The Police Command in Kano State, has arrested no fewer than 331 suspected criminals in one month.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Lawal, disclosed this on Friday at a press briefing on the achievements recorded by the command.
The suspects, he said, were arrested for alleged armed robbery, kidnapping, car theft, thuggery and drug abuse, among others.
” 51 suspects were arrested for armed robbery, 69 for kidnapping, 12, fraudsters, 18 vehicles and tricycles thieves, seven human traffickers, six drug dealers and 168 suspected thugs,” he said.
Lawal said that most of the suspects were already been charged to courts for prosecution.
The commissioner said that the police were able to rescue 11 kidnapped victims and 17 victims of human trafficking.
According to him, the police recovered 27 rifles, two locally made revolver pistols, 24 cars, 12 tricycles, two motorcycles, 94 knives, 306 parcels of Indian hemp, two cartons of suspected tramadol and 1,213 pieces of exol tablets.
Others, he said, were 48 pieces of rubber solutions, 40 motor vehicles batteries, nine ceiling fans, one plasma TV, one grinding machine, as well as 75 cell phones, among others.
Lawal said that the achievements were recorded through synergy with sister security agencies, visibility policing, use of technology in tackling crimes and community policing with stakeholders.
The CP commended all stakeholders for their continuous support and cooperation toward ensuring peaceful coexistence in the state.
The newly posted Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmed Ammani, on Thursday assumed duty as the 27th Commissioner of Police in the state.
Ammani took over from outgoing Commissioner, Mr Abubakar Lawal, who had been redeployed to Kano State Command.
At the over ceremony in Enugu, the new commissioner appealed for maximum support and cooperation of citizens, especially in the area of timely sharing of credible information and intelligence on crime developments.
He said that he would bring his wealth of administrative, operational and experience garnered over 30 years to bear in reducing crime and criminality in the state.
“With the support of the citizenry, I pledge to replicate all feats I have achieved in combating existing and emerging crime and criminality within Enugu State and make the state safer for all,” he said.
Ammani hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Kastina State and holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours Degree in Hausa and Islamic Religious Studies from Bayero University, Kano. He also holds a Master of Science (M.
Sc) Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Corruption Studies from Hong Kong University.
He was appointed into the Nigeria Police in 1992 and commissioned as an Assistant Superintendent of Police, from where he had risen to the rank of Commissioner of Police, serving in different Zonal and State Commands.
The CP served in formations and on secondment at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, among others.
The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested two suspects for alleged armed robbery and cultism and recovered arms from them.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Monday in Enugu.
Ndukwe said police operatives at 9th Mile Division arrested one Chidera Thompson on Aug. 18, at about 4:30p.
m in Enugu.
“The police recovered one locally-fabricated cut-to-size gun, one dagger, two kitchen knives, one hammer and one black beret bearing the insignia of Black Axe confraternity from him,” the police spokesman said.
He added that police operatives at Ikirike Division in synergy with the Neighbourhood Watch Group, on Aug. 16 at about 3p.
m. arrested another suspected armed robbery and cultist, Chidiebere Onuoha.
Ndukwe explained that the arrest followed a distress call about the nefarious activities of the suspect within Topland area of Awkunanaw in Enugu.
“One locally-made pistol with three live cartridges was recovered from him.
“He confessed to being a member of Junior Vikings Confraternity, where he is known as ‘Aso Sure Boy’, and a retired Point 1 (leader) of the cult group.
“The suspects will be arraigned in court once ongoing investigations at the Anti-Cultism Squad of the command are concluded,” the command spokesman said.
Ndukwe said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Abubakar Lawal, urged residents to always provide credible information and intelligence, to rid the state of unrepentant criminal elements.
The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has assured residents of South-East that election will be held in the zone come 2023. Baba, represented by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, gave the assurance during the opening of South-East 2023 Elections Security Management Workshop, on Saturday in Enugu.
He said that the police was building robust synergy with other security agencies to ensure that the 2023 election remained seamless and “very peaceful”.
“We are brainstorming together to fashion out ways to deal with existing and emerging security threats head long within the South-East. “It is clear that with robust synergy, cooperation and joint operations, this area will be the most peaceful and our people will surely come out to exercise their civic responsibility.
“We are working relentlessly on the goal of ensuring that election holds in the South-East and people’s vote are secured and it will definitely count,” the I-G assured.
Earlier, Dr Solomon Arase, a retired I-G of Police, said that the workshop was for all security agencies and formations in South-East to get them ready for the task of a peaceful, credible and hitch-free election in 2023. Arase, who is the workshop consultant, said it was meant to identify gaps in election security and pin point tasks and responsibilities of each security agency concerned with election.
