Police Arrest 35 Suspects, Recover 18 Vehicles

In this photo released by the police on July 29, 2020, some suspects were paraded for various offences committed.

 

Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested 35 suspects for their various involvement and participation in a series of kidnapping, armed robbery, and other heinous crimes across the country.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the police said the arrests followed the unrelenting efforts by the Force to rid the country of heinous criminals and to get justice for victims of crimes.

Among those arrested include Adetokumbo Adenopo said to be the Founder and General Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi in Sagamu area of Ogun State, and three other members of his criminal gang.

They are Chigozie Williams from Abia, Ugoji Linus from Imo, and Emmanuel Ani from Enugu State – said to be responsible for the kidnap for ransom of one Jonathan Ekpo from Benue State.

“Curiously, the pastor told the police operatives that he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works.

“The victim, an employee of a logistics company was kidnapped on July 17, 2020, while on official duty to deliver goods in Shagamu, Ogun State,” one of the tweets said.

Another stated, “The victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the Pastor’s church building in Ogijo town, Ogun State by his abductors who demanded the payment of N20 million ransom as a condition for his release. He was subsequently rescued unhurt nine days after and reunited with his family by the police.”

Similarly, the police said another suspect, Udodiri Bright, and three others – Ekwuru Shadrack, Chimerie Igwe, and Chibuike Sunday were arrested on July 5 for the abduction and killing of a Nigerian-US Soldier, Chuks Okebata.

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According to the police, Okebata had returned to Nigeria in 2017 for a holiday in his hometown in Okigwe, Imo State.

The suspects, said to be one of the foremost kidnapping groups terrorising the South East, were arrested 31 months after the incident following an intensive manhunt by the police team.

In this photo released by the police on July 29, 2020, one of the suspects paraded speaks about the offence he was said to have committed.

 

“The Police team also arrested a nine-man trans-boundary armed robbery and car snatching syndicate led by one Yakubu Hayatu, 30 years from Borno State.

“Members of the gang include: Adamu Awalu, 28years from Kano State, Abdulrahman Yakubu, 23years from Zaria, Yususf Adamu, 22years from Zaria, Kamal Japhet, 22years from Katsina, Abubakar Samaila, 20years from Zaria, Muhammadu Abdulahi, 20years from Zaria, Yahaya Mohammed, 18years from Kaduna State, and Ibrahim Abubakar, 21years from Kwara,” a tweet by the police said.

Investigations revealed that the syndicate had snatched over 30 exotic cars at gunpoint and killed two policemen.

The police said they used anti-tracker devices to evade arrest and deliver the vehicles to one Alhaji Garba in Maradi, Niger Republic.

They added that 18 vehicles have so far been recovered and the team was working with the INTERPOL to apprehend Garba and to recover the remaining vehicles.

Four Ak-47 rifles, one FMC rifle, one pump action gun, two double-barrel guns, one Beretta pistol, four AK-47 magazines, six cartridges, 378 rounds of live ammunition, and an anti-tracker device, among others items were recovered from the suspects.

In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said the suspects would be charged to court on the conclusion of investigations.

He also assured Nigerians that the battle against criminal elements in the country would be a continuous one.

Police Arrest Three Brothers Over Kidnap, Murder Of Woman In Abuja

The suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested three brothers over the kidnap and murder of one Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday said the suspects committed the crime on May 14, 2020, in Abuja.

He identified the three men as Johnson Emmanuel (38), Gideon Emmanuel (31), and Success Emmanuel (27), from Isiekenesi in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State.

Mba explained that the suspects were apprehended by the police in their hometown where they had taken refuge to evade arrest.

“Investigation that led to the arrest of the suspects is sequel to complaints received from one Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his mother, Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, 55yrs, native of Ozuitem in Bende LGA of Abia State had been kidnapped and a five million naira ransom demanded before she could be released.

“A comprehensive and painstaking investigation by the police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, whom, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried,” the statement read.

A file photo of late Janet Ogbonnaya.

 

According to the police spokesman, further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect – Johnson, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada to visit the suspect.

He said the suspect, thereafter, took advantage of the visit, served her yoghurt laced with drugs and subsequently had her murdered.

The suspect was said to have reached out to the victim’s family, using her phone to demand a ransom of five million naira as pre-condition for her release, after she had been killed and buried in a septic tank. ​

Mba revealed that the suspects led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District in Abuja on Thursday where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank.

He added that the exhumed body had been taken to the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja for forensic examination.

Police operatives at the site where late Janet Ogbonnaya was said to have been buried.

 

The police spokesman noted that a Toyota Highlander belonging to the deceased was recovered by police operatives at a mechanic workshop in Apo where it had been repainted into a different colour.

He said the vehicle’s documents had been fraudulently changed and ownership of the car was transferred to the principal suspect.

“Investigations also revealed that the house where the deceased was killed and buried originally belonged to one of the suspects but was hurriedly sold-off to a third party apparently to obliterate evidence,” the statement added.

