Police investigate violence that followed death of three Lagos residents

Police officials in Lagos arrested two people in connection to the violent protests that followed the death of three Ajegunle residents who were killed in a tragic well incident.

Spokesman of the police command, Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed the arrests to news agencies, told reporters that the investigation into the tragic demise of Malam Ishiu, Momoh Jare and Abdulmalik Zuberu is ongoing.

Their deaths had been reported at the Tolu Road Divisional Police Station, Ajegunle, late morning on March 14.

The spokesman said the well served tenants of the house at No. 69, Fasasi St., Olodi-Apapa, including the three victims.

There was no foul play involved in their deaths. According toe the police report, two persons had initially fallen into the well while fetching water and had drown. The third fell in while attempting to rescue his neighbours.

“Some of the youths in the area began a violent protest and started stoning the police and the fire servicemen that went there and burnt two vehicles. Two of the protesters have been arrested,” Jaiyeoba said.

He added that the remains of the deceased have been extracted from the well and transported to the morgue at Isolo General Hospital.

Peace returned to the area shortly after during the burial for the three men, when police officials had a dialogue with members of the Hausa community in the area.

Gunshots heard near Abuja US Embassy

The United States Embassy in Abuja has reported that shots were fired close to its premises in the Central Business District, today.

“We believe there were shots fired in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy. The Nigerian authorities have two individuals in custody. We refer you to the Nigerian police for further information,” a statement issued from the embassy this afternoon said.

Security guard at Post 1 of the US embassy confirmed the incident in a telephone interview. The guard, speaking on the basis of anonymity, said gun fire was heard in the vicinity of the embassy and some commotion shortly after.

He added, however, that the situation has been taken care of and Nigeria police forces are on ground to maintain order. There were no casualties from the attacks, the security officer said.

Abuja police command spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, told press that he had no knowledge of arrests.

Military ban the use of Army and Airforce car stickers in Lagos

Security authorities in Lagos on Saturday said that the ban on the use of military stickers in cars will henceforth be strictly enforced.

This was disclosed by the Commandant of the Airforce Base, Ikeja, Air Commodore Tony Omenyi who said the ban follows the abuse of Nigeria Airforce stickers.

He said from now on, the Police have been empowered to remove the Airforce car stickers on any car that it is affixed on; adding that all those who have it on their cars should remove them immediately.

“So, I am appealing to Lagosians to avoid confrontation with the Military and remove Airforce stickers from their cars. And this affects Airforce personnel too. Nobody is allowed to have Airforce stickers on their cars”, he added.

Also speaking on the same issue, the Nigerian Army Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Pat Aken gave an update on the ban by the Army on the use of its stickers, saying the ban is not restricted to stickers but anything that creates a false impression of belonging to the force.

“Anything that creates the impression that one belongs to the Army is banned even for serving personnel. Lagosians should note that anybody parading himself with a sticker is a fraud and would be sanctioned accordingly”, he said.

Clamp down on aliens in Lagos

Meanwhile, the Police in Lagos State said it will soon clamp down on illegal aliens in the State in a move to help check the current influx of the aliens into such highbrow areas like Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

The State Police Commissioner, Umar Manko who disclosed this while briefing Government House Correspondents on the outcome of the State Security Council Meeting chaired by the state governor, Babatunde Fashola at Lagos House, Marina said the security agencies are monitoring the influx of the illegal aliens.

Mr Manko added that for those who are not Nigerians the security agencies will take action in accordance with Nigerian laws. He said that the security agencies including the Immigrations are collaborating on this and urged the citizens to continue to remain vigilant and be law abiding, adding that they should also avail themselves of the Emergency toll free numbers of 767 of 112 when in any distress situation and to pass useful information to security agencies.

On how the Police intend to maintain security in the state, despite the banning of checkpoints, the Police Commissioner said what the Inspector General of Police directed was not that there should not be Police presence on the roads but that Police should remove barriers on the road.

He explained that barriers are different from not finding Police on the roads, adding that the barriers which have been removed and remains removed have been replaced by motorized patrols and foot patrols.

