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Police Reveal Why 1,872 lagosians were Arrested. [Nigeria]


The Police Command in Lagos has arrested 1,872 people in the last two weeks.

The were picked up for violating the COVID-19 lockdown order.

Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

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

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.

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The spokesman added that 483 vehicles were impounded.

Out the the number 398 were private vehicles, while 85 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.

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

Additionally, 73 tricycles were impounded for violating the curfew.


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Police rescue 2 kidnap victims in Abia. [Nigeria]

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The Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of Nigeria Police, Abia State Command headed by Johnbull Obioguru at the weekend rescued two kidnap victims at Amauzo, Okpolu Umuobo Community near Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State.

It was gathered that the hoodlums had on Wednesday at about 10 pm despite the curfew imposed by the state government as a result of COVID-19, abducted two persons along Okpolu Umuobo road near Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint Church in Osisioma Local Government Area.

The kidnapped victims were identified as Nwankwo Chinedu (male), 42, and Ndukwe Agu (male), 48, and both were abducted at the same time and place.

A source hinted that after the incident happened, the commander of SARS in the state, SP Obioguru got intelligence that the kidnappers had moved their victims to a hideout at Amauzo, Okpolu Umuobo community.

The SARS commander was said to have stormed the kidnappers’ hideout with his team.

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On sighting the SARS team, the hoodlums opened fire, the police responded and in the ensuing gun duel, two of the kidnappers sustained gun shot injuries although they escaped with the wounds, abandoning the victims in their hideout.

Police rescued the victims and when the criminals hideout was searched, a Techno cell phone suspected to belong to the hoodlums, and a RX 350 Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) belonging to one of the victims were recovered.


#Newsworthy…

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Change Your Mind! Nigerian Police warn Oyedepo over decision to reopen Church.

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The police in Ogun State have sent strong warning to Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) over his plan to reopen his church.

NobleReporters recalls that Bishop Oyedepo, in a viral video, on Friday, said he had declared churches open, saying anybody against the reopening of churches will die.

Oyedepo’s Living Faith Church is headquartered in Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun State.

In a veiled reference to Oyedepo, the police said they have information that some religious leaders in Ogun are preparing to open their religious centres for people to converge.

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This, the police said was in total disobedience to both the state and federal government directives.

A statement by the state Police Spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said appealed to such religious leaders to have a change of heart, saying “security agencies in the state will view the opening of worship centres with all seriousness.”

Oyeyemi said the police would not tolerate any act capable of undermining the determination of the state and federal government to fight Coronavirus to a standstill, stressing that “the ban on all forms of gathering be it social or religious is still in force.”

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The statement reads:

“It has come to the notice of Ogun State Police Command that some religious leaders in the state are preparing to open their various religious centers for people to converge in total disobedience to both the state and federal government directives.

“The command hereby appeals to such religious leaders in both Islamic and Christian faith who may be having such intention to have a change of mind because the security agencies in the state will view such with all seriousness.

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“The command will not tolerate any act capable of undermining the determination of the state and federal government to fight the COVID 19 pandemic to a standstill.

“The commissioner of police, therefore, wish to use this medium to remind all religious leaders that the ban on all forms of gathering; be it social or religious is still in force. He also admonished all and sundry to cooperate with the government in its efforts to make the state coronavirus-free.”


#Newsworthy…

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Senate: FG should decentralize Police over insecurity threats in Nigeria.

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The Senate has called for the decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force.

This was contained in the recommendations of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Nigeria security, considered and approved at plenary on Tuesday.

The committee, inaugurated on January 29, was chaired by Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi.)

Senate spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru, disclosed that the report urged the executive to direct the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Inspector General of Police to “decentralise the police command structure with operational and budgetary powers” vested in the zonal commands.

Senate advised the federal government to set up zonal security advisory committees at each Zonal command to advise on the security challenges facing each zone.

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Composition of the zonal advisory council as proposed include; Governors in the Zone; Zonal AIG of Police, State Commissioners of Police; State Directors of the Department of State Service; Zonal Immigration Officers; Zonal Customs Officers; and Representative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Other are Representative of the Nigeria Correctional Service; Chairmen of State Traditional Rulers Council; Faith-based leaders; Civil Society Representatives in the Zone; Representative of federal lawmakers, business community, Labour and other persons deemed relevant.

Recommendations were also made for the expansion of the State Security Council and constitution of Area Command, Local Government and Ward Level Advisory Councils.

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Senate also demanded that state assemblies make necessary laws to legalize community policing even at the Local Government level.

