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  •  Unidentified gunmen suspected of enforcing a two day ghost sit in allegedly declared by an as yet unidentified dissident group in the southeast attacked Ebebe Junction in the Abakaliki metropolis of Ebonyi The assailants who attacked the area around 6 20 a m Friday set a vehicle on fire while a motorcycle driver narrowly escaped death by whiskers Mr Anayo Chukwuemeka a resident of the area who spoke to the Nigerian News Agency said the attackers fired several shots causing residents to panic and run for safety It happened in an instant But when the shooting died down and we got out we saw that one vehicle had been burned beyond recognition The driver of the escaped vehicle told us that the gunmen said they are enforcing the sit at home declared in protest at President Muhammadu Buhari s visit to Ebonyi A motorcycle driver who also escaped being shot by the attackers told us that he was shot at but he miraculously dodged the bullets Chukwuemeka said In addition Simon Onwe a store owner in the area told NAN that the assailants arrived in a vehicle without a license plate fired sporadically into the air and immediately fled I heard the shots but later found out that they left a vehicle burned beyond recognition while a motorcycle driver told us that he narrowly escaped their bullets with commercial activities especially in the night periods he said Meanwhile a combined team of men from the Nigeria Police and Ebubeagu East Security Team Ebonyi Commando have cleared the area Ms Loveth Odah Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Ebonyi Command when contacted for her reaction said that she had not yet received a report of the incident I am not aware of the attack Odah said Meanwhile a commando officer at the scene of the incident told NAN on condition of anonymity that the police had organized a manhunt to arrest the armed criminals However the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB a separatist group agitating for the independent state of Biafra said in a statement signed by Emma Powerful its media and publicity coordinator that the group has not declared any house sit ins in Southeast Buhari arrived at Ebonyi on Thursday on a two day state visit The president is expected to interact with leaders and stakeholders in the area NAN
    Unknown gunmen attack Ebonyi area,set vehicle ablaze
     Unidentified gunmen suspected of enforcing a two day ghost sit in allegedly declared by an as yet unidentified dissident group in the southeast attacked Ebebe Junction in the Abakaliki metropolis of Ebonyi The assailants who attacked the area around 6 20 a m Friday set a vehicle on fire while a motorcycle driver narrowly escaped death by whiskers Mr Anayo Chukwuemeka a resident of the area who spoke to the Nigerian News Agency said the attackers fired several shots causing residents to panic and run for safety It happened in an instant But when the shooting died down and we got out we saw that one vehicle had been burned beyond recognition The driver of the escaped vehicle told us that the gunmen said they are enforcing the sit at home declared in protest at President Muhammadu Buhari s visit to Ebonyi A motorcycle driver who also escaped being shot by the attackers told us that he was shot at but he miraculously dodged the bullets Chukwuemeka said In addition Simon Onwe a store owner in the area told NAN that the assailants arrived in a vehicle without a license plate fired sporadically into the air and immediately fled I heard the shots but later found out that they left a vehicle burned beyond recognition while a motorcycle driver told us that he narrowly escaped their bullets with commercial activities especially in the night periods he said Meanwhile a combined team of men from the Nigeria Police and Ebubeagu East Security Team Ebonyi Commando have cleared the area Ms Loveth Odah Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Ebonyi Command when contacted for her reaction said that she had not yet received a report of the incident I am not aware of the attack Odah said Meanwhile a commando officer at the scene of the incident told NAN on condition of anonymity that the police had organized a manhunt to arrest the armed criminals However the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB a separatist group agitating for the independent state of Biafra said in a statement signed by Emma Powerful its media and publicity coordinator that the group has not declared any house sit ins in Southeast Buhari arrived at Ebonyi on Thursday on a two day state visit The president is expected to interact with leaders and stakeholders in the area NAN
    Unknown gunmen attack Ebonyi area,set vehicle ablaze
    Defence/Security9 months ago

    Unknown gunmen attack Ebonyi area,set vehicle ablaze

    Unidentified gunmen suspected of enforcing a two-day 'ghost' sit-in allegedly declared by an as-yet-unidentified dissident group in the southeast attacked Ebebe Junction in the Abakaliki metropolis of Ebonyi. The assailants who attacked the area around 6:20 a.m. Friday set a vehicle on fire while a motorcycle driver narrowly escaped death by whiskers. Mr. Anayo Chukwuemeka, a resident of the area who spoke to the Nigerian News Agency, said the attackers fired several shots causing residents to panic and run for safety. .“It happened in an instant. But, when the shooting died down and we got out, we saw that one vehicle had been burned beyond recognition. “The driver of the escaped vehicle told us that the gunmen said they are enforcing the sit-at-home declared in protest at President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to Ebonyi. “A motorcycle driver who also escaped being shot by the attackers told us that he was shot at, but he miraculously dodged the bullets,” Chukwuemeka said. In addition, Simon Onwe, a store owner in the area, told NAN that the assailants arrived in a vehicle without a license plate, fired sporadically into the air and immediately fled. I heard the shots, but later found out that they left a vehicle burned beyond recognition, while a motorcycle driver told us that he narrowly escaped their bullets. with commercial activities, especially in the night periods”, he said. Meanwhile, a combined team of men from the Nigeria Police and Ebubeagu East Security Team, Ebonyi Commando, have cleared the area. Ms. Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Ebonyi Command, when contacted for her reaction, said that she had not yet received a report of the incident. I am not aware of the attack,” Odah said. Meanwhile, a commando officer at the scene of the incident told NAN on condition of anonymity that the police had organized a manhunt to arrest the armed criminals. However, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group agitating for the independent state of Biafra, said in a statement signed by Emma Powerful, its media and publicity coordinator, that the group has not declared any house sit-ins in Southeast. Buhari arrived at Ebonyi on Thursday on a two-day state visit. The president is expected to interact with leaders and stakeholders in the area.

    (NAN)

