Police Assure NDDC Of Adequate Security, Warn Trouble Makers

 

The police in Rivers State have assured the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), of providing adequate security to enable it deliver on its mandate to the people of the region.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mukan, gave the assurance during a  visit at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt on Friday while warning those plotting evil against the commission to desist forthwith.

The Commissioner was received by the NDDC Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, the Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Bassey Etang and the Acting Executive Director, Projects, Dr Cairo Ojougboh.

During the visit, he said: “Policing Rivers State will be incomplete without securing NDDC. I want to assure the Commission that in spite of the threats we saw in the media two weeks ago, the intention of the evil ones to burn down the Commission’s headquarters can never succeed.

“We have put machinery in place as directed by the Inspector General of Police to ensure that the Commission is secured. The IG has given me the marching orders to beef up the security architecture in NDDC.

“We will be proactive in tackling the security challenges facing the NDDC. We will not wait for any negative thing to happen before we start acting. Our machinery is already on ground and I can assure you that the evil plans of the enemy to destroy the NDDC will fail.

“The IG sees the NDDC as very strategic and will do everything necessary to ensure that the good services you are giving to the people of the Niger Delta is not hindered.”

In response, Prof Pondei thanked the police commissioner for cooperating with the NDDC, noting that the bond between the commission and the police would be further strengthened.

He stated that the NDDC was resolute in ensuring that it rendered quality service to the people of the region in line with its mandate.

“We have a cordial working relationship with the security agencies, because without security, we will not be able to intervene as expected in developing the Niger Delta region.

“The police continues to provide security and other logistic services to the Commission. We are very grateful for this cordial relationship and hope that it will continue and be made stronger,” he said.

Pondei also noted that the visit of the Police Commissioner was timely considering a recent publication, threatening arson on the Commission.

“This is something that we cannot take lightly. We know that it has to do with the on-going forensic audit and we are working with the police to make sure that nothing untoward happens to the NDDC,” he said.

Police To Impound Vehicles Violating COVID-19 Protocols In Ogun

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The Ogun State Police Command has warned residents against non-compliance with the measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

In a statement on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyemi, asked the owners of commercial vehicles and motorcycles in the state not to carry beyond the required number of passengers.

According to him, the command has directed its personnel to arrest any vehicle or motorcycle caught carrying more than the required passengers and impound them.

Oyeyemi added that erring drivers and riders would be prosecuted, saying the police were worried about the disobedience to the directive on the compulsory use of face mask in public spaces.

“The command observed that commercial vehicles and motorcycles are still in the habit of overloading their vehicles with passengers thereby disobeying the directive on social/physical distancing which is capable of jeopardising the efforts of the government in the war against COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, urged the residents to comply with the directives.

He warned that anyone caught moving around without face masks would be apprehended and dealt with in accordance with the law.

Ebrimson sought the cooperation of the residents with the government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic to stand still.

COVID-19 Curfew: Police Relocate Checkpoints In Lagos, Boundaries With Ogun

A file photo of police officers at a checkpoint ahead of the enforcement of the COVID-19 curfew in Lagos.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Command has relocated some checkpoints to more specious and conducive locations in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He explained that this followed the visit of the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, and other senior police officers to different police checkpoints on Monday to monitor compliance with the curfew order.

Elkana noted that the team noticed that some essential service workers were trapped in the gridlock due to thorough checks, especially on trucks likely to have large number of persons concealed for inter-state travels.

According to him, the new locations have U-turns very close to easily turn back vehicles that are not on essential duties and paving way for essential service workers to easily move.

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The command’s spokesman added that the team also moved round on Tuesday to monitor the situation, saying the police commissioner commended the level of compliance with the curfew order by residents.

In a related development, he said the Commissioners of Police in Lagos and Ogun States visited some checkpoints in boundary communities, to replicate the measures adopted for easy movements of essential service workers.

Elkana stressed that security was tightened around the boundary communities to prevent non-essential inter-state movements.

Part of the statement read,

According to Presidential guidelines issued, essential service workers include hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care-related manufacturing and distribution.

Commercial establishments such as: (a) food processing, distribution and retail companies; (b) petroleum distribution and retail entities; (c) power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and (d) private security companies are also exempted. Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.

Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.

COVID-19: We Are Treating 65 Almajiri Children, Two Policemen, Others – Kaduna Govt

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

 

The Kaduna State government has confirmed that it is treating 72 COVID-19 patients in the state.

A statement by the spokesman for Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Muyiwa Adekeye, revealed that 67 of the patients were Almajiri children who recently returned from Kano State.

