50 yr-old woman, fifty-five other suspects paraded for looting in Kogi

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By Ladi Omokore.

Kogi State Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba Ede on Wednesday paraded fifty-six suspected looters, including a 50 year old woman, Mary Esude.

The suspects, who were paraded at the force headquarters in Kogi State, were accused of looting and vandalising properties worth several millions of naira in Lokoja between last Sunday and Monday respectively.

The suspects arrested include;

1. Abdulrahman Nuhu, 33yrs

2. Bala Joshua, 25yrs

3. Mohammed Ahmod, 45yrs

4. Umar Ibrahim, 40yrs

5. Jude Obinna, 20yrs

6. Ado Ibrahim, 17yrs

7. Damudi Adamu, 23yrs

8. Haruna Mohamed, 51yrs

9. Adamu Yahaya, 45yrs

10. Tijani Danjuma, 24yrs

11. Muhammed Umar, 29yrs

12. Lukman Abdullazeez, 41yrs

13. Abu Ebuka, 38yrs

14. Umoru Abdulmalik, 30yrs

15. Hassan Salihu, 40yrs

16. Mohammed Abdulkareem, 48yrs

17. Mamuda Idris, 35yrs

18. Ismaila Audu, 31yrs

The exhibits recovered from the above suspects include: a. Spraying Pump machine b. Agro Chemicals c. Cartoons of Surgical Gloves d. A kit containing spanners and screw drivers e. Different types/models of motorcycles f. Several Kekenapeps g. A pair of ram boots h. Motorcycles i. Tricycles.

Nine other suspected looters were also arrested in connection with the breaking and looting of the warehouse of Essential Drug and properties belonging to the Kogi State Government.

The suspects are:
1. Sunday Edino, 46yrs

2. Mary Esude, 50yrs

3. Olapeju Jethro, 45yrs

4. Mohammed Umar, 22yrs

5. Ibrahim Abdulrazak, 17yrs

6. Jethro Seye, 22yrs

7. Rufai Otaru, 30yrs

8. Abubakar Umar, 38yrs

9. Alfa Adamu, 25yrs.

Exhibits recovered include; (a). Peugeot 407, Reg. N0 Lagos APP 897 AZ containing different types of assorted drugs and medical equipments stolen from the government’s Essential drugs warehouse.

Further investigation led to the arrest of additional thirteen (13) suspects in connection with the breaking and looting of essential drugs at the Kogi State Agricultural Development Project and the Ministry of Works warehouse. Suspects arrested include;
1. Jegeri Isah,18yrs

2. Ibrahim David, 39yrs

3. Umoru Micheal, 23yrs

4. Osama Ibrahim, 27yrs

5. Aliyu Usman, 25yrs

6. Abdulrazak Mati, 28yrs

7. Sadiq Lawal, 18yrs

8. Halifa Danladi, 18yrs

9. Akwu Kedonoja, 18yrs

10. Tenimu Salihu, 27yrs

11. John Moses, 34yrs

12. Osama Abubakar, 18yrs

13. Nezipah Abdullahi,
18yrs

Exhibits recovered include; Two (2) sacks containing forcefully dismembered air conditioners, Computers and other electronics; some medical equipments stolen from Essential drugs warehouse; Six (6) spraying can; two ceiling fans.

Parading the suspects at the command headquarter in Lokoja, the commissioner of Police CP Ayuba Ede said the action was in compliance with the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu gave charge for the all stollen items to be reclaimed, and for normalcy to be restored across the federation in order to bring an end to wanton violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private properties.

The Commissioner noted that consequent upon the reports of looting of some government facilities across Lokoja metropolis, he mobilized and personally led other heads of security agencies and coordinate the operation to halt further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.

“I am pleased to inform you that the ongoing operation which has been carried out with dedication and passion led to the arrest of fifty-six suspected looters of Agricultural Development Project, Essential Drugs warehouse and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture Offices in Lokoja and recoveries of some looted items.

“Eighteen suspected looters were arrested in connection with the looting and vandalization of items from stores of the Ministry of Agriculture and entire premises of Agricultural Development Project (ADP) Located at Felele, Lokoja. All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.

“May I use this medium to advise the Law abiding people in the state to go about their lawful businesses. However, I warn all miscreants that the Command in synergy with other Security agencies in the state will not hesitate to apply the full wrath of law against persons who take the law into their hands.

“Finally, the renewed commitment of the Command to sustain the tempo of the fight against criminality in the state and guarantee protection of life and properties remain unequivocal and unwavering,” the Kogi police boss said.

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