  •  Millions of residents of Lagos State ride on either private or commercial motorcycles or Okadas to their places of work on daily basis thus making it another common means of transportation It has indeed become an integral part of many because of its uniqueness in a city state characterised by traffic snarl or go slow fondly caused by visible and invisible reasons such as impatience on the part of drivers bad roads and autocrash on the major roads Some correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria sought reactions of the residents of Lagos State to the menaces and merits of Okada business in Lagos and their comments and remarks were an admixture of sweet and sorrow Mr Boluwaji Olaiya a resident of Ibafo in Ogun who works in the Gbagada Area of Lagos State said that he was fond of riding Okada from Ibafo to Berger the boundary between Lagos and Ogun so as to avoid the gridlock along that axis of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway during the working days of the week Olaiya said that in less than 30 minutes he was always at Berger Bus Stop and that used to save him a lot of time tear and wear as well as the stress passengers who boarded public uses usually encountered during go slow on the express When the long bridge axis of the Lagos Ibadan Expressroad was under construction there were some of us that riding on Okada was the only means of getting to Lagos from Ibafo and its environs The rider then was charging us N500 00 per passenger and he would transport two of us down on each trip Also Mr Dele Aboyeji a building contractor living in Papa Asese area of Ogun and who has his office in the Surulere area of Lagos State said that on occasions when there were gridlock on the Lagos Ibadan Expressway Okada used to be his saviour s I would mount it from Berger to Warewa in Ogun while returning home in the evening or going to work in the morning There were times then that most passengers caught up in the traffic were robbed That was a nasty experience which nobody will want to pray for Aboyeji said To Mr Oye Luquman Okada is a thriving business and many able young men ride it as a means of livelihood and are today their families breadwinners He added that its introduction as a means of transportation had helped in reducing unemployment in Lagos State He added that politicians always give out motorcycles to youths during political campaigns meaning that it had come to stay as part of the society s means of making ends meet According to Luquman just as the youth use it for commercial purposes so also the elderly use it to transport their produce from the rural areas to the Expressway where they would find buyers for them Similarly Mr James Dada who uses his okada to transport bags of cement to building sites under construction in Ijedodo area of the state said that it had been a source of survival for his family for several years running now Normally on a good day I make as much as five thousand naira by using my bike to carry cement from where prospective landlords buy them to their sites I am self employed and I am enjoying it On each trip depending on the distance I carry between four and five bags on my bike The person that hires my bike pays me N100 00 to transport a bag each to his or her site he said However since there are two sides to a coin and different stroke to different folks okada business is riddled with menaces or dangers from the reactions of others who spoke to NAN on the issue Mr Ovie Edomi the Publisher of South South International Magazine based in Badagry Lagos State said the menaces associated with Okada and their riders in Lagos State were numerous First Lagos aside from being a mega city is seen as one of the commercial cities in the world where people get to and can find something doing to survive One can secure menial jobs with ease in Lagos and that is one of the things that attracts a large number of young adults to the city As for Okada riding in Lagos Lagos is seen as a melting pot for young persons from different parts of the country particularly Northerners who have been displaced by bandits and found their ways to Lagos to join the Okada business This is so because there are no regulations for riders Again no profiling of operators is carried out Consequently anyone can be an Okada rider and that on its own is dangerous Equally dangerous is the threat that Okada operations poses to Lagos as a megacity and as one of the world most popular cities Some of the threats are accident cases which are on the increase stealing of valuable items from those who ride on Okadas and so on He added that there was the dis organisation of the transportation system in the state that had resorted to environmental degradation Edomi said that the state needed a strong security network to police the streets of Lagos and stop the menaces of Okada operators Mr Podo Sunday a Public analyst living in Badagry said that the menaces of Okada riders were not jus to Badagry but to the major cities and towns across the country He however said the influx of strange commercial motorcyclists into Badagry communities had become a source of worry to many residents due to their reckless and aggressive dispositions at the slightest provocation Sunday said most of the riders were paid agents of soldiers around Badagry alleging that they own majority of the motorcycles operating around there Some of the soldiers own between 10 and 15 commercial motorcycles in Badagry and they used to recruit young boys to operate them In some cases and by agreement the soldiers used to lease the bikes out to young boys by installment at double or triple the cost price as the case may be The soldiers then act as backups to the riders who have no regards for either the local government revenue officials or the leaders of Okada riders union And during altercations with officials or members of the public before you say Jack Robinson some soldiers would appear to intervene on behalf of the riders they had leased their motorbikes to with the motive to secure the bike and the rider and not to ensure justice is served This act has become a recurring decimal in Badagry communities I think the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Police are not doing enough to control this growing menace of lawless riders and their owners They should nip it in the bud before it snowballs into full scale community clash one day he said Also Alhaji Abdul Rasak Osho the President Iporin Housing Estate Surulere a Community Development Area CDA alleged that majority of the okada riders are usually given bikes immediately they arrive Lagos If you observe you will see that a very large percentage of the riders get their motorcycles from the Police and army junior officers hence you ll see some of their machines decorated with flag colors hence the support for their lawlessness If you observe you will see that the way they ride against traffic and the way they act on the highway with impunity presuppose that they have the backing of the law enforcement agents It is only when there are special operations that you ll see the law enforcement agents in action So CDAs can only man their communities and not the main roads or high ways they cannot do the job of the Police or other law enforcement agents My suggestion is for the government to give the law enforcement agents a very good welfare package and keep the Okada riders off the road he said However the spokesperson of 81 Division Nigerian Army NA Maj Olaniyi Osoba told NAN when he was asked for the reactions of the NA on the allegations that the allegations were only based on ear say from the street and not on facts from constituted authorities Osoba said that if it were the Lagos State Taskforce that was accusing the NA of such a conduct then the NA would have been compelled to react based on facts from a constituted authority However this is not the case but an assumption from an ear say How can the street know what transpired The accusations are assumptions and not based on facts and therefore they cannot be true he said Also the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of the Police Command in Lagos State CSP Benjamin Hundeyin told NAN when it sought the reactions of the command to the allegations thus I am not aware of these allegations There were reactions also from the grassroots Mr Felix Godonu the President Hengo Badagry Association said the menace of commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders in Badagry Local Government and its environs had become unbearable Godonu said that the unfortunate thing was that governments at both state and local government levels had failed in checkmating them They are so reckless and lack knowledge of the highway code And as such they have become a threat to their passengers and other road users The rate at which these scary looking beings from only God knows where flock Badagry in the last three years is alarming and calls for worry They have also become a nightmare in the neighbourhood as their mission is beyond operating commercial motorcycling they gather in large numbers in strategic places at night Their recklessness on the road had sent many innocent people to the General Hospital and other medical homes They cause trouble at the slightest argument even when they are at fault They are serious security threats to residents he said According to him the government needs to step up on enforcement to clip the excesses of okada riders that have been operating on every road despite the restrictions by the state government that they must not ply the major roads in the state They behave as if they re above the law Godonu said Dr Olatunde Bakare the Medical Director Badagry General Hospital said that accidents caused through Okada were always very fatal urging the state government to enforce strict punishment for any Okada rider that did not put on the crash helmet or carry more than one passenger while in transit Bakare said that though they had been barred from operating in some roads in Lagos but they were still found riding recklessly on those roads Mr Sulaiman Taiwo the Unit Commander Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Badagry said that a directive had come from the FRSC headquarters in Abuja to educate Okada riders on the need for them to obtain the requisite driving licence Taiwo said that any motorcycle that is not registered would be confiscated by the command adding that the command would meet the union leaders of the okada riders before enforcing all these directives Also speaking to NAN the Chairman Ikorodu Local Government LG Mr Wasiu Adesina said that the menace of commercial motorcycle was becoming a nightmare to the residents of Lagos and its numerical strength becoming more frightening as well as serving as a security risk to residents Adesina said due to the increase in insecurity the local government leadership had to rejig its security architecture by initiating a joint taskforce and providing patrol vehicles for surveillance to ease movements of security personnel in all the communities within the LG Adesina said that the council had to also establish a taskforce during his first tenure to restrict the movements of motorcycles since he realised that most crimes were being perpetrated with the use of motorcycles for easy escape The taskforce was initiated to restrict motorcycle from some parks and routes but the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 and the subsequent challenges after easing the lockdown affected the work of the taskforce They stopped work and later continue so our work in curbing the menace is still ongoing he said However sometime last year the Lagos State Government announced some specified roads where it said that commercial motorcyclists were restricted from plying and warned that erring defaulters would be dealt with he said He urged the relevant security agencies to enforce thd rule The council boss said that the directive had led to some of them finding alternative routes and took solace in deploying their business in the rural areas of the state We are still doing our work we hold security meetings regularly to discuss security matters which include the menace caused by the influx of motorcycle into our local council area We also discuss the way forward out of the crisis and come up with resolutions which I have been enforcing as the chairman to ensure that my people can sleep with their two eyes closed According to the chairman the LG is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring safety of lives and properties so we will not rest until Ikorodu is safe for investors and residents Also Mr Sesan Oduolowu Chairman Sheriff Community Development Association CDA in Ikorodu said that it had come to the knowledge of the residents that motorcycle was the common instrument used by criminals to escape after attacking innocent citizens Oduolowu said in this regard most CDA chairmen had agreed to ensure that Okadas were not allowed to enter any community after 8 00 p m adding that some even made theirs 7 00p m He said that they had jointly agreed that the communities should ensure that they handled the security of their various communities by themselves by hiring private guards to secure them We hold our meetings every month and have agreed to engage ourselves on intelligence gathering as well as ensure that commercial motorcyclists are banned from entering the community in the evening time as well as hire private security guards on our own for the safety of our people he said Mr Owolabi Efunsanya a resident in the CDA said that the increasing number of motorcycles was as a result of lack of job or unemployment with bad road and incessant traffic jam Efunsanya urged government as a major employer of labour to create employment opportunities and enabling environment for Small and Medium Enterprises SME s to thrive to augment available opportunities He said that the government should focus more on ensuring that more youths were engaged rather than giving priorities to other sectors while stressing that a lazy man s brain is the devil s workshop Unemployment is a major cause of increase in crime because an empty mind is a devil s workshop if there is job crime will be reduced An officer with a transport union who pleaded anonymity said that government had a big role to play in checkmating the excesses caused by commercial motorcycle operators He said that accidents caused by Okada riders had sent some people to their early graves while some were still suffering from the injuries caused them that had led to the amputation of with their legs or other parts of their bodies He urged government to ban the importation of motorcycles into the country completely saying they had become an important instrument used by hoodlums bandits and terrorists to commit all sorts of crimes in the country Also some residents of Fagbile Estate Ijegun a suburb of Lagos said that some armed robbers under the guise of Okada riders had formed the habit of frequently attacking the residents of the estate They told NAN in Lagos that they now live in fear due to the activities of suspected robbers They urged the relevant security forces to do all within their powers to crackdown on the motorbike robbers Mr Emmanuel Edun said that two robbery attacks occurred in the estate in a single morning alone recently According to him a young lady was robbed of her handbag containing some valuables along Fagbile Road in the early hours of that unfortunate day Edun said that the robbers usually attacked women in lonely corners where they would dispossess them of their cell phones ATM cards and other valuables Another resident Mr Bartho Philip said that a young man was recently robbed of his motorcycle in the early hours of the day not long ago in Rotimi Omotosho Street According to him three young men allegedly had been surveying the area with their motorbike apparently in search of their target After ridding about for some time they stopped at the intersection between Omotosho Street and Amoje Street One of them came down from the bike and brought out what looked like a locally made gun pointed it at the owner of the bike snatched it and took away the bike While this was going on one of them started the bike that they came with while the second followed the guy with the gun and they all ride off Phillip said NAN gathered that the rider of the bike had collected it on higher purchase arrangement from its owner for N650 000 NAN
    Residents on menaces, merits of Okada business in Lagos
