AKCT tracked the gang from Calabar to Uyo where they were apprehended after robbing their victim before taking his car.
Three members of a notorious robbery gang that specializes in snatching cars have been apprehended by the Cross River State Police Command.
The suspects were arrested in Uyo, Akwa Ibom by the Anti Kidnapping/Cultism Team, AKCT. The suspects had confessed that they snatched cars in Calabar and sell them in Uyo. The cars stolen in Uyo are sold in Calabar. Read about their arrest Here
AKCT tracked the gang from Calabar to Uyo where they were apprehended after robbing their victim before taking his car.
Investigation revealed that they had already put up the car which is currently being sold between N7.5 to M8 million naira for sale at just N1 million naira at a car stand in Uyo, before the crack team apprehended them.
Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, December 8, in Calabar, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulkadir Jimoh, who paraded the suspects said the police was determined to rid the state of all forms of crime and criminality.
“In line with our open door policy at it concerns information sharing by giving the people feed back as well as carrying the people of Cross River State along in our progress and achievement ,we have just apprehended a notorious robbery gang who specializes in robbing filling stations and snatching cars,” said the police boss.”After robbing their victim in Calabar, they took his 2018 Toyota Corolla which cost over 8 million to a car stand at Uyo without knowing that we were tracking them. They were intercepted at about 12: 00 midnight on Tuesday in synergy with our people in Akwa Ibom. We arrested them and brought them back to Calabar and they all confessed to the crime and will be charged to Court immediately investigation is concluded.” he added.
One of the suspects, 28-year-old Francis Archbong said he didn’t know the value of the car that was why they wanted to sell the car for 1 million naira.
“I used to be a carpenter before going into driving but I didn’t know the value of the car but we needed cash urgently. I used to be a carpenter but I became driver to make quick cash. The car was handed over to me by Etete so I drove it to Akwa Ibom to sell it there but to tell you the truth I didn’t know the car is up to 8 million naira. If I knew I won’t place it at 1 million naira.” he said.
Other suspects arrested including cultists are Etim James Etim, 35, Peter, 32, China justice, 44 and Obaseoyi Ibor, 38.
A retired police officer, Fabian Ogbu, in whose home three children were discovered dead at Itchi, in Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, has explained how the confession of the only survivor saved him from what would have been a mother-of-all crimes.
The remains of Chibugo Eze, Ebuka Ene (four years), and another four-year-old Chinyere Eze, who accompanied a 12-year-old Mmasichukwu Ugwuoke, to fetch water at a commercial borehole owned by the retired police officer, were found in a Toyota Camry parked in the officer’s compound on Monday, November 23, 2020.
Among the four children who went in search of water with Mmasichukwu, only Kingsley Eze, returned home alive.
He further explained that his entire household were not at home when the incident took place as they left at about 8am for Sunday service at a Deeper Life Bible Church in the community, adding that some villagers who knew he wouldn’t be at home when Mmasichukwu and the four other children were heading for his house at about 9 am on that day, warned them to go back but they insisted that they would wait until they returned from their Sunday service.
Explaining how he was vindicated, he said “we returned from church at about 1pm and met the mother of one the deceased. She told me that she was looking for her child who came to fetch water with other children in my borehole. Pointing at a wheelbarrow with two rubber cans, she told me that they were the ones who brought it to fetch water at about 9 am. I asked her to fetch water and return home because I thought that the children abandoned their task and were playing somewhere. However, when the children didn’t return, she came back and demanded explanation of their whereabouts from me.
“It was at that point that we started searching for the children. We ransacked everywhere, engaging the services of local security guards. We extended our search to border villages of Unadu and Nkalagu Obukpa. We searched till night fall without success.
“The people who gathered in my compound were more than 300. Some went to the extent of using kola nut to cast aspersions on whoever was holding the children captive. This continued until the following Monday morning when another villager came to fetch water and heard someone calling her name. We traced the voice and found the children in my car. To our greatest surprise, three of them were already dead.
“We started interrogating Mmasichukwu who narrated how the children died. She told us how they died in anguish and how she ordered them to lie on the floor of the car whenever anybody got close to them.
