Police Recover Lost Military Rifles In Niger State

Police-Militants-LagosThe Niger State Police Command has recovered seven military rifles lost last week during a clash between military personnel and villagers in Bosso Local Government Area.

Giving an update on the recovery to reporters on Tuesday, the police said it was not connected with the killing of five police officers in the state.

The officers were shot by unidentified persons while on duty.

In the clash between the soldiers and the villagers, 11 soldiers were killed.

Addressing reporters at the Police Headquarters in Minna, the State Police Command’s spokesman, Mr Bala Elkana, stated that the command had issued a two-weeks ultimatum to gun owners in the state to licence or re-licence their category of arms and surrender the illegal ones to the police.

He warned that anyone that failed to adhere to the ultimatum would be arrested and prosecuted for being in possession of illegal arms.

Explaining how the arms were recovered, he said they were found at different locations where some of the soldiers were killed and not from individuals.

Mr Elkana told reporters that the rifles had been handed over to the military and expressed hopes that the military would hand over the arrested suspects to the police for proper investigation and prosecution.

The police spokesman debunked claims that the state was under siege or invasion, as alleged in some quarters the last few days.

He further said that a strategic plan had been adopted to mop up all necessary arms in circulation in the state and that DPOs had been advised to effect the ultimatum.

He denied police’s involvement in the military operation which led to the killing of military officers.

“It was purely a military operation at the beginning before we joined,” he, however, told reporter.

According to him, adequate welfare package would be given to the families of the police officers who lost their lives.

He also urged the public to inform the police about any suspected persons and assured the residents of the state of their safety.

The police spokesman also hinted that security agencies in the state had agreed to have a joint operation centre that would be led by the police to curb such menace in Niger State.

Four Killed In Fulani, Gwari Reprisal Attack In Niger

Fulani, Reprisal attack, Niger StateFour persons were at the weekend killed in a reprisal attack between Fulani men and some farmers at Barakuta in Bosso local government of Niger State.

Many houses, four cars and 17 motorcycles were burnt in the attack.

The Niger State Police Command, Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP Bala Elkana said that unidentified gunmen attacked the village, killed four people, injured one person and burnt down many houses and valuables like their food stores.

Elkana stated that the situation has been brought under control with the deployment of Police and military. He gave the assurance that the invaders numbering about 200 would not escaped arrest.

He added people of the community should remain calm because the security agencies were on top of the situation.

Investigation revealed that the crises began last Thursday when some men suspected to be Fulani gathered to celebrate Sallah and two of them chased a girl into a Gwari man’s house allegedly in an attempt to rape her.

The men were denied entry into the compound and a fight broke out, during which the son of the family head was injured and later died.

The reprisal attack, according to report, was the result of the Gwaris’ attempt to get revenge on the Fulani men.

Police Rescue Kidnapped Woman, Three Children

Police, Public Peace, PDPThe Nigeria Police on July 4 rescued a woman and her children kidnapped on July 3, 2016 at her residence in Ayobo area of Lagos State.

According to the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, as soon as the information of the kidnap got to the Nigeria Police, the Acting IGP, Ibrahim Idris, ordered the immediate deployment of a detachment of Counter Terrorism Unit to the area for the safe rescue of the victims.

He added that when the news of the kidnap spread around the Ayobo area, some good spirited members of the community had mobilized to apprehend the hoodlums, until the Police were contacted.

“This community collaboration with the Nigeria Police ensured that the hoodlums were traced to the Igando waterfront, Lagos, on July 4, 2016 where the criminals abandoned their victims and fled.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Idris warns those involved in acts of kidnapping and other heinous crimes to turn a new leaf as the Police in the new dispensation is ready to clampdown on all forms of criminality throughout the country.

“IGP Ibrahim Idris further stated that safety, peace and security of law abiding citizens are uppermost in his policing objectives.

“He affirmed that community partnership in crime control and prevention is critical to police ability to render quality service,” the PPRO stated.