The Red Chamber further called on State Governors to fund community policing from grants appropriated to each local government.


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] Police Officer Argue With Soldier Over Superiority. (Video)

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A mobile police officer and a soldier were filmed arguing over who is superior between them.

The verbal altercation which was caused by a disagreement over road usage, took place in the middle of a highway.

The soldier got out of his car, left the door open, and confronted the mobile police officer who placed himself in front of the car.

“You don’t know your senior, abi? Am I your mate?” The police officer said, pointing his finger in the soldier’s face.

“Are you my senior?” The soldier countered, adding, “God will punish you. Are you my senior?”

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Getting aggressive, the soldier said, “I’ll change it for you now. Am I your mate?”

As the argument unfolded, citizens, who were sitting on top of bags of goods placed in open trucks, watched both uniformed men with interest.

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#Newsworthy….

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[Nigeria] Police give details on HAN leader’s arrest.

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The Kaduna State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of Mubarak Bala.

Spokesman to Kaduna State police Mohammed Jalige in a phone conversation with our correspondent said, “I can confirm to you that he has been arrested and he is in police custody.”

“I cannot tell you about where he is (whether Kaduna or Kano State custody) but he has been arrested.”

Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested by the police on Wednesday afternoon at his residence in Kaduna State, Jalige disclosed.

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Although Jalige did not speak about the reason of the arrest, it is not unconnected to Bala’s recent outburst against Islamic Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in a Facebook post.

On Monday, April 27, Mubarak compared popular Lagos pastor and president of Synagogue Church of Nations Prophet TB Joshua to Prophet Mohammed.

“There’s no difference between prophet TB Joshua (S.A.W) of Lagos and Muhammadu (A.S.) of Saudi Arabia, it is better for our Nigeria to be terrorism,” Bala said.

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In another post, Bala said, “Whoever believes religion has been duped – If you cant take blasphemy against Islam, criticizism of its doctrines, this page is not for you. I have not even started ooo.”

His post was greeted with threats of arrest for blasphemy in the comment section. Unrepentant of his stance against Islam, Bala said the threat was from ‘morons’ who should know better.

Days later, a group of lawyers petitioned the Kano State Police command to prosecute Bala for insulting Prophet Muhammad.

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Bala is not new to issues around blasphemy by government and private citizens. In June 2014, he was held at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital by government officials who claimed he was a psychiatric patient against his wish.

In a post on International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) website said he was detained at the hospital on the grounds of a “personality change” because he had become an atheist despite being raised in a Muslim family.


#Newsworthy…

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Tragedy as Siblings dies in Ebonyi River. [Nigeria]

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>>> Police inspector found dead in Imo <<<


Residents living around Shell Camp near Alvana Primary School, Owerri in Imo State, were yesterday morning thrown into confusion as they woke up to see the lifeless body of a Police Inspector attached to the Imo State police command, Kaura Haruna, on the floor.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Orlando Godson Ikeokwu, said the deceased had no history of suffering from any ailment, adding that they were surprised by his sudden demise, especially as there were scars on his body showing signs of “shuffling and violence”.

His words: “Haruna Kaura, until his death, was attached to the Government House, Owerri. The team of officers that removed the body discovered marks of violence on his back and neck regions. The ID of the deceased was seen on his palm, with a marked number 18 PMF Squadron, while his service pistol was carted away.”

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Also yesterday, another tragedy occurred in Umudafa-Awo Mbieri, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo, when residents woke up to see a dangling lifeless body of a 45-year-old man, Osita Ezurike, in his room. No one could ascertain the reason behind the suicide as he lived alone.

Meanwhile, a Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, River State has ordered the remand of ex-police officer, Sgt Bitrus Osaiah, to the Rivers State correctional centre, for allegedly killing a female police officer, Lovenda Elekwachi. Osaiah was arraigned on a one-count charge of murder.

The accused who was attached to the Rivers State task force had allegedly shot the female officer during a raid with the task force team in some markets around Eneka junction, where the deceased was controlling traffic.

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When the charge was read out to Osaiah, he was not allowed to take plea as the Magistrate, Ipalibo Iyabo, ordered that the case file be sent to the Director of State prosecution (DPP), for report and ordered that Osaiah be remanded in custody pending the outcome of the DPP report and adjourned the matter till May 26.

The accused is being prosecuted by the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, who had during a condolence visit to Elekwachi’s family assured them of justice in the matter, adding that the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, is interested in getting justice for the deceased.

