Police confirm abduction of Nasarawa State commissioner Police confirm abduction of NasarThe Police Command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of Yakubu Lawal, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism by gunmen.
DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital.
According to the PPRO, “On Monday, Aug. 15 at about 8:45 p.
m., the attention of Policemen on routine patrol was drawn to the sound of sporadic gunshots in the Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
He explained that the operatives attached to Nassarawa-Eggon Division immediately raced to the scene.
“Adesina Soyemi, Commissioner of Police (CP) also reinforced the men with a combined detachment of the Police Mobile Force, the Anti kidnapping unit, Military personnel, Vigilante as well as local hunters.
“Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that unknown gunmen while shooting sporadically, invaded the residence of the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and forcefully abducted him to an unknown destination.
“The search and rescue operation is ongoing by the combined team, led by Area Commander, Akwanga Area Command, ACP Halliru Aliyu to rescue the victim unhurt and arrest the perpetrators of the crime,” he added.
The PPRO said that the Commissioner of Police directed that anyone with useful information should assist the command to rescue the victim and arrest of the kidnappers.
He therefore said that those with useful information should reach out to the command via the following numbers: 08035951018, 08033806409, 08037461715 and 08036157659.The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that gunmen on Saturday invaded and killed a staff member of Government Science Secondary School Nassarawa-Eggon in the same LGA the Commissioner for Information was abducted.
The Police Command in Edo has arrested a constable, Victor Osabuohign, caught allegedly engaging in an extortion conversation with a road user in a circulated video on the social media.
ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, the command`s Deputy Public Relations Officer, announced this in a statement in Benin on Friday.
Osabuohign was seen in a viral video on Twitter negotiating with a road user identified as Arc. Bolu. Iwegbu said the officer has been arrested, detained and currently undergoing investigation.
He said that the command has set up an ad-hoc committee headed by ACP James Chu, head of operations at the command.
Iwegbu said the command’s Provost Marshal, CSP Avanrenren Godwin, is the deputy chairman of the committee.
The spokesperson said that there were other operatives who had earlier been arrested for alleged official corruption and undergoing investigation.
She said the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro, has urged members of the public to come up with reports against erring officers of the command.
Suspended DCP Abba Kyari, on Wednesday, prayed a Federal High Court in Abuja to grant him bail following the attack on Kuje Correctional Centre by Boko Haram who freed scores of their members.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports On 5 July, the Boko Haram breakaway faction Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) led an attack on the custodial centre.
NAN reports that the Federal Government said 879 detainees escaped, including all 68 imprisoned Boko Haram members.
Kyari and other officers of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP)’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), through their counsel, told Justice Emeka Nwite that their lives are in danger in the correctional facility.
Moving the motion for bail, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, who appeared for 1st (Kyari), 4th and 5th defendants, said granting his clients bail was a necessity because their lives are no longer saved where they are currently detained.
He said the officers who had performed excellently well in their profession by apprehending dangerous and high-profile criminals, most of who are in the same prison with them, should not be kept in the facility.
Ikpeazu urged the court to admit them to bail on liberal terms.
Also, Gboyega Oyewole, counsel for the 2nd defendant, spoke in the same vein.
But lawyer to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Sunday Joseph, disagreed with the defence counsel.
He urged the court to dismiss the bail application.
Justice Nwite adjourned the matter until Aug.
30 for ruling.
Earlier in the trial, NDLEA’s lawyer, Joseph, tendered the sum of 61, 400 dollars allegedly used by suspended DCP Abba Kyari to bribe the agency’s officer in the drug trafficking suit preferred against him and four other police officers.
Joseph tendered the cash in the open court before the judge when the third prosecution witness, Peter Joshua, was being led in evidence in the trial of the suspended IRT members.
At the resumed trial, Joshua, who works at the NDLEA, FCT Command as an Exhibit Officer, testified against Kyari and his men.
Justice Nwite admitted the cash in evidence as Exhibit 11 after the defence counsel did not oppose to the application.
NAN reports that the NDLEA had alleged that it had photo and video evidence against suspended head of the Intelligence Response Team, DCP Kyari, who negotiated the release of 25kg of cocaine from the agency in Abuja.
It alleged that Kyari was caught in camera where he offered to give 61, 400 dollars bribe to its officer in his (officer’s) car from the sale of 5kg share of the cocaine on behalf of the officer and the FCT commander.
NAN also reports that Kyari, who is the 1st defendant, was arraigned alongside four accused police officers, including ACP Sunday J.
Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirigba and Inspector John Nuhu as 2nd to 5th defendants respectively on March 7.
The NDLEA accused the police officers, who had been on suspension pending the hearing and determination of the matter, of alleged compromise.
