Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have arrested a serving councillor caught in possession of an AK-47 rifle in the Giwa Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect, Abdulrahman Adamu, who is a serving councillor in the Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State, was arrested by the operatives of Operation Puff Adder II attached to the Kaduna Police Command during a routine patrol along Galadimawa Road.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the command, Mohammed Jalige, the police officers succeeded in intercepting the councillor, who was moving in a black Lifan motorcycle towards the Galadimawa community with a sack.
The policemen at that point became suspicious of the sack being carried by the suspect and were prompted to search its content. It was in this process that they discovered an AK-47 rifle loaded with six rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live ammunition concealed inside the sack.
The police spokesman further revealed that the suspect was arrested and taken into custody alongside the exhibits while preliminary investigation reveals the identity of the suspect, Abdulrahman Adamu, as a serving member in the legislative council of Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State representing Kinkiba ward.
The suspect equally confessed to having gotten the firearm from his accomplices, adding that he was to deliver same to bandits around Galadimawa village for their nefarious activities.
Thirty suspects have been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force for complicity in banditry, kidnappings, and other violent crimes across the country, especially within the North Central region.
Police spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Thursday disclosed that the Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) recently arrested the 30 suspects for their roles in kidnapping, armed robbery, arms smuggling, unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, car theft, rape, receiving stolen goods, amongst others.
He further disclosed that the FIB-STS equally recovered eight (8) foreign and seven (7) locally made AK47 rifles, eight (8) revolver rifles, two thousand two hundred (2,200) rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, twelve (14) AK47 magazines, three (3) stolen cars, 10 fake number plates and a cash sum of one million, eight hundred and eighty thousand (1,880,000) naira from the suspects during follow-up investigations.
Notable amongst the cases is the arrest of one Ahmed Yunusa, aka “Yellow Ashana”, a 36-year-old leader of a vicious bandit group that has been terrorising communities and road users along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
The suspect, who has been on the run following a police operation that led to the death of a member of his syndicate, one Yellow Magaji aka Arushe, was arrested during a sting operation by police operatives of the FIB-STS.
Yunusa confessed that he led the syndicate which has carried out several kidnapping operations on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, and launched three different attacks on Kadara Community in Kaduna State, wherein scores of persons were killed.
He equally confessed to the kidnap and murder of one Hafsat Isah, who was lured into the bandit camp by her friend, one Ladi Sale, who was equally arrested by the police.
Also arrested was one Mrs Nvou Michael, a 37-year-old female from Vom LGA, Plateau State, who was intercepted by operatives along Samminaka/Jos expressway, Kaduna State, in possession of 15 locally made rifles and 400 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm AK47 ammunition in a Toyota Hummer bus travelling from Jos, Plateau State to Kaduna State. Investigations revealed the suspect was an arms smuggler for some bandit groups in Kaduna State.
Similarly, police operatives arrested one Nuhu Yakubu, a 33-year-old male from Donga, Taraba State, while he was conveying 1,500 AK47 ammunition from Wukari to bandits in the Donga Forest.
The operatives of the FIB-STS also apprehended the duo of Idris Abdulwahab, 26-year-old, and Adams Ibrahim, 37-year-old, both from Okene, Kogi State, who have been linked to major bank robbery operations at Ondo State, and in Egbe, Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State, in 2021, where they killed a security guard.
The suspects who specialize in the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to forcefully gain access into banks for their robbery operations, were intercepted by eagle-eyed police operatives at a checkpoint in Isonu, Kogi State, while heading to Okene from their forest hideout, with a cash sum of one million, eight hundred and eighty thousand Naira (N1,880,000).
While reacting to these feats, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, charged police operatives across the country to sustain the tempo in the fight to curb crimes in the country.
The IGP, who lauded the results of efforts emplaced to roll back the negative trend of crimes, commended the FIB-STS.
The police chief while assuring the nation that the Force would continue to close up on all criminal elements that pose a threat to national security, called on the public to readily assist the police with information to effectively combat the purveyors of crimes within the society.
All the suspects are expected to be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigations.
A Joint Task Force has arrested 28 suspects and recovered assorted charms in Niger State, the police authorities said on Tuesday.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, said the combined operation was carried out by operatives of the military, Department of State Services (DSS), police, Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the vigilante.
He said the troops carried out an aggressive raid and house-to-house search at Unguwar-Biri community in Bosso Local Government Area of the state on January 25.
“The operation will be continuous to fish out all the undesirable elements and street urchins until the metropolis is totally rid of criminals. The Commissioner of Police Niger State Command CP Monday Bala Kuryas, fsi therefore, warns all trouble makers to stop or face the full wrath of the law,” the police spokesman said.
