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Delta State CP Orders Arrest Of Four Officers For Murder |The Republican News

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From Paul Osuyi, Asaba

The Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, has ordered the immediate arrest, detention and investigation of four policemen for alleged professional misconduct and murder.
In a press release made available to newsmen in Asaba by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka disclosed that the CP gave the directive following a report that the affected office shot three persons during a child dedication ceremony in Warri.
Aniamaka gave the names of the officers as Inspector Samuel Imana, Inspector Anthony Nwali, Sergeant Anthony Oniri and Corporal Innocent Ajah, adding that they were attached to Area Commander’s office, Warri.
He said during the child dedication ceremony at Edjewo by Poloko Market in the oil-rich city, the officers were “alleged to have engaged in shooting, which resulted in the death of Elvis Ovie while two others were injured.
“The CP who was miffed at the apparently reckless and unwarranted shooting by the police officers vowed that appropriate sanctions would be meted to the erring officers after an investigation is concluded.
“The CP, while reiterating that the command will not condone any act of impunity by any of his officers and men, expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and the injured and prays for the speedy recovery of the injured victims.”
About two months ago, the command dismissed three officers who were caught on illegal duty. The dismissed officers are now facing trial in court.  (The Sun)

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Gunmen Kill Kaduna Businessman, Abduct Wife |The Republican News

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Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris

From Sola Ojo, Kaduna

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have shot dead a Kaduna-based businessman, Sherif Yazid along Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

A top security agent who does not want to be mentioned in this report and another source close to the family confirmed the development in Kaduna on Monday.

The late Yazid, according to findings was on his way from Abuja to Kaduna in the company of his wife when he was accosted by the gunmen. He was later shot in the neck while the wife was taken away around old toll gate, about 13 kilometres from Kaduna.

When some newsmen visited the crime scene Monday afternoon, locals hinted that when they heard gunshots they quickly alerted the security operatives who are just a distance away from the area who later came but the attackers had fled into the forest.

As at the time of filing this report, security agents were still on the trail of the gunmen and possible rescue of the abducted widow.

The body of late Yazid was later brought back to the family house along Jabi road Kaduna for burial. (The Sun)

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Police Arrest 59 Suspected IPOB Members In Abia |The Republican News

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The police have announced the arrest of 59 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state.

The police have also confirmed the death of an officer after an attack by members of the now outlawed group.

Anthony Ogbizi, the state police commissioner, who stated these, also said the suspected members of IPOB, recently arrested, would be prosecuted for murder, arson and other related crimes.

Ogbizi disclosed this at a media briefing where he paraded seven of the suspected members of IPOB at Ariaria police station in Aba.

He said with the proscription of the group by governors in the south-east and its declaration as a terrorist group by the Nigeria defence headquarters, anybody found with Biafra materials would be arrested and prosecuted.

He said the suspects would be prosecuted under the anti-terrorism act to ensure they were properly dealt with.

While restating what the army had earlier said, Ogbizi said IPOB had shown itself to be a “terrorist group” which must be dealt with as such.

He said, between September 10 and September 14, the Ariaria police station was attacked by suspected members of IPOB who destroyed everything at the station.

He said they came with petrol bombs which they used to gain entrance, destroy property and took three pump-action guns.

“Even some policemen were seriously injured. In fact, as I am talking to you, one of the injured police officers is dead. Doctors tried in vain to save his life,” he said.

“Now we have lost a soul and you know what it takes to train a police officer. You know the vacuum that creates. It takes a minimum of one year to train a police officer.”

Ogbizi said they also destroyed the property of lawful citizens too, adding that their demonstration was not peaceful.

He also alleged that the group attacked a nearby bank to get money to acquire more weapons.

The police boss said about 30 IPOB members were arrested when they attacked soldiers at Isiala Ngwa and about 29 were arrested in Umuahia.

He said suspected IPOB members also attacked military officers and the residences of the commissioner of police and AIG zone 9 in Umuahia.

Ogbizi said the army recovered several exhibits including the coat of arms of Biafra from the suspects.

“As I am talking to you now information reaching me said they have started gathering at Nnamdi Kanu’s house”, he said.

Ogbizi called on citizens to volunteer information on the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB.

He denied the rumours circulating in the state that security agents arrested Kanu’s father.

(Source: Today)

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IGP Meets Osinbanjo Over IPOB, Slams Wike |The Republican News

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              Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met with the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar, over the crisis between the Nigeria Army and the Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia State and some parts of Rivers State.

The IG also berated the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for claiming that men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were armed robbers.

