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Auto crash kills 6 members of bridal train, injures 3 along Hadejia-Kano road

A fatal road accident has claimed the lives of six bridal passengers, injuring three others, along Hadejia-Kano Expressway, the police in Jigawa State have announced.

A statement signed by the Jigawa Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Lawan Shisu Adan, Tuesday said the deceased consists of four adults and two minors.

The deceased, whose remains have been claimed by their respective families, include Baba Rabi’a Aliyu, Ummi Abubaka, Aisha Soja and Habib Habib as well as Radiya Turaki and Kabir Sani who are both minors.

The accident involved a black Lexus vehicle with reg no. AAA 153 EA, driven by one Habib Habib Tall and carrying eight passengers conveying a bride from Hadejia to Yalleman, they stated.

“On reaching Gidan sugar, on their way back to Hadejia, while on motion, both the rear and front tyre were removed, the driver lost control, the vehicle somersaulted and swarmed by the roadside,” said the statement.

On receipt of the report, a team of Policemen swung into action and visited the scene, victims were evacuated and rushed to General Hospital, Hadejia for treatment added the statement.

The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, Aliyu Sale Tafida, while condoling the families of the deceased, prayed that God has mercy on the departed souls and grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

He cautioned commercial drivers to avoid overloading, overspeeding, intake of hard drugs, alcohol drinking and night journeys.

He further advised them to always check their vehicle’s tyres, brakes and other essential parts of their vehicles before embarking on trips.

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UPDATED: UK Police charge Ekweremadu, wife for alleged organ harvesting

Two Nigerians have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to harvest the organs of a child in the UK.

Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both from Nigeria, have been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.

They are both charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

The Met said a child has been safeguarded. Scotland Yard has not given the gender or the age of the child – or the location of the arrests.

But given the suspects are appearing in court in Uxbridge, it is likely they were held at the nearby Heathrow Airport.

Organ harvesting involves removing parts of the body, often for cash and against the victim’s will.

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Corporal demoted to constable for cultism

The Nigeria Police Force has approved the punishment of reduction in rank from Corporal to Constable for Isaac Mathew attached to Ebonyi State Police Command.

The officer was caught in a viral TikTok video on May 7, 2022, dressed in full police uniform while singing, dancing and brandishing an AK47 rifle in praise of a secret confraternity.

According to Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi,” the decision followed the outcome of the Orderly Room Trial of the concerned officer and a review of the recommended punishment for the offences of Discreditable Conduct, Promoting Secret Cults and violation of the Social Media Policy (SMP) of the Nigeria Police Force.

“The Force is currently looking into many other disciplinary cases of unprofessionalism and misconduct by officers in encounters with members of the public. Meanwhile, orderly room trials are ongoing and decisions reached at the end of such trials will be made known as the current police administration is committed to a transparent, accountable and proactive policing system in Nigeria.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, therefore ,charges all police officers to uphold professional ethics, discipline and the ideals of the Force. He further charges them to be committed to self-discipline in line with the IGP’s policing agenda of ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standards, enhancement of anti-corruption drive with a view to having the desired Police institution Nigerians deserved “.

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Insecurity: Makinde hosts IGP, requests new mobile police squadron for Oyo town


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday evening played host to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, and requested for a new mobile police squadron in Oyo town, the seat of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, in the state towards further strengthening the security architecture of the state.

The governor, who personally received the IGP in his office at Agodi, Ibadan, the state capital, said the immediate past IGP, Mohammed Adamu, had given a verbal approval on the request before his retirement from office. He added that Adamu had earlier approved the siting of a mobile police squadron at Ago-Are in Oke-Ogun area of the state, saying the place is already functioning now.

“I came to your predecessor few months before his retirement. They granted us approval to set up a Mopol Unit at Ago-Are, which we did; and they are working well. It has assisted us to look at the security challenges around the northern part of Oyo State. We felt that we still require another Mobile Police Squadron. The former IGP approved it verbally to be sited at Oyo town.


“We have discussed with the traditional institution there and the people of Oyo are ready to give us land. As a government, we are ready to provide the basic infrastructure to enable them move in there. So, I will use this opportunity to also make that request. I hope we will find favour for the request to be approved.”

Makinde stated further that the Oyo State Police Command has been trying its best in checking crime and criminality in the state, in collaboration with the state government and sister security agencies. he noted that when “we started Amotekun Corps, the police felt we were getting people to take over their jobs and responsibilities. But over these few months with the leadership of the police in the state, we have had serious cooperation. The inter-agency rivalry or skirmish has been reduced is to the barest minimum in Oyo State.”

The governor stated further that when some people tried to poke poke ethnic tension, “we all rose to the occasion. And the message to everybody was very clear. In Oyo State, we are after criminals. We don’t care where they are from. We know that criminals abound in every ethnic group. Also, in Oyo State, we have had a situation, where some people went to rob a bank at Okeho. Eventually, when they got those people, they were from Kogi State. So, we don’t profile anybody based on their ethnic background.

“When you are talking to your officers and men, I really want that message to be reinforced that the cooperation that we are enjoying with the officers and men of the command in Oyo State, we really want to keep it. We also know that this is a challenging period in the country. The resources are dwindling. But we have challenges all over, especially insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, kidnapping and even South here, ethnic tension everywhere. We are here to support the effort of Nigeria Police Force, at the zonal and the state levels.”

