Offa Robbery: Police Arrest 12 Suspects, Release Names

The police have revealed the identities of 12 suspects who were arrested for alleged connection to the last Thursday’s robbery in Offa, Kwara State.

Jimoh Moshood, the police spokesperson at Force Headquarters, released details of the arrests, including recovered exhibits, in a statement to newsmen around 6:00 p.m. Friday.

Read the full statement below:

SUSPECTS
i) Adegoke Shogo 29yrs – Arrested in Offa

ii) Kayode Opadokun 35yrs – Arrested in Offa

iii) Kazeem Abdulrasheed 36yrs – Arrested in Offa

iv) Azeez Abdullahi 27yrs – Arrested in Offa

v) Alexander Reuben 39yrs – Arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos

vi) Jimoh Isa 28yrs – Arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos

vii) Azeez Salawudeen 20yrs – Arrested in Offa and victim’s phone and sim cards recovered from him

viii) Adewale Popoola 22yrs – Arrested in Offa and victim’s phone and sim cards recovered from him

ix) Adetoyese Muftau 23yrs – Arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State

x) Aminu Ibrahim 18yrs – Arrested in Ilorin

xi) Richard Buba Terry 23yrs – Arrested in Ilorin

xii) Peter Jaba Kuunfa 25yrs – Arrested in Ilorin

These three (3) last suspects in whose possession another Beretta pistol and Fourteen (14) rounds of live ammunitions were recovered.

EXHIBITS
i. Two (2) Beretta Pistols
ii. Twenty (20) Rounds of Live Ammunition
iii. Four (4) Phones and SIM cards belonging to victims, some of whom were killed during the attack.

Consequent on the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, deployment of high-powered Police Investigation Team, Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), Three (3) units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Anti-Robbery equipment to Kwara State to carryout discreet investigation into the banks robbery, prevent further attacks and bring perpetrators to justice; the high-powered Police Investigation Team deployed in synergy with the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department have arrested the Nine (9) above mentioned Armed Robbers directly involved in the Banks Robbery and attack on a Police Station in Offa, Kwara State.

2. The Police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, intelligence gathering which led to the arrest of the suspects.

Some of the arrest also involved serious exchange of gun fire between the Police and the suspects in their various hideouts.

3. The following are the suspects arrested and have admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the banks robbery attacks and are also assisting Police investigation into the incident.

i) Adegoke Shogo 29yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, he was arrested in Offa after the bank robbery and the attack on the Police Station. He is drug baron and also an Indian Hemp dealer in Offa Kwara State.

According to intelligence gathered from cultivated and reliable informant, he is alleged to be one of the sponsors of the robbery attack and the Police Station in Offa. He has made useful statements to the roles he played in the armed robbery.

ii) Kayode Opadokun 35yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, He was found out to have been released from Prison Three (3) months ago after Serving only 8months of his sentence years for Armed Robbery, Notorious Armed Robber and confirmed Gang member of the Offa Bank Robbers. A Barrette pistol and six (6) rounds of live ammunition was recovered from him.

He has admitted to the criminal roles he played in the Offa Banks robbery.
iii) Kazeem Abdulrasheed 36yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, A Gang member from whom a Victim’s phone was found. He was arrested in Offa

iv) Azeez Abdullahi 27yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, Gang member from whom a Victim’s Phone and SIM Cards were recovered.

v) Alexander Reuben 39yrs Native of Isoko LGA Delta state, He is a Notorious, Deadly and Hardened Bank robber from whom GMPGs, Rocket launchers and Several Rifles were recovered in 2015, He was released from Prison in December 2017. He was arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos.

vi) Jimoh Isa 28yrs Native of Okene Kogi State indicted by Technical intelligence generated on the Bank Robbers. He was arrested on the 11thApril, 2018 in Lagos.

4. Three (3) suspects namely Azeez Salawudeen 20yrs, Adewale Popoola 22yrs and Adetoyese Muftau 23yrs from whom Two (2) phones and SIM cards belonging to victims were recovered have also made confessional statements admitting to the various roles they played in the commission of the crime.

5. (i) Aminu Ibrahim 18yrs – Arrested in Ilorin,
ii) Richard Buba Terry 23yrs and
iii) Peter Jaba Kuunfa 25yrs
These three (3) suspects in whose possession another Beretta pistol and Fourteen (14) rounds of live ammunitions were recovered were arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery. They have previously been investigated and charged to court for armed robbery and cultism.

They have made confessional statements admitting to the various criminal roles they played in the recent bank robbery in Offa.

6. All the suspects during investigation confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime, however, investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice.

7. The Nigeria Police Force once again deeply commiserates with the Government and People of Kwara State, most especially the people of Offa and the families of the victims.

