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Saturday, August 20, 2022


Serial killer, rapist on the prowl in Remo, Ogun State - Police warn women using okada

The Ogun State Police Command has raised an alarm that a yet-to-be-identified serial killer is currently on the prowl in the Remo axis of the State.

Remo is located in the Ogun East Senatorial District, consisting of Sagamu, Ikenne and Remo North Local Government Areas of Ogun.

Recently, a female student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, was raped and killed in the axis by unknown persons.

In a statement on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said “the modus operandi of the serial killer is to pretend as a commercial motorcyclist popularly known as okada rider and pick his targeted victim as a passenger.”

Such victims, Oyeyemi said, are mainly women, who would be “taken to an isolated area, raped and brutally murdered in cold blood.”

The police spokesperson informed that the command is making efforts to apprehend the hoodlum; saying, however, that it is necessary to alert the public to be on their guard and be wary of any okada rider with whom they want to embark on a journey, especially at night.

“For safety reasons, the command hereby advises that passengers should endeavour to demand the phone number of any okada rider who wants to carry them in the night.

“They should also make a call to such number to ascertain its authenticity.

“This will give security agencies a lead in their investigation in the event of any untoward development,” Oyeyemi advised.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has assured Ogun residents that everything would be done to fish out the serial killer within the shortest possible period.

He urged the masses to cooperate with the police by giving useful information that can assist in the onerous task. 


Monday, November 22, 2021


Police arrest 77-year-old illegal gun manufacturer in Delta

A combined team of policemen and vigilantes in Ozoro Community in Delta State, led by CSP Ogedengbe Areguamen, have arrested a 77-year-old gun runner, Michael Enipozi, with one 28-year-old Emma Ighodalo in the state.

The police said Ighodalo was arrested with one live cartridge while two other members of his criminal gang escaped.

The Delta State Police Command confirmed the report in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe.

He said, “Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed that he threw his gun away somewhere in the bush as he was running and that he bought the said gun from One Michael Enipozi for the sum of #30,000.”

According to DSP Edafe, “The suspect led the Police to Irri village where the said Michael Enipozi ‘m’ of Irri in Isoko south LGA aged 77yrs was arrested.

“Three double-barrel guns, two single barrel guns, and other tools used in producing guns were recovered from him.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the 77yrs old suspect is a welder who produces guns for criminals and he admitted that he sold the gun to the suspect and that he has been in the business of producing guns for the past twenty years.

“Manhunt for the other two fleeing suspects is ongoing.” Dailypost

Tuesday, April 13, 2021


LASTMA, police personnel knock out driver’s teeth

A driver, Michael James, is still in pain after six officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and men of the Lagos State Police Command allegedly brutalised him during an arrest for a traffic offence he described as illegal on Lateef Jakande Road in the Ikeja Local Government Area of the state.

Punch gathered from James that the officials, while enforcing his arrest, were assisted by two hoodlums, and two of his teeth were knocked out and his gum ripped off, while they were trying to dispossess him of his vehicle.

James said the policemen and LASTMA officials released him and handed his vehicle to him after realising that he was bleeding profusely, adding that he had spent over N80,000 on medical expenses.

He stated, “I was on my way to our factory on Adeniyi Jones to convey nylon for my boss, but as I drove through Lateef Jakande Road, three officials of LASTMA, two other guys and three armed policemen suddenly stopped me. I asked what I had done and they said I drove against the traffic. I became surprised because I was the only person they stopped as other vehicles driving on the same lane were not stopped. I had been plying that route since 2001 and no one had ever stopped me for driving against the traffic.

“I was still explaining to them when one of them attempted to forcefully remove the vehicle’s key; I pleaded with them but they overpowered me and pushed me out of the vehicle. I held one of them firmly and we both landed on the ground and the LASTMA officials seized the opportunity to drive my vehicle away. The remaining officials and policemen started beating me, while I was on the ground and in the process, they knocked out two of my teeth and my gum was affected.

“When they saw that I was bleeding heavily, they stopped beating me and ordered me to enter the commercial bus they were using to operate and drove me down to Anthony bus stop, where my vehicle was parked. When we got there, they said I should bring my phone, but I told them that I would not release my phone to them unless they killed me.

“I called my boss, who connected me with an official, who intervened and after realising that the road where I was accosted was not one-way, they were instructed to release my vehicle.”

