Ogun Police Kill 4, Arrest 2 Cross Border Bandits

Ogun PoliceThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested 2 members involved in cross border banditry, while 4 others were killed during a gun battle with the police as they tried to rob a Bureau de Change at Itoku market, located in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

Parading the suspects at the State Headquarters of the Ogun Anti robbery Squad in Abeokuta, the State Police Spokesman, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said the members of the bandits were from Niger, Benin, Ghana, Togo and other neighboring states.

Items recovered from the bandits includes  five cut to size locally made guns, one AK 47, 2 pump action guns, expended and unexpended cartridges and charms.

While assuring residents of adequate security of life and property, the police spokesman however, solicited quality information from members of the general public, in order to fight crime in the state.

Tao FM In Okene, Kogi State Bombed

KogiFive people have been confirmed dead at the Tao FM radio station in Kuroko, Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The community radio station was bombed by some unknown gunmen at about 8pm on Monday.

An eyewitness who spoke to our Lokoja correspondent on telephone said that the bombers entered the premises of the radio station pretending to come for commercial purpose and were allowed access by the security guard.

He said after gaining access to the building they headed straight to the operation room were they threw the explosive inside the building, killing five people – the security men and the Chief Engineer.

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ogunjemilusi, who confirmed the incident, however said that he could not confirm the number of casualties at the time.

He stated that there was dynamite explosion on the part of the building housing the station.

He added that security had been beefed up in the area while investigation was on going.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the station, Dr. Tom Adaba and the Kogi State Commissioner of Information, Zainab Suleiman, have also confirmed the bombing.

Police Restrict Vehicular Movement In States Holding Elections

Solomon Arase Police acting IG on restriction on elections dayPolice have announced restriction of vehicular movements in Local Government Areas of Abia, Delta, Imo, Kogi and Taraba States where rerun of the ongoing general elections are scheduled to take place on Saturday.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, issued the restriction, which will hold between 8:00am and 5:00pm, on Friday, as part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the April 25 elections.

“This restriction of vehicular movements order affects movements in and out of the areas where the rerun elections are to take place, except for Ambulances, Fire Service Trucks and others on essential duties.

“Consequently, travellers and citizens who intend to ply roads within those hours are advised to plan alternative routes,” a statement by the spokesman for the Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, read.

The IGP also warned government officials and political office holders not to go to polling Units with uniformed orderlies or aides, while persons who have no business with voting must not be found within 300 metres of a polling unit.

The Police High Command further put adequate security measures in place by the deployments of additional senior officers to supervise security of elections in the states.

One Deputy Inspector-General of Police, one Assistant Inspector-General of Police and two Commissioners of Police were deployed to Abia.

In Imo State, one Assistant Inspector-General of Police and three Commissioners of Police would be in charge of security activities.

To Taraba State, two Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and two Deputy Commissioners of Police were deployed.

The police further urged citizens to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate Police Authority.

Fire Razes Ministry Of Energy Building In Kwara

fireThe building housing Kwara State Ministry of Energy, the board of Internal Revenue and the state Ministry of Economic Planning was has been gutted by fire on Wednesday.

The fire, which was put off about five hours after it started, was believed to been caused by an electrical fault.

A guard on duty said he called the attention of the Police when he noticed the fire outbreak.

He stressed that it took the Firefighters almost five hours to control the situation, as shortage of water hampered the exercise.

While paying an assessment visit to the building, the state Commissioner for Energy, Musa Abdullah, expressed relief, after noticing that none of the sensitive materials and documents of the officers were affected. He thanked God that no life was lost.

Another visitor to the site was the state Head of Service, Dabarako Muhammad, who announced that the state government had earlier planned to demolish and reconstruct the site to a modern structure.

He said that the Governor would give the final approval on when the construction would start.

While the remaining documents are being salvaged, Mr Muhammed said the staff of the ministry would be re-allocated to another office soon.

Police Arrest Zamfara APGA Governorship Candidate For Ballot Box Snatching

APGAThe Zamfara Police Command has arrested the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA), Dr Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi over alleged snatching of ballot boxes at Shadengara 004 polling unit in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.

Confirming the arrest to Channels Television on telephone, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Femi Ogunbayode said that the APGA Candidate, who is also the National Secretary of APGA, personally supervised some thugs to hijack the ballot boxes from INEC presiding officers with the aim of manipulating the election results in his favour.

He also disclosed that the suspects are currently in police custody and would be charged to court for election offence after investigations have been concluded.

Akwa Ibom REC Confirms Violence, Rigging Attempts

Akwa IbomThe Resident Electoral commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Austin Okojie, at a media briefing in his office on Saturday evening, shed more light on happenings during the day’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

Barr Okojie confirmed that there were instances of violence in some Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.

Part of the incidents include, Mkpat Enin in Eket Senatorial District where two Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) adhoc staff were injured.

Election materials were snatched in Eket and Ibesikpo Asutan districts where they were later recovered by the Police.

About 10 corps members were found in the residence of a former Director of NYSC, Major General Edet Akpan, thumbprinting on ballot papers in Nsit Atai LGA

The Akwa Ibom REC said that the corps members were arrested alongside the Army Chief, and are currently in detention.