The Force will leave no stone unturned in unravelling this dastard act and bring all those responsible to justice. The Force appreciates the supports from members of the public so far and calls for calm and their cooperation to sustain the normalcy that has been restored in the State.

 

Police Arraign 28 Suspects Linked To Benue Herdsmen Killing

The Benue State Police Command has arraigned 28 persons allegedly involved in the killing of 10 herdsmen in the state.

The herders were among the passengers attacked by hoodlums on Saturday near Yelwata village, along Lafia-Makurdi Highway in Guma Local Government Area of the state.

Counsel to the complainants, Mr Tijani Ahmed, confirmed that the suspects were arraigned on Monday in an interview with newsmen at the Magistrate Court Five, Makurdi, the state capital.

He asked the police to urgently conclude their investigation and allow timely determination of the case, which has been adjourned till April 24 for mentioning.

Speaking for the prosecution, the Commissioner of Police in Benue, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said the arraignment was to serve as a deterrent to any group of persons or bandits who would contemplate the act of criminality of any kind in the state.

Police Recover Illegal Arms In Abia

The Abia State Police Command says it has recovered thousands of illegal arms of different sizes used by criminals and gun runners for various criminal activities.

Displaying the arms and its ammunition at the Central Police Station, Bende Road ,Umuahia,the commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi disclosed that most of the arms were recovered from suspects and called on the members of the public to partner with the police on information that will assist to fish out more criminals from their hideouts.

The CP said that the strategy embarked by the police to rid the state of violent crimes is yielding result as they would not relent in their constitutional duty to ensure that the state is safe and secure for all citizens.

According to the police, illegal ammunition such as pump action gun, locally made pistols, cartridges, were recovered from different locations in the state, some from private individuals while huge quantities from the criminals.

He says that the massive mop-up of illegal arms would send a signal that no one is permitted to own or carry a gun under any disguise as it is illegal or unconstitutional, adding that anyone found guilty will be made to face the law.

Melaye: INTERPOL’s Position Has Vindicated Me

The Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has said the International Police Organisation, INTERPOL’s refusal to place him on its watch list has vindicated him of the allegations of illegal possession of firearms and arming political thugs.

A statement issued in Abuja by Gideon Ayodele, his Special Adviser on Media, reads in full: “INTERPOL has explained why it has refused to do the bidding of the Nigeria Police by placing Senator Dino Melaye on its Watch List, about a week after the Kogi State Command of the local police declared him wanted over pre-meditated and spurious allegations of illeagal possession of firearms and arming political thugs.

“There is no doubt that the position of the INTERPOL validates his assertions and belief that the latest allegations against him were politically motivated by the Kogi State government and its agents, hence he has been vindicated from outside Nigeria since INTERPOL does not engage in “politically-motivated operations”.

“We have earlier expressed our worry regarding the institution of the Nigeria Police becoming entangled in the Kogi political crisis and its partial involvement rather than a mediator or law enforcement agency. Perhaps the message to the local police will be more lounder now that INTERPOL has refused to be dragged into local and partisan politics in Kogi State.

“We are not surprised by the INTERPOL pronouncement regarding Senator Dino Melaye because its charter forbids it, at least in theory, from undertaking interventions or activities of a political, military, religious, or racial nature or involving itself in disputes over such matters.”

Police Rearrest Kogi Jailbreak Suspects

Police have rearrested the last of the suspects who reportedly escaped from custody in Lokoja the Kogi State capital last week.

The suspect, Kabiru Saidu, also known as Osama, is one of six suspects who escaped from the custody of the ‘A’ division of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

A police source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists said that the suspect was arrested by detectives in Bauchi on Sunday night and taken to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The police source confirmed that all the suspects who broke out of jail where they were being held pending their court appearance, have been rearrested.

Saidu and the other suspects had been arrested for various crimes claiming they were being armed and funded by the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

Following their escape on the eve of their arraignment, the lawmaker, Senator Melaye challenged the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to produce the escapees or face a lawsuit.

Since the rearrest of the criminals a few days ago, the lawmaker had yet to comment on the matter during a Senate plenary last week.

It is widely believed that the suspect allegedly planned and coordinated the escape, with the assistance of some police officers.

His initial escape from the cell has led to the immediate removal of the then Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga by the IGP.

The police boss also changed the state Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

He also redeployed the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, where the suspects escaped, and other police officers implicated in the escape for the same offence.

He consequently directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Mr Esa Ogbu, to immediately proceed and take over as the new police boss in the north-central state.