In his address, the IGP, Usman Baba, described his visit to the state as part of his tour of the 36 states of the federation geared towards meeting chief security officers of each state, traditional institutions, rank and file of NPF and some strategic stakeholders.

“I also want to talk to other stakeholders on the issue of community policing, which is an adopted strategy of policing in Nigeria. It is evolving worldwide. But we have not started just now. We have started as far back as 2004,” adding that it has not been effectively used by both government. He noted that there are two versions of community policing, “where we send officers for trainings to learn the British Model and American Model.”

Baba stated that the Federal Government has, however, asked the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru to study it for one year and recommend to the government, adding that his predecessor “has tried and I will continue from where he stopped,” as he solicited the support of Governor Makinde for community policing in the state.

“We have every intention to increase our strength in terms of recruitment of junior police officers. We had issues with our bosses and now that we have overcome the issues, we have the blessing of Mr. President to increase our strength by 20,000. Every local government will benefit from this gesture. The directive of Mr. President is that we must recruit from the 774 local governments of the federation.”

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Police parades Sunday Igboho men

PRESS BRIEFING AT THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES (DSS) ABUJA ON A JOINT SECURITY OPERATION ON 1ST JULY, 2021 AT IBADAN, OYO STATE

In the early hours (about 0134 hours) of today, 1st July, 2021, a joint team of security operatives raided the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo a.k.a. SUNDAY IGBOHO at Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State. This was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place. On approach to the residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine (9) men, suspected to be IGBOHO’s guards. Six (6) of them were armed with AK-47 gun and Three (3) others, with Pump-Action riffles.

2. In the course of the exchange, two (2) of IGBOHO’s armed men were gunned down while the rest were subdued and arrested. Only one operative who was shot by the assailants on his right hand sustained injury. He has however received medical attention and is very stable.

3. Afterwards, the team procedurally searched the house and subsequently recovered the following among others:
i. Seven (7) AK-47 assault rifles;
ii. Three (3) Pump Action guns;
iii. Thirty (30) fully charged AK-47 magazines;
iv. Five Thousand (5,000) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition;
v. Five (5) Cutlasses, One (1) Jack knife, One (1) Pen Knife
vi. Two (2) Pistol holsters;
vii. One (1) binoculars
viii. A wallet containing Five (5) US Dollars in one (1) Dollar denomination; local and international driver’s licences in his name, ATM Cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name;
ix. Two (2) whistles;
x. Fifty (5) Cartridges;
xi. Eighteen (18) Walkie-Talkies;
xii. Three Voodoo charm jackets/traditional body armour;
xiii. Two (2) Laptops (One (1) Toshiba and One (1) Compaq); and
xiv. His International Passport and those of many others (as displayed here). Further exploitation and forensic analysis are ongoing.

4. Aside the items recovered from the building, about thirteen (13) suspects including twelve (12) males and one (1) female were arrested and brought to Abuja. While one suspect is being profiled, the other twelve (12) paraded here are:

i. Abdulateef OFEYAGBE
ii. Amoda BABATUNDE aka Lady K (female)
iii. Tajudeen ERINOYEN
iv. Diakola ADEMOLA
v. Abideen SHITTU
vi. Jamiu NOAH
vii. Ayobami DONALD
viii. Adelabe USMAN
ix. Oluwafelumi KUNLE
x. Raji KAZEEM
xi. Taiwo OPEYEMI and
xii. Bamidele SUNDAY.

5. Highlights of this brief are to:

i. Inform Nigerians and the world that Sunday IGBOHO and his group, in the guise of campaign for self-determination, have become well-armed and determined to undermine public order. This, the arrests and seizures are, no doubt, a confirmation of a grand plan by IGBOHO and his cohorts to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State.

ii. Alert foreign missions and licencing authorities within and outside Nigeria about this development and the possibility that IGBOHO could declare some of his personal permit and identity cards missing in order to seek their replacement.

iii. Apprise stakeholders that the Five (5) AK-47 assault rifles recovered from the building are suspected to be those collected by IGBOHO’s men from Nigerian Customs and Immigration personnel at Idi Iroko, Ogun State.

6. The gun duel which lasted for an hour offered IGBOHO the chance to escape. Sunday ADEYEMO a.k.a Sunday IGBOHO is now on the run. IGBOHO may run as far as he can. He may hide as long as he wants. He might have attacked security operatives as his strength carried him. But this will be the end of his shenanigans. Soon, he will not have a hiding place. His strength will sure fail him. And the law will catch up with him. The law may be slow. But it will be steady.

7. Consequently, ADEYEMO/IGBOHO is advised to turn himself in to the nearest security agency. Those cheering and eulogising him may appeal to or advise him to do the needful. He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law. Meanwhile, those arrested will be charged accordingly.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
National Headquarters
Abuja.
1st July, 2021

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Stop attacking police officers — AIG appeals to Nigerians

Olasupo Ajani, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 11, has appealed to Nigerians to stop attacking the personnel of the force and see them as brothers and sisters.

Ajani made the appeal on Tuesday, April 27, during a stakeholders’ meeting and his familiarisation visit to the police command in Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, he said, “You stakeholders that are here as representatives of the people; please sensitise your people and let us go back to the way we were before the EndSARS protests. EndSARS has created a sort of vacuum and we want to reclaim the space again and be closer to the people; any police that want to be successful must have the support of the people. We must cooperate and work together for peace to reign in this country.”