IGP Bemoans Increased Attacks On Police Officers

IGP, police officersThe Inspector General of the Nigerian Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has described as deeply worrisome the rate at which officers and men lose their lives in the course of discharging their statutory duties.

According to him, these line-of-duty resultant deaths, occasioned by, unwarranted attacks by religious bigot, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted.

Furthermore, he revealed that in the past three months, the Force had lost 128 personnel, in various parts of the country “due to activities of these undesirable elements in our communities.

“Also disturbing, is the wanton destruction of Police infrastructure and public assets.

In a statement by the force Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, the IGP highlighted various instances such as “the recent cases in Dankamoji village in Maradu LGA of Zamfara state, Abagana in Anambra state and in Okrika waterways in Rivers state, where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed”.

Mr Idris expressed regret over the loss of these personnel in the course of their national duty and condoled with their families while assuring them of the Force’s support to cushion the effect of this irreparable loss.

“Their departure will certainly not be in vain,” he stated.

He however urged the officers not to relent or be distracted in their collective will to serve the country, regardless of the costly challenges.

The law abiding citizens were equally advised to continue to render the Police the desired support and assistance.

Kano Police Present Four Officers Allegedly Wounded By Shiites

kano, police, ShiitesPolice authorities in Kano state, have presented four of its men allegedly wounded by the outlawed Shiite members, during their Arba’een procession.

This comes nearly a week since the clash between mobile Police officers in the state and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

Presenting the officers to reporters at the command’s headquarters, Police Public Relations officer, DSP Magaji Majia, confirmed the recovery of some weapons from the Shiites on the day of the clash.

“These are the four Police officers wounded by Shiites before the arrival of police re-enforcement on the day of Arba’een trek and the weapons recovered comprise of one AK 47 rifle they snatched from our officer, one cartridge and many other local weapons were also seen in possession of the Shiites.”

In a related development, leader of the movement in Kano, Sheikh Sanusi Abdulkadir, denied allegations of attacking Police officers by his disciples during the procession.

He maintained that his disciples did not attack the Police and according to him,”even the gun shot on this officer was done by the police themselves”.

“You know if you want to justify hanging a dog, you just give him a bad name, otherwise how on earth will a defenseless man snatch a gun from an armed Police officer, it doesn’t make sense to me,” he said.

A statement by the group on Friday said soldiers at a checkpoint in Potiskum, Yobe State, had attempted to plant weapons in the luggage of members of the sect to blackmail them.  

Meanwhile, over 100 members of the group are still in Police custody for allegedly conducting illegal religious procession, attacking and killing Police officers, carrying dangerous weapons, inciting violence and causing various disturbances across the state.

Police Arrest 17 Suspected Kidnappers In Kano

Police Arrest Kidnappers In KanoPolice have arrested 17 suspected kidnappers in Doguwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State, northwest Nigeria.

The spokesman for the Kano State Police Command, Magaji Majia, confirmed the arrest in an interview with Channels Television.

He said that the suspects were currently being interrogated and would soon be paraded before the general public.

“It is true that our Anti-Kidnapping Unit attached to Karasa village in Doguwa Local Government Area had encounter with a group of suspected kidnappers during which we arrested about 17 of them.

“We are questioning them,” the Police Public Relations Officer said.

This latest arrest followed a series of reported cases of kidnapping in Doguwa LGA and other neighbouring villages around Falgore forest.

Although Mr Majia did not confirm whether or not there were casualties during the encounter, he said some livestock and weapons of different types were recovered from the suspects.

“We have also recovered cows and sheep, face masks, cartridges and other equipment used to commit crimes,” he added.

The Police spokesman called on residents in the village to remain vigilant by reporting any suspicious individual or group to the police.

He also assured them that the Kano State Police Command would continue to do its best in protecting their lives and property.

Plateau Attack: Two Policemen Killed In Gun Battle

Rivers policeTwo mobile policemen were killed on Tuesday morning during a robbery incident at Hawan Kibo, along Jos- Abuja highway in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer of the Plateau Police Command, ASP Tyopev Mathias, some hoodlums attacked the mobile vehicle stationed along the highway, dispossessed a mobile police sergeant of his riot gunner and subsequently killed him.

