Police Allegedly Shoots Two Protesters In Abuja

Supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria took to the streets of Abuja to demand the release of their leader Sheikh El-Zakzaky who has been in military custody since December 2015 against the warnings of the police.

In recent report, members of the movement have alleged that the Police, however, opened fire on the peaceful protest, killing two people.

The reports are yet to be confirmed, as no pictures or videos of the victims have been released, and the police have not released a statement yet.

 

Ajah Area Of Lagos Sells Jet Fuel As Petrol And Kerosene

It has been discovered that a part of Lagos, Ajah, can be said to be sitting on a keg of gun powder ready to explode, except necessary actions are taken. This is owing to activities of pipeline vandals at Richfield community in the estate, where pipeline which supplies Jet A1 aviation fuel to the international and local airports pass through.

By the way, Jet fuel is a type of aviation fuel designed for use in aircraft and it is powered by gas-turbine engines. It is colorless to straw-colored in appearance. Jet A1 fuel which is produced to a standardized international specification, is the most commonly used for commercial aviation.

However,investigation revealed that the siphoned product was then sold to unsuspecting Lagosians as fuel for their vehicles and kerosine for stoves. It is difficult to differentiate the product from petrol used for car because of its colourless appearance. Activities of these vandals increased this yuletide season following the perennial fuel scarcity . Vanguard gathered that during this period, trucks were usually brought into the community at night, where it was loaded inside jerricans, for onward sale within and outside the area, including the south west region of the country.

Police swoop on the vandals Acting on a tip off, teams of policemen led by the Area Commander ‘D’ Mushin, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, Olasoji, accompanied by the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Ajao estate division, Mr Abdul Adejoh and the Area ‘D ‘command’s Duty Officer, Superintendent of Police, SP, Timothy Falowo, a swooped on the vandals while they were siphoning the product from a broken pipe. On sighting the policemen, they took to their heels abandoning some jerricans filled with the siphoned product.

They also left the leaking portion of the pipe open in their confused state. The suspects In the process, six of them; four women and two men were arrested and some of those arrested were discovered to be residents of the area. Startling discoveries During the invasion, it was discovered that some vandals built shanties right on the access way of the pipe, apparently to ease the siphoning process. When a search was conducted round the apartment, some jerricans and other containers loaded with the Jet A1 product were recovered.

Although it was also discovered that the portion where the Jet A1 pipeline passed through was fenced round by the Landlord Association to prevent spread of fire in the event of any likely outbreak but the fence only served as a shield to these vandals who some times hid under the cover of darkness to perpetrate their sinister motive. Also, inside the bush where the shady act was carried out, there were several jerricans and footpaths which lead to the expressway, through which the vandals escaped. The operation which began at about 1pm, lasted six hours.

Some of the residents applauded the effort of the Police, adding that such illegality had been ongoing for long. According to one of the residents, Sheu Abubakar , “ I have been living in this area for over 10 years. I only became aware of vandals’ illegality last month. When I approached one of the community leaders, he told me that they had to erect a high fence to secure the area where the aviation fuel passed through from residential area. I was also made to understand that these vandals came there at night to siphon the product. This move by the Police is laudable but they should not just end there, there should be continuous surveillance around the area. The danger of their activities is that if they sell the product as kerosine , it could cause explosion. Some fire outbreaks witnessed in the country were caused by this product.” Mother of three among suspects Another resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity said : “One of those arrested was well known to me. She is a mother of three and has been into this illegal trade for long. We only got to know about her activities two months ago and when we questioned her, she said she usually sold a litre between N150 and N170 as kerosine. But she said that she had never gone close to where the product was being siphoned. She said that the real vandals usually gave her some litres for free.” Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Superintendent of Police Chike Oti, who confirmed the arrest, gave identities of the suspects as : Ada Jesus Favour, John Eke , Ofem Jovita, Tony Andrew , Ikaite Godwin and Nnena Ekemezie. Oti said : “Based on intelligence available to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr Imohimi Edgal, he directed the Area Commander ‘D’ and the DPO Ajao to launch an operation against the vandals at Richfield. Six persons were subsequently arrested during the raid with the recovery of some jerricans filled with the siphoned product. The suspects were charged to court last Wednesday while officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,NNPC were contacted to seal the broken portion which they have done.”

Nigerian Police Contributes N10 Billion To National Housing Fund

The Inspector – General of the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday, Mr Ibrahim Idris, said it had contributed over N10 billion in remittances to the National Housing Fund since the inception of the scheme.

Idris made the disclosure at the inauguration of the Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank Cash Centre and ATM gallery in Abuja.

Idris said that the establishment of the bank became imperative to provide police officers with unhindered access to the National Housing Fund.

