One person (name withheld) has been arrested in connection with the murder of Oyo House of Reps member Temitope Olatoye aka Sugar. Olatoye was shot dead in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State on Saturday during the Governorship/Assembly polls.
The Commissioner of Police Mr. Shina Olukolu on Tuesday said a team of police investigators led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) has succeeded in arresting one person (names withheld) in connection with the killing of a federal lawmaker.
He said with the arrest, all those involved in the gruesome murder will be picked up.
Olukolu, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi a Superintendent of Police, disclosed the suspect has made a confessional statement linking him to the killing of the lawmaker.
According to the state police boss, the police are closer to arresting all those involved in Saturday’s killing of Hon. Olatoye.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, Olukolu said others were being sought for, expressing assurance that there would be other developments.
“We have arrested one person in connection with the killing of the lawmaker and he is helping the police with useful information that will eventually lead to the arrest of all those that have hands in the dastardly act. I can tell you that we are getting closer to the killers,” he said.
The police said aside from the suspect linked with Olatoye’s case, about 18 persons, six guns, nine live cartridges, ax, knives, and other miscellaneous items were recovered.
While stating Olatoye’s death was in no way connected with the elections, the Police Commissioner said that there were enough facts and pieces of evidence available that will lead to the arrest of the other culprits.
“Nigeria is safe”
Information, Culture & Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed has declared that Nigeria is safe and there is no cause for alarm. The declaration came yesterday despite uncovering an alleged plot to disrupt the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for the second term on May 29.
He said world leaders, who will attend the maiden June 12 Democracy Day, have nothing to fear.
Mohammed, who made the declaration at a news conference in Abuja, said security agencies were on top of the recent security alarm.
He, however, emphasized that the presidential inauguration on May 29, would be a low-key event in order to save cost.
Muhammed said: “On the invitation of world presidents to the presidential inauguration, I said leaders will be invited instead to the observance of Democracy Day and that invitations have since been sent out.
“Nigeria is safe and sound for world leaders to attend the celebration. I will not tell you the measures taken for safety. I have no reason to doubt the credibility of the security alarm raised by security agencies. There is no cause for alarm as the security agencies are on top of the matter.”
According to him, the swearing-in of the President and the Vice President at the Eagle Square would be followed by a State Banquet at the State House.
Mohammed noted that the event marking the June 12 Democracy Day would start on June 7 with a historical exhibition in arts, pictures and immersive environment, and would run through June 12.
On the inauguration activities that began with yesterday’s news conference, the minister said: “This will be followed on Tuesday by the commencement of three-day national youth entrepreneurship empowerment summit in Abuja.
ECOWAS: President Buhari charges security chiefs on transborder crimes
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on police and security chiefs from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) to share Intelligence to curtail violent crimes ravaging the subregion.
He said terrorist’s activities affecting Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin countries and Cameroun in central Africa have created new humanitarian problems and serious security threats.
The president made this known at the closing ceremony of the 16 Annual General Meeting of West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) and Meeting of the Forum of Ministers in charge of Security in Abuja.
Represented by the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau, President Buhari noted that insecurity posed by corruption, terrorism, communal clashes, kidnap for ransom, organised crimes among were some of the vices threatening the peace in the region.
The President, who attributed the vulnerability of the region to criminal activities and other threats to peace and security to the vast borders and proximity to the Sahel, said that it was imperative for member-states to coordinate their security plans and activities, to enable law enforcement and other security agencies to contain and prevent these vices.
“We are aware of other threats to security such as climate change which brings with it environmental degradation, extreme poverty and poor governance,” Dambazau said, speaking for the President.
“However, as police chiefs, your focus is on security of lives and property in relation to law and order,“ he said.
Buhari noted that the fight against crime and criminality was vast and resource consuming, transcending national, regional and global levels.
He said that WAPCCO was a forum that affords the police and security chiefs the opportunity for cooperation and collaboration to proffer solutions to the security challenges confronting the region.
The President said that the fight against crime and criminality could only be achieved through the collective will and effort of member-states.
He said that resolutions in the meeting would become the standard measure of performance of the participants.
