Police Arrest Traditional Ruler Accused Of Raping Boy, Family Demands Justice

A community in Gashua town in Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of Yobe State where the incident occurred.

 

 

The Yobe State Police Command has arrested one Lawan Mari, a traditional ruler accused of raping a six-year-old boy in a community in Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdulmalik Abdulhafiez, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

Police authorities, however, declined to grant access to the suspect for an interview.

Abdulhafiez explained that the traditional ruler has been apprehended and would be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigations into the incident.

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Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has indefinitely suspended Lawan Mari, the Ward Head of Fannami at Gashua town in the state.

Earlier, Channels Television reported that Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, suspended Lawan who is the Ward Head of Fannami in Gashua town indefinitely.

The governor had also directed that appropriate administrative and legal measures be taken swiftly to investigate and prosecute the case.

Condemning the act, the parents of the minor told Channels Television that they would seek justice in the court.

The victim’s grandfather, Mohammed Dikau, insisted that punishment must be taken against the suspect if found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others.

He narrated, “I am a retired civil servant.  It was last week my son-in-law called to tell me a man lured and raped his son on his way to school.

“On reaching his residence, I met my grandson seriously sick and was vomiting. When the mother was bathing him, on touching his anus he started crying.

“We asked him what happened and he told us a man had anal sex with him. He later took us to the man’s house and on seeing the man, he shouted ‘he will kill me”.

The victim

 

The victim is a primary one pupil of a private school in Gashua in Bade Local Government Council of the state.

Narrating how the incident happened to Channels Television, he said, “I was going to school and one baba blocked me on the way and took me to a house. He removed my school uniform and … he warned me not to tell anyone that if I do so, he would kill me.”

Mari was recently trained by the European Union and the British Council in sensitising the public on how best to end gender-based violence in the state.

As a proactive measure against cases of rape and other related offenses, the Yobe State government signed the Penal Code Amendment Act into law in 2018.

The law stipulates clearly that whosoever commits rape in the state; where the victim is a minor shall be punished with life imprisonment and where the victim is an adult, shall be jailed a term of 25 years.

Forensics Will Unravel Murder Of Maersk MD’s Wife, Says Police

 

The police in Lagos State say they are relying on forensic science to perfect their investigations into the killing of the wife of the Managing Director of Maersk Line, a multinational shipping company, Gildas Tohouo.

According to the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, two suspects have been arrested and are being questioned over the attack.

The incident took place at their residence at Lugard Avenue, in the Ikoyi Area of Lagos where the mother of three was stabbed and suffocated to death.

Her husband also suffered life-threatening injuries from the attack but is now recuperating at a hospital.

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The suspects were an in-house electrician and his friend who had both claimed to be in building to rectify an electrical fault.

Two Suspects Arrested Over Attack On Maersk MD’s Family

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A file photo of suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a robbery attack on the residence of the Managing Director of Maersk Nig. Ltd., Gildas Tohouo.

The incident occurred on Sunday at the Cul-De-Sac compound on Lugard Avenue in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

The suspects – Olamide Goke (an in-house electrician) and Ade Akanbi (his accomplice) had carried out the attack on the family while pretending to be in the building to rectify an electrical fault.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Mr Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident and the arrest to Channels Television.

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He explained that men of the Lagos State Police Command moved into the area shortly after the incident occurred and arrested the suspects.

Elkana disclosed that Tohouo’s wife, Bernadette, a Hungarian and mother of three, died from injuries sustained from the attack.

On his part, Tohouo was critically injured and has been taken to an undisclosed hospital in the Victoria Island axis of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer added that the suspects have been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal and Intelligence Department, Panti in Yaba, for discreet investigation and subsequent prosecution.

Police Arrest 24 ‘Awawa Boys’, Suspected Cultists In Oshodi

Some of the suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

A total of 24 suspected members of the ‘Awawa Boys’ and Eiye confraternity have been arrested at Mosafejo in the Oshodi area of Lagos State.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Sunday.

He explained that the suspects were responsible for a series of traffic robberies and violent crimes within Oshodi and environs.

