, Andrew Webb, Permanent Secretary, Mr. Temitope Fashedemi, Canadian High Commission, High Commissioner James Christoff and Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi; Head of Security, Thomas Francuz, and Senior Special Assistant (HM), Harande Mahe during the visit of the Canadian High Commission to Nigeria led by High Commissioner James Christoff to the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja.

Earlier, the Canadian High Commission, High Commissioner James Christoff stated that both countries have had a broad relationship for decades and they are witnessing growth in relations and Nigeria in the diaspora adding that Canada’s broad program is helping to address larger security issues and focus on economic development, education, services and created the environment for enhancing security.

He commended the efforts of the Ministry in the improvement of accountability and transparency which is very important in policing the country. “I want to extend our thanks on behalf of the mission for the support we received from the Nigeria Police Force and we will continue to have a very good relationship in terms of exchange of information. Christoff stressed.

‘Stop Checking Phones On The Road’, Force PRO Warns Policemen

 

Authorities of the police have once again said that its personnel have no right to check people’s phones arbitrarily on the road. 

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, reechoed the notice on Tuesday during an appearance on Sunrise Daily.

“Stop checking phones on the road. You can’t check somebody’s phone. It is his personal property. You cannot do it,” Adejobi said of an activity which Nigerians have repeatedly accused policemen of doing.

The Force PRO was commenting on the activities of the police, recent disciplinary actions taken against some policemen for assaulting Nigerians, among other issues.


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Asked if the police are taking steps to prevent more policemen from violating the rights of Nigerians, he said efforts were in place, stressing that in every organisation and society there will be deviants.

He said, “In the Police, we have those who are deviants. There is no policeman who doesn’t know that you must not dress improperly, you must not smoke while on duty, you must not slap the Nigerian, you must not use cutlass to flog.

“There is no Nigerian police personnel who will tell me today that they are not aware because, in the training school, it’s part of our manual; they must have taught you all these things.”

Stressing that the police force operates based on laws, the police spokesman said the Force will continue to take necessary disciplinary actions against errant officers.

“So, if a policeman has done something wrong, every offence — disciplinary offence or criminal offence — has its punishment. If it is reduction in rank, we give it to you; if it is dismissal, we give to you; if it is severe reprimand, we give to you…

“But it is clear, how can a policeman stand on the road and be collecting money? It is not a disciplinary offence, it is a criminal offence. Corruption is a criminal offence. If you flog somebody, you assault somebody, it is a criminal offence,” CSP Adejobi opined.

Osun Election: IGP Commends Security Operatives, Electorates For Peaceful Conduct

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has commended the security operatives particularly officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Military, and other security agencies as well as the electorates in Osun State for the peaceful conduct of the elections held on Saturday July 16th, 2022 in the 3 Senatorial Districts, 30 Local Government Areas (LGAs), and 3753 polling units of the State.

The IGP in a statement on Sunday applauded the massive deployment of Police Operatives, Specialized Units, and other human and operational assets including 3 Helicopters and a couple of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for aerial surveillance in the 3 Senatorial Districts, 4 adequately manned gun boats for the riverine areas, and Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) which enabled swift responses to the pockets of electoral issues.

He equally lauded the collaborative efforts of other security agencies which assisted in the peaceful conduct of the elections.


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The police boss also appreciated the electorates in Osun State as well as critical stakeholders for their role in collectively maintaining decorum and cooperating with law enforcement agencies, noting that the professionalism displayed by officers deployed for the election equally helped to garner trust, and ultimately led to the success of the process.

He similarly assured that the force is continuously improving on it’s election security mandate for a top notch 2023 General Elections.

In the same vein, the Inspector-General of Police encouraged Nigerians to tow the line of peaceful conduct in subsequent elections most especially the forthcoming nationwide polls.

He assured all citizens of improved election security management during any electioneering processes even as he called on well meaning Nigerians, particularly electorates and political actors, to accord necessary support to the police and other security agencies in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections and for the general security and safety of the nation.

Area Commander, One Officer Killed By Bandits In Kastina

 

An Area Commander and one officer attached to the Kastina State Police Command, have been killed following a shootout with bandits during clearance operations on Tuesday. 

Sources within the Force earlier told Channels Television that Assistant Commissioner Of Police in charge of Dutsinma Area Command, Aminu Umar and other officers were in a forest carrying out an operation in an area where bandits had held sway.

Upon catching a glimpse of the law enforcement agents, the bandits opened fire and a fierce gun battle ensued.

It was in this process that Commander Umar and another officer were gunned down by the gunmen.


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Further affirming the development, the Command spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah explained that the command is already combing the entire forest with a view to apprehending the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

SP Isah assured resident and all Nigerians that the war against terror would be won.

“At about 1130hrs, a distress call was received that terrorists numbering over three hundred (300), on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana LGA of Katsina state.

“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross exchange of gun fire,” the police spokesman briefly explained.

He added that the Kastina State Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dabban Dauda, on behalf of the officers and men of the command has expressed his deep sympathy for the family of the deceased and pray that the almighty give them solace at this trying time.

