Stolen Items Recovered, Criminals Retreat As FCT Police Foil Armed Robbery Attempt

 

Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command attached to the Lugbe Divisional Police Headquarters in the wee hours of Friday, responded promptly to a distress call foiling an Armed robbery attempt at Kapuwa, Lugbe Area of the FCT.

In a statement today, the command revealed that a 15-man armed robbery gang was operating at a compound in the Kapuwa area when the police operatives arrived and foiled the robbery.

Police spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, explained that the “tactical and intelligence assets on duty drifted swiftly to the scene, giving a hot chase to the criminals who had at that moment successfully gained access and removed personal effects from the said house and were on the run”.


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DSP Adeh adds that “upon sighting the gallant and aggressive advancement of the police team, the criminals engaged them in a gun duel but couldn’t match up with the superior firepower of the team.

“They retreated with various degrees of injuries while the Police recovered every single effect initially removed.”

The police imager maker noted that while an aggressive manhunt continues simultaneously with an investigation, the procedure to release stolen items to the owners has commenced as normalcy has since been restored to the area.

According to her, the stolen and recovered items include: “a Honda Accord with REG NO. BWR778BK, Peugeot 307 with REG NO. MKA496BC, Five (5) Five flat-screen Television, Eight(8) pairs of shoes, different types and sizes of clothes including a uniform, one Mini Laptop, four (4) ATM Cards, one (1) iPad, one (1) Play station with two (2) gaming pads and one Apple wrist watch”.

The Commissioner of Police FCT Command, CP Babaji Sunday while reassuring residents of a revamped security architecture and an unflinching commitment to bringing crime and criminality to the barest minimum in the FCT, enjoined the good people of the territory not to relent in partnering with the Police, especially in information rendition which is fuel to our onward crusade against crime and criminality.

The command, therefore, urged residents of the FCT to remain vigilant, and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883. Also, the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.

See more photos of recovered items below.

 

Mob Set Ablaze Three Suspected Robbers In Abia

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Mob has set ablaze three suspected armed robbers in Aba Local Government Area of Abia State.

It was gathered that the suspects have been terrorising Point of Sale (POS) operators at Abayi, along Aba-Owerri Road in Aba.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a statement on Monday.

He said the robbers were burnt to death on Sunday in an effort to escape the scene of the crime, adding that the situation caused gridlock along Osisioma.

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“The jungle justice is preventing police authority to further probe the activities of robbery kingpin in the area, which has been terrorizing the residents; we don’t know their names, even the suspect that escaped,” the police spokesman said.

While condemning the incident, he warned residents of the state against taking laws into their hands as the Abia State Police Command will not tolerate jungle justice in whatever guise.

The three suspected criminals set ablaze were said to be among those terrorising Afor-Ule, Umuimo and Kamalu streets in the  Osisioma axis of Aba.

Reports say they were separately set ablaze; one opposite UBA building, while others were burnt at Union Bank junction and Star Paper Mill by Kamalu Street, all along Aba/Owerri Road.

Police Arrest Suspected Notorious Cultist On Wanted List In Ogun

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The Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday said it has arrested a notorious cultist/armed robbery suspect, Christian Peter, in Mowe area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued to journalists in Abeokuta.

He said the suspect, who has been on the police wanted list for a long time, has been responsible for many criminal acts in the state.

“The suspect who has been on the wanted list of the command for quite some time now was arrested while the Divisional Police Officer, Mowe Division, CSP Folashade Tanaruno, was on routine patrol of Mowe/Ofada road. He is one of the hoodlums terrorizing Mowe/Ofada axis in recent time,” he said.

The suspect was allegedly sighted by the Divisional Anti-Robbery Team on the premises of a hotel in the Olororo area of Mowe with a waist bag.

While noting that the suspect attempted to escape upon sighting police operatives, Oyeyemi said he was however apprehended.

According to the police spokesman, a locally made double barrel pistol loaded with four live cartridges was recovered from him while his waist bag was searched.

Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

Police Arrest Suspected Robber In Ogun, Recover Pistol

Isikilu Moses was arrested by police operatives in Ogun State for armed robbery. Credit: Ogun State Police Command.

 

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a suspected armed robber with a locally made pistol at the Joju area of Sango Ota.

Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed the arrest in a statement on Sunday said the suspect – Isikilu Moses – was nabbed on Friday while carrying out a robbery operation in the area.

He said the DPO Sango Division, SP Saleh Dahiru, quickly mobilised his patrol team and moved to the scene following a distress call received from members of the public.

