Eid-El-Fitr: Police Deploy 3,200 Personnel In Imo

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The Imo State Police Command on Tuesday said it has deployed a total of 3200 personnel to ensure adequate security in the state as Muslim faithful mark the Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

In a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, the command assured Imo indigenes that it is collaborating with all security agencies in the state.

Ikeokwu said the police have made adequate arrangements to ensure the safety and security of lives and properties within the period of the celebration.

While felicitating with Muslim faithful in the state, he asked them to use the period to pray for the sustenance of peace and security in the state as well as the unity and peace of the nation at large.

Meanwhile, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has ordered the 15 Zonal Commanders of the Corps to beef up security in all the state.

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This comes as the Corps renews efforts to maintain security before, during and after the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

NSCDC who disclosed this via a statement issued by its spokesman, Olusola Odumosu, said the directive followed threats of attack by miscreants and bandits in different parts of the country which as a matter of necessity must be forestalled to guarantee a peaceful and hitch-free Sallah celebration.

According to the CG, there is a need to deploy a different scientific approach to combat insecurity at this time, hence, his resolve for tactical deployment of conventional and specialized personnel with appropriate operational equipment to strategic locations such as Eid praying grounds, recreational centers, motor parks, shopping malls, markets and other Critical National Assets and Infrastructure while surveillance personnel is deployed for covert duties with a view to gathering credible intelligence.

Dr Audi noted that while the present security situation in the country may be worrisome, he is optimistic that all the challenges threatening the fabric of the nation’s collective existence would soon be a thing of the past and Nigeria will again become a nation of our fondest dreams.

While congratulating the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, the Muslim Ulamas as well as other Muslim faithful across the country on this year’s Sallah celebration, Dr. Audi called on all Nigerians irrespective of religion, tribe, race or colour to use this moment to pray for peace to reign in Nigeria.

He reiterated that peace and stability of the country are the sines qua non of economic growth and development, therefore, it beholds on every citizen to see Nigeria as a collective project that must not be allowed to fail and this can only happen when all hands are on deck to curb crime and other nefarious activities in order to make Nigeria a better, greater and more prosperous nation.

He also seized the occasion to remind the good people of Nigeria, especially those who have enough to eat and feast to equally remember the less privileged in the society and to pray for those families whose breadwinners are in the forefront of combating various waves of threats across the country.

According to the CG, even when this year’s celebration is coming at a trying moment occasioned by the debilitating effect of all forms of insecurity, the public, especially Muslim faithful should rest assured that the Corps will work assiduously in providing adequate security before, during and after the celebration.

He hinted that the Corps has set up a technology called Integrated Electronic Arrest Reporting System (I-EARS) to make collation of security data and information concerning all manners of crime very seamless in the face of planning and orchestration of strategic action for security operations by the Corps

Dr Audi enjoined Nigerians to see security as the responsibility of everyone and to promptly report suspicious movement or activities around their neighbourhood to security agencies in order to forestall any breakdown of law and order’.

 

DCC Olusola Odumosu

Director, Public Relations

NHQ, Abuja.

 

 

Police Arrest Four Suspected Bandits, Recover 170 Cows In Katsina

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At least four suspects have been arrested in connection with banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed robbery by the police in Katsina State.

The suspects, according to police authorities in the state, belonged to a notorious syndicate terrorising Kankara Local Government Area of the state and its environs.

In a press briefing held on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Gambo Isah said the suspects were arrested based on credible intelligence on May 10th.

Isah said in the process of smashing the suspects, the police recovered of 170 cows and 38 sheep in their possession.

“Nemesis caught up with one Isiya Halliru, Nasiru Bature, Bello Hamza, all of Fanteka village in Musawa Local Government Area of the state as well as one Hassan Iliyasu of Masaurari village in Kankara Local Government Area,” he said.

“We got an intelligence that these bandits were coming from a place where they commit their nefarious activities and fortunately, we succeeded in laying an ambush for them and after a fierce encounter with the hoodlums we were able to arrest these four suspects and we recovered 170 cows, 38 sheep from them as investigation is ongoing to arrest remaining gang leaders of the syndicate.”

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Police operatives also apprehended a 41-year-old man, Muhammadu Aliyu popularly known as DanMaiwaina of Abbatuwa quarters in Katsina Metropolitan Area.

