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Buhari orders probe over killing of police officers by soldiers

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Defence Headquarters to investigate the killing of three police officers and a civilian by troops of 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba.

The Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the National Security Council, presided by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Army and Police authorities had on Wednesday constituted a Joint Investigation Panel to investigate the incident.

Sagir Musa, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, in a statement on Wednesday, said the panel would be headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, Mike Ogbizi.

Mr Musa said the panel would jointly investigate and report on the true circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident in order to avert future occurrences.

Mr Abubakar said the council also evaluated the current internal security strategy across the country.

According to him, the council expressed satisfaction with the current efforts aimed at restoring law and order in the country.

“We are making substantial progress in all the areas of conflicts,’’ he said.

On the issue of using technology and drones to fight crimes as earlier pledged to the south-west leaders by the President, Mr Abubakar said technology would continue to play a very critical role in resolving security challenges in the country.

“All the services are using one technology or the other in order to ensure that our country is secured.

“So, security will continue to play a role and we are also looking at other areas of technology that are not currently in use to ensure that we put together all that is required to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians,’’ he added.

The chief of air staff also reassured Nigerians that the armed forces of Nigeria and other security agencies would continue to work to ensure the security of Nigerians and to also ensure that no individual or group of individuals undermine the territorial integrity of country.

NAN reports that the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, had earlier issued a statement that the Police Operatives, led by Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) reportedly came under sudden attack by soldiers along Ibi–Jalingo Road.

Mr Mba said the operatives, who were taking an arrested suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, were shot by the soldiers in spite of sufficient proof that they were police personnel on legitimate duty.

He said three policemen comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds.

According to him, the soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run. (NAN)

Police disclose identities of the officers shot dead by soldiers

The police have released the names and photographs of the three officers shot dead by soldiers in Taraba state.

Frank Mba, force spokesman, had announced the unfortunate incident on Wednesday, narrating how some soldiers opened fire on the deceased officers along Ibi-Jalingo road in the state.

The fallen officers are Usman Danzumi, a sergeant; Dahiru Musa, a sergeant; and Mark Ediale, an inspector.

Mba said the operatives were in Taraba to arrest one suspect simply identified as Hamisu. He said the suspect had been “indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the state”, adding that the soldiers set the suspect free after attacking the policemen.

The army authorities later said the soldiers thought the policemen were kidnappers.

In a tweet on Thursday, the police released the identities of the men who died in the line of duty.

The picture was accompanied with the message: “Where is Espirt De Corps”.

Espirt De Corps is a feeling of mutual loyalty shared among security operatives.

 

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Soldiers kill three policemen, released kidnap kingpin —Force spokesman

The Nigeria Police Force has accused some unidentified soldiers of shooting to death three police officers and a civilian along Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State.

Several other officers were also injured during the attack.

The Police operatives led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team reportedly came under sudden attack while taking a kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo.

The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, explained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that one Police Inspector, two Sergeants and a civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack.

He noted that the errant soldiers shot the policemen despite sufficient proof that they were on legitimate duty. They subsequently released the suspect who is now on the run.

Hamisu, described as a notorious kidnap kingpin, had been on the police wanted list for his complicity in several high profile kidnap cases including the recent abduction of an oil mogul in Taraba State where a ransom of about N100 million was paid.

Mba stated, “The police operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the IRT reportedly came under sudden serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian Army along Ibi – Jalingo Road, Taraba State.

“The police operatives who were taking the arrested suspect, Alhaji Hamisu to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, were shot at several times by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they are police personnel on legitimate duty.

“Three policemen comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries while others sustained serious gunshot wounds.

“The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run.”

The statement disclosed that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Medicals to proceed to Jalingo to ensure the treatment of the injured officers, adding that the remains of the deceased had been deposited in the morgue.

Meanwhile, the Force has commenced full investigation into the incident.

Police arrest popular artiste Tekno over Lekki nude dancing girls

For breaching public decency by conveying half naked girls in traffic, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested popular musician, Augustine Kelechi, aka Tekno.

