Bad implementation of laws responsible for money laundering

With a lot happening in the financial sector,Sunrise Daily decided to discuss the anti-money laundering policy of government due the recent probes of the Police pension and that of the Capital Market.

What are the factors militaing against the functionality of the anti-money laundering policy put inplace by government?

John Oloyede was also invited to the studio to dicuss on the anti-money laundering issues.

Police arrest five over luxury bus robbery of students

The Ogun State Police Command, on Tuesday, said it had arrested four suspected members of the robbery gang that attacked Ekene Dili Chukwu luxury bus which was conveying 42 female secondary school students to Lagos from Enugu, last Saturday, at the Oke-Odo end of Sagamu-Benin Expressway in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state.

Confirming the arrest, the spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said: “The Ogun State Police Command has arrested the driver of the luxury bus that conveyed the Enugu students who were attacked by some hoodlums at Ogbere along the ever busy Ijebu/Benin expressway at 11.40p.m on Saturday, 31/3/2012 and four others who have been suspected to have carried out the operation.

“The other suspects arrested are Oni Olopari, Innocent Omule, Gbenga Adebayo and Samuel Luca. Driver of the bus has identified Samuel Luca as one of those who attacked them that night.
“In the same vein, the command was able to recover some items in the suspects’ houses at Ijebu Ife and Ijebu Imushin, including some plastic chairs contained in a broken down vehicle at the scene of the robbery, the recovery of these chairs assisted the police to focus more on the suspects who were raided in their hideout at Ijebu Imushin after a tip off. The command is still intensifying efforts to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.”

During investigation, one of the suspects, Lucas, was discovered to have been residing in a military barracks in Ilese area of the state before he was ejected for an undisclosed offence.

Meanwhile, in an interview with the Vanguard newspaper, the transport company’s General Manager, Charles Obiora dismissed as baseless and unfounded rumours that some students were gang-raped by the hoodlums who hijacked the bus, challenging any parents to show evidence of such from a government certified medical report.

“I can tell you that nobody was raped and I challenge any parent who said his or her daughter was raped to come up with a medical report from a government hospital to that effect,” he said.

Four killed as members of Boko Haram rob a bank in Borno

Suspected members of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram on Friday killed four people when they robbed a bank and stormed a police station in Borno state, a government official said.

Gunmen killed two people during a raid on a UBA branch in Askira town in the early hours before attacking the local police station, where an officer and a civilian were shot dead.

Gunmen killed two people during a raid on a UBA branch in Askira town in the early hours before attacking the local police station, where an officer and a civilian were shot dead, local government spokesman Malam Yuthama said.

The strikes come less than two days after suspected sect members freed 14 people in a prison break in neighbouring Yobe state and attacked a nearby police station.

According to the Yobe state police spokesman, three members of Boko Haram died during those attacks.

Boko Haram have been unrelenting in its low level violent campaign against President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. A brief flirtation with peace talks collapsed at the beginning of last week.

Months of gun and bomb attacks blamed on the sect have killed hundreds since it launched an uprising more than two years ago to try to carve out an Islamic state in Nigeria.

Nigerian forces have been carrying out house-to-house searches this week in the sect’s home town of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. Similar crackdowns in the past have pushed attacks into neighbouring states, including Yobe.

One of Boko Haram’s primary demands is that its members are freed from prison. While the government has refused any releases there have been several jail breaks in the northeast in the last year.

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).