Elkana noted that the suspects were apprehended on Thursday last week by operatives of the Special Strike Force tackling the menace of cultism, gangsterism, traffic robbery, and street violence among other social vices in the state.

He said the suspects would be charged to court.

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Elsewhere, the Bariga Police Station received a complaint on Friday last week that a 22-year-old man, Amusa Hammed, defiled a 17-year-old-girl.

The PPRO explained that the victim was taken to a medical centre in Ikeja for treatment and forensic examination.

According to him, the medical report revealed that the victim was pregnant but had an abortion.

“The suspect was arrested by detectives from the Family Support Unit and he confessed to the commission of the crime.

“The Nurse who helped him in procuring the abortion was identified. Detectives are on her trail,” the statement said.

Elkana said the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspect be charged to court.

Five Dead In New Zealand Volcano Eruption

This handout photograph courtesy of Michael Schade shows the volcano on New Zealand’s White Island spewing steam and ash minutes following an eruption on December 9, 2019.  Handout / Michael Schade / AFP

 

The death toll from an eruption at the popular White Island volcano in New Zealand has risen to five with many others injured, police said on Monday.

“They were five of those that were rescued from the island earlier in the day,” deputy commissioner John Tims told reporters, adding that another 18 people were being treated for injuries, including some with severe burns.

He said there had been no contact with another group of at least 10 people who remained on the island after the eruption, revealing “we’re unsure of their wellbeing”.

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Suspected IPOB Members Kill Two Police Officers, Set Vehicle Ablaze

 

Some suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have killed two police officers in Anambra State.

The spokesperson for the Anambra State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

He added that the attackers injured some officers while a police patrol van was set ablaze during the incident which occurred in Oraifite town in the state.

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Mohammed explained that the security operatives had responded to a complaint against on Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said to be a lawyer to self-acclaimed IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm, and malicious damage to property.

The police patrol teams led by the Area Commander in Oraifite, Oliver Abbey, then mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest Ejiofor who was said to have declined police invitation.

 

“As soon as police arrived at the house, armed men suspected to be IPOB members descended on the police, set ablaze one patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes.

“As a result of the attack, two police officers whose identities are being withheld were killed by the suspected IPOB members while others were inflicted with machete cuts,” the Police Public Relations Officer said.

He added, “The injured personnel were rushed to the hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.”

 

According to Mohammed, the command deployed reinforcements from the State Headquarters comprising personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and Special Anti-Cult Unit to the area.

He disclosed that this was in conjunction with Nigerian Army troops and other security agencies who cordoned off the area in order to fish out the culprits.

The command’s spokesman noted that the team had begun a joint patrol in the town to prevent a further breakdown of law and order.

He confirmed that some arrests have been made and the Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang, has vowed to bring perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice.

 

Meanwhile, the IPOB leader confirmed the incident in a statement credited to him but gave a different account of what happened.

He claimed that the police and army invaded his lawyer’s house while three IPOB members were killed.

“Confirmed reports indicate that a combined team of Nigeria police and military assassination squad invaded the home of my lawyer in Oraifite, Anambra State this morning Monday in a bid to kill him and his family.

“Sadly three innocent Biafrans were killed by this invading force at his residence. This comes on the heel of yet another killing of two IPOB family members who were peacefully gathering in Arondizuogu on Sunday, December 1,” the statement purportedly authored by Kanu alleged.

Ondo CP Orders Investigation Into Killing Of Truck Driver

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

 

The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Undie Adiem, has ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of a truck driver in the state.

The victim whose identity has yet to be known was said to have been shot and killed by a policeman on duty with others at about 1pm on Monday at a point in USO via Owo.

Mr Femi Joseph, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo, confirmed the incident in a statement released in Akure, the state capital.

According to him, the police commissioner has ordered a probe into the incident and given assurance that the defaulting officer would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

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Joseph said the Ondo State Police Command regretted the unfortunate incident and condemned it in its entirety.

He described the killing of the officer as “barbaric and gruesome murder” and commiserated with the family of the slain driver.

