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Violent crimes, secessionist agitations at unacceptable heights – Minister



By Gistflash

June 7, 2021

The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi, says the rate of violent crimes and secessionist agitations in some parts of the country has attained unacceptable heights.

Dingyadi said this Monday in Abuja at the opening of a retreat on “Strengthening Interagency Collaboration and Organisational Effectiveness for the Ministry of Police Affairs and Relates Agencies”.

He said that the violent crimes and agitations had snowballed into attacks on security formations and other symbols of authority in the country.

The minister said that the need to emplace sustainable measures to tackle the security challenges threatening the peace, security, growth and development in parts of the country reaffirmed the importance of the retreat.

Dingyadi said that the increasingly sophisticated spate of violent crimes, necessitated the deployment of all available security assets, conflicts resolution mechanisms and other peace building measures to enhance internal security arrangements in the country.

He said that the retreat would give leverage to critique the functionality of the various departments and agencies of the Nigeria Police.

According to him, this is with a view to opening new frontiers, through fostering of synergy, coordination, renewed loyalty to the system and firm commitment to professionalism to achieve the set objectives.

“The retreat will also bring to fore, the state of our border security and implications of poorly policed borders on internal security.

“Attention will also be focused on pivotal policing departments, Intelligence, Operations, Research and Planning, ICT and other key segments of policing arrangements.

“This is to engender a rebirth of new security architecture to meet global best policing standard practices,” he said

The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, said that the unhealthy inter agency rivalry was a major issue limiting the capacity of the police to achieve its internal security mandate.

He said that the trend had been of concern to a cross section of Nigerians over the years but added that it was not peculiar to Nigeria alone.

According to him, inter-agency frictions constitute a major threats to internal security and national cohesion.

“It accounts for budgetary wastage, duplication of functions, mutual suspicion and encroachment on each other’s legal and operational space by competing agencies,” he said.


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Troops sustain onslaught against bandits in N/West, N/Central — DHQ



By Gistflash

June 17, 2021

The Defence Headquarters says the military has sustained onslaught against bandits, kidnappers and other criminals by denying them freedom of action in the North West and North Central zones of the country.

Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the military operations across the country between June 3, and June 16, on Thursday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said that troops had continued to carry out ambushes, aggressive fighting patrols, air raids, sustained air Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance patrols as well as cordon and search operations.

He said that troops had on June 3, intercepted and neutralised some gunrunners who were in possession of assorted arms and ammunition between Naimaimai Village and Sabon Birni in Sokoto State.

He also disclosed that the Air Component conducted air raids on bandits’ enclaves at Jibia area of Katsina State on June 6, killing scores of bandits.

“In same vein, troops while on aggressive fighting patrol arrested some kidnappers and rescued some of their victims at Bena Market in Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi.

“During the operation, large caches of arms and ammunition and equipment as well as vehicles were captured from the criminal elements.

“Troops have continued to dominate the theatre of operation with aggressive patrols and sustained air intelligence surveillance to deny bandits freedom of operation,” he said.

In the North Central, Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Safe Haven, have continued to record successes in kinetic and non-kinetic operations in Plateau.

He said the troops had on June 5, ambushed and arrested some cultists who reportedly belong to a criminal gang that attacks and robs commuters and dispossess’ them of their belongings at Terminus general area of Jos.

He said that the feat was achieved following credible intelligence.

According to him, troops on patrol on same day arrested a notorious kidnapper, who has been on the wanted list of security agents, by name Halilu Umaru, around Mangu Market of the state.

He said that Umaru was in possession of assorted arms and ammunition and other dangerous weapons at the time of arrest.
The defence spokesperson said that all arrested criminals and recovered items were handed over to appropriate agencies for further necessary actions.

He further said that the troops held stakeholders’ meetings at different locations as part of non-kinetic operation of Operation SAFE HAVEN.

He noted that the meetings were aimed at building peace, trust and confidence amongst the locals, Fulani leaders and herders to discuss measures at tackling insecurity in their area of responsibility during the period.

Onyeuko also stated that troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE had on June 3, arrested some criminal gang members at Ayiin town in Logo Local Government Area of Benue.

He said that the criminals were among others involved in kidnapping and other related criminal activities in the area.

He added that the arrested criminals and weapons recovered have been handed over to appropriate agencies for further action.


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Police rescued 37 murder, kidnap, human trafficking victims in 2 months in Edo – CP



By Gistflash

June 16, 2021

The Police Command in Edo, on Wednesday, said it had rescued no fewer than 37 victims of kidnapping, murder and human trafficking in the state in the last two months.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Phillip Ogbadu, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command within the period, in Benin.

Ogbadu explained that the figure comprised 10 murder victims, 21 kidnap victims and six human trafficking victims.

He also disclosed that within the period under review, 320 suspects were arrested for various crimes, out of whom 150 had been charged to court.

The police commissioner explained that the suspects were arrested for alleged kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, murder, human trafficking, and unlawful possession of firearms.

Ogbadu added that some exhibits recovered within the period included two pump action, three English-made double-barrel guns and 18 locally-made cut-to-size guns.

Other exhibits, he said, were four locally-made pistols, 22 live ammunitions, 81 live cartridges and assorted vehicles.


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Police arrest 7 suspected cult members in Lagos



By Gistflash

June 14, 2021

The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested seven suspected cult members and recovered some dangerous weapons from them.

This is contained in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

Adejobi said operatives from Morogbo Division, arrested the suspects on Sunday after it got an information that some men suspected to be cult members were meeting at a hotel in Morogbo.

He said the suspects were arrested with a locally made pistol, two live cartridges, one axe and assorted charms.

Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered that the case be transferred to the Command’s Special Squad, Ikeja, for investigation.

He said the CP reiterated the command’s commitment to tackle cultism and all sorts of crimes in the state.

“The CP calls on all residents to join hands with the police to improve on the already established security architecture of the state,” he added.

In another development, police operatives attached to Ipakodo Division, Ikorodu, on June 7 arrested one Kayode Adeyanju, 45, for allegedly defiling his 14-year-old daughter.

The spokesman said that the girl reported the case at Ipakodo Police Station on June 7.

Adejobi said the CP also ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Command for further investigation.


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