Mr. Aliyu said that while one of the suspects, Ali ibrahim, was arrested on January 6 in Maiduguri, the other suspect, Umar Abacha who had escaped to Lagos was arrested when he returned to Maiduguri on may 13.
The police chief said that during preliminary investigation conducted by men of the command, the suspects confessed to have been part of many attacks on security locations in which military weapons were carted away.
The Nigeria Police says it has uncovered plots by some people posing as climate and environmental activists to commence coordinated attacks on oil installations across the country especially in the Niger-Delta region.
According to a statement by the force spokesman DCP Frank Mba, these plots which are politically motivated, are aimed at sabotaging oil installations with intended negative consequences on national security and economic development.
Mr Mba says the Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu has ordered commissioners of police nationwide, and particularly in designated states to intensify their surveillance missions around oil facilities and other critical national infrastructure.
The police chief also warned persons or group of persons who may want to resort to use of violence of dire consequences as the force will not hesitate to bring them to book.
The Nigeria Police Force has confirmed that 44 of its officers were involved in an auto crash in Gwagwalada, outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory, while en route election duties on Friday, March 8, 2019.
No casualty was recorded, but 33 sustained minor injuries, while 11 sustained various degrees of injuries.
Channels TV correspondent confirmed that the officers with minor injuries were treated and discharged while others with serious injuries are receiving treatment at Police Hospital, Area 1, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and the National Hospital Abuja.
Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who visited some of the victims, assured of improved welfare as they continue to work towards providing security for the nation.
He assured the injured policemen and other officers and men of the force of adequate medical care as he promised to pick up the medical bills of the affected policemen who are currently serving in the operations department of the FCT command.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral IE Ibas in company of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) MA Adamu and the Acting Chairman EFCC, Mr Ibrahim M. Magu visited the Nigerian Army Situation Room for the 2019 General Elections Security Monitoring on 22 February 2019.
They were received by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai.
According to a statement by the Army, the visit was made In the spirit of inter-service/agency cooperation and to ensure the success of the 2019 General Elections.
Senator Dino Melaye has resorted to prayers, even as the Nigerian police have insisted on arresting the lawmaker.
In a new video posted via social media, the statesman could be heard reciting verses of the bible, saying God will deliver him from his enemies, those who he claims have gathered with “Horses, chariots and guns”.
The Senator in the video which he tweeted on Wednesday, said, “The rulers of Nigeria have set themselves against the Lord and his anointed, but you know what, the Lord shall laugh at them in a sour displeasure”.
Below is the video which the lawmaker titled, ‘I Trust The Lord God Of Host’.
Police have vowed to remain at Senator Dino Melaye’s residence until he turns himself in.
In a statement on Sunday, three days into the siege by the police on the Abuja residence of the Senator, the force said he is wanted for a case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide committed on July 19, 2018.
In reaction to Senator Melaye’s claims, the police said there are no orders from the Inspector General of Police or any plans by the Force to arrest Senator Dino Melaye and inject him to death.
The force, however, noted that “if the Senator knows he has committed any crime or he is aware of his involvement in any crime, he should come out and confess and face the legal consequences instead of whipping up sentiments to distract the public”
According to the police letter issued in Abuja, the Force stated categorically that Melaye’s statement is mischievous, malicious, capable of misleading the public and laughable.
The letter further stated that the Force sees such defamatory, mischievous, malicious and reckless statements by Senator Dino Melaye as untrue, ridiculous, mischievous and unfortunate.
It urged members of the public to disregard and discountenance the statement by Senator Dino Melaye saying it is entirely untrue and mischievous.
The Force went on to note that Senator Dino Melaye’ statement constitutes a criminal defamatory offense, hate speech, and hateful conduct.
Melaye was warned to be law abiding and desist from “un-senatorial and lawless utterances that cannot be substantiated with facts”.
The police said the Inspector General of Police will not be distracted by statements from the likes of Senator Dino Melaye but will continue to ensure that the rule of law prevails in all matters.
The Nigeria police force has filed charges against a governorship aspirant in the upcoming Osun State election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The charges against the Senator include examination malpractice, aiding and abetting, impersonation, and criminal conspiracy.