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>>> Siblings drown in Amaeze river, Ebonyi state, Mother of 2 die in Kerosene disaster <<<


Mother, two daughters killed in kerosene explosion in Rivers
It was a black day last Saturday, April 25, as three sisters drowned in a river at Amaeze village in Ishiagu community of Ebonyi State. The death of the girls, between the ages of 14 and 20 still remains a mystery to residents of the village.

The three sisters who attended Comprehensive Secondary School in Ishiagu, were found floating on the water. Their bodies have been buried beside the stream without caskets, as culture and tradition demands.

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The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ivo Divisional Police Post, Mr. Nwornu Daniel, confirmed the incident and said it was a case of “sudden and unnatural death.”

Meanwhile, two siblings and their mother yesterday lost their lives in a kerosene explosion at Aliko Estate in Choba community of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State. NobleReporters gathered that the incident occurred at about 8:00a.m. on Tuesday and that the Police Divisional Headquarters in the area have moved the bodies of the victims to the morgue.

The explosion was suspected to be as a result of adulterated kerosene. The state police public relations of the command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said he is aware of the incident, but noted that the information he has on it was still sketchy.

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However, N.Rs learnt from sources around the area that husband to the late woman had left the room earlier, locked it and left with the keys before the incident occurred. One of the neighbours, who craved anonymity, alleged that the stove the late woman was using to cook had exploded with no way for the victims to escape from the locked building.

The neighbour said the three victims burnt to death in the locked room, adding that property were also destroyed in the fire.


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] Nurse on ‘Night Duty’ brutalized by Police Officers. [Photos]

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Some officers of the police force in Ondo State have been called to order for allegedly brutalizing a nurse who was on her way to the hospital to attend to an emergency case.

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Prince Fasasi, who shared details of the same incident on Facebook wrote;

“Nigerian Police With Their Nonchalant Attitude Sometimes!

While the health workers are at the fore front combating Covid-19, Nigerian police at Irele , Ondo State plot to kill A nurse/midwife who was called to rescue an emergency labor case of twin gestation having fetal distress already.

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On her way to assist at work she met three checkpoints of which she explained to them that she is a health worker (nurse/midwife) and there is an emergency to attend to at work showing them her ID card, she was released at the 1st checkpoint, also the 2nd checkpoint released her.

The officers at the third checkpoint threw log of wood at the bikeman, the bike man was hit and lost control of the bike making the both the bike man to fall on motion and and the nurse at the back sustaining degrees of injury. And they left her at the scene unattended to.”


#Newsworthy…

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Woman brutalised by Police officers share Video, demand N200M compensation. [Nigeria]

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The woman who was flogged by two police officers enforcing the coronavirus lockdown in Osun, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, demanding a compensation of N200 million.

Adetola Abdulazeez, mother of two and seller of beauty products, was flogged by the policemen on her way to buy drugs for her relatives at a pharmacy in Odo Ori Market in Iwo, Osun, on April 18.

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The incident which attracted public outcry, including the Iwo monarch and the Osun State Government, also attracted the attention of the IGP who immediately ordered the officers dismissal.

However, the victim through her lawyer Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi, in a pre-action notice submitted to the IGP on Monday also demanded an apology for the battery suffered.

”We commend the swift intervention of the Inspector General of Police and that of other top Nigeria Police Force hierarchy, condemning the unprofessional conduct of the officers involved and the assurance of disciplinary action.

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”While we recognise the authority of the Nigeria Police Force in containing the movement of people during this COVID-19 crisis, we believe strongly that same must be done in compliance with the rule of law.

”The video of the disgraceful act meted out on our client has since gone viral on the internet and has ridiculed her publicly, as she was seen being battered like a common thief by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

”We hereby demand that the Nigeria Police Force should address a letter of apology to our client personally showing honest concern and contrition to begin to ameliorate the continuous sadness and depression she continues to suffer.

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”That the payment of N200 million be made to our client as general damages for all the pain, trauma, bodily inconveniences and public ridicule amongst others, caused her and her family during this period,” he said.

Olajengbesi, further stated that on behalf of the victim, he was also demanding the immediate prosecution of the officers involved in the criminal act, in the Nigeria Open Court.

He stated that security agents should discharge their duties during the lockdown in line with international best practices and in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the United Nations.

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In his reaction, the Force Public Relation Officer, Frank Mba, said that the police had already dismissed the officers in question and would prosecute them if need be.

Mba also said that the police had yet to see the woman’s petition on the demand of N200 million compensation and an apology letter.

