The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ari Mohammed Ali, has highlighted the achievements of the Command within the period June to August, 2021.
Addressing the press in Asaba, Delta State, the CP maintained that he will not look focus of his primary assignment which is to protect the lives and property of Delta residents.
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STATEMENT BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, DELTA STATE COMMAND, CP ARI MOHAMMED ALI, FCIA, psc, ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS MADE BY DELTA STATE COMMAND FROM JUNE 2021 TO DATE ON 4TH AUGUST 2021 AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS ASABA.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,
I once again welcome you to this briefing which create a platform for us to interact and to showcase some of the Command’s achievements in crime control and management in the state. The successes recorded so far is a credit not only to the Police, but to all well-meaning persons who have been assisting us by providing us with timely and useful information in the fight against criminal elements in the state.
My primary assignment is to provide adequate security for the good people of Delta State and to ensure Delta state is safe for all.
Yesterday Tuesday 3/8/2021, I had another stakeholders meeting with Fulani herders and farmers in the state at the police officers mess, Okwe, with the DG on security to the Delta state government Hon David Tonwea representing the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa. I emphasize on the need for a peaceful coexistence between the herders and farmers, I also looked at their challenges, and modalities have been put in place to see that the herders/farmers crisis come to a halt in Delta State.
In compliance with the State Government covid-19 imposed curfew in the state from 0000 hrs – 0400 hrs to stop the further spread of the covid-19 pandemic, raid/ restriction of movements are been carried out by the Command on daily basis and suspects arrested are being charged to mobile court set up by the state government. The command is aware of the danger of the covid-19 pandemic and the recent awareness by the federal government on the 3rd wave of the pandemic. The command will sustain its effort to ensure that there is no further spread of the covid-19 virus in the state while advising members of the public to comply with all Covid 19 protocols.
Below are some of our breakthroughs in recent past.
1.RESCUE OF KIDNAPPED VICTIMS/ARREST OF THREE SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS AND RECOVERY OF TWO (2) AK 47 RIFLES, FIVE MAGAZINES, FORTY TWO LIVE AMMUNITON: Sequel to earlier reported case of the kidnap of one Gloria Edowhouoro of Ekpuda ‘f’ on the 30/7/2021 in Otu-Jeremi, the DPO Agbarho Division acting on a tip off that kidnappers were heading towards Agbarho area, mobilized and led a joint team of police and vigilante, intercepted the kidnappers who quickly reversed and sped off. The suspect one Joel Akatakpo ‘m’ 28yrs was chased and arrested. On the 2/8/2021 at about 0530hrs the DPO Otu-Jeremi arrested two (2) additional suspects: namely Eseoghene Ogbogbo ‘m’ 36yrs and Telneson Juma ‘m’ 30yrs at Agbarho and Uwamugie communities in Ughelli North Local Government. When search was conducted in Telneson Juma house, two (2) AK 47 rifles with breach Nos. 04174 and 30746, with NPF inscription written on it, forty-two (42) live ammunition loaded in five magazines were recovered. The victim was rescued unhurt while manhunt for two other fleeing members of the gang is ongoing. Similarly on the 1/8/2021 at about 1842hrs, acting on the information received that Nine armed men emerged from the bush and kidnapped occupants of some vehicles on transit, the DPO Ofuoma mobilized and led police/vigilante patrol teams to the scene, the surrounding bushes were combed, the kidnappers abandoned the kidnapped victims in the bush and fled. The six (6) victims were rescued unhurt, manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.
2.ARREST OF A MURDER SUSPECT/RITUALIST: Sequel to the missing person report received by the Command on 2/8/21 at about 1456hrs of one Mrs. Patience Komore aged 50yrs, who disappeared after leaving for Umeh market in Isoko south LGA to get fish. I directed the Divisional police officer Oleh to unravel the mystery behind her disappearance. The DPO Mobilized police operatives, vigilante, and community leaders who continuously worked together and gathered information regarding the case. Acting on a tip off, on 3/8/2021 at about 1300hours, One Onos Simon m’ age 25yrs an Okada man was arrested, the Okada rider was the same person who carried the woman on that faithful day. On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the killing of the missing woman Mrs. Patience Komore in connivance with one Akpoghene Shoemaker ‘m’ now at large. They raped her and robbed her of the sum of forty thousand before killing her using a machete. Not only did they kill her, they also removed her eyes and private part for ritual purposes. Suspect also confessed that one lucky Daniel of Ohoro town contracted them to bring the body part for him after paying them one hundred thousand naira (#100,000). The decomposing corpse has been recovered and deposited in the mortuary. Members of the public are hereby urged to assist the police with useful information that can lead to the arrest of the fleeing Akpoghene shoemaker and lucky Daniel.
