Police Foil Attempted Kidnap Of Femi Otedola

Police, Kidnap, Femi OtedolaThe Nigerian Police Force has foiled the attempted kidnap of a Nigerian oil magnate, Femi Otedola.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Donald Awunah, on Wednesday, said the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), accomplished this task when it arrested a three-man notorious kidnap gang on June 23, 2016.

According to him, the arrest was achieved through coordinated intelligence gathering and deployment of technical investigative tools, that spanned several weeks.

The Principal suspect, named Ikechukwu Daniel, a 28 year old indigene of Imo State, who is the mastermind of the gang, was rusticated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, due to his cult related activities on campus between 2009 and 2010.

Awunah confirmed that he also doubles as the I.T guru of the kidnap gang, with mastery of Computer applications, as he made damning revelations of their criminal exploits in the south west of the country.

Another member of the gang, 29 year old Adeyemi Kayode, is a serving officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and a native of Ojoo in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He serves as a Personal Assistant to the Commandant, NSCDC Oyo State Command, a position which the Police say he took undue advantage of, to obtain the GSM number and location of their ‘would-be’ victim.

According to the force, he hatched the plan on how to kidnap the business magnate to make a demand of one billion Naira ransom.

The third suspect, Ayodele Temitayo, a native of Oyo in Ibadan, Oyo State who is the marksman and armourer of the gang, claimed to have been dismissed from 213 Battalion Maiduguri of Nigeria Army, as a Private in 2015.

All the suspects made confessional statements revealing that they had successfully carried out several high profile kidnappings, while two AK-47 rifles loaded with live ammunition, were recovered from them.

Idris says efforts are currently being intensified to apprehend other members of the gang and extend investigation to their other criminal syndicates.

He therefore re-iterated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force, to clamp down on all criminal activities across the country and reassures law abiding citizens that criminal elements would be eventually apprehended and charged to court.

The IGP also urged Nigerians to avail the Police with relevant information that would help in the crusade against crime, stating that such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Plateau: Police Arrest Suspected Herdsmen With Ammunition

Police-Herdsmen-PlateauPolice have apprehended seven suspected Fulani herdsmen along Riyom/Ganawuri road in Plateau State.

The arrest was made by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force during a stop and search operation on the highway.

The arrest was disclosed to reporters by the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Adekunle Oladunjoye, during a briefing on the command’s activities in Jos.

Mr Oladujoye said that 504 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, four locally constructed AK47 butts and other incriminating items were found on the suspects during the operation.

He hinted that the Police also nabbed a group of syndicate known as ‘Sarasuka’, who specialised in molesting residents around the new stadium within the Jos metropolis.

The Police Commissioner appealed to the public to help complement the efforts of the security agents in combating crimes and criminal activities in the north-central state.

He asked them to help provide useful information on activities of criminal elements and their probable hideouts within their communities, in order to ensure guaranteed security of lives and property in the state.

Police, DSS Say Shiite Is A Threat To Nigeria’s Security

Police-DSS-Shiite-IMNThe Nigeria Police and DSS have said that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) wing of the Shiite sect constitute a security threat to the nation.

The agencies were speaking at separate submissions at the on-going public hearing of the Kaduna State Commission of Inquiry into the Shiite/Army clash of December 12, 2015 in Zaria.

They are asking for measures to tackle the group before it causes havoc similar to that of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

Both agencies said that that Islamic Movement in Nigeria was being funded by local and international organisations, as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The IMN had earlier filed a suit against the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian Army and the Attorney General of the Federation over the continuous detention of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

They also questioned the continuous detention of their leader’s wife, Zeenat and over 200 of their members by the DSS and the Nigerian Police Force.

Describing El-Zakzak and his wife’s detention as ‘an infringement of their fundamental human rights to liberty and association’, they demanded a three billion Naira monetary compensation, as general and aggravated damages for the illegal violation of his fundamental rights.

Police Warn Officers Against Abuse Of Human Rights

Police-Human-RightsThe Police authority has cautioned its personnel against violation of human rights in the course of discharging their duties on a daily basis.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, gave the warning during the opening session of a four-day regional based human rights training for instructors from Police colleges and training institutions in Nigeria’s northern region.

Mr Arase, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Training and Development, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, cautioned that any officer found guilty of human rights abuses would be punished accordingly.

He said that the training workshop was aimed at providing the necessary platform to reach out to officers of the force on the need for the promotion and protection of human rights in the discharge of their duties.