Adekeye explained that the seven other cases on admission included persons with travel history outside Kaduna State or their contacts.

Out the number are two policemen who are undergoing treatment at the State Infectious Disease Control Centre.

The governor’s aide stated that since the index case was reported on March 28, Kaduna has discharged eight patients and has recorded one fatality who died before his positive test result was received.

Overall, 81 cases have been recorded in Kaduna State, while the active cases are 72.

Adekeye condemned documented instances of police and paramilitary personnel that have been involved in illegal inter-state travel, describing their action as unfortunate.

He, however, appeals to citizens to report any person who they know has sneaked into the state, noting that such persons were violating the state’s Quarantine Orders.

Beyond illegal conduct, the governor’s spokesman believes such persons are risking the health and lives of the residents and Nigerians in general, by recklessly spreading the virus across state lines.

“Therefore, residents of Kaduna State are encouraged to be uncompromising in exposing and reporting these potential spreaders of disease.

“They should not be allowed to spread sickness and make nonsense of the sacrifices the people of Kaduna State are making in enduring the tough but necessary measures announced to protect them,” the statement said.

Adekeye urged residents who suspect that they have been exposed to COVID-19 to act responsibly, avoid infecting others, contact health officials, and isolate themselves until officials attend to them.

He also asked them to readily volunteer all relevant information on their health, travel history, and contacts.

27 Police Personnel On COVID-19 Duty Have Been Assaulted – IGP

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

 

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the attacks on police personnel in parts of the country.

In a statement on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the IGP warned that the police would no longer condone such attacks.

According to him, 27 police personnel have suffered a series of attacks and assaults from members of the public at different times and locations since the commencement of the COVID-19 enforcement duties.

Adamu decried that many of the officers were in hospitals receiving treatment from the injuries sustained during such attacks.

“These include a female police officer, PC Ngozi Nkem, in Agbor, Delta State who was seriously assaulted when a police team was dispersing a group of persons holding a birthday party in clear disobedience to the social restrictions and distancing orders,” the statement read.

It added, “Apart from the attack on the person of police officers, some of these citizens have equally carried out attacks on police assets and facilities.

“For example, two police stations and police quarters were attacked and burnt down in Katsina and Abia States while 15 police vehicles/motorcycles were also damaged.”

The IGP, however, commended the DCO II at Eruwa Police Division, Adeyemo Ogunyemi, for his restraint and professionalism in the face of unprovoked attack as shown in a viral video.

In the clip, the police boss said a woman identified as Kehinde Afolake was seen assaulting the officer, who did not retaliate, while on COVID-19 enforcement duty on Friday last week at Gbolagunte in Eruwa town in Oyo State.

“The officer, like a lamb being led to the slaughter, did not fight back but rather, maintained absolute calm, patience, and decorum even as the woman rough handled him and slapped him severally.

“The said woman also assaulted two female police officers, Inspector Ojola Abiola and Inspector Queen Eguaoje, and gave one of them a human bite on Saturday, May 2, 2020, during an attempt to invite her to the police station for the earlier incident of serious assault on the DCO,” the statement added.

The police boss described the incident as a classic example of unprovoked, unwarranted, and unnecessary attacks faced by police officers in the course of performing their legitimate duties.

He, therefore, warned that the trend would no longer be tolerated by the police and ordered the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to carry out a discreet investigation into the Ewura attack on the police officers and ensure that justice was done.

Over 2,300 Violators Arrested Amid COVID-19 Lockdown In Lagos

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The police in Lagos have arrested over 2, 300 people for violating the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, 2,092 vehicles including 1,535 motorcycles and 369 tricycles were impounded as precautionary steps aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus.

According to him, the arrest follows the measures put in place by the state government and the presidential directives on the cessation of movements in the state.

“During the lockdown period, the Command successfully arrested 2,310 violators. Some of the violators were arrested in clubs, some organised parties, or engaged in group exercise, etc. 2,185 suspects were charged to Court while 125 suspects who are mostly minors, were warned and released.

“Two thousand and ninety-two vehicles were impounded within the same period for violating the lockdown order.

“Out of the figure, 800 are private vehicles while 1,292 are commercial vehicles. 1,535 motorcycles and 369 tricycles were also impounded,” the statement partly read.

The police spokesman noted that “the suspects were awarded various degrees of punishments by the court, ranging from two hours to six months community services and fines between N5,000 and N100,000.”

While appreciating residents of the state for their support, he noted that the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, commended officers of the Command for their gallantry, resilience and professionalism in combating the pandemic.

