State Police: Governors still divided- Fayemi

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Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum NGF, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, on Friday said Nigeria Governors were still divided over the issue of State Police

Speaking with State House Correspondents at the end of a Security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Fayemi disclosed that while some States have taken a position to have State Police, others were of the opinion that the security situation was not enough to warrant such arrangements

“The position of the NGF on that is that we have not taken any position because experiences vary. There are some states where experience does not necessarily lend itself to more devolved policing arrangements to the State. But there also States, where there are agitations for this and their own Governors too, have the view that, that will work better in their own States,” he said.

Fayemi noted that there were however economic issues revolving around it, including whether there are capacities to fund the State Police.

“These are the issues that will come to play, when we get to the NEC meeting that will be called.”

Fayemi however could not state when the meeting to discuss the issues would be held, but assured that he was meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to schedule a date for the meeting

He disclosed that the meeting which was at the instance of the Governors was called to review the current security situation and expressed concerns about the issue.“We kept the President abreast of the situation, and made suggestions as to what we could do to assist the President on the issue.

He stated that the meeting also looked at the economic situation in the country and how they impinge on the security in the various States

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Police kill mastermind of kidnap of UBEC chairman in shootout

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A kidnapping kingpin and notorious armed robber, who recently masterminded the kidnap of the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC),  Muhammed Mahmood, along Abuja- Kaduna road, has been killed by the police in a shoot-out.

A statement issued on Sunday by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the suspect, Sumaila Sule, alias ‘Shaho’(estimated to be in his mid-thirties), a native of Rijana village in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State, died in the early hours of Saturday, May 18, following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during a deadly shootout with police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder.

Sule, according to the police is one of the most vicious and most wanted kidnappers that have been terrorizing citizens in Kaduna and its environs. He and his gang kidnapped Mahmood alongside his daughter while they were travelling from Kaduna to Abuja in April.

“The shootout took place in the evening of 17th May 2019, at the outskirts of Rijana village. The police operatives, in line with the mandate of Operation Puff Adder, were carrying out routine surveillance and raid of suspected criminal hide-outs, when they suddenly came under gun fire attack from a heavily armed criminal gang. The police team fought back gallantly, repelling the attack and eventually bringing Shaho down, whilst his gang members fled. Shaho was rushed to hospital, where he eventually died the next day,” the statement said.

The police added that meanwhile, acting on information extracted from the suspect before his death, police operatives, between the 18th and 19th of May 2019, carried out sweeping follow-up operations at different target locations.

“These coordinated operations led to the arrest of four other members of Shaho’s gang and the recovery of three (3) AK 47 rifles. The arrested gang members include:  Musa Hassan … Read More...