“Security agencies have gathered here on how to study trends and patterns of crimes before and during elections and how to effectively deal with it in a holistic and collaborative manner,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Abubakar Lawal, urged people of the zone and the state not to express any fear about the 2023 election.
“2023 election will hold and we are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that.
Our people should not entertain any fear or any opinion in the contrary,” Lawal said.
The workshop was attended by the Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, Department of State Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Other are Nigeria Correctional Service, Immigration, Customs, Fire Service and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency among others.
The workshop was organised by the I-G to further build the capacity of security agencies and their personnel on election security.
Police raid Police Command in Enugu state has raided the camp of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Security Network (ESN) in Agu-Ibeje forest, Enugu-Ezike, Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area in Enugu State.
In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Tuesday in Enugu, said the Command’s Tactical Squads and Operation Restore Peace carried out a tactical and intelligence-driven dusk to dawn raid on the camp between Aug. 11 and 12. According to him, the raid is in pursuance of the crime-fighting strategies devised by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Lawal.
He said the hoodlums, on sighting the police operatives, engaged them in a gun duel, which led to the neutralisation of one of them.
The police spokesman said that several others escaped with varying degrees of fatal gunshot wounds, due to the superior firepower of the operatives.
“The operation led to the discovery and exhumation, from a shallow grave in the camp, of the corpse of their victim identified as Johnson Okpanachi, a Police Officer serving in Igbo-Eze North Police Division.
“Okpanachi had gone missing on July 30, with all efforts made to trace his whereabouts proving abortive.
“Items recovered at the Camp included 12 firearms, including one AR-K2 Assault rifle, six pump action guns, one locally-made Berretta-like pistol and five locally-fabricated double-barreled guns.
He said 98 live cartridges, two machetes, one digger, one battle axe and one hacksaw were recovered.
According to Ndukwe, five motor vehicles, including three Toyota Sienna minivans, one Honda Pilot Jeep and one Hiace (Hummer) bus loaded with assorted Ankara fabrics were also retrieved.
The police spokesman said that all the items recovered were snatched from their owners at different times within the area by the hoodlums.
He added that 20 different brands of motorcycles with their number plates removed; one police bullet-proof vest, one pair of police camouflage uniform, one pair of military camouflage uniform with a cap and military singlet were found in the camp.
He listed several other items including the Biafra flag, 22 different brands of mobile phones among others.
In a related development, police operatives on Aug. 8 at about 9:15 a.
m. recovered two AK-47 rifles, all loaded with 64 rounds of 7.62mm caliber of live ammunition (currently in the custody of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army).
“Other things recovered are one locally-made cut-to-size gun, one dane gun, one Lexus RX 330 and one RX 300 Jeeps, one Honda Pilot Jeep, 25 machetes, two axes, one dagger, four phones, a military camouflage uniform, two forest uniform trousers and fetish items suspected to be charms.
“The recovery is sequel to the police swift response to a distress call alleging that terrorists invaded and set ablaze the house of a local vigilante at Oduma community in Aninri Local Government Area on the date,” he said.
Ndukwe said that the commissioner commended police operatives for the successful execution of the operations without any casualty recorded by the command.
The police spokesman said that the CP also charged them to remain focused in actualising the overall goal of ridding the state of unrepentant criminal elements.
The PPRO said the CP called on residents to remain law-abiding, vigilant and support the command with credible information or intelligence required to combat criminals and their activities.
“I enjoin individuals and owners of medical facilities to quickly report anyone sighted with gunshot injuries to the nearest police station or personnel,” he added.
Enugu CP decoratesThe Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Abubakar Lawal, has decorated 37 promoted officers from the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to Superintendent of Police (SP).
Addressing the officers on Tuesday in Enugu, Lawal charged them to work harder and ensure that they fight crime and criminality to the barest minimum in the state.
According to him, ”to whom much is given, much is expected.
” “The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, expects maximum output from the promoted officers.
“We are grateful as a command that since January we have continued to decorate promoted officers as well as other rank and files of the police.
“The promotion is part of the I-G’s welfare package and motivation to officers to do more in their resolve to stamp out crime and criminality,” he said.
The CP said that the officers were promoted based on discipline, hard work and constant dedication to duty over three years as well as in due approval of the I-G and Police Service Commission.
Lawal said that the officers and men of the command have been excelling in curbing crime and raising the bar of safety of lives and properties in the state.
“We are doing exceptionally well and I believe Enugu State people are cooperating with the police to deliver on their mandate.
“I sincerely believe that these officers will go back to their stations, as well as divisions and continue to make us proud,” he said.
Responding, one of the officers, SP Moses Asogwa, commended the commissioner and I-G for finding them worthy for the promotion.
Asogwa promised to redouble their efforts and make Enugu State more secure.
