IGP deploys special tactical force to Zaki Biam in Benue

Inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed a special tactical force to restore order in Zaki Biam, Benue state.

Scores of people were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen and many were also injured on Monday.

Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Tuesday said that the special tactical force comprised police mobile force (PMF), counter-terrorism units, conventional policemen and special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

The others, according to Moshood, are special investigation bureau (SIB), a detachment of explosive ordnance department (EOD), police K9 (sniffer dogs section), police air wing (aerial surveillance helicopters) and other undercover operatives.

He said that the force would have its headquarters in Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of the state.

“The Police Special Tactical Force is led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja under the supervision of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Department of Operations.

“To achieve success in these operations, the Police Special Tactical Force will be proactive, work on actionable intelligence already at the disposal of the Nigeria Police Force, and carry out 24 hours surveillance and patrol,” Moshood said.

He added that the force would also carry out continuous raids on identified and other suspected hideouts of the assailants so as to arrest attackers and their sponsors and prevent further loss of lives and other criminal activities in the area.

Moshood said that the special force will cover all the communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, government and private infrastructure and facilities in the area.

He said that helicopters would embark on guided missions and aerial surveillance of the entire area, “especially difficult terrains”, and will operate in synergy with other police formations on the ground.

According to him, the joint investigation team attached to the police special tactical force is made up personnel of force criminal intelligence and investigation department, FSARS, SIP and intelligence response team.

Others include technical intelligence unit and special tactical squad, he said, adding that the team would be headed by an experienced commissioner of police.

He said that the investigation team, which is under the supervision of a deputy-inspector general of police (FCIID), was already in Zaki Biam and was making progress in the investigation into the killings.

Moshood quoted the IGP as urging stakeholders in the area to prevail on their subjects to exercise restraint and support security agencies to bring the killers to justice.

 

Source: The Cable

IG Idris deploys 350 armed police officers to Kaduna-Abuja road

The Inspector-General of Police on Friday announced the deployment of 350 armed personnel to provide security along Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

Muazu Zubairu, Commissioner of Police in Niger, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna.

He said that the deployment was to protect lives and property of road users and residents.

Mr. Zubairu said that a comprehensive operational order was issued to commissioners of Police in Abuja, Kaduna and Niger commands, on securing motorists along the way.

The commissioner said that police officers deployed were well equipped to tackle any form of security threat along the highway.

“We are even ready to confront cattle rustling, kidnapping and activities of armed bandits especially in the North Central region.

“The IGP stressed that police personnel nationwide have been mandated to flush out criminals and ensure their prompt prosecution,’’ he said.

He solicited the support of Nigerians in the task of ridding the nation of criminals.

“It is the civic responsibility of all citizens to provide adequate information to security agencies to track down and curtail all forms of criminal activities,” he said.

He urged traditional rulers to mobilise their subjects to embark on community policing and remain security conscious, to reduce criminality.

 

Source: NAN

Dismissed police officer asks court to jail Inspector General of Police

Michael Agha, a dismissed police officer, on Tuesday asked the federal high court, Makurdi, to commit the inspector-general (IG) of police to prison for disobeying a court order.

Agha, who claimed to have been wrongfully dismissed from the force, asked the IG to explain why an order of committal to prison should not be made against him.

The committal was because of I-G’s refusal to pay him all his entitlements as ordered by court of appeal, Jos division on May 12, 1997.

Joined in the suit were the attorney-general of the federation and the Benue commissioner of police.

Agha in his affidavit filed before the federal high court, Makurdi, deposed that he enlisted in the Nigerian police force in 1977, and was unlawfully dismissed from the force in 1988, while serving at 13PMF, Makurdi, Benue.

He explained that he was dismissed because he wore a mobile police fez cap to the police headquarters, Makurdi on a day it was drizzling.

Agha said an assistant commissioner of police (ASP) asked why he wore a face cap when the then commissioner of police, had banned it a few days earlier.

Agha said he explained that he did not know about the ban, but that the ASP took up the issue with him which eventually led to his dismissal.

Aggrieved by the treatment, he headed to a Makurdi high court to contest the disciplinary action, but the case was thrown out.

Agha appealed the judgment at the court of appeal, Jos, and the it was allowed.

He said on May 12, 1997, the appellate court set aside the judgment of the Benue high court and ordered that he be reinstated forthwith and paid all his entitlements.

The applicant said all efforts to get the police to comply with the judgment had failed.

He therefore, headed to the federal high court, Makurdi, and filed a contempt proceeding against the IG and two others.

When the case was called for hearing, Tarfa Achinge,  counsel to the applicant, informed the court that the case was for the hearing of form 49 of the judgment enforcement rules.

However, Achinge said he got information from Gabriel Ebonyi, counsel to the 1st and 2nd respondents, that there was a window of opportunity for an out-of- court settlement, and asked for adjournment.

Ebonyi, who did not oppose the application, promised the court that he would make further effort to get his superiors to comply with the judgment of the court of appeal without necessarily hearing the form 49.