James, however, said a few days after he was assaulted, he wore a face mask, drove on the same road and saw one of the LASTMA officials, who assaulted him, adding that he knew he was brutalised unjustly when he asked the official if he was driving against the traffic and he said no.

He stated, “I went straight to see a dentist to treat me because two of my teeth had been removed and my gum was also affected. I have been in severe pain since the assault; in fact, my teeth were stitched to my gum and they removed again. After some days, I drove on the same road and luckily I saw one of the LASTMA officials, who assaulted me.

“He could not recognise me because I wore a face mask; I asked if the road was one-way and he said it wasn’t. I used that opportunity to snap his picture without his knowledge. I recognise all those involved in the illegal duty and I showed my boss when we visited the LASTMA head office in Oshodi. I have spent over N80,000 on treatment and I am still not fine. I want them prosecuted. The incident happened on March 24, 2021.”

When contacted, the spokesman for LASTMA, Olumide Filade, said, “An investigation will be conducted on it and anybody found culpable will face disciplinary action. The victim should also visit our office to make an official complaint.” Punch

Friday, July 31, 2020


Police man abducts, rapes woman for not wearing face mask

The Rivers State Police Command yesterday said efforts were on to arrest a police officer, Inspector Peter Ebah, who allegedly arrested and raped a 23-year-old lady at Saakpenwaa checkpoint in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State for not wearing a face mask.

The Guardian gathered that the lady was travelling from Bori to Eleme on Wednesday and their vehicle was stopped by the police at Tai checkpoint.

After thorough search, the lady was brought out from the vehicle and delayed till evening because she didn’t wear a nose mask.

It was learnt that the leader of the police officers on duty, one Peter Ebah, later took the victim at gunpoint in the night to a guesthouse where she was allegedly raped till daybreak.

She was brought out of the vehicle at about 6:30p.m. and held till 10:00p.m. on Wednesday. A source who does not want to be mentioned said: “The officers, instead of going to the station, diverted the lady to a guesthouse, where the leader held her and raped her till morning before letting her go.”

According to a text message she sent to a radio station based in Rivers State, the officers prevented her from communicating with anyone.

The text message from the lady sent before the alleged rape reads: “Dear, I am dying here. I have been taken to a guesthouse just because of face mask of N100. I can’t believe this is happening to me. He wants to sleep with me. I am dying. He didn’t let me answer any call. He threatened to seize my phone.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said: “After hearing about this, we immediately invited the lady. After hearing from her, she made a written statement, and investigation has commenced.

“The matter is receiving adequate attention. The lady has just made her statement and efforts are on to unveil the identities of the officers alleged to have been involved in the act for necessary action. We appeal for calm to allow the law take its full course.”


Saturday, October 19, 2019


In Abuja: Police, Shiites in fresh clash

The police on Friday broke up a street protest by members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja.

The IMN members had stormed the streets to launch a fresh agitation for the release of their leader Ibraheem el-Zakzaky from security custody.

The police fired canisters of tear gas to disperse the procession on Sultan Abubakar Road in Wuse zone 2, Abuja.

There may be further trouble today if the IMN members carry out their threat to embark of their annual Arbaeen trek which is in commemoration of the murder of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

El-Zakzaky has been in detention with his wife, Zeenat, since December 2015 following a bloody confrontation between his followers and the entourage of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai  in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019


#Xenophobia: Police at the Circle Mall kill protester in Lagos as angry mob set van ablaze

A protester have been shot dead by Police operatives at the Circle Mall, Jakande in the Lekki area of Lagos State over the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

An angry mob also set a police van ablaze by the had stormed the mall.

A video viral video showed residents with the lifeless body on the floor as gunshots rent the air.

An actress, Belindah Effah, who was caught in the fracas, claimed that hoodlums had hijacked the protest.

She added that the men had been attacking motorists and called for government’s help.

Jakande area is very unsafe right now; area boys everywhere. Everyone ran and left their cars just now.

“As I was about to run out, the boys carrying machetes and stones told me it’s not me they are after, they are looking for South Africans to kill.

“These same boys vandalised some cars. I saw one of them stone a car and broke the windshield.

