AIG of police charges officers to monitor activities of Shi’ites

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone one comprising Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States, Mr Adamu Ibrahim, has charged police officers and men in the zone to remain vigilant and monitor activities of the Shi’ite group in the zone.

Ibrahim gave the charge while addressing officers and men of Jigawa Police Command in Dutse on Wednesday.

He explained that the recent clash between the Shi’ites and police in Kano indicated that they were a violent group and must be monitored seriously.

The AIG said that intelligence report had shown that the group had members all over the country and had leadership structure in 36 states of the federation, including Jigawa.

According to him, the leader of the group in every state is called ‘Governor’, pointing out that the police would not allow the group to form a parallel government in the country.

Ibrahim, therefore, tasked officers and men of the state Police Command to monitor the Shi’ites before they would begin to constitute nuisance or foment trouble in the peaceful state and the zone.

He commended the command for tackling the menaces of kidnapping, armed robbery as well as farmer/herdsmen clashes in the state.

Yuletide: AIG Warns Policemen Not To Mount Road Blocks

Officers and men of Zone 6 Police Command have been ordered to conduct only stop and search on vehicles and not to mount road blocks on the highways at Yuletide.

Mr Abubakar Marafa, Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone 6, Calabar, gave the directive on Wednesday during a familiarisation tour of the Cross River command.

Marafa said crime fighting was more effective through intelligence gathering and not by mounting road blocks which impede smooth flow of traffic and used to extort money from motorists.

He reiterated that mounting of road blocks by the police was illegal.

“We are in a digital era, and crime fighting has gone beyond the confines of blocking the road to collect money from drivers and also slowing movement on the road.

“Stop and Search is a more effective way of combating crime because it is based on intelligence report’’, he said.

Marafa said a lot of people would be on the road travelling to different locations during the Christmas period, hence the duty of the police was to safeguard their lives by providing them with appropriate security.

“We have to do our best to safeguard the lives of the people travelling during the Christmas period and not to slow down their movement by extorting money from them’’, he said.

He urged policemen not to act beggarly but to be courageous while confronting suspects during their stop and search operation.

Mr Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, Commissioner of Police in the state, said the command had put necessary measures in place to ensure a crime free Christmas in Calabar and also during carnival.

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Any Policeman Checking Vehicle Particulars Is On Illegal Duty – Says AIG

Dan Bature, Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in Charge of Zone 11 comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, says any policeman checking vehicle particulars on the highways is on illegal duty.

Bature said this on Wednesday in Ibadan during a two-day familiarization visit to Oyo State. He said that the duty of the police was not to check vehicle particulars but to ensure safer roads.

He warned policemen against blocking high ways, saying police patrol vehicles are not toll gates.

He said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) was committed to changing the negative image of the police and supporting the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.

Bature advised officers unable to key into the laudable initiatives of the IGP to resign from the force.

He said that a lot was expected by the public from the police, adding that this informed the monitoring of officers.

“The Inspector General of Police is determined to improve on your welfare and pursue the increment of salary. But this can only be achieved when the people have good perception about the police.”

Any policeman checking vehicle particulars is on illegal duty – AIG

Mr Dan Bature, an Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in Charge of Zone 11 comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, says any policeman checking vehicle particulars on the highways is on illegal duty.

Bature said this on Wednesday in Ibadan during a two-day familiarisation visit to Oyo State.

He said that the duty of the police was not to check vehicle particulars but to ensure safer roads.

Bature warned policemen against blocking high ways, saying police patrol vehicles were not supposed to be toll gates.

He said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) was committed to changing the negative image of the police and supporting the anticorruption war of the Federal Government.

Bature advised officers unable to key into the laudable initiatives of the IGP to resign from the force.

He said that a lot was expected by the public from the police, adding that this informed the monitoring of officers.

“The Inspector General of Police is determined to improve on your welfare and pursue the increment of your salary.

“But this can only be achieved when the people have good perception about the police, “Bature said.

Earlier, Sam Adegbuyi, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, said that the officers were dedicated and patriotic.

Adegbuyi said that in view of the population of Oyo State, the command needed to create three more Area Commands in addition to the existing four commands.

He commended the AIG, Oyo government and the Police Community Relation Committee for the successes recorded so far in the fight against crime.

Rivers rerun: Police must be apolitical – Wike tells AIG

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has advised the Police High Command to take urgent steps to weed out bad eggs from the force.

