Two Teenagers Arrested For Murder In Lagos

Two brothers Ayodeji Obadimeji, 18, and Saheed Obadimeji, 19, have landed into serious trouble for allegedly beheading a 10-year-old boy in Lagos for ritual.

A statement issued by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti on Wednesday said a team of anti-kidnapping personnel from the police command on Nov. 27 at about 20:30hrs, arrested two siblings at Ibeju-Lekki area of the state.

Oti said in the statement that policemen from the Lagos Command were on routine patrol between Ajah/Epe expressway, when the suspects were apprehended along Tunde Balogun Street, Shapati, Ibeju-Lekki in possession of fresh human head.

“On interrogation, they confessed that one Sodiq Abefe contracted them to provide him with human head at the cost of N200, 000, hence they lured the victim by sending him to buy Coca-Cola drink for them and when he brought the drinks to them, they held him and cut of his head with a knife
“The victim has been identified by his parents as Joseph Makinde, male, aged 10 years,” he said.

The state Police PRO said the torso had been recovered from an uncompleted building located at Shapati and that effort was being made to arrest the said Sodiq Abefe who allegedly contracted the duo to commit the heinous crime.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi had directed that the case be handed over to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba for further investigation.

Oti said the CP reiterated his earlier warnings to criminals to repent or relocate from the state or regret the consequence of their action.

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Police Arrest 96 Suspects Over Kaduna Crisis

The Nigeria Police says Ninety six (96) suspects have been arrested by the Police for their involvement in the crisis that occurred in Kaduna state leading to loss of innocent lives and destruction of public and private properties in the state.

The Inspector General of Police IGP Ibrahim Idris made this known in a conference with Commissioner’s of Police and above in Force Headquarters Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.

Mr Idris said: “Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7 Headquarters, AIG Taiwo Lakanu to lead the intervention Force from the Force Headquarters and remain in Kaduna state to implement the new security arrangement and strategies to bring lasting and Sustainable Peace to Kaduna State and environs.

“More Patrol vehicle has been deployed to support the Kaduna and FCT Police Commands to sustain the peace and normalcy that have been restored.”

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Police Withdraw Men Attached To Politicians

The Adamawa State Police Command has withdrawn its men and officials attached to politicians in the state.

Police commissioner, Abdullahii Ibrahim said the withdrawal were mostly for politicians who were aspirants for the 2019 election.

In a statement on Monday said violent protests against the conduct of primaries would not be condoned.

“Aggrieved politicians should seek redress through normal processes. Political leaders are hereby warned to advise their followers to be law abiding as the police command will not condone thuggery,” he stated.

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Benue Police Command Parade Kidnappers

A collaboration between the IGP monitoring unit and FSARS in Benue state has led to the arrest of three members of a four – man kidnap gang terrorising Makurdi and its environs.

Parading the suspects before newsmen at the police headquarters in Makurdi, the State Commissioner of police, Mr Ene Okon stated that the suspects were picked at behind Civil service commission settlement area following an intelligence report.

Mr Okon said that they had earlier abducted a female Civil Defence Officer and collected a ransom of one Million before her release.

According to the Benue State police commissioner, one of the kidnap suspects is still at large while efforts were on to apprehend him.

Mr Okon assured that the command is committed to fighting crime and appealed to residents to assist the police by offering useful information that would lead to the arrest of perpetrators.

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Just In: Senator Adeleke To Appear Before Police Over Alleged ‘Exam Malpractice’

The police have summoned Senator Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun state governorship election, for alleged examination malpractice and criminal conspiracy.

In a statement Wednesday, Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, said Adeleke and Sikiru, his brother, sat for the National Examination Council Examination (NECO) as internal candidates in 2017, “impersonating” students of OJO/Aro Community Grammar School in Osun state.

The police said the alleged crime was facilitated by the principal of the school, and two other members of staff who are under investigation and being charged to court.

The force asked the senator and the four others allegedly involved to report to the force headquarters in Abuja for “immediate” arraignment in court.

Moshood said charges of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation and breach of duty have been filed against the five at the federal high court in Abuja.


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#OsunDecides: IGP Deploys DIG, Eight Commissioners, 300 Patrol Vehicles

Ahead of the Osun State gubernatorial election scheduled to hold on Saturday September 22, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved the deployment of eight Commissioners of Police, including two helicopters, 30 armoured personnel carriers, and 300 patrol vehicles.

Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, announced this on Sunday, adding that the exercise would be coordinated by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Habilah Joshak, and would be helped by an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).

“The IGP deploys adequate police personnel for the Osun State September 22 governorship election. This security arrangement would be implemented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operation) and would be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) and eight commissioners of police,” he said.

Moshood reiterated the commitment of the police in providing adequate security to residents of the state before, during and after the election.

The personnel comprises the Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit; the Special Protection Unit; the Anti Bomb Squad; conventional policemen; the Armament Unit, personnel of Federal Investigation and Intelligence Department, IGP Monitoring, IGP Intelligence Response teams, the Sniffer dogs section and the Mounted Troop.

The police spokesman also warned against vote buying, saying that anyone caught buying and selling will be dealt with according to the law.


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Police Dismiss MASSOB’s Claims, Says Only 13 Persons Arrested

The Anambra State Police Command has dismissed claims made by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), that 125 members of the movement were arrested during a rally to mark the 19th anniversary celebration of the organisation.

Commissioner of Police in the State, Garba Umar, said the police have in their custody 13 MASSOB members who were arrested for blocking the highway and hoisting of flag which he described as ‘unconstitutional’ and would not be tolerated.

Chief Arinze Igbani, Biafra Elder-in-Council had earlier claimed  that many of his members sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of alleged assault and subsequent arrest by the security operatives.

According to him, three bus-load conveying  MASSOB members including Gen. Innocent Ejioforbiri, the General of Biafra veterans, Anambra South zone and other Biafra war veterans some of whom are octogenarians, were seized  by security operatives while returning home from similar celebrations at Uga in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.

He also claimed that two other buses were destroyed by the security operatives during the raid.

He however urged members of the organisation to remain calm and peaceful while they await the response of government to its demand.

He also urged the international community to come to its rescue and support its call for the realisation of a state of Biafra.


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Anambra Police Command Rescues Toddlers, Arrest kidnappers

The Police Command in Anambra says it has arrested five kidnappers/child traffickers and rescued five victims in the last seven days.

Mr Haruna Mohammed, the Public Relations Officer of the command, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Awka.

He stated that the suspects conspired and kidnapped five children namely: Ifeanyinchukwu Obiukwu ‘m’ (3years from Umunze), and Chigozie Emeka, 8 years from Okigwe, Chimaobi Emeka ‘f’ aged 6 years from Okigwe, Chisom Emeka aged 4 years from Okigwe and Onyiyechi Emeka ‘f’ aged 3 years of Okigwe.

Mohammed gave the names of the suspected kidnappers/child traffickers as Emeka Nnoruo ‘m’ (44 years), Ekene Obodoako ‘m’ (27 years),  Maduabuchi Ekwema ‘m'( 25 years) , Chika Obi ‘m’ (28 years), and Eberechi Onyeghara ‘m’ aged 14 years.

He said the arrest of the suspects followed intelligence report and efforts of Joint Police/vigilante Patrol teams attached to Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.

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Benue Gets New Commissioner Of Police

A new Commissioner of Police, CP Okon Ene, has assumed duties at the Benue State Police Command in Makurdi.

The new CP who resumed duty on Thursday was a one-time Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in Benue Command and a fellow of the National Defence College (FDC), Abuja.

He is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Ibadan and was enlisted as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) on  March 15, 1988, as a pioneer set of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil Kano State.

The new Commissioner in a statement by the Police Public relations Officer, DSP Moses Yamu, assured “the people of the state of the renewed resolve by Officers and Men of the Command to rid the State of all forms of criminality, in synergy with other Security agencies and cooperation of the general public through rendering credible information to the Police”.

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Youth Council Pledges Partnership With Police To Fight Crimes

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has expressed willingness to partner with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to deal with pressing security challenges and to reduce crime in the country.

The President of NYCN, Malam Bello Shagari gave the assurance in a statement made available on Wednesday in Abuja.

Shagari said that the Nigerian youths have confidence in the Police and the leadership of the country for demonstrating determination to address the concerns of the youths.

The youth leader commended Vice President Yemi Osibanjo for heeding to the cry of young Nigerians on the unprofessional conduct of some members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Police.

