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Police decries increasing rate of car theft in Plateau

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The Plateau Police Command has decried the increasing rate of car theft in the state.

DSP Terna Tyopev, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command said this in a statement on Wednesday in Jos.

He noted that the culprits operate as syndicates.

Tyopev identified Honda and Toyota cars as vehicles that were easily stolen by the criminals while accusing most car owners of negligence.

He said that carelessness on the part of car owners was a situation that had increased activities of the criminals.

Tyopev, however, advised car owners to fix minimum security gadgets such as pedal locks on their cars in addition to tracking devices commonly used.

The PPRO also advised owners of parks, event centres, schools and eateries, to get police presence whenever they were hosting events that would attract large turnout of people and vehicles.

“This will ensure that security around such venues is tight and the activities of miscreants are minimised within the vicinity,” he said.

The spokesperson assured citizens of the state that the command had put all modalities in place to ensure the safety of lives and property. (NAN)


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LG Polls: Police warn against provocative campaign in Niger

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Minna, Nov. 21, 2019 ( NAN) The Police in Niger have warned political parties and their candidates against provocative campaigns and acts capable of breaching peace in the build-up of the Nov. 30 Local Government Election in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adamu Usman, gave the warning at a meeting with head of security agencies, leaders of political parties and stakeholders on Thursday in Minna.

Usman said that political parties and candidates were expected to conduct themselves in a manner that would promote peace to ensure implementation of Electoral process in the state.

He said that already effective operation order had since been issued to Area commanders and divisional police officers across the state on how to provide security before, during and after the elections.

”Politicians and supporters are not expected to carry offensive weapons during rallies, campaigns, pulling units, and collection centres.

”Thuggery, intimidation and demonstration of violent conduct will not be condoned during and after the elections in the state.

“As a political party or a member of the party, you are not expected to retain, organise, train, equip or procure persons or group of persons for the use or display of force and violence during campaign and elections.

“No hate speech, defamation and inciting statements. Campaign on religion or tribe should also be avoided.

”The ongoing campaign should be devoid of abusive languages directly or indirectly intended to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings,” the commissioner said.

Usman called on political parties and the candidates to work as a team to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections.

The police boss advised the parties to impress on their supporters to shun all kinds of violence before, during and after the election.

He reiterated the command’s commitment to provide level-playing field to all candidates.

In their separate remarks, Malam Hussain Adamu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Chanchaga Local Government Area, assured the readiness of the party and its candidates to a free, fair and peaceful elections.

”We have mobilize our supporters to shun violence and thuggery to ensure the victory of our candidates,“ he said.

Also, Alhaji Aminu Baba, the Chairman, State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), said that the commission would organise a free, fair and cridible election in the state.

”We have already equipped our field officers with the required electoral knowledge for the conduct of a transparent election.

Baba commended the police command for organising the meeting, adding that the gesture would facilitate the conduct of a peaceful poll.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting was attended by head of various security agencies in the state and representatives of political parties.

They include: NURTW, human right organisation, aspirants and officials of the state Independent Electoral Commission.

Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NDLEA arrests 179 suspects, seizes 570kg of cannabis in 3 months

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 179 suspected drug peddlers, seized 570kg of cannabis and other psychotropic substances between July 15 and October in Abuja.

The Chairman of NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd), said this while receiving the appreciation letter from the Wuse Zone 4 Traders Association (WZ4TA) on Thursday in Abuja.

Abdallah said that the special operation which lasted three months and carried out in two phases led to the arrest of key drug merchants with seizure of sizeable quantities of drugs.

He said that the operation which was sponsored by the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, was targeted at various individuals, who were into drug sales and usage in various strategic locations.

“The operation called “Operation Shara” which means “to sweep” aimed at addressing drug sales and uses in the FCT.

“Under Phase one, 48 suspects were arrested and 496kg of cannabis were seized. Other substances recovered where 63 cartons containing 5,161 bottles of cough syrup with codeine.

“8.2 grams of Cocaine, Rhophylo, Roche, Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol 5. We also recovered 19,804 fake US dollars.

“The second phase of the operation led to the arrest of 131 suspects and seizures of various substances including cannabis sativa and prescription drug of abuse such as cough syrup with codeine.

“This brings to the total of 179 suspects and 570kg of cannabis seized,’’ the chairman said.

Abdallah said that a special squad was deployed and went into aggressive intelligence gathering, round-the-clock patrols and sting operations, adding that the outcome of these had brought respite to the residents of the FCT.

“Just November 13, 2019, the FCT command of the agency also intercepted 1.115tons of cannabis sativa at its outpost in Gwagwalada. The consignment was concealed in a Dangote Truck with registration number KBT 391XA and we are determined to do more,’’ he said.

The chairman said that the successes recorded was a product of synergy between law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.

“This would not have been possible without the invaluable intelligence hints from the various groups resident in the respective areas.

“I urge you to continue to volunteer information that can assist us to combat drug activities of criminals,’’ Abdullahi said.

He assured that the agency was determined to sustain current efforts aimed at preventing the influx of drugs into the FCT while restating the agency’s zero tolerance drug activities anywhere in the country.

