Nigeria Police Dismisses Officer For Raping 4 Year Old Girl

Police squadA corporal of the Mobile Police Force, who was attached to the Special Task Force in Plateau State, Damadu Bzibu has been dismissed by the Nigeria Police for raping a four-year old girl.

Plateau State Police Commissioner, Chris Olakpe, during the quarterly press briefing on the activities of the command, disclosed that after the orderly room trial of the accused, Bzibu was dismissed and handed over to the criminal investigation department for further prosecution in the court.

Prior to this revelation, Bzibu’s identity was concealed, following the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, which reportedly occurred in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, last month.

Briefing journalists on the achievement of the command during the first quarter of the year, commissioner Olakpe explained that the Nigeria Police will not tolerate indiscipline or acts capable of bringing the police into disrepute.

According to him, the security personnel attached to his command were able to apprehend some criminals involved in various crimes across the state ranging from car theft, criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, as well as armed robbery and cow theft with some dangerous weapons recovered from the suspects.

On Bzibu’s sexual abuse against a four year old girl, one of the concerned organisations, the Child Protection Network (CPN), represented by Tony Obemeasor, has written a petition for the transfer of the child defilement case to the Ministry of Justice in Plateau State for prosecution.

Movement Restricted For Plateau Council Polls

The Plateau State Police Command has reinforced security operations in the state in order to ensure a hitch free Local Government elections with the deployment of both human and material resources across the Local Government areas involved in the elections.

After postponing the council elections in the state for more than three times, the Plateau State Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, eventually fixed Tuesday, February 25 as the elections date for 15 Local Government areas, while Jos North and Wase Local Government areas were exempted from the exercise due to security reports.

Addressing journalists at the Plateau State Police Command Headquarters in Jos, Police Commissioner, Chris Olakpe, declared that there would be restriction of movement within the state, in order to ensure a hitch free elections.

Apart from restricting inter and intra state movement on the election day, the Police also warned that everyone should strictly comply with the electoral law, while any breach of the law by any person or group of persons would not be tolerated.

The Police boss also highlighted the redeployment of additional security personnel across the state, with special concentration on trouble spots, so as to avoid any breakdown of law and order while the post-election period is also of paramount importance.

Meanwhile, the Government has declared Tuesday as work free day for citizens to exercise their franchise.


Plateau LG Election To Hold February 25

Local Government elections in Plateau State are to hold on February 25, 2014.

The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC fixed the new date after the exercise had been postponed three times.

Chairman of the commission, Peter Dalyop, said that there were unexpected difficulties during the production of critical election material. He, however, expressed optimistism that the new date would stand, in spite of the challenges facing the commission.

The PLASIEC Chairman said, “In a short while from now, all our electoral materials are going to be in store. That being the reason why we did this shift, I can tell you that it’s now been surmounted, we don’t have that problem again.”

Stakeholders, including youths, candidates and party leaders held a joint meeting with the Police, ahead of the polls, during which the State Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe warned that the Police “would not tolerate any youth causing confusion by snatching ballot boxes or hijacking ballot boxes”.

The representatives of the parties expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Police and the electoral commission towards a successful election.

The last election in Plateau State was in 2008, and it snowballed into sectarian crisis that engulfed the city of Jos and environs with quantum destruction of lives and property. Since then, efforts to conduct different elections at different dates have failed.

Police Apprehend Rapists, Gang Of Robbers In Plateau

Parents have been advised to protect their children, especially the girl child, as there are many wolves under human cover, seeking innocent girls to destroy.

Plateau State Police Commissioner, Chris Olakpe, while briefing Newsmen on the activities of his command in Jos explained that raping of minors is becoming rampant, hence the role of parents in protecting their wards.

Various suspects with crimes ranging from rape, criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, culpable homicide and child trafficking were on parade at the Plateau State Police Command Headquarters.

However, according to the police commissioner, the issue of rape is giving the police much concern as there are different cases of rape involving girls of about 7 and 14 years.

He called on members of the public to cooperate with security agencies and vigilante groups by volunteering credible information and report promptly, unscrupulous elements in the society.

Others apprehended by the security agents include a gang of child traffickers that allegedly tricked a lady in connivance with a neighbour to steal a one year old boy with a bargain of 60, 000 Naira but the lady was said to have been rescued by passers-by.

About 20 Killed In Plateau State Over Cattle Theft

Taroh community in Plateau state has being thrown into commotion as Fulani herdsmen reportedly clashed with indigenes of three villages in the town, killing at least 28 residents.

There are however conflicting reports on the casualty figures following the pre-dawn attack on Thursday by suspected Fulani gunmen on Magama, Bongon and Karkashi villages of Langtang south local government area of Plateau state, north central Nigeria.

The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven, maintaining peace in the state, through the media officer, Captain Salisu Mustapha, claimed that about 28 persons were killed during the attack.

He added that about 10 of the assailants were killed by officers of the   task force in a gun duel while some sustained gunshot wounds and were subsequently arrested.