3.WAR AGAINST CULTISM: During the period under review, the command arrested over one hundred suspected cultists in Asaba, Ogwashi-Uku, Agbor, Warri, Sapele and Ukwani LGAs. Exhibit recovered from them includes locally made guns, double barrel short guns, and pump action. Some of them have been charged to court while others are still undergoing investigation. The command is doing everything possible to get rid of cultist in the state.
4.ARREST OF SUSPECT WHO FAKED THE DISSAPEARANCE OF HIS DAUGHTER: On 20/7/2021 at about 1315hrs, a case of missing person was reported at ‘B’ division Warri of a missing 21 yr Old girl by name Stephanie Solomon Oghenevoke. On a quick reaction, the command issued a press statement to that effect. Members of the public who saw the publication on various online media and newspapers informed the police that she was seen around Okpaka in Udu local govt. The police moved to the area and arrested a friend to the girl, The suspect confessed that the father of the girl Mr. Solomon odjiwwuderhie asked to please allow the girl to stay with them for some time. The girl’s father was immediately arrested, and he confessed that he masterminded the girl’s disappearance because the mother of the girl is owing the girl’s boss a huge amount of money close to the sum of fifty million Naira (#50,000,000). They believe that with the disappearance of the girl, her boss wont have the guts to demand for his money.
5.ARREST OF ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS/RECOVERY OF ARM AND AMMUNITION: On 3/8/2021 at about 1400 hours, acting on credible information gathered, surveillance team attached to GRA Division Asaba arrested one Abraham Umar ‘m’ age 27yrs, Ibrahim Abo m’ age 30yrs, and Nuru Ali ‘m’ age 20yrs all from Adamawa state. They were arrested at No. 1 Waterholic Street, off Midwifery road Asaba. Suspects while on interrogation confessed and led the operatives to their hideout where their operational weapon was kept. Exhibit recovered includes one English Barreta pistol, one locally made revolver pistol, two cartridges, one round of 9mm ammunition. Investigation is ongoing.
6.ARREST OF SUSPECTED CULTISTS AND RECOVERY OF ONE CUT TO SIZE SINGLE BARREL GUN: On the 26/7/2021 at about 2310hrs, Raider Operatives in collaboration with Anti-Cult Volunteer corps raided some black spots and criminal hideout in Sapele town two male suspected cultists by name Ehis Gbamnido ‘m’ 30yrs and Bobo Otuma ‘m’ 30yrs when search one (1) cut to size single barrel gun, one (1) battle axe, one (1) present IGP portrait and one (1) cutlass was recovered and both confessed to be Eiye confraternity members. Investigation is ongoing.
7.ARREST OF SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBERS/KIDNAPPERS/CULTIST AND RECOVERY OF A FABRICATED BARRETA PISTOL WITH THREE 9MM LIVE AMMUNITION: ON 2/7/2021 At about 0925 hours, RRS operatives while on patrol along Udo road warri arrested the following persons namely prince Onotanare ‘m’ Age 22yrs, Gift Ogbeje ‘m’ age 19yrs, Lucky Egere ‘m’ age 22yrs old, Charles Eungu ‘m’ 25yrs, Joshua Onatseye ‘m’ age 22yrs old. During the search, a fabricated barreta pistol with three 9mm live ammunition. They all confessed to be members of Aiye and JVC confraternity respectively.
8.RECOVERY OF ONE AK 50 RIFLE/ONE MAGAZINE AND 19ROUNDS OF 7.62MM LIVE AMMUNITION: On 15/7/21, the Commander RRS and team while on visibility patrol along Ibusa/Ogwashi-Uku/Issele Azagba road, on getting to a certain point after Ogwashi-Uku Poly, came across a group of four young men who emerged from the bush but On noticing the presence of the operatives ran back into the bush. The operative gave them a hot chase which led to exchange of gun fire. However, realizing that the police had upper hand against them, they threw away one AK50 rifle with breach no NA48333 containing a magazine loaded with nineteen rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition. Manhunt for the fleeing suspect is ongoing.
