IGP Deploys Police Special Intervention Force To Ile-Ife

IGP Deploys Helicopters, Anti-Bomb Sqaud To Kaduna AirportThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, has deployed Police Special Intervention Force to Ile-Ife, Osun state, following the clash that occurred on March 8, 2017 and resulted in the loss of innocent lives as well as destruction of property worth Millions of Naira.

The Special Intervention Force, comprises Five units of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) specially trained Anti-Riot Policemen, Five Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD, Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife.

They would be led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja and their operations would cover the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Osun State.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood.

Furthermore, the statement revealed that the Police Special Intervention Forces are already on the ground working in synergy with the Osun State Police Command to ensure that total peace and normalcy is restored and sustained in Ile-Ife and environs.

“To achieve success in the operations, the Force will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandates, Police standard operations procedures and rule of engagement. The Force will ensure the full enforcement of the curfew imposed on Ile-Ife and environs by the Osun state government.

“The personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force will carry out 24 hours surveillance and patrol, stop and search; continuous raids of identified criminal hideouts and black spots, with a view to arrest promptly trouble makers, their sponsors and nip in the bud, any further attempt to cause violence and other criminalities in the general area.

“The deployment of the personnel will equally cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, Government and private infrastructures and facilities in Ile-Ife and environs.

“Joint Investigation Team made up of Personnel of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, (FSARS), SIP and Osun State Police Command CIID headed by an experienced Commissioner of Police under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General of Police (FCIID), are already in Ile-Ife and have succeeded in arresting the arrow-head and principal suspect including some of his thugs that caused the death of most of the innocent victims.”

Idris, therefore, called on citizens to support security officials in eliminating crime in the state.

“Traditional rulers, religious leaders, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders, parents and guardians are hereby called upon to prevail on their subjects, supporters, children and wards to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force in the discharge of their responsibilities, and propagate peace, demonstrate love, and tolerance to promote harmonious co-existence with their fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic inclinations and differences.”

The Police boss then assured residents of  adequate security and protection of their lives and property.

He urged them to be law abiding and to give a chance for peace to prevail.

Police Deny Reported Closure Of Ondo Assembly

Police Denies Reported Closure Of Ondo AssemblyThe Police have condemned reports in the media that it has ordered the closure of the Ondo State House of Assembly complex.

A statement from the Force Headquarters, signed by the Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, described the report as misleading and malicious.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a report on page 40 of the Nation Newspaper of 7th February, 2017 credited to one Damisi Ojo captioned “IG Orders Closure of Ondo Assembly”

“The report was misleading, malicious and capable of misinforming members of the public on the statutory roles of the Nigeria Police Force to restore law and order, and guarantee the protection of lives and property throughout the country.

“The story is absolutely a shadowy imagination of the writer and should be disregarded.

“It is pertinent to state that there was no time that the Inspector General of Police ordered the closure of Ondo State House of Assembly as alleged by the writer.

“It is suffice to state that on the 30th January, 2017, there was a report of pandemonium, confusion and disorder in the Ondo State House of Assembly as a result of fracas between two (2) factions who are honourable members of the Assembly over purported change of leadership of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

“Police personnel from Ondo State Police Command were promptly deployed by the Commissioner of Police Ondo State to restore normalcy and prevent total breakdown of law and order in the Ondo State House of Assembly and the attendant anarchy and chaos that may occur in Akure town and other parts of the State.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it is imperative to remind the writer and members of the public who might have read the story that, Part II S.4 of Police Act and Regulations among other things states that: ‘The Police shall be employed for the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property…’

“Therefore, the deployment of Police personnel to restore normalcy and prevent further breakdown of law and order in Ondo State House of Assembly was in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ondo State is in charge of all operations of the Police in the State and does not need to wait for the order of the Inspector General of Police before taking appropriate action in ensuring law and order and protection of life and property.