Form 49 of the judgment enforcement rules filed before the court required the respondents to show cause why an order of committal to prison should not be made against them.

In his ruling, Hassan Dikko, the judge, told counsel to the 1st and 2nd respondents to urge the police authorities to pity the “poor applicant” and comply with the order of the court of appeal.

Dikko adjourned the matter till April 5, 2017 for report of settlement.

 

Source: The Cable

IGP To Convene National Security Summit.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has announced plans to convene a National Security Summit as part of efforts to tackle the rising cases of kidnapping in the country.

Speaking at a meeting with Commissioners of Police and Senior Police officers in Abuja, Mr Idris says the increasing cases of kidnapping is becoming worrisome as the Police requires the cooperation of all Nigerians to tackle the menace.

He challenged Commissioners of Police, Officers and men to brace up when tackling issues of kidnapping and other security challenges.

The IGP appealed to the National Assembly for increased budgetary allocation to the Force to enable them improve their performance.

Why Police shut Ondo Assembly – IG

Nigeria Police has said the decision to shut the Ondo State House of Assembly over its leadership crisis was not made by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

A statement yesterday by Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood explained that the decision to shut the Assembly was made by the Commissioner of Police in the state and was done in continuation of the constitutional role of the police, which is to maintain law and order.

“It is pertinent to state that there was no time that the Inspector General of Police ordered the closure of Ondo State House of Assembly,” he said.

“It is suffice to state that on the 30th January, 2017, there was a report of pandemonium, confusion and disorder in the Ondo State House of Assembly as a result of fracas between two (2) factions who are honourable members of the Assembly over purported change of leadership of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

“Police personnel from Ondo State Police Command were promptly deployed by the Commissioner of Police Ondo State to restore normalcy and prevent total breakdown of law and order in the Ondo State House of Assembly and the attendant anarchy and chaos that may occur in Akure town and other parts of the State”, he said.

The police said the constitution of Nigeria had spelt out clearly their role when there is a possibility of disruption of peace.

Moshood quoted the constitution as having said: “The Police shall be employed for the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property…”

He added: “Therefore, the deployment of Police personnel to restore normalcy and prevent further breakdown of law and order in Ondo State House of Assembly was in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ondo State is in charge of all Operations of the Police in the State and does not need to wait for the order of the Inspector General of Police before taking appropriate action in ensuring law and order and protection of life and property.

“The Police personnel deployed at the House of Assembly complex in Ondo State are to maintain law and order and not to close down the Assembly. They are under instructions to be civil, firm and strict in the discharge of their duties.”

IGP Appoints Jimoh Moshood As New Police PRO

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appointed CSP Jimoh Olohundare Moshood as the substantive Force Public Relations Officer, taking over from Ag. CP. Don N. Awunah who has since been posted as Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command.

CSP Jimoh Moshood hails from Ilorin in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State. He holds a B.Sc in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

He was once a Police Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the position which earned him Commissioner of Police commendations for diligent and excellent performance.

He attended several courses within and outside the Country few of which are Crime Prevention Of Korea Police, At Police Training Institute, Seoul South Korea; Training Course on Anti-Hijacking Techniques and Tactics for Developing Countries at Special Police Academy, Beijing, China.

He is a member of Nigeria Institutes of Public Relations, member of Africa Business School,  Abuja and Associate Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration Of Nigeria.

The officer has served in various capacities in the Nigeria Police Force as DPO Central Area, Abuja between 2012 – 2013 and Chief Superintendent of Police in charge of Department of Finance and Administration, FCT Police Command, Abuja among others.

Until his recent appointment he was the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer FHQ Abuja.

He has since assumed duty as the Force Public Relations Officer for the Nigeria Police Force.

 

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Reps threaten to order arrest of Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The House of Representatives on Thursday threatened to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, if he fails to appear before its Committee on Police Affairs on January 19.

This followed the adoption of a motion moved by Gabriel Onyenwife who condemned the continuous refusal of the I-G to honour invitations of the Committee.

The Committee is investigating alleged violation of the 2016 Appropriation Act by the Nigerian Police Force.

Moving the motion, Mr. Onyenwife noted that the police chief had failed to appear before the Committee to explain why the force diverted N1.2 billion approved for the purchase of 10 armoured personnel carriers.

He said that instead of using the approved sum to purchase the said carriers, the money was rather used for the purchase of 64 Toyota Hiace Commuter vehicles, without the approval of the National Assembly.

He also said that N6 billion was appropriated in the same act for rehabilitation of 102 police stations nationwide, but the amount was diverted for other uses.

“These infractions of the Appropriation Act 2016, the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007, and the Public Procurement Act 2007, are just two of the several infractions committed by the Nigeria Police Force in the course of implementation of the budget,” Mr. Onyenwife said.

According to him, the Committee on Police Affairs invited the police chief on December 6, 2016 and December 13, 2016 in his capacity as the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Force to explain or justify these perceived infractions.

“But he failed or refused to honour the invitations or justify his failure or refusal to attend,” Mr. Onyenwife stated.

