Ogun Govt. Asks Julius Berger To Suspend Work During Traffic Hours

Ogun State, Road Construction, Julius Berger, Lagos-Ibadan expresswayThe Ogun State government has directed Julius Berger Plc to suspend the ongoing reconstruction work on the busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway during the peak traffic hours.

The government stated that with effect from Monday, August 8, the construction company should not work on the highway from 6:00am to 10:00am and between 4:00pm and 10:00pm.

The government encouraged the contractor to work full blast between 10:00am and 4:00pm and also during the night after 10pm.

The State government also expressed deep concern about the hardship being faced by Nigerians who ply the busy expressway on account of the ongoing reconstruction.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, stated that the measure had become necessary, as they observed that the already bad traffic situation on the expressway had been further compounded by the increasing spate of armed robberies reported along the road.

Ameliorate Disruption To Lives

The statement read: “The Ogun State government welcomes the ongoing reconstruction works in the full realisation of the fact that this will ultimately bring greater relief to our people.

“We however, note that the effort has come with temporary pain, in the nature of perennial traffic congestion and security challenges”.

“In the past few weeks, we took two steps. We increased Police and security patrols on that axis and opened up discussions with the Federal Controller of Works, Ogun State and the contractor.

“We suggested that they should consider working late evenings and overnight in order to ameliorate the disruption to the lives of commuters on the ever-busy expressway and Ogun residents. It is a thing of regret that our suggestion was spurned,” the statement added.

Redesigning Security Architecture

The government said it made the request based on experience and recalled that before the advent of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s administration, armed robberies occasioned by bad portions of the road; traffic congestion caused by unruly drivers driving against the flow of traffic and tanker drivers parking indiscriminately on the median were the order of the day.

“The public will recall that we confronted these challenges headlong. We set up a task force to checkmate the excesses of the trailer drivers so much that the Governor personally led regular enforcement teams on the expressway.

“We also invested heavily on redesigning the security architecture of the state by deploying Armoured Personnel Carriers, elite Quick Response Squad (QRS), Operation MESA and the state Traffic Enforcement and Compliance Agency (TRACE).

“We have also repeatedly intervened by undertaking major repair works on bad stretches of the road, not minding the fact that it is a Federal Government highway.

“Additionally, we took responsibility for clearing traffic, maintaining security and cleaning after the departure of our monthly religious visitors,” it stated.

The government expressed delight that its efforts ultimately restored relative sanity on the road and greatly reduced robbery incidents, but noted that that was until the recent intervention by Julius Berger.

It further explained that the objective of the directive was to mitigate the man-hour losses and socio-economic disruptions occasioned by the ongoing reconstruction work.

The Ogun State government assured the road users that it would continue to monitor the situation and proactively engage the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing and the contractors, with a view to fashioning a robust intervention that would address both the security and traffic situation on the road.

They also implored the people of the state to remain calm as they work round the clock to redress the inconveniences.

Akwa-Ibom Police Ready To Eradicate Crime

police obianoThe Akwa Ibom State Police Command has expressed its readiness to stamp out all forms of crime in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, ASP Cordelia Nwawe, stated this in Uyo while parading some suspected criminals now in Police net for their involvement in various crimes including murder, robbery and trading in human parts.

The paraded suspects were between the ages of 19 and 30 years.

She warned criminals to turn a new leaf or leave the state as the command would not tolerate any form of criminality in the state.

Some of the suspects confessed their involvement in the crimes for which they were arrested.

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command recently introduced the stop and search operation in its effort to eradicate crime in the state.

This has yielded positive results in recent months.

Akwa Ibom Police Assures Residents Of Adequate Security

police obianoThe Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested nine persons suspected to be involved in various crimes ranging from kidnapping, robbery, rape and operation of illegal task force in the state.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), ASP Cordelia Nwawe announced this while parading the suspects to journalists at Police Force Headquarters, Uyo.

Those paraded include, a three man gang of suspected robbers and rapists who disguise as commercial tricycle operators, targeting unsuspecting female passengers, robbing and raping them.

Others were suspected kidnappers and illegal task force operators.

The Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, CP Murtala Mani who spoke through the PPRO, Cordelia Nwawe warned criminals to stay clear of the state as the command is fully ready to rid the society of all crimes.

She added that the Command’s stop and search operation has yielded positive results in recent weeks.

Police Arrest 5 Kidnapping Suspects, Recover 16 Cars In Oyo

police-oyoThe Oyo State Police Command says community policing has led to a noticeable reduction in crime, even as it nabs five kidnapping suspects and recovers 16 cars in one single operation.

