Police in Lagos have arrested a 41-year-old driver for allegedly selling off his employer’s N36 million Hilux Van. The command’ s Public Relations Officer (PRO), SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday in Lagos, added that the suspect was three weeks old on the job when he masterminded the alleged crime.
Hundeyin said that the command’s operatives also arrested two other suspects in connection with the alleged crime.
The PRO named the suspects to include the driver’s guarantor and another contracted to allegedly demobilise the car system before perpetuating the alleged crime.
He explained that the suspects were arrested within the Ojodu axis of the state while on their way to dispose off the 2021 model Toyota Hilux Pick-Up Van, which market value was N36 million, for N20 million.
The PRO said, “The arrest followed the launch of a swift investigation into the matter immediately a report of the stealing was received.
“The suspects will be arraigned at the end of investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr Abiodun Alabi, assures residents of Lagos that the command will continue to work towards the decimation of crime and criminality in the centre of excellence.
The police in Lagos said they have arrested a 34-year old man, Emmanuel Rowland, over alleged fraud.
He was arrested by police operatives from Ipakodo Division of the command.
The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Monday.
Hundeyin said that the suspect was arrested at about 11.20 a m.
on Friday, July 19 along Ipakodo road after an alarm raised.
He alleged that the suspect and others, now at large, duped unsuspecting passengers boarding their vehicle .
“Investigation revealed that the suspect, alongside others (still at large), while operating in a Volkswagen Jetta Saloon car, with registration number JJJ 27 DG, disguised as driver and passengers.
“They picked unsuspecting passengers, and started discussions about some money purportedly kept in their vehicle boot.
“The suspect confessed to having started this crime in January 2022, adding that he was arrested on his sixth outing,” Hundeyin said.
The spokesman said that efforts were in top gear to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and other perpetrators of such crime.
He said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Alabi, had directed that the case be transferred to the headquarters for further investigations and prosecution.
Some retired senior police officers and family members have described the late former Inspection-General of Police (I-GP), Mr Tafa Balogun as one of the best cops Nigeria ever produced.
The retired officers paid glowing tributes to the late Balogun in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday at his Ikoyi, Lagos residence.
Many said Balogun was one Inspector-General of Police that brought great reforms to the force.
Mr Tunde Alapinni, a retired Assistance Inspector-General of Police (AIG) and one-time Force Spokesman, said the impact made by Balogun could not be ignored.
Alapinni said that Balogun was devoted to the transformation of the police and its personnel.
In his own tribute, retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Waheed Kassim, described the late Balogun as a dear brother and friend, stressing that his death was shocking.
For DIG David Omojola, it was too early for Balogun, whom he described as his “Big Boss’’ to leave this earth suddenly.
“However, we are consoled that he impacted positively on our lives.
His tenure as I-G witnessed tremendous and good policing,’’ Kassim said.
Mr Edward Ajogun, a retired Commissioner of Police (CP) and one- time Personal Assistance to Balogun as I-GP, said his former boss was always thinking positively about the Nigeria Police Force and security of Nigeria.
Ajogun said that Balogun brought lots of reforms into the police including the creation of female mobile police.
He also introduced computer training for officers, mass promotion for officers stranded for years and ensuring that officers were promoted according to seniority.
He said that under Balogun, the Force had credible staff list which was used for promotion, stressing that the late I-GP was a unifier, encouraging officers to work as a team.
Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Mr Abiodun Alabi, described late Balogun as a visionary leader and a mentor to many retired and serving officers.
Alabi said that anytime he visited the late I-GP, he always drew attention to how best Lagos should be policed.
“The Force will miss his wealth of experience.
It is his mentorship that has piloted some of us to where we are today in the Force,’’Alabi said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State CID, Mr Fayoade Adegoke, described the late I-GP as, “a great dad, benefactor, mentor, super cop who revolutionised the Force as an I-GP.
’’ The first son of the deceased, Mr Abayomi Balogun, said that his father never changed one bit before his death as an advocate of doing anything that was right.
