Police Begin Arrest Of Zenith Bank Robbery Suspects In Imo

Police Begin Arrest Of Zenith Bank Robbery Suspects In ImoThe Imo State Police Command says it has begun the arrest of suspects involved in the Zenith Bank robbery along Wetheral Road in Owerri, the state’s capital.

The Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, stated this during a news conference at the headquarters of the Police Command in the Imo State capital, southeast Nigeria.

He said the command is making progress in arresting other prime suspects involved in the operation which happened on February 22, adding that they would be apprehended in no distant time.

Mr Lakanu paraded about 50 suspected criminals allegedly involved in kidnapping, murder, cultism, fraud, child trafficking and car snatching among others.

He disclosed that the command has successfully arrested the suspected murderer of an American veteran solider, Oscar Okebata, who was robbed and murdered on January 12.

The Police Commissioner reiterated the resolve of the command to ensure a well-policed Imo State.

“While it is an illusion to completely wish away crime in any society, it is our resolve to ensure a better, well-policed and secured state.

“Our renewed strategy of proactive policing has recorded successful results, leading to the arrest of over 50 suspects involved in various crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, child stealing and trafficking, murder, fraud and PHCN vandals.

“The command has begun the arrest of suspects involved in the Zenith Bank robbery of Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 and details will be made known at the appropriate time.

“Again, we have recorded a breakthrough in the case of robbery and murder of one Oscar Okebata, an American veteran soldier who was robbed and murdered on the 12th of January 2017,” Mr Lakanu said.

Police Inspector Allegedly Kills Man Two Days To His Wedding

Police Inspector Allegedly Kills Man Two Days To His WeddingTragedy struck on Monday in Owerri the Imo state capital, southeast Nigeria, when a middle-aged man named Friday Nduka was allegedly shot dead by a Police Inspector, Mike Edem, attached to the NNPC fuel station located at the control post junction in Owerri metropolis.

According to reports, the deceased, Friday Nduka who hails from Oguta Local Government Area of Imo state just returned from Malaysia in preparation for his wedding ceremony slated for December 28, 2016.

According to eyewitness account, the deceased drove into the fueling station to buy petrol and in the course of transaction, engaged in an altercation with one of the pump attendants over his missing iPhone 7 valued at 400,000 Naira.

The eyewitness account said that the argument became intense and degenerated into a fight, which left the pump attendant badly injured.

He said that it took the intervention of the Manager of the fuel station, Mrs Ruth Enemmuo and the fiancée of the deceased to calm the already tensed situation.

According to the source, as soon as the deceased entered his car to leave the scene, the Police Inspector who was still furious about the incident fired gun shots at the deceased’s vehicle, shattering the windows and doors and leaving Friday Nduka in a stream of blood.

On noticing that the man was dead, the Inspector quickly escaped from the premises.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident and described the act of the Inspector as very unruly and uncalled for.

Enwerem stated that the Inspector General of Police had mandated the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, to make sure that the fleeing Inspector is apprehended and justice is done.

He commiserated with the family of the deceased over what he described as an unfortunate incident.

However, the Manager of the fuel station has been arrested for further interrogation.

The said pump attendants at the fuel station was also said to be at large.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Command has declared Inspector Mike Edem wanted.

Contempt: Court Orders Arrest Of Two Imo Govt. Officials

Contempt: Court Orders IGP, CP To Arrest Two Imo Govt. OfficialsA Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu to arrest the Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Works, Dr. Chibuzor Iwuagwu and the Director of civil works in the ministry, Engr. C.E. Egboka.

They are to bring them to the court on January 30, 2016 for refusing to appear before the court and to show reasons why they should not be committed to prison.

The warrant of arrest issued by the court came after the court had issued summons on five officials of the state government to appear before it last month following their disobedience to the order of the court, which restrained them from trespassing into the property of former Interior Minister, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho along Orlu Road, Owerri.

Other government officials involved in the matter are the state’s Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mrs. Josephine Udoji; her counterpart in the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning, Lawrence Eburuo; and the Director of Works, Imo Government House, Emeka Duru.

They, however, escaped the arrest warrant because they evaded court service and as a result, were deemed not duly served.

They, in addition to the State Governor and the Imo State government were defendants to a suit (No. FHC/OW/133/2016) brought before the court by Captain Ihenacho, who had approached the court to save his property from being demolished by the state government.

Consequently, the court on July 3, 2016, restrained the defendants from entering or encroaching for the purpose of demolishing the property known and called No 6 Orlu Road, Owerri, pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed by the Ihenacho.