Governor Wike made the call at the Government House in Port Harcourt during a courtesy call on him by the AIG, Abubakar Marafa of Zone Six.

Governor Wike observed that the bad eggs in the police structure negatively affected the implementation of security measures.

He assured the Zone 6 Police Command of the continued support of the Rivers State Government in the maintenance of security across the zone

According to him, “Our security is becoming stable but it can be more stable if the police can be apolitical. If they continue to see the entire state as their own constituency.

“Even though the AIG has promised me that they will be apolitical, I don’t want to believe it until the rerun. That is the only time we will know whether they are apolitical or not.”

Governor Wike appealed to the Police Zonal Command to support the Amnesty Programme of the Rivers State government, which he said was aimed at improving security in all communities within the state.

Budget Padding Scandal: Police Invite Dogara, Others.

Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has raised a five-man special team to probe the alleged padding of the budget by House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara and some of his principal officers.


The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Amodu Ali-led Special Investigative Panel (SIP) has invited Dogara, his deputy Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor to appear before it on Friday.


The panel Tuesday had what was called “a preliminary session” with ousted House Committee on Appropriations chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin, who accused Dogara and others of padding the budget with N284 billion.


Last Monday, Jibrin petitioned the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies over the matter.


Jibrin was said to have “furnished the SIP with vital information and a heap of documents” at their meeting yesterday.


A highly-placed police source, who spoke in confidence, said Ibrahim has directed the SIP to conduct a “comprehensive investigation into Jibrin’s petition.”


We have commenced full investigation into the N284billion budget padding in the House of Representatives based on a petition from Hon. Jibrin.


A Special Investigative Panel (SIP), with a crack detective, AIG Amodu Ali as the chairman, is the one saddled with the responsibility of looking into the allegations in the petition.


The same Ali uncovered the lid on the $620,000 bribery scam in the House for which a former Chairman of the House Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management, Mallam Farouk Lawan, and the Clerk of the committee, Mr. Boniface Emenalo were indicted. The case is in court.


You will recall that Ali was deeply involved in the investigation of the $180million Halliburton scam. So, the SIP is led by an officer who is tested.


Asked of the preliminary work done by the SIP, the source added: “As I am talking to you (4pm yesterday), a letter of invitation has been addressed and sent to the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, the Chief Whip and the Minority Leader.


“They will be interrogated by the SIP on Friday. As a prelude to the invitation of the principal officers, the SIP chairman and members had a session with Jibrin on Tuesday.


“It was not a grilling session. But Jibrin furnished the team with vital information and a heap of documents to back up the petition he submitted on Monday.


We are going into the merit or otherwise of the petition on Friday by inviting Dogara and three others. It is going to be a gradual thing but we will crack the padding controversy.


Jibrin confirmed on Tuesday that security has been beefed up around him by the Department of State Service (DSS) and the police.


He also asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to prevail on Dogara to reconvene the House and step aside to face prosecution for alleged budget padding.


Jibrin, in a message on his Twitter handle, said: “My attention has been drawn to media reports that I have been summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee of our great party.


That I received a letter yesterday evening (Monday) inviting me to a meeting in respect of the crisis in the House on Tuesday (yesterday) by 2pm at the party’s office.”


“The letter did not in any way indicate it as a disciplinary committee. And I have responded that I will attend the meeting despite my tight schedules shuttling between security and anti-corruption agencies to provide support and evidence against Speaker Dogara and nine others.”


I am confident that the party will do the right thing by throwing its weight to support our resolve to wipe out corruption in the House and direct Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority Leader Ogor to reconvene the House immediately and step down to face imminent prosecution and save the party and our dear country from further embarrassment.

Nigeria Police Introduces Better Welfare Package For Officers

AIG Bala Hassan in charge of Zone 2 said in Lagos on Thursday that the Police High Command had introduced better welfare package for its officers and men.

According to Hassan who took over in September from AIG Matthew Mbu, who has been redeployed to Police College, the initiatives are morale boosters to the officers and men.

“As directed by the IG, when we send our men out on patrol on the highways, we give them rations and water to satisfy their hunger as they cannot get such things to buy in the bush.

“We also send officers to go and monitor their welfare and such officers do not go there empty-handed.

“This is happening for the first time as part of the welfare package,’’ Hassan said.

He said the police authorities were building houses across the country, using their personnel in the various engineering fields.

