According to the police, the immediate take over at the Zone 2 Command, Onikan is necessitated with the promotion of AIG Johnson Kokumo to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police Research and Planning, Abuja.
The change becomes imperative as DIG David Folawiyo, DIG ICT had officially retired from active service last week.
Until this latest development, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Bode Adeleke was the AIG in charge of the Nigeria Police Command, Zone 9, comprising, Abia, Imo and Ebonyi States. He had earlier served as the Commissioner of Police in Delta state and Kebbi state.
The police zonal boss hails from Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State. He is a graduate of Law from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ogun State. He also holds a degree in Education from Lagos State University (LASU).
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered all Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), State Commissioners of Police (CPs) to ensure there is tight security of all public places and critical assets.
This is in line with the IGP’s resolve to ensure Nigerians are safe during the Easter celebrations.
In a series of tweet on the police handle, “All State Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) have been ordered to ensure adequate deployment of police personnel – both covert and overt operatives, and other operational assets to areas of security interest within their respective areas of responsibilities (AoRs).
“They are also to ensure confidence-boosting, proactive and high visibility patrols are carried out along the highways, motor parks, train stations, airports, worship centres, banks, and other financial institutions while taking adequate measures to provide a peaceful,crime-free, and enabling environment for religious, cultural and other socio-economic activities to thrive”.
IGP Adamu in addition directed the Commissioner of Police and their supervising AIGs to ensure proper supervision of the men assigned for these assignments.
He said they must be professional and courteous to law abiding citizens but firm and ruthless to criminals. To this effect, the IGP Monitoring Unit and X-Squad have been given marching orders to monitor and police activities of police officers policing the highways to ensure respect for the rights of citizens and operational conformity with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Rules of Engagement (RoE) of the Force.
While felicitating with Nigerians, and the Christian community in particular, on the commemoration of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the IGP commended the citizenry for their support and calls on them to continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police and other security agencies by providing timely information that would help in the prevention and detection of crime.
He assured Nigerians that the Nigeria Police will continue to do all within its powers to provide safety and security to the teeming Nigerian population, while once again wishing them happy Easter celebrations.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has approved the posting of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Sanusi Lemu and Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Usman Alkali Baba to new departments.
Lemu is now the DIG in-charge of the Department of Operations while Alkali Baba is now the DIG in-charge of Finance and Administration.
This was announced in a statement signed on Tuesday by Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba
The promotion/posting of the senior officers is the sequel to the recent vacuum occasioned by the retirement of their former Heads, DIG Abdulmajid Ali, and DIG Abduldahiru Danwawu after the completion of their statutory years of service.
The new DIG in-charge of the Department of Operations, Lemu before his recent appointment was a consummate police officer. He holds a BA(Ed) in Political Science and has attended several professional courses including Intermediate Command Course, Senior Command Course, Peacekeeping Training Course.
AIG Usman Alkali Baba holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and a BA (ED) in Political Science. He is a fellow of the National Defence College and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The IGP has equally approved the posting of AIG Mustapha Dandaura as the Force Secretary and Member of the Nigeria Police Force Management Team. He takes over from AIG Alkali Baba. AIG Mustapha Dandaura, who was appointed into the Nigeria Police Force on 3rd March 1990.
The posting/redeployment of the Senior Police Officers is with immediate effect.
The senior officers affected include Dan Bature – AIG DFA FHQ, Hyelasinda Musa – AIG PMF, Yunana Babas – AIG Zone 8 Lokoja, Dan Mohammed – AIG SPU, Lawal Ado – AIG Works, and Mua’zu Halilu – AIG CTU.
Others are Rabiu Yusuf – AIG ICT, Ahmed Iliyasu – AIG Zone 2 Lagos, Mohammed Kura – AIG Maritime, Zaki Ahmed – AIG Zone 6 Calabar, Zama Senchi – AIG Community Policing, Bello Sadiq – AIG Zone 1 Kano, and Austin Iwero – AIG DOPS FHQ.
Mr Mba said the posting and the redeployment of the senior police officers were with immediate effect.
The former AIG added, “In terms of our borders that are spread wide all over, I don’t think we have enough human resources to cover them effectively, but technology can actually help.”
He said there was a need to adopt the use of technology to prevent illegal movements and send security forces to stopped foreigners infiltrating the country.
Mr Cualcrick noted that the recent security challenges in the country were partly as a result of the weak border.
He also decried the menace of arms proliferation, saying, “I’m certainly not satisfied that we still have a large cache of arms in the hands of the wrong people.
“Nevertheless, a lot has actually been done with regards to ensuring that some of these arms are recovered. The government is actually doing more to ensure that these arms are mopped up significantly.”
The former AIG added, “I want to sincerely believe that there is still need for a more holistic approach; we are talking about a better approach, particularly with regards to the application of technology.”
In a piece entitled ‘Tips For Safe And Cordial Conducts During An Arrest Situation’ and tweeted on May 13, 2019, the police said Nigerians can request to search its personnel.
“You may politely request that the officer be searched before searching you,” the Force said.
It added, “Often times, this helps to allay fears that someone may be trying to ‘plant’ incriminating items on you or implicate you in any other way.
“If the arrest requires the officer to conduct a search on you, demand to see the Search Warrant and comply with all legitimate instruction during the search (Note that there are a lot of instances where a policeman can search you with or without warrant).
Read the full tips by the police below:
Arrest situations can easily turn violent. If not properly handled, it can portray you as a hostile person or give the impression that you are resisting arrest which on its own constitutes an offence, therefore:
Do not resist arrest. Even if you believe that the arrest is illegal or uncalled for, allow the arrest to take place without any incident.
