Cross River Police Command Parades Suspected Political Thugs

No fewer than twelve suspected cultists who were planning to disrupt the August 11 by-election for Obudu state constituency have been arrested by the Cross River state police command.

Parading the suspects in Calabar at the command headquarters, the state Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, said the suspects were arrested at their hide out in Obudu with the intention to disrupt the election process.

Inuwa explained that the suspects were arrested with dangerous weapons including guns and live cartridges by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command.

The police commissioner again warned that any miscreant, political party or individuals with the intention of causing trouble to thwart the peaceful conduct of the election will be arrested and prosecuted.

Commissioner assured that the police and other security operatives will be on ground to create the peaceful and enabling environment for the electorate to come out and perform their civic responsibilities.

 

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Enugu Police Command Arrest ATM Fraud Syndicate

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a three-man Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud syndicate operating in the state.

In a statement on Friday, the Command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, said police operatives recovered 30 ATM cards belonging to different individuals from the syndicate.

He said the syndicate was smashed by the Command’s Anti Cultism Squad who acted on a well-coordinated intelligence information.

He said the syndicate specialised in swindling their victims of hard-earned money through ATM cards’ transactions.

According to him, they do this smartly under the guise of offering assistance to customers, but exchange their non-workable ATM cards with the customers’ version.

“They will pick the real ATM cards and also spy on the pin code of the customers’ cards.

“They use this trick to wreak havoc on the affected victims and withdrew the customers’ deposits in few hours,’’ he said.

The suspects are – Chinweuba Ogodo, a tricycle operator in the city, Okechukwu Nwoke, a bus driver and Sopuruchi Emmanuel.

NAN

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Court Orders IGP To Arrest, Produce INEC Chairman

Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court Abuja, has ordered the Inspector General of Police Mr Ibrahim Idris to arrest and bring the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to court.

This is due to the failure of the INEC boss to appear in court and refusal to obey a valid order court.

Justice Pam earlier on August 1st, 2018, gave the warrant of arrest of Professor Yakubu following his absence to appear in court to give the reason why he should not be sent to prison for contempt of court.

The contempt proceeding was filed by Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, Chairman and Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State respectively.

Following the service of Form 49 on Professor Mahmood, the court summoned him to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for having disobeyed the order of the court made on December 5, 2014.

The judge recollected that the matter was adjourned to August 8, for a continuation of the contempt proceeding against INEC, and its Chairman, Professor Mahmood.

During the continuation of the trial on Wednesday, August 8, Justice Pam demanded to know from the counsel to the INEC Chairman, Adegboyega Awomolo, why he was not in court.

Replying, Awomolo said he does not know where the INEC chairman is and that it is beyond his brief to produce his client. He added that if the court wants the INEC chairman to appear in court, the IGP should produce him.

However, in his ruling, Justice Pam noted that the order of August 1st was still subsisting and has not been set aside or discharged.

The matter was then adjourned till August 14th for the continuation of committal proceedings.

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Offa Bank Robbery: Saraki Has Case To Answer, Says Police

The Nigerian Police Force has refuted report credited to one Samuel Ogundipe of Premium Times, that “there was no evidence that linked Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed to the Armed Robbery attack that left 31 persons dead in Offa, Kwara State, in April.”

In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, he stated that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Federation in the legal advice did not restrain or restrict the Force from investigating further, the indictments against the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfattah Ahmed by the principal suspects arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery of 5thApril, 2018.

According to him, the DPP advice did not exonerate the Senate President but only called for further investigations into the matter.

The statement read in part:

“It is in the course of further investigations into the case that a letter of invitation dated 23rd July, 2018 was sent to the Senate President to appear on 24th July, 2018 at 8.00am before the Investigation Team at Intelligence Response Team office, Guzape Junction, Abuja.

“Consequently, the Force is hereby re-affirming that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki has case to answer by virtue of the facts that the statements submitted by the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki earlier to the Investigation Team was not explicit and detailed enough, and was discovered to require further clarifications and interrogation, and coupled with the fact the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki in his statement, claimed that the full text of the statement of the suspects who indicted him in their confessional statements to the Police was not shown to him. It is therefore, imperative for the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki to report to the Police to make further statement after sighting the full text of the statement of the suspects.

“Furthermore, the Force wishes to inform the media and the public that investigation is still ongoing on the Offa bank robbery and the indictment against the Senate President from the confessions of some the arrested principal suspects, and that, there is no  political influence or consideration in the matter.

“The media and the Police are veritable partners in crime prevention, protection of lives and property, and absolute compliance with the rule of law. The media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed publications be used to misinform the public.”

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Police Nabs Phone Snatchers In Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory police command has arrested some members of a syndicate that specialises in snatching of mobile phones around black spots within the federal capital city.

A statement by the FCT police command’s public relations officer, Anjuguri Manza two of the suspects Obadiah Danjuma and Peter James from Mararaba in neigbouring Nasarawa state were arrested by police operatives while attempting to escape with a Samsung Note 8 duos phone through a canal.

The statement further stated that another phone snatcher Musa Mohammed was arrested by police operatives attached to the Wuse division of the command for stealing a phone at the popular ultra-modern market.

Following the arrest of Musa Mohammed a victim has come up to identify the suspect as one of the three persons who used dangerous weapons to inflict  injuries on him before robbing him of his phone and the sum of four hundred naira .

Efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects who are still at large.

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Ekiti Police Command Arraign 10 Over Alleged Vote Buying

Ekiti Police Command, on Friday arraigned 10 persons before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court for alleged vote buying during last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Police prosecutor Femi Fa?ade told the court that the accused persons offered money to voters to induce them to vote for their parties during the election.

