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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has berated SARS officers of the Nigerian Police Force for shooting at students of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.

In a press statement signed by the National President, Comrade Obande Gideon, the apex student body alleged that Godwin Linus, a student of the Public Administration of the institution was shot right inside the campus of Kogi Poly on Wednesday by policemen.

“Linus, a student of public administration studies was shot in front of computer science department right inside the campus by the men of NPF.

“The shooting came at the result of peaceful protest at the school gate by the students of this citadel of learning because of the death of their student, Kebiru Seidu. Until his demise, he was a finalist of ND program, at the department of public administration,” he said.

He alleged that policemen chased the protesting students from the school gate and followed them into the campus, shooting sporadically.

“NANS frown at the level of lack of professionalism by the men of Nigerian police force. Instead of managing the situation, they dded more salt to the injury.

“On this ground, we the leadership of NANS at all levels are calling on Kogi State Government to put in place a speed breaker at the school environment to avert future occurrences.

“The state government should issue a statement condemning the act perpetrated by the men of NPF, or we shall bank on the rumor that it was ordered by the state government, as it is a tradition in this government to shoot on sight the Nigerian students who come out in solidarity.

“The NPF should apologize to Nigerian students, families of the affected victim and take responsibility for their actions.

“The Police Commissioner must begin investigation on the matter and bring to book the officers responsible as such characters sell a bad image of the police.

“The school management must take responsibility of the victims and must issue a statement condemning the actions of the men of NPF. The management should make sure that the school hostels are put in shape for use upon resumption of the next academic session.

“Failure to do these within seven working days shall attract the relocation of the national secretariat of NANS to Kogi state,” the statement read.
A Higher National Diploma student identified as Jacob Ufedo, and Abubakar Nuhu Sadiq a National Diploma student, both of the Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja have been arrested by the Police for their alleged involvement in armed robbery and illegal possession of fire arms.

This is just as 21 others were arrested from their hideouts across the state for their involvement in kidnapping, armed robberies, cultism and other crime related activities.

DAILY POST gathered that the two suspects finished their exam on the 7th of December and they are still writing their project before they were apprehended by the police.

One of the suspects, Jacob Ufedo while regretting his action said this was the first time he ventured into armed robbery.

According to him, “We collected a gun from one of our friends who we knew since 2016. After collecting it, we decided to make use of it since the economy is not smiling. This is the first I have robbed people of their belongings.”

Parading the other suspects on Wednesday in Lokoja, the Kogi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya said that in compliance with the directives of the Inspector General of police Ibrahim Idris, the command had adopted proactive strategy to stamp out activities of hoodlums from the state.

He said five suspects who were armed with two locally made guns attacked a police station and a vigilante office in Adankolo, a suburb of Lokoja.

Aya added that the suspects carted away valuable properties of the police.

The Police spokeperson said that the hoodlums claimed that they were protesting the death of two of their members who were drowned in the River Niger, while trying to evade arrest from the officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who stormed their bunk in search of illicit drug.

According to him, “Five Fulani men who specializes in kidnapping and armed robbery activities around Osara area of the state were also arrested by men of the command. While combing the bush within the area, the men of the Koi State Police command were able to rescue unhurt their victim, one Muhammed Bello.”

Speaking further, Aya said with the prompt intervention of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, (FSAR) led by Dsp Danjuma Bukar, they promptly arrested Ukwumodu Agono and Abu Atobo who were terrorizing the people of Anyigba in Dekina Local Government Area and its environs.

The Police PPRO added that, luck ran out of two suspects identified as Ebeh Musa and Ameh James from Idah who were arrested while snatching at gun point a Daylong motorbike from one Achile Sumaila at Agbagigbo in Ofu LGA of the state.

Items recovered from the hoodlums include 2 Ak 47 rifles, 60 rounds of Ak 47 amunitions, 1 single barrels gun; one action barrel rifle, one locally made pistol, weeds suspected to be indian hemps, 10 laptops and six handsets.
Bamidele and five other injured party members were hospitalised. But, the former federal lawmaker has been relocated to Lagos for post-surgery treatment.
The Police have dismissed the trigger-happy mobile policeman who shot former House of Representatives member Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele and five other party faithful last Friday.
The culprit opened fire at the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat during the welcome rally held for the governorship flag bearer, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Bamidele and five other injured party members were hospitalised. But, the former federal lawmaker has been relocated to Lagos for post-surgery treatment.
The officer was battered by angry party members who smashed his head, inflicted injuries on him and dispossessed him of his service rifle.

