The police command in Lagos state has summoned six policemen to its headquarters in Ikeja over an alleged extortion of N100,000 from a member of the public.
The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday.
“Six policemen are involved in the matter.
They have been summoned to the headquarters in Ikeja for interrogation.
“The money involved has been collected back for the owner,” he said.
NAN reports that on Thursday, a member of the public, simply identified as Oluwagbadura, on his verified Twitter handle, alleged that some policemen extorted him.
He claimed that that around 2:45 p.
m., some police officers stopped him at Soliki, Aguda, Lagos and conducted the usual search on him.
Oluwagbadura alleged that at about 3:44 p.
m., the officers escorted him to a POS and withdrew N100,000 of his hard earned money.
“After the search and not finding anything on me, they proceeded to seize my phone and company laptop and tagged me a yahoo boy.
“My crime, they said, is that I do not have an ID card as a freelancer.
“They searched my phone.
They called me a criminal for chatting with my friends on WhatsApp. “They threatened to shoot and lock me up!
Next, they took me to their station, just few meters away, then forced me to admit to being a criminal,” he said.
Oluwagbadura further said that he refused to admit committing any crime, stressing that the officers then asked him to write a statement and thereafter, signed papers to bail himself.
“I transferred N100,000 to the POS vendor, and then paid N2,000 for charges (which was screenshot.
He said that there were six officers and one of them threatened to deal with him in cell and nothing would happen.
He said some of them were in mufti, including the one who acted as their lead.
“All of these things happened at the Police divisional headquarters, Soliki Aguda.
I need Justice and my money back, please,” he tweeted.
NAN observed that the complaint was tweeted at about 7.46 p.
m., while many members of the public reacted to the post.
At 10.36 p.
m., Oluwagbadura tweeted again to thank all that helped to broadcast his complaints.
“Update: First, thanks to everyone who contributed a tweet.
I got my money back completely.
“Special thanks to @SavvyRinu, @BenHundeyin (the spokesman for police in Lagos), @segalink and the DPO, who was pretty nice,” he said.
The Police Command in Bauchi State, has confirmed the attack on Mr Zakka Magaji, Senior Special Assistant on Christian Religious Affairs to Gov. Bala Mohammed.
The command spokesman, SP Ahmed Wakil told newsmen on Friday in Bauchi, that seven gunmen attacked Magaji in his home on Thursday night.
He however said while the governor’s aide was unhurt, one person in the residence was injured and had to be rushed to ATBU Teaching Hospital for medical attention.
“The command received the distress call at about 1:00am that the house was under attack by some armed men, numbering about seven.
“On receipt of the distress call, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda directed the Police E-division to act immediately.
“The DPO led his team with other tactical Commanders such as Rapid Response Squad B-division for a quick intervention, where the armed men ran into the bush,” he said.
According to him, three empty shells of 7.6mm ammunition were recovered at the scene.
He said that the Police had intensified patrol in the area so as to track and arrest the gunmen.
Wakil assured that the command was doing everything possible to secure the lives and properties of the citizens and sought for more cooperation of the general public.
He particularly urged the people to be security conscious and provide timely information on suspected criminals to security agencies for prompt action.
The Police Command in Ogun on Monday confirmed the arrested of six suspected cultists who allegedly attempted to kill a traditional ruler at Oja- Odan area of Ilaro in Ogun State.
The Police Spokesperson in State, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement in Ota, Ogun. Oyeyemi explained that the suspected cultists were arrested on Saturday, while attempting to kill a traditional ruler in his palace.
Oyeyemi gave the names of the suspects as Michael Ayodele, Monday Samuel, Ademola Matthew, Hammed Jelili, Ogundele Ojeh and Sunkanmi Fadina.
“They were arrested following a distress call received at Oja odan Divisional Headquarters from the Oba of Gbokoto land, Oba G.
O Olukunle, at about 4 25 p.
m. that some cultists were about to kill him in his palace.
“Upon the distress call, the Dvisional Police Officer(DPO), Oja- Odan Division, quickly mobilised his men and moved to the palace, where they met the hoodlums shooting sporadically.
“The policemen engaged them in shootout and eventually subdued the cultists and got six amongst them arrested.
“During the interrogation, the suspects confessed being members of the dreaded Eiye Confraternity.
“In addition, they also informed the police that it was the son of the Oba who is now at large, that invited them to eliminate his father because of an unresolved issue the Oba had been having with his mother,” he said.
The PPRO said that one locally made Double Barrell pistol, two live cartridges and one expenpended cartridge were recovered from the suspects.
He added that the son of the Oba, who had taken to flight, was said to have escaped with another gun belonging to the group.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation with the view to charge them to court on conclusion of the investigation.
