Police Commissioner Killed In Burkina Faso Attack


A police commissioner was killed during a brutal assault by gunmen on a police station in northwestern Burkina Faso, security sources said Friday.

It marks the latest deadly attack in the troubled north of the West African country, which is battling a jihadist revolt that has claimed hundreds of lives.

“The Sanaba district police station in the Boucle du Mouhoun region was targeted in an armed attack around 7:00 pm (1900 GMT)” on Thursday, a security source told AFP.

“Unfortunately the police commissioner was mortally wounded.”

A police officer said “the attack was carried out by a group of about 15 heavily armed individuals on motorbikes”.

“There was a lot of damage caused by a fire,” the officer said on condition of anonymity, pleading for “appropriate equipment and adequate police forces to face terrorists who sometimes have great firepower”.

Burkina Faso is an impoverished and politically fragile country in the heart of the Sahel, and its security forces are badly-equipped, poorly trained and under-funded.

The country’s northern provinces have been battling with a four-year-old wave of jihadist violence that came from neighbouring Mali.

The attacks — typically hit-and-run raids on villages, road mines and suicide bombings — have claimed more than 630 lives nationally, according to an AFP toll. Nearly 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.

On Monday, a police officer was killed in an attack on a military post in the northern Bam province.

Late last month, five soldiers died in an ambush at Toeni, in the northwestern province of Sourou.

Makinde Appoints EX-Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni As Adviser

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde.



Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has appointed a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Benue states, Mr Fatai Owoseni, as his Special Adviser on Security Matters.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the governor approved the appointment which took effect from August 1.

According to him, Owoseni’s appointment was in line with the recognition of security as one of the four pillars of his administration in Oyo State.

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Governor Makinde had also promised to unveil a new security architecture for the state before his first 100 days in office.

In the letter of appointment, he wished Mr Owoseni success in his new assignment and urged him to discharge his duties with absolute loyalty and dedication.

Fatai Owoseni, Former Lagos Police Commissioner.



The retired Police Commissioner who was born on August 17, 1962, has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin, and a diploma in Police Management (DPM) from the University of Jos.

He rose through the ranks as an Inspector of Police and became the Commissioner of Police in charge of General Investigations at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Abuja.

Owoseni served as the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State and was subsequently deployed to Benue at the height of the herdsmen and farmers clashes.

The statement indicated that the newly-appointed special adviser would bring his wealth of experience garnered over the decades through many local and international assignments to bear on the security situation in Oyo State.

I Remain Lagos Police Commissioner, Says Edgal Imohimi


Mr Edgal Imohimi has said that he remains the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State.

The police commissioner stated this while addressing reporters at the State Police Command Headquarters on Tuesday.

Channels Television had reported on Sunday that the police authorities directed Mr Kayode Egbetokun to take over from Imohimi as police commissioner in Lagos.

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I Remain Lagos Police Commissioner, Says Edgal Imohimi
A file photo of Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal.


Imohimi was then redeployed to the Force Headquarters in Abuja as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Explosive Ordinance Unit.

He, however, told the reporters who were at the command headquarters to witness the handover and takeover ceremony between him and Mr Egbetokun that the ceremony would no longer hold.

Mr Imohimi explained that they were in the process of concluding the procedure which began on Monday when they got a signal from the Force Headquarters to maintain status quo.

Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, Redeployed

Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, Redeployed
Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal


The police authorities have redeployed the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, Channels Television has gathered.

Mr Edgal was redeployed to the Force Headquarters in Abuja as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Explosive Ordinance Unit, a source said in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

The police authorities also asked Mr Kayode Egbetokun to take over from Mr Edgal as acting police commissioner in the state.

Nasarawa New Commissioner Of Police Visits Al-Makura

The new Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Muhammad Kura, has paid a visit to the state Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.

Kura, who visited the Government house in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital was until his posting to the state, the Commandant, Police Detective College, Enugu.

The immediate past commissioner of police in Nasarwa State, Abubakar Sadiq Bello, was posted to the Federal Capital Territory.

Abia Gets New Police Commissioner Amid Growing Tension

New Abia State Police Commissioner, Anthony Michael Ogbizi

The Nigerian Police authorities have named a new Commissioner of Police for the Abia State Command, amid growing tension in the state over the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the presence of troops in the state.

CP Anthony Michael Ogbizi assumed duties at his new post today, taking over from Adeleye Oyebade who has been redeployed as the Commissioner of Police, Railway Command in Lagos State.

Prior to his posting, Ogbizi who is from Cross River State was the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Railway Command, Lagos State.

The change of guard was confirmed in a statement by the DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna, Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command.

No reason has been given for the change, but it comes amid rising security concerns in the state.

There has been increased tension in the state since Sunday when IPOB members clashed with troops of the Nigerian Army near the home of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.

While the military said the troops were parading the streets in a show of force when they were attacked by IPOB members, Kanu told journalists that the troops had tried to force their way into his residence.

Akwa Ibom Police Commissioner Gives Criminals Quit Notice

Police, Kidnappers, Igbodu, Epe, LagosThe new Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Mu’azu has warned all criminals to leave the state as he will do everything necessary to stamp out all forms of criminality in the state.

The CP made this warning after reporting to his new duty post at the state police headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo.

“We are here to ensure peace and security and I want to assure Akwa Ibom people that we would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring security in Akwa Ibom”.

“I advise criminal elements to leave Akwa Ibom state as we are ready to ensure that their activities are curtailed.”

He solicited the cooperation and support of the media and the general public to the command.

“Where we do well, please commend us and where we are found wanting, kindly draw our attention to it”.