Mr Okojie also said that shooting also occurred in Nsit Ubium LGA.

On the performance of the card reader, the REC said that the machine worked perfectly, except in few areas where failure was experienced and replacement was effected.

Police Read Riot Act In Ogun Ahead Of Elections

policeThe Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Ogun State, Lawal Tanko, has read the riot act to would-be intruders who may want to truncate the electoral process to stay clear of polling units across the state.

The AIG spoke during a meeting with senior Police officers, security chiefs and representatives of political parties at the state headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Abeokuta, ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections.

The AIG also challenged men and officers to abide by the rules of engagement and ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

He assured residents of adequate security of lives and property.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement as part of plans to ensure a violence-free election throughout the nation.

Several Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) have also been redeployed to different states to supervise the governorship and state assembly elections.


Police Vow To Enforce Movement Restriction Order In Osun

polceThe Police in Nigeria say it will enforce the movement restriction order put in place to ensure adequate monitoring of the election process. 

In Osun State, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Val Ntomchukwu, assured residents that the Police would strictly enforce the restriction order as stipulated by the Inspector General of Police, to ensure the April 11 polls would be hitch free.

Mr Ntomchukwu gave the assurance while briefing reporters on Thursday, shortly after his visit to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, in his office in Osogbo,the Osun State capital.

Mr Ntomchukwu said he visited the REC to fine-tune improved ways that the Police would help the electoral body ensure air-tight security ‎for a free, fair and credible election.

The Commissioner of Police also said that the Police had taken note identified lapses in the Presidential and National Assembly elections of March 28 and would ensure that security would not be compromised this time.

He said that anyone found guilty of electoral offence would be severally dealt with.

He further advised all public office holders not to go to polling booths with uniformed or armed aides, to avoid breach of the laid down rule of the Inspector General of Police.

30,000 Special Forces Deployed To Oyo State For Governorship Polls

oyo stateA combination of special forces and highly trained officers of about 30,000 drawn from the Police, DSS, Civil Defence and other security agencies have been deployed to Oyo State.

The security forces were deployed to the state to ensure a crime free exercise during and after Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in the State.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, disclosed this to newsmen after a strategic closed door meeting with security chiefs and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ibadan the state capital.

Mr Katsina explained that the deployment of tactical units have been done to identify flash points and to forestall any breach of peace.

He further reassured the people that it is safe to come out in large numbers and vote.

The Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Rufus Akeju, also disclosed that all sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials have been delivered to his office for Saturday’s election.

The REC further stated that a total of 277 candidates would be contesting for various posts in the state.

Militants Attack Church And Police In Egypt

egypt-1Islamist militants hit Egypt’s two largest cities on Sunday with a bombing in Cairo and an attack on a church in Alexandria, leaving one policeman dead and seven people wounded, security sources said.

In a separate incident, the leader of a militant group that has targeted police and soldiers around the capital was killed in a fire-fight with security forces early on Sunday, the interior ministry said.

Egypt is facing an insurgency based in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Most militant attacks have taken place in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza, Israel and the Suez Canal. Smaller-scale bombings have become increasingly common in Cairo and other cities.

A bomb explosion on a bridge leading to the upscale Cairo district of Zamalek, which hosts many embassies, killed one policeman, the interior ministry said. Two more officers and a civilian were injured.

According to the Interior Ministry and Security sources, the policeman was shot dead during an exchange of fire at an apartment in Giza, near Cairo.

The force of the bomb, which the sources said was planted in or near a car, injured several more people on the May15 Bridge.

On Saturday, two bombs exploded near a police station in the residential Imbaba district across the Nile River from Zamalek, causing no casualties.

Police Parade Suspected Criminals In Anambra

policeFour suspected criminals have been killed by the Police in Awkuzu, Anambra State.

About 20 others were also paraded for various violent crimes, including kidnapping, armed robbery, car-snatching and fake currency printing.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karma, attributes the successes recorded by the command to the support from the State Governor, Willie Obiano.

As the governorship elections draw closer, the Anambra State Police says it is prepared to combat any kind of threat.


Military Battles Boko Haram Near Bauchi

Boko Haram Attack GombeNigerian troops on Sunday engaged scores of Boko Haram fighters in a fire fight near the city of Bauchi, North East Nigeria.

The AFP reports that Soldiers supported by two fighter jets intercepted the militants who were in 20 pick-up trucks at Dungulbe village, seven kilometres from the city, and engaged them in fierce fighting.

The Bauchi battle comes after militants attacked polling stations in Gombe and Yobe States on Saturday, killing at least 11 people.

A resident who fled to Bauchi said the terrorists arrived in Dungulbe village around 10:00 am and set up camp in preparation for an attack on Bauchi.

The militants were believed to have come through the town of Alkaleri. The gunmen in several vehicles attacked public buildings and security checkpoints.

Bauchi State police spokesman, Haruna Mohammed, was quoted to have said that gunmen also attacked some polling stations and destroyed ballot boxes in Bauchi on Sunday.