The Nigeria Police Force had on April 24 through its official twitter handle said: “that Inspector Ikuesan Taiwo and Police Constable Abass Ibrahim, captured in a viral video assaulting a woman in Osun State have been tried and found guilty.

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”They have been dismissed from the Force. They will be arraigned in court for prosecution.”

Watch the video of the assault as posted by Adetola Abdulazeez on Twitter:


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Ondo confirms 2 new cases. [Nigeria]


>>> University Professor Dies In Kano <<<


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Professor Balarabe Maikaba of the Mass communication Department of Bayero University has died.

A senior staff of the department Dr Gambo Nababa confirmed Maikaba’s death to The Guardian on telephone on Sunday.

Maikaba, a former head of department and member of the Senate, Bayero University, died at home after a brief illness.

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Although the cause of death was not disclosed, NobleReporters learnt that the professor of communication research suffered high fever for four days before his death.

The main of Professor Maikaba is expected to be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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>>> 2 new COVID-19 cases in Ondo <<<


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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has confirmed two new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
Akeredolu disclosed this through his verified Twitter handle on Sunday in Akure.

He said: “we have confirmed two other cases in Ondo state, one of the cases involves one of the recently arraigned suspects in the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, Pa Fasoranti’s Daughter.

“The Commissioner of Police has been duly informed and the line tracing of Police officers and others in the SARs facility where he was kept has started and their specimens are being collected.

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“The suspect has been isolated from others and will be moved to the IDH for treatment. The Commissioner of Police has assured the state that there will be adequate security around the IDH premises to prevent his escape and while on treatment, he will be manacled to the bed.

“I will expatiate on all cases in my weekly press briefing on Monday, April 27,2020,” Akeredolu said.

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>>> Strippers, travellers arrested over lockdown violation in Lagos State <<<


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Nigerian Police Force has said its men arrested 620 violators of lockdown order including about 39 suspects arrested in a hotel for clubbing and striptease.

Bala Elkana, the Lagos police spokesman, said out of the 620 violators arrested during the week, about 288 of them were arrested during the weekend.

Elkana said 39 clubbers were arrested on Friday night in total violation of the lockdown order and social distancing regulations.

Also on Friday, Suleiman Abubakar, the Imam of Sheik Central Mosque, Mile 12 Ketu was arrested for holding evening prayers (Maghrib and Isha prayers – Muslim evening and night-time prayer) in the mosque with a large number of worshippers in violation of the social distancing regulations.

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But earlier during the week, Elkana said 95 inter states travellers and drivers of seven commercial buses were intercepted and arrested at Bhojson area of Ebute Metta on Tuesday.

He said the buses were impounded, while the drivers and passengers were charged to mobile court and sentenced accordingly.

He said about 211 other violators were also arrested in different parts of the state and also charged to court on Tuesday.

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Also, 10 persons on Thursday were arrested for organising a party at Lekki Garden. Police said the suspects were arraigned in court on three-count charges and were found guilty as charged.

“They were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and community service, to run concurrently,” Elkana said.

Similarly, on Thursday another 121 violators of lockdown order were arrested in different parts of the sate and charged to Court. They were awarded fines ranging from #5000 and #10,000 and two hours of community services.

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The state, being the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, has been on lockdown since March 30. Although, the lockdown order expires on Monday, 27 April, it is unclear if the government will relax the lockdown as the state has continued to record more cases by the day.

As of April 25, Lagos has 689 cases of Nigeria’s 1,182 confirmed cases so far.


#Newsworthy…

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Nigerian Police deploys patrol team over unrest surulere attacks, gunshots.


The police have deployed officers to Coker Aguda following reports of attacks and shootings in the area.

The attack comes after Surulere residents received a letter from the dreaded robbery gang “One Million Boys” informing them that they were coming to rob them.

Some residents of Aguda and Ijesha took to Twitter to raise alarm, claiming an attack has been going on in the area for hours.

Some claimed there were multiple gunshots. Others claimed it’s a face-off between police and the notorious gang.

“Aguda Surulere has been n fire since afternoon. They’ve been robbing,shooting and killing eachother. Police and those notorious boys has been doing face off, I dont think the gunshots are ending anytime soon,” @Maami_Chulo tweeted.

However, some Twitter users living in the area claimed it’s “fake news”, adding that the area is calm.

