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Police arrest 132 suspects in two months in Kano



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.”


Terrorist attack: 3 teens arrested in Germany for allegedly plotting terror attack



German authorities have arrested three teenagers aged 15 and 16 on suspicion of plotting a deadly Islamist terrorist attack in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, prosecutors said on Friday.

The state’s Central Office for the Prosecution of Terrorism (ZenTer NRW) sought an arrest warrant for the teenagers over the Easter holiday.

They were suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in accordance with the aims and ideology of (extremist militia organisation) Islamic State.

The detained suspects are a 15-year-old girl from Dusseldorf, a 16-year-old girl from the Märkischer Kreis district and a 15-year-old boy from the Soest district, located about 100 kilometres to the east of Dusseldorf.

A fourth suspect has reportedly been identified in the south-western German state of Baden-Württemberg, and the local court there has issued an arrest warrant.

According to the investigators, the teenagers are accused of having agreed to commit murder and manslaughter.

This is in conjunction with the preparation of a serious act of violence endangering the state.

The presumption of innocence applied in all stages of the proceedings.

Security sources told newsmen that the young people had formed a chat group, but had not drawn up a concrete attack plan for a particular time and place.

However, sources said the cities of Dortmund, Dusseldorf and Cologne were discussed as targets, and attacks with knives and Molotov cocktails on people in churches or police officers in police stations had been considered.

The sources said authorities had also conducted searches as part of the investigation.

A machete and a dagger were seized in Dusseldorf, but no evidence of the construction of incendiary devices was discovered.

Sources said the father of the Dusseldorf suspect had already attracted attention from authorities in the past because he had allegedly collected donations for the Islamic State.

The investigators declined to reveal how the suspected terrorists were tracked down, but said that foreign intelligence agencies “did not play a role.”

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Task force nabs woman 317 live ammunition in Benue



The tactical team of the ‘Operation Zenda Joint Task Force’ in Benue State has apprehended a 37-year-old woman suspected for being in possession of 317 live ammunition.

The task force commander, Felix Nomiyugh confirmed the arrest on Tuesday in Makurdi.

According to him, the arrest took place at Ayati Junction in Ukum Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State, where the suspect was found in possession of a substantial cache of live ammunition.

Commander Nomiyugh disclosed that the woman is believed to have ties with a notorious bandit kingpin operating within the locality.

Further investigation led to the recovery of 200 rounds of live ammunition for general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) and 117 rounds of 7.6mm ammunition from the suspect. The apprehension underscores the commitment of Operation Zenda in tackling criminal elements and enhancing security across Benue State.

The successful operation demonstrates the effectiveness of joint task forces in combating illegal arms trafficking and curbing the activities of armed groups in the region. Authorities continue to intensify efforts to dismantle criminal networks and maintain law and order for the safety and well-being of residents in Benue State.

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Eld-el-Fitr: Violence erupts as NSCDC officials shoot woman at prayer ground in Zamfara



Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State, was engulfed in violence yesterday leading to sorrow and anger, following reports of a fatal shooting incident by members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at an Eid prayer ground.

The Wednesday incident, which resulted in the death of a lady, ignited widespread outrage and violent protests in the neighborhood.

According to witnesses, NSCDC officials, in pursuit of alleged criminals, fired randomly, accidentally hitting the victim while she was caught up in the chaotic situation. The tragic incident triggered spontaneous demonstrations, with locals expressing their dismay by setting ablaze an NSCDC truck in a communal outburst.

Confirming the incident, ASP Yazid Abubakar, the police spokesperson, disclosed that two NSCDC employees were arrested by the Nigerian Police in Zamfara State. He assured that a comprehensive investigation is underway to ascertain the facts surrounding the incident, highlighting the delicate relationship between law enforcement and civilians in such volatile situations.

However, the Zamfara State NSCDC Spokesperson, Ikor Oche, refuted claims that the victim was shot by Civil Defence personnel. He asserted that NSCDC officials were stationed at their post when they heard the gunfire. They rushed to the scene only to find the injured woman. Oche emphasized that the NSCDC personnel did not shoot or kill anyone, and an inquiry has been initiated by the NSCDC state headquarters to determine the cause of the incident.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Police personnel intervened to restore calm in the area, dispersing the group vandalizing the Civil Defence vehicle, which had already been set ablaze.

As the investigation progresses, residents of Gusau are demanding justice and measures to prevent similar tragedies in the future, underscoring the urgent need for accountability and restraint in law enforcement operations.

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