olicemen yesterday foiled attempt by armed robbers to raid the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Benin, Edo State.
The robbers had attempted to break into the CBN when a bullion van carrying cash to a commercial bank was about leaving the CBN premises.
The robbers were, however, repelled by the superior fire power of the armed police security team at the bank during an exchange of gun fire.
Residents, pedestrians and motorists on the busy Akpakpava Road were forced to scamper into safety as guns boomed endlessly.
At the end of the exchange of gun fire, which lasted for a few minutes, the robbers took to their heels.
No casualty was recorded in the attempted raid on the apex bank.
As at the time of filing this report, more security agents have been drafted from the state police command to beef up security at the CBN.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not speak on the matter.
The PPRO said he was in Abuja for an official duty.
Serial rapist given 33 life sentences for attacks on 11 women, children
Britain’s worst rapist Joseph McCann has been sentenced to life behind bars after carrying out a series of brutal sex attacks on 11 women and children.
McCann, 34, refused to show up to the Old Bailey on Monday afternoon to hear his sentencing by Mr Justice Edis because he claimed he had a ‘bad back’.
He also chose not to appear via video-link. During a two-week cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage, the predator abducted and raped his victims, aged 11 to 71, at knife-point in London, Watford and the North West, reports.
McCann, who had addresses in Aylesbury and Harrow, was eventually caught up a tree after being chased by police officers who interrupted his attempt to rape two 14-year-old girls.
Mr Justice Edis branded McCann a ‘classic psychopath’, ‘a coward, violent bully and paedophile’, as he sentenced him to 33 life sentences with a minimum term of 30 years.
On Friday, a jury deliberated for five hours to find him guilty of 37 charges relating to 11 victims, including eight rapes, false imprisonment and kidnap.
McCann was also not present for his trial.
The convicted burglar and one of the UK’s first ASBO teens, had been freed by mistake just two months before he set out on his campaign of terror, between April 21 and May 5, this year.
McCann should have been recalled to prison indefinitely after he committed a burglary while on licence for a offence he committed in 2008, after threatening to stab a pensioner as he raided his home. Instead, he was handed a new fixed prison sentence and released automatically half way through, without Parole Board involvement, in February 2019.
Ibadan zone EFCC convicts 171, freezes 1,044 accounts, impounds 14 houses of criminals
In commemoration of the 2019 International Anti-corruption Day in the country, the Head of the Ibadan Zone of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Friday Ebelo, has reeled out the commission’s achievements since January 2019, declaring that it secured 171 convictions out of the 268 cases it had prosecuted.
While addressing journalists at the zonal office, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Monday, Ebelo also disclosed that 1,044 accounts were temporarily frozen during the year while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded from suspects and convicted individuals.
In his words: “The zone received 691 petitions. 213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate. In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons. Out of the 268 prosecuted, 171 have been convicted. Our investigations also led to temporary freezing of 1,044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded. We equally have several laptops android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders.”
According to Ebelo, the zone also recovered on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria huge sum of money in naira, amounting to N211,134,927.26.
Also recovered in foreign currencies, according to the commission were $136,289; €2000 and £765.
The anti-corruption boss then advised Nigerians to personalise the fight against corruption to make Nigeria a place worth living in.
Lyon promises to restore hope among Bayelsa youth
*Donates N750,000 to chess championship winner
Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon on Monday said his administration will use sport to restore hope among the youth in the state.
The Governor-elect was represented by Prince Ebitimi Amgbare at the presentation N750,000 to Miss Deborah Quickpen
Quickpen, who is only seven years old, will represent Nigeria at the African Youth Chess Championship coming up in Namibia later this month.
According to Hon. Lyon: “It is for this reason that our incoming administration intends to use sport as a veritable tool for development, with the understanding that sport can serve as an impetus for social transformation and change as the state moves to the next of rapid socio-economic development.”
He noted that sport can also serve as a tool for crime prevention, conflict resolution and promote inclusive good governance, with a view to creating a peaceful environment for meaningful development.
