Reasons why we raided Peace Corps, arrested commandant, others – Nigeria Police

The Nigeria Police on Wednesday provided reasons why it raided the headquarters of the Nigerian Peace Corps and arrested some officials.

The explanation comes a day after the police, in a combined operation with the State Security Services and the Nigerian Army, stormed the headquarters of the Peace Corps in Abuja, arresting its commandant and other national leaders.

At least two people were confirmed injured following the raid, which occurred around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, witnesses said.
A statement signed by police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said intelligence reports indicated that the Peace Corps and other similar groups “were acquiring weapons and conducting covert military training in different locations across the country.”

Mr. Moshood said such actions violated a 2013 gazette of the federal government that banned the groups and ordered them to cease operations.

The latest acrimony came weeks after the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives harmonised the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill to give the group, which had operated as a volunteer organisation for 18 years, government backing.’

It was learnt the SSS and police submitted memoranda to the National Assembly against the establishment of the Peace Corps, but the lawmakers went ahead with the passage of the bill, anyway.

The bill is expected to be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent, although it is not clear if the president will support the creation of another paramilitary agency.

Wike Audio: Nigeria Police Invite Foreign Forensic Experts, Recover Corpse Of Slain Officers

The Nigeria Police will hire foreign forensic experts to investigate the leaked audio where Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike was heard threatening to kill uncooperative electoral officials.

The audio was released days after the Rivers re-run election that was marred by violence leading to the death of at least two police officers.

It was reported how Mr. Wike could be heard in the audio threatening to kill some electoral commission, INEC, officials whom he claimed had received money but were yet to deliver on their promise.

On Wednesday, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, confirmed that the forensic investigators would be invited.

He said that forensic experts from outside the county would assist a panel to analyse the audio recordings.

Mr. Idris said the panel to investigate incidents in Rivers elections would be inaugurated on Thursday. He said the police would legally deal with any of its officials involved in election fraud in Rivers.

The Rivers Government has already set up its own commission to investigate the violence that marred the elections while the PDP has rejected the police investigation and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent panel on the matter.

The police chief also promised to prosecute those behind the killing of police officers during the re-run elections.

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Tragic: 128 Nigerian police officers killed in three months

The past three months have been deadly for Nigerian police officers as more than one was killed daily by criminals during the period, an official has said.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said 128 police officers lost their lives to activities of criminals in various parts of the country in the past three months. .

Mr. Idris said this in a statement issued by the Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Don Awunah, in Abuja on Wednesday.

“In the past three months, the Force has lost 128 personnel in various parts of the country due to activities of undesirable elements in our communities.

“These line of duty resultant deaths, occasioned by unwarranted attacks by religious bigots, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted,” he said.

Mr. Awunah said also disturbing was the wanton destruction of police infrastructure and public asset.

“The recent cases in Dankamoji Village in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara, Abagana in Anambra, and in Okrika waterways in Rivers where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed are cases in point,” he said.

Mr. Idris was quoted as saying he regretted the loss of these personnel in the course of their national duty. He also condoled with their families.

The police spokesperson said Mr. Idris assured them of the Force’s support to cushion the effects of this irreparable loss.

“The Inspector General urges the officers not to relent or be distracted in our collective will to serve this country, the costly challenges notwithstanding.

He advised Nigerians to continue to render the police the desired support and assistance to enable them to provide adequate security to Nigerians.

Update On Nigeria Police, Shiites Clash In Kano

The Police have confirmed the death of eight Shiites members and a police sergeant in Monday’s violent clash between the law enforcement agents and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Kano.

The clash occurred during a procession of the Shiites in the city.

The state Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, said the Shiites, who were allegedly in possession of dangerous weapons, were the aggressors in the clash.

He said they snatched an Ak47 gun from an officer and used it to kill the sergeant.

Mr. Yusuf said the incident started at about 8:00 a.m. when police officers were invited to a scene of mayhem at Kwanar Dawaki Zaria allegedly caused by the Shiites who, he said, blocked the road and were attacking motorists and vandalizing properties.

The commissioner said the law enforcement agents tried to stop the carnage with tear gas but were repelled by the Shiites with arrows and other dangerous weapons.

Mr. Yusuf said the officers had to resort to “minimal power, resulting in eight confirmed dead by the doctors”.