They were accused of tampering and dealing with part of the 21.8 kilogrammes of cocaine recovered from Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne.
Umeibe and Ezenwanne were the two alleged drug traffickers arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu by the suspended IRT officers led by Kyari based on their suspicious trafficking in hard drugs.
Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who conspired with some other persons (now at large), confessed to the police upon their arrest that they carried the recovered drugs through Addis-Ababa, Ehiopia International Airport on Jan.
19 to Enugu Airport.
The suspects were subsequently brought to Abuja and handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation.
They had pleaded guilty to five, six and seven counts preferred against them by the anti-narcotic agency bordering on importation of 21.35kg of cocaine into the country without lawful authority contrary to and punishable under Section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The duo, who were later convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment, agreed to testify against the police officers in their ongoing trial.
No fewer than 197 females were among the 444 recruit Constables of the Nigeria Police Force that passed-out on Wednesday at the Police Training School, Nekede near Owerri.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the recruits comprise 271 from Imo and 173 from Abia.
NAN further reports that out of the 444 recruits, 247 are males while 197 are females.
In his address, the Inspector – General of Police, Usman Baba said a total of 9,989 recruits out of 10,000 scaled through the training under the year 2020 batch drive.
Baba, who was represented by AIG Isaac Akinmoyede, said 11 trainees could not meet up with the components of the standards set for the exercise.
The Police boss disclosed that the exercise took place simultaneously in 15 other Police Training Institutions across the country.
He said the training was designed to transit the recruits from civilians to professional police officers with the orientation to meet the challenges of policing an increasingly democratic and rule of law-driven Nigerian environment.”
The I-G said: “”This ceremony also represents another huge step in the drive by the Federal Government to change the narratives of Policing by addressing the age-long manpower gap that has been inhibiting optimal police service delivery in the country.
“The Federal Government’s policy of recruiting 10,000 Police Constables annually is not only unprecedented in the history of law enforcement in Nigeria.
“It clearly confirms the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to restore the lost police primacy by bequeathing to our beloved country reformed and well-positioned Police Force with renewed capacity and commitment to attain its internal security mandate.
“Recruitment projects the determination of the Federal Government to address the social factors that accentuate the commission of crimes, which is unemployment.
“The import of taking 10,000 able and active youths out of the unemployment market annually is that these young men and women have been saved from the temptation of crimes,” he said.
According to him, another 10, 000 recruits will be resuming training under the 2021 batch of the exercise.
He said it would close the gaps in relation to the operational efficiency of the Force as well as welfare regime of the Force.
He said all the recruits will be posted back to their local government origin to further deepen community policing strategy of the Federal Government.
Baba warned the recruits against indiscipline and acts that are antithetical to police professionalism.
Earlier, the Commandant, Police Training School Nekede, ACP Rilwanu Shaibu said the recruits, who underwent rigorous six months basic training, have been transformed to disciplined, formidable and dependable Constables.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba, on Wednesday charged 474 newly recruited constables in Zone 5 to be self disciplined.
Baba gave the charge in his remarks at the Passing Out Parade (POP) of the 2020 batch of police recruits at the Police Training Institution, Ogida, Benin.
Represented by AIG Lawan Jimeta, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the zone, the IGP noted that the bedrock of policing was discipline.
“The bedrock of policing is discipline, and I’m sure you must have been taught the best form of discipline is self discipline.
“Much as you have a promising and bright career ahead of you, how far you go in this career is entirely dependent on the quality of your character, discipline and professionalism.” he said.
He noted that the force under his leadership had zero tolerance for indiscipline and any act that might be antithetical to police professionalism.
“I therefore admonish you to resolve not to engage in any act that will be unedifying of your good name, that of your families and indeed the force as you commence your policing career today,” he added.
The IGP disclosed that the graduating constables were coming into a reformed police force that was experiencing an ethical rebirth.
He said the force was increasingly well equiped, well motivated and appropriately oriented and positioned to take the war against crimes to the fortress of the criminals that threatened the people’s communal values, peace, security liberty.
“You must, therefore, consider yourselves as the lucky ones that have been found worthy in character, learning, physical and mental fitness to serve Nigeria, your fatherland.
“The recruitment exercise projects the determination the Federal Government to address the social factors that accentuate the commission of crimes which is unemployment.” he further said.
Baba disclosed that shortly after the passing out parade, another 10,000 recruits would be resuming training nationwide, under the 2021 batch of the exercise.
He stressed that beyond addressing the manpower deficiency in the force, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had remained committed to closing the gap in operational efficiency and welfarere in the force.
