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Terror: Lagos police, South-West Amotekun on alert

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Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Abiodun Alabi, has assured residents of adequate security following reports which suggested that the state is on the radar of some persons planning attacks across the country.

Alabi gave this assurance in a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, on Sunday.

He said, “The command is also working closely with sister security agencies to ensure that no person or group of persons succeeds in destabilising the peace and serenity enjoyed by the good people of Lagos State.

“I want to use this medium to allay the fears of Lagosians and assure them that all human, material, and operational resources have been fully and optimally deployed across the length and breadth of the state, especially at border towns, towards ensuring there is absolutely no breach of the peace.

“Consequent to the carefully laid down security plans/strategies, all residents of Lagos State are urged to go about their lawful duties without panic or fear.

“Lagosians are equally enjoined to remain very vigilant and report suspicious movements and persons to security agencies.”

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Earlier, Hundeyin, during a Twitter Space webinar, on Saturday, responded to questions from The PUNCH on reports of a possible planned attack on Lagos by terrorists and the readiness of the police, where he noted that the police were also getting intelligence reports.

Hundeyin had said, “We are working seriously with other security agencies. Many times that I am with the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, the Department of State Services keeps sending intelligence reports to us.”

He said Lagos residents also needed to assist the police and other security agencies in providing them with timely information on suspicious movements.

The Osun State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, told The PUNCH that the government is doing its best to keep the state safe.

She however refused to disclose the strategies put in place to keep forest across the state safe for security reasons.

She said, “We are doing everything, just like we have done since 2018, we are going everything to keep Osun people safe.

“All our security agencies are collaborating to ensure safety for lives and property. We will keep Osun people safe, but I won’t disclose our strategies.”

Ogun State

The Ogun State Government has said the Amotekun Corps will repel infiltrators who may be planning any attack on the state through its forests.

The Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Public Communication, Remi Hazzan, said this while speaking with one of our correspondents in Abeokuta on the planned attack by terrorists.

Hazzan said the Amotekun Corps are manning local communities, while the police in the state await intelligence reports, adding that Ogun State was safe, despite being in the South-West believed to be under threat.

He said, “For us in Ogun State, we have never shied away from the fact that security is a challenge and we would double all that we have done thus far to increase intelligentsia effort so that we do more of preventive crime instead of trying to do damage control after it has been done.”

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Kwara cultists gun down two during August celebration

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Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ajayi Okasanmi

At least two people were killed on Monday during a celebration by suspected cult members in the Olunlade area, Ilorin, Kwara State.

Every August 8, cult members in the area celebrate what they term 8/8, usually marked with attacks on rivals.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said two people were killed.

He said, “You know that yesterday (Monday) was August 8 and the different cult groups were celebrating the day in many places in the town; we don’t know what might have triggered the crisis among them at Olunlade, but we gathered that the crisis was not unconnected to the rivalry among them. We gathered from an intelligence report that the crisis broke out and the rival cult members started shooting sporadically to attack each other.

“Two people were killed in the 8/8 celebration and not four as being peddled around by some people. One person died on the spot of the crisis at Olunlade, while the other was reported to have died later in a hospital.”

Okasanmi noted that the situation had been brought under control.

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However, a worker in a government establishment in the area, who did not want his name in print for security reasons, claimed that four people died.

He said the crisis started on Monday at a local pub in the community.

According to the worker, some members of a cult trailed a man to the joint, adding that the target, who regularly patronised the pub, suddenly took to his heels as the hoodlums opened fire on him.

“The bullets fired by the cult members hit two people, including the son of the local gin seller. They continued to chase their target and later got him and shot him in the head,” he added.

Another resident, who identified himself simply as Abdulmojeed for security reasons, said two people were killed by the cultists, while two others sustained bullet wounds.

He said, “I don’t know if the son of the local gin seller who was shot survived but majority of us scampered for safety when they started shooting. God saved us that the bullets did not hit some of us when they started shooting.”

Abdulmojeed said the police came to the area on Tuesday to restore normalcy, adding that he was not sure if any arrest was made.

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Kidnappers abduct trader in Lagos, demand N10m ransom

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Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hudenyin

Kidnappers stormed a shop at Plywood area of Epe, Lagos, Sunday night, abducting a trader identified as Hajia Aminat Folorunsho–Balogun.

Meanwhile, the abductors, yesterday, contacted her family, demanding N10 million ransom for her release.

Vanguard gathered that the kidnappers, who pretended to be customers, walked into her shop at about 10.07pm, requesting to buy water. Her husband was said to be in the shop with her.

While the transaction was ongoing, one of the strangers, put off the power generating set, thereby throwing the entire shop into darkness. They  collected the couple’s phones and beat them up.

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Thereafter, they locked her husband inside the shop, smuggled her into their vehicle and drove away.

A relative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the kidnappers contacted the victim’s husband in the early hours of Monday, demanding N50 million ransom for her release.

The relative said: “After much bargain, they told him they would not go below N10 million. The family pleaded for N2 million but they declined. We have been going from place to place to appeal for funds.

“We are appealing to the Lagos State government and well-meaning Nigerians to assist us,“ the relative stated.

On its part, the Lagos State Police Command said investigation into the abduction of the trader had begun.

Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hudenyin, said: “The case was reported and we are making substantial movements. We don’t want to say much but we are making progress.”

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Kidnapper using teenager’s phone to negotiate ransom arrested

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FCT Command Spokesperson, Josephine Adeh

A suspected kidnapper identified as Ibrahim Tunbow has been arrested by the operatives of Federal Capital Territory Police Command.

Tunbow, who was arrested on Monday afternoon, was accused of using a phone belonging to a 17-year-old boy in the Kwali area of the FCT to negotiate and collect ransom from the relations of a victim.

The suspect was said to have offered the teenager N30,000 after he received the ransom, but the boy rejected the money.

A resident of the area who pleaded anonymity for security reasons told our correspondent that Tunbow threatened to kill the boy should he open up to anyone he uses his phone for calls.

The source added that the boy was scared by the threat and told his parents what transpired, adding that his parents reported the matter to the police.

He said on Tuesday, “What happened was that Tunbow first asked the 17-year-old boy to allow him to use his phone to make calls that his phone was faulty. He made friends with him and subsequently started using the boy’s phone for calls, and sometimes he received calls demanding to speak with Tunbow.

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“As soon as he receives the calls, he won’t be seen around for sometimes. Recently, he brought N30,000 and gave to the boy. The boy asked what the money was meant for, Tunbow said it was his share out of the money he made from those calls he normally received using his phone.

“The boy refused to collect the money. He threatened to kill him if he tells anyone that he uses his phone to receive and make calls. The boy was scared and explained everything that happened to his parents. The matter was reported to the police. Tunbow was arrested yesterday afternoon. ”

When contacted, the FCT Command Spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the arrest, adding that efforts were ongoing to arrest others.

She added, “Tunbow has been arrested, and he is in our custody. He confessed to using the boy’s phone to make calls during interrogation.

“He also confessed to being behind some of the abductions in Yangoji, Sahda, and Killankwa. We have intensified efforts to arrest other members of his gang.”

She, however, warned residents to be mindful of allowing strangers to make calls with their mobile phones.

Adeh said, “We want to use this medium to caution residents to be mindful of giving their phones to strangers to make calls. Parents should also caution their children against giving their phones to strangers.”

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