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21:00

Police arrest 8 suspected cultists in Delta, recover arms, ammunition



The Rapid Respond Squad, RRS, visibility patrol led by the Divisional Police Officer “A” Division in Warri, CSP T.Y Mahmud has arrested eight suspected cultists at Jeddo Community, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.


The suspects include Oghenewaro Bebe ‘m’, 21yrs, Oritsetusem Fenemigho, ‘m’ 29yrs, Weyinmi Onomakponi ‘m’ 35yrs, Emmanuel Edah ‘m’ 27yrs, Osro Etiosa ‘m’ 23yrs, Oshef Benji ‘m’ 27yrs, Confidence Sunday ‘m’ 18yrs, Akintemeyin James ‘m’ 18yrs and Hope Agbogidi ‘f’ 25yrs.


The suspects are allegedly members of the Aiye Black Axe confraternity, DAILY POST learnt.


The Police also recovered Two (2) locally made pistol, one(1) battle axe, one(1) long cutlass, five (5) customized Aiye pillows, one (1) customized center table with Aiye logo, one (1) AK 47 expended ammunition, necklace used as body protection charm, two (2) HP Laptop, six (6) iphones, two (2) suspected stolen Lexus car keys, one (1) original and a duplicate copy from the suspects.


It was learnt that the Police on patrol duty intercepted and arrested the first suspect, Oghenewaro Bebe in a full regalia of Aiye Black Axe Confraternity.


The Delta State Police Command led by CP Ari Muhammed Ali confirmed the arrest in a statement signed by the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe.

According to the Police image maker, “The suspect confessed to be a member of the above cult group.


“He led the team to a bush bar at Jeddo which is their meeting point.

“At the bush bar one live silver like 7.63mm ammunition was recovered.”


DSP Edafe noted that the suspect led the Police to Ughoton Community where a top leader of the Confraternity, Oritsetusem Fenemigho is residing.



He said the cult leader was arrested along with his members.


“The said Oritseusen Fenemigho equally led the team to Idimi Sobo under Okere Urhobo where they recovered a suspected stolen car. Investigation is ongoing,” he added. Dailypost

02:32

Unknown gunmen burn INEC headquarters, attack police station in Anambra



The Police in Anambra State have confirmed attacks on the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission and Police B’Division in Awka, the State capital on Sunday night.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, who confirmed the incident said he had scanty information on the development.

He said, “Please, I will get back to you as soon as I get the full details.”
Gunmen had around 9pm on Sunday invaded B Division Police Station and the INEC office in Awka.

Some police officers were feared dead in the attack.

Eyewitnesses said the attack lasted for about two hours with gunshots.

“The gunmen set the police station and INEC office ablaze. It was followed by what looks like mass robbery in the area with gunshots everywhere. It was like we were in Sambisa Forest,” an eyewitness said.

It was gathered the gunmen invaded the area in three Hilux vehicles.

“They shot for more than one hour at B-Division before leaving. They then stopped at Ekwueme Square and shot for about 10 minutes before proceeding to the INEC Office which they set on fire,” the eyewitness added. Punch
03:50

In Abia: Hoodlums Attack Police Divisional HQ , Burn Properties




Hoodlums have attacked a police divisional headquarters in Abia State in the south-east region of the country.


The attack on the police facility located at the Trademore Estate in Umuahia, the state capital was carried out at about 9:45am on Sunday, Channels Television gathered.


While no life was lost in the incident, one of the police personnel on duty sustained an injury and has been taken to a hospital for treatment.


The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the attack on the station to Channels Television.


“Yes, there was an attack on Mike Okiro Divisional Police Headquarters. We are investigating and the outcome will be made public,” he stated.


Ogbonna added that police authorities in the state were making effort to ascertain the level of damage at the facility and arrest the perpetrators.


According to him, the hoodlums arrived in four vehicles – a hummer bus and three Toyota Sienna van, as well as two motorcycles.


The command’s spokesman noted that the attackers set ablaze documents in the offices and destroyed police vehicles and motorcycles, among other valuables.


He, however, appealed to residents, especially those in the area to support the police with useful information that would assist the apprehending the suspects.


The attack on the police station is one of the latest in the series of attacks on security facilities in the southern part of the country.


Recently, five operatives attached to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, and the wife of a police officer, were killed by hoodlums.


The sad incident was a result of an attack on the police divisional headquarters in Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area of the state.


