IGP Deploys Two AIGs, Seven Police Commissioners

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.



The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate deployment of two Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIG) and seven Commissioners of Police.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, announced this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that the deployment was in line with the police’s determination and drive to reposition the Force for optimal service delivery.

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According to the statement, AIG Sanusi Lemu was posted to oversee activities in Zone 12 in Bauchi, which covers Bauchi, Borno, and Yobe States.

Similarly, AIG Gwandu Abubakar was deployed to Zone 3 in Yola, covering Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba States.

The IGP also posted Hafiz Inuwa as the CP in charge of Delta State Police Command, as well as Muri Musa and Mobolaji Fafowora as the police commissioners in Kaduna and Imo States.

Others are CPs deployed are Agunbiade Lasore (Kebbi), Johnson Kokumo (Osun), Ahmed Azare (Taraba) and Ede Ekpeji (Kogi).

The police boss called on the affected officers to improve the successes recorded by their predecessors.

He also asked them to work with relevant stakeholders in adopting intelligence-led and community-driven crime prevention strategies in their new assignments.

The IGP urged the public to render support and cooperation to the incoming police helmsmen to enable them deliver effectively on their core mandate.

IGP Redeploys 13 Newly-Promoted AIGs

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.



The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the posting and redeployment of 13 Assistant Inspectors General of Police to various zones and formations across the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, announced this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the posting and redeployment followed the recent promotion of Commissioners of Police to the rank of AIG.

The police boss asked the senior officers to bring their vast experiences and professionalism to bear in advancing the fortunes of the Force.

He also directed them to ensure adequate supervision of their respective departments and formations to enhance the ongoing drive at repositioning the police for improved service delivery.

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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.

We Need Technology To Police Our Borders Effectively, Says Cualcrick


A former Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Tunji Cualcrick, has suggested the use of technology to secure the nation’s borders.

Mr Cualcrick believes this will go a long way in tackling unauthorised movements of persons and illegal items into the country.

“We’ve got to apply technology to ensure that we police our borders effectively,” he said on Monday during a special programme on Channels Television, The Inauguration.

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We Need Technology To Police Our Borders Effectively, Says Cualcrick
Mr Tunji Cualcrick

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.”

No Law Authorises Anybody To Search A Police Officer – Ex-AIG


A former Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Tunji Cualcrick, says there is no part of the Nigerian Constitution that allows anyone to search a police officer.

He stated this on Tuesday during his appearance on a special programme on Channels Television, The Inauguration.

“Of course, I served 33 years in the police; I did not see any section of the law that authorises anybody to search a police officer before he searches you,” he affirmed.

Mr Cualcrick made the comment in response to a question regarding a series of tweets posted by the Nigeria Police Force two weeks ago.

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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!

AIG Assures Osun Community Of Security Ahead Of General Elections

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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.

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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.

Amosun Vows To Enforce Law Against Kidnapping

Amosun Vows To Enforce Law Against KidnappingThe 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.

Herdsmen Attack: Police Deploy SARS In Plateau, Nasarawa And Benue

Police, Benue, Plateau, SARS, HerdsmenThe 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.

Police Reveal Approach To Crime Control In Zone Nine

Police, Zone Nine, Hassan KarmaThe Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Nine, Hassan Karma, has revealed the security strategies to tackle crime within the zone in southeast Nigeria.

He listed the plans to include bringing the police closer to the people, policing with integrity and adopting professionalism among others.

Mr Karma warned that the era of people committing crime in a state and migrating to another state in an attempt to flee from justice was over.

He told a gathering that the Nigeria Police Force had deployed check and balances across Nigeria, to curtail crime.

The Commissioner also noted that efficient crime management had been adopted, as the focal point in community policing.

He added that he was devising amenable ways of establishing and maintaining mutual trust between the citizenry and the police.

Mr Karma reiterated that crime would not be tolerated anymore within the zone and warned that anybody found wanting, regardless of his or her status, would not go unpunished.

He was speaking on Monday at a gathering in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

The Chairman of Umuahia North Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Philips Ajomuiwe and the Imo State Comptroller of Immigration, Anthonia Opara, expressed delight at the development.

They told Channels Television that they would bring crime down to its minimal level.

New Police Commissioner Pledges Safer Ogun State

Police, Ogun State, Hammed Iliyasu, Abdulmajid AliThe new Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Hammed Iliyasu, has promised a paradigm shift in the way security of life and property is being handled in the state.

Mr Iliyasu made the pledge in his address to staff of the Ogun State Police Command when he assumed duty in Abeokuta, state capital in southwest Nigeria.

He solicited for better understanding between the Police and other security agencies operating in the state.

Before his appointment as Ogun CP, Iliyasu was the Deputy Commandant of the Police Staff College, Jos.

He replaced the former Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, who has been promoted and is now the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2, which comprises of Lagos and Ogun states.

Meanwhile AIG Ali has also given his road map for the security of both states, especially in the face of the recent suspected militants’ invasion of some communities in the state.

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.

Idris Ibrahim acting IG of police
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.

Solomon Arase and President Muhammadu Buhari
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.

PSC Promotes 1,670 Police Officers, Appoints 147

Police Service CommissionThe Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of 1,670 senior officers of the Nigeria Police Force to their next rank.

In an approval conveyed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, the Commission also approved the appointment of 147 others to different ranks.

A Commissioner of Police was elevated to the rank of AIG, 10 Assistant Commissioners to Deputy Commissioners, five CSPs to ACP and six SP to CSP.

They also elevated four DSPs to the rank of SP while 1,540 Inspectors were promoted to ASP.

The acting appointments are three DCPs, five ACPs, four CSPs, three SPs, five DSPs and 127 ASP.

The Commission noted that the approvals and acting appointments take immediate effect.

The Chairman of the PSC, who is a retired Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, wished the affected the best in their new ranks and urged them to reciprocate the Commission’s good gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of the nation.

He promised that the Commission would continue to ensure that deserving Police officials are promoted as and when due, to serve as motivation for effective and efficient service.

Police Boss Orders Relocation Of AIG Zone 7 To Kaduna

PoliceThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has directed the AIG in charge of Zone Seven to relocate to Kaduna State for effective supervision of security situation in the state.

Mr Arase gave the directive for the redeployment of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Ballah Nasarawa, in a statement on Monday.

Concerned by the general crime situation in Kaduna State, he urged the AIG to evolve new intelligence gathering, crime-fighting techniques and methodologies to suit the local challenges.

The Police boss also directed that personnel, who have served in the Kaduna State Command for a period of six years and above, be transferred out of the command with corresponding replacement.

He also tasked the AIG to devise means of halting the incessant kidnapping and other forms of crimes and criminality, especially in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.

In a similar development, Mr Arase equally directed the Commissioners of Police in Kogi State Command and his counterpart in Abuja to improve on the surveillance network and high police visibility in their respective Commands, especially along the Abuja-Lokoja-Oken and Kabba-Owo axis, to check the incessant criminal activities in the areas.

He assured the citizenry of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to their safety, stressing that the Police in cooperation with other security agencies would continually ensure strategic responses towards eliminating any threat to internal security of the nation.