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 in Kogi have arrested a father suspected of kidnapping and killing his 15-year-old daughter in Kogi. Police Spokesman in the state, SP William Ovye-Aya, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lokoja, said a friend to the girl’s father was also arrested.
He added one other suspect has been declared wanted.
According to the police Spokesman the suspects work with the Federal Polytechnic Idah. “Miss Sherrifah was reportedly kidnapped on Aug. 4, at the family residence in Okenya along Itayi street, Local Government area of Kogi..
“The girl’s remains was only discovered few days later already mutilated and some parts missing,” he said.
Ovye-Aya said that investigation had commenced, including efforts to apprehend the third suspect, whose name was given as Adah. “The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Edward Egbuka has ordered for a thorough investigation into the case and manhunt for Adah, now at large.
“In compliance with the CP’s order, the matter has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department in Lokoja,” he added.
Ovye-Aya assured that the command would conduct very thorough investigation into the matter to unravel the circumstances behind the girl’s death.
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has arrested two suspects in possession of 100 bags of dry leaves, suspected to be Cannabis, worth N10 million in Abuja.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
She said the dry leaves were concealed beneath fertilizers loaded in a Dangote truck, heading to Abuja from Ondo State.
Adeh said the truck was intercepted by police operatives attached to Zuba Divisional Police Headquarters following a tip off by Inspection Officers of the Dangote Group of Companies.
She said the inspection officers were strategically positioned for control and management of the fleet of trucks at intermittent locations.
Adeh said the suspects had admitted their involvement in the criminal conspiracy and the illegal possession of prohibited substances upon the arrest.
The police spokesperson said the suspects confirmed that the illegal commodity was worth N10 million and admitted that they were contracted and promised N400,00 each.
She said efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing members of the suspected criminal syndicate.
Adeh said the suspects and exhibits would be transferred to the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) upon the conclusion of the investigationShe said the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the FCT, Mr Babaji Sunday, had expressed concern over the high rate of drugs and substance abuse.
Sunday said the command would continue to partner with the NDLEA to bring the menace of abuse to the barest minimum in the FCT.
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has rescued three alleged internet fraudsters from a mob in the Lokogoma area of Abuja.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh, disclosed this in a statement she issued on Thursday in Abuja.
She said the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the FCT, Mr Babaji Sunday, had cautioned the public against jungle justice.
Sunday said the act of resorting to jungle justice in quest for solution to a problem was barbaric.
He said preliminary investigation carried out revealed that the mob descended on the suspects after the latter attempted to defraud a female Point-of-Sale (POS) operator.
The CP said the suspects, rescued following prompt intervention of the police, were currently in police custody.
He said the incident occurred around Peace Court Estate, on Lokogoma Road, Abuja.
The CP condemned the act and enjoined residents to come forward with complaints to give room for legitimate and swift dispensation of justice.
He emphasised the need to allow justice to prevail at all times, irrespective of the crime committed.
Sunday warned that resorting to self-help was criminal and punishable by law.
He said full-scale investigation was underway to establish the fact of the case.
The Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, says provision of adequate security of life and property is a key factor for consideration in construction of FHA estates nationwide.
Ashafa said this at the inauguration and handover of a Police Post donated to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command Lugbe by the FHA on Wednesday, in Abuja.
According to him, the Police Post is the fulfillment of the promise the authority made to the Police earlier that they would be relocated to a befitting place and that the authority does not joke about security issues.
Ashafa said that in spite of the spate of insecurity across the country, the authority’s estates nationwide were well secured, adding that the organisation did not take security for granted.
“The purpose of coming together is just to show the world that in whatever we do in terms of the provision of houses for the people who are citizens of Nigeria, here at FHA, we take security seriously.
“I will refer to the Police Post as the symbol of security for the entire Lugbe area.
This is not the only one that we have here; we have a police station that is fully equipped, and fully manned.
“This is just the FHA, and whether there is any threat to live anywhere, when you get to any of our estates, you will find out that it is well secured through partnerships with all the law enforcement agencies.
“As we are talking, it is not only the Nigeria police that we have this kind of relationship with.
“If you go to our estate in , about five blocks within that estate are being inhabited by security personnel to give the proper security and safety to the people as the case may be,’’ he said.
The FHA boss said this was a partnership toward delivering their Corporate Social Responsible (CSR) to the society in the area of security.
He urged all Nigerians to play their own role in ensuring a safe society, adding that the issue of security should not be left to the law enforcement agents alone.
Responding, the FCT Commissioner of Police, (CP) Mr Babaji Sunday, appreciated the management and staff of FHA for supporting the security agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, and thanked the organisation for the gesture.
Sunday promised the immediate deployment of personnel to the post, and pledged that the facility would be judiciously used.
He was represented at the occasion by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Operations, FCT Command, Mr Mode Bunza.