However, in spite of the order by the court, the officials of the state government still went ahead to demolish the property on three occasions.

But, returning to the court yesterday, counsel to the plaintiff, Ken Njemanze (SAN) told the court that he was in the court for the application of committal of the respondents who he said “have consistently disobeyed the orders of this court till date”.

Njemanze informed the court that just as it issued summons on the respondents to appear before it and show why they should not be committed to prison for demolishing the said property, “they (respondents) still went back to demolish the property immediately we left the court on November 14, 2016. By this action, they are prompting this court that it cannot do anything and that they are above the law”.

He expressed concern that the government was adopting deliberate design to frustrate the matter and that despite the fact that two of the respondents were duly served by the court bailiff, “they chose not to come because they feel they are above the law that’s why they treat the court with levity”, Njemanze stressed.

Ruling on the matter, after objections from the counsel to the defendants, Mrs. J. C. Ibe, the presiding judge, Justice Andrew Lewis Allagoa ordered the IGP and the Imo State Commissioner of Police to arrest and bring the two persons to the court on January 30, 2016 to show cause why they should not be committed to prison for disobeying the orders of the court.

Imo Police Command Launches ‘Change Begins With Me’ Campaign

imo-policeThe Imo State Police Command has promised citizens of improved service delivery by keying into the Federal Government’s “Change Begins With Me” campaign.

The State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, said the campaign was aimed at correcting the attitudinal problems and negative habits in the police force, and to change the public’s perception about the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force.

He made the statement during the official launch of the campaign at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri, the state capital,

Lakanu said the general public was entitled to a better service delivery by the Nigeria Police Force and as such, must have a better perception of their services.

In a similar vein, the Imo Police Command also launched Operation Nkpochakpu also known as ‘operation wipe out criminals’, ahead of the yuletide season.
police2Present at the launch were royal fathers from the 27 local government areas, sister security agencies in the state, government functionaries and stakeholders.

Meanwhile, traditional rulers from Umunneato autonomous community, Aboh Mbaise and Leo Nwokocha, have lauded the development, promising to support the Imo State’s police in fighting crime in the communities and the state in general.

The new initiative has restored the hopes of the public over adequate security service by the police during the yuletide season.

Imo Police Foil Attempted Invasion Of INEC Office By Hoodlums

Imo Police Foil Attempted Invasion Of INEC Office By HoodlumsThe Imo State Police Command has foiled an attempted invasion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Owerri by unidentified hoodlums numbering over 30.

When Channels Television crew arrived the office, the situation had been put under control by security operative but our correspondent got the Imo State INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr Adelani Asade, to narrate how the incident happened.

He said that the unidentified hoodlums came in two chartered buses to the premises around 9AM and tried to force their way into the premises by banging the gate.

On sighting them, they called the attention of the Imo State Police Command and other security operatives and with the presence of the security operatives, the hoodlums took to their heels as they were not able to gain access to the offices.

The aim of the hoodlums in the office is yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report,.

“It was around 9AM this morning when two buses filled with unidentified hoodlums rushed towards our gate and tried to force their way in. Immediately we saw this, I called the Commissioner of Police who immediately detailed his men to the scene.

“On seeing the Police the boys took to their heels, as at this moment, we don’t know what their aim was, and we can’t identify them,” Mr Asade said.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, who declined speaking on camera said that investigations were ongoing to ascertain the cause of the attempted invasion.

However, some sources told Channels Television that the invasion might not be unconnected to the ongoing tribunal case on the Imo North senatorial election.

The sources said that at the last sitting of the tribunal, the court ordered INEC to send the certified true copies of some documents used during the election to court for scrutiny.

Meanwhile, security operatives have taken over the premises to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Police Arrest 39 Suspected Cult Members In Imo

Police, Eminent Persons Forum, KwaraThe Imo State Police Command has arrested 39 suspected cult members within the Nekede axis in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The suspects were said to have gathered and wereplanning for an initiation party.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, while briefing journalists at the command headquarters in Owerri said the command got wind of an intelligence report of a plan by the suspects, believed to be members of AYE confraternity to disrupt the peace of Nekede axis within the state during their initiation party.

He said thorough investigations have commenced and they will be charged to court accordingly.

The Commissioner said the police in the state will continue to work assiduously to ensure that crime in the state is brought to its barest minimal.