The action, according to him, contravened Section 130 (a) and 130 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The accused persons were – Olowosile Eunice, Ajayi Modupe, Ayodele Omolara, Suliat Habib, Udoh Anthony, Oyebola Kemi, Roseline Tunde, Odunayo Toyin and Babalola Esther.

Falade said the accused persons and others at large ?committed the offence on July 13 at Ojaoba shopping complex in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that Olowosile corruptly offered money to other accused persons to unduly influence them to vote for her political party during the election.

Falade also alleged that Ajayi and other accused persons accepted money from Olowosile to vote during the election.

The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble his witnesses.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge and their lawyer, Mr. Chris Omokhafe,  ?urged the court to grant them bail, promising that they would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Adesoji Adegboye, granted each defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum.

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Reps Charges IGP To Arrest killers Of 4 Policemen In Edo

The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector General of Police to uncover and prosecute killers of four policemen in Edo state.

It also wants  a joint patrol team of Police and Defence to stem the growing cases of assailants killing policemen

These resolutions followed a motion by the Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Mr.Pally Iriase on the killing of Four Police Men in Sabongida-Ora of Edo state, last Saturday.

Consequent upon the presentation by Mr.Iriase, the House urged  IGP Ibrahim Idris to set up a crack team of detectives to arrest the culprits.

It further called on the IGP, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel  Olorishaki to set up a joint patrol team to stem the tide.
Other Lawmakers while contributing  to the motion expressed wonder that policemen who had been trained to safeguard lives and property have become objects of surprise ambush and killing

This motion is coming barely two weeks after a similar one on the killing of seven policemen in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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Chibok Girls: Borno Police Command Parade 22 Boko Haram Commanders

The Nigeria Police has paraded twenty-two Boko Haram commanders including eight fighters that actively participate in the kidnap of over two hundred Chibok girls in two thousand and fourteen.

Parading the suspects at the headquarters of Borno State Command, Commissioner of Police Damian Chukwu said the special operations was led by the Inspector General of police Intelligence Response Unit with the support of counter-terrorism unit and other arms of the police.

CP Damian Chukwu added that after a fierce gun battle that ensued in the process of their arrest, the team destroyed several explosive devices while a cache of arms and ammunition were recovered.

According to the Commissioner of Police, the Boko Haram sub commanders also confessed to having carried out several suicide bombings across the country, killings of innocent Nigerians including security personnel among other violent crimes in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

He pointed out that since the beginning of the counterinsurgency operations the command has not recorded this magnitude of arrest in one single operation.

The leader of the IGP Intelligence Response Unit Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari said the swift coordinated operation was conducted within two weeks in Borno and Yobe States.

He explained that the team also arrested some Boko Haram logistic suppliers in the operations.

The suspects paraded include three Boko Haram sub-commanders, two logistic suppliers and seventeen fighters.

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IGP Warns Politicians Ahead Of Ekiti Election

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has warned that any politician found parading thugs or soliciting for vote during election will be arrested and prosecuted.

Mr Idris who gave the warning in Ado Ekiti, encouraged residents of Ekiti State to cooperate with the Police to ensure credible Governorship election and peaceful society.

He explained that a level playground would be given to each political party, electorate and INEC officials to carry out their activities.

Mr Idris also urged the people not to hesitate to report any police officer who misbehave during the Governorship election in Ekiti and sought the cooperation of other security outfits for a violence free poll.

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Enugu Police Command Debunks Herdsmen Attack On Community

The Enugu State Police Command has debunked rumour making the round that suspected herdsmen militia were planning to attack an agrarian community in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the Command SP Ebere Amaraizu, said this in an interview on Friday in Enugu.

He said the rumour of planned attack on Ezi-Nze community in Udi council area was unfounded.

Mr. Amaraizu said it was a blatant lie being peddled by idle minds who wanted to cause panic in the minds of residents of the state.

The police spokesman said that the state had remained and would continue to be peaceful and the police was not resting on their oars to ensure peace.

He warned those planning to obstruct peace in the state to retrace their step, stressing that they would be arrested and made to face the law.

The President-General of the community, Chief Kelvin Ochinanwata also denied the media report about the rumour of pending attack on the community and advised the public to disregard it.

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Anambra Police Command Arrest 6 Man Robbery Gang

Anambra State Police has arrested a suspected six man armed robbery gang .

In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Haruna mohammed, said the gang was arrested following an intelligence report.

He said the police operatives attached to the command ‘s special Anti robbery squad, FSARS, arrested the suspects at Oba in Idemili South LGA of the State.

Mr Mohammed listed the names of the suspects as Obinna Ibeh-male- aged 24, Edwin Chibuzor-male-aged 24, Orji Onyema-male-aged 26 and Friday Nwankwo-male-aged 23.

According to him the suspects intercepted a trailer loaded with cements along Onitsha/Owerri road on the 9th of June and carted away all the cement in the trailer.

He explained that further investigation led to the arrest of the two receivers of the stolen goods .

Mr Mohammed said exhibits were recovered and investigation was in progress after which the suspects would be arraigned in court.

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Imo Police Command Arrests Suspected Killers Of APC Chieftain

The Geoffrey Victor-led Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Imo has arrested the suspected killers of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Amos Akano.

The deceased was reportedly abducted on his way home after a meeting of the party in Owerri, the capital, only to be found dead by the roadside a couple of days later.

The suspects were apprehended while waiting to collect ransom from the late politician’s relations.The Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galandanchi, who confirmed the arrest, added that the suspects were held in Ihiala, Anambra State.He named those arrested as Ikenna Nwosu (aka Ezego); Chibuike Martins; Emeka Eke; Chijioke Akukara among others.

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