The House, therefore, resolved to summon the I-G to appear before the Committee unfailingly on Thursday January 19. 2017, to justify the said infractions of the Appropriation Act 2016.

IGP Set Up 27 Man Committee To Tackle Cattle Rustling

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim  Idris has set up a 27 man committee saddled with the responsibility of offering solutions to tackle cattle rustling.

The Committee, which is headed by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Animal Branch, AIG Charles Ugomuoh and members drawn from all over the affected states, and ECOWAS, is a standing committee, and was tasked to draw up policies and strategies to handle the issue of cattle rustling.

Also, the IGP has directed a high powered investigation team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of DSP Mohammed Alkali and others missing?.

The IGP condoles with the family for this great loss and identify with the grief of his colleagues.

The IGP also expressed satisfaction in the performance of the police officers deployed in the re-run parliamentary elections in Rivers State held on Saturday, December, 10 2016.

The IGP noted that “there is no doubt that some disgruntled elements in the state attempted to foist violence and insecurity on the populace that are generally peace loving. Comparatively, the re-run election was a huge success in contrast to past elections in the state that were usually characterized by violence and wanton destruction of lives and property.?

“The IGP master plan on election security will continue to be improved upon for future elections in the county. This master plan will usher in credible, fair, free and acceptable elections in accordance with the principles of democratic policing and international best practices.”

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IGP Bemoans Attack On Nigeria Police Personnel.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris has described as deeply worrisome the rate at which officers and men lose their lives in the course of discharging their statutory duties.

 

Such deaths, occasioned by unwarranted attacks by religious bigot, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted,DCP Don N. Awunah, force public relations officer, Force Headquarters, said in a statement.

 

According to the spokesman, in the past three months, the Force has lost one hundred and twenty eight (128) personnel in various parts of the country due to activities of these undesirable elements in our communities. Also disturbing, is the wanton destruction of Police infrastructure and public assets. The recent cases in Dankamoji village in Maradu LGA of Zamfara state, Abagana in Anambra state and in Okrika waterways in Rivers state where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed are cases in point.

 

IGP regrets the loss of these personnel in the course of their national duty and condoles with their families while assuring them of the Force’s support to cushion the effect of this irreparable loss. Their departure will certainly not be in vain.

 

The IGP urged the officers not to relent or be distracted in our collective will to serve this country, the costly challenges notwithstanding. The law abiding citizens are equally advised to continue to render the Police the desired support and assistance.

#BringBackOurGirls demands apology from IGP over harassment

Following declaring by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, that the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group was a security threat and the hostile treatment levelled upon it by the Nigerian Police during it’s march to the Villa, the group has demanded an apology from the IGP.

 

Briefing the press yesterday during the group’s Monthly Monitoring Report, one of its members, Veronica Bakam stated that the IGP’s statement was a deliberate attempt to pitch the group against fellow Nigerians without any evidence and also demanded official retraction to all the statements levelling allegations and accusations against the group.

 

We want the IGP immediately tenders and widely publishes his unreserved apology to our #BringBackOurGirls movement for violation of our individual and collective rights and freedoms, causing inconvenience to us, orchestrating a hate campaign and disseminating false accusation against us with the intention of tarnishing the reputation of our movement,” she said.

She also demanded the IGP makes a public pledge and commitment to never again infringe the Nigerian constitution by using the Nigerian Police as a tool of oppression against the group and other citizens and civic organisations.

 

The IGP should also forthwith tenders unreserved apology to the parents of our Chibok girls and the Chibok community who were part of our procession; for using officers of the Nigeria Police to disorganize our public event on Tuesday 6 September, 2016 and in so doing, causing these already distraught citizens even more distress.

 

He should also immediately tenders apology to the Nigerian and the global public for misleading them in the aforementioned public announcements and pronouncements, causing unnecessary and unwarranted inconvenience to motorists on Shehu Shagari Way on Tuesday 6 September, and indeed for portraying the Nigeria Police Force in extremely bad light by their words and actions,” she said.

IGP’s ban on public protest illegal – Falana

Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has described the ban by Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as illegal.

Ibrahim gave the directive on Wednesday following a “clash” between the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners and a pro- President Muhammadu Buhari group in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Falana lamented that through the ban, the IGP had “exposed the federal government to avoidable embarrassment.”

He said: “Sequel to the purported clash, the Inspector-General of Police had called the BBOG members and announced an illegal ban on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Since the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people (including former members of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) who are now in the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government) to assemble peacefully and demonstrate without any official harassment have been upheld by Nigerian courts, the illegal ban on public protests in the Federal Capital Territory by the Inspector-General of Police will not be allowed to stand.

“More so, that it is principally aimed at stopping the demand for the unconditionally release of the Chibok girls from the illegal incarceration of the Boko Haram sect.”

Falana said instead of “demonizing” the BBOG campaigners, the country owed them a duty “for upholding our collective humanity.”

He continued: “By accusing the BBOG campaigners of engaging in subversion by legitimately demanding for the abducted Chibok girls, the Inspector-General of Police has exposed the federal government to avoidable embarrassment.