Odiko MacDon, the Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom, confirmed that police patrol vans and other valuables were destroyed by the hoodlums. ChannelsTv

01:54

LAGOS: Police nab suspected female robber, 15 others




Police operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, between January 29 and 30, arrested 13 suspected traffic robbers in Oshodi and Ketu (Alausa) areas of the state, as it intensifies efforts in mopping up criminals suspected to be attacking motorists and commuters in traffic.

The arrest came on the heels of a four—day surveillance on black spots in Oshodi and Alausa (Ketu) with a view to weeding out criminals in the areas where it was reliably gathered that the suspects, most of who pretend to be load carriers in Oshodi, but abscond with travellers’ loads at dawn and at night. It has also been gathered that they often attack and rob unsuspecting Lagosians, especially travellers and commuters, in the areas.

The suspects were picked up by the Rapid Response Squad’s (RRS) Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi’s led team between 10:45pm on Friday and 4:30am on Saturday at Oshodi Oke and Alausa respectively.

The suspects that were picked up in Oshodi include, Tinuola Ajibola, male (18), Adeniji Farouk, male (16), Wale Ajetunmobi, male (24), Chibueze Okasa, male (17), Taiwo Goodluck, male (36), Sodiq Timileyin, male (23), Salami Alex, male (21), Umar Abubakar, male (20), Micheal Iroaja, male (36), Abba Mohammed, male (20) and Mukaila Fasepe, male (43). While the other two suspects, Saviour Nwoko (21) and Ayomide David (19) were caught in the act by the team, at different locations, with machete and stolen phones in Alausa Lagos.

David, alias Sharwama, one of the suspects and ex-convict, told the police that his gang used to operate along Olowopopo Road, Ojodu and Ojota.

In another development, police operatives attached to Meiran Division of the command have arrested two suspected armed robbers at Ikola Ipaja Bridge, while on pin down point, on January 27, 2021 at 11:20pm. The suspects were stopped on a motorbike before they were arrested and searched. Upon search, one locally made pistol, charms and weed suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them.

The two suspects are Oluwadamilare Folami, m, 22 and Desire Chukwu, female, 21.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the 15 suspects be transferred to State CID Panti, Yaba for proper investigation, while he assured the good people of Lagos State of adequate security and conducive environment to live in and do businesses as expected. Theguardianng
23:34

Abuja: Police nab 20-year-old for kidnapping father, collecting N2m




A 20-year-old man, Abubakar Amodu, has been arrested for conniving with a gang to kidnap his father and collect N2 m ransom.

Amodu was one of 25 suspects paraded by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, for various offences in Abuja on Wednesday.

The suspect, who was arrested with other members of the gang, told journalists that his father was a herdsman, adding that he gave him 15 cows.

He said, “I became friends with the members of the gang, who told me that my father was rich, and he should be kidnapped for money.


“After we kidnapped my father, he paid N2m and I was given N200,000 as my share.”

Also paraded was one Abubakar Liyu, a security guard at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who worked with kidnappers to abduct lecturers in the university community.

Liyu, who confessed to the crime, said he participated in the kidnapping of three lecturers.

He said he got N30,000 for the abductions of two lecturers but got nothing for the last operation.

One Friday Domozu from Kogi State was also paraded for leading a gang that kidnapped and cruelly murdered a five-year-old girl, Farida Ibrahim, in Dekina, Kogi State.

They had demanded a ransom of N8m from the victim’s family, who could not afford it.

Ibrahim was killed and buried  in a shallow grave before the police apprehended the suspects.

The police also paraded members of a gang who killed an Immigration officer, his sister and  wife last June. Punch

23:32

We paid for Ilorin nude party, arrested mastermind in bank, Police says




The Kwara State Police Command has arrested a member of a gang planning to organise nude party in selected places in Ilorin, the state capital.

Parading the suspect, Akinsola Babatunde, aka Mr White, in Ilorin on Wednesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Bagega, said credible intelligence on the activities of the gang led to the arrest of the suspect at No. 16 Achimugu Street, Ilorin.

The police boss, who said organisers of the party advertised the show on social media for prospective attendees for N20,000 per person, added that they planned to hold it in lounges, club houses and service apartments.

Bagega stated, “The immoral and illegal action of Mr White and his accomplices clearly contradict the COVID-19 protocols and promote crime and criminality.


“Operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau attached to the command carried out a string operation involving tactical undercover and manoeuvre. We actually played along with them by posing as interested persons. We paid the advertised sum of N20,000 to a given bank account. With the cooperation of the other stakeholders, we nabbed the suspect while going to withdraw the money in the bank.

“Efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing members of the gang; the one in custody will be charged as soon as investigation is completed”.

Also paraded were two suspected kidnappers of four Turkish nationals, who were rescued by the police in July 2019 at Gbugbu village in the Edu Local Government Area of the state.

The CP stated, “In a concerted effort by the men of the command and members of the community, four of the six gang members were arrested with an AK-47 rifle and the victims were rescued without the payment of ransom. Punch
00:53

In Lagos: Two cultists nabbed during gun battle with police




Two suspected cultists, Timileyin Omobolaji and another identified simply as Waliyu, have been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly terrorising residents of Igbelara in the Ikorodu area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested during a gun battle with the cops and that others escaped with bullet wounds.

Adejobi said, “Police operatives attached to the Ikorodu Division, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, around 12.30pm, engaged some suspected members of the Aiye Confraternity in a gun duel in the Igbelara area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.

“The police responded to a distress call from members of the public that some suspected cultists were seen in the Igbelara area with weapons to foment trouble and the police, with the help of some community members, raced to the scene and the gang opened fire on them.

“The police operatives responded and engaged the men, leaving some of them injured and they fled with bullet wounds. Two of them, Waliyu and Timileyin Omobolaji, were eventually arrested with wounds, while one cut-to-size pistol, 10 expended cartridges and six life cartridges were recovered from them. The injured ones have been taken to hospital for medical attention.”

Adejobi stated that the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, appealed to the general public, especially medical practitioners, to alert the police whenever they come across any of the fleeing suspected cultists with bullet wounds.

“The CP has ordered that the matter be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation. He further vowed to rid Lagos State of cultism and other vices,” Adejobi added. Punch
00:14

In Rivers: Police, rights group kick as cop kills man



The Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountablilty Campaign (CBRAC) and the Rivers State Police Command, have condemned the killings of one Mr. Jimoh Abiodun, by a policeman.


The Commissioner of Police in the State, Joseph Mukan, said the suspect, whose name was not disclosed, had been subjected to psychological evaluation.


It was gathered that the policeman killed Abiodun on Saturday around Elelenwo Community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state for an unknown reason.


The father of three children was reportedly killed in front of a police station in the area.


The Coordinator of the rights group, Prince Wiro, called on the commissioner of Police in the state to intervene in the matter.


Wiro said: “We are calling for a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the shooting to death of Mr Jimoh Abiodun, father of three children by a Police Officer attached to Elelewon Police Divisional Police headquarters in the wee hours of Saturday December 19th, 2020 at the front of Elelewon Police Division.


“We urge the Commissioner of Police in the state CP Joseph Mukan to ensure perpetrators are brought to book. We condemn the trend of killing of innocent citizens by Police officers in Rivers State and call for an end to the senseless killings.”


The State Police Command in statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, SP. Nnamdi Omoni, condemned the killing saying the police had commenced investigations into the incident.


Omoni said following the directives of the police commissioner, the suspect had been debriefed, detained and would soon be prosecuted.


Omoni said: “The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan has condemned in the strongest terms, the killing of a civilian by a Police Sergeant serving at Elelenwo Police Station.


“The sad incident happened at the Station, where the Sergeant without justification shot the Victim, Abiodun Jimoh who was immediately rushed to the Hospital but later died. His remains have been deposited in the Mortuary.


“The incident is being investigated and the outcome will be communicated to the public. Meanwhile the Police Sergeant who carried out the dastardly act is in custody for debriefing and psychological evaluation. His Orderly Room Trial will commence in ernest, for possible arraignment.” Thenationonlineng

06:52

Police arrest two top workers, allege insiders’ connivance over Ekiti bank robbery

Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr Asuquo Amba, said on Friday that the police have arrested two top officials of a commercial bank attacked by robbers in the state.



Amba said the two officials– the branch and operations managers – had been with the police since Thursday to aid investigations into the incident.

He stated that the “officials were invited to come with us after the incident.’’

The CP also said the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered a thorough investigation into the attack on the bank and the Oye Police Division.



He spoke at Oye Ekiti during an on-the-spot assessment of the bank and divisional station, noting that the video footage from the CCTV installed in the bank gave indications of insiders’ connivance.

The CP stated that footages from the bank’s closed circuit television showed that insiders were complicit in the robbery which occurred in Oye Ekiti on Thursday.


