The police on Friday said no rally will be allowed at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 1.
“It has become imperative to reemphasize that no form of rally whatsoever will be allowed at the Lekki Toll gate tomorrow, October 1, 2022,” a statement signed by police spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, said.
“This emphasis has become necessary to enlighten Nigerians that might be misled into converging on the toll gate. A court of competent jurisdiction has ruled that no person is allowed to converge on the Lekki Toll gate for whatever reason.
“In conformity with its mandate to protect life and property, the Lagos State Police Command under the leadership of CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc will leave no stone unturned in ensuring total compliance with the court order and an emplacement of adequate security in the state.
“While the Command is not averse to the peoples’ right to freedom of assembly and association; and expression, the Command will equally live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons is allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others, especially the rights to freedom of movement and right to dignity of human persons, especially under the guise of rally or procession.
“The warning therefore goes that anyone found flouting the court order or infringing on the rights of other Nigerians will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“Meanwhile, CP Alabi enjoins all peace loving persons to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation, reiterating that adequate security assets have been strategically deployed to ensure the safety and security of Nigerians at designated rally venues and across the state at large.”
Gunmen on Friday opened fire and hurled Molotov cocktails at a police station in the southwestern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan, state media reported.
“A number of police members, as well as passers-by, have been injured in the exchange of fire” in the provincial capital of Zahedan, the state broadcaster said.
The province, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, is often hit by attacks or clashes between security forces and armed groups, generally involving smuggling gangs as well as separatists or extremist groups.
One person has been injured in a clash at Iyana-Iba, Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The clash involved a faction of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, over the control and right for the sale of tickets and collection of tolls from commercial buses at Ojo Park and its environs.
Following the power tussle, some union members were calling for the removal of the national president of the association over park tickets and levies.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Thursday.
Although no life was lost in Wednesday’s fracas, the police spokesman stated that one person that was hit during stone petting; has been taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.
“Operatives of the Ketu division of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested three members of a traffic robbery gang notorious for dispossessing motorists of their belongings at Ile-Iwe/Kosofe, Ikorodu Road, in the Ketu area of the state,” Hundeyin said in a statement Wednesday.
“The suspects, Segun Olaiya, 20; Ayinde Waris, 19; and Bashiru Mohammed, 28, were arrested around 7 pm on Monday, September 26, 2022, by policemen on a covert operation while attacking some motorists in the area.
“The suspects are currently assisting the police in an ongoing investigation to arrest other members of their gang. The suspects would be arraigned at the conclusion of the investigation.”
Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team at the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB/IRT) of the Nigeria Police have arrested four persons suspected to be armed robbery kingpins terrorising Shendam area and other neighbouring communities in Plateau State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The suspects were arrested by the security operatives following several complaints from residents about the activities of the gang in the locality.
They include Mij Yawa Buba ‘m’ 36, Saidu Manu Saleh ‘m’ 30, Saleh Musa ‘m’ 20, and Ibrahim Deri ‘m’ 27 – all natives of Shendam in Plateau State.
Saleh Musa was the key suspect nabbed by the police operatives in a raid through actionable intelligence information that he intended to buy an AK47 rifle in the town.
When interrogated by the police on why he intended to buy the rifle, he named Ibrahim (alias Alhaji) as one of the gang members in their syndicate which was responsible for major robbery and kidnapping operations.
The investigation by the police team also led to the arrest of Miji Yawa Buba – a resident of Angwar Yargam in the same community where the rifle was found and recovered by the security operatives.
Manu Saidu, in his confessional statement, said he conspired with some of his cousins namely Bareli Bello, Hussaini Bello, Abdo Baleri, Isa Baleri and Ibrahim Baleri, as well as his two younger brothers Yuguda Saidu and Yahaya Saidu (now late), to buy an AK47 rifle to protect their cattle.
He added that they bought the rifle from one Baba Mallam at Yelwa for N300,000 while the weapon was usually kept at the house of Alhaji Baleri.
On his part, Saleh Saidu confessed that it was Ibrahim Deri who asked him to get 60-round ammunition for the rifle at Shendam, saying they had a good relationship.
He said he had participated in the armed robbery at a provision store owned by one Alhaji Muntari in Shendam and robbed him of N200,000, but denied involvement in any kidnapping.
From intelligence gathered, the gang was also alleged to have robbed many people and pharmacy outlets in the town, during which a pharmacist identified as Ibrahim Babawuro in Shendam community sustained gunshot wounds.
One of the suspects claimed he only pulled the trigger to test the gun. He, however, denied knowledge of the gang leader Saleh.
However, in his statement, he told the police team that he was a herder and owned a herd of 30 cows.
Among the items recovered from the crime scene included one AK47 assault rifle and some assorted ammunition.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, says the police leadership is committed to sustaining the fight against oil theft and other crimes capable of sabotaging the country’s economy.
