Operatives of the Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team, working with the Taraba State Police Command, have arrested a total of 11 notorious kidnapping suspects in Taraba State.
According to the police spokesman, Frank Mba, said the suspects were apprehended for their complicity and various criminal roles in the recent kidnapping incidents in Taraba.
These incidents include but are not limited to the kidnapping of serving personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service, kidnapping of a relative of the Emir of Jalingo, and the killing of a police sergeant in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
CP Mba further disclosed that the police team equally recovered seven AK-47 rifles, two Beretta pistols, 121 rounds of live ammunition of different calibre, four magazines, masks, illicit drugs, and other incriminating items during raids of various hideouts of the suspects in the state.
The arrest of the suspects follows the deployment of operatives of the Intelligence Response Team by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, to Taraba to complement the efforts of the state command in promptly containing the disturbing trend of kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes.
The suspects, Luka Adam, Shuaibu Nuhu, Moses Amos, Peters Mashi, Ahmadu Mallam, Adamu Mohammed, Dahiru Mallam Dalha, Gambo Isah, Sanusi Ahmadu, Mallam Mohammed Mauludu, Ibrahim Idi, all indigenes of Taraba State, were arrested by the police team from their various criminal hideouts.
Investigations reveal that the suspects, who have also been on the wanted list of the Taraba Police Command, are members of a notorious kidnap syndicate and have been evidentially linked to the recent upsurge in incidents of kidnapping in the state, including the deliberate and calculated attacks on security personnel.
Further probes show that two of the suspects, Gambo Isah and Sanusi Ahmadu masterminded the killing of a Sergeant and left a Police Inspector with gunshot injuries in their recent operation to enable them to escape arrest having abducted some victims in Jalingo recently.
According to Mr Mba, suspects operate by trailing individuals – business owners, Government Functionaries, motorists with flashy and exotic cars, etc – to their houses and thereafter planning and executing the kidnap of such persons.
They also collect huge sums of money as ransom from relatives and friends of their victims before their release.
In the course of investigations, the police are said to have equally identified and raided various criminal hideouts where kidnap victims are usually kept.
While cache of weapons and other incriminating items were recovered from the hideouts, all the kidnap victims held hostage at the various hideouts were carefully and successfully rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.
CP Mba noted that investigators are intensifying efforts at arresting other suspects currently at large.
He also disclosed that the IGP, while commending the good people of Taraba State for supporting the police especially in providing useful information that aided the prompt apprehension of the suspects, assured that the Force will continue to work with all stakeholders in deepening the collective safety of the Taraba people.
The IGP condoled the family of the late Sergeant Ogidi Habu and added that the Police will sustain efforts at improving public safety in all Nigerian communities.
The police spokesman disclosed that all the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.
Police Vow To Apprehend Ekiti Robbery Perpetrators
The Ekiti State Police Command has vowed to arrest the perpetrators of a bank robbery in the Ikere-Ekiti area of the State.
Robbers had attacked two new-generation banks in Ikere-Ekiti on Wednesday evening, carting away an undisclosed amount of money with three persons feared killed.
In a statement after the incidents, the police spokesman in the state, Abutu Sunday, said the Commissioner of Police, CP Ogundare Dare, visited the scene of the robbery incidents at Ikere-Ekiti for an on-the-spot assessment.
“The Commissioner, who expressed his displeasure over the ugly incident, directed the Ikere Area Commander and all the Tactical Teams within the Command to ensure the perpetrators are trailed, arrested, and brought to book,” the statement partly read.
The police spokesperson said tactical squads and soldiers deployed to the scene engaged the hoodlums who abandoned the three vehicles and two motorcycles before they fled to the bush.
The police enjoined anyone with useful information concerning the identities and whereabouts of hoodlums to contact the police.
The commissioner commiserated with the family members of those who were fatally affected and wished those currently receiving treatment in the hospital a quick recovery.
CP Dare called for calm and implored everyone to go about their lawful businesses as the Command will not rest until the hoodlums are made to face the full wrath of the law.
Memo Ordering Withdrawal Of Police From VIPs, Fake – Police Sources
Stories making the rounds in Some online media outlets about a purported memo with the order for the withdrawal of Mobile Police personnel from the very important personality (VIPs) has been described to be fake by a retired police Commissioner who was very conversant with the workings of the Police Mobile Force.
Reacting to the purported Memo retired Police Mobile Squadron Commander, CP Mike Ademola who is conversant with signals and memos of the PMF having led the Mobile police before retirement, said it didn’t come from the police authority as and therefore, it is fake.
CP Ademola rtd explained that the wordings of the memo shows that it is fake as police signal does not appear without proper identification and directions but from the memo, you would notice that some persons were not properly identified and this is a sign of fake news.
He also commended the acting IGP, Olukayode Egbetokun for having the courage to initiate policies that would reform the Nigeria Mobile Police in order for the PMF to regain the lost glory.
He said, with the initiative like this, the IGP has set the police ready for a better future.
Also, the Force PRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi when contacted to react to the memo, said the Force management team is currently having their meetings now where critical decisions will be taken.
Meanwhile, our checks showed that no mobile squadron commander has withdrawn their personnel from the people mentioned in the memo as at Monday.
Part of the memo had named important personalities like former secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, former Zamfara State governor, Matawalle among others as people whose police were withdrawn.
Recall that when the acting inspector-general of police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun resumed duty as the police boss, he had stated that he would effect the withdrawal of Police Mobile Force personnel from VIP escort/guard duties.
This was even as he established the Special Intervention Squad which according to him would have 40,000 highly trained police officers including selected officers from the Police Mobile Force.
He had explained that this action was to allow the mobile police take back its place in the internal security architecture of the country and reclaim its lost glory.
According to him, “In a bid to kick-start the process of regaining our pride of place in the internal security architecture of our dear country first and foremost, modalities for the creation of a new special squad – the Special Intervention Squad have been initiated.
“This special squad shall consist of 40,000 specially trained elite officers. The Squad will be formed by selecting officers from the pool of existing Police Mobile Force personnel and all tactical units in the country.
“These officers will undergo an intensive pre-deployment training to make them combat-ready for frontline operational duties in all the states of the Federation, with a particular focus on areas plagued with unrest and turmoil.
“By pooling together the expertise and experience of our PMF personnel and other tactical units, we can establish a formidable force that is well-equipped to handle the evolving challenges we face.”
The IGP also said the establishment of the squad would help the police to promptly respond to security threats, noting that 1000 personnel would be deployed to every state.
I sleep with mad women every Friday, Yahoo Boy confesses
Silas Ade, a 30-year-old man who was apprehended by detectives of the Lagos State Police Command, has confessed to engaging in sexual activities with mentally ill women every Friday of the week.
It was gathered that he was caught attempting to force himself on a pregnant mentally ill woman named Christiana inside an uncompleted building in Isheri Olofin along the Igando-LASU highway.
When caught, he confessed to the police that he engaged in sexual activities with mentally ill women every Friday as part of a money ritual to maintain his wealth.
Silas, who is also suspected to be involved in internet fraud, was paraded around the community before being taken into police custody for further interrogation.
In his own words, “I sleep with mad women every Friday to maintain my wealth
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