Police Arrest 175 Suspected Criminals In Oyo State

Edo Police Command Parades 96 Suspected CriminalsThe Oyo State Police command has arrested 175 suspects for various offences committed within and outside the state

As a result, local rival cults that have been terrorising some communities within Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, would no longer disturb public peace as their leaders have been rounded up.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr Sam Adegbuyi, who made the disclosure, told journalists at the command headquarters Eleyele Ibadan, that the miscreants who were notorious for fatal political and communal clashes, have been on the run for too long despite bounties placed on their heads.

Giving account of other arrests made, he said: “54 armed robbery suspects, three kidnappers, 16 burglars, four cultists, two ritualists, (found with decomposing human skull) and two rapists, were paraded while 94 vehicles have been recovered.

Mr Adegbuyi noted that the doggedness and courage of the special anti-robbery squad and the cooperation of the people, made the feat achievable.

“They terrorised Ibadan metropolis precisely in Idi Aro, Beere, Mapo, idi arere and so on but the police rose to the occasion. In the process, the gang leader of this group popularly known as Ekugbemi {moshood oladokun} was arrested during a gun duel with operatives of the command.”

“After several unsuccessful attempts to arrest him (Moshood) in his criminal hide out in Ibadan, he escaped to Agege and later to a riverine area of Ajah in Lagos where he was arrested.”

Furthermore, he revealed that another gang leader, Adekola Ademola a.k.a ‘Omo Alaja’ was also arrested on a separate man hunt in Ibadan.

For many months, some areas in Ibadan were said to have been under siege from other notorious cults like the ‘one million boys’, ‘Abe Igi boys’ among others.

However, with the latest development, the Police boss assured residents that they would now be able to sleep better.

 

“With these arrests, peace has returned to Ibadan and environs”.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Commends Police On State Security

Gov. Emmanuel Promises More Support For Akwa-Ibom YouthsThe Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, has attributed the low crime rate in the state to the commitment of the state command of the Nigeria Police Force to ensuring a crime free society.

Governor Emmanuel made the remark at the Police Officers Mess, Wellington Bassey Way in Uyo, when he took time off to interact and unwind with Officers and Men of the Nigeria Police Force in their get together party to usher in the New Year.

He said the Police and other security agencies in the state had demonstrated sincere commitment to assigned responsibilities by keeping crime at bay, noting that, in recent months, the state has witnessed a large traffic of investors who have arrived in the state to carry out various businesses.

He stressed the importance of peace to development, while maintaining that no investor would risk his investment in a crime and violence prone environment.

Governor Emmanuel urged the Police to step up their surveillance and sustain the feat recorded.

The governor also sympathised with those who lost their loved ones in the course of duty and prayed to God for the the officers’ renewed vigor and prosperity in the New Year.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr Muritala Mani, who was represented by Assistant commissioner of Police, Yekini Anyaoku, said event was organised at the instance of the police commissioner, to create a platform for the security personnel to interact, unwind and brace up for their responsibilities in the New Year.

He expressed appreciation to governor for partnering with the Police Force to ensure crime control in the state and canvassed for more of such collaboration, assuring that the state Police Command is poised to bring criminality to a zero percent in the state.

Hard Drugs Worth 13bn Naira Destroyed In Kano

NDLEAThe Kano State government on Wednesday led the destruction of hard, fake and counterfeit drugs worth 31.8 billion Naira arrested by the Kano state police command.

Destroying the drugs, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he had directed the State Chief Judge and Grand Kadi to ensure that suspected drug dealers and addicts were prosecuted without fear or favour and in accordance with the law.

Kano State is still on the top list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, as a sate with the highest drug consuming record in Nigeria.

The State Governor, the State Police Commissioner and members of the State Executive Council set ablaze about 8,974 cartons of hard drugs comprising cocaine, Indian hemp, and other intoxicating substances seized by the police at various occasions across Kano State.

