5 in police net over alleged possession of illegal firearms
The Police Command in Kaduna State says it has arrested five suspects over alleged unlawful possession of firearms.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna.
Jalige said that their arrests followed a report received by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Kubacha.
He said that the DPO had acted on the information received on July 24 that the suspects, armed with dangerous weapons, were engaged in unwholesome activities in Kenyi village in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.
The police spokesman said that the suspects and some of the villagers had allegedly threatened the peaceful coexistence of the people over disputed piece of land.
He said that the situation had deteriorated to a boiling point, resulting in one of the warring parties threatening to kill their opponents with dangerous weapons.
“On receipt of the information, the DPO immediately mobilised to the scene, swiftly averted what would have been a tragedy and arrested the five suspects, all from Kenyi village.
“Items recovered from the suspects included an AK-47 rifle, loaded with 29 rounds of live 7.62 x 39mm. ammunitions and a 9 x 18mm. Makarov pistol, loaded with seven rounds of 9mm live ammunitions,” he said.
Jalige added that the police operatives’ swift response not only forestalled “the foreseeable calamity but also restored normalcy in the community.”
He said that investigation had been unravelling the circumstances behind the fracas and the source of the illegal firearms.
The police spokesman quoted the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Umar Muri, as urging communities in the state to always embrace dialogue as an alternative dispute resolution rather than violence which might result in disastrous consequences.
“The commissioner also pledged to dispassionately investigate the incident and prosecute all those found culpable, to serve as deterrent to others,” Jalige said. (NAN)
Police nab two kidnap suspect in Delta
Police in Delta have arrested two kidnap suspects at Udu Local Government Area of the state.
Police spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe told newsmen in Warri (Delta) on Sunday that the suspects were nabbed by a police decoy squad following credible and intelligence-led investigation.
“Operatives of the decoy squad embarked on a sting operation on May 11 and arrested one Emmanuel James suspected to be the leader of the gang.
“On May 12, the suspect led the operatives to Ejewu community in Udu Local Government Area of the state where the gang’s driver, Ejiro Peter was arrested.
“They confessed their involvement in series of armed robbery and kidnapping in Ughelli and Warri and the April 27 kidnap of Mr and Mrs Okutonye Efetobore at Ughellli town.“They also confessed to have collected a N1 million before releasing the couple,’’ he said.
Edafe said the suspects led police operatives to another notorious member of the gang.at Egbike Community in Udu Local Government Area on May 12.
Upon sighting police operatives, the third suspect engaged them in a gun duel and in the process escaped through the ceiling of his roof with bullet wounds, he said.
Farmer commits suicide after attacking wife over infidelity
A farmer, Friday Omosigho, has committed suicide after attacking his wife, Mercy Omosigho, over alleged infidelity in Ehiozevbaru, Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State.
It was gathered that the farmer attacked his wife with a machete after accusing her of having affairs with other men in the village.
Omosigho was also said to have stabbed his wife on the farm and abandoned her in a pool of blood.
It was further learned that the farmer, who called his younger brother, Monday Omosigho, and told him that he had stabbed his wife, went back home and drank rat poison.
Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, disclosed the man drank a substance suspected to be Sniper.
Nwabuzor said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Egba Police Division received a call from one Monday Omosigho that he received a distress call that his senior brother, Friday Omosigho, committed suicide by drinking Sniper, after attacking his wife with a machete over infidelity.
He revealed that the police operatives moved to the scene and took the woman to the hospital.
The police spokesperson added that the woman, who is still alive, has since been receiving treatment in the hospital.
Nwabuzor said an investigation into the incident has commenced, adding that the case has been transferred to the homicide department of the Edo State Police Command.
KOGI EXPLOTION: DSS Apprehends ISWAP Commander Behind Attacks.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the mastermind of the Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attack which occurred on 29th December, 2022, near the Palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in Okene, Kogi State during the visit of the President to commission some projects in the state.
A statement from the Public Relations Officer of the Service Peter Afunnaya, says, Men of the DSS arrested Abdulmumin Ibrahim OTARU (aka Abu Mikdad) and one of his associates, Saidu SULEIMAN on 3rd January, 2023.
The statement says OTARU sustained a gunshot injury on his left foot while attempting to escape and currently receiving treatment at a health facility.
the statement says, during investigations, it was ascertained that OTARU is a high commander of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) who either coordinated or was involved in so many terrorist operations. which includes The 24th June, 2022 attack on Nigeria Police Area Command, Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA of Kogi State where a Police Inspector, Idris MUSA was killed and two (2) AK-47 rifles carted away, The 5th July, 2022 attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje Area Council of the FCT; and 5th August, 2022 attack on West African Ceramics Ltd (WACL) in Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi in which three (3) Indian expatriates were kidnapped which resulted in the killing of (5) persons including one (1) Indian, two (2) Policemen and two (2) drivers of the company before the kidnapped expatriates were later released on 31st August, 2022.
The statement added that OTARU operated terrorist cells in and around Kogi State where he and his gang had staged several kidnap operations in Kogi and Ondo States.
Meanwhile, the suspects are in custody and will be prosecuted accordingly.
” The Service reiterates its commitment to the safety of the nation. It assures to work assiduously with stakeholders including sister security agencies to tackle the menace of terrorism and other forms of criminality and threats to national security. It, therefore, calls on citizens to support it and other law enforcement organisations with relevant information and all the necessary cooperation required to achieve a peaceful country.” Afunanya said
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