Gunmen Kill Security Personnel, Civilian In Bayelsa

Gunmen Kill Security Personnel, Civilian In Bayelsa
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Gunmen have killed a policeman, an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and a civilian in Bayelsa State.

The assailants, suspected to be sea pirates, were said to have attacked an oil vessel conveying a team of security officials and civilians on Friday in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The attack was confirmed in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Butswat.

“On September 22, 2017, at about 1845hrs, a Tugboat, towing a Barge with a combined team of policemen from the Nigerian Inland waterways, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, and civilians onboard were attacked by suspected sea pirates at Ekebiri Waterways in Southern Ijaw LGA, Bayelsa,” Butswat said.

He said that a reinforced team arrived shortly and rescued a policeman, three NSCDC personnel and four civilians while another personnel of the Police Command is missing.

“A policeman, one NSCDC personnel and a civilian were shot dead by the sea pirates (while) one policeman is still missing,” he added.

The Command’s spokesman said the corpses have been deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre for autopsy while a search party has been deployed to recover the missing policeman.

He said all security operatives in Southern Ijaw LGA have been alerted and efforts were ongoing to arrest the culprits.

South African Policemen Arraigned For Allegedly Robbing Nigerian Man

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Five South African policemen have appeared in court on Friday for allegedly robbing a Nigerian man of the sum of 61,000 US Dollars.

Four of the accused have since been dismissed from the police service over the incident and are also currently being prosecuted following an investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

The five former policemen were accused of robbing the Nigerian man who deals in electronics on July 16, 2015.

During the hearing in court, a set of DVDs were distributed to the lawyers of the five accused police officers, to which they complained of being ambushed by the prosecution.

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An eyewitness said an unverified but large amount of money and a pack of sim card were taken from the Nigerian man.

The 42-year-old Nigerian claims he had concluded a forex transaction prior to a business trip when he was arrested by the policemen, taken back to his hotel room where his money was allegedly confiscated but not recorded at the Pretoria police station where he was detained for a night.

He said in court that he hopes for justice as he has done nothing wrong.

The case was adjourned to November 13th, 2017 to allow the counsel to the accused person view the CCTV footage presented by the prosecution in court and allow the current witness, the General Manager of the hotel in which the incident allegedly took place, to be cross-examined.

Nine Policemen Arrested In Lagos Over Bribery, Extortion Of Motorists

Lagos State Police Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested nine policemen and three others for engaging in corruption practices.

New Commissioner of Police in the State, Edgal Imohimi, said on Thursday that the arrest was in line with the command’s zero tolerance to corruption.

He also said two divisional police officers in the areas under which those arrested operated were issued queries after the arrests.

The policemen, a traffic warden, and two others identified as their accomplices were arrested between September 1 and 18, 2017 as a follow-up to the commissioner’s warning to officers of the command to shun corruption.

Imohimi said, based on his directive, operatives of the X-Squad, which is tasked with monitoring the activities of police operatives for corrupt practices, have intensified their operations, leading to the arrest.

“Nine policemen and a senior traffic warden alongside two of their accomplices popularly known as ‘Camp Boys’ or ‘Antelopes’ were arrested between September 1 and 18, 2017,” the commissioner told journalists.

The two accomplices were arrested separately – along Ikotun Road and along Igando Road – for aiding “some unscrupulous policemen” in extorting money from motorists at the respective areas where they were caught.

The Lagos Police Commissioner said the policemen arrested “are currently undergoing departmental orderly room trial to ensure a total purging of the command of its bad eggs, while their civilian accomplices are being charged to court for related offences”.

IG Deploys 500 Mobile Policemen To Aba

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The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed over 500 mobile police officers to Aba in Abia State to restore peace in the city.

The police spokesman, Moshood Jimoh said that the number of policemen deployed could be higher as the Inspector General of Police is determined to prevent a total breakdown of law and order in the South East.

Earlier, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Operations, Taiwo Lakanu, had said while on a duty tour to Aba, that the mobile policemen had assumed duty immediately and that the whole place is quiet as the policemen are on patrol.