After removing their dead bodies, I reported the matter to our traditional ruler before going to the police where I was detained behind the counter.
“At first, Mmasichukwu told us that three hooded men wearing red clothes locked them up in my car but when the DPO of Igbo-Eze South police division and the local government chairman, Peter Andy Omeje were about to transfer the case to the Commissioner of Police in Enugu, she recanted her statement, saying that she was the one who locked them there.
“The DPO insisted that the matter must be taken to the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, Enugu. It was there that she repeated that she was the one who took them in the car to play. At that juncture, the police asked the parents of those children their intentions about the case and they declared that they wanted to claim the remains of their children for burial. So, acting on the strength of that confessional statement, the police freed me at Enugu.
“However, our traditional ruler insisted that I must pay the hospital and mortuary bills which amounted to about N125,000.
“Mmasichukwu is possessed by some unclean spirits. It is a known fact in this vicinity as no school accepted her for admission because she might initiate other pupils into her confraternity. The parents have been taking her to prayer houses for exorcism.”
Her uncle, John Eze, whose four-year old daughter, Chinyere Eze, died in the incident explained that she had been making contradictory statements which had left them confused as to what caused the tragedy.
“At first Mmasichukwu told us that hoodlums locked them in the car and ran away. At other time, she said she was the one who locked them there. She also said that she is possessed, that some members of her confraternity forced her to do what she did. We are confused because we don’t know which of her statements to take.
“I believe she is into witchcraft. No hoodlum would have locked them in that car, they would have taken them away instead. No part of the deceased was equally severed to suggest that any form of ritual practice was performed on them.
“Some irate members of the community wanted to kill her but we stopped them because we want to take her to prayer houses for exorcism,” he said.
It was gathered that the five children were members of an extended family who gathered at Nkalagu Obukpa during the burial of a relative and were asked to go in search of water for domestic chores.
Another policeman killed in Calabar, Deputy Governor’s escort vehicle snatched
Another Policeman was yesterday killed and the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu’s escort vehicle snatched in Calabar, Cross River State as crime incidence hit a record high.
Just last week a policeman was shot dead and another seriously injured and two police vans burnt as suspected cultists struck and killed about eight persons in a cult clash.
Sources in the Deputy Governor’s Office said the incident occurred along Goldie Street opposite NNPC filling station in Calabar at 7:06 p.m., when the pilot vehicle ran into a group of heavily armed cultists.
The sources added: “After the executive council meeting at the Governor’s Office in Calabar yesterday (Thursday), the pilot vehicle led other cars as they escorted the deputy governor to his house.
“As usual, after dropping him off, the vehicle proceeded to drop the security men in the vehicle in their houses. While they were driving along the Goldie Street axis, they ran into a traffic jam caused by a group of cultists operating in the area. “The cultists, numbering over 20, were armed with guns and machetes as they descended on the pilot vehicle, they shot the driver and drove off with the car. The other people in the car scampered for safety.”
Since last Sunday following a renewed clash between rival cult groups the city of Calabar has not been at peace as businessmen and traders especially in Calabar South often rush to close shop before nightfall. The State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the killing of the officer on Thursday, saying the shot policeman “did not make it” but denied that the cultists drove off with the police vehicle as it was recovered but no arrest.
Security situation in the state is so bad that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Abubakar Marafa was reported to have said this week at a press briefing at the headquarters of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo that “Cross River State, which used to be peaceful and congenial for human habitation, tourism and business, is fast becoming a den of criminals, a situation which is fast eroding its status as The Peoples Paradise.
An assistant Commissioner of Police and younger brother to the deputy governor of Cross River State, has equally been murdered in Calabar, Cross Rivers State
An Assistant Commissioner of Police identified as Egbe Eko Edum has been hacked to death in Calabar, Cross River state capital.
The deceased was on his way home when he was attacked along Murtala Muhammed highway in Calabar around 1am on Wednesday December 2.
Edum who was serving as the commander of 73 police mobile force squadron, was hacked with an axe by unknown assailants who left his corpse on the road.
The state police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo said;
“He dropped off from a public transport and had called his wife to pick him up before he was attacked by the unknown men.