He explained that the police would continuously develop an improved capacity of officers through practical training and acquiring top-notch investigative and operational assets to ensure the menace was reduced to the barest minimum.
A statement on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the police chief made the remarks while briefing a probe panel comprising members of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Oil Lifting, Theft and the Impact on Petroleum Production and Oil Revenues, via a report on the activities of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering.
Baba, during the session held last Wednesday, recounted the achievements of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (STFPIB) – the police unit charged with the responsibility of tackling the specialized crimes in the period under review.
These include the seizure of 1,301,020 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), 135,000 litres of crude oil, 4,900 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 45,000 litres of engine oil, and 123 vessels comprising tankers, lorries, barges, buses, lorries, and other vehicles.
“The Unit currently has 52 cases under prosecution nationwide,” the statement said. “In one of the cases, operatives of the IGP-STFPIB successfully discovered and busted the operations of an illegal refinery on 21st September 2022 in Jijoro Community Riverside, Delta State, a creek of about an hour boat ride.
“Suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) stuffed in 138 sacks, 10 empty surface tanks (ovens) used as cooking pots, 20 empty drums for storage, one boat engine, and two pumping machines were recovered. Three suspects, Happy Gift Lawson ‘M’ aged 18, Ejime Precious Lande ‘M’ aged 22, and John Jugu Fom ‘M’ aged 25 were equally arrested.”
It added, “Similarly, on 9th September 2022, following intelligence received from the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Command and Control Centre Portal, operatives of the IGP-STFPIB proceeded to the Rumuekini Area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State where they discovered a warehouse within a residential building storing about 15,000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be illegally refined AGO stuffed in sacks.
“The products were recovered as well as one white Mack tanker, one plastic storage tank, one barrel drum, and one pumping machine. One Franklin Osuagwu aged 29 was arrested at the scene in connection with the offence.”
According to Adejobi, samples of the products have been collected for laboratory analysis while the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations for effective prosecution in line with extant laws.
The IGP, on his part, restated that the police would not relent in enforcing all laws as statutorily empowered to charge all suspects arrested for oil theft and other related offences accordingly, without any prejudice.
He also called for increased support, particularly in expanding the scope of the courts and conferring jurisdictional competence to hear petroleum and illegal bunkering matters, as well as provision of storage capacity for exhibits recovered during special operations pending the determination of suits by the courts.
Police in Ogun State have arrested a suspected kidnapper terrorising the Kara Bridge end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway recently.
Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, saying a 62-year-old victim – Sheu Anafi – was also rescued.
The arrest, Oyeyemi said, followed a report lodged at Warewa divisional headquarters by a commercial driver that he was attacked by gunmen while plying an untarred road to avoid traffic on the long bridge.
According to the police spokesman, the driver was coming from Ilorin in his Ford commercial car with registration number LRN 596 ZY and had seven passengers in the vehicle.
“While driving through the said access road, they were attacked by some unknown gunmen who made all the passengers run into different directions in the nearby bush and a passenger was abducted in the process,” Oyeyemi said.
Following the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Warewa division, Abdul Fatai Ogunsanya, led a joint operation comprising the Command’s tactical teams, local Vigilantes, So-Safe Corps and men of the Oodua Peoples Congress for the bush combing in search of the abducted man.
“Their efforts yielded positive results when the hideout of the kidnappers was located and the security operatives engaged them in a gun battle.
“At the end of the encounter, one of the kidnappers Ibraheem Abubakar who claimed to have come from Sabonganmu-Bompai road, Kano state, was arrested while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries, and the victim, 62 years old Sheu Anafi was rescued unhurt,” the police spokesman added.
After the arrest, the suspect was said to have confessed to being a member of a seven-man gang terrorising the stretch of the Long Bridge in recent times.
Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Criminal Investigation Department for a discreet investigation.
He equally appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals, to inform the police of anyone with a gunshot injury in their area.
Police authorities in Ogun State have arrested an 84-year-old man Stephen Jack for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl whose name was not given.
“The suspect who resides in Okun Owa area of Ijebu Ode was arrested following a report lodged at the Obalende Divisional headquarters by the father of the victim who reported that he discovered that his daughter was bleeding from her private part, and when he asked the little girl of the cause, she informed him that the suspect had sex with her,” the spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command Abimbola Oyeyemi said in a statement on Saturday.
“Upon the report, the DPO Obalende Division, SP Murphy Salami detailed his detectives to the scene, where the randy old man was apprehended. Preliminary investigation revealed that the old man is a known pedophile in the area.”
The victim has been taken to the General Hospital in Ijebu Ode for treatment, the police image maker added.
Abimbola quoted the Ogun State Commissioner for Police Lanre Bankole to have “directed that the suspect be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for more investigation and possible prosecution”.