“All suspects are under investigation in SCID, Minna and will also be arraigned in court for prosecution as soon as investigation is concluded.”
Exhibits recovered from the criminal elements included 10 arrows, seven cutlasses, eight knives, nine sticks, five shisha pipes, one woodcutter, one axe, one iron rod, one iron cutter, one scissor, one fry wheel.
Others are two screw-drivers, 13 handsets, 17 sachets, four nylon of Indian-hemp, assorted charms and some clothes and slippers.
The Zamfara State Police Command has arraigned a suspected cannibal, Aminu Baba; a fake lawyer, Chukwuka Jude and four others before a Chief Magistrates Court in Gusau, the state capital for prosecution.
While 57-year-old Baba was arrested on January 4 for eating and selling human parts in Gusau, Jude was nabbed on January 18 following a complaint received from the Nigerian Bar Association in the state.
He was said to have paraded himself as a lawyer at the Higher Sharia court Tudun Wada in the Gusau metropolis.
When the charges were read to him, the suspected fake lawyer Chukwuka Jude pleaded guilty and asked the court to show mercy by considering the option of fine on him.
Jude cried out that remanding him to a correctional facility will put his family under serious difficulties as he is the only breadwinner.
The 46-year-old suspect claimed that he had lost everything, including his business to two fire incidents.
He told the court that he has seven children, consisting of four minors and three unemployed adults, stating that they can’t support the family to survive the hardship it is facing.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Saadu Garba, sentenced the accused Jude to six months imprisonment on the first count charge with the option of a fine of N50,000 and one-year imprisonment without the option of a fine.
Counsel to the suspected fake lawyer, Joseph Eze said his client was arraigned in court on a two-count charge of impersonation and cheating.
Meanwhile, the other five suspects were arraigned by the police on three count charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and cannibalism offences which are contrary to sections 97, 222 and 218 of the Penal Code Law.
Justice Garba directed that the second and third defendants who are below 18 years – Abdullahi Buba and Ahmed Tukur – to be remanded in a remand home while Abdulshakur Tukur, Aminu Baba and Nura Usman were remanded to correctional centre.
The matter has been adjourned to February 8 pending the conclusion of the police investigation.
The family members of the 10-year-old Ahmad Yakubu who was allegedly killed by the cannibal protested at the court premises, demanding justice for their late son.
Ninety airport staff have been arrested for fake COVID-19 results as well as engaging in other criminal activities.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria disclosed this via a statement issued on Monday, titled ‘Faan Arrests Over 90 Touts; Hands 89 Over To Police.’
FAAN General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, said the suspects were nabbed in both Lagos and Abuja for touting, unauthorised entry, trespass, illegal facilitation, forgery, loitering, Theft, public nuisance and arguments, amongst others.
According to her, some of those arrested are staff of Patovilki Nigeria Limited, Lakewood Services, and the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc.
“Of the total arrested, 59 were handed over to the airport police command in Abuja for prosecution, while 30 were handed over to the police force in Lagos for same,” the statement read.
“FAAN will like to use this opportunity to warn those that do not have any legitimate business at the airports, as well as airport staff carrying out illegal duties to desist from such acts, as the Authority will not hesitate to arrest and hand over such individuals for prosecution.”
The Nigeria Police have arrested 26 suspects for various offences, including four females and a male who allegedly collaborated with a notorious bandit operating in a forest in Kaduna State.
Parading the suspects at the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) office in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said the four females and a male were also running a sex ring for bandits in the forest.
The suspects are Maryam Abubakar, Lawisa Hassan, Jummai Ibrahim and Hajara Abubakar.
“The arrest of one Ismaila Abdullahi Haruna, aged 23 years, and 11 other suspects was made possible as a result of a four-week intensive but diligent investigation carried out by crack detectives of the Command,” the statement read.
“The suspects, who confessed to the crimes of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, and willful damage, were arrested in their criminal hideouts in Lagos and Nasarawa States where they were hibernating to evade arrest after the dastardly act.
“During interrogation, the suspects gave a blow-by-blow account of how the brutal attack on the deceased police officer and other injured police officers was carried out and the criminal roles each played. Their arrest was facilitated by credible, actionable intelligence.”
Ajisebutu also said the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, thanked the Abonde family and the public for their patience, understanding, and support.
He gave the assurance that the command would ensure diligent prosecution of the case.
The police commissioner equally asked members of the public to cooperate with the police by providing additional information that could lead to the arrest of other suspects still at large.