“Since the BBOG members  have demonstrated unprecedented courage and determination to continue to protest until Chibok girls are brought back home, the police and the security forces should be directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from harassing them in any manner whatsoever and howsoever.”

Falana added that through “selfless sacrifice and uncommon commitment,” the BBOG campaigners mounted a global campaign “which drew the attention of all men and women of goodwill to the plight of the innocent girls and the mental and the psychological agony to which their parents have been subjected.”

“In particular, the BBOG members have successfully mobilised the United Nations (UN), world leaders and the global human rights community to demand for the unconditional release of the abducted girls.

“But for the effective campaign which has been relentlessly waged by the BBOG members through peaceful protests which are held on a daily basis at Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Federal Government and the Nigerian people would have forgotten about the Chibok girls.”

Leader of the #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG) advocacy Oby Ezekwesili said yesterday that nobody could threaten them since they were bonafide citizens of the country.

Ezekwesili, who added that their rights are guaranteed by the constitution, advised the Inspector General of Police  to educate himself properly about democracy and citizens’ right to peaceful assembly.

She also said the previous administration administration used similar tactics to try to violate their rights but their rights was upheld by the constitution and court.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja, at the usual sitout of the group, Ezekwesili said,

“Our response is he should ask for the file that recorded our advocacy between 2014 and 2015 when the previous administration used all kinds of tactics similar to this one to try to violate our constitutional liberty, not only did the constitution uphold that right, the court also upheld our rights, he should just read this files, he should be able to find what he needs in order to educate himself properly about democracy and citizens right to peaceful assembly.

“We are a peaceful movement as everyone knows, so we are not changing anything, no retreat, no surrender, are our girls back? If the government says that we are unreasonable in demanding for our Chibok girls in the way that we have been demanding for them since 2014, they need to show the evidence that counters our stance.

“For us as a movement, we plead for the rescue video of August 14th which is an incredible opportunity for our government, which really conveyed a message to the world.”

The unity fountain was devoid of police presence by the time of the sitout.

The policemen who took positions at the Abuja Fountain earlier in the day left before the sitout started.

BREAKING: Ibrahim Idris Confirmed As IGP Of Nigeria Police Force

Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has just been confirmed as the IGP of the Nigeria Police Force. The is one outcome following the Council of State meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari today.

 

The Council of State meeting, which brought together several former heads of state and sitting governors, was deliberating over the full appointment of Mr. Idris as the IGP as well as several other key positions in the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).

 

Images following Mr. Idris’s confirmation are below:

 

 

 

 

 

IGP Commences Community Involvement In Policing

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim K. Idris, has commenced massive community involvement in policing as part of initiatives to foster total re-organization and transformation of the internal security architecture of the country.

The initiative, named Eminent Persons Forum, entails the coming together of critical stakeholders in various states of the Federation who desire to partner with the Nigeria Police Force in ensuring the safety and security of their states.

The Imo state chapter of the initiative was inaugurated in Owerri, the state capital by the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.

Delivering his opening address during the inauguration, CP Lakanu, stated that the formation of the Eminent Persons’ Forum is the brainchild of the Inspector General of Police, whose main objective is to integrate community element in the arduous task of effectively and efficiently policing the state.

He added that the innovative idea is in line with the IGP’s new leadership paradigm which is anchored on ‘ensuring that our streets, our neighbourhoods, our communities remain safe’.

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IGP Orders Disarmament Of Biafran Protesters

The Inspector General of Police Mr ?Solomon Arase has ordered the immediate disarmament of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Arase’s order followed the killing some police officers in Asaba, Delta state, by a mob of Biafra campaigners on Monday.

He gave the order to the heads of the police formations in the southeast, saying that IPOB had crossed the line.

“Following the manifestation of the disposition of the armed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) activists to undertake premeditated attacks on Police officers engage in operations aimed at restoring public order in states in the south-east and south-south geopolitical zone of the country, the inspector-general of police,IGP Solomon E. Arase has directed the assistant inspectors general of police and the commissioners of police in the affected area to disarm members of the group operating firearms immediately,” a statement issued by Olabisi Kolawole, police spokesperson, on Tuesday, read.

“The IGP noted that the targeted attacks on Police personnel, who have been performing their statutory functions in the most professional and civil manner since the latest resurgence disorder, portrays the IPOB activists who are orchestrating the insurrection as having crossed the threshold in their misguided attempt to test the common will of the nation.

“IGP Arase, while condemning the killing by members of IPOB, also directed the arrest of any member of the group found in possession of firearm and bring him/her to deserved justice, while all IPOB activists arrested in connection with the killing of the Policemen should be charged to court for murder.”

The police say that they “will continue to diligently work towards eliminating any threat to internal security and assure Nigerians of their commitment to their safety and security.”

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Alleged N1trn fraud: Court Stops Senate, IGP From Arresting Lamorde

Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has restrained the Senate and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, from arresting the former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, over his alleged complicity in N1 trillion fraud.