“Part of our strategies in this regard is the strengthening of our vigilance at the entry points to the FCT such that drug consignments on transit are intercepted even before they are moved into the city,’’ the chairman said.

Edited by Abdullahi Mohammed/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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New CP assumes office in Edo, pledges to be fair, firm, humane

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A new Commissioner of Police has assumed office in the Edo Command of the Nigerian Police Force.

He is CP Lawal Jimeta, former Commissioner, Police Mobile, Abuja.

Nigeria News Agency , reports that Jimeta officially took over from outgone CP, now Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Mohammed DanMalam.

Jimeta in his maiden remarks on Thursday pledged to be fair, firm, and humane in the discharge of his responsibilities in the state.

He also promised to follow the footprints of his predecessor to ensure that the state was well secured, protected and criminals eradicated from the state.

The new CP who noted that his predecessor had achieved a lot in the fight against crime and criminality in Edo further promised to uphold the human rights of all stakeholders in the state.

He, however, solicited the cooperation of all to ensure the safety and protection of every resident of the state.

He stressed that he would ensure that the policies of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Adamu Abubakar, were strictly enforced in the state by officers and men in the command.

Earlier, DanMalam revealed that the Edo command had 55 Police Divisions and 10 Area Commands.

He charged the new CP to work in line with the 1999 constitution which saddled the responsibility to protect and secure the lives of citizens of the country on the force.

He expressed optimism that his successor would achieve greater success in the state, and charged him on the need for partnership with stakeholders.

CP Lawal Jimeta is the 41st CP in the history of the command.

Edited by Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Correctional Centre nabs woman for attempting to smuggle phone into facility

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A 40-year-old woman had been apprehended by men of the Nigeria Correctional Service at the Medium Security Custodial Centre Kano, for attempting to smuggle a mobile phone into the facility.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Kano Command of the Service, Malam Musbahu Lawal confirmed the incident to Nigeria News Agency on Thursday.

“(the lady), a resident of Gwammaja Quarters of Dala Local Government Area of the state, had on Wednesday, concealed a mobile phone in her bag with the intention of delivering it to a Condemned Convict serving jail term at the Centre,’’ he said.

Lawal said that the lady confessed to the crime when she was interrogated by officers of the centre.

NAN reports that only last week the men of the service also apprehended another lady who attempted to smuggle hard drugs into the same facility.

Both offenders according to the PRO were handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.

The Kano State Command Controller, Magaji Abdullah, commended the effort of the men for intercepting illicit material.

Abdallah assured that the present administration led by CGC Jafaru Ahmed, maintained “a zero tolerance for trafficking of illicit items into the Custodial Centres across the country.

Edited by Kabir Muhammad/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Police in Katsina confirm arrest of teenager for allegedly poisoning wedding guests

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Katsina, Nov 21, 2019 The Police in Katsina State on Thursday confirmed the arrest of one Mudasiru Tanimu,18, for allegedly poisoning some guests at a wedding ceremony in Barhim village of Bagarawa Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), SP Gambo Isah, said Tanimu allegedly conspired with one Nafiu Umar, also 18, to prepare the poisonous “concoction” for the guests.

“The command arrested the Tanimu, who lives in Barhim village.

“He was assisted by one Nafiu Umar, 18, who is at large.

” The concoction was put in drinks that was served at a wedding at Barhim village in Bagarawa local government area.

”Consequently,  one Iliya Musa, 25, and a 16-year-old girl drank  the concoction and instantly became unconscious.

” The victims were rushed to the General Hospital Katsina, where Musa was confirmed dead while the other victim is in a state of deep intoxication.”

According to the police, the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that investigation was ongoing while efforts are  in top gear to apprehend the fleeing suspect.

Edited by Philip Dzeremo/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Oyo police parade 40 suspects over alleged kidnapping, murder, cultism

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The Oyo State Police Command, on Thursday, paraded 40 suspects over alleged kidnapping, murder, cultism and armed robbery.

The state Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the suspects, who were arrested at different locations and times, were found in possession  of items such as knives, live cartridges, cutlasses, locally-made guns, phones, three cars and cash.

Olukolu said one of the suspects, age 32, murdered his 72-year-old father on Nov. 11 at about noon, at No. 5, Alagbaka area of Ashi in Ibadan.

The CP said that the suspect engaged his father, Busari Isiaka, in a fist scuffle and, in the process, strangled him.

“The suspect, after committing the evil, called his two brothers and narrated the incident to them.

“His two brothers immediately raced to their father’s house, prepared his corpse and buried him without informing the police in order to conceal the crime perpetrated by their brother.

“The Ashi divisional police station later got the information around 6 pm., while the suspect and his two brothers were arrested and all confessed to the crime,” Olukolu said.

The police commissioner allayed the fear of the residents of the state on the belief that crimes and criminal activities usually increased towards the end of the year.

He said that the police under his watch were resolutely determined to constantly combing the state of any form of criminal activities before, during and after the ‘ember months’.

Olukolu said that the security architecture of the state was being constantly re-jigged with operational strategies being reviewed and efforts to combat crimes at all times put in place.

He called on the people of the state to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation and reports any suspicious movement around their environment to the police.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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