Mob Set Anambra Police Station On Fire Following Shooting Of Motorcyclist

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Anambra shares borders with Delta state to the south-west.

 

A mob on Wednesday set ablaze a police station in Igboukwu in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State following the shooting of a motorcycle operator.

According to the eyewitnesses, police officers on duty in the area killed a commercial motorcyclist on Tuesday night after shooting him over extortion.

Angered by the killing of their colleague, commercial motorcycle operators gathered and moved to the police station to set it ablaze.

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The police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident and noted that an investigation has been launched into the incident.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, John Abang has also ordered the detention of policemen involved.

“On the 15/12/2020 at about 10:30 pm, there was an altercation between police operatives and motorcycle riders over some impounded motorcycles as a result of the recent restriction on movement of motorcycles beyond 9:pm in the State.

“The situation degenerated into chaos which led to an accidental discharge that hit one motorcycle rider and burning of Igboukwu police station by irate youth,” Mohammed said.

The Commissioner of Police further appealed for calm and assured the public that justice would be done in the case and the outcome of the Police investigation shall be made public.

One Shot, Police Station Burnt In Face-Off Between Prison Officials And Motorcycle Riders In Ibadan

 

Violence erupted at the Agodi Gate area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Tuesday when prison officials allegedly shot a motorcyclist.

According to eyewitness reports, the okada rider had an argument with prison officials who wanted the access route to the prison cleared but the situation degenerated into violence leading to a crisis in the area.

Thereafter, the police station at Gate was burnt allegedly by some angry motorcyclists.

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The okada rider who sustained a gunshot wound is, however, alive and receiving treatment, while security operatives led by the Joint security task force Operation Burst have taken over to restore normalcy in the area.

Meanwhile, contrary to some reports that the face-off was between the police and motorcycle riders, the police spokesman Gbenga Fadeyi said no policeman fired any shot at the scene.

Two Killed, DPO Missing As Thugs Set Police Station Ablaze In Ogun

A file photo of a police officer’s cap showing the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

A police station in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun State has been set ablaze, the police authorities in the state have said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi who is the Police Public Relations Officer confirmed that the attack was carried out early in the morning by a group of “people with ulterior motives”.

He decried that such persons were taking advantage of the #EndSARS protests to commit all sorts of heinous crimes in the state.

In the process, Oyeyemi said a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Augustine Ogbeche, and a civilian were killed, while some arms were carted away from the security facility.

He added that the attackers inflicted serious injury on the Divisional Police Officer, Sikiru Olugbenga, stressing that his whereabouts have yet to be ascertained.

Nice And Civil?

According to the command’s spokesperson, some groups of boys also attacked and vandalised the Divisional Police Headquarters in Obada-Oko in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“in view of this, the Commissioner of Police Ogun State Command is appealing to the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace as violence will do no one good.

“He is equally appealing to traditional institutions, parents and other critical stakeholders to prevail on the youths to stop this carnage and give the government a chance to address the situation,” the statement said.

Abimbola stated that since the commencement of the protests, the police have been “nice and civil” to the youths, even when some personnel were injured, and police stations damaged.

He stressed that the command went ahead to release all the 36 suspects that were arrested.

“However, if in the course of handling the protests, anybody feels offended, we plead understanding and not retaliatory measures, including killing and maiming policemen and burning and damaging police stations.

“We will ensure that justice is served any aggrieved person. Please and please, let us continue to embrace peace rather than violence,” the statement added.

Police Confirm Two Personnel Killed, Two Others Missing In Ibadan Station Attack

A security official displays the crest of the Nigeria Police Force on October 3, 2020. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

Two policemen have been killed and two others are missing after the attack on the Divisional Police Headquarters in the Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo, Fadeyi Olugbenga, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday hours after the incident.

He said the police station was set ablaze at about 1pm by disgruntled criminals who allegedly hijacked the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on police personnel.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Joe Enwonwu, has condemned the attack on the police station.

“The Commissioner of Police wishes to state that the burning of the police station was premeditated as police personnel did not have any interference with the protesters neither were they disturbed in any way,” the command’s spokesman said.