“The Police personnel deployed at the House of Assembly complex in Ondo State are to maintain law and order and not to close down the Assembly. They are under instructions to be civil, firm and strict in the discharge of their duties.

“To this end, the Nigeria Police Force wishes to assure the media of its support and cooperation to ensure crime free society and credible reportage. The print media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed newspapers to be used by mischievous persons to publish story that are capable of causing disaffections.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris will not be distracted or deterred from carrying out his statutory responsibilities for the benefit of good people of Ondo State and all Nigerians.”

Police Foil Bank Robbery, Arrest Bank Staff, Security Men

Police Foil Bank Robbery, Arrest Bank Staff, Security MenThe Police in Rivers State have arrested a senior bank staff and security personnel attached to the bank involved in the foiled armed robbery attack on an Access Bank branch in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

According to Police Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, caches of arms and ammunition were also recovered from the suspects who are five in number.

He stated that the five suspects, along with others still at large, stormed a branch of Access Bank in Port Harcourt, on December 22, 2016 relying on information and active involvement of the staff of the bank.

They successfully broke down the well-fortified security doors and barriers and took over the banking hall.

“They were almost pulling down the vault of the bank and other strong rooms in the bank with use of gas cylinder welding machine and iron cutters before the joint Police Teams of IGP’S Intelligence Response Team and Policemen from Rivers state Police Command swiftly moved in and dislodged them,” he stated.

The Police foiled the armed robbery attack and “made a prompt arrest of three of the suspects at the scene; namely Samuel Nwala ‘M’ 28 years, Lucky Ukwuoma ‘M’ 26 years, Kaale Taagabah ‘M’ 27 years”.

“In the course of thorough investigation into the foiled armed robbery attack on the bank, the principal suspect (Samuel Ndudiri ‘M’ 28 years) who is a staff of the bank and the mastermind of the armed robbery attack was subsequently arrested based on the confessional statements volunteered by the three suspects arrested at the scene.

“The arrest of the principal suspect led to the arrest of Ex SGT Promise Ukwuoma who participated actively in the armed robbery attack on the bank.

“Two AK47 riffles and the ammunition were recovered from him.

“All the suspects have volunteered confessional and useful statements to the Police about the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.

“However, concerted efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice.

“The case will be charged to court on completion of investigation,” he stated.

Asides the two AK47 rifles and magazines fully loaded with ammunition, other items recovered from the suspects are a welding machine, two gas cylinders and iron cutters, a big chisel, cutting saw, hammer, and acetylene gas powder.

Ogun Police Arrest 18 Crime Suspects

Ogun Police Arrest 18 Crime SuspectsThe policemen attached to Itele Ota division in Ogun state, have carried out raids of criminal hideouts and black spots in Ayetoro area of Itele where 17 crime suspects were arrested.

Recovered from them were bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp, assorted charms, eight motorcycles, one generator, nine mobile phones and 123,000 Naira cash.

The Ogun State Police Command also arrested a man identified as Onyebuchi Chika suspected to be the brain behind many cases of burglary and stealing in Awa Ijebu and its environs.

The suspect, who was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, was said to have been terrorizing residents of the area for some time.

He was said to have been arrested when a distress call was made to the Divisional Police Officer in Awa ijebu by the victim of his criminal act and the DPO led his anti-robbery team to the scene, combed the area thoroughly and subsequently arrested the suspect.

Items allegedly recovered from him include a sowing machine, two mattresses, cooking gas and some burglary instruments.

According to the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect has confessed to being a serial burglar and that the students of Olabisi Onanbanjo University residing in the community are always his target.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the two cases to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.

Gunmen Kill Police Sergeant, Injure Another In Ekiti

Gunmen Kill Police Sergeant, Injure Another In EkitiTragedy struck in Ekiti state in the early hours of Thursday as unknown gunmen killed a Police sergeant and injured another in Oye Ekiti town.