The police has therefore asked Adeleke to report at the Special Investigation Panel alongside Mr Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff allegedly responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO) and Mr Dare Olutope (School Teacher who allegedly facilitated the commission of the crime).
Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, told journalists on Wednesday that investigations revealed that Senator Adeleke and his brother Sikiru Adeleke registered and sat for the National Examination Council Examination (NECO) 2017 as internal candidates, impersonating students of the school at the ages of 57 and 42 years respectively.
Moshood explained further that both Senator Adeleke and his brother Sikiru Adeleke’ s pictures were captured in the school’s photo book of 2017 but no NECO seal was found on their photos, unlike the rest of the students.
The Police also in a statement on Wednesday added that investigation revealed some culpability facts against Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke made cautionary statement and admitted that he registered for the 2017 NECO examinations as an internal student in the said school and did not sit for the examination but have a result from NECO with Seven (7) Credit and One (1) Pass, a copy of which was obtained from NECO by the Police.
“The Ojo/Aro 2017 NECO, SSCE school photo album (School’s copy), with Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke Photographs in school uniform in the said album. Senator Ademola Adeleke in the NECO 2017 Result obtained by the claimed that he was born on 12th June 1997 but in his statement to the Police, senator Ademola Adeleke wrote 13th May 1960 as his date of birth.
“The photographs of both Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke appearing side by side in the photo album have no NECO stamps on them,” the statement read in part.
This comes just days after Saraki had earlier been indicted by five of the Offa bank robbery suspects who confessed to the crime on Sunday.
The five gang leaders claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Moshood on Wednesday added that Saraki was further indicted as the five gang leaders paraded on Sunday celebrated with Senator Saraki during his daughter’s wedding and they appeared in the same outfit (Aso Ebi) with the wife of the Senate President.
The gang leader, Ayoade Akinnibosun, however, insists that they are only political thugs to the Senate President and that he had no knowledge that they perpetrated the criminal act.
The Senate President, however, denied the allegations. He said on Sunday that he has no link with criminals. He also described the allegations as ‘baseless’ and “another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means.”
The Offa robbery attack which occurred on April 5, 2018, has since left a lingering sour taste. According to the police, 33 persons including some pregnant women and nine police officers were killed in the attack. The police force has however promised that they will not be intimidated in the discharge of their duties.
He said the Senator is wanted on grounds of criminal offences of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.
According to the PRO, Melaye’s summon follows the arrest of two men in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, on January 19, after they confessed to having committed various crimes such as kidnappings and armed robbery.
They also disclosed that the Senator had handed them a bag containing firearms.
The PRO while parading Kabiru Seidu and five other suspects who escaped from a detention facility in Lokoja, today said it is in the interest of Senator Melaye to voluntarily report to the Police in order to forestall the execution of an arrest warrant issued against him.
Mr Moshood explains that the suspects whose confession indicted Senator Melaye and Mohammed Audu as sponsors of thuggery in Kogi will be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lokoja on May 10, 2018.
The friction between the Benue State Government and the Nigeria Police Force took a dramatic twist on Tuesday.
This was when the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood and Chief Press Secretary to Benue State Governor, Mr Terver Akase appeared as guests on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.
The Police spokesperson described Governor Samuel Ortom during the heated argument on the programme as a drowning man while Mr Terver Akase questioned the competence of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris claiming that the IGP should resign or be sacked for ‘lies.’
Following violent attacks in Benue State, many have been left dead leading to mass burial of the victims by the state government while several others have been displayed.
Nigerians who watched the programme as the Police Spokesperson and Benue State governor’s Chief Press Secretary exchange words took to social media to express in reaction.
While some condemned Mr Moshood for calling Benue State Governor a drowning man, others opined that the Benue State government is merely pointing accusing fingers at the Police in order to trade blames.
Read the mixed reactions on Twitter, below:
Wonders! Did I just hear the PRO of our country’s police .@PoliceNG describe Governor of a State of this federation as a “a drowning man” on .@channelstv ? He justified his “jankaraization” of our National institution as “because the Governor asked his Boss to resign”. WAAAAWU!