The robbers dislodged the policemen at the station before heading for the bank, blasting its security door with dynamite and carting away over N25m including some foreign currencies.



The assailants killed two persons–a policeman and a seven-year-old girl in the process. Amba said there was close similarity between the robbery attack and the one on a bank at Ise-Ekiti about two months ago.

The police commissioner bemoaned the killing of the police sergeant on guard duty at the bank and the girl, whose mother was a hawker in the bank area.



Amba alleged that the CCTV also revealed how the bankers and a customer, who ran inside upon hearing the gunshots, used the robbery opportunity to stuff money into their pockets as they moved frequently into the vault before the bandits blew the security door with dynamite.

He said the robbers had during the attack on the police division used about seven or eight improvised explosive devices. Punch
02:38

Arrest Yahoo boys, but don’t harass innocent citizens, Buhari tells Police


President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force against harassing young people in their bid to arrest ‘Yahoo criminals.’
   

   
Buhari handed down this warning in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers on Monday in Lagos.

The theme of the retreat is, ‘Repositioning the Force for the Challenges of Effective Policing in the 21st Century.’

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Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said the service the Police Force rendered was one Nigerians could not do without, as it was the closest to the grassroots.

According to him, there are police stations everywhere and the police above every other service represent law and order to the average Nigerian.

Buhari said that the Nigeria Police force was one of the proudest National assets as it was the largest police force in Africa.
   

   
He said that the force had some of the best trained and best educated men and women.

The president said that Nigerian policemen had served everywhere locally and internationally with outstanding results.

He said that special trainings were being organised for the Special Units of the Police including the Police Mobile Force, Special Forces, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Anti-Robbery detachments, Anti-Kidnapping Squads and the Criminal Investigation.

The president said that resources had been put into acquiring and deploying electro-muscular disruption technology-based weaponry which is commonly known as Taser or Stun Guns for low-risk police operations.
   

   
According to him, the Federal government has facilitated the passage of the Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act, which has since assented.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Inspector General of Police (IG-P), Mohammed Adamu, said that constant engagement of strategic managers and consistent training and retraining of personnel was crucial for effective policing.

The participants comprised all commissioners of police, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Deputy Inspectors General of Police. (NAN)

03:59

In Kano: Police shut down O’Pay office



The Kano branch of Opay office -an online payment outlet for commercial tricycle operators-  has been shut down by the police.



The outlet was closed down during a raid  carried out by the Kano state police command over alleged non-compliance with the government rules and directives.

The Nation reports that armed security personnel stormed the state office at Lodge road in Kano at about 11:00am on Thursday.

The police officers also ordered all the staff and scores of commercial tricycle operators known as Adaidaita Sahu to immediately vacate the premises, threatening anyone who failed to comply with the order risked arrest.



An eye witness told The Nation the commercial operators were planning to settle their balance for previous night’s work when the police arrived and dispersed them.

The spokesman of the Police command,DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed incident,told this reporter  that, the command received an order from Kano state government to close the office.

Haruna, said the Opay company didn’t comply with some rules set for it by the state government in order to operate(Thenation)
05:05

In Lagos: Police arrest 25 suspected cultists

Personnel of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested 25 suspected cultists in Ijora, Mushin and Bariga areas of the state and recovered firearms from them.


It was learnt that the operatives of the Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit arrested one Olaitan Rilwan, 20, with an automatic pistol hidden in his bag.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, stated that the suspect confessed to being a member of the Aiye Confraternity.


He added that other suspected cultists and armed robbers were arrested during a follow-up operation.
Elkana stated, “On August 24 around 4pm, operatives of the Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit arrested one Olaitan Rilwan, 20, with an automatic pistol concealed in his bag at the Ijora roundabout.


“The suspect confessed to being a member of the Ayie Confraternity. In a follow-up operation at Bariga, one Mustapha Oseni, 23, and 22 others were arrested.”

According to him, the police personnel also arrested some armed robbery suspects and recovered their firearms.

He added that the Anti-Crime Unit of the command, led by Inspector Atipa Agasa, while on patrol on August 22, around 7.30am at the Olorunsogo bus stop, Mushin, intercepted one Matthew Omisogun, 25, and Yetunde Lawson, 28, who were riding on a motorcycle.


He said the suspects, on sighting the police team, tried to escape but were given a hot chase, adding that one locally-made double-barrelled pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from them.
Elkana added that the suspects belong to a five-man armed robbery syndicate operating in Mushin, Ikotun and Igando areas of the state.