While appreciating the good gesture of the Governor-elect, recipient of his monetary gift, Miss Deborah Quickpen thanked the Governor-elect for coming to her aid to enable her represent Nigeria at the forthcoming African Youth Chess Championship in Namibia, assuring that she will not disappoint the country at the continental competition.
Alleged arrest: Northeners in Lagos now live in fear- Yerima
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has accused the task force in Lagos of humiliating and harassing northerners in the state describing it as totally unacceptable.
In a statement issued on Monday, the AYCF led by its National President, Shetimma Yerima, accused the task force of going to residential areas at odd hours to harass and arrest northerners in the state.
While demanding an explanation from the Lagos State government, the group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene to forestall any likely consequence of extreme provocation.
Many of the residents affected are said to be owners of motorcycles, most of which are operated on commercial bases, but Yerima argues that Lagos never banned their operation. The laws of the state only restrict them to certain roads.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to an ongoing brigandage in Lagos against innocent Northerners who are in Lagos to earn their living legitimately.
“We reliably gathered that, using a gestapo style the Lagos Task Force officials have been invading homes of Northerners in Lagos in ungodly hours of the night and carting away motorcycles while forcefully abducting the occupants and hauling them into detention.
“We dare say we have not seen this kind of Impunity against Northerners in recent years. It is even strange that this is coming from the Southwest, a region that expects the North to hand over the 2023 Presidency to its own. We have reason to now wonder if the Southwest truly expects the North to make it a successor in 2023.”
‘How we caused Isheri-Olofin pipeline explosion in Lagos’
27-year-old father of five, Smart Adeyemi, has told detectives attached to the Lagos State Police Command, how he and his partners in crime caused the rupture of a pipeline of the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) at the Isheri-Olofin area of the metropolis, leading to Thursday explosion that killed three people.
According to the suspect, he came all the way from Balyesa State to participate in syphoning of fuel from the vandalised pipelines.
Adeyemi, who said that they were 10 men that embarked on the deadly mission, further confessed that his sole aim was to make quick money from the operation, so as to take care of his wife, who had just put to bed.
The suspect, who spoke with our correspondent at the weekend, said: “It was because I needed money to take care of my wife and new baby that I called Love my friend to assist me with some money. Love refused to assist me with the money, instead he asked me to come to Lagos and join him in oil bunkering business. I initially told him I wouldn’t be able to do it, but because of my wife, I had to go. I was desperate and I decided to join him. My role was to bring out gallons of fuel out of the creek and arrange them inside our operational bus. Love sent me N12, 000 for my fare to Lagos. He also gave me directions on how to move from Balyesa to Ikorodu in Lagos, where I met him in a creek. We later moved to Idimu area of Lagos State, where the bunkering took place. When we got to Idimu, we slept in a shantty, close to the pipeline. We started operation on Wednesday night.”
Adeyemi further narrated: “It was only four of the gang leaders that went to siphon the fuel, including Love. Four of us were told to stay back in order to load the gallons into the bus. We also put some of the fuel in sacks. It was when I was receiving a phone call from my wife that the explosion occurred. My escape from the scene was nothing short of a miracle. I don’t even know what happened to those siphoning the fuel with us. I didn’t know where I was running to; I started wandering about in the creek until some policemen arrested me. I would have escaped, but I didn’t know the terrain. I knew what I did was dangerous, but I had to do something to survive. I was formerly into timber business, but the income was poor, so I had to go into oil bunkering. The oil bunkering was actually supposed to be trial run, but the explosion ruined everything.”
Meanwhile, a Celestial Church of Christ Pastor, Prophet Clement Oni and three others were also arrested in connection with the explosion. Oni was said to be using his church as the storage house for stolen fuel. Police found gallons of fuel buried within the church premises of the prophet.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, while confirming the arrest of the suspects, said they were apprehended by detectives from the state command.
Elkana added: “Three of the suspects were arrested at Ijora area with 14 sacks of fuel, while the pastor was also arrested in his hideout. Some of the recovered gallons of fuel were discovered buried in his church. The suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation. We’re still hunting others at large. They will soon be arrested.”