“Kano will not continue to be a dumping ground for drug dealers and addicts. Aggressive measures are being put in place to sweep Kano and to apprehend all drug dealers and addicts,” Governor Ganduje stressed.

Mr Ganduje also urged youths to desist from dealing in drugs and key into government various empowerment programme, as there would be no hiding place for drugs dealers and addicts in the commercial city of Kano.

He further said that his government had already empowered the State Reformatory Institute to rehabilitate drug addicts and integrate them back into the society.

According to him, training in different skills and startup capital would also be given to the rehabilitated addicts.

Briefing the Governor on the command’s activities in recent times, the State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, said the drugs seized comprise of 2,818 bags of Indian hemp, 11,399 compressed wraps of Spiro gyrations as well as different brand of other intoxicating substances.

The commissioner also told reporters that so far, 361 suspects were arrested and that 211 of them were charged and remanded in prison.

Although Kano State Government in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies are still coming to terms with the increasing cases of illicit drug trading  and abuse.

Efforts are, however, still required to remove Kano state from the NILE list which rank Kano number one state in drug trading and consumption in Nigeria.

Police Parade Cattle Rustlers In Zamfara

Kano-ZamfaraThe Inspector General of Police’s (IGP) Special Task Force on cattle rustling has arrested 22 suspected cattle rustlers and recovered over 300 cattle in Zamfara State, North west Nigeria. 

Receiving the cows for onward distribution to the owners, Governor Yari said he has already established a committee for cattle rustling which will immediately commence verification of the owners.

Handing over the cows to Governor Abdulaziz Yari, the State Police Commissioner, Istifanus Shettima, said weapons were also seized from the suspects during the encounter.

According to Governor Yari, after a successful operation by the special anti-cattle rustling squad posted by the IGP, supported by the state government, the suspects were put in custody and 310 cows, 105 sheep and 22 donkeys were recovered.

Meanwhile, Governor Yari told reporters that the Government will no longer seat back while innocent Fulani herdsmen are being terrorised.

While the leader of the syndicate, Buharin Daji remained at large, the Governor confirmed the arrest of his two wives.

Kidnapped Journalist, Donu Kogbara Released

kidnappersVanguard Columnist, Donu Kogbara has been released after 13 days of horror in the hands of her abductors .

She was set free at about mid night and was reunited with members of her family at her home in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the early hours of this morning.

Kogbara told Channels Television that she is yet to recover from the trauma of her kidnap experience, wondering why she was targeted at all.

Confirming the release, the State Police commissioner, Musa Kimo said his men are on the trail of the kidnappers and details of their investigation will be made public in due course.

Gov. Ambode Dissolves Boards Of Parastatals And Agencies

In ambodea bid to restructure his administration, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the dissolution of all boards of parastatals and agencies of government in the state.

The dissolution takes immediate effect.

In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Governor Ambode, stated that the Civil Service Commission, the Judicial Service Commission and the State Independent Electoral Commission are exempted.

The Governor commended the modest contributions of the members of the dissolved boards, just as he wished them well in their future endeavours.

Meanwhile, the Governor has approved the appointment of Mrs. Abimbola Shukrat Umar as the new Accountant-General of the state and Permanent Secretary in the State Treasury Office.

Prior to her new appointment, Mrs. Umar was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Ambode Visits Police Command, Reviews Insurance Compensation

Akinwumi-Ambode-Lagos-APCThe Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday paid his first visit to the State Police Command where he announced the approval for the upward review of insurance compensation for Police Officers serving in the state.

Announcing the review at the Oduduwa Police Command in Ikeja area of the State, the Governor during an interaction with Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders in the state, said that the compensation which covers death and permanent disability to Police officers in the line of duty was last reviewed 16 years ago.

Before the review, Senior Police Officers received insurance compensation of N2million, Inspectors, and N1.5million while officers in Rank and File are entitled to N1million.