It was gathered that he was arrested on Tuesday and he is undergoing questioning at the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.

Tekno had something last week conveyed half clad girls, who were dancing seductively, in a transparent glass box on a truck around the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.

In the truck, the musician was seen spraying the scantily dressed girls with money as they danced.

Following the public outcry it generated, the state government reacted swiftly and condemned the move.

In his defence, Tekno said he merely used the truck to convey his crew to a location for a shoot, which was not intended to breach public decency.

Confirming the arrest, the state Police Spokesman, Bala Elkana, a deputy superintendent of police, said he was invited for questioning.

He said: “The command has arrested Tekno and the two girls for conveying half naked girls at the Lekki area of Lagos.

“He is presently undergoing questioning at the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti.

The police said such acts of public indecency is against the criminal code and if after investigation those involved are found guilty, they would be charged to court.

Already, the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency has suspended the advertising firm, Pro-Vision Media Systems Limited.

Police: Why we fired teargas at #RevolutionNow protesters (video)

Tijani Fatai, an assistant commissioner of police, says members of #RevolutionNow movement were dispersed from the National Stadium, Lagos, because they did not seek permission from the police before gathering.

The activists had converged on the stadium ahead of a nationwide protest.

Addressing journalists after members of the movement were dispersed, Fatai justified the use of teargas in dislodging the protesters.

Asked why the police fired teargas at them, Fatai responded: “Because it is an unlawful assembly.”

Below is the video:

Gunshots as policemen, soldiers chase away #RevolutionNow protesters in Lagos

Members of the #RevolutionNow movement who converged on the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday, were forcefully dispersed by soldiers and policemen.

The protesters, who arrived at the stadium around 7am on Monday, for the kick-off of the protest met a detachment of policemen at the entrance of the stadium.

Some soldiers later joined the policemen.

Eliaz Ozikpu, one of the protesters said that he was discussing the protest plans with others when security operatives crossed over the road to meet them.

“We were standing here, while they watched us from the other side. Suddenly, they moved on us and said we can’t talk to the press. We weren’t even talking to the press yet. We were addressing ourselves,” he said.

One of Sowore’s supporters being led to a police van

The protesters, however, started chanting calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the movement who was arrested Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Shortly after, policemen fired teargas and shot into the air to disperse the protesters. Some members of the movement were also arrested.

A policeman, who spoke off the record, said that Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police, ordered that the protesters should be dispersed.

“We have a standing order from the IGP, not even the CP in Lagos can stop us,” he said.

Policemen at the entrance of the stadium

Peter Afunaya, spokesman of the DSS, had told reporters in Abuja on Sunday that Sowore was arrested because he “crossed lines”.

“Sowore has as a matter of fact threatened the peaceful co-existence and social harmony of Nigeria, there is apprehension, there is anxiety, citizens and residents are worried as to what will happen next. We want to use this opportunity to assure law-abiding Nigerians, friends of Nigeria, and citizens of the world, that come tomorrow (today) 5th August 2019, there will be absolute peace in Nigeria, nothing will happen,” he had said.

“There won’t be any revolution, the government that has been elected democratically will be in place, there will not be any forceful takeover of government and the DSS will not stand idly by and watch self serving people take laws into their hands.”

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Police declare planned #RevolutionNow protests treason

The Nigeria police force has described the ‘Revolution Now’ movement as an act of treason and terrorism.

In a statement on Saturday, Frank Mba (pictured), police spokesman, said the movement is a “revolution march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

He warned citizens to desist from joining the planned protest, adding that its sole aim is to “force a regime change in the country”.

“The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land,” Mba said in the statement.

“While acknowledging the rights of Nigerians to embark on protest, the Force wishes to note that such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which clearly is the meaning of ‘revolution’.

“Needless to state that Nigeria is a democratic republic and has well-defined processes for change of government, exercised periodically during various cycle of elections.

