Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers And Impersonators In FCT, Recover Firearms

 

Police officers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have arrested four (4) suspects at Nyanya for armed robbery and impersonation.

In a statement by ASP Yusuf Mariam, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Abuja command, those arrested include James Salifu 27 years and Umar Hamza 33 years both male, arrested by detectives during a routine stop and search operations on Sunday 6th June 2021.

ASP Mariam further noted that the suspects who intended to dispossess their unsuspecting victim of his vehicle confessed to being members of an armed robbery syndicate terrorizing the Nyanya axis.

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Exhibits recovered from them are: two (2) locally made pistols, four (4) rounds of live ammunition, and charms.

In another development, one Patrick John (26-year-old) and Chinyere Ikenna (31-year-old) both male, were arrested for impersonating military personnel and defrauding members of the public.

The duo who confessed most of their fraudulent activities were caught while attempting to rob their victim of his motorcycle along Nyanya bridge.

Exhibits recovered include one (1) motorcycle and military camouflage gears.

The police spokesperson noted that all the suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of an investigation.

The command urged residents to remain calm while reaffirming its unflinching commitment to rid the FCT of every form of criminality and protect the lives and property of residents.

Residents were implored to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through the following numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883.  In a similar vein, residents can report the conduct of police officers by calling the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) on 09022222352.

Nyanya-Kuje Blast: Lawyers Disagree On Protection of Witnesses

NyanyaThe trial of Abdulazeez Muhazab and four others suspected to be masterminds of the twin blasts that rocked Kuje and Nyanya areas of the Federal Capital Territory on October 2, 2015, has been stalled.

This is following an application by the federal government seeking to protect its witnesses.

At the resumed trial in Abuja, the prosecutor, Magaji Labaran, argued his application for the protection of witnesses on the ground that one of the witnesses to be relied upon by the federal government lost his life in questionable circumstances.

Lawyer to two of the accused persons, Mr Nureni Sulyman, however opposed the application saying his clients have been paraded before the public and anyone who is willing to testify against them should be able to do so in open court.

Justice Abdu Kafarati, after listening to the arguments by both counsels adjourned the case till February 5 for ruling.

Kuje, Nyanya Bomb Blasts Suspects’ Trial Stalled

suspectsThe trial of five persons suspected to be masterminds of the October 2, 2015 bomb blast in Kuje and Nyanya, two satellite towns of Abuja has been stalled following the inability of the Nigeria Prisons Service to produce the accused persons in court.

At the resumed hearing of the case filed by the Federal Government  against Abdulazeez Muhazab, Ishaku Salihu, Mohammed Jimoh, Abduwaheed Nasiru and Abdullahi Nasiru, on Tuesday, the prosecutor, Mohammed Diri, expressed regret that the accused persons and officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service were absent from the court.

He added that the absence of the accused persons might be due to the fuel scarcity being experienced in the Federal Capital Territory.

Lawyer to three of the accused persons, Mr Nureni Sulyman, however, prayed the court to ensure an accelerated hearing, saying the liberty of the accused persons was at stake.

Mr Diri, who informed the court that he had filed an application for the protection of witnesses, however, promised to ensure that the accused persons are present in court at the next adjourned date.

The trial judge, Justice Abdu Kafarati, subsequently adjourned the case to the December 17 for hearing.

Abuja Bomb Blast Suspects Arraigned

Abuja BombOne of the masterminds of the October 2, 2015 twin bomb blasts in Kuje and Nyanya, two satellite towns in Abuja has pleaded guilty to one out of the five-count charges preferred against him by the Police.

The suspect, Abdulwaheed Nasiru pleaded guilty of illegal possession of items used for manufacturing improvised explosive devices.

The other suspects who pleaded not guilty to all the charges are Abdulazeez Muhazab, Ishaka Salihu, Mohammed Jimoh and Abdullahi Nasiru.

Having pleaded not guilty to the charges, the prosecutor asked for a date to commence trial and November 17, 2015 was fixed for the commencement of the trial.

