Nasarawa Police Command Highlights Successes

Nasarawa Police Command Highlights SuccessesThe Nasarawa Police Command said it has achieved relative success in the months of November and December in its task of ridding the state of criminals.

This was disclosed during the parade of 39 suspects caught for various offences at different locations in the state, including five suspects who were involved in the killing of three staff members of Cedar-Bay Mining Company.

The incident happened on November 28, 2016 at Wugibi Hills in Alogani village of Nasarawa Eggon where the three, including a Chinese national and a Police sergeant, were ambushed in a commando-like operation while the staff were on their way back from the mining.

The Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello noted that “investigation is still ongoing as such further arrests are likely to be made”.

Another notable arrest, according to the Police boss, was that of two suspects that were involved in the kidnapping of a four-year-old girl in Nasarawa town on December 14, 2016.

He said that the two suspects have made confessional statements and a single barrel gun, a locally made pistol and 200,000 Naira cash which was the ransom collected from the father of the kidnapped little girl were recovered from them.

“Other cases of kidnapping are still under investigation and we are making progress on them. By the grace of God we will get the suspects all arrested and charged to court,” he said.

The Commissioner said that the command was able to record the successes because of strategies that were emplaced to counter activities of criminal elements.

“Such strategies include constant raids of black spots, deployment of more patrol teams on our highways, visibility policing within the cities and intelligence led policing,” he said.

In all, two AK47 riffles, five locally fabricated guns, two vehicles, one motorcycle and 205,660 Naira were recovered.

He concluded with gratitude: “I would like to conclude by thanking the government and all the good people of Nasarawa state for their support and cooperation which has contributed immensely to our success story in 2016.

“The command is looking forward to a robust collaboration and cooperation with stakeholders as we match forward in the fight against crime and criminality in 2017.”

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.”

Family of Police Sergeant Shot By Colleague Demands Justice

Family of Police Sergeant Shot By Colleague Demands JusticeThe family members of Sgt. Salvation Adaka a Policemen who was shot dead by his colleagues over N20,000 ‘largesse’ on November 7, 2016 in Yenagoa have called on the Police authorities to prosecute the culprits.

It was gathered that Adaka and three of his colleagues from Agudama-Ekpetiama Police Division were on patrol duty on November 7 2016 and stopped over at a wake-keep where they were rewarded with N20,000

Trouble however started when an argument ensued over the sharing formula for the gift received by Adaka, the most senior member of the patrol team and he was shot dead in the scuffle.

Prince Joseph Yabefa, the representative of the family of the deceased policeman said that the family just received the autopsy reports which confirms that Adaka died of gunshots.

He said that the pathologist who conducted the post mortem and autopsy found pieces of the lethal bullets in the spinal cord of the deceased.

Yabefa, who expressed satisfaction with the steps so far taken by the Bayelsa Police Command on the incident, noted that the family is demanding the prosecution of the suspects.

“We have been following developments on the case, our interactions with the Police indicate that three of the Policemen with Adaka on that day were immediately arrested and detained.

“We were also told that one of them who was found not to be culpable have been released while two are still in Police custody awaiting prosecution.

“Most importantly, investigations have indicated that they were on official duty when the incident ensued and not illegal duty as being speculated.

“We are still in grief because Salvation Adaka was the bread winner of the entire extended family including his immediate family; he has an aged mother, five children as well as elder and younger brothers that depended on him.

“We urge the Police to sustain the tempo and not to tamper with the evidences available that will form the basis of prosecution and we shall follow this matter to a logical conclusion,” he said.

Sources at Bayelsa Police Command revealed that the two policemen indicted in the case have been dismissed.

Spokesman of Bayelsa Police Command, DSP Asinim Butswat, however said on telephone that discipline and sanction of the three policemen lies within the administrative powers of the Bayelsa Police Commissioner.