     Millions of residents of Lagos State ride on either private or commercial motorcycles or Okadas to their places of work on daily basis thus making it another common means of transportation It has indeed become an integral part of many because of its uniqueness in a city state characterised by traffic snarl or go slow fondly caused by visible and invisible reasons such as impatience on the part of drivers bad roads and autocrash on the major roads Some correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria sought reactions of the residents of Lagos State to the menaces and merits of Okada business in Lagos and their comments and remarks were an admixture of sweet and sorrow Mr Boluwaji Olaiya a resident of Ibafo in Ogun who works in the Gbagada Area of Lagos State said that he was fond of riding Okada from Ibafo to Berger the boundary between Lagos and Ogun so as to avoid the gridlock along that axis of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway during the working days of the week Olaiya said that in less than 30 minutes he was always at Berger Bus Stop and that used to save him a lot of time tear and wear as well as the stress passengers who boarded public uses usually encountered during go slow on the express When the long bridge axis of the Lagos Ibadan Expressroad was under construction there were some of us that riding on Okada was the only means of getting to Lagos from Ibafo and its environs The rider then was charging us N500 00 per passenger and he would transport two of us down on each trip Also Mr Dele Aboyeji a building contractor living in Papa Asese area of Ogun and who has his office in the Surulere area of Lagos State said that on occasions when there were gridlock on the Lagos Ibadan Expressway Okada used to be his saviour s I would mount it from Berger to Warewa in Ogun while returning home in the evening or going to work in the morning There were times then that most passengers caught up in the traffic were robbed That was a nasty experience which nobody will want to pray for Aboyeji said To Mr Oye Luquman Okada is a thriving business and many able young men ride it as a means of livelihood and are today their families breadwinners He added that its introduction as a means of transportation had helped in reducing unemployment in Lagos State He added that politicians always give out motorcycles to youths during political campaigns meaning that it had come to stay as part of the society s means of making ends meet According to Luquman just as the youth use it for commercial purposes so also the elderly use it to transport their produce from the rural areas to the Expressway where they would find buyers for them Similarly Mr James Dada who uses his okada to transport bags of cement to building sites under construction in Ijedodo area of the state said that it had been a source of survival for his family for several years running now Normally on a good day I make as much as five thousand naira by using my bike to carry cement from where prospective landlords buy them to their sites I am self employed and I am enjoying it On each trip depending on the distance I carry between four and five bags on my bike The person that hires my bike pays me N100 00 to transport a bag each to his or her site he said However since there are two sides to a coin and different stroke to different folks okada business is riddled with menaces or dangers from the reactions of others who spoke to NAN on the issue Mr Ovie Edomi the Publisher of South South International Magazine based in Badagry Lagos State said the menaces associated with Okada and their riders in Lagos State were numerous First Lagos aside from being a mega city is seen as one of the commercial cities in the world where people get to and can find something doing to survive One can secure menial jobs with ease in Lagos and that is one of the things that attracts a large number of young adults to the city As for Okada riding in Lagos Lagos is seen as a melting pot for young persons from different parts of the country particularly Northerners who have been displaced by bandits and found their ways to Lagos to join the Okada business This is so because there are no regulations for riders Again no profiling of operators is carried out Consequently anyone can be an Okada rider and that on its own is dangerous Equally dangerous is the threat that Okada operations poses to Lagos as a megacity and as one of the world most popular cities Some of the threats are accident cases which are on the increase stealing of valuable items from those who ride on Okadas and so on He added that there was the dis organisation of the transportation system in the state that had resorted to environmental degradation Edomi said that the state needed a strong security network to police the streets of Lagos and stop the menaces of Okada operators Mr Podo Sunday a Public analyst living in Badagry said that the menaces of Okada riders were not jus to Badagry but to the major cities and towns across the country He however said the influx of strange commercial motorcyclists into Badagry communities had become a source of worry to many residents due to their reckless and aggressive dispositions at the slightest provocation Sunday said most of the riders were paid agents of soldiers around Badagry alleging that they own majority of the motorcycles operating around there Some of the soldiers own between 10 and 15 commercial motorcycles in Badagry and they used to recruit young boys to operate them In some cases and by agreement the soldiers used to lease the bikes out to young boys by installment at double or triple the cost price as the case may be The soldiers then act as backups to the riders who have no regards for either the local government revenue officials or the leaders of Okada riders union And during altercations with officials or members of the public before you say Jack Robinson some soldiers would appear to intervene on behalf of the riders they had leased their motorbikes to with the motive to secure the bike and the rider and not to ensure justice is served This act has become a recurring decimal in Badagry communities I think the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Police are not doing enough to control this growing menace of lawless riders and their owners They should nip it in the bud before it snowballs into full scale community clash one day he said Also Alhaji Abdul Rasak Osho the President Iporin Housing Estate Surulere a Community Development Area CDA alleged that majority of the okada riders are usually given bikes immediately they arrive Lagos If you observe you will see that a very large percentage of the riders get their motorcycles from the Police and army junior officers hence you ll see some of their machines decorated with flag colors hence the support for their lawlessness If you observe you will see that the way they ride against traffic and the way they act on the highway with impunity presuppose that they have the backing of the law enforcement agents It is only when there are special operations that you ll see the law enforcement agents in action So CDAs can only man their communities and not the main roads or high ways they cannot do the job of the Police or other law enforcement agents My suggestion is for the government to give the law enforcement agents a very good welfare package and keep the Okada riders off the road he said However the spokesperson of 81 Division Nigerian Army NA Maj Olaniyi Osoba told NAN when he was asked for the reactions of the NA on the allegations that the allegations were only based on ear say from the street and not on facts from constituted authorities Osoba said that if it were the Lagos State Taskforce that was accusing the NA of such a conduct then the NA would have been compelled to react based on facts from a constituted authority However this is not the case but an assumption from an ear say How can the street know what transpired The accusations are assumptions and not based on facts and therefore they cannot be true he said Also the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of the Police Command in Lagos State CSP Benjamin Hundeyin told NAN when it sought the reactions of the command to the allegations thus I am not aware of these allegations There were reactions also from the grassroots Mr Felix Godonu the President Hengo Badagry Association said the menace of commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders in Badagry Local Government and its environs had become unbearable Godonu said that the unfortunate thing was that governments at both state and local government levels had failed in checkmating them They are so reckless and lack knowledge of the highway code And as such they have become a threat to their passengers and other road users The rate at which these scary looking beings from only God knows where flock Badagry in the last three years is alarming and calls for worry They have also become a nightmare in the neighbourhood as their mission is beyond operating commercial motorcycling they gather in large numbers in strategic places at night Their recklessness on the road had sent many innocent people to the General Hospital and other medical homes They cause trouble at the slightest argument even when they are at fault They are serious security threats to residents he said According to him the government needs to step up on enforcement to clip the excesses of okada riders that have been operating on every road despite the restrictions by the state government that they must not ply the major roads in the state They behave as if they re above the law Godonu said Dr Olatunde Bakare the Medical Director Badagry General Hospital said that accidents caused through Okada were always very fatal urging the state government to enforce strict punishment for any Okada rider that did not put on the crash helmet or carry more than one passenger while in transit Bakare said that though they had been barred from operating in some roads in Lagos but they were still found riding recklessly on those roads Mr Sulaiman Taiwo the Unit Commander Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Badagry said that a directive had come from the FRSC headquarters in Abuja to educate Okada riders on the need for them to obtain the requisite driving licence Taiwo said that any motorcycle that is not registered would be confiscated by the command adding that the command would meet the union leaders of the okada riders before enforcing all these directives Also speaking to NAN the Chairman Ikorodu Local Government LG Mr Wasiu Adesina said that the menace of commercial motorcycle was becoming a nightmare to the residents of Lagos and its numerical strength becoming more frightening as well as serving as a security risk to residents Adesina said due to the increase in insecurity the local government leadership had to rejig its security architecture by initiating a joint taskforce and providing patrol vehicles for surveillance to ease movements of security personnel in all the communities within the LG Adesina said that the council had to also establish a taskforce during his first tenure to restrict the movements of motorcycles since he realised that most crimes were being perpetrated with the use of motorcycles for easy escape The taskforce was initiated to restrict motorcycle from some parks and routes but the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 and the subsequent challenges after easing the lockdown affected the work of the taskforce They stopped work and later continue so our work in curbing the menace is still ongoing he said However sometime last year the Lagos State Government announced some specified roads where it said that commercial motorcyclists were restricted from plying and warned that erring defaulters would be dealt with he said He urged the relevant security agencies to enforce thd rule The council boss said that the directive had led to some of them finding alternative routes and took solace in deploying their business in the rural areas of the state We are still doing our work we hold security meetings regularly to discuss security matters which include the menace caused by the influx of motorcycle into our local council area We also discuss the way forward out of the crisis and come up with resolutions which I have been enforcing as the chairman to ensure that my people can sleep with their two eyes closed According to the chairman the LG is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring safety of lives and properties so we will not rest until Ikorodu is safe for investors and residents Also Mr Sesan Oduolowu Chairman Sheriff Community Development Association CDA in Ikorodu said that it had come to the knowledge of the residents that motorcycle was the common instrument used by criminals to escape after attacking innocent citizens Oduolowu said in this regard most CDA chairmen had agreed to ensure that Okadas were not allowed to enter any community after 8 00 p m adding that some even made theirs 7 00p m He said that they had jointly agreed that the communities should ensure that they handled the security of their various communities by themselves by hiring private guards to secure them We hold our meetings every month and have agreed to engage ourselves on intelligence gathering as well as ensure that commercial motorcyclists are banned from entering the community in the evening time as well as hire private security guards on our own for the safety of our people he said Mr Owolabi Efunsanya a resident in the CDA said that the increasing number of motorcycles was as a result of lack of job or unemployment with bad road and incessant traffic jam Efunsanya urged government as a major employer of labour to create employment opportunities and enabling environment for Small and Medium Enterprises SME s to thrive to augment available opportunities He said that the government should focus more on ensuring that more youths were engaged rather than giving priorities to other sectors while stressing that a lazy man s brain is the devil s workshop Unemployment is a major cause of increase in crime because an empty mind is a devil s workshop if there is job crime will be reduced An officer with a transport union who pleaded anonymity said that government had a big role to play in checkmating the excesses caused by commercial motorcycle operators He said that accidents caused by Okada riders had sent some people to their early graves while some were still suffering from the injuries caused them that had led to the amputation of with their legs or other parts of their bodies He urged government to ban the importation of motorcycles into the country completely saying they had become an important instrument used by hoodlums bandits and terrorists to commit all sorts of crimes in the country Also some residents of Fagbile Estate Ijegun a suburb of Lagos said that some armed robbers under the guise of Okada riders had formed the habit of frequently attacking the residents of the estate They told NAN in Lagos that they now live in fear due to the activities of suspected robbers They urged the relevant security forces to do all within their powers to crackdown on the motorbike robbers Mr Emmanuel Edun said that two robbery attacks occurred in the estate in a single morning alone recently According to him a young lady was robbed of her handbag containing some valuables along Fagbile Road in the early hours of that unfortunate day Edun said that the robbers usually attacked women in lonely corners where they would dispossess them of their cell phones ATM cards and other valuables Another resident Mr Bartho Philip said that a young man was recently robbed of his motorcycle in the early hours of the day not long ago in Rotimi Omotosho Street According to him three young men allegedly had been surveying the area with their motorbike apparently in search of their target After ridding about for some time they stopped at the intersection between Omotosho Street and Amoje Street One of them came down from the bike and brought out what looked like a locally made gun pointed it at the owner of the bike snatched it and took away the bike While this was going on one of them started the bike that they came with while the second followed the guy with the gun and they all ride off Phillip said NAN gathered that the rider of the bike had collected it on higher purchase arrangement from its owner for N650 000 NAN
    Residents on menaces, merits of Okada business in Lagos
    General news9 months ago