The suspect, said to be a notorious serial rapist, specializes in raping minors and was caught while having an unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (name withheld).

According to the police spokesman, the suspect confessed to have committed the crime and other related offences, adding that investigation is ongoing into the matter.

The suspect said, “I have abused the boy for the fourth time after I was offered with a charm by a ritualist during his lifetime that I should be doing this action.

“And according to what the ritualist told me then, if I go to anyone that is holding a big position and advise him on what I considered as a crime, he/she will surely listen to me and act on it.”

The suspect who was paraded alongside two of his victims, had so far trained a minor that also abused another three-year-old boy for three times.

Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers, Recover Ammunition In Imo

File Photo: A police officer handcuffed some suspects in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The Police have arrested suspected armed robbers and recovered ammunition in Imo State.

The suspects were said to be a part of the robbery gang that has been terrorising Nekede and its environs.

In a statement by the spokesman of the command, SP Ikeokwu Orlando, the suspects, Godwin Danladi and Bamaiyi Gada were arrested at Eziobodo in Owerri West LGA of Imo State.

“At the point of arrest, one AK47 rifle, two magazines, two live ammunition, one Military Camouflage, and some other Military Accouterments were recovered from them”.

Read Full Statement Below

On 11/05/21, operatives of the Divisional Police Hqrs, Nekede/Ihiagwa, acting on a report of Armed robbery stormed a criminal hideout at Eziobodo, Owerri West LGA, and arrested the following:-

– GODWIN DANLADI “M” 20 yrs old

– BAMAIYI GADA “M” yrs old

At the point of arrest, one AK47 rifle, two magazines, two live ammunition, one Military Camouflage, and some other Military Accouterments were recovered from them.

They confessed to being part of the Armed Robbery gang that has been terrorising Nekede and the environs.

They are strongly believed to be part of the prison inmates that escaped from the Correctional Service on 5/04/21. Efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.

SP IKEOKWU GODSON ORLANDO
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
IMO STATE

Police Kill Three Kidnappers, Rescue Seven Victims In Edo

Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.
Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.

 

 

The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the death of three kidnappers and the rescue of seven victims in Edo State.

According to the command, a combined tactical team from the Nigerian Police Force, Edo state command and vigilante rescued the victims who were kidnapped along the Benin bye-pass over the weekend and taken to the nearby forest.

The kidnappers are said to have demanded a ransom of 20 million naira from each of the victims but later reduced the sum to 5 million naira which they were unable to pay before they were rescued on Monday.

This is the second time within days that kidnapped passengers have been rescued from the forest as 13 others were rescued last Saturday.

The Edo State Police Command is again asking residents and anyone with information capable of aiding crime-fighting not to hesitate to come forward with such information.

Police Arrest Four Kidnappers In Ogun

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Police have arrested four kidnappers in Ogun State for kidnapping a 13-year-old girl in the Onipanu area of Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.

The four suspects are John Nelson, 21yrs, Adeleke Ayotunde 29yrs, Adekunle Basit 20yrs, and Abey Fagbemi 20yrs.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested following a complaint lodged at Onipanu divisional headquarters.

“The father of the 13yrs old victim Susan Odunowo, Adejuwon Odunowo said his daughter was sent on an errand by her mother at about 6:30 p.m. of 6th of May 2021 but didn’t return home,” he said

“He later received an anonymous phone call, demanding for the sum of #500,000 as Ransome, if he ever wants to see his daughter again.”

He said upon the report, the Divisional police officer, Onipanu Division, CSP Bamidele Job, detailed his crack detectives, to embarked on intelligence and technical based investigation, in order to unravel those behind the devilish act.

“On the 8th of May 2021, the detectives successfully traced one of the suspects to Cele area of Ota, where he was arrested, his arrest led to the apprehension of two other members of the gang at a factory in Ota.

It was later discovered that the victim was being kept in a room, owned by Adekunle Basit. Detectives swiftly moved in there and rescued the victim unhurt.

“The leader of the gang, Abbey Fagbemi, who took to flight immediately he heard of the arrest of his fellow gang members, was later arrested at about 7:30 am of Monday 10th of May 2021”

“The victim has since been reunited with her family”

The commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who expressed satisfaction about the quick response of his men to the incident, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department, for discreet investigation and prosecution.