He said many people misunderstood his father as a strict person, stressing that members of the family were not exempted from such strictness.
He described his father as a brilliant officer, father, who always attracted standing ovations at occasions, local or international wherever he was made to deliver speeches or lectures.
The second daughter of late Balogun, Ms Bolale Balogun, said her father would be greatly missed for many things, including food recipes, words pronunciation, reading and responsible behaviour.
“My father taught me that there is no alternative to success than to follow due process in all things.
“He made me tough like himself.
If he wants to punish you for doing wrong, it is 24 strokes of the cane; because of this, no one dares get into daddy’s trouble,’’ she recollected.
The former police boss died at Reddington Hospital in Lagos on Balogun will be buried on Saturday in Osun. He was Nigeria’s 21st indigenous Inspector-General of Police.
He served as IG-P during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He joined the Nigerian Police Force in May 1973 as member of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Course 3. Balogun attended the University of Lagos and graduated in 1972 with a B.
A. in Political Science.
He worked in various police commands and rose through the ladder to become IG-P.
Balogun was at a time the Principal Staff Officer to former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammadu Gambo, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edo, and pioneer Commissioner of Police in Delta.
He was also CP in Rivers and Abia states.
Balogun, a fellow of the premier highest military institution in Nigeria, the National War College, later became an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone One, Kano, from where he was named the 21st I-GP of Police on March 6, 2002.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Abiodun Alabi, on Monday received 165 recruits posted to the command.
The command’s Spokesman, Mr Benjamin Hundeyin, revealed this on his verified Twitter handle monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria .
He quoted Alabi as tasking the constables to be change agents in the security architecture of the nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fresh security personnel were among the 9,989 Policemen recently recruited into the force.
Force spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi on July 6 announced the passing out of 9,989 Police Constables from four Police Colleges and 12 Training Colleges across the country as part of efforts to address the age-long manpower gap.
Adejobi said that the constables went through six months intensive and rigorous training in basic, intermediate and advanced police studies.
According to him, the constables also engaged in physically exerting and intellectually challenging training activities that were carefully designed to transit them from civilians to professional police officers.
“They also had the right orientation to meet the challenges of policing an increasingly democratic and rule of law-driven Nigerian environment,” he said.
He explained that the manpower drive was aimed at meeting, and possibly surpassing, the United Nations (UN) recommendation of one policeman to 400 people.
According to him, another set of 10,000 recruits will be resuming training under the 2021 batch of the recruitment exercise.
Officers of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have recovered two guns and one cartridge from fleeing suspected robbers at Orile-Iganmu area of Lagos State.
This is contained in a statement posted on its Twitter handle, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday.
The Commander RRS, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, said that the Command, acting on credible intelligence, directed one of the squad’s tactical teams to patrol the area to forestall criminal activities in the environment.
“The directive was premised on the sighting of nocturnal movement of some strange faces in the area.
“The team had during patrol of the area around 2:00 a.m heard sounds of gun shots and raced to the scene.
“The suspects on sighting the team, dropped an object and fled the scene.
“On combing the area, the policemen recovered two locally made shot guns and one live cartridge near the point the men were spotted.” Egbeyemi said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Alabi, had ordered thorough investigation to fish out the suspects.
“The CP, while commending the team, has ordered full scale investigation and a sustained hunt for the fleeing criminals.
“Alabi assured Lagosians that no stone will be left unturned as the command intensifies efforts at arresting crime rate across the state,” he said.
The chairman of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brigadier General.
Buba Marwa has advised Nollywood practitioners in particular and artists in general not to promote drug abuse through their content to the public.
Marwa delivered the advice on Friday in Lagos, at a day-long conference organized by the NDLEA Celebrity Drug Free Club to mark the 2022 International Day Against Illicit Drug Abuse and Trafficking.
The theme of the conference was "The Best Approach to Drug Control: The Role of Entertainment Industry Professionals."