 

Justice Gabriel Kolawole issued the order on the basis of an ex-parte motion Lamorde filed before the court through his lawyer, Mr. Festus Ukpue.

 

The former EFCC boss had in the application, dated March 7, begged the court to stop the Senate from issuing a warrant for his arrest, pending the hearing and determination of a substantive suit he lodged before the court.

 

Lamorde was earlier summoned by the Senate to account for funds the anti-graft agency, under his leadership, seized from some alleged corrupt public office holders. The funds were said to have been re-looted, with no record kept on how it was remitted or utilised.

 

Meanwhile, without honouring the invitation by the legislative house, Lamorde ran before the court with a suit challenging the investigative process the lawmakers initiated against him.

 

Although his suit is still pending before the court, Lamorde who was said to have gone into hiding, sensing an intensified move to get him arrested, quickly filed an ex-parte motion to abort plans to apprehend him.

 

Justice Kolawole, after listening to the ex-parte motion, ordered: “A limited order of injunction is hereby granted to restrain the defendants, pending when they are heard on the reply to the plaintiff’s motion on notice. “That the plaintiff’s counsel is hereby directed to obtain a certified true copy of the order in this ruling, and cause same to be served on the Inspector-General of Police.”

 

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IGP Gives Automatic Promotion To 9 Policemen In Nasarawa

Alhaji Lawal Shehu-Batsari, Commissioner of Police, Nasarawa State, on Wednesday decorated nine policemen offered special promotion by Mr Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police during his recent visit to the state.

 

The IGP was impressed by their display during a parade by the sentry guards of the command on March 4.

 

He directed that they be given automatic promotion to their next rank.

 

The policemen, seven corporals and two constables were decorated with their new ranks by the commissioner.

 

Those promoted to sergeant are Laraba Iliya, Dodo Philip, Mabel Philip, Raphael Agida, Tasala Edeh, Daniel Gabriel and Bamaiyi Adigiri, while Josiah Nmadu and Abel Nmadu were moved from the rank of constable to corporal.

 

The commissioner challenged them to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation through unwavering commitment to their job.

 

Shehu-Batsari thanked the IGP for the gesture, saying that it would spur other policemen to be more proactive in their assignment.

 

“To whom much is given, much is expected. You should be forthright, honest and dedicated in protecting the lives and properties of law-abiding citizens of this country.

You should be able to bring purposeful leadership to the force”, he said.

 

Shehu-Batsari warned policemen under the command against any act of corruption, saying anyone caught would be dealt with.

 

The commissioner stressed that as law enforcement officers, police personnel must always conduct themselves within the ambit of the law.

 

He commended the promoted officers and advised others to also aspire to excel.

 

“We believe that promotion is an incentive of encouraging officers to do more in terms of service to their father land.

“Those promoted have worked very hard in their respective fields and in their respective positions,” he said.

 

Sgt. Agida, who responded on behalf of the promoted policemen, thanked the IGP for the gestures, saying it would spur them to do more in the discharge of their responsibilities.

 

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Arase Makes Case For Local Breed, As Dog Spending Hit N600m

The Nigerian Police Force spent over N600 million for the procurement and maintenance of foreign dogs in the country.

The  Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase,  disclosed this at the commissioning of the ultra-modern mounted troop/veterinary complex and state of the art dog breeding centre, yesterday in Abuja.

According to him, the construction of the Dog Breeding Centre was to aid the Nigeria Police acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs and be self-reliant in dog breeding as well as maintenance in a cost effective manner.

Arase lamented that huge funds were being expended on importation of dogs from foreign countries,  even though  some of these dogs rarely adapt to Nigeria’s policing climes, saying, “This is certainly not sustainable especially in the face of dwindling resources.”

Meanwhile, he disclosed that  in support of  government  policy on Made-In-Nigeria Goods, the Nigeria police has adopted Binggo Dog food for their dogs to help the naira and general economy.

Arase said the construction of the Dog Breeding Centre was to aid the Nigeria Police acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs and be self-reliant in dog breeding as well as maintenance in a cost effective manner.“The initiative is also designed to, in the long-term, support the operations dog requirement of sister law enforcement organisations, armed forces as well as breeding of friendly puppies for the civilian population on commercial basis. This is with the intention of evolving the centre into a self-sustaining dog breeding centre as practiced in other climes.

“The breeding centre being commissioned today has the capacity to conveniently breed and supply police dogs to the entire West African sub-region and it is projected that at optimal breeding capacity, it can produce well above 200 dogs per year. “With this commissioning, procurement of dogs for policing activities from foreign countries would now become a thing of the past.

IGP Warns Biafra Agitators, IPOB Against Use Of Firearms

Following media reports credited to members of the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), threatening to carry arms in self defence against the Nigerian nation, Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has warned pro-Biafra agitators to reconsider their stand on bearing of arms or face the wrath of the extant laws concerning firearms.

 

Arase also warned that anybody who dares security agencies in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities, and make life difficult for law abiding citizens, will face dare consequences of their actions.

 

In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the IGP further cautioned “the IPOB members to follow appropriate avenues in ventilating their grievances as anybody who steps out of bounds will be decisively dealt with.

