Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers, Recover Arms In Nasarawa

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

 

 

The Police have arrested eight suspected armed robbers and recovered arms in Nasarawa State.

Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Tuesday.

He said, “a distress call was received from Cajaah Mass Housing Estate that armed robbers numbering about Eight (8) were operating at the extreme of the Estate, close to a heavily forested area.

“Upon receipt of the information, Police personnel attached to Karshi Division swiftly raced to the scene where a gun duel ensued.

“Consequently, the hoodlums were dislodged through the combined efforts of the Police and the Estate`s security men, where two suspects namely: Zahradeen Mohammed `M` 19years (A tricyclist at old Karshi, and a Katsina State indigene) Dogo `M` of Mararaba whose real name is yet to be known, both with gunshot wounds were arrested and have been rushed to a Government Hospital for medical attention”.

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On 01/3/2021 at about 0143hrs, a distress call was received from Cajaah Mass Housing Estate that armed robbers numbering about Eight (8) were operating at the extreme of the Estate, close to a heavily forested area.

Upon receipt of the information, Police personnel attached to Karshi Division swiftly raced to the scene where a gun duel ensued.

Consequently, the hoodlums were dislodged through the combined efforts of the Police and the Estate`s security men, where two suspects namely: Zahradeen Mohammed `M` 19years (A tricyclist at old Karshi, and a Katsina State indigene) Dogo `M` of Mararaba whose real name is yet to be known, both with gunshot wounds were arrested and have been rushed to a Government Hospital for medical attention.

Meanwhile, the following exhibits were recovered from them: (I) one Infinix Phone (II) Iron cutter (III) Female jewelry (IV) A Dagger (V) Dangerous charms.
In another development, sequel to a case of armed robbery reported at `A` Division, Lafia on 21/12/2020 in which one Mr. Asom Faga `M` of Tudun Kauri, Lafia was attacked by unknown armed men and some of his properties carted away; on 26/2/2021 at about 1630hrs, Police personnel attached to the Command`s Anti Kidnapping unit led by CSP Cletus Anuforo while working on credible information trailed and arrested three suspects in connection to the case at their hideout in Makurdi, Benue State namely: Musa Umar `M` 26years, Sule Usman `M`23years, and Abdulhadi Sani `M` 25years.

Consequently, two locally fabricated revolver pistols, eleven rounds of 9mm live ammunition, six rounds of 5.65mm live ammunition and three gold-plated wristwatches were recovered from them as an exhibit.

The suspects have confessed to the commission of the crime and investigation is ongoing at State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia.

The suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Bola Longe psc(+) further reassures members of the public that, the Command will continue to work assiduously until crime in the State is reduced to the barest minimum.

ASP RAMHAN NANSEL
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
NASARAWA STATE POLICE COMMAND

Police Kill Nine Bandits, Arrest 10 Suspected Marauders In Katsina

 

At least nine (9) bandits have been killed in a joint security operation conducted at bandits’ camps located behind Guzurawa and Garin Gambo villages in the Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah disclosed this on Monday in a press briefing held at the command headquarters, noting that the onslaught against the menace of banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping, and other heinous crimes is fervently ongoing.

He further disclosed that the police have succeeded in arresting ten (10) suspects in connection with various offences.

READ ALSO: Ten killed As Bandits Attack Three Villages In Kaduna

According to him, three of the suspects who were said to have been part of a notorious syndicate of bandits and kidnappers had in their possession, the sum of three million and six hundred thousand naira (N3,600,000) when they were arrested.

During the two separate operations conducted on February 26th and 28th, 2021, the police in collaboration with the Nigerian Army recovered nine (9) burnt motorcycles, and one AK-47 rifle with five rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.


 

 

 

Driver Arrested With Human Heads In Ondo

The suspected paraded by NDLEA officials in Ondo State on March 1, 2021.

 

A middle-aged man, Hassan Saka has been arrested for being in possession of two human heads in Ondo State.

Saka was arrested on Monday by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state.

The exhibits were discovered in a vehicle along Owo/Akure road, concealed in a brown carton.

The State Commander of NDLEA,  Haruna Gagara said the suspect will be handed over to the police.

The Spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed that the suspect has been handed over to the police.

He noted that investigation is ongoing on the incident, adding that the suspect will soon be prosecuted.

