Police Arrest 13 Kidnap Suspects In Kaduna

KadunaThe Kaduna State Police Command has announced the arrest of 13 persons allegedly responsible for the abduction of a Director in the Kaduna State Civil Service.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, paraded the suspects at the Command’s headquarters in the state’s capital on Monday.

The arrest came barely a week after an Army Colonel and three clergymen were kidnapped at different locations in the state by unknown gunmen. Both the Colonel and one of the abducted clergymen were killed while in custody of the abductors.

Briefing reporters in his office, the Commissioner said that Police operatives tracked and stormed the kidnappers’ hideout located at Gadan-Gaya, Jere and Zaria where they recovered dangerous weapons and money from them.

Mr Shehu disclosed that one of the suspects was responsible for the abduction of one Mr Mansur Ahmed, who is a Director in the Kaduna State Civil Service along the Abuja/Kaduna highway few weeks ago.

The Police also arrested another three-man kidnap gang when they attempted to abduct a woman at Gidan Busa village in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Other suspects involved in various criminal activities were also paraded, while two AK47 rifles, locally made guns and ammunition were also recovered.

Mr Shehu noted that all the suspects would be charged at the end of the investigation.

He also assured Kaduna residents that the Police in collaboration with other security agencies were in the trail of the killers of the late Army Colonel and the clergymen.

Mr Shehu, who reiterated the Command’s commitment in curbing crime, also assured the people of its readiness to respond to tip off.

Police Assure Kaduna Residents Of Security During Easter Holiday

police -oyoThe Kaduna Police command has beefed up security across the 23 local government areas of the state ahead of the Easter celebrations.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Shehu, told Channels Television that arrangements had been made to provide water and tight security within the state before, during and after the Easter celebration.

He said that adequate security measures had been put in place to secure all places of worship and other public places.

While warning to deal with any person or group that would want to cause problem during the festive  period, the police boss appealed to residents of the state to be security conscious and report any unusual activity in their neighbourhood to security agencies.

Meanwhile, the residents of Kaduna State are lamenting hike in cost of transportation, food items as well as other commodities needed to mark the Resurrection of Christ.

According to them, the increase in transportation fare was caused by the scarcity of petroleum products which seemed to have paralysed commercial activities in the state.

Some passengers decried that the transport fare to Kaduna to the South East and South South parts of the country had risen to 7,000 Naira from 4000 Naira.

Transporters planning to convey passengers from Kaduna to other parts of Nigeria lament shortage of passengers which they attributed to the harsh economy, even as they called on the Federal Government to urgently address the problem of fuel scarcity to reduce their sufferings.

Presently,  most fuel service stations across the metropolis are still locked up due to the petroleum scarcity, while  there were long queues at petrol stations that opened for business.

Police Kill 6 Robbery Suspects In Kaduna, Recover Stolen Cows

policeThe Kaduna State Police Command says it has killed six suspected notorious armed robbers that have been terrorising residents since the beginning of the year.     

The command also paraded 15 suspects alleged to have been involved in criminal activities, ranging from armed robbery, gun running and car snatching.

Parading the suspects before reporters at the command’s headquarters on Friday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said the suspects were arrested at different locations during a gun battle with policemen.

The suspects include a three-man robbery syndicate which specialises in using police and military uniforms to rob motorists on the highway.

Among these suspects was a dismissed police officer believed to have provided the uniforms for the criminals.

The parade of these suspected robbers is another breakthrough in crime prevention recorded by the Kaduna State Police Command since the beginning of this year.

While responding to reporters questions, the former police officer dismissed from the Police in Kano State in 2008 denied being a member of the gang. Although he accepted to know the other suspects, he also denied using police uniform to rob people.

Speaking on other arrests made by his men, the Police Commissioner disclosed  that the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad also smashed a robbery gang that terrorises motorists along Kaduna-Abuja road.

The Police said a member of the gang was killed during a fierce gun battle.

Mr Shehu said that during interrogations, some of the suspects confessed that they were members of gang of armed robbers that have been terrorising residents of Barnawa, Kakuri and Sabon-Tasha all within the state capital.

Items recovered from the suspects include Ak47 rifles, locally and English made pistols, live ammunition, one stolen Toyota Camry Vehicle, Phones, Army camouflage and Police uniforms and charms among others.