“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels, but they were hotly chased and one amongst them by name Isikilu Moses was apprehended,” the statement partly read.

Aside from the locally made pistol, police operatives also recovered two mobile phones belonging to their victims.

This is even as the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

The police commissioner also ordered a massive manhunt for the remaining members of the gang with the view of bringing them to justice.

Court Sentences 31-Year-Old Man To Death For Robbery, Rape

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An Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene has sentenced a 31-year-old man, Nsikak Udofia, to death for armed robbery and life imprisonment for rape.

A native of Utu Edem Usung in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, Udofia was convicted by Justice Augustine Odokwo, after being found guilty of robbery and rape.

The convict, a secondary school dropout, and others now at large were said to have “robbed a shoe meander, one Gabriel Akpan Victor, of his torchlight, two knives, a roll of black thread, two palm slippers and a cash sum of two N2,350 while on his way home from work on 31st December 2017.”

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Three weeks after, the convict was also said to have raped a 16-year-old Senior Secondary School two student in an uncompleted building in Utu Edem Usung, Ikot Ekpene on 21st January 2018.

Delivering judgement which lasted for two hours, the trial judge, Justice Augustine Odokwo found the accused guilty of the two-count charge, which is punishable under Section(1) sub-(1) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act, Laws of the Federation and Section 367 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.

The court held that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused person committed the offenses.

In the first count charge of robbery, Justice Odokwo sentenced Nsikak Udofia to death by hanging, praying to God to have mercy on his soul.

In the second count charge of rape, the Court held that Nsikak Udofia shall serve a life sentence in Ikot Ekpene Correctional Centre.

Justice Odokwo held that “the sentence is to run consecutively as the offense of rape is prevalent in Ikot Ekpene.”

He ordered the Clerk of the Court to keep in her safe custody, all the exhibits pending appeal, if any, and return them to the parties that tendered the exhibits, if, after the period allowed for appeal, no notice of appeal is filed.

Channels Television observed that the convict wept in the courtroom, begging the judge to temper justice with mercy on him.

Two Policemen Shot Dead As Robbers Attack Bullion Van In Ibadan

 

Two policemen have been shot dead as armed robbers attacked a bullion van at the Iwo Road area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The attack which happened on Thursday, left people scampering for safety as the exchange of gunshots between the robbers and security agents attached to the bullion van lasted for some minutes. Commuters were forced to abandon their cars in the middle of the road as security operatives struggled to repel the attack.

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The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, who conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the scene of the crime, confirmed that two policemen were killed. She, however, said that one of the robbers was also shot dead during the attack but the robbers made away with his body.

While describing the attack as a coordinated one, Onadeko said all exit points in Ibadan have been placed on red alert. According to her, the move is to prevent the fleeing suspects from escaping.

“It is a coordinated attack which we are still trying to find out what happened because they trailed the bullion van from where it went to get money to dispense it to the place,” the CP said.

“I can’t definitely say now what actually went wrong, we are trying our possible best to get them. Two of my men were shot in the leg, let us investigate and we will be able to give you more details.”

The police commissioner stated further that Ibadan is under lockdown with the State Police Command working closely with other security agencies in tracking down the fleeing robbers.

Meanwhile, a series of amateur videos show some commuters with gunshot wounds and two policemen lying motionless after the gun duel with the robbers.

It is unclear how much money the robbers made away with but police authorities say measures are in place to prevent escape for the suspects as investigations begin to unravel those behind this audacious attack.

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Armed Robbers Kill One, Kidnap Seven Motorists In Taraba

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One person has been killed and seven others abducted by armed robbers in the Jamptari-Gayam Express road in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdullahi Usman, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone conversation on Thursday.

He said that the armed robbers first laid siege and robbed travellers at about 10:30 am on Thursday before returning at 1:30 pm to rob and kidnap their victims.

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According to him, the slain victim is said to be a native of the area who knows the armed robbers and tried to run away before he was gunned down.

Usman however disclosed that a search operation has commenced in collaboration with local hunters and other security agencies to release the victims unhurt by combing the nearby forests.

According to him, an investigation into the attacks has been launched with a view to bringing the perpetrators and their accomplices to book.

The Jamptari-Gayam Express Road has been a hot spot for kidnapping with Hassan Mijinyawa, the former Chief Press Secretary to Governor Darius Ishaku also a victim three years ago.

This is the first time an attack of such nature is taking place in the year 2022 in Taraba State.

Police Arrest Robbery Suspect Dressed Like Herdsman In Ogun

The suspected robber who dresses like herdsman during operation has been arrested in Ogun State.

