Police Hint Of Change Of Tactics To Combat Kidnapping, Vandalism, Others In South South States

The Zone 5 (Benin) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has disclosed of a change of plan on how to curtail criminal activities such as armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, vandalism, herdsmen and farmers clashes among others in the area.

Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Zone 5, Benin, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, stated this in Benin on Wednesday at a meeting he held with commanders in charge of the various Police Mobile Squadrons and other tactical units within the zone.

He also charged Squadron Commanders within the zone which comprises of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states to be more proactive and professional in the discharge of their duties.

Mr Mohammed stated that the vision of and mission of the current leadership of the Nigeria Police Force led by the IGP, Mr Ibrahim Idris, was anchored on proactive policing.

He therefore, warned men of the Police Mobile Force and other technical squads to key into democratic policing which he said, focuses attention on respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizens, rule of law and global best practices.

He further charged the commanders to continue to complement the efforts of conventional policemen in the quest to riding the zone from all forms of crimes and criminalities just as he directed them to place emphasis on border towns, communities, link roads and major highways to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

The Zone 5 AIG admonished them to always lecture officers and men under them to key into the “Change Begins with Me” campaign and shun all forms of corrupt practices , extortion, illegal duties, misuse of firearms, road blocks among others.

Commenting on crime waves in the zone, Mr Mohammed said cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, vandalism, communal clashes and herdsmen/famers’ clashes have reduced drastically and commended officers and men of the zone  for their commitment and doggedness in crime fighting.

The meeting was attended by Squadron Commanders of 30 PMF Asaba, 51 PMF Oghara, 5 PMF Benin, Special Protection Unit Base 5 Benin, Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) Base 5 Warrior and 60 PMF Iyamho, Edo States.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Nigeria Police Allegedly Planning Another Raid On Senator Goje’s Houses

The Nigeria Police are allegedly planning another raid on the residence of the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, Danjuma Goje.

A team from the Force Headquarters last week raided the Asokoro, Abuja residence of the senator and carted away millions of Naira and some foreign currencies as well as some documents.

Both Mr. Goje and the police have not spoken officially on the reason for the raid and what was recovered. An aide to Mr. Goje, however, said the police was yet to contact the lawmaker on the reason for the raid.

The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, told premium Times that investigations on the senator was still ongoing.

However, an aide to Mr. Goje said on Tuesday that “they have information that the police is planning another raid.”

The aide, who declined to be named because he has no permission to speak to the media, claimed any other raid would not be restricted to Mr. Goje’s Abuja house.

“We understand they are determined to nail the Senator and the next raid may even extend to his house in the village,” he said.

He alleged that last week’s raid was “an attempt to bring Senator Goje down by forces within.”

The police team had after the raid on Thursday recovered $19,000 4,000 Saudi riyals and N18 million in cash, the lawmaker’s aides confirmed, arguing the money was legitimate income.

They also allegedly carted away about 18 files and other documents related to the senator’s work at the National Assembly.

When contacted on the alleged planned raid, a police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, told premium times by telephone that he “was not aware of any such plans.”

Source: Premium Times

Police Accuse Obas Of Aiding Attacks In Ikorodu

Disturbed by the worsening cases of violence in Ikorodu area of Lagos, the police have accused traditional rulers and chiefs in the area of collaborating with criminals to unleash terror on residents.

“There are Baales (village heads) that are informants and sponsors of criminals in this area,” the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said on Sunday at a meeting with the traditional rulers.

“They allow militants to build houses harboring criminals in the creeks.

“I want the royal fathers to call their chiefs to order. This meeting is convened to tell them that we will no longer tolerate silent conspiracy.

“Traditional rulers cannot tell me they don’t know who is who in their domain; all communities are advised to organize their local vigilantes,’’ Owoseni said.

According to him, most kidnappings, killings and other violent crimes in Lagos State takes place in Ikorodu area and urged the community to be part of the security management.

“In the community, there are hunters and farmers; they can’t say they don’t know criminals in their communities.

“There is a conspiracy of silence on criminal activities and this conspiracy must stop.

“Traditional rulers and religious leaders must unmask the criminals in their communities.

“We have begun operations at Isawo; we need intelligence reports from the traditional rulers.