“The Force therefore warns the organizers, sponsors, allies, supporters, associates and sympathizers of the group ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria’ to, in their own interest, steer clear of any such planned protest, demonstration, acts of incitement and proposed ‘revolution’, as the full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any individual or group engaged or found participating in the above planned criminal act.”

According to organisers, the ‘Revolution Now’ movement aims to protest “bad governance” in Nigeria.

The movement, spearheaded by a number of activists in the country, has scheduled a nationwide protest from Monday.

One of its leaders. Omoyele Sowore who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the just concluded elections, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday

BREAKING: Gunshots as police, Shiites clash again in Abuja

 

Policemen and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria clashed again by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs following reports that members of the IMN who belong to the Shiite sect were planning to burn down the ministry.

It was learnt that a vehicle was burnt down during the clash while several gunshots were fired during the clash which occurred between 12pm and 1.30pm.

It was observed that while the fracas lasted, operatives of the Department of State Services redirected commuters and motorists to the Muhammadu Ribadu Road to link main Asokoro outside the presidential villa.

The members of the IMN have been protesting against the continued detention of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzakky.

COZA scandal: Police invite Timi, Busola Dakolo over ‘falsehood, criminal conspiracy’

The police have invited Timi Dakolo, singer-songwriter, and his wife for questioning over allegations of falsehood.

According to a letter dated July 18 from the special tactical squad of the inspector-general of police (IGP), the police is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, mischief and threat to life.

The couple were directed to report on July 23 for an interview.

In June, Busola, celebrity photographer, had alleged that she was raped by Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) at the age of 16.

Although Fatoyinbo denied the allegation, the pastor stepped aside for the issue to be investigated.

On Saturday evening, the ‘Great Nation’ singer raised an alarm about men carrying guns arriving at his residence.

The men, who were allegedly from the IGP’s special tactical force, were said to have arrived in a vehicle with number plate BR932KSF.

Sharing a picture of the letter of invitation on his Instagram page, the singer alleged that the officers forced their way into his house to harass his family.

“This office is investigating a case of Criminal Conspiracy, Falsehood, Mischief and Threat to life that your name was mentioned,” the letter read.

“You are kindly requested to interview the undersigned officer on 23/07/2019 by 1000hrs for fact-findings, through DSP. Ibrahim Agu with telephone number 08037864191.”

Dakolo also alleged that a petition submitted by his family in June has not been responded to.

Read his statement below:

“Our lawyers had told us to get ready for this letter. We have long been ready for this type of institutionalized intimidation and dirtiness,” he said.

“Investigating officials have frustrated as a result of underhand delay? Dirty bloggers are fabricating things that cover the truth, going to the IG’s people under dark to force this case to be posted to Abuja?

“Now this: a false investigation in Abuja when our own petition filed since June has not been answered and NO INVITATION HAS BEEN MADE TO THE ACCUSED IN A RAPE CASE????! NOT ONE MOVEMENT TOWARDS JUSTICE??? Rubbishing the legal and criminal system?

“And sending a busload of questionable armed “policemen” and shady men lying in wait to intimidate my wife and children today, forcing their way into my home? Is that how the REAL police deliver a letter?

This is why all the hurting women and families haven’t come out with HORRIBLE THINGS DONE TO THEM???!!

“You picked the wrong one and you picked the wrong time. Nigerians are more awake than you think.

“I will fight for my wife and my children -it’s the promise I made with my life and one I intend to keep. I will defend them from the unrelenting attack of a weak man who thinks he can use money and power to cover for all of his crimes. Like I said, we have since been ready. GIVE US THE FIRE, THEN WATCH ME WORK!

 

Again, Shi’ites clash with police in Abuja

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) better known as Shi’ites clashed with the police at the federal secretariat, Abuja, on Thursday.

The IMN members who clashed with policemen during a protest at the national assembly on Tuesday, returned to the streets of Abuja on Thursday.

Wielding placards and chanting anti-government songs, the protesters demanded the immediate release of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, their leader.

They had converged on the federal secretariat and were marching towards Eagle Square when they were intercepted by armed anti-riot policemen.

