We Brought Ezekwesili, BBOG Members To FCT Police Command To Forestall Breakdown Of Law And Order, Says Spokesman

The Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Police Command has denied stories going round the social media that it arrested former Minister of Education and Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigner, Obiageli Ezekwesili and some members of the group.

In a statement by it spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah said they were only brought to the Abuja command to forestall breakdown of law and order.

“The FCT Police Command wishes to clear the air and set the record straight that it did not arrest or detain Prof Oby Ezekwesili and some members of the Bring Back Our Girls group (BBOG) as being speculated on some social media platforms.

“It is pertinent to state that they were only brought to the Command to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as some members of the group reacted violently and broke down security barriers set up by the police to restrict their protest to Unity Fountain”.

“The members of the group were addressed by the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello who reiterated the commitment of the Command to protect lives and property and enjoined the Bring Back Our Girls members to go about their lawful businesses.

“After the briefing by the Commissioner of Police, the members of the group left the Command”.

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Gunmen Kill Two Policemen In Bayelsa

Gunmen, suspected to be pirates, have killed two policemen in a gun duel on Tuesday, at Ogbia waterside, in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The exchange of gunfire, which lasted for minutes, left an Assistant Superintendent of Police injured.

A police source described the exchange of gunfire as massive, noting that a G3 magazine, with 17 live cartridges, was recovered from the pirates.

The source said, “Eighteen expended cartridges were picked at the scene. The hoodlums came to steal the General Multipurpose Gun. It is a big gun mounted on a boat. But the policemen protected it with their lives.”

The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asuquo Amba, who confirmed the incident, said the police were combing the creeks to locate the criminals.


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120-Year-Old Man In Court Over Alleged Fraud

A120-year-old man, Chief Busari Oyewumi, was on Monday, arraigned before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Osogbo, for allegedly defrauding one Wasiu Adebisi of N400,000.

The police prosecutor, Mr. Taiwo Adegoke, told the court that the suspect and others at large conspired together and fraudulently obtained the sum of N400,000 from Adebisi on the pretext of selling a plot of land to him.

The charges read in part, “That you, Chief Busari Oyewumi, and others now at large, sometime in 2015 at the back of the Powerline area, Osogbo, in the Osogbo Magisterial District, did fraudulently obtain the sum of N400,000 from one Alhaji Ganiyu Adebisi on behalf of his son, Adebisi Wasiu, on the pretext of selling a plot of land to him measuring 50 by 1000 feet, knowing that your intention was to defraud him of his money, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable  under Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.”

The suspect pleaded not guilty and his counsel, Mr. Soji Oyetayo, prayed the court to admit him to bail in liberal terms.

The chief magistrate, in her ruling, granted the bail application with one surety and adjourned the case to March 1 for hearing.

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Ogun Police Command Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers In Ogijo

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested three suspected armed robbers during a botched robbery operation in Ogijo area of the state.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, policemen attached to Ogijo Divisional Headquarters had received a distress call from  Baale Street, Molatori, Ogijo, that robbers had invaded the residence and residents were being dispossessed of their belongings.

The statement quoted Oyeyemi as saying, “Having received the distress call, the DPO of Ogijo Division, SP Tijani Mohammed led his anti-robbery men to the scene where they engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel. At the end of the encounter, three members of the gang, Yusuf Odugbemi, Tunde Asamu and Sunday Azeez were arrested while others escaped.

Weapons recovered from them are one live cartridge, two cutlasses and assorted charms.

“Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the FSARS for discreet investigation with the view of arresting the fleeing members of the gang, while assuring residents of the state of adequate security at all time,” Oyeyemi stated.

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Breaking: Police Rescue Four Abducted Expatriates In Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the release of four Americans and Canadians that were abducted on Tuesday by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.

State Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, at a briefing with pressmen on Saturday, said the two foreigners were rescued by the police at Jere area in Kagarko Local Government Area the state.

The police boss also added that one suspect has been arrested in connection with the abduction of the four expatriates.


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Zamfara Police Command Arrest 20 Suspected Criminals, Recover Arms

The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested 20 suspected kidnappers and members of outlawed groups known as “Yansakai” and recovered various arms from them.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Muhammad Shehu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Gusau on Friday.

Shehu said that the Anti-crime patrol team of the command in Maru Local Government Area raided some criminal hideouts at Zanau village in Dansadau Emirate.

“Eight suspects were arrested; two magazines with 61 rounds of live ammunition of Ak47 riffle and four different cell phones were recovered from them.

“Yesterday, also, a police patrol team along Tsafe-Gusau road arrested two suspects in possession of a locally made gun, other offensive weapons and assorted charms were recovered from them.

“The team also proceeded to Darada village in the same area where it raided some criminal hideouts and arrested three suspects and recovered a locally made gun,” he said.

According to the police spokesman, the suspects are believed to be notorious armed robbers and kidnappers terrorising commuters along Tsafe-Fegin Danmarke – Gusau road.

“On the same day, the police also arrested seven suspected members of outlawed Yansakai group.

