Police Tactical Squad Arrests 29 Car Snatching Suspects

Stolen-carsA Special Tactical Squad set up by the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has arrested 29 car snatching suspects from different states Nigeria.

Twelve exotic vehicles were also recovered by the squad, which says the operation to end car hijacking and stealing in Nigeria would continue.

In a statement by a spokesman for the Police, Don Awunah, a list of the arrested suspects and the vehicles recovered were given, with the police advising Nigerians to check through the list for possible identification of their vehicles.

Owners are required to provide proof of ownership to enable them reclaim their vehicles.

The recovered vehicles are currently in safe-keeping at the IGP Special Tactical Squad on Heinous Crime facility at SARS premises old Abattoir Guzape District, Abuja, the statement read.

The spokesman for the police also said that the Special Tactical Squad working on intelligence sourced in Kogi and Edo States, also arrested eight suspects in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling in the two States.Stolen-cars2

Three AK 47 rifles and 147 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them.

“All the suspects confessed to the crime and have admitted to the various roles they played in the commission of the offence.

They will be arraigned in court at the close of investigation,” the statement further read.

The IGP assured members of the Public that the force was being repositioned with modern crime fighting techniques to tackle crime and criminalities in the country.

List of recovered vehicles.


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Ambode Calls For Higher Police Presence In Lagos

Akinwunmi Ambode, Ibrahim Idris, PoliceLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has requested for more Police presence in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

The Governor’s call comes in the wake of recent civil disturbances occasioned by suspected militants and oil thieves within Lagos and its boundary communities.

He made the appeal on Wednesday when he received the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, at the Government House.

Governor Ambode specifically requested for more Police patrol of the waterways, assuring that his administration would play its part by ensuring that the welfare of officers in the line of duty was taken care of.

He vowed that the state government would deploy adequate resources to ensure that militants and oil vandals threatening the peace of the state were flushed out.

The Mr Idirs told the Governor that his mission was to visit Police formations and assess areas where major operations were being conducted.

He commended the Lagos State government for its support to security agencies in the state.

The Police boss, who initially arrived at the Lagos Police Command Headquarters, had earlier went into a closed door meeting with community leaders in the state.

Nigeria Is Not Lawless, Police Boss Warns Criminals

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Criminals, NigeriaThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has warned criminals, especially kidnappers in the country never to think that Nigeria is lawless.

The Police Chief gave the warning in a statement on Thursday when operatives of the IGP’s Intelligent Response Team “IRT” arrested notorious kidnapping gang known to have been terrorising law-abiding citizens in Rivers State and its environs.

“The gang met its end when they kidnapped a woman and her one year old daughter from her Port Harcourt home, demanding the sum of 2.5million Naira as ransom for their freedom. Based on credible technical intelligence generated by the IRT, this was however agreed as bait.

“But the end of the kidnapping gang came when in their attempt to claim the said sum of money at the agreed point, operatives of IRT engaged them, rescued the victims and arrested four of the kidnappers who gave their names as: Herbert Oriminagbe, Chijioke Akah, alias Kottos, Kelechi Nwaordu, alias Seedorf and Nelson Ajumogobia, alias Ibios,” the statement said.

In their confessional statements, the gang admitted that they were also responsible for the kidnap of one Undunobuk and other innocent Nigerians.

“Going through a laptop computer recovered from them, it was discovered that the real owner, Undunobuk was once robbed in his Port Harcourt residence and later kidnapped to unknown seaside only to be released on the payment of 1.3 million Naira ransom,” the statement added.

Mr Idris said that the Nigeria Police Force has the technical and intelligence, as well as the capacity and capability to reduce the perceived rise in crime, especially kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and other forms of violent crime.

He therefore urged Nigerians to always inform the Police when they perceive any act of criminality and provide necessary credible information.

IGP Visits Oil Producing Communities In Delta, Appeals For Peaceful Co-Existence

Police-Don-AwunahThe Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, on Friday visited some communities and police formations in Delta State to assess and evaluate the security situation and activities of policemen in tackling security issues.

The IGP, who visited some oil producing communities, was accompanied by top officers of the security agency, including the Commissioner of Police in Delta, Mr. Zanna Mohammed.

He advised the people on the need to work in synergy with the Police to ensure a crime-free environment in their various communities.

The IGP, who landed at the Excravos Strip by Helicopter visited Ogborodo and Okporoza oil bearing communities in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state, where he was received by community leaders and moved straight for a town hall meeting.

During the interactive sessions, the Olaja Orori of Ogborodo, Dube Omadeli appealed to the IGP to establish a police station in Ogborodo and urged him to look at the pending matters that the community is presently facing.

In his response, the IGP promised to establish a police station and look into other security challenges being faced by the community.

At Okporoza Community, where the fear of the recent invasion of military personnel still grip the people, the IGP assured them of the police determination to assist them on security issues.

The people of Okporoza Community, appealed to the IGP to help in releasing the youths and students that were arrested during the military invasion of the community.

Arase Urges New Police Boss To Ensure Effective Policing

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Former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase

The former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has appealed to the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to build a culture of effective policing through policies and programs that will ensure public consent and confidence.

Mr Arase made the appeal at a forum with members of Civil Rights Organisations in Abuja on how to ensure effective policing by the Nigeria Police Force.

According to him, effective policing cannot be achieved through might alone, it requires public consent and a robust intelligence network.

