Don Awunah Assumes Office As New Spokesman Of Nigeria Police

Don-AwunahThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, on Monday appointed DCP Don Awunah as the new Force Public Relations Officer (PRO).

Mr Awunah is to replace ACP Olabisi Kolawole who was the Police’s spokesperson from August 2015 to June, 2016.

“Until his new assignment, DCP Don Awunah, who is a seasoned and thoroughbred officer, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Homicide Section of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Abuja.

“He holds B.A degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos and M.A in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Benue State University, Makurdi. He is a Fellow of Institute of Security Studies (fsi), Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration, and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR),” a statement by the Police said.

The outgoing PRO urged the media and the public to extend maximum cooperation to the new Spokesman.

On his part, Mr Awunah promised to work to increase the tempo of good relationship between the Police and the public in line with the policy thrust of the Nigeria Police Force.

He could be reached on phone through 09059202456 and email via “[email protected]”.

IGP Arase Meets With Warring PDP Factions

Police, Solomon Arase, PDPThe Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Solomon Arase, has convened a meeting with all stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The meeting was organised in a bid to find a lasting solution to the protracted crisis rocking the party.

A statement by the Police spokesperson, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, said that Mr Arase called for peace among the parties, particularly Senator Ali Modu Sherif and Senator Ahmed Makarfi.PDP's Makarfi and Sheriff

“After exhaustive deliberations in the meeting that was also attended by the Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura, each of the factions – Sen Ali Modu Sherif’s and Sen Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi’s-led factions agreed to nominate four representatives each, for peace talks to arrive at a harmonised position within one week; while the PDP Secretariat at Wadata House Plaza and Legacy House should be under lock and key, pending the outcome of the resolution,” the statement read.

The IGP appealed to the politicians to help in educating their followers on the need to act and conduct themselves within the ambit of the law.

He noted that the Police would not relent in its mandate to protect lives and property without fear or favour.

Suspected Killers of Colonel Yunusa Arraigned

colonel yunusaThe four suspected killers of the late Colonel Samaila Yunusa who was abducted and murdered on March 27 in Kaduna State, have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in the state capital.

The Yunusa was allegedly abducted by the suspects at the Kaduna Refinery junction, while his decomposed body was later found along the Abuja-Kaduna highway two days after he was kidnapped.

The four suspects; Emeka Okeke, Kabir Ibrahim, Chijoke Ugwuanyi and Ebele Precious were later arrested by the Police in connection with the crime.

When paraded by the Kaduna State Police Command, they all confessed to kidnapping and stealing the colonel’s car but the gang leader, Emeka Okeke, denied killing the deceased,  insisting  the colonel fired the shot that ended his life.

At the sitting, the presiding magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf, said that the suspects were being charged for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, illegal possession of fire arms, armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death under section 6b, section 3 (1 & 2) of the robbery and fire and section 22(1) of the penal code.

Although the Magistrate said that the court lacks the  jurisdiction to try the case, he told the suspects that the purpose of bringing them before him was to remand them in prison custody pending when the Police would conclude their investigation and thereafter charge them before a competent court.

He adjourned the sitting to July 21.

Kaduna Police Parade Killers of Colonel Yunusa, Other Suspects

Police Parade, Colonel YunusaThe Kaduna State Police Command has paraded four suspects in connection with the abduction and murder of Colonel Samaila Yunusa in the state capital on March 27, 2016.

Briefing reporters at the command’s headquarters on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, said that the suspects were arrested at various locations within the state by his men in conjunction with the Intelligence Response Team that was set up by the Inspector General of Police.

Two AK-47 rifles, one pump action gun, four pistols, ammunition and one Toyota SUV were recovered from them.

Explaining how the late Colonel Yunusa died in the custody of the suspects, the Police Commissioner said that their gang leader, one Emeka Okeke, abducted the victim after they had snatched his car and took him to the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, where he shot him and abandoned his corpse.

On his part, Emeka admitted his involvement in the abduction and subsequent murder of Colonel Yunusa, but stated that his intention was not to kill him, but that the Colonel mistakenly shot himself in the process of struggling with him.

He also confessed to have carried out several other operations in various parts of Kaduna State.

Another member of the gang, one Chijioke Ugwuanyi, confessed to taking part in the operation but denied taking part in the death of the victim.

He said that his duty was to take the late Colonel Yunusa’s car to Niger Republic where they usually sell stolen vehicles from Nigeria.

The Police Commissioner also announced the arrest of notorious cattle rustlers and armed robbery suspects who have been terrorizing residents of states within the North West and North Central zones, while over 500 stolen cows, cars of various kinds were also recovered from them.