9.ARREST OF SUSPECTED IMPERSONATORS/RECOVERY OF SUSPECTED STOLEN VEHICLE AND A TOY PISTOL: On 31/7/21 RRS operatives while on stop and search duty at head bridge Asaba intercepted a Ford vehicle with REG No. 9791F7 with two occupants, one Bankole Odusi ‘m’ of No. 19 Sango Ijoke street Lagos wearing a police uniform and Samuel Idowu ‘m’ 49yrs of No. 1 Olatunji Mall market Lekki Lagos who was wearing a T-shirt with police colour. Upon search, A Toy beretta pistol was recovered from them. On interrogation, they initially said they were police officers, but later admitted to be spy police. Investigation is ongoing.
10.ARREST OF SERIAL KIDNAPPERS, RECOVERY OF THREE SINGLE BARREL GUNS, ONE LOCALLY MADE CUT TO SIZE GUN:On the 28/7/2021 at about 2100hrs, acting on intelligence gathered over a period of time concerning a kidnap suspect who has been terrorizing Agbor and its environs, the Area Commander Agbor detailed surveillance team to Alifikede. The operatives on arrival surrounded the area which made it impossible for the suspects to escape. The operation was a huge success as one Adamu Bayero ‘m’ 43yrs old who had a bullet injury sustained from the gun duel with Police during previous kidnap operation and one Mohammed Ahmed ‘m’ 26yrs old were arrested. Further investigation led to the recovery of three (3) single barrel rifles, one (1) locally made pistol and nine (9) cartridges. The suspect took detectives to their hideout in Ogah bush, where their other gang members ambushed the police, serious gun duel ensued, the two suspects in an attempt to escape were caught up in a cross fire, sustained gunshot injuries. They were taken to the hospital where they gave up the ghost while receiving treatment. One additional locally made cut to size gun was recovered from the scene.
CONCLUSION: As you can all see from some of the achievements in the period under review, it will be observed that the command is not relenting in its tireless effort and fight against crime and criminalities. The command will sustain this force and ensure that criminally minded individuals will not see the state as a safe haven for them.
Thank you all
CP ARI MOHAMMED ALI, FCIA, psc+,
COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
DELTA STATE COMMAND
LASTMA Denies Involvement in Burning of Bus, Warns Against Attack on Personnel
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has denied reports making the rounds that its personnel were involved in the burning of a bus at the Obanikoro bus stop, Ikorodu Road. The Authority, while asking residents to desist from attacking LASTMA officials, stated that the report was the handiwork of an uninformed blogger.
Buttressing the facts of the matter in a statement signed by the Asst. Director, Public Affairs, Filade Olumide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), the Authority hinted that “LASTMA Management after due diligence on the video, sympathise with the vehicle owner, but categorically deny complicity of any of its officers in the incidence portrayed on the video” while regretting that “…one of the LASTMA patrol officers offering helping hand with the burning vehicle was severely injured by uncalled-for mob action which seems to be occurring nowadays at the slightest alarm.”
The statement also condemned the shallow portrayal of the allegation as the picture evidence did not depict the allegation against its officials.
“The video report lacked pictorial evidence of LASTMA officers’ complicity; those interviewed were neither eye witnesses nor people directly involved in the incident, rather, they were people living within the inside street, close to the scene of the incidence on Ikorodu Road. Their evidences were hear-says’ and limited to after the arrival of security agencies officials to maintain law and order, after attacks on one of the LASTMA officials and also the Fire Fighters that were there to render assistance in putting out the fire in the vehicle,” the statement read.
It added that:
“LASTMA officials do not operate within side street and over time, the State Government has announced zero tolerance to attack on its officials while performing their duties as enshrined in the laws or as directed.
“We wish to reiterate that LASTMA personnel must not be attacked/assaulted while performing their duties or rendering service to the public.
“The LASTMA management also use this opportunity to advise reporters/bloggers to endeavour to conduct proper investigation and present facts rather than sentiments in their reportage for a peaceful and orderly society.”
Ondo Amotekun Arrests Suspected Masterminds of Owo Church Massacre
The Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed “Amotekun Corps” has confirmed that some suspects have been arrested in connection with the terrorist attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo.
The suspected terrorists invaded the church on June 5, killing no fewer than 40 people and injuring many other worshippers.
The state Commander of Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, on Thursday said some suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing.
He stated this while parading some 71 men who were arrested for various criminal activities across the state.
The Amotekun boss said, “As regards the Owo incident, we have recovered the last vehicle they used for that operation and we made some arrests, and we have also recovered some vital things which we are working on.
“A number of people have been arrested concerning the Owo issue as well as a number of equipment. On that day, we pursued them to the point that we recovered the vehicle and we are still pursuing them. We have told you that until we get to the root, I can assure you that the perpetrators and their sponsors will be brought to book.”
