Benue Killings: 24 Arrested, 19 Arraigned In Court – Owoseni

About a month after shocking killings erupted in Benue State on New Year’s day, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, has said that 24 suspects have been arrested with 19 arraigned in court in connection with the incident.

Owoseni stated this on Thursday during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily where he vowed to ensure that justice would take its course to serve as a deterrent to others.

“A total number of 24 suspects that have been arrested in connection with some of these cases which borders on culpable homicide, grievous hurt, and mischief by fire, the total number is 24. The number that have been arraigned in court are 19 while five of the cases are still being investigated,” he said.

The CP said there would be no sacred cow in the fight against crime.

He also promised to completely eliminate criminals as all those found guilty will be made to face the full weight of the law.

He, however, noted that the state is currently enjoying relative peace due to the collaborative efforts of the police and the public.

The police boss, until his assuming duties last month as the police boss in the state, was in charge of Administration at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Lagos Gets New CP As Owoseni Bows Out

The Lagos State Police Command has finally announced a change of guard as Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, handed over to a new Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi.

Controversies had on Wednesday trailed the appointment of Imohimi as Owoseni’s successor, as the former CP had maintained that he was still in charge of the command.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, in a statement on Thursday, however, said Owoseni at no point refused an order of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to vacate office for his successor.

He said, “CP Fatai Owoseni wished the officers and men of the command all the best under the leadership of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Ag/COMPOL Edgal Imohimi, at the officers’ mess during a conference of senior officers, Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Head of Departments.”

The PPRO said Owoseni advised policemen in the state to work with the new CP to make Lagos peaceful and crime free.

Famous-Cole said Imohimi later had a quick security brief with the officers for the Eid-el-Kabir holidays and urged them to make the break hitch free.

Police Rescue Man Chained For Over A Year In Lagos

Police yesterday rescued a middle aged man who was allegedly put in chains by his mother for over one year in Mushin, Lagos following a tip off from a good Nigerian.

Sources said that the victim, Bolaji Sholola, was rescued at number 18 Damigoro Street, Mushin.

The 85-year-old grandmother of the victim allegedly told the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni that the victim’s mother chained him because he was mentally unstable and he needed to be prevented from straying and possibly attacking residents. She also said it was meant to help them take proper care of him.

Bolaji Sholola who was on chain when the police detectives arrived,  was dumped in a dirty room with his bushy hair.

The man has since been taken to the Lagos State Psychiatric Hospital in Yaba for medical attention by the Area D police Commander. (Daily Trust).

Ambode Restates Commitment To Ridding Lagos Of Criminals

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday commissioned the newly rehabilitated fuel dump for the State Police Command, just as he reiterated his unwavering commitment to keep Lagos safe, secured and uncomfortable for criminal elements and their collaborators.

The facility, which has 33,000 litres capacity for both diesel and premium motor spirit (petrol), was rehabilitated by the State Government for the purpose of dispensing fuel to vehicles used for patrol and surveillance activities by the Police in the State.

Speaking at the commissioning, Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo, said provision of the facility was in line with his administration’s determination to further enhance security of lives and property in the State.

He said: “Since our inauguration, we have left nobody in doubt about our commitment to keep our State safe and secured. We have demonstrated commitment to this course through massive investment and the provision of modern security equipment to strengthen the crime fighting capacity of security agencies, especially the State Police Command.

“Till date, we have empowered security agencies with 100 Saloon Cars, 195 Ford Ranger Pick Ups, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Hilux and several others.

“These were provided with the main objective of facilitating mobility of officers within the nooks and crannies of the State.

“With this dedicated facility, the State Government has once again made a clear statement of its determination to make Lagos uncomfortable for criminals and their collaborators,” he said.

The Governor said he was not oblivious of the fact that the major requirement for efficient running of vehicles is regular fuel supply and maintenance, adding that such necessitated the approval he gave for the revamping of the old and dilapidated fuel dump at the State Police Command.

While expressing delight at the completion of the rehabilitation and handing over to the police, Governor Ambode urged the State Command to ensure adequate monitoring, as well as usage of the fuel only for the purpose intended.

Besides, Governor Ambode assured the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni of the readiness of the State Government to sufficiently service the facility for a 24/7 mobility of security vehicles.

Earlier, Owoseni thanked Governor Ambode for once again demonstrating that he is a worthy partner, adding that the commissioning and handing over of the facility was a milestone to the Police.

“The State Government has been at the forefront of supporting us both in terms of equipment and logistics. On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, I want to specially thank Governor Ambode and the State Government for supporting us in fueling the vehicles provided for us.

“We want to assure the good people of Lagos that we recognise that to whom much is given, much is expected. We will reciprocate this kind gesture by redoubling our efforts in other to make Lagos safer and more secured,” Owoseni assured.