    Residents on menaces, merits of Okada business in Lagos

    Millions of residents of Lagos State ride on either private or commercial motorcycles or Okadas to their places of work on daily basis thus making it another common means of transportation.

    It has indeed become an integral part of many because of its uniqueness in a city-state characterised by traffic snarl or ‘go slow’ fondly caused by visible and invisible reasons such as impatience on the part of drivers, bad roads, and autocrash on the major roads.

    Some correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria sought reactions of the residents of Lagos State to the ‘menaces and merits of  Okada business  in Lagos’ and their comments and remarks were an admixture of sweet and sorrow.

    Mr Boluwaji Olaiya, a resident of Ibafo in Ogun who works in the Gbagada Area of Lagos State said that he was fond of riding Okada from Ibafo to Berger, the boundary between Lagos and Ogun, so as to avoid the gridlock along that axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway during the working days of the week.

    Olaiya said that in less than 30 minutes, he was always at Berger Bus Stop and that used to save him a lot of time, tear and wear as well as the stress passengers who boarded public uses usually encountered during ‘go slow’ on the express.

    ” When the long bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressroad was under construction, there were some of us that riding on Okada was the only means of getting to Lagos from Ibafo and its environs. The rider then was charging us N500.00 per passenger and he would transport two of us down on each trip.”

    Also, Mr Dele Aboyeji, a building contractor living in Papa Asese area of Ogun and who has his office in the Surulere area of Lagos State said that on occasions when there were gridlock on the Lagos- Ibadan Expressway, Okada used to be his ‘saviour’s.

    “I would mount it from Berger to Warewa in Ogun while returning home in the evening or going to work in the morning.

    “There were times then that most passengers caught up in the traffic were robbed. That was a nasty experience which nobody will want to pray for,” Aboyeji said.

    To Mr Oye Luquman, Okada is a thriving business and many able young men ride it as a means of livelihood and are today their families’ breadwinners. He added that its introduction as a means of transportation had helped in reducing unemployment in Lagos State.

    He added that politicians always give out motorcycles to youths during political campaigns meaning that it had come to stay as part of the society’s means of making ends meet

    According to Luquman, just as the youth use it for commercial purposes so also the elderly use it to transport their produce from the rural areas to the Expressway where they would find buyers for them.

    Similarly, Mr James Dada who uses his okada to transport bags of cement to building sites under construction in Ijedodo area of the state said that it had been a source of survival for his family for several years running now.

    ” Normally on a good day, I make as much as five thousand naira by using my bike to carry cement from where prospective landlords buy them to their sites. I am self-employed and I am enjoying it.

    ” On each trip depending on the distance, I carry between four and five bags on my bike. The person that hires my bike pays me N100.00 to transport a bag each to his or her site,” he said.

    However, since there are two sides to a coin and different stroke to different folks, okada business is riddled with menaces or dangers from the reactions of others who spoke to NAN on the issue.

    Mr Ovie Edomi, the Publisher of South-South International Magazine, based in Badagry, Lagos State, said the menaces associated with Okada and their riders in Lagos State were numerous.

    First, Lagos, aside from being a mega city, is seen as one of the commercial cities in the world, where people get to and can find something doing to survive. One can secure menial jobs with ease in Lagos and that is one of the things that attracts a large number of young adults to the city.

    “As for Okada riding in Lagos, Lagos is seen as a melting pot for young persons from different parts of the country particularly Northerners, who have been displaced by bandits, and found their ways to Lagos to join the Okada business.

    “This is so because there are no regulations for riders. Again no profiling of operators is carried out.Consequently, anyone can be an Okada rider and that on its own is dangerous.

    “Equally dangerous is the threat that Okada operations poses to Lagos as a megacity and as one of the world most popular cities. Some of the threats are: accident cases which are on the increase, stealing of valuable items from those who ride on Okadas and so on.”

    He added that there was the dis-organisation of the transportation system in the state that had resorted to environmental degradation.

    Edomi said that the state needed a strong security network to police the streets of Lagos and stop the menaces of Okada operators.

    Mr Podo Sunday, a Public analyst, living in Badagry said that the menaces of Okada riders were not jus to Badagry but to the major cities and towns across the country.

    He, however, said the influx of strange commercial motorcyclists into Badagry communities had become a source of worry to many residents due to their reckless and aggressive dispositions  at the slightest provocation.

    Sunday said most of the riders were “paid agents” of soldiers around Badagry,alleging that they own majority of the motorcycles operating around there.

    ” Some of the soldiers own between 10 and 15 commercial motorcycles in Badagry, and they used to recruit  young boys to operate them.

    ” In some cases  and by agreement, the soldiers used to lease the bikes out to young boys by installment at double or triple the cost price as the case may be.

    “The soldiers then act as backups to the riders who have no regards for either the local government revenue officials or the leaders of Okada riders union.

    “And during altercations with officials or members of the public, before you say Jack Robinson, some soldiers would appear to intervene on behalf of the riders they had leased their motorbikes to with the motive to secure the bike and the rider, and not to ensure justice is served.

    “This act has become a recurring decimal in Badagry communities.

    “I think the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Police are not doing enough to control this growing menace of lawless riders and their owners.

    “They should nip it in the bud before it snowballs into full scale community clash one day,” he said.

    Also, Alhaji Abdul-Rasak Osho, the President, Iporin Housing Estate, Surulere, a Community Development Area (CDA), alleged that majority of the okada riders are usually given bikes immediately they arrive Lagos.

    “If you observe, you will see that a very large percentage of the riders get their motorcycles from the Police and army junior officers hence you’ll see some of their machines decorated with flag colors hence the support for their lawlessness.

    “If you observe, you will see that the way they ride against traffic and the way they act on the highway with impunity presuppose that they have the backing of the law enforcement agents.

    “It is only when there are special operations that you’ll see the law enforcement agents in action. So, CDAs can only man their communities and not the main roads or high ways; they cannot do the job of the Police or other law enforcement agents.

    “My suggestion is for the government to give the law enforcement agents a very good welfare package and keep the Okada riders off the road,” he said.

    However, the spokesperson of 81 Division, Nigerian Army (NA), Maj. Olaniyi Osoba , told NAN when he was asked for the reactions of the NA on the allegations that the allegations were only based on ear-say from the street and not on facts from constituted authorities.

    Osoba said that if it were the Lagos State Taskforce that was accusing the NA of such a conduct, then the NA would have been compelled to react based on facts from a constituted authority.

    “However, this is not the case but an assumption from an ear-say. How can the street know what transpired ?

    “The accusations are assumptions and not based on facts and therefore, they cannot be true,” he said.

    Also, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Police Command in Lagos State, CSP Benjamin Hundeyin, told NAN when it sought the reactions of the command to the allegations thus, “I am not aware of these allegations”.

    There were reactions also from the grassroots. Mr Felix Godonu, the President, Hengo Badagry Association, said  the menace of commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders in Badagry Local Government and its environs had become unbearable.

    Godonu said that the unfortunate thing was that governments at both state and local government levels had failed in checkmating them.

    “They are so reckless and lack knowledge of the highway code. And as such, they have become a threat to their passengers and other road users.

    “The rate at which these scary-looking beings from only-God-knows where flock Badagry in the last three years is alarming and calls for worry.

    “They have also become a nightmare in the neighbourhood as their mission is beyond operating commercial motorcycling, they gather in large numbers in strategic places at night.

    “Their recklessness on the road had sent many innocent people to the General Hospital and other medical homes.

    “They cause trouble at the slightest argument even when they are at fault. They are serious security threats to residents,” he said.

    According to him, the government needs to step up on enforcement to clip the excesses of okada riders that have been operating on every road despite the restrictions by the state government that they must not ply the major roads in the state.