“We are investigating the incident and the family has recovered the body from the scene of the tragic incident. He is not serving here. I think he was coming to see his family here in Cross River, he arrived in Calabar at about 1:am when the incident happened.”
The deceased who was based in Kaduna state is said to have been killed in Calabar,on the first of December 2020.
Unconfirmed report from some local blogs in Cross River State,did not give detailed explanation on the cause and reason for his murder.
But someone who Prefers to remain onanimous stated that the late Assistant Commissioner of Police,was on a short visit to calabar from his base as his car developed a fault at Army Junction.
The insecurity situation in Cross River State has become a thing of concern in recent times,with kidnapping and assassination being a reoccurring decima .
The Government has been urged to take drastic measures to curb this high rate of criminality and ensure that the state returns to normalcy.
The police in Adamawa State have arrested 36 suspects. Of the number, 32 are charged with kidnapping and four with robbery.
The police also seized eight vehicles from one of the 32.
Commissioner of Police Olugbenga Adeyanju, who paraded the suspects and items recovered yesterday, said Hamadu Umoru (37) conspired with some others at large to kidnap people in Adamawa and parts of Taraba. He then used the ransom obtained from them to buy the cars.
Three of the four suspects charged with criminal conspiracy and robbery are Yusuf Musa (35), Sale Kade (30) and Modi Luka (33).
Items recovered from the suspects include nine AK-47 rifles and 664 rounds of live ammunition, 16 arrows, six knives, 10 phones, and two laptops.
Adeyanju added that the arrests and recovery of vehicles and weapons were made within last month by the anti-kidnapping unit, in collaboration with professional hunters and other community stakeholders.
“Professional hunters are very helpful generally, with the exception of a few who are giving the hunters a bad name,” the police boss added.
Nowadays, infidelity in marriage is becoming rampant. Some partner regards it as a business, something not worth punishable.
In fact, due to it nature some people claimed to have “unwritten license” the action of the quotation in the statement the writer mean is that, Marriage partners sometimes conspired to make their wives attracts men for their personal interest.
Husband of a wife one Hafisat Habu reported a man to the police at Zing Divisional headquarters, Taraba State Command, that he caught her with him in one hidden corner at their Village area in Lamma district.
Hafisat Habu confessed to the police that Hammadama Abubakar has been following her for a while now, telling her that he is really in love with her. Before the day her husband caught them, he usually approached her to accept him as her lover. According to her “He even promise me that he is ready to pay everything my husband has paid on me as dowry.
Hafisat is not the first wife of her own husband, according to her statement.
Hammadama Abubakar accepted that he is guilty of the allegations made against him. He pleaded before the police that he won’t repeat it again.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">According to her husband, when he saw them together, he got provoked and slapped her on her face. Which led to one side of her Swollen eyes. She is still responding to treatment while in police Custody with her Partner. According to her husband, when he saw them together, he got provoked and slapped her on her face. Which led to one side of her Swollen eyes. She is still responding to treatment while in police Custody with her Partner.
What is your view here, is it right for a husband to beat his wife in the public without investigating the matter first?
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An Akwa Ibom state woman, Emilia Sunday, 21, is cooling off in police net for attempting to sell off her three months old baby for N150,000 in Anambra state. She was arrested by the Anambra state police command, though she is an indigene of Akwa Ibom state. She was arrested in Photo area of Idemili South local government area of the state. She complained of so much hardship, she wanted to sell the child to use the proceed for Christmas celebration. When contacted the police public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident, adding that the woman was nabbed on Tuesday evening by police operatives in Ojoto in the state. The PPRO said, “On Tuesday at about 6pm, following intelligence report, police operatives attached to Ojoto Division in Anambra state arrested one Emila Sunday who claimed to be 21years old from Akwa Ibom State with a three-month-old baby boy at Ire village Ojoto. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the woman was attempting to sell her three- month-old baby boy which the suspect claimed was due to hardship.” Mr. Mohammed said the baby had been rescued in good health condition, adding that investigation was ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the matter.
Harassing women for their attention on bed with bid to help them get higher recommendation by superior officers is not strange in this part of the world, in fact, some officers and some bosses at work likes to sleep with their junior officers despite having their own wife at home. Why is this rampant in this part of the world?
