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Police cautions Lagosian against lawlessness, fireworks ahead X-mass

By Abolaji Adebayo

The Nigeria Police force (NPF) has warned the residents and visitors to Lagos state to be cautious of their safety during the forthcoming festive period, warning them to be law abiding and refrain from the use of industrial fireworks during yelutide, while assuring them of utmost safety amid tight security across the length and breadth of the State during the yuletide season.

The Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, warned that the command would not tolerate lawlessness or any act that might conflict with peaceful conduct that the state is known for.

The CP, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Chike Godwin Oti, on Tuesday, particularly urged residents to be vigilant and celebrate moderately during the festive period, just as he restated that additional batches of arms police officers would be deployed throughout volatile areas in the State to ensure safety.

The CP expressed satisfaction with the cooperation that the command has been receiving from the state government, corporate and religious institutions especially during the organization of major outdoor functions such as The Experience concert and the Lagos Street Carnival, noting that their successes underscored the capacity of security, traffic management and emergency rescue operative machinery in the state and the commendable model of social and religious tolerance in the state.

He however commended the support from the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and other security agencies including the Neighbourhood Safety Corps. For their cooperation and supports.

While assuring of maximum security during the One Lagos Fiesta and other events slated throughout December across the state, Edgal said it was important for the people to be vigilant, celebrate moderately and pass on useful tips to security agencies.

He also promised that all emergency numbers would be fully operational, soliciting the cooperation of the citizens in ensuring a safe and crime-free December in Lagos state.

The CP, at the last monthly Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Ambode assured that adequate security measures have been put in place for residents and visitors to experience a peaceful yuletide season.

Already, Edgal said arrangements have been made to increase police presence across the State especially in areas experiencing traffic congestion due to ongoing construction in various parts of the State.

He added that due to influx of people into the state during the festive period, there is likely to be criminal elements who may want to take undue advantage of such to perpetrate crime, but that efforts have been made to nip such incidents in the bud.

He also threatened that any resident who sell, distribute or use industrial fireworks would be arrested and charged to court, saying that the ban on such is still very much in force.

Nigerian Police seeks Army cooperation to boost security

By Newsdesk

The Nigerian Police has stressed need for inter- law enforcement agency collaboration, to ensure peace and harmonious relationship among ethnic groups in Akwa Ibom state.

Emphasizing on the need for the cooperation, the police argued that security officers and service personnel must be united and remain focused to make the country achieve the status of an indivisible nation.

The Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Donald Awunah, made the call during a courtesy visit to Commanding Officer, Six Battalion, Nigeria Army, Lt.-Col. S. U. Abubakar.

Awunah hinted that the State Police Command under his watch would ensure that residents have adequate protection for life and property, adding that his visit was to extend his command hand of fellowship to officers and men of the battalion.

He said the visit was timed to build on the existing cordial relationship between the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army in the state because conflicts will send wrong signals to the populace and law enforcement community.

According to him, the police and the army have been working together since the days of African Volunteer Force and the Hausa Constabulary of 1861.

Awunah said that the collaboration and synergy would reduce crime and make the security of the nation easier, assuring the Commanding officer of his open-door policy and the willingness of the police command under his watch to ensure adequate protection of life and property.

Responding, Abubakar said that the need for such interaction, synergy and collaboration between sister security agencies could not be over emphasized.

Abubakar said that cooperation between security agencies was very important in gaining trust and confidence of Nigerians, just as he commended the commissioner of police for his quick response to issues and accessibility to other security agencies, adding that his proactive nature has helped to reduce crime in the state.

Group demands Peace Corps Commandant release

By Newsdesk

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called for release of the National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh, who was allegedly accused of conspiracy and extortion.

The Nasarawa State chapter, NYCN Chairman, Mohammed Bako, who made the appeal on Thursday at a news conference in Lafia, criticized recent attack on the corps headquarters by personnel of Nigeria Police Force and Department of State Security (DSS).

Bako also condemned subsequent arrest of national commandant of the corps and other principal officers of the organisation by security operatives.

According to him, the ugly incident by police and DSS is coming on peak of the passing of Bill of Nigerian Peace Corps by National Assembly.

“The bill is only awaiting presidential assent. Peace Corps is a Voluntary Youths Organisation (VYO-NGO) affiliated to NYCN with the primary aims and objectives of training teeming youths of Nigeria in civil education and duties, volunteerism and community service for nation’s benefit.

“Instead of police to seek for collaboration with Peace Corps in bridging gap of insecurity in the country, they engaged on this illegal action of closing Peace Corps office and detaining their principal officers.

“This development is unprovoked, unwarranted and therefore illegal, and hence generating undue animosity between Peace Corps, police, DSS and therefore condemnable,” he elucidated.