SurulereUnrest trends as residents report of multiple gunshots and attacks that has lasted hours; Police deploys patrol team

SurulereUnrest trends as residents report of multiple gunshots and attacks that has lasted hours; Police deploys patrol team

SurulereUnrest trends as residents report of multiple gunshots and attacks that has lasted hours; Police deploys patrol team

SurulereUnrest trends as residents report of multiple gunshots and attacks that has lasted hours; Police deploys patrol team

SurulereUnrest trends as residents report of multiple gunshots and attacks that has lasted hours; Police deploys patrol team

The police have now deployed a team to quell the unrest and guard the area.

Sharing photos of police patrolling the area, the Lagos State Police Command tweeted: “Police officers from RRS and divisions around Area C are presently at Coker Aguda to quell the unrest caused by miscreants in that area. Heavy patrols and combing of inner streets are also being carried out to fish out the perpatrators.

“Residents are advised to remain calm as the situation is under control.”


#Newsworthy…

Italian police fine nearly 23,000 people for coronavirus violations in two days


Italian police fined almost 23,000 people for breaking coronavirus containment rules on Friday and Saturday, the country’s Interior Ministry said today.

The ministry is expected to release the number of fines handed out on Easter Sunday later today.


Over Friday and Saturday, 22,956 people were fined, along with 397 businesses, according to the ministry.

During the Easter weekend, police forces tightened controls on most roads to prevent the movement of people and maintain compliance with the containment measures against the spread of coronavirus, the ministry added.


From the start of the national lockdown in Italy on March 11 to April 11, a total of 6,762,858 people have been checked to make sure they were complying with containment measures.


#NobleSports

[Nigeria] Nasarawa police command arrest 18 kidnap suspects.


The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has arrested 18 suspects over alleged connection with the kidnap of three persons in different parts of the state.

The state Police Commissioner, Bola Longe, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Lafia.


He said there had not been any case of kidnapping in the state for a long time except recently when three persons were kidnapped in different locations in the state.

The police boss said based on intelligence reports, all the three victims were rescued alive, while the suspects were apprehended for allegedly being responsible for their abduction.


Longe explained that two of the suspects sustained injuries in the course of the arrest, as they engaged the police and tried to resist arrest.

He said: “The suspects are helping us with useful information that will lead to the arrest of other members of the gang.


“We recovered a lot of things from them, including over N1 million cash and other materials.

“We will charge them to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”


Longe assured the people of the state that the police was battle-ready for the criminal elements in the state.

He advised criminals to repent before being caught or, in the alternative, relocate from the state, assuring that the police would fish them out from their hideouts and make them to face the wrath of the law.


Longe appealed to members of the public to always provide the police with useful information about the activities of criminals to enable them sanitise the state.

NobleReporters learnt that John Mamma, the Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Local Governments, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, was recently kidnapped by gunmen.

Also kidnapped by gunmen in the state were the Education Secretary of Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Council and a Catholic priest in Garaku.

NobleReporters also learnt that the three kidnap victims had, however, been released and reunited with their families.


#Newsworthy…

(Nigeria) Enugu Anglican archbishop holds church service amid COVID-19 lockdown.

…dares Police.

says, no police can stop him.


Anglican Archbishop Holds Church Service Amid Coronavirus, Dares Police To Stop Him

Bishop of Enugu Anglican Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, yesterday, dared the police by holding church service.


Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma said the Province will not shut any of its branches over the Coronavirus pandemic.

He said shutting the church at a time like this would mean giving the devil an opportunity to ravage the people and the country, Sun News reports.


Chukwuma faulted the order of government to close churches and places of worship. He said it is unfortunate and wrong to categorise church and worship centres with drinking parlours, night clubs, markets and companies.

The cleric said he would not shut the churches because he is not the owner, as the church belongs to Jesus Christ, adding that if people were stopped from “running to their God in worship in a time like now the whole world is in confusion, where would they run to for safety, help and deliverance?”


He also warned that attacking the church will not bring a solution but will only make matters worse. He advised that there was a need for the country to continue to seek divine solution to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Archbishop, who was reacting to the disruption of worship in some Anglican churches in Enugu, warned security operatives to stop discouraging members of the Anglican Church from worshipping in their church buildings, insisting that he had ensured that all hygienic protocols and social distancing practices were kept for the good of the people.


Bishop Chukwuma said, according to Sun News: “I have told them (Police) not to try it again unless they want more trouble for themselves and their families. There is no way you can ask the church of God to stop when we need prayers to bring healing upon the land, especially when we are faced with a problem as serious as coronavirus that has defied every human solution.