“After a while, they came to our car and asked for some money. They have blocked the Jakande Road and passengers are so afraid. Government please come to our aid,” she wrote on Twitter.(Dailypost)

Saturday, August 31, 2019


In Ondo: Police arrest bank managers, businesswoman over banker’s death

The Ondo State Police Command has arrested three persons in connection with the alleged assassination of Nofisat Ibrahim, a staff member of the Oba branch of a commercial bank in Akure, the state capital.

The deceased, who operated the Point of Sales service was allegedly assassinated on Wednesday evening at Oke Ogba area of the capital city, by two unidentified gunmen.

When our correspondent visited the Fanibi Police Station, which was handling the case, it was observed that three people were in the police custody over the case.

According to a police source, the three suspects were two bank managers and a businesswoman.

The source noted that the deceased had earlier reported the businesswoman at the police station following an alleged threat on her life by the suspect.

In a reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo state command, Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the arrest of three people but refused to disclose their identities.

It was also learnt that the remains of the deceased had been buried according to the Islamic rites.(Punch)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Police to dismiss 2 officers for working with kidnap kingpin Wadume

Nigeria Police authorities may dismiss two of its officers after allegedly working with a suspected kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala Wadume.

A top police source told The Guardian that the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Aondonna Iorbee, and Inspector Aliyu attached to Ibi police division might be dismissed for allegedly colluding with the criminal.

Wadume was rearrested by the police last Monday at his hideout in Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State. The police had earlier arrested Wadume on August 6 in Taraba State.

He escaped following a face-off between the police and Nigerian troops along Ibi–Jalingo Road, Taraba State. He claimed the troops helped him escape during the attack.

Three policemen, including one Inspector and two Sergeants and one civilian, died during the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds.

He further revealed that the troops took him to one Captain Balarabe, who later called “the DCO of Ibi Police Division” for the hand-cuff keys.

“He came to the house and told the Captain that he could not find the key. They then brought an iron cutter and cut the handcuffs on my hands and legs,” Wadume alleged.

Further investigations by the police also showed that the crime officer made over 200 calls to Wadume while the station officer, Aliyu, allegedly destroyed evidence showing that the Intelligence Response Team operatives documented the operation to arrest the kidnap kingpin at the station.

The attack and the loss of top police officers sparked tension between the two security agencies forcing the army warned its men to be “circumspect” in their dealings with members of the Nigerian police.

President Muhammadu Buhari waded into the matter and constituted a panel to look into it.

The presidential investigation panel is yet to submit its report.(TheGuardian)


In Delta: Police foil syndicate of motorcycle snatchers

The Delta State Police Command led by CP Adeyinka Adeleke has foiled a syndicate of motorcycle snatchers along Abavo road in Ikah North East Local Government Area of the State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya disclosed this in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST.

Onovwakpoyeya said CP Adeyinka Adeleke has requested anyone whose motorcycles got stolen in Owa-Oyibu and its environs to go to the Owa-Oyibu Police Station to check.

She also stated that the command remains committed to the protection of lives and property in the State.(Dailypost)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


In Anambra: Police storm initiation hideouts, arrest 16 cultists

16 suspected cultists said to be members of Aiye Confraternity who converged on Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State from all states of the South East for initiation ceremony were among 85 others recently arrested by men of the State Police Command, the police commissioner, CP John Abang said.

Abang said the entire 85 suspects were arrested within a week’s raid in various locations in the state, while several exhibits including dangerous weapons, their groups insignia and weeds suspected to be hard drug were found on them.

The police commissioner added that of the 85 suspects, 10 were underage cultists, and have been placed under police supervision, while 10 have been charged to court and others undergoing investigation. (Dailypost)

Monday, August 19, 2019


In Ogun: Police found decomposing body of farm worker on mango tree

The Police in Ogun State have discovered the decomposing remains of a farm worker, who was allegedly murdered by his boss, over allegation of stealing.

The family of Isamaila Mukaila had called on the Police to carry out a thorough investigation into the alleged murder.

The Nation gathered that the boy was murdered on August 11 in a farm along Adejunrin road Owode Egba area of Abeokuta in Ogun state and his remains kept in sitting position on a branch of a mango tree within the farm.

The boy, who is said to be a farm worker, was allegedly killed by one Adekoya believed to be owner of Offshore Agro Limited situated along Adejunrin Road, Owode Egba.