“Killing for rituals must stop and with your support, we can stop those killings.

“Let us take ownership of our areas and expose the hoodlums amongst you.

“Some of the Baales and chiefs supply foods to these militants; many of them are spies to these vandals and militants,’’ said the police commissioner.

Owoseni warned traditional rulers in Ikorodu area against harboring criminals who were unleashing terror on their subjects.

The police boss expressed sadness over incessant kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, robbery, cultism and killings of innocent persons in the area.

Gunmen Kill NSCDC Officer in Ekiti

An officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Sunday Afolabi, has been killed in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State by suspected gunmen.

Afolabi, who was said to have been shot dead on Wednesday, served in the Intelligence and Investigation Unit of Ekiti NSCDC.

The state’s  police command said Afolabi was killed by suspected “cult boys.”

His body has been deposited at the mortuary by some policemen who visited the scene after the killing.

 

Lagos Police Raid Majidun Creeks, Destroy Militants’ Camp

The Lagos State Police Command, today Wednesday19th April 2017, raided creeks at Majidun base and destroyed the militants’ camp.

The state commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni, and other top hierarchy of the command were on hand to supervise the operation still ongoing at the time of filing this report. As at the time of this report about 13 people have been arrested.

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Police Recovers Guns From University Professor

The Edo State Police Command disclosed that it recovered a pump action and two double barrel guns from a professor at Ambrose Ali University, AAU, Ekpoma, Edo State. The State Police Commissioner, Mr Haliru Gwandu, disclosed this to journalists in Benin, yesterday, while parading 59 suspects arrested for involving in various crimes in the state.

Gwandu, who did not disclose the name of the lecturer, said they had intelligence report and went to search the lecture’s house and found the guns, saying that investigation into the matter was ongoing. He said that the suspects were arrested within a period of two weeks for armed robbery, kidnapping, and cultism among others.

Suspected Kidnappers Caught In Kaduna

19 suspects have been caught by the Kaduna State Police Command  for engaging in kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, made the announcement at a press briefing in Kaduna on Monday.

He explained that among the suspects were five kidnappers, six armed robbers, seven receivers of stolen property, and a fraudster.

 “We recovered 24 plate number of cars, five Toyota and two Honda cars, as well as one locally made pistol and three cutlasses from the suspects,” he said.

He said that the police had mapped out new strategies to combat all forms of crime across the state, adding “we will bring all forms of crime and criminality to the barest minimum.”

 

Police Mistankenly Kills Woman In Lagos

A twitter user( @naijapasito) has alerted the public and authorities over the case of a woman who was killed by a stray bullet at Onipan Lagos. The trigger happy policeman allegedly shot the woman while trying to shoot some “Yahoo Yahoo” boys at Onipanu, Toll gate.

According to Chidi Okereke who shared the photos, the woman identified as “Mama Ayo” was killed by a stray bullet fired by the cop identified as “TBoy”. He said the woman’s body has been taken to the morgue at Yaba.

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Police Chief Admonishes Citizens To Be Vigilant

By Murtala  Agboola

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ataoja Estate Police station, Osogbo, Mr Clement Agbemoroti has tasked citizens to be very vigilant and be conscious of their environment.

He made the call at the monthly meeting of the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC) held at the police station last Thursday.

The DPO reiterated the fact that no society, not even the developed ones, has zero-crime rate, hence citizens should do more to assist the police in providing adequate security for persons and property.

Besides consciousness, he asked them to provide reliable information and be ready to assist in prosecution when cases end up in court.

Ademoroti made reference to the failure of people who report cases to police to turn up when evidence is most needed.

He alluded to a robbery suspect, one Segun Oluwalogbon, aka Badoo who had been arrested after terrorising people in the area for a long time, saying Badoo’s victims were are unfortunately unwilling to provide information to prosecute him.

The police chief said, what the court needs is evidence and without such evidence, all the courts do is to strike out such cases, and when such happen, the public easily conclude that the police have taken bribe.

Members of the PCRC were equally warned to be aware of how they park their vehicles outside, especially with the rampant theft of car batteries.

They were also told to tear used recharge cards because armed robbers place them at robbery spots which results in the arrest of those who used them.