He noted that the suspects had been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for discreet investigation, adding that they would soon be charged. (Punch)
04:36

In Anambra: Police attack 98-year-old woman with AK-47

Policemen from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Anambra State Police Command have allegedly beaten up a 98-year-old woman, Cecilia Okpalaku of Achina in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state, over a family dispute.


“The policemen said they were looking for a document in my house but they ended up taking my granddaughter from me and assaulted me with an AK-47 riffle,” the nonagenarian told PUNCH Metro.

It was gathered that the incident happened when the cops invaded the family home of one Emeka Okpalaku in Achina on the invitation of his estranged wife, Chiemerie Nzekwe, from the same local government area.


Emeka, a Japan-based businessman, our correspondent learnt, was married to Esther from Uga some years back.

While Emeka was in Japan, Esther and their daughter stayed back in Achina with the mother-in-law, Cecilia.


A family source, who begged not to be named said, “Emeka was occasionally visiting home to see his wife and daughter. But trouble started when the husband visited home recently and observed certain strange things.

It was alleged that the SARS operatives assaulted Cecilia in the process as she tried to stop them from taking away the child.

The nonagenarian’s family has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for his intervention in the matter.


In the petition by its lawyer, Charles Asadu, the family decried the alleged assault on Cecilia by the police over a matrimonial issue.


The petition read in part, “We have been briefed and our legal services have been retained by Messrs Josephine Anudu and Euphemia Ekwebele of Umuezeiyi village, Achina in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“Information reaching us is that armed police men with Ak-47 rifles and wearing black T-shirts with the inscription, F-SARS, in company with Mrs Chiemerie Okpalaku, invaded the premises of our client and physically assaulted their aged mother, Mrs Cecilia Okpalaku, 98.

“The reason behind the attack was that Mrs Chiemerie Okpalaku is an estranged wife of Emeka Okpalaku, son of the aged woman, who resides abroad and has been in marital problems.
“We gathered that it was the aftermath of the matrimonial faceoff that prompted Chiemerie and the officers to attack the aged woman.


“They ransacked the entire household, damaged the doors of the rooms and went away with so many household items belonging to our clients.

“In an effort to subdue our clients, the police used the butts of their AK-47 rifles on the aged woman, who according to our clients, is now admitted in one of the hospitals in Achina.”

When contacted on the telephone, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident.

Mohammed said the persons in dispute were not formally married, adding that the command had commenced investigation into the matter.(Punch)
03:27

Viral video: Police speak on video showing Muslim youths burning Igbo man

The FCT Police Command has reacted to a trending video wherein an Igbo young man was set ablaze by irate Muslim youths.



DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Monday, said the incident did not occur in Abuja as widely believed.

“The Command emphatically want to note that discreet checks have been conducted across the nooks and crannies of FCT and no incident of such nature was recorded or even reported”, it read.



“It is also pertinent to add that the environment depicted in the circulating video does not represent any part of FCT.

“Members of the public are therefore advised to disregard and consider as misleading the circulating video. (Dailypost)

02:35

In Anambra: Police storm initiation hideouts, arrest 16 cultists

16 suspected cultists said to be members of Aiye Confraternity who converged on Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State from all states of the South East for initiation ceremony were among 85 others recently arrested by men of the State Police Command, the police commissioner, CP John Abang said.



Abang said the entire 85 suspects were arrested within a week’s raid in various locations in the state, while several exhibits including dangerous weapons, their groups insignia and weeds suspected to be hard drug were found on them.



The police commissioner added that of the 85 suspects, 10 were underage cultists, and have been placed under police supervision, while 10 have been charged to court and others undergoing investigation. (Dailypost)
02:31

Taraba killing: Police ask Nigerian Army - Where’s kidnap kingpin?



The police have asked the Nigerian Army to explain the whereabouts of the Taraba kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, allegedly set free by soldiers who reportedly attacked a police team conveying the suspect to Taraba State Police Command headquarters in Jalingo, on Tuesday.



The force also demanded explanations on why the suspect was released, insisting that he could not have escaped with handcuffs from his “military rescuers.”

The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, had explained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, that an Intelligence Response Team led by ASP Felix Adolije came under attack from soldiers while taking Wadume to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo.

During the attack, Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi, Dahiru Musa and a civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries, while others sustained gunshot wounds.



The Army in its reaction said the policemen failed to identify themselves to soldiers at a checkpoint on Ibi – Jalingo Road, adding that they mistook the police team for kidnappers.