According to him, over the years, there have been complaints over the misconduct of some police in dealing with civilians, especially the young people in some parts of the country.

Shagari said that the action taken by the Federal Government was timely and necessary, which he said meant that the Nigerian youth would continue to resist any form of harassment in the guise of policing.

”SARS has been a factor that has been distancing the friendship between the Police and the citizenry.

”We also applaud the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for taking a swift action in dealing with the situation by ensuring the immediate reform of the department.

”We believe that such efforts will go a long way in addressing policing issues in Nigeria.

”The Police can be rest assured of the support and partnership of the new leadership of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in dealing with pressing security issues and reducing crime in the country,  Shagari said.

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Group Calls For Immediate Release of Detained Premium Times Reporter

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today called for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Samuel Ogundipe, a Premium Times newspaper reporter who was arrested yesterday and is being detained by the Nigerian Police at the Force headquarters in Abuja for refusing to disclose the source of his information for a news report.

In a statement issued today by its Programme Director, Mr. Ayode Longe, MRA said:  “We are dismayed by this increasing resort by the Buhari Administration to tactics of intimidation and harassment of media practitioners in breach of the provisions of the Constitution and other laws.  We are seriously concerned that such acts appear to be on the upswing as the 2019 elections draw nearer and urge the Government to retrace its steps in order not to permanently damage public confidence in democratic governance.”

Mr. Ogundipe was reportedly invited by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police to its headquarters in Abuja on August 14, 2018 and arrested when he honoured the invitation.  He was then transferred to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters, where he is currently being detained.

The Police are reported to have frozen the reporter’s personal bank account without any warrant from any court, just like his arrest and detention.

The Editor-in-Chief of the online newspaper, Mr. Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Ms Azeezat Adedigba, were reported to have been initially arrested, manhandled and briefly detained by the police before being released.

While Ms Adedigba was released after about three hours of detention, Mr. Mojeed and Mr. Ogundipe were driven from the SARS headquarters to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters where the police forced Mr. Ogundipe to write a statement.

Mr. Longe advised the Police: “If you have any actionable case against Mr. Ogundipe or any other journalist, you should follow the due process of the Law; you should go to court and obtain a warrant if you have any evidence of criminal conduct by the journalist that necessitates his arrest and detention and the freezing of his bank account, rather than arresting and clamping him into detention in a manner reminiscent of the dictatorial practices that characterized the first coming of President Muhammadu Buhari as a military Head of State.”

According to him, if Nigeria wants to be taken seriously by the international community, then it must abide by the established norms and standards under international law, which abhors the criminalization of journalistic activities or the right of citizens to freely express themselves.

Saying that “democratic governance presupposes respect for the rule of law”, Mr. Longe stressed: “it is disheartening that the Police went outside their mandate to freeze Mr. Ogundipe’s bank account in order to financially suffocate him and force information from him, contrary to the laws of the land. We find this action to be unjustifiable and unbecoming of any democratic institution.”

Mr. Longe called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to preoccupy himself with the task of reforming the Force and, in particular, overhauling SARS which has become the symbol of government brutality against its own people in Nigeria.

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Ekiti Police Command Vows To Arrest Killers Of Ex-Gov Oni’s Aide

The Ekiti Police Command, on Monday, said that they would leave no stone unturned in their  efforts at tracking the killers  of Mr  Bunmi Ojo, a former Personal Assistant to former Governor Segun Oni.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state,  DSP  Caleb Ikechukwu,  told journalists in Ado Ekiti that those responsible for the killing  would not escape justice.

He said though no suspect had been arrested in connection with the murder of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain,  investigation had begun into the incident.

The spokesman said  a team of detectives and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were now on the trail  of  the unidentified gunmen.

He said the police would address a news conference as soon as ongoing investigation had been concluded.

“We are determined to ensure that the killers are brought to justice. We are gathering tips and working on all possibilities to ensure that these evil doers are made to face the wrath of the law

“We have sent our men to comb everywhere possible.

“ Our men in plain clothes  are out to unravel the killers, they are combing every corner and those areas seen to be criminal hideouts are under the watchful eyes of our men.

“  So, we are confident that the killers will be arrested soon,’’  Ikechukwu said.

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