    They behave as if they’re above the law, Godonu said.

    Dr Olatunde Bakare, the Medical Director, Badagry General Hospital, said that accidents caused through Okada were always very fatal, urging the state government to enforce strict punishment for any Okada rider that did not put on the crash helmet or carry more than one passenger while in transit.

    Bakare said that though they had been barred from operating in some roads in Lagos but they were still found riding recklessly on those roads

    Mr Sulaiman Taiwo, the Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Badagry, said that a directive had come from the FRSC headquarters in Abuja to educate Okada riders on the need for them to obtain the requisite driving licence.

    Taiwo said that any motorcycle that is not registered would be confiscated by the command, adding that the command would meet the union leaders of the okada riders before enforcing all these directives.

    Also speaking to NAN, the Chairman Ikorodu Local Government(LG), Mr Wasiu Adesina, said that the menace of commercial motorcycle was becoming a nightmare to the residents of Lagos and its numerical strength becoming more frightening as well as serving as a security risk to residents.

    Adesina said due to the increase in insecurity, the local government leadership had to rejig its security architecture by initiating a joint taskforce and providing patrol vehicles for surveillance to ease movements of security personnel in all the communities within  the LG.

    Adesina said that the council had to also establish a taskforce during his first tenure to restrict the movements of motorcycles since he realised that most crimes were being perpetrated with the use of motorcycles for easy escape.

    ” The taskforce was initiated to restrict motorcycle from some parks and routes but the outbreak of COVID–19 pandemic in 2020 and the subsequent challenges after easing the lockdown affected the work of the taskforce.

    “They stopped work and later continue, so our work in curbing the menace is still ongoing,” he said.

    However, sometime last year , the Lagos State Government announced some specified roads where it said that commercial motorcyclists were restricted from plying and warned that erring defaulters  would be dealt with, he said. He urged the relevant security agencies to enforce thd rule.

    The council boss said that the directive had led to some of them finding alternative routes and took solace in deploying their business in the rural areas of the state.

    “We are still doing our work, we hold security meetings regularly to discuss security matters which include the menace caused by the influx of motorcycle into our local council area.

    “We also discuss the way forward out of the crisis and come up with resolutions which I have been enforcing as the chairman to ensure  that my people can sleep with their two eyes closed.

    According to the chairman, the LG is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring safety of lives and properties, so we will not rest until Ikorodu is safe for investors and residents.

    Also Mr Sesan Oduolowu, Chairman,  Sheriff  Community Development Association (CDA ) in Ikorodu, said that it had come to the knowledge of the residents that motorcycle was the common instrument used by criminals to escape after attacking innocent citizens.

    Oduolowu said in this regard, most CDA chairmen had agreed to ensure that Okadas were not allowed to enter any community after 8.00 p.m. adding that some even made theirs 7.00p.m.

    He said that they had jointly agreed that the communities should ensure that they handled the security of their various communities by themselves by hiring private guards to secure them.

    “We hold our meetings every month and have agreed to engage ourselves on intelligence gathering as well as ensure that commercial motorcyclists are banned from entering the community in the evening time as well as hire private security guards on our own for the safety of our people,” he said.

    Mr Owolabi Efunsanya, a resident in the CDA said that the increasing number of motorcycles was as a result of lack of job or unemployment with bad road and incessant traffic jam.

    Efunsanya urged government as a major employer of labour to create employment opportunities and enabling environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) to thrive to augment available opportunities.

    He said that the government should focus more on ensuring that more youths were engaged rather than giving priorities to other sectors , while stressing that a lazy man’s brain is the devil’s workshop.

    “Unemployment is a major cause of increase in crime because ‘an empty mind is a devil’s workshop’ if there is job, crime will be reduced.”

    An officer with a transport union who pleaded anonymity said that government had a big role to play in checkmating the excesses caused by commercial motorcycle operators.

    He said that accidents caused by Okada riders had sent some people to their early graves while some were still suffering from the injuries caused them that had led to the amputation of with their legs or other parts of their bodies.

    He urged government to ban the importation of motorcycles into the country completely, saying they had become an important instrument used by hoodlums, bandits and terrorists to commit all sorts of crimes in the country.

    Also, some residents of Fagbile Estate, Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos, said that  some armed robbers under the guise of Okada riders had formed the habit of frequently  attacking the residents of the estate

    They told NAN in Lagos that they now live in fear due to the activities of suspected robbers.

    They urged the relevant security forces to do all within their powers to crackdown on the motorbike robbers.

    Mr Emmanuel Edun  said that two robbery attacks occurred in the estate in a single morning alone recently.

    According to him, a young lady was robbed of her handbag, containing some valuables along Fagbile Road in the early hours of that unfortunate day.

    Edun said that the robbers usually attacked women in lonely corners where they would dispossess them of their cell phones, ATM cards and other valuables.

    Another resident, Mr Bartho Philip, said that a young man was recently robbed of his motorcycle in the early hours of the day not long ago in Rotimi Omotosho Street.

    According to him, three young men allegedly had been surveying the area with their motorbike apparently in search of their target.

    “After ridding about for some time, they stopped at the intersection between Omotosho Street and Amoje Street.

    “One of them came down from the bike and brought out what looked like a locally-made gun, pointed it at the owner of the bike, snatched it and took away the bike.

    ” While this was going on,  one of them started the bike that they came with while the second followed the guy with the gun and they all ride off,” Phillip said.

    NAN gathered that the rider of the bike had collected it on higher purchase arrangement from its owner for N650, 000.

    (NAN)

  •  The Police Command in Kwara has assured Muslims faithful and members of the general public that its personnel have been highly motivated and fully charged to ensure hitch free Eid el Fitr celebrations This is contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Okasanmi Ajayi late on Thursday in Ilorin He assured that the command would ensure that the Eid el Fitr celebration which would mark the successful ending of the Ramadan fast was celebrated without any hitch According to him to this end the command has emplaced a water tight security strategy across the length and breadth of the state Consequently the eight Area commands officers and men attached to all the Divisional Police Headquarters Heads of Tactical Units Command s special forces including Force Animal Department Mounted troop Dog section and Explosive Ordinance Department EOD have all been briefed and reminded of their professional responsibilities of ensuring a smooth and hitch free celebrations The forces deployed for the exercise would work in conjunction with the security committee set up specially for the purpose by the state government Muslim faithfuls coming to the Eid praying ground are advised to obey all traffic control mechanisms emplaced for easy access into and out of the praying ground The Command is ready to do all within its powers to make the Eid praying ground the solemn place that it has always been known to be Political campaigns hailing political gladiators and shouting of party slogans would not be accepted on the praying arena Vehicles tricycles and motorbikes are to be parked at designated parking lots within the Eid praying ground Observing prayers at road sides and along the routes to the praying ground would not also be allowed hence restrictions of vehicular movements by 0800hrs into the Eid praying ground would be strictly enforced The Commissioner of Police Kwara State Police Command CP Tuesday Assayomo congratulates Muslim faithfuls on the successful conclusion of this year s Ramadan fasting the statement read in part While advising residents to enjoy the long holidays with equanimity Ajayi said the command has fully stimulated officers and men of the command in providing unassailable security for life and property of all and sundry NAN
    Eid-el-Fitr: Police assure Kwara residents of hitch-free celebration
     The Police Command in Kwara has assured Muslims faithful and members of the general public that its personnel have been highly motivated and fully charged to ensure hitch free Eid el Fitr celebrations This is contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Okasanmi Ajayi late on Thursday in Ilorin He assured that the command would ensure that the Eid el Fitr celebration which would mark the successful ending of the Ramadan fast was celebrated without any hitch According to him to this end the command has emplaced a water tight security strategy across the length and breadth of the state Consequently the eight Area commands officers and men attached to all the Divisional Police Headquarters Heads of Tactical Units Command s special forces including Force Animal Department Mounted troop Dog section and Explosive Ordinance Department EOD have all been briefed and reminded of their professional responsibilities of ensuring a smooth and hitch free celebrations The forces deployed for the exercise would work in conjunction with the security committee set up specially for the purpose by the state government Muslim faithfuls coming to the Eid praying ground are advised to obey all traffic control mechanisms emplaced for easy access into and out of the praying ground The Command is ready to do all within its powers to make the Eid praying ground the solemn place that it has always been known to be Political campaigns hailing political gladiators and shouting of party slogans would not be accepted on the praying arena Vehicles tricycles and motorbikes are to be parked at designated parking lots within the Eid praying ground Observing prayers at road sides and along the routes to the praying ground would not also be allowed hence restrictions of vehicular movements by 0800hrs into the Eid praying ground would be strictly enforced The Commissioner of Police Kwara State Police Command CP Tuesday Assayomo congratulates Muslim faithfuls on the successful conclusion of this year s Ramadan fasting the statement read in part While advising residents to enjoy the long holidays with equanimity Ajayi said the command has fully stimulated officers and men of the command in providing unassailable security for life and property of all and sundry NAN
    Eid-el-Fitr: Police assure Kwara residents of hitch-free celebration
    General news9 months ago

    Eid-el-Fitr: Police assure Kwara residents of hitch-free celebration

    The Police Command in Kwara has assured Muslims faithful and members of the general public that its personnel have been highly motivated and fully charged to ensure hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

    This is contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP. Okasanmi Ajayi, late on Thursday in Ilorin.

