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Elkana takes over as new Lagos Police PRO




Lagos, March 11, 2019 The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, has appointed DSP Bala Elkana as the new Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Elkana

took over from CSP Chike Oti.

Elkana was enlisted into the Nigeria Police in 2003, holds a Bachelors degree in Law (LLB), Masters Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution as well as Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

The spokesman had served in different commands and held various positions, including Operations Officer, Divisional Crime Officer, Divisional Police Officer and Community Policing Officer.

He was at various times police public relations officer in Niger and Akwa Ibom.

He is a Fellow of Corporate Institute of Administration, an active member of International Association of Chiefs of Police and a member of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Until his recent posting, he was an Investigator in the Inspector General of Police (I-G) Monitoring Unit.


Lagos Police arrest man kissing minor in viral video



The Lagos State Police Command has arrested  one Adeyeye Babatunde, ”M” of Kajola St., Shagamu, Ogun State, for kissing his three-year old step sister in a viral video.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement on Friday, said that Babatunde was a Botany student of Lagos State University, Ojo.

“The state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, directed detectives from the Gender Unit to analyse the video and apprehend the suspect.

“The team got the suspect and he has been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, , for diligent prosecution in court.

The CP expresses gratitude to Nigerians who helped in bringing the incident to the notice of the police, and urged everyone to continue to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence,” Elkana said.

He said that for complaints on rape, child abuse or domestic violence, the public should call any of the following numbers.

“08175899289, 09062887858, 09062887856, 09062887849, 09062887841, 09062887870, 08023532283, 09062887864, 09062887861 and 09062887860,” Elkana said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey (NAN)

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Navy appoints 110 senior officers



The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, has approved new appointments of some senior officers in the Nigerian Navy.

The Navy Director of Information, Commodore Suleman Dahun, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the major reshufflement affected 110 senior officers, consisting of 33 Rear Admirals and 77 Commodores.

Dahun said the new Chief of Policy and Plans Naval Headquarters is Rear Adm. Ifeola Mohammed.

He said Rear Adm. Obi Ofodile, formerly Director of Plans, Defence Headquarters, has been reappointed to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Administration.

While Rear Adm. Matthew Emuekpere, formerly Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, moves to Naval Headquarters as Chief of Naval Transformation.

Rear Adm. Ahamefule Eluwa, who was a Directing Staff at National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos, resumes as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre,” he said.

Dahun said the re-organisation also affected Rear Adm. Segun Adebari, who has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Plans from Nigerian Navy Holdings Limited.

He said Rear Adm. Abubakar Al-Hassan, formerly Director of Development, Defence Headquarters, has been appointed as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ordnance Depot, while Rear Adm. Francis Isaac is the new Navy Secretary at Naval Headquarters.

Also Rear Adm. Abdullahi Adamu, the immediate past Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ordnance Depot, moves to Defence Headquarters as Director of Search and Rescue.

Rear Adm. Maurice Eno, who was the Admiral Superintendent, Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Development.

Rear Adm. Frederick Ogu, formerly Navy Secretary, Naval Headquarters, is the new Flag Officer, Commanding Naval Training Command,” he said.

Dahun said Surgeon Rear Adm. Lawan Adams is now the new Director, Medical Services of the Nigerian Navy, while Rear Adm. Abraham Adaji, who was the Director of Training, Naval Headquarters, resumes as Group Managing Director of Nigerian Navy Holdings Limited.

He said Rear Adm. Elkanah Jaiyeola, formerly Fleet Commander, Headquarters Western Fleet, has been appointed as Moderator at NIPSS, Kuru, Jos.

Similarly, Rear Adm. Baribuma Kole, formerly Fleet Commander, Eastern Fleet, is now the Director of Foreign Liaison Desk at Naval Headquarters.

Rear Adm. Ibikunle Olaiya, the immediate past Director of Operations, Naval Headquarters, is the new Chief of Training and Operations, Naval Headquarters, while Rear Adm. Othaniel Filafa moves to Naval Headquarters as Director of Veteran Affairs,” he said.

He said Rear Adm. Akinga Ayafa has been reappointed Director, Recruitment, Release and Reserve at Naval Headquarters, while Rear Adm. Nuhu Bala resumes at Naval Headquarters as Director of Transformation.

Rear Adm. Barabutemegha Gbassa, formerly the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Logistics Command, has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Project Monitoring.

Rear Adm. Sileranda Lassa, the immediate past Director of Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate at Naval Headquarters is the new Flag Officer, Commanding Logistics Command.

Rear Adm. Danjuma Moses has been appointed as the Fleet Commander, Headquarters Western Fleet, while Rear Adm. Muhammad Nagenu is now the Director, Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate at Naval Headquarters,” he said.

Dahun said Rear Adm. Vincent Okeke, formerly Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) VICTORY, has been appointed as Director of Education, Defence Headquarters.

“Similarly, the new postings moved Rear Adm. Yakubu Wambai from Defence Headquarters to Naval Headquarters as Director of Training,

While Rear Adm. Emmanuel Beckley has been reappointed Director, Combat Policy and Tactics at Naval Headquarters,” he said.

