JUST IN: Armed robbers attack Katsina information commissioner

Armed robbers believed to specialize in terrorizing people along the Katsina-Kano highway have attacked and dispossessed the Katsina State Commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture Hamza Borodo of some valuables.

The state commissioner of Police Usman Abdullahi who disclosed this, said the robbers who wore Nigerian Army uniform blocked the highway around  Kukar Kwaida Kankia, and carried out the attack.

He said the robbers stole four GSM handsets and N9,000 cash from the commissioner, but that the command was able to apprehend them.

He said the same gang stormed the residence and bakery of one Alhaji Nura Halliru at Kafin Soli Kankia and robbed him of undisclosed amount of money.

“Another was at Soro Daya Kankia Katsina where they shot and killed one Suleiman Adamu, a tanker driver, and stole his belongings,” he added.

He reiterated that the Police had been able to bust the gang, giving the names of those of them arrested as Saminu Ibrahim, Yahaya Ibrahim, Bello Abdullahi, Suleiman Abubakar, Abdurrahaman Dahiru and Hassan Nasiru. Others are Kabiru Isyaku, Surajo Ibrahim, Ibrahim Yunusa,  Usman Isah,  Yusuf Suleiman and Muntari Abu Garba


Source: Daily Trust

Armed robbers kill two police officers in Kogi State

The Police Command in Kogi said on Thursday that two of its officers were killed during an invasion of a commercial bank by suspected armed robbers.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, William Aya, told journalists in Lokoja that the officers died while warding off the armed robbers that stormed a branch of UBA at Odo Ere in Yagba East Local Government Area of the state.

Mr. Aya, an assistant superintendent of police, said that the incident occurred on March 28, saying that the two slain officers were sergeants.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, had set up a committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to investigate the incident.

He also said that reinforcement had been sent to the town to enhance security of lives and property, saying that the robbers would soon be arrested.


Source: NAN

Army Intercepts Armed Robbers, Kills 2 In Kaduna

Troops from 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna have intercepted armed robbers at Pambegwa, Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing two of them.
Disclosing this in a statement signed by 1 Division Deputy Director Public Relations, Colonel Usman Abdul, the Army division said items recovered from the robbers included one Toyota Hilux vehicle with registration number ABC 101 HM, a pump action rifle with 14 rounds of live cartridge, a sum of N310,000:00 and a handset.

In another statement, the 1 Division Nigerian Army said it had intensified a campaign code named Operation SHARAN DAJI in the North-West and part of North-Central states to rid the states of criminals.
He said the operation is targeted at flushing out criminals, especially armed bandits and cattle rustlers that have been terrorizing rural communities.
Colonel Usman said the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade had commended the effort of the troops so far. “We will not relent on our oars until all the bandits are completely eliminated. Hundreds of cattle have been recovered while many bandits have been killed or arrested,” the commandant said.

Credit: DailyTrust

Million, Leader Of Lagos Banks’ Robberies Gang, Arrested

Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, weekend, in Benin, Edo State, reportedly arrested a leader of a gang of bank robbers, who usually disguised as a woman during operations.



The alleged leader of the notorious gang of bank robbers, Clement Abanara, was arrested by the police in an apartment at the Osayande Estate.



Vanguard gathered that the suspect, also known as Million, allegedly took part in the Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara bank robberies (all in Lagos), where his gang carted away millions of naira, destroyed several vehicles and left several persons, including policemen and a pregnant woman, dead.



The IRT, led by CSP Abba Kyari, had in November 2015, launched a manhunt for the bank robbers. Kelly Fotor, one of the suspects arrested at a wedding in Sapele, Delta State, had told Vanguard that Million was the only member of the gang who disguised as a woman during operations.



Fotor also told Vanguard that Million is an experienced kidnapper, who has over eight rifles in his possession.



Kidnapped Majority Leader, son

Recall that Million was once declared wanted by Lagos State former Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, in December 2012, after he led a four-man gang of kidnappers to abduct former Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly, Tofeeq Adeniji, in Lagos, and took him through the rivers to Delta State, where he demanded N30 million as ransom.



It was reported that N4 million was agreed as ransom and one of the lawmaker’s sons, who was said to have taken the money to the kidnappers, was also abducted and released along with his father after additional ransom was paid.



Vanguard gathered that four members of the gang arrested along side one of their financiers by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, took the operatives to a mansion built by Million, but met the house empty.



A source told Vanguard that the operatives trailed Million’s wife to Warri Delta State, where she was arrested before taking the police to Benin, where her husband was arrested in a rented apartment.




Credit : Vanguard

Police in Lagos Replace Gunboat That Was Sunk By Armed Robbers

The Lagos police has swiftly made a replacement available for the gunboat that was sunk by armed robbers during an attack.
The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said that its gunboat sunk by some gunmen who invaded the Marine Police Post on Sunday morning in Epe had been replaced.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Joseph Offor, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on the latest on the attack.

Offor said that the gunboat used in replacing the sunken one was drawn from another division. He said the sunken gunboat had also been recovered from the Lagoon at Epe, adding that it was currently undergoing repair.

The spokesman said that security had been beefed up in all parts of the state, particularly on the waterways where suspected gunmen usually use to terrorise residents and banks.

“We have foiled many attempts by the gunmen to attack banks and individuals in Epe. It is one of their attempts again that they wanted to destabilise the Marine Police by attacking the General Purpose Machine Gunboat. We believe that they were planning to attack some places but we foiled it again,’’ Offor said.

The police spokesman said no life was lost in the incident, adding that no arrest had been made.