He also said that the bank had also provided officers with loans at lower interest rates than obtained in other commercial banks.

He promised to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of all police investments to enhance welfare of personnel.

“It is my earnest belief that the Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank is strategically positioned to drive our ambitious welfare agenda,”the police boss said.

He said that the force would continue to support and encourage synergy toward achieving the welfare objectives of the bank.

He said that the police management would consider ways of encouraging and engaging other police investments and Institutions in mobilising fund to support the bank.

The Chairman, Board of Directors of the bank, retired DIG Uba Ringim, said that the bank had successfully disbursed mortgage loans to over 500 police personnel.

Ringim said the bank had also processed over 400 National housing fund loans approval from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for personnel.

He further said that over 200 police officers were beneficiaries of other loan products with the lowest interest rates.

He said that the cash centre would avail the bank customers with the opportunity to walk in and access wide range of products and mortgage services.

The chairman said that the bank had obtained CBN approval for the deployment of three additional ATMs in Garki, Wuse and Dei-Dei, all in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN ) reports that the Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank commenced business in 2015 to provide personnel with affordable and quality housing.

 

Update: Nigerian Police Finally Arrests Maryam Sanda For Murder

The Nigerian Police has finally confirmed the arrest of Maryam Sanda for allegedly stabbing her husband, Haliru Bello to death. Bello, 35, son of Haliru Bello, a former chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees from 2015-2016, minister of defence from 2011-2012, and minister of communications from 2001-2003, has been buried according to Islamic rites in Abuja, after prayers at the National Mosque.

Contrary to the statement of a close friend who explained how Haliru was murdered, Police Public Relations Officer, DPS Anjuguri Manzah, in a chat with newsmen said that the suspect was arrested on Sunday night.

He said that she would be charged to court after investigations have been concluded. According to the police, the investigation was being handled by its homicide department adding that investigation would be concluded soon.

According to a close source who was with the family the night the fight had started, Maryam who had first admitted to stabbing her husband had changed her statement when the Police was invited. She was also accused of cleaning the crime scene and staging a broken flower vase on the floor, as what was to look like the scene of an argument.

Haliru Bello’s death was not natural, as he was allegedly killed in his Maitama home in Abuja by his wife,  Maryam Sanda. Maryam is the daughter of Maimuna Aliyu, former Aso Saving Bank executive.

Shocking!!!! Policeman Kidnaps, Rapes Girl For Six Days

A mobile police officer (MOPOL) identified as Barau Garba from Sokoto state who was on special duty in Onitsha, Anamabra state, has been accused of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl for six days. According to news reports, he allegedly deceived the teenager who asked him for help, took her to his house and raped till her private part ruptured.

 

Maryam Yusuf is an indigene of Kano state living with her parents in Asaba, Delta state. She does attend Islamic school in cable area known as Hausa quarters in Asaba, Delta state. She was sent by her father to Onitsha form Asaba on 14th of October 2017 to buy round cotton but unlucky for her she lost the money while in transit. During her efforts to identify the vehicle she boarded, while standing by the roadside, she was approached by one corporal Barau Garba (mopol) with service number 275601 from MOPOL 7 Sokoto state who was on a special duty in Anambra, his team were attached with OKPOKO police divisional headquarters, Onitsha.

 

According to reports, the rouge police corporal approached the teenage girl asking her of what happened, as the small girl explained to him how she lost her money in transit and her need to go back home, the policeman Barau Garba deceived her by asking her to join him on his motorcycle so that he can take her back home.

 

Instead of taking the teenage girl back home to her parents safely, this Nigerian police corporal decided to abduct her and took her to a temporary police base and locked her up in his room and maliciously raped her for six (6) days. His Waterloo reached its peak when on the 5th day, in the middle of the night the innocent Maryam took his mobile phone and called her father to come to her rescue.

 

Maryam was taken to hospital on 25th October 2017 (yesterday) by a Good Samaritan because the police in accord with the DPO of OKPOKO division are not forthcoming with her case. They want to cover up the case, especially as they told the father that the issue has to be forgiven since ‘they’ both the rouge police corporal Barau Garba and them are all of northern origin.

 

Evans Plan To Escape From Prison Foiled By Police

The police have allegedly foiled plans by the arrested billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans to escape from prison. Evans who is currently standing trial before an Ikeja High Court for alleged conspiracy and kidnapping alongside five others namely Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.

They are being remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons, Apapa.

Following his attempt to escape, newsmen reports that the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) has formed a heavy security ring around the kidnapping kngpin.

Evans who was arrested in June this year, allegedly planned to give between $50,000 and $100,000 to one of the guards manning his cell to facilitate his escape.