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A member of the deceased’s family that craved anonymity, alleged that the owner of the farm lured Isamaila to see him at the farm on Sunday 11 August 2019.

He alleged the boy did not return home and after a search was carried out, his decomposing body was found on the 15 August on top of a mango tree in the farm.

It was learnt that the bicycle the boy rode to the farm before his mysterious death, was also found at the entrance to the farm.

The Police Public Relations Office of the Ogun State police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, saying the matter is being investigated.

He admitted that some suspects have also been arrested in connection with the alleged murder.(Thenation)

Wednesday, August 07, 2019


Police nab Suspects who specialise in sending fake bank alerts

Anambra State Police Command has apprehended two suspected fraudsters, who allegedly specialise in sending fake bank alerts to traders after buying goods from them.

The suspects were arrested by the operatives attached to the Command Monitoring Unit (CMU) following intelligence report.

Police spokesman Haruna Mohammed confirmed this to reporters in Awka on Tuesday. He gave the names of the suspects as Eko Charles, 25, and Rabiu Idris, 24.

Mohammed said: “The suspects specialise in defrauding innocent traders by generating fake bank payment alerts.

“They went to the shop of Godwin Chukwu of 59, Zik Avenue, Awka on July 31 to buy TV sets, fraudulently generated and sent fake SMS alert for the payment of N200,000 to his phone and he released two 43 inch TV sets, oblivious of their trick.

He said the case was still under investigation, after which the suspects would be arraigned.


Monday, August 05, 2019


Police nabs suspected killers of Enugu Catholic priest

Some suspected killers of Enugu State Catholic priest, Rev Fr Paul Offu, were reportedly arrested by the police on Saturday.

However, the number of suspects arrested could not be ascertained as of the time of filing the report.

The state Commissioner of Police, Sulieman Balarabe, who confirmed that they had made some arrests in connection with the killing of the cleric, refused to disclose the number of suspects arrested.

Offu was killed along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night.

His killing came barely five months after Rev Fr Clement Ugwu,  the parish priest of St Mark Catholic Church, Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state was killed.

Offu’s killing on Friday sparked a protest by  Enugu Diocese priests, calling for the government to protect life and property in the state.

The protesters marched to the office of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, demanding justice.

Meanwhile, Buhari has ordered a manhunt for the killers of Offu.

Offu was serving at St. James Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Enugu State.

The Presidency, in a statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, on Saturday, said the President condemned the attack and condoled with the parishioners and family of the cleric.

The statement said, “President Buhari expresses deep shock and dismay over the killing of another priest, ordering a thorough manhunt for the killers and their immediate prosecution.

“The President commiserates with government and people of Enugu State, family of Rev Fr. Offu and members of the parish and all Christians.”

It said Buhari described the killing as “barbaric and unwarranted’’, adding that his administration would step up the fight against “lawlessness and recklessness.’’

The President said, “The entire nation is shaken by the horrible assassination of this priest.

“The administration will continue to guarantee freedom of religion and protect places of worship as well as the lives of citizens wherever they live.”

The statement further said Buhari directed the security agencies to “act swiftly in their investigations and bring the perpetrators of the ‘horrific crime’ to book.”

He also urged all religious leaders to “pray for peace, healing and security of the country.’’


Friday, August 02, 2019


Police detains Mother of four in custody for offence allegedly committed by her husband

Mrs. Ujunwa Hope Ngene, a mother of four children, aged between 2-12 years was detained in Police custody for over two weeks for offence allegedly committed by her husband Osita Hope Ngene without bail.

The suspect was arrested on the 19th July 2019 by the Police and charged to High Court Six in Calabar, Cross River State on Thursday in a suit no HC/255/2019.

Speaking with DAILY POST shortly after the case was mentioned, the Counsel to the applicant, Barr Barr Festus Eze, lamented the continuous detention of his client in Police custody for over two weeks.

Barr Eze said “Today, we were in court to pursue the fundamental human right of Mrs Ngene over unlawful and illegal detention by the authority of the Nigeria Police Cross River State Command in Calabar on the allegation of stealing.

“Ordinarily, the offence is bailable under our criminal jurisprudent by virtue of section 113 subsections 11 and particularly 111 of the criminal procedure of Cross River State CAP C17 2004.

