Bauchi Police Arrest Governor Bala’s Impersonator
From Mohammed Muktar Umar, Bauchi
The Bauchi state police command said it has arrested a suspected criminal who specializes in duping unsuspecting members of the public of millions of naira claiming to be the Governor of Bauchi state, senator Bala Mohammed.
The police Commissioner who stated this while briefing newsmen in his office on Monday, explained that the impersonator of the Governor had defrauded innocent members of the public of N37 million in the name of payment for hajj pilgrimage.
“One of the suspects by name Sukni Zakka acted as the personal assistant (PA) to the governor while the other, Iliyasu Ibrahim alias “Du” acted as the governor during phone conversation”, the CP informed.
Adding that, “the impostor PA usually lured his unsuspecting victims and defrauds them by putting a call to the impostor governor which in return answered the call and assured them a Hajj slot.”.
Habu Sani further revealed that more than 180 other suspects were also nabbed within the period under review in connection with various crimes in the state.
He said that the press briefing was to update members of the public on the command’s achievements in the ongoing fight against crime and criminality under the special operation code named “Operation Puff Adder”.
“So far, the Command’s tactical teams attached to Operation Puff Adder have between the months of August and September, 2019 arrested one hundred and eighty five (185) suspects in connection with armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling, Babeli activities, vandalism and theft of electric cable.” The CP said.
Other offences he said include; dealing with counterfeit currency, cultivation of weeds suspected to be cannabis/ Indian hemp, criminally changing IMEI numbers of stolen/robbed cell phones and other heinous crimes in Bauchi state.
CP Sani explained that out of the arrested suspects, 138 have been charged to court while others were in police custody undergoing investigation after which they will be charged to court.
Some of the suspects in the police net according to the CP were two suspects responsible for many robbery cases including the recent attempted armed robbery at Shafa filling station along Bauchi- Jos road.
Out of 185 suspects arrested, 138 were charged to court, while 47 are still in the Command custody undergoing investigation.
Exhibits recovered by the police, the CP said include; four AK-47 rifles, one pistol, One locally made sub machine gun and seventeen other assorted firearms.
Other exhibits according to CP Sani are; Sixty five live ammunition, five cartridges, Six pellets, fourty two machetes, four motor vehicles, Eight motorcycles, One tricycle (KEKE NAPEP), Forty five thousand 45,000 liters of petroleum products and Nine thousand meters of aluminum conductor valued at about three million and five hundred thousand naira.
He further said twenty six International Passports, application forms into Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, bunch of assorted charms, One hundred and fifty two pieces of 100 note counterfeits US Dollars and 43 pieces of 1000 & 500 note counterfeits Nigerian Naira, two hundred and eight 208 cows and 21 sheep, amongst other exhibits.
The Police Commissioner called on the members of the public to support and cooperate with the command in its on-going fight against crime and criminality in the State, assuring that the police would not relent in performing its statutory duties.
Police Arrest 781 Offenders over Electoral Infractions
By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Inspector General of Police(IGP),Usman Alkali Baba, has said a total of 781 electoral offenders were arrested in the just concluded 2023 general elections across the country from a total of 489 major electoral infractions.
He disclosed this on Monday, at the meeting with Strategic Police Managers of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja.
The meeting aimed at evaluating Police performance during the 2023 General elections, highlight lessons and strengths, and dissect complex dynamics for subsequent optimal performance drew participants from across the country.
The participants present at the meeting comprised of the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and members of the Force Management Team, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and other Tactical Commanders.
Baba at the accession, tasked all commands to submit casefiles centrally at the Electoral Offences Desk located at the Office of the IGP at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, for coordinated processing to INEC Legal Section.
According to him, the Police Force would effectively collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to expeditiously and transparently prosecute the 781 electoral offenders apprehended.
The Police boss, also charged the Strategic Police Managers to readjust strategies and operations towards ensuring a stable post-election security order and refocus policing attention on routine law enforcement duties.
“I firmly admonish all political actors and their supporters to submit to democratic norms, peaceful means, and legal procedures in advancing their interests as the Police and other security agencies shall not tolerate the resort to incitement or any act designed to threaten our national security”, he said.
Native Doctor Slaughters Mad Man During Treatment in Adamawa
From Yagana Ali, Yola.
A 48 – year old native doctor, Ezekiel Buba, is in police net for allegedly killing a mad man during treatment.
The suspect , who resides at Gombiyel in Shelleng Local Goverment Area,Adamawa state, was arrested by the police command for slaughtering the mentally derailed man known as Alamisa.
While narrating the ugly incident during interrogation at the police headquaters on Thursday, Ezekiel, blamed his demon for slaughtering the deceased brought to him for medication.
He said the deceased, who was suffering from mental illness and epilepsy, was brought to him by his elder brother, Yahaya Musa of Kambillam in company of other family members for treatment.
