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.
Why we raided Abuja hotel – NDLEA
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have raided and sealed Diplomatic Suite Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja in a joint operation with men of the Department of State Services, DSS to stop a cannabis party and the launch of a suspected new psychoactive drink.
About 200 attendees including three young ladies who organised the hemp party are currently being profiled and interviewed while bottles of the new drink have been taken for lab analysis.
The hotel was raided at about 8:18pm on Wednesday 20th April following actionable intelligence that some youths were planning to hold a hemp party at the hotel. Quantities of cannabis sativa were recovered from the pockets and bags of those arrested at the hemp party.
The audacious party no doubt is part of attempts by some elements to create a drug subculture in the Nigerian social space. The NDLEA will however continue to work with other security agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure abuse of illicit substances is not allowed to get entrenched in the country under any guise.
FG Approves Procurement Of Lie Detectors, Night Vision Goggles For NDLEA
The Federal Government has approved the purchase of lie detectors and night vision Goggles for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
This was disclosed by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
“Two memos were presented this afternoon by the federal ministry of justice on behalf of and at the instance of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” the minister said.
“One was a memo seeking the approval of the council for the award of contract for the supply of eye-scanning lie detector.
“Our technology has improved to the extent that we have in place technological equipment that has the capacity to detect whether you are indeed speaking the truth or indeed you are lying in the course of investigation.
“So, for the purpose of enhancing the capacity of the NDLEA in exterminating illicit drug trafficking, sales, and consumption, the Federal Government has considered the need and possibility of indeed providing this equipment to NDLEA.
“So, the memo in that respect was presented, it was taken and the contract was approved for Messrs Zettabytes Technologies Limited to procure for the agency this lie detector equipment.
“On that account, the Federal Executive Council approved the award of contract for the supply of eye-scanning lie detector by the NDLEA in favour of Messrs Zettabytes Technologies Limited in the sum of N498,850,000 only, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a completion period of 90 days.
“The second memo sought the approval of the council for the supply of digital night vision goggles. This is intended to support the night operations of NDLEA.”
He said: “The council graciously approved the award of the contract with the supply of digital night vision goggles in favour of Messrs R-SET Integrated Solution Limited in the sum of N570,825,000 only, inclusive of 7.5% value-added tax with a completion period of weeks.”
Police recover 3 undetonated explosives as Hoodlums attack police station in Imo
Hoodlums suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, an armed group of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, early hours of Monday, attacked Obowo Police Station in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo state, with petrol bombs and explosive devices, causing damages and injuring some police officers on duty.
The State Police Public Relations Officers, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri.
He said the hoodlums launched the attack from the thick forest around the Police station from the rear side of the police building.
However, the police said the officers on duty responded immediately engaged the hoodlums and chased them away back to the forest.
He said during the chase that some arms and ammunition were recovered including the recovery of three undetonated explosives.
According to the Police, “On the 28th day of March 2022 at about 0200 hours, armed men suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB )/ Eastern Security Network ( ESN ), its militia wing came in their numbers from the rear of the division, which is an ungoverned forest, threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) that fell on the transit camp and a vehicle, shooting sporadically.
“The police operatives of the division and some of the Command’s Tactical Teams responded swiftly, engaging the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel preventing them from gaining entrance to the station and in the process forced the hoodlums into retreating and they escaped back into the forest with various degrees of bullet wounds.
“The police operatives gave them a hot chase and while combing the bush the following items were recovered on the spot: three(3) undetonated Explosives, four(4) expended AK 47 RIFLES ammunition, five(5) live cartridges, thirty-three (33) expended cartridges, two masks, one pump action gun and a motor saw machine.”
“Meanwhile, apart from the minimal damage to the transit camp and a vehicle, no life was lost. However, the police operative who sustained a minor gunshot injury has been treated,” Police said.
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