“The applicant, Mrs Ngene was arrested precisely on the 19th July 2019 and ever since, she has been in detention facility under the incarceration of the state CIID Calabar.

“We had made stringent efforts to meet the Commissioner of Police, that the applicant be allow to go on Police administrative bail because the offence is a bailable one or in alternative charge to court so that her trial could commence but the Commissioner of Police has refused, the Deputy Commissioner of Police has refused to charge her to court,” he stated.

Consequently, Barr. Eze said he brought the matter to the High Court with a view to pursuing his client’s
fundamental human right, “We were in court and surprisingly, they brought her to court today believing that the High Court of Justice is the last hope of man.

“Sadly, the matter had been adjourned to the 12 August 2019 for the respondents to be served hearing notices and the applicant (Suspect) was again returned to Police custody.

He said in the wisdom of the Court, the presiding Judge, Justice Franca Isoni adjourned the case to August 12th 2019 to enable respondents served with court documents and prove of service effected.

“We encourage other human right fighters all over the world to rise up to occasion that warrant the injustices and illegal detention of innocent citizen of this country particularly over offence that is bailable,” Barr Eze pleaded.

When our correspondent contacted the Police’s lawyer in Court to comment on the matter, he declined comment, saying that he was not competent to speak on the matter.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Nigeria Police force to recruit 40,000 community policing officers

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has said the Force will recruit 40,000 community policing officers (CPOs) to boost security.

The CPOs are expected to bridge the gap between the Force and members of the public, Adamu said.

The IGP, who attributed the number of arrests the police made in the last seven months to the cordial relationship between the force and community members, added that the implementation of the community policing concept was imperative.

For effective implementation, Adamu said: “We are drawing on the provisions of the Police Act in relation to the recruitment and utilisation of Special Constables who will be engaged as Community Policing Officers (CPOs) under the coordination of the Nigeria Police towards evolving a community-focused policing architecture.”

Speaking in Abuja at the monthly meeting of the IGP with other senior police officers, Adamu also said the relationship between the police and members of the public in the last seven months had resulted in the arrest of 4,187 suspected criminals.

The IGP also said the highest number of rescued victims were from Zamfara State.

Highlighting how the CPO concept would be implemented, Adamu said: “The breakdown of the community policing deployment plan covers the recruitment of 40,000 CPOs across the country in the interim.

“The CPOs will be recruited from within the communities where the prospective applicants reside and about 50 CPOs are to be engaged in each of the 774 local government areas.

“In addition, 1,300 CPOs will be drawn from professional bodies, like the academics, road transport unions, artisans, traders’ associations, religious bodies, women’s unions and youth organisations, among others, to ensure diverse representation.”

He added: “The CPOs shall be deployed to complement the police in law enforcement functions within their localities by performing low-risk and non-sensitive duties. They will also act as liaisons between the police and their communities.

“This policing architecture will free up conventional police personnel that hitherto performed such functions and enhance our manpower profile in relation to deployment to frontline, operational duties. When fully implemented, the Community Policing Strategy will bridge the gap between the police and the citizens in a manner that will enhance optimal, cost-effective, and sustainable law enforcement service delivery by the police.”


Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Army, police to tackle Shi’ites like IPOB –Presidency

The Presidency has said  with the proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria(also known as Shiites), security agencies have the power to take “any necessary action” against the group as was done to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra led by Nnamdi Kanu.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday.

Responding to a question, he said, “In Kaduna, it (proscription) worked; these troublesome people were chased out of the state. They no longer have a foothold there. They moved over to Abuja and that is why we have them here. It (court order) will be enforced.

“What that means is that the law enforcement agencies in the country have the right to take whatever steps necessary to deal with their activities.”

When asked what would happen if another IMN protest was staged, Shehu said they would not be allowed to do so.

“My advice is that they better not do that. It won’t be allowed. They are not allowed to protest anymore.”

When asked why the Presidency failed to obey the Federal High Court order on the unconditional release of El-Zakzaky and his wife in 2016, Shehu said the matter was a complicated issue.

The President’s spokesman said El-Zakzaky was granted bail on just one of the matters he was being held for but was not granted bail on other matters.

He also faulted the statement of the Christian Association of Nigeria condemning the proscription.

Shehu argued that it was not the freedom of worship that was curtailed but the freedom to protest.

