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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.”

Police to start using tasers, stun guns for low-risk duties

Mohammed Adamu, acting inspector-general of police, says the police are in the process of acquiring and deploying less lethal weaponry during operations.

Adamu made this known on Thursday, in Osogbo, Osun state capital, at the inauguration of a zonal security stakeholders’ forum, a community policing concept for the police zone XI comprising Ondo, Osun and Oyo states.

NAN reports that the forum was aimed at galvanising the people of the three states toward identifying and partnering with the police to address peculiar security challenges.

The IGP, who was represented by Taiwo Lakanu, deputy inspector general of police, said he had commenced the process of addressing factors that engender conflict and distrust between the citizens and the police, particularly issues bordering on misuse of firearms and sundry abuses of police powers.

“Toward this end, we are in the process of migrating from total dependence on lethal weaponry as first line of police operations toward acquiring and deploying less lethal weaponry such as taser or stun guns,” said the police IG.

“Under the new policy, personnel on low-risk policing duties like routine patrols, arrest duties, and civil disorder management will be armed with taser guns or stun guns as a strategic approach toward reducing incidents of fatalities associated with misapplication of lethal weapons by the police when faced with low level threats.’’

The IGP also directed that policemen across the country work eight hours daily.

Woman, husband sell their six-hour-old baby for N850,000

Men of the Imo State Police Command have apprehended five members of a child trafficking syndicate who allegedly sold a six-hour-old baby for N850,000 shortly after he was born.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Ladodo, who paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Owerri on Saturday, described the crime as “absurd and irritating.”

Ladodo said the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.

The CP noted that it was unbelievable that the mother of the newborn, Chinonye Oparaocha, 23, conspired with the other suspects to trade the child after delivery.

The other suspects are Confidence Anyanwu, 28; Duru Christian, 38; George Iyowuna, 38, and William Cynthia, 44.

Ladodo said the mother of the baby conspired with a nurse at the hospital where she was delivered of the baby to take the child to Rivers State, where he was trafficked for N850,000.

According to him, it took coordinated intelligence from his men for the baby to be recovered and the suspects arrested.

The CP said, “On February 8, 2019, at an undisclosed clinic on Nekede Road in the Owerri West LGA, one Chinonye Oparaocha was delivered of a baby boy.

“The woman immediately conspired with one Confidence Anyanwu, a nurse and native of Umuhu Okwuato in the Aboh Mbaise LGA, in company with her husband, Amanze Anyanwu (at large), and carried the six hours old baby to Port Harcourt in Rivers State, where one Duru Christian, was standing by.”

The CP explained that at Port Harcourt, Christian in company with Iyowuna, met them and took custody of the baby.

Ladodo said, “George Iyowuna met them at their hideout, took the baby boy and handed him over to a prospective buyer, William Cynthia and her husband, who eventually paid the sum of N850,000.

“On April 13, operatives of the Scorpion Squad of the command, after diligent investigation, arrested these five suspects, including the mother of the baby and the nurse, who delivered her of the baby.”

The CP said the suspects had given useful information to the police, adding that efforts were ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.

Police dismiss Inspector Dania Ojo over Ajegunle Lagos shootings

Inspector Dania Ojo who shot dead one Adaobi Ifeanyi and wounded another, Emmanuel Akomafuwa, in Ajegunle area of Lagos last Saturday, has been dismissed from service and declared wanted.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Inspector Ojo, together with five other policemen had, on April 13, accosted their victims during which he shot Ifeanyi who died on the spot.

Victim of Ajegunle Police shooting, Adaobi Ifeanyi, aka Jessy Gold

The five policemen were, however, subjected to orderly room trial, while Ojo has since been at large.

“On April 13, 2019 at about 7:00am, Police officers attached to Trinity Police Station who were suspected to be involved in the shooting of Adaobi Ifeanyi and Emmanuel Akomafuwa at Akpiri Street, Olodi Apapa, were arrested and detained,” he said

Muazu gave their names as Insp. Adamu Usman, Sgt. Adeyeye Adeoye, Sgt. Kashim Tijani, Sgt. Lucky Akigbe and Sgt. Paul Adeoye.

“Inspector Dania Ojo, who escaped immediately after the shooting was declared wanted. The other Police officers were subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings at the Command headquarters Ikeja.

“Investigation revealed that Inspector Dania Ojo unilaterally carried out the shooting without consideration for laid down procedures on the use of firearm.

“He is, therefore, found guilty of abuse of power, unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority.

“He is thereby dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force and declared wanted. Upon arrest, he will be charged to court for murder,” the CP said.