Dear @PoliceNG, I believe so much in you, I know you face a lot of challenges but i am sad that your PRO can call a sitting Governor on national television a DROWNING MAN, this shows that the police is partisan.. We deserve an apology@Mbuhari@OfficialPDPNig@APCNigeria
Open confession of dictatorship is far less dangerous than sham democracy. One can defend oneself against the former; the latter is like a creeper attached to the body of a drowning man. #MigunaCharged
Governor @OrtomSamuel wrote letters,raised alarm and did what was suppose to be done but the FG gave him deaf eyes until the killings got this bad. I will continue to stand with my Governor because he deserves our sympathy. He has fought the FG for our good
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and Federal lawmaker, Ben Murray Bruce also voiced their opinion using their official Twitter handle. While the Ekiti State Governor said the comment by the IGP is an insult to all governors in Nigeria, the lawmaker’s Tweet was about herdsmen got rifles.
The comment made on Channels Television Sunrise Daily today, by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO); Mr. Jimoh Moshood, describing the Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State is a “drowning man” is an insult on all the governors in Nigeria.
One of the killers of Police and military personnel in Ikorodu, Lagos State has been gunned down, following a duel with Police Special Units and the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team.
According to a statement from the Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, the team had trailed the militant to a hideout in the Ibeshe area of Ikorodu on Sunday.
The suspect, whose name was given as Endurance Ominisan, was said to have escaped to the roof of the building on sighting the Police team, from where he opened fire on them.
The statement said he was hit by return fire from the Police and later captured, while a Turkish pistol and five rounds of ammunition were recovered from him.
Mr Onimisan was said to have died of his wounds while being conveyed to the Ikorodu General Hospital for treatment.
Before he died, he confessed to being part of militant attacks on Ikorodu and other neighbouring communities in Lagos state, as well as kidnappings.
Part of the statement read: “While he was being taken for medical treatment, he made oral confessional statement, admitting to the criminal roles he played along with other suspects at large in some kidnap for ransom cases, and militant attacks on Ikorodu and other neighbouring communities in Lagos State.
“He also confessed to Oniba of Iba kidnapping, Turkish School children and members of staff kidnapping, and many other kidnappings in Lagos and Ogun states before he was confirmed dead at the hospital.
“The Police Special Units and IGP Intelligence Response Team are on the trail of the other members of this vicious and notorious gang. Much progresses have been made in the investigation of the gruesome murder of the Police and military personnel.
“Members of the public in Ikorodu and neighbouring communities are hereby advised to go about their lawful activities without fear or apprehension, and have confidence in the ability of the Nigeria Police Force to sustain the normalcy that has been restored in the area”.
The Nigeria Police says the call to strip the force of power to prosecute criminal cases is a legal misconception.
The Police made the censure in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr Jimoh Moshood, on Thursday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Police validated their stand by citing a Supreme Court case in 2006 which stated the position of the law with respect to police powers of prosecution.
The statement read: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to an online/social media publication by Premium Times Nigeria captioned ‘Strip Police of Power to Prosecute Criminal Cases, Judge Advises Nigerian Government’.
“The said publication was credited to the Chief Judge of Delta State, Honourable Justice Marshall Unukoto, in a lecture he delivered at the 2017 Aquinas Day Colloquium of Dominican Institute in Ibadan Oyo State on Tuesday January 31, 2017.
“The call, according to the publication, was made by the judge when he commented on the inefficient handling of criminal cases by the Police prosecutors who are not lawyers.
“It is pertinent however, to state that the call was made by the Honourable Chief Judge without recourse to section 106 of the of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, which clearly excludes non lawyers from processing all offences in any Court of Law.
“Furthermore, the Supreme Court, in the case of FRN VS Osahon (2006) 5NWLR part 973 pg. 361, stated clearly the position of the law with respect to Police powers of prosecution.
“It should be noted that the Nigeria Police Force as an organisation has the highest number of lawyers in its establishment who are currently undertaking prosecution as provided in the ACJ ACT 2015.
“It is therefore, a legal misconception for anybody to call for the stripping off of the Police power to prosecute”.