The upward review of the compensation value is; Senior Police Officers, N5million; Inspectors, N3million and Rank and File N2million respectively.

The Governor stressed that the gesture was borne out of the state’s appreciation of the hazards associated with policing, adding that the value of the compensation had become grossly inadequate.

The Governor seized the occasion to seek the support and cooperation of police officers in facilitating the strict enforcement of the Lagos State Law on Protection Against Violence, 2007, as well as the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011, in his renewed effort to wage war against domestic violence against women and rape.

“By doing that, we will be sending a strong signal of zero tolerance to such barbaric acts and also conveying a message of assurance to our women of our commitment to their protection,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode, who was earlier received by the State Commissioner of Police, (CP) Mr. Kayode Aderanti at the Lagos Police Command, thanked the Command for the efforts in keeping the peace in the state in the last eight years, urging them not to rest on their oars.

The Governor particularly commended the Police for their role in ensuring peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections in the state, assuring them that the government will continue to put the constraints and concerns of the Force in the front burner.

“I consider it compelling to again seek your robust partnership and collaboration as we advance the cause for a safe and secure Lagos State. As 21st Century Police Officers, you are expected to scale up your skills and professional conduct in a manner that the citizens will see you as true friends who will not compromise integrity and forthrightness,” the Governor said.

Thanking the Governor for the visit, the CP Kayode Aderanti said it was a testament to the commitment of his (Governor) administration to make the security of lives and property in a state a top priority.

The CP said it was the first time a Governor of the State would be visiting the State Police Commissioner’s Office.

“The visit is not only historic because it is your first but more so the speed at which you visited.

“We have had cause to meet and discuss the security of Lagos within the last one week and the impression I have gotten from you all through our meetings is that of a man who wants to turn the fortunes of the State Command around for the better,” Aderanti said.

Police Arrest Owo Bank Robbery Suspects

The Police have arrested five armed robbers suspected to be part of the gang that robbed four commercial banks in Owo on March 26.

Addressing reporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the State Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, said the suspects were part of criminals arrested in the last two weeks.

Suspected cultists, armed robbers, kidnappers and sea pirates were among persons paraded by the police.

At the session with reporters held at the state Police Command Headquarters in Akure, Mr Eke said 76 suspected cultists, five suspected armed robbers among the gang that robbed four commercial banks in Owo and seven suspected sea pirates that have been terrorising the residents of the riverine areas of the state.

Weapons recovered from the suspects include; 11 Improvised Explosive Devices(IED), 61 arms, over 12,000 rounds of ammunition, and 143 magazines.

Other items also recovered from them were; a cash of over nine million Naira, two video cameras, one plasma television, four laptop computers, police helmets and a table telephone.

Several persons were killed  in the March 26 syndicated armed robbery operation in four commercial banks in Owo town

One of the commercial banks was said to have been set ablaze, after the robbers detonated an explosive to gain access into the building.

Fashola Hands Over New Area “C” Police Command Building

Pix 003Nine years after it was razed during a clash between soldiers and policemen, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Tuesday formally handed over the new Area C Police Command Complex, stressing the need for government at the centre to pay more attention to law enforcement agents, if the nation is serious about protecting democracy and developing business.

Renaming the ultra modern building, Kafaru Oluwole Tinubu House in honour of the first indigenous Commandant of the Nigeria Police College, Fashola who spoke at the Western Avenue location of the new Area Command building that replaced the one that was gutted by fire in October 2005, added that it is only in a secure environment that investment will settle and also thrive.

The Governor noted that if the present administration in the State had continued to maintain that the issue of police was a responsibility for the Federal Government and not the State, the building would still have remained the way it was when it was gutted by fire.

While explaining the rationale behind the design of the new Police Area Command Office, the Governor said what was there before were bequeathed by the colonial government adding that the colonial masters have been slowly and consistently removing them in their own country.

