Apo Six: Accused police officers to know fate today

The policemen accused of killing six traders in the Apo district of Abuja in 2005 will know their fate on Monday.

Ishag Bello, a justice of the federal capital territory (FCT) high court, is expected to deliver judgement.

Danjuma Ibrahim, Othman Abdulsalami (now at large), Nicholas Zakaria, Ezekiel Acheneje, Baba Emmanuel and Sadiq Salami were alleged to have murdered the victims.

The office of the attorney-general of the federation is accusing the police officers of killing Ifeanyi Ozo, Chinedu Meniru, Isaac Ekene, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony Nwokike and Augustina Arebun.

The deceased, aged between 21 years and 25 years, were returning from a night party in 2005 when they were allegedly killed.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the allegations, making the trial to go through full stretch of adjudication from 2005 to date.

The date was June 7, 2005, when the popular ‘Apo six’ unaware of the terrible fate that lay ahead set out for a night of fun and merry making.

The nation woke up to the horrific news of their deaths at the hands of the police who claimed the five men and woman, gunned down were armed robbers.

The case captured the attention of the public for a long time.

Following the deaths and the subsequent public outcry, an official panel of inquiry was set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Five officers accused of the killings and eight other police witnesses eventually testified that the senior officer involved, Ibrahim allegedly ordered the killings.

The report of the panel held that the victims were at a nightclub located at Gimbiya Street, Area 11 in Abuja on the night of the incident.

The panel further said the face-off between Ibrahim and the group allegedly started when the female victim (Augustina) turned down the senior police officer’s love advances at the club.

The testimonies of the witnesses that formed part of the panel’s report also said that Ibrahim’s pride and ego was bruised by late Augustina’s refusal to accept his love proposal and, therefore, set out for revenge.

The report also said Ibrahim had allegedly gone to a police checkpoint at the end of the street and told officers on duty that they were a group of armed robbers in the area.

According to the report, which forms the bulk of the evidence in court, when the six young people came in their car, Ibrahim allegedly drove into them, blocking their way and ordered the police officers to shoot.

Four of the six died on the spot, while Ifeanyi and Augustina had survived the initial onslaught.

The report had it that Ifeanyi had called his friends after surviving the burst of gunfire, but that was the last they were to hear from him.

At the trial, the police officers had testified that Ifeanyi and Augustina were taken to a piece of rough ground outside town where they were executed.

The officers had allegedly planted guns on the bodies of all six of the bodies and pictures were taken of them by a police photographer.

The photographer who took the pictures later raised an alarm and released the pictures.

In a twist, Anthony Edem, one of the officers close to the case, was killed after deciding to confess.

An autopsy report from the National Hospital Abuja confirmed he died of poisoning which also formed part of the numerous exhibits before the court.

Officers take to the streets as Police solicits public support to fight corruption.

The Nigerian Police Force, Anambra State Command has called on the public to help and support the fight against corruption.

 

This was made known in a video made available to Omojuwa.Com  which clearly showed Policemen and women in their uniforms carrying banners and placards with different anti-corruption inscriptions.

 

This sight is actually a surprising and awkward considering how corrupt the Nigerian Police is perceived to be.

 

Speaking to pressmen, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mr Sam Okaula, in a statement said; “We are now saying no to corruption. Enough is enough. We are tired of this Toga of corruption that has been hanging on our neck for quite sometimes now. Everyone of us is coming out to say no to corruption and to crime. That is what you have seen today. This message will go down the line. The Area Commanders will pass this information across and also the DPOs. We also want to sensitize the public that the Police should not be lured into corruption. The Police is ready to fight corruption to a standstill.”

 

Speaking further was the PPRO of the State Command, Nkiru Nwode. She was also heard saying; “You go to any Police Station and you’re asked to pay for Bail. Please, my CP operates an open door policy. His open door policy has no limit. Come to the office or call the PPRO number which has been made available to everyone. Please call and report any Police officer that asks you for money for bail. Meanwhile, not all offenses are bailable.