Monday, July 29, 2019


Police arrest military man who stabbed driver to death

The Edo State Police Command has arrested a soldier, Lance Corporal Mose Oguche, who allegedly stabbed a driver to death at Okene in Kogi State.
A police source said Oguche was arrested by the combined efforts of policemen and community members who resisted an attempt by fellow soldiers to rescue their colleague from police custody.

The Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mohammed DanMalam , who confirmed the incident, said he immediately ordered the transfer of the suspect to the state command headquarters in Benin when he learnt of it.

DanMallam gave the assurance that justice would be served in the murder of the driver as nobody was above the law.

“The case is under investigation; it is a case of murder. He (the soldier) is a Nigerian and he is not above the law. I assure you that justice will be done in this case,” he said.

In his reaction, 4 Brigade Army Public Relations Officer, Capt. Maidawa Mohammed, said, “This is certainly not in line with the  disposition of the Nigerian Army, which places high premium on the sanctity of human lives.

“As alleged, this unfortunate circumstance will be thoroughly investigated and if established, justice shall take its course. I want to reassure the general public of the safety of their lives and property.”

An eyewitness said the deceased, Ogbimi, and a mechanic, one Kekere, had gone to recover a broken down vehicle belonging to one Big Joe Motors when the incident occurred.

It was gathered that trouble started when a towing van that was being driven by the deceased driver scratched a silver colour Nissan Premera marked, Abuja KWL 811 AP, belonging to the military man.


Saturday, July 20, 2019


Survival: police nab fake beggars, parade them

Fake beggars who disguise as alms seekers for an under-aged sick girl were on Thursday arrested in Awka by the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue.

The beggars were picked at Nnamdi Azikiwe University temporary site junction while seeking alms from unsuspecting public with a minor whose stomach was covered with plaster, cellotape and ink.
The Commissioner said that the ongoing arrest of beggars in the state was aimed at sanitising the state and riding the state of mentally challenged people and beggars.

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While parading Fake Beggars in her Office in Awka, Lady Mezue said that the arrested fake Beggars who operate under the name, Rescue Helpers People Foundation Incorporated, were in the business of using children for alms across the state.

She regretted that most of the beggars in the state are from the neighbouring states, adding that her Ministry in Collaboration with the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative of the Wife of the Governor train people who are unemployed at the various skill acquisition centres, after which they will be empowered to be self reliant.

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The Commissioner warned that nobody has any reason to be begging along the road.
The Mother of one of those arrested, Mrs. Uju Obiekwe from Ihiala Council Area said that she joined the syndicate after the death of her husband saying that they pay her N1,500 daily.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Police arrest 100 suspected cultists, recover sophisticated arms

Lagos State Police Command has arrested 100 suspected cultists and recovered sophisticated weapons between Sunday and Monday, the Commissioner of Police in the  state, Zubairu Muazu, said on Tuesday.

Muazu who paraded the suspects before newsmen in Lagos, said the arrest followed  information that suspects allegedly planned to celebrate cultism day.

He said the command had initiated technology driven investigation to enhance crime prevention in  the state. Police “Operation Puff Adder was launched earlier while Operation Flush was launched on June 10, 2019 aimed at combatting the menace of cultism and gangsterism in Lagos state.

“100 cultists were arrested around Lagos and environs to which 70 of them were charged to court while 30 are still under investigation.
“We identified over 10  active cult groups and gangs in various parts of the state and took the battle to their door steps.”
He added: “Through massive raids on cultists strong holds among other strategies,  we successfully prevented any kind of activity or killing in the name of 7/7 Celebration.”

Muazu said that four Beretta Pistol with seven live ammunition, one double Barrel gun, 8 locally made pistols, 25 cutlasses, axes and other assorted weapons were recovered from the suspects. “We are indeed winning the war and will sustain it until they are totally defeated,” he said.

Meanwhile, a suspect, has claimed that the 50-year-old accountant, Rasaki Balogun, found dead with his mistress, Muyibat Alabi, in his house at No. 16, Taiwo Oke Street, Victory Estate, Ejigbo in Lagos, were murdered by the deceased’s wife, Akorede Balogun.

The 25-year-old suspect, Oguegbu Promise told Journalists on Tuesday that Mrs Balogun had forcefully poured a liquid substance suspected to be poison into the mouth of the deceased persons.