 

Consequently, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and State Commands CPs to strictly enforce the laws against the use of illegal firearms across the length and breadth of the country.

 

The statement reads, “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a publication credited to the Indigenous People of Biafra ‘to carry guns in self defence’.

 

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, has sternly warned members of the IPOB to reconsider their stand or face the wrath of the extant laws on bearing of firearms. “Members of the group should therefore note that it is an offence punishable under the criminal Law of the Federation of Nigeria for a person to have in his possession or under his control any prohibited firearms without licence or permit.

 

“The IPOB are advised to be guided in respect of the above as the Police Force is poised to uphold the existing restriction over the use of firearms.

 

“Meanwhile, all Zonal AIGs and State Commands CPs have been directed to strictly enforce the laws against the use of illegal firearms across the length and breadth of the country. “The Inspector-General of Police has assured that the Nigeria Police Force, complemented by other security agencies in the country, will tirelessly and assiduously work towards eliminating any threat to internal security and social disorder.

 

“He has reassured Nigerians of his commitment to their safety and security.

 

 

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Court Orders Bello Haliru To Be Placed Under IGP’s Supervision, Son Remanded In Kuje Prison

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that a former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP National Chairman, Haliru Bello Mohammed be placed under the watch of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, while his son, Abba be remanded in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail.

 

Bello, who arrived the court for his arraignment on wheelchair, alongside his son and their company, Bam Properties is standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.

 

Both Bello and his son were alleged to have collected N300million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

 
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

 

The prosecution counsel in the course of the trial prayed the court to remand Mohammed and his son in prison pending when a date for trial is set but it was opposed by the defence counsel, who asked that the accused be granted bail.

 

Justice Ahmed Mohammed in his ruling ordered that Abba be remanded in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail while his father should continue to be in admission at Abuja Clinics in whose ambulance he was brought to court but under the supervision of the Inspector General of Police.

 

 

 

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Housing Scheme For Police Officers Nearly Completed– IGP

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said that construction for more than 25,000 housing units for police officers is underway with some at various level of completion across four zones in the country.

The IGP made the statement at the Oyo State Police Command in Eleyele Command Headquarters, Ibadan on Friday.

In an interview after addressing members of Oyo State Police Command, Mr Arase disclosed that he remains absolutely committed to the welfare of the police throughout Nigeria.

He added that the force headquarters has signed an MOU with UN habitat and Shelter Afrique in Kenya to build various categories of mass housing schemes capable of reintegrating police officers properly into the society during service and after retirement.

Mr Arase sued for the collaboration of well meaning individuals and corporate bodies to shift their focus to help provide basic shelter for the police and rehabilitate the barracks that are currently in bad shape across the country.

Disclosing that the 1st phase of 100 units would be ready for use in the 1st quarter of 2016 and handed over to police officers, the IGP further encouraged better participation from all and sundry in the fight against terrorism as government alone cannot achieve success without people actively participating.

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IGP Issues Strict Warning To Pro Biafra Protesters

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has issued a stern warning to MASSOB and IPOB activists to stop threatening public peace or face the full weight of the law. The warning followed the observation by the Nigeria Police Force leadership of the increasing resort to acts of brigandage by sets of misguided individuals who apparently are hiding under the cloak of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to threaten national security and public peace in parts of South East geopolitical Zone and some other conterminous States.

“The latest manifestation of this threat is the attempt to blockade the Onitsha end of Niger Bridge on 1st December, 2015, an action that caused major hardship to innocent and law abiding motorists, and citizens. The act also occasioned serious dislocation of business activities.

“The Inspector-General of Police notes that the increasing resort to acts of brigandage of this nature is pointing to a clear attempt by the brains behind these protests to test the will of security agencies to restore order and guarantee internal cohesion.

“For the avoidance of doubts, the IGP further notes, the restoration and maintenance of law and public order, and protection of lives and property remain sacred and statutory Mandate of the Nigeria Police. This Mandate, according to him, shall be fully executed in the overriding interests of the nation and vast majority of citizens and residents of the South East geopolitical Zone.

“Consequently, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the mobilisation and deployment of Police Mobile Force (PMF) across the country to reinforce security in the State Commands that MASSOB and IPOB are currently attempting to utilise as launching pad for their sinister intentions.

“The Assistant Inspectors – General of Police Zone 5, (Benin); Zone 6, (Calabar) and Zone 9 (Umuahia) as well as all Commissioners of Police in the affected States in the South East and neigbouring States have also been directed to henceforth maximally exercise their statutory Mandate in relation to prevention and disruption of any gathering that threatens public order and national cohesion.

“Any person or group of persons so arrested in furtherance to the enforcement of this order will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

To this end, the Inspector-General of Police advises parents and guardians to call their children and wards to order as the patience of the Force is being stretched to the limit. He firmly affirmed that no individual or group interest can override the interest of the nation and that democratic values provide for exploration of rule of law to advance any concern, not the resort to endless and misguided acts of brigandage, unless there is an ulterior motive as the extant instance tends to dictate.