But Mba in a statement on Thursday, picked holes in the military’s defense, stressing that Wadume who was in restraints could not have escaped from the soldiers after his purported rescue.

The police wondered why Wadume was not taken to the Army Base for documentation and debriefing in line with NA’s standard operating procedure.

It said that the Army was silent on the source of the alleged distress report or identity of the complainant whose report it claimed informed their decision to engage in the purported chase and rescue operation.

Punch
02:45

Police nabs suspected killers of Enugu Catholic priest


Some suspected killers of Enugu State Catholic priest, Rev Fr Paul Offu, were reportedly arrested by the police on Saturday.



However, the number of suspects arrested could not be ascertained as of the time of filing the report.

The state Commissioner of Police, Sulieman Balarabe, who confirmed that they had made some arrests in connection with the killing of the cleric, refused to disclose the number of suspects arrested.

Offu was killed along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night.

His killing came barely five months after Rev Fr Clement Ugwu,  the parish priest of St Mark Catholic Church, Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state was killed.

Offu’s killing on Friday sparked a protest by  Enugu Diocese priests, calling for the government to protect life and property in the state.

The protesters marched to the office of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, demanding justice.

Meanwhile, Buhari has ordered a manhunt for the killers of Offu.

Offu was serving at St. James Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Enugu State.



The Presidency, in a statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, on Saturday, said the President condemned the attack and condoled with the parishioners and family of the cleric.

The statement said, “President Buhari expresses deep shock and dismay over the killing of another priest, ordering a thorough manhunt for the killers and their immediate prosecution.

“The President commiserates with government and people of Enugu State, family of Rev Fr. Offu and members of the parish and all Christians.”

It said Buhari described the killing as “barbaric and unwarranted’’, adding that his administration would step up the fight against “lawlessness and recklessness.’’

The President said, “The entire nation is shaken by the horrible assassination of this priest.

“The administration will continue to guarantee freedom of religion and protect places of worship as well as the lives of citizens wherever they live.”

The statement further said Buhari directed the security agencies to “act swiftly in their investigations and bring the perpetrators of the ‘horrific crime’ to book.”

He also urged all religious leaders to “pray for peace, healing and security of the country.’’


Punch
04:17

In Ogun: Police locate where kidnappers kept five RCCG pastors, reveal next action


The Ogun Police Command has confirmed the kidnapping of five persons by gunmen at J3/J4 Area, Ogbere, on the Benin-Ijebu-Ode-Sagamu expressway.



DAILY POST had reported that the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, announced the abduction of the clerics on Friday at the Redeemed Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Adeboye, while charging the congregation to pray for the release of the abductees, said the abduction took place on Thursday along the Ijebu-Ode axis.

He was quoted as saying, “As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?” he asked.

But speaking with journalists on Friday in Abeokuta, the police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command could not ascertain whether or not the captives were pastors of RCCG.



According to him, the victims were on their way from the eastern part of the country when the commercial bus conveying them was blocked on Thursday night by the gunmen at a location between Ogun and Ondo states boundary.

The police spokesman said that the gunmen after forcing the vehicle to a halt, whisked away four men and a woman into the forest, but left behind the driver, a sick passenger and his wife in the vehicle.

Oyeyemi said the state’s Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had personally led the police rescue team to the location.

“Through surveillance, we have got to know their location but we don’t want to attack them so that we won’t put the victims’ lives in danger.

“By the grace of God, we will rescue the victims,” NAN quoted him as saying.


Dailypost

04:29

Police nabs man with 17 bags of Indian hemp In Ogun


The police in Ogun State have arrested an alleged illegal substance dealer caught with 17 bags of suspected marijuana.



Daniel Elimuya, a resident of No. 9, General Hospital Street, Iyana-Ira in Agbara, was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. on July 28 at Ibafo. It was gathered that the suspect had starched the weeds inside a vehicle he rode in from Delta State en route Lagos.

The police, it was also gathered, had received a tip-off on the vehicle and its content, while it laid an ambush for the described vehicle with registration number GGE782EX and intercepted it.


Confirming the arrest, police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said the bags were well hidden inside the vehicle and were discovered after thorough searches.

He said the suspect was promptly arrested and he confessed to having been a marijuana distributor and was going to Lagos Island to deliver the bags to one Kofo.



“The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect and exhibits to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation and he will be charged to court after investigations are completed.” (Theguardian)
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