“We want to say that the action of this erring officer does not represent what the Nigeria Police or the Command stands for.

“The Nigeria Police and by extension the Ondo State Command respects the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution,” the command’s spokesman stated.

He added, “Once again, we apologise profusely for any inconvenience or embarrassment this isolated action must have caused anyone.”

The slain driver who was travelling to Abuja was said to have engaged in a heated argument with policemen at a checkpoint before the incident occurred.

This, according to an eyewitness, angered one of the policemen who reportedly shot the driver on the head at close range after which he died.

The incident led to a protest by some tanker drivers, causing gridlock on the Highway while it took the intervention of a detachment of policemen from the command to quell the unrest.

Tension In Ondo As Policeman Allegedly Shoots, Kills Truck Driver

 

There was tension in Ondo State on Monday as one of the policemen attached to a security checkpoint in Uso, along Akure/Owo Federal Highway allegedly shot and killed a truck driver.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred after the driver who was said to be travelling to Abuja was engaged in a heated argument with the policemen at the checkpoint.

This angered one of the policemen who then shot the driver on the head at close range after which he died on the spot.

Consequently, other tanker drivers, began to protest, causing gridlock on the highway.

It, however, took the intervention of a detachment of policemen from the command to quell the unrest.

The spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He, however, noted that investigations into the incident have since commenced.

Police Commission Loses Suit Against IGP Over Constable Recruitment

 

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) against the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The PSC had approached the court seeking a pronouncement that it was the statutory body charged with the enlistment of rank and file, also known as constable recruitment in the Nigeria Police Force.

Delivered a judgment on the matter on Monday, Justice Iyang Ekwo dismissed the suit brought by the police commission.

He held that by the provision of Section 71 of the Police Act, it was the Nigeria Police Council under the leadership of the IGP that was empowered with the enlistment of rank and file in the force.

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According to the judge, there is nothing in the documentary evidence placed before the court by the PSC to support its claims that the IGP has usurped the powers of the commission in the enlistment of rank and file into the Nigerian police.

In the suit, the PSC asked the court to stop the ongoing recruitment exercise of 10,000 constables by the Nigeria Police Force.

The court, however, insisted that the Police Council under the control of the IGP was the statutory body to carry out such an exercise.

Tough Times Awaits Social Miscreants In Lagos As CP Odumosu Sets Up A Special Strike Force

 

 

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has launched a Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants in Lagos State. The team is tasked with the responsibility of dislodging social miscreants in the State.

According to a police statement on Sunday, such miscreants are operating under different names such as One Million Boys, No Salary Boys, Awawa Boys, etc.

The miscreants are responsible for a series of violent crimes and attacks in different communities and neighborhoods.

They also engage in Traffic robberies, assaults, murder, and sexual assaults.

The statement further reveals that operations are mostly Intelligence-driven, collating actionable information about the activities of such miscreants, their membership and hideouts and taking the battle to their doorsteps. Members of the Operation were drawn from Tactical Units, State Intelligence Bureau, Operations Department and State Criminal Investigation Department with ACP Odubona Oludotun, AC Operations as its Chairman.

CP Odumosu states that the Task Team is established in response to the recent activities of those miscreants in Ijegun, Itire, Isheri etc., where they vandalized some vehicles and destroyed some properties of innocent citizens for no just cause.

He reveals that 11 suspects were initially arrested and charged to court. Adding that items recovered from the suspects include: two locally made Pistols, eleven axes, 9 cutlasses, 4 daggers, and charms.

According to the statement, the 50 suspects in custody are being profiled.

The Commissioner of Police used the medium to send a strong warning to members of such violent gangs that the Command will pursue them, subdue them and bring them to justice.

He further advised parents to monitor the activities of their children, stressing that the onslaught will be sustained until sanity is restored to our streets and neighborhoods.

The arrest of Three Notorious Cult Suspects

On the 25th of November, at about 0405hrs acting on credible Intelligence, detectives from Bariga Police Station raided a criminal hideout at No. 40 Akinlo Street Bariga.