He also asked residents to adhere strictly with the guidelines issued by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and state government to stop the spread of the virus.

Stressing further, Elkana said the use of face mask is compulsory and social distancing principles must be maintained.

Police Intercept 11 Sokoto Travellers At Osun-Ibadan Boundary

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Eleven travellers who contravened the inter-state travel ban have been intercepted by the Oyo State Police Command in an attempt to sneak into Akure, the Ondo State capital through Ibadan.

The travellers explained that they came from Sokoto to go back to their families in Akure, after more than four weeks of being stranded in Sokoto as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

In his reaction, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said the travellers would not be released to the Sokoto State government until they undergo COVID-19 tests which had already begun.

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Governor Makinde made the remark after receiving a briefing from the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Sina Olukolu, at the Gbagi Police Station where the culprits were detained overnight in Ibadan, the state capital.

He said that the travellers were apprehended at the Asejire Dam axis of the Ibadan-Osun boundary, adding that they claimed that they were travelling from Sokoto en-route to Akure.

The governor insisted that the travellers would remain isolated until the results of their COVID-19 tests were received.

He said, “We are not able to explain how they got here in the first place because there is inter-state lockdown throughout the country.

“They claimed they came from Sokoto and they must have passed through so many states.”

Governor Makinde revealed that he has given directives to the effect that the travellers would be kept isolated in Ibadan until the results of their COVID-19 tests were received.

He, however, noted that he had contacted the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, saying the travellers would be sent back to Sokoto State afterwards.

The governor stressed that governors in the country were still discussing on how to enforce the inter-state lockdown throughout the country, to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

“It is a discussion going on with the rest governors in Nigeria because inter-state lockdown was put in place for a particular reason and what we have agreed to do is, in each individual state where you have inter-state motor parks, there must be on lockdown.

“If they are locked down, at least 80 to 85 per cent of our problems would have been solved. It is an ongoing discussion and I believe that will be the ultimate way to go,” he stated.

During an interrogation, the driver of the bus, Muritala Aliyu, said they passed through old roads and bushes from Sokoto to Niger and Kwara States and then got into Ogbomoso, from where they entered Ibadan.

He added that they were going to Akure “to reconcile with their family members”.

Members of the medical team of the COVID-19 Task Force were at the police station to administer COVID-19 tests on the travellers to determine their status.

COVID-19 Lockdown: Over 300 Vehicles, Tricycles, Motorcycles Seized In Katsina

 

Security operatives have impounded over 300 vehicles, tricycles, and motorcycles in Katsina State.

The Public Relations Officer of the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the 159 vehicles, 17 tricycles, and 141 motorcycles were seized for violating the lockdown order of the state government.

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Isah noted that the state governor, Aminu Masari, had issued an order restricting the movement of persons and vehicles in the 10 Local Government Area (LGAs) where cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported.

The governor had also banned social, religious, and economic gatherings in the LGAs and closed all borders with Kano, Kaduna, and Jigawa, as well as the Niger Republic as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease in Katsina.

The LGAs affected are Daura, Dutsinma, Katsina, Mani, Safana, Kankia, Matazu, Musawa, Jibia, and Batagarawa.

Following the establishment and inauguration of the special mobile courts, the command’s spokesman revealed that the owners of 155 vehicles, 17 tricycles, 106 motorcycles were arraigned in court.

He added that the arrested persons were charged with the violation of the Quarantine and Restriction of movement Regulation, 2020.

“The violators were sentenced to various fines with or without community services, ranging from N3,000 to N10,000.

“Four motor vehicle owners and 35 motorcyclists are still under investigation,” Isah said in the statement.

He, therefore, urged the people of the state to strictly comply with the provision of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations, saying it was in the best interest of the state.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Sanusi Buba, thanked the residents for their cooperation, resilience, and tolerance in the period of the lockdown.

Man Arrested Over Attempted Murder Of Teenager In Ogun

 

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly raping, stealing, and attempting to murder a teenager.

Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, revealed in a statement that Godday Robinson was apprehended on Friday last week, following a report that a young lady was lying unconscious in a 10-feet deep pit at a nearby bush in the Agbara area of the state.

“Upon the report by the good Samaritan, the area Commander Agbara detailed his men to the scene where the young lady was rescued with the help of members of the public and she was quickly taken to a hospital.

“Having regained her consciousness, the victim explained to the police that on April 22, while she was coming from night duty which she performed in the company where she works, the suspect who has been making advances to her before accosted her, capitalised on the isolated nature of the area and dragged her into the bush where he forcefully raped her, dispossessed her of her Galaxy Samsung phone valued at N85,000and then strangled her until she passed out momentarily,” the statement read.

