The bandits holding six Assistant Superintendents of Police captive in Katsina State for over one week are demanding N100m ransom for their release.
The PUNCH gathered that the ASPs were among the nine who were just promoted to their current rank. They were attached to the Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Findings on Wednesday indicated that they were demobilised from the riot unit and eight of them were on their way to the Zamfara State Police Command on transfer when they were ambushed in the Dogondaji area of Katsina State and taken into the forest.
A reliable police source explained that the nine ASPs were planning to go to Zamfara State together but one of them changed his mind at the last minute while the others embarked on the trip in a commercial bus.
On getting to Kano, the driver was said to have asked them to join another vehicle as his bus had developed a fault.
The source said, “When they were released to go to Zamfara, they scheduled a day for the trip from Maiduguri, but one of them said he wasn’t comfortable with the trip and declined to join them. He said he had something to do and promised to join them in Zamfara later.
“So, the eight others left, but on getting to Kano, the driver said he couldn’t continue the journey to Zamfara, because his vehicle had developed a fault. They joined another vehicle and on their way around Dongodaji in Katsina State, the bandits accosted and kidnapped them.
“While being taken away, two of them escaped and one of them was shot in the leg though he didn’t die. He found himself at a village and the villagers took him to a police station and he was taken to a hospital. The other six officers are still with the bandits who are demanding N100m ransom.”
A senior police officer said the Commander, Mopol 6, could not account for the men when asked about their abduction, adding that he referred inquiries on the missing men to the Zamfara State Police Command.
The officer explained that the normal procedure was for the commander to send a signal to the Zamfara command informing it that he had released the nine ASPs, but he allegedly failed to follow the official procedure.
The source stated, “The problem came from the Commander, Mopol 6, their former squadron leader, who released them on transfer to Zamfara. He was supposed to relay the information on the kidnap incident, but he said he didn’t know about it when he was asked; instead, he referred inquiries to the Zamfara State Police Command.
“The commander should have sent a signal that the men had been released to go to Zamfara, but he didn’t do that. Normally, the Zamfara command would send a signal to Borno confirming that the men had resumed.”
Findings indicated that the families of the missing police officers were anxious about the safety of their breadwinners following the N100m ransom demanded by the bandits.
It was learnt that the families were attempting to raise N3m for the release of the captives or N500,000 each.
The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, had yet to respond to inquiries on the incident as he did not respond to calls and SMS sent to his mobile telephone as of the time of filing in this report.
When contacted by one of our correspondents, one of the officers, who escaped from the abductors, said he was too weak to recount the incident.
“I have high BP (blood pressure); I just came back from a check-up. I cannot remember everything now. The incident happened on Sunday along the Katsina-Gusau Road,” he simply said.
The Public Relations Officer, Borno State Police Command, DSP Edet Okon, said there was no reported case of policemen from the command being abducted, adding that the alleged victims were no longer serving at the command because they had been transferred.
“The Borno State Police Command has not received any signal in respect of her officers being abducted. The alleged abduction of officers is still unknown to us as we have yet to receive any alert on the matter. That is the official position of the command as of this moment,” Okon stated.
When one of our correspondents visited the Mopol 6 base in Maiduguri, he observed that police personnel were overwhelmed by the kidnap of their colleagues, which came weeks after some of their men were killed and several others injured during an attack on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum.
The mood in the barracks was very sober with little or no activity going on except for a few anti-riot policemen in uniform clustered in groups obviously discussing the incident.
It was gathered that some personnel of the command were recently attacked at the Bama Local Government Area of the state and the latest development had dampened the morale of the policemen.
The PUNCH did not see women and children in the barracks except for a few at the market square.
Except for the command headquarters, where some cops were sighted sitting under trees and in other strategic locations, the entire barracks, which houses a police training college, state police command and Mopol 6 base, was scanty.
For Eating Six Slices of Bread, Man Dumps Girlfriend
A young lady identified as @brandybride recently took to her Twitter page to narrate how a guy she was supposedly seeing and hoping they would click and become more romantically involved ditched her.
According to her, he ditched her because she ate 6 slices of bread over one sitting.
Here’s what she wrote;
“I remember one time I went to this guy’s house and ate 6 slices of bread. That was the last time he ever called me.”
It is not known whether it was because she ate one too many or otherwise…
EFCC Returns Recovered N67.5m to Fraud Victim
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has returned N67.5 million to a fraud victim, Emmanuel Onah, a trader based in Onitsha, Anambra State.
A statement by the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, stated on Thursday that the money was recovered by the zonal office of the anti-graft agency in Enugu through a non-conviction based forfeiture.
Mr Onah was said to have in 2019 transferred N75, 760,540 to the duo of Tega Esinone and Obiajulu Umeagukwu for onward transmission to his business partner, Crecedor Industrial Co. Ltd in Hong Kong.
“The suspects converted the money to their own use. After efforts to recover his money from the suspects failed, Onah petitioned the EFCC,” Mr Uwujaren stated.