(NAN)

Abayomi Shogunle asks Nigerians to speak pidgin to policemen to avoid trouble

Abayomi Shogunle, head of the public complaint rapid response unit (PCRRU), says it is better for Nigerians to communicate with police officers in pidgin English.

Commenting on the recent killings of citizens by trigger-happy policemen, Shogunle said communicating with the officers in pidgin will aid better understanding.

Kolade Johnson and Jessy Gold, both residents of Lagos state, were killed by policemen within two weeks.

Shogunle, who tweeted a video where Tunji Disu, commander of the Rapid Respond Squad (RRS) was seen addressing his men in Pidgin, said communicating with policemen in a language they understand will aid better understanding.

In the video, Disu was heard saying Nigerians were not happy that arms bought for officers to protect them are used in killing citizens.

“Sebi we no forget that thing wey dey teach us for academy or police college. Dem talk say it is better to allow armed robber to escape than to kill one innocent person,” Disu said.

Shogunle asked Nigerians to emulate Disu by speaking pidgin to police officers on the road.

According to him, the use of pidgin, rather than “Queen’s English” would save people from trouble with the policemen.

“Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in #Lagos do more of this,” Shogunle wrote.

“#YSGuide: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.”

Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

Nice one 👍.
Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in do more of this.
Source: RRS Lagos
cc: @PoliceNG_CRU: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.

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His comment, has, however, generated controversy on social media, with some accusing him of being unprofessional.

Some questioned if the policemen were trained in pidgin, while others demanded that “learned” people be recruited into the force.

Below are some of the reactions by Nigerians.

Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

Nice one 👍.
Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in do more of this.
Source: RRS Lagos
cc: @PoliceNG_CRU: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.

Dr Uwem Ite@uwemite

Why should I talk to them in Pidgin? Did you use pidgin to recruit and train them?

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Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

Nice one 👍.
Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in do more of this.
Source: RRS Lagos
cc: @PoliceNG_CRU: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.

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Sucre🌹🌹🌹@Sucre_007

Oga can you try and employ learned people instead of all these retired agberos you have given uniforms and guns to?…asking for a friend(for fear of my life)

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Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

Nice one 👍.
Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in do more of this.
Source: RRS Lagos
cc: @PoliceNG_CRU: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.

Westo@westbaba_j

Lols….wonders shall never end….but na the Queen’s English dem dey fear small…i don use am escape dia wahala sometimes…

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Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

Nice one 👍.
Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in do more of this.
Source: RRS Lagos
cc: @PoliceNG_CRU: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.

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Black Hammer@BlackHammer_100

Why should we use pidgin? aren’t the officers educated enough?

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Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

Nice one 👍.
Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in do more of this.
Source: RRS Lagos
cc: @PoliceNG_CRU: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.

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HyperNation!@234feeds

This is a shame on us as a Nation!

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Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

Nice one 👍.
Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in do more of this.
Source: RRS Lagos
cc: @PoliceNG_CRU: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.

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Cali 😎@___Mistercap

Imagine, how do you recruit this people?
In our local communities, when a child is way past wayward , the parents pushes them to join police force. I’m certain it’s the same everywhere, we now see the end products

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Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

Nice one 👍.
Lagos State will be calm if police chiefs in do more of this.
Source: RRS Lagos
cc: @PoliceNG_CRU: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala.

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Mayor Lee 🔌@Iam_Mayorlee

So if we speak “Queens English “, that means they have the right to harass us? Please explain properly.

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Imoh

@ImohUmoren

Things that can get you assaulted by the Police
1. Owning a nice-looking cellphone
2. Speaking Queens English
3. Asking “What did I do wrong?”
4. Standing in front of your house
5. Looking happy
6. Not looking happy
7. Having a tattoo
8. having dreads

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Haruto Itsuki 🇯🇵🇳🇬@godwin_ogabo

Ok I am not understanding Nigeria again so in order not to be killed by SARS officials one must speak pidgin and not the Queens English? So the people that have already been killed by SARS they were speaking British English? Is NIGERIA well at all?

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Ahmed Tijani@PrymeMentalst

If the police can not communicate in queens English then what is the purpose of educational certificate such as WAEC in recruitment?

Defending his stance, Shogunle said he only identified a problem and proferred a solution to it, arguing that there is nothing unprofessional with his tweet.

“What’s unprofessional about me alerting the public to what I’ve known to be a problem over the years! What of first 3 lines in my tweet. The Senior Officer addressing the men had to revert to Pidgin, why did you think he did that?” he wrote.

Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

What’s unprofessional about me alerting the public to what I’ve known to be a problem over the years!
What of first 3 lines in my tweet.
The Senior Officer addressing the men had to revert to Pidgin, why did you think he did that?
You just want traffic to your site cos of advert.

Legit.ng

@legitngnews

Replying to @YomiShogunle and 4 others

No sir, your tweet is unprofessional. As a senior police officer you must be guarded when you engage with the public. Your tweet can further encourage trigger happy policemen. We expect more professionalism from an officer like you. As a media we keep doing our duty to the public

Zamfara police boss says no room for negotiation with bandits,

Zamfara State Police Commissioner, Mr Celestine Okoye, has said that security agents will not negotiate with bandits terrorising  the people of the state.

Okoye made this position known on Sunday in Talata-Mafara while addressing newsmen shortly after a state Security Council meeting.

“When you talk of negotiations, it means the issue has not gone far. We have shut down all avenues of negotiation.

“The bandits should know that we are now going to come in full force and there will be no escape for them.

“Very soon, armed banditry activities will be over in Zamfara, but we will not disclose details of the measures to be used,” he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State has ordered security chiefs in the stare to head field operations in the fight against bandits.

Yari made this known on Monday while addressing newsmen at the end of the state Security Council meeting which held at his private residence in Talata-Mafara.

The meeting, which started at the Government House, Gusau on Saturday, was concluded on Sunday in Talata-Mafara.

“We want to intensify the operations and we concluded that the security will now be closer to their men on the field.

“There will certainly be no room for the bandits. I want to assure Nigerians and the rest of the world that armed banditry and other criminal activities will soon come to an end in Zamfara.

“We will set up camps in all the affected areas so that coordination of the operation can be easier and on target.

“We are going to send the same message to all the other affected states of Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Niger, so that we jointly operate on the same frequency in dealing with the criminals,” he said.

The governor, who commended the recent ban on mining activities in the state by the Federal Government noted that the ban had further frustrated the bandits and their hiding places.

“We have realised  that there is a partnership between the criminals and the miners, because some of the kidnap victims reported that they were kept near mining sites.

“The State Government has never benefitted from any royalties or tax from these miners, so they have not contributed anything towards the development of the state,” Yari maintained.

Police launch Operation Puff Adder, to battle bandits, kidnappers

Criminals in Nigeria were served notice Friday to abandon their nefarious deeds as the Inspector General of Police M.A Adamu launched a security action plan tagged ‘Operation Puff Adder’.

The Operation will be executed in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Department of State Services (DSS).

It involves massive deployment of well-trained, well-equipped and well-motivated personnel and combined operational assets from the various security agencies, is tailored towards ridding the Country of all forms of crimes and criminality.

Under prime focus are Kaduna – Abuja Expressway, Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara States.

During the launch which took place at katari Bishin District, Abuja – Kaduna Expressway, Acting IGP Adamu appealed for public support.

He said no Police Agency anywhere in the world, no matter how well-trained, equipped or motivated, can solely achieve its community security and safety mandate without the support of the community.

He called for the full support and cooperation of the civil populace, particularly, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth associations, market bodies, cultural associations and professionals among others in the fight against criminals especially kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers amongst others.

The IGP also made a special appeal to drivers, commuters and indeed all citizens that may come in contact with Police officers deployed for the Operation to cooperate with them and show understanding in the interest of public safety.

The IGP however, sounded a note of warning to persons who engage in criminal activities, especially along the Abuja – kaduna Expressway, to give-up their nefarious activities and embrace other legitimate means of livelihood or be prepared to face the full consequences of their actions.

The representative of the Village Head of katari, Bishin District, Kaduna State, Gambo G. Gambo commended the IGP for the launch of ‘Operation Puff Adder’ in the area.

Gambo noted that the operation has already begun to yield positive results with the arrest of five (5) armed criminals in the area on 4th April, 2019.

He thanked the IGP and enjoined the officers deployed to the area to ‘‘do good to the good and do bad to the bad’’.

Police arrest killers of LUTH doctor

The Lagos state police command says it has arrested two persons over the death of Stephen Urueye, a medical officer at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba.

Urueye, who graduated from the University of Lagos on Tuesday, was stabbed to death near LUTH on Thursday.

His assailants were said to have seized his personal belongings after inflicting him with serious injuries.

Elkana Bala, public relations officer (PRO) of the command, told TheCable that two suspects identified as Gbadebo Jimoh and Malik Adeboye, were arrested on Friday.

He said men of the Itire division of the command arrested the duo and that they had been transferred to the state criminal investigation department, Yaba, for further interrogation.