The State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, who made the disclosure to Channels Television on Sunday, explained that the latest feat achieved, which was the arrest of notorious kidnapping syndicate in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State, was made possible by an active collaboration with residents.

He added that a statistical analyses of serious crimes committed during the ember months from September to December in 2015, showed a significant reduction when compared to that of 2014.

He said a total of 127 serious cases were reported. Out of the reported cases, 257 arrests were made in relation to robbery, kidnapping, rape and burglary.

Adeleye further submitted that this achievement was made possible because of intelligence-led policing which had been made active by the contributions of the people who provide valuable information to the Police.

Meanwhile, the Police have called on members of the public, whose cars have been snatched in the past weeks, to contact the command for possible identification with valid documents.

Yobe Police Parade Man Accused Of Raping Two-Year-Old Girl

YobeThe Yobe State Police Command has paraded a 30-year-old man suspected to have raped a two-year-old girl in Nguru town of the state.

The suspect, Ishaku Babangida, is believed to have sexually assaulted the two-year-old girl, Bilkisu Ya’u, in the troubled north east town.

The State Commissioner of Police, Zannah Ibrahim, said that the command had concluded investigation on the suspect and he would soon be arraigned in court.

The CP said this while parading the suspect in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, along with other suspects believed to have carried out various offences ranging from culpable homicide, robbery, circulation of counterfeit currency, cattle theft among others.

The suspected rapist, Ishaku Babangida, who admitted to have carried out the crime, described it as an act of the devil.

He admitted that the two-year-old girl was actually under aged but was just tempted to have carried out the assault without any fetish intention attached.

The CP also said that seven suspects were being quizzed on circulation of counterfeit 1000 and 500 Naira notes around Potiskum and Fika axis.

He called on the people of the state to be very careful with currencies that exchange hands within the area.

The Commissioner of Police lauded the synergy existing between the command and the public and called for more timely provision of information on the activities and hideouts of criminals in the state.

He gave the assurance that the command would continue to intensify patrols within and around the state to curtail activities of criminals in the state.

CP Zannah Ibrahim also called on Yobe citizens not to take laws into their hands even when offended, but to report culprits to security operatives for necessary action.

Foiled Robbery In PH: Police Recover 120 Million Naira

RobberyA robbery attack on a new generation bank located in Trans Amadi in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was foiled on Wednesday by the State Police Command.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Mohammed, the command responded to a distress call that led to them trailing the fleeing robbers.

The Police PRO told Channels Television that the gang of eight who were fleeing in two utility vehicles engaged his men in a gun battle but the robbers were over powered.

In his words, the main vehicle used for the operation was recovered and found to be carrying the stolen bags of money, which after counting was in the range of 130million naira.

Delta Police Assure Warri Residents Of Security

delta policeThe Delta State Police Command has assured residents of the state, particularly those living in the oil city of Warri, that the command will not spare any effort in reducing all kinds of criminality to the barest minimum.

The Commissioner of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, said that the command patrol teams are located on the various parts of the highways to ensure that Warri and environs are safe for travelers.

While parading suspects who engaged in robbery, cultism and kidnapping in Warri, the Police Commissioner appealed to residents of Delta State to continue to cooperate with the Police by giving useful and timely information about any criminal activity.

He also used the opportunity to advise parents to monitor the activities of their children and wards, so as to check and curtail possible nefarious activities.

Among those paraded were four robbery and kidnappings suspects and 35 suspected cultists. Also, 11 cartridges and two vehicles were recovered from the suspects.

Some of the suspects paraded denied involvement in cult activities.

Police Nab Eight Robbery, Kidnap Suspects In Delta

Police Nab Eight Robbery/Kidnap Suspect In DeltaThe Delta State Police Command has arrested eight armed robbery and kidnap suspects in recent operations around the state with three of the suspects fatally wounded.

The suspects were arrested for various offences, including robbery, kidnapping, cultism and illegal possession of arms were paraded by officers of the State Command at the force headquarters in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

Briefing reporters after the parade on Saturday, the Commissioner of Police, Alkali Usman, reeled out the offences for which the suspects were arrested.

He also noted that the command had made some impressive recoveries and recorded a couple of achievements.

The feats also included the rescue of kidnap victims, recovery of stolen vehicles, weapons and ammunition from the suspected criminals.

Mr Usman maintained that the command was committed to making the state safe for all residents of the state, reiterating that the police had zero tolerance for crime in the state.

However, he called for the people’s support, urging them to give the police useful and timely information about criminals and their hideouts.

Robbery Intercepted By Police In PH, One Killed

robberyMen of the Nigerian Police on Friday showed a glimpse of the gallantry and intelligence Nigerians expect of them as the agency with the responsibility of protecting lives and property.

