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Police Arrest Robbers, Cable Thieves, Recover Arms

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Acting IG Abubakar
By Ernest Chinwo and Chiemelie Ezeobi
“Lagos State Police Command Tuesday said it had arrested some armed robbery suspects and cable thieves within Victoria Island, Surulere and Satellite Police Stations, recovering arms, ammunition and stolen cables respectively.
In Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, came a report that a policeman escaped death by the whiskers Tuesday, when armed robbers stormed an old generation bank in Eligbolo, Obio/Akpor local government area of the state, seizing two rifles from policemen.
But confirming the arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, a superintendent of police (SP), said at about 4p.m, a team of policemen attached to Victoria Island Police Station intercepted an armed robbery operation in their jurisdiction.
He said the robbers had attempted to rob a man of his vehicle close to the 1004 Housing Estate before the police chanced on them.
While other members of the gang fled upon sighting the police, one Gbenga Otenaike, a resident of No.20, Thomas Adeniji Adele road, was however arrested  with a toy pistol found on him.
Also, another armed robbery suspect who was identified as Uche Obi was arrested and arms recovered from him by police operatives from the Satellite Police Station.
The spokesman said the suspect were arrested by operatives who were on a stop and search duty at Maza-Maza motor park along the Mile 2 Badagry Expressway. During the search, three locally made barrel pistols with three live cartridges were found and recovered from him.
In a related development, five persons were also arrested at Alaka Bus Stop by operatives attached to the Surulere Police Station in connection with NITEL cable vandalisation.
The suspects, one Gafaru Gbadege, Morufu Ogunyinka, Aminu Taofeek, Kazeem Lawal and Kazeem Soweta, were said to be conveying the stolen cables in a commercial Volkswagen bus when they were caught.
Jaiyeoba said the three cases had been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, for further investigation before prosecution by the appropriate authorities.
Meanwhile, the policeman was shot on the leg while the robbers dispossessed security operatives on duty of their rifles during the operation.
Witnesses said the hoodlums forcefully entered the premises of the bank at about 2am yesterday in an attempt access the bank’s vault.
The state Commissioner of Police Commissioner, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa, confirmed the incident, but said the robbers did not succeed in the operation.
Speaking later during an interactive session with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Indabawa explained that one of the policemen on duty at the bank was able to prevent the armed robbers from gaining access to the bank vaults.
“There was an attempt by a group of armed robbers to rob the bank at about 2pm on Monday, but they (hoodlums) did not succeed in getting to the vaults, but they took away two of our arms and we are investigating the matter.
In another development, one person was confirmed dead and another injured in a fatal accident along the Oshodi-Apapa Expre-ssway, involving a heavy duty vehicle (truck) and a motorcycle.
According to the report, the truck’s yet-to-be identified driver with registration number XL 990 EPE had hit the motorcyclist, one Eric Njoku with a pillion and he died on his way to the hospital.”

Source: Thisday Newspaper

‘Robbers Used Rocket Launcher in Delta Attack’

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Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu  Aduba
By Victor Efeizomor
“An intimidating dimension may have been introduced to armed robbery in the country as more facts emerged Yuesday on Monday’s robbery attack in Delta North Senatorial District where two banks were robbed in Ibusa.
Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu  Aduba, said Tuesday that the robbers used unconventional weapons, including rocket launchers.
Aduba, who briefed the press in Asaba, the state capital, while parading the suspects, said the robbers took the police unawares with the use of rocket launchers, rocket-propelled grenade and  assault rifles to carry out their activities in the state.
According to Aduba, “a crack team  of the detectives from Ogwashi-uku divisional  police headquarters trailed a band of robbers/kidnappers to their hide-out in Igbodo, in Ika North-East local government area of the state,  where a gun duel ensured between the robbers numbering over 30.”
He said the robbers made a detour to Ibusa where they raided two banks, adding that the police successfully re-enforced and mobilised its personnel to counter the robbers, saying they were able to demobilise  them  and gun down  four of the robbers, arrested three while others escaped with bullet wounds.
He expressed regrets that his command lost eight persons during the gun duel, said the police was able to contain the rampaging robbers with the use of Armourd Personal Carrier (APC).
According to Aduba, “the casualities include DPO Abraka, SP Steven Chigbufue and three of his men who were on their way to  Asaba and one officer from Ibusa division. Other casualties include one military officer attached to Joint Patrol and a female traveller. On the whole six policemen were killed bringing the casualty level to eight.”
He further stated that  four of the suspects were gunned dawn and those who were arrested were helping the police with useful information, adding that items recovered from the robbers include a rocket launcher, a rocket-propelled grenade, five AK47 rifles, one 9mm Zastave pistol and 11 rounds of live ammunition.
Other items recovered are: 300, 500 and 50 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, N2,071,150 cash, one  Toyota Hummer bus with registration number  No YB 58 MUS Lagos,  two HP CPUs, one network PVR, one green  Lincon Navigator, Toyota Hiace bus with registration number XC412 AGB and charms.”

Source: Thisday Newspaper


Gunmen kill 60 in attack on livestock market

•SCENE OF HORROR: The burnt livestock market ... yesterday
•SCENE OF HORROR: The burnt livestock market … yesterday

By Duku Joel, Damaturu

 A group of armed robbers came with a Volkswagen Golf car, opened fire and started extorting money from us. Our people resisted and caught one of them … the robbers escaped and came back around 6:00pm with explosive materials, burnt down all the buildings, cars and structures in the cattle market and shot at everyone.