The deployment of police officers to Aba is coming after news of an alleged killing of some residents in Umiahia on Thursday which triggered a reaction in Aba, resulting in the burning of a part of the police station at the Ariaria international market

Robbers Raid Banks, Kill Three Policemen In Osun

Gunmen Kill Police Sergeant, Injure Another In EkitiRobbers caused chaos in Iwo town in Osun State on Tuesday as they raided three banks, killing three policemen in the process.

Witnesses said the robbers first attacked a police station in the area before proceeding to the banks and pulling out Automated Teller Machines in search of cash.

One of the witnesses said the robbers stormed the area around 4 pm, shooting repeatedly and causing residents to scamper for safety.

In the process, the three policemen were killed while one of the robbers was shot and killed.

The police have yet to official confirm the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Folashade Odoro, could not be immediately reached for comments as her mobile phone was not reachable as at the time of filing this report.

Suspected Militants Kill Army Captain, Six Others In Ikorodu

Suspected Militants Kill Army Captain, Six Others In IkoroduNo fewer than five policemen and two soldiers, including an Army Captain were killed by suspected militants on Sunday morning in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

A source confirmed to Channels Television that the body of the slain captain who was simply identified as Muhammad, and the other victims had been removed from the scene.

It was gathered that the militants had struck at Woodland Estate, close to the Isawo creeks and engaged security personnel in a gun duel.

It is however, unclear if there are casualties on the part of the militants.

Meanwhile, the new Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone II, which covers Lagos and Ogun states, Adamu Ibrahim, has activated a Response and Intelligence Team to Ikorodu area.

Although the spokesperson for the zone, Dolapo Badmus, did not confirm the number of casualties, she told Channels Television that a team of anti-kidnapping operatives has been deployed to the area to forestall a reoccurrence and arrest the suspects.

The militants, whose stocks in trade are kidnapping and oil theft, were chased out of the area in August 2016 by the Task Force, after several bloody clashes in the community.

Scores of people were allegedly killed during the clashes between militants and residents of Isawo community, before the Joint Military Task Force was deployed to the area.

Police, Suspected Kidnappers Exchange Fire In Lagos

Police, Kidnappers, Igbodu, Epe, LagosResidents of Igbodu community in the Epe area of Lagos State were in the early hours of Tuesday jolted by a gun duel between some suspected kidnappers and men of the Nigeria Police.

Confirming the incident, a source in the Lagos State Police Command told Channels Television that the suspects opened fire on a team of policemen who were on patrol along the Epe axis, and riddled their vehicle with bullets.

One of the farmers in the area also told Channels Television that the gun battle broke out after some of the kidnap victims escaped when they noticed that six of the gang members had left the camp, leaving only two of them, whom they later overpowered.

On arrival at the camp and learning that their victims had escaped, the gang members reportedly went on rampage, attacking everyone they came across.

The kidnappers had on February 14 abducted five farm assistants and two members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), who were guarding the farmers and requested for five million naira as ransom.

Police Recover Over 100 Animals From Rustlers In Kaduna

Police, Kaduna, Rustlers, Animals,Policemen attached to the Operation Yaki Security Outfit in Kaduna State have recovered over 100 cows and sheep from suspected rustlers in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

The coordinator of the security outfit, Yakubu Yusuf, made the disclosure while parading the recovered animals before reporters on Tuesday in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

Mr Yusuf said that the animals were recovered during a raid at a bush in Sabon Gaya, following intelligence report from patriotic residents concerning the activities of the suspected rustlers in the area.

He added that the suspected rustlers took to their heels upon arrival of the security operatives.

The coordinator also noted that some of the animals, which were stolen from Kano and Niger states, were brought to Kaduna State through the bush.

He assured the public that his men would not relent in the war against cattle rustling, banditry and other criminal activities across the state.

He called for the cooperation of the citizens in the fight against crime in Kaduna State.

Police Arrest 458 Crime Suspects In Kaduna

Kaduna-Police-CrimePolice have announced the arrest of a total of 458 crime suspects for alleged involvement in various offences in Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Police Command also made public, the arrest of eight persons allegedly responsible for the kidnap of three clergymen along the Abuja-Kaduna highway last month.

