Abducted Wife Of Akeredolu’s Aide Regains Freedom

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

 

Sade Ale, the wife of the Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Olugbenga Ale has regained her freedom.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed this to Channels Television.

The politician’s wife was abducted by unknown gunmen along with another lady in the car last Thursday evening near Owena, along Akure/Ondo Highway.

Ikoro noted that immediately the police got wind of the abduction, a combined team of policemen, military, and local hunters went after the abductors and they were forced to abandon the captives to escape arrest.

He confirmed that the two persons that were kidnapped at Elegbeka Community, along Owo/Benin Highway last Thursday in the convoy of the slain Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi have been rescued.

He maintained that the police are not relenting until the perpetrators of the evil acts are apprehended and prosecuted.

Ondo has been experiencing cases of abduction and attacks by suspected bandits.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

On November 26, a prominent traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon, was shot by suspected kidnappers.

Mr. Olugbenga Ale’s wife was abducted in the Owena village, along Akure/Ondo Highway of Ondo State on Thursday evening and whisked into a nearby bush by the gunmen.

Channels Television gathered that the woman was abducted alongside another woman while returning from a business trip.

We Shall Never Allow Any Violent Protest In Nigeria Again, IGP Warns

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned that the Nigeria Police Force will not allow violent protests in the country.

Speaking during a meeting with Commissioners of Police in Abuja on Friday, Adamu said the Force was ready to combat any group attempting to cause a breakdown of law and order.

“When #EndSARS protests started peacefully, we provided security for them. We were moving with them to make sure they were not molested by any group of people and it was going on well until it turned violent,” he said.

“When it turned violent, they then attacked the people that were even giving them protection. So, we shall never allow any violent protest in this country again.”

The IGP also reiterated his commitment to tackling the several security challenges in the country, calling for the cooperation of all Nigerians.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu speaks during a meeting with top police officers in Abuja on November 27, 2020.

 

He also promised that the Force would arrest prisoners who took advantage of the recent #EndSARS protests to cause mayhem in parts of the country.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi speaks during a meeting with top police officers in Abuja on November 27, 2020.

 

On his part, the Minister of Police Affair, Muhammad Dingyadi, called for the commitment of the police personnel while discharging their duties.

While expressing the confidence of the Federal Government of the capacity of the Force, he asked the IGP to lead his men to continue to maintain peace and security in the country.

Gunmen Kill Police Officer In Ekiti, Abduct Expatriate

A map of Ekiti, a state in South-West Nigeria.

 

Some unidentified gunmen on Friday shot dead a police officer in Ekiti State and abducted an expatriate.

Another expatriate is also said to have sustained a gunshot wound.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu confirmed that the incident took place earlier this evening along an inter-town road under construction in Ado Ekiti the state capital.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

He said the police have put machinery in motion to ensure the rescue of the abducted expatriate and bring all culprits involved in the killing to book.

The killing is the latest in a series of violent crimes being recorded across the country.

Earlier on Friday, the police confirmed that the wife of the Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, had been abducted in Ondo state.

On Thursday, a prominent traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon, was shot dead by suspected kidnappers.

 

 

 

Couple, One Other Arrested In Kaduna For Allegedly Stealing Three-Day-Old Baby

The arrested suspects paraded by the Kaduna State Police Command on November 27, 2020.

 

The police in Kaduna State have arrested a man, his wife, and one other suspect for allegedly stealing a three-day-old baby.

This was confirmed on Friday by the spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige.

He said the suspects: 30-year-old Kabiru Suleiman, Aisha Musa, and Salamatu Musa, were arrested at Abuja Road in the Rigasa area of Igabi Local Government Area of the state, following a complaint of a missing baby on November 9.

The police spokesman explained that the suspects started nurturing the evil plan during the early period of the pregnancy of the mother, by coming closer to the expectant mother in the guise of friendship and succeeded in whisking away the baby three days after delivery to an unknown destination.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

To Jalige, the suspects were arrested by the Command’s Operatives on November 26 in their hideout at Unguwan Baraya Jos Road in Bauchi State where they recovered the baby safely and subsequently handed him over to his parents.

The suspects, according to the police, have confessed to the crime upon investigation and will be charged to court to face the consequences of their action.

The police spokesman also called on the people of the state to be wary of whom they entrust their children and wards.

Police Officers Accused Of Beating Music Producer In France Detained

This video grab taken on November 27, 2020, from an AFP video shows CCTV camera footage, widely distributed on social networks, shows producer Michel Zecler being beaten up by police officers at the entrance of a music studio in the 17th arrondissement of Paris on November 21, 2020.  / Michel Zecler / GS Group / AFP

 

Four French police officers were detained for questioning on Friday after a video showed them beating up a black music producer in Paris, sparking outrage from the government and celebrities, a source close to the case told AFP.

