KWARA STATE POLICE COMMAND’S PRESS BRIEFING.
OPERATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH IN CRIME PREVENTION AND DETECTION IN KWARA STATE BETWEEN MARCH AND APRIL 2022.
Consequent upon the recent reports of the activities of some criminal elements in Kwara State, particularly, cult related crimes, shop breaking and stealing, of special interest, cases of POS theft and frauds in Ilorin Metropolis and Offa axis,the CP Tuesday Assayomo psc (+)
Commissioner of Police Kwara ,restrategised ,devised and deployed new operational methods in the State which culminated in the arrest of members of different cult groups in Ilorin amongst whom are fifteen that suspects have been charged to court for various criminal offences and are presently reminded in Correctional centers.
(2).Seven different cartigories of fire arms were recovered within the period under review.
(3)Five confirmed shop- breakers and criminal -recievers were arrested and charged to court with stolen items ranging from Deep freezers, Elepaq Generators, motorcycles, Television sets, home appliances including rolls of Ankara and several pairs of shoes recovered from them.
(4)Suspected ritualists with human parts were equally arrested and charged to court.
This press briefing becomes necessary to further amplify our resolve to continue to make crime and criminality a dangerous venture for the practitioners in Kwara State.
Outlined below are some of the achievements recorded within the period in review:
1. ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIRE-ARM, BEING A MEMBER OF SECRET CULT.
SUSPECT: 1. Mumuni Baba ‘M’
EXHIBIT: 1. One English Pistol with one live ammunition.
2. One locally made pistol
FACTS: On 6/5/2022 at about 1130hrs, while on routine stop and search patrol along Gambari area of Ilorin, a team of police men attached to C Division, Oja Oba Ilorin,sighted an approaching motorcycle, in an attempt to evade search the rider jumped off the motorcycle and took to his heels, he was given a hot chase, eventually arrested and searched, the above listed fire-arms were recovered from him. On interrogation, he stated that he was invited by one Abdulahi ‘m’ of Okolowo area of Ilorin presently at large to Ilorin for a killing assignment. Efforts by Anti- Kidnapping unit to arrest other members of the gang are in progress.
2. CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIRE-ARM, BEING MEMBER OF A SECRET CULT AND CULPABLE HOMICIDE.
SUSPECTS: Olagunju Abdulfatai Tijani ‘M’ and 4 others at large.
EXHIBIT: Blue Pistol plastic casing.
FACT: On 28/4/2022, at about 1100hrs, one Olagunju Abdulfatai Tijani Ifeanyi ‘M’ was suspected by eagle- eyed policemen on surveillance patrol; he was arrested for belonging to a gang of thieves. Investigation into his activities revealed he is a member of a secret cult. The suspect confessed he belongs to Eiye confraternity, and he is no2 in Ilorin zone. He stated that, during one of the cult’s escapades, himself and the other suspects, names withheld (for now) at large, armed with one English Pistol and a locally fabricated pistol went and attacked and killed one Ismaila Alabi AKA Abbey, a barber at his barbing shop in Agbooba area of Ilorin on 21/4/2022. Olagunju further confessed that sometime in February 2021 he had also shot and killed one Emmanuel ‘M’ surname unknown, a student of Human kinetic Education, University of Ilorin, in a bid to fast tracking his ascension to the top position in his cult group. Upon enquiry as to the source of his weapons, he confirmed that he took possession of his late father’s pistol, ( a retired army major), which he used in the killings he participated . The pistol according to him is currently with a member of the eiye cult group presently at large. Investigation into the matter is ongoing for possible arrest and prosecution of the suspects.
3. CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, THEFT, BELONGING TO A GANG OF THIEVES AND FRAUD.
SUSPECTS: 1. Abdulsallam Abubakar ‘M’
2. Olamide Boluwatife ‘M’
3. Olayemi Ismaila ‘M’
EXHIBIT: 1. One POS Terminal Machine.
FACTS: Based on an actionable intelligence, a three-man gang, whose speciality is stealing and fraudulently exchanging POS Terminal Machines in Ilorin and its environs were arrested on 9/5/2022, at Baruten motor park Agric area, Ilorin, in the process of perfecting the act of swapping and stealing a POS machine from an an unsuspecting operator. Investigation of the case revealed that the suspects have successfully operated, swapped and stolen about 35 POS Terminal Machines within Ilorin and Offa alone. The affected POS operators have identified the three suspects to have separately stolen their machines and a total sum of #1.7miilion naira converted from the stolen machines to their personal use.
Suspects in all the cases would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the cases are satisfactorily concluded.
Finally, the Command wishes to re-assure the good citizens and residents of Kwara State of her unshaken determination to ensure Kwara State continues to enjoy her status of being one of the safest and most peaceful states in Nigeria,while also advising law abiding citizens to go about their normal lawful businesses without any fear of attack or intimidation.
BREAKING:EFCC Storms Rochas Okorocha’s Home
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday stormed the residence of former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.
The anti-graft agency stormed the residence of the senator in the Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to arrest him.
They insisted that Okorocha, who is seeking to contest the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), should submit himself for arrest or honour a long-standing invitation to their office.
EFCC Re-Arraigns Dasuki, Yuguda, Others Over N23.3 Billion Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Monday rearraign, former finance minister, Bashir Yaguda and four others in an FCT high court, Maitama for alleged misappropriation of N23.3 billion.
Others arraigned are retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa and his son, Sagir, and their company, Dalhatu Investment Limited. They were arraigned on 25 counts bordering on misappropriation and receiving fraudulent proceeds.
The defendants were first arraigned, 2015 before Justice Peter Affen now justice of court of Appeal. They were later re-arraigned before Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf now the FCT chief judge then, before Justice Yusuf Halilu.
The EFCC accused them of diverting money from the office of the national security adviser between 2013 and 2015 to finance an electoral campaign. The defendants all pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
The defendants are to enjoy the bail condition given to them earlier. Halilu adjourned until June 30th for trial and June 7th to hear an application filed by Dasuki ‘s counsel.
Earlier, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, counsel for Bafarawa had urged the court to allow the defendants to enjoy the bail condition given to them earlier. He said on Dec 21, 2015, justice Affen granted them bail and Baba-Yusuf in Oct 7, 2016 asked them to continue on the same condition.
Counsel for the prosecution, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe , he would not object so long as the defendants are available in court for their trial. Raji Ahmed, SAN, counsel for Dasuki reminded the court of his application for his client to be allowed to travel abroad for medical attention.
Troops Kill Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno
Three Boko Haram terrorists were killed by Operation Hadin Kai troops in Gamboru, Ngala Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.
According to sources, the troops worked with the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), which encountered some insurgents while on patrol.
After a gun battle, the troops killed three of the terrorists while injuring one CJTF member.
Terrorists’ two rifles were seized by security agents.
In the last decade, the two factions have killed over 40,000 people in collaboration with the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP). Because of the ongoing violence, more than two million people are still displaced from their homes.
Soldiers have been fighting the armed rebellion for over a decade. In addition, government forces are fighting heavily armed gangs in the northwest and separatist tensions in the southeast.
Nigeria received a boost in April when the United States approved a nearly $1 billion weapons sale. Lawmakers in Washington had previously put the deal on hold due to concerns about possible human rights violations by the Nigerian government.
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