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Police Command Foiled Kidnapping Attempt In Kogi

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Kogi State Police Command has foiled kidnapping attempt along Okene-Okpella road and recovered one AK47 rifle.

A statement released on Tuesday by DSP William Ovye Aya, Police Public Relations Officer, said the command received an information from one good Nigerian who sighted some armed hoodlums in the bush while approaching the highway to carry out their heinous crimes, the Police patrol team attached to Okene Area Command immediately moved to the location on sighting the Police, the hoodlums opened fire and the Police engaged them in a gun duel. When the hoodlums were overpowered by the Police, they fled and abandoned one AK47 rifle with four rounds of ammunition. The rifle was recovered.

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While assuring members of the public of adequate security measures put in place to ensure crimes free Yuletide, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ede Ayuba Ekpeji psc called on the good people of the State to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies by volunteering timely and credible information on the activities of criminal elements throughout the festive season.

The Commissioner of Police wishes all Kogites a peaceful and happy Christmas celebration’s and a prosperous new year in advance.

 

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Police Nab 3 Robbers, Recover Single Barrel Gun In Kogi.

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Police Nab 3 Robbers, Recover Single Barrel Gun In Kogi.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Kogi.

The Kogi state police command has arrested three suspected armed robbers and recovered a single barrel gun.

Spokesman of the Kogi state police command, DSP Williams Ovye Aya, in a statement yesterday, said the suspects were arrested by the operatives of Operation Puff Adder II attached to Iyara police division, Kabba.

He said the police received a distress call at at about 2200hrs, after three armed men invaded a POS shop at Ogidi, and attacked the operator, in which they inflicted injuries on him and forcefully collected unspecified amount of money.

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“Consequently, upon the report, the Operatives of Operation Puff Adder II promptly swung into action through an intelligence led operation trailed the suspects to their hideout and were arrested,” he said.

He said exhibits recovered from the suspects, included one single barrel gun and phones, saying the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.

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Aya, reassured members of the public of the commands level of commitment in synergy with other security agencies in the state to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties.

He, therefore, called on the public to sharpens their power of observation and volunteer credible and timely information on the activities of criminal elements across the state.

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In Imo, Gunmen Reportedly Raze Police Divisional Headquarters, Free Suspects

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Gunmen on Saturday razed the Isiala Mbano Divisional Headquarters located at Umuelemai in Imo State.

The gunmen, who freed suspects held in the detention facility, invaded the divisional headquarters armoury and carted away arms.

Our correspondent gathered that gunmen on arrival condoned off the Divisional Headquarters located at Umueze Road and opened fire.

According to eyewitnesses, on arrival, the suspects sacked policemen on duty, freed suspects, invaded the arms storage department of the facility before setting it ablaze.

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While our correspondent had yet to confirm if any life was lost, our correspondent gathered that four policemen allegedly sustained gunshot injuries from the Invaders.

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Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen did not flee as they stayed by and supervised the burning of the police facility.

The source, who does not want his name in print said, “The gunmen came, condoned of the divisional headquarters and immediately opened fire on the policemen on duty. This was after they had freed all the suspects and collected all the arms. Afterwards, they set it ablaze using petrol to ignite fire. This is very unfortunate.”

The Interim Management Committee chairman of Isiala Mbano LGA, Chika Okoroike, who also confirmed the attack when contacted by The PUNCH, said that rescue mission was being facilitated by him.

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He blamed the removal of soldiers from Anara town 24 hours before the attack.

Okoroike, said that he made fervent moves to make sure that the military men who were posted out of Anara town on Friday without any reason were returned but all to no avail.

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The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, also confirmed the attack on the division when contacted by The PUNCH.

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The PUNCH reports that this is the fourth police divisional headquarters that had been attacked since February after Obowo, Aboh Mbaise and Ihitte/Uboma divisions were attacked, respectively

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Sheikh Gumi Revealed That He Met Top Politicians Inside Forest Working With Bandits”

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Sheikh Gumi Revealed That He Met Top Politicians Inside Forest Working With Bandits”

With the ways kidnappers kidnaping people and demanding for ransoms to secure their release is unfortunate and worrisome in this great country.

Recently, Sheikh Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric went into the bush again to negotiate with bandits.

Many Nigerians are of the opinion that the cleric should be arrested, claiming he has an influence or has a link with bandits.

The cleric has come out to react to the call for his arrest.

He said, “I am not the only one holding meeting with bandits, terrorists, and am not the first person. The only thing I struggled to do is to talk with the bandits for them to lay down their weapons and embrace peace. All I do say to them was that there is more to life, which they shouldn’t just continue.”

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He referred to those calling for his arrest as “fools”, stating he doesn’t go inside the bush without government approval.

He added that all the bandits he meets in the forest are always with government officials.

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He also stated that his meeting with the bandits is producing a positive outcome.

The cleric has stated that those he meets inside the forest are not all Fulani herdsmen but also top government officials.

 

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