A fake police officer and a soldier suspected to also be fake were among 663 drug traffickers and users arrested when operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) raided notorious drug joints in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the country.
In the raids which led to the seizure of assorted illicit drugs weighing over 153, 256.876 kilograms, a youth corps member was also arrested.
According to a statement on Sunday by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the drugs seized were destroyed afterward.
He disclosed that in Lagos, the notorious drug haven, Akala in the Mushin area of the state was on Friday 15th October raided by a combined team of 70 NDLEA operatives and 30 soldiers in a joint operation code-named ‘ Operation Still Waters.’
No less than 27 suspects were arrested while various drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Rohypnol and Cannabis, with a cumulative weight of 2,463.876 Kg were seized.
A day earlier, operatives also raided drug joints in Ojo and Maryland areas of the state where six persons were arrested and different quantities of drugs seized.
This followed another raid in Alhaji Lasisi street, Idioro, Mushin as well as Okota in the Oshodi-Isolo area of the state during which 12 suspects were arrested and over 165kg of assorted illicit drugs recovered.
Meanwhile, in Ogun state, operatives on Friday 15th October intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore- Shagamu expressway with 562.5kg Cannabis being conveyed in a Toyota sienna bus, while in Benue state, narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers raided Lafia park where six suspects including a youth corps member, Paul Ndubuisi were arrested with different quantities of drugs.
This came on the heels of the arrest of a suspected fake soldier, Abel John along Apir- Makurdi-Aliade road with 3.5kg Cannabis on Wednesday 13th October.
In a similar vein, a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joshua Yusuf who claimed to be serving in Kano was arrested along Gwagwalada expressway while conveying 45.5kg of Cannabis in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Three suspects were also arrested during raids in Dabba and Luku village, Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State where over 64kg drugs were recovered on Wednesday 13th October.
In Ekiti state, NDLEA operatives in their numbers stormed the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun LGA, where they destroyed over 150,000 kilograms of cannabis being harvested on 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than three days. The operation, which began on Tuesday continued till Sunday 17th October.
Speaking further on the operations, Mr Babafemi noted that raids across other states in the country have led to the arrest of no fewer than 615 suspects and illicit drugs with a total weight of 3394.2031 kilograms recovered.
While commending the officers and men of the Lagos State Command and their counterparts in Benue, FCT, Ogun, Ekiti and other parts of the country for their resilience and commitment to the war against illicit substances, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them not to rest on their oars.
He called for continued collaboration between the NDLEA and other stakeholders especially the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.
Police authorities in Ogun State have arrested four suspected killers of a Point of Service (PoS) terminal operator, Abiodun Odebunmi, and an Uber driver, Idowu Ademiluyi.
Police spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspects – Kehinde Jelili, Oluomo, Abiodun Akinola, Johnson Fakeye, and Jamiu Akinola – allegedly set ablaze Odebunmi’s remains after stealing N4m from him.
While noting that the suspects were members of a syndicate which specialized in robbing PoS and Uber operators in the state, he said they were nabbed on Wednesday following a report lodged at the Onipanu Divisional Police headquarters by a PoS attendant, Aanu Salaudeen.
Oyeyemi explained that Salaudeen, who worked for Odebunmi, reported that her boss left their office at Aparadija the previous day to meet a customer and had gone missing since then.
“According to Salaudeen, they had earlier done a transaction of N1.5m with the person who invited her boss the previous day, and it was the same person who called her boss to meet him at Oju-Ore to do another PoS transaction of N4m,” the statement partly read.
“Upon the report, the policemen at Onipanu commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man. Their efforts paid off when the burnt body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building at the Arobieye area of Ota without any trace of his assailants.
“The CSP Femi Olabode-led homicide team, in compliance with the CP’s directive, embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to Otun Ekiti in Ekiti State, where the suspect was discovered to be hibernating.
“On getting to Ekiti, the suspect got wind of the presence of the detectives and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara State.
“With determination to apprehend him, the team continued trailing him and they later got information that he was in Benin Republic, where he had gone to attend the court session of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, after which he would soon be coming to Nigeria.
“Having got the information about the day he would be returning to Nigeria, the team laid ambush for him and got him arrested at a boundary community between Ogun and Lagos states.
“On interrogation, Kehinde Jelili, who claimed to be a native of Apomu in Osun State, confessed to killing the victim.”
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 10 suspected online drug traffickers with 107 kilogrammes of cocaine in Abuja, authorities confirmed on Sunday.
