Treat Ibadan mayhem perpetrators as criminals, Ajimobi tells Police

Ibadan Mayhem

Governor Abiola Ajimobi has tasked the police in Oyo State to be harsh on perpetrators of the mayhem in which 20 houses and 30 shops were razed in Ibadan at the weekend.

The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Moses Alake Adeyemo, made the demand on Monday when he paid an on-the-spot visit to the affected areas.

He called on the police to fish out the arsonists and let them face the full wrath of the law.

Also in the company of the deputy governor for the inspection was the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, who confirmed that 11 suspects are already in police custody in connection to the dastardly act.

A gang of street boys had wreaked havoc on some parts of the metropolis in what was suspected to be a reprisal mission.

The act was said to have affected the structures on both sides of the road from the Idi-Arere to Sakapena where goods worth millions of naira were either looted or consumed in the inferno.

Some of the affected structures in the areas included clothing retail outlet, pharmacy, soft drink sellers, electronic shops, ware houses, frozen foods retailer shop, tailoring shops and hairdressers’ shop.

According to eyewitnesses, the arsonists first looted properties from the affected structures before burning them down.

While calling for calm as the police continues with its investigations, Governor Ajimobi urged politicians not to use the unfortunate incident to play politics, saying the state has enjoyed unprecedented peace since the beginning of his administration.

He also promised government’s assistance to victims of the incident.

“One of the cardinal programmes of this administration is securing the lives and properties of the citizens and we will leave no stone unturned to see that peace and security is sustained. These hoodlums are inhumane, callous and barbaric and they should be treated as such. The State Government will do all within its reach to ameliorate the pains of the affected persons and the perpetrators of this evil act will be brought to book in due course.

“We want to appeal to our citizens to be vigilant and provide useful information to the law enforcement agents. Also, our parents should take care of their wards and warn them against being agents of destruction. The government will not hesitate to enforce its power on whoever is bent on causing crisis in the state,” Governor Ajimobi added.

Offa robbery: Police declare gang leaders wanted

The Nigeria Police on Friday declared wanted four of the gang leaders and principal suspects in a recent deadly robbery attack on some banks in Offa, Kwara State.

According to a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, photographs of the wanted suspects have been released for assistance on possible information that could lead to their arrest.
In the statement released in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, the force added that the suspects have been placed on INTERPOL watchlist and red alert, urging other sister security and safety agencies in Nigeria to arrest and hand over the suspects to the nearest police station across the country if they are able to get them ahead of the police
“Members of the general public who have any information about these wanted suspects should feel free to contact the police through the following Phone numbers 08062080913, 08126285268, 08032365122, 07056792065, 08088450152.

“Protection of the informant will be guaranteed by the police and handsome rewards in addition to the pledge of Five Million (N5,000,000) by the Kwara State Government await anyone whose information leads to the arrest of these wanted suspects,” the statement read.

Moshood said significant progress is being made in the investigation to the attack as more than 20 suspects already arrested are cooperating with the investigating team.

According to him, the details of the suspects were released to the public, and the exhibits recovered from them, which include two Beretta pistols, 20 rounds of live ammunition, as well as four phones and sim cards belonging to the victims, some of whom were killed during the attack.
The Police Spokesperson said the force will leave no stone unturned in efforts to get to the root of the incident and ensure that the perpetrators do not escape the wrath of the law.

Dino Melaye arrested

The Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, was arrested by men of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Monday.
Melaye, who broke the news himself in a tweet at 7.32 a.m., said he was arrested at the Nnamidi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja while trying to board a flight to Morocco on an official engagement.
“I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Govt after checking in,” he said on Twitter.
The spokesperson of the NIS, Sunday James, later formerly confirmed the arrest, saying it was based on instruction.
The police recently declared Melaye wanted following his refusal to honour invitations extended to him over alleged conspiracy and illegal possession of prohibited firearms.
This was sequel to the court summon obtained by the police after his initial arraignment at a Federal High Court, Lokoja in Kogi State.
Melaye’s summon follows the arrest of two men in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, on January 19, after they confessed to having committed various crimes such as kidnappings and armed robbery.
They also disclosed that the Senator had handed them a bag containing firearms.
The police while parading Kabiru Seidu and five other suspects who escaped from a detention facility in Lokoja, said it is in the interest of Senator Melaye to voluntarily report to the Police in order to forestall the execution of an arrest warrant issued against him.

#EndSARS: IGP bows to pressure, orders immediate re-organisation of outfit


Days after many Nigerians have joined the call for scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Monday ordered immediate re-organisation of the unit.

The IGP gave the order in a statement issued on his behalf by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) Yusuf Jimoh.

According to him, the re-organisation will affect all the units of the crime-bursting outfit across all the state commands, adding that it was in public interest and the need to ensure efficiency in the unit.

The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) had earlier sought opinions of Nigerians on what should become of SARS after it came under severe criticism over alleged extortion and abuse of rights of the Nigerian citizens.

Below is the statement ordering SARS re-organisation:

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris concerned with public interest and the need to reposition the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for more efficiency and effective service delivery to all has directed the immediate re-organisation of the SARS nationwide and instant investigation into all the allegations, complaints and infractions levelled against the personnel of the Special Anti Robbery Squad across the country by the IGP X-Squad of the Force.

“The Police Zonal Commands, State Commands and Divisions will continue to operate anti-crime units/sections, crime prevention and control squads and teams imperative to prevent and detect crimes and criminalities in their Area of Responsibilities, and other crack squads necessary to sustain law and order and protection of life and properties in their Area of responsibilities (AOR).

“Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) will now exist and operate in the State and Zonal Commands under the Commissioner of Police (F-SARS) at the Force Headquarters.

“A Federal SARS Commander of a Rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and not below Superintendent of Police (SP) will be in charge of FSARS in State and Zonal Commands across the Country. All Commissioners of Police have been directed by the Inspector General of Police to comply with this directive with immediate effect and warn their personnel not to pose as SARS operatives. The IGP X-Squad has been mandated to go round the Commands and Police Formations nationwide to ensure strict compliance and apprehend any erring police officer,” the statement read.

Police trail Dangote expatriate’s abductors

Police Trail

The Nigeria Police said it has commenced full combing of the entire axis where an expatriate with Dangote Construction Company, Jose Machada, was abducted late Monday.

Two police officers guarding the Portuguese expatriates were killed in the incident that took place around 7 pm at the construction site of the company, along the Obajana-Kabba Road, Kogi State.

Commenting on the tragic incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, William Aga, said the State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, had visited the scene on Tuesday  where he met with the management of the construction company and some expatriates. He was said to later ordered immediate commencement of rescue operation for the abducted Portuguese.

For effective coordination, Janga reportedly directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to move to the scene to assess the situation and commence combing of bushes around the scene.

The PPRO recalled that the assailants, numbering about 15 stormed the scene, shot the two police guards and took the abductee to a yet-unknown destination.

“They engaged the two police officers guarding the expatriates in a shootout. They shot the two officers. One died on the spot, while the other died in a hospital,” he said, adding that the deceased officers are Sergeant Gini John and Inspector Ezekiel Negedu.