A police source said Evans was allegedly coordinating his escape bid with some members of his gang by telephone which he obtained through “suspicious” means.

“When Evans was in our custody, he tried to escape but we were able to abort all his plans. We discovered that he had access to phones which were hidden in the middle of loaves of bread, eba, semovita and so on. He was making calls from these smuggled phones in the middle of the night, making arrangements with some yet to be identified members of his gang to arrange for his escape. We intercepted how he was luring one of the guards with about $50,000 to $100,000. He wanted an insider to serve as informant to him and members of his gang.”

Police Arrest Suspected IPOB Members for Murder

Two suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that allegedly killed four people on Friday at the popular Abraka market in Asaba have been arrested by the Delta Police Command.

The command’s spokesperson, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, said that the police arrested the suspects in the early hours of Saturday.

The suspects are Mr. Abraham Ndudi from Kwale in Delta State and Mr. Okereke Ifeanyi from Ogbaru in Anambra State.

They are alleged to have been involved in the shooting and killing of four persons at the popular Abraka market in Asaba on Friday, Sept. 15th, 2017 at about 10:45pm, the spokesperson said.

He added that the command has intensified efforts to arrest the third suspect, known simply by his alias, “Last Burial”.

Aniamaka said the suspects, who are suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or secret cult, had at about 10:45 pm last Friday night fired indiscriminately into the market.

According to the police spokesperson, Abraka market in the state capital is predominantly inhabited by non-indigenes of the state and that the shooting left four persons dead.

“The Command wishes to assure the public that investigation has commenced on the incident with a view to finding out the motive behind the shooting and the possible involvement of other conspirators in the unwarranted attack.

“Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, CP. Zanna M. Ibrahim, enjoins the non-indigenes and indigenes alike not to panic or even contemplate any reprisal action as the law will surely take its course,” Aniamaka said.

He assured non indigenes of the state of the commitment of the police and sister security agencies to ensure their safety and that of indigenes at all times.

He said that the police would meet with the leadership of non-indigenes and other key actors in the state over the unfortunate incident on Saturday at the Police Officers Mess, Okwe, Asaba.

According to reports, the assailants also threw an explosive device into their Mosque at Cable point but a man reportedly picked up the bomb and threw it into the river before it could explode.

However, it was gathered that many armed soldiers and policemen came to rescue the residents and chased the suspected invaders away.

Reports say that the security agents took the injured persons to the hospital for treatment and deposited the corpses of the deceased at the mortuary.

NAN

6 Suspects Arrested In Connection To Hector’s Murder

On the 4th of September Hector Jobarteh, the winner of the third edition, Guilder Ultimate Search, GUS. The 38-year-old reality TV star was shot dead at his home in Oko-Oba after returning from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja where he had gone to pick up his younger brother by unknown gunmen.

The latest development now recounts that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Imohimi Edgal, has announced the arrest of six persons in connection with the murder.

Speaking at a press conference at the state police command headquarters in Ikeja yesterday, Imohimi gave the names of the suspected killers that have been arrested as Igana, 28; John, 26; Adekunle, 19; Madu, 24; Adeyemi, 20, and Adekunle, 25. He said the driver of the vehicle that transported the killers has also been arrested

“The driver that conveyed the killers of Hector and one of the killers have been arrested. The phone belonging to Hector, which was stolen from him after his murder, has been recovered. Five other suspects in connection with the case have also been arrested.”

While speaking to newsmen, the driver of the vehicle the killers used, said he was forced to carry them as they held him down at gunpoint.

“I was looking for an Android phone when my brother, Valentine, linked me with one JK. It was JK that called me to drive them to Yaba from Cement and I was paid N8,000, after I had charged them N10,000. The next day, JK called me again to take them to Abeokuta and I charged them N20,000. On the way, we stopped at Sango and two other men joined us. We later stopped by at a nearby bush and JK ordered one of the men to bring out a nylon bag which had a gun inside. That was when I tried running away, but I was threatened and ordered back into the car. I was later arrested through my younger brother, who had gone to sell a stolen phone later identified as the victim’s phone.” he said

One of the suspects said he only followed his uncle to sell Hector’s phone in computer village and had no knowledge that it was owned by the victim

“I followed my uncle to Computer Village to sell the deceased phone after Sallah, and I was given N1,000 as a gift from my uncle. That is the only thing I know about the incident. I was not part of those who went to the deceased house.”

On his part, another suspect, John, claimed that he did not know anything about the robbery operation, saying he only needed an android phone for his personal use.

“It was someone who introduced me to Madu at the Computer Village. After negotiation, I bought the phone from him. “The next thing was I saw Police, who came to arrest me, at my house at Ojodu Berger. I don’t even know how they located my house. I don’t know anything about the phone. I only bought it from Madu.”

