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No herdsmen attack on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway –Police

The Ogun State Police Command has refuted the alleged attack by herdsmen on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The disputed information had trended on the social media all day on Wednesday.

The Police also asked members of the public to disregard a purported anonymous security alert letter allegedly written by nameless student group urging students and the public not to use the route.

The faceless group was said to have also posted a simulated voice recording on social media in which some people cried and pleaded with their alleged attackers not to kill them.

The police said the picture attached to the post was that of an accident which occurred about eight years ago, precisely on the 31st of July 2010; while the purported voice recording was stage-managed.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the Command responded in order to allay the fear of the public and to proffer authentic security situation on the axis.

He said, “There is no attack by herdsmen or any other group in all the stretch of expressways across and within Ogun State.

“We make bold to say that the alleged attack being posted on social media is a lie.

“The picture attached to the post is that of an accident which occurred about eight years ago, exactly on the 31st of July 2010, while the purported voice recording was a stage-managed.”

Oyeyemi said the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was one of the busiest roads in Nigeria, and the Command was not oblivious of that fact, and had always provided adequate security arrangement along that corridor.

He, however, advised that any suspicious movement or gathering should be reported to the police and other sister security agencies, as quickly as possible.

The letter purporting herdsmen attack on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Police officer shoots superior dead over girlfriend

Police in Adamawa State have confirmed the death of a sergeant from gunshot by a corporal, allegedly following a feud over a girl.

The spokesperson of the police in the state, Othman Abubakar, confirmed the death of the officer “over a minor disagreement.”

The incident happened at a bar in Madagali Local Government Area of the state.

A witness who refused to be named said the two officers had a spat over the girl said to be an alcohol seller and the girlfriend of the corporal.

“They had a hot argument had on Tuesday over one alcohol seller who is girlfriend to Corporal Adamu. She had complained that late Sergeant Timothy did not pay a N100 bill for his drink.

“He initially took a shot of a local gin and demanded for another shot. This situation provoked Corporal Adamu, who warned Sergeant Timothy to be careful with his utterance to his girlfriend or he would be dealt with mercilessly.

“And true to his words, Corporal Adamu cocked his rifle and shot Timothy, killing him on the spot and causing pandemonium,” the witness said.

Police spokesperson, Mr. Abubakar said that an officer “shot his colleague over a minor disagreement.”

“Reports from the area indicated that it was on Tuesday morning at about 11 : 00 a.m, when Corporal Bala Adamu and his colleague late Sergeant Emmanuel Timothy attached to 13 Squadron Police Mobile Force, Makurdi on special duties in Madagali, engaged each other in a hot argument that resulted to the corporal killing the sergeant with his rifle.”

He said the corporal had been arrested ,while the corpse of the slain officer had been deposited at the Yola Specialist Hospital Mortuary.

“The case has since been referred to the Criminal Investigation Department, Cid, at the state headquarters and investigation has commenced,” Mr. Abubakar said.

Police arrest 52 Shi’ites, ‘recover petrol bombs’

Fifty-two members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) have been arrested in Abuja.

The Abuja police command, which announced this in a statement on Wednesday, said it recovered “some bottles of improvised petrol-bomb” from the IMN members who were demanding the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, their leader.

Earlier on Wednesday, the police cracked down on the IMN members, popularly known as Shi’ites.

An unconfirmed number of persons were injured during the incident which occurred at Area 2 junction, Abuja.

Giving reasons for the clampdown, the police said the Shi’ites “went on rampage and were attacking innocent citizens including police operatives”.

“The FCT police command has arrested some members of the sect and recovered some bottles of improvised petrol-bomb, stones and catapult used by members of the sect to attack police operatives and damage police operational vehicles,” the police said in a statement.

The command also added that the Shi’ites’ protest, which started on Monday, “is constituting a serious security threat to the peace of the federal capital territory”.

The statement, signed by Anjuguri Manzah, the command spokesman, added: “In view of the current security situation in the country, the command wishes to unequivocally state that while it will continue to be professional in the discharge of its constitutional and statutory roles; and equally recognise the rights of citizens to express their lawful grievances, the command will not fold its arms and watch some persons hold the capital city to ransom by disrupting government and legitimate business activities.

“In view of the foregoing, the command wants to state that any person or group of persons arrested for violating the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution while registering their protest will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the appropriate section(s) of the law.

“Meanwhile, the fifty-two (52) members of the El-Zakzaky group arrested by police operatives during the violent protest that left some policemen with injury will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.”

Army recruits, policemen clash in Ekiti

A group of newly trained army recruits of Ekiti State origin on Thursday clashed with police officers in Ado-Ekiti, following disagreements over what was believed to be extortion of motorists by the soldiers.

In the process, the soldiers beat up and stabbed a police corporal, Abdulkadir Yakub, who had challenged their illegal activity at the Fajuyi Roundabout.

A witness said Mr. Yakub, a traffic police officer posted at the roundabout, was attacked after he challenged the soldiers for extorting money from motorists and causing a traffic gridlock.

Mr. Yakub reportedly sustained deep cuts in the head and buttocks, as he was said to have been stabbed by one of the recruits.