On efforts to curb the recklessness of okada riders in the state, Mr Manko said any close observance of the activities of the State Police Command along the Ikeja axis in the last four to five days will show that the Police have been impounding most of the motorcycles that flout the law.

He said the Police Command has discovered of recent that the okada riders have been using them to commit crimes, stressing that this is a situation which the State will not tolerate.

One killed as building collapses in Lagos

A building under construction at the NITEL Training School Cappa, Oshodi in Lagos collapsed today, leading to the tragic death of one individual, reports said.

Lagos state police spokesman, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, confirmed the incident to the press and explained that the victim had been an employee of the Abuja-based company, Bukola Concept Nigeria Ltd., in charge of the reconstruction of the building.

Jaiyeoba said the accident had occurred at about 9:00 a.m. this morning and identified the deceased as a Matthew Adesuji.

He was found dead under the debris, while a second person was pulled out alive, but injured.

Police are on the trail of the lead contractor who had reportedly fled the scene of the accident. Jaiyeoba said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are now investigating the case.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill two policemen in Plateau state

Two anti-riot policemen were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen at the Bachit District of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau state.

The officers, attached to the Special Task Force, were gunned down at their duty post at Palang by Fulani herdsmen who are also suspected of being behind the murder of three people at Tahoss in the same region that night.

The felled policemen were identified as Corporals Safiyanu Suleiman and Thomas Kozah.

Spokesman of the Plateau Police Command, Assistant Superintendent Samuel Dabai said investigations were ongoing in the case.

Confirming the killings, the police spokesman said it had been a surprise attack with the gunmen opening fire on their unsuspecting victims before fleeing the crime scene.

The attacks comes after some 20 gunmen had invaded the Police Staff College in Jos at about 10 p.m. on Monday night, killing two policemen in a gun attack that lasted about half an hour.

Police say they have beefed up security in the area and are ready to ward off any more attacks.

Gun runner arrested in Maiduguri

A suspected gun runner was arrested in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and site of several deadly sect-related violent outbursts. The state’s Police Command said on Monday the ammunitions dealer had been picked up by authorities in Mangumeri local government area of the state.

Mr Samuel Tizhe, the Public Relations Officer of the command in Maiduguri said intelligence gathered during an investigation led to the arrest of the suspect, identified as Mallam Bello Abdullahi.

Tizhe said Mallam Abdullahi had been in possession of “two AK 47 rifles and eight magazines” at the time of his arrest.

“The suspect also had 117 ammunition in his possession,” Tizhe said, adding that investigations are still ongoing and authorities were closing in on some of his accomplices.

“We have begun manhunt for the other members of the gang and investigation is already on-going in the case,” Tizhe said.

22 police recruits in Ilorin arraigned for using fake documents

At least 22 police recruits, training at the Police Training College in Ilorin, were arraigned in court on a four-count charge on Friday for allegedly using fake documents to secure employment.

They were accused of criminal conspiracy, forgery, impersonation and using a false document. The prosecuting counsel, David Woodi and Sgt. Matthew Ologbonsaye, told the courts that the men were arrested after a screening revealed the documents to be falsified.

The aspiring police officers pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr. Shina Ibiyemi, director of the Legal Aid Council in Kwara, representing the accused pleaded for bail, which prosecutors argued against, asking that the courts remand the accused pending completion of the investigation.

Ibiyemi argued that the court ought to maintain the men innocent until they are proven guilty, adding that the accused persons would present reliable sureties.

In his ruling, Magistrate Wahab Saka granted bail in the sum of N50,000 to 11 of the accused trainees, with a surety each.

On the other hand, a Magistrate Shuaib Olanikewu granted bail to the other 11 accused under similar bail bond, but insisted that the surties swear to an affidavit of means before the court registrar, reports said.

The respective cases were adjourned till April 12 and April 14 in their respective courts.

3 year old Boy Kills Self in Washington

A 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun he found in a car while his family stopped for gas early Wednesday, police said, marking western Washington’s third recent shooting by a child.

