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The Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are considering a motion demanding the immediate removal of the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood, for making derogatory remarks against the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

In the motion sponsored by Rep. Mark Gbillah which enjoyed the support of most lawmakers, the conduct of the police officer was roundly condemned.

The motion seeks to have the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to provide an unreserved apology to the Benue state governor and also relieve the PPRO of his position.

Earlier, the Benue state Caucus of the House had addressed a press conference demanding the resignation of the PPRO over professional misconduct and partisanship.

According to the lawmakers, the statements of the Police Officer while appearing on the Channels Television Programme, Sunrise Daily, where he demanded the resignation of the Benue state governor indicates the partisanship of the Nigerian police as an agency.

After over an hour, the motion has been passed without amendment.

Mr Jimoh Moshood described Governor Samuel Ortom as a drowning man, when he engaged the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase, in a heated argument over the series of violence that has left many to their early graves since the beginning of the year.

READ ALSO: Police PRO Calls Ortom ‘Drowning Man’ Angers Benue CPS

“And that is why we felt you don’t join issues with a drowning man,” he said in an apparent reference to the governor calling for the immediate resignation or sack of the IGP.

Things, however, did not seem to go down well with the CPS who interrupted him with a strong rebuttal, demanding a retraction of the statement.

At this point Mr Akase interrupts him, making it clear that he took exception to the statement, insisting that “the governor of Benue State is not a drowning man.”


Over 800 Boko Haram Suspects Arrested In Kano

Over 800 Boko Haram Suspects Arrested In KanoThe Kano State Police Command has arrested 840 persons suspected to be members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Magaji Majia, told journalists that the arrest followed an intelligence report that some unidentified people from the northeast region have disguised as internally displaced persons to infiltrate the state.

He explained that a special task force embarked on a special operation early on Thursday following the report that members of the group were relocating to Kano to regroup and attack the city.

The results was an arrest of 111 foreigners, 53 from the north eastern part of Nigeria, 112 prostitutes, 67 underage and 544 adults all within the eight metropolitan local government areas of the state.

According to Majia, most of those arrested have no any means of identification and also have no reason whatsoever to be on the streets at the time they were arrested.

He also said that investigation had commenced and those with questionable character would remain in detention while others will be set free.

The Kano state command has also already began a special supply of daily meal to the suspects as some of them explained how they were apprehended by the police officers on patrol duty.

Following the recent liberation of Sambisa forest, security agencies in Kano have been on the alert with an increase in check points in most parts of the state especially at the entry and exit route of the state.

Ogun Police Arrest Suspected Serial Burgler

Ogun Police Arrest Suspected Serial BuglerThe Ogun State Police Command has paraded a 40-year-old man suspected to be a serial burgler responsible for many robbery operations in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

Items found in his care include many television sets, generators, mobile phones and other items suspected to have been stolen.

Parading the suspect, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the suspect was arrested after a tip off from members of the community.

While assuring members of the general public of the resolve of the command to protect life and property of residents, the Police PRO solicited more collaboration in the area of intelligence gathering to ensure effective policing

“This man identified as Tosin Adeleye has been a resident of this area for quite a long period of time.

“He is believed to be a destitute going about begging for alms but the Police believed that he was not actually a destitute but having an ulterior motive. That is why surveillance was mounted around him.

“We have been trying to investigate him for quite a period of time now and based on our intelligence gathering we moved into where he was living and on getting there, we conducted a search and what we recovered are those things you are looking at.

“That is to tell you that this man is not actually a destitute. Somebody who is believed to be a beggar is in possession of about 20 TV sets, 11 handsets, generators, roofing sheets.

“How he came about these things is why we are going deep into the investigation to find out what actually is his motive and occupation.

“He has never been a radio repairer and if he is one, is he also a generator repairer? Far from it.

“This is one of those people who pretend to be somebody in the daylight and something else in the night,” he concluded.

Another UNIOSUN Student Killed In Osogbo

Another UNIOSUN Student Killed In OsogboA 300-level student of the department of Civil Engineering at the Osun State University, Osogbo identified as Kazeem Amodu Ige has been killed in a fight that erupted among some students of the institution on Monday evening.

Channels TV correspondent gathered from some students who spoke on condition of anonymity that Kazeem was allegedly stabbed in the chest by a 400-level student of the department of Physics Electronics of the same university, Yusuf Adekunle, also known as Stone.

The pandemonium broke out around the students’ hostel at University road in Oke-Baale area of Osogbo, capital of Osun state on Monday evening as a result of the bloody clash by the UNIOSUN students.

The reason for the fight among the students is however still uncertain.

A source told Channels Television that the deceased student was not among those fighting and that Kazeem was only trying to separate the feuding students when he was stabbed.