Members were therefore warned to report any incidence of theft of identify card or any belongings to the police, because of the repercussion if it is recovered.

136 Nigerian Policemen Honoured in Somalia

A total of 136 policemen from Nigeria were awarded medals to mark the end of their duty tour in Somalia, a statement by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said.

The policemen participated in a medal parade on Tuesday to mark the end of their one year duty term in Somalia.

“The officers were awarded medals at a ceremony presided over by the Deputy Special Police Commissioner of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

“Somali Police Commissioner Gen Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud was also present, with a delegation of Somali officials.”
It said that the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) in Somalia Lydia Wanyoto appreciated the Nigerian government for supporting the peace process in Somalia.

She also expressed gratitude to the Somali Security Forces present at the ceremony for recognising the Nigerian contribution.

“We are here because of Somalia, saying it yourself on behalf of the Somali government, make our work easy, it gives us morale and makes us to work even harder.

“I want to thank you for the services you have provided, thank you for being here in Somalia, for volunteering to assist the people in Somalia,” she said.

The Somali Police Commissioner, Gen. Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud, also commended the Nigerian police contingent for their contribution to the restoration of law and order in his country.

“You have been good ambassadors. Somalia will not forget Nigeria standing side-by-side with Somali people and the Federal Government,” Hamud said.

The contingent is the fifth Formed Police Unit from Nigeria to serve in Somalia under AMISOM.

They will be replaced by a new police contingent from Nigeria.

NAN

Police Invites Force Foreign Experts for Wike’s Calls, Promise End to Election Violence

As part of investigations into the alleged rigging of the election and the alleged threat to the lives of some electoral officers during the poll, the Nigerian Police have invited some foreign specialists to assist with the forensic analysis of the leaked audio of Governor Nyesom Wike’s alleged phone calls.

The violence-ridden polls saw two police officers, DSP Mohammed Alkali and his driver, Sgt. Peter Uchi beheaded and their heads thrown into a river.

During a visit by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar, the IG stated that the experts would offer support in audio analysis of some leaked recordings during the election.

Whilst stating that the Rivers rerun would be the last election violence case in Nigeria, he reaffirmed that the force would leave no stone unturned to ensure that those indicted for the murder were punished.

He said, “A panel will be inaugurated tomorrow (today) that consists of specialists and professionals that will look into ending electoral violence in the country.

“We are also getting support from CSOs (civil society organisations) from outside the country who feel committed that it is time for Nigeria to have peaceful elections. They are offering support in audio analysis of some  audio recordings that have been viral on Facebook and very soon they will be in the country to assist us with some of these audio recordings.

“All these are steps taken to ensure that we get to the bottom of this election violence and by the grace of God, Rivers will be the last state that we are going to have this kind of experience, it will never happen again.

“We lost two of our officers on the day of the election. They were kidnapped, their heads were severed from their bodies and their bodies were buried in shallow graves. The vehicle in which they were kidnapped has been recovered.

“We have recovered their bodies, but unfortunately, the information we got from suspects arrested revealed that after severing their heads from their bodies, their heads  were thrown into the river.

“These people were killed not because of any personal issue but because they answered the call of duty to serve in the election that took place in Rivers and it is very sad that their lives had to end like this.”

The IG further observed that for elections to be successful in any state, the support of the government and party members in the state was paramount.

“The incident in Rivers shows that for us to have a peaceful election apart from agencies that are the major stakeholders, we need the support of the government and the people in the area where the elections are conducted. If the people in charge of governance, political parties and citizens are not ready to cooperate, then it will be difficult to conduct a peaceful and smooth process,” he stressed.

The INEC Chairman also commiserated with the Police Force. He said “We condole with you and the entire Nigeria Police Force over the loss of your gallant officers in the course of the Rivers rerun elections through national service. It is with heavy heart that we wish to condole with you and the family of the DSP and the sergeant that lost their lives in Rivers State.

“People often fail to realise that securing the environment for Nigerians comes with great risks and people pay with their lives to protect the environment to enable us to conduct a free and fair election.

“We feel diminished each time a member of the security agency loses his life on account of election and I must state that we cannot conduct a successful election without the NPF,” Yakubu stated.