“It is wrong on the government to send police after worshippers. I think if they are serious, what they should do is to ensure that the hygiene protocol is kept, that the social distancing order is also kept, while encouraging those at the altar to pray the country out. What can man do under this circumstance without God? What can even the President or our scientists do in this trying time without God? It is wrong for people to think that we will not find answers to what has befallen us through prayers. So, I want to warn that whoever is behind the disruption should stop in his own interest.

“The last thing I will do at this time is to close the doors of my church building. In my Cathedral, we worshipped today and we will observe all the Palm Sunday and Easter activities. I will worship on Monday, Thursday as well as the Easter Sunday. It will be sad on anybody who tried to stop us because. We’re doing what we are supposed to do.”


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Nigerian officer demoted for assaulting doctor during lockdown in A/Ibom.


A police officer deployed to the Akwa Ibom State command has been demoted for assaulting a medical doctor while enforcing the stay-at-home order of the Akwa Ibom government.

Recall that the Akwa Ibom State government had exempted health workers from its lockdown order, which was effected to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.


The police sergeant, Edidiong Alexander assaulted Dr Daniel Edet who is a surgeon with the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, while on his way to work on Friday evening.

It was gathered that the police began investigating the incident after the Nigerian Medical Association threatened to embark on a strike over the assault incident which left Mr Edet’s hand fractured.

The police office who was found guilty after the investigation was concluded, was demoted from the rank of a sergeant to corporal. The state’s commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal also met with Mr Edet and the chairman of NMA in the state, and apologised to the surgeon and the medical doctors in Akwa Ibom over the conduct of the police officer.

Akwa Ibom state has only recorded five confirmed cases of the coronavirus, since the outbreak of the disease in the country.


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Masquerader arrested for disobeying ‘Stay at home’ order


The Ogun State Police Command said it had arrested a masquerader for allegedly violating the federal and state governments’ directives on social distancing and public gatherings in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

The masquerader was said to have been apprehended after he allegedly confronted some policemen and threatened to deal with them if they insisted on dispersing his followers.


The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed these on Monday.

Oyeyemi said the masquerader was apprehended on Sunday in the Ijeja area of Abeokuta following a complaint by members of the public that some persons had gathered in their hundreds in the area.


The PPRO added that the gathering was to celebrate the traditional masquerader festival in the area.

He said the gathering created fear of a massive spread of the virus in the minds of residents of the area.

Oyeyemi stated, “Upon the report, policemen from the Ibara Division moved to the area and warned the people to disperse, but the masquerader confronted the policemen and threatened to deal with them if they insisted on dispersing his followers.

“The masquerader was subsequently arrested and taken to the station, where he was warned to be law-abiding before he was released to a reliable surety.”


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Police draw attention of Nigerians to cybercrime’s new method.


The Nigeria Police Force has warned Nigerians on the new method fraudsters have devised to defraud people during this Coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released, the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, said intelligence at the disposal of the Force indicates that fraud and cybercrime are expected to rise at this time owing to the lockdown emplaced by Government at all levels to contain the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.


Mba said intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters shows that scammers in Nigeria and other parts of the globe have begun to create and set up fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, fake social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver (covid-19) medical products.

He noted that in some cases, the fraudsters use the names of prominent companies involved in the production and distribution of these items. Victims are then asked to pay via bank transfer.


According to Mbah, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, has enjoined all Nigerians to strictly adhere to the following security tips:

i. Avoid opening suspicious emails and clicking on links in unrecognized emails and attachments;


ii. Ensure proper back-up of online and offline files regularly and securely;

iii. Use strong passwords for securing your emails and social media handles;


iv. Keep your software updated, including antivirus software;

v. Manage your social media settings and review your privacy and security settings;


vi. You are advised to be wary of scammers who use names of prominent companies to create fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver medical products;

vii. You are advised to ignore and report calls purportedly emanating from a caller who pretends to be a relative currently being treated at hospital asking you to pay for the cost of the medical treatment by transferring money or by paying cash to fake public health representatives;


viii. Do not open letters or emails related to the pandemic from unknown persons who claim to be health authorities. Often times criminals access sensitive information,steal personal information and steal funds of victims by tricking them into connecting to a specific webpage and logging-in with their credentials;

ix. Be mindful of fake news, deliberate misinformation/disinformation and avoid circulating untrusted and unverified messages on your social media handles;


x. Educate your family, especially your children, about how to stay safe online and offline;

xi. If you become a victim, ensure prompt report to the police.


