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Asassination Attempt: Police disagree with Ekweremadu, say its robbery incident

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Arrests four personnel, NSCDC officer on duty arrested 

•Two suspects in custody, making confessions 

•Parades other crime suspects across the country 

 

Senator Iroegbu

 

The Nigerian Police has arrested arrested two suspects that broke into the residence of the Deputy Senate President (DSP), Ike Ekweremadu, with a verdict that it was rather a robbery than assassination attempt.

This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood, who said the suspects are in police custody and providing useful information.

Moshood said that one of the suspects is still at large but that full investigation has been launched with preliminary findings showing that it was a burglary incitement.

Part of the statement read: “The residence of Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu on No 2, Jim Nwobodo Street, APO Legislative Quarters was broken into by Mohammed Yusuf of Kauranamuda, Zamfara State, who was arrested at the scene and now in Police custody along with one Ali (other name unknown) who escaped from the scene at about 0430hrs of today, 6th November, 2018.

“The Police has commenced investigation into the crime and the principal suspect Mohammed Yusuf of Kauranamuda have volunteered confessional statement after interrogation admitting to the crime and mentioned one Ali (other name unknown) now at large, who escaped from the scene to have carried out the crime along with him. Exhibits recovered from them includes: Motor Jack, Big Screw Driver,  A big Rod, and A small kitchen knife and other house breaking implements.”

 

“Preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt  on the life of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his family but a case of Burglary. However, investigation is still ongoing to determine if there is any other motive behind the offence.The same suspects had earlier at about 0300Hrs broken into the residence of one Mr. Haliru Adamu of No. 38 Denis Osadebey Crescent, APO Legislative quarters where they stole phones, jewelleries and other valuables before proceeding to the residence of the Deputy Senate President. The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Mr. Haliru Adamu have made statements to the Police about the two  incidents.”

The FPRO also said that there was no delay in Police intervention in the incident that occurred in the residence of the DSP contrary to his claims.

According to him, four Police personnel and one  personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps on duty at the residence of the DSP at the time of the incidence have been arrested and currently in detention for investigation for negligent acts and dereliction of duty.

He said investigation into the two  cases are ongoing and the outcome is going to be made public and suspects will be prosecuted.

 

Other criminal cases across the country

The Police Spokesperson also said that the Nigerian Police Force has been successful in apprehending other criminals across the country including fraudsters, kidnappers, armes robbers and rustlers.

He said that consequent on complaints and reported cases of armed robbery and kidnapping recently in Faskari/Dandume area of Katsina State, the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes working on actionable intelligence, trailed some suspects to their hideout in Faskari forest in Katsina, Katsina State and arrested them in the criminal acts of kidnapping/armed robbery after exchange of gun fire between the Police Team and this vicious and notorious criminal syndicate.

 

“One Locally Made revolver gun and 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from their possession.

“The suspects have confessed and admitted to be responsible for the recent cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in Faskari/Dandume area of Katsina State and environs,” Moshood said.

In a related development, FPRO said the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes in Katsina in a covert operation stormed the den of suspected kidnappers in Danmusa area of Katsina, Katsina State and arrested the above mentioned vicious and notorious armed robbery/kidnapping suspects that have been on the watch list of the Police for some time now for several kidnapping and armed robbery in the area.

According to him,  two  AK47 rifles were recovered from them possession and three  victims were rescued from their captivity. He said they have confessed and admitted to be members of an armed robbery/kidnapping syndicate terrorizing Danmusa area of Katsina.

 

“On the 28th October, 2018, the operatives of the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes in Katsina, Katsina State on a tip-off that Sani Isa ‘m’ 38Yrs is a gang leader of a cattle rustling gang, swung into action, trailed and arrested him at Tafoki Village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State. During the operation, Leko Lawal ‘m’ 33yrs was also arrested with the principal suspect, Sani Isa also confessed to be a member of the cattle rustling gang.

 

“Further investigation of the suspects led to the recovery of 40 cattle hidden in a Forest in Tafoki Village by the two arrested suspects. The cattle have been handed over to their owners after identification and proof of ownership.

 

“The suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigation,” Moshood stated.

In the same vein,  Moshood said  Saidu Abdullahi, Haruna Murne, Usman Abdullahi were arrested during Police raid on suspected criminal hideouts in RuwanGodiya in Faskari LGA of Katsina State and recovered from their possession, one AK49 Rifle.

He said the suspects admitted to the Police investigation team that the AK49 rifle was smuggled into the country from Libya. They also confessed to have carried out several armed robbery and kidnapping of innocent victims for ransom in Katsina State and its environs.

 

“Dahiru Ibrahim and Jamila Aliyu were arrested in possession of an unregistered motorcycle in Funtua area of Katsina State.During investigation, they confessed to have snatched the motorcycle at gun point in Kantagora area of Niger State.  Investigation into the matter is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large,” he added

 

On September 12,  2018, he said the operatives of the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes responded to a distress call from the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of a first-generation bank. On arrival at the bank, one Omokewu Jamiu Topson ‘m’ 26yrs of New Life Junction, Dutse Abuja was reported to be in possession of suspected forged cheque book of the Bank in the name of a customer of the same Bank.

He said that further investigation revealed that the suspect Omokewu Jamiu Topson belongs to a criminal syndicate who specializes in forging and withdrawing money using forged customers’ cheque. He admitted and confessed to the crime.

“In his confessional statement to the Police team, the principal suspect Omokewu Jamiu Topson implicated Mbah Chiakasiemobi and Osuji Stephen (now in Police custody), to be members of the syndicate. They have all confessed to their various criminal roles in the use of forged customer cheque to defraud Bankson several occasions,” he said.

 

Moshood noted that investigations into all the cases are being concluded and all suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

 


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