The CP also ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing son of the Oba, to bring him to justice.
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.
Network International (www.Network.ae), the leading enabler of digital trade in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), has announced the internal appointment of Dr. Reda Helal as Group General Manager, Processing Business - Africa and Group Co-Head .
In his new role, Reda will be responsible for leading and growing a customer-focused business unit serving financial institutions, fintechs and payment partners across all African geographies served by the Group.
Reda is passionate about payment innovation, financial inclusion and cashless societies.
He brings more than two decades of experience in digital payments, strategic planning and execution, new market entries, and leadership practices in multinational payment organizations.
Reda has been with Network International since 2007 and most recently served as Group Sales Director for Processing.
He also helped launch the company's business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Prior to that, Reda held various leadership positions with international banks in the Middle East, Africa and North America.
Commenting on Reda's appointment, Nandan Mer, Group Chief Executive Officer, Network International, said: “We are delighted to have Reda leading our business in Africa.
His experience developing new markets and his understanding of the digital payments ecosystem will prove invaluable as we continue to grow and help drive digital commerce in support of businesses and economies in this region.
Reda's passion and experience fit perfectly with Network's vision of the journey from cash to digital in Africa.
Reda Helal, Group Managing Director, Processing Business – Africa and Co-Head of Group Processing, Network International, added: “I am honored to have this opportunity and work with a talented team to grow our services in Africa.
I look forward to taking on this new challenge and continuing to provide innovative digital payment solutions for our customers to better serve the communities and economies in which we operate.” Network International recently announced 31% year-over-year growth in total revenue for the first half of 2022, with 21% year-over-year growth in Africa, excluding DPO Group (www.DPOGroup.com), which Network International acquired in 2021 in a landmark deal for the African payments landscape.
The Police Command in Katsina State says it has intercepted 185 sealed parcels of cannabis sativa, known as Indian hemp, and arrested a 58-year old man suspected to be in possession of the exhibit.
The police spokesperson in the state, SP Gambo Isah who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Katsina, said two suspected terrorists were also nuetralised by the operatives of the command.
“Today, Sept. 4, 2022 at about 4p.
m, based on credible intelligence, the command succeeded in accosting one Abdulrazak Ajibade, aged 58 in possession of the suspected Indian hemp.
“Ajibade, who is from Offa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kwara state, was arrested along Katsina- Dutsinma road, in a maroon colour Volkswagen vehicle with registration number JBY 311 AA.
“In the course of investigation, 185 neatly sealed parcels of dried leaves, reasonably suspected to be Indian Hemp, were recovered inside the vehicle during police search.
“Suspect confessed to the commission of the offence and is assisting the police in their investigations,” the police spokesperson said.
He added that the command also received a distress call on Sunday, that 11 terrorists on motorcycles, armed with AK 47 rifles, attacked the residence of one Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi-Tafashiya, aged 60, of Kankia LGA and abducted him to an unknown destination.
SP Isah revealed that on receipt of the report, the DPO in that area, led a tactical unit to the area and blocked the hoodlums at Juga village.
“The team engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel and successfully repelled them.
The kidnapped victim was rescued unhurt.
“In the course of scanning the scene, two terrorists were neutralised and one of their operational motorcycles recovered.
Investigation is ongoing.
Mr Unazi Gideon, a social critic, and Eza Patrick, an anti-corruption crusader have dragged
Mr James Oche, Chairman, Ado Local Government Area of Benue and Facebook International Services Nigeria Limited for alleged defamation of character.
Gideon and Patrick, in a suit marked: 28122022 and filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, demanded N500 million in damages.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that they sued Oche and Facebook as 1st and 2nd defendants respectively.
In the application dated and filed Aug. 25 by their lawyer, F.
S. Jimba, the claimants are praying the court for “a declaration that the publication originated by the 1st defendant and published by the 2nd defendant on the 23rd August, 2022 titled ‘PATRICK EZA and GIDEON UNAZI WANTED OVER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IN ADO’ is defamatory of the claimants.
” They, therefore, prayed the court for an order of injunction perpetually restraining the defendants whether by themselves or through their agents or privies howsoever described, from further publishing any defamatory information concerning them In the statement of claims, the claimants told the the court that “on Aug. 23, the 1st defendant used the platform of the 2nd defendant known as Facebook and published a highly defamatory material about them.
” Oche was alleged to have, through the Facebook, said: “The Benue State Command of the Nigerian Police Force today paraded 18 suspected kidnappers arrested in Ado Local Government.
“In connection with this, the attention of the public is drawn to the fact that PATRICK EZA and GIDEON UNAZI are hereby declared wanted by Ado Local Government to volunteer useful information to aid police investigation in this matter.