The AIG, who oversees Zone 2 which comprises of Lagos and Ogun States,  said the initiative was part of efforts aimed at ensuring that officers had their own houses before retirement.

“The IG has also commenced police housing scheme and this is different from what others have done.

“How can a junior officer get money to build a house worth N5 to N6 million?

“The IG has made our housing and works department vibrant because we have graduates in the force that read architecture and other related engineering courses.

“He has assembled them to construct the houses and since they are paid salaries, they are not going to be paid any workmanship.’’

Hassan disclosed that the project had commenced in three states and would extend to other state soon.

He said: “They have started constructing houses for officers in Kastina, Edo and one other state.

“The idea is to ensure that officers get houses at very cheap rates.

“Once you are sure that after retirement you have a place of your own, the officer will not molest people here and there.

“These are some of the things the I-G has packaged as welfare for our men so that they can perform better.’’

On compensation to families of officers who died in active service, Hassan said N57 million was doled out to them on Oct. 28 in Lagos.

“This will enable the families to continue to take care of the children left behind by the deceased officers.

“It is a form of insurance, and we warned them that the money was not for frivolities … it is for the school fees of the children.’’

Hassan also disclosed that the police had unveiled a health programme for officers and men.

“The IG has directed that every police officer whose father, mother, wife, children or any relation has any terminal disease should be treated here in Nigeria free instead of going to India.

“The treatment covers diseases such as cancer and others.

“The hospital can ask them to bring N5 million or N10 million and there is no way such officers can raise that kind of money and that is another form of welfare,’’ he said.

On scholarships, Hassan said the police had begun doling out of scholarships to children of policemen who excel in public examinations.

“Police have created a scholarship programme for children of junior officers.

“The scholarship will cover their education from secondary school to the university level.’’




627 Million Scam: AIG Mbu Lied, Says Businessman

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Zone Two, Joseph Mbu, has  been accused of telling lies over the alleged torture and illegal detention of the Managing Director of Kafisto Oil and Gas Ltd., Mr Uwem Antia and his business partner, Alhaji Suleiman Yerima by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and policemen under the zone two command led by DSP Ibrahim Dantoro.

Yerima maintained that they were tortured, beaten and detained for 80 days illegally by EFCC and policemen under the command of AIG Mbu.

He also insisted that the foreign exchange business deal for which they were being persecuted was legitimate and in order.

Alhaji Yerima who spoke with The Nation in Abuja said he stands by his allegations against the EFCC and AIG Mbu as he released to the public the photograph of Antia who was also tortured, beaten and had his leg broken by police operatives.

He said amputation of the leg of Antia is being contemplated by the Hospital for now.

However, EFCC Spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren maintained the position of the anti-graft agency, insisting that it “amounted to tissue of lies from the pit of hell that EFCC tortured accuse persons”.

Uwujaren said: “EFCC does not have any torture chamber anywhere in the country.

“I have told you that EFCC has nothing to do with the alleged torture of Antia, or Suleiman Yerima, if you choose to believe what they are alleging, well, I don’t have any thing else to say.

However, if their alleged torture was from somewhere else, I dont know, but certainly not from us. There is no iota of truth in it.”

AIG Mbu had also at a news conference in Lagos denied that his men tortured any accused persons. He described the allegation as false and mischievously concocted by the suspects with a view to fraustrate the ongoing investigations into their serial crimes.

AIG alleged that the officer in charge of the investigation, Ibrahim Dantoro was offered 50 million bribe to truncate the case, but he refused and informed the command about it.

But Suleiman Yerima said AIG Mbu was being economical with the truth, saying that as a well trained police officer, if an accused person offered a bribe, the appropriate thing to do was for the police to set up the accuse, collect the bribe and use it as evidence against the accused person.


I Will Build Police Officers’ Capacity For Improved Performance –Arase

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, in this interview with newsmen, spoke of his visions for the police and how he intends to reduce corruption in the force. Kazeem Akintunde was there for LEADERSHIP.

How do you intend to give hope to Nigerians that they will enjoy better policing under your watch?

I have come in a very defining moment in our national life. I know that the expectations are high. I have been in the system for quite some time too and in strategic positions in the force. In personnel, you first take a look at our personnel profile. We warehouse the best you can have in the system. But, what we have not been able to do over the years is for us to build on the capacity of our officers. So, one of the areas where I am very interested in is trying to delegate our needsassessments, look at areas that we need to concentrate on and give my officers purposeful training that will make them perform in those offices. Such departments may be administration, operations, investigations or intelligence. Whichever of those areas we look at, we should be able to develop the capacity of the officers to be able to develop on their statutory mandates.