The suspect, Kabiru Saidu, also known as Osama, is one of six suspects who escaped from the custody of the ‘A’ division of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

A police source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists said that the suspect was arrested by detectives in Bauchi on Sunday night and taken to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The police source confirmed that all the suspects who broke out of jail where they were being held pending their court appearance, have been rearrested.

Saidu and the other suspects had been arrested for various crimes claiming they were being armed and funded by the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

Following their escape on the eve of their arraignment, the lawmaker, Senator Melaye challenged the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to produce the escapees or face a lawsuit.

Since the rearrest of the criminals a few days ago, the lawmaker had yet to comment on the matter during a Senate plenary last week.

It is widely believed that the suspect allegedly planned and coordinated the escape, with the assistance of some police officers.

His initial escape from the cell has led to the immediate removal of the then Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga by the IGP.

The police boss also changed the state Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

He also redeployed the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, where the suspects escaped, and other police officers implicated in the escape for the same offence.

He consequently directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Mr Esa Ogbu, to immediately proceed and take over as the new police boss in the north-central state.

Crime: Report All Crimes To The Police, DPO Advises

 

By Murtala Agboola

Nigerians have been advised to report all crimes to the police and be prepared to assist the police in its prosecution.

The call was made by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ataoja Police Division, Osogbo, Mr. Clement Agbemoroti at the monthly meeting of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) at the Police Station recently.

Agbemoroti, a superintendent of Police (SP) recalled a crime report made by the representative of Eleyele Community of Ogo-Oluwa under the division, where the house of a member of the community was burgled when the husband and wife were away to their places of work.

Among the valuables carted away were television set, radio and a decoder of startimes digital satellite television.

The police chief said, the theft was reported at the Ataoja Police Division and the report was made available to the head office of startimes at Oke-Fia.

“The burglar was arrested when attempt was made to recharge after exhausting the subscription on the decoder.

“He was taken to Dugbe Police Station  from where the police at Ataoja were invited to take over”.

He hinted that the police, was preparing to charge the man to court.

The police chief therefore stressed the fact that all crimes must be reported to the police so that the victim would not become the villain.

He said, if crimes are not incidented, if the stolen goods are recovered, the owner cannot retrieve them.

The DPO also narrated an accident at Ayegbaju market, Old Governor’s office recently, where a Pastor driving a suv killed a school boy.

He told the gathering that he was there to pacify the father of the deceased boy with other sympathisers not to take the law into their hands.

Agbemoroti said he was pushed around in an attempt to calm frayed nerves and had to restrain himself when his attempts to pacify the father of the deceased boy failed.

The chairman of the PCRC, High Chief Gbadebo Adeyemo stated that residents have to be extra-vigilant because some motorcyclists come around from neighbouring towns to perpetrate crimes. He therefore asked people to watchout for motorcycle riders who leave and arrive at to their residential areas as early as 5am.

Most of them, according to him, come around to steal valuables and dispossess people of their property.

 

Updated: Police Declare Dino Melaye Wanted

The police on Wednesday declared Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi State, wanted.

The lawmaker was declared wanted alongside Mohammed Audu, son of a former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu.

Police said the duo have also been placed on Interpol watchlist for allegedly providing false information to the police in relation to an alleged attempt on Mr. Melaye’s life last year.

The announcement was made in a statement signed by Kogi police commissioner, Ali Janga, and distributed by the Force Headquarters Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Melaye had earlier written to the Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris stating his intention to submit himself to the police for investigation.

But the senator attached a condition that the case must only be handled in Abuja and not in Lokoja or anywhere in Kogi State, saying Governor Yahaya Bello has control of law enforcement agencies in the state.

The senator also wrote to the U.S. Embassy, the British High Commission and other foreign missions over the weekend, alleging attempt by the police to hurt him.

While he was being declared wanted shortly before noon Wednesday, Mr. Melaye was on the floor of the Senate during which he lambasted the police again and alleged conspiracy against him.

The police declared him wanted as they were announcing the disappearance of some suspects who allegedly indicted Mr. Melaye last week from custody. The police said they escaped Wednesday morning and declared them wanted while also announcing pending investigation of all officers on duty at the time of the escape.

Mr. Melaye said the police are plotting a cover-up by either killing the suspects or orchestrating their escape.

 

“I will sue the IGP for intimidation, abuse of power, harassment and mental assault if these 2 suspects are not produced dead or alive,” Mr. Melaye said on the floor of the Senate according to a transcript of Wednesday’s proceeding provided on the Senate’s Twitter handle.

Protesters Burn Down Church, Police Post In Kaduna

There was pandemonium in Narayi community of Kaduna State on Thursday morning when protesters burnt down a church and a police outpost in the area.

The church set ablaze by the youth is called Celestial Church Narayi.