He said scores of injured Shiites members were receiving treatment at various hospitals.

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Nigeria Police Attack Zakzaky Supporters- Report

Nigerian police have attacked a protest rally by Shia Muslims demanding the release of Nigerian Shia leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

The Thursday demonstration was met by police action, which included the security forces firing teargas canisters at supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), led by Zakzaky, local media reported.

Late last year, the Nigerian military carried out a crackdown against IMN members, accusing them of blocking roads and trying to assassinate Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai in the northern city of Zaria. The movement says it was simply holding a religious procession.

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Nigeria Police Rescue 14 Kidnapped Oil Workers After Gun Battle

The Rivers Police Command said it has rescued 14 oil workers abducted by unknown gunmen on Sept. 2 along Elele-Omoku road.

The command`s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, a DSP, said in a statement in Port Harcourt that the workers were freed in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr. Omoni said the Command`s Tactical Units, engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle, which lasted for one and half hours, to rescue the victims.

“The Oil Workers were rescued unhurt due largely to the efforts of the Command’s Tactical Units, who, at the early hours of Sept. 18,engaged the hoodlums, in a fierce gun battle which lasted for one and half hours, leading to the rescue of the victims.

“The hoodlums took to flight abandoning their hostages. Efforts are on to arrest and bring them to justice,” he said.

Mr. Omoni said no ransom was paid to rescue the workers.

“They have been debriefed and are receiving medical attention in the hospital.

“Investigation is on-going at the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit,” he said.

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Nigeria Police Take Over #SaveMayowa Campaign Amidst Controversy

Despite the police announcing it had commenced investigations into the #SaveMayowa fundraising campaign, controversy has continued to trail the initiative which was aimed at raising overseas medical fees for Mayowa Ahmed, a cancer patient receiving treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

On Thursday, police officers broke up a heated exchange outside the hospital between the patient’s relatives and some social media campaigners who helped raise funds running into millions of naira for Ms. Ahmed’s treatment.

“The Command wishes to inform all the good spirited people who had donated generously to this course that it will ensure it does not return as a hoax and every outcome of the investigation shall be made open,” Dolapo Badmus, the Lagos police spokesperson, said while announcing a “full scale” investigation and a freezing of the campaign’s bank account.

Ms. Ahmed, 31, had a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass, according to LUTH, where she was a patient.

She was brought to the hospital’s private wing on Monday, but barely 24 hours later, her family insisted on flying her outside the country, stalling “all the planned investigations meant to arrive at a definite diagnosis,” the hospital said.

“The family and the patient brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done outside LUTH.

“Three different Specialists were invited to review Mayowa. The Gynaecologist, Oncologist and Haematologist all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.

“They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests to confirm the definitive diagnosis, since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.”

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Nigeria Police Launch Forensic Lab In Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force has set up a forensic laboratory and digital resource center in Abuja to aid the activities of its criminal Intelligence and investigation department.

The facility, which include technologies for identification of crime suspects through features like the Iris and facial recognition, possible identification marks, multiple and extended finger prints, among others, are aimed at hunting down hoodlums, armed robbers, kidnappers, and their likes in the society.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, said the establishment of the centre would help the Force tackle the challenge of identity conflict and denial of evidence by suspects in courts of law.

“With this equipments we hope to put in the past instances where suspected culprits deny that statements or evidences they gave during interrogation do not belong to them,” said Mr. Arase.

He added that the facilities, which will compliment the efforts of the forensic department in Lagos, will also make it possible for the force to meet the presidential directive that all data capturing government agencies should harmonize personal information captured before the end of 2016.

“Unfortunately, the Nigeria Police Force has over the years been grappling with week forensic capacity which has been a major factor in our inability to manage complex criminal situations.

“With this systems, the Nigerian police is set to meet the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to capture and remit to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, all the biometrics of suspected persons arrested by the police.

“It will also put the police in a position to key into the presidential directives that all data capturing government agencies should harmonize and integrate personal identities captured by such agencies, on or before the end of 2016”, Mr. Arase said.

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Assistant Commissioner Of Police Drowns During Valentine Party

An Assistant Commissioner of Police, who was also in charge of the Area K, Morogbo, of the Lagos State Police Command, Osung Ekpo, has drowned in a hotel on Valentine’s Day in the Ajah area of the state.