“I usually slaughter chickens for sacrifice to a blood demon in order to prevent it from tourching anybody. Failure to make sacrifice to the demon, a patient cannot get well”. Ezekiel explained.
He further narrated that while performing some rituals with a robe at his backyard, the demon descended in a whirlwind with knives tied on his leg and slit the throat of the patient.
” I saw the demon in the whirlwind but before I could reach where the patient is lying down to protect him, the demon over took me and slaughtered him”.he said.
“Initially, the demon had warned me and demanded that I should slaughter chickens and offer sacrifice of blood.
I was waiting for market day to buy the chickens for sacrifice as demanded.
He said that the family members of the deceased did not see the demon while coming down to the scene to kill Alamisa, saying that he was the only one who sighted it and rushed in to prevent it but to no avail.
He claim that he normally communicates with the demon which he inherited from his grand mother when asleep in the night in Koma Damti dialect in Jada LGA, saying that he has been using it to treat people in order earn a living.
The elder brother to the deceased, Yahaya Musa, blamed the native doctive for murdering his brother, saying that he was the one who slaughtered his brother and removed his throat.
The Police Public Relations Officer , SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, said that the suspect was apprehended in connection with the crime and being investigated.
Nguroje, said that the Commissioner of Police, CP Afolabi Babatola Adeniyi, had ordered for discreet investigation into the matter as well as the prosecution of the suspect if found wanting.
Meanwhile, in another interviewed with SP Nguroje, the suspect confessed that he was the one who slaughtered his victim while treating him.
He explained that he was possessed by the demon at that time, hence his action, saying that he carried out the act when he was out of his senses.
Police Arrest Kano Lawmaker, 160 Others for Electoral Offences
From Longtong Ibrahim (Kano) & Gom Mirian, Abuja
The police command in Kano State has arrested 161 persons including a member state House of Assembly for alleged electoral offences during Saturday’s Governorship and States Houses of Assembly elections.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Usaini-Gumel, said this when he addressed newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Bompai Kano yesterday.
He said that the suspects were arrested by a team of security operatives after they were engaged in electoral offences like vote-buying and destruction of election materials among others.
“The suspects include a member representing Gezawa Constituency, Isyaku Ali-Danja, who allegedly led thugs and attempted to attack the Gezawa Local Government Area INEC Collation Centre and the Police Divisional Office in Gezawa,” he said.
Usaini-Gumel said that the suspects would be arraigned in law courts as soon as investigation was completed.
He said that a Special Investigation Team consisting of police officers, lawyers, prosecutors and trained investigators had been assembled by the command to speed up investigation on the suspects as directed by the Inspector-General of Police.
Usaini-Gumel assured residents of the state of their safety as collation of election results continued.
“The command in conjunction with other security agencies has embarked on serious confidence-building patrol and show of force to surmount any likely emerging threat.
“We call on the peace-loving Kano State residents to continue to give maximum support and cooperation, avoid spreading fake news and hate speeches capable of disrupting the peace in the state.
“When results are announced avoid all forms of reckless celebrations that may likely cause death, injury or damage to property,” Usaini-Gumel said.
EFCC Arrests 65 Suspects over Alleged Voter Inducement
The EFCC said it arrested 65 persons in 28 states over alleged voter inducement at the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.
This is contained in a statement issued by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujiaren.
He stated that 20 of the suspects were arrested in Kwara, while 13 suspects were arrested in Kaduna State.
He added that 12 suspects were arrested in Rivers; four suspected arrested each in Akwa Ibom and Cross River, while others were arrested in Gombe, Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger states.
“Those arrested in Kaduna State were 10 males and three females. They were apprehended by EFCC operatives either working on intelligence reports or were chanced upon during monitoring.
“A suspect allegedly involved in vote buying was nabbed at School Road, Unguwan Rimi in Kaduna. The suspect, who initially resisted arrest, is however in custody pending the conclusion of investigation.
“Also in Kaduna, a team arrested a suspect with voter coupons, which he confessed would be used to trace and pay those who voted for his party,” Uwujiaren stated.
He added that the EFCC team monitoring voting around Local Education Authority School, Kabala Doki in Kaduna also arrested two suspects for vote buying.
He noted that upon arrest, N67,500, a list containing names of voters, their PVC numbers and bank accounts details were recovered from the suspects.
The EFCC spokesman stated also that investigation showed that the major modus operandi of the suspects was to give cash, transfer money, coupons or send recharge cards to eligible voters to induce them.
Uwujiaren said a search of their persons and phones showed that most of them had transferred money into the bank accounts of some voters on the lists recovered from them.
“Some of the items recovered from the suspects were voter cards, monies, lists containing names and account details of voters, and telephone recharge cards,” he stressed.
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