The statement added that the commission investigated the matter, and subsequently initiated a non-conviction based forfeiture process.
The process, according to the commission, culminated in a December 1, 2020 ruling by a judge of the Federal High Court in Enugu, Ibrahim Buba, ordering the forfeiture of the sum of N67, 522,831.55 in a new generation bank account belonging to Tega Esinone, to the victim.
Presenting the cheques to the victim Thursday, Oshodi Johnson, head of EFCC’s Enugu office, said “the gesture demonstrates the commission’s stance on justice for all.”
“EFCC is for everybody and all that the EFCC stands for is justice. We will continue to work within its mandate to ensure that Nigeria becomes a nation that is corrupt free. We will not rest until this is achieved,” Mr Johnson added.
He warned fraudsters of the commission’s readiness to fish them out, saying that it would be better they repent from their nefarious activities because it was only a matter of time before the long arms of law would catch up with them.
In his remarks after receiving the cheques, Mr Onah expressed gratitude to the commission for helping to recover his money.
“Honestly, I am so overjoyed because today is a day of smile. I came to you people in tears but today my heart is full of joy and my face is full of smiles. I am now a living testimony that the EFCC works and they can bring justice even to the common man,” he said.
Delta Police Make Another Breakthrough, Arrest Wanted Murder, Arson Suspects, Others
The Delta State Police Command has made more major breakthroughs in its quest to rid the state of crimes and criminal elements.
In a press statement, signed and released by the Commands Acting Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright, the Command noted that among those arrested were a wanted murder/arson suspects, cultist and phone thieves.
Below is the detailed statement:
On 14/04/2021 at about 1130hrs Police operatives attached to Delta state intelligence Bureau (SIB), after series of intelligence gathering, with the assistance of the command’s tactical teams, in a sting operation stormed Asem-Uku Community in Ndokwa East LGA and successfully arrested one Okwudili Obi ‘m’ and three others. Okwudili Obi a native of the Community and a notorious principal suspect in a case of multiple murders and arsons that destroyed many houses in the community, the suspect Okwudili Obi happens to be one of the principal suspect involved in the murder of one Sunday Nwachukwu and Fidelis Amani, who were allegedly murdered sometimes in the year 2017 in Asemo-Uku Community in NDOKWA East LGA, he and his cohort has been on the wanted list of the command. Exhibit recovered from him includes three cutlasses, six daggers, one long sword, charms wrapped with red/white blood stained cloths. Case is still under investigation with a view to arresting his accomplices who are currently at large.
On 13/04/2021 At About 1400hrs based on technical Intelligence Gathering, The Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division Warri CSP T.Y. MAHMUD mobilized Patrol teams attached to the Division and Stormed Hausa Quarters Along Warri / Sapele Road which happens to be One Of The Notably Notorious Flash Point in Warri and Arrested One Alix Oivwighren (M) Age 29yrs who allegedly Stole 3 Assorted Phones And Accessories From One Stella Othere (F) In Her Shop Located At Airport Junction Warri , Investigation led to the arrest of One Sani Mohammed (M) Age 38yrs Of Hausa Quarters Warri who allegedly bought the stolen phones, and also in his possession Were Three Other Stolen Phones Including a Samsung android phone , all Exhibits has been recovered. Both Suspects are currently been interrogated and will be charged to court while effort is been intensified for Possible Links their Cohorts .
In total compliance with the directive of the Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, FCIA, PSC+ to raid and crack down black spots, The Divisional Police Officer CSP T.Y Mahmud on 14/04/2021 at about 1815hrs at Orerokpe local Government Area based on intelligence gathered mobilized quick response team attached to ‘A’ Division Warri and stormed a black spot within Modisco Street Opposite army check point Jeddo, where one Nelson Newman (m) age 27yrs of same address was arrested with 35 wraps of skunk weed and other quantity of skunk weed inside black nylon bag all suspected to be Indian Hemp, based on preliminary investigation, he is suspected to be a major dealer in Indian hemp and has given useful information that will lead to the arrest of his cohorts.
Sequel to the cult clash that led to the killing of some alleged cult members some time ago in Otu-Jeremi, the Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Ari Muhammed Ali FCIA, PSC+ ordered that the Divisional Police Officer Otu-Jeremi Division must fish out those suspects involved and bring them to book, the Divisional Police Officer, SP Pius Eredei in compliance has been on the lookout, and after due intelligence gathering acted on a tip off and on 12/4/2021 at about 0500hrs one Michael Oghorume ‘m’ aged 19yrs who allegedly murdered one Timaya surname unknown and also suspected to be a member of dominion confraternity cult was arrested at Eyara Community in Otu-Jeremi, the suspect made useful statement which led to the arrest of one timothy Samuel ‘m’ age 20 years of Eyara Community and three others at the early hours of 13/4/2021 exhibit recovered from them includes one double barrel cut to size gun, some rolls of electric cable wire and one cutlass, The commissioner of police has ordered that the suspects and exhibit be transferred to SCID for further investigation. Meanwhile Manhunt for other cult members terrorizing the community is ongoing.