The officers, who have been suspended from duty, were being held at the National Police Inspectorate General (IGPN), and prosecutors opened an investigation into violence by a person in authority and false testimony, the source said.

Three of the four were being questioned on suspicion of “violence with a racist motive” committed intentionally in a group, prosecutors said. The fourth is being questioned on suspicion of using violence but is not accused of racism.

-AFP

Police Arrest House Help Over Death Of Former Boss

(FILE) A police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Police have arrested one Cephas Iliya for the death of Martins Omeri, an auditor with the Federal Government.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Nasarawa State, Ramhan Nansel, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

He noted Omeri was a deputy chief auditor at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja, but he resided at the Navy Estate in Karshi in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.

Nansel explained that Iliya, a former house help of the late auditor, was intercepted on Tuesday night by police personnel attached to Karshi Division at the Arab area in the nation’s capital.

According to him, the security operatives arrested the 27-year-old suspect who hails from Kaduna State based on credible intelligence.

“A coordinated and diligent search was conducted in his (the suspect’s) apartment where the following items belonging to the deceased were recovered as exhibit – one Infinix phone, laptop, clothing, pair of shoes, clipper, beddings, and a few other properties,” the police command spokesman said.

He added, “The suspect confessed that he sneaked into the house of the deceased at the dead of the night on November 17, 2020, while he was asleep and killed him using a log of wood while, his dead body was discovered on November 19, 2020.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal and Investigation Department in Lafia for an exhaustive investigation after which the suspect should be arraigned in court.

He called on residents of the state to thoroughly screen and get to know the family of those they intend to employ as house help before doing so.

Police Exchange Fire With Hoodlums, Rescue 19 Of 22 Abducted Victims In Abuja

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The FCT Police Command said they have rescued 19 out of 22 persons kidnapped by hoodlums on Pei-Leilei road along Kwali axis in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to a statement by the FCT Commissioner of Police, Yusuf Mariam, the rescue operation was carried out in a fierce gun duel.

Also, the rescue operation was carried out on Wednesday 25th November, following a distress call from the residents.

“In a swift response to a distress call, the FCT Police Command rescued nineteen (19) persons from being kidnapped on Pei-Leilei road along Kwali axis on Wednesday 25th November 2020.

“The successful rescue operation was conducted by a joint team of Police operatives from the Command who responded promptly to the occasion and engaged the heavily armed hoodlums in a fierce gun duel,” the statement read in part.

The Police boss added that effort is being made to rescue the remaining three victims in the custody of the hoodlums who escaped into the bordering forest.

Interpol Arrests Three Nigerians For Allegedly Scamming Over 50,000 People In 150 Countries

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Three Nigerians have been arrested for participating in a fraud scheme that fleeced over 50,000 persons in 150 countries, Interpol said on Wednesday.

The suspects are believed to be members of a wider organised crime group “responsible for distributing malware, carrying out phishing campaigns and extensive Business Email Compromise scams.”

Other members of the group are still at large.

The operation that led to their arrest was made possible by a year-long investigation carried out between Interpol, global security company, Group-IB and the Nigeria police force.

This image, published on Interpol's website on November 25, 2020, shows two suspects being led way by security officials..
This image, published on Interpol’s website on November 25, 2020, shows two suspects being led way by security officials.

 

Group-IB’s participation in the operation came under Project Gateway, a framework which enables Interpol to cooperate with private partners and receive threat data directly.

READ ALSO: Police Shoot Teenage Trader, Two Others In Bayelsa

“The suspects are alleged to have developed phishing links, domains, and mass mailing campaigns in which they impersonated representatives of organizations,” the Interpol Wednesday statement said. “They then used these campaigns to disseminate 26 malware programmes, spyware and remote access tools, including AgentTesla, Loki, Azorult, Spartan and the nanocore and Remcos Remote Access Trojans.

“These programmes were used to infiltrate and monitor the systems of victim organizations and individuals, before launching scams and syphoning funds. According to Group-IB, the prolific gang is believed to have compromised government and private sector companies in more than 150 countries since 2017.

“Group-IB was also able to establish that the gang is divided into subgroups with a number of individuals still at large. While investigations are still ongoing, some 50,000 targeted victims have been identified so far.”

“This group was running a well-established criminal business model,” Interpol’s cybercrime director, Craig Jones, said.

Police Shoot Teenage Trader, Two Others In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

 

 

Tigger-happy policemen on routine patrol along the Tombia/Etegwe axis of the Yenagoa metropolis have shot a 17-year-old trader and two other residents of Bayelsa State who went to the Tombia market for regular shopping.

The unprovoked shooting enraged some residents of the state on Wednesday who called for steep disciplinary measures to be meted to the officers involved in the shooting.

Channels Television learned that the teenage victim, Alice Azaghene, would require a surgical operation to enable her to use her legs again.

