PHOTOS: Police Deploy Dogs To Control Crowd At Supreme Court

Security operatives hold dogs as a crowd of people gather at the entrance of the Supreme Court in Abuja on January 14, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The police on Tuesday deployed dogs to control the crowd at the Supreme Court in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This comes as the apex court resumed the hearing of governorship appeals from six states of the Federation.

The court is hearing the appeals filed by some governorship candidates in Sokoto, Imo, Kano, Benue, Bauchi, and Plateau States.

On Monday, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, who led a seven-man panel of justices hearing the appeals suspended the proceedings in the court.

He gave the order following the inability of the security operatives to control the crowd and the noise level in the courtroom.

Justice Muhammad directed counsels representing the parties not to appear with more than five lawyers, although he allowed the parties in the case to witness the proceedings.

The police carried out the CJN’s directive and used dogs to control the crowd in the process, while the court resumed sitting thereafter.

See more photos of the second day at the Supreme Court below:

Security operatives standing with dogs at the Supreme Court in Abuja on January 14, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

UNN Student Scolded By Parents Attempts To Commit Suicide

 

A student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu has been prevented from committing suicide in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement over the weekend.

Twenty-one-year-old Obasi Chuckuemeka was said to have been scolded by his parents before the incident which occurred on Tuesday last week.

According to Elkana, the victim tied a rope in a loop around their living room ceiling fan in preparation for committing suicide.

But he failed in the suicide quest as an officer of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Security Corps quickly alerted the Ejigbo Police Station.

Policemen attached to the station rushed to the scene and were able to prevent Chuckuemeka from killing himself.

He was, thereafter, rescued and taken to a hospital for medical examination while the police said they were investigating the incident.

Police Arrest Five Suspects Over Female Underwear Theft

The five suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested five persons for their involvement in the theft of female underwear in the Ojo area of the state.

According to a statement on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, operatives from the Ojo Police Station made the arrest acting on credible information.

A teenager identified as Chukwajekwu Eziigbo was said to have been arrested on Friday last week for stealing female underwear from clotheslines.

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“The suspect confessed that for one year now, he has been stealing female underwear from different houses in Ojo and environs,” the statement said.

Elkana explained that the suspect admitted that he usually hand over the stolen underwear to four women between the age of 17 and 26 for payment.

The other suspects are Chidima Obietuake, Chikwaka Jemfe, Gold Enyinnaya, and Akomas Amarachi.

“The suspects have been arrested and they confessed to the commission of the crime,” the statement added.

The security operatives recovered some stolen items from the suspects while Elkana noted that they would be charged to court.

‘Mentally Deranged’ Suspect Sets Man Ablaze In Surulere

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A man said to be mentally deranged has set ablaze another man in the Surulere area of Lagos State.

The incident occurred on Wednesday last week while the police have identified the suspect who committed the crime as Badejo Adewale.

According to a statement on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, Adewale poured petrol on the victim after which he ignited it.

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“On 09/01/2020 at about 0708hrs, one Adeola Kadara ‘f’ of No 13 Aiyeleto Street Surulere reported at Surulere Police Station that she received an information that on 08/01/2020, her brother, one Bolatito Farook Kadara ‘m’ was set ablaze at Hogan Bassey Street Surulere and was taken to Lagos Island General hospital,” the statement read.

Elkana disclosed that following the complaint, police detectives visited the scene and proceeded to the hospital where the victim was seen recuperating.

The victim, according to him, made a statement to the police and narrated how he was set on fire by the suspect.

The police command’s spokesman added that investigation was extended to the psychiatric hospital in Yaba where the suspect was admitted.

He said efforts made to interview him proved abortive as he could not utter a word, although the police were investigating the incident.

Police On Red Alert As Supreme Court Rules On Sokoto Governorship Tussle

 

 

Sokoto State Police Command has deployed over one thousand conventional and plain cloth officers as the Supreme Court of Nigeria is set to hear the appeal brought before it by the Gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), in the 2019 Governorship, as well as the Supplementary Elections, Ahmed Aliyu

The State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Kaoje, who disclosed this in Sokoto, on Sunday through a press statement signed by the Command Public Relations Officer ASP Mohammed Sadiq Abubakar.