RAZED homes, burnt cows, scorched trees and vast grounds covered with black ashes. That was all that was left yesterday of the once throbbing Potiskum livestock market.

Some unknown gunmen, in commando style, stormed the market late Wednesday, shooting indiscriminately and throwing explosives.

The traders said they lost 60 people. The police said 34 died. Potiskum is the major commercial city in Yobe State. Damaturu is the state capital.

The livestock market, West Africa’s largest, was filled to the brim on Wednesday.

It is located between two security check points manned by the military and the police – less than one kilometre of each other.

It was gathered that there was an early morning attack at about 11.00 am when a suspected armed robber was allegedly killed by some traders.

Ardo Abdullahi, one of the traders relived the horror. He said:  “While we were in the market, a group of armed robbers came in a Volkswagen Golf car, opened fire and started extorting money from us (traders). Our people resisted and caught one of them. The suspect was beaten and burnt to death by angry traders.

“I suspect that the remaining robbers escaped and came back around 6:00pm with explosive materials, burnt down all the buildings, cars and structures in the cattle market and shot at random on everyone in the market.”

The Secretary of the Cattle Traders Union, Alhaji Maigari Lamido, put the death toll at 60 when Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam visited the market to sympathise with the traders.

But Police Commissioner Moses Onariti said 34 people were killed; 29 hospitalised.

He said no arrest was made relating to the attack.

The Secretary of Nigerian Red Cross in the state, Zabu Buba, said his men took about 30 people to the hospital.

There were indications that the death toll may have exceeded the official figure as some of the dead were already being identified and buried by their relatives. Such bodies were neither taken to the hospital nor were they recorded.

Lamido told the governor that 40 cows and 17 vehicles were burnt down by the assailants in the gun raid.

The governor also visited the Potiskum General Hospital where he directed that a special committee be set up to ascertain the extent of damage, adding that the government would take over the payment of hospital bills of the victims. He said families of the victims will be assisted based on the recommendation of the committee.

Potiskum, a usually boisterous town was thrown into mourning, following the attack.

A resident, Adamu Sambo, said all the entry and exit points in the town were blocked by security operatives and people sent home early before the curfew dateline.

Crowds of sympathisers trooped to the hospital in search of their loved ones.

The Emir of Fika and Chairman of the Yobe State Council of Chiefs, Dr. Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa, was at the hospital to sympathise with the relations of the victims. The royal father was deeply moved when he saw the bodies in the mortuary. He said he was sad over the “unfortunate” incident.

The Emir of Potiskum, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya, also visited the market and condemned the attack.

Culled from The Nation

Robbers set banks ablaze, kill five in Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State

01/05/2012 19:40:00 NAN

Robbers incapacitate the police in Ondo and raid three banks

Armed robbers besieged the sleepy town of Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State on Monday night and used dynamites to blow open the security gates of three banks.

According to the Police Public Relations officer in the state, Adeniran Aremu, who confirmed the incident, the affected banks are the Ecobank Plc, Wema Bank Plc and the First Bank Plc.

Fear gripped the residents who scampered out to establish what had gone amiss as the robbers followed each dynamite explosion with sporadic gun fires.

In the melee, five persons were killed by stray bullets but the Police authorities in the state confirmed the death of only two persons.
Those who died were a pastor, two commercial motorcyclists, a security guard and a teenager simply identified as Oniwu.
Investigations showed that the robbers on their arrival in the town went straight to the police station and dislodged the security personnel by shooting sporadically at them.

The station was immediately deserted as the policemen on duty took to their heels following their inability to confront the superior fire power of the rampaging robbers.

NAN further learnt that the officers fled to request for reinforcement at both Owo, also in Ondo State and at Akure, a distance of about 50 kilometers and 100 kilometers from Ikare, respectively.

The robbers had moved to the premises of the affected banks before the arrival of more security personnel and they blew-off the security gates.

It was gathered that they carried out the operations simultaneously at the three banks while the Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed at Ikare to control robbery attacks was badly damaged and de-mobilised.

The driver of the APC, and a policeman, who were hit by bullets were said to be on danger list at a hospital along with several others who sustained injuries as a result of the sporadic shootings.

NAN further learnt that a group of armed robbers had earlier on Monday evening laid siege on Akure/Owo highway and dispossessed travelers of their valuables.

They were said to have been dislodged by policemen who engaged them in a gun battle during which two of the robbers were killed.

The PPRO explained that those who died came out of their homes when they heard the sounds of the guns and were killed by the stray bullets of the robbers who shot sporadically into the air.

The police spokesman said that more policemen had been deployed to the town while the police had started efforts to track down the fleeing robbers.

“The DPO of Ikare, Aliyu Lukman, made a distress call to the headquarters and reinforcement was sent to Ikare immediately.

“The timely intervention of the police did not allow the robbers to gain access into the banks’ vaults.

“Our men also on Monday evening, killed one armed robber and arrested another four who blocked the Owo-Akure Road to raid travelers and dispossess them of their valuables,” Mr. Aremu said.

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