Why we raped women during operations, by robbery suspects
wo robbery suspects, Yusuf Maikoma and Isah Batime, have told operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Niger State Police Command, why they usually raped women during operations.
One of the suspects, Maikoma, told our correspondent that he and his accomplice usually dispossessed people of their valuables, adding that, “if we don’t get any valuables from them, we rape their women as compensation. We rape their women if our victims couldn’t give us money or valuables. But our move on the fateful day we were arrested was dashed by the team of policemen that arrested us.”
According to the Niger State Police Command, the two suspects were part of those terrorising residents of Dynabado Village in Munya Local Government Area of the state.
Maikoma and Batime, both from Fulani Camp Injita Village Munya, were arrested by a team of policemen attached to Munya Police Division after a tip-off from a member of the public.
The suspects are reportedly known for their nefarious activities in the area. It was further gathered that the suspects invaded the house of Tachi Abuja, inflicted injury on his left hand and made away with his valuables.
Findings also have it that the suspects invaded the house of Bulus Barde of Kingbado Village Munya on November 16, 2019, robbed him of N160, 000 and raped two women in his house.
It was reliably gathered that the suspects had been dispossessing residents of the area of their valuables at gunpoint for some time.
The Niger State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Uthman Umar, confirmed the arrest yesterday, disclosing that the suspects had admitted to robbery and rape.
Umar said: “The police recovered a Fulani stick, two cutlasses and a torch from the suspects. The matter would be charged to court after investigation.”
No room for criminals in Lagos, Ogun, warns AIG
The Assistant-Inspector General of Police, (AIG) in charge of Zone II, Onikan, Lagos State, Ahmed Iliyasu, has warned criminals to stay clear of Lagos and Ogun states during the yuletide periods.
The AIG disclosed this recently while revealing measures being put in place to protect worship centers, recreational places and other social gathering axis in both states.
Iliyasu said: “We’re also keeping surveillance on the Kara Long Bridge, along Lagos- Ibadan Expressway. We have put together all other important security agencies through special operations and Special Forces. We have been given special instructions. We’re assuring all and sundry through this robust architecture that everybody will enjoy this period without hindrance.”
The AIG further announced the launching of ‘Operation Force Harder’ by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. He explained that ‘Operation Force Harder’ was a strategy put together by the IGP to encompass community policy engagement, crime-fighting machinery, through intelligent policy as well as integrity and best reforming practices.
Iliyasu urged everyone to assist the police in carrying out their duties in order to ensure a very safe and peaceful festive season.
Teenage boy sets lover on fire over alleged infidelity
omicide detectives from the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, have arrested a 19-year-old boy, Orji Ifeanyichukwu, for allegedly setting his 24-year-old lover, Tolani Alabi, ablaze over allegations of infidelity.
The incident took place at G54, Army Post Service Housing Estate, Ojo, Lagos, where they both lived in Ifeanyichukwu’s N600, 000 per annum apartment.
It was learnt that the suspect met Alabi on February 28, through a hookup and Alabi moved into his house in March.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, while speaking on the matter, explained that Ifeanyichukwu was into internet fraud, popularly known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo.’ He explained that the suspect had been into internet fraud for three years and was able to make enough money from it to rent his N600, 000 per annum apartment.
Elkana said: “They have since then being living as lovers because the victim’s parents live apart. Ifeanyichukwu brought Alabi into his house with a condition that she should quit prostitution and stick to him alone. However, trouble started on Thursday when the victim left home to fix her hair and did not return until the following day. She equally left the house on Friday under the guise of visiting her father but ended up seeing another man. “Ifeanyichukwu got to know on Saturday after she returned and he got hold of her phone and scrolled through. He saw her chats, video calls and naked pictures, which she sent to a client. As a result of that, Ifeanyichukwu became angry and used the petrol he kept for his generator to set her ablaze. A team of detectives visited the scene and the victim was taken to the General Hospital, Igando, where she was admitted. She died in the early hours of Sunday. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba, for further investigation of the matter.”
Elkana, however, noted that the suspect has confessed to the crime and would be charged to court for murder.
CP: We’ve arrested policeman that killed teenage boy
resh information has emerged on how a policeman shot and killed 18-year-old Awuzie Duru in Imo State.