According to Oyeyemi, the suspect dragged the victim further into the bush and dumped her in the pit, having believed that she is dead.

He added that the 17-year-old came back to life and started shouting for help, after which the police area commander gave a matching order to detectives that the suspect must be traced and apprehended.

The command’s spokesman stated that the detectives swung to action immediately, traced the suspect, and got him arrested.

On interrogation, he said Robinson made a confessional statement and owned up to committing the crime but blamed it on the devil.

“Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution,” the statement added.

COVID-19:  Police Arrest 986 Violators Of Kaduna Quarantine Order

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The police in Kaduna State have arrested 986 people for violating the Quarantine Order of the state government aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the suspects are 48 religious leaders and beer parlour operators who are facing charges for disobedience at the various mobile courts across the state.

Parading the arrested persons in his office, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, said the enforcement of the lockdown and social distancing directive has become imperative in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The police boss noted that anyone who violates the order in the state or around its environment will face the full wrath of the law.

While reiterating the commitment of the Police Command to rid the state of criminal elements, the Commissioner explained that over 300 bandits have been killed in the past two months.

According to him, the success was recorded in collaboration with the Nigerian Airforce between February till date.

He noted that 91 suspects were arrested for other criminal offences and several arms and ammunition recovered during different operations at 10 identified camps belonging to the bandits within Birnin Gwari and Giwa Local Government Areas of the state.

Speaking further, CP Muri regretted that two policemen lost their lives while 13 others sustained varying degrees of injuries during the operations.

Policemen Injure Midwife In Ondo

The victim, Modupe Ajasa, accused some policemen of injuring her in the Ode-Irele area of Ondo State.

 

 

Some policemen in the Odo-Irele area of Ondo State have injured a health worker who was called to rescue an emergency case of delivery in a hospital.

Channels Television gathered that the victim, Modupe Ajama, a registered midwife was on her way to the hospital around 8pm on Monday when she met four different police checkpoints.

Ajama explained to them that she is a midwife and there was an emergency situation she was going to attend to at work, showing them her identity card.

She was released at the first, second, and third checkpoints, while on a motorcycle.

It was gathered that two officers at the fourth checkpoint were said to have thrown a log of wood at the motorcyclist while in motion, which made him lose control of the motorcycle and both of them fell and sustainable serious injuries.

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The policemen were said to have fled the scene without attending to the wounded midwife and motorcyclist.

Unfortunately, the woman could not recognise the security operatives who attacked her because it was dark.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the State Police Command, Tee-Leo Ikoro, claimed that those who attacked the woman were vigilante men and not the police.

He said when the motorcyclist sighted the vigilante men at a distance, he quickly made an attempt to turn back, thereby losing control and crashing into a ditch and sustaining injuries.

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Police Kill Three Suspected Bandits In Niger

 

The Police in Niger State have killed three suspected bandits in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Wasiu Abiodun, said the suspects are members of a seven-man bandit and kidnapping gang terrorising the area.

Abiodun said the “hoodlums who invaded Tufa village on Saturday, via Gawu Babangida town in Gurara met the stiff resistance of a joint Police/Vigilante team who engaged them in a fierce gun battle.”

During the gun duel, three of the bandits – Abdulqadir Abubakar, Nuhu Shuaibu (of Goyi village Gwagwalada FCT) and Musa Maisaje (of Dobi Kaida FCT) – were hit with bullets.

The police spokesman said the suspects were taken to Umar Musa Memorial hospital, Sabon Wuse in Tafa Local Government Area for medical attention, but were later confirmed dead by the doctor.

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He said their corpses have been deposited at the hospital morgue.

Abiodun said one AK-47 rifle with erased breach number, one empty magazine, one pump-action and Army camouflage uniform were recovered from them.

According to him, efforts made to arrest the remaining four fleeing members of the syndicate are in progress and the case is under investigation.

Meanwhile, the police have also arrested a 36-year-old woman, Fatima Sani of Gobirawa village, in Mashegu Local Government Area for allegedly stabbing her 70-year-old mother-in-law, Aisha Umaru to death after a misunderstanding.

The culprit who had been divorced left Gobirawa village to Tozon Daji, and secretly entered the mother in-law’s room where she stabbed her to death for allegedly instigating her son, Sani Umaru to divorce her.

The statement further said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adamu Usman reassured members of the public of his commitment to fighting crimes in the state.

CP Usman appealed to residents of the state to support the Force by giving useful and timely information to the Police.