The police said they succeeded in rescuing the victim but she is currently in a critical condition and taken to the hospital for medical attention.
Exhibits recovered from the suspect include two AK-47 riffles believed to have been used to launch mayhem on innocent citizens of the state.
Addressing journalists, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Alkasim Sanusi, said that the command also arrested two suspected kidnappers who abducted the former Chief of staff to ex-governor Danbaba Suntai, Alhaji Aminu Jika.
The police boss explained that the arrest was made possible as a result of the collaborative efforts of local hunters and vigilante groups in tracking down the ransom paid by the victim.
Also paraded is one Ibrahim Jafaru who is a gang leader of car theft syndicates terrorising Jalingo, the state capital.
According to CP Sanusi, investigation reveals that the suspect has successfully stolen 35 vehicles since January 2018 in Jalingo, Taraba State capital and disposed the same to various states in the country.
“Between January 2019 to date, a total of 6,531 high-profile suspects were arrested in various police operations,” the police boss disclosed.
Giving a breakdown of the figure, he said, “This comprises of a total of 2,627 armed robbery suspects; 1,621 suspected cultists; 1,527 kidnapping suspects; and 758 murder suspects.
“Within the same period, we also recovered a total of 2,037 firearms of various calibre and descriptions; 21,870 ammunition; and 1,662 vehicles.”
“Similarly, 945 kidnapping victims were rescued in various police-led operations in the country,” he added.
Citizens’ Confidence Restored?
The IGP explained that the feat was achieved through the sacrifices of the personnel and the cooperation of the people.
In appreciation of the need to enhance the operational capacity of the police, he disclosed that they have acquired new sets of policing assets.
According to him, these comprise patrol vehicles, electronic surveillance vehicles, civil disorder management trucks and special operations vans.
Adamu added that the force has completed the Nigeria Police National Command and Control Centre (NPF-C4i) – the first phase of the Nigeria Police Crime and Incident Data Base (NPC & IDB) Centre projects.
He, however, acknowledged that the orientation of the Force was slow but steadily and positively altered while its operational capacity has been significantly enhanced.
The consequence, according to the police boss, is that citizens’ confidence in the police is being gradually restored.
“Our intelligence generation and utilisation capacity, as well as our operational competence have been significantly enhanced such that today, I can confidently confirm that we have succeeded in addressing the prevalent crimes we inherited as well as aided in the entrenchment of our democratic values,” he said.
The IGP added, “This is also evidenced by the successes we recorded in relation to emplacing and coordinating security during the 2019 General Elections and other off-season elections that were conducted in the year.
“It is also corroborated by the fact that our capacity to prevent crimes, disrupt highly organised and deadly criminal networks and apprehend high-profile felons has been strengthened, thereby engendering unprecedented volume of arrests and the phenomenal reduction in the rate of crime.”
He explained that men of the Lagos State Police Command moved into the area shortly after the incident occurred and arrested the suspects.
Elkana disclosed that Tohouo’s wife, Bernadette, a Hungarian and mother of three, died from injuries sustained from the attack.
On his part, Tohouo was critically injured and has been taken to an undisclosed hospital in the Victoria Island axis of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer added that the suspects have been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal and Intelligence Department, Panti in Yaba, for discreet investigation and subsequent prosecution.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says no fewer than 5,955 suspects have been arrested by the police since the beginning of 2019.
He listed those arrested to include suspected armed robbers, kidnappers, murderers, and cultists while over 800 kidnapped persons have been rescued within the period.
Professor Osinbajo made the disclosure on Monday in Lagos at a conference and retreat for strategic leadership officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
He said, “Locally in the past one year alone, the Nigeria Police has between January and this month (October) arrested over 2,348 armed robbery suspects, over 1,400 suspected kidnappers, 694 murder suspects, 1,513 cultists, and safely rescued over 826 kidnap victims, recovered 1,660 firearms and 1,612 vehicles stolen or used for crime are now in the safe custody of the Police Force.”
The vice president commended the police for their efforts at keeping Nigeria safe, saying the people were proud of the work they do.
He regretted that many of the personnel paid the supreme price in the course of duty, while fighting robbers, kidnappers, and other criminals.
Osinbajo was also sad that many have been maimed for life and their families have had to deal with their incapacity.
In spite of this, he was delighted that men and women of the police force go out at all times with exceptional bravery, often beyond the call of duty.
Dynamics Of Crime
The vice president was, however, worried about the threats of terrorism in the North-East, in addition to the series of crimes he said have constituted significant drawbacks to the nation’s security.
