The police command in Lagos State says it has reduced crime to the barest minimum in the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, gave the assurance during an interactive session with journalists in Lagos on Saturday.
He said that criminal activities in the state had dropped much through effective policing.
Hundeyin said that raids on criminal hideouts had been enhanced due to intelligence by police personnel and information volunteered by members of the public.
“No more hideouts; we have raided hideouts and shanties at the different localities, and dislodged criminals,” the spokesman said.
Hundeyin assured residents of the state of the command’s commitment to fighting crime on all corners.
“The safety of Lagos State and the people of Lagos is paramount; we will continue to protect lives and property of the citizens.
’’ He urged the residents not to hesitate to provide useful information to the police on suspicious movements and activities.
“Reach out to Divisional Police Officer (DPO); if the DPO is not responding well, call the area commander.
“It is important for residents to partner with the police in the effort to rid the state of criminal activities; all hands must be on deck.
“With better interaction between the police and the residents, crime fighting efforts will yield better results.
“You can also reach out to me.
If you don’t want to reveal your identity, you are free to send your information through an anonymous account,” he added.
According to him, the command is partnering with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency to tackle drug abuse in Lagos State.
Hundeyin warned that police personnel found involved in drug abuse would face disciplinary actions.
On public trust in the police, the image maker said that the command was working hard to bridge any trust gap.
According to him, it is wrong for any police personnel to ask for money for an investigation.
He urged members of the public to commend police officers and men doing well and criticise those found wanting.
Police in Ogun, on Monday, said two women, Christiana-D’ivoire Iyama and Margaret Ogwu, were arrested for allegedly operating a baby factory at Agbado area of the state.
The Police spokesperson in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said this in a statement in Ota, adding that the two suspects were arrested on Aug. 27. Oyeyemi explained that the suspects were arrested following information received at Agbado Divisional Headquarters that Iyama, of No.4, Ibrahim Famiyiwa St., Agbado, was operating a baby factory where she harboured young girls and hired men to impregnate them.
He explained further that she would collect the baby on delivery and sell to waiting buyers.
“Upon receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Agbado Division, SP Awoniyi Adekunle, mobilised his detectives to the area where the said Iyama and Ogwu were arrested.
“During preliminary investigation, it was discovered that Ogwu was one of the girls harboured by Iyama, who employed the services of men to impregnate her and collected the child on delivery, which she usually sold at the rate of N400,000 to one of her customers,” the police spokesman said.
The PPRO said she also confessed to the police that, she had sold up to three children from different women to different customers.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the transfer of the case to Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has vowed to sustain the demolition of illegal structures, markets and shanties built on the enchroached rail corridor in Gwarinpa.
Mr Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, stated this after clean up exercise at Gwarinpa, on Friday in Abuja.
Attah explained that the exercise was being coordinated by joint Taskforce team which comprises of FCTA Senior officials, Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police Force , as well as Federal Road Safety Corps.
Others are Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He listed others to include the Department of State Services, the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services, and Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).
The minister’s aide said that the joint taskforce team stormed the Gwarimpa rail corridor unannounced to commence demolition of shanties, market and butchers defacing the area.
According to him, the shanties were not only cleared, but also burnt to ashes with a view to preventing a comeback of the illegal structures and market.
Attah said that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Sunday Babaji, had renewed commitment to clearing all criminal hideouts in the nation’s capital.
He said: ” We are here for several reasons, the first one is that there have been series of complaints over this place.
”Secondly, the issue of city sanitation is a problem here and general issues of insecurity here.
” This is Hayari market , we cleared it last year and this year we have come again to clear it because the traders returned.
“The FCT Police Commissioner, Babaji and Police Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Gwarinpa had gotten report of criminal activities going on here.
”The residents had also complained very bitterly of persons trying to hide here as cover to rob neighborhoods and that has been very alarming.
” Attah revealed that during the exercise, some arrests were made of people carrying illicit drugs by the NDLEA of the Command and Control JTF team under the CP of FCT and DC Bernard Iwe. “The Police also arrested three suspected criminals and the NDLEA arrested two people allegedly peddling drugs.
”This is a big task, but we are not given up.
We will keep coming until they stop to come,”he added.
The police in Kano State, said they foiled a kidnap attempt on the Village Head of Garun-Babba, Mallam Abdulmuminu Mudi in Garun-Mallam Local Government Area of the state.
The police spokesperson in the State Command, SP Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Kano.“On Aug. 9, 2022, at about 01:30 hours, a report was received that gunmen on motorcycles, kidnapped Village Head of Garun-Babba village in Garun-Mallam Local Government Area, Mallam Abdulmuminu Mudi.“Upon receipt of the report, the Command’s Acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Abubakar Zubairu, raised a combined team of policemen and the Anti-kidnapping Squad.