A witness said that trouble started when the police demanded to speak with leaders of the protesters and two men: Nura Marafa and Mujaid Mohammed, who came forward were arrested.

In annoyance, the Shi’ites were said to have attacked the policemen who opened fire and also used teargas on them.

Workers at the secretariat reportedly fled in different directions in order to avoid being caught in the incident.

While debating on the action of the Shiites at the house of reps on Wednesday, some lawmakers called on the federal government to release Zakzaky in order to prevent the sect from degenerating into another Boko Haram.

Different courts have ordered the release of the Shi’ite leader but the federal government has not complied with the orders.

Onofiok Luke, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rep from Akwa Ibom state, said it is unfortunate that the federal government has continued to disobey the orders to release the IMN leader.

“If the court has given an order for the release of the man, we should cal on the government to release him. The discourse should not be on the invasion of the national assembly alone,” he had said.

 

Senator Abbo granted bail after spending night in custody

The Federal Capital Territory police command has granted bail to Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north.

According to Premium Times, Bala Ciroma, the state police commissioner, said Abbo was allowed to go home around noon on Friday after meeting “a set of administrative conditions for his bail.”

The senator had honoured police invitation over the assault of a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Abuja.

He turned himself at the headquarters of the FCT police command on Thursday evening.

The senator has been under fire since a video where he was seen hitting an attendant repeatedly at a sex toy shop in Abuja went viral.

The video had sparked outrage, with many Nigerians calling for the prosecution of the lawmaker. Subsequently, Mohammed Adamu, inspector general of police, had ordered that a comprehensive investigation be carried out on the incident.

Ciroma did not disclose the specific terms of the bail but a police source was quoted as saying the conditions were “stringent enough to secure his return to the investigators as may be necessary”.

Another police source reportedly said it was unclear when the senator would be charged to court because preliminary findings were not sufficient to file charges.

“We need to do a forensic analysis of the CCTV footage that is in circulation, but this may take about a week or two to conclude,” the source was quoted to have said.

Police IG orders arrest of Sen. Elisha Abbo, orderly for assaulting sales girl

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of the Senator Elisha Abbo and his orderly for allegedly attacking a sales girl in Abuja.

Investigations are currently ongoing at the Federal Capital Territory police by an investigative team set up by the Police Force headquarters in Abuja.

The news of the attack went viral after a video recorded by the Close Circuit Television (CCTV), installed in the shop was shared on the social media, an act which is said to have embarrassed the police authorities.

The Police say they are doing everything within their powers to restore dignity to the force, following the conduct of the police orderly attached to the senator.

According to Police sources, the incident actually happened in a sex-toy shop in Abuja, where the senator had gone to make purchases.

The video which has been circulating the internet shows the angry senator beat up the sales girl, and ordered his police orderly to take her away.

Woman, 20, stabs husband to death in Anambra

The police in Anambra State have arrested one Makoduchukwu Ndubisi for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.

John Bosko Ngu was reportedly stabbed on his chest with a sharp knife over a yet to be ascertained feud.

Anambra police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said on Saturday that the corpse of the husband has been deposited at a morgue.

“At about 8am today, police detectives attached to 33 Police Station Onitsha arrested one Makoduchukwu Ndubisi, 20, of No 16 Donking Street Nsugbe in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State.

“Suspect allegedly had a scuffle with her husband, one John Bosko Ngu, aged 35 years of the same address and stabbed him on his chest with a sharp knife.

“Scene was visited by police detectives and victim rushed to Boromeo Hospital Onitsha for medical attention but was certified dead on arrival by a medical doctor.

“Corpse was deposited at the hospital mortuary for autopsy; exhibit recovered and case is under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” Mr Mohammed said.

UK detectives storm Nigeria over probe of Diezani

Detectives from the UK are currently in Nigeria to gather more evidence in the probe of Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, who has been standing trial on allegations bordering money laundering.

According to The Nation, the detectives, who met with officials the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have been in the country for a week in what appeared a final lap of the investigation.