He highlighted them to include banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, cybercrime, small and light arms proliferation and sundry transnational crimes.
“The dynamics of crime in the country has over time, become increasingly complex due largely to the impact of technology, global terrorism, socio-economic challenges, and other security situations, especially within the African continent.
“It was in response and in anticipation of these challenges that at the inception of this current administration, concerted efforts were made towards emplacing policies that would re-engineer the Nigeria Police and ensure the restoration of the agency’s primacy within the internal security architecture of the country,” said Osinbajo.
He stressed that funding, limited manpower profile, professional capacity gaps, and issues arising from the relationship between the police and the citizens were identified as challenges that needed to be addressed.
Professor Osinbajo believes the Nigeria Police force is without a doubt, one of Nigeria’s proudest assets.
According to him, it is the largest Police Force in Africa and has led police peacekeeping activities in several countries of the world such as Congo, Western Sahara, Sierra Leone, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, and Afghanistan among others.
“We have some of the best trained and best-educated men and women in any force, anywhere in the world,” the vice president said.
He added, “Our policemen and women have served everywhere locally and internationally with outstanding results and accolades.”
“The suspects were arrested at No. 15 Alado Street Shibiri, where they are being initiated into the cult group by one Yusuf Abu ‘m’ aged 20 years.
“Those arrested are Sunday Gabriel ‘m’ aged 20 yrs of no 7 Owode Baba Water Street Shibiri; Rilwan Dauda ‘m’ 18yrs of Ogbokwo Street, Ajegunle; Mohammed Sikiru ‘m’ aged 23yrs of no 15 Kareem Street Shibiri; Oladimeji Abayomi ‘m’ aged 18 yrs of no 6 Baale Street Shibiri; Rasheed Alabi ‘m’ aged 20 yrs of 49 Bunmi Ajakaye Street Shibiri; Habeeb Idowu ‘m’ aged 18 yrs of no 6 Baale Street Shibiri; Olaiya Bisola ‘f’ aged 18 yrs of 6 Mosalasi Street Shibiri; and Hazzan Hawawu ‘f’ aged 19 yrs of zone 6 Orisa Street Imude,” the statement said.
According to Elkana, three sharp cutlasses, a fetish calabash with charms and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from the suspects.
The Bayelsa State Police Command has paraded some suspects who allegedly killed its personnel guarding a hotel on March 16, 2019.
Also paraded were some others who committed varying degrees of crimes across the state.
Parading the suspects at the Command Headquarters in Yenagoa, the state Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, said the police also arrested the suspected killers of some corps members in Izi-Victory International School.
The police boss explained that the arrest was made possible following the launch of Operation Puff Adder by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
“On June 20, 2019, Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder acted on a tip-off and arrested one Ebimobowei Adisemo, Lance Corporal Williams Gbabofa and Ikpi Malafakumo along East-West road who were coming to Yenagoa for an armed robbery operation with one Black Toyota SUV with number BRA 94BU and one Ash Totota Corolla with number YEN 55HP.
“Upon interrogation, operatives arrested one Jackson Dakolo, a member of the gang who confessed that the gang was responsible for the attack on policemen at Udeme Hotel Yenagoa.”
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include two AK-47 rifles, 40 locally made cartridge-loading pistols, 26 locally made revolver pistols, seven Dane guns, 67 cartridges, 936 7.62 mm ammunition, three fabricated AK-47 riffles.
Others include 186 .9mm, two Beretta pistols, one General Purpose Gun (GPG), five empty magazines, two jack knives among several others.
CP Anozia revealed that the former Corps members – Oluwatobi Popoola and George Onokpoma were killed on March 20, 2019, at about 10:30 pm after the six gunmen invaded their residence in Swali community, Yenagoa.
According to him, the attackers stole their valuables including Infix X601 phone belonging to the deceased corps members.
The commissioner also vowed that the suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the investigation.
Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder have paraded 38 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers for various criminal activities.
Among the suspects is a nursing mother suspected to be involved in high-level kidnapping and car snatching in various parts of the north and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Parading them in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba said the other members of the kidnap gang that abducted the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education commission along Kaduna Abuja high-way are among the 38 suspects
“Operatives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), as well as Operatives from the Special Tactical Squad (STS) who are integral and very important components of the Operation Puff Adder scheme within this period, were able to arrest 38 suspects, one of them a female.
“All of these persons that we are presenting to you today have been positively been indicted by our investigations in one way or the other, in various crimes particularly in kidnapping, armed robbery, crime theft, cattle rustling, unlawful possession of firearms, illicit manufacturing and fabrication of weapons, attempts to commit culpable homicide and in some clear cases actual homicide,” he stated.