“The team was led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Garun-Mallam Division, CSP Usman Maisoro, and local vigilante in the area, to rescue the village head and arrest the culprits,” he said.
Haruna-Kiyawa disclosed that the team immediately swung into action and trailed the perpetrators.
“As such, the Kidnappers abandoned the village head and three motorcycles.
“The victim was rescued unhurt and the three motorcycles used by the criminals were abandoned and recovered by the police,” he said.
The Command’s Acting Commissioner of Police appreciated the police officers for their rapid response and directed them to intensify efforts in arresting the fleeing suspects.
The police in Lagos has arrested a 36-year-old applicant, Ifeanyi Ezennaya, for allegedly drugging and robbing six women of six iPhones valued at N4 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident happened on Tuesday at Falolu Street, Surulere, Lagos.
Ezennaya, whose residential address is unknown, lured the young ladies (names withheld) to a hotel, laced their drinks with unknown substance and dispossessed them of their phones and other valuables.
One of the victims who spoke on behalf of others told NAN that they met the suspect few days ago while celebrating the birthday of one of them in a bar.
“We met him at a bar, he approached us and introduced himself as Emeka, he claimed he is just back from Switzerland and he wants to be our friend.
“Two of us gave him our phone contacts.
“On Tuesday, he called that we should hang out in a hotel and we honoured the invitation.
“He ushered us to the room he had already booked.
“He brought out red wine and some energy drinks from the fridge and served us and that was all we could remember,” she said.
Another victim, who continued the narration, said that when they eventually woke up after sleeping for six hours, the suspect was no where to be found.
“We drank the wine around 7:00 p.
m. and woke up at 1:00 a.
m. and discovered that we had been robbed of our six iPhones, wristwatches, gold chain among other items.
“It was then it dawned on us that our drinks was spiked with drugs,” she said.
She added that Ezennaya withdrew the sum of N50,000 from the account of one of us with the ATM he stole.
“We later learnt that he had sent our phones to Onitsha through waybill and sold them for N900,000,” she said.
NAN gathered that Ezennaya specialised in drugging and robbing women of their phones and other valuables.
Police officers at Surulere Division, through deligent work, arrested the suspect on Thursday in a hotel in Allen Avenue, Ikeja, where he was about to rob another prospective victim.
When NAN contacted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the division, CSP Idowu Adedeji, for details, he refered our correspondent to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Lagos State Command.
The PPRO, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the story said the suspect drugged and robbed the victims.
According to him, the phones are yet to be recovered.
A Police Inspector name (withheld) on Thursday killed two armed bandits who invaded his house in Orogwe, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo.A press statement released by the spokesperson of Imo Police Command, CSP Micheal Abattam, confirmed the incident.
Abattam said that the suspected bandits jumped a perimeter wall of the building and gained entrance into the police officer’s apartment, but were resisted by the officer.
“On 0482022 at about 0222hrs, armed bandits in their numbers, invaded the house of a Police Inspector attached to one of the formations in the command and jumped the perimeter wall into the compound at Aforukwu, Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area. “They destroyed the iron burglary protector and front door, entered inside the flat, but were taken by surprise as the police inspector who professionally placed himself at a vantage position, engaged the bandits in an aggressive gun duel.
“The hoodlums who were stunned and confused by the staccato sound emanating from the rifle of the officer, took to their heels, scampering for safety and were given a hot chase and in the process, one of them was neutralized,” Abattam stated.
He said the officer alerted Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ogbaku Division, who mobilized and rushed to the scene and positioned themselves strategically and professionally, combed the surrounding bushes where another corpse, two locally made pistols and an Identity Card were recovered.
He noted that the recovered identity card belongs to one of the neutralized bandits Chukwuemezie Chukwu, a native of Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that gunmen on Monday, invaded the community and killed seven people and six others critically injured.
Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, has lauded the police for repelling the Monday morning attack by gunmen on Illah community in the state.
Ifeajika gave the commendation during a solidarity visit to Mr Bolarinwa Alabi, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
He said that policemen in the community demonstrated bravery by confronting the gunmen and neutralizing one of them while the others escaped with bullet wounds.
According to Ifeajika, the officers of the division displayed the true spirit of policing and I pray that such attitude should live on among policemen in all formations.
On his part, Mr Frank Esenwah, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate for Oshimili North Constituency in 2023 elections, also lauded the police for their bravery.
He said that he was pleased to hear that the police were able to neutralise one of the gunmen while others escaped with bullet wounds.
“We were informed that some criminal gang tried to terrorise this community but we thank God that the police were able to live up to their billing and one of them was killed while two escaped with bullet wounds.