 

A suspected robber, Biodun Rasheed, who dresses like a herdsman while operating has been arrested in Ogun State, police authorities say.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this via a statement on Thursday, saying the arrest followed a distress call received by policemen attached to Kemta divisional headquarters that robbers were operating at Mile 6 along Ajebo Road Abeokuta.

After receiving the distress call, the police spokesman said the Divisional Police Officer of Kemta division, CSP Opebiyi Sunday, quickly mobilised his patrol team, which was joined by the men of So-Safe corps and Vigilante Group of Nigeria.

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“On sighting the security men, the robbers took to their heels, but they were chased and one of them, Biodun Rasheed, who dressed like Fulani herdsmen to hide his identity, was arrested,” the statement read.

“He is currently helping the police in their efforts to apprehend the remaining members of the gang.”

Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

The police commissioner also warned criminals in the state to either turn a new leave or relocate from the gateway state, as Ogun will be very hot for them henceforth.

Two Men Arrested For Robbery In Ogun

A photo released by the police shows the arrested suspects.

 

The police have arrested two suspects for robbing Crown Park – a company situated in the Ota Industrial Estate axis of Ogun State.

In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, identified the suspects as Edehikenna Stanley and Segun Tope.

He explained that the suspects were apprehended following a distress call received by the policemen in Onipanu Divisional Headquarters that robbers have invaded the company and were holding the security men there hostage.

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“Upon the distress call, the DPO Onipanu Division, CSP Bamidele Job, quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene,” the statement read.

“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums who have stolen two heavy industrial batteries took to flight, but they were hotly chased and two of them were apprehended.”

According to the command’s spokesman, two industrial batteries, a toy gun, and two knives with which the suspects used to instil fear in the mind of the security men were recovered from them.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further action.

Two Policemen Shot Dead In Osun Bank Robbery

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Two policemen have been killed by armed robbers who attacked a commercial bank in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State.

The robbers – numbering about 20 – who came in about four vehicles also attacked the Divisional Police Headquarters in Iragbiji.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Opalola Olawoyin, confirmed the attack in a statement on Wednesday.

She identified those killed as Inspector Ogunbiyi Ahmed and Inspector Odeyemi Ayinla, saying they were killed while chasing the fleeing criminals.

“The gunmen invaded the Police Divisional Headquarters and a bank with sporadic shooting and launching of explosive devices in an attempt to disorganise, incapacitate and destabilise the police who were in a fierce gun battle with them, while robbing the bank simultaneously,” said Olawoyin.

“As a result, some parts of the Divisional Police Headquarters were damaged. The daredevils also shot at Police Armoured Personnel Carrier tyres with explosive devices.”

The assailants gained entry into the bank by blowing off its security door with a stick of dynamite and subsequently destroyed an ATM machine there.

But an attempt to break into the bank’s strong room was foiled.

Upon sighting the policemen, the robbers reportedly engaged them in a fight, but later fled the scene, abandoning their unused explosives and two of their vehicles.

According to Olawoyinm, police officers in collaboration with local security outfits are already combing the bushes in a bid to arrest the robbers said to have escaped with multiple injuries.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in Osun, Olawale Olokode, asked residents to cooperate with the police.

He asked them to provide prompt and useful information about anybody seen with gunshot wounds, in a bid to nip in the bud all criminal activities in the state.

Ondo Police Foil Armed Robbery Attack On Bullion Van

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The Ondo State Police Command has foiled a robbery attack on a bullion van belonging to a new generation bank operating in the state.

An eyewitness told Channels Television on Thursday that the driver of the bullion van alerted the police division nearby, leading to the deployment of officers to the scene to dislodge the robbers.

The van which was said to be conveying an undisclosed amount of cash from Ondo town to Akure, the state capital while the incident happened.

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Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro also confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone chat.

He said the robbery attack was unsuccessful, noting that no one sustained injuries in the attack.

This is coming barely two weeks after a similar robbery happened in Ilaramokin, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state, in which three persons were shot dead by the armed men.

Police Officer, Two Others Shot Dead In Ondo Bank Robbery

 

Three persons have been killed after armed robbers attacked a branch of an old generation bank this afternoon in Ilaramokin, in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Spokesperson to the Ondo State police command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television Via Telephone.

He disclosed that three persons, including a police officer, were shot and killed in the attack.

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According to DSP Ikoro, the robbers were said to have broken the bullet-proof door of the bank with dynamites before they gained entrance into the banking hall.

It has not been confirmed how much the robbers succeeded in carting away and what other valuables were stolen.

The police spokesman however noted that normalcy has since returned to the area.