Meanwhile Hector was laid to rest in Ibadan yesterday September 14th.

Police Decorate 90 Officers With New Ranks In Osun

The Commissioner of Police, Osun Command, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, on Tuesday advised promoted officers in the command to put in their best to justify their new designation.

He gave the advice on Tuesday in Osogbo while decorating the 90 officers with their new ranks.

“Your promotion is an indication of the recognition of your value. You are being promoted on the basis that you have added value in your various responsibilities.

“Now that you have been elevated, it is pertinent to know that to whom much is given, much is expected.

‘’You are expected to put in your best to project the image of the Nigerian police in accordance with the law,” he said.

He urged the officers promoted to ASP rank to discharge effective and necessary superintending of officers under them by guarding and mentoring them.

The police boss also called on the new SPs to be prepared for the task ahead, adding that they would be commanding police divisions and would likely become police division heads.

The officers are: eight Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP), promoted to Superintendent of Police (SP) and 82 Police Inspectors promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

He also tasked the officers concerned to justify the trust reposed in them by Inspector-General and the police by refusing to do anything that would put the Nigeria police to shame.

Adeoye, however, admonished the officers to uphold the primary duty and role of the police at all times.

He said the society looked up to them to provide adequate protection of lives and property in their new position.

The police boss said that President Muhammodu Buhari was magnanimous to have extended his grace to the officers to be promoted.

Adeoye thanked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for recommending the officers to the Police Service Commission for promotion.

 

Security Alert: Police Storms South-East, South-South

The Nigerian police have increased the strength of its personnel in South East and South South to tackle any breach of peace.

According to information gathered, the increase is proactive measure on any threat peace that may arise from the activities of Biafran agitators ahead of the upcoming Anambra State governorship election.

Biafra agitators had warned that the election fixed for November 18, should not old.

Aside Mobile Police Force operatives that had been deployed, counter-Terrorism unit, the Intelligence unit and other conventional policemen, who would work with the state commands in the South-East and South-South zones have also been increased.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, had also been placed on surveillance to prevent him from fleeing the country if the court revokes his bail and order his re-arrest for allegedly flouting his bail conditions.

The Federal Government had last week asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail granted to Kanu, who is being prosecuted along with others on treasonable felony charges.

The government accused the IPOB leader of flouting his bail conditions and filed an application asking the court to revoke his bail and direct security agencies to re-arrest him.

The prosecution had said that instead of using the opportunity of his bail to attend to his health needs, Kanu had gone ahead to inaugurate a security outfit, known as Biafra Security Service.

The prosecution said this constituted a threat to national security.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, confirmed that the police had deployed more riot policemen in the South-East and South-South regions to avert a breach of security and maintain law and order.

 

Source: Punch

Police Dismissed Sergeant For Aiding Escape of Suspected Ritualist

The Rivers State Police Command has dismissed a police sergeant, Johnbosco Okoroeze, for allegedly aiding the escape of a suspected ritual killer, Ifeanyi Dike, from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt.

According to report the sergeant cried profusely saying he had no idea his innocent action would make the criminal disappear.

Okoroeze, who was the Investigating Police Officer, had removed the suspect’s handcuffs while he took his statements.

The victim’s father, Dr Ernest Nmezuwuba, who was also in the charge room at the time, had said he used candlelight while making his statements, adding that there was no power supply in the area.

The suspect was reported to have fled the SCIID under the cover of darkness and his whereabouts had remained unknown.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Zaki, had ordered the dismissal and arraignment of Okoroeze for criminal conspiracy.

Okoroeze, who was also arraigned by the police before a chief magistrate’s court on two counts bordering on obstruction of justice and conspiracy, was remanded in custody for the alleged offences.

Though the charges were not read to the accused, the Chief Magistrate, Sokari Andrew-Jaja, cautioned him  as he cried uncontrollably inside the court before his case was mentioned.

 

The charges read, “That you, Johnbosco Okoroeze, on August 19, 2017, at about 8.30pm at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt, in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, did assist one Ifeanyi Dike, who is to your knowledge guilty of the offence of murder of one Chikamso Nmezuwuba, aged eight years, for rituals, to escape when he was to be detained for prosecution, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 322 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol. II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

“That you, Johnbosco Okoroeze, on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, did conspire with a suspect, Ifeanyi Dike, and allowed him to escape from prosecution to prevent and defeat the course of justice, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 126 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol. II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999.”

The chief magistrate observed that while the first charge could earn Okoroeze a life sentence if found guilty, the second charge could earn the dismissed police sergeant a seven-year jail term if found guilty.