Enwonwu, in his reaction, said the hoodlums have ulterior motives and capitalised on the opportunity of protests to carry out their evil intentions.

He stated that this led to the ‘coordinated attacks’ on police officers and innocent citizens, sending them to their early graves.

A map of Oyo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The police commissioner revealed that due to the attacks, some of the police AK 47 rifles have gone missing.

He, therefore, called on the people to be vigilant and immediately report any individual or group of people who were not police or military personnel, but seen with such rifles, to the nearest police station.

Enwonwu also appealed to them to be law-abiding and avoid the full wrath of the law from catching up with them.

He asked parents and guardians to warn their children and wards of the impending danger of going to the road.

The police commissioner, however, said the police, in partnership with Operation Burst of the Nigerian Army, were making effort to restore calm in the area and prevent further attacks.

Suspected Cultists Set Imo Police Station Ablaze

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Some suspected cultists have attacked a police station in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the report to Channels Television on Monday, adding that the hoodlums set the station ablaze and carted away firearms.

The hoodlums were said to have arrived the police station at about 2:00 pm on Monday chased off the few policemen on duty and carted away firearms belonging to the division.

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DPO, Three Others Killed As Gunmen Attack Edo Police Station, INEC Office

 

A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and three other persons were killed on Tuesday evening when gunmen invaded the Afuze Divisional Police Headquarters in Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The gunmen also attacked the INEC Office in Afuze. No death was recorded at the INEC office as the officials on the ground during the incident said they fled by jumping over the back fence.

The commissioner of police, Dan Mallam Mohammed, who visited the scenes of the attacks on Wednesday morning, confirmed the incident and offered an assurance that investigation was ongoing and justice would be served.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Etsako East LGA, Andrew Osigwe, has asked the residents to go about their lawful business, assuring them of their safety.

Police Defuse Letter Bomb Sent To Station In Norway

Police stand guard at Central railway station in Oslo. Norwegian police said today they had defused a potentially devastating letter bomb that had been sent to a police station. — Reuters pic

 

Norwegian police said Thursday they had defused a potentially devastating letter bomb that had been sent to a police station, a rare incident in the tranquil Scandinavian country.

The Ski police station, located southeast of Oslo, was evacuated early Wednesday after an employee alerted superiors to a suspicious package.

It turned out to contain a homemade bomb primed to explode when the package was opened.

“A real bomb that could, and was designed to, harm people,” police commissioner Steven Hasseldal told reporters.

“This is a very serious crime. We consider it an attack against the police that could have caused a lot of damage,” he said.

A bomb disposal unit defused the device.

Police said they had no suspects at this stage.

This type of incident is extremely rare in Norway, where police are generally respected and where officers are usually unarmed.

AFP

Youths Set Police Station Ablaze In Osun

Scenes from the police station set ablaze by the angry youths on Friday, August 24, 2018.

 

Some youths in Iwo community, Osun State, on Friday morning set ablaze a police station located at Adeeke area of the state.

The angry youths reportedly set the police station on fire following the murder of a student identified as Tunde Nafiu.

Nafiu was allegedly shot dead by a police officer on Thursday while returning from Oluponan town in the state.

The police station was set ablaze after the youths and some students stormed the police station forcing police officers to flee and scamper for safety. They also burnt tyres at some location in the town leaving residents in fear.

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The Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, confirmed the incident. He added that the circumstance which led to the shooting of the student by the officer is yet to be established.

According to Adeoye, the four officers on patrol on the night of the incident are currently in detention for further investigation.

He vowed that if found guilty, the officer(s) will be made to face the wrath of the law.

Fimihan also revealed that relative calm has been restored to Iwo and maintained that all those who took laws into their hands will be dealt with according to the law.

Six Killed In Attack On South Africa Police Station

 

An armed gang stormed into a rural police station in South Africa on Wednesday and stole firearms in an attack that left five officers and a soldier dead, police said.

The robbers entered the police station in the southern village of Engcobo shortly after midnight, opening fire on the officers and seizing two others, who were later shot and killed, police spokesman Vish Naidoo said.