The police boss said the suspects were still under investigation and would be tried once investigations were concluded.

Mr Shehu also told reporters that over 293 stolen cows were also recovered from rustlers during a raid by men of the Operation Yaki Patrol Team at Gwagwada and other parts of the state.

Police To Build Affordable Houses For Junior Officers Nationwide

PoliceNigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, says the force has commenced the building of affordable houses nationwide for inspectors and other lower rank officers in its efforts to improve their welfare condition.

Mr Arase announced this on Thursday at the commissioning of the Nigerian Police Force Micro Finance Bank in Kaduna State, North west Nigeria.

The Inspector General of Police, represented by the DIG in-charge of Finance and Administration, Dan’Azumi Doma, disclosed that through the NPF Micro Finance, Officers, rank and file of the Police Force can assess loans which they can use to build their own houses and carter for their families.

While reassuring the determination of the current management of the Nigerian Police Force to improve on the welfare of officers and men, the DIG explained that the housing initiative is targeted to boost the morale of the personnel and make them comfortable even upon retirement.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Shehu and Chairman of the NPF Micro Finance Bank, Azubuko Udah, both urged the police personnel and members of the public to patronize the bank.

The Nigerian Police Force Micro Finance Bank was established in 1992 as a welfare scheme to mobilize funds to carter for the welfare of police officers.

Women Protest Army’s Detention Of El-Zakzaky, Wife

ZakzakyThe Sisters Forum of Islamic Movement of Nigeria have staged a peaceful protest to demand for the immediate release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife.

The women took their protest to the Secretariat of the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Tuesday in northwest Nigeria.

According to the spokesperson, Aisha Hassan, the group also wants the immediate release of the corpses of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, who were killed during a clash with soldiers.

They also asked the government to immediately compensate all affected families and relations in the interest of peace and justice.

According to them, at least 1,000 members of the sect, popularly known as Shiite, were brutally killed in a coordinated attack by men of the Nigerian Army during a peaceful procession. They maintained that the attack was a gross violation of their fundamental rights of free association and movement.

There had been rumours that El-Zakzaky was arrested by soldiers at his residence and his wife killed, but the Nigerian Army had debunked  the claims.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, said that the Islamic cleric and his wife were rescued alive during the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers.

Defending his men’s action, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said that they acted within the law.

The Army Chief, who described the action of El-Zakzaky’s men as an infringement on national security, said that the incident could have been avoided if the sect members heeded earlier warnings to allow free movement.

Army Says Zakzaky, Wife Were Rescued Not Arrested

ArmyThe Nigerian Army has debunked rumours that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was arrested by soldiers at his residence and his wife killed.

The assertion was made by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, in company of the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police and other senior Army officers on Monday.

General Oyebade disclosed that the Islamic cleric and his wife were rescued alive during the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers, adding that they were in the Army protective custody.

He narrated how members of the movement attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who was on his way to pay a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau.

According to him, the Shiite members blocked the Army Chief’s convoy along Sokoto Road in Zaria, and attacked his vehicle with dangerous weapons.

The General stressed that all entreaties by some senior officers for the sect members to leave the road were resisted, a situation which he said prompted the soldiers in the convoy to apply minimum force against them.

He said that in the process of using minimum force to subdue the sect members, both parties recorded some casualties while stating that the attack on the Army Chief’s convoy was pre-meditated and planned to assassinate him.

General Oyebade said that the sect over the years, had taken laws into their hands, unleashing terror on innocent citizens within the places they have their shrines and activities.

He warned sect members within the Northwest zone to be law abiding and not to unleash violence on security forces and members of the public as such action would not be condoned by the Army.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said that the Shiite members had never obtained Police permit or respected any constituted authority whenever they were carrying out their functions.

He called for more cooperation from citizens and religious organisations as the security agencies strive to protect their lives and property.

Zakzaky’s Second In-Command, Spokesman Killed in Zaria

Zakzaky's Second In-Command, Spokesman Killed in ZariaSheik Muhammad Turi, the second in command to the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky and the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Usman have been killed by soldiers.

Sheik Turi and Usman were said to have been shot by soldiers in front of Zakzaky’s residence in Gyellesu area, in Zaria on Sunday morning.

A senior member of the Shiite Sect confirmed the killing of the two senior members of the movement to Channels Television’s correspondent.