Earlier in her remarks, ACP Sarah Ehindero, Commandant, the police training institution, said that the training commenced with 476 recruits.
Ehindero said that the figure was made up of 180 females and 296 males, adding that whereas 208 of them were from Edo, 267 were from Delta, and one, from Cross River.
She further disclosed that two female recruits were discharged from the training due to pregnancy and ill health, leaving 474 who successfully completed the training and were passing out.
The commandant explained that the recruits had been trained to be professional policemen in learning and character as well as to perform their duties in line with world best practices.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the zone comprises of Edo and Delta.
Police Command in Katsina has confirmed the death of ACP Aminu Umar, the Area Commander in Dutsinma in an ambush by bandits in Safana Local Government of the state.
The spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah, disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.
He also said that another policeman died in the incident.
“Today, July, 5, 2022, at about 11:30 a.m, a distress call was received that terrorists numbering over 300 on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns, ambushed ACP Umar and his team.
“The late Area Commander with members of his team were on clearance operation of recalcitrant , in Zakka forest, Safana LGA of the state.
“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other, gallantly lost their lives during a cross exchange of gun fire,” he added.
Isah said that the Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dabban-Dauda had expressed deep sympathy to the family of the deceased officers.
He also prayed God to grant the deceased abode in Jannatul Firdausi.
The commissioner reaffirmed the commitment of the police to the ongoing onslaught against terrorism in the state “until it is completely routed out.”
INEC on Monday engaged security agencies on the need to ensure free, fair, and credible July 16 governorship election in Osun.
Speaking at the State Level Electoral Security Training in Osogbo, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said elections should be seen as critical mandate and asset that must be protected by security personnel.
Yakubu, represented by the Electoral Commissioner in Osun, Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji, said the training would acquaint security agencies with INEC’s code of conduct and rules of engagement before, during and after the election.
“I believe this training will impact positively on the conduct of Osun election coming up on July 16.
“It will also help security agencies to manage risk elements and have full knowledge of the system.’’ he said.
Yakubu said the training was another significant step forward in the Commission’s stride for a robust electoral system and the deepening of the country’s democratic structure.
According to him, security is crucial to the conduct of elections and the need for security agencies to ensure synergy becomes paramount.
The INEC chairman called for collective responsibilities among security personnel to help to avert any violence that might occur during and after the election.
He said INEC would work with security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that Osun election is peaceful.
In his remarks, the Director-General of Electoral Institute, Dr Sa’ad Idris, commended INEC for organising the security training which, he said, would help in sensitising stakeholders on the need for credible elections.
Represented by Mr Ifeanyi Agoha, the institute’s Deputy Director of Training, Idris said the operational order which would help to ensure effective deployment had been finalised to forestall any breakdown of law and order during the election.
He said the training would help to diversify knowledge and capacity of security operatives in the discharge of their operational duties at the election.
He appealed to all stakeholders in the election to collaborate with INEC and with security agencies to ensure safety of lives and electoral materials.
Earlier, Police Commissioner in Osun, Mr Wale Olokode, said the police and sister security agencies were ready to ensure the success of the election.
Olokode, represented by ACP Charles Dikwa, said the command had successfully carried out an operational assessment to ensure effective deployment of personnel in the event of violence.
He said the training would further equip security operatives with requisite skills and knowledge to effectively tackle irregularities at the election.
He appealed to all stakeholders to support security personnel to achieve the task of ensuring safety of lives and property at the election.
Olokode added that the police would provide the needed support for all political parties and ensure the safety of their members before, during and after the election.
The News Agency of Nigeria report that heads of security agencies at the training presented documents on their operational activities and plans to effectively prevent breakdown of laws and order.
Operatives of security agencies in attendance were those of the Police, the Directorate of State Security, the Nigerian Customs Service and the Nigerian Army.
Others were those of the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Commission. (
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Lawal Abubakar, on Tuesday, ordered police operatives to fully enforcement the dusk-to-dawn curfew placed on two Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.
The commissioner gave the order as he embarked on a Security Confidence-Building Tour of the both LGAs – Igbo-Eze North and Igbo-Eze South.
This is contained in a statement issued on the commissioner’s behalf by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, after the tour in Enugu.
It would be recalled that the state government, after a joint security meeting on Friday, placed a dusk-to-dawn (6.pm to 6.am) curfew on the LGAs to contain the emerging security challenges in some communities of the areas.
The commissioner directed the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers with jurisdiction over the areas to give full effect to the order.
He also charged them to ensure that police operatives on the enforcement duty remain resolute and conduct themselves in the most professional manner.
“I call on residents of the areas to be vigilant, law-abiding and comply with the order, while supporting the police and other security agencies, as they collaborate to maintain public security and safety.
