Atiku, Rescued From Kidnappers

Taraba State Police have been reported to have rescued Alhaji Yakubu Atiku from kidnappers and killed five suspects during gun fire exchange.
The suspects had stormed Atiku’s home in Garba-Chede, Gassol Local Government Area of the state late on Friday night, when the police were called in.

In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, the police killed five of the attackers, the spokesman of the command, ASP David Misal, said at a news conference on Saturday in Jalingo.

Misal said: 
“ The operatives attached to Bali Division on March 30 at 2300 hrs engaged a group of armed men suspected to be kidnappers and armed robbers.

“The hoodlums on the same date invaded the residence of one Alhaji Yakubu Atiku of Garba-Chede in an attempt to kidnap him.

“The report was received with swift reaction from our operatives which led to an exchange of fire from both sides.

“With the superior fire power of our gallant officers, five members of the gang were shot dead while others escaped with bullet wounds,” he said.

The spokesman said one AK47 rifle, one pump action, two single barrel guns, 16 cartridges, three expended 7.62mm ammunition, two expended cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.

He assured that the police would leave no stone unturned until they reduced the nefarious acts of kidnapping and armed robbery to the barest minimum as directed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr David Akinremi.

Misal appealed to members of the public to always report criminal acts to the police for effective service delivery.

How Police Paves Way For Crime Suspects’ Escape

  • We Don’t Compromise Investigations – Osun Police

By Shina Abubakar

Some pockets of crime in the state of Osun in recent times may not be unconnected with the way and manner police operatives handle some reported crime cases, thereby creating escape route for some of the most notorious criminals that ordinarily ought to have been in prison.

Investigations revealed that some notorious criminals, who were caught during operations or even arrested on tip off, often buy their ways out of prosecution, as some of the officers investigating their cases do have their sight on how much the culprits could offer rather than allowing justice prevail on them.

Sometimes, political interference prevented notorious criminals from being brought to justice as cases involving criminals having ties in one way or the other with political gladiators are often settled at police stations, while few that managed to get to the court drags on perpetually until it is dismissed.

Checks show that some of the suspects arrested during the various cult clashes around Osogbo last year have been released on various excuses, even as the public knew of the involvement of some of these criminals in the disruption of public peace which at times leading to waste of lives. For instance, one Rugged Mutiu, and other members of a gang were freed against the expectation of the public.

The medium gathered that some members of the judiciary even frowned at the manner the suspects were released, saying it could set a bad precedence in the state.

However, an inside source told OSUN DEFENDER that with the way suspects relate with police, especially investigating officers in charge of their cases, nothing could stop issues of suspects being set free at the police station or arraigned for smaller charges in the court of law.

It was gathered that police hold all the ace in crime investigation, as whatever the operatives accused a suspect of is subjected to miraculous changes provided the  suspects are ready to dance to their tune, during the course of investigation.

In most cases, freeing a suspect is not as a result of lackadaisical attitude of the police, but a deliberate attempt to ensure that such a suspect is released on bail or even set free by the court for lack of diligent prosecution.

Some suspects, according to findings, parted with amount ranging from N100,000 to N300,000 depending on the nature of the alleged offence while others, particularly those with political influence are often freed irrespective of the gravity of their offence.

However, a police DPO at a public function claimed that victims’ lack of interest in prosecuting cases create lacuna and avenue for suspect to escape prosecution in most cases.

He urged the public, particularly those with information about cases in police station to always show resolve to prosecute cases and follow it till the end as a means of ensuring that criminals are punished for their crimes.

But in a sharp contrast, a clergyman, Prophet Michael Adebisi who showed chivalry and assisted the police to arrest four robbery suspects claimed that police did conspire with suspects to create an easy escape route for some of the suspects out of the tight situation.

He narrated how he assisted the police to arrest four suspects only for the police to arraign two in court and on lesser charges different from what they committed. He claimed the suspects were trying to rob their victims with dangerous weapons but only two were arraigned on charges of stealing and malicious damage and the whereabouts of the other two unknown.

Upon complaints, the clergy revealed that the police insulted him for attempting to teach them how to conduct investigation.

Some criminals, who have escaped trials as findings revealed, have been boasting around that when arrested for any crime, they know their way around police investigation and can get away with any crime.

While reacting to the issue, the Police Public Relations Officer in Osun, Mrs. Folasade Odoro disclosed that it is impossible for any police officer to release a crime suspect under any circumstance whatsoever.

She disclosed that it is possible for anybody to be arrested during the course of any operation, but when investigation is conducted into the issue and the person is found to be innocent, such person could be released, because the police cannot hold innocent person without any genuine reason.

According to her, if anyone is telling the press that police releases crime suspects, that is just fallacy and absolutely impossible.


Policemen Kill Man In Ibadan Over Parking Space

Some members of the Oyo State Police Command have allegedly killed a man in Ibadan while arguing over parking space.

The incident happened at Pete’s Bar and Lounge of the Trans Amusement Park, Bodija Area of Ibadan.

According to reports, Taye Adeleke was allegedly shot dead by the one of the policemen. Trouble started when the deceased, who was in the company of his twin brother, Kehinde, got into a hot argument over parking space on the premises of the park.

When the argument turned ugly, the owner of the bar, Mr. Seyi Olusa reportedly called on policemen guarding the premises for intervention.

According to a source, one of the officers accidentally fired a shot which killed the man instantly.

Meanwhile, the owner of the bar, Seyi Olusa has been detained at the Iyaganku Police Station over the incident.

In a statement, the Oyo State Government said the bar had been closed indefinitely over the unfortunate incident.

The Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion and Public Private Partnerships, Mr. Yinka Fatoki said that the management of the Trans Wonderland Nigeria Plc communicated the decision to close the bar to the government, explaining that a three-month quit notice had earlier been issued to the company effective January 12, 2018 over the sale and use of illicit drugs in the park by patrons of Pete’s Bar & Lounge.

Mr. Fatoki said that the management of Trans Wonderland had also issued a warning to the Chairman of Pete’s Bar on November 17, 2017 over the issue of illicit drugs.

He stated that there was a scuffle at the bar on February 26, 2018 which led to the accidental discharge from one of the security operatives invited to restore order.

The matter is being investigated by the police.


Ibrahim Idris Says Police Is Ready For Coming Elections

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said the police are ready for the 2019 general election. This he revealed in Lagos on Thursday after the public presentation of his book titled: Security and Justice: The pathway for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria.

The book which has 292-page and 18 chapters respectively proffers solutions to violence, corruption and other societal menace.

The elections are scheduled to hold in February and March 2019.

“We have the men and we have the materials (logistics) to carry out our duties successfully before, during and after the elections,” he said.

He also said that the police have curtailed the recent challenges of herdsmen/ farmers cashes in Benue State. However, he stressed that there was need for justice and reconciliation to ensure meaningful development.

“The challenges we are having with these herdsmen have gone down. In Benue, we have 15 units on ground and I have been monitoring their successes.

“I was in Benue and we have been having stakeholders’ meetings and we have been discussing.

“Based on that, people have been coming openly to state their problems and it is through this that we can understand each other and reconcile our differences,” Mr. Idris said

“The role of traditional rulers in this reconciliation process cannot be over-emphasised because most of them have the ears of their people. When you have political disagreement in these communities, these traditional rulers are handy,” he added.

Mr. Idris said proceeds from the book sales would be used to fund the Security and Justice Initiative, a foundation being established for the promotion of peace, security and reconciliation in Nigeria.

“I have watched with troubled heart the security challenges confronting this country. The challenges of Boko Haram in the North East, kidnappings and armed robberies, cattle rustling and militancy in virtually all parts of Nigeria.

“The farmers/herders clashes, assassination for various reasons, conflicts among the divergent communities, which often take dangerous dimensions and occur along the fault lines of ethnic, religious, regional and political differences.

“These challenges if not properly managed at the pace we are going, coupled with inflammatory and inciting statements will tear this country apart and drag us into unending crises.

“It is my conviction that when there is security, justice, peace and reconciliation in any nation, civil strife will be avoided. The civil war of 1967 to 1970 perhaps turned out as the first major and catostrophic crisis in the record of our national experience.

“This civil war occurred based on perceived ethnic and political differences and a feeling of injustice,” Mr. Idris said.


Fulani Herdsmen Attack Teachers in Ewekoro

Two primary school teachers in Ewekoro area of Ogun State are currently battling for their lives at a government-owned hospital after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked them on Thursday, inflicting deep machete cuts on them.

The incident, which took place few metres to Atola Primary School in Ewekoro North Local Council Development Area, sent residents of the area into a panic while other schools in the community hurriedly dispersed for fear of being attacked, too.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, saying some arrests had been made but it was discovered that the herdsmen arrested were not the perpetrators but those residing and known to the residents in the area. He said the said persons had therefore been released.

Chairman of Ewekoro North LCDA, Mr. Kehinde Adepegba, confirmed to reporters. He said “The Ogun State Government has taken over the case and as we speak the affected teachers have been transferred from our maternity hospital at Onigedu to the Ogun State General Hospital at Ijaiye. They are receiving treatment and are recuperating.

“Following the incident, all security agencies in the state have been placed on the alert. As a matter of fact, I even learnt that some arrests have been made. While still searching for the perpetrators of the attack; we have put certain strategies in place to forestall against a similar occurrence in future.

“From preliminary reports, we gathered that the herdsmen who carried out the attack only recently migrated to the area. They are not part of the Fulani community cohabiting with the locals. They are unknown in the locality but they will be apprehended.”

Kidnap Kingpin Evans Attacks Nigerian Police Over Seized Items

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans has accused the officials of the Nigerian Police Force of converting certain items which were seized from him for their personal use.

This was made known by his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, on Thursday. Olukoya filed a fresh suit against the police, seeking the release of 25 Mack trucks which he claimed were seized from Evans.

Mr. Ogungbeje claimed in the suit that the trucks were seized without a court order, an action he described as a violation of his client’s right.

According to the suit, Mr. Ogungbeje is requesting the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the police to release the trucks to his client.

In a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES Thursday evening, Mr. Ogungbeje berated the Nigerian Police for allegedly failing to list the trucks as exhibits.

“They seized them and they failed to list them as exhibits in the ongoing trial. So they have converted those trucks to their own,” he said.

“In the charge sheet, in the submission filed in this criminal trial, they failed to list these properties seized without court order in the ongoing trial.

“We are saying that number one, you have seized the property without court order; number two, your failure to list them in the ongoing trial shows that you have converted those property to your own.

“They say that they (the trucks) are proceeds of crime and when they are proceeds of crime, if you say they are proceeds of crime, you list them as exhibits in the trial. So that’s why we went to court. We are bringing them in piecemeal.”


Sea Pirates Kill Policemen In Bayelsa State

At least two policemen attached to the marine department of the Nigerian Police were shot dead Monday night by gunmen suspected to be sea pirates

According to reports the incident happened at the riverside town of Ogbia in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Details Shortly……

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.