Speaking to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting which lasted almost an hour, the IG said the aim of the meeting was to ensure the security of all Nigerians.

Asked to be specific about strategies he was adopting as regards events in the South-East, he said all critical stakeholders which include governors were being engaged to find a lasting peace.

He said, “Obviously, one, is to deploy policemen across the country, two, we are in touch with the state government, trying to mobilize the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary on how to lessen the tension in the South-East.

Repeated clashes between Nigerian soldiers and IPOB agitators led by Nnamdi Kanu, forced Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to declare a three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.

The police boss also described as nonsense, Wiki’s allegation that the reported killing of a SARS officer during a foiled kidnap operation on Monday in the Oroazi area of the state was a confirmation that his men were involved in armed robbery and kidnapping.

Idris said, “He (Wike) has the right to self-expression. You know he is a governor.”

Asked if he was not denying the allegation he replied, “Of course I have to deny that, that is nonsense. I have to deny that.

“If a policeman was killed will you say he was involved in crime? I think you are mixing two different issues. A policeman was killed in Rivers in connection with this IPOB issue, is different from saying policemen are involved in crime. You cannot say someone that was attacked and killed is the one involved in crime.”

When reminded that the governor alleged that the dead policeman was one of the three men that were suspected to be members of SARS who were attempting to kidnap someone and he died in the process, the IGP replied, “Who is the person they were attempting to kidnap?

“I just want you to read between the lines. If you have leaders making sweeping allegations obviously it does not make sense.”  (Punchng.com)

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Hate Speech: Offenders Risk 10 Years Jail, N25m Fine – IGP |The Republican News

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From Magnus Eze, Abuja

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, explained why the military cannot dabble into enforcement of Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention ETC) Act, 2015, which the executive has categorised as “hate speech” in social media.

The IGP said enforcement of the law is not within the military’s purview.

He also disclosed that offenders risk 10 years jail time and N25 million fine, on conviction.

Idris reiterated that it is the responsibility of the police to maintain law and order in a democratic society, hence, the Armed Forces should not be allowed to arrest alleged purveyors of hate speeches.

Speaking at a roundtable organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in Abuja  for bloggers, online publishers, social media influencers and the traditional media, on the dangers of the current spate of hate speeches in the country, the police boss urged Nigerians to be mindful of Sections 24 and 26 of the Act.

Idris, who was represented by Mr London Joseph, reminded social media operators that an offender, on conviction risk imprisonment for 10 years and/or a minimum fine of 25m.

“For the avoidance of doubt, section 4 of the Police Act has empowered the Nigeria Police Force to arrest and prosecute criminal suspects in the country.

“However, section 47 (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention ETC) Act provides that law enforcement agencies shall have the power to prosecute offences under this Act while section 58 thereof defines law enforcement agencies to include “any agency for the time being responsible for implementation and enforcement of the provisions of this Act.”  Continuing, he added that, “as the Nigerian Army is not one of the law enforcement agencies envisaged by the Act and other penal laws, it should not be permitted to enforce any of the laws against hate speeches.”

Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche had recently explained that the military’s monitoring of the media was only to get information for threat analysis, which had nothing to do with monitoring hate speech on social media.

In his remarks, NOA Director General, Dr Garba Abari, noted that the vibrancy of every democracy was measured by the freedom the media enjoyed.

Abari said the emergence and activities of new news media have thrown up great concerns within the social space, hence the imperative of reasoning together, to “appreciate the dangers of conflict insensitive communication and possibly stimulate bloggers and social media enthusiasts to evolve a Code of Ethics, in order to self-regulate their practice.”

He also disclosed that the NOA had, in a bid to stem the dangerous tide, commenced a process of engaging bloggers and social med The programme has taken place in four geo-political zones of the country. They are North-Central, North West, South West and South South.     (The Sun)

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Inspector Kills Police Superintendent Over Money, Then Commits Suicide |RN

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• Ondo State CP, Mrs Hilda Harrison; IG, Ibrahim Idris; Akwa Ibom CP, Zubairu Photos: File

• Cop shoots man for picking stolen money

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A policeman, Abraham Arowogun, attached to the Kajola Police Station, Kajola town, in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, has committed suicide by jumping into a deep well in the station.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, was mysterious to other police officers in the division as well as members of the community.

A police source told PUNCH Metro that Arowogun did not have any history of mental instability.

According to the source, the deceased inspector had first shot dead the Divisional Crime Office,  SP Timothy Aruehi,  after they had a disagreement over money.