He said Rear Adm. Perry Onwuzulike resumes as the Fleet Commander, Headquarters Eastern Fleet, while Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, formerly the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Western Naval Command, moves to Naval Headquarters as Director of Operations.

Dahun also said Rear Adm. Tanko Pani is now the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Western Naval Command, while Rear Adm. Chukwu Okafor has been reappointed to the Naval Headquarters as the Hydrographer of the Nigerian Navy.

“In another development, Rear Adm. Ibrahim Dewu, formerly Commander, NNS DELTA, resumes as Managing Director, Nigerian Navy Hotel and Suites Limited,

While Rear Adm. Monday Unurhiere, the immediate past Commander, NNS JUBILEE, becomes the Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji,” he said.

He said the former Commandant, Nigerian Naval College, Onne, Rear Adm. Joseph Akpan, resumes at Naval Headquarters (Naval Safety and Standards) as Director, Records Return and Analysis.

Dahun added that Rear Adm. Olumuyiwa Olotu, who was Commander, NNS LUGARD, is the new Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Logistics Command.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Teenager fakes own death to avoid financial pressure from mother



A teenage girl, Margaret Ikumu, 19, of Oni community in Oju Local Government Area of Benue, has faked her own death on social media to avoid financial pressure from her mother.

A statement signed by DSP Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, made this known on Sunday.

Elkana said that Ikumu, through her facebook account, reported to have died a few days ago and was secretly buried by her two friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy, at Ajah area.

“The family of the fake deceased further stated that they were able to establish contact with the said friends who confirmed to them that their daughter is dead.

“To make them believe that the girl is dead, they sent WhatsApp chats to a member of the girl’s family with picture of a casket showing that the girl is buried.

“The family also got in touch with a man on phone who claimed to be her boyfriend. He corroborated the claim that she is dead,” he said.

Elkana said that the girl was eventually found by the Police to be alive and was working as a house maid in an estate at Ajah.

“When her employer saw the report of her purported death, they quickly informed the Police and she was brought to Ajah Police Station.

“In her statement, she (Ikumu) confessed to have created the facebook account and posted her obituary with intent to keep her family away from her.

“She said that her mother was putting financial pressure on her by constantly demanding that she sends money to her,” he said.

Elkana said that the girl was apparently bitter with her mother and uncles over their inability to sponsor her education after the death of her father.

He said that Ikumu came to Lagos to work with a view to saving some money and returning to school. 

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/ (NAN)

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 Police inspector arrested for alleged murder



The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested one Insp. Charles Okoro, attached to the Ikotun Division for allegedly shooting and killing one Fatai Oladipupo, 28, along Obabiyi Road at Igando in Ikotun, near Lagos.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP. Bala Elkana, on Thursday in Lagos.

Elkana said the inspector was arrested in connection with a deadly shooting incident reported on May 20.

“The inspector has been subjected to internal disciplinary procedure, known as Orderly Room Trial at the State Police Command’s Provost Department.

“If found guilty, he will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Yaba for prosecution in a conventional court.

“Investigation is going on to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.”

Elkana said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, extended his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

“Odumosu assures that justice will prevail.

“Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation,” Elkana said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Silas Nwoha (NAN)


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COVID-19: Police prosecute 1,872 in Lagos over restriction order violation



The Police Command in Lagos State on Sunday said it arrested 1,872 people in the last two weeks, over violation of the restriction order in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Bala Elkana, gave the figure in a press statement in Lagos.

Elkana said that the suspects were charged to mobile court by the command’s legal team at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Yaba.

According to him, 1,833 accused persons pleaded guilty to the one count charge brought against them  and were convicted.

“The remaining 39 accused persons pleaded not guilty and were remanded in police custody until the next adjourned date for hearing,” he said.

Elkana said that 483 vehicles were impounded, out of which 398 are private vehicles, while 85 are commercial vehicles.

“Twenty out of the commercial vehicles impounded were intercepted along the boundary communities on non-essential interstate travel with 152 passengers who were equally arrested and charged to court,” he said.

Elkana said that the command impounded 704 commercial motorcycles for violation of the suspension order on their operation issued by the state governor.

“Seventy-three tricycles were also impounded for violating the curfew,” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)


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Police arrest 16 suspected cult members in Lagos



The Police Command in Lagos have arrested 10 suspected cult members in the state.

The suspects were apprehended by operatives of the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants at Ogunmuyiwa St, Itire based on credible information about their activities.

Bala Elkana, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, made the disclosure in a statement, on Sunday in Lagos.

According to him, the operatives got an intelligence report on April  8, 2020 at about 2000 hours, that the suspected cultists were operating in the Itire area.

Elkana said the operatives storm on them and arrested the following suspects: Ahmed Ajibosi; Quam Gabriel, Rasheed Afolabi, Terry Ebode, Ibe Ugochukwu, Yusuf Abubakar, Uche Ndubuisi, Lateef Akintunde, Ojo Sunday and Wale Sodiq.

He also said that in a related development, Shagamu Road Police Station arrested six miscreants for fermenting trouble at Agric Bus Stop Owutu.