“During the early hours of this morning six people were killed when robbers attacked Engcobo police station,” Naidoo told AFP.

“Five of the six were on-duty police officers. Three police officers were killed at the police station when robbers attacked the station and randomly opened fire on the members.”

Naidoo said the robbers made off with firearms and bundled two other officers into a police car. The bodies of the two were later found dumped on the side of a road.

The attackers also shot and killed a soldier as they fled.

Attacks on police are common in South Africa, which has one of the highest crime rates in the world.

At least 57 police officers were killed in the line of duty in the 12 months between April 2016 and March 2017, according to the latest crime statistics available.

AFP

Court Remands 67 Suspects Over Abia Crisis

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Sixty-seven people have been remanded in prison for their alleged involvement in the mayhem and security unrest that rocked Abia State recently.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, disclosed this to reporters in the Umuahia, the state capital.

According to him, seven of the suspects were arrested in Aba for alleged arson, killing a police officer and burning of vehicles at the Police Station in Ariaria International Market.

The Police Commissioner added that the other sixty suspects were arrested across the state capital for conspiracy and road blockage among other offences.

He, however, assured people of the state that efforts have been put in place by the Police Command to return normalcy to every part of the state.

Ogbizi hinted further that investigation was ongoing to fish out others involved in the mayhem.

The suspects, who are said to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), were arraigned on Monday before a High Court in the state.

Police Station Set Ablaze Over Alleged Killing In Abia

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Tension remains high in Abia State, as about three people are reported to have been killed in Umuahia, the state capital, allegedly by soldiers.

The incident is said to have triggered a violent reaction in the neighbouring town of Aba, resulting in the burning of a police station by an angry mob at Ariaria International Market.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the soldiers shot the three people and immediately took their bodies away, condemning the action of the soldiers whom he said opened fire on people going about their daily business.

Following the violence, people were said to have closed their shops, while some of the angry youths were said to have mounted road blocks but were prevailed upon to remove them and remain calm.

But the Nigerian Army has denied invading any community in Abia State and in the entire south-eastern part of Nigeria neither was anyone killed by soldiers in Umuahia.

Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa told Channels Television that the rumour is baseless and mischievous and should, therefore, be disregarded.

He added that soldiers are lawfully deployed, with a clear mandate, rules of engagement and code of conduct to combat identified obvious security challenges in the South-East Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Anthony Ogbizi, who took over from Adeleye Oyebade, this morning, has given the assurance that his men are patrolling all the city to maintain the peace.

He said, “When people take the law into their hands, go attack and destroy, they are hoodlums. If you carry out peaceful agitation, it is a different thing. But when it comes to violence, of course, we will not stand idly by and allow you get away with it. And because of that, everybody is already being directed to take the necessary steps to involve the law.

“I think nobody should test the will of the state. We’ve deployed people to go and ensure that the whole of that area is clear. And wherever there are those pockets of hoodlum activity, we will ensure that it’s cleared.”

Anambra Community Gets New Police Station, Patrol Van

AnambraThe Commissioner of Police in Anambra State has commissioned a permanent Police station and a Hilux Police Patrol Vehicle in Awgbu community of the state.

Addressing the residents, Mr Hassan Karma commended their initiative in contributing to the development, saying it was worthy of emulation by all and sundry.

He encouraged them to sustain the tempo of support for the Police and always report suspicious characters and movements in the community to ensure a safe and secured environment.

The Police Commissioner recalled that Anambra State was formerly regarded as an unsafe place to live in or do business due to the alarming rate of violence but the cooperation of the Police, other security agencies, the state government and the people of the state has helped to reduce the trend of crime.

He assured the people that the new Police station would assist the Divisional Police Headquarters while urging the Divisional Police Officer of Ajalli Division to take proper charge of the new police station.

The Local Government Chairman, Okey Enekwe, called for a new Police division to be created in the LGA to serve over five communities, as well as help in combating border clashes with the neighbouring Enugu State.

The President-General of the community, John Onwuka, also thanked the community for rallying to achieve the feat, stating that the communities must not return to the days when jungle justice was meted on the people by some elements in the traditional community police.