Akwa Ibom Police Parade Suspected Killer Of Dr. Ivy Umana

Ivy Umana, AKwa IbomA 28-year-old man, Silas Henry, has confessed to the murder of Dr. Ivy Umana, who was Head of the Department of Pathology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.

The man, who is in Police custody, made the confession on Tuesday while answering questions from journalists at the Police headquarters, Uyo.

Parading the suspect, the Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Cordelia Nwawe, said that the late Dr. Ivy Umana was murdered in her apartment at Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo on April 20, 2016.

She added that the arrest of the suspect in Abia State was a result of detailed investigation and synergy between the Police and other security agencies.

Four other suspects, including a woman, were also paraded for alleged murder and robbery. The suspects also confessed their involvement in the crimes.

The PPRO, Cordelia Nwawe, used the occasion to restate the command’s commitment to the security of lives and property in the state.

Police Debunk Rumour Of Alleged Killing In Niger State

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The Niger State Police Command has described as untrue, rumours that five traders were killed by some suspected Militants at Madalla Market in Suleja Local Government Area of the State.

In a statement issued by the Command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, the command maintained that the story, which was widely reported in the social media, especially on popular blogs, was not only false, but malicious.

The police said it was an attempt to cause disaffection among the different ethnic and religious groups that have lived peacefully with one another over the years.

The Command further advised the public to ignore the story and go about their lawful business, as the State Police Command and other sister security agencies in the state would continue to guarantee the safety of lives and property of residents in the state and beyond.

 

Yobe Police Re-echoes Prohibition Of Fireworks

policeThe Yobe State Police Command on Wednesday re-echoed the prohibition of sales and usage of fireworks across the state.

The re-echoing of the prohibition is contained in a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, ASP Toyin Gbadegesin.

According to the statement, “the prohibition of the sale and use of fireworks is still in force and the public is hereby reminded that any use of fireworks before, during and after the Yuletide season is prohibited”.

It also warned that “any violation of this order shall be viewed as security saboteurs and shall be arrested and prosecuted”.

The re-echoing of the prohibition is in view of the approaching Yuletide period which may trigger the use of fireworks and other explosives in celebration, thereby constituting security threat to security operatives and residents alike.

Police Parades 30 Suspects, Recovers 10 Vehicles In Ogun

policeAs part of its renewed onslaught against criminals in Ogun state, south-west Nigeria, the Ogun State Police Command has arrested about 30 suspected criminals across the state, including a four-man gang of armed bandits which specialise in snatching vehicles in the state and neighboring states.

Parading the suspects at the state headquarters of the Police Force, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Muyiwa Adejobi said the arrest was made possible with useful information from members of the general public.

Among the arrested suspects are 16 suspected cultists and armed robbers.

The items recovered from them included guns, flat screen TV, arms and ammunition, ten vehicles and fabricated master keys being used by the suspects.

The PPRO informed the public that the command would not relent on the latest determination to reduce crime and criminal tendencies to the barest minimum in the state.

The suspects confessed to the crime as a 34-year-old car dealer claimed to buy the cars between 200,000 and 250,000 naira.

The command has however appealed to members of the general public whose car were stolen to approach the command with prove of evidence and claim their vehicles.

Yobe Police Restricts Vehicular Movement

policeThe Yobe State Police Command has declared restriction of vehicular movement in and out of the state to ensure a hitch free Sallah celebration.

A statement issued by the Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Toyin Gbadegesin (ASP) said “There shall be no movement of all classes of vehicles in and out of the state from all directions or gateways between the hours of 6:00 PM on Thursday July 16 to 2:00 PM Friday July 17, when Sallah would have been successfully concluded.”

The statement said that no vehicles or any means of conveyance will be allowed beyond 500 metres to the prayer ground and urges the public to comply with the directive to ensure a successful celebration.

It also said that mode of dressing to the prayer ground should be simple while no bag will be allowed, adding that male worshippers will be checked by male security agents while female security will check their female counterparts into the venue.