The other area is public perception of the Nigerian police force. We have a negative public perception, whether rightly or wrongly. Perceptions, I must say, are often subjective. At the same time, there are certain things that members of the public would expect a policeman should do. They will not want a police officer to be corrupt; they will want him to be civil, polite, and to treat Nigerians with respect. Nigerians naturally expect the police to give them the needed respect since the tax payers’ money is invested on the police. They will demand a lot from you and at the same time, we will see how we can connect to the community.

What then are your expectations on the issue of applying intelligence in fighting crime?

I do not want a situation where people are detained unnecessarily. I expect that my policemen should be sufficiently trained enough to be able to gather evidential proofs about those cases.

Bank fraud is a ready example. There are cases where you can get records from the bank, corporate affairs. You assemble these things before you invite whosoever you think you have invited. That way, you limit the pre-trial detention period that suspects would have to spend in our facilities.

 Do you have enough policemen to police 170 million Nigerians and equipment to do the job effectively?

You can never have sufficient policemen to police 170 million Nigerians. People always talk about this United Nations ratio. Even that one, you can only situate it against societies that already have good technical platforms. The United Kingdom is an example. We do not have a technical platform. What people try to do now is visibility policing. You position your men in strategic points so you create that psychological reassurance that the society is being policed. In Abuja, for example, instead of dotting the streets with police officers, you can position them strategically so that anywhere you go, by the time you are driving from Shehu Shagari Way to the other junction, you see them by the way. It does not presuppose that you have sufficient manpower. No. there is no police organisation in the world that will ever say they have sufficient manpower. That is why community partnerships in policing is very important in internal security management. This is because, if you are able to win the confidence of the community, half of your job is done.

Is community partnership the same with community policing?

The nomenclature has been variously abused. People, especially the elite, use it when they want to rationalise what good policing and responsive policing is all about. We will make sure that we will do community policing. If you asked them to conceptualise it, they won’t be able to give you the answer. What he is talking about is why can’t you allow the people to police their security space? It can be likened to what was obtainable in pre-colonial days where groups such as age groups, masquerade groups etc were involved in some form of policing or the other. For example, If you reach one village and you tell them you want to get married, they would first carry out some form of profiling on you and your family. If they found out that you used to steal goats or found you wanting in certain aspects, they would quickly sound the alarm bell. The age group people also know deviants. It is like asking the people to be involved in internal security management.

In your maiden address, you spoke extensively about deploying technology in fighting crime. With the state of the economy, how do you intend to actualise that?

I will give you an example. I have done it before. I set up all the intelligence laboratories in the police force. The intelligence department has become moribund after about 38 years of the extraction of the NSA to form what you now know as the nucleus of the DSS. Since then, we have not been able to replace a department to drive policing through predictive concepts and it took us just about two years to redirect what intelligence was all about—crime analyses, ability to train the officers to know that they can always ascertain the trend and patterns of crime, crime mapping in their various states and commands. For instance, as I sit here, with the intelligence department that we set up two years ago, we can give you statistics of kidnap cases in the country in one week, month, weeks or in one year. We can give you statistics of manpower wastages and operational losses. We can geo-locate and tell you where crimes are prevalent? What are the typologies of crimes that are prevalent in those areas? All those things are things that can be done. And what do we do? Simple enough, when you talk about technology, you think about warehousing a big building like this with heavy machines. It is not so. It is about thinking outside the box. We decided to setup an intelligence lab. We got a server, computer systems, we trained the men, gave them phones and put them on Skype. So, all my information collectors in all the states of the federation, once they get information, they send it to me. It hits my intelligence lab and the analysts who are there start drawing the graphs and putting it in intelligible forms.

We all know that roadblocks are reoccurring decimals, how do you intend to address this?

I have already cleared them. I have dismantled them. I have set up a task force with 12 vehicles. I have deployed them. They are going to be in the six geo-political zones that are co-terminus to the ones that are being supervised by the various DIGs and all I have asked them to do is a very simple task. I pay your bill, give you money, give you a vehicle, fuel it, you go there. Wherever you see those roadblocks, remove it from the highway, note where it is and I will hold the Commissioner of Police and the Area Commander including the Divisional Police Officer responsible. Secondly, they ares upposed to go to the cells to see when those who are kept in the cells were arrested, on what offence and how long they have been there? Do they meet the prosecutoral standards of keeping those people in our facilities? Those are the things we have rolled out.