Former Barcelona President Bartomeu Arrested

 

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was arrested on Monday as part of a police investigation into last year’s BarcaGate scandal, a source with knowledge of the case told AFP.

Bartomeu, who resigned as president in October, was among several arrests made just six days ahead of the club’s new presidential elections on Sunday.

Barcelona’s current chief executive Oscar Grau, head of legal services Roma Gomez Ponti, and Bartomeu’s advisor Jaume Masferrer were also arrested by Catalan police, who searched the club’s offices on Monday morning.

Bartomeu, Masferrer, Grau, and Gomez Ponti “are being detained at the police station” as part of the operation, the same source told AFP.

Barcelona released a statement confirming the operation is linked to last year’s BarcaGate controversy when the club was accused of covering up payments made to a company called I3 Ventures, hired to boost the image of then-president Bartomeu on social media.

A Catalan police spokesman told AFP on Monday morning “arrests are taking place” and said the operation was run by officers from the financial crimes unit.

Part of the social media campaign included criticising current and former players, like Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola, and Xavi Hernandez. Messi described the controversy as “strange” in an interview with Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

Barca’s statement on Monday read: “Regarding the entry and search by the Catalan Police force this morning at the Camp Nou offices by order of the Instructing Court number 13 in Barcelona, which is in charge of the case relating to the contacting of monitoring services on social networks, FC Barcelona have offered up their full collaboration to the legal and police authorities to help make clear facts which are subject to investigation.

“The information and documentation requested by the judicial police force relate strictly to the facts relative to this case.”

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claimed Barca paid I3 Ventures an inflated fee and put payments through in smaller, separate amounts to avoid the club’s financial controls.

Emili Rousaud, who resigned as Barcelona vice-president in March last year, said in an interview with RAC1 at the time: “If the auditors tell us the cost of these services is 100,000 euros and we have paid one million, it means someone has had their hand in the till.” The club took legal action against him.

Rousaud was among six Barca executives to leave their posts, with a joint letter citing the scandal as a key issue needing to be resolved.

‘Plugging gaps’

Bartomeu maintained the company had been hired only to monitor posts on social media and announced an internal audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which cleared the club of financial corruption in July.

“Let one thing be clear,” Bartomeu said. “To the question: Have we commissioned the monitoring of social networks? The answer is yes. “To the question: Have we commissioned to discredit people or institutions through social networks? The answer is no and we will take action against all those who accuse us of that.”

Yet Bartomeu resigned in October, avoiding a vote of no confidence triggered after more than 20,000 club members signed a petition against him.

His departure came in the same month Barcelona announced losses of 97 million euros ($114 million) for last season and debts that had more than doubled to 488 million euros.

As well as a series of political blunders, Bartomeu had also overseen a dramatic decline in performances on the pitch and a personal falling-out with Messi, who tried to leave for free last summer.

Messi accused the club of “always juggling everything and plugging gaps” under Bartomeu’s leadership.

Bartomeu’s successor is due to be elected on Sunday, when club members will choose between the final three candidates, Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Victor Font.

“In light of events that took place today, we express our respect for the police and the judiciary, and we defend the presumption of innocence. And we deeply regret that these events diminish the reputation of the club,” said Laporta.

“Too many people want to hurt Barca,” wrote Freixa on Twitter. “We will not allow it.”

Ex-Finance Minister Usman Demands ₦5bn Compensation For Niece’s Killing

File photo: Ex-finance Minister, Nenadi Usman

 

A former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman on Monday asked for ₦5 billion from the police over the killing of her niece in October 2018.

Usman, who is a joint petitioner in the case of alleged extra-judicial killing, told the National Human Rights Commission Independent Investigative Panel that her niece was murdered extra-judicially by a police officer in the Katampe area of Abuja.

Lawyer to the police, James Idachaba, however, argued that the police have played its part by dismissing the said officer and ensuring his eventual conviction by an Abuja High Court which sentenced him to sixteen years imprisonment.

Another petitioner also told the panel how he paid ₦2 million to secure his freedom after the police allegedly withdrew ₦1.4 million while he was in detention.

After listening to the petitions, the panel adjourned the hearing of the petition by the ex-minister indefinitely.

