Police not aware of alleged arrest of suspect with election result in Abia, says PPRO
By Leonard Okachie
Umuahia, Feb. 16, 2019 (NNN) The police command in Abia has said that it is not aware of the alleged arrest of a man in unlawful possession of election materials, including written result sheets for the botched presidential and National Assembly elections in Abia.
The spokesman for the command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Umuahia on Saturday that he merely read the report of the arrest in a social media platform.
He said, “From our end here, we do not have such report. I only read the report in the social media.”
He was reacting to the allegation by Mr Benedict Godson, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia that a security agency arrested and “are in custody” of a man in possession of more than 500 written results.
Godson said that the suspect was being held by security operatives.
He said that the party was not comfortable with the activities of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Joseph Iloh.
He accused Illoh of bias and demanded that “he should strive to be neutral and not one-sided.”
He alleged that there was a conspiracy between the REC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to stop APC impending electoral victory.
“We pray that God will touch the REC’s heart to play the game according to the rule.
“We also appeal to REC and PDP to stop the conspiracy and allow a free, fair and credible election,” Godson said.
He said that APC would not accept any election results that was not signed by the party’s agents for the polls.
He appealed to the police and other security agencies in the state to do the needful to ensure that the elections were peaceful and credible.
Reacting, the Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Don Ubani, dismissed the allegation, saying that the party had no plans to rig any elections in the state.
Ubani said that he had earlier issued a statement accusing the REC of withholding the result sheets.
He therefore wondered why APC would turn around to allege that the party and PDP were in a conspiracy to rig the polls.
Attempts made to get the reaction of the REC were unsuccessful as he was said to be “very busy” to attend to newsmen on the issue.
He also could not pick phone calls put across to him. (NNN)
(Edited by Sam Oditah)
8 Policemen, one civilian feared killed in Kogi bank robbery
The other victim, a male civilian, died when a stray bullet hit him.
The armed robbers were said to have invaded the Police Station at about 1 p.m. and opened fire on all officers and men on duty.
The source told NAN that the Police Station was completely destroyed by the armed robbers who also set free all detainees in the detention facility.
The robbers later proceeded to the area’s First Bank Plc branch where they killed one of the Policemen on duty and carted away money.
An eyewitness, Mr Segun Thomas, told NAN that the robbery operation lasted almost one hour.
“The robbers came in two vehicles – a bus and a car – with which they also escaped from the town.
Mr William Aya, spokesman of the Police Command in Kogi, confirmed the robbery incident and the invasion of the Police Station, but added that the casualty figure was “still hazy”.
Aya promised to brief the press “as soon as details are available”.
Police arrests man over alleged rape of 85-year-old woman in Niger
The Police Command in Niger has arrested one Peter Ayemoba, of Rafin Sanyi area in Suleja Local Government Area, for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his two daughters.
The police also announced the arrest of another suspect who allegedly raped an 85-year-old woman.
ASP Wasiu Abiodun, Command Public Relation Officer (PPRO), disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Minna on Thursday.
Abiodun said that Ayemoba had sexually assaulted his daughters, now aged 20 and 23, between 2013 and 2019.
“Investigation revealed that the suspect usually threatened to kill them and commit suicide if they denied him carnal knowledge,” the PPRO said.
“The suspect forcefully had canal knowledge of the 85-year-old before she was rescued by her grandson.”
Abiodun said that the two suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.
He appealed to residents to volunteer information about suspected criminal elements in their midst.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Police Command rescues kidnapped mother of Yenagoa LGA Chairman, SPDC workers
The Police Command in Bayelsa has rescued the kidnapped 80-year-old, Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa, mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
The police also rescued along with her some workers of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) kidnapped early two months ago.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Nkereuwem Akpan, told journalists in Yenagoa on Thursday that the rescuing of kidnapped victims was made possible by the cooperation and support of law abiding people of the state.
“It is instructive to state that the command has rescued kidnapped victims, worthy of note is the rescue of Shell Petroleum Development Company’s workers and the 80– year-old Mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa local government council, Madam Beauty Nimizuoa.
“I am hopeful that with this level of commitment and engagements from the people of Bayelsa, we will together drive community policing initiative forward and make our communities safer again,” he said.
A family source, who spoke in anonymity, told reporters that the victim is hale and hearty, but the family is trying to keep the incident calm.
“After the kidnapping of our mother, the entire family was in a state of dilemma. I remember that each time it rains, the chairman would start crying, but we thank God her kidnappers have released her.
“And each time it was raining then, he would be saying ‘how is my mother faring with the rain?’
“Whenever the temperature was hot, he would be crying and be worried about how his old mother was faring with the kidnappers.
“So today, we are happy that she is free and healthy. The Nigeria Police must be commended because they did a good job,” he said.
Oyo police seek information on killers of 18-yr-old Bello
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barakat, a student of Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Ibadan, was raped and stabbed to death by hoodlums in her father’s residence at Kara Akinyele area on Monday in Ibadan.
Speaking to NAN on the incident on Thursday, the state’s Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said investigation to unravel the killers of the deceased has commenced.
“We solicit credible information from members of the public to urgently arrest those behind the incident.
“ The police are presently on top of the situation and we will brief the press when we have an update on the matter.
“Efforts are being intensified on the matter,” Fadeyi said.
It would be recalled that the father of the deceased, Kareem Bello, had said the hoodlums arrived their home possibly to rob when other members of the family were not at home except Barakat and her younger sister.