Bako said further that Youth Council in Nasarawa is calling on well-meaning Nigerians and indeed youths to appeal President Muhammadu Buhari, to append his signature to bill and finally put to rest the controversy.

According to him, bill would go long way in enhancing peaceful co-existence, help in augmenting efforts of security agencies as well as fight high rate of unemployment and crime in the country, if signed into law, among other benefits.

Bako explained that bill would also avail employment opportunity to army of unemployed youths across all states and local government areas of federation been the change mantra of present administration on job creation.

The state youth council chairman therefore called on its members in the state to be wary of a certain organisation called National Unity and Peace Corps, pointing out that it is not the same as the Peace Corps and it is not known to the council.

He also urged Nigerians especially youths to live in peace, be law abiding, respect constituted authority, vigilant, responsible and productive in support of genuine efforts towards nation building.

It would be recalled that Akoh and other principal officers at the organisation headquarter in Abuja were arrested in February, by a combined team of security operatives.

Akoh, who is facing trial on alleged conspiracy and extortion, was also accused of using unauthorized uniforms and training facilities.

Eight-month-old baby, four others die after Man sets house ablaze

Tragedy struck in Oyo State after a 26-year-old man identified as Monday Daniel, allegedly set a building ablaze, burning to five persons including an eight-month-old baby to death and injured two.

The deceased were: Blessing Samuel Ode (3), Friday Samuel Ode ( 8 months), Mummy Ogbada ‘f’ (10), Daddy Ogbada (6) and Ogunma Ogbada (46) were burnt to death.

It was gathered that the suspect had 24 hours before the tragedy approached a member of the family seeking for financial assistance to embark on a journey to an undisclosed destination. But his request was turned down.

The suspect was said to have been angered by the snub. He allegedly came back in the early hours of Sunday and set the house on fire.

Eyewitness said that Monday set the building at Budo Alaka village in Kisi area of Oyo State around 2.35 a.m on Sunday ablaze.

After setting the structure ablaze, Monday flee from the scene leaving the children to burn to death. But resident argued that he had been arrested.

Confirming his arrest, the Oyo Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adekunle Ajisebutu, said that there were two
survivors, namely Samuel Daniel Ode (24) and Mariam Samuel Ode (21), adding that they were receiving treatment at Muslim Hospital in Kisi.

The Oyo PPRO said that the suspect upon interrogation confessed to the crime but claimed he did not know what came over him.

Ajisebutu told newsmen that the case would soon be transferred to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Iyaganku in Ibadan for further investigation

Boko Haram terrorists kill one officer, injure another in Borno

By Newsdesk

The Borno State Police Command has confirmed killing of a policeman after suspected Boko Haram terrorists ambushed a patrol vehicle in Biu Local Government Area of the state.

The Spokesman of the command, Victor Isuku, made the confirmation in a statement in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He explained that the team was able to repel the attackers who ran into bush with some of them sustaining injuries.

“A police patrol vehicle from Biu Area Command on investigation activity to Maiduguri, was ambushed and attacked by persons reasonably believed to be Boko Haram terrorists at Kubuwa village in Damboa Local Government Area.

“The team fought gallantly, and were able to repel the attackers who ran into the bush with some of them sustaining injuries. However, we lost a policeman, while another sustained gunshot wounds. He said.

Isuku said that the victim and fallen policeman were taken to general hospital, Damboa, adding that the injured policeman was responding to treatment.




Police kills suspected robber in Kano

By Newsdesk

The Kano State police command’s anti-robbery operatives have killed a suspected armed robber and arrested one after engaging in a gun duel with the robbers.

The spokesman of the State Police Command, Magaji Majiya, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Kano on Wednesday.

Majiya said the incident happened on Sunday at Yandutse village in Bichi local government area of the state, adding that the suspects attacked a family and robbed them of N750,000 and other valuables.

“On January 29, at about 0430hrs, one Ibrahim Mohammed of Rimin Kebe quarters criminally conspired with three others while armed with locally made pistols and other dangerous weapons.

“The suspects stormed a residence at Yandutse Village, Bichi LGA in Kano, attacked a family and robbed them of N750,000 cash and other valuables.” The police spokesman said.

Majiya stated that a good Samaritan alerted policemen who responded promptly, blocked all exits from the village and intercepted the robbers.


Police arrests Biafra newspaper publisher, nine others over alleged sedition

By Newsdesk

The Lagos State Police command has arrested publisher of Biafra Times and nine others for allegedly publishing and circulating seditious and malicious publication in the state.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who made the disclosure while parading the suspects on Monday, said 515 copies of the offending newspaper were recovered during a raid on a printing press in Shomolu, Lagos.

He said the printing press has been shut and the environment is being monitored, adding that the offence is punishable under  Criminal Law of Lagos State.

The commissioner informed that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as detectives finished interrogating them.