The Police Commissioner promised that at the end of investigation, all the suspects would be charged to court for trial.

Army Chief Commends IG Of Police, Solomon Arase

Army, PoliceThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has expressed gratitude to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, for tracking and arresting the kidnappers and murderers of the late Colonel Samaila Inusa of the Nigerian Army.

In a statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the Army chief, thanked Mr Arase on behalf of the families of late Colonel Samaila Inusa, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for smashing the deadly kidnapping and armed robbery syndicate.

“The Chief of Army Staff specifically wishes to thank the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) operatives for their dedication to duty and professionalism that led to the arrest of the criminals that abducted and killed the late senior officer in Kaduna metropolis, Kaduna State on 27th March this year.

“This unprecedented feat is a clear manifestation of the excellent cooperation existing between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police which had flourished over time in joint operations to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff also urged personnel of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police to continue working hard towards sustaining the excellent cooperation and synergy between them.

The Force Headquarters announced in a statement on Wednesday that the combined forces of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives had arrested four suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an Army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

According to the statement, “the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

Police Smash Killer Gang That Killed Army Colonel In Kaduna

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Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase.

The Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives have smashed a deadly killer gang.

The combined forces have also arrested 4 suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, ACP Olabisi Kolawole said, “sequel to the kidnapping and killing of the officer, the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

“Items recovered by the Police from this notorious gang, which specialised in car snatching and truck hijacking in the state and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public, include one AK 47 rifle, two magnum pistols, one Nissan Pathfinder Jeep and documents of six (6) houses located in Anambra State of which Emeka Okeke Cyprian confessed were proceeds of his previous criminal activities” the statement said.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, enjoined Nigerians to continue to support the Police with relevant information.

He also commended the combined forces for their commitment, diligence and professionalism which led to the breakthrough and subsequent recovery of the weapons and a stolen Jeep,

Meanwhile, all the four suspects arrested in connection with the crime are presently in police custody and will soon be arraigned before a competent court of law for criminal charges preferred against them while effort to arrest the fleeing members of the gang continues.

Police Consider Community Policing To Tackle Insecurity

Police on Community PolicingThe Nigeria Police Force is pushing a strategic initiative that will leverage on community policing practices to address internal security challenges.

To pursue the initiative and ensure it was successful, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has directed all State Commands’ Commissioners of Police (CPs) and the Federal Capital Territory to, as a matter of urgency, convene town hall meeting in their respective state commands.

The instruction came on Monday in a statement signed by the spokesman for the police, Mr Olabisi Kolawole, at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

Mr Arase reiterated that the move was to address specifically the misinformation, anxiety and animosity being generated in relation to the current security challenges associated with local communities and herdsmen.

He directed that the proposed meetings should be held at state and area commands, as well as at divisional levels, to enhance the process of re-assurance policing and the need for peaceful coexistence and sensitivity of each community’s value, space and interest.

The forum, which would be utilised as a veritable platform for dialogue between all parties within the community, would have participants drawn from all strategic security stakeholders.

The stakeholders, according to the Police boss, include traditional rulers, community leaders, public officials, religious actors, youths bodies, local vigilante groups, women/market associations, Police Community Relations Committee, other sister security agencies, professional bodies, media, state and non-state actors, among others.

The IGP also ordered all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands (AIGs) to personally oversee the process and ensure urgent compliance, as it affects commands under their area of responsibility.

He urged the citizen to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the Police in the face of current security challenges confronting Nigeria.

IGP Arase reassured the public of the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to the safety and security of all Nigerians anywhere in any part of the country.

IGP Orders Psychological Evaluation Of Officers Bearing Firearms

ekiti driversThe Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase,  has ordered all Police officers bearing firearms in the performance of official duties be subjected to psychological test and evaluation.

This, according to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, is to ensure that they are mentally and emotionally fit to perform their duties.

He noted that the exercise is aimed at eliminating cases of irregularities in handling of weapons by Policemen, as well as protecting the public whom the Police has the constitutional duty to serve, and not to continue killing innocent and law-abiding citizens.

The IGP disclosed that the central purpose of this exercise is to offer mental health recommendations that can help restore an officer to job fitness and deploy such Policeman to appropriate section he/she is fit to work.

“IGP Arase has, therefore, directed all Police medical doctors across the nation to conduct psychological test on all Policemen bearing firearms in their respective Commands, every three months, noting that if any Police officer has a psychological condition or impairment unattended, it will impact negatively on the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force”, the statement added.