The Sokoto State Police Command today, 8th August, 2012 averted what would have been another major disaster in the ancient Caliphate city of Sokoto, when at about 11.00am, an unknown person riding an unregistered motor cycle, discretely dropped a black polythene bag at the Secretariat of one of Nigeria’s leading political parties,a statement by Force headquarters said this evening.
CSP Frank Mba ,Police spokesman said today that information about the presence of this strange object was promptly relayed to the Police Authority in the state by a patriotic and civic-minded citizen. The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 10- AIG Muktari Ibrahim and the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state immediately deployed a combined team of police men from the Bomb Disposal Unit to the area. The quick response of the police operatives saved the day. The polythene bag was located, scientifically examined and found to be containing high calibre Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Personnel of the Police Bomb Disposal Unit thereafter carried out a controlled detonation of the explosives. No body was harmed and there was no casualty of any kind. The vicinity of the Party’s Secretariat was meticulously combed, to be sure of its safety and those of members of the public.
In a related development, he said , the Kogi State Police Command personnel today, 8th August, 2012, made a major break-through in their effort to bring to book, the perpetrators of the heinous crime that left two soldiers and several worshippers in Deeper Life Church, dead in Okene. Acting on intelligence, crack detectives investigating the case stormed a criminal hideout in Idare Hills of Okene, suspected to be a safe haven for the hoodlums wreaking havoc in the State.
On sighting the Policemen, the hoodlums opened fire on them, prompting a gun duel. In the ensuing battle, the gang leader identified as Yekini Isah of Obehira area of Okene sustained injury on his head. Though he initially escaped from the scene, he was trailed and arrested in a hide-out at Ibilo in Edo State, where was receiving native treatment for his gun wounds. Two other suspects, including a female, were arrested during the operation. One AK 47 rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition was also recovered from the criminals.
The Inspector General of Police – IGP MD Abubakar while commending the Police operatives from the two Commands for their professionalism, courage and gallantry, thanked Nigerians for their cooperation, partnership and enduring faith in the Nigeria Police. He urged all citizens to remain vigilant and continue to support the Police and other security agencies in their efforts at stamping out all forms of crimes and criminality from the country.
Meanwhile, investigation and efforts at tracking other fleeing members of the gang continues