One Idowu Samuel ‘m’ 21years old, a dreaded Aiye confraternity cult leader in Bariga was arrested. The suspect has been on the Police wanted list for murder and robbery cases.

In a follow-up investigation on 28/11/2019 at about 4.25am, the detectives arrested one Oyins Matins ‘m’ 28years old and Ernest Arojiem ‘m’ 30years old at Community road Akoka, both members of Eiye confraternity. The suspects will be charged to Court.

Arrest of a Traffic Robbery Suspect and Recovery of Firearms

Similarly, on the 24th of November,  at about 7.00am, operatives from Ketu Police Station on traffic surveillance arrested one Segun Akinwade ‘m’ of Bola dumpsite, Ojota, at BRT Bus stop Ketu.

He was arrested with a motorcycle he snatched from a commercial operator.

One locally-made pistol was recovered from him. The suspect will be charged to Court.

Lagos State Gets Court Order To Auction 108 Abandoned Vehicles

 

The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) has obtained a ‘Court Order’ authorising it to auction 108 court forfeited/abandoned vehicles to interested members of the public.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that the vehicles to be auctioned by the government include 86 court forfeited and 22 abandoned vehicles after they had been impounded by the enforcement team of the Agency in different parts of the state for driving against traffic (one-way) and other traffic offences.

Egbeyemi also stated that the public auction is scheduled to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3rd and 4th of December, 2019 at the Agency’s car park, Ikorodu, Lagos.

“It was after the expiration of the 30 days public notice issued by the Agency in line with the dictates of the law to all owners of the 22 abandoned vehicles to claim them that the government obtained the court order to auction them to interested members of the public,” he said in a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq.

“Let me commend the present administration for the on-going massive roads rehabilitation going on simultaneously across the State and to state clearly that motorists both private and commercial bus drivers should desist from driving against traffic (one-way) or causing traffic obstructions to other roads users with”.

While reiterating the State government’s zero-tolerance for the violation of the law under any guise, the Chairman maintained that the Agency will continue to prosecute traffic offenders until sanity is restored on our roads and law-abiding citizens are allowed to commute without being impeded by unlawful individuals.

Meanwhile, the enforcement team of the Agency led by the Chairman over the weekend cleared all illegal trucks and abandoned vehicles causing traffic gridlock at ‘Guiness’ Ikeja / ogba axis in line with the directive of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.

CSP Egbeyemi commended the new Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Hakeem Odumosu for his pro-activeness in enforcing both the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Laws and the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018.

Police Arrest 39 Suspected Kidnappers, Other Criminals In Kaduna

 

 

The Police in Kaduna state have arrested thirty-nine suspected criminals for allegedly committing various offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, internet fraud and other related crimes in various parts of the state.

Addressing journalists during the parade of the suspects at the Kaduna state police command headquarters, spokesman of the command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, says their arrest was successfully carried out through coordinated raiding of criminal hideouts by Operatives of the IGP’s Special Tactical Squad (STS) and the Command’s Intelligence Response Team as well as active Community Engagement Initiative in line with the Inspector General of Police mandate on Community Policing.

He says that some of the suspects escaped from Taraba state to hide in Kaduna state after carrying out several kidnappings in the northeastern state.

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He further discloses that several dangerous weapons including 10 AK47 Rifles, four Pump Action, two Locally Made Pistols, one Locally Made Gun, 154 live Ammunitions, seventeen Cartridges, four stolen vehicles, and other exhibits were recovered from the suspects during the operations.

Sabo also explains that some of the suspects have confessed to series of kidnappings within and outside the State including the killing of Police Personnel and two other victims at Kangimi village after collecting millions of naira as ransom.

While he admits that the Kaduna State Police Command like other Commands across the country has some peculiar security challenges amongst which are; armed banditry, Cattle rustling, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery and other violent crimes against law-abiding citizens of the state, the spokesman, however, states that the command has succeeded in reducing such crimes on major highways, urban areas and villages to a large extent..

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