    He assured that the command would ensure that the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, which would mark the successful ending of the Ramadan fast, was celebrated without any hitch.

    According to him, to this end, the command has emplaced a water tight security strategy across the length and breadth of the state.

    “Consequently, the eight Area commands, officers and men attached to all the Divisional Police Headquarters, Heads of Tactical Units, Command’s special forces, including Force Animal Department, Mounted troop, Dog section and Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD), have all been briefed and reminded of their professional responsibilities of ensuring a smooth and hitch-free celebrations.

    “The forces deployed for the exercise would work in conjunction with the security committee set up specially for the purpose by the state government.

    “Muslim faithfuls coming to the Eid praying ground are advised to obey all traffic control mechanisms emplaced for easy access into and out of the praying ground.

    “The Command is ready to do all within its powers to make the Eid praying ground the solemn place that it has always been known to be.

    “Political campaigns, hailing political gladiators, and shouting of party slogans, would not be accepted on the praying arena.

    “Vehicles, tricycles and motorbikes are to be parked at designated parking lots within the Eid praying ground.

    “Observing prayers at road sides and along the routes to the praying ground would not also be allowed, hence restrictions of vehicular movements by 0800hrs into the Eid praying ground would be strictly enforced.

    “The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Police Command, CP Tuesday Assayomo, congratulates Muslim faithfuls on the successful conclusion of this year’s Ramadan fasting,” the statement read in part.

    While advising residents to enjoy the long holidays with equanimity, Ajayi said the command has fully stimulated officers and men of the command in providing unassailable security for life and property of all and sundry.

    (NAN)

  •  The Police Command in Katsina State says it neutralised two suspected terrorists and rescued two victims when it repelled a terrorist attack at Tsamiyar Gamzako village in Kafur Local Government Area LGA of the state The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Gambo Isah who disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina said that one AK 47 riffle was also recovered in the process Today April 21 2022 a distress call was received that terrorists in their numbers armed with AK 47 rifles attacked Tsamiyar Gamzako village Kafur LGA The terrorists kidnapped one HaMa Sanusi aged 30 and her 15 months old daughter Aisha Sanusi Consequently a combined team of Police and vigilante groups were alerted The team blocked and engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel successfully repelled the terrorists and neutralised two of them The kidnapped victims were rescued alive unhurt In the course of scanning the scene one AK 47 rifle with four rounds of 7 62mm ammunition and two locally fabricated pistols with six rounds of bullets were recovered Some of the terrorists escaped and fled the scene but search parties are still combing the area with a view to arresting the fleeing terrorists he said He added that the Commissioner of Police Katsina State Command CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda commended and appreciated the efforts of the police and vigilante groups in repelling the terrorists He assured members of the public that the police will continue to deal decisively with recalcitrant terrorists until they are all brought to book Dabban Dauda urged them to please continue to cooperate with security agencies by giving out useful information on the criminals SP Isah said NAN Source Credit NAN
    Police neutralise 2 suspected terrorists, rescue 2 victims in Katsina 
     The Police Command in Katsina State says it neutralised two suspected terrorists and rescued two victims when it repelled a terrorist attack at Tsamiyar Gamzako village in Kafur Local Government Area LGA of the state The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Gambo Isah who disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina said that one AK 47 riffle was also recovered in the process Today April 21 2022 a distress call was received that terrorists in their numbers armed with AK 47 rifles attacked Tsamiyar Gamzako village Kafur LGA The terrorists kidnapped one HaMa Sanusi aged 30 and her 15 months old daughter Aisha Sanusi Consequently a combined team of Police and vigilante groups were alerted The team blocked and engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel successfully repelled the terrorists and neutralised two of them The kidnapped victims were rescued alive unhurt In the course of scanning the scene one AK 47 rifle with four rounds of 7 62mm ammunition and two locally fabricated pistols with six rounds of bullets were recovered Some of the terrorists escaped and fled the scene but search parties are still combing the area with a view to arresting the fleeing terrorists he said He added that the Commissioner of Police Katsina State Command CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda commended and appreciated the efforts of the police and vigilante groups in repelling the terrorists He assured members of the public that the police will continue to deal decisively with recalcitrant terrorists until they are all brought to book Dabban Dauda urged them to please continue to cooperate with security agencies by giving out useful information on the criminals SP Isah said NAN Source Credit NAN
    Police neutralise 2 suspected terrorists, rescue 2 victims in Katsina 
    Defence/Security9 months ago

    Police neutralise 2 suspected terrorists, rescue 2 victims in Katsina 

    The Police Command in Katsina State says it neutralised two suspected terrorists, and rescued two victims when it repelled a terrorist attack at Tsamiyar Gamzako village, in Kafur Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

    The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Gambo Isah, who disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina, said that one AK 47 riffle was also recovered in the process.

    “Today, April 21, 2022, a distress call was received that terrorists in their numbers, armed with AK 47 rifles, attacked Tsamiyar Gamzako village, Kafur LGA.

    “The terrorists kidnapped one HaMa Sanusi, aged 30, and her 15 months old daughter, Aisha Sanusi.

    “Consequently, a combined team of Police and vigilante groups were alerted.

    “The team blocked, and engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel, successfully repelled the terrorists, and neutralised two of them.

    “The kidnapped victims were rescued alive unhurt. In the course of scanning the scene, one AK 47 rifle with four rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, and two locally-fabricated pistols with six rounds of bullets were recovered.

    “Some of the terrorists escaped, and fled the scene but search parties are still combing the area with a view to arresting the fleeing terrorists,” he said.

    He added that the Commissioner of Police, Katsina State Command, CP Idrisu Dabban-Dauda, commended, and appreciated the efforts of the police and vigilante groups in repelling the terrorists.

    “He assured members of the public that the police will continue to deal decisively with recalcitrant terrorists until they are all brought to book.

    “Dabban-Dauda urged them to please continue to cooperate with security agencies by giving out useful information on the criminals,” SP Isah said. (NAN) (

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  The police command in Kebbi State has arrested four persons for allegedly raping and causing harm to minors in the state The command s Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Nafi u Abubakar said this when he briefed newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday He said that one of the suspects Isah Wakili forcefully had canal knowledge of a 14 year old girl in his matrimonial home Wakil a 25 year old man of Tsohuwar Guguwa Village Ngaski Local Government Area LGA of the state on Dec 21 2021 at about 11 a m forcefully had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl of the same address inside his matrimonial room The suspect committed the act when the 14 year old girl was sent to his house by her parents to collect a container On receipt of the report a team of policemen swiftly rushed to the scene and arrested the suspect The suspect has been charged to court for prosecution he said Abubakar also said that one Ibrahim Musa of Gwandu town was also arrested for having canal knowledge of a 10 year old girl On March 7 at about 9 p m one Ibrahim Musa 39 of Gwandu town forcefully had canal knowledge of a 10 year old girl of the same address inside her brother s room The suspect committed the offence when the girl entered to give food to her brother who was not around The suspect has been arrested and charged to court for prosecution he said The PPRO said that the police also arrested two suspected rapists who lured a 12 year old girl into a tent and raped her On March 24 at about 10 a m suspected rapists Nura Bello 30 and Abdullahi Garba 25 conspired and lured a 12 year old girl of the same address into a tent on their pepper farm and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her On receipt of the information policemen were mobilised and they succeeded in arresting the suspects They have been charged to court for prosecution he said He advised residents of the state to be vigilant and avail the police and other security agencies with timely information that would assist in crime prevention Source Credit NAN
    Police arrest 4 suspected rapists in Kebbi State
     The police command in Kebbi State has arrested four persons for allegedly raping and causing harm to minors in the state The command s Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Nafi u Abubakar said this when he briefed newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday He said that one of the suspects Isah Wakili forcefully had canal knowledge of a 14 year old girl in his matrimonial home Wakil a 25 year old man of Tsohuwar Guguwa Village Ngaski Local Government Area LGA of the state on Dec 21 2021 at about 11 a m forcefully had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl of the same address inside his matrimonial room The suspect committed the act when the 14 year old girl was sent to his house by her parents to collect a container On receipt of the report a team of policemen swiftly rushed to the scene and arrested the suspect The suspect has been charged to court for prosecution he said Abubakar also said that one Ibrahim Musa of Gwandu town was also arrested for having canal knowledge of a 10 year old girl On March 7 at about 9 p m one Ibrahim Musa 39 of Gwandu town forcefully had canal knowledge of a 10 year old girl of the same address inside her brother s room The suspect committed the offence when the girl entered to give food to her brother who was not around The suspect has been arrested and charged to court for prosecution he said The PPRO said that the police also arrested two suspected rapists who lured a 12 year old girl into a tent and raped her On March 24 at about 10 a m suspected rapists Nura Bello 30 and Abdullahi Garba 25 conspired and lured a 12 year old girl of the same address into a tent on their pepper farm and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her On receipt of the information policemen were mobilised and they succeeded in arresting the suspects They have been charged to court for prosecution he said He advised residents of the state to be vigilant and avail the police and other security agencies with timely information that would assist in crime prevention Source Credit NAN
    Police arrest 4 suspected rapists in Kebbi State
    Defence/Security9 months ago

    Police arrest 4 suspected rapists in Kebbi State

    The police command in Kebbi State has arrested four persons for allegedly raping and causing harm to minors in the state.The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Nafi’u Abubakar, said this when he briefed newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.He said that one of the suspects -Isah Wakili, forcefully had canal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl in his matrimonial home.“Wakil, a 25-year-old man of Tsohuwar Guguwa Village, Ngaski Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Dec. 21, 2021, at about 11: a.m, forcefully had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl of the same address inside his matrimonial room.“The suspect committed the act when the 14-year-old girl was sent to his house by her parents to collect a container.“On receipt of the report, a team of policemen swiftly rushed to the scene and arrested the suspect.“The suspect has been charged to court for prosecution,” he said.Abubakar also said that one Ibrahim Musa of Gwandu town, was also arrested for having canal knowledge of a 10-year-old girl.“On March 7, at about 9:p.m, one Ibrahim Musa, 39 of Gwandu town, forcefully had canal knowledge of a 10-year-old girl of the same address, inside her brother’s room.“The suspect committed the offence when the girl entered to give food to her brother, who was not around.“The suspect has been arrested and charged to court for prosecution,” he said.The PPRO said that the police also arrested two suspected rapists who lured a 12-year-old girl into a tent and raped her.“On March 24, at about 10: a.m, suspected rapists, Nura Bello, ’30’ and Abdullahi Garba , ’25’  conspired and lured a 12-year-old girl of the same address into a tent on their pepper farm and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her.“On receipt of the information, policemen were mobilised and they succeeded in arresting the suspects.“They have been charged to court for prosecution,” he said.