“He concluded by asserting that the Nigeria Police Force will not fold its law enforcement arms to allow few misguided elements to continually force hardships on fellow Nigerians either in the South East or any other part of the nation for that matter.

Ag. ACP OLABISI KOLAWOLE
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FORCE HEADQUARTERS,
ABUJA

Ikorodu Robbery Suspects Drag IGP To Court

The four suspects paraded in connection with the recent bank robbery in Ikorodu, Lagos State, have dragged the Inspector General of Police before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, saying that their alleged confessional statements given out to journalists, was extracted from them behind their lawyer.

The suspects – Agbojule Bright, Promise Abiwa, Monday Omoboye and Monday Ikuesan, were on July 6, 2015, paraded by the police in connection with the robbery of the Ipakodo branches of First  and Zenith Banks in Ikorodu, where an 18-man gang, which they allegedly belonged to, made away with about N80 million on June 24, 2015.

In their fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before Justice Mohammed Yunusa, counsel, Akanbi, claimed that the police violated the right of the suspects to remain silent or to avoid answering any questions until consultation with a legal practitioner or any person of their choice as stipulated by Section 35(2) of the 1999 Constitution.

Akanbi in the suit said that the suspects “made confessional statements to newsmen under duress,” arguing that the police had no right to parade the suspects to be interviewed by the press “unless such a suspect wishes to give interview after the matter has been charged to a court of competent jurisdiction.”

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IGP Unveils New Security Roadmap

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, yesterday unveiled a wide scope of strategies for curtailing crimes, saying the police will henceforth work with communities and social groups.

Speaking at a national security summit, organised by the Nigeria Police, in collaboration with The Sun Publishing Limited, Arase said the police would use traditional rulers, youth organizations, community-based associations, the media, women bodies and religious associations to tackle crimes in the society.

The IGP noted that these groups that had been grossly underutilized were very strategic assets to the nation’s security.

He said: “If properly engaged, the citizen-driven policing model will free police’s human, financial resources which are deployed to the management of low-level crimes and ensure that police assets are optimally deployed to manage high level crimes.”

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, yesterday unveiled a wide scope of strategies for curtailing crimes, saying the police will henceforth work with communities and social groups.

Speaking at a national security summit, organised by the Nigeria Police, in collaboration with The Sun Publishing Limited, Arase said the police would use traditional rulers, youth organizations, community-based associations, the media, women bodies and religious associations to tackle crimes in the society.

The IGP noted that these groups that had been grossly underutilized were very strategic assets to the nation’s security.

He said: “If properly engaged, the citizen-driven policing model will free police’s human, financial resources which are deployed to the management of low-level crimes and ensure that police assets are optimally deployed to manage high level crimes.”

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Arase Deploys New Commissioners Of Police In Lagos, Rivers, Ogun

Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase has deployed new Commissioners of Police in Lagos, Rivers and Ogun states.

According to him, the move is to inject fresh ideas in the security architecture of the states, and some other Force Headquarters Formations.

A statement signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Abayomi Shogunle said the postings are with immediate effect.

In the deployment chat, Ajani Fatai Owoseni was posted to Lagos, Chris Ezike, Rivers, and Abdulmajid Ali, Ogun state. Dan Bature will now take charge of Intelligence at the FCIID, Force Headquarters; Valentine Ntomchukwu is now CP Administration, Department of Logistics and Supplies, Force Headquarters and Hyelasinda Kimo Musa, CP Federal SARS.

Others are Kayode Aderanti, CP Administration, Department of Operations, FHQ; E.J Ibine, CP Port Authority, Eastern Command and Ogbusua Aja Oleh, CP Provost, FHQ.

The IGP expressed the hope that the new postings will reverse the crime wave in the affected states, while also strengthening administration in the affected strategic Force Headquarters Formations.

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IGP Promotes Overdue Officers In Anambra

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase recently promoted long overdue officers in Anambra while on a visit to the state.

The IGP also commended Wille Obiano’s community-police partnership which has being helping to reduce crime and criminal activities.

During his courtesy visit to the governor of the state and the police command, he assured of commissioning a police post in Enugwu-Ukwu.

The IGP commissioned the state of the Art Communication and Control Room Base for the Joint Operation Team built by the Anambra state government

From Inspecting the building, the IGP held a familiarization meeting with his men and other security chiefs in the state who were on ground to welcome him. He commended their team spirit in fighting crime in the state and urged them to continue, assuring them of his continued support.

The State Commissioner of Police highlighted their major challenges but not without mentioning all the support they have received from the state government in terms of infrastructure and welfare.

One by one, policemen with complaints opened up and  also the case of Mr. Obot Okon who was demoted for an offence he had been punished for drew the sympathy of the IGP who instantly ordered his promotion and decoration.

The IGP announced the promotion to the next rank of all the policemen that mounted sentry as he observed excellence in their performance.

In his response, the governor said his priority was to get Anambra state to the level of being the safest state in the country, for that would not only bring peace and stability but for meaningful development.