Sounds of gunfire rented the air on Friday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, when men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, attached to Mile 3 police station engaged a gang of four armed robbers at the ever busy motor spare parts market in Ikoku axis of Dioup area.

Trouble started when the gang were sighted by witnesses robbing a middle aged man of the sum of 500,000 naira he just withdrew from a commercial bank in the area.

In response to a distress call, the policemen stormed the area and a gun battle ensued between them and the armed gang, sending residents to scamper for safety.

One of the robbers was killed in the process while others fled with various degrees of gunshot injuries.

Confirming the incident, the Police PPRO, DSP Ahmad Mohamad, in a press statement, said that the Police is currently on the trail of the wounded and expressed confidence that they would be found.

According to him, items recovered from the robbery gang include one AK-47, 4 magazine cartridge and one Lexus 300 SUV.

Presidency Says Fashola’s Comment On Robbery Is ‘Irresponsible’

fasholaA spokesman for the Nigerian President, Dr Reuben Abati, has reacted to a statement attributed to the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, that the Lekki robbery succeeded, due to the presence of President Goodluck Jonathan in the state.

After a robbery incident in Lekki area of Lagos State occurred on on Friday, the Lagos State government said that policemen in the state had been deployed to the area that the president was, resulting in poor policing of some other areas.

After he made the statement, the President’s spokesman said the statement was irresponsible and should not come from a governor.

“We consider the statement attributed to Governor Fashola as grossly and utterly irresponsible.

“We expect that a man of his status, who is the Governor of a state, should speak more responsibly. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever that the entire police formation in a state would be deployed to protect the president of Nigeria,” he said.

Dr Reuben Abati emphasised that the President had ‘a defined team that protects him anywhere he goes’.

He further pointed out that “President Jonathan does not need the entire Police force to protect him in a state where he is loved by the people and where, as we have seen, he enjoys overwhelming support to the lead up of the 2015 presidential election”.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, said that the robbery incident which happened on Thursday evening could have been averted, if enough Police officers were available.

Four persons, including three Police officers, were killed by about 6 armed robbers who stormed a bank on Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1.

The robbers escaped in a speedboat after their operation, several witnesses said.

“Perhaps what would be would have been, but it’s sad to see all our security personnel, all our security vehicles deployed to protect one man,” said Mr Fashola.

“All the vehicles we bought for the police were stationed to receive the President in Lagos. Those policemen have children and tonight their mothers will have to explain to them why daddy is not coming home,” Governor Fashola had said.

President Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos on Thursday, to launch a new online mobile platform, X-Gen, in order to increase global investment

 

$1m Worth Of Chopard Jewels Stolen Inside Novotel Hotel

More than $1 million worth of jewels due to be lent to movie stars at the Cannes film festival were stolen from a hotel room in the French Riviera town.

Thieves ripped the safe out of the wall of the Novotel hotel room overnight where an employee of Chopard, a luxury jeweller, was lodged.

The jewels were loaned to celebrities in Cannes for the world famous annual film festival which opened on Wednesday.

The Swiss-jewellery maker has, however, not commented on the incident, so is the management of the Novotel Hotel.

Chopard, which is also a watchmaker, are the sponsors of the event and also redesigned the festival’s Palme d’Or award.

Police have swung to action to determine who the culprits were as they started with an analysis of the hotel CCTV footage.

SSS kill two motorcycle thieves in Bauchi state

State Security Service operatives in Bauchi state killed two alleged motorcycle thieves who had gained forced entry into the agency’s training grounds, reports said.

According to reports, Bauchi State police commissioner, Mohammed Ladan confirmed the attacks and said the men, initially thought to be members of the Boko Haram sect, were just robbers.

Ladan said one of attackers, who had been arrested, confessed that they had only come to steal motorcycles.

“After our preliminary investigation, we identified the two suspects shot were popular motor cycle thieves,” Ladan said.

“The arrested person told us that they were four in number. It means that one of them has escaped.”

Assistant Director of the SSS, Mr. Olu Justine, said the security agency had received intelligence regarding the attack and operatives had been on alert against a possible attack.

Justine said five gunmen had come for the operation in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Our patrol team spotted them and opened fire, gunning down the two, while the remaining three retreated. One of the retreating assailants was, however, arrested by the vigilant neighbouring local community and handed over to us,” he added.

Ladan said a rod and wire cutter, pair of pliers, ropes, spanner and mobile phones were recovered at the scene.

Only the two suspects killed during the incident were casualties from the attack, the police commissioner said, adding that property belonging to the SSS still remains in tact.