The police public relations officer, Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the incident could not confirm the number of casualties but photos which were taken by an eyewitness showed two bodies, a child and a man, lying lifeless on the floor within the banking hall, their bodies covered in blood.
Also, a burning van said to belong to the police, was seen on the road, after apparently being set ablaze by the criminals.
Armed Robbers have invaded a commercial bank in Oye Ekiti.
The robbers who launched their operation around the closing hour of the bank blew the entrance door with a dynamite.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television but could not ascertain if there were casualties.
Eyewitness pictures sent to Channels Television also showed a police van on the road that had allegedly been set ablaze by the criminals as well as two yet to be identified persons, lying in a pool of blood.
The Katsina command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has arrested two suspected Nigerien Border Armed Robbers while trying to evade clearance from officers of the command operating along the Farin Gida patrol check point in the state.
The comptroller of the command, Yakubu Bin_Umar in a press briefing told reporters that the suspects were arrested by the diligent officers in chatge of the checkpoint which as a result one of them shot on the leg.
He attributed the success recorded to the ongoing Border Drill Operation, adding that the suspects will soon be handed over to the police after profiling for further investigation, interrogation and prosecution.
The comptroller further stated that items recovered from the suspects include: one pistol with an empty magazine, two laptops, five Android phones, one motorcycle, local charms and other materials used to carry out burglary and associated crimes.
He therefore called on the general public especially those living along the border communities to continue to cooperate and share information with the security operatives whenever they noticed any suspicious movement about criminals.
The statement said, “On 15th July, 2019 at about 7:30am, SARS Operatives led by Insp Mohammed Akeem while being led by a notorious gang leader Ikechukwu Monye ‘m’ 39 years old, to where their arms are kept, were ambushed by members of the gang along Ajisegiri Street Ilupeju.”
Elkana explained that the assailants shot sporadically and in the process killed the victim who was only passing by.
He said reinforcement was quickly drafted to the scene while the whole area was cordoned off to apprehend the members of the gang and bring them to justice.
“Ilupeju has experienced violent attacks between members of Aiye and Eiye confraternities who equally engaged in heinous crimes such as armed robbery, rape and murder.
“The gang in question is responsible for series of robberies within Ilupeju and environ,” the command’s spokesman added.
He disclosed that the suspects have been on the wanted list of the police for the murder of six people during three robbery operations.
Elkana warned that the command would not condone the killing of innocent people by criminals in the state.
He also said the police would not tolerate attacks on its personnel and vowed to bring an end to the activities of the gang.
He asked members of the public to remain calm, noting that the command has intensified patrols and surveillance in the affected areas.
The command’s spokesman condoled with the family of the deceased and assured them that justice would prevail.
He said the body of the victim has been deposited at the mortuary for post mortem examination.
A 400-level Microbiology student, Terlumum Hemba of the Federal University, Lafia has been killed by armed robbers after they raided the residence of his uncle, Clement Uhembe, who is the Commissioner for Higher Education in Nasarawa State.
The incident occurred on Sunday at Akunzan Migili, a suburb of Lafia, the state capital, along Lafia – Makurdi highway at about 1:00 am.
Narrating the incident to Channels Television at his residence, Uhembe said the gunmen numbering six attacked his house while he was away in Port Harcourt attending his son’s wedding ceremony.
“I actually was at my son’s wedding when the news broke out to me that my house has been invaded by armed robbers. On getting here, I saw what happened, how they ambushed one student who has been living with me here reading Microbiology.
“They gunned him down at a point, he struggled and eventually couldn’t make it. After killing the student, they moved to my apartment and broke the door.
“My children were beaten thoroughly, they were looking for two things – gun and money, which unfortunately I didn’t have any of them. They said the children should give them the gun and money,” he stated.
When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer of Agyaragu division, Mr Biam, confirmed the attack to Channels Television.
He said the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia adding that investigations into the incident have commenced.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Special Tactical Squad has arrested suspected armed robbers and kidnappers at Tafa Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
In a statement on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, (PRO) Jimoh Moshood, the suspects were responsible for several criminal activities bordering on killings, kidnappings, robbery in villages and towns along Abuja- Kaduna –Birnin Gwari- Funtua – Zamfara state a few weeks back.
Moshood, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, however, explained that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was worried about the criminal activities on the highway.
“The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, concerned with the new surge in violent crimes, such as kidnap, killings, Armed robberies of innocent Commuters/travellers and villagers in villages and towns along Abuja- Kaduna –Birnin Gwari- Funtua – Zamfara state few weeks back, re-gird operations Absolute Sanity with the deployment of more operatives and investigators of IGP Special Tactical Squad to unravel and arrest those behind the heinous and dastardly acts to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.