This is even as the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, has revealed that the killer cop has been arrested and presently being detained.
The victim was alleged to have been gunned down by the trigger-happy policeman right inside the premises of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) branch at Umuaka in Njaba council area of Imo State.
Eyewitnesses said that trouble started after Awuzie talked back at the policeman, who had earlier reprimanded him for quarrelling with another bank customer over who has the right to a certain position on a queue.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred on December 1, when Awuzie also known as ‘Aboy,’ from Isiozi Aka in the town, had gone to withdraw money from Automated Teller Machine (ATM).
One of the villagers, who witnessed the killing, said that when Awuzie joined the ATM line, other persons joined the queue behind him.
The eye witness recounted: “They were on the queue when Awuzie’s phone rang. He stepped out of the line to answer the call. By the time he returned, the person behind him had taken his position on the queue. The person tried to stop him from taking his former position. This action happened in the presence of the policeman. There was heated exchange of words between Awuzie and the guy that took his position on the queue. The policeman just watched and did not bother to intervene.
“The exchange of words between the two soon degenerated into a fight. In the process, the policeman, who had been watching the scene, surprisingly confronted Awuzie, scolding him as if he was the offender.
“In the heat of the moment, the boy replied the policeman, asking why he had been watching, did nothing, and was then scolding him. The policeman slapped him, and the boy retaliated. The policeman pulled out his gun and shot the boy; he died instantly.”
The death of the boy instantly triggered tension across the community as youths mobilised and marched to the police station, Umuaka, to register their grievances. It is common knowledge that youths of Umuaka had previously burnt and vandalised the station under a similar circumstance. According to village sources, some elders appealed to the irate youths, asking them to allow the police hierarchy to handle the matter.
An elder in the area said: “I can tell you that the young men are not happy with the manner that policeman killed the boy over a minor altercation. So, they mobilised to burn down the station to show their anger and loss. But some of us had to intervene because this kind of thing has happened here about 15 years ago after some policemen caused the death of some people in Umuaka. Our youths burnt down the police station back then. We didn’t want that kind of thing to happen again. Some of them are still not sufficiently placated yet, but we’re still appealing to them.”
Ladodo, while confirming the incident, stressed that the command was doing everything possible to contain further degeneration of the crisis.
Ladodo, who disclosed that the killer policeman has been arrested, added appropriate punishment would be meted out to him after investigations.
His words: “Yes, I’m aware that youths mobilised to the police station, but I told my men that we must handle the matter via community policing and professionally too. We reached out to the leaders of the community and appealed to all stakeholders to weigh in on the matter. That’s why when the villagers came, we allowed them to express their grievances and we addressed the matter. We were very professional in handling the matter.”
Man injures brother while testing ‘bullet proof’ charm
he Niger State Police Command has arrested 38-year-old Yakubu Abubakar for allegedly shooting his brother with a pistol.
Abubakar was arrested at Paiko Village in the Paikoro Local Government Area of the state after he was found with a fabricated locally made pistol.
It was gathered that Abubakar, a vigilante of Aninigi Village, was trailed and arrested by a team of policemen attached to Paikoro Division based on information.
The suspect was said to have given his brother Yakubu Zakari, a magic ring, believed to be a bullet proof that will protect him from gunshots in case of any eventualities.
It was reliably gathered that the suspect tested the power of the ring on the victim by firing twice without success, but his third attempt got the victim, who was rushed to the IBB Specialist Hospital Minna for medical attention.
The suspect said: “I am not a thief or a killer. I only fired the gun to test the power of the magic ring on my brother not knowing that it will harm him. I regret my actions because I am not supposed to have any gun under my roof without permission from the police. I was only trying to make sure that my brother got the right magic ring that would protect him from gunshots. I beg the police to forgive me.”
The Niger State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Uthuman Umar, while confirming the arrest, said, “The Command will no longer tolerate unlawful possession of firearms in the state. We have warned people to desist or face the wrath of the law.”
Umar said that the operatives recovered from the suspect a locally made pistol, adding that the matter would be charged to court after investigation.
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