He said the measure was to ensure that peace reigns before and after the hearing.

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Mr. Ka’oje’s particular attention was being focussed on the Sokoto metropolis and its environs, as well as on some strategic locations within their vicinities.

The Commissioner of Police has also vowed that the strategy would be maintained until further notice, in line with the recent directive issued by the Inspector General of Police ( IGP), on a 24-hour, nationwide red alert.

Kaoje expressed delight that zero-violence was witnessed during last Friday’s Congregational prayers, across the state.

Police Assault Channels TV Cameraman, Another In Benue

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A file photo of police officers on patrol.

 

 

A team of policemen have assaulted a cameraman with Channels Television, Mr Michael Umele, with multiple slaps in Benue State.

The security operatives attached to B Police Division also seized Umele’s camera and that of his colleague from another television station, for allegedly covering an unlawful gathering of the Tiv Youth Organisation in Makurdi, the state capital.

Upon arriving at the venue of the briefing, the team led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Awe Kayode, asked the Channels TV staff to surrender his camera.

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In the process of explaining to the DPO that he is a journalist, one of the policemen started slapping Umele and forcefully seized his camera and that of his colleague.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in Benue, Mr Mohammed Mukadas, explained that the Tiv Youth Organisation had no approval to convene any form of gathering.

According to him, the group planned to stage a protest against the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mr George Akume, for allegedly denigrating the name and stool of the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse.

The police commissioner, however, ordered the immediate release of the seized cameras, with a directive to the DPO to fish out the officer who assaulted Umele and offer his apology to settle the matter amicably.

Following the directive, the policemen released the cameras to the rightful owners.

VIRAL VIDEO: Police Officers Seen With POS, Asking Passenger To Bring His ATM Card

 

 

A video clip showing some persons in police uniforms holding a Point of Sale Machine and demanding a passenger to bring his ATM card has gone viral. 

It was not clearly established what was going on between the officer and the passenger but one could clearly hear the security operative saying “bring ATM”.

Following its virality, the Nigerian Police Force has reacted with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu condemning all acts of corruption by Public Servants, particularly Police officers.

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IGP Adamu further stated that the Force is committed to bringing to book any officer found wanting in this regard.

The IGP whose message was conveyed via a microblogging site, Twitter, further stated that the Force has commenced investigations to unravel the authenticity of the video, location of incident and identity of persons captured in the viral video.

The statement further enjoined members of the public with relevant information that could assist police investigators to kindly send the information to certain confidential channels.

Police Mourn Officers Killed By Boko Haram In Borno

 

 

The Borno State Command of the Nigerian Police Force is mourning the loss of three of its personnel during an encounter with the Boko Haram militants.

The personnel who were men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad fell after a fierce battle with the insurgents in Kundori village of Konduga local government.

The SARS commander in Borno State Ibrahim Mohammed, a CSP, broke the news on his verified social media handle (Facebook).

“Yesterday 6th Jan 2020 at about 10:30 AM, SARS team on forwarding operation base at Kundori village, Konduga LG along Maiduguri/Damaturu highway came under heavy attack by Boko haram insurgents armed with five gun trucks.

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“After a fierce battle, we lost the above great fighters who have made the squad and the Nigeria police command proud in previous encounters. We pray that Almighty God in His infinite mercy grants them eternal peace in paradise.”

The Commander stated while sharing their published obituary pictures.

Monday’s attack on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway had caused many travelers to be stranded with the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Olusegun Adeniyi running into an ambush late evening of the same day along the same route.

17, Not 40 Travellers Were Kidnapped In Katsina – Police

 

The Katsina State Police Command has urged the people to continue to assist the security agencies in the fight against banditry, kidnapping, and other related crimes bedevilling the state.

The spokesman for the command, Gambo Isah, made the appeal on Tuesday during a press briefing held at the Police Headquarters in Katsina.