The statement added that the IGP has placed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja – Nigeria on red alert.

”The NCB which houses the cybercrime unit of the Force shall in the coming days and beyond work closely with other Interpol member states across the globe particularly to carry out intense monitoring of the internet highway in the most legitimate and ethical manner. This is to engender concerted efforts in cracking down on any individual or all forms of organized criminal gangs that may want to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to perpetrate crimes.

The Force also enjoins commercial bank operators to strengthen their online banking security systems and report promptly any suspected case of fraud and other cybercrime related activities in their banks.

While reaffirming the determination of the Nigeria Police Force in providing support services to relevant agencies saddled with the task of curtailing and containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGP assures the public that the Force is unrelenting in clamping down on criminals who may want to take advantage of the situation to perpetrate criminal acts” the statement read


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COVID-19: Beware of criminal elements – IGP warn Nigerians.


Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, has urged Nigerians to beware of criminals, who may take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of them.

Adamu in a statement on Sunday said the police was privy to intelligence reports suggesting that an increase in fraud and cybercrimes during the Coronavirus lockdown.


He said, “Specifically, intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters shows that scammers in Nigeria and other parts of the globe have begun to create fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, fake social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver (COVID-19) medical products, victims are then asked to pay via bank transfer.”

Speaking further, the IGP cautioned the general public to ensure proper back-up of online and offline files regularly and securely to avoid being defrauded.


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Nigeria: CP, Mr. Ene Okon confirm arrest of 3 kidnap suspects in Obingwa, Abia State.


The Police Commissioner in Abia, Mr Ene Okon, on Saturday confirmed the arrest of three persons suspected to be kidnappers at Obikabia community in Obingwa Local Government of the state.

Okon said that the arrest was one in many of such arrests. NobleReporters learnt.


“We arrest suspected kidnappers almost on daily basis.

“They have informed me of the arrest of three kidnappers by a Police team at Obikabia in Obingwa.


“At the moment, we are investigating them and if they are found culpable, we will take them to court to face prosecution,” he said.

A police source had earlier said that on March 23, at about 8.00 a.m., a man named Ezechi Omenihu reported that his sister-in-law had been kidnapped by a group of gunmen. N.Rs


He said that the suspected kidnappers took her to their hideout in an unknown destination in the area.

He said that immediately men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Aba got the information, they stormed an uncompleted building at Obikabia community in Obingwa.


The source said that the team, using tactical initiatives, launched an operation against the gang in their hideout and rescued one Miss Kelechi Solomon of MCC road, Aba.

He said that the operation was led by the SARS Commander in Aba, Mr Johnbull Obioguru.

The source said that the trio had confessed to the alleged crime of kidnapping the girl found in their possession.


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Decentralize police force – Senate alleges.


The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Security Challenges has called for the decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force as a way of improving efficiency aimed at addressing the problem of insecurity bedeviling the country.

Consequently, the upper chamber recommended to the executive arm of government that the Police Command structure be decentralized with operational and budgetary powers vested in the zonal commands.

These formed part of recommendations contained in the report of the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Security Challenges.

The Chamber also recommended that all Joint operations should be carried out strictly in accordance with extant operational procedures provided in the Armed Forces Act.

It advised the federal government to make full payment of allowances to officers and men involved in operations; introduce effective insurance scheme, gratuity and pensions; as well as setup a National Defence Fund backed by legislation, into which all Nigerian adults and businesses should make contributions for revival and investment in the National Defence Industry.

Earlier, Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee, Yahaya Abdullahi (APC – Kebbi North), while reading from a 74 page report on the Urgent Need to Restructure, Review and Reorganize the Urgent Security Architecture in the country, disclosed that the panel during the course of engaging heads of security agencies and stakeholders, discovered that there are ill-defined operational boundaries and overlapping jurisdictions among security services.

According to him, “there is a lot of incoherence and inter-personnel conflict which have led to a lot of antagonism within the security organizations.”

The lawmaker blamed the high level of inefficiency among security agencies on lingering inter-personnel disputes.

“The absence or inadequacies of effective corrective mechanisms within those institutions allowed inter-personal disputes to fester thereby undermining the operational efficiency of the services.”

He added that, “most of the agencies are working on isolation with very little, of any, coordination between them. This most unfortunate situations no can be seen from the recent face-off between the office of the Inspector-General of Police and the Police Service Commission which degenerated into open litigation in the law courts.

