Nigeria Police Force Apprehend 2 Armed Bandits in Imo State

Nigeria Police Force Apprehend 2 Armed Bandits in Imo State

  • Two armed bandits, Yahaya Samaila, 23, and Saminu Abubakar, 24, have been arrested in Imo state
  • The two criminals were arrested after the Imo command's tactical team raided some hotspots in the state
  • The raid followed a recent directive by the Imo state police commissioner, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde

Owerri - The Imo police command have apprehended two gunmen at Avu in Owerri West council of the state.

The two suspects, Yahaya Samaila, 23, and Saminu Abubakar, 24, both of Kware local government area of Sokoto state, were said to be among those terrorising the residents within Ama-Hausa extension area at Avu.

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IGP Alkali Baba recently asked the police commissioners to rid out their domains of criminal elements. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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Police spokesman Michael Abattam said that the suspects were apprehended in the aftermath of the mandate of the commissioner of police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, to the command’s tactical teams to raid all criminal enclaves including uncompleted buildings, motor parks, brothels, Indian hemp outlets and moribund school buildings.

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Aligning with the directive, Abattam said the command’s tactical teams raided a criminals’ hideout at Avu and arrested the two suspects while others escaped.

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Gun, master keys, hemp and other items were reportedly found on the suspects.

He said in a statement:

“They both made useful statements confessing using the recovered bunch of master keys to steal parked vehicles and also to unlock people’s shops and steal their wares mostly at night.
“Investigation is ongoing and efforts are in top gear to arrest the other suspects.”

Insecurity: Nigeria's security agencies need maximum support - Agboeze

Speaking on the rising insecurity in the country, Ikem Agboeze, chairman Brothers Across Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation sad the security agencies in the country needs support from Nigerians.

Speaking to in an exclusive interview, Agboeze noted that if the security operatives are motivated, they will deliver in their duties.

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He said:

“All they need is support. It will motivate them to carryout their job effectively. They are humans too and need the support of others members of the society to succeed.
“On our part, we will continue to support them, especially with tools that aid their operations against terrorism, insurgency and kidnapping which has been on the rise in recent times.”

Hope Uzodimma reiterates his commitment to improving welfare of Imo

On his part, Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has reiterated his commitment and administration’s resolve to serve and work for the common good of Imolites especially as it concerns development and wealth creation.

The governor stated that he tends to achieve this by placing the state above personal interest.

Speaking at the flag-off of a major road construction in the state, Governor Uzodimma restated that upon assumption of office, he entered into a covenant of shared prosperity with only the people as his asset.

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IGP orders tight security across FCT as intelligence reports predict possible terrorist attack

Meanwhile in Abuja, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered a beef up of security in the FCT in order to fortify the nation’s capital against terrorists.

In a statement on Tuesday, July 26, Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the IGP had charged the Force Intelligence Bureau to collaborate with residents in order to ward off adversaries.

He added that the force is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the criminals are brought to their kneels.


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Jerrywright Ukwu Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at

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