“It is incredible in light of the other ones,” said Tacoma police Officer Naveed Benjamin. “You would think people would take more care, not less.”

The family was traveling and had stopped at the Tacoma gas station off Interstate 5 at about 12:30 a.m. The man put his pistol under the seat and got out to pump gas while the boy’s mother went inside the convenience store, Benjamin said.

They left her son and her boyfriend’s 4- or 5-year-old daughter in the car, Benjamin said. The boy climbed out of his back-seat child seat, found the gun and shot himself in the head, police said. He was declared dead at a hospital. The girl was not injured.

Detectives questioned the parents and have called the shooting a tragic accident, Benjamin said.

The investigation was continuing, and it was unclear if the man would face any charge. Washington does not have a law specifically concerning child access to firearms.

The family has not been identified. They are not from Tacoma and their car has Oregon plates, Benjamin said.

The shooting follows the death of the 7-year-old daughter of a Marysville police officer in Stanwood on Saturday when a sibling found a gun and fired while the parents were out of their car. And on Feb. 22, an 8-year-old girl was critically wounded in a Bremerton classroom when a gun fired inside the backpack of a 9-year-old boy as he put it on a desk.

“It’s another tragedy in a very short period of time,” Benjamin said.

It highlights the need for people to secure guns, he said.

“You can’t predict what children are going to do,” he said. “You need to unload and lock it up if you’re not carrying it. … It’s really not that hard to practice firearm safety.”

Twenty-seven states have some form of law to prevent child access to firearms. Such laws can include criminal penalties for adults who allow children to get their hands on guns, but Washington is not one of those states, according to the San Francisco-based group Legal Community Against Violence.

State lawmakers considered a measure in the regular legislative session that ended Friday that would have required additional testing of gun locks and safes before the equipment is distributed to law enforcement officers for home use. The bill was prompted by the 2010 death of a Clark County deputy’s 3-year-old son. The toddler took a gun from a department-issued safe, which the family insisted was faulty.

On Saturday, off-duty Marysville police Officer Derek Carlile had parked the family van near Stanwood City Hall, and he and his wife were out of the vehicle when one of their children found the loaded gun and fired. The shot hit 7-year-old Jenna Carlile, and the girl, the oldest of their four children, died Sunday at a Seattle hospital.

The 8-year-old Bremerton girl, Amina Kocer-Bowman, remained in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after nearly dying in the accidental shooting at Armin Jahr Elementary, where the other student brought a handgun to class. Authorities believe the boy took the .45-caliber gun from the glove compartment of a car while visiting his mother and her boyfriend at their home. He lives with an uncle.

The 9-year-old classmate pleaded guilty last week to reckless endangerment and was sentenced to probation and counseling. He is expected to testify against his mother, Jamie Lee Chaffin, and her boyfriend, Douglas L. Bauer, who were charged Tuesday with felony assault.

Chaffin and Bauer each could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Police reshuffles DIGs, gets new department

The Police authority on Tuesday redeployed some Deputy Inspectors-General (DIGs) of Police, in what has been described as a surprise shake-up.

This was disclosed in a statement on the website of the Nigeria Police Force. The statement further said that the Police Service Commission have approved the re-organisation of the Force with the creation of an additional wing, ‘G’ Department.

The ‘G’ Department is an amalgamation of the Information Technology and Communications sections from the former ‘F’ and ‘B’ departments.

At their decoration on March 2, DIG Suleiman Fakai was named as the second-in-command (2 I/C) to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; while Marvel Akpoyibo was deployed to ‘A’ Department (Administration); John Haruna took charge of ‘B’ Department (Operations); Emmanuel Udeoji, ‘C’ Department (Works); Peter Yisa Gana, ‘D’ Department (Investigations); AbduRahman Akano, ‘E’ Department (Training); and Atiku Y. Kafur to head the ‘F’ Department (Research and Information Technology).