He said that both Sheik Turi and Usman were shot by soldiers when they stormed Zakzaky’s house to arrest him.

But unfortunately, while the Islamic cleric was said to have escaped before the arrival of the soldiers, the two men were unlucky.

He said that many of their members sustained various degree of injuries from gunshots when the angry soldiers started shooting sporadically when they could not arrest Sheik Zakzaky.

He said the soldiers are still laying siege at Sheik Zakzaky’s residence and have prevented anyone from either going in or coming out of the building.

He, however, called on the Army authorities and the Kaduna State Government to direct the soldiers to vacate the place for the sake of peace.

Late Sheik Muhammadu Turi was a former Managing Director of New Nigerian Newspaper in Kaduna State, and was seen as possible successor to Zakzaky.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, told Channels Television’s correspondent that the situation is under control.

Mr Shehu said that more Policemen have been deployed to Zaria to maintain law and order.

The Commissioner of Police also confirmed that Soldiers are still laying siege at the residence of Sheik Zakzaky.

Sheik Zakzaky is said to be on the run after he escaped arrest by soldiers who stormed his residence on Saturday evening.

The latest development is said to have created apprehension in the ancient city as most residents have remained indoors for fear of further violence.

On June 24, 2014, three sons of the leader of the Shiite sect, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky were killed following a bloody clash between his members and soldiers in the same city.

Agency To Build New Facilities To Decongest Prisons

nigerian prisonThe Nigerian Prison Service is planning to build new prisons and renovate the old ones, as part of effort by the current administration to decongest the prisons across the nation, the Comptroller General of the Prison Service, Dr. Peter Ekpendu, has said.

Dr. Ekpendu gave the hint during the commissioning of the Zaria Prison that was renovated by the Kaduna State government.

Some aggrieved inmates of the prison had on May 28, set the detention facility ablaze during a riot, while two inmates escaped.

During an inspection tour to assess the level of damage at the prison, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, approved the sum of 24 million Naira for the renovation of the facility.

Riots and jail breaks in Nigerian prisons have become a phenomenon that have more or less become part and parcel of issues of great concern in the administration of justice, prisons management and national security.

Some of the causes of most of the riots in prisons in Nigeria include congestion in cells, poor feeding of inmates, lack of court appearance, poor medical attention and facilities and harsh punishment in prisons among others.

The Zaria prisons built in 1903 is not an exception, as it witnessed an attempted jail break on May 28, 2015.

At the commissioning of the renovated building were the Controller General of the Service accompanied by the representative of the Kaduna State Governor, Amina Sijuade and heads of other security agencies.

The Controller General said the renovation of old prison building and the construction of new ones had become very important to decongest detention centres across the nation and give them the necessary infrastructural facelift required in line with international standards.

While acknowledging that Prisons Service was within the exclusive list in Nigeria, he urged Governors to help the Federal Government improve prison facilities in their respective states.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, who was also at the event, assured Nigerians of the readiness of his command to collaborate with the Nigerian Prison Service for speedy dispensation of justice, as a way to further decongest the prisons.

NPS To Build New Prisons, Renovate Old Ones

NPS To Build New Prisons, Renovate Old OnesThe Controller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Dr. Peter Ekpendu, says the service is planning to build new prisons and renovate the old ones as part of effort by the current administration to decongest the prisons across the country.

He disclosed this in the presence of a representative of the Kaduna State Governor, Amina Sijuade, the Controller of Prisons in the state, Abubakar Garba as well as the state’s Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, during the commissioning of the Zaria Prison that was renovated by the State government.

Some aggrieved inmates of the prison had on May 28, set part of the detention facility ablaze during a riot, while two inmates escaped.

During an inspection tour to assess the level of damage at the prison, Governor Nasir El-Rufai had released the sum of 24 Million naira for the renovation of the damaged facility.

The Controller-General stressed the importance to decongest detention centres across the country and give them the necessary infrastructural face-lift required in line with international standards.

Acknowledging that Prisons Service was within the exclusive list in Nigeria, Dr. Ekpendu challenged state governors in the country to help the Federal Government improve prison facilities in their respective states.

The state’s Commissioner of Police also pledged the readiness of his command to collaborate with the NPS for speedy dispensation of justice as a way to further decongest the prisons.

