The Police in Ogun State said they have rescued a Chinese national, Lee Qiang, who was kidnapped on Monday along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Qiang was reportedly kidnapped by six armed men around 5pm at Ogere while he was on his way to Abeokuta, the state capital.
It was learnt that the Chinese was rescued Tuesday morning by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Ogun, who engaged the kidnappers in gun duel.
Spokesman for the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirming his release, said the police overpowered the kidnappers, who fled with gunshot wounds, arresting one of the suspects.
“The man was going to Abeokuta from Kogi when they kidnapped him. He was in his vehicle with his driver. They kidnapped him for ransom but they were unable to get it because they were immediately hunted.
“The Commissioner of Police Ahmed Iliyasu dispatched operatives of the FSARS to the scene with a clear instruction that the victim must be rescued unhurt and the hoodlums apprehended.
“The team swung into action, combed the entire area and later located the hideout of the kidnappers. On sighting policemen, the hoodlums engaged them in gun battle at the end of which one of the suspects was arrested while others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“The victim was rescued unhurt. The arrested suspect is currently helping the police in their investigation, while the victim has been reunited with his people.
“The Commissioner Ahmed Iliyasu further appealed to the public, especially hospitals and health workers to report any body with bullet injuries in their area,” he said.
A Facebook critic, Mr. Ifere Paul has been arraigned before the Cross River Magistrate sitting in Calabar.
Mr Paul was charged on a four-count charge with number MC.1140/c/2017 by the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, CP Hafiz Inuwa over his critic of Governor Ben Ayade’s administration
It read: “that you Ifere Paul ‘M’ on the 19th day of August 2017, at about 1709hrs at Calabar, within the Calabar Magisterial District published, posted and sent a message which partly reads ‘You will live and die a beggar. Concentrate on the monies you receive to give a pro-Ayade speech in Obudu. Importantly, don’t forget you were part of my informers. Remember that it is me you normally call when they threaten to kill. Have it in mind that it was me who stooped Prince Michael Abuo from sending cultists to you. Above all, I have dashed you monies to take care of your needs…. Your father Achibong Inah Akpama, Obol, Onun-eko of Nko must be turning in his grave now’; through your whatapp social media account to one Goody Akpama ‘m’ with intent to intimidate and threaten him and his reputation and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 366 (a) of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Vol.3, Laws of Cross River State of Nigeria. – 1-year Misdemeanour”.
“The second count of the same charge also bordering on the same petition from Goddy Akpama was for an offence of a misdemeanour punishable under Section 375 of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Vol.3, Laws of Cross River State of Nigeria. 1-year Misdemeanour.
Another charge bordered on his (IferePaul) facebook post, which he made and published on the 8th and 9th of July 2019 at Ugep, within Ugep Magistrate District.
It read thus: “Breaking news: More Robberies and Kidnappings coming your way. That is the price you pay where a Governor shuttles the world signing MoUs, meanwhile there was no homeland security or police to fight the robbers”.
The police said the above was with intent to raise false alarm and cause fear among citizens, residents, inhabitants, visitors and members of the general public in Cross River State and he thereby committed an offence punishable under section 59 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Vol.111, laws of Cross River State of Nigeria 2004. – three years misdemeanour.
The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The prosecution counsel, Barrister Ofem Mbang, leading three others in his team told the court that he has no reasons under the law to oppose his bail application.
Lead defence counsel, Barrister Utum Eteng, leading five others in defence immediately moved a motion for bail to be granted his client, citing the fact that the charges were not only ridiculous before the law but clearly bailable.
The Presiding Magistrate, Chief Magistrate E.E. Edogi granted bail to Mr. Ifere Paul, in the sum of N1m, a surety in the persona is known chief executive of a company or an organization and should be resident in Calabar and has a landed property.
The Kidnapper Kingpin suspected accomplice, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, Emeka Arinze, on Monday asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to order his immediate release from police custody.
The suspected accomplice in his suit filed at the court’s registry through a rights campaigner, Mr Ogedi Ogu, is claiming N100 million and a public apology from the police jointly and severally over alleged infringement on his rights.
Joined in the suit are the Inspector General of Police, State Police Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command and Insp. Christian, an Investigating Police Officer with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Ogu is seeking a declaration that the arrest and detention of Arinze without any order validly made in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as Amended) is unlawful and illegal.
In addition, he wants a directing and mandating the respondents to produce the suspect in the court.
In an affidavit sworn to by Mrs Nkem Nwaka (younger sister of the applicant), she said the applicant was arrested on June 27 at Festac Town, Lagos, by the third respondent (the police) and taken to the office of the second respondent (CP).
According to her, the suspect has been in custody since June 27 and denied access to his medications, family and lawyers.