The Police Chief also stressed the importance of the workshop in equipping his men with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to effectively discharge their duties.

He stressed that the fundamental duties of a police officer is to serve the society as well as safeguard lives and property, adding that anything in contrary amounts to violation of human rights.

The training was organised by a non-governmental organisation, Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) in conjunction with the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria.

The Coordinator of Nigeria Police Human Rights Training Project, Dr. Uju Agomoh and the Deputy Ambassador of Swiss Embassy in Nigeria, Dr. Daniel Cavegn, explained the purpose of the programme.

They expressed delights that the exercise, which started in 2010, has reduced the level of human rights violation cases by police officers.

The workshop is expected to look at array of human rights issues including access to information and accountability, speeding up criminal justice processes and human rights, rights of persons under detention and prevention of torture, use of force and firearms among others.

Participants are also expected to impart all they have learnt to their colleagues at the command and division levels, to ensure that the message of protection and promotion of human rights gets to every officer of the Nigerian Police regardless of rank.

Fighting Insurgents: Military College Holds Inter-agencies Security Training

MilitaryThe Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, has conducted an inter-agencies training on information sharing and intelligence gathering.

Addressing participants during the closing ceremony of the training, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said that the training was very important considering the internal security challenges facing Nigeria.

Mr Arase, who was represented by the Zaria Area Commander, reiterated that the Nigerian Police Force was determined to take its rightful place in internal security operations aimed at ensuring a peaceful and secured society.

In his speech, the Director of Joint Studies of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Johnson Irefin, explained that such joint inter-agencies training would bring about developing of new techniques on standing operating procedures on internal security and low intensity operations.

He also stressed the need for security personnel and other stakeholders involved in conflict and emergency situations to adhere to the rules of engagement during internal and low intensity conflict.

The event was organised to gather intelligence on a regular basis, to ensure prompt response to crisis situations in line with the humanitarian challenges caused by the Boko Haram insurgents in northern Nigeria.

The training workshop, which drew participants from the military, Police, para-military agencies, National Orientation Agency and National Emergency Management Agency among others, lasted for three weeks.

It was conducted in two phases which featured lectures, presentations, planning and conduct of internal security operations in a multi-agency setting.

Arase Appoints New Police Commissioner For Kaduna State

PoliceThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase has appointed Mr Adamu Ibrahim as the new Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command.

Ibrahim replaces Mr Umar Shehu who has been transfered to force headquarters, Abuja.

In a press release issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, says that the new commissioner enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1986, and was a one time deputy force secretary, commissioner of police in Abia state.

Before his posting to Kaduna, he was the commissioner of Police Administration, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The new commissioner, who took over from his predecessor on Friday, holds a masters degree in Law and Criminal Justice from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Village Head, Son, Police Inspector Electrocuted In Minna

IFCA police officer, Abu Gani, the Village Head of Jatau, Saidu Shehu, his son, Gombo Shehu and Gombo’s friend, have been electrocuted in Jatau area of Maitumbi in Minna, the capital of Niger State.

The incident occurred after a spark from high tension cables that passed through Mr Shehu’s house triggered a fire that burnt down two houses. It happened around 4:48pm on Saturday.

According to an eyewitness, the Police Inspector, who was on save mission, received a call about the inferno, then went straight to the scene and was eventually caught up in the fire.

He was said to be the Inspector covering crime attached to Maitumbi police station.

According to the source, the village Head, Mai-Angwa, one of his sons, Gambo Shehu were the first victims.

Later, a friend to his son, who attempted to save his friend before the arrival of the police officer, also died in the process.

The eyewitness also revealed that the problem with the supply of electricity to Jatai village started on Saturday, when the transformer serving the area suddenly developed fault and started supplying electricity irregularly.

Among early callers to the village were the Commissioner of Health of Niger State, Dr Mustapha Jibril, Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Mallam Sardaunan, Member the State House of Assembly, Honourable Malik Bosso and the Chairman of Bosso Local Government, Mr isah Wokili.

The Commissioner of Health condoled with families of the victims, saying that the Governor received the news with shock.

He promised the people of Maitumbi that the government would take care of the medical bills of the injured victims.

Navy Partners With Police To Strengthen Maritime Security

Police and NavyThe Nigerian Navy and the Police Force are collaborating to provide adequate security to the nation’s maritime domain, with strategic asset and vast resources.

To strengthen surveillance and capacity to protect the waterways in Lagos State, the Navy, on Saturday, drilled police officials on basic marine operations.