In a statement, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the arrest followed fresh raids in the nation’s capital, adding that a young lady and her boyfriend as well as eight others were apprehended, and assorted drugs recovered from them.
The first suspect, 28-year-old Ese Patrick, said to be selling her illicit substances through Instagram account; Ese’sOvenSecret, was tracked and arrested with some pieces of brownies ordered online by NDLEA’s undercover agents, on May 2 and delivered by herself and her boyfriend in a Mercedes Benz car.
“A follow up operation at her residence led to the seizure of 400 grams of Arizona weed, which she uses in baking the brownies,” the statement partly read.
“Further investigation led to the arrest of one Iyama Patrick, with 450 grams of Arizona weed. He supplies Ese the cannabis she uses.”
Similarly, a motorcycle belonging to a courier company, Sky Port was abandoned by a despatch rider in Wuse Zone 4 upon sighting NDLEA’s outpost in the area.
According to the NDLEA spokesman, the motorcycle was later found to contain several pinches of cocaine and some envelopes of Arizona meant for delivery.
In another raid, an online drug trafficker, Peter Nkejika was nabbed on May 24 following an arrest of a dispatch rider with some quantity of Loud, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis. Each portion of Loud costs N30, 000 and the rider was caught with 17 portions for delivery.
NDLEA operatives had also on Tuesday intercepted two online drug transactions and arrested two dispatch riders with some quantities of cocaine and Loud already packaged for delivery recovered from them.
In all, five dispatch riders and a lady, Dolapo Benjamin who owns motorcycles involved in door-to-door distribution of drugs and drug based edibles; cakes and brownies were arrested while six dispatch motorcycles involved in door-to-door drug distribution were seized.
Also seized from them were assorted drugs; Cocaine, Crack /Challie, Molly/ Ecstasy, Skunk, Brownies and Loud, which is the most expensive psychoactive variant of cannabis in town.
“In a related development, on the 27th May 2021, operatives intercepted 30 compressed parcels of cannabis, heading to Ningi, Bauchi state, as well as Rohypnol and Tramadol meant for the FCT,” the statement added.
“The drugs weighing 105.5 kilograms were seized along Gwagwalada- Abuja road, in a luxury bus. Three persons were arrested in connection with the exhibits, while two more dispatch motorcycles were seized with some quantities of cocaine and cannabis on Saturday, May 29 as the raids across the FCT intensify.
“Meanwhile, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI) of the agency have intercepted 445 grams of Methamphetamine going to New Zealand and concealed inside USB chargers and hair attachments, with another 450 grams of cannabis sativa going to UAE and concealed inside local soap containers at a courier company in Lagos.
“In the same vein, 125 grams of heroin concealed inside academic thesis books was seized at another firm while 2kg of cannabis sativa hidden inside tractor’s balloon was intercepted at another courier company also in Lagos.”
While reacting to the arrests, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) directed the FCT Command of the Agency to immediately embark on stop and search of commercial dispatch riders across the nation’s capital city to curb the online drug trafficking trend in the FCT.
He also commended the FCT Commander of the agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, his officers and men for the recent successes and sustaining the offensive against the latest trend in illicit drug trafficking in the nation’s seat of power.
The NDLEA boss also praised officers and men of DOGI for their vigilance and commitment to work.
Police operatives in Benue State have arrested eight suspected kidnappers and recovered the bodies of four victims.
Anene Catherine, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement on Thursday.
She explained that the suspects were part of a 10-man gang of kidnappers who escaped from the Sankara area of the state.
According to the command’s spokesperson, police detectives trailed the fleeing persons and arrested eight of them in Osun State, and brought them back to Benue for further investigation.
She noted that the suspects, on Monday, opted to lead police detectives to Tavachan forest in Mbamon in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue where they buried their slain victims.
Upon arriving at the scene, Catherine disclosed that a deep well and a shallow grave were found in the forest with decomposed bodies of the suspects’ victims.
“Suspects confessed that some of the victims died due to inability to survive the trauma of being held hostage while others were killed for not paying the required ransom.
“Two of the suspects also confessed to have killed their wives for making attempt to expose their nefarious acts. Four corpses were exhumed for autopsy while an investigation into the case is ongoing to enable the arrest of suspects at large and unravel more facts about the case,” said the command’s spokesperson.
She noted that the police have continued to gain victory over banditry in the state, particularly the Sankara axis.
Within the last two weeks, Catherine stated that operatives deployed in Sankara dislodged bandits’ camps and recovered arms and ammunition.
She added that the suspects have been arrested and charged to court while normalcy has been restored in various markets within the area.