Confirming the incident, The Ogun state police command through its spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the assailants wore military uniforms.
A commercial driver who was also part of the team was said to have escaped from the kidnappers
The police spokesman said a manhunt has been launched to track and rescue the victims. According to him, the anti kidnapping unit of the police has swing into action and are on the trail of the suspected kidnappers
Operatives of the Edo State Police Command on Thursday rescued two kidnap victims in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state.
The Deputy Public Relations Officer of the command, Jennifer Iwegbu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
She explained that the operatives were on patrol at about 8am on Thursday along Obadan community off Benin-Auchi Road when they received a distress call from residents of Ago-Orio community along the Benin-Lagos Road.
The people, according to Iwegbu, had reported that a four-man armed gang of suspected kidnappers had taken two persons – a 65-year-old man identified as Samson Osegbowa and 38-year-old Stanley Peters who had been working on their farmlands.
She said the team of policemen in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes raced to the scene and embarked on an intensive bush combing.
Both victims, the command spokesperson said, were rescued during the operation and have since been reunited with their family members.
She added that one of the suspects was killed while the security operatives recovered a wooden gun and three cutlasses, among other items from the scene.
Read the full statement below:
Edo Police Rescue Kidnapped Victims
As part of efforts by Edo State Police Command to sustain the ongoing fight against nefarious activities in the state, especially kidnapping, Police Operatives of the Command rescued two (2) kidnapped victims.
Operatives of the Command on 22/09/2022 at about 0800hr while on patrol along Obadan community off Benin-Auchi road in Uhunmwonde LGA of Edo state responded to a distress call from distraught indigenes of Ago-Orio community along Benin-Lagos Road that a four-man armed gang suspected to be kidnappers had taken two persons, One Samson Osegbowa ‘M’ 65yrs and Stanley Peters ‘M’ 38yrs, while working on their farmland.
On receipt of the information, the team of Operatives in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes immediately swung into action, moved to the scene, and embarked on intensive bush combing.
During the rescue operation, both victims were rescued unhurt and have since been reunited with their family members, however, one of the kidnappers was neutralized during the operation.
The following items were recovered at the scene of the crime, One Wooden gun, three cutlasses, One torchlight, and a pair of operational shoes.
Meanwhile, intensive bush combing of the area is still ongoing for possible arrest of the other fleeing gang members.
While reaffirming the Command’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a safe Edo state for the general populace, the Commissioner of Police ( CP )Abutu Yaro fdc also appeals for more collaboration from members of the Public, noting that with credible information there is no limit to what the Police Command can do in combating crimes, especially heinous ones.
Professor Zainab Duke Abiola has denied allegations by the police that she assaulted a police orderly who was attached to her.
The police arrested Professor Abiola, who is a lawyer and human rights activist, along with her domestic aide Rebecca Enechido on Thursday for the said assault.
They were arrested after a video showing the orderly injured, sitting on the floor, and asking to be taken to the hospital for medical care went viral.
The police accused Professor Abiola, Enechido, and one of her male aides of being responsible for the assault.
In a statement announcing their arrest, Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, had condemned the assault and directed that those responsible should be prosecuted.
However, according to a statement issued by the Afro-European Lawyers League on her behalf, the allegations against her were not true.
The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a fallacious malicious defamatory publication against our respected Alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Security Studies, NIPPS, Professor Zainab Duke Mni alleging assault on one of her police Orderlies. We categorically state that this is NOT true and Nothing could be further from the truth. For the records, our respected revered Professor Zainab has Never assaulted anybody anywhere at any time. It is not in her character.
“The facts are: 1. That on the 20th of April 2022 the IGP approved the revalidation and deployment of police Orderlies to our leader based on the fact that she is the Chief Legal Consultant to the Nigerian Police and has her office at the Force headquarters, Abuja.
“2. That the police consequently assigned a female police officer who was among the perpetrators of Violence against innocent Nigerian Citizens during the ENDSARS imbroglio.
“3. That consequent upon discovery of her Orderly’s involvement in police brutality against Nigerians that Professor Zainab rejected the posting of a brutal officer and returned the said Orderly back to Force Headquarters to her bosses and told her Bye bye on the 19th of September.
“4. That to our surprise around 10pm the former Orderly returned with a Vengeance banging on our gates with some dangerous weapons including a gun threatening to kill everybody in the compound and that the police Orderly beat up family members in the Professor’s household.
“5. That as can be seen in the video a crowd soon gathered and there was street brawling crowd fighting and loss of properties.
“6. That it is very strange that the IGP will forcefully, brutally and illegally violate the fundamental Rights and liberties of a distinguished law- abiding citizen and proceed to forcefully take her pictures and maliciously publish same in the print and electronic media in this nascent democratic dispensation.”