“It is a major case the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK has been collaborating with the EFCC to probe,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

“A few weeks ago, EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was also in London to compare notes with similar agencies on this case. You will recall that Magu in November 2018 made it clear that Nigeria was tired of waiting for the trial of Diezani by the UK.

“But after the initial issues between EFCC and UK agencies, there were talks which revealed that those at the London end were making painstaking investigations.

“After Magu’s visit to London, the investigation of Diezani assumed enhanced dimension because some grey areas were cleared.

“The coming of the detectives from London was meant to fill some gaps, get additional evidence and crosscheck a few findings on their part.”

The source added that the mutual assistance in criminal matters bill, 2019, signed into law recently by President Muhammadu Buhari, might help in confiscating Diezani’s assets at home and abroad.

“The new law will certainly assist the EFCC and other security agencies in bringing some of these looters to justice,” the source said, adding that the law will hasten EFCC’s action on Diezani and suspicious assets traced to her.

In November, the EFCC had started a process to extradite the former minister, and the following month, the international police issued an arrest warrant for her following a request by the federal government.

Police arrest businessman who planned own kidnap

The police have arrested one Abdullahi Mohammed, a Nasarawa-based businessman, for allegedly planning his own kidnap.

Abubakar Kamal, public relations officer of the Bauchi police command, announced this while parading 86 suspects arrested for various offences across the state.

Kamal said one Tijjani Mohammed of Sabon Fegi in Lafia, Nasarawa, had on May 12, reported to the police that Mohammed, his brother, left home for business in Kano but did not return when he ought to.

He said Tijjani told the police that Abdullahi later called and informed him that he was kidnapped near Gusau in Zamfara state while on the business trip.

Kamal said Abdullahi told Tijjani that the abductors demanded a ransom of N10 million and directed the family to deliver the ransom before he would be released.

He emphasised that Tijjani said the ransom was later reduced to N1 million and the abductors directed that the money be brought to Bauchi.

Kamal said the command operatives attached to anti-kidnapping squad later arrested one Haruna Saidu of Gamawa local government area in Bauchi who had come to collect the ransom.

He said further investigation led to the discovery of the alleged abductor (Saidu), and victim (Abdullahi) at the residence of Saidu.

“Investigation revealed that Abdullahi Mohammed, a businessman, after his businesses collapsed, conspired with his friend Haruna Saidu and staged a false kidnapping in order to force his family to pay ransom,” Kamal said.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation.

This is not the first time that the police would arrest someone who allegedly staged his own kidnap.

Last month Adewuyi Adegoke, a pastor at Methodist Church, Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti state, was arrested after he went into hiding and allegedly planned with one Oluwadare Sunday to demand N3 million ransom from his congregation.

His purported abductors later contacted the church members to demand the ransom, which they insisted must be paid latest by Thursday to prevent the reverend from being killed.

JUST IN: Police storm Oando’s head office, staff denied entry

Staff members of Oando Plc have been forced to stay away from work as policemen stormed the Wings Towers Victoria Island, Lagos head office of the company on Monday morning.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Sunday night that it had set up an interim management team to oversee the affairs of Oando following the order that the company’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wale Tinubu, and other affected board member should resign.

Our correspondent who visited Oando’s Wing Office Complex located on Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, observed policemen numbering over 10 at the entrance of the complex, which houses other companies.

They later moved into the complex.

A staff member, who spoke with our correspondent in confidence, said, “We got a message late last night about the interim management. So for the safety of staff because we are not sure of the way things will go, we did not come to the office.

“Some people still came to work this morning, but if you go to work and you see police everywhere, you are most likely to turn back. Fear will make you turn back and go home. So, that has been the situation.”

Security officers at the complex told our correspondent that some staff members of Oando were denied access to their office at the instance of their (security officers’) supervisor.

SEC said in a statement on Sunday, “Further to our press release on Oando Plc, dated May 31, 2019, the commission hereby informs the public of the constitution of an interim management team headed by Mr Mutiu Olaniyi Adio Sunmonu CON, to oversee the affairs of Oando Plc, and conduct an Extraordinary General Meeting on or before July 1, 2019 to appoint new directors to the board of the company, who would subsequently select a management team for Oando Plc.