Arase Confirmed IGP As Jonathan Gives Reasons Abba Was Sacked

The Police Council yesterday confirmed Mr Solomon Arase as the new Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

His confirmation came exactly three weeks when he was appointed ?Acting IGP on April 21 after President Goodluck Jonathan sacked former IGP Suleiman Abba.

Arase,  who is the 18th  IGP, is one of the fastest police bosses to be confirmed.

This is even as President Jonathan explained that Abba was sacked because  the rank and file under him were very indisciplined.

Arase told State House correspondents, “?I have just been confirmed.”

The IGP said: “We talked about the security challenges we are having? and our strategic responses to addressing them. I can assure Nigerians that we are going to address these issues”.

On what he was bringing on board since his confirmation was coming at a time Nigeria is said to be experiencing the worst security situation in recent times, he said, “No, I don’t think that is true. ?I don’t think it is the worst security situation we are facing. There is no society that is actually crime-free, but we are trying to ensure that it is within tolerable level. It is not as bad as the public perceived it.

To his officers and men as well as Nigerians; Arase said: “To my men, I will tell them that their welfare will be number one on ?my cardinal responsibilities. You don’t motivate a workforce except their welfare is paramount. I’m going to ensure that their welfare is going to be put on the front burner.

“To Nigerians, I know that their expectations are high, but I can assure them that no Nigerian will suffer any injustice by my inaction or action”.

On the banning of roadblocks, he said, “we already have an enforcement policy in place. Sixteen teams have moved out across the length and breadth of this country to ensure there is strict compliance to that order”.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Police Service Commission and former IGP, Sir Mike Okiro, said the council discussed issues bordering on security and how to ensure that Nigerians live in peace.

On why Abba was removed, Okiro said going by the explanation President Jonathan gave when one of the governors raised the question, the rank and file under him were very indisciplined.

Okiro said: “I may not attempt to answer that question because I’m not part of the Presidency that removed him, so I cannot give adequate answer. Though at the meeting, he tried to explain to members, based on the question raised by one of the governors that Nigerians may want to know why the former IGP was removed.

“The President, very briefly said, during the period of the former IGP, a lot of indiscipline was noticed among the rank and file of the police and as such, he felt that a new IGP should come and try his luck. That is what he said, though I cannot give details of that.” Okiro noted.

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Why Jonathan Fired IGP, Suleiman Abba

The inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, yesterday, became the first major casualty of the just concluded general elections, which President Goodluck Jonathan and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lost to the opposition.

The police officer, who was elevated to the post only last year, incurred the wrath of the Presidency on the eve of the governorship and House of Assembly elections for allegedly arguing with the government officials over the directive to recall the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 6, Tunde Ogunshakin, from Rivers State.

Abba, it was learnt, had deployed Ogunshakin from his base in Calabar to Port Harcourt to oversee the governorship election in Rivers State following complaints by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, that the police had collaborated with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the PDP to intimidate APC members and rig the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

His refusal to pick calls over Ogunshakin’s recall

Another source said the former police boss reportedly ignored presidency official’s objection to the deployment of Ogunshakin to Rivers State on the allegation that the police officer was sympathetic to Amaechi and his party and would, therefore, not allow the PDP win the state.

A Presidency source told Vanguard that on learning that the IG had defied its order by redeploying Ogunshakin to Rivers State to supervise the governorship elections. A presidency official called the former police boss to recall the AIG with immediate effect from Rivers State or face the consequences.

The source said the presidency felt slighted when it could not get through to Abba.

The former police boss reportedly told the Presidency that AIG Ogunshakin was a formidable Police officer whom he described as a ‘no-nonsense officer’ feared and respected in the Police Force hierarchy and capable of ensuring law and order in the place of new assignment.

Vanguard learnt that although the sacked IG reluctantly recalled Ogunshakin from Rivers State, forcing him to quit Port Harcourt by 5 am on the election day, Presidency did not forgive Abba for redeploying Ogunshakin reluctantly.

Presence at Buhari’s certificate of return presentation

Another sin of the former IG was his presence at the presentation of the Certificate of Return to Muhammadu Buhari at the International Conference Centre on April 1, 2015, which convinced the Presidency that the IG was actually working for the opposition and it moved quickly against him.

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Meet Nigeria’s New Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

Solomon Arase, the new Acting Inspector General of Police,  was, until his appointment, the Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department,

The apex intelligence gathering arm of the Nigerian police,  the Force CID is the only arm of the police that provides Intelligence on Crime and National Security.

Mr. Arase enlisted into the Nigerian Police in 1981 after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1980, with a degree in Political Science.

A lawyer, Mr. Arase also has a Bachelor of Law degree and Masters of Law from the University of Benin and University of Lagos respectively.

He attended the Nigerian Law school and was called to the bar in 2000.

He also has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.

Mr. Arase has served in various commands and formations of the Nigerian police, including being the Commissioner of Police for Akwa Ibom State.

He was also an Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Bureau.

He served at the United Nations Mission in Namibia and is a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.

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