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Robbery: Deposit your money with us, police advise petrol stations

By Kingsley Omonob

ABUJA—Following alleged robbery attacks on two petrol stations along Airport road, in the FCT, authorities of the Lugbe Police division, have sent instructions to the owners of petrol stations in the area to carry their money to police stations for safe-keeping any time they are incapacitated from going to the banks to keep such monies.

The advice came just as authorities of the FCT police command said they took exception to insinuations that policemen posted to provide security for filling stations, are conniving with unknown persons to perpetrate acts of robbery on such stations and cart away sales of such filling stations.

Speaking against the backdrop of alleged robbery attack on a petrol station where the sum of N3. 5million was allegedly carted away, the DPO in charge of Lugbe, CSP Olufemi Abaniwonda disclosed that he had during several meetings with the proprietors of the petrol stations, informed them that if any occasion should arise making it impossible for them to deposit their sales in the bank, they should bring it to the Police station for safe-keeping.

…warn kidnappers

ABUJA – The Zone 7 Command of the Nigeria Police Force warned, weekend that the tide and rate of kidnapping and abduction of innocent citizens for ransom, aftermath of the Federal Government’s amnesty granted to militants in the Niger Delta, has shifted to the Northern states pointing out that it has over-hauled and re-engineered its anti-kidnapping units with the injection of experienced and vibrant officers and men to tackle the menace.

Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge Zone 7, Ivy Okoronkwo who made the disclosure in Abuja, noted that as a result of this, series of kidnapping attempts were foiled between January to date, emphasizing that most of the cases that occurred were cracked, unraveled and victims rescued without any ransom paid.

Consequently she said 12 suspected kidnappers were arrested during the period while weapons used for the operation and monetary exhibits were equally recovered from them, adding that suspects in the cases are being  prosecuted in court.


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