Promise, a South-Korea returnee, and a tenant of the late Balogun, claimed that he was an eyewitness to the said murder perpetrated by Mrs. Balogun and another man. He said the wife of the deceased had begged him not to expose her and had in the process handed him the key to her husband’s car as bribe.

The suspect was paraded by the police commissioner at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.
“I am a returnee from South Korea but was yet to be granted a visa back, when the incident happened on June 18,  my landlord’s wife came around, she called me to come and assist her with something.

“I asked her what it was and she said I should join her in the main building which I did. I saw a tall huge man in the sitting room, the man ordered me to tie the landlord’s girlfriend hand. My landlord and his girlfriend were shouting for help, but there was nothing I could do.

“I did not kill my landlord, it was my landlord’s wife that poured something in the man and her girlfriend’s mouth. I was the one that saw her putting it.
“Mrs Balogun gave me her husband’s car key, and said I should be quiet and not expose her. Why I did not report to the police was because I was scared,” the suspect told journalists. Promise, however, said Mrs. Balogun and the said man who was an accomplice in the crime were arrested by the police, noting that their whereabout was unknown to him as he had not set  eyes on them for some days.

“They arrested the woman and I don’t know where she is now, even the other guy that was with her was also arrested, I don’t know where they took them to.
“I am not the one to be carrying their cross, they are not innocent of this crime. The police should also bring them to answer to the crime,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Lagos state police command had issued a statement on the death of the deceased persons, saying they were found dead in the named address.

The Police stated that it was the wife of the late Balogun that brought the incident to the knowledge of the police. It was also reported that Mrs. Balogun lived at No. 2, Igbehindun Estate, New Haven, Iba, while the late husband lived at the mentioned address. (NAN)

Monday, July 08, 2019


Police nab Woman, accomplices who supply sleeping drug to robbery gang

The operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested a married woman with three others who specialised in snatching exotic cars after drugging their victims.

The drug usually applied on victims is said to be an anti van which compels victims to sudden deep sleep that could last for hours.
The suspects are Kingsley Iwueze, 34; Moses Ugwu, 47; Onyebuchi Odoh, 48; and Ugwuoke Euphemia, 40 years.

Iwueze is alleged to be the driver, who drove any robbed vehicle to the eastern part of Nigeria and dispose them.

Ugwu is the alleged gang leader while Euphemia is a female suspect who allegedly provided the sleeping drugs and Odoh an alleged dealer in stolen cars.
They were alleged to have snatched a Toyota Corolla car, with registration number GGG 720 FK from one Clifford Echereode of Gowon Estate Egbeda Lagos.

IRT source disclosed that on the 22nd of April, 2019 at about 10pm., the victim was at Apple Junction Festac Lagos, with the car which he uses for UBER taxi services.
According to the police, while waiting to pick passengers, a man approached him and requested that he should go along with him with his car to pick up his brother, who was to arrive at the Murtala Mohammed International airport Ikeja at about 11pm.from Ghana.

It was revealed that both exchanged phone numbers, after which the suspect lured him to a bar in Festac, where he offered him some roasted meat (suya) and the victim ate and became unconscious.

His car and his Iinfinix Android phone and other valuables were stolen from him.
On receipt of this complaint, operatives of the IRT swung into action, through data analysis, tracked and arrested the principal suspect Iwueze.

On interrogation he allegedly confessed to the crime and stealing of other cars by the application of noxious substance on his victims, making them unconscious before escaping with their cars to the eastern part of the country.

The source also revealed that the confession of the first suspect, gave the lead to the apprehension of his gang members and recovery of a Toyota corolla s/car, Toyota Camry (muzzle) and Toyota Camry (Big Daddy).

Police said Iwueze hails from Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo state, and has Ordinary National Diploma (OND) Certificate in Agricultural Science at Polytechnic Nekede, in Imo State.

He is said to have relocated to Lagos in 2015, and married with two kids
He allegedly told the police that sometime in March 2019, he met one Moses who introduced him to car snatching. They have snatched three cars in Lagos together using the anti van on their victims.

Moses was said to have told the police that he is from Umuida town in Igboeze North LGA of Enugu State. He only attended Primary school and could not further his education due to financial constraints. He is said to be a father of six children. Saturday Independent
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