Marwa, who was represented by Mr. Segun Okeh, Commander of Zone H, said that there were many approaches to control drug abuse.
According to him, one of those channels is using the entertainment industry to reach a large number of people, particularly young people, about the dangers of drug abuse.
Therefore, he pointed out that “we need to call on professionals in the entertainment industry not to send the wrong message that has drug abuse content in its cast, script, screen presentation.
” You must correctly observe the contents while processing the entertainment for the public.
There is a tendency for the young mind to believe that what they see in entertainment is real.
“It is our hope that entertainment industry professionals join the NDLEA in enlightening and fighting drug abuse,” he said.
Lagos State Police Commissioner Mr. Abiodun Alabi, who praised the club for organizing the event, stressed that professionals in the entertainment industry had a lot to do to control drug abuse in society due to their large number.
Alabi, who was represented by CSP Gbenga Stephen, noted that many of the crimes committed were attributable to increased drug abuse.
The club's leader, Mr. Wilson Ighodalo, said the conference was designed to harness the enormous potential of the creative industry, to promote an evidence-based approach to drug abuse in Nigeria.
He praised the Marwa-led NDLEA for its recorded exploits against illicit drugs, emphasizing that the club's desire to use the conference was to have a community intervention program against drug abuse.
Ighodalo expressed concern about the high level of drug abuse, especially among young women, saying statistics revealed that one in four drug users was a woman.
He said there was an urgent need for massive investment in the provision of health care services through community intervention, to address drug abuse and to encourage the participation of young people in defending against the threat at the community level.
A comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, said that some celebrities were promoting drug abuse through their content in songs, videos and programs.
Adeyinka also blamed the security agencies that had refused to bring such artists to the reserve, to deter others.
Another comedian, popularly known as Koffi De Guru, blamed the government for failing to develop the entertainment industry.
De Guru also criticized the NDLEA and the National Broadcasting Commission for allowing some content to be broadcast on radio and television stations.
Mr. Victor Osuagwu, an actor, called on security agencies to stop providing security for celebrities who use drugs, including videotaping security personnel protecting them while using drugs.
Halima Abubakar, an actress, asked parents to review their children and those they follow on social media, stressing that those in the entertainment industry are only trying to educate and entertain the public with their acts.
The UN theme for 2022 is: Addressing drug challenges in humanitarian crises.
Industrial and Medical Gases Nigeria (IMG) Plc, a leading manufacturer of gases, has declared a net profit of N372 million for 2021 financial year.
The profit represented an increase of 27 per cent when compared with N292 million achieved in 2020.
IMG Chairman, Mr Abiodun Alabi, made the disclosure at its hybrid 63rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday in Lagos.
Its shareholders also endorsed the declaration of one bonus share for every five ordinary shares.
Alabi, represented by IMG Non-Executive Director, Mr Adebayo Adeleke, said the bonus shares underlined the company’s strategic decision to reinvest its profit to build a stronger financial base in the nearest future.
He, reviewing the industrial gas market, noted that in spite of the inclement operating environment, the company posted remarkable profits.
He said some of the challenges in 2021 were foreign exchange to maximise opportunities, plant breakdowns and increase in energy cost.
“Total revenue for the period was N3.69 billion up from N3.17 billion achieved in 2020 while profit after tax for the year also rose to N372 million from the N292 million achieved in 2020.
“Focus on operational efficiencies, tight cost control measures, improved service delivery, generation of new business and determined efforts by management and staff were responsible for the increase in our bottom line.”, he said.
Its Managing Director, Mr Ayodeji Oseni, explained that the company’s strategic objectives were to position for global competitiveness and enhanced shareholder value through creation of innovative products and services.
Oseni expressed optimism that the company would continue to operate optimally, irrespective of the nature of the operating environment.
“Our strategic objectives in the short and medium term will continue to align with the dynamism prevalent in the marketplace today even as we keep our eyes on the future and expansion of the business.
“Management and staff will continue to focus our efforts and resources on the growth opportunities within the food and beverage, oil and gas, healthcare, energy, and agricultural sectors of the Nigerian economy.