Lawyer to the accused persons, Nureni Sulyman, who did not oppose the application for an early date to commence trial, however, pleaded with the court to remand the accused persons in prison custody.

He told the court that he had not gotten enough time to discuss with the accused persons.

The five suspects, who were arrested at various locations in Abuja on October 6, are alleged to have participated in acts of terrorism, contrary to sections two and 17 of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2013.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency,  59 people were affected in the October 2 Abuja bomb blasts. 20 persons lost their lives while 41 persons were injured.

Police Arrest Suspected Masterminds Of Abuja Multiple Blasts

Abuja Blasts: Police Arrest Suspected PerpetratorsThe Nigerian Police has announced the arrest of two persons suspected to have participated in the multiple bomb blasts that rocked two satellite towns of Kuje and Nyanya in Abuja.

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, made the pronouncement at a meeting with senior police officers in Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Arase noted that the arrest of the suspects foiled another attempt by the suspected terrorists to undertake another attack in the Federal Capital Territory.

He revealed that items recovered from the terror suspects were 12 already prepared and primed Home Made Explosives concealed in 12 soft drink cans, 28 pieces of electronic detonators and large quantity of Improvised Explosive Device-making materials.

The Police boss also hinted that the five out of the eight-man gang responsible for the kidnap of Mr Olu Falae that were earlier arrested would be arraigned in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The Abuja Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ishayah Chonoko, had confirmed that 59 people were affected in the October 2 multiple blasts.

He said that 20 persons lost their lives while 41 persons were injured.

Abuja Bomb Blast: President Buhari Visits National Hospital

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has visited the National Hospital, Abuja, to see victims of the bomb blast.

The President who spent a few minutes with hospital management, also promised to investigate the attack.

Latest report from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the Kuje bombing says calm has returned to the area after Friday’s bomb blasts.

13 of the 24 people admitted in the hospital are said to have been discharged on Sunday afternoon while death toll remains 20.

The multiple bomb attack went off in two satellite towns in Abuja on Friday, October 2.

President Buhari has condemned the attack, calling it a cowardly action by those who carried out the crime and promised to end extremism in the country. He has also given a deadline of December to the military to end Boko Haram.

Also, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, condemned the blast, saying that the renewed attacks are signs that the days of Boko Haram are numbered.

He also commended the security agencies for their quick response to the incidents in Nyanya and Kuje, especially the prompt evacuation of both the dead and injured to medical facilities where they are receiving needed medical attention.

President Buhari Condemns Latest Terror Attacks

BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned in the strongest terms the latest terror attacks in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory.

In a statement personally signed by him, President Muhammadu Buhari said, “These cowardly attacks expose the real face of the planners and perpetrators of these crimes.

“What quarrel do they have with the good people of Nyanya motor park? What issue do they have with innocent people in market places in Maiduguri, Yola and Kuje?

“It is clear this battle is not ideological. It is between the forces of peace and order and the evil forces of murder and destruction.

“Security forces and other local authorities have been instructed to maintain extra vigilance to forestall future attacks. The Armed Forces have been empowered to crush what remains of Boko Haram.

“This government is determined to stamp out Boko Haram and all other terrorists of whatever persuasions and bring all sponsors to justice.”

The President also condoled with the families of the dead and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

The attacks in Maiduguri, Yola and Abuja were apparently timed to coincide with the commemoration of Nigeria’s 55th year of Independence.

United States Condemn Explosions in Nigeria’s Capital

United StatesThe United States has strongly condemned the dual explosions in the Nyanya and Kuje areas of Abuja on Friday and the suicide bombings and militant attacks in Maiduguri and Adamawa on Thursday.

The US condemned the act in a statement by the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, Public Affairs Section on Saturday.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured.

“These tragic events are stark reminders that violent extremists will stop at nothing to inflict horrific and indiscriminate harm upon innocent lives.

“In particular, Boko Haram’s reign of terror and sheer brutality have left thousands dead and millions displaced.

“The United States stands with the government and the people of Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram and other perpetrators of terrorism.

“Through our security and counter-terrorism assistance, our unparalleled commitment aims to help Nigeria achieve this goal”, the statement said.