The protesters were reportedly angry over the death of 21 years old ‎Sylvester Friday who was working in the church before his death.

The mob accused the pastor of the church, 78 years old Steven Shitu, of being responsible for the death.

The death occurred on Wednesday but police quickly put the pastor in protective custody because the protesters tried to lynch him. They alleged that the victim was used for ritual by the church pastor.

However, on Thursday morning, the protesters gathered again, setting the church and the police station ablaze.

The police had already taken the pastor away from there and there were no casualties from the violence.

Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Muktar, said five people were arrested in connection to the incident.

“Yes it’s true that some miscreants set ablaze a Celestial church and a police outpost in Narayi. The church was completely burnt but the police outpost was not burnt completely,” he said.

“The youth were angry that police gave the church pastor 78 old Steven Babatunde Shitu protective custody. They demanded for his released so as to lynch him. But our personnel refused to hand him over to them so they decided to take laws into their hands.

 

“Our men dispersed them on Wednesday but they regrouped around 4 a.m. Thursday to attack the church and the outpost. So far five people have been arrested,” he told newsmen in a telephone interview.

Mr. Muktar said normalcy has since returned to the area. He said the police will ensure all those involved are arrested and prosecuted.

Police Officer ‘Who Ordered Apo Killings’ Promoted To AIG

Danjuma Ibrahim, one of the police officers fingered in the killing of six persons in Apo, Abuja, in 2005, has been promoted to the rank of assistant inspector general of police (AIG).

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, decorated him with the new rank on Monday at the force headquarters in Abuja.

Ibrahim and five other police officers had been accused of killing some persons, including five traders, on June 7, 2005, while they were returning from a night party in the city.

During their trial, the other officers and eight other police witnesses had testified that Ibrahim, the most senior officer among them, ordered the killings.

But in November 2017, he was controversially acquitted alongside two others by a federal high court in Abuja, after pleading not guilty to the charges.

Following his acquittal, Ibrahim, who was a deputy commissioner of police at the time, was promoted to the rank of commissioner of police.

He was decorated with the rank of AIG along with Istafanus Shettima, Jimoh Ozi-Obea, Bello Yahaya, Mukaddas Garba, Dasuki Galandanchi, Fave Semali and Sadiq Abubakar.

Police Withdraws Personnel Attached To Private Firms, Individuals

Citing the security challenges facing the nation, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Monday ordered the withdrawal of all police offices attached to Very Important Persons, including political and public office holders nationwide.

The police boss, who announced this in Abuja during a conference with senior officers, stated that the directive also affected private businessmen, multi-national companies and other corporate organizations who are enjoying special police protection.

To this end, Idris explained that a task force had been constituted at the Force headquarters under the command of ACP Mohammed Dankwara to ensure compliance to the directive while state commissioners of police are to replicate same at their commands.

Announcing his plans to withdraw the policemen on private guard duty, the IG said, “In view of the current security challenges in the country, it has become expedient for the Nigeria Police Force to streamline the deployment of its personnel attached to political and public office holders, aimed at enhancing effective and efficient policing of the country.

“To this effect, a memo will be forwarded to the President for approval which will serve as a guideline or template for deployment to VIPs, political and public office holders in the country. Accordingly, a directive for withdrawal of all police officers deployed to VIPs, political and public office holders with immediate effect, is hereby given,” he stated.

Idris, however, explained that businessmen, corporate organisations and individuals who required special police protection and “are found worthy,” would be considered by the Special Protection Unit of the force on application for re-validation through the state Commissioners of Police where they are resident.

“By so doing, I am charging the Commissioners of Police with the responsibility of supervising such official deployment and thereby holding them accountable,” the police chief informed his audience consisting of senior police officers.

The IG bemoaned the abuse of police Supernumerary number plates and the illegal use of siren and covering of vehicle number plates by motorists and warned the culprits to desist.

He directed the holders of the police SPY number plates to return them to the Force Transport Officer and apply for re-validation.

He also asked the state CPs to enforce the directive and arrest violators, adding that the list of task force teams that would ensure compliance to the order should be sent to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, by March 31, 2018.

Police Arrest Cultist In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

The Police in Ile Ife, State of Osun have arrested a man identified as a most wanted cultist in the ancient city.

The suspect, Adekunle Lekan a.k.a Scorpion who has been on the wanted list of the Police for the past three years, was arrested yesterday by police operatives.

The Area “A” Commander of the Police Division in the town, Funsho Adegboye disclosed on Tuesday that the suspect had been linked to several cult clashes in Orita Fogo environs and death of many citizens.

He said an axe, a sword and assorted charms were recovered from him and that the Commissioner of Police has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping and Cultism section for further investigation.