“As an organisation, we will continue to position our business to capitalide on opportunities in these sectors and boast our performance in 2022,” he said.
Meanwhile, shareholders of the company gave their commendations over its performance in the face of the tough operating environment.
Speaking on behalf of other shareholders, Mrs Bisi Bakare said that they were happy at the company’s good performance in all metrics.
“We are quite happy with IMG because with the challenges in the operating environment, the company made profits all round.
“The bonus shares declared is even more than dividend in value and this is commendable, going by where the company is coming from.
“We believe the future of the company is bright,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that recent divestment of Linde Group from the company and acquisition of its 60 per cent holding by T.Y. Holdings, increased the Holding’s stake to 72 per cent.
The development led to the change of the company’s name from BOC Gases to IMG as part of brand positioning.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Abiodun Alabi, has warned purveyors of fake news aganist causing unnecessary panic in the state.
He gave the warning in a statement issued by the Command’s Spokesperson,
SP Benjamin Hundeyi, on Friday in Lagos.
Alabi expressed displeasure over the continuous publication of fake news by some mischief makers.
“The Command has observed with dismay repeated and concerted efforts by mischief makers to destabilise the peace and serenity enjoyed by the good people of Lagos State.
“These war mongers have devised ghoulish plans to release to the public at regular intervals concocted social media messages alleging stockpiling of arms and an impending attack on the state.”
The Command allayed the fears of Lagosians and assured them that all resources had been put in place to stop any criminals activities.
“All human, material and operational resources have been fully and optimally deployed across the length and breadth of the state to ensure there is absolutely no breach of the peace.
“The State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the Command has been placed on high alert alongside all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders, all to ensure that any possible planned attack is promptly and decisively nipped in the bud.”
The police boss enjoined residents of the state to go about the duties without panic or threat.
“Upon the carefully laid down security plans and strategies, all residents of the state are urged to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation.
“Remain vigilant and report suspicious movements and persons to security agencies,” he said.
Police arrested two traffic robbery suspects at Abiola Gardens, Ketu-Ojota Road, Lagos on Monday .
Police spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a statement.
He said a team of detectives arrested the suspects who specialise in robbing motorists using dangerous weapons.
“The arrest followed repeated complaints by motorists on the activities of miscreants along the axis,’’ he stated.
He added that when a search was conducted on the suspects, five stolen Android phones, a jack knife, a cutlass, a mask and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them.
“The suspects are currently assisting police investigation aimed at arresting other criminals in that axis,’’ he stated.
Hundeyin added that Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Abiodun Alabi, has directed that efforts be sustained to ensure the arrest of all miscreants.
The Lagos State Police Command has dismissed the alleged viral WhatsApp voice-note claiming Fulanis have invaded Badagry in Lagos.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, on Wednesday in Lagos.
“The attention of the Command has been drawn to a viral WhatsApp voice-note claiming that Fulanis have camped in Muhammadu Buhari Estate, Agemowo, Badagry in readiness for a massive attack on Badagry.
“The Command wishes to state in unequivocal terms that the content of the voice-note is entirely false and mischievously designed to cause unnecessary panic within Lagos State.
“It is worthy of note that there is a Police Divison close to the estate – Morogbo Divison.
“There is also a Police Post next to the estate – Mowo Outpost. Police presence and intelligence gathering in the area is top notch.
“In a bid to be double sure that the claims are false, the Divisonal Police Officer of Morogbo visited the estate again today, inspected the entire facility and had an exhaustive session with the Facility Manager. ”
He said that the outcome of the operational visit lent credence to the futility of the voice-note.
Hundeyin said that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr Abiodun Alabi, enjoined residents to disregard the attack claim.
“Alabi assured Lagosians that the Police Command, in synergy with sister security agencies, were fully prepared to nip any criminality in the bud.
“He promised to leave no stone unturned in ensuring continued peace in the state.” the spokesperson said.