In the process, a Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) bullion van coming from Jos en route Lafia in Nassarawa State, ran into the incident and another mobile sergeant in the convoy escort also died in the gun battle.

“Some hoodlums attacked a mobile unit along the Jos-Abuja highway in which a mobile police sergeant was killed while the special escort of the CBN bullion van going to Lafia ran into the attack, which led to the death of the other mobile police sergeant.

“The bullion van was not carrying any cash as at the time of the incident while the corpses of the policemen have been deposited at the Plateau specialist hospital.” The police spokesman told Channels Television on phone.

Police Arrest Woman For Alleged Child Abuse In Ogun

Police, child abuse, ogunPolice has arrested a middle-aged house woman for an alleged child abuse act in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The Ogun State Police Command told reporters that the woman was detained for purportedly maltreating a five-year-old girl at Ifo area of the state.

Little Iyanuoluwa, whose leg and arm were broken after she was allegedly beaten by her step mother, is currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

Confirming the incident, the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that the woman would be charged as soon as investigation into the incident was completed.

Reacting to the incident, a Director at the Ogun State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Rotimi Sotubo, said that the government had taken over the responsibility and care of the little girl.

Rivers Police Rescues Kidnapped 13 Year Old Girl, UNIPORT Lecturer

Rivers police UNIPORTThe Rivers State Police Command has rescued a 13 year old girl, a lecturer and other victims who were kidnapped recently in the state.

The girl was said to have been kidnapped from her home at Egberu Afam community in Oyigbo.

The lecturer of the University of Port Harcourt was also kidnapped recently at the university’s environment.

The rescues were made known by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni during the parade of suspected members of cult groups, robbers and kidnappers in the premises of the command.

According to him, the command has also clamped down on some deadly gangs that have been terrorising Ahoada East and other communities in the state, recovering over 70 arms and ammunition in two weeks.

The Command called on residents to always give the police useful information that would lead to the apprehension of more suspects.

Ogun Police Rescue Another Child In Chains

Police-Militants-LagosThe Ogun State Police Command says it has rescued a 10-year-old girl, Promise Ude, who was chained by her aunt for stealing 4,000 Naira at Adigbe area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The rescue is coming barely a week after nine-year-old Korede Taiwo, who was chained by his pastor father, was rescued by security operatives in Ajibawo area of Ogun State.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that a middle aged man has been arrested in connection with the crime while another woman in connection with the incident is on the run.

Mr Oyeyemi promised that those involved in the evil act would be brought to book.

He asked for quality information that could lead to the arrest of the fleeing woman said to have perpetrated the act.

Don Awunah Assumes Office As New Spokesman Of Nigeria Police

Don-AwunahThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, on Monday appointed DCP Don Awunah as the new Force Public Relations Officer (PRO).

Mr Awunah is to replace ACP Olabisi Kolawole who was the Police’s spokesperson from August 2015 to June, 2016.

“Until his new assignment, DCP Don Awunah, who is a seasoned and thoroughbred officer, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Homicide Section of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Abuja.

“He holds B.A degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos and M.A in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Benue State University, Makurdi. He is a Fellow of Institute of Security Studies (fsi), Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration, and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR),” a statement by the Police said.

The outgoing PRO urged the media and the public to extend maximum cooperation to the new Spokesman.

On his part, Mr Awunah promised to work to increase the tempo of good relationship between the Police and the public in line with the policy thrust of the Nigeria Police Force.

He could be reached on phone through 09059202456 and email via “[email protected]”.

Amnesty Accuses Nigerian Army Of Killing At Least 17 Unarmed Biafra Protesters

Amnesty, Biafra, IPOBRights group, Amnesty International says that Nigeria’s army in May killed at least 17 unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Amnesty’s report, which it says was based on details from eyewitnesses, morgues and hospitals, says soldiers opened fire on members of IPOB and their supporters in Onitsha, Anambra State during the build up to a march.