“We are also poised to deal head-on with unrepentant criminal elements perpetrating heinous crimes in the mentioned LGAs,” he said.
The state police boss was accompanied on the tour by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP Soji Akinbayo, and Heads of of the Command.
The Area Commanders of Udenu and Nsukka Police Area Commands – ACP Edwin Egwuekwe and ACP Hassan Yahaya – received and guided the commissioner and his entourage during the tour. (
A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, convicted and sentenced Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne linked to suit filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against suspended DCP Abba Kyari over alleged drug deal to two years imprisonment.Delivering judgment, Justice Emeka Nwite, held that having admitted to committing the offence preferred against them in counts 5, 6 and 7 by the NDLEA, Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who are 6th and 7th defendants, “they are hereby convicted accordingly.”Justice Nwite sentenced them to two years’ imprisonment in each of counts 5, 6 and 7.He said the terms, which should run concurrently having been remorseful, would commence from the date the defendants were arrested by the agency.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Umeibe and Ezenwanne are the two alleged drug traffickers arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu by the Inspector General of Police (IGP)’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by Kyari based on their suspicious trafficking in hard drugs.Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who conspired with some other persons (now at large), confessed to the police upon their arrest that they carried the recovered drugs through Addis-Ababa, Ehiopia International Airport on Jan. 19 to Enugu Airport.The suspects were subsequently brought to Abuja and handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation.They had pleaded guilty to five, six and seven counts preferred against them by the anti-narcotic agency bordering on importation of 21.35kg of cocaine into the country without lawful authority contrary to and punishable under Section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.They were arraigned alongside Kyari (1st defendant) and other four accused police officers, including ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirigba and Inspector John Nuhu as 2nd to 5th defendants respectively on March 7.The NDLEA accused the police officers, who had been on suspension pending the hearing and determination of the matter, of alleged compromise.They were accused of tampering and dealing with part of the 21.8 kilogrammes of cocaine recovered from Umeibe and Ezenwanne.Delivering the judgement, the judge held that the defendants should forfeit their international passports in accordance with Section 30 of the NDLEA Act, Cap M30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.Nwite directed that, in line with the plea bargain agreement entered into, Umeibe and Ezenwanne would testify as witnesses in the trial of DCP Kyari and the other accused police officers.The judge, who ordered the NDLEA to ensure their safety in any correctional centre of their choice, directed the NDLEA to constantly monitor the two defendants in prison to ensure that they do not commit any more crime while serving the jail term.Consequently, Nwite fixed July 18, July 19 and July 20 for trial of Kyari and remaining defendants and for hearing of their fresh application for bail.NAN earlier reports that at the resumed hearing, counsel for the NDLEA, Sunday Joseph, told Justice Nwite that two motions seeking for a plea bargain in respect of Umeibe and Ezenwanne had been filed.Joseph, the director, Legal and Prosecution Department of NDLEA, said the motions, dated June 13, were filed on June 14.He prayed the court for the motions to be taken and adopted.E. U. Okenyi, lawyer to Umeibe and Ezenwanne, also concurred with Joseph’s submission.Kyari’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, and lawyer to Ubia, Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, including Michael Mbanefo, lawyer to 3rd defendant and M. Y. Chiwar who represented 4th and 5th defendants respectively did not oppose the motions.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has ordered the deployment of adequate personnel and other operational assets of the Force ahead of June 18 Ekiti governorship election.The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Adejobi said the deployment would involve Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), technical capabilities of the Police Air wing, the Force Marine, Mounted Troops, K-9 Section, and other operational assets.Adejobi said selected seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police would also be deployed, to ensure effective supervision of security personnel and operations in the election.He said the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Mr Johnson Kokumo, had been deployed to coordinate the security component for the election.Adejobi said Kokumo, also the supervisory DIG for the South-West, would oversee the implementation of the operation order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment.He said the idea was to ensure a peaceful and conducive environment, devoid of violence that would guarantee law abiding citizens of security to perform their civic responsibilities, without molestation or intimidation.According to him, Kokumo will be assisted by four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), three Commissioners of Police (CPs), five Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and 18 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs).He said the Senior Officers would coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three Senatorial Districts, sixteen Local Government Areas and the 2,445 polling units in Ekiti.Adejobi said conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), and INTERPOL would be on ground for the electionHe said the Special Protection Unit (SPU), Force Public Relations Department (FPRD) and Police Medical Teams would also be deployed to guarantee free, fair, credible and acceptable election.According to to the Force spokesperson, five Armored Personnel Carriers for patrol, as well as four helicopters and unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), for aerial surveillance are among other unique operational assets for the exercise.