Our correspondent gathered that Aruehi had received a complaint that Arowogun while investigating a case, diverted a sum of money to private use.

The source said, “Arowogun was investigating a case and the DCO discovered that a sum of N150,000 was involved. He further discovered that he (Arowogun) had actually converted the money to private use.

“The DCO called and queried him for the action.

“In the course of interrogating him, he stormed out angrily. He returned with a gun which he used to shoot Aruehi dead.”

The police source added that after killing the DCO, there was confusion in the station as other officers fled for safety.

“After killing the DCO, he knew that what he did was unprofessional and unpardonable in the police force. He just left the scene and jumped into the well at the back of the station,” the source added.

The corpses of the two policemen were said to have been deposited in a mortuary in the Ondo State General Hospital, Ore.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation had commenced.

“It was an unfortunate incident, but we have begun an investigation. The command is very saddened and our hearts are heavy. We are doing everything possible to dig further into the matter and talk to our officers and men to avert a recurrence,” the PPRO said.

In a related development, the police in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday shot a resident for allegedly picking stolen money which dropped along Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo.

Our correspondent gathered that a three-man gang had snatched the money from occupants of a government-owned car.

The gang was reportedly moving the money into a getaway vehicle seized from a female motorist when some of the cash fell on the road.

A witness, Mr Joe Inyang, said, “The people who owned the money were in a Toyota Camry with a government number plate, AK 705 C01. They appeared to be coming from one of the new generation banks, where they withdrew the huge amount.

“As their driver was going through Paul Bassey Street, he noticed the robbers, who were in a Toyota Corolla. They were on his trail.

“As he tried to link Brooks Street, he rammed the vehicle into an oncoming Toyota Camry. It was then that the robbers blocked access to the government car.

“At that point, the robbers seized the vehicle and started shooting continuously into the air. They shattered the boot and doors of the car with bullets to get access to the money, which was in Ghana-Must-Go bags.

“It was in the process of moving the money into another vehicle they seized from a woman that some residents scrambled for the fallen cash. The man the police shot rushed out of his office to pick the cash which littered the road.”

The woman whose car was used as a getaway by the robbers; the man who sustained gunshot injuries; and the driver and other occupants of the government vehicle, were seen by our correspondent at the ‘A Division’ of the state police command on Wednesday.

A resident, who did not want his name in print, told PUNCH Metro that the robbery could not have occurred without the involvement of people in government or the bank, adding that the money could not be less than N50m.

The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mu’azu Zubairu, did not answer calls that were put across to his telephone. He did not also respond to a text message sent to his line.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Chukwu Ikechukwu, when contacted, said he was not in the state.  (Punchng.com)

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Police Nab Ritualist, Recover Body Of 8-year-old Daughter Of Neighbour |RN

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From: Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Police Command yesterday, took custody of a 23-year-old man, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, who was arrested by members of a vigilance group in the Eliozu area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while he was on the way to dispose the body of his neighbour’s daughter after using other parts of her body for ritual.

Sunday Sun gathered that the suspect abducted the eight-year-old victim, Victory Chikamso on Friday, raped, killed and removed some parts of her body for a ritual. When he was arrested by the vigilance group, he was carrying the remains of the corpse in a bag.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, told newsmen that the suspect who was residing at Messiah Street, Eliozu, Port Harcourt was arrested by men of the Okporo Police Station.

He said that Dike abducted the little girl, who lived with her parents at the same address on Friday.

“The little girl was abducted, defiled and killed, while her vagina, eyes, tongue and breast were removed and put in a polythene bag.

“The suspect was going to dispose of the body when he was arrested by members of a local vigilance group that suspected his movement. On being questioned, the suspect dropped the bag and took to his heels.

“Consequently, the vigilantes gave the suspect a hot chase and apprehended him. On further interrogation by the Police, he confessed and took the Police to where the vital organs were concealed,” Omoni said.

He, however, disclosed that the body and the organs of the victim had been recovered and deposited in the mortuary, while the suspect was helping the Police in the investigation. 

In a related development, operatives from the Azikiwe Police Station on stop-and-search duty at the Eagle Island Sandfill, on Friday, intercepted a Toyota Avalon salon car with Reg. No. WER 767 CN  with three occupants, namely, Ignatius Opara,  Aniebiet Daniel and Lawson Basoene.

On searching the car the police recovered one locally made pistol with two 7.62mm live ammunition which was hidden under the driver’s seat.

The Police further said interrogation revealed that the suspects had stolen the car from where it was packed at  Amadi Ama. (The Sun)

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