On the 71 suspected criminals paraded at the headquarters of the command in Akure, the state capital, Adeleye explained that the suspects were arrested within the last one month for various offenses ranging from armed robbery, cattle rustling, kidnapping, raping, fraud and human trafficking.
“The 71 suspects were picked while committing offences and others were tracked to their hideouts in the forests. We have been able to get a cartel that specialises in stealing and dismantling motorbikes which we all know as okada. Also, we were able to recover over 50 bikes during the operation from these criminals.
“We also got reports from some herdsmen that their cattle were stolen. We went after them and brought the cows back to the Fulani herdsmen that owned the cow. We have a group of small boys who are under 18-year old that turned themselves into a cartel of criminals in a particular local government in Ondo State and armed themselves. They actually belong to a cult group called ‘Agbado’. We were able to arrest 12 out of the 17 members.
“We have about three to four suspected kidnappers and we intend to take most of these suspects, especially the ones we have concluded their investigations to the DPP and for their onward prosecution in court.”
He assured the people of the state that the corps would not rest on its oars until it rids the state of criminal elements, saying, “there is no hiding place for them. They turned the heat on us and we have also turned the heat on them.”
Immigration Service Collaborates with FRONTEX, Poland on Border Security
An Eight-Man Delegation of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has paid a two-day working visit to the headquarters of the European Border Agency, the FRONTEX.
The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Mr. Amos Okpu, in a statement released to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), said the Service paid the visit last week to hold discussions with the agency officials on border security and migration management matters.
He noted that the delegation, which was led by the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of the Directorate of Border Management, DCG Muhammad Aminu Muhammad mni was received on arrival at the FRONTEX Headquarters in Warsaw, Poland by senior officials of the organization including Mr. Iain Galea of the International Cooperation Division.
In her welcome remarks, the interim Executive Director of FRONTEX, Aija Kalnaja, stated that Nigeria, and indeed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), remains a very dependable partner to her agency in the areas of border security and migration management. She stressed that the relationship between her agency and the NIS dated back to 2012 when both agencies entered into a Working Arrangement on Border Security and Migration Management. She maintained that the relationship has remained very enduring and useful to both agencies particularly in the areas of experience sharing and capacity building. She made a case for enhanced collaboration and partnerships by border agencies for a sustained fight against cross-border crimes, especially migrants smuggling and trafficking.
“I sincerely hope that both agencies will explore the opportunity of this meeting to examine the existing Working Arrangement to see if there are areas of possible review in line with current global migratory reality,” she stated.
Responding, the NIS team leader and Head of the Directorate of Border Management, DCG Aminu Muhammad, expressed appreciation for the warm reception accorded his team. He stressed that modern migratory realities are indicating that no unilateral efforts at migration and border security management will endure hence meetings such as this should be encouraged. He reiterated NIS’ strong commitment to healthy collaboration with friendly Border security agencies such as FRONTEX, and called for frank discussions during plenary. He further stressed the need for countries in Europe and other developed states to look beyond establishing border barricades to control migration, but make enduring arrangements to sincerely join efforts with authorities in developing countries to frontally address the pull and push factors of modern migration. He reiterated that the quantum of investments in building high-rise border barricades would not yield lasting benefits if the living conditions of people in developing countries remain abysmally poor.
Earlier, the facilitator of the trip and Country Representative of FIIAPP, implementer of the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM), Mr. Rafael Molina, stated that his organisation decided to facilitate the trip with the aim of building enhanced synergy between FRONTEX and NIS for a more coordinated approach to the fight against irregular and dangerous migration.
The meeting witnessed robust plenary sessions during which presentations on matters such as the role of Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) the NIS Regional Migration Academy Fundamental Human Rights as an Essential Component of European Integrated Border Management, FRONTEX Law Enforcement Function and the Fight Against TIPSOM in the EU, Fundamental Human Rights as an Essential Component of European Integrated Border Management, FRONTEX Support in the Entire Return Process among others were made.
Some major highlights of the meeting include expressions of strong commitment to enhanced collaboration and partnership by both agencies in the fight against irregular migration as well as robust assurances for more enriching capacity building engagements between both agencies.
The delegation, before rounding up the trip, visited the Nigerian Embassy, and got treated to a very warm reception by His Excellency, Major General (retd) Christian C. Ugwu, the Nigerian envoy to Poland and his great team. The delegation has since returned to Abuja.