Zamfara Abduction: Police Deploy Surveillance Helicopters To Gusau 

The Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State, Abutu Yaru

 

The Nigeria Police Force has deployed two surveillance helicopters to Jangebe and its environs in search of the abducted girls of Government Girls Science Secondary School in Zamfara State.

In a statement issued on Saturday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the surveillance helicopters will complement the efforts of the operation puff adder.

According to him, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has also condemned the abduction, describing it as barbaric and callous.

He said the joint rescue operation is being carried out by the police, the military and other members of the law enforcement community with support from the state government and other stakeholders.

Civil Servant Rescued From Suspected Kidnappers In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

 

The Bayelsa State Vigilante Force has arrested two suspected kidnappers said to have held a civil servant, Judith Adoga at gunpoint and forced her to different ATM points within the Yenagoa metropolis where they withdrew an undisclosed amount of money from her account.

The kidnapping of unsuspecting residents of the state and forcing them to withdraw their monies from ATM points have been the recent mode of operation by criminals in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The hoodlums had picked their victim at Imgbi Road on February 25 and were moving around town seeking a POS point to make withdrawals when the SWAT Team swoop on them and arrested two suspects – Headman Eniyi and Ebi Tonbofa.

Exhibits recovered from them included a revolver pistol with three rounds of live ammunition.

The Bayelsa State Police Command confirmed the incident via a press statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat.

“You will recall that the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, CP Mike Okoli, had earlier ordered police detectives to fish out the armed robbery gang when similar reports were made to the Police Command,” he said.

“Bayelsa remains one of the safest states for business and for people to stay, hence he will continue to do his best to assist in fighting crime and criminality as enshrined his mandate.”

The arrest by the state-funded vigilante served as a morale booster to the residents of the state and a basis for renewed hope in the state governor, Senator Douye Diri, who has on different occasions said that he wouldn’t place politics with the security of lives and properties.

Meanwhile, the suspects have been handed over to the Special Weapon Tactical team (SWAT) of the State Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.

According to the police authorities, the suspects are cooperating with the investigation and would be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.

 

Rivers CP Disband ‘Notorious’ Tactical Unit, Eagle Crack Squad

Rivers CP, Eboka Friday

 

The newly deployed Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Eboka Friday, has disbanded a unit of the police tactical team known as Eagle Crack Squad.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said the decision was taken today after the CP’s meeting with the police Management Team at the state level.

“The dissolution is with immediate effect and all Personnel attached to the Unit are to report to the Headquarters for redeployment,” the statement partly read.

Omoni asked residents of the state to rekindle their trust in the police, noting that the Command is committed to giving them improved security of lives and properties.

The dissolution is coming on the heels of complaints of unprofessional conduct exhibited by the personnel of the unit.

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The latest complaint against the disbanded unit was lodged by three undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt whom the police officers accused of being internet fraudsters and extorted the sum of ₦150,000 from them.

The officers were identified through the cell phone which one of them forgot in the private car which their victim was driving in.

In December 2019, officials of the now-disbanded Eagle Crack Squad arrested five artisans from the popular Ikoku Automobile Spare Part Market in Port Harcourt Harcourt allegation of car theft, and reportedly tortured one of them known as Chima Ikwunado to death and inflicted severe injuries on the other four.

The officers then went ahead to charge the surviving four to court where they were remanded to prison.

The case sparked both national and international condemnation and prompted an aggressive campaign against police brutality.

Some officers of the squad directly linked to the brutality and alleged murder are standing trial over the incident.

Police Parade 48 Suspects For Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Cattle Rustling

 

The Nigeria Police Force has paraded 48 suspects arrested for various crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cybercrime, and cattle rustling.

Parading the suspects in Abuja, police spokesman Mr. Frank Mba said the suspects – comprising 47 males and one female – were arrested in different parts of the country at different times.

Some of the suspects include Aliyu Suleiman, who is 26-year-old and the leader of an armed robbery gang responsible for the attack and collection of a rifle from two police officers around Abuja.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robber In Ebonyi

Another gang allegedly led by Yusuf Abubakar specialises in kidnapping and was responsible for the kidnap of Mohammed Bashir Bappe, a member of the Taraba State House of Assembly.

Mr. Mba, while advising Nigerians to be wary of the antics of criminals as they keep introducing new tactics on a daily basis, insisted that all the suspects will be prosecuted.

 

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OPERATION PUFF ADDER II – POLICE ARREST 48 NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL SUSPECTS

– Recover 14-AK47 Rifles, 27 other prohibited firearms, 4 POS Machines, others

Following the flag-off of ‘Operation Puff Adder II’ by the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni on 15th February, 2021, to reinvigorate the ongoing fight against violent crimes in the country and bring the perpetrators to book, operatives of the FIB Intelligence Response Team and Special Tactical Squad of the Force attached to the Operation Puff Adder II have arrested forty-eight (48) criminal suspects, including forty-seven (47) male and one (1) female, for their involvement and indictment in cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearms, cybercrime/financial fraud and other heinous crimes in some parts of the country.

Forty-one (41) prohibited firearms including fourteen (14) AK47 rifles, ten (10) AK47 Magazines, fifty-eight (58) live cartridges, four (4) AK47 live ammunition, four (4) POS Machines, two (2) laptop computers, eighteen (18) mobile phones, Internet MODEM and nine (9) ATM cards were recovered from the suspects in the operations.

Notable among the breakthroughs, is the arrest of the nine (9) criminal suspects responsible for the kidnap of Honourable Mohammed Bashir Bape, Member, Taraba State House of Assembly in December, 2020.

The suspects were apprehended at their various hideouts in Taraba and Plateau States following an intense search by the Police team for the perpetrators of the crime and follow-up on recent spike in Kidnapping/armed robbery in Taraba and the North-Central States of the Country.

They are Yusuf Abubakar, 31yrs native of Jalingo LGA Taraba state, Muntari Umar, 27yrs Native of Mayo Belwa LGA Adamawa State, Ahmadu Dahiru, 28yrs, native of Lau LGA, Taraba State, Ali Alhaji Wurungo, 25yrs native of Lau LGA Taraba State, Buhari Nuhu, 25yrs, native of Jalingo LGA, Mohd GARBA, 30yrs, native of Mararaban Gasol, Taraba State, Yusuf Jibrillah 23yrs, native of Mararaban Gasol Taraba State, Adamu Ahmadu aka Bulala 32yrs, native of Taraba State and one Idi Suleiman.

Investigations by the Police team revealed that the suspects are members of a notorious armed robbery/kidnapping syndicate that specializes in terrorizing innocent citizens in the North-Central/North East States particularly in Plateau and Taraba States.

Police investigations have uncovered the roles played by each member of the gang during the kidnap of the Honourable Member. Investigations also established how the proceeds of the crime (ransom) were shared among the suspects.

The Police operatives also arrested a 12-man cybercrime syndicate for internet fraud and other cyber-related offences.
The suspects, with their ages within the range of twenty-two (22) and thirty (30), were arrested at a residence in Kubwa area of the Federal capital Territory (FCT), Abuja following intelligence received by the Police.
Similarly, the Police team busted a 2-man gang of a 61-year-old physically challenged man, Musa Usman from Kebbi State who resides in Anambra State and one Ahmed Shuaibu, 27years, native of Nasarawa State for complicity in the distribution and sale of illicit/dangerous drugs to bandits in their camps at Babuga, Nasarawa State. The physically challenged man has been taking advantage of his physical state to evade police attention until his eventual arrest.

Thirty-five wraps of substance suspected to be Cocaine, were recovered from the suspects.

The Inspector General of Police, while noting that the Operation Puff Adder II is already yielding positive results barely ten (10) days after it was flagged-off, has assured that the Force will not relent in its commitment at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from criminals that are hell bent on threatening the internal security order of the country and bringing such suspects to justice.

Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robber In Ebonyi

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force

 

Police operatives attached to Ohaozara divisional headquarters in Ebonyi state have arrested one suspected armed robber wearing Nigeria army camouflage at Ugwulangwu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect was arrested following a robbery incident that took place along the Amasiri-Okigwe expressway by Oso-Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state on February 13, 2021.

A three-man gang allegedly tied down the driver of a bus conveying different types of goods and robbed him of his properties worth millions of naira and diverted the goods to an unknown destination.

Following the report by the driver of the said bus, police operatives trailed the suspected robbers to their hideout on 17th February 2021 at ugwulangwu in ohaozara l.g.a of the state, where one of the suspects was arrested while the other two took their heels.