 You spoke about fighting corruption within the police, how would go about that?

It is very easy. When you talk about equipment, they are those things that touch the lives of a policeman. A policeman is corrupt because he is not very sure of the future. If he thinks that his future is not guaranteed, the tendency for him to be corrupt is very high. Don’t forget too that corruption can be something that is pathological. Once you are corrupt, if I put you where they distribute stationery, you will still steal it. So there are issues like that. So the areas I’m trying to talk about is those areas where we can touch the lives of our policemen, inspectors and the likes. We have the cooperative societies, we have set up a mortgage institution, we have a micro finance bank. In our works department, we have been able to attract the best brains we can get from the system. These are architects, quantity surveyors, civil engineers. Now, we have an investment department. Why can’t we pull our mortgage institutions and the cooperative and do direct labour stuff? We can build some houses like 2-bedroom apartment for our workforce where they won’t have to pay more than N2.5 million or N3 million.

So are we seeing an increase in Police salary?

Oh! Well, yes! Even my predecessors and a lot of us have been making cases about it. I have been in this police management close to five years now. We have always been articulating this issue that it is not enough. But, sometimes, when you make comparative studies, you take some African countries that are not as large as Lagos; you now say that the salary of those people is even bigger than ours. Well if you want to go further to situate it within the context of our institutions; you will see that our population is higher and the things we are taking care of are bigger.

 Is there any plan to stop a situation in which policemen have become domestic staff or personal bodyguards of politicians and others?

One of my friends told me that what we are doing now is to police the elites; we are not policing the security space. So I have already given directives that, as a stop gap measure, all civil commissioners in all states of the federation should not have more than two policemen.

As for the excess, we are pulling them out to form Judges Protection Section because we think that, with this tribunal cases that are going on, the judges require special protection. We have already given directives on this and I have asked the Commissioners of Police to immediately effect that. More so, a lot of them gave argument that that during the electioneering campaigns, they were scared that their opponents were going to do this and that. But now that it is all over, we are going to take a census of how many policemen we have out there. And we start pruning them. We will first start from the government houses.

IGP Mr Solomon Arase, Sets Up Judges Protection Units

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has directed Command Commissioners of Police to immediately establish “Judges Protection Units’’ (JPU) for the protection of Judges and Courts in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, on Thursday in Abuja.

The statement said the units were to ensure that the judiciary had adequate security to carry out their duties.

It also said that the I-G had directed the commissioners to assign Assistant Commissioners of Police in charge of Training and Development to conduct training and orientation for personnel designated for the JPUs.

The statement emphasised that personnel for the assignment must exhibit high sense of professionalism, courage, integrity, discipline and respect for human rights.

It said that Arase had also directed the reduction in the number of police aides attached to Civil Commissioners nationwide.

It will be recalled that Arase, during his maiden meeting with command commissioners of police and other senior officers on April 29, promised to take measures to protect judges. (NAN)

Police AIG, Mbu, Detains AIT Journalist For Describing Him As ‘Controversial’

An indeed controversial high ranking Nigeria police officer, Joseph Mbu, has ordered the arrest and detention of a journalist for describing him as “controversial” on a TV programme.

The journalist, Amaechi Anakwe, a reporter cum presenter for the African Independent Television, AIT, was detained Thursday morning after he reported at the Zone 7 police headquarters in Abuja, on the invitation of Mr. Mbu.

Mr. Mbu had demanded to see the journalist shortly after he described him as controversial on a TV programme on his station, Matters Arising.

Mr. Anakwe’s colleague told PREMIUM TIMES the police officer sent in the first call for the reporter last Friday.

It was turned down on technicalities after the media house complained the letter inviting Mr. Anakwe was addressed to the reporter in his personal capacity.

A subsequent invitation was served on the media house on Monday.

Mr. Anakwe and the Chief security Officer of the AIT were subsequently dispatched to see Mr. Mbu on Tuesday.

After a long wait for the police officer who was said to be in the presidential villa, both men were asked to report back the following day.

Mr. Anakwe was seized on their second visit.

“I think it has to do with the culture and level of impunity that Mbu has been allowed to exhibit right from his days as police commissioner in Rivers state to today,” Imoni Mac-Amarere, Executive Director, News and Current Affairs at AIT, said.