He appealed to the new police boss to improve on existing standards toward achieving effective policing.

IGP Deploys Special Strike Force To Kogi To Combat Kidnappings

Police-Don-AwunahThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris,  has ordered the immediate deployment of a Special Strike Force to Kogi State to combat the menace of kidnapping and other lurid crimes.

IGP Idris said the deployment of the Special Strike Force becomes imperative as the Nigeria Police Force can no longer watch innocent citizens suffer in the hands of dreaded criminals rampaging within Kogi State and its environs.

He further said that with the presence of the Strike Force, Kogi State and its environs will enjoy peace and tranquillity, but however advised those deployed on the assignment never to turn themselves as demi-gods, but servants to the people.

IGP Idris urged members of the public to avail the Special Strike Force with desired cooperation and assistance.

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]”.

Police Withdraws Mobile Security Aides To Individuals

Ibrahim-Idris Police Inspector General The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Nigeria, Mr Ibrahim Idris, on Saturday withdrew the services of mobile police officers attached to individuals as security ‎aides.

In his speech at the passing out parade of 59 Squadron Commanders Combat Operation Course at the Police Mobile Force Training School in Ila Orangun, Osun State, the Acting IGP said the police mobile force was the striking arm of the police and should not be used as a security aide for individuals.

It was his first official assignment after his announcement as the Acting IG.

On arrival at the Police Mobile Force Training ‎ School, he was received by the Assistant Inspector General in charge of zone 11, Kalafite Adeyemi and the Commissioners of Police in Osun and Oyo States, Femi Oyeleye and Leye Oyebamiji respectively.

Afterwards, he was treated to a demonstration by some mobile officers.

After the welcome formalities, the Acting IG proceeded to the hall for the main event – the passing out parade of 59 Squadron Commanders.

The ceremony is coming after three weeks of intense Combat Operative Seminar and Training.

The Squadron members, selected from across the country, are now set to proceed to their various duty posts.

Mr Idris admonished policemen and officers especially those in the Mobile Unit to rise up and nip Nigeria’s security challenges in the bud.

The host, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who was also at the ceremony, ‎called for improved police-public relations to gain the confidence of the people.

Addressing reporters after the event, the Acting IGP said he was ready to work towards bringing to an end the persistent clash between farmers and herdsmen across Nigeria.

Equipped with the required training, the 59 Squadron Commanders are set to give in their best at the various commands to ensure that law and order is maintained.

President Buhari Appoints Ibrahim Idris As Acting IGP

Ibarahim IdrisPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria.

He took over from Mr Solomon Arase who retired from service.

His appointment was announced on Tuesday by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

The Acting Inspector-General hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State.

He was born on January 15, 1959 and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture.

He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.

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Former IGP, Solomon Arase looks on as President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the Acting IGP, Ibrahim Idris

AIG Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17 years as Unit Commander, Squadron Commander, and Commandant.

He served as Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa and Kano States and was also the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters.

He was also at the United Nations Mission in Liberia and East Timor and was awarded “Medal of Merit” by the President of the Republic of East Timor in recognition of his service.

AIG Idris, who was in charge of Operations at the Force Headquarters before his appointment as the Acting Inspector-General, will act in that capacity pending his confirmation.

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President Muhammadu Buhari presents a gift to the former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase

President Buhari had on Monday hosted the former Inspector General and also presented a gift to him to mark his retirement from service.

Mr Arase was appointed Inspector General of Police by former President Goodluck Jonathan few weeks before the end of his tenure in office.

Falana Writes Acting IGP On “Illegal Policing Of The Republic”

Femi FalanaRenowned lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, in a letter to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba Esq., accused the Force of being partisan regarding political and national issues in the country, describing the act as an “Illegal Policing Of The Republic”.

In the letter made available to Channels Television, Falana further cited major cases including the arrest of leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the Osun State governorship election, the ban on #BringBackOurGirls rallies and the recent withdrawal of Aminu Tambuwal’s aides, following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC,

“Since you were appointed the Acting Inspector-General of Police by the President of the Republic on July 31, 2014 the Nigeria Police Force has been involved in partisan politics to the detriment of law and order in the country. Permit me to draw your attention to three glaring cases of political bias recently displayed by the Police under your leadership” the letter read.

Falana accused him of overstepping his boundaries, noting that “you decided to usurp the judicial powers of the federation which are exclusively vested in the courts by section 6 of the Constitution when you claimed that the Speaker had lost his office and seat as a federal legislator having contravened section 68 (1) (g) of the Constitution”.

Buttressing his argument about the action taken against Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Falana said the Actinng IGPs “ations and utterances in the circumstance have exposed the Police to unwarranted ridicule”.

“Nigerians are not unaware of the fact that when the Ondo State legislators elected on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) decamped to the PDP last month your office did not declare their seats vacant. In particular, you did not withdraw the security details of Honourable Jumoke Akindele, the Speaker who led her colleagues to dump the LP for the PDP. In the same vein, Honourable Ahmadu Fintiri, the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly and his colleagues who decamped from the PDP to the APC and have since returned to PDP. You did not have cause to declare their seats vacant. Neither have you withdrawn the security details of the Honourable Fintiri.”

He urged Abba to withdraw his pronouncement on the office and seat of Honourable Aminu Tambuwal and “advise the ruling party to seek redress in the Federal High Court on the constitutional implications of the defection”.