The applicant has been in police custody for more than three months without any charge, she said, adding that his fundamental rights as guaranteed under Sections 35 (4) and 36 (4) (5) of the 1999 Constitution have been violated.
No date has been fixed for hearing.ecalls that Evans has been arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.
Recall that Evans has been arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.
He had earlier instituted a fundamental rights suit against the Police, claiming N300 million as damages for alleged illegal detention and rights violation.
In a swift reaction to the trending demotion of the Acting Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Mike Okiro, has disassociated the commission from the purported letter signed by the commission’s Permanent Secretary.
Okiro said he was not privy to such letter and therefore cannot be said to be official position of the commission.
PSC’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, had written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, about the demotion of Imohimi to his former rank of DCP.
The letter had generated confusion and consternation within the leadership of the police, as well as stakeholders.
Okiro explained that he had told the IG to ignore the letter written by the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, about the demotion.
“The letter was not authorised by the commission; Istifanus did not write on my behalf. I read the letter too like everybody and I have told the IG to ignore it. The letter was not authorised at all. I will meet with Istifanus about it and find out how the letter came about,” Okiro said.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, also stated that Imohimi remains the Acting Lagos CP.
“The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers, but it does not have the power to demote. It can only demote an officer after the Force Disciplinary Committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for a disciplinary action, PSC can only authenticate what the police take to it.
“In this case, Acting CP Imohimi has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force Disciplinary Committee has not recommended him for demotion,” he said.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi said on Wednesday that Nigerian music star, David Adeleke, aka Davido knew about the death of his friend, Umueke Tagbo.
Imohimi told journalists that Davido lied to the police that he did not know how Tagbo was taken to the Lagos General Hospital’s premises and died.
The Police Commissioner stated that Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footages from the hospital showed that Tagbo was brought in dead by Davido’s escort driver, Tunde Usutu and two of his friends, Agbeje Olaoye and Idris Busari, adding that his men abandoned the deceased inside his ash Toyota Camry LSD378EL on Davido’s directives.
He explained that on October 3, at about 9:20am, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of General Hospital Lagos, Oparanti Moshood alerted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Lion Building that an unidentified male was brought in dead (BID) in an Ash Toyota Camry Saloon car marked LSD378EL by two unidentified males.
According to him, the international passport found in the deceased’s car, the DPO gave his identity as Umueke Tagbo.
Afterwards, one Caroline Danjuma, an actress published that her boyfriend died in the company of Davido and friends.
“I called for a pre-investigation meeting in my conference room. In attendance were all parties including family, friends of the deceased; those of Davido; Caroline Danjuma; the DPO and investigating officers. The meeting confirmed that the deceased Tagbo Umueke on that day met and had drinks with friends at Shisha Bar amongst whom was Davido.
“The bar tender confirmed the deceased had as much as 40 tons of Tequila and exhibited signs of drunkenness. The CCTV footage also confirmed this. Davido had told the police he had left Shisha Bar for DNA Night Club in Victoria Island without the deceased and was only informed by mutual friends of his death while he was at DNA.
“However, investigation revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver, Tunde Usutu, accompanied by one Agbeje Olaoye and one Idris Busari, both Davido’s friends, took the deceased to the General Hospital, Lagos and abandoned him in his vehicle on the instruction of Davido.
“ The CCTV footage at the hospital picked the escort vehicle and the entire activity. The vehicle was recovered from Davido’s residence at 7, Awoshika Street, Lekki Phase 1. This completely debunks Davido’s claim that he did not know how the deceased got to the General Hospital. The interim autopsy report stated that the victim died of Asphyxia.
“A case of sudden and unnatural death (SUD) was reported on October 7, at about 8pm by the CSO Banana Island, Ikoyi, to the DPO Ikoyi that two persons namely, Olugbemi Abiodun and Chime Amechina of Flat Bill, Ocean Parade, were found dead inside one white BMW Saloon car marked KJA631AY, at underground garage in the estate.
“Police operatives raced to the scene where the bodies of the victims were taken to LASUTH, Ikeja for joint medical examination to determine cause of death. Victims were found motionless and were confirmed dead by a medical doctor. Further search into the vehicle revealed that wrapped substances suspected to be weeds were recovered and might have been used by the victims,” he explained.
According to the Police Boss, liquid substances were found on their mouths and nostrils, adding that from investigation by policemen, there were no marks on their bodies.
According to him, the pathologist said there was need to carry out further investigation before concluding on the actual cause of the death.
He said the police still await the autopsy result.
Two middle age men Suraju Adeniyi and Lateef Olaitan on Monday was brought before an Osogbo Magistrate’s’ Court in Osun for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The two accused persons were arraigned on one count charge bothering on Breach of peace.
The prosecutor Sergeant Ajayi Sunday told the court that the duo conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by gathering at an India Hemp joint.