According to him, “considering the spate of cultism in the state and following a tactically coordinated operation by operatives of the State Police Command through credible source stormed the initiation party organized by the cultists for new members within the Nekede area of Owerri”.

“On the receipt of the information, covert operatives of the Command were promptly mobilized and dispatched to the area to monitor the situation. Notable flashpoints within Nekede and environs namely, ‘South Africa ‘, ‘Shrine Tree Square’ and Pentagon Bar Umuofocha’ were surrounded and cordoned off by ever ready operatives.

“As a result, 39 suspected cultists, who converged in the aforementioned location for initiation and other cult activities, were rounded up.

“The suspects have made useful statements confessing their membership of the Aiye confraternity. Thorough investigation has commenced with the view of charging the suspects to court accordingly “, he said.

Police Explain How Three-Day-Old Stolen Baby Was Rescued

Baby Thieves and child traffickersThe Imo state police command has rescued a 3-day old baby, born to the family of Mr and Mrs Oluebube Ekwedike of Umuezealaowerre Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

While reuniting the baby with his parents on Monday, the Imo State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, said the baby was said to have been stolen by unknown child thieves barely 48-hours after the baby was given birth to at the Chukwunonso Maternity in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo state.

At The Verge Of Selling

He said that after the issue was reported to the police, the men of the command swung into action and arrested two suspects who were at the verge of selling off the baby.

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The mother of the baby could not hold back her tears as she holds her baby again

The mother of the baby, Uchechi Ekwedike, 21, who could not hide her joy seeing her baby again, said she was tricked by the culprits in order to steal her baby.

After reuniting the baby with his parents at the command headquarters in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in southeast Nigeria, Mr Lakanu said despite the numerous warnings for people to desist from child stealing and trafficking, some persons were still adamant in causing pain and sorrow on innocent members of the society.

He said: “My team, the entire Imo State Police Command, will not rest on its oars to ensure that criminal offenses are brought to its barest minimum in the state.

“It is so unfortunate that such barbaric behaviour still exists amongst our people. But the arrest of these ones should serve as a deterrent to other child thieves across the state and to make them realise that no matter how smart they are, the hands of the law will catch up with them”.

While speaking to reporters in an incoherent manner, the prime suspect, Mrs Ngozi Anyanwu, claimed that the act was not intentional as it was targeted at the owner of the maternity home who she claimed was owing her some amount of money prior to the incidence.

Police Launch ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ To Tackle Crime

Police Launch Eminent Persons ForumThe Nigerian Police Force has launched an initiative called the ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ to complement the foremost Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) and community policing.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said that the forum was a community policing aimed at combating crime and other related offences in Nigeria.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, led the maiden meeting of the Eminent Persons Forum in the state at the Imo State Traditional Rulers Council secretariat in Owerri, the capital of the state.

Mr Lakanu said that the initiative was one of the police leadership’s crime fighting strategy to ensure that the police force collaborate with opinion leaders from various communities.

He described the forum as a bridge between the police and members of the community by giving adequate information about criminal activities in their locality.

The Commission added that it would offer necessary partnership and support in solving crime related issues and enhance policed public relations.

The Chairman of the PCRC in Imo State, in southern Nigeria, Mr Chima Chinyere, said the initiative would no doubt, enhance effective community policing and effective crime control in the state.

Commending the initiative, the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Mr Samuel Ohiri, pledged the support of the traditional rulers and members of the community and promised that they would partner with the Nigerian Police in providing adequate information in combating crime in the state.

Some other stakeholders who spoke at the meeting stressed that security of lives and property was the business of everybody in the community and should not be left in the hands of the police alone.

Six Die In Clash Between Hausa Residents And Indigenes In Imo

clash in Imo stateSix people are feared dead after a violent clash erupted in Akokwa community in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State between some Hausa residents and some members of the host community.

Confirming the incident on Friday, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, said preliminary investigations revealed that the clash was triggered by an alleged murder of a woman by a Hausa man.

Murdered With A Shovel

He told Channels Television that the middle aged Hausa man, who works as a security guard in the area, had a misunderstanding with a young woman which became intense that the man murdered the woman with a shovel.

Mr Lakanu also said that the Hausa allegedly went ahead to kill the woman’s friend who was trying to settle the issue.

“On seeing the level of crime committed, the Hausa man went ahead and committed suicide,” he said.

The commissioner further noted that as the news filtered round the community, there was a reprisal attack by members of the community against northerners in the area which left three other people dead.

