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New Naira notes: ICPC arrests FCMB bank Manager sabotaging CBN directive in Osun

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Osun State Compliance Team, has arrested manager and other officials of FCMB in Osun sabotaging Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directive on new Naira notes withdrawal. The FCMB officials were allegedly arrested for frustrating effort if the CBN in ensuring that the new Naira notes are easily accessed by Nigerians.

The Team disclosed that the bank officials loaded the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) with the wrappers of the cash intact, thereby making the withdrawal of the redesigned notes difficult from the ATMs.

“ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers unremoved, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team therefore directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly,” ICPC statement said.

The ICPC Compliance Team also disclosed that the Operation Bank Manager has also been arrested and taken in for questioning.

“However, when a follow-up visit was undertaken the following day to ascertain the level of compliance, the Team discovered that one of the ATMs was still loaded with the wrappers unremoved.
Also a woman was arrested on February 1,2023 for offering New Naira notes for sale on social media
“The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has today, 1st of February 2023, arrested a woman, Oluwadarasimi Emma, with the Twitter handle Simisola of Lala, offering new naira notes for sale on social media,” Azuzuka Ogugua, the spokesperson for ICPC said.

The development is coming days after the CBN announced its collaboration with the various security agencies and anti-corruption agencies to ensure full compliance with the CBN directives.

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Police nab suspected human trafficker in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, said it’s operatives have arrested one Bulus Danladi, a suspected human trafficker.
The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Kaduna.
Hassan said “On March 1, at about 0900hrs a complain was lodged by Mrs Jummai Danjuma and two others in Katari area in Kachia Local Government Area of the state.
“That on Feb. 27, the arrested suspect, Bulus Danladi of Ankwa area in Kachia LGA, trafficked five youth from Katari to Eruku in Kwara with intent to work in a factory.
“On reaching there, the suspect carried the youth to a farm in Eruku where he abandoned them and returned to Katari.”
Hassan said out of the five youth trafficked to Kwara three had returned home and reunited with their parents.
He added that efforts to trace the remaining two was going on.
The command spokesman said the suspect would be prosecuted after full investigation.
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NDLEA intercepts Vietnam-bound businessman with cocaine consignment at Abuja airport

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 Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), have intercepted a 40-year-old businessman, Ejike Chibuke with 1.45 kilograms of cocaine at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, (NAIA), Abuja.
This is contained in a statement by the NDLEA,  Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said the drugs  were concealed in the suspect’s luggage, while  he attempted to board an Ethiopia Airlines flight number 950 to Vietnam via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the NAIA.
He said  the suspect was arrested at the Abuja airport on Saturday March 2, after NDLEA officers subjected him to a thorough search.
He also said that it was in the process, the illicit substance was discovered concealed, factory fitted, in his bag.
“In his statement, the suspect claimed he was on a business trip to Vietnam, “he said.
Meanwhile, operatives of a special unit of the agency on Friday March 1, swooped on members of a syndicate that deals in methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in their hideouts in parts of Lagos.
Babafemi said the operatives assigned for the operation raided the home of Esimone Amachukwu at 14 Arochukwu street, Ejigbo.
This, he said,  was where 10.012 kilograms of methamphetamine was found in possession of his associate, 40-year-old Evelyn Nneka.
“Esimone is currently at large.
“While the Ejigbo operation was going on, another set of officers were simultaneously busy in the residence of another member of the syndicate, 45-year-old Ebele Iwuegbunam.

“The suspect located at Plot 1604 Close D, 4th Avenue, Festac town, Lagos was arrested and  429.5grams of cocaine and 7 kilograms of heroin were recovered from him,” he said.

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Police arrest 132 suspects in two months in Kano

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By Aminu Garko, Kano

No fewer than 178 suspects were picked by officers and men of Kano state Police Command for cimmitting various crimes at different locations of the state within the period of two months.

This was revealed by the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Usaini Gumel, while speaking with newsmen in Kano on Friday.

According to him, between January 1 and March 1, 2024,   11  kidnapping suspects; nine suspected illegal forex hawkers; 25 suspected drug dealers; 15 motor vehicles thieves; five tricycles thieves; 10  motorcycle thieves; four  human trafficking suspects; two suspected fraudsters; 22 suspected thieves; 65 suspected thugs (Yan-Daba), were arrested by the police.