The human rights group added that the killings took place during a security operation in the early hours of the morning, shortly before the march when the military raided homes and a church where IPOB members slept.

The Nigerian Army, however, dismissed the allegations as unfounded. The Army says that Amnesty’s accusations reveal a bias that undermined its credibility.

The Army issued a statement in which it said troops had to “resort to self defense” after IPOB members attacked security agencies with “firearms” and various weapons including dynamite.

It said five members of IPOB were killed, eight wounded while nine were arrested.

“These efforts were in order to de-escalate the palpable tension as well as ward off the apparent threats to lives and property in the general area,” it said.

However, Amnesty said its investigation showed at least 17 people were killed and nearly 50 injured, adding that “the real number is likely to be higher”.

Urging government to investigate, the right group said, “Information gathered by Amnesty International indicates that the deaths of supporters and members of IPOB was the consequence of excessive, and unnecessary use of force.”

The contents of the report were rejected by army spokesman Sani Usman. “The allegations are unfounded,” he said.

Inspector-General Of Police Orders Disarmament Of IPOB Activists

IPOB, BiafraThe Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and the Commissioners of Police in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria to disarm members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) operating firearms immediately.

According to a statement by the Police PRO, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, this is following the manifestation of the disposition of the armed IPOB activists to undertake premeditated attacks on Police officers engaged in operations aimed at restoring public order in the states.

The IGP noted that the targeted attacks on Police personnel, who have been performing their statutory functions in the most professional and civil manner since the latest resurgence disorder, portrays the IPOB activists who are orchestrating the insurrection as having crossed the threshold in their misguided attempt to test the common will of the nation.

IGP Arase, while condemning the killing by members of IPOB, also directed the arrest of any member of the group found in possession of firearm and bring such to deserved justice.

He added that all IPOB activists arrested in connection with the killing of the Policemen should be charged to court for murder.

“Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force will continue to diligently work towards eliminating any threat to internal security and assures Nigerians of its commitment to their safety and security,” she concluded.

Police Arrest MASSOB Members For Killing Two Officials In Asaba

MASSOB-IPOB-DemonstratePolice have arrested eight and wounded four members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) who were involved in the killing of two policemen in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.

The arrests were made by the Delta State Police Command on Monday.

According to a statement signed by the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Charles Muka, the members of the group attacked policemen and army patrol team at three locations at Cable Point and Abraka areas where they killed two policeman, injured two others and made away with one AK.47 rifle and one smoke gunner.

The group was also said to have thrown two of the injured policemen into the River Niger at Cable Point before moving ahead to damage a military and police patrol van.

The police statement also confirmed that a pregnant woman was hit by stray bullet and currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

The police said they had restored normalcy in the State capital, but advised parents and guardians to warn their children against unlawful actions.

The group also held demonstrations in some other south eastern states.

Some members of MASSOB were arrested in Imo State

In Anambra State members of  MASSOB mounted road blocks and set bonfire in Nkpor and Onitsha causing the roads to be deserted.

According to the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, the suspected members of MASSOB gathered at a school in Nkpor with identifying flags emblazoned with the rising sun symbols and charms but with mission unknown.

In Imo State Police Command arrested over 20 members of MASSOB for what they termed disturbance of public peace.

While parading the members of the group at the command headquarters in Owerri, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, said that the group were rounded up around Tetlow Street by Okigwe road at about 11AM where they were said to be gathering to storm the city metropolis.

25 Year-Old In Police Custody For Stabbing Friend To Death

Ivy Umana, AKwa IbomThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a young man, Samson Tella, for stabbing his friend, Abiodun Abdulkareem, to death on Tuesday
at Iyesi Otta, in Ado-Odo, Otta Local Government of Ogun State.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, operatives attached to Onipanu Division of the Ogun State Police Command arrested the suspect after a friend reported the incident to the police

The suspect and the deceased were said to have engaged in a hot argument, before the suspect stabbed his friend with a bottle on his neck.

The victim was rushed to the hospital and confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, has ordered thorough investigation into the incident, as he directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, Eleweran Abeokuta, to take up the matter immediately.