SEC had on Friday announced the conclusion of the investigation of Oando and ordered the GCEO of the company, Tinubu, and other affected board members to resign.

The apex capital market regulator also said it barred Tinubu and the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Omamofe Boyo, from being directors of public companies for a period of five years.

The commission said findings from the report revealed serious infractions such as false disclosures, market abuses, misstatements in financial statements, internal control failures, and corporate governance lapses, “stemming from poor board oversight, irregular approval of directors’ remuneration, unjustified disbursements to directors and management of the company, related party transactions not conducted at arm’s length, among others.”

Oando, however, said the “alleged infractions and penalties are unsubstantiated, ultra vires, invalid and calculated to prejudice the business of the company.”

Presidential election tribunal: Police plan traffic diversion over likely APC, PDP clashes

The Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigeria Police Force has planned traffic diversion from routes leading to the venue of the Presidential Election Tribunal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, saying it is to avert possible clashes between supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.

The FCT Command said the traffic diversion on Wednesday would be on the Goodluck Ebele Way and Shehu Shagari Way in the Maitama area where the tribunal is to sit, noting it was part of its “proactive measures to beef up security at the venue.”

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, stated this in a release, that members of the public are advised to use alternative routes to their destinations on Wednesday.

Manzah said, “Ahead of the sitting of the Presidential Election Tribunal at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, the FCT police wish to inform members of the public that there will be a diversion of traffic at Goodluck Ebele Way and Shehu Shagari Way.

“While apologising for the inconveniences this might cause those who ply the said routes to their respective offices and business points, the command states that the gesture is part of proactive measure to beef up security at the venue.

“It is to forestall any act that could disrupt the tribunal sitting and result in the breakdown of law and order; especially clash between supporters of both parties. In view of this development, members of the public are advised to use alternative routes to their destinations on Wednesday. The command reiterates its commitment to the protection of lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory.”

Police kill suspected kidnapper of UBEC Chairman

The Police on Sunday said they had killed the suspected mastermind of the kidnap of the Board Chairman, Universal Basic Education Commission ( UBEC )and his daughter.

Muhammed Mahmood and his daughter were kidnapped on April 29 around Katari Village, along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway and later released.

Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, said in a statement in Abuja that the suspect was killed on Saturday during a shootout with operatives attached to “Operation Puff Adder”.

“A kidnapping kingpin and notorious armed robber, who recently masterminded the kidnap of the UBEC Chairman along Abuja- Kaduna road is dead,”he said.

Mba said the suspect, Sumaila Sule, alias SHAHO, who was in his mid thirties, was a native of Rijana village in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

He explained that the suspect died following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during the shootout.

The spokesman said that the operatives were carrying out routine surveillance when they came under attack from a heavily armed criminal gang at the outskirts of Rijana village.

In a related development, Mba said the police have also arrested four members of Sule’s gang during a follow-up operations.

According to him, the suspects are: Musa Hassan,26, Yau Umar, 25, Umar Musa, 22 and Muhammad Sani, 28 all natives of Rijiana village.

Mba said that Sule and his gang members who have been involved in several heinous crimes along the Abuja- Kaduna highway, have been on the radar of the intelligence community for a while.

He said that a combined team of security operatives have also arrested three suspected kidnappers who have been terrorizing citizens at Mubi axis of Adamawa.

The suspects are: Umaru Ibrahim native of Yadi Buni, Yobe, Abdul Maina, native of Maiha, Adamawa, and Mohammed Abubakar native of Buni Yadi, Yobe.

Mba said one AK 47 rifle and 26 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

He said the suspects have confessed to participating in several kidnapping and armed robbery operations within Adamawa, including the kidnap and collection of a ransom of N7 million from Mallam Abdulahi Umoru of Hong Local Government Area of the state.

“Investigations into these cases are on-going, while efforts aimed at arresting other members of the gangs still at large are being intensified,”he said.

