The Police in the Federal Capital Territory yesterday said it arrested five suspected informants to kidnappers terrorising communities in Abaji Area Council and environs.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of the Command, Mr. Bala Ciroma, disclosed this during a news conference in Abuja.
He said that the five suspects had made useful information to the Police to facilitate the arrest of their cohorts.
The commissioner said the arrest of the five suspects was in line with the commitment of the command to tackle cases of kidnapping in the area.
In a related development, Ciroma said that Police operatives from the Command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad arrested six members of a notorious robbery gang.
He said members of the gang who specialised in transferring money through bank accounts linked to their victims’ SIM cards were arrested in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Ciroma said that the bank accounts used as destination accounts where proceeds of the crime were lodged were bank accounts created by the syndicates for unsuspecting persons whose SIM cards were picked from the streets.
“When such accounts are opened, the leader of the syndicates takes custody of the ATM cards.
“The leader uses same to withdraw all money transferred into the account from victims whose accounts have been hacked,” he said.
He said the exhibits recovered from the suspects are 13 mobile phones, 55 SIM cards and six ATM cards.
The CP said that operatives of the Command also on July 30 arrested a 40 year-old man allegedly involved in running a gun fabrication outlet in Kulo village of Abaji Area Council.
He said that the arrest of the suspect was in furtherance to an ongoing investigation into the source of two guns recovered from two suspects arrested over a robbery operation.
Gunmen Kidnap Three, Kill Three Policemen, Three Others In Three States
Suspected Fulani herdsmen have kidnapped students of Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State; shot and killed a student of Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu; while another group also attacked ECWA church in Kogi State, killing one person and kidnapping two others.
Also, gunmen, yesterday, killed three policemen on duty in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State, and further injured two others before setting their patrol vehicle ablaze.
The Fulani herdsmen also robbed motorists and passengers who were en route to Port Harcourt from Enugu and from Okigwe town to Enugu, respectively.
In a statement, yesterday morning, Marist confirmed the killing of one of its students.
The statement read, “Some students from Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu, Abia State, were attacked by armed bandits around IhubeRoad in Okigwe LGA on their way from a final religious procession of some Marist brothers.
“In the course of the robbery attack, one student in the person of Edeh Donald was shot and he later died.
“Three other students were injured. They are receiving treatment and they are responding to the treatment.
“We pray God to guide and protect Nigeria citizens.”
When contacted, the police spokesperson in Imo State, MichaelAbattam, said that the police had swung into action.
Abattam said it was a robbery attack and not a kidnap operation.
Our correspondent, who visited the scene, yesterday, observed that fear had engulfed the area.
Suspected Fulani had June 10, 2020, kidnapped scores of travellers on the same spot.
They were en route to Owerri from Enugu when the bandits struck.
They had also in April kidnapped a Catholic priest, IzuchukwuOnyeocha, who is a professor of Sociology at Imo State University in Owerri.
The priest, who was released days later, confirmed that he was kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen.
Similarly, unknown gunmen had attacked ECWA church in Kogi State, killing one person and kidnapping two others.
The church is located at Okadayo-Kabba, along OkeneRoad, in Kogi State.
The attack is coming barely few days after a jailbreak at the Federal Minimum Correctional Centre located in Kabba and the abduction of three poultry farmers in their farm, all in the same area.
It was gathered that the yet to be identified gunmen opened fire on the worshippers as church service was going on, killing one person on the spot.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said two other person who were shot are currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
According to him, the pioneer Provost of College of Education Technical,Kabba, Chief J.O.T.Oshadumo, and one other were kidnapped, while his wife and some students sustained gunshot wounds.
The Chairman of Kabba-Bunu Local Government, Moses Olorunleke, who confirmed this to newsmen, said details of the attack would be made public soon.
Efforts to get more information from the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, proved difficult as he was said to be in church.
Also, gunmen, yesterday, killed three policemen on duty in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State.
They also injured two others before setting their patrol vehicle ablaze.
According to sources, the incident happened around 9am on Ukaegbu/Ezeiweka Road in the commercial hub of the state.
It was not clear what led to the dastardly act and who the killers could be.
This came less than two weeks after the former traditional ruler of Mkpunando community in Aguleri, Anambra East LGA of the state, Chief Alex Edozieuno; and his driver, Chukwuemeka, were killed by yet to be identified persons along Ezu Bridge, Otuocha.
Edozieuno was one of the 12 monarchs suspended last year by Governor Willie Obiano for visiting President MuhammaduBuhari in Abuja with Prince Arthur Eze, an international oil mogul.
He was subsequently dethroned by the governor.
A video trending on social media showed the patrol vehicle of the policemen on fire even as somebody in police wear was seen lying on the tarred road.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP TochukwuIkenga, said that he was yet to get the details of what actually transpired.
FG Not Sincere With Fight Against Insecurity, Catholic Cleric Alleges
The Lagos Catholic Archbishop, Alfred Adewale Martins, yesterday, said that the administration of President MuhammaduBuhariwas not sincere with the fight against insecurity as it continues to hinder willing groups and not equipping the security forces.
Martins stated this in Lagos State at the grand finale of the 60th anniversary celebration of a Catholic group, Knight of Saint Mulumba, adding that breakdown in the policy and values has led to emergence of unpatriotic leaders.
Martin, who coincidentally celebrated his 38th priestly ordination, said that Nigerian politicians have lost faith on service to humanity, and were in search of personal gain.
He related it to the trending case of Femi Fani-Kayode, who recently joined All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Insecurity is the major problem we have in Nigeria currently; places of worship are not safe.
“The government is supposed to have access to experts who will bring in their expertise to solve the problem but that is not so. When you hear the kind of complains and dissatisfaction from the military and different sides you will know that there is inadequate sincerity by the government. There are inadequate arms supplied to the security.
“One of the things about Nigerian politicians is inconsistency in goals and principles. When Fani-Kayode was criticizing Buhari it was not based on principles of not he would not join or switch to APC. It is not surprising that we are where we are today because we have people like him who are inconsistent,” he stated.
Hushpuppi: IGP Queries Abba Kyari Over Infractions
Indicted super cop and former commander of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari, has been queried by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
The query follows the submission of the report by the police panel set up by the IGP to look into the alleged indictment of Abba Kyari by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Kyari was queried over infractions noticed in his communication with Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, a suspected internet fraudster.
“The IGP has issued a query to Abba Kyari based on the findings of the panel.
“The panel discovered that there was communication between Kyari and Hushpuppi, as well as infractions on the part of the cop, which is against the procedure of engagement of the police.”
The panel did not recommend the extradition of Kyari because it could not establish that the police officer committed any crime in the US.
“There is no proof that he committed any crime on the soil of the US to warrant his extradition.
“He will be sanctioned by the appropriate authorities here. However, it is for the AGF to advise if there is a ground to extradite him to the US, which is very unlikely”, the source said further.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Frank Mba, however, said that the IGP has forwarded the recommendations of the panel to the Police Service Commission (PSC) for appropriate action.
Reportedly, the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation is also looking into the request of extraditing the indicted Cop to the United States of America.
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