“Anybody in contact with them should advise them to immediately turn themselves In to the Ado Divisional Police Station Igumalo.
“Similarly, those with useful information on their whereabouts should kindly inform the DPO Ado LG.
” But the claimants, in the affidavit in support of the writ of summon, said that they were both in Abuja on Aug. 23 going about their legitimate business when they became aware of the defamatory publication.
They also averred that as at the time the publication was made, neither of them was invited by the police in connection with the allegation of kidnapping.
They said that the act had portrayed them as kidnappers or persons involved in kidnapping or persons who are members of a kidnapping gang.
The claimants, who described themselves as law-abiding citizens who earn their Income from their legitimate work, said they had never involved in any case of kidnapping or any other crime before.
NAN reports that the matter was yet to be assigned to a judge as at the time of the report.
The Police Command in Katsina, says it has raided terrorists’ hideout at Unguwan Maizuma village in Danja Local Government Area of the state, killed one and arrested an informant.
The Command’s spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah who revealed this in a statement on Sunday in Katsina, said weapons and other items were recovered.
“On Aug. 20, 2022 at about 7:30 p.
m, acting on credible intelligence that terrorists were sighted in a black spot at Maizuma village , Danja LGA of Katsina state, the DPO Danja led a team of policemen to the area and engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel.
The team successfully repelled the terrorists and neutralised one of them.
“In the course of scanning the hideout, the following exhibits were recovered; locally fabricated gun, military camouflage uniform, and machetes.
Dagger, and 100 bottles and a gallon of spirit.
“Other items include; Some quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp, two Boxer motorcycles, three car batteries, one Sewing machine, Roll of cable wire, and two cooking gas cylinders.
“One suspected informant to the terrorists was also arrested.
It was reasonably suspected that the ring leader of the terror group, one Sule Dawa, escaped with fatal gunshots wound,” he said.
Isah added that the command was making efforts with the view to arresting the gang leader and other members of the syndicate.
According to him, the Commissioner for Police in Katsina, CP Idrisu Dabban-Dauda, appreciated the efforts of the personnel in repelling the terrorists.
Isah added that the commissioner had directed the personnel to sustain the tempo until all forms of crime and criminality were dealt with.
“The CP also urged members of the public to continue to cooperate with security agencies in the ongoing campaign against terrorism in the state,” he said.
A Makurdi Upper Area Court on Friday remanded two persons, Thomas Huna and Matthew Gbuusu, for alleged illegal possession of firearms.
The Magistrate, Mrs Rose Iyorshe, remanded the duo at the Federal Maximum Correctional Centre, Makurdi, and adjourned the case until Sept. 28 for further mention.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Veronica Shaagee, told the court that the case was transferred from the Divisional Police Headquarters Naka, Gwer West, to State CID, Makurdi, via a letter dated Aug. 14. Shaagee said following concrete information received by the DPO Naka Division, Thomas Huna of Naka was arrested and his house was searched and one AK47 rifle ammunition was recovered.
She said the defendant later confessed that his gun was with one Matthew Gbuusu of the same address.
“The said Gbuusu Mathew was also arrested and his house was searched and one locally made pistol was recovered from him,” the police prosecutor said.
Shaage said the defendants contravened Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act 2004. She said investigations into the matter was still ongoing and requested for another date to complete it.
When the case, however, came up for mention, no plea was taken from the defendants for want of jurisdiction.
Alhaji Ahmed Magaji-Kontangora, the Commissioner of Police in Kebbi, has decorated 12 Divisional of Police Officers (DPOs) and 14 other officers from the state, with the rank of Superintendents of Police (SP).
Magaji-Kontagora, while decorating the officers in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, urged them to be ready for new tasks and responsibilities ahead of them.
He said, “The promotion is in recognition of your contributions to the development of the country in terms of fighting crime and criminality.
“To whom much is given, much is expected and your responsibilities are much more higher now as you are expected to pay back to the society.
” Magaji-Kontagora said that the promotion was in line with the Inspector General of Police’s manpower development policy.
“The promotion is also aimed at boosting the morale of the police personnel for effective service delivery.
”It is also aimed at identifying, elevating and positioning deserving officers professionally,” he said.
Magaji-Kontagora congratulated the beneficiaries and their families on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba. The commissioner urged them to reciprocate the gesture by exhibiting high professionalism, civility to members of the public and respect for human rights.
A Superintendent of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Iliyasu, who responded on behalf of the promoted officers, thanked the IGP, the Police Service Commission and the CP for finding them worthy of the promotion.
Iliyasu promised that they would re-double their efforts to justify the confidence reposed in them.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all the 26 officers were promoted from DSP.