While some of the suspects denied their involvement in the crime, others said they were merely arrested by Policemen for loitering at about 7:00PM.

Parading the suspects at the Police Officers Mess on Friday, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 7, Ballah Nasarawa, said that the suspects were arrested through intelligence gathering about various offences ranging from kidnapping, car snatching and armed robbery.

He disclosed that his men have also uncovered many hideouts being used by criminals to perpetrate their crime across the state.

The AIG equally disclosed that in an effort to sanitise the system, personnel who have served in the command for six years and above would be transferred to other commands and units to ensure effective policing.

He added that all the suspects were being interrogated and profiled, and would soon be charged.

The Police officer also assured the residents of Kaduna State that the command was working round the clock to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Police Boss Orders Withdrawal Of Politicians’ Orderlies

Solomon-Arase-Police_IGP-NigeriaThe Inspector General of police Mr Solomon Arase, on Saturday ordered the withdrawal of policemen from politicians, saying that only “high risk” politicians should be allowed to have orderlies.

Mr Arase gave the order in Minna, the capital of Niger State while on a one-day visit to address officers and men of the Niger State Police Command.

According to him, the policemen to be withdrawn would be deployed to regular police duties.

Addressing personnel he said Niger State needed more manpower to curtail the rate of crime in the state which he described as ‘a state with  a large landmass’.

He further laid emphasis on the personalities of the police force and the need to be firm, honest and knowledgeable on their responsibilities in order to carry out their duties diligently.

Mr Arase also stressed the need for the police force to respect the fundamental human rights and avoid arresting innocent people.

On the welfare of Policemen across Nigeria, Mr Arase decried the dilapidation of Police Barracks, pointing out that the force was already seeking funds to rehabilitate them.

Meanwhile, the Niger State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Marafa, in his remarks highlighted the achievement of the command, stating that there is a drastic reduction on highway crimes in the state.

He said community policing should be encouraged to further establish a cordial relationship between the police and the communities and mould their perception.

He also told the Inspector  General that the state government had been contributing immensely to the police force in the state.

The Inspector General of police later paid a courtesy visit on the Emir of Minna Dr. Umar Farouk Bahago, in his Palace and the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso in the Government House.

Anambra Police Command Set To Launch Operation Peace

police-on suspectsThe Anambra State Police Command is set to launch Operation Peace ahead of the yuletide to clampdown on all forms of criminality in and around the state.

The State Commissioner of Police Mr. Hassan Karma revealed this in a media briefing at the command headquarters in Awka.

This has come on the heels of several arrests made within August in which two policemen were apprehended for armed robbery.

A 29 year-old, Peter Iloh from Egede, Enugu State, was a Corporal serving at Oguta in Imo State Command and was arrested for armed robbery by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Awkuzu, Anambra State.

The second suspect, Constable Nicholas Ogbuanu, was a dismissed officer, who still went on to parade himself as an officer and was extorting money from a commercial motorcycle rider when he was apprehended by the police in Onitsha.

The State Police Commissioner reacting to the resolve of the command to clamp down on criminals in and around the state revealed plans to launch Operation Peace, which would target stamping out crime and criminality.

Mr. Karma used the opportunity to enlighten members of the public on the ongoing Police recruitment across the country and cautioned them to be wary of fraudsters, who will want them to part with money or gift in order to secure recruitment.

The police helmsman also revealed that over one hundred assorted arms and over ten thousand various types of ammunition have been recovered by the police from January this year to September, while over three hundred criminals have been arrested.

Lagos Fire Disaster Claims Three Sisters

fireTraders and shop-owners in a mechanic village in the Isolo area of Lagos State, South-west Nigeria, are now counting their losses after a midnight fire that ravaged some shops there, resulting in the death of three sisters.

The three children – aged five, seven, and twelve, were reportedly left in one of the shops by their guardian before the fire incident.

Their corpses are said to have since been removed by Policemen from the Ejigbo Division.

Another fire incident was also reported to have happened on Toyin street in Ikeja, destroying five lock-up shops and a part of Divine International Hotel, but no life was lost in the incident.