 

The activity resulted into a traffic gridlock as the men and women of the Anambra State Police Command took to the streets chanting anti-corruption songs to create public awareness against corruption in the Police force and Nigeria as a whole.

 

This is a welcomed development in the country and if this kind of activities are backed up with properly structured actions, Nigeria may yet be able to rid it’s Police force of the cancerous corruption plaguing it.

IG Warns Officers Against Lobbying For Promotion

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has warned officers to desist from lobbying for promotion or face prosecution. Idris gave the warning yesterday in Abuja at the IGP conference with senior officers after decorating the newly promoted Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs).

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police has denied reports that the recent postings carried out by his administration are lopsided.
A media report on Monday said the recent posting of police officers across the country was intended to punish some of those affected.

A statement yesterday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer Don Awunah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) said: “It is suffice to state that transfers and postings in the Nigeria Police Force are administrative and routine aimed at enhancing utmost efficiency of the officers and men for better and effective service delivery.”

The new AIGs are Abubakar Adamu, Kayode Aderanti, Mohammed Usman, Abdul Danwawu, Felix Ogundeji, Ezekiel Zang and Pius Imue.He told the officers that promotion was based on merit as a result of hard work and dedication and not favoritism.

According to him: “Posting in the service is based on exigencies and not on lobbying. Do not lobby. It is based strictly on seniority and vacancy. We have a management that assesses people based on these established criteria. We don’t want people lobbying here and there. I want my colleagues to please observe some of these issues, they are very important.”

Idris said the police had recorded successes against kidnapers, adding that more needed to be done to eradicate the crime. “I want to thank you for ensuring that the crime rate has reduced. The issue of discipline is however very important, your uniform is for the service of Nigerians. So in whatever capacity you find yourself, it is for service,” he said.

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Nigeria Police Dismiss Six Senior Officers

The Police Service Commission, has dismissed six senior officers for impersonation, forgery, insubordination, negligence and disobedience to lawful order.

The dismissals involved Superintendents of Police, Assistant Superintendents and a Chief Superintendent of Police.

The commission at its plenary meeting on Thursday in Abuja, also rejected the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for special promotion of 12 officers.

These were part of the decisions taken by the Commission on 55 disciplinary cases brought before it, a statement on Thursday in Abuja by the Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, stated.

It explained that the commission rejected the recommendation for special promotion of one Deputy Superintendent of Police and one Inspector and also returned the recommendation for the appointment of a Deputy Commissioner of Police on acting capacity for proper presentation.

“It also withheld the special promotion of nine other senior police officers for failure of the police to provide convincing reasons for such promotions,” the statement added.

The PSC however promoted 135 officers, including four Deputy Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Commissioners, adding that the CPs had earlier appeared before the commission, where they were subjected to questions on the change agenda of the Nigeria Police Force.

The new CPs are, Posi Ajunwa; Akinsanmi Ayo; Kenneth Ebrimson and Akpoebi Egbuson.

The commission also elevated 17 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners and 78 CSPs to Assistant Commissioners of Police.

The two-day meeting, presided over by the Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Mike Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police, also endorsed the promotions of one SP to CSP; 12 DSPs to SPs and one ASP to DSP.

“Two CSPs were also appointed ACPs on acting capacity, two SPs to acting CSPs, two DSPs to acting SPs, six ASPs to acting DSPs and 12 Inspectors to acting Assistant Superintendents of Police,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the IG has canvassed for a better funding of the police, noting that the force needed more than 10,000 personnel to fill the vacuum created by those who died or retired.

Idris, who stated this when the Senate Committee on Police Affairs paid him a visit at the Force Headquarters, also suggested that the judicial system be improved to avoid delayed trials and prison congestion.

Nigerian Army To Court-Martial Officers, Soldiers Over Recent Borno Attacks

The Nigerian Army has set up a court-martial to try cases of misconduct, indiscipline, among other misconducts that led to recent deadly attacks on Dalori and other Borno communities.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said the Nigerian Army had already begun investigations into the matter, noting that those found wanting “will be dealt with”.