15 police women were impregnated at the same period by 2 trainers , does that really make sense at all? How many months is police traning? How come 15 trainee are pregnant at the same time? That means the harrassment must have been happening frequently.
The entire police force has been thrown into serious confusion after 2 police trainers who are also police officers are said to have impregnated over 15 women during their training.
The Head of Police Service was compelled to enforce compulsory investigation after these female trainees got pregnant at the same period. The Mozambique police boss have to send the alledged 2 officers on compulsory leave and then begin investigation into the mysterious matter of pregnancies that came at the same time.
The findings shows the decadency in police academy where trainers and senior officers coerced female trainees into having intercourse with them in order to give favorable terms.
The 2 trainers were placed between a panel of investigatt and were found guilty of the offense against female police women. A female non governmental organisation(NGO) was on the forefront seeking justice for the women.
The most shocking part of the story is that those 2 trainers were dismissed from the police service, how come they were dismissed? I thought they were going to land in jail.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has expressed concern over social media messages inciting police officers against the public.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission, stated this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission, stated this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that this followed a social media report that reads, “every Police that dies for civilian again, he is on his own … Do the needful police work and remain alive for your children and families”.
Ani said the incitement was not necessary for the country at the moment and called for a complete renewal of faith in the Nigerian project.
According to him, the Police are expected to conduct themselves with the highest degree of patriotism and in obedience with its rules of engagement.
He said the Commission was doing its best to see that the welfare of police officers are enhanced and worthy of their sacrifice to the country.
Ani called for a comprehensive overhauling of the commission’s logistics to be able to discharge its constitutional responsibilities.
He enjoined police officers to play a leading role in the search for peace and progress in the country.
“The Commission once again commiserates with the families of officers who lost their lives and wish those who were injured during the crisis a quick recovery,” he said.
“Police Are Still Going To Kill More Nigerians, Better Stay Away From Danger”- Kemi Olunyolo Warns
Popular Nigerian investigative journalism Kemi Olunyolo went on Twitter to guarantee that police are still going to kill more Nigerians in November.
Accroding to Kemi Olunyolo The police inspector general has ordered the police to safeguard themselves.
<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">She additionally advise that individuals should stay out of danger. She additionally advise that individuals should stay out of danger.
See her tweet below:
As indicated by reports from the Nigerian paper, “The Nation news paper”, the police inspector general, ordered the police to secure themselves in the event that they are attacked.
Considering this, it would be an error for any body to attack or assault a cop starting from now till further notice.
Nonetheless, Kemi Olunyolo neglected to see that the police day additionally included their misfortunes in the warmth of the protest and chaos that followed a week ago.
The police can’t start murdering Nigerians, unless the situation requires self defense operation.
A comment like what Kemi Olunyolo said can cause mayhem and panic.
We simply hope that the police will completely return to their posts and order returns in the society.
Ten persons comprising six policemen and four civilians were killed, and 38 cops injured in Lagos during violent protests that erupted last week, the police have said.
The police also said 16 police stations were burnt and 13 vandalised by hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful #ENDSARS protests across the state.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu gave these details Tuesday while parading 520 suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the wanton destruction and looting of both private and public properties.Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu gave these details Tuesday while parading 520 suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the wanton destruction and looting of both private and public properties.
According to Odumosu, the six policemen killed were ASP Yard Edward, attached to Denton Police Station; Inspector Olayinka Erinfolami of defunct Anti Kidnapping Unit (AKU); Inspector Adegbenro Aderibigbe attached to Meiran Division, Sergeant Abejide Abiodun of Department of Operations (DOPs), State Headquarters and two others attached to Orile Division.
He said 58 police vehicles were burnt,13 vandalised, 62 vehicles belonging to individuals and those connected with some pending cases (exhibits) were burnt and nine other vehicles vandalised by the hoodlums.
Odumosu also disclosed that 15 motorcycles and tricycles were torched and 65 vandalised at various locations within the state.