    He advised residents of the state to be vigilant and avail the police and other security agencies with timely information that would assist in crime prevention.

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   The police command in Kebbi state rescued at least 10 expatriates who were working in a tomato processing plant in the Warra area of the Ngaski local government area of the state The Nigerian News Agency gathered that suspected bandits broke into the Tomatoes Company located in Gafara near the town of Warra and kidnapped expatriates working in the factory While confirming the incident in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday the command s Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Nafi u Abubakar said that four policemen and one civilian however paid the ultimate price
    Police rescue 10 expatriates in Kebbi
      The police command in Kebbi state rescued at least 10 expatriates who were working in a tomato processing plant in the Warra area of the Ngaski local government area of the state The Nigerian News Agency gathered that suspected bandits broke into the Tomatoes Company located in Gafara near the town of Warra and kidnapped expatriates working in the factory While confirming the incident in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday the command s Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Nafi u Abubakar said that four policemen and one civilian however paid the ultimate price
    Police rescue 10 expatriates in Kebbi
    General news11 months ago

    Police rescue 10 expatriates in Kebbi

    The police command in Kebbi state rescued at least 10 expatriates who were working in a tomato processing plant in the Warra area of ​​the Ngaski local government area of ​​the state.

    The Nigerian News Agency gathered that suspected bandits broke into the Tomatoes Company located in Gafara, near the town of Warra, and kidnapped expatriates working in the factory.

    While confirming the incident in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday, the command's Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Nafi'u Abubakar, said that four policemen and one civilian, however, paid the ultimate price.

  •   The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed that a high school student Samuel Archibong from the Community High School Aka Offot in Uyo has stabbed a schoolmate James Elijah to death Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Odiko Macdon revealed this in a statement in Uyo on Saturday Macdon who said the incident occurred on March 10 called on parents to instill a good family culture in their children to prevent such an occurrence He said that the Police Commissioner in the state CP Andrew Amiengheme has ordered the deployment of a Special Surveillance Unit to schools to control student excesses He warned students to behave during and after school hours as the command would not tolerate any act of vandalism This is not the first time we have witnessed an act of this nature and it is totally unacceptable Police Commissioner Andrew Amiengheme is upset and has condemned the barbaric act He has asked parents to uphold relevant family values while school authorities must promptly and discreetly report students suspected of cultish traits and misdemeanors Macdon said PPRO said that from now on the command would send patrol teams to some high schools after closing hours to ensure that students return home safely Macdon said the police commissioner assured people that the perpetrator would be brought to justice Meanwhile the Education Commissioner Ms Idongesit Etiebet has ordered the closure of the school to allow the State Board of Secondary Education and the Ministry of Education to deal with the matter and restore calm
    Student stabs mate to death in A’Ibom – Police
      The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed that a high school student Samuel Archibong from the Community High School Aka Offot in Uyo has stabbed a schoolmate James Elijah to death Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Odiko Macdon revealed this in a statement in Uyo on Saturday Macdon who said the incident occurred on March 10 called on parents to instill a good family culture in their children to prevent such an occurrence He said that the Police Commissioner in the state CP Andrew Amiengheme has ordered the deployment of a Special Surveillance Unit to schools to control student excesses He warned students to behave during and after school hours as the command would not tolerate any act of vandalism This is not the first time we have witnessed an act of this nature and it is totally unacceptable Police Commissioner Andrew Amiengheme is upset and has condemned the barbaric act He has asked parents to uphold relevant family values while school authorities must promptly and discreetly report students suspected of cultish traits and misdemeanors Macdon said PPRO said that from now on the command would send patrol teams to some high schools after closing hours to ensure that students return home safely Macdon said the police commissioner assured people that the perpetrator would be brought to justice Meanwhile the Education Commissioner Ms Idongesit Etiebet has ordered the closure of the school to allow the State Board of Secondary Education and the Ministry of Education to deal with the matter and restore calm
    Student stabs mate to death in A’Ibom – Police
    Defence/Security11 months ago

    Student stabs mate to death in A’Ibom – Police

    The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed that a high school student, Samuel Archibong, from the Community High School, Aka Offot in Uyo, has stabbed a schoolmate, James Elijah, to death.

    Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon, revealed this in a statement in Uyo on Saturday.

    Macdon, who said the incident occurred on March 10, called on parents to instill a good family culture in their children to prevent such an occurrence.

    He said that the Police Commissioner in the state, CP Andrew Amiengheme, has ordered the deployment of a Special Surveillance Unit to schools to control student excesses.

    He warned students to behave during and after school hours, as the command would not tolerate any act of vandalism.

    “This is not the first time we have witnessed an act of this nature and it is totally unacceptable.

    “Police Commissioner Andrew Amiengheme is upset and has condemned the barbaric act.

    “He has asked parents to uphold relevant family values, while school authorities must promptly and discreetly report students suspected of cultish traits and misdemeanors,” Macdon said.

    PPRO said that from now on the command would send patrol teams to some high schools after closing hours to ensure that students return home safely.

    Macdon said the police commissioner assured people that the perpetrator would be brought to justice.

    Meanwhile, the Education Commissioner, Ms. Idongesit Etiebet, has ordered the closure of the school to allow the State Board of Secondary Education and the Ministry of Education to deal with the matter and restore calm.

  •   8 minutes ago Prince Harry was accused on Saturday of snubbing Queen Elizabeth II after announcing he would miss her late husband s funeral amid a legal dispute over his security protection in Britain While a spokesperson confirmed that Harry will be skipping the service at Westminster Abbey on March 29 he will reportedly attend the Invictus Games 43 minutes ago The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed that a high school student Samuel Archibong from the Community High School Aka Offot in Uyo has stabbed a schoolmate James Elijah to death Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Odiko Macdon revealed this in a statement in Uyo on Saturday Macdon who said the incident 1 hour before Italian authorities said on Saturday they had frozen a 530 million euro 580 million yacht linked to Russian oligarch Andrei Melnichenko who has been sanctioned by the European Union for the war in Ukraine Located in the northeastern port of Trieste the SY A is said to be the largest private sail assisted motor yacht in the world Italy s financial crime police 2 hours ago Portuguese prosecutors have detained a rabbi and carried out raids over the naturalization process on several Jews including Roman Abramovich the Russian billionaire who owns the Chelsea soccer club Portugal s Public Ministry said Friday night that it had detained the leader of Porto s Jewish community Daniel Litvak as part of its investigation into 2 hours ago Western sanctions against Russia could cause the International Space Station to crash the head of Russia s space agency Roscosmos warned on Saturday calling for punitive measures to be lifted According to Dmitry Rogozin the sanctions some of which predate Moscow s invasion of Ukraine could disrupt the operation of Russian spacecraft serving the ISS As a Source Credit TheGuardian
    Italy freezes another Russian oligarch’s yacht over Ukraine
      8 minutes ago Prince Harry was accused on Saturday of snubbing Queen Elizabeth II after announcing he would miss her late husband s funeral amid a legal dispute over his security protection in Britain While a spokesperson confirmed that Harry will be skipping the service at Westminster Abbey on March 29 he will reportedly attend the Invictus Games 43 minutes ago The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed that a high school student Samuel Archibong from the Community High School Aka Offot in Uyo has stabbed a schoolmate James Elijah to death Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Odiko Macdon revealed this in a statement in Uyo on Saturday Macdon who said the incident 1 hour before Italian authorities said on Saturday they had frozen a 530 million euro 580 million yacht linked to Russian oligarch Andrei Melnichenko who has been sanctioned by the European Union for the war in Ukraine Located in the northeastern port of Trieste the SY A is said to be the largest private sail assisted motor yacht in the world Italy s financial crime police 2 hours ago Portuguese prosecutors have detained a rabbi and carried out raids over the naturalization process on several Jews including Roman Abramovich the Russian billionaire who owns the Chelsea soccer club Portugal s Public Ministry said Friday night that it had detained the leader of Porto s Jewish community Daniel Litvak as part of its investigation into 2 hours ago Western sanctions against Russia could cause the International Space Station to crash the head of Russia s space agency Roscosmos warned on Saturday calling for punitive measures to be lifted According to Dmitry Rogozin the sanctions some of which predate Moscow s invasion of Ukraine could disrupt the operation of Russian spacecraft serving the ISS As a Source Credit TheGuardian
    Italy freezes another Russian oligarch’s yacht over Ukraine
    Foreign11 months ago

    Italy freezes another Russian oligarch’s yacht over Ukraine

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    Prince Harry was accused on Saturday of snubbing Queen Elizabeth II after announcing he would miss her late husband's funeral, amid a legal dispute over his security protection in Britain. While a spokesperson confirmed that Harry will be skipping the service at Westminster Abbey on March 29, he will reportedly attend the Invictus Games...