It was also learnt that the machete cut on Kazeem was very deep and that he was rushed to Our Lady of Fatimah Catholic Hospital, Jaleyemi area for treatment to save his life but he was confirmed dead by the doctors in the hospital.

His corpse was initially deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital for autopsy but it was later transferred to the state hospital, Asubiaro area by the authorities of the university.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, while confirming the incident, said he had ordered a full scale investigation into the matter and gave the assurance that the culprits would not go scot-free.

Adeoye, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Folasade Odoro said necessary measures have been put in place to prevent reprisal attacks among the students.

Kazeem’s killing comes at a time the UNIOSUN community is still mourning the death of a 400-level student that was kidnapped and killed by ritualists, while two male students of the university who were recently declared missing have not been found.

The Police have promised to ensure safety of lives and properties in the area.

Two Suspected Armed Robbers Killed In Kano

Two Suspected Armed Robbers Killed In KanoThe Kano State Police Command has confirmed the death of two suspected armed robbers while three others remain at large after a gun duel on Wednesday along Kano-Kaduna expressway.

Addressing a news conference, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Majia, told journalists that the suspects whose identities were not yet established, blocked the public highway with their car with Bayelsa state registration number YEN 242 SY.

DSP Majia further confirmed that no Police officer, resident or motorist around the area was affected during the exchange of fire.

“At about 00815hrs on Wednesday the 11th of January 2017, operatives attached to the IGP Special Tactical Squad Monitoring Unit and that of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on patrol between Zaria and Kwanar Dangora ran into armed robbery syndicates who blocked the public highway.

“On sighting the Police, they opened fire, the Police officers responded in self-defense which led to the death of two of them (suspects).

“Meanwhile we were told by the officers on sight that the suspects were up to five, therefore we are currently intensifying efforts to get those on the run,” he stated.

DSP Majia further explained that during an on-the-spot search “one AK47 rifle with 22 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, two AK47 magazines, cutlasses and assorted charms were all recovered from the suspects’ vehicle”.

“We are also aware that even the three who managed to escape had a gun wound,” he revealed, urging residents of Kano state to remain vigilant, especially around Kwanar Dan Goran axis in Kano-Kaduna expressway.

He asked that they report “any questionable movement or activities” to the nearest police station or any security check points or vehicles, as the Police are aware the suspects “are somewhere around those villages”.

He assured residents that there is no course for alarm as armed security operatives are on top of the situation.

Police Foil Bank Robbery, Arrest Bank Staff, Security Men

Police Foil Bank Robbery, Arrest Bank Staff, Security MenThe Police in Rivers State have arrested a senior bank staff and security personnel attached to the bank involved in the foiled armed robbery attack on an Access Bank branch in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

According to Police Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, caches of arms and ammunition were also recovered from the suspects who are five in number.

He stated that the five suspects, along with others still at large, stormed a branch of Access Bank in Port Harcourt, on December 22, 2016 relying on information and active involvement of the staff of the bank.

They successfully broke down the well-fortified security doors and barriers and took over the banking hall.

“They were almost pulling down the vault of the bank and other strong rooms in the bank with use of gas cylinder welding machine and iron cutters before the joint Police Teams of IGP’S Intelligence Response Team and Policemen from Rivers state Police Command swiftly moved in and dislodged them,” he stated.

The Police foiled the armed robbery attack and “made a prompt arrest of three of the suspects at the scene; namely Samuel Nwala ‘M’ 28 years, Lucky Ukwuoma ‘M’ 26 years, Kaale Taagabah ‘M’ 27 years”.

“In the course of thorough investigation into the foiled armed robbery attack on the bank, the principal suspect (Samuel Ndudiri ‘M’ 28 years) who is a staff of the bank and the mastermind of the armed robbery attack was subsequently arrested based on the confessional statements volunteered by the three suspects arrested at the scene.

“The arrest of the principal suspect led to the arrest of Ex SGT Promise Ukwuoma who participated actively in the armed robbery attack on the bank.

“Two AK47 riffles and the ammunition were recovered from him.

“All the suspects have volunteered confessional and useful statements to the Police about the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.

“However, concerted efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice.

“The case will be charged to court on completion of investigation,” he stated.

Asides the two AK47 rifles and magazines fully loaded with ammunition, other items recovered from the suspects are a welding machine, two gas cylinders and iron cutters, a big chisel, cutting saw, hammer, and acetylene gas powder.

Ogun Police Arrest 18 Crime Suspects

Ogun Police Arrest 18 Crime SuspectsThe policemen attached to Itele Ota division in Ogun state, have carried out raids of criminal hideouts and black spots in Ayetoro area of Itele where 17 crime suspects were arrested.

Recovered from them were bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp, assorted charms, eight motorcycles, one generator, nine mobile phones and 123,000 Naira cash.

