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Police prosecute 500 phone snatchers in Kano – CP



Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Police Command in Kano State have arrested and prosecuted over 500 phone snatchers in different parts of the state, who are tagged as armed robbers.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Gumel, told newsmen on Wednesday in Kano that phone snatchers in the state are being treated as armed robbers.

Gumel spoke while receiving the leadership of the state Correspondnents’ Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

According to him, the new treatment being giving to phone-snatchers has drastically reduced the menace of snatching phones of residents, which hitherto became prevalent in the ancient commercial city.

“We have succeeded in reducing the menace of cell phone armed robbery in the state.

“As I speak to you, over 500 cell phone armed robbers have been prosecuted and are currently serving their jail terms at various facility centres within the state,” he said.

The police chief explained that out of 16 hoodlums (yan daba) invited for dialogue by his office, nine who submitted themselves have also promised to provide their followers.

“Another issue we are facing is that of ‘yan daba’. We identified 16 of them and invited them for dialogue. Nine has responded. In fact, they came by themselves.

“They have pleaded for amnesty. They have also mentioned their foot soldiers, and promised to provide them to surrender.

“We are also waiting to receive the remaining ones,” he said.

Gumel further stated that his visit to the Dala Hills as part of activities to comb criminal hideouts has yielded positive results.

According to him, government officials, including lawmakers, who accompanied the police to the Dala Hills operations have promised to build a special police station on top of the Hills, equipped with modern technological gadgets.

He said when this is done, criminals will no longer see Dala Hills which is one of the famous tourists attractions in Kano, as a hideout.

Gumel said part of the secrets of his success in policing the state is constant collaboration with sister-security agencies.

“I am very glad to receive you. I am very happy the way you address the kind of commitment the Command is showing to secure the state.

“The reward of good work is more work. Whenever somebody say you are good, he is telling you to do more.

“I always tell my officers and men to learn from other places. There is always need for you to benchmark how other police officers or security agents are doing their work.

“I believe in collaborative policing, bringing all trained law enforcement agencies together – exchange your mandate, and get the required results,” said the police boss.

He said the command is also working closely with Magistrates and Judges in the state to ensure smooth justice delivery.

“Police is the gate of law enforcement agencies. The decision-making body is the court. So we are working closely with them to ensure smooth and fair justice delivery.”

Earlier, the new Chairman of Kano State Correspondnents’ Chapel, Alhaji Aminu Garko, commended the police chief for the proactive measures he adopted in policing the state.

“We appreciate the strategies you are adopting in the fight against crime and criminal activities.

“The efforts of the Command have been noted in the areas of crime fighting, phone snatching and maintenance of peace and order in the state.

“We also commend the Command for providing a level playing ground for all political parties during the last general election.

“We urge you to keep it up. We are also happy that you are one of the Commissioners of police that have been promoting cordial relationship with the media. You have our support in all the good work you are doing,” Garko said.


Gunmen kill three while enforcing sit-at-home in Anambra communities



Last Updated on June 19, 2024 by Fellow Press

Some gunmen, who were enforcing sit-at-home, have reportedly killed many people and injured others in two Anambra communities.

The gunmen invaded Nnewichi community in Nnewi north LGA and Nnobi community in Idemili south LGA, on Monday morning.

At Nnewichi community, the gunmen were said to have invaded a hotel after discovering that some persons were having a meeting there. The gunmen started shooting sporadically at the hotel premises, while destroying properties.

The assailants were said to have killed Oseloka Ubajiekwe, head of the vigilante group and chief security officer of the community, while he was attempting to wade off the attackers.
Those who sustained injuries have been taken to various hospitals in the state. At Nnobi community, the gunmen shot sporadically to scare away residents and engaged in gun duels with security operatives.

Confirming the attacks in a statement, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said only three persons, including a 22-year-old lady, have been confirmed dead.

“The commissioner of police, CP Nnaghe Obono Itam, has ordered an immediate manhunt operation on the armed men operating in a red Highlander jeep, who abducted a citizen in Nnewi by 1:30 pm yesterday 17/6/2024 and were trailed to Nnobi, where they engaged security operatives in a gun battle,” Ikenga said.

During the gun duel, one of the security operatives was fatally hit by the bullet and due to the indiscriminate shootings by the hoodlums in an attempt to escape the scene, the bullet also fatally struck two innocent passersby in the area.

“The police responding team at the scene recovered the bodies of the victims and took them to the hospital but regrettably, three of the victims including a 22-year-old lady were confirmed dead by the doctors on duty while two others are currently receiving treatment.”

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Gunmen kidnap another Catholic priest in Anambra



Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Fellow Press

Anambra State based Catholic priest, Reverend Father Christian Ike, has been abducted by assailants.

The clergyman was reportedly taken away by the assailants on Sunday, along Amagu junction, Ndiokpaleke, in Ajali community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

An eyewitness in the area, who narrated the incident our correspondents, said the priest was returning alongside two other persons from an early morning Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church when the assailants double-crossed his vehicle.

The source said unknown gunmen kidnapped the priest and took some personal belongings in the vehicle, but the reason for the incident has yet to be ascertained.

The eyewitness said, “The priest and two other persons were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church, where they attended morning service.

“On getting to Amagu Junction, their vehicle was double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two other persons escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.”

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State police spokesman, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the command had deployed its intelligence and operational assets for the priest’s possible rescue unhurt.

He added that further development will be communicated as it unfolds.

Ikenga said, “Anambra State Police Command received the information of the abduction of Rev Father Christian Ike and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets of the Command for possible rescue unhurt.

“Eyewitness account revealed by 10:30 am on 16/6/2024, the priest and two others were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church Ndiokpaleke where they attended morning service, along Amagu Junction, they were double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.

“To this end, the Command has activated its intelligence and operational assets for possible arrest of the assailants and rescue unhurt of the priest.”

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