Combating threats such as piracy, pipeline vandalism, unregulated fishing, terrorism and other marine related crimes were examined at the training.

The Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, said that the training would help the police.

“The event we are witnessing today (Saturday), is the demonstration of the collaboration between the leadership of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Police Force to improve the proficiency of our personnel in maritime operations and in simplified term, the concept of the basic.

“Maritime operation course is designed for marine and riverine operations for personnel of the Nigerian Police Force,” he said.

Responding, Deputy Commissioner of Police, who represented the AIG Marine Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, thanked the Nigerian Navy for the attempt to incorporate the police in the fight against maritime crime.

“I thank the Naval Command for arranging the platform for our officers and men.

“We are always ready at any beck and call to come forward and collaborate with the navy and carry out our security duties for the safety and security of our people and the provision of the Constitution of this country (Nigeria) which has given us the powers and rights to perform as security officers,” he said.

As the nation strides towards a better future, protection of commonwealth is of utmost importance, this no doubt makes the programme desirable.















Police Give Materials To Orphanage In Imo

ekiti drivers-Imo-policeThe Imo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force will soon commence the delivery of free medical services to the general public, as part of its Corporate and Social Responsibilities to the people of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed this when the leadership of the state command visited Nigerian Red Cross, Orphanage and Motherless Babies Home along Orlu Road in Owerri, Imo State capital, to donate food items and essential materials.

The Police boss in the state said that the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force, led by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, was conscious of regaining public trust and partnership which he stressed was a panacea to getting useful information that would no doubt assist the security agencies in fighting crime.

He said that the Police would in no distant time commence some humanitarian services in appreciation for the cooperation and support from the civil populace.

Responding, the state Vice Chairman of the Red Cross, Keke Chima, expressed delight saying the visit and donation for the first time from the Nigerian Police Force, is an indication that change has come to the nation.

Nigerian Military Arrests Political Thugs In Bayelsa

Bayelsa-election-political-thugsTroops of the Operation Pulo Shield of the Nigerian Army have arrested five political thugs in the Okaka area of Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.

The Commandant of the Operation, Major General Alani Okunlola, while speaking at a press briefing at the Operation Shield Headquarters, told journalists that the suspected political thugs were arrested at their hideout following a tip-off.

The suspects, according to the Commandant, had in their possession one 36 hand grenade, two empty AK47 rifle magazines, a pair of military uniform, combat boots and a bag containing personal belongings.

Major General Okunlola gave the assurance that his men would stop at nothing to make sure that no hoodlum or political thug perpetrates evil before, during and after the Saturday governorship election.

The Nigerian Police Force had placed an order restricting movements within the boundaries of Bayelsa and Kogi States with effect from 6.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday, December 5.

The force said that the restriction was in furtherance of strategies designed to prevent electoral fraud and violence and ensure a hitch-free election in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

Channels Television Correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, has been in Bayelsa State to cover the election and he also confirmed the arrest.

Nigeria Police Warns MASSOB Against Inciting Pronouncements

policeThe Nigeria Police Force has warned all members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and its affiliate to desist from any activity or pronouncements that will breach peace and public order.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 9, Usman Gwarry, stated this in Owerri, the Imo State capital, during a one-day familiarization tour to the Imo State Police Command.

Mr Gwarry warned that any person or group under any disguise of MASSOB or related organization found causing chaos will be dealt with severely, as the Nigerian Police will not give room for hooliganism or any act of criminality in the south east.

He urged all officers in the Zone to be of good conduct in the discharge of their duties, especially on matters that affect the civil public.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Imo State, Taiwo Lakanu, also enumerated some of the achievements of the command within the few weeks he has taken over as the CP in the state

He maintained that necessary measures and actions have been put in place to combat the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery, child trafficking and car theft.

Okorocha Condemns Withdrawal Of Tambuwal’s Security Details

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has condemned the withdrawal of security details attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.

In a statement through his media aide, Sam Onwuemueodo, the Governor said that the reason given by the Police to justify their action was untenable and unacceptable.

He stated that Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, irrespective of his political party, still remains the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives and by virtue of this position, he deserves to retain his security detail as his defection has nothing to do with his office.

The Governor said that it should be made clear that the Nigerian Police remains the property of all Nigerians irrespective of their groups or political affiliation and not that of the ruling party, PDP.

Governor Okorocha, however, enjoined the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force to demonstrate neutrality by restoring the withdrawn security details of the Speaker to avoid the action being interpreted as intimidation or undue harassment of the Speaker and the APC.