Witnesses said the young soldiers, who were about 17 in number, were returning from the governor’s office after a courtesy visit to Governor Ayodele Fayose when they stopped at the roundabout and started extorting motorists.

Another police corporal, Monday Agom, who paired Mr. Yakub at the post, recalled that the incident occurred at about 2.00 p.m., after Mr. Yakub pleaded with the soldiers not to cause a traffic gridlock by their activity at the roundabout.

“One of the soldiers stopped a man in mufti who happened to be a policeman right in his car and demanded the car key, while Yakub was trying to pass him to allow for the next person in line, so as to free traffic which was already building up,” Mr. Agom explained.

“Yakub then explained to him (the attacker) that the man he stopped is a police officer and that he should allow him to go as stopping him there would cause hold-up.

“This statement infuriated the soldier who immediately slapped Yakub, before bringing out a jack-knife with which he started cutting him at several parts of the body.

“I then joined other people to rescue Yakub from the soldier, who was shouting ‘I will kill you, idiot; I will kill you, idiot.”

He added that other soldiers also joined in punching Yakub who was already dripping with blood.

The situation degenerated when mobile police officers whose station was close to the scene, mobilised themselves and attacked the soldiers in reprisal.

It was learnt that one of the soldiers also sustained head injuries in the fracas.

A captain in Charge of Army Operations in Ekiti, Joshua Zoaka, who raced to the scene to save the situation was said to have been attacked during the fight, as the police officers confronted his team with tear-gas.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Alberto Adeyemi, a superintendent of police, said the incident had been reported to the Brigade Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure, Ondo State.

“The soldiers, numbering 17, who were Ekiti State indigenes, just came back from a recruitment exercise in Zaria, Kaduna State and were in governor’s office for possible assistance from the governor,” said the police spokesman.

“They chose to make some money by stopping motorists at the Fajuyi roundabout, during which arguments arose with traffic wardens on duty, one of which they stabbed with a jack-knife.

“However the situation is under control as the Brigade Commander, Akure Division, was contacted and has come to pick up the recruits to face possible departmental questioning and sanctions.”

Kidnappers abduct four, kill one in Niger – Police

The Niger Police Command on Monday announced the kidnapping of two persons each from Zazzaga and Masuku villages.

The acting Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASP Peter Sunday, disclosed this in a statement in Minna.

He said that the act occurred in Munya and Shiroro Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr. Sunday said the abductors also shot dead one Sale Danjuma who tried to prevent the gunmen from kidnapping the two victims in Zazzaga village.

The spokesperson named the kidnapped girls in Masuku village as Shekto Ali and Mai’aba Shehu,

Mr. Sunday said that the command has deployed law enforcement agents to the areas to fish out the victims and arrest the perpetrators.

‘‘We have deployed plain-clothes operatives and uniformed policemen to work round the clock to enable us rescue those in the custody of the abductors as well as arrest the hoodlums and bring them to justice.’’

He appealed to residents of the state to assist the command with necessary information that would lead to the arrest of undesirable elements.
(NAN)

JUST IN: Police ‘bow to pressure’, release BudgIT’s tracking officer

 

The police have released Moses Motoni, a tracking officer of BudgIT, a civic tech organisation.

Motoni was reportedly arrested under controversial circumstances on Tuesday.

BudgIT had blamed Sani Mohammed, senator representing Niger south, and Faruk Muhammadu, lawmaker representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha constituency in the lower legislative chamber, for the arrest.

The organisation said the lawmakers were irked over its sensitisation of citizens on constituency projects in Bida, Niger state.

News of Motoni’s detention had sparked criticism amid the #EndSARS campaign. Prominent Nigerians, including Oby Ezekwesili, co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls movement, had called for his immediate release.

On Wednesday, the police released a picture of Motoni with Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the force.

“Moses Motoni is alive, healthy and in good condition. He was not arrested by SARS Operatives and he’s being granted bail,” read a statement by the police.

“Mr. Moses Motoni was not arrested by SARS Operatives but by a Police Team on the case of Inciting Public Disturbance reported against him which occurred on the 1st and 2nd of December, 2017 at Gbako, Tandzun and Bida Villages on Federal Constituency Project.

“The matter is under investigation as Mr. Moses is been released on bail. The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood visited him.

“Subsequently, Moses has been asked to reach out to his office and relative to come take him on bail.”

IGP promises to return Obiano’s security aides after election

Ibrahim Idris, the inspector-general of police, says the withdrawal of the security aides attached to Anambra governor Willie Obiano was to prevent the re-occurrence of past elections.

Idris gave the explanation during election stakeholders’ forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday in Awka.

Obiano had during the forum raised the alarm that he woke up on Tuesday morning to find that his ADC had been directed by the police high command to vacate him.

He said the directive had put his life in danger, describing the act as an unacceptable and unfair treatment to his person and office.

The governor noted that his standing for re-election did not remove the fact that he was the chief security officer of the state.

But the IGP said the withdrawal was based on the previous experience whereby the military caught an ADC to an unnamed governor escorting a vehicle loaded with arms on election day.