Note that resisting arrest could lead to an encounter that might result in harm, injuries and/or permanent disabilities or death to you or even the officer arresting you.
It is, therefore, better to allow the arrest to take place without an incident and thereafter seek redress and appropriate sanction against the defaulting officer through a legitimate process.
Politely demand to know the reason for your arrest. It is your right to know. Also, where the officers have not disclosed their identity, courteously request their identity and where they came from, or the office where they work.
On arrest, it is within the powers of the police to do any of the following:
-Search your body, clothing and other belongings
– On the highway, the police may search your vehicle if you were in it at the time they stopped you.
– May ask you to write and sign a statement. It is, however, your right to decline, especially if you feel that doing so will implicate you.
– The Police may ask you to perform some tests such as walking in a straight line.
This is so when they suspect you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, particularly in the absence of breathalyses or other forensic aids.
– Handcuff you if you are violent or show propensity to escape.
Always let the officers know your health challenge (if any) after arrest.
This is important in case you may need immediate medical attention, particularly asthmatic patients, persons with history of epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes especially those on insulin etc.
You should immediately make full disclosures.
Demand to see the warrant of arrest where necessary (Note however that not all invitation/arrest requires a warrant). As a matter of fact, under our laws, the Police have wide powers to arrest without warrant in many circumstances.
Politely request that the officers allow you to inform a trusted friend or a family member or a lawyer, soon after your arrest in order to avoid unnecessary apprehension as to your whereabouts or safety.
If the arrest requires the officer to conduct a search on you, demand to see the Search Warrant and comply with all legitimate instruction during the search (Note that there are a lot of instances where a policeman can search you with or without warrant)
You may politely request that the officer be searched before searching you. Often times, this helps to allay fears that someone may be trying to “plant” incriminating items on you or implicate you in any other way.
Don’t obstructively interfere or intervene when a third party is being arrested. Be careful as you may not know the details and seriousness of the charge against the person.
Do not use your phone indiscriminately while being arrested.
Willingly follow the officers to the station. It may be indicative that you have nothing to hide. In addition, this voluntary action of yours will eliminate any possibility of the arresting Officer resorting to the use of “Minimal or Reasonable force” to elicit your compliance.
On a lighter note, but also seriously speaking, every encounter with the police, including an arrest/invitation scenario is an opportunity to learn more about the Police, the security community, ur rights and privileges & make friends with them. Please make effective use of it!
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11 Command, Adeleye Oyebade, has assured residents of Ila Orangun Community in Ila Local Government Area of Osun state of peace ahead of Saturday’s general elections.
Oyebade gave the assurance on Wednesday during a meeting with the Police Commissioners from Oyo, Osun, and Ondo commands on security and logistics arrangements for the polls.
While reiterating the determination of the police to maintain law and order, Oyebade warned all politicians to sheath their sword.
According to him, the police in collaboration with its sister agencies will not hesitate to deal with anyone found culpable of disrupting the elections.
The remarks come shortly after residents of the Ila Orangun Community raised an alarm over the recent shootings in the area.
Addressing newsmen in Ila town, Spokesperson for the Ila Elders consultative forum, Gabriel Ajiboye sued for peace and called for a level playing ground for all candidates vying for various political offices.
“For some time now, there have been reports of shootings in the area which resulted in people being injured.
“There has also been a further report of likely disturbances between now and the election time next Saturday,” he stated.
Ajiboye appealed to residents of the community to be law abiding and cooperate with the police in maintaining law and order.
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has asked Nigerians to raise their voices against the menace of kidnapping which has continued to give the country a bad name.
He has asked security operatives to be more proactive in this direction.
He was speaking in Abeokuta, the state capital when the Assistant Inspector General of Police paid him a visit in his office in the state capital.
The Governor promised to enforce the law of the state against kidnappers and other criminal tendencies, saying that the state will no longer be a comfort zone for criminals and criminality.
“Kidnapping is so alien to us in this country, but all of a sudden, it raised its ugly head and I think we must frontally challenge it.
“We have the appropriate laws and even if we have to review such laws. Let me use this opportunity and medium to send the right signals to all these criminals that Ogun state will not be comfort zone for them
“We will do all within our capacity, within the law to ensure the perpetrators of this evil act are brought to book
“Apart from giving us bad name, they are traumatizing families and they are sending wrong signals. We want to be in the front pages of newspapers for right things not for wrong reasons, that is why we are ready for them; to get rid of these criminals,” he said.
While giving an update on the abductees at the Turkish International College, Isheri in Ogun state, the newly posted AIG, Kayode Aderanti, gave the assurance that operatives were closing up on the abductors.
“I had the signal that the abducted children were about to be released, I had to move back to Lagos with the state commissioner of police, I came back this morning.
“I know how passionate you are about it. My intention was to present those children to you this morning but we could not make it happen.
“Our men are really working towards that, I spoke with them and they assured me that things are working well,” he concluded.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 4, Oshodi Glover, has deployed over 60 personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue states.
The police chief says SARS officials, who are trained in the act of human right protection, were among those deployed for internal security, fight against insurgents and herdsmen in the states in north-central Nigeria.
He hinted that the three-day training of the officers was at instance of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.
Mr Glover added that the training was consequent to allegation by the Amnesty International, alleging human right abuses and torture by SARS officers.
He further explained the rationale for the early deployment of police personnel to rural communities this year ahead of the dry season, saying it was aimed at forestalling the yearly clashes between herdsmen and local farming communities, when the herdsmen come down the Benue valley for greener pasture.