The Governor who recalled that he has had cause to handle legal cases for clients in the past at the Area C Command, said it has now been designed bearing in mind that it is serving as both an Area Command and a Divisional Police Office.

Listing the additional features that have been provided in the new building, the Governor said there are provisions for male and female cells as well as a data room where suspects are put on the wall for their heights to be measured and photographs taken.

In his message of goodwill, the Inspector General of Police who was represented by Deputy Inspector General, Logistics and Supply, Mamman Tsafe reiterated an earlier statement that if Nigeria could boast of more of the types of Governor Fashola, the business of security would have been more effective in Nigeria.

Noting that the building being handed over ranks among the best Police facilities he had seen in various parts of the world to which he has traveled, DIG Tsafe charged the officers and men to draw inspiration from the depth of the gesture of the new office and other forms of support from the State Government to improve their performance. He also appealed to the State Governor that whilst it deeply appreciates the several gestures of the state, the Police would appreciate his intervention in the Police Barracks in Surulere.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr Kayode Aderanti in his address described the new structure as being of international standard and one that should be a great motivation for the officers and men of the Lagos Police Command. He thanked the Governor for deeming it fit to construct the edifice which would without doubt make the job of the personnel who will be privileged to work there easier.

Shiite Islamic Sect Members Clash With Community In Zaria

About 3 People are said to have been injured on Thursday during a clash between members of Shiite Islamic Movement, and natives of Gyallesu Village in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the removal of speed breakers and bumps by the sect members along a road being constructed by the state government in the community did not go down well with residents of the community who demanded them to fix back the bumps.

In the process, a fight broke out between the two parties and left three persons severely wounded.

However, the prompt intervention of security operatives brought the situation under control. The State Police Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said that more policemen have been drafted to the area to avert any fresh fracas between the sect members and the community.

8 Killed, Women And Children Injured After Gunmen Attack Kaura Village

Fulani gunmen in the early hours of Monday, attacked Adu village of Attakar Chiefdom in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna state, killing at least eight people and leaving scores of children and women injured.

An eyewitness, Mr John Danfulani told Channels Television, that the gunmen also destroyed farmlands and properties worth millions of naira.

The attack came barely four months after unknown gunmen killed over 20 people in the same village and sacked over 10,000 from their ancestral homes.

The state police commissioner, Mr Olufemi Adenaike confirmed the incident and added that it was a reprisal attack between the Fulani herdsmen and the villagers.

He also said that the assailants, who are Fulanis, killed only seven persons, including women and children in an isolated hamlet comprising of six houses on Attakar mountain.

The commissioner announced that five people have been arrested in connection to the attack.

However he appealed to the warring factions for calm.

175 Prisoners Escape in Ondo Prison Break

The Medium Security Prison of The Nigeria Prisons Service located in Olokuta, along Ondo Road Akure, Ondo State Capital has been broken into leading to the escape of about 175 inmates.

According to the Controller of Prisons in Ondo State, Tunde Olayiwola the attackers arrived at about 12:05 armed with guns and explosives which they used to break the prison wall, which led to the escape of the inmates.

It all started when gunmen, numbering about 30 at about 12:05 this morning, attacked the Medium Security Prison, Olokuta, Ondo Road, Akure, shooting sporadically, with bullets penetrating the fortified walls, gates, and floors.

They gained entrance into the prison by using explosives, which shook the foundations of the prison to blast the wall when they could not enter through the steel door at the main entrance.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Wole Ogodo in an interview with newsmen in his office allayed the fears of the people of the State.

The Police image maker however noted that the attack has nothing to do with terrorists’ attack such as Boko Haram.

The State Police Commissioner Mr Patrick Dokumor and The State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Eyitayo Jegede were part of top public officials that visited the prison this morning to assess the situation, where bullets and the explosives the armed men used for the operation still littered the whole vicinity.

The prison which was built in 1989 was meant to accommodate 160 inmates.