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.
Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have shot to death a teacher in Government Science Secondary School Nassarawa-Eggon, Nasarawa State, Mr Auta Nasela.
A staff member of the school who preferred anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the attack occurred at about 8:00 pm on Saturday.
He said that the gunmen gained entrance into the school premises and went straight to the residence of the deceased, demanding for money.
The source added that the deceased ran to his neighbour’s apartment, but was pursued and shot by one of the gunmen.
He said that another staff member of the school, Mr Timothy Malle was also shot but survived the attack, adding that he was rushed to hospital for medical attention.
Confirming the incident, DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, said the incident was a case of armed robbery.
“Yesterday around 8:45 pm, a distress call was received from GSS Nassarawa-Eggon that hoodlums invaded the residence of one Auta Nasela.
“When they gained entrance, they started demanding for money but the man escaped to his neighbour’s house, but one of the hoodlums followed him and shot him.
“He was rushed to the General Hospital Nassarawa-Eggon by the police, but unfortunately died while receiving treatment,” Nansel added.
The PPRO said that the police has since commenced investigation into the matter with a view to arrest and bring the perpetrators to book.
He called on members of the public to always avail the police with information about criminal elements for necessary action.
Mr Muhammed Gumel, the Commissioner of Police in Sokoto state, said the command is committed to strengthening police capacity in evidence-based investigation, prosecution and human rights.
A statement issued on Saturday by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, said Gumel spoke when he visited the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Mohammed Sifawa.
Gumel was quoted as saying that the command had since explored more ways toward bridging the gap in the training and retraining of its personnel.
“The training gap on evidence-based investigation, prosecution and human rights could be bridged through regular interface with police personnel.
“A workshop which will be conducted by the judiciary in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission would be attended by the police personnel and those of the National Correctional Service,” he said.
Gumel added that doing so would no doubt enhance the personnel’s capabilities in managing emerging crimes and nip in the bud issues that are causing delay in prosecution and justice delivery processes.
He further stated that the visit was in order to provide an avenue for both judiciary and the police to brainstorm on better ways to face the common enemies of the nation.
Responding, Sifawa retated his commitment to work closely with the police to facilitate quick justice delivery in the state.
The dismissal of an assaulting police constable from the Cross River Police Command was to serve as deterrent to errant others.
The assertion was made in Calabar on Friday by police spokesperson in the state, DSP Irene Ugbo. The Nigeria Police Force had earlier dismissed one PC Okoi Liyomo with Force No. 524503 who was caught on camera beating a man with a machete at Ekori in Cross River.
DSP Ugbo told newsmen on Friday in Calabar that police operatives who went beyond their brief of protecting lives and property would have themselves to blame.
“What just happened was a clear indication that we are ready to punish errant officers regardless of who brought them into the police force.
“Such disciplinary measures will continue within the force.
I urge police officers to discharge their duties in consideration of the oath they took to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians,’’ she said.
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.
Suspected ritualists beheaded a 37- year-old security man at a place of worship in Bayelsa on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victim was guarding the place of worship at Elebele community in Ogbia Local Government area of the state when he was murdered.
A top official of the place of worship first saw the mutilated corpse with the head severed from the body and the throat was missing.
The Youth President of the Elebele Community, Mr Famous Egbo said remains of the victim were discovered at about 5.50a.
m. on Thursday.
“When people saw him, he was beheaded.
His throat was missing.
People suspected that it might be a ritual killing.
’’ the youth leader said.
Police spokesman in Bayela, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.
In another development, a vandal was electrocuted on Osiri Road in Yenagoa on Wednesday.
His charred body was found dangling from an electric pole.
A resident said the vandal had cut one of the armoured cables on the pole and was working on the second one when power was restored and he was electrocuted.
A commercial motorcyclist, Mr Abejide Ojo, was on Thursday shot dead by gunmen along Ilemeso-Isan- Ekiti road in Ekiti.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an eye witness who knew the identity of the victim said he was 35 years old.
The witness narrated how Ojo conveyed a passenger from Isan-Ekiti to Ilemeso- Ekiti and on his way back to Isan-Ekiti, he met some gunmen who requested that he should carry them to a forest.
He was said to have declined their request which led to dragging of his motorcycle with the gunmen, which later led to his escape from the scene before he was chased and shot severally.
The witness said the victim managed to take the gunshot wounds to Isan Ekiti where he explained what transpired between him and the gunmen to the residents.
Some residents confirmed to have seen him in blood strained clothes before he gave up the ghost.
Reacting to the development, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Ekiti Command, DSP Sunday Abutu, promised to brief journalists as soon as he gets comprehensive details.
The Police Command in Niger has confirmed recovery of the bodies of two persons found dead in an apartment in SDP area in Suleja Local Government Area on August 8. The Public Relations Officer of command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the tragic development in a statement issued in Minna on Thursday.
Abiodun said that an incident of a suspected culpable homicide and suicide occurred on Aug. 8 at about 8:15 p.
m. He explained that an unusual noise of a man in distress was heard at the residence of one Mr Adeniyi Dennis located at SDP area in Suleja.
He said that police operatives attached to ‘A’ Division Suleja were immediately mobilised to the scene and the door was forcefully opened.
Unfortunately, a lifeless body of one Gloria Chidinma was discovered on the bed tied with a rope around her neck and her husband, Adeniyi Dennis, was also found lying down unconscious suspected to have taken poisonous substance.
The duo were rushed to General Hospital Suleja where the wife was confirmed dead while the husband later gave up the ghost on Aug. 9 at about 4: 45 p.
m. The spokesman said that a skipping rope and a cup containing suspected poisonous substance were recovered from the scene.
“We have since evacuated the bodies to General Hospital Suleja mortuary for autopsy.
“However, the unfortunate incident is under investigation while we await medical examination result,” the police said.
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 Police Command in Niger has confirmed the arrest of a suspected fake soldier, Aliu Umar, around Ibeto village of Magama Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the development on Tuesday.
Abiodun, said on July 31, based on a tip-off that an individual who has been parading himself as a military officer was sighted along Ibeto area of Magama Magama Local Government Area of the state.
He said on receipt of this information, police operatives attached to Nasko division mobilised to the area and arrested the suspect.
He explained the that the suspect was arrested with the one Mercedes Benz marked BDG 300 TA, one NDA emblem, one military camouflage jungle hat and one military vest with belt.
Other items include one military face mask, two ropes, three SIM cards of different network providers and N700,000 cash.
He said that the suspect hails from Wawu-Garin Warra, Ngaski Magama Local Government Area of Kebbi.
He said that during interrogation, the suspect denied being a military officer, but claimed that what was found on him belonged to his brother who is a military officer serving at Warri, Delta.
The PRO said the suspect has been on the commands watchlist as he abandoned a Honda Accord vehicle marked RBC 143 FF at Maje along Kotangora road in 2020 to evade arrest for a similar offence.
He said that the suspect would be arraigned as soon as investigation is concluded.