The policeman identified as Sergeant Gana Jiya was shot dead when the unknown gunmen ambushed a ‘Safer Highway’ patrol team of the Police around 5:30AM.

Confirming the incident to Channels TV correspondent in Ekiti state, the Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi said: “During the attack, another Police officer was injured who is now receiving treatment in a nearby hospital in the town as investigations is ongoing.

“For the past few weeks there has been cases of unknown killings in Ekiti state which had since led to the re-emergence of stop and search by the Police and other security agencies.”

Rivers Rerun Violence: Police Parade Five Suspects

Police, Rivers Rerun, Crime SuspectPolice have paraded five suspects alleged to be involved in the violence that erupted during the rerun election in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The force Public Relations Officer, DCP Dan Awunah, made the disclosure while addressing a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Awunah added that some security personnel, who connived with the political thugs, have also been arrested and were being interrogated.

He revealed that eight booklets of ballot papers meant for Emohua LGA, a booklet of INEC accreditation incident report form, a booklet of statement of results as well as different types of arms and ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

“The attempt by some major political gladiators in the state to foist violence and trigger an atmosphere of insecurity failed woefully.

“These political gladiators and major stakeholders clandestinely promoted violence and exhibited abuse of power and office.

“In the course of the rerun election, some suspects who attempted to scuttle the electoral process were arrested and sensitive INEC materials were recovered from them, arms and ammunition inclusive.

“Those arrested are as follows: Noble Nwaerema, Dike Deinpiribo, Valentine Alalibo, Onwunari J. Warmate (and) Iloke Stephen,” he said.

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees The IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), has recorded another breakthrough with the arrest of three of the kidnappers that murdered one and kidnapped five expatriate members of staff of Dangote group.

The IRT, armed with credible intelligence, between November 27, 2016 and December 3, 2016 arrested three of the kidnappers; Abubakar Gide 24, Abdullahi Salihu 22, and Babuga Adamu 25, in Ijebu Igbo – Ogun state, Epe Forest – Lagos State and Ajase Ipo Forest – kwara state respectively.

The suspects confessed to kidnapping and releasing all five initial victims after receiving 5.6 million Naira ransom.

They also confessed to kidnapping and murdering the ransom transporter, Mr Istifanus Gurama, also of the Dangote group.

 

This was revealed in a statement by the force’ Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, Fsi.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, also stated that it is imperative for relations of kidnap victim(s) to exercise considerable restraint in negotiating and paying ransom.

“It is absolutely important the negotiators of ransom should have confidence in the police.”

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees

Meanwhile, the suspects have since led the police to their hideout in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun forest, where the following arms and ammunition they used in the operation were recovered: 3 AK47 rifles, 6 AK47 magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition.

The suspects further led IRT operatives to Apoje River where the body of one Mr Bello Gurama was recovered.

The Police boss however mentioned that efforts are in progress to arrest other gang members who are currently at large in other states.

He then admonished officers not to get carried away by recent successes but instead redouble their efforts in the fight against crime.

In the same vein, he assured Nigerians that the police would remain undaunted in the collective fight against crime.

“As members of the public begin the yuletide celebrations, the police will ensure the celebrations are crime free,” Idris said.

Police Intercept Kidnappers Heading For Operation

Police Intercept Kidnappers Heading For OperationThe Police say they have intercepted a four-man gang of heavily armed kidnappers, notorious for terrorizing Rivers and Bayelsa state residents, on their way for an operation.

Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, in a statement on Thursday, described the feat as a major breakthrough in the Police’ targeted onslaught against crime and criminality throughout the country.

He said that the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), “acting on credible intelligence and public support, on the 29th of November, 2016, intercepted a four-man gang of heavily armed kidnappers, notorious for terrorizing the waterways and kidnapping in Rivers and Bayelsa states, along Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on their way for an operation.

“A gun duel ensued, after which three of the kidnappers were fatally wounded while one James Peter ‘m’ aged 30 years from Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State was arrested”.