Medical students of UNILAG had staged a protest on Friday, lamenting the high rate of insecurity and calling on the school authorities to act.

Meanwhile, the management of LUTH has called for calm.

Kelechi Otuneme, public relations officer of LUTH, said all efforts to resuscitate Urueye both at the accident and emergency ward and later at the intensive care unit failed.

“Members of top management and Specialist Consultants, including the Chief Medical Director were on the ground till late this morning when he passed on,” he said in a statement.

“The matter has since been reported to the police and investigation is ongoing. We implore all staff to be calm and refrain from speculative or inflammatory comments or statements and go about their lawful duties as investigation continues.

“Our heart goes out to his family, colleagues, friends and the LUTH community as we pray that God will comfort us all on this time of great mourning.”

Mba police PRO, 3 CPs, 8912 others promoted

Force Public Relations officer, Assistant Commissioner Frank Mba was among the 8916 police officers promoted Sunday by the Police Service Commission ( PSC).

The spokesman of the commission, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said 71 Assistant Commissioners of Police ( ACP), including Mba, were elevated to the next rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police ( DCP ).

Others elevated are: Ogundare Emmanuel, Alonge Adebowale; Augustina Ogbodo; Ibrahim Abdullahi, Garba Ahmed; Uzuegbu Kanayo, Zubairu Abubakar; Vincent Nwajiofor (works), Polycarp Dibia and Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer. has approved the promotion of 8,916 senior police officers to their next substantive ranks.

Ani said the commission also approved the promotion of three Commissioners of Police ( CPs) to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police. They are: Jona Jackson Mava; Olushola Babajide David and Titus Sumba Larmode.

He said that acting appointments of two CP were also confirmed. The beneficiaries are: Rudolf Echebi Obe, Works and Danladi Lalas, Air Wing.

He said 102 Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs) were also promoted to ACPs.

They are ; Michael Masomene; Egbe Eko Edum; Onyeamu Onyeamu, Dauda Ayuba; Chinedu Ugwu; Moses Gana, Victor Bepeh among others.

He said the commission also promoted 487 Deputy Superintendents of Police ( DSPs) to Superintendents of Police ( SP).

They include Atiku Ibrahim, Personal Assistant to the acting Inspector General of Police, Florence Odewo, Ojo Abraham, Mohammed Idris and Abraham Ogedengbe, among others.

Ani said 1,165 Assistant Superintendents of Polic ( ASPs) were promoted to the next rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police, (DSP).

He said 7,806 Inspectors were also elevated to the rank of ASPs. They are: Chinemelum Bartholomew, Jeremiah Zumnan, Adewale Ajibuwa and Saviour Etetim, among others.

He said the promotions would be conveyed to the acting Inspector General of Police on Monday for implementation

Melaye re-arraigned — 12th time since 2018

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, has been re-arraigned before a high court of the federal capital territory (FCT).

This will be the 12th time the lawmaker would be arraigned before a court since 2018 when he was first charged for lying to the police over an attempt to assassinate him.

At the court on Monday, the senator was re-arraigned for resisting arrest, “tweeting and speaking to journalists from hiding.”

In December, some police officers laid seige to Melaye’s Abuja residence. Then, the police accused him of culpable homicide.

The police said supporters of the senator shot and injured an officer in Kogi in July last year.

He was eventually arrested on the eighth day of the siege to his residence. Before this development, the senator had been arraigned on various counts for arming thugs in Kogi.

However, the charges to which Melaye was arraigned at the court was amended by the federal government.

By this action, the government has taken over the case from the police. Yusuf Halilu, the judge, granted Melaye fresh bail existing conditions.

Halilu has granted the senator bail at least twice since the authorities began arraigning him.

Melaye has repeatedly denied the allegations levelled against him.

BREAKING: Soldiers, policemen clash at INEC head office in Rivers

Soldiers and policemen are currently engaged in a heated argument at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers state.

The argument broke out over who should be in charge of the office which is the state collation center where result of the governorship election will be announced.

More to follow…

Policeman shoots election observer dead in Enugu

A policeman has shot dead an election observer in Umuida community, Enugu Ezike, Igbo-Eze north local government area of Enugu state.

The observer whose identity is yet to be ascertained was shot in the head by the police officer stationed close to the residence of Ayogu Eze, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Ebere Amarizu, spokesman of the Enugu police command, confirmed the incident to journalists.

He attributed it to “accidental discharge”.

The observer was first taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Enugu Ezike before he was transferred to another hospital in Enugu town.

The man was said to have had a confrontation with the policeman at a polling unit metres away from Eze’s residence.