Mba said that the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reassured Nigerians that the war against crimes and criminality would soon be won.

He called for continuous support for the police and other law enforcement agencies, adding that the security agencies would not rest on their oars till normalcy was restored in every part of the country.

Police parade 93 arrested Kaduna-Abuja road kidnappers

The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday paraded 93 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers terrorizing Niger, Katsina and Kaduna States, especially Kaduna-Abuja highway.

It said 35; AK47 Rifles, 21 Dane Guns, 500 live ammunition and a host of other weapons including a Rocket launcher were recovered from the suspects.

Parading the suspects at Katari village along Kaduna-Abuja highway, the Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, said the 93 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers were arrested within the past two weeks in joint operations in Kaduna, Niger and Katsina States.

According to Mba, 35 AK47 Rifles, 21 Dane Guns and more than 500 live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

The Force Spokesman attributed the successful arrests and seizures to Operation Puff Adder launched to clear criminals away from Kaduna-Abuja expressway and Nigeria at large.

DCP Mba who was flanked by the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Aji Ali Janga said, the joint operations comprised policemen from operations, intelligence, technical, counter terrorism and special protection units among others.

He said that the operation was designed largely to tackle kidnapping, robbery and banditry giving Nigerians sleepless nights, adding that the successes recorded so far were huge.

According to him, “The suspects were arrested from Matari Forest, Niger axis and some were pursued to as far as Katsina.

“We are determined to descend very hard on criminals. We recovered 37 AK 47 rifles, 12 locally made guns, a revolver pistol, 60,000 fake US dollars, military uniforms and a foreign made pistol.

“Few days ago, the IG rolled out new counter kidnaping strategy, it would also help us curtail such criminality in Nigeria,” Mba said.

The Force spokesman reiterated that, the Office of the Inspector General of Police provided supervisory and supportive roles to the entire operations.

However, Kaduna Police Commissioner Janga in his own remarks assured farmers in Birnin Gwari and other volatile areas that it is now safe for them to return to their farms.

According to him, the new operations, being conducted in synergy with all the commanders of various units have achieved tremendous success.

“Farmers who farm along Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Birnin Gwari and other volatile areas can go back to their farms, it is now safe”, Janga said.

One of the suspects arrested Isah said, it was his first time of committing the crime, and that, he has never collected any ransom before his arrest.

Another suspect, Salisu Abubakar, who claimed to be a cleric, said he was aware that his clients belonged to criminal gangs, but that he only supported them with “goodluck charms.” but he has never participated in the crime.

Police probe ‘rape of Abuja sex workers’

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command says it has set up a “high-powered team” to investigate the alleged assault of some suspected sex workers by some of its officers.

In April, a joint task force comprising of the department of development control of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), the Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB), and the Social Development Secretariat raided Caramelo, a popular strip club, in the nation’s capital.

The task force also arrested “sex workers” in different parts of the nation’s capital.

Some of those arrested were allegedly molested by some of the police officers who conducted the raid.

One of the ladies said many of the alleged rapists were policemen attached to Utako, Life Camp and Gwarimpa police stations.

Another lady said she was raped by policemen when she could not pay the money they demanded in exchange for her release.

In a statement on Friday, Gajere Tanimu, deputy spokesman of the command, said they have invited some individuals who “may assist in getting to the root of the matter”.

“The attention of FCT police command has been drawn to serious allegations of rape against some of its members on social, print and electronic media,” Tanimu said.

“This was said to have occurred on 27th April, 2019 when some suspected commercial sex workers were raided by the FCTA Joint Task Team comprising of the Department of Development Control, Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB), and the Social Development Secretariat at Caramelo night club, Utako, and also while they were kept at Utako Division.

“The Command as a responsible corporate citizen, views the allegations seriously. Consequently, a high powered team was constituted to investigate the veracity of the allegation.

“In this regard invitations were sent out to relevant individuals that may assist in getting to the root of the matter.

“The command wishes to assure members of the public of its zero tolerance for unprofessional disregard to human rights and stiff punishments will be meted out to erring officers.”