It was learnt that Ekpo died at about 5pm on Sunday while swimming in the hotel’s swimming pool.


It was gathered that Ekpo was in company with friends on Sunday and had decided to relax in the swimming pool before he drowned.

He was said to have been rescued from the pool by policemen and hotel workers, who rushed him to a nearby hospital. But he reportedly died a few minutes after, and was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.


According to witnesses, Ekpo’s corpse has been moved to a morgue while investigations to confirm the cause of his death were ongoing.


The Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus, confirmed the death, adding that investigations are ongoing.


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Police Service Commission Approves Promotion Of 3,684 Inspectors To ASPs

The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of 3,684 inspectors to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).


This is contained in statement issued by the Mr Ikechukwu Ani, Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission in Abuja on Sunday.


It said that eight pilots were also promoted from ASP to the rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) and two aircraft engineers to DSPs.


The statement stated that the promotions took effect from Jan. 1.





Police Nab Suspected Pipeline Vandal, Recover Truck

The Nigeria Police on Sunday arrested a suspected pipeline vandal and seized a petrol tanker conveying 13, 800 litres of diesel in Aninri Local Government area of Enugu State.


The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the suspect was arrested after a tip-off.


According to him the police also recovered pipeline drilling equipment, two pumping machines, pipeline sealants, a generating set and some spanners.


“The suspect alongside others now at large had allegedly stormed Umurah Ndeaboh bush on Dec. 31 at about 12 midnight in Aninri Local Government Area with their pipeline drilling equipment.


“With a Leyland 13,800-litre truck with registration number XF 312 PHC at a very long distance out of the vandalized area; they started siphoning the product (diesel) before police operatives acting on a tip closed in on them.”



He said that the police were on the trail of other suspects who escaped and assured that all those involved would be prosecuted.




Bail Is free In Nigeria – Police CRU

Nigeria’s Police Complaint Response Unit has stated that bail is free in Nigeria negating the widely held belief that people are expected to pay before they are released on bail.

In a sensitisation drive on social media, Police CRU tweeted: “Bail is free. You are not expected to pay for bail.
Women are equally eligible to stand surety.”

To make the police force more accessible to the citizens, Police CRU have developed multiple means of communication including Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook and BBM.

Similarly, Yomi Shogunle, Officer in Charge of Complaint Response Unit (CRU) has also embarked on an awareness campaign, sensitising Nigerians via electronic, print and online channels.

Nigeria Police Still Operating On 1949 Structure

A former Chairman of the Nigerian chapter of Transparency International, Maj. Gen. Ishola Williams (retd), has said the Nigeria police is still operating on its 1949 structure, hence its inability to provide security for elections in the country.

He therefore called for the scrapping of the Ministry of Police Affairs and canvassed for the placement of the force under the Ministry of Interior for effective supervision.

Speaking at a post-election management review organised by the CLEEN Foundation on Monday in Abuja, the retired military officer said it was not right for the National Security Adviser and the military to be involved in election security, stressing that this is not part of their business.

He said, “If well structured, Nigeria would have no problems with elections. States should organise their own polls, what is the business of INEC organising governorship elections? The Nigeria police is still based on 1949 structure and that is why it cannot provide election security.

“The Police affairs ministry should be scrapped and the Force placed under the interior ministry. It should have a Director-General in charge of intelligence and general investigation.”

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Nigeria Police Confirms Kashamu Was Arrested, Tried In UK

The Police, on Thursday, said the British High Commission in Nigeria confirmed that Buruji Kashamu (Senator-elect), was arrested and tried in a United Kingdom criminal court.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, in Abuja. It said there was enquiry concerning the status of Kashamu’s legal battles in the United Kingdom and United States. “The police, thereafter, sought relevant clarifications from the British High Commission.
“The commission confirmed that Kashamu was indeed arrested and tried in the United Kingdom criminal court. But the court was not satisfied that Kashamu had a case to answer.’’
The statement stressed that the commission’s clarification did not derogate from extradition request by United States’ relevant departments, and agencies of government in Nigeria”, the statement said.

The statement was also issued in connection to the extradition battles of Kashamu with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

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