“It is pertinent to note that resolutions in the meeting would become the standard measure of your performances which in turn would help in safeguarding our nascent democracies.
“The knowledge they garnered here will also enhance your competences and capacities to successfully handle and resolve such incidences when they occur.
“Nigeria in the last four years has taken drastic measures and spared no effort in her resolve to fight corruption and her quest to defeat Boko Haram.
“We have led vigorous military campaigns against the terrorists by re-organising the multinational joint task force which had dislodged them.
“Working with our regional and international allies, we have denied them safe haven within and around the sub-region.
“We have also strengthened legislation against terrorism and corruption by equipping the ant-graft agencies in the country to be able to carry out their mandates,“he said.
He said that the measures adopted have yielded much dividends in reducing financial crimes and acts of terrorism in the country.
On his part, the President of ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Brou, said that the current security challenges in the sub-region required urgent attention.
He was represented by ECOWAS Commissioner in charge of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Gen. Francis Behanzin.
Brou said that results could be achieved in the fight against crime and criminality if it was handled by members-states with seriousness.
He noted that the security situation in the region was precarious due to terrorism, drug trafficking, arms proliferation and smuggling among others.
The president attributed insecurity in the sub-region to poverty, corruption and socio-political problems.
He called on member-states to collaborate with ECOWAS to hold the WAPCCO meeting annually.
Also speaking, Dambazau said that the region was faced with numerous regional and international security challenges.
Dambazau, who was represented by an official of the ministry, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, charged the security ministers to provide lasting solutions to tackle them by providing leadership and formulating policies.
He said that all over the world, crime and criminality are assuming new and unimaginable dimensions that no country can effectively fight without the collaboration with others.
Countries in attendance were Bukina Faso, Cape Verde, Benin Republic, Cote I`Voire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Nigeria.
Not everyone with dreadlocks or tattoos is a cultist – Lagos CP sensitize officers
Zubairu Muazu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has warned its officers to desist from arresting anyone on the basis of having dreadlocks or tattoos.
Muazu, who was speaking at an event in Lagos, also said the Nigeria Police Force is constantly training and re-training officers to ensure every personnel actions is within the confines of the law.
He said: “We have been sensitizing and talking to our police officers that not everybody you see on dreadlock is a cultist. Some are born with dreadlocks.
“If I feel like tattooing my hand, why not, I have the right to do that. Not everybody you see with tattoo is a cultist.
“We are working hard on that. I am sure if you’ve noticed the trends of recent, such nasty arrests are no more going on in Lagos state and we will continue to do so”
Muazu who also commented on rape and sexual assault by the Police said all security stakeholders and Nigerians should join the force in putting an end to it, as it is a societal issue.
“I believe it’s a societal issue and we all have to come together. What the police during cases like this is always reactionary.
“The family and society and everybody should work towards that to come up with a way forward on this issue.
“We need your assistance and cooperation to ensure that we get the Nigeria Police Force out of this mess that is in now.”
Kaduna: A Nigerian and his foreign girlfriend killed. FG vows to punish killers
The Federal Government has condoled with the families of the two persons, a Nigerian and a Briton, who were killed in Friday’s attack on the Kajuru Castle Resort, a popular resort in Kaduna State, promising that the killers will be apprehended and brought to justice.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also said that the security agencies are doing everything possible to ensure that the three persons who were kidnapped in the attack are released unharmed.
The minister said the dastardly attack that led to the death of Ms Faye Mooney, a British aid worker, and Mr. Matthew Oguche, a Nigerian, while visiting the popular resort, was a setback to efforts to promote tourism in the country.
”We commiserate with the families and friends of Ms Mooney and Mr. Oguche, and wish to assure that the security agencies will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to apprehend the killers and bring them to justice,” he said.
Mohammed said the Federal Government had recently stepped up efforts to stem the wave of violence and banditry in some parts of the country, through better intelligence gathering and increased collaboration by the security agencies.
He said the efforts were already paying off, saying the level of violent attacks, banditry, and kidnappings “are being reduced nationwide.”
”The government will not relent until all parts of the country are made safe for all, whether they are tourists, business people or ordinary Nigerians who just want to live their lives under an atmosphere of peace and security,” the minister said.