“We pledge to live up to our responsibility and ensure that we help to stamp out crime in the state,” he vowed.
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Abubakar Lawal, has presented cheques, totaling N11.3 million, to the families of dead policemen in the state.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement in Enugu on Tuesday, said that the presentation was done on July 26.
According to Ndukwe, the development is in furtherance of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Alkali Usman, avowed commitment to improving the welfare of police personnel.
He said: “The commissioner presented cheques worth N11,322,960 to the first set of beneficiaries that have so far presented themselves for receipt of the cheques.
“They are a part of a total number of 44 beneficiaries from the command, who are meant to receive cheques with a cumulative sum of N29,079,137.” The police spokesman said that the commissioner lauded the Inspector-General of Police for his high sense of humanitarianism towards personnel of the Nigeria Police, especially family members of deceased personnel.
Ndukwe said that the commissioner also commiserated with the beneficiaries and charged them to make judicious use of the funds for the betterment of themselves and those the deceased personnel left behind.
“The beneficiaries thanked the IGP for his immense humanitarian gestures towards them, while promising to make judicious use of the funds for the betterment of their respective families,” he added.
The Police Command in Enugu State says no life was lost at the incident involving a man and his girlfriend at a police checkpoint in the state capital.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Sunday in Enugu titled: “Police Setting Record Straight on Misleading Alleged Shooting of Man and Girlfriend Dead in Enugu”.
Ndukwe said that the incident took place on July 21 at about 2p.m at the EFCC Roundabout, Independence Layout, Enugu.
“The attention of the Command has been drawn to a viral video alleging that the Police shot a young man and his girlfriend dead, at Monkey Roundabout, close to EFCC Office, Enugu’.
“The Command, hereby, wishes to set the record straight as follows: “That on July 21 a team of police operatives serving in 3 Police Mobile Force (PMF) Enugu, while on routine stop-and-search duty at EFCC Roundabout, Independence Layout flagged down the driver of a Lexus Saloon Car. “The driver, rather than stop, recklessly zoomed off, knocking down one of the operatives and pulled him along to a distance of about four poles, before he was forced to stop by the other members of the team, who immediately went after him.
“In the bid to restrain the driver from further escape, one of the operatives fired a knee level shot, which got him in the thigh,” he said.
Ndukwe said that the Inspector, Aneka Ndayi, who sustained severe bodily injuries; and the said driver, Christian Ogwuike, were both moved to the hospital and responding to treatment.
He noted that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Lawal, had ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, to investigate the incident and come up with actionable findings.
The police spokesman said that the commissioner had urged residents, particularly motorists, to always cooperate with police officers performing road duties, to avoid such occurrences.
Chief Ejike Itodo, the Chairman, Igboeze-North Local Government Area of Enugu State, has decried the burning down of INEC office in the area by suspected arsonists.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that yet-to-be identified hoodlums torched the commission’s office in the council area on Sunday night.
Reacting to the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, Itodo described the incident as unfortunate.
He expressed sadness that the hoodlums targetted INEC office for attack.
“It’s unfortunate that at the period INEC is making serious preparations for the 2023 general elections, some criminal elements chose to set the commission’s office on fire.
“What happened on Sunday night is a reflection of security challenges facing the country .
“The council will continue to collaborate with relevant security agencies in the area to beef up security to avoid a repeat of the ugly incident,” he said.
The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, Mr Daniel Ndukwe, had in statement on Monday confirmed the incident.
Ndukwe stated that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Lawal, had ordered the State CID to conduct thorough investigations to ascertain the cause of the attack.
“The police have urged residents of the area to support police with credible information and intelligence in the ongoing investigations.
“Meanwhile, the area has been cordoned-off for preservation and further investigative actions,” Ndukwe stated.
The Kaduna State House of Assembly has suspended the Chairman of Chikun Local Government Area (LGA), Mr Salasi Musa, and his counterpart in Giwa LGA, Mr Abubakar Lawal, over alleged misappropriation of funds.
The lawmakers took the decision at their sitting on Tuesday following a motion by Alhaji Ahmed Chokali, the member representing Zaria Kewaye Constituency.
According to him, the House can no longer continue to watch while the council chairmen continue to flout the state’s local government guidelines.
Chokali moved the motion that the house conduct an investigation into the matter.
“I stand here to move the motion that this house should conduct an investigation under Section 128 of the constitution to investigate the affairs of the two local government areas,“ he said.
He also urged the house to suspend the two chairmen in order to conduct a smooth and proper investigation.
He said that the chairmen should handover the affairs of the local government councils to their deputies.
The sitting, which was presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Yusuf Zailani, subsequently suspended the two chairs.
The House directed the House Committee on Local Government to carry out the investigation and make a report later.