He, however, appealed to members of the public, to adhere strictly to various security advice given by the command, in order not to fall victim to kidnap syndicates.

Police Kill Three Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Seven Kidnap Victims

Some of the suspects rescued by the police.

 

The Edo State Police Command has killed three suspected kidnappers and rescued seven abducted victims in the state.

According to a statement issued on Monday by the police spokesman in the state, SP Kontongs Bello, the victims were rescued after security operatives combed the Ahor forest along Benin-Auchi Expressway, Benin City.

It was gathered that the rescued victims were travelling from different parts of the country to Benin City, Edo, Delta and Anambra States.

The victims were identified as Daniel Musa, Anslem Obaladike, John Rufus, Best Osarenrere, Okideli Uwachukwu, Unoma John and Festus Francis.

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The police spokesman said the victims have been taken to the police cottage hospital for check-up and treatment, adding that police operatives in collaboration with local vigilante have to comb the bush until every kidnapper operating within various forests within the state is forced to relocate.

“The combined team encountered the kidnappers at Ahor axis, engaged them in a fierce gun battle killing three of the kidnappers and rescued seven kidnapped victims,” he said.

While reiterating the commitment of the State Police Command to rid Edo of criminal elements, Bello warned kidnappers and other criminal elements to relocate from the state or risk being arrested.

Wike Increases Curfew Hours In Rivers After Killing Of Policemen

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has announced the review of the existing night-time curfew in the state.

In a state-wide broadcast on Monday at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital, he noted that the initial starting time of 10pm has been adjusted to 7pm until further notice.

The governor explained that the time was adjusted by the State Security Council after an appraisal of the recent security situation in which seven police officers were killed in another overnight attack on two police stations and a checkpoint.

Before the broadcast, the governor had met with the Police High Command in the state where he announced a cash donation of N20 million each to the families of the 11 policemen killed in the attacks on security formations in the state in the past weeks.

He described the killing of innocent policemen as sad and unfortunate, stressing that the security officials did no wrong but were killed doing their job of protecting the people.

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

According to Governor Wike, there is no amount of money that can be equated to life but as a state, the government will always identify with security personnel who lose their lives in course of doing their job.

He stated that no form of coercion would make Rivers become a part of any secessionist movement, saying the government was committed to giving the police the necessary support to overcome the challenges in the state.

Read the full text of the governor’s broadcast below:

My dear people of Rivers State

These are extraordinary times for our country and our State. Last week Friday, we witnessed yet another multiple armed ambush on police checkpoints along the East-West road which resulted in the cold-blooded murder of 7 police officers.

We again express our condolence to the families of the dead officers and the State’s Police Command for this irreparable loss and pray for the peaceful repose of their innocent souls.

We have reviewed the way and manner the recent attacks were executed and discovered that the perpetrators, who disguised themselves as security officers, moved in unhindered from Oyigbo to launch the attack.

The nation’s security agencies are on their trail and we are confident that they will all be arrested soon and brought to justice.

We wish to assure every resident that we are not intimidated by the sporadic and cowardly attacks on predetermined security targets by faceless criminals on our soil; neither will we be cowed into succumbing to a baseless and doomed secessionists agenda.

However, as a further step towards enhancing our collective safety, we have reviewed the existing night-time curfew across the 23 Local Government Areas, which will now start from 7pm and ends at 6am until further notice from tomorrow 11th May 2021.

The security agencies are hereby directed to note the new curfew time, ensure strict compliance and effectively deal with any person or group that violates or attempts to violate it.

We have reviewed, and for the moment, declined the pressure on the state government to activate our youth to defend the state from these terrorists because we don’t want to complicate our very delicate security situation by creating opportunities for some other monsters to emerge.

However, we are determined to deploy everything at our disposal to advance the safety and security of lives and property in our state and nothing will stop us from defeating the evil forces presently threatening our individual and collective security.

We continue to appeal to members of the public to understand with us in the midst of the economic troubles that our actions may inflict as our one and only aim is to achieve and sustain the maximum security of lives and property in our dear State.

We further appeal to the public to understand that security is everybody’s business and play their own roles, especially in passing intelligence information to the law enforcement agencies to process and take pre-emptive measures to counter and advance our collective security.

Once again, thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work with the nation’s security agencies to keep us safe and secure.

Thank you and may God bless Rivers State.