In his reaction, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, commended the operatives of IRT for the arrest and gave an assurance that perpetrators of any form of crimes in the country would not go undetected and unpunished.

He also urged the people to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest police station.

Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin

The four men were said to have committed the crime in July 2019. Inset: Late Funke Olakunrin.

 

 

The Ondo State government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.

The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

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They were brought to the court by security operatives one week after the police announced their arrest in a statement.

On Thursday last week, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said one of the suspects – Auwal Abubakar – was arrested on March 4 along the Sagamu-Ore Expressway in Ondo, in a follow-up action on a case of a high-profile armed robbery and kidnap for ransom that occurred in Ogun State.

The arrest of Auwal – said to be an accessory after the fact of the crime – led to the arrest of two other members of the gang – Mohammed Usman and Lawal Mazaje – in Benin, the Edo State capital, as well as Adamu Adamu in Akure.

According to Mba, the police established sufficient physical and forensic evidence linking the suspects to the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin.

He explained that the investigators later conducted an Identification Parade at the Federal SARS Headquarters in Lagos on April 8, which led to the positive and physical identification of three of the suspects by a survivor of the earlier crime.

The force spokesman revealed that the survivor gave a clear description of the roles each of the identified suspects played in the killing.

“At this point, the suspects capitulated and voluntarily offered a no-holds-barred confession on how Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed,” the police statement issued on Thursday last week said.

Four Suspects Arrested For Selling Lion Paws, Others

In this file photo taken on July 19, 2011 a lioness stands in the light after a night patrol exercise with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) company against rhino’s poachers along the Mozambique border in the Kruger National Park. PHOTO:AFP

South African police have arrested four people for allegedly trying to sell lion paws, just days after eight mutilated lion carcasses were discovered at a private game farm.

The four were arrested on Monday in South Africa’s northern city of Rustenberg, around 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Swartruggens, where the carcasses were found over the weekend.

“The suspects… were allegedly looking for a buyer for four lion paws that were in their possession,” police said in a statement on Tuesday.

They were suspected of trying to sell the paws to an “undercover agent” for 300,000 rand (US$21,000; 19,000 euros).

The motives for the lion killings remain unclear. Some speculate that previous killings in South Africa have been for the big cats’ body parts, which are used in so-called traditional medicine.

Police spokeswoman Tlangelani Rikhotso said it was too early to tell whether the paws had been taken from the Swartruggens carcasses.

“In due course, we will be able to say whether the two cases are linked or not,” she told AFP.

Lions are classified as a “vulnerable” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Their population dropped 43 percent between 1993 and 2014, with only around 20,000 alive today.

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Man Arrested For Allegedly Removing Eyes Of Four-Year-Old Girl

Police Nab Suspects With 'Biafra Currency' In Abia
File Photo

 

The Police in Taraba State have arrested and paraded a suspected ritualist who is notorious for dismembering human body parts.

The 38-year-old suspect identified as Jumpi Bako was nabbed after allegedly removing the eyes of a four-year-old girl in Sunkani, the headquarters of Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of the state.

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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.

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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.

Police Arrest 6,531 ‘High-Profile’ Suspects, Rescue 945 Victims This Year

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

 

The police have arrested over 6,500 high-profile suspected kidnappers, robbers, and cultists among other criminals since the beginning of the year.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, revealed this at the end of the year conference with Strategic Police Managers held on Monday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

He added that the police rescued more than 900 kidnapped victims and recovered thousands of arms and ammunition across the country withing the preriod.

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“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.”

Two Suspects Arrested Over Attack On Maersk MD’s Family

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A file photo of suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a robbery attack on the residence of the Managing Director of Maersk Nig. Ltd., Gildas Tohouo.

The incident occurred on Sunday at the Cul-De-Sac compound on Lugard Avenue in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

The suspects – Olamide Goke (an in-house electrician) and Ade Akanbi (his accomplice) had carried out the attack on the family while pretending to be in the building to rectify an electrical fault.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Mr Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident and the arrest to Channels Television.

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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.

Police Arrest Over 5,955 Suspects, Rescue 826 In 2019

Police Engage Suspected Kidnappers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Kill Nine
A file photo of police officers on patrol.

 

 

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.”

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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.”

Police Arrest Eight Suspects During Initiation Into ‘One Million Boys’

Suspected cultists arrested in Lagos.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested eight suspected members of ‘One Million Boys’ confraternity during initiation exercise.

A statement from the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, said the suspects were apprehended on Thursday last week.

Operatives of Operation Crush from Ilemba Hausa Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer, Kazeem Abonde, made the arrest while acting on credible intelligence.

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“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.

He said they would be charged to court.

Police Parade Suspected Killers Of Personnel, Others In Bayelsa

The suspects paraded by the Bayelsa State Police Command on Friday, July 19, 2019.

 

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.

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“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.

Police Parade 38 Suspected Kidnappers, Armed Robbers And Cattle Rustlers

The suspects

 

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.

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“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.

NSCDC Arrests Suspects Allegedly Supplying Petrol Products To Boko Haram

The suspects.

 

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.