“The suspects arrested are namely: Olushola Shotola, 33; Samuel Adebayo, 28; and Umaru Ibrahim, 23.

“Others are Ayo Idowu, 30; Gbolahan Adeola, 18; and Hammed Lukman, 35.

“Investigation is ongoing, the suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana said.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Rabiu Sani Ali (NAN)

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Police arrest 4 suspects for allegedly killing 16-year-old maid in Lagos



The Police Command in Lagos, says its men at Bariga station, has arrested four persons over alleged killing of a 16-year old maid in the area.

DSP Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state announced in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

Elkana said the Police had on Saturday morning, received an information that one Shade Moke, female, aged 41, conspired with three others to allegedly kill one Halimat Sodiq, female, aged 16 over allegation of stealing.

Elkana said that the victim, who is a house help to Moke, was accused of stealing N2000 from her madam, an allegation she was said to have denied.

According to the statement, the madam allegedly invited three other persons, who tortured the girl to death.

“They allegedly buried her secretly at Atan Cemetery in Yaba Lagos, so as to conceal the murder.

“The four persons, suspected of complicity, were arrested but they denied the allegations.

“They however, admitted slapping the girl for denying that she stole the money.

“They claimed that the girl went into convulsion after drinking water and that the victim was taken to three different hospitals before she eventually died,’’ the statement read in part.

The PPRO said that the suspects also denied burying the victim, claiming that she was buried by her own parents.

“The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Yaba for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution.

“The suspects will soon be charged to court,’’ Elkana stated.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Police in Lagos relocate checkpoints to ease movement of essential commodities, workers



The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, on Wednesday in Lagos ordered the removal of some checkpoints in the state to ease the movement of essential commodities and workers.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Bala Elkana who disclosed this in a statement, said Odumosu gave the order when he visited various checkpoints in the state.

He said the visit, which was in company of other senior police officers, was to monitor the compliance with government’s curfew order.

“The monitoring team noticed that some essential service workers were trapped in the gridlock which built up due to thorough checks.

“It took lots of efforts for the CP and his team to create access routes for those on essential duties to pass through.

“The observation informed the decision to relocate the enforcement checkpoints to more specious and conducive locations,” Elkana said.

“The CP said the new locations have u-turn points for drivers to easily turn vehicles not on essential duties, thereby paving way for essential service workers to move,’’ he added.

The PPRO explained that such essential service workers include those of hospitals and all related medical establishments and organisations in healthcare-related manufacturing and distribution.

“Commercial establishments such as those in food processing, distribution and retail, petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies and private security companies are also among those exempted from the curfew.

“And because these establishments are exempted, access will not be restricted.

“Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted,” he said.

Elkana said further that Odumosu expressed satisfaction with the high level of compliance with the curfew order by residents.

“He thanked Lagosians for their cooperation and understanding in this trial moment.

“The Commissioner of Police urged residents to continue to support the Police Command and other law enforcement agencies in the state in the battle against COVID-19.

“He assured that security has been tightened around the boundary communities to prevent non-essential inter-states movement.

“Therefore, for complaints and inquiries, residents should call the following numbers: 09010512352, 09010512353, 09010512355, 09010512356 and 09010512358.’’

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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Police arrest 4 in Lagos over alleged baby theft



The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested four persons, including a couple, over alleged theft of one-month-old baby.

Spokesman for the police in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday, saying that the suspects were arrested on Sunday by Anthony Village Police Division led by the DPO, SP Patricia Amadin.

Elkana said investigations into the case had commenced and the four suspects were in custody.

“The baby was recovered from them,” he said.

A very reliable police source had earlier told NAN that two persons, 41-year-old male and 30-year-old female, were arrested alongside five other  passengers in a Toyota Sienna car coming from the eastern part of Nigeria at about 2a.m. on Sunday.

NAN gathered that operatives from Anthony Village Division intercepted the Sienna car at Anthony Oke pin down point while trying to enforce the lockdown order in Lagos and arrested the car, driver and passengers.

“The police discovered that among the passengers, there was a young man and a woman traveling together with the one-month-old baby. They claimed they had travelled all through the night from Orlu, Imo to Lagos.

“Seeing that none of them was exempted from the Presidential lockdown order, all occupants of the vehicle were immediately arrested and taken to the station.

“Upon interrogation, the young man and woman with the  baby claimed that a childless man and his wife here in Lagos had paid N150,000 for the said baby and that they themselves were the courier being used to deliver the baby.

“However, the facts of their testimonies are distorted and inconsistent. The police suspected that the baby was stolen. About 2.45a.m. same day, the alleged baby-buyer couple also came to the station in an attempt to retrieve the baby,” the source said.

NAN further learnt that the couple who came for the baby were detained, while the police was trying to locate the real parents of the child.

The source said the police recovered the birth certificate of the baby which showed she was born on March 23, 2020 outside Lagos.

“For the paternity of the baby, the maternity where the baby was supposedly born inputted the names of the couple buying the baby who did not leave Lagos as the father and mother of the child.

“This shows that there is a syndicate somewhere as this is a reflection of an organised crime,” NAN further gathered.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)



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