While congratulating Muslims for the completion of the Ramadan fast, the statement calls on them to accord security agents the needed support towards a hitch free celebration.

Meanwhile, Muslims have besieged the Damaturu market in late minute shopping ahead of Friday’s celebration.

Kano Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers

policeKano State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 3 persons suspected to have kidnapped Umar Aminu, a 4 year old boy. 

Addressing a news conference, the Police Public Relations Officer, Magaji Majia, said that the arrest came at a time when the suspects demanded a ransom of 3 million naira for the release of the boy.

According to reports, a 25 year old Bello Wada conspired with Aliyu Tasiu and Fauziya Bala, to kidnap Aminu at his father’s residence in Tudun Wada Local Government.

Aliyu Tasiu is a family member who has access into the house of the grandmother that takes care of the victim.

Aliyu was said to have obstructed the view of the grandmother, while the child was taken away by Bello Wada who subsequently handed him over to Fauziya Bala, to keep pending the payment of the ransom.

“He is my brother but conspired with his friends to take away my grandson. He later called me that if I did not pay three million I will never see my grandson again,” the grandmother said.

However, in an interview with journalists, the suspects said that they kidnapped the child after his father turned down their request for some money to start up a poultry business.

“We kidnapped the boy because his father refused to borrow us money to start a poultry business, therefore we kidnapped the boy to see if we can be able to secure the money,” they said.

The Police said that the boy has reunited with his family and the suspects would be charge to court after all necessary investigations are made.

Ogun State Residents Unable To Collect PVCs

Ogun stateFew hours to the general elections, thousands of residents in Ogun State are still finding it difficult to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

A visit to some of the collection centres revealed that eligible voters who thronged those centres could not get their cards despite haven’t collected their Temporary Voter Cards.

In another development, the State Police Command has warned illegal security operatives to stay away from voting areas across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State as those found wanting would be made to face the full weight of the law.

Friday, March 27, is being observed as a work free day in Ogun State as announced by the State Government, south-west Nigeria, to allow residents who have not been able to collect their PVCs do so.

In response to this, many residents besiege collection centres but the cards were not there.

The State Police Command has expressed its readiness to work hand in hand with other security agencies during the elections.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, while highlighting the level of preparedness said, adequate logistics have been put in place even at river rine areas of the State.

The command has however warned that it would not condone any act of lawlessness before, during and after the elections.

Former Ikeja council Chairman murdered

Former chairman of Ikeja Local Government Area, and Special Adviser in the Lagos Ministry of Health,  Toyin Hamzat, has been shot dead.

He  was murdered around 9pm on Sunday on the expressway around Sagamu, Ogun state.

Late Hamzat was said to be returning from his country home in Aiyepe, Ogun state when he was attacked.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ogun state Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, described the killing as a case of assassination as nothing was taken away by the hoodlums from the scene of the incident.

He however said that five suspects have been arrested   in connection with the assassination.

Meanwhile the Ogun State Police command have confirmed that two police men were killed by armed robbers at Olodo International cattle market in Ayetoro local government area of the state, while two others reported injured.

Mr Adejobi said both incidences are under investigations and that the police would get to the root of the crimes.

Armed robbers kill three police men in Ogun

Three police men have been confirmed dead in an early hour raid on a community in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, while two others were critically injured.

The incident was said to have occurred when the five officers were on the way to address a distress call that a 15 member armed bandit had stormed the Ijemo-Agbadu area of the city.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Muyiwa Adejobi stated three police officers were murdered and that two others were injured while an undisclosed amount of money and other personal effects were carted away from the church.

The 15 member armed gang reportedly stormed the community and a church, The Apostolic Church, being  their target.

The Police PRO for the state while on the spot assessment of the area disclosed that a member of the gang who  confessed to be part of the operation has been arrested and is helping the police in their investigations

While seeking useful information from the general public, Mr Adejobi assured residents of adequate security of life and property at all times, stating that the unfortunate incident will not deter the command from performing its constitutional responsibilities.