Awunah revealed that the arrested member of the gang has been cooperating with the Police in their investigation by providing very valuable information on the membership of the gang and their modus of operation.

“Weapons recovered from the kidnappers include one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one AK47 rifle, chains of GPMG ammunition and two fully loaded AK47 magazines.

“Efforts are in top gear to arrest fleeing members of the gang and recover their cache of arms.

“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has once again enjoined Nigerians never to hesitate to provide the Police with valuable information and assures them of renewed commitment on the part of the force in the fight against crime and antisocial behavior,” he added.

Gunmen Kill Final Year Student Of Imo State University

Gunmen Kill Final Year Student Of Imo State University Unidentified gunmen suspected to be cultists have shot and killed a final year student of the Imo State University, Owerri.

The victim, whose real names are yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report, was said to have been shot at a close range at a popular drinking bar close to the university campus.

Eyewitness account says the victim was seated at the bar, when some suspected cultists arrived the scene and shot him twice on the head before zooming off the scene.

The eyewitness account says the suspected cultists shot sporadically in the air leaving everybody around the area to scamper for safety before aiming for their target.

However, minutes after the sad incident that left the victim dead, men of the Imo State Police Command arrived to secure the premises. They quickly sealed off the arena and evacuated the lifeless body of the victim.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, when contacted to confirm the incident said the matter was yet to be reported officially to the Police.

He, however promised that as soon as this is done, the Police would keep the media abreast of further developments.

Police Parade Alleged Killers Of Benue Clergyman

Police, Benue, ClergymanPolice have paraded four persons alleged to be responsible for the kidnap and eventual murder of a clergyman in Benue State, north-central Nigeria.

The Police said that the suspects purportedly killed Reverend Father John Adeyi of the Catholic Church of Otukpo in Benue State on April 24, 2015.

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Donald Awunah, said that the suspects would soon be arraigned in court.

He disclosed that they led the Police to a bush in Orokam area of Benue State, where three guns used for the kidnap and murder of Father John Adeyi were buried.

Mr Awunah added that the kidnap gang, led by 30-year-old Sulaiman Goma, collected the sum of 1.7 million Naira from the family of the late clergyman a day after killing him.

The other suspects were identified as Saidu Abdullahi, Aliyu Garba and Haruna Idi.

Police Investigate Murder Of Niyi Pirisola In Ondo

Niyi Pirisola, Murder, Ondo, PoliceaThe Ondo State Police Command has commenced investigations into the murder of a former Chairman of the Okitipupa Local Government Area in Ondo State, Evangelist Niyi Pirisola.

He was killed in the early hours of Friday.

Spokesman for the police in the state, Femi Joseph, confirmed the murder of the politician to Channels Television.

He said the incident occurred in front of his house in Ilutitun, a town in the local government, while returning from a church programme.

Mr Joseph assured his family that the police would unravel the evil act and bring the criminals to book.

According to him, detailed investigation into the murder had started.

He also assured the residents of the town and the entire State of the safety of their lives and property.

Joseph further said there had not been any evidence that the killing was political and would not want to speculate that.

FUNAAB Shut Down Over Violent Protest

FUNAABThe Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has been shut down by the school management after a violent protest by students of the institution which left five vehicles burnt, seven vandalized and a church attacked.

According to a press statement issued by the management, students are expected to vacate the school before 6PM on Thursday and proceed on a week mid-semester break

The protest is reported to be as a result of the alleged insensitivity of the school management and the police over alleged incessant attacks by hoodlums at hostels.

During the protest, which turned violent, two policemen were said to have been injured while a student was said to have been shot but this was denied by the police

Meanwhile about 34 persons are said to have been arrested by the police in connection with incident, the Public Relations Officer, Mr Oyeyemi Abimbola, however said that those found culpable would be made to face the music

Effort to get the institution’s reaction proved futile as the school was virtually empty while offices were under lock and key.