Ekiti State Commissioner of Police Mr. Bello Ahmed, disclosed that the mobile policeman has been dismissed from service to pave the way for his trial in court as soon as he is discharged from the hospital.
The police boss who spoke on a live programme on Channels Television said that the politician who brought the policeman to Ekiti State from his Lagos base has been detained and he is being grilled by interrogators.
Ahmed said the politician will also be arraigned in court as soon as the Police conclude their investigation into the shooting incident.
He said: “The policeman involved is dismissed already and even though he’s nursing some injury.
“At the appropriate time, he will face the law of course. Nigerians will be briefed on the outcome of our actions.”
Ahmed also spoke on the readiness of the command to regulate the activities of political parties to prevent violence and other acts that could lead to breakdown of law and order.
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The Nigerian Police Force said it has rearrested embattled Sen Dino Melaye from Zankli Hospital where he was being treated of the injury sustained when he escaped from police custody. 

In a press statement on Tuesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood said Melaye earlier escaped from custody when hoodlums and miscreants in two Toyota Hilux vehicles aided him. 
"The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay. Meanwhile, one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the Senator has been recovered by the Police investigation team," the statement said. 

The Police said they are already carrying out a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and 


Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, has just been admitted into Zankili Medical Center, Mabuchi, in the federal capital territory (FCT).
He was said brought into the hospital after sustaining injuries in a bid to escape.

The hospital ambulance brought him at the hospital around 4:25pm, after which he was admitted into the emergency unit.

There were no security operatives when he arrived.

The senator was reportedly being led to court by the policemen on Tuesday afternoon when he attempted to escape.

It was gathered that the police vehicle carrying Melaye turned to an unknown location, around Area 1, Abuja.

Unconfirmed reports have it that they had manhandled him and had planned to take him to Kogi, his home state.

Melaye was said to have immediately jumped out of the vehicle, wounding himself in the process.
 
Acting on ‘orders from above’, a detachment of mobile policemen are currently in front of Senator Dino Melaye’s residence.
The policemen, according to a source, are there to arrest the outspoken Senator.
The source said said the siege is connected with the failed arrest bid at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.
 
He said the ‘powers that be’, who are bent on humiliating Melaye, are behind the renewed attempt to arrest and detain the lawmaker. He noted that their aim is to keep him in detention to allow them manipulate his recall process, despite a pending appeal at the Supreme Court and to ensure he plays no role in the forthcoming APC congresses.
 
The mobile policemen believe Melaye returned to his residence after he was released by Immigration officers who arrested him “based on instructions”.

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) detained Mr Melaye, apparently based on information that he was on the wanted list of the police.

But rather than take the senator into custody, the police instead reportedly distanced themselves from the arrest. Mr Melaye was subsequently allowed to walk away by the NIS officials.
The source told Kogireports that Melaye is not in his residence at the moment and wondered why the policemen could not track him when he left the airport.
 
“Over 30 heavily armed, fierce looking mobile men stormed the Maitama residence of the Senator after he regained freedom. All roads leading to his residence has been condoned off as the policemen block all roads leading to his house,” he said.