For public assets destroyed, Odumosu listed High Court Complex Igbosere, Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, Broad Street; Ejigbo LCDA Secretariat; BRT Terminal Iddo (where 67 buses were burnt); City Hall, Lagos Island; COVID-19 Warehouse at Monkey Village; BRT Terminals at Ojodu and Ikotun; Ajeromi Ifelodun LG Secretariat; NPA Head Office, Marina, and FRSC/VIO Office at Ojodu where only the vehicles parked outside the main buildings within their compounds were burnt.
“Sixteen Police Stations were set ablaze during the unrest. They included Orile, Amukoko, Layeni, Old Area J Command Ajah, Elemoro, New Area J Command Elemoro, Igando, Ebute-Ero, and its barracks and Ilasamaja Police Stations.
Others were Makinde and its barracks, Ikotun, Isokoko, Pen-Cinema, Onipanu, Alade Police Stations etc.
“Thirteen formations were vandalised amongst which were Ojo and Ojodu Stations. Police posts burnt included Cele, llogbo-Elerin, Shibiri, Defunct Anti-Cultism office, Gbagada, Defunct SARS Office Onilekere, Makoko, Daleko, Ashamu, Makinyo, Amuwo-Odofin, Defunct Anti-Kidnapping Office, Surulere and 0ld SARS Office Ajegunle.
“During the unrest, the police posts that were vandalised by the hoodlums included PPL, Mowo, Morogbo, Ikota and Mawa police posts.
“Some private facilities as well as other investments that were partly torched and vandalised/looted included the Oba of Lagos’ Palace; Television Continental Station (TVC) at Ikosi-Ketu, Access Bank, GTBank and Ebeano Supermarket at Victoria Island, The Nation Newspaper office at Fatai Atere Street, Mushin, Shoprite Malls at Ajah, LTV 8, Alausa, Ikeja, Surulere, Samsung Outlet at Apple Roundabout, Festac, Shoprite at Festac, Samsung Office Oyingbo, etc. However, some of the looted items from these outlets/offices have been recovered.
“Based on these incidences, the command was able to arrest a total of 520 suspects for various offences ranging from arson, robbery, murder, rioting, malicious damage, and unlawful possession of firearms,” he said.
Among those arrested, Odumosu said, was one Olamilekan Ibrahim, 19, alleged to have been among those who broke into a commercial bank and carted away cash, other valuables in Lekki.
The police said he was arrested with N250, 000 alleged to be his share of the loot from the banks, as well as a locally-made pistol.
He said two suspects identified as Ebere Reuben, 29, and Samuel Oyediran, 16, were also arrested by RRS operatives for their involvement in burning of the BRT terminal at Berger and TVC Station in Lagos State, respectively. They were allegedly caught with left-over of some quantities of petroleum products with which they set the places ablaze.
The police boss, who acknowledged that those arrested were not peaceful #ENDSARS protesters, stated that it was a known fact armed hoodlums hijacked the protests and were responsible for series of killings, arson and looting recorded.
“Thorough investigation into the cases has commenced. Members of the public should be rest assured that they will be updated as investigation progresses. At this juncture, I will like to appreciate officers and men of this command for their doggedness, gallantry and commitment to maintaining law and order and restoration of normalcy to the state.
“Also, I commend the community leaders and stakeholders for their support in this regard, especially on recovery of the looted arms and ammunition and valuables. They have been so helpful. Last but not the least the command appreciates other sister/security agencies for their support in the struggle for restoration of peace and harmony to the state.
“…permit me to re-assure the good people of Lagos State that we will leave no stone unturned in providing adequate security for all and sundry.
Emphatically, for the ember months, the command has put measures in place to legally deal with the criminals who might want to foment troubles or deprive law-abiding Lagosians of their property,” he said.
But most of the suspects denied involvement in the violence alleging that they were picked up randomly during raids.
One Ibrahim in whose possession several looted items were allegedly found denied the accusation insisting that he only showed security agents were the items were kept in Ebute Meta.
Some of the suspects, who became dramatic, claimed they were either arrested at the bus stop while going about their legitimate duties or apprehended in front of their shops or near their homes.
As the parade ground became chaotic, the police started returning the suspects into waiting Black Maria to prevent breakdown of order.