Operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command yesterday said it has arrested one Jamiu Bello, 26, ,who allegedly specialises in motorcycle theft in virtually all the states in the south west part of the country.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspect was arrested by the RRS operatives while trying to steal a motorcycle with the registration number, KTU 388 QG, belonging to Israel Ikyav, a commercial motorcycle rider at Ijora Olopa area of the metropolis.
The victim said, “I parked my okada beside a canteen around Ijora. As I entered the canteen to eat, I noticed people outside were chasing one guy. One of my colleagues rushed inside the canteen to call me that my okada had been stolen by one guy. I left the full plate of food I ordered for and joined them in chasing him.”
Ikyav added that, “if not for RRS operatives’ riders, the suspect would have made away with the bike. We knew that we could not catch up with him because he was far ahead of us with the bike already. I quickly alerted the RRS riders, who were patrolling the area about the incident.
Riots, Jailbreaks: No Plans To Relocate Nnamdi Kanu, FG Insists
The federal government has dismissed rumours making the rounds that it intends to relocate the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, from the Kuje Medium Security Prisons in Abuja sequel to riots and attempted jailbreaks that have characterised the facility in recent times, stressing that it has completely ruled out the possibility.
Recall that there were speculations in the wake of the last riot at the Kuje prison where Kanu was said to be the prime target and would have been eliminated by some unknown persons if the riot had not been quelled promptly.
LEADERSHIP findings revealed that although the Nigerian Prisons Service is expected to ensure the safety of inmates under its watch, it lacked the powers to relocate prisoners as only the courts could determine where a particular convict or suspect awaiting trial should be kept.
Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Prisons Service, Mr Francis Enobore, who spoke with one of our correspondents on the issue said he was not in the know of any plot to kill Nnamdi Kanu while in prison custody.
Enobore maintained that there is no iota of truth in the speculations that Kanu was no longer safe at Kuje Prisons and that the authorities were planning to transfer him to a safer and more secure facility.
Enobore, a Deputy Comptroller of Prisons (DCP), disclosed that from the investigations conducted by the prison on the incident, there was no credible evidence that Kanu or any other prisoner was being targeted by anybody for any reason.
Enobore said: “I hope you know that Nnamdi Kanu is awaiting trial. It is the court that determines where he should be kept for proximity to the place of hearing of his case. Besides that, I want to tell you categorically that there is no iota of truth in all they have been putting in the newspapers. For instance some papers have published that all the attacks were targeted at Kanu.