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Police nab ‘one chance’ gang operating with tricycle in Jos

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The Plateau State Police Command has arrested three persons operating as a ‘one chance’ gang in the Jos metropolis.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Alfred Alabo, disclosed this to journalists in Jos, the State capital, on Thursday.

He said, “In adherence to the new order and directive issued by CP Hassan Steve Yabanet to officers and men of Plateau State Command that criminal emergencies and distress calls must be responded to within ten minutes, the Eagle Eye Patrol Unit (EEPU) of the Command has arrested three members of the popular ‘One-Chance’ syndicate.

“On 20th February, 2024 at about 18:07 hours the Eagle Eye Patrol Unit received information that some suspected One-Chance members were operating along Dogon Karfe, Jos and while in an attempt to dispossess one Abubakar Mohammed of his phone and valuables, the syndicate was overpowered by an angry mob.

“On receipt of the tip-off, EEPU swiftly moved to the scene where they rescued and arrested the suspects from the mob.”

He gave the names of the suspects as Yazid Ukasha, 23 years old of Nasarawa Gwong; Adamu Yahaya Garba, 22 years old of Layin Dan Maraya, Bauchi Road; and 31-year-old Isaac Ogbu.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects are members of a One-Chance syndicate who have been dispossessing unsuspecting passengers of their valuables within the Jos metropolis”, he maintained.

“Exhibits recovered from the suspects include one tricycle with PT No. PTA-861 and Reg No. WAS-371 WL.”

Alabo said efforts are being intensified to apprehend other members of the syndicate.

Meantime, the Commissioner of Police, Yabanet, assures all Plateau residents of the commitment of his Command to getting rid of criminal elements in the State.

He further urged them to go about their lawful businesses without any form of fear, as the police are up and doing to ensure their safety.

 

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Again, fire guts Lagos market

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Fire has razed a two-storey building at Dosunmu Market in the Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State.

NEWSMEN  gathered that the incident occurred on Tuesday around 11:10 am.

The Head, Public Education, Lagos State Fire Service, Amodu Sjakiru, confirmed the incident to journalists.

He also disclosed that Lagos State Fire Service personnel are currently at the scene to prevent the escalation of the fire.

“Fire Service personnel are currently on the ground to stop the fire and stop any further casualties. The fire affected two-storey buildings. Details about the fire will be shared soon,” he said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

 

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EFCC begins probe of eight suspected oil thieves in Akwa Ibom

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The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it is investigating eight suspected oil thieves in its custody.

A statement released on Tuesday by EFCC head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, said the suspects were dealing in petroleum products without appropriate licences.

It would be recalled that the suspects, arrested on Friday February 23, 2024, onboard a wooden boat, MV Jasmine, by the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom, were handed over to the Commission on Tuesday, April 3, 2024 by the Commanding Officer Captain (NN) Uche Aneke.

According to the EFCC spokesperson, the arrested suspects include Pere Ebiye (Captain), Okon David (DeckMan), Enuwa Wilson (Cook), Wesley Okon (DeckMan), Ade Ojo Idowu (Asst. Engineer), Oluwadamire Abraham (DeckMan), Oluwole Azuzu (Asst. Captain) and Taiwo Adebanwo (Chief Engineer).

They were arrested in a boat which was laden with 30,000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be crude, bunkered in a cellophane-sealed compartment of the boat and in four Geepee tanks.

“Both the arrested crew members and the exhibits were handed over to the Commission on Tuesday April 3, 2024 by the Commanding Officer Captain (NN) Uche Aneke of the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom State.

“According to him, the crew were arrested at Posn Lat. 04°18.258°N. Long 008°29. 696’E by the Navy Ship Ekulu during a patrol. He expressed determination to ensure that the Nigerian waterways remain safe and free of criminal activities.

“While receiving the crew members, boat and products, the Uyo Zonal Commander, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE1 Bawa H. Saidu, who was represented by Assistant Superintendent of the EFCC, ASE1 Terseer Chinyam, thanked the Nigerian Navy and assured it of the Commission’s readiness to always partner with it and other security agencies to curb economic crimes in Nigeria.”

 

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Police arrest seven suspected cultists in Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Police Command said its operatives have arrested seven suspected cultists and recovered firearms in the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, disclosed this in a statement issued in Kaduna.

According to Hassan, the arrest is a major blow to criminal networks in the state as the Command continues to make significant strides in the pursuit of justice and safety for all citizens.

“In yet another remarkable achievement, the Command has arrested seven suspected cultists, seized illegal firearms, and recovered suspicious substance believed to be blood,” the statement said.

According the police spokesman, the operation conducted on April 6, 2024, was initiated based on intelligence gathered from a reliable source.

“Acting swiftly on the received information, police operatives moved into action at about 03:00 hours after reports indicated unusual activities in the rocky and mountainous region of Dumbi along the Kaduna-Zaria expressway.

“During the raid, seven suspects were arrested, while others fled.

“Among items seized from the suspects were two pistols, a 30-litre jerrycan containing liquid suspected to be blood, and a Lexus car.”

He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Audu, has commended the cooperation and vigilance of the community in providing crucial information that led to the successful operation.

He reiterated the Command’s commitment to rooting out criminal elements and ensuring the safety and security of residents in the state.

According to him, efforts are currently underway to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

“The Command urges anyone with relevant information to assist in bringing the suspects to justice,” Hassan added.

 

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