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FCT minister hails police for efforts to secure Abuja



The FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello has commended the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force for their support to the administration and efforts to secure the territory.

Bello made the commendation at the decoration of some promoted police officers attached to his office, on Thursday in Abuja.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force across the country, and the FCT in particular, for the support you have been giving to the FCT Administration. And also for the security and efforts you have been making to secure the city.

” Most of the time people get to hear only the sad or the negative stories but I can tell you I am privy to both the negative and the sad stories. And in the FCT Command, most of the times, the good stories are just buried, but I know the kind of work you are doing tirelessly day and night.

“For each robbery the FCT Police Command are able to prevent 10 and for each kidnapping that you see in the newspaper, FCT Police Command must have prevented up to 20.

” Everyday arrests are being made, hardened criminals, drugs peddlers, people of questionable character are also being apprehended.

” But because of the times we are in, sometimes because of the issue of confidentiality and the legal system we operate, most people don’t get to know this,” Bello said.

The minister appealed to Nigerians to appreciate the police and other security agencies and continue to provide them with the needed support as organisations whether public or private.

” Let’s support them, let’s support their families and children and more importantly let’s support them with credible information to curtail the rate of insecurity.”

Bello also appreciated the support of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the cooperation that the FCT Administration was enjoying from the FCT Police Command under Bala Ciroma.

Similarly, the minister congratulated the newly promoted police officers attached to his office and urged them to justify the confidence reposed in them.

” On behalf of the FCT Administration it is my honour and privilege to congratulate the officers that have been decorated.

” The results of hard work is more work, you all deserve your new ranks. We have worked closely with you here, including your other colleagues and other officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in the FCT.

” As a matter of fact there is so much work that you need to do. Having worked with you, I have no doubt that whatever responsibility is assigned to you will be carried out to the best of your ability.”

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma, urged the newly promoted officers to renew their commitment to duty, saying ” more will be expected of you.”

Responding, Ahmed Abdulrasheed, the Chief Security Officer to the minister, who was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police, thanked the IGP and the FCT Commissioner of Police for finding him worthy of the promotion.

He pledged to redouble his efforts to discharge his assigned duties diligently with a view to enhancing the credibility of the force.

” Dedication and hard work pays and it has always been my role and character in service and I will do more. The promotion will motivate us to be more effective and will give us new direction, ” he said.


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We have prosecuted 600 suspects in 6 months — Ondo Amotekun



The Ondo State Amotekun Corps says it has arrested and prosecuted no fewer than 600 suspects in the last six months.

Chief AdetunjiAdeleye, Amotekun Corps Commander, disclosed this while parading 48 suspects on Wednesday in Akure.

Adeleye explained that the criminal activities spread across kidnapping, stealing of cows, attempted murder, fraud and illegal counterfeiting of money.

He said that those arrested and prosecuted were involved in cultism, illegal migration, stealing of planks, burglary, arson, anti-grazing activities and vandalisation of government assets.

Adeleye said that the 48 suspects had been profiled and would soon be prosecuted in court.

“The signals we are sending to criminals is that Ondo State is not a place where they can stay.

“We want them to know that once you kidnap, you can’t get away with it. If you steal a car, you can’t get away with it; if you breaks a house, we’ll pick you; so, what’s the point doing what you know you won’t get away with.

“We’re telling criminals in the state to get out of Ondo State.

“And to the good people of Ondo State, we want to reassure you that the government of Lucky Aiyedatiwa is resolute in making the state conducive for business, social activities and all that makes the state a good one to stay.

“About 600 suspects have been prosecuted between January and June 2024.

“So, kidnapping in Ondo State has gone down by 90 percent and the remaining 10 percent, we only have them in the boarders and the extreme.

“But in all of these few occasions, we always ensure that we rescue the victims and the suspects are made to face the music.”

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Two men arraigned for allegedly stealing N139,000 cell phone



By Adeyanju Esther

Abdulateef Olasunkanmi and Sunday Morice, both 28, were arraigned before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State on Wednesday for allegedly stealing a cell phone worth N139,000 and assaulting the owner, Zinsu Joseph.

The prosecution, led by Inspector E.O. Adaraloye, accused the defendants of conspiring to commit the crimes on June 12 at Arobilaye, Ota.

According to Adaraloye, Olasunkanmi and Morice, along with others still at large, punched Joseph repeatedly, stealing his phone valued at N139,000. The defendants face charges of stealing, assault, and conspiracy.

The offences violate Sections 390 (9), 451, and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate O.O. Fadairo granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N100,000 each, with two sureties each in the same amount. Fadairo stipulated that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed, and provide evidence of tax payment to the state government.

The case was adjourned until June 20 for further hearing.

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Lagos police nab 35-year-old for attempted taxi snatching



By Sodiq Adelakun

The Lagos Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old passenger for attempting to snatch an airport taxi from its driver.

According to police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin, the suspect requested a ride to Ikeja but attacked the driver with a knife en route, trying to steal the vehicle.

The driver raised an alarm, and the anti-crime team in Alausa promptly responded, apprehending the suspect.

The police confirmed the arrest on Wednesday, highlighting their swift response to the incident.

“On getting to the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, by 7UP Alausa Ikeja, the suspect, who was sitting beside him suddenly brought out a knife from his bag and attacked him in an attempt to snatch his Toyota Camry car,” Hundeyin said.

“In the process, the driver sustained a deep knife cut on his hand while trying to struggle with the suspect.

“He quickly raised an alarm, where some good Nigerians came to his rescue, while the suspect took to his heels.

“However, after a hot chase, he was later arrested by the anti-crime team of Alausa police division.”

Hundeyin added that the investigation is still ongoing as the suspect has been taken to the station with the car as exhibit.

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