 

Police Arrest 70 Year Old Man For Raping 2 Minors In Kaduna

police-on suspectsThe police have arrested a 70-year-old man for allegedly raping two minors in Kaduna State in north-west Nigeria.

Police authorities said the victims were as young as three and seven years old and were of same parents.

The suspect, Abdulkadir Ahmad, was said to be living in the same compound with the victims and their parents at Ungwar Kanawa area of the state capital.

He, however, denied defiling the two girls when interrogated by the Police.

According to the police, sometime last year, Ahmad lured the younger one inside his room where he defiled her, and later repeated the same act with the elder one.

The act, however, landed him into police net, but he was subsequently granted bail by the court.

The Police nonetheless, said that the suspect had been convicted three times by the court for committing same offence with the two sisters last year.

While speaking on Ahmad’s arrest, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu said his men apprehended him when the parents of the victims reported the matter to the command in order to seek justice.

Mr Shehu told Channels Television that medical examination conducted on the two girls, confirmed they had been raped.

The mother of the girls, who spoke in Hausa dialect, narrated how the old man sexually abused her two daughters.

She stressed that the abuse always occurred whenever she and her husband were away, until she discovered that one of them was bleeding.

While the police are concluding arrangements to charge the suspect to court, the Commissioner warned parents to be mindful of the whereabouts of their children in order to ensure they do not fall victim of rape.

IGP Vows To Dismiss Unproductive Police Officers

IGPThe Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has called on officers and men of the force to remain resolute in pursuit of their statutory duties of maintaining law and order in the society, warning that the force would not hesitate to dismiss any officer found guilty of indiscipline and truancy.

The IGP gave this warning through his Deputy in charge of Logistics and Supply, Ibrahim Tsafe, on Monday during an inspection visit to the Kaduna State Police Command.

He restated his commitment to further improving the living standard of officers and men of the force as a way of boosting their morale and commitment to duty.

Addressing the officers and men of the command, Mr Tsafe explained that the problem of accommodation and other challenges confronting the Nigeria Police Force were being addressed.

He urged them to adopt new strategies to deal with the current realities in the country, stressing that the days of senior officers staying all through in the office without going to the field were over.

The IGP further acknowledged the commitment of the officers and men to duty and professionalism, aimed at providing safety and securing the nation. He further tasked them to improve on the successes recorded so far.

Earlier in his speech, the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Umar Shehu, reeled out some of the challenges facing the command which include; inadequate accommodation for both officers and men, insufficient number of personnel and inadequate logistics, among others.

With 13,787 personnel in the command expected to secure over seven million people living in the state, the Commissioner admitted that this was inadequate.


 

Police Uncover Illegal Arms Factory, Arrest 33 Robbery Suspects In Kaduna

policeMen of the Kaduna State Police Command, on Friday, stormed an illegal arms manufacturing factory at Kogun village in Jemaa Local Government Area of the state.

During the raid, several guns and ammunition were recovered and two suspects were arrested in connection with the illegal business.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, while parading the suspects before newsmen at the Kaduna Police Command headquarters, said that the illegal gun manufacturers were arrested, following a tip-off from members of the public who alerted them of the nefarious activities of the suspects.

The Police Command also paraded 33 robbery suspects for car snatching, terrorism and illegal possession of fire arms at different parts of the state.

The Police Commissioner disclosed that his men had arrested an armed robbery syndicate that has been terrorising travellers at Dangwa village, and Kachia area of the state after a gun duel that lasted for several hours with his men.

According to him, four stolen vehicles, assorted charms and several dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects.

It was also reported that at other operations, the other suspected robbers blocked the major highways at Abuja, Kaduna, Zamfara and Kogi states, snatching cars and cattle at gun points, as some of the suspects confessed.

He reiterated that the command would not relent in its fight against criminals and criminality throughout the state, urging the public to cooperate with the Police by reporting criminals and their activities to the command.

Other items recovered from the suspects include; four locally made AK-47 rifles, several locally made pistols, Police coloured AK-47 magazines and over 40 live special revolver ammunition and cartridges.

Some of the suspects have denied their involvement in the crime, saying the manufacturing of the weapons were not meant for clandestine purposes.

While all the suspects remain in Police detention, the Commissioner gave the assurance that on completion of the investigation, they would be charged to court.