Security file with Enani Benson
SUSPECTED ROBBER WEEPS, SAYS ‘I’M A DISGRACE TO MY FAMILY’
A lily-livered armed robbery suspect shocked the police at the Police Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos, last week when he broke down in tears.
The suspect, Ade Ogijo, who rolled on the ground and wept like a baby said he was already “a black sheep to his family”.
He said: “I am crying not because I was not involved in the armed robbery attack. No, no, no, I am weeping because of my family name. I am crying because, my family name has been soiled; my community will no longer allow my family to rest, I have murdered sleep by involving myself in a controversy I did not know anything about.
“I will sleep no more, my family members will equally not enjoy what has transpired, my parents and siblings are too decent and cool headed, that is why I am crying.
“For the robbery operations, I did not participate, I only gave Chukwudi my phone to contact his gang members, then, I was going out with him when we were arrested by police.
“That is why I am looking for what to drink and die. I don’t want to witness the humiliation my parents and family may face. It is better for me to die then to see my parents and other members viewing me on television, I will not take the insult.
“I only gave out my phone to the person that told his gang that some money were in a place and they organised the boys. We were going to pick them not knowing that SARS operatives attached to Lagos State Police Command had laid ambush for us. I am crying because I did not participate in the actual robbery.”
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Umar Manko, said the crocodile tears of the suspect would not stop the police from prosecuting him.
He warned criminals in the state to either repent from their evil ways or risk being arrested and prosecuted.
TERRORISM; ZONE “2” AIG EMBARKS ON ENLIGHTENMENT CAMPAIGN IN LAGOS, OGUN STATES
On the heels of the continued threat to safety, public peace and security engendered by the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2 Onikan, Lagos, Alhaji Mamman Tsafe, has embarked on an enlightenment campaign designed to awaken the consciousness of indigenes and residents of the two states under his command, Ogun and Lagos, in their personal and collective safety.
The AIG, while thanking the people of Lagos State for their continued support for the police in their effort to flush out criminals in the state, enjoined members of the public to discreetly offer useful information to the police that could help prevent crimes and track criminal elements in the society.
Tsafe advised the public to be mindful of the kind of people that live and visit their neighborhood, their occupation and nationality, social lifestyle and religious activities among others.
Members of the public were also advised to keenly observe objects, stationary or moving, such as parked cars or abandoned bags in their vicinity.
AIG OMOJOLA CALLS FOR COLLABORATIVE POLICING IN CRIME FIGHTING
In view of the increasing crime wave across the country, the police have called for collaborative policing between the force and the general public as a way of combating crimes.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone XI Headquarters in Osogbo, Osun State, David Omojola, made the call in a chat with WESTERN POST in his office.
He said in this collaborative policing, the public should see it as their civic responsibility to always avail the police of useful information about criminals and criminal activities and report suspicious movements and gatherings within their vicinity to the police.
Omojola said considering the security situation in the country, the police were beaming its searchlight on three categories of people- those who sponsor the perpetrators of crimes, the perpetrators themselves and the victims-.
He appealed to those sponsoring these perpetrators of crimes to have a rethink and stop maiming innocent Nigerians.
The AIG enjoined the public to always make good use of their phones by calling relevant authorities whenever there is an emergency.
UNITE AGAINST INSURGENCY, OBA AGBABIAKA TELLS NIGERIANS
A traditional ruler in Lagos State, the Osolo of Isololand, Alaiyeluwa Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, has called for unity among Nigerians in the fight against insurgency.
He told WESTERN POST in his palace at the weekend that all citizens must unite to stamp out the evil presently bedeviling the country, which is Boko Haram.
“At a moment like this, all we need is a united commitment to stamping out a great evil that threatens the very existence of the only place we all call home,
“We must make it easy for the world to see Nigeria as a country that cares for all its citizens regardless of their age, gender, religion, ethnic group or economic class.
“We must make it clear that under no circumstances should any person, group of persons or organisation ever be permitted to trample on the rights and privileges of children of Nigeria or any other country”.
He said all Nigerians must be encouraged and see it as their responsibility to contact appropriate authorities immediately they noticed a crime is about to be committed and give all necessary support to security agencies.
“We must make it easy for the innocent citizens in the Boko Haram affected areas to see the Nigerian military and authorities as friends, and not enemies. We must make it easy for our soldiers to be loyal and committed to this great and difficult task ahead of them”.
Oba Agbabiaka welcomed government’s decision to accept assistance from our foreign friends to tackle the menace of Boko Haram and thanked those countries who had offered to help.
He said nobody should be allowed to pay politics with the crisis and that Nigerians must stand united in this fight against insurgency.
LAGOS OBA URGED FG TO FIND SOLUTION TO SECURITY
The Ojora of Ijora Kingdom, Oba Fatai Aremu Aromire, has called on Nigerians to see security as a collective responsibility of all and not that of the government alone.
He charged leaders to be fair to all manner of people in the course of discharging their responsibilities.
Oba Aromire made the call in a chat in his palace over the weekend.
He said: “As we all know, the major challenge in this country today as in other parts of the world is the issue of insecurity and emerging trends of terrorism. We have to go back to our creator, Almighty Allah, and seek for his assistance over the insecurity in our country.
“Security, being the bedrock of every meaningful development, must always be of interest to all citizens not only the security agents as everybody has a role to play combating the menace of terrorism. We cannot correct the ills until we repent and pray fervently before we can see the light of whatever we do”.
Oba Aromire added: “As leaders we owe Nigeria a duty to seek for peace and protect our collective interest, no matter our calling, leadership is all about fear of Allah and demonstration of values of courage, knowledge, wisdom, patience, compassion, understanding, integrity, discipline and vision and ideas ”.
Meanwhile, the royal father has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to embark on total overhauling of the nation’s security infrastructure.
He said it had become obvious there was incompetence or insincerity on the part of those charged with the responsibility of protecting the citizens and stem the insecurity challenge confronting the country.
He regretted that the unholy activities of members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram in the North-eastern part of Nigeria has become a wild wind, which may blow the entire nation into oblivion if not properly addressed.
While hailing the intervention of United States (US) and other foreign nations who had offered to help in rescuing the over 200 missing Chibok Secondary School girls being held by the insurgents, Oba Aromire warned Nigerians not to be carried away by the International assistance.