Osun and Kogi states were the most peaceful states in the country as at December 2017, a survey tagged “Nigeria Peace Index (NPI) Research Project” have shown.
The 37-page maiden report formally presented to newsmen Friday in Abuja by the Executive Director, Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP), Ambassador Abdulrazaq Hamzat, also showed that despite the current wave of armed banditry and violence killings in Zamfara, the state has the least crime rate record as at the time the survey was conducted.
He said the aim is to gradually change Nigeria’s narrative from crisis and insecurity to peace and tranquillity, thus their measuring peace tendencies through foundational indices in the 36 states of the federation and that the data were for 2010-2016.
According to him the data were obtained from Police, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and other local and international governmental and non-governmental organisations.
He said the NPI is based on similar methodology with the Global Peace Index (GPI), United States Peace Index (USPI) and United Kingdom Peace index (UKPI) in series of national indexes.
“Osun State is the most peaceful state in Nigeria and it has greater tendency for peace based on its overall performance in the five broad indicators. While Osun didn’t come top in any of the five indicators, its overall score is the least violent. Kogi, Ekiti, Kwara and Imo state follow Osun as the five most peaceful states in Nigeria.
“Kogi State is second most Peaceful State in Nigeria and most peaceful in the North. Imo state is the most peaceful state in South east and 5th most peaceful in Nigeria. Akwa Ibom is most peaceful state in South-South, Kaduna in North West, Kogi in North Central, Osun in South West, Imo in South East and Taraba State in North East,” Hamzat said.
He said Yobe, Kebbi, Bauchi, Zamfara and Sokoto states were the five least peaceful states while Borno State was not considered due to insufficient data and the Boko Haram red light, hence Borno was consider the overall least peaceful.
He said the five broad indicators adopted for the survey were level of poverty (determined by the living standard in a state, their access to medicare and others), and crime rate (murder, manslaughter, suicide, general harm, assault, rape, slave dealing, armed robbery, kidnapping, theft, child stealing, arson and forgery among others).
Also were level of education (ratio of secondary school graduates seeking higher education), rate of human rights abuse (degrading treatment by law enforcement agents, unlawful arrest and detention, extrajudicial killings, domestic violence, communal clashes, disobedience of Court orders, human trafficking and threat to life among others) and level of incarceration (number of people in jail in each states of the federation).
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The Nigeria Police Force warned the Senator representing Kogi, Senator Dino Malaye, to appear in court ahead of his arraignment on May 10, 2018.
Senator Malaye is to be arraigned on a case of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms already filed before a Federal High Court in Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Police had on March 24, 2018, issued an invitation and a court summon had been issued to Senator Malaye, both of which he did not honour.

He said the Senator is wanted on grounds of criminal offenses of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.

According to the PRO, Malaye’s summon follows the arrest of two men in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, on January 19, after they confessed to having committed various crimes such as kidnappings and armed robbery.
They also disclosed that the Senator had handed them a bag containing firearms.

The PRO while parading Kabiru Seidu and five other suspects who escaped from a detention facility in Lokoja, today said it is in the interest of Senator Malaye to voluntarily report to the Police in order to forestall the execution of an arrest warrant issued against him.

Mr Moshood explains that the suspects whose confession indicted Senator Malaye and Mohammed Audu as sponsors of thuggery in Kogi will be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lokoja on May 10, 2018.

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Embattled Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, has written the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to intervene in the rough relationship he is having with police officers.

Mr. Melaye said he was ready to submit himself to the police on the condition that he is investigated by police officers from Abuja, and not Kogi.

In a five-page letter written by his counsel, Rickey Tarfa, the lawmaker alleged that police officers in Kogi state were compromised and were controlled by the governor, Yayaha Bello.

Mr. Melaye noted that the attempt by police officers to arrest him at the FCT High Court on March 1 was a manifestation of a compromise to abduct and murder him.

He alleged that the plan was orchestrated by Governor Bello.

“Our client told us that from information made available to him by his supporters, the intention was to abduct him and whisk him to Kogi State where he would be at the complete mercy of the governor and where plans had been perfected and were being implemented to frame him on spurious charges, arrest and detain him, and then murder him in prison while he is awaiting trial,” his lawyer wrote.

“It is worthy of note that our client has severally stated in the media that he is aware of this nefarious plan and the involvement of Kogi State Police Command in implementing the same. The sheer number of armed policemen and security personnel deployed from Kogi State on 1st March 2018 to abduct our client from the FCT High Court premises gives credence to our client’s fears. Our client was however lucky not to be noticed by the policemen laying siege, as he left the court premises.

“Sir, as the chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we urge that you intervene in the circumstances. It is obvious to our client that there is no plausible reason for him to believe that his personal safety is guaranteed in the hands of Kogi State Police Command.”

The letter explained that the police exchanged correspondences with the National Assembly over an invitation to Mr. Melaye.

However, Mr. Melaye said his presence in Kogi State will cause ”grave personal danger and may also lead to a breakdown of law and order, going by the antecedents of the governor”.

Mr. Melaye said he was not averse to being investigated but wants ”to avoid a breakdown of law and order”.

To avert this, he pleaded with the IGP to intervene, while declaring his intention to submit himself to police officers from Abuja.

“Sir, we urge for your urgent intervention in this matter. As we have stated, our client, convinced of his innocence is ready to submit himself for investigation and to answer any charge against his person but by police officers of whose neutrality he is confident in this matter, police officers from Abuja.