Suspects Remanded In Prison Over Death Of Delivery Man

Suspects Remanded In Prison Over Death Of Delivery ManPolice on Monday arraigned two suspects accused of conspiring and killing the delivery agent of an online marketing company in Port Harcourt before a Magistrate Court in the Rivers State capital.

Sodienye Mbatumukeke and Excel Naaba were said to have committed the act on March 25, 2017, after robbing the man of his mobile phones and later dumped his body in a septic tank.

The Chief Magistrate, Amadi Amadi-Nna, who declined jurisdiction on the matter, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody, pending the legal advice of the Rivers State Director of Public Prosecution.

A police source told Channels Television that investigations have so far revealed that the third accused, a female, has not been found to be connected to the murder, as she was found to have come around after the crime was committed.

An elder brother to the victim, Dolph Otu-Idam, urged well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid in ensuring that the culprits do not go unpunished.

“The stand of the family is that the company has not told us where my brother is and what happened to him. Secondly, coming to court, they just informed us right now; I have not eaten since morning.

“There is no preparation, the family does not even have a lawyer to defend the matter, because we have been getting threats that the family of the killers have money to throw here and there.

“We just have nowhere to run to as it stands, we are begging all well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid,” he said.

Police Nab Suspected Killers Of Delivery Agent In Rivers

Police Nab Suspected Killers Of Delivery Agent In RiversMen of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State on Monday arrested three suspects including a young woman for allegedly conspiring and killing a delivery agent of a popular online marketing company.

The agent was reported to have responded to an online demand by the suspects to supply mobile phones.

He, however, met his death as he was purportedly murdered by the suspects and his body dumped in a soakaway pit.

Although the suspects argued among themselves as to who actually killed the victim, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Zaki Ahmed, said it took the cooperation of some residents of the community to nab the suspects.

“It is the effort of the security agents and the community people. Some residents in the community alerted us when they noticed suspicious movements around the area, that’s how we were able to crack this crime.

“I always say that those who commit crime live in the community and if we notice any strange movement, we should speak up. See something, say something,” the Police Commissioner said.

One of the suspects, who claimed he only arrived to see his friend trying to push something that looked like a bag of waste into the pit, said he was a victim of circumstance.

“I just came in and saw him (pointing to his friend by his side) at the extreme packaging something that looked like a black waste and he said to me go inside and wait for me, I’m coming.

“I also over heard a tenant asking him what he was doing there and when I got inside, I saw blood in the bath and a bag that apparently belonged to the victim.

“Due to my asking questions, he brought out a gun and pointed it at my head that if I say anything to anyone concerning what I have seen, he will wipe out my family,” he said.

Also responding to the question of who killed the delivery agent, the other suspect said: “It was the two of us. He hit the man on the head and he was bleeding; I was shaking when I saw the blood”.

The corpse has been taken to the mortuary and the suspects moved to the base of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Wike Condoles With Police Over Demise Of Rivers CP

Francis Odesanya, Police, Nyesom WikeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described his feeling as that of shock on receiving the news of the death of Rivers State’s Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanya.

The Governor condoled with the Police High Command, officers and men of the Rivers State Police Command over the death of the Police Commissioner.

He prayed God to grant the family of the departed the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Mr Odesanya’s death was announced by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, in a statement signed by the spokesman for the Police, CSP Jimoh Moshood.

He passed on at Sterling Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India at the age of 56 after a brief illness.

The late Commissioner of Police was enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the ranks.

Rivers State Commissioner Of Police Dies At 56

Rivers State Commissioner Of Police Dies At 56The Rivers State Police Commissioner, CP. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, has died at the age of 56 years after a brief illness.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, announced this in a statement signed by newly appointed Police PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood on Tuesday.

The late Commissioner of Police passed on at Sterling Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India.

He was enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the rank.

He served as Deputy Commissioner of Police Department of Operations and that of Finance and Administration in Rivers State before he was promoted and posted as Commissioner of Police Rivers State Police Command on July 20, 2016, the position he held until his sudden demise on January 31, 2017.

“The Inspector General of Police and his management team, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to commiserate with the Odesanya family of Ikenne town, Ogun State, the Government and good people of Ogun State on the demise and passage unto glory of their illustrious son, CP. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya.

“May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and the good Lord grant his family and the Government and good people of Ogun State the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, a condolence register has been opened at the reception of the Force Headquarters and Rivers State Police Command headquarters, Port Harcourt for the personnel of the Force and members of the public to append their condolence messages.

Burial arrangements will be announced after consultation with the family.

University Of Maiduguri Explosion: Management Postpones Examination

University Of Maiduguri Explosion: Management Postpones ExaminationThe University of Maiduguri, has announced the postponement of all examinations originally scheduled to take place on Monday, following the suicide bombing attack that rocked the institution in the early hours of the day.

The postponement was revealed in a statement signed by the Director, Senate and Academic matters of the university, Filibus Yamta Mshelia.

Mshelia said the management’s action, followed the prevailing security situation in the campus.

According to the notice, examinations are however expected to resume on Tuesday, January 17.

“The University management has directed that all examinations scheduled to hold on Monday 16th January 2017, has been postponed to a later date.

“Examinations will resume as scheduled on Tuesday 17th January 2017,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the management has also urged students to remain calm and vigilant.

A suicide bomber had found his way to a mosque in the University staff quarters, killing himself, a veterinary medicine professor, identified as Aliyu Mani, and two others in the process.

Police has also foiled another attempt by a suicide bomber at Gate 5 of the university.

According to the Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, the bomb vest detonated, killing only the bearer.