“We have come in solidarity to rejoice with the police authorities and to congratulate them for their bravery.
“Going forward as leaders from this community, we will see what we can do to support the law enforcement agencies to ensure that this kind of attack doesn’t happen again.
“We need to sound a note of warning to them that this is not an IPOB territory and they should keep off this community and the entire state,” Esenwah said.
The Police Command in Plateau has confirmed the killing of five persons by gunmen at Fusa community in Fabur District of Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau.
DSP Alfred Alabo, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, confirmed the development in a statement on Saturday in Jos.
According to him, the incident occurred on Thursday.
”On a sad note, the Commissioner of Police in Plateau, Mr Bartholomew Onyeka, wishes to use this medium to condole with the good people of Fusa village in Fabur in Jos East and the families of the five persons who were killed by yet to be identified persons.
”He has assured the families of the deceased and the entire people of locality that efforts are on top gear towards arresting the pepertrators of the dastardly act and be made to face justice,” he said.
Alabo added that the command had also foiled a kidnap attempt at the residence of one Mr Mark Inkasu of Jebbu Bassa, Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
”On July 22, at about 11 p.m., our Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Bassa, SP James Yekubu, received a distress call from a concerned citizen that some unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers were operating at the residence of one Mark Inkasu.
”Upon receipt of this information, the DPO mobilised his men to the scene, but on sighting the patrol vehicle, the hoodlums began shooting at the police personnel.
”Our gallant team also engaged them fearlessly and sensing danger that was about to befall them, the hoodlums escaped into a nearby bush with bullet wounds,” he said.
He said that the Commissioner advised residents of the area to go about their lawful activities as normalcy had since been restored to the area.
The PPRO added that the commissioner furher commended all the local security organisations in the area, for giving the Police the timely information that helped in repelling the kidnap attempt.
The Police Command in Delta has apprehended 25 suspected cultists in the state and recovered some items from them.
Spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Warri.
Edafe said that the hoodlums were nabbed on Sunday by a combined team of the State Anti-Cult Unit (SACU), Ibusa Division, and local vigilantes in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ibusa Police Station, was informed that the suspects were having their initiation at Zion Road, Ibusa.
Edafe added that the Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Mr Ari Ali, immediately directed SACU and the local vigilantes to raid their hideout.
“On July 10, 2022, at about 0130hrs, the DPO, Ibusa Police Station, got information that men of the Black Axe Confraternity, also known as “AYES”, were having their initiation at Zion Road, Ibusa.
“The CP directed a joint team of SACU, Ibusa division, and local vigilantes to apprehend the suspects.
“The team swung into action, raided their hideout and arrested 25 male suspects.
“They recovered three Aye confraternity regalia, one military vest, a pair of Aye confraternity stockings and three cut-to-size locally-made guns.
“Also recovered were: four live cartridges, a gallon of substances suspected to be liquid hard drugs, four vehicles and four motorcycles,” he said.
Edafe said that the command was investigating the matter. (
The Police Command in Lagos has advised religious centres to embrace the use of technology to further strengthen security on their premises.
CSP Idowu Adedeji, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Area C Police Command, gave the advice at a security sensitisation meeting with some Christian clerics on Wednesday in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State.
He said that attacks on churches in recent times had increased to an alarming rate and therefor churches must consider measures to ensure the safety of worshippers.
“Places of worship have been attacked; pastors and priests have been kidnapped for either ransom or other reasons,” the police chief said.
Adedeji said that among measures to detect criminal elements was the use of surveillance, scanners or metal detector so as to help control access in churches.
“Search worshippers, install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, get scanners to detect people with any dangerous weapons hidden on their bodies.
“Security of lives and property is an expensive business, try and get those gadgets, it may not be 100 per cent but it can minimise the risk.
“Involve your members in regular church sweeping by going around the compound to check and search for strange objects before the commencement of service.
“Police patrol teams move around every Sunday, but we cannot be physically present in all churches; we are constrained by our resources.
“Security is everybody’s business, Police alone cannot handle it. All hands must be on deck to tackle security issues.”
He urged men of God to create security committees or teams in churches.
“Create or get vibrant men to man your gates and other areas in the premises. Not old men in their 70s just because you want to pay them stipend.
“You can even engage members who have security background.
“After creating security teams or committees, inform us; we will help you train them and give them security tips.”
The DPO further urged the clergymen to get the contacts of the police and other emergency responders in case of emergency or security threat on their worship centres.
Adedeji said that the children’s church must also be secured as there have been cases of child stealing in some churches.
He advised the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chapter within Area C to create a social media platform or forum that would be dedicated solely to security issues.
“Have a whatsapp platform solely for security issues, each church will have designated member, it will be easy to disseminate information on any security threat,” the police chief said.