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 Kaduna State Police Command has reassured the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) of a robust synergy and timely sharing of intelligence reports.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) Mr Yekini Ayoku, gave the assurance during a visit by the state Commandant NSCDC, Mr Idris Adah.The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Jalige, stated this in a statement in kaduna.
Jalige said the visit was to foster interagency collaboration in ridding Kaduna state of crimes and other vices.
According to him, the NSCDC Commandant explained that in view of the persisting security challenges across the nation, security agencies need to collaborate in ensuring that lives and properties of law abiding citizens are adequately protected.
He said that NSCDC and the Police, being mandated by law to ensure internal security within the country, must forge ties towards living up to their mandates.
In his response, CP Ayoku said the NIgeria Police Force (NPF) had always been at the forefront of promoting interagency collaboration, with the military and other para-military outfits.
He assured the Corps Commandant of a robust synergy as well as timely sharing of intelligence reports gathered from the Police and other security agencies.
“The CP, who received the NSCDC State Commandant in company of other top officers, said security was everyone’s business, hence the need for all hands to be on deck, for the greater good of all citizens of the state and by extension, Nigeria,” he
The Police Command in Nasarawa State has begun investigation of alleged defilement of a minor, by a police inspector attached to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the command.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Ramhan Nansel, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Lafia.
Nansel said the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Adesina Soyemi, ordered the arrest of the suspect, following a petition received by the ‘B’ Division, Lafia, on July 18.
The PPRO said the petitioner accused the police officer of being in the habit of defiling under-aged girls within his living quarters.
“Upon the receipt of the complaints, the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Adesina Soyemi, ordered the arrest of the suspect.
“The CP also directed DCP Shettima Jauro-Mohammed in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department to carry out diligent investigation into the matter.
“Experts were invited and they obtained DNA samples as part of the investigative process,” the PPRO said.
Nansel said that the outcome of the test was being awaited to prove the veracity or otherwise of the allegation.
“The Nigeria Police Force is a disciplined organisation and will not condone or cover up any act that seems to contravene the law and capable of bringing the force to disrepute.
“The public is hereby assured of a comprehensive investigation into the case as outcome of the investigation will be made public,” he added.
He further said that any erring personnel would be sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of the law .
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said there was no shooting at Dantata Bridge and Minister’s Hill as speculated in some quarters.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Some sections of the media on Tuesday circulated stories of shooting at Dantata Bridge, along Airport Road and Minister’s Hill in Maitama area of Abuja.
“The attention of the Police Command in the FCT has been drawn to a series of erroneous stories making the rounds, especially on the social media spaces.
“The stories suggested that there was heavy gunfire simultaneously around Dantata Bridge and Minister’s Hills on Tuesday at about at about 7:30 p.m. “Following the receipt of the news, the Command’s Intelligence and Tactical asset drafted to the scene where the news was found false.
“Having maintained monitoring and surveillance of the area all night, and with the intelligence at the disposal of the Command, it is important to categorically state that the news is unfounded and should be disregarded,” she said.
Adeh enjoined the public to eschew the generation and promulgation of fake and unverified news and go about their lawful business without the fear of harassment or molestation.
She said the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the FCT, Mr Babaji Sunday, had reassured residents of the commitment of the command to ensure the safety of all and sundry in the territory and called for calm.
The CP said investigation into the source of the stories and other maliciously crafted write-ups targeted at promoting panic and apprehension in the territory had commenced.
Sunday called on residents to only believe information released from confirmed sources, adding that the police would continue its quest to bring crime and criminality to the barest minimum in the FCT.
He urged residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the police through 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.
The Police Command in Kaduna State says its operatives foiled a kidnap attempt and rescued eight victims in villages on Kaduna -Birnin Gwari road on Thursday.
The Command Spokesperson, DSP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna.
Jalige said the operatives of the Command attached to Buruku Division achieved this while acting on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, (CP) Mr Yekini Ayoku, on rigorous patrols of all highways within the Command.
According to him, on July 21 at about 15.30hrs, the operatives intercepted an unspecified number of bandits on a heinous mission between villages along Kaduna -Birnin Gwari road.
He explained that, the bandits forcefully stopped three commercial vehicles, whisked away the occupants and headed to the forest.
“The resilient operatives on sighting the gang of criminals, immediately engaged and gave them a fierce chase amidst exchange of fire.
“The operatives’ courage and precision foiled the kidnap as the bandits fled into the forest with varying degrees of bullet wounds, eight victims were successfully rescued.
“Three of the victims are from Birnin Gwari while four are from Udawa village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
However, the eighth victim, one of Mando area in Igabi LGA sustained injury and was rushed to hospital for medical attention.
He added that the rescued victims were moved to Buruku Police Station where they were profiled, documented and escorted to their destination as concerted efforts were made to ensure sanity on the road.
“The Commissioner of Police appreciated the sacrifice of the gallant men and tasked them not to relent in their commitment to restoring public confidence and safety on our highways always, “Jalige said..