However, the Commissioner of Police said the command had deployed adequate policemen in the area to prevent any further breakdown of law and order.

In the meantime, the state government has called on indigenes of the state to remain calm and go about their lawful duties, as the security agents were making efforts to bring the situation under absolute control.

Imo Police Parades Suspects For Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Murder

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Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase

The Imo State Police Command on Tuesday paraded over 25 suspects alleged to have been involved in various degrees of crime ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, theft, fraud and murder.

While parading the suspects at the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, said the arrest also involves that of a 38 year-old Pastor, Delight Korie of Water Ground Ministry in Njaba Local Government Area, who attempted to murder one of his church members in the pretense of conducting a deliverance session for her beside a river in Njaba.

The commissioner also disclosed that the suspects arrested in respect of the kidnappings were the notorious gang that had been terrorizing the peace of the state in recent times especially in New Owerri, World Bank layout and Port-Harcourt road area of the city.

CP Lakanu, however, called on all Imo residents to support the police command in the fight against criminality in the state by furnishing the command with useful information about criminals and their activities.

He also assured the citizens of continued protection of lives and property by the command.

Items recovered from the suspects include guns, machetes, fake dollars, gun cartridges with rounds of ammunition and bullets as well as other harmful devices.

Two Policemen Killed As MASSOB Members Protest In Delta, Others

massobTension is high in Anambra State, as persons suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, mounted road blocks and set bonfire in Nkpor and Onitsha causing the roads to be deserted.

The protest has claimed the lives of two police officers.

According to the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, the suspected members of MASSOB gathered at a school in Nkpor with identifying flags emblazoned with the rising sun symbols and charms but with mission unknown.

He said that the Joint Security Operation, on moving in to ascertain their mission, the group opened fire on them but the situation was later brought under control as the group fled and two people were arrested among them.

The Commissioner disclosed that those arrested were not from the state and warned all and sundry who felt they could hide under any guise to foment trouble in the state to desist as it would not be tolerated.

While assuring the people of Anambra state to remain calm as proactive measures were on cause to bring the situation under control, he advised that all residents should embrace peace and not infringe on other people’s freedom while agitating for their own freedom.

However, an eyewitness who spoke off camera said that it was the security agencies that first disrupted the peaceful protest of the group at Nkpor when they were marching to commemorate the one year in memoriam of the victims of the struggle for freedom.

Fracas In Asaba

Also, in Asaba, the Delta State capital, several people were injured as a planned protest by members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) degenerated into a fight.

The MASSOB members had planned peaceful protests across south eastern states to mark 49 years of the agitation for Biafra Republic (1967 to 2016), on Monday.

The fight reportedly broke out when Police tried to disperse the protesters by firing teargas at them.

This action infuriated the protesters who allegedly reacted angrily and this degenerated into a larger fracas.

Two policemen died in the process.

According to eyewitnesses, others injured in the fracas, including policemen, were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba for treatment.

Arrests in Owerri

Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Command has arrested over 20 members of MASSOB for what they termed disturbance of public peace.

While parading the members of the group at the command headquarters in Owerri, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, said that the group were rounded up around Tetlow Street by Okigwe road at about 11AM where they were said to be gathering to storm the city metropolis.

Mr Enwerem said that the action by the group was unacceptable and a disturbance of public peace that is capable of causing breakdown of law and order in the state.

He said that the Imo State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, would not condone any act of terrorism, thuggery or unholy association that is capable causing breakdown of law and order in the state as all such acts would be treated as a high criminal offense.

IGP Seeks Partnership From Public On Community Policing

Community Policing-IGPNigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has continued to campaign for community policing, community partnership and police-civil relationship.

The IGP was of the opinion that community policing is a key policing strategy that would curb the menace of crime and other criminal related issues in the country.

Mr Arase made the campaign during his visit to Imo State Police Command in Owerri, the capital of Imo State on Monday.

The IGP urged the officers of the Command to partner with the general public and the grassroots to enable them get useful information that would help in fighting crimes.

While thanking the IGP for the visit, the State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, informed Mr Arase of some of the achievements of the Command and measures that are being put in place to checkmate the activities of criminals in the state.

Mr Lakanu also commended the Imo State Police Command for its commitment in fighting crime in the state.

After addressing the officers, Mr Arase visited the Government House where he was received by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

The IGP also had a meeting with politicians, traditional rulers, market women, youths and artisans at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri.

At the meeting, Mr Arase briefed them on the need to cooperate and collaborate to fight crime in the country.