However, in the statement, DIG Akano was moved to head the new ‘G’ Department, while Fakai was moved from second-in-command to the IG to head ‘A’ Department; while Akpoyibo was redeployed to head ‘E’ Department (Training).

Lagos and Ogun police co-operate to rescue abducted woman

The Lagos and Ogun state police comands have joined hands to rescue Jumoke Oyegbola, who was abducted on Tuesday night by unidentified men at Isheri-North area of Ogun State.

Mrs. Oyegbola was on her way to a friend’s house at River View Estate, Isheri North LSDPC, in her Mitsubishi Montero car, when some gunmen halted in front of her vehicle, shot sporadically in the air and dragged her out of the car. They however left her belongings and vehicle behind.

The scene where the abduction took place is a boundary between Lagos and Ogun State, thus, policemen from the two commands have collaborated to locate the victim.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed the incident, stated that, “The incident did not occur under the Lagos jurisdiction but under Ogun. I inquired from the Divisional Police Officer, Isheri, and he told me the case was not being handled by his division. Nevertheless, because of its proximity to Lagos State, our command will partner with the Ogun command on the case.”

The spokesperson for the Ogun State Command, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, in response, says the case was being treated as abduction rather than kidnap.

In his words, “It is true that one Jumoke Oyebola was abducted by gunmen on Tuesday night. We cannot describe the case as that of kidnap because to our knowledge, no ransom has been demanded for now, we are treating it as a case of abduction.”

Meanwhile, Residents in the area have disclosed that hoodlums easily perpetrate crimes in the area at night due to the absence of functional street lights.

A security guard at Tinubu Estate, who craved anonymity, stated that although vigilantes operated at night and policemen usually carried out routine patrols, the absence of street lights in the area made it susceptible to crimes.

Gunmen kill 4 police officers and 3 civilians in Gombe

Police authority on Thursday confirmed that gunmen suspected to be members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram have attacked three banks and a police station in Ashaka, Gombe State, killing four policemen including a Divisional Police officer and three civilians.

According to agency reports, the suspected Boko Haram gunmen on Wednesday evening attacked banks, police stations and shops in Ashaka around 8p.m. The attacks, which lasted for one hour, caused a stampede as residents fled to safety.

The gunmen were reported to have had a free rein, shooting and detonating explosives.

Explosions and gunfire were also reported in Gaidam and Potiskum in Yobe State as well as some areas in Borno State close to Nigeria’s border with Chad at about the same time.

The Gombe state Commissioner of Police, Orubebe Ghandi, who confirmed the incident, said that the threats would be contained by the security forces.

Though he said that the details of the Ashaka attack is yet to reach him, he advised residents in the state not to panic as the police were on top of the situation.

Two weeks ago, there were explosions and gun fights between the police and Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of the state.
The attack comes a day after a school was set ablaze overnight. Authorities said no one was hurt.

Police arrests robber/kidnap gang in Imo

The state commissioner of police Abubakar Jingiri said the suspects were apprehended when a team of mobile police attached to the Ogwuta division.
The Imo state police command has arrested a gang suspected to be kidnappers and armed robbers who allegedly have been carrying out series of kidnaps and armed robberies in parts of the state within the past three months.

Parading the suspects at the police headquarters in Owerri, the state commissioner of police Abubakar Jingiri said the suspects were apprehended when a team of mobile police attached to the Ogwuta division, in Ogwuta local government area of the state got information from members of the public that the suspects were at their native’s doctor’s residence where they have come to collect charms.

“I am happy to inform the members of the public that with good information from good Samaritans, we have succeeded in getting some suspects in the police net,” Mr Jingiri said.

He said that the suspects have been on the run for the period of three months and have been terrorising several communities in Ogwuta including the police force.

“Consequent on their activities, I lost three police men,” the commissioner said.

Mr Jingiri said police officers were able to recover “three Ak-47, grenade launchers, 9 missles (rocket head), and ten magazines.” He said the robbers were arrested while riding on a black Toyota jeep

The leader of the gang Chibueze Okoronta from Isiala Mbano was arrested along with other members of the gang including a native doctor.