“Our client being a prominent serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Chairman, Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Publicity and member of several other senate committees, will not and cannot run from justice, but balks at being delivered directly into the hands of people who have made public threats against his person.

“We anxiously await your intervention sir, to secure the life of our client, and to avoid any breakdown of law and order.”

The police is yet to react to this development.
The Police Command in Edo said it has smashed a three-member gang for allegedly assembling Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Kokumo, disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin while briefing journalists.
Mr. Kokumo said that the suspects were arrested on Monday.
He said that on the day of the arrest, one of the IEDs in the gang’s arsenal exploded and severed the lower limb of one of the suspects.
The gang member was said to have died instantly, a situation that caused panic and pandemonium in the area and environs.
He said the gang leader, Idris Abdulmalik an indigene of Kogi, however escaped, while the three, a male and two females also from Kogi, were arrested.
The commissioner said a Toyota Corolla Saloon car with registration number ABUJA-ABC-371-HK was recovered from the suspects.
He said items found inside the car include: one rocket propelled grenade without the launcher and one berretta pistol N0. 53101466 with seven rounds of 9mm live ammunition.
Other items, he said, were two riot gunners; four smoke pistols; 23 empty fire extinguisher cylinders; 18 plastic bottles of prepared borne IEDs; 21 expended smoke cartridges and 17 pieces of pipes.
Mr. Kokumo said two timer clocks; four remote control panel and switches; eight nine volt batteries; eight live teargas cartridges and two smoke grenades were recovered from the suspects.
The rest, he said, were two fire extinguishers borne IEDs; two electric junction boxes; two gallons of gun powder; five empty cans of insecticides; 20 small cans of assorted chemicals; three hydrometers and eight pipette tubes.
The commissioner also disclosed that on Sunday, an articulated vehicle with registration number KANO-KMC-592 YD fully loaded with petroleum product suspected to be Automated Gas oil (AGO) parked in polythene bags was seized by the command.
He said the product was suspected to have been illegally siphoned from vandalised pipeline.
He said that three suspects were arrested in connection with the crime.
Kokumo, therefore, appealed to residents of the state to be vigilant and report any clandestine activities in their domain to the police for prompt action.
(NAN)
The Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Kogi state and Global Infrastructure Nigeria Limited have been dragged to court for 1 trillion naira damages with respect to their involvement in the 2008 Ogaminana killings.
 
It will be recalled that on the 26th of February 2008, the fundamental rights of the people of Ogaminana in Kogi State was violated through a reprisal attack by the Nigerian Police Force which led to extra-judicial killings and destruction of properties.
 
This occurrence was as a result of the stoppage of GINL theft of materials and equipments by the concerned youths of Ogaminana.
 
The attack led to the killing of 50 Nigerian innocent citizens, destruction by burning and razing down of over one hundred (100) houses, more than twenty (20) vehicles, and rendering over four thousand  (4,000) people homeless.
 
These were carried out by the agent/officers of the Inspector-General of Police and the Kogi State Commissioner of Police in collaboration with Global Steel Holdings Limited (GSHL) and Global Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (GINL).
 
Relying on section 33(1), 40, 43, and 46(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Articles 3(2), 4, 11 and 14 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights,  Barr. Natasha Akpoti and Barr. Suleiman Abdulraheem via suit FHC/ABJ/CS/981/17 on behalf of the murdered Nigerian citizens and those whose properties were destroyed, have instituted legal actions against the Nigerian Police and GINL demanding damages of One Trillion Naira (1,000,000,000,000) for their unlawful, illegal and extra-judicial killings in the Ogaminana massacre.
 
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Suspected kidnappers have killed an expatriate, a policeman and one other person along the Lokoja- Ajaokuta road during a failed attempt to abduct the expatriate.