The father said that the hoodlums saw the deceased in the bathroom, raped and macheted her to death before her younger sister later saw her corpse in a pool of blood.
Court orders police, DSS not to arrest CUPP spokesman, Ugochinyere
The FCT High Court sitting in Bwari, Abuja has ordered the inspector-general of police and the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) not to arrest the Spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere.
”The 5th and 6th respondents are ordered in clear terms not to give effect to the act of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents, either by themselves, servants or privies for acts of disobedience of the orders of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Suit No: /475/2020.
“They are further restrained from arresting or detaining in any manner the applicant, pending the determination of the motion on notice.”
The House of Representatives, led by its Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, had directed the inspector-general of police, to arrest Ugochinyere over the allegation he made against the house, involving a $10-million bribe.
Ugochinyere had alleged that the house collected the bribe to hurriedly deliberate upon and pass the controversial Infectious Disease Bill, pending before it.
Shortly after the house gave a fresh directive on Wednesday to the police and DSS, the CUPP spokesman rushed to court to stop his arrest.
The 1st to 6th respondents in the case with suit number /120/2020 are the speaker, the House of Representatives, Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Henry Nwawuba, the IGP and DG of DSS.
Police arrest man, 25, for allegedly raping 70-year-old woman
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made this disclosure in a statement in Abeokuta.
The spokesman said that Bankole allegedly committed the offence on Tuesday at Abule Lemode area of Ijoko in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Oyeyemi stated that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday following a report by the victim at the Agbado Divisional Police Station.
He said that the suspect allegedly broke into the septuagenarian’s house at 8 p.m. on Tuesday to commit the alleged offence.
“The victim stated further that it was one of her neighbours, who heard her screaming that came to rescue her by using a stick to hit the suspect on his back.
“The victim added that the suspect immediately jumped off her and ran away, leaving his clothes, shoes and torchlight inside her room.
“Upon the report, the DPO, Agbado Division, SP Kuranga Yero, dispatched detectives to look for the suspect in order to bring him to justice.
“The detectives succeeded in getting him arrested on Wednesday around Ijoko area and brought him to the station.
“On interrogation, he confessed to committing the crime but claimed to have acted under the influence of alcohol.
“The victim has been taken to the hospital for medical attention”.
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.
Protest held in Turkey’s Istanbul over police killing of George Floyd
The crowd gathered outside the compound located in the Sariyer district on the European side of the city to denounce the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.
Raising banners with Floyd‘s last words “I can’t breathe” and photos showing the police choking him to death after forcing him to the ground, the group chanted slogans against the police violence.
The protesters, mostly members of several leftist groups, said that they are standing in international solidarity with Floyd and others who have been murdered by police.
Istanbul police were seen taking security measures in the area.
Unidentified gunmen abduct Chinese expatriates in Ebonyi -Police confirm
Mrs Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) confirmed the abduction in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Thursday in Abakaliki.
She said that the victims were allegedly abducted on Wednesday, June 3 at the mining site.
She however, explained that the police were yet to establish the motive behind the abduction, adding that preliminary investigation had commenced.
She said: “We got the information yesterday, a detachment of our tactical team was despatched to the area with a view to unraveling the true situation and also to rescue the victims.
“The team is yet to return to furnish us with relevant information about the incident.
“But, I can confirm to you that we received a distress call from the area yesterday informing the police of an alleged abduction of two Chinese working in a mining site at Ihietutu in Ishiagu community.
“We are waiting for information from our men before we can make informed comments on the motive behind the alleged abduction.
“For now, we cannot say if the abduction was for ransom purposes or not because the abductors are yet to establish contacts with the company.”
She however, urged non Nigerian nationals working in any part of the state to ensure that they move about with armed security guards to prevent attacks and molestations from criminals and possible kidnapping or abduction.
Mr Henry Ahanaotu, the Chairman and Managing Director, Greenfield Metals, told NAN that the hoodlums abducted their victims at mining pit at ‘Ajirija’ mining site 300 meters from the company’s Life-Camp after shooting severally into the air to deter any resistance.
He said that a formal report on the incident had been lodged at the police command in the state, adding that the abductors were yet to establish contact with the company.
“The unidentified persons bearing sophisticated arms stormed our mining pit at Ajirija and shot severally before whisking their victims away.
“We are yet to establish the identity of the abductors or where they came from.
NAN recalls that kidnappers in March invaded the company’s Life-Camp at ‘Ugwuajirija’ and kidnapped two Chinese nationals, who later regained their freedom after an undisclosed amount of money was paid as ransom.
3 police officers injured in fight with knife attacker in New York’s Brooklyn
Three police officers were injured in New York’s Brooklyn late on Wednesday, during the curfew, in a confrontation with a knife-wielding attacker, media reported.
According to the NBC, the incident happened in central Brooklyn just before midnight.
The attacker approached the officers on the street and slashed one of them in the neck.
A fighting started, which included gun firing, the broadcaster said, citing a police spokesperson.
One police officer was struck by a bullet, and another one suffered a hand injury.
After hearing the gunfire, other officers rushed to the scene.
The attacker was hospitalised in serious condition.
The officer who was slashed with a knife is also receiving treatment at the Kings County Hospital.
According to the NBC, the incident is believed to have no link to the ongoing protests over George Floyd’s death.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
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