The Ogun State Police Command also arrested a man identified as Onyebuchi Chika suspected to be the brain behind many cases of burglary and stealing in Awa Ijebu and its environs.

The suspect, who was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, was said to have been terrorizing residents of the area for some time.

He was said to have been arrested when a distress call was made to the Divisional Police Officer in Awa ijebu by the victim of his criminal act and the DPO led his anti-robbery team to the scene, combed the area thoroughly and subsequently arrested the suspect.

Items allegedly recovered from him include a sowing machine, two mattresses, cooking gas and some burglary instruments.

According to the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect has confessed to being a serial burglar and that the students of Olabisi Onanbanjo University residing in the community are always his target.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the two cases to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.

Gunmen Kill Police Sergeant, Injure Another In Ekiti

Gunmen Kill Police Sergeant, Injure Another In EkitiTragedy struck in Ekiti state in the early hours of Thursday as unknown gunmen killed a Police sergeant and injured another in Oye Ekiti town.

The policeman identified as Sergeant Gana Jiya was shot dead when the unknown gunmen ambushed a ‘Safer Highway’ patrol team of the Police around 5:30AM.

Confirming the incident to Channels TV correspondent in Ekiti state, the Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi said: “During the attack, another Police officer was injured who is now receiving treatment in a nearby hospital in the town as investigations is ongoing.

“For the past few weeks there has been cases of unknown killings in Ekiti state which had since led to the re-emergence of stop and search by the Police and other security agencies.”

Nine Killed In Borno Explosion

Nine Killed In Borno ExplosionNine people have been confirmed killed in an explosion on Tuesday morning along Gubio road in Borno state, just before a military checkpoint.

The Public Relations Officer of the Borno Police Command, DSP Victor Isuku, confirmed the incident.

According to preliminary report, a pick up van with nine persons on board emerged from a bush path to join the road to Gubio town.

It exploded killing all the persons on board.

More details shortly.

Police Deploy Special Unit To Arepo-Ibafo To Flush Out Criminals

Police, Public Peace, PDPThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, June 30, 2016 deployed a Tactical Operation Unit to flush out vandals and other criminal elements operating in Arepo and Ibafo areas of Ogun State.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, the team comprises the Police Mobile Force, the Counter-Terrorism Unit with the back-up of an Air Surveillance Team.

IGP Ibrahim Idris said that the deployment of the Unit to Arepo/Ibafo is to ensure that normalcy returns to the areas in record time.

“The IGP also said that the Nigeria Police Force will not watch any criminal group or groups take the law into their hands, he therefore authorized the Unit to deal decisively with anyone who constitutes himself an enemy of the State, while asking law-abiding citizens of the area to return home and go about their normal businesses,” the PPRO said.

Arepo and Ibafo in Ogun State have been in the news due to anti-social behaviours of miscreants.

In another development, the Nigeria Police Force has arrested one Aloysius Ebiniko, said to be the kingpin of the armed gang that abducted and murdered Col. Samaila Inusa on March 27, 2016 in Kaduna, Kaduna State.

The arrest of Aloysius Ebiniko was made possible as a result of a credible technical intelligence employed by the Police after a confessional statement of a member of the gang earlier arrested.

Aloysius Ebiniko will soon be arraigned in court as those earlier arrested in connection with the crime had been arraigned and are remanded in Prison custody.

Kaduna Police Command Promote Over 5,000 Officers

Kaduna PoliceThe Kaduna State Police Command has decorated newly promoted officers drawn from the various divisions across the state.

Addressing the newly promoted officers during their decoration at the command headquarters, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, said that their promotion was in recognition to their selfless service and dedication to duty.

He urged them to maintain the tempo of dedication and hard work which was the reason behind their promotion.

The Kaduna Police Commissioner also tasked them to maintain discipline and shun corruption in order to enhance the image of the force, noting that their promotion comes with a greater responsibility.

Over 5,000 officers and men were decorated with their new ranks in a mass promotion approved by the Police High Command.

The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, was among the newly decorated officers and now wears the rank of Superintendent.

Others who were also promoted included 12 Superintendents of Police, Inspectors, Sergeants and Corporals.

Speaking to journalists, some of the newly promoted officers promised to uphold hard work, dedication to duty and respect for rule of law in order to enhance the image of the profession.

Gunmen Kill Policeman In Rivers State

GunmenThe Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of one of its men by gunmen in the waterlines area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the command DSP Ahmad Mohammad said that the gunmen were robbers who were suspected to be fleeing from an operation.

According to him, the command is on the trail of the assailants in a bid to bring them to book.

DSP Mohammad gave assurances that the Police in Rivers State would continue its fight against crime and criminality in the state.