The incident, which was said to have happened on Sunday morning, also saw another policeman seriously wounded in the attack.
Newsmen gathered that the expatriate, a Chinese, was a management staff of the West African Ceramic Company, located in Ajaokuta, Kogi state.
It was gathered that the unidentified Chinese was in company of the two security men, who were ensuring his safety when the kidnappers struck.
The fully armed kidnappers were said to have abruptly stopped the vehicle in which the people were traveling with the aim of abducting the Chinese for ransom.
But the police officers were said to have resisted the attempt, following which they engaged the hoodlums in gun duel.
They were however overpowered by the hoodlums, who rained bullet on the policemen and their target, killing three of them and wounding one of the policemen.
The hoodlums were said to have fled the scene immediately the kidnapping failed and left the victims in the pool of their blood.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, said the people were attacked by kidnappers operating along the Ajaokuta axis.
He however said investigation into the crime had commenced, saying the command was committed to the safety of the people.
Their have been a mixed reaction on and very big drama lately regarding the death of  Lukman Issah aka Commander, 6 days ago we posted on this blog that Government imposed strike in Ihima, Okehi Local Government area of Kogi State. Ebiraland Media also gathered that the Kogi Police Command said on Friday that the state would experience quiet and peace with the killing of the notorious serial killer, Lukman Issah a.k.a commander, on September 3 at Obeiba.

Lukman Dead body.
Lukman, according to the police, had killed six policemen and 19 Christian worshipers before he met his waterloo in an operation led by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“He was a vicious bloodletting, serial killer and arsonist.

“In the past years, he held forth in the crime world, leaving many deaths, robberies and arson on his trail.

“Countless number of uniformed personnel including policemen, soldiers and even prison officers posted to the state as well as other innocent Nigerians met their untimely death as they were murdered in cold blood by Lukman and his gang,” the police said in a statement.

The statement signed by the command’s spokesman, DSP William Aya, was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The police said Lukman, who hailed from Emani Clan of Obeiba-Ihima area of Okehi Local Government Area, “enjoyed a long reign from 2001 to Sept. 3, 2017 before it was cut short.” you can read the full statement here.

All these allegations according to Ebira Youths on Facebook were all untrue as they express their feelings regarding to the death of Lukman, some say he was a good, gentle and humble person while some say they know him for his kindness and that he was killed unjustly. see posts from various posters on Facebook.

  

 

 

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Lukman Issah a.k.a commander dead body.
The Kogi Police Command said on Friday that the state would experience quiet and peace with the killing of the notorious serial killer, Lukman Issah a.k.a commander, on September 3 at Obeiba.
Lukman, according to the police, had killed six policemen and 19 Christian worshipers before he met his waterloo in an operation led by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“He was a vicious bloodletting, serial killer and arsonist.
“In the past years, he held forth in the crime world, leaving many deaths, robberies and arson on his trail.
“Countless number of uniformed personnel including policemen, soldiers and even prison officers posted to the state as well as other innocent Nigerians met their untimely death as they were murdered in cold blood by Lukman and his gang,” the police said in a statement.
The statement signed by the command’s spokesman, DSP William Aya, was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The police said Lukman, who hailed from Emani Clan of Obeiba-Ihima area of Okehi Local Government Area, “enjoyed a long reign from 2001 to Sept. 3, 2017 before it was cut short.”
Crimes committed by Lukman and his gang include the killing of two police officers on stop-and-search operation on Ogori/Magongo-Okene Road on May 15 this year.
“During the attack, the leader of the Police team ASP Adetoye Okuntade of Ogori/Magongo Division and Inspr. Ochekpo Amanyi of 37 Police Mobile Force Squadron were shot dead while the patrol vehicle used by the team was set ablaze.
“Two AK 47 riffles in custody of the two deceased officers were taken away with a total 60 rounds of ammunition.
“His gang also attacked men of 37 Police Mobile Force on special duty at Adogo in Ajaokuta Local Government Area and killed four of them — Insp. Maxwell Dan-Zaria , Sgt. Moses Usman, Cpl. Sunday Ogbole and Constable Bulus Linka.

“They were the brain behind the August 6, 2012 bloody gun attack on worshippers at a branch of Deeper Life Bible Church, Otite near Federal College of Education, Okene, where 19 worshippers were shot dead while several others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

“Lukman was also a terror to his Ihima community as he shot dead one of the traditional rulers, the Ohireba of Ihima in February 2012.

“The Ohireba of Ihima was relaxing in the front of his house in the evening when he was shot dead. The killing was linked to the stoppage of Okiri masquerade outing during the fuel subsidy crisis,” the statement said.

It said before Lukman succumbed, he resisted arrest, while his gang engaged the police in a gun battle with the operational vehicle riddled with bullets.

“The police purposely did not want him dead as his death has denied the Force valuable information on his exploits and accomplices over the years as well as the recovered weapons in his possession.
“He was even taken to the hospital after the encounter, but unfortunately, he did not make it.”
(NAN)