Speaking to journalists, the arrested publisher, however said he had no intention to promote disunity and disharmony among Nigerians.

“I love my country and I love my president. My intention is not to fight my country; I just want to pass out information to those who have no access to the Internet.

“I usually go on the Internet to source for information and publish. I have other papers on sports and social life which I publish,’’ he said.

The prime suspect said he had been publishing for the past eight years but only specialised in Biafra Times three months ago.

“I decided to specialise on Biafra Times when I discovered it is always a sell-out anytime we published stories about eastern parts of the country.

“Sometimes, I go to newspaper vendors and hear people requesting for Biafra Times. We usually print about 5000 copies which we sell for N100 nationwide,” he said.

In another development, Owoseni told journalists that the command was aware of a proposed demonstration which popular artiste, Tuface Idibia planned to lead.

He said that the command was yet to be officially notified and assured that the police would not allow unscrupulous elements to hijack the protest.


Men sighted in Kwara are victims of armed bandits- Group

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

The Chairman, Kwara State Chapter of Miyeti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Usman Adamu has disclosed identity of some Fulani men sighted in Agbeyangi in Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state.

Adamu while speaking with journalists in Ilorin yesterday, denied that they were fleeing members of dreaded Boko Haram contrary to media reports, adding that the strangers were victims of armed bandits from a camp in Shiroro, Niger State.

He said that it has been established that they were attacked by unknown assailants, who reportedly slaughtered two of their children, which prompted their quick vacation of the camp to seek asylum in the state.

Adamu, however, explained that there was no prior notification on their coming to the state and it could not harbour such strangers despite fact that they are Fulanis.

He stated that he had communicated his counterpart in Niger State, who also confirmed the attack on them by the unknown assailants.

Adamu said he visited Agbeyangi Community with Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Oke-Oyi, Headquarters of Ilorin East Local Government; community head and Oba Ajara, where it was confirmed that they are not of questionable characters.

“Before now, I heard that they are Boko Haram but from my investigation, I called the Miyeti-Allah Chairman of Niger State to ascertain where they came from, and he said, they are not Boko Haram.

“He said armed robbers attacked them in their camp in Shiroro Local Government. The attackers were said to have killed two of their children and demanded N10million from them before they can be allowed to return and live in the camp.

“That is why they vacated the camp in Niger State and relocated to Kwara State as a matter of emergency.” he said.




NUJ demands immediate release Borno journalist

By Newsdesk

The Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ) National Secretariat, has added to list of those kicking against incarceration of publisher, National Trail Newspapers, Inuwa Bwala by  Borno state Police Command.

It was gathered that Bwala was arrested over alleged attempted murder of the Borno state deputy governor, Usman Mamman Durkwa in Marama town of Hawul local government area of the state two years ago.

In statement released by NUJ National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman, the body revealed that, there was no clear case against Bwala, as the publisher was not on ground when the said incident occurred,

Leman added that, there was also no confirmation whatsoever that any witness had testified on the claim anywhere.

The statement reads “Instead, it was Durkwa that was said to have taken political thugs to Marama to harass the people in his usual manner just as he did to Senator Muhammed Ndume recently, a situation which earned him beating by the people of Marama,”

“We, therefore, condemns in strong terms the continued detention of Inuwa Bwala by the Borno State Police Command at the instance of the Deputy Governor, Dukwa. We call the immediate and unconstitutional release of Bwala from this politically motivated detention,”


Plateau Assembly condemns attack on police station

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

The Plateau State House of Assembly has condemned recent attack by unknown gunmen on Kanam Divisional Police Station that claimed life of a police officer.

The condemnation followed a motion on adjournment moved by the Assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Gagdi, at Tuesday’s plenary.

It would be recalled that in early hours of yesterday, some gunmen stormed the police station and carted away seven AK47 riffles and the hoodlums also freed many detainees from the station.

The Deputy Speaker said the incident has thrown entire people of the area into mourning, urging residents to be security conscious.

“Kanam, as we all know, is a home of peace and hospitality; we are peaceful people who tolerate each other’s religion and way of worship.

“But the incident that erupted in the locality in the early hours of Monday is quite devastating, especially because of the life of the officer that died and the riffles carted away.

“Mr Speaker, I want to use this medium to urge our people to be security conscious, especially now that the Boko Haram elements have been dispersed from the Sambisa forest.

“We all know the difficult terrain of the locality; it boarders Bauchi and Gombe states, and I feel the exit routes between the area and the various communities in those states are very porous.

“If gunmen would come to a place like Kanam and their target is not to collect money from the rich businessmen, but the police station and riffles, then something is seriously wrong.

“So, I call on this honourable House to direct that security agents be stationed in the boarder communities. Today its Kanam tomorrow it can be other parts of the state,” Gagdi said.