Police Give Reason For Wike’s Security Officer Redeployment

IGP Warns Against Police BrutalityThe Nigeria Police Force has given reasons for the redeployment of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Governor of Rivers State, Mr Promise Nwosu, which Governor Nyesom Wike has raised concerns over.

A statement by the forces’ spokesman, Don Awunah, explained that the police official was redeployed after he was found to be partisan and in open affiliation with a political party in the state.

In what the police called ‘gross professional misconduct’, the Police statement said that on November 17, 2016, during peaceful demonstrations of an opposition party in the state, All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Nwosu was found among the protesting party faithfuls in a manner prejudicial to discipline and displaying conduct unexpected of an officer of his calibre and office.

“The active presence of the CSO to the governor in a partisan crowd of an opposition party to the governor in a clandestine and suspicious manner was considered mischievous and detrimental to the security of the state and public order and also contrary to his oath of office which constitute an offence against discipline.

“The CSO to the governor, when challenged by a superior officer demonstrated brazen indiscipline and showed disrespect to the senior officer, exhibiting conduct that violates all known norms of the force.

“Accordingly, the CSO was officially queried for discreditable conduct, insubordination, engaging in partisan political activities, illegal duty and act unbecoming of a public officer,” the statement read.

It added that as a result of such gross misconduct and apparent partisanship, the Inspector General of Police ordered the redeployment of the CSO pending further disciplinary action.

The police spokesman said that an investigative inquiry into the officer’s open engagement in political activities, disrespect to senior officers and unethical practices had been constituted.

The police further stated that Governor Wike was at liberty to select any officer of his choice from the strength of the command to serve as his CSO.

It, however, warned that under no circumstance should any officer abandon the security of his principal and legitimate duties to engage in direct partisan politics or conversely should any political office holder use police officers attached to them for political machinations.

Kano Police Parades Suspects, Recovers Items Worth 5bn Naira

land grabbers-policeKano State Police Command has seized drugs worth five billion Naira and recovered 10,000 unregistered intoxicating drugs. 

Items recovered from the suspects include; 532 parcels of Indian hemp valued at 2.5 million Naira, large quantity of cocaine to be sold at over 2.2 billion Naira, rifles of different caliber, 250 stolen rice, cars and motorcycles

Presenting the items to the state Governor, the Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said that 45 suspects with arms were arrested, while 13 people caught with fake passport were apprehended.

According to the state Police Commissioner, having cleared Falgore Forest off the cattle rustlers, it now became necessary to put Kano among the least drug consuming state in Nigeria.

Receiving the exhibits from the Police, the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, expressed his government’s interest over the cases related to drug abuse, armed robbery and cattle rustling.

The Governor explained that the state government will not seat back while courts releases convicted criminals only to go back to their crimes.

Meanwhile, 12 youths from Edo State who were arrested with fake passport travelling to Libya, told the governor that they decided to leave Nigeria due to unemployment.

He requested that the State Chief Security Officer should temper justice with mercy and return them to their state.

In the meantime, the Police said it will hand the suspects over to relevant authorities for necessary prosecution while they continue their unsought against criminals in the state.

Rights Group Demands Former CSO Obua’s Release

ObuaThe Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, ASRADI, has demanded the release of the Chief Security Officer to former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

The ASRADI, in a statement on Sunday, said that it wants to alert the nation to “what seems like the incipient stage of the Buhari Administration’s regime of tyranny and autocracy” as exemplified by the continued incarceration of  former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s Chief Security Officer, Mr Gordon Obua.

‎”Obua has been detained since last Thursday at the headquarters of the State Security Services in Abuja without charge. Neither has he been told the reason for which he is being detained.

“Obua was asked to be reporting to SSS headquarters in Abuja and reported for one week before he was finally arrested and detained.

“He is being denied access to his family, lawyer and medication.

“Obua, who is said to be battling high blood pressure, may soon lose his life if he continues to be denied access to his medication.

“We hereby demand the unconditional release of Mr Obua,” ASRADI said.

The group also noted the alleged Gestapo style adopted by operatives of the State Security Service who invaded the residences of the erstwhile National Security Adviser in Abuja and Sokoto.

Fani-Kayode Challenges Al-Mustapha On OBJ Letter

A member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said that former Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-mustapha, has some explanation to give to Nigerians.

Mr Fani-Kayode’s challenge came in view of the former CSO’s outburst about former president, Olusegun Obasanjo’s 18-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, where he alleged that President Jonathan was training assassins with the help of Al-Mustapha.

The former Aviation Minister has asked Al-Mustapha to explain to Nigerians where he was on the day Obasanjo forwarded his “Before It Is Too Late” letter to the President.

In an interview with Channels Television in Kano, Fani-Kayode said that Obasanjo has no time for Al-mustapha’s invitation to engage in a public debate on the issue.

The former minister also claimed that he believed the allegation that Mr. Mustapha is being used to train snipers for political assassination, ahead of the 2015 elections.

He specifically criticised Al-mustapha on the allegations that he was explicit in the assassination of politicians and military officers during the regime of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

Fani-Kayode, who claimed that he was in Kano to consult with Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and other stakeholders on the participation of Major Hamza Al-mustapha on the crisis, also blamed President Jonathan’s administration for the current insurgency in the North and the militancy in the Niger-Delta region.

Fani-Kayode also expressed his concerns about Nigeria’s political clime if people like Mustapha are shortlisted to frustrate the opposition.

All efforts to speak with Mr. Mustapha in Kano were not successful.