He dismissed the claims that over 40 passengers were kidnapped by the bandits as untrue, saying that “Operation Puff Adder led by the Divisional Police Officer in Batsari Division succeeded in rescuing eight victims of kidnap”.

“Of the 17 victims of Sunday’s kidnap in Batsari Local Government Area, eight were earlier rescued by the police, leaving behind nine in the hands of the bandits,” Isah explained.

He added that one of the victims, who was also one of the two J5 drivers involved in the attack, managed to sneak back home on Tuesday, leaving behind eight in the bandits’ custody.

According to the command’s spokesman, the ninth victim sneaked out of captivity in the night while the bandits were asleep.

He said the victim ran away from the bandits’ detention center located in Dumburum village in Zamfara State.

Isah commended the efforts of the Katsina State government towards reducing the rate of crime in the state.

The government, according to him, is doing excellently well with the issue of dialogue with bandits which has translated to a reduction in the cases of banditry, armed robbery, and kidnapping in Katsina.

INEC Fixes Date To Conduct 28 Reruns, By-Elections

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A file photo of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at a media briefing in Abuja. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is ready to conduct 28 outstanding elections spread across 11 states of the Federation.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja.

He spoke shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari along with top officials of the electoral body at the Presidential Villa.

Also present were the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Professor Yakubu announced that INEC has set January 25 for the exercise, noting that 28 elections were part of the 30 annulled by the courts.

On his part, the IGP told reporters that the police were poised to stop ballot box-snatching and other electoral malpractices while ensuring a secure environment for the elections.

Earlier, President Buhari directed INEC) and the police to be fair to Nigerians during the elections, saying the commission must ensure that the game was played by the rules, without fear or favour.

“Those that you declare as winners must be the candidates that the people have chosen,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Mr Femi Adesina.

He added, “Democracy is about free will, and the will of the people must be allowed to prevail. Get your acts right, and leave no room for underhand tricks or manipulation.”

The President said he was determined to give Nigeria an electoral system that meets with best practices anywhere in the world, and charged the electoral umpire to stick to the rules of fair play and adherence to justice.

On the other hand, he told the police that they must carefully secure the electoral process, without bias or favouritism.

President Buhari stated, “Our elections must be done in violence-free atmosphere. The process must be free, fair, decent, devoid of intimidation or malpractices.

“It is the duty of the police to accomplish that, and it is what I expect in the elections immediately ahead and going forward.”

Death Of Iranian General: IGP Places Policemen On Red Alert Nationwide

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has placed Police Commands and Formations nationwide on red alert.

This proactive measure follows Intelligence Report that sequel to the recent killing of an Iranian General, some domestic interests are planning to embark on massive public disturbances and sabotage.

Consequently, Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police have been directed to ensure maximum surveillance and security of lives and property across the nation.

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According to a communique by Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the police commanders have been directed to ensure strategic deployments of both overt and covert Police operatives to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens, foreigners especially diplomats and diplomatic missions domiciled in Nigeria as well as the protection of critical national assets.

Meanwhile, the IGP has assured all Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria of adequate security. He has equally warned all potential troublemakers to steer clear of the streets and territory of Nigeria.

VIRAL VIDEO: Police Officers Arrested After Beating Up Bus Passenger, Confiscating His Phone In Enugu

 

Three police officers have been arrested after assaulting one Justice Obasi in a viral video in Enugu.

In the video, the officers were seen hitting Mr. Obasi severally after he allegedly refused to unlock his mobile phone.

The video was posted on twitter and it got the reaction of the Nigeria Police Force who assured that the officers will be identified and the incident will be investigated.

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Barely 24 hours after the assurance was given, the police revealed that following the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, the officers were identified, traced and arrested by the Enugu state command.


In a tweet thread, the police stated that the officers were currently in custody pending the commencement of their Orderly Room Trial.

It stated that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has a zero-tolerance for the abuse of the rights of Nigerians while assuring that Mr. Obasi will get justice in this case.