The Commissioner reassured citizens that the Nigeria Police Force remains committed to the safety of the Nigerian people, adding that the the ongoing onslaught against terrorism in the state until it is completely routed out.

Troops Clear IPOB/ESN Camps In Anambra, Enugu, Recover Dangerous Weapons

 

A joint security team consisting of troops of 302 Regiment of the Nigerian Army, operatives of the Nigerian Navy, Department of State Services and Nigeria Police Force have dislodged camps belonging to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Idara Nnebo, Ihe Mbosi villages and Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu stated this on Sunday in a brief communique.

He explained that in a clearance operation conducted in the early hours of Saturday 25 June 2022, troops cleared IPOB fire positions and Improvised Explosive Devices to dislodge the criminals from their hideouts.

During the operations, troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, three magazines with five rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, two pump action rifles and one locally fabricated gun. Other items include three power generators, among others.

Similarly, troops of 103 Battalion conducted a raid operation on IPOB/ ESN camp at Nkwere Inyi Forest in Oji River Local Government of Enugu State.

The encounter forced the criminals to flee in disarray, while troops recovered one Lexus and a Toyota Highlander SUV suspected to have been snatched by the criminals.

Other items recovered include two motorcycles, one double barrel gun and seven live cartridges.

General Nwachukwu on behalf of the army urged members of the public to continue to support troops with credible information on the activities of the criminal elements in the region.

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Police Rescues 14 Kidnapped Victims Along Kunchin Kalgo Forest In Zamfara

 

 Zamfara State Police Command has rescued fourteen (14) kidnapped victims during an intelligence led search and rescue operation at Kunchin Kalgo forest within Tsafe LGA of the state.

Police spokesperson, SP Mohammed Shehu while disclosing this on Thursday in a brief statement said those rescued include twelve adults and two babies.

The police imagemaker further disclosed that on the 21st June, 2022, tactical operatives deployed along Kunchin Kalgo axis in collaboration with some individuals who have resolved to partner with security agencies in restoring peace to the state, acted on credible intelligence and stormed a suspected bandit’s hideout.


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He further revealed in the course of debriefing, the victims rescued from the operation informed told the police that bandits invaded Nasarawa Wanke and Rijiya villages in Gusau LGA, there the gunmen abducted several persons.

According to the abductees, they spent about 42 days in captivity prior to the rescue mission.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba N. Elkanah while handing over the victims to their relations, appreciated the government and people of the state for their continuous support and collaboration with the police.

CP Elkanah assured the people of intensifying efforts to safely rescue kidnapped victims and reunite them with their families, while bringing their abductors to justice.

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Police Arrest Two Kidnappers, Release Victim In Benue

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

Police in Benue State have apprehended two suspected kidnappers and rescued an abducted from the abductors’ den. 

Spokesperson to the Benue command, SP Anene Sewuese, disclosed this in a brief report on Friday.

She revealed that on Thursday, a team of Operation Zenda JTF were on patrol within Otukpa, Ogbadibo LGA, when information was received that one Raphael Okpe of Akere village was kidnapped on his way to the farm.


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According to the police spokesperson, the team responded immediately and chased the kidnappers into their hideout where they engaged the gunmen in a duel.

Consequently, two of the suspects named Abdulahi Mohammed and Yusuf Saidu were arrested while the other suspects escaped with gunshot injuries.

The victim who was already shot in the leg by the hoodlums was rescued and taken to hospital where police say he is responding to treatment.

Following the arrest, ten rounds of AK47 ammunition were recovered from the kidnapers’ dungeon.

SP Sewuese said investigations are still ongoing, adding that the force will not rest on its oars till the suspects at large are apprehended.

IGP Charges Police VIP Aides On Professionalism, Civility

A file photo of the IGP, Usman Baba.

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has charged police officers attached to VIPs to carry out their duties with utmost professionalism, respect for fundamental rights, rule of law, and civility to members of the public in line with the code of conduct for Police Officers.

The IGP equally condemned the reported harassment and demeaning posture of some of these officers while on duty with their VIPs.

IGP Alkali Baba made the call while addressing officers and men of the Ekiti State Police Command at the Command Headquarters, Ado Ekiti on Tuesday 13th June, 2022, in readiness for the Ekiti Gubernatorial Election scheduled to hold on Saturday 18th June, 2022.

He equally affirmed that though it is a statutory duty of the Police Force to provide aides and escorts for VIPs, such duty must not degenerate to abuse as a result of high-handedness of Police officers who have proven to be non-amenable to discipline.


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The Inspector-General of Police further warned that every allegation of unprofessionalism and harassment by VIP aides would be properly investigated and if found wanting, adequate and commensurate sanctions will follow.

In the same vein, the IGP encouraged officers and men who have been detailed for election duty in Ekiti State to put in their best to provide adequate security, at all levels, for all and sundry before, during and after the Gubernatorial Election in the state with a view to having a free, fair, credible and acceptable election.

Similarly, the IGP assured that his administration is continually committed to bequeathing the nation with a citizen and community oriented Police Force which will not be used as a tool of oppression, suppression and subjugation by any individual.