“Six locally made guns, matches and cudgels were recovered from them,”he said.

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Police Arrest 59 Suspects Of Benue Clash

The Benue state police command, have arrested youths from the Hausa and Tiv ethnic groups in Makurdi, in connection with the renewed clashes on Sunday night in the Wadata and Ankpa ward axis of the state.

The police in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) Moses Yamu says, their offenses border on inciting public disturbance, mischief and possession of dangerous weapons with the intent to inflict injuries.

The crisis was fueled by alleged refusal by the Hausa community to comply with the public holiday declared by the state governor to honour the state burial for the 73 victims of herdsmen attacks.

The police however vowed not to allow misguided youths to destabilize the state.

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Police Nab Civil Servant For Stealing Trailer-Load Of Textbooks

The Police in Cross River State have arrested an employee of the Ministry of Education for allegedly conspiring with others to steal a trailer load of textbooks worth millions of naira.

Police Commissioner, Hafiz Inuwa, said the suspect was arrested on the Ikon-Ogoja highway enroute Lagos. He added that the suspect was arrested with the driver and a Lagos-based businessman.

“The items contain cartons of French, Christian Religious knowledge, Physical Education, Welding and Technical drawing textbooks, belonging to the state government,” Inuwa added.

The Commissioner added that the suspect confessed tot he crime and would be arraigned in court.

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Police To Arraign 52 Shiite Members Arrested In Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has arrested 52 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shiite, following what it describes as a violent protest in Abuja.

A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, on Wednesday said those arrested would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.

The Shiites members had trooped out in the Garki area of the FCT in continuation of their demonstrations against the detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The police claimed that the group’s members went on a rampage and attacked innocent citizens as well as police operatives.

The command added that it recovered some bottles of improvised petrol-bomb, stones and catapults allegedly used by the group to attack police personnel.

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Kaduna Police Command Warns NLC Against Protest

Ahead of planned protest by the national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), over the sacking of teachers by the Kaduna Government, the state police command has said it will not tolerate any form of protest in the state.

National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, yesterday condemned the sacking of workers by the Kaduna State government. 

Wabba in a statement in Abuja said the NLC, having exhausted avenues for amicable settlement of the issues in Kaduna, has no choice than to embark on a protest in Kaduna. 

“Having exhausted all processes aimed at constructive engagement with the state government, it is clear that Governor Nasir el-Rufai has to be stopped by all means with all means lawful for the sake of Kaduna State and Nigerian people,” the NLC president said.

But the state police commissioner, Mr. Agyole Abe, warned that protesters would not be tolerated in the state as all forms of processions had been banned.

At a press conference at the command’s headquarters yesterday, Abe said anyone or group intending to carry our any public protest or procession should, in the interest of the public peace shelve such plan as the Nigeria Police Force will not standby idly and watch the peace being enjoyed by citizens of the state truncated.

He further warned: “Those who might be contemplating to come to Kaduna to foment trouble are strictly advised to stay away from the state as the command is prepared to deal decisively with any such person or group.”

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Police To Retrain Personnel On Courtesy, Public Relations

The Enugu State Police Command has announced plans to retrain all its personnel on courtesy and good relations with the public to improve service delivery.

The command’s Spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, on Monday said that the aim of the programme was to equip police officers and men with basic public relations tools which would serve the interest of the Police as an organisation.

According to him, the command will be organising the retraining workshop in collaboration with Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Enugu State chapter.

“The programme will have officers and men drawn from Special Anti-Robbery Squad Enugu, patrol and guard officers, stop-and-search personnel, investigators, traffic personnel and desk officers, otherwise known as counter duty personnel etc.

“It will be declared opened by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Danmallam.’’

He said the workshop would start on Jan. 25 at the Conference Hall of the Hotel Pegassus at Ebeano Housing Estate off Bisalla Road Enugu,’’ he said.


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Suspected Badoo Kingpin Petitions Osinbajo, IGP, NASS Over Alleged Violation Of Rights

A lawyer to suspected Badoo kingpin, Abayomi Alaka, who was recently nabbed by the Lagos State Police Command, Babatunde Ojehomon, has petitioned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the National Assembly over alleged violation of his client’s rights.

Ojehomon, in the petition, stated that the sealing of his client’s property by the Lagos State Government and police’s declaration of Alaka as a wanted individual were actions that trampled on his (Alaka’s) rights.

The petition partly reads: “We affirm that originating processes in the matter have been served on the respondents since August 2017 and this case had come up for hearing once before a vacation judge and twice before Justice Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division.

“The respondents were not only absent on those occasions but have failed, neglected or refused to file any processes in response to our client’s case against them.

“It is shocking how the respondents have again come to the public declaring our client, who is an applicant before a superior court of record, wanted over the allegation of Badoo cult killings.

“Even though we are putting our papers together to seek a legal remedy against the unlawful sealing of our client’s property, we have resolved to exhaust all available administrative remedies in the light of the recent events that have concretised our suspicion that Imohimi has a personal axe to grind with our client.”

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