CP Gumel hinted that police rescued four kidnapping victims and two  human trafficking victims.

According to him, itens recovered from the suspects include: two  AK-47 rifles; one  locally made Pump Action and four  live cartridges; four  motor  vehicles; three tricycles; 10 Motorcycles; 56 Cows; 90 Sheep; 18 knives; 12 cutlasses and five sharp Iron (Dan-bida); 100 pieces of suspected Tramadol tablets; six  bags,10 parcels and 126 wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp; seven packets; 183 pieces of suspected Rubber Solutions; 123 pieces of suspected Exol tablets; 65 bottles of Suck and Die; 36ATM cards; one  Plasma TV; 26 pieces of women wrappers.; 12 Solar Panel; six  Toyota Master Keys.

He hinted that the Kano Police Command has been supported to fight to finish  against over two decades of public outcry on cases of missing children, abduction and kidnapping of minors.”

CP Gumel said: “Trans-border syndicates of Motor Vehicle thieves have also been smashed and dismantled with the arrest and recovery of a large number of vehicles.”

“The chain of illicit drugs dealings has also been dismembered. Many drug dealers were arrested and a large number of some of the illicit drugs were recovered.”

“There is “NO MORE DABA A KANO” as the local but popular saying goes. What it means is that the police command is on top of the situation of carefully checkmating petty thieves and street thugs popularly called in local parlance “Yan-Daba”.

“On banditry along the 17  front-line states border Local Government Areas, the command has engaged with the sister security services in in series of raids and joint operations and have cleared their camps and hideouts through which they were infiltrating in to the soft targets locations. At this point banditry, kidnapping and related crimes has reduced significantly.”

CP Gunel further stated that: “The seasonal farmers and herders clashes prevalent in Makoda, Sumaila and Tudun Wada LGAs have been pushed to the wall with continuous community policing engagements.

“With the inauguration of Police Duties Solicitor Scheme (PDSS) this month, there is effective management of service delivery from police arrests to investigations and prosecution of offenders leading to significant victories in all courts from Magistrates, Sharia, and the various High Courts throughout the State.

“Robust Collaborative  Policing and the sustained synergy with all security agencies in the State has been one of the vehicles yielding the positive results the police command is achieving.

” Alll these achievements by the Kano State Police Command is as a result of the compliance and following up with the vision, mission and guidance of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD, NPM.”

“On the overall, the police command is determined to sustain its three-fold result-oriented strategies, vis-a-vis; open-door policy, professionalism and zero tolerance for corruption and to continue with the implementation of its Action Plan for the year 2024 that incorporates honest collaboration, intelligence-led, community-based and as well as visibility policing to meet the demand of the dynamic nature of crimes in line with international standards and best practices.”

According to him: “The Police Command is also determined to strengthen its Public Relations Unit in rolling out massive public enlightenment and sensitization programs in the radio, television, other conventional and new media.”

“The Complaint Response Unit (CRU) of the Command established and equipped with modern gadgets and equipment is for reporting Kano Police Command Officers’ misconduct and prompt response to complaints.”

“The Command must acknowledge the fact that all forms of crimes have been reduced drastically in the State. This is a courtesy of the cordial relationship between the Police, the public, and other security agencies.”

“I  must appreciate the Kano State Government, the good people of Kano State, other security agencies, the Media, Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders,  Members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Civil Liberty Organizations (CLOs), Special Constables, Vigilante Groups and our Community Policing Stakeholders for the prayers, support, encouragement and cooperation. Currently, with a geometric reduction in crime and a stable and peaceful atmosphere in the state, the command will continue to sustain the tempo of fighting all criminal activities in the state.”

“Finally, I urged everyone to keep reporting any suspicious movement of person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:-  08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926, or log-in to the NPF Rescue Me Application available in the Play Store, or through the following Online Media Platforms.”

“Facebook: Kano State Police Command
Twitter: Kano State Police Command (@KanoPoliceNG)
Instagram: Kano State Police Command
Tiktok: Kano State Police Command.”

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