    43 minutes ago

    The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed that a high school student, Samuel Archibong, from the Community High School, Aka Offot in Uyo, has stabbed a schoolmate, James Elijah, to death. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon, revealed this in a statement in Uyo on Saturday. Macdon, who said the incident...

    1 hour before

    Italian authorities said on Saturday they had "frozen" a 530 million euro ($580 million) yacht linked to Russian oligarch Andrei Melnichenko, who has been sanctioned by the European Union for the war in Ukraine. Located in the northeastern port of Trieste, the "SY A" is said to be the largest private sail-assisted motor yacht in the world. Italy's financial crime police...

    2 hours ago

    Portuguese prosecutors have detained a rabbi and carried out raids over the naturalization process on several Jews, including Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire who owns the Chelsea soccer club. Portugal's Public Ministry said Friday night that it had detained the leader of Porto's Jewish community, Daniel Litvak, as part of its investigation into...

    2 hours ago

    Western sanctions against Russia could cause the International Space Station to crash, the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos warned on Saturday, calling for punitive measures to be lifted. According to Dmitry Rogozin, the sanctions, some of which predate Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, could disrupt the operation of Russian spacecraft serving the ISS. As a…

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  •   Bashir Jigawa police have arrested a 46 year old suspected kidnapper in the Kirikasamma local government area of the state The command s Police Public Relations Officer PPRO ASP Lawan Shiisu confirmed this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Dutse on Tuesday Shiisu said the suspect who was captured on February 28 was suspected of being a member of the syndicate that recently abducted 22 year old Hadiza Alhaji Chadi from Marma village Through intelligence information the command managed to arrest Ado Ahmadu 46 a resident of Marawaji in Kirikasamma LGA in connection with the crime of kidnapping kidnapping Shiisu said The spokesman said that on January 7 at around 7 am Alhaji Chadi a resident of Marma village in Kirikasamma LGA reported the matter to the police He said that on the same date around 3 30 am unknown armed men about six of them broke into his residence and abducted his wife of 22 years Hadiza Alhaji Chadi taking her to an unknown destination According to him it was in view of the report and other related cases of kidnapping in the state that the Police Commissioner Mr Aliyu Sale organized an intelligence led raid code called Operation Flush Out led by Operations P D Bashir Ahmad Shiisu added that the victim was rescued unharmed in one of the operations after police raided the alleged kidnapper s hideout in Suletankarkar LGA He said the investigation into the case was still ongoing at the time of filing this report
    Police arrest suspected kidnapper in Jigawa
      Bashir Jigawa police have arrested a 46 year old suspected kidnapper in the Kirikasamma local government area of the state The command s Police Public Relations Officer PPRO ASP Lawan Shiisu confirmed this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Dutse on Tuesday Shiisu said the suspect who was captured on February 28 was suspected of being a member of the syndicate that recently abducted 22 year old Hadiza Alhaji Chadi from Marma village Through intelligence information the command managed to arrest Ado Ahmadu 46 a resident of Marawaji in Kirikasamma LGA in connection with the crime of kidnapping kidnapping Shiisu said The spokesman said that on January 7 at around 7 am Alhaji Chadi a resident of Marma village in Kirikasamma LGA reported the matter to the police He said that on the same date around 3 30 am unknown armed men about six of them broke into his residence and abducted his wife of 22 years Hadiza Alhaji Chadi taking her to an unknown destination According to him it was in view of the report and other related cases of kidnapping in the state that the Police Commissioner Mr Aliyu Sale organized an intelligence led raid code called Operation Flush Out led by Operations P D Bashir Ahmad Shiisu added that the victim was rescued unharmed in one of the operations after police raided the alleged kidnapper s hideout in Suletankarkar LGA He said the investigation into the case was still ongoing at the time of filing this report
    Police arrest suspected kidnapper in Jigawa
    Defence/Security11 months ago

    Police arrest suspected kidnapper in Jigawa

    Bashir

    Jigawa police have arrested a 46-year-old suspected kidnapper in the Kirikasamma local government area of ​​the state.

    The command's Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Lawan Shiisu confirmed this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Dutse on Tuesday.

    Shiisu said the suspect, who was captured on February 28, was suspected of being a member of the syndicate that recently abducted 22-year-old Hadiza Alhaji-Chadi from Marma village.

    “Through intelligence information, the command managed to arrest Ado Ahmadu, 46, a resident of Marawaji in Kirikasamma LGA in connection with the crime of kidnapping/kidnapping,” Shiisu said.

    The spokesman said that on January 7, at around 7 am, Alhaji Chadi, a resident of Marma village in Kirikasamma LGA, reported the matter to the police.

    He said that on the same date, around 3:30 am, unknown armed men, about six of them, broke into his residence and abducted his wife of 22 years, Hadiza Alhaji-Chadi, taking her to an unknown destination.

    According to him, it was in view of the report and other related cases of kidnapping in the state that the Police Commissioner, Mr. Aliyu Sale, organized an intelligence-led raid code called "Operation Flush Out", led by Operations, P.D. Bashir Ahmad.

    Shiisu added that the victim was rescued unharmed in one of the operations after police raided the alleged kidnapper's hideout in Suletankarkar LGA.

    He said the investigation into the case was still ongoing at the time of filing this report.

  •   By Afusat Agunbiade Oladipo Kwara Police Command deployed 1 500 police officers and women to provide security during the Independence Day celebration in 2021 This is contained in a statement released by Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Ajayi Okasanmi on Thursday in Ilorin Okasanmi said the command is committed to ensuring that the celebration of the 61st anniversary of independence is celebrated peacefully In light of this the command has put in place a series of statewide security arrangements Kwara State Police Command Commissioner CP Tuesday Assayomo also ordered the zone commanders of the eight zone commands DPOs and all state tactical teams to embark on patrols aggressive behavior of their AORs The points of entry and exit of the state have also been fortified In the meantime members of the public are advised to cooperate with the police during stop and search missions and to report any act of misconduct or extortion on the part of the men to the Police Commissioner through the appropriate channels Although information about strange occurrences in our immediate surroundings is reported to the nearest police station or via the following telephone numbers 08125275046 and 07032069501 for a quick response The CP wishes the people of Kwara a happy celebration of the 61st anniversary of independence Okasanmi said www Source NAN
    Independence day: Police deploy 1500 officers in Kwara
      By Afusat Agunbiade Oladipo Kwara Police Command deployed 1 500 police officers and women to provide security during the Independence Day celebration in 2021 This is contained in a statement released by Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Ajayi Okasanmi on Thursday in Ilorin Okasanmi said the command is committed to ensuring that the celebration of the 61st anniversary of independence is celebrated peacefully In light of this the command has put in place a series of statewide security arrangements Kwara State Police Command Commissioner CP Tuesday Assayomo also ordered the zone commanders of the eight zone commands DPOs and all state tactical teams to embark on patrols aggressive behavior of their AORs The points of entry and exit of the state have also been fortified In the meantime members of the public are advised to cooperate with the police during stop and search missions and to report any act of misconduct or extortion on the part of the men to the Police Commissioner through the appropriate channels Although information about strange occurrences in our immediate surroundings is reported to the nearest police station or via the following telephone numbers 08125275046 and 07032069501 for a quick response The CP wishes the people of Kwara a happy celebration of the 61st anniversary of independence Okasanmi said www Source NAN
    Independence day: Police deploy 1500 officers in Kwara
    Defence/Security1 year ago

    Independence day: Police deploy 1500 officers in Kwara

    By Afusat Agunbiade-Oladipo

    Kwara Police Command deployed 1,500 police officers and women to provide security during the Independence Day celebration in 2021.

    This is contained in a statement released by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Ajayi Okasanmi on Thursday in Ilorin.

    Okasanmi said the command is committed to ensuring that the celebration of the 61st anniversary of independence is celebrated peacefully.

    “In light of this, the command has put in place a series of statewide security arrangements.

    Kwara State Police Command Commissioner CP Tuesday Assayomo also ordered the zone commanders of the eight zone commands, DPOs and all state tactical teams to embark on patrols. aggressive behavior of their AORs.

    “The points of entry and exit of the state have also been fortified.

    "In the meantime, members of the public are advised to cooperate with the police during stop and search missions and to report any act of misconduct or extortion on the part of the men to the Police Commissioner through the appropriate channels. .

    “Although information about strange occurrences in our immediate surroundings is reported to the nearest police station or via the following telephone numbers 08125275046 and 07032069501 for a quick response.

    "The CP wishes the people of Kwara a happy celebration of the 61st anniversary of independence," Okasanmi said. (www.)

    Source: NAN

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