20 Dead, 41 Injured In Abuja Blast

bomb blastThe Abuja Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ishayah Chonoko has confirmed that 59 people were affected in the blast.

He said that 20 persons lost their lives while 41 persons were injured.

Five dead and 21 injured victims were recorded from Nyanya incident, while 15 persons lost their lives in Kuje with 20 persons being treated for injury.

Meanwhile the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Mohammed Sani-Sidi, who led some of the evacuations and visited victims in the hospitals, has assured that the government would foot the medical bill of the victims.

He also reiterated the need for security consciousness among the citizens by reporting any suspicious objects and strange movement in their localities to security agencies.

Earlier, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, told Channels Television that a young female suicide bomber detonated the bomb that wrecked havoc at the police station in Kuje while the two explosions at the Nyanya motor park were said to have been carried out by one male and another female suicide bomber.

Dogara Condemns Abuja Blasts

Yakubu-Dogara-House-of-RepsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has condemned Friday night’s  bomb blasts in Kuje and Nyanya, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Dogara described the attacks as callous and saddening.

He said the bomb blasts had shattered the peace in and around Abuja for one year now.

“I condole with families of victims of these dastardly, heinous and barbaric acts.

“With the successes being recorded by the military in the North East, it has become apparent that Boko Haram is facing imminent defeat after six years of terror reign in our country.

“These well-coordinated and planned attacks were carried out to instill fear in the minds of the citizens.

“We condemn it in its totality as the handwork of evil minds.

“I commiserate with families of the victims, may the good Lord grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.

“I also pray to God to grant quick healing and recovery to the injured.

“While it is not in doubt that our security agencies are winning the war on terror, these kind of attacks showed that there is much work to do about intelligence gathering and sharing.

“Terrorism cannot be totally defeated with physical might as terrorists resort to different means to carryout horrible and monstrous acts as these.

“There should be more of inter-agency intelligence gathering and sharing which is the surest way to prevent any attack.

“Nigerians should also be vigilant and security conscious and help the security agencies with information.

“I will call on all Nigerians to perverse in their prayers for peace and stability in our nation.

“As people of faith, we all believe in the power of prayers and when we persist in prayers, God will surely answer us and give us victory over these terrorists”, Hon. Dogara said.

Abuja Blasts: IGP Assures Residents Adequate Security

IGP on abuja blastsThe Inspector-General of Police Mr. Solomon Arase, has asked Abuja residents and Nigerian citizens to remain calm as the Nigeria Police Force is prepared to do all within its powers to ensure adequate security of lives and properties.

A statement issued by the force headquarters says that the perpetrators’ action is cowardly, but the nation will not succumb to such acts of terror.

The police boss has also ordered an immediate deployment of police explosives ordinance disposal units to the scenes to prevent further destruction.

Mr Arase is also appealing to Nigerians to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest police station or any other security agencies for prompt interventions.

Trial Of Nyanya Bombing Suspects Begins In Abuja

NyanyaTrial of Aminu Ogwuche and five others accused of complicity in the multiple explosions that killed scores of people in Nyanya, a satellite town in Abuja has opened at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The trial started with an initial hitch as to the modality of shielding the accused person from public view.

However, the matter was eventually resolved and the first prosecution witness, identified as an investigative officer took the witness stand to give his testimony in the case.

The prosecution witness told the court how the six accused persons were arrested and taken into custody.

He also tried to draw the attention of the court to a deportation order for the first accused person, Aminu Ogwuche in 2011, which was over ruled by the judge because of his inability to produce the said document in court.

The lawyer to Ogwuche had opposed his testimony on the ground that it will be prejudicial to the case and the fact that in law the accused cannot testify orally about a document not tendered in court.

This argument was rejected by the prosecution but Justice Ahmed Mohammed agreed with the defence.

Over 70 people were killed and several others were injured in the bomb blast at Nyanya Motor Park in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on April 14, 2014.

The High Court granted the request of the government to allow witnesses in the trial of the suspects to give their testimonies using masks.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted the motion filed by the prosecution to shield his witnesses from the public for security reasons.