Police Investigate Truck Laden With Bullets In Anambra

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The Anambra State Police Command has launched a probe into the accident involving a tipper lorry laden with bullets.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu said the lorry was involved in a lone accident along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway.

On the cartons of bullets allegedly being conveyed by the truck, he said he had not been properly briefed on the situation.

He said the driver of the truck has been arrested and the case transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

Meanwhile, security operatives including the military immediately rushed to the scene, cordoned off the area and recovered the truck with its content.

Following the incident, residents of the commercial city of Onitsha have been gripped with fear as a result of the development.

It was gathered the truck was moving the goods out of Onitsha to a yet-to-be-identified location when the driver lost control and skidded off the road, making it fall into a ditch.

Hoodlums Attack Police Divisional HQ In Abia, Burn Properties

The police station was attacked by hoodlums in Abia State on May 9, 2021.

 

Hoodlums have attacked a police divisional headquarters in Abia State in the south-east region of the country.

The attack on the police facility located at the Trademore Estate in Umuahia, the state capital was carried out at about 9:45am on Sunday, Channels Television gathered.

While no life was lost in the incident, one of the police personnel on duty sustained an injury and has been taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the attack on the station to Channels Television.

“Yes, there was an attack on Mike Okiro Divisional Police Headquarters. We are investigating and the outcome will be made public,” he stated.

Ogbonna added that police authorities in the state were making effort to ascertain the level of damage at the facility and arrest the perpetrators.

According to him, the hoodlums arrived in four vehicles – a hummer bus and three Toyota Sienna van, as well as two motorcycles.

The command’s spokesman noted that the attackers set ablaze documents in the offices and destroyed police vehicles and motorcycles, among other valuables.

He, however, appealed to residents, especially those in the area to support the police with useful information that would assist the apprehending the suspects.

A picture taken on May 9, 2021, shows the entrance of the police station attacked by hoodlums in Abia State.

 

The attack on the police station is one of the latest in the series of attacks on security facilities in the southern part of the country.

Recently, five operatives attached to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, and the wife of a police officer, were killed by hoodlums.

The sad incident was a result of an attack on the police divisional headquarters in Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area of the state.

Odiko MacDon, the Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom, confirmed that police patrol vans and other valuables were destroyed by the hoodlums.

Police Arrest Eight Suspected Kidnappers In Osun

The Osun State Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode speaks during a briefing in Osogbo.

 

Eight suspected members of a high-profile, serial kidnapping syndicate have been arrested at Omo Ijesa village in Osun State.

The Osun State Police Command disclosed this on Sunday via a statement issued by its spokesman, SP Opalola Yemisi, adding that the arrest followed credible intelligence the command received.

She said the suspects were involved in the kidnap of a 65-year-old, Akiishi Catherine in Benue State, thus forcing the Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, to lead the operation.

“Prior to the arrest, Police investigations revealed that the suspects relocated to Osun State after the kidnap of the woman as a deceptive tactics to avoid arrest by the Police in Benue State,” she said.

“The suspects have also planned to use Osun State as a safe haven for the negotiation and collection of ransom even after murdering the woman in cold blood.”

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The police authorities identified the suspects as Orikashima David, Teryange Demenogo, Terngu Tortindi, Anawuese Akough, Mbalumulum Kaorga, Comfort Terdoo, Michael Msendoo and Aondoaseer Terver, all Tivs from Benue State.

The suspects were said to have murdered the kidnap victim in Benue State before relocating to Osun State.

According to the police spokesman, the suspects revealed to the police team how they have murdered three other victims in their previous operations, adding that they would be handed over to the Benue State Police Command as soon as preliminary investigations are concluded.

Reacting to the incident, the police job commended personnel of the command for a job well done, reassuring Osun citizens that there will be no hiding place for criminals in the state.

He noted that the new policing vision of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, is already assisting the command in redefining its strategies toward combating crimes in the state.

Seven Officers Killed In Rivers Attack – Police

This combination of photo shows the aftermath of scenes where seven police officials were killed in Rivers State on May 7, 2021.

 

The Police have confirmed the death of seven officers in the attack on its formation by gunmen in Rivers State.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Nnamdi Omoni, the police also confirmed the death of two of the attackers.

The command’s spokesman explained that the attack was carried out by gunmen who drove in two branded Hilux vans.