A resident, Kingdom Baine, said the teenager was sent to the market to trade periwinkle before tragedy struck.

“I was in my house yesterday when her elder sister sent her to sell periwinkle at the market in the night around past 7 pm. After then, a police van arrived and shot.

“After shooting the gun, bullets entered her two legs. That was what they told me,” the resident narrated.

Another victim of the shooting, Ebinipre Onojamadu, said the second gunshot fired by the police personnel pierced her legs and put her in her current situation.

READ ALSO: Alleged N338.8m Money Laundering: Trial Of Ex-Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji, Aide Resumes

The 47-year-old Onojamadu may not be able to walk for a very long time as the doctor said the injury she sustained from the gunshot was quite extensive.

“About 6 o’clock in the evening, I was coming out to get some foodstuff. When I got close to the junction almost close to the roundabout, I heard a gunshot,” she said.

“The second gunshot was the one that pierced through my leg. I didn’t know the first time that something had happened to me.

“When they said they were shooting that we should go back, I couldn’t move. That was when I noticed that something had happened to me.”

Meanwhile, the State Police Command issued a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer Asinim Butswat, confirming the incident.

The police spokesman explained that the erring officers have been identified and taken into custody.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, condemned the shooting and called for calm from citizens.

The Commissioner also assured residents of the state the case will be thoroughly investigated and all indicted officer brought to justice.

Police Arrest Six Suspected Robbers, Rapist In Katsina

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The Katsina Police Command on Tuesday arrested six suspected armed robbers, rapists in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah disclosed this in a press briefing held at the command headquarters in Katsina.

He said the suspects were arrested on November 22 based on credible intelligence, adding that the two other members of the syndicate are still at large.

According to the police, the suspects have been terrorising the Katsina Metropolis and its environs and responsible for several cases of shop breaking attempts and theft of domestic animals among others.

One of the suspects said to have been parading himself as police officer, Sama’ila Muntari Alias ‘Officer’ of Shagari low-cost did not deny all the charges labelled against him.

Other suspects also confessed to have successfully attacked four motorcyclists including shop breaking, theft of domestic animals in the state.

READ ALSO: 55-Year-Old Man Arrested With Four Human Skulls In Ogun

Meanwhile, two suspected rapists have been arrested, with one being a 45-year-old headmaster in one of the primary schools in the state.

“On 22nd November at about 1800 hours, one Abdulhadi Abubakar of Dan Tsauni village of Batagarawa Local Government Area of the state reported at the Katsina Central Police Station that his daughter aged 13 years left home to Katsina Metropolis for hawking,” he said.

“While at Shakka quarters in the city, one Usman Lawal aged 45 years of the same address criminally deceived and lured her into his house in disguise to buy all the items she was hawking as a result of which he forced her to his sitting room where he had unlawful carnal knowledge of the little girl.

“The victim stated exactly all what had transpired and we have taken her to the hospital for treatment which we are waiting for medical examination report. Investigation is ongoing into the case. Suspects will be charged to court after investigation is completed,” Isah said.

55-Year-Old Man Arrested With Four Human Skulls In Ogun

The suspect arrested by the Ogun State Police Command on November 24, 2020.

 

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 55-year-old man, Yesiru Salisu, for allegedly being in possession of four human skulls, two dry human hands, and three jaws.

According to a press release by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the arrest of the suspect followed a report lodged at the Ago Iwoye division.

The police spokesman explained that the report indicated that the suspect was seen with a bag suspected to contain stolen property and when he was challenged, he dropped the bag and ran into the bush.

“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Ago Iwoye, CSP Paul Omiwole led his detectives to the scene where they opened the bag and discovered that it contains dry human parts,” he said

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill Two in Igabi LGA As Troops Repel Attack On Abuja-Kaduna Highway

Oyeyemi said the bush the suspect ran into was properly combed and the suspect was subsequently apprehended.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed harvesting the human parts from one of the Christian cemetery in Oke Eri Ijebu ode together with one Lekan Bakare who is now at large,” he added.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

He also directed that the fleeing accomplice should be arrested and brought to justice.

IGP Promotes 82,779 Sergeants, Corporals, Other Junior Police Officers

File photo of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has promoted 82,779 junior police officers to their next ranks.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, the officers consist of 56,779 Sergeants, 17,569 Corporals and 8,431 Constables.

According to the statement, the promotion is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has today, 23rd November 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks,” the statement partly read.

“The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants, and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.”

Similarly, 16 deceased police officers got a special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.

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IGP Promotes 82,779 Junior Police Officers

​· As 16 Killed by ENDSARS Rioters get posthumous promotion

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has today, 23rd November 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks. The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency. Those promoted also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the ENDSARS riots – 16 got special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.

The IGP, while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling. He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.

The IGP promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of Government and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the Police for improved welfare and conditions of service towards better service delivery to the people.

DCP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA