The Police Command in Kebbi has arrested a suspected bandit with two AK 47 rifles in Birnin Kebbi.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Agunbiade Oluyemi- Lasore disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday.
He explained that the suspect was arrested alongside his wife on June 29, by a team of policemen on stop and search duty along Birnin Yauri- Zuru Road.
“On June 29, a team of policemen while on stop and search duty along Birnin Yauri- Zuru Road, intercepted one Umaru Usman of Zangon Labandi village, Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara.
“Also arrested were his wife, Halima Adamu of the same address in possession of two AK 47 rifles and 154 calibre of 7.62×39mm ammunition.
“The police also recovered one army camouflage shirt and charms in their possession.
“In the course of investigation, one Taru Mai Unguwa of Danmaraya village in Ngaski LGA of the state was arrested for being an informant,” he said.
He said that the suspects would be charged to court for criminal conspiracy, being in possession of prohibited firearms and abetment.
Oluyemi-Lasore added that the command also arrested four suspected kidnappers, three hoodlums, four suspected armed robbers, five thieves suspected to be terrorising the people of the state.
“From them, we recovered valuable items including cars and motorcycles, among others,” he said.
He reiterated that the command in collaboration with sister security agencies, would not hesitate to deal decisively with criminal elements and their accomplices in the state.
The commissioner called on motorcyclists in the state to be wary of taking strangers on charter to unknown destinations.
He said that credible intelligence revealed that suspected robbers usually hit motorists with hammer while on transit.
Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Imo police parade traditional ruler over alleged kidnapping
A traditional ruler in Awara, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo, was on Monday paraded by the police for alleged involvement in kidnapping.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the traditional ruler was paraded along side a pastor of the Winners Chapel in Njaba for alleged defilement of 11-year- old daughter of a fellow pastor.
The command also paraded 31 suspects who allegedly committed various crimes, ranging from armed robbery, kidnaping and rape, among others.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Issac Akinmoyede, said a gang had kidnapped one Louis Obodo, at Mgbala Agwa and Insp. Oscar Mbaeri, in Agwa in Oguta Local Government recently.
He further said that the gang kidnapped the trio of Chigozirim Nnaji, Desmond Okonkwo and Anyanwu Amarachi on July 19 after which the police gave them a hot chase.
Akinmoyede said that the syndicate had abandoned their lexus 330 Jeep during an exchange of gun fire with operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Anti-kidnapping units of the command.
“My Nephew took my vehicle to do kidnapping, I am not one of them. Though they have used my vehicle about four times and they gave me money,” he said.
On his part, the head of the syndicate, Caleb Agu, said he provided spiritual guide for the gang.
The gang had Ikechukwu Njoku as Protocol officer; Ebenezer Obioha, as Operational Commander and executor; Fabian Obioha, the gang armourer while Bernard Uzoma, was the native doctor that provided protection from operational hazards and arrests.
The police boss said that on May 15, 2020, the gang ambushed and attacked a team of NDLEA officers, during which they killed one operative, left two others seriously wounded and absconded with their rifles.
Akinmoyede stated that the sum of four million and two hundred thousand naira, one Lexus 330 SUV, four AK 47 rifles, one LAR rifle, one SMG rifle, 120 rounds of 7.62MM life ammunition, was recovered from the gang.
The CP said that the suspects would be changed to court after investigation.
On the rape allegation, the pastor denied complicity but admitted that he was tempted to commit the act.
According to him, he had just been transferred to the Njaba chapter of Winners Chapel and was waiting to be assigned his residential apartment, before another Pastor offered to harbour him until he secured his own accommodation.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Buhari writes Funtua’s family, says he’s pillar of support to his govt.
President Muhammadu Buhari has written a personal letter to the family of the late publisher and businessman, Isma’ila Isa Funtua, describing his demise as major national loss.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
In the letter, written in Hausa language, the president told the bereaved wife, Hajiya Hauwa, the children and the entire family members that the loss of Funtua was not theirs alone, but that of the entire country.
He said: “Malam Isma’ila was of great assistance to me and my administration. He helped in many ways to strengthen the government and the country before his ultimate demise.”
The president recalled that Funtua, in his active politics, served as a minister.
”He was also a businessman and contractor who built several government buildings in Abuja.
“He was a director of Funtua Textile Mills for 30 years and chaired the Zamfara Textile Company. He was also a life executive member of the board of the International Press Institute (IPI).
“Nigerians of all shades and backgrounds have nothing but kind words for him.
“The late Isma’ila was reputed throughout his life for his kindness, generosity and support for public causes, the big and the not-so-big,” he remarked.
Buhari urged all those left behind by the deceased not to allow division in their ranks.
He prayed Allah to forgive the departed and grant him Aljannatul-Firdaus (paradise).
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Exercise OKUN ALAFIA II records success 11 days after flag off
The 30-day exercise was started on July 24.
The Fleet Commander said that the successes were based on the collaboration between the Navy and the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) facilities which made vectore, intercept and interrogation easier.
He also said that four suspects were arrested along with 8x50litres jerry cans filled with PMS in additiin to several other empty jerry cans.
“These arrests were made between July 27 and Aug. 3 at Idi-Mango in Abule Glass Akaraba area,” he said.
He said that the Nigerian Navy would not relent in its efforts until it had provided the necessary and conducive environment for law abiding members of the public to carry out their legitimate maritime-related business.
“Based on operation posture of Western Naval Command underlined by foregoing successes against perpetrators of criminalities within the nation’s maritime environment,I hereby restate that the Nigerian Navy will not rest to its oars until it has provided necessary conducive environment for law abiding members of the public to carry out legitimate theurtheir maritime-re business.
“May I further request that as partners in progress, members of the public are free to divulge credible information to the units in your localities to enable it to get rid of all forms of criminalities,” he said.
He said eight ships, two helicopters and a detachment of NN Special Boat Service (SBS) participated in the exercise.
NAN reports that the Command had earlier engaged in a series of exercises and operations such as: OPERATION JUNCTION RAIN, EXERCISE SWIFT RESPONSE, EXERCISE ATEGUN ALAFIA, EXERCISE OKUN ALAFIA I, TREASURE GUARD II .
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Peter Dada (NAN)
38-year-old man accused of raping a minor, tells court it was a frame up
A 38-year-old man, Mark Amos, standing trial at the Plateau State High Court for allegedly raping an eight-year-old, has told the court that he was framed up.
On arraignment, he told the court that he was framed up by the minor for no justifiable reason.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mrs L.P Fombot of the state Ministry of Justice, had told the court that Amos, a resident of Lamingo Estate in Jos East Local Government area, committed the act.
She said that Amos committed the crime by luring the minor into his room and had carnal knowledge of her.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 208 of the Plateau State Penal Code and punishable by life imprisonment if convicted.
The accused in his statement said: “I accommodated the said victim and her aunt, one Miss Patience, in one of the rooms in our compound when she had problems and needed accommodation.
“I noticed that aunt always beat the little girl.
“On that day she was beaten by her aunty again so I asked her to come into my room as I wanted to help her.
“I left her in the room and went to take my bath, but when I returned I didn’t see her again. The next day her aunt reported to the police that I raped her niece.
“I did not do it, she framed me up, her aunty once told me the girl was used to framing people up,” he said.
The victim, in her statement to the police, however, said that the accused had carnal knowledge of her four times and that she could no longer bear it and had to report him to her aunt.
She said the accused person always warned her not to disclose the act to anybody.
Justice S.P Gang ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody until Aug. 20 for hearing.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)