 

This photo shows a burnt vehicle involved in an attack that led to the death of seven police officials in Rivers State on May 7, 2021.

 

“The assailant killed three policemen at a special checkpoint between Choba community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and Emohua Local Government Area, and also set ablaze a private car belonging to one of the police officers”.

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The gunmen also launched another attack on a Police Station at Rumuji, a town along the East-West road in Emohua Local Government Area, two more police officers and equally set ablaze a police patrol van.

During the attack on the Rumuji police station, the officers there put up a “strong resistance” and in the process, wounded two of the attackers who later died on the spot.

He added that the officers at the Elimgbu Station also engaged the hoodlums in gunfire, prompting the attackers to “abandon their bullet-riddled Hilux van, while they escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds with a snatched Sienna bus.”

The Police Spokesman in Rivers State clarified that no Police station was burnt in all three attacks, but five assault rifles were lost to the hoodlums.

He says the State Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka has ordered for a thorough investigation into the attacks after visiting the scenes of the incident.

The police say security has been strengthened in all its formations while appealing to residents to be security conscious.

Read Full Statement Below:

ATTACK ON POLICE PERSONNEL IN RIVERS STATE

The Rivers State Police Command can confirm the unprovoked and mindless attack on Policemen and vehicles.

The incident which led to the death of seven Policemen occurred last night at about 2030hrs, where unknown gunmen driven in two branded Hilux vans, attacked the special checkpoint at Choba bridge, wherein a surprising attack, killed two Policemen on duty and set ablaze a private car belonging to one of the Policemen.

A similar attack was launched at Rumuji Police Station by the same hoodlums who killed two Policemen on duty and burnt a Police patrol vehicle.

However, a stiff resistance by the Police prevented the hoodlums from gaining access to the Police station. In the course of the exchange of fire, two of the attackers were fatally wounded and died on the spot.

The third attack at Elimgbu Police Station was equally resisted by the Police, though three officers were killed in that attack the serious fire engagement made them abandon their bullet-riddled Hilux van, while they escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds with a snatched Sienna bus.

The continued engagement by the Police, also forced them to abandon the Sienna car they were using to escape at the Refinery junction, while their remnants again escaped with bullet wounds.

In the meantime, the corpses of the fallen heroes have been evacuated and deposited in the mortuary, while the Commissioner of Police, CP. Eboka Friday, who led members of his management team and tactical Commanders to the respective scenes this morning for an on-the-spot assessment, has launched a serious manhunt for the preparators with a view to apprehending the culprits and bringing them to justice.

So far, the Command is relatively calm and the Commissioner of Police is currently in security with his team, as security has been further strengthened in all the Police formations in the State, including other critical public and private infrastructure.

It is pertinent to note, that in all three attacks carried out last night, no Police Station/formation was burnt. Regrettably, a total of five assault rifles were lost in the incident.

The Public is hereby enjoined to increase their security consciousness and report any person or persons with gun wounds to the nearest Police Station or call the following numbers:
1. 08032003514
2. 08098880134

SP. NNAMDI OMONI (anipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
RIVERS STATE POLICE COMMAND,
PORT HARCOURT.

Police Rescue 22 Underage Girls From Prostitution In Ogun

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The police have rescued 22 underage girls who were taken from Akwa-Ibom for prostitution to Ogun State.

The girls were rescued on Friday during an operation, coordinated by the Area commander Ota, ACP Muhideen Obe.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, says the police team, upon credible intelligence, received, that minors were being recruited from other states and used as commercial sex workers at KOLAB hotel in Itele Ota.

DSP Oyeyemi noted the officers stormed the said hotel at about 8 pm, where the 22 teenagers whose ages are between 10 and 14yrs were rescued.

“Upon interrogation, the girls narrated how they were lured from their respective villages in Akwa Ibom state to come to Ogun state, with the promise to employ them as sales girls in restaurants and supermarkets, only for them to get to Lagos and transferred to a brothel in Ogun state as commercial sex workers”.

According to the command spokesman, the girls were deprived of using phones or any communication devices, therefore, making it impossible for them to reach out to their parents or relations.

“A 33 year old and manager of the hotel Isaac Ogbaji and ten other male suspects were also said to have been arrested during the operation”.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered that the family support unit of the Area command Ota should take over the investigation of the case, identify the recruiting cartel and bring them to justice as soon as possible.