Items recovered from the suspect includes two locally made double barrel pistols, with three live cartridges, one revolver pistol with five live ammunition, some of the stolen goods and a pair of military camouflage.

According to the police, the suspect confessed to the crime and admitted that the said camouflage belongs to their gang leader popularly known as ‘Iron’ who is still at large.

Meanwhile, police authorities in Ebonyi state are calling on the general public to provide the command with useful, relevant and timely information on activities of criminal elements in their areas to enable them reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.

‘No More Accidental Discharge’: 10 Promises Made By New Rivers CP

MOSOP Accuses Military Of Killing In Gokana

 

The new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Eboka Friday, Tuesday held his first media briefing since he was posted to take charge of police affairs in the state.

He addressed reporters at the State Police Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state capital in south-south Nigeria.

Friday assured the residents that under his watch, the command would tackle all forms of insecurity to a standstill by relying on intelligence gathering and the use of technology.

He also promised to end arrest by proxy, human rights abuse, and any form of indiscipline by police personnel in Rivers.

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Below are some of the promises made by the police commissioner at the press briefing:

…I promise to do my utmost best to justify the confidence reposed in me. My primary assignment is to secure the lives and property of the good people of Rivers State with integrity, politeness, and civility.

As you all know, Rivers State is strategic to the economic fortunes of the country. It, therefore, follows that so much needs to be done to curtail and minimize the security challenges arising therefrom, given the peculiar social-economic environment and the volume of human traffic, including foreign nationals in the state.

…Let me state categorically that I am here in the state to tackle crime and criminality headlong, in line with the vision and mission of the Inspector General of Police, in accordance with international best practices, rule of law, and respect for fundamental human rights.

I shall uphold the tenets of democratic policing and ensure that innocent citizens do not suffer infractions from my officers. No efforts will be spared in dealing with all criminal elements in the state. Total war is thus declared against violent crimes like armed robbery, cultism, and kidnapping etc.

We shall deploy technology and also rely on other sources of generating information/ intelligence in the discharge of our duties.

In line with the IGP’s directives, my administration has no room for corrupt officers. HODs/DPOs are to closely monitor their men while a monitoring team will go round to apprehend erring officers. Members of the public are free to report the conduct of such officers to members of the Management Team or the Police PRO.

Under my watch, no person shall be detained unjustly. Arrest by proxy is unlawful and will not be tolerated. No person shall be arrested for someone else’s offence.

No more accidental discharge. Defaulters will be charged appropriately, while their DPOs will be queried. Force order 237 will remain a subject of lecture on a weekly basis.

My men and I shall be professional in dealing with all issues. This involves a high level of neutrality and fairness. Officers shall display commitment to their duties and ensure their men are regularly visited in their beats. Officers who perform well shall be rewarded, while those who prefer to remain lackadaisical will be withdrawn and punished.

Foot and vehicular patrols will be more noticeable under my watch. HODs/DPOs are to redeploy 50 per cent of their men in admin offices on these duties.

Police Brutality: Lagos Panel Summons IGP Over Petition By 76-Year-Old Bedridden Victim

The Lagos Judicial Panel on Police Brutality holds a session in Lekki on February 23, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters has summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Commissioner of police in charge of Legal Dept, Abuja, the AIG Co-Operative Police College, Ikeja and the Surveyor-General of Lagos State.

Justice Doris Okuwobi summoned the four persons on Tuesday in relation to a petition involving a bed-ridden 76-year-old petitioner, Prince Adewale Adewuyi who appeared before the panel.

The petitioner alleged police brutality, aggravated assault after his 26 acres of land in Age-Mowo village Badagry was forcefully taken over by the police in December 2013. The land is said to be worth over ₦800m.

His lawyer, Debo Adeleke told the panel that the police has continued to frustrate the efforts of the petitioner to retrieve his land despite the alternative dispute recommendations made by the Citizens Mediation Center (CMC) of the Lagos High Court.

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Mr. Adeleke urged the panel to summon the IGP and the other Police officers to appear before it at the next adjourned date to explain why the Police continue to disobey the resolutions as reached by the CMC.

The Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi granted the request and ordered the petitioner, to serve the IGP, AIG Co-operative, COP Legal Dept, and Surveyor-General of Lagos State within seven days to state their own side of the story.

The panel has adjourned to March 30 for a report of settlement.