Patrick Egwu, a journalist based in Enugu, told TheCable APC supporters and agents at the polling unit where the observer was killed, confronted journalists and observers.

There is palpable tension within the area following security reinforcement from the army and police.

Eze had asked his supporters to boycott the election after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declined his request for the election to be postponed.

He had asked for more time to campaign because his candidature was confirmed by the court two days ago.

Police stop anti-Tinubu rally in Lagos

Policemen have invaded Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, where some political activists are holding a rally ahead of the March 9 governorship election.

Under the Orange Movement, the group converged on Oramiyan Hall in the hotel to strategise on how to stop Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from having his way in the election.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, candidate of the APC in the election, has the backing of Tinubu.

Some critics of the APC leader and members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have alleged that a win for Sanwo-Olu translates into  a fifth term for Tinubu, who served as governor between 1999 and 2007, and influenced the emergence of Babatunde Fashola, who governed the state between 2007 and 2015.

Tinubu also played a key role in the emergence of Akinwunmi Ambode, incumbent governor of Lagos.

The Orange Movement had adopted “O to Ge”, meaning “Enough is Enough”, a crusade which was used to uproot the political structure of Senate President Bukola Saraki in Kwara state.

A member of the movement said on Thursday that the police said the group did not seek permission from the appropriate quarters before organising the rally.

The policemen are mounting strategic positions in and outside of the hotel.

Police surround venue of Kogi PDP leaders’ meeting

Less than 24 hours to the presidential and national assembly elections, police have surrounded the Lokoja residence of Ibrahim Idris, former governor of Kogi state, where Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in the state are meeting, The Cable is reporting.

The road to the residence, which is behind the government house, has also been cordoned off, making it impossible for other PDP leaders to join the meeting.

A source at the meeting said the PDP stakeholders were perfecting their plans for the elections when security operatives stormed the residence.

“As I speak to you, about 50 armed mobile policemen are mounting strategic position on the street and in front of the house,” the source said.

“They just retreated but their trucks are parked within 100-meter radius.”

It is unclear why the police took action but opposition leaders have raised the alarm that there are plots to deploy security operatives in their stronghold to destabilise the PDP during the elections.

When contacted, William Aya, spokesman of the Kogi police command, said he was unaware of the blockade.

“I am not aware of that. I don’t know anything about it,” he told the paper via telephone.

On Thursday, Kola Ojo, chairman of the PDP in Kogi west senatorial district, said the party had uncovered plans by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to arrest its members, intimidate and cause mayhem all in their attempt to rig the presidential and national assembly elections.

“We make bold to state that while as a party we’re worried by the desperate moves to cause violence, mayhem, arrest PDP members ahead the Saturday’s poll, a plan that would be resisted,” Ojo had said.

Two arrested with 14 sacks of ballot papers in Kano

Two persons in possession of 14 sacks containing ballot papers were arrested in Kano state on Thursday.

Shortly after their arrest, there were reports that the ballot papers were thumb-printed for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

But Haruna Abdullahi,  spokesman of the Kano state police command, denied the report, saying the ballot papers were specimen.

He said the suspects were apprehended with the consignment loaded on a vehicle heading to Jigawa from Kano.

“Let me categorically state that the ballot papers are not thumbprinted and not real. They are just specimen used to enlighten voters in Jigawa state,” he said.

Abdullahi added that the suspects said the ballot papers were in transit to Dutse, Jigawa capital, with the intention to distribute them to the rural areas for election enlightenment.

The spokesman said that the two suspects were under interrogation.

Why we can’t investigate stealing of pants for juju —Police

The Nigeria Police Force says it cannot investigate the stealing of pants for spiritual reasons because there is no evidence.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, said this during a live television programme on NTA, ‘Good Morning Nigeria’, on Friday.

Mba was responding to questions on ritual practices and ‘get rich quick’ schemes.

He said, “Stealing of underwear for whatsoever reason is a recent phenomenon, before now, we had cases of rituals killings but we can’t investigate things that are not empirically verifiable except when there is convergence of the act like cases of murder or an attempt or related crimes.”

Mba said substance abuse fuels crime. He, therefore, asked youths not to delve into it.

He added, “Drug and substance abuses are strong conscience suppressors that influence our youth into these wicked acts of fetish and ritual killings for get-rich-quick. While we’ll continue to fight the menace of drug abuse head-on, we want our youths to desist or be ready to bear the consequences

“We don’t investigate divinations or morality except related acts that constitute a criminal offence. Apart from factors like unemployment etc what we have on home videos, TV programs and messages being sent out.”