According to Moshood, 31 suspects in six different gangs including three Commanders of bandits that killed innocent people in Zamfara state were arrested.
The suspects were accused of being responsible for the kidnap of Sheik Mohammed Ahmed Alqarkawi in Kaduna State and collected a ransom of 12 million naira before he was released.
Items recovered from them include: 22 AK-47 Rifles, One LAR Rifle, two single Barrel Guns, One Locally made Pistol, One Dane Gun and 247 round of Ammunition.
Moshood also explained that most of the suspects confessed to the criminal roles they played in the alleged commission of the crimes.
He also stated that the police have rescued some of their kidnaps and would release the names of the suspects in due course.
Several persons were killed when about 30 gunmen suspected to be armed robbers invaded five commercial banks on Thursday in Kwara State.
The incident was said to have occurred in Offa town, the headquarters of Offa Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected armed robbers were said to have arrived in seven vehicles and stationed themselves in each of the banks around 4:30pm.
Channels Television crew who visited the scene reported that the doors were damaged, car windscreens shattered, vehicles burnt, and documents scattered on the floors of the affected banks.
One of the medical doctors at the General Hospital Offa who spoke behind the screen disclosed that 21 bodies were brought in around 6.00pm and nine of them were police officers.
At a private hospital also in the community, the doctor on duty confirmed the death of three victims while one was on admission.
Some residents in the area who described the robbery as unfortunate and bloody have called for the provision of Armoured Personnel Carriers in Offa, saying the incident has become an affair of every five years.
At least four people, including an army officer were killed by suspected armed robbers during an attack along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road in Kaduna State on Sunday.
The Police Spokesman in Kaduna, Mukhtar Aliyu, who confirmed the incident said the 18-seater passenger bus traveling from Kaduna to Kwara was attacked by the robbers near Palwaya village, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area at 10:30 a.m.
The robbers were said to have opened fire when the driver tried to escape. This led to the death of the army officer and the three others who were in the bus.
Aliyu disclosed that security enforcement had cleared the road after it was blocked for some hours, while those that were injured had been transferred to Kaduna under armed escort for treatment.
Birnin Gwari has been notorious in recent time for series of robbery attacks on travelers as well as kidnapping and cattle rustling, a development that has continued to give residents and commuters sleepless nights.
Four robbery suspects have died during a shootout with operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command.
The incident, according to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, occurred on Monday afternoon around Jere area in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state in northwest Nigeria.
Mr Abeh said the suspects were on their way for a robbery operation before the police intercepted them.
He said the feat was made following intelligence information that the suspected robbers were on their way for an operation.
The Police Commission also disclosed that operatives of the command arrested a dismissed police officer who has been terrorising residents of the state capital in the name of the command.
He added that members of another robbery gang, who specialise in shop theft and car snatching, were also apprehended by his men in different parts of the state.
Items recovered from the suspects include 10 AK 47 rifles, live ammunition, a stolen Toyota Camry vehicle, a police uniform and stolen clothes and jewelleries.
Mr Abeh further assured the residents of water-tight security across the state ahead of the planned diversion of the Abuja bound passengers to the Kaduna International Airport which had been scheduled to take effect from March 8.
One of the suspects, who claimed to have been dismissed from the police since 2015 for alleged involvement in some criminal acts, confessed to the crime.
He told reporters that he had been impersonating as a police officer in order to earn a living.
The Delta State Police Command has nabbed suspected child traffickers of a seven-year-old boy who was reported missing since September 6, 2016.
The kidnapped boy, Moses Ijoba, was said to reside in Okpanam, a community close to the State’s capital, Asaba, where various cases of child theft had been reported severally.
According to Moses’ younger sister, he was lured by an unknown lady who pleaded with him to help her run some errands.
The Delta State Police Command confirmed that it had arrested one Abigail Nwakama, also known by the syndicate as ‘Madam Cash’ as well as nine other members, in connection with child trafficking in the area.
Parading suspects at the command’s headquarters in Asaba, the police said most of the suspects have admitted to the crime which in turn led to the recovery of about 12 children.
The parents of the children have been asked to contact the police for immediate identification of their children.
Among other reported cases where the arrest of one Chukwuma Ijoema who allegedly raped and killed one Blessing Ogammer, who prior to her death, was also reported missing.
Suspected cultists, robbers, murderers and kidnappers were caught and paraded alongside recovered items – riffles, locally made guns, ammunition, cartridges and phones.
The police have intensified efforts to achieve peace and order at all times in the state and re-unite seven-year old Moses, who was still declared missing, with his family.