“Most recently, the public release of letters from the National Security Adviser’s Office to the Service Chiefs discountenancing their engagement with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, bordering on security matters, is a loud testament of the level of disharmony, inter-personnel conflict and intrigued within the nation’s Security and Defence establishments.”

Abdullahi observed further that the alleged non-funding of the Office of the National Security Adviser since 2015 has undermined the effective performance of its coordinating function in the Security Architecture, and has led many agencies to question its authority and relevance in various fora, thereby adversely affecting inter-service cooperation and intelligence sharing.

He blamed failure to define functions and boundaries between intelligence agencies on defective laws governing the operation of the Department of State Services (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).

The lawmaker added that, “the General absence of a performance, monitoring and evaluation mechanism within the Institutions and Services have undermined discipline and due diligence in the conduct of security related operations.

“Allegations have been rife that the quest for personal wealth acquisition has undermined institutional coherence and discipline and resulted in allegations of wastage of funds and squandering of appropriated resources. This is one of the sources of unhealthy competition and inter-personal rivalries within the various services.

“The security agencies tend to acquire modern technology and other force multipliers in isolation which resulted in the multiplication of incompatible platforms belonging to the different Arms of Services. This affected beneficial relationship and coherence of security operations.”

According to the Chairman of the Committee, the security agencies while appearing before the panel, lamented inadequate funding.

He, however, observed the lack of proper acquisition and maintenance culture of the expensive equipment and platforms used for Defence and Internal Security operations.

Abdullahi warned that the prevalence of importing all the nation’s National Security equipment and gadgets undermines the security of the nation and amounts to colossal wastage when the equipments remain unserviceable due to lack of components and spare parts.

Blaming the failure to nip insecurity in the bud on the absence of an effective centralized criminal database for the country, the lawmaker bemoaned the lack of a comprehensive identity management data covering the country’s population with no interface of databases belonging to several institutions such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Immigration, Customs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), among others.

“There is a general failure of governance to nip potential security breaches in the bud before they fester and result into serious security challenges,” Abdullahi stated.

He observed that most security agencies institutions, particularly the Police lack well trained personnel, functional and well equipped training institutions.

Contributing, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC – Ekiti Central), who commended the committee for a thorough work done, however, said the panel did not address the aspect of strengthening the judicial sector.

The lawmaker advised that “there is need to work on the circle and morale of our judicial officers”, noting that their salaries have not been reviewed in the last 12 years since 2008.

Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC – Imo West) said, “what is missing in this report, is that the committee did not take out time to look at the relationship between the government and the governed.

“There is so much anger, there is no sense of unity in the fight against insecurity.

“No nation can fight a battle of this nature unless there is a unity of purpose.”

The lawmaker warned that unless a collective sense of unity is realized in the fight against insecurity, the whole process would be commercialized and made a money spinning venture for those benefiting from the process.

He advised further that if the surrounding issues of hunger and poverty are addressed by government, insecurity will be nipped completely in the bud.

Senator James Manager (PDP – Delta South), described the report as all encompassing in the review of the security architecture of the country.

“This report, if diligently followed and implemented, will solve many of our problems,” he said.

The lawmaker, however, faulted the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, for failing to Honour the invitation of the Ad-Hoc Committee.

Barau Jibrin (APC – Kano North) said, “if the report is fully implemented implemented, we will get out of the security mess we are in.

He, nonetheless, advised the committee to subject the proposed command structure in some northern states to a review to allow for ease of operations within states that fall within the same zone.

The lawmaker, while underscoring the importance of joint engagement between security agencies, called for collaboration between the army and the police in the fight against insecurity.

Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (APC – Kano Central) advocated for the inclusion of the Department of State Service (DSS) as a member of the State Security Council.

Senator Elisha Abbo Ishaku (PDP – Adamawa North) lamented, “what we are seeing happening today, that is impeding the fight against insurgence in the north east, is as a result of the lack of collaboration in joint operations against insurgency.”

Similarly, Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP – Benue North East) blamed the failure in the fight against insecurity on the lack of coordination and required data needed by security agencies to succeed.

He, therefore, called for the introduction of legislation that would make it mandatory for the re-introduction of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms in the discharge of responsibilities

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Ganduje, Kyari, Dangote & Masari Grace IGP, Adamu Son’s Wedding. {Photos}


Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, was among the dignitaries that graced the wedding fatiha of Hassan, son of Muhammad Adamu, inspector general of police.

The IGP’s son tied the knot with Summayya Goje, his bride, on Saturday, in Abuja.


Other dignitaries in attendance at the wedding ceremony are Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man; and Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina state.


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