He explained that the offense committed by the duo is contrary to and punishable under section 249 (D) of the criminal code cap 34 volume 11.laws of Osun State 2003.
However, the duo pleaded not guilty to one count charge allegation pressed against them by the police.
The defense counsel Mrs. Raji Abiodun applied for their bail orally, in the most liberal and affordable terms.
The prosecutor opposed the bail application made by the defence counsel.
He explained that the charge sheet needs to be substituted.
Ajayi noted that the duo committed the offense on 6th of October at Asoje area in Osogbo where their thugs also beat a police officer at the place where they were later arrested.
The duo belongs to a gang of which they will go after the police if they were granted bail, he added.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. A. Oloyade ignored the application of the defense counsel and ordered the duo be remanded in Ilesa prison custody as she adjourned the case to November 9th for applications on bail.
The end may not be in sight for the cold war between the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Hamman Misau and Inspector General of Police, Idris Kpotun Ibrahim.
At the plenary today, Misau a former Police officer through order 43 explained that he was attacked by the Inspector General of Police because he revealed corrupt activities under the current IGP, while the Senate was on recess.
He also disclosed that the IG was in extra marital affairs with one Amina and another Esther, but eventually wedded Amina secretly in Kaduna after being impregnated.
“Mr President, distinguished colleagues, instead of the IGP to address the issues I raised in my capacity as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was busy attacking me”, he said.
“The IGP has been in sexual relationship with two female serving Police officers, that is one Amina and Esther. He impregnated Amina and did a wedding secretly in Kaduna.”
“As a former Police officer, I can say authoritatively that it is wrong for an officer to have a relationship with female Police officer because of the nature of that work”, Misau insisted.
He further said that Police is a non profit generating organisation, but there were instances where officers were posted to oil and other multinational Companies for fees. He said the IGP never remit those monies into the federation account.
The lawmaker faulted the manner which promotion of officers were being handled by the current IGP of Police, adding that officers pay as much as N500,000 to get promoted.
Misau sought the intervention of Senate to look at the situations, where single powerful individuals could have close to 30 Police officer guarding them, while commoners living in communities do not have police around them.
Senator Hamman Misau and the IGP have been at each other’s jugular over bribery allegations against the Nigeria Police.
Socialite, Charles Oputa, popularly called Charlyboy, has filed a lawsuit against the FCT Police Command before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja over the harassment and ill-treatment meted out on him and members of his ‘OurMumuDonDo’ movement as well as Concerned Nigerians, during the resume or resign protests.
Oputa is seeking a N500m redress for the infringement of his fundamental rights.
Mohammed Bashir, a Boko Haram suspect arrested last Sunday in Ondo state, yesterday disclosed that members of the group were planning to strike in the state when he was nabbed by security operatives.
Bashir said some members of the dreaded group were now residing in different parts of the state having escaped from the northeast, the center of their operations.
“I was arrested while looking for a place to eat. I was with other members of the group looking for food. Some of us are in different parts of the state.
“We were planning to attack people and facilities. We were even planning to strike when I was arrested by the law enforcement agents.
“My colleagues are in Nasarawa and some other states in the north. But a sizeable number of us has relocated to the south west. We are many in Ondo state,” he said.
The 20-year-old Boko Haram member was arrested by men of the state police command at Isua-Akoko in Akoko Southeast Local Government Area.
He was nabbed at the place where Idris Babawo, another member of the sect on the wanted list of the military, was arrested last week.
Bashir spoke at the Police Headquarters in Akure, the state capital, after being paraded among other suspected criminals by the Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju.
The jihadist said members of the group were fond of killing for pleasure, adding that he had killed two persons since he was initiated into the group.
Bashir, who spoke in Hausa through an interpreter while narrating how he joined the group, said: “I was sent away by my father in Kano state. He expressed concern about my silence and cold attitude at home.
“I was later asked to come home by my mother who was receiving treatment at a psychiatric hospital in Kano state for ear problem.
“I used to be a herdsman before I was recruited into the Boko Haram sect. I became a member about eight months ago. I was captured in the forest while gracing my cattle. I was later initiated into the sect.
“I’ve killed two persons since I joined the group, one child and a man. Killing people was normal to us. We Killed for pleasure most of the time.”
He said some influential people in the country were behind the group, adding: “They are the ones who supply weapons we use for our operations.”
The suspect, who urged other members of the group to lay down their arms and stop killing people, said he had repented since he was arrested.
He begged Federal Government for pardon, saying: “We are two children of my parents. If I am killed, my parents will be left with only one child. He is the one that goes to farm with my father.”
Adeyanju said Bashir was arrested on Sunday by a special anti-crime patrol squad along Ifira road in Isua, adding that after interrogation, the suspect confessed to be a member of the dreaded Boko Haram group.