“The recent unfortunate attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on communities close to Maiduguri, despite our successes calls for concern.

“To this end the Nigerian Army has already commenced investigation into the attacks. All those found wanting will be dealt with in accordance with the Armed Forces Act.

“A standing Special Court Martial in the North East has already been established by the Nigerian Army. All cases of indiscipline and related acts of misconduct including human rights abuse in the operations will be tried by the this Special Court Martial.”

The statement added, “In recent days there were speculations in the media, especially the online media, to the effect that Operation LAFIYA DOLE has been taken over by the Defence Headquarters and that soldiers are not happy about it. This is not quite unfortunate and figment of imaginations of the respective media which was aimed at distracting the military, create rancour and disaffection among the components fighting Boko Haram terrorists…”

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Lagos Airport Police Command Organises Seminar For Officers

The Commissioner of Police of the Lagos Airport Command, Dorothy Gimba, said officers were being trained in preparation for the security audits by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) coming up in June.

Speaking on Sunday at the seminar, Gimba said that the motive of the workshop was to put the command in order to meet up with the ICAO’s security audit before the due date. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seminar has as its theme: “Improving the Aviation Industry Through Optimum Development of Her Security Personnel”.

According to Gimba, this was to enable the command meet up with their mandate especially as the nation prepares to face the ICAO audits. She told participants that the seminar was also to provide for exchange of experiences, seek for solutions and to remind all of the emergency plans contiguous to the aviation industry.

Gimba said that each agency was aware of what was expected of it during normal operations and emergencies. She noted that the seminar was meant to upscale the competence of the policemen attached to the aviation sector in carrying out their duties within the sector as the nation prepared for the security audit. She described the seminar as encompassing because it touched on topics like crime prevention, procedure and team building, as tools to accomplish organisational goals. “This seminar is meant to scale up their competence in carrying out their duties within the aviation sector whilst bearing in mind too, the need to prepare for retirement days,” she said.

The airport police command chief explained that retirement plan was incorporated into the seminar because of its prospect in enhancing performance. “The primary aim of this seminar is to scale up the participants competences in carrying out their duties within the aviation sector.

“To further embellish this workshop, the issue of pre-retirement preparations is also of critical importance because of its prospects in enhancing performance,” she said.

Gimba described the sector as “not only a highly specialised sector, but one that is multifaceted. “The sector is a multi agency environment which demands for collaboration and co-operation in order to form a synergy that will ensure seamless operational environment for optimum performance,” she said.

She said it was on the basis of this that Nigeria Police Force thought it as important to sensitise, brush up and update the skills of security personnel in the airport environment, through the workshop. Also speaking, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, Carl Onalo, commended the command for organising the seminar.

Onalo assured that at the end of the training, the participants would know what was expected of them at the airports and the assistance they needed. “You know we don’t carry weapons; they are the ones that carry weapons on our behalf,” he said.

The CSO promised to assist the command in the provision of accommodation which had been a major challenge to police in the airport command. According to the CSO, “the need to provide housing and accommodation for the police in the airport had been brought to the knowledge of FAAN’s management by the command. “I can assure you that the authority is doing something about it,” the CSO said.

He said that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) would soon commence housing scheme for the police officers at the command. Onalo said that the provision of housing plan for the officers would be duly planned and executed by the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command and the MMIA’s General Manager in the shortest period of time.

He added that the welfare package by FAAN would further boost the morale and welfare of the officers of the command. “I can assure you that in the next few months the scheme would kick start,” Onalo said. He added that FAAN would continue to provide necessary support for improved efficiency and welfare of the Police command at the airports.

Participants at the seminar include: representatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Others are: Aviation Security (AVSEC), Directorate of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Airport Fire and Rescue Services (AFRS), as well as SAHCOL and NAHCoaviance Plc.

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