Mba also explained that the police succeeded in intercepting 28 trucks loaded with grains meant to be delivered to bandits in Zamfara State.
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has arrested some suspects for allegedly supplying petroleum products and hard drugs to Boko Haram terrorists.
NSCDC nabbed members of the gang said to be operating between the borders of Nigeria and the neighbouring Cameroon Republic in Adamawa State.
Corp Commander, Nurudeen Abdullahi disclosed this at a press briefing in his office in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.
“We have gone to Yobe South, Mayha, Michika and Fufure to block all these routes where the diversion is taking place. The Command has already constituted a formidable patrol team in order to track down their activities and bring the perpetrators to book.
“About the vehicle carrying hard drugs, we got the person supplying hard drugs, more especially tramadol to Adamawa State. On seeing the NSCDC patrol team blocking his way, he took to his heels”, he stated.
While reiterating the commitment of his command to fight criminal elements in the state, Adbullahi warned criminals to desist from their activities.
He noted that cattle rustlers, drug peddlers, armed robbers wouldn’t be spared as the Federal Government is committed to the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians.
“The people that are involved in this cattle rustling, armed robbery, drug abuse, drug dealing should stop as the government is very serious about this issue.
“Anybody that is caught is going to face the law. All the security agencies, not only Civil Defence are now armed, they are ready and are going to stop this”, he said.
The Corp Commander also appealed to the public to cooperate with security agencies by availing them with timely and useful information that will help in arresting criminals.
The police in Katsina have arrested some suspects in connection with the abduction of Governor Aminu Masari’s mother-in-law.
The spokesman for the State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the arrest to Channels Television on Wednesday.
According to him, the suspects have been moved to Abuja where further pronouncements are expected to be made.
“It is true that we have made several arrests in connection with the incident, but the suspects have been moved to Abuja. The Force headquarters will make further pronouncements on the issue,” he stated.
The arrest comes two months after the 80-year-old Hajiya Maistiyari who is the mother of Governor Masari’s wife, Binta was kidnapped and released a few days later.
The Nigerian Army says it has handed over 44 suspects arrested for electoral violence to the police in Taraba State.
Addressing journalists in Gashak Local Government Area of the state on Monday, the Commanding Officer of 20 Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Adamu, alleged that the suspects were intercepted with dangerous weapons on them.
According to him, the arrest was made possible following the military operations during and after the 2019 general elections in the state.
Items recovered from the suspects include Two Dane guns, six machetes, four buses, 42 arrows, one live cartridge of 7.62mm special among others.
Adamu also reiterated the Army’s commitment to ridding the state of criminal elements in a professional manner in line with the mandate of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
“I am here today on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, the General Officer Commanding 3 Division, and also the Commander 23 Armoured Brigade, to hand over suspects that were found culpable before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
“In line with our constitutional roles that we are supposed to give aid to civil authorities, the Nigerian Army in collaboration with other security agencies operated within Taraba State.
“We have gone round all the flashpoints. The suspects are those that we intercepted during the course of our operation. They were also intercepted with dangerous and offensive equipment such as two Dane guns, six machete, four buses, 42 arrows, one live cartridge of 7.62mm special,” he stated.
Similarly, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Alkasim Sanusi, said the Command has arrested 16 suspects for armed robbery, cattle rustling, rape and kidnap.
According to him, some of the suspects were caught in possession of foreign currency, also exhibited were arms and ammunition found on the suspects.
The suspects – Adebayo Ayomide and Isaac David – were arrested by a team of detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko Police Station, Mr Isah Abdulmajid.
The police team had embarked on crime prevention patrol on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge around 9 pm on Saturday.
In the course of their duty, they came in contact with two young women simply identified as, Gbemi and Hannah, who appeared to be in panic.
Upon questioning, the women explained to the team that they had just been dispossessed of their phones by the suspects at gunpoint.
They pointed at the direction through which the suspects escaped on a motorcycle after which the police went after them.
“The team tracked down the suspects and upon searching them, their operational single-barrelled gun, a cutlass and the phone were found on them. The items were recovered and the criminals were taken into custody,” the statement said.
“In their confessional statements, they owned up to belonging to a syndicate terrorising Lekki and its environs.”
According to Elkana, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Zubairu Muazu, commending the team for a swift response to the crime and the eventual arrest of the suspects.
He also directed that the case be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command for further investigation.
The police commissioner assured residents of the state of the command’s commitment to securing lives and properties in every nook and cranny of the state.
He, however, warned criminal-minded individuals to either change their ways or face the full weight of the law.