“We do not mean anything bad to Anambra governor on this action; his ADC will be returned to him early Sunday morning after the governorship election on Saturday Nov.18.

“We have equally withdrawn all the policemen attached to political appointees, local government chairmen and others in Anambra till after the election,” he said.

Idris also said the police force had deployed 26,000 personnel, 300 vehicles, three helicopters and 15 gunboats for the poll.

 

Students clash with policemen in Ibadan

 

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said four policemen have been hospitalised following the injuries they sustained during a clash with students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday.

Odude added that eight police vans were also damaged in the clash.

The students had trooped to the Ibadan-Abeokuta road as early as 6.30am, blocking the main road linking Oyo and Ogun states, with many road users forced to take alternative routes to their destinations.

It was learnt that the school’s rector invited the Police when the students blocked the main road.

The students were said to be protesting against the school’s management, specifically calling for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr. Babajide Adenekan.

They said the call became imperative following alleged disagreement between Adenekan and members of the school’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Non Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.

A lecturer in the school who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the other staff members, said the issue had been on for more than a year.

The source said, “There has been clashes between the provost and lecturers of the school.

“Some lecturers have been suspended and reinstated, while some claimed their allowances were withheld by the provost illegally. The claims are many.

“But this time, the students decided to express their grievances over the provost’s administrative style, which they blamed for the several strikes and unnecessary delays in the school’s academic calendar.

“They are also calling for the removal of the provost.”

The students claimed that the police shot at them during the protest, with some of them allegedly sustaining gunshot injuries.

They also claimed that a lecturer was injured in the melee.

While revealing that the Police had arrested five students for their involvement in the clash, Odude confirmed that there had been several meetings between the school authority, the students and the Police on how to resolve the unending crisis in the school.

“It has been an off and on situation. We have been on this for the past six months, meeting them and trying to resolve the issue. We have met the students’ union leaders and the school authority.

“We told the students that they should limit their union activities within the school because once you deprive others the use of public facility, you are against the law.

“Today (Monday), they blocked the main road during protest and we sent policemen there, but they became violent and attacked the policemen.

“Four of them were injured and they are now in hospital. Eight police vans were also destroyed.

“We have to use force to push them back into the school. Being students does not confer the liberty to break laws.

“Those who were arrested will be charged to court after due investigation,” Odude said.

Police arraign Jonathan’s nephew for shooting man at festival

 

The police in Bayelsa State have dragged Mr. Oguanisi Akpufu, a nephew to former President Goodluck Jonathan, to the Magistrate’s court at Kolo in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

Akpufu was arraigned for allegedly shooting and injuring a 42-year-old man, Mr. Yusuf Bala, during the Odumimom (masquerade) festival at Otuoke, Jonathan’s hometown, on October 28, 2017.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the development, said the police filed criminal charges against Akpufu on November 3.

Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said the suspect would be charged to a High Court for another undisclosed offence.

Butswat said: ”On October 28, 2017, at about 1500hrs, while celebrating the Odumimom festival at Otuoke, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State, one Oguanisi Akpufu, male, 45 years old, accidentally shot one Yusuf Bala, male, 42, in the left leg.

”The victim (Bala) is undergoing medical treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa. The suspect has been arraigned in Magistrate’s Court, Kolo, on 3 November, 2017, and he will be subsequently charged to High Court for another offence.”

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Asuquo Amba, while confirming the incident on Wednesday during a parade of some criminals, said the suspect, who was arrested by policemen attached to Kolo Police Division, was moved to the Serious Crimes Unit of the state’s police command in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Police reveal masterminds of Ozubulu Church massacre

The police in Anambra state have uncovered the masterminds of August 6th, 2017, Ozubulu church massacre.

The incident which occurred at St. Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state is said to have left sad memories as well as fear of the unknown in the community.

Briefing newsmen at the command headquarters on Wednesday in Awka, the state commissioner of police Garba Baba Umar stated that the brutal murder of worshippers at St.Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu was still fresh in the minds of all and sundry, which he noted resulted in the killing of eighteen persons and injuring of ten others.

Umar explained that through discreet investigation and hardwork by the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department of the Anambra state command, two indigenes from Anambra state currently serving jail terms in South Africa for murder, have taken responsibility for the brutal attack.

According to him, the duo vowed that there would be more attacks in the community, if their financial demands for undisclosed reasons were not met. The police commissioner maintained that one Quintos Anayo was mandated to inform elders of Ozubulu community of the likelihood of more attacks by gunmen on inhabitants of the community pointing out that the two persons who masterminded the killings at St.Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu were one prince Charles Obi and Dickson Nwaoji respectively. He said both of them owned up to the commission of the crime.

Umar however emphasized categorically that all identified perpetrators in connection with the crime would be brought to book and that three of the suspects in custody would be arraigned in court for conspiracy and murder with others at large.

The police commissioner also disclosed that the International Police (Interpol) was involved in the investigations and the possible extradiction of the suspects based in South Africa who claimed responsibility for the church massacre would be made.

He therefore assured members of the public that all those who had a hand in the church attack would be fished out; that the state command solicits credible information from home and in the diaspora to bring about the successful completion  and prosecution of the case.