However, the police while briefing the press on the situation in the southern part of the state through the Police commissioner, Chris Olakpe, claim that only 10 persons died during the attack and wondered where the reported figures emanated from.

The Fulani herdsmen are alleged to have carried out the attack on the Taroh after hundreds of their cattle were stolen.

Two villages in a nearby Fulani and Hausa community were subsequently burnt and the residents had fled.

But an attack of such ferocity is unusual in the remote area, which is about 240km (150 miles) south of Jos, Mustapha says.

A Fulani spokesman in the area denied the military’s allegations that the mainly Muslim community was involved in the attack.

Salihu Jauro said that about 1,000 head of cattle had been stolen earlier this week from Fulani herdsmen and repeated complaints to the authorities had failed to elicit help.

Group Uncovers Plan To Kidnap Prominent Jos Citizens

A group identified as Vigilant Democrats is raising security alarm on an attempt to kidnap and assassinate some prominent plateau indigenes which include the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba; Bitrus Kaze, representing Jos south/Jos east federal constituency at the National Assembly, a local government chairman and son of the governor.

Addressing a press conference in Jos, Plateau state, spokesman of the group, Jonathan Pwajok alleged that some foreign mercenaries have been trained and deployed to Jos to carry out the nefarious activities.

However, the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Chris Olakpe denied knowledge of such report stressing that the police is yet to receive an official complain but has reinforced security around the mentioned personalities.


Fresh Crisis Claims 35 Lives In Plateau

A fresh clash between Fulani and Taroh herdsmen in Wase local government area of Plateau state has resulted in the death of over 35 inidivuals and damages including the burning of 15 houses.

The incident happened after the killing of two men said to be of Taroh extraction by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

The men were allegedly killed while riding along the Wase – Kadarko Road.

According to an eyewitness account, the crisis broke out at about 1. 45am on Wednesday when some youths invaded Fili Mavou, the hometown of the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Idi Waziri and burnt 15 houses.

“Many people were killed before men of the Special Task Force raced to the village.” The eyewitness revealed.

The Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Olakpe, who confirmed the incident, stated that only eight people were killed. He also disclosed that the “Emir has had a meeting with local government officials and security operatives on how to stop the ugly incident from spreading to other areas.”

“Yes there was an attack in Mavou community early this (Wednesday) morning and eight people have been confirmed killed. Operation is going on to control the situation.” Mr. Olakpe stated.

Spokesman for the Special Task Force, Capt. Salisu Mustapha, said security personnel were deployed in the area following a distress call from the Mavo community.

He revealed that three of the attackers were arrested but was remained silent on the number of casualties.

Olakpe said, “our personnel were swiftly moved to the scene of the incident and they repelled the attack. Three of the suspected attackers were arrested and are currently undergoing interrogation.”

He assured the comunity that the situation has been brought under control as normalcy has been restored and that efforts are ongoing to apprehend the other perpetrators.

Police Summon Community Elders In Plateau Over Christmas Killings

The Plateau state Police Command has summoned elders of Riyom local government area in the state over some killings within the area which has claimed about five lives in the last one week.

The Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe, while commenting on the peaceful Christmas celebration in the state, noted that some attacks occurred in some villages during the celebrations.

He confirmed that one person was reported killed in Shonong village.

The Police boss in order to forestall the escalation of such killing, revealed that he quickly summoned elders from the community with a warning to them that they must ensure that such acts of lawlessness is taken care off.

Three villages of Bachit, Shonong and Rim, all in Riyom local government area of Plateau state, also witnessed some security challenges during the Christmas celebrations as unknown gun men ambushed villagers and shot them in the process in which about five people were reported dead by the villagers.

The police command has also invited the Fulani Ardos and Berom elders in the community with the aim of finding lasting solution to the incessant attack in the area.

Reflecting on the peaceful Christmas celebrations in the state, the police commissioner commend the efforts of security operatives for their vigilance and cooperation during the period as it look forward to another peaceful New Year celebrations.

Having celebrated a peaceful Christmas, residents on the Plateau are looking forward to another hitch free and rewarding celebrations that will usher in the New Year as the security agents continue to monitor the situation.


Labour Shuts Down Economic Activities In Plateau State

Organised labour comprising of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Plateau state embarked on solidarity strike action in sympathy with their counterparts in the local government areas demanding for implementation of the minimum wage increase.

Plateau state government in reaction to the industrial action through director of research and documentations, Chris Kwaja urged labour to reconsider the option of dialogue as government recognises organised labour as a partner in progress both in governance and development of the state.

The government takes exception to violence as evidence in the harassment of citizens which had led to vandalising some properties, particularly that of government officials stressing that the welfare of workers and that of the citizens remain its priority.

The organised labour had threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if their Monday night deadline was not met by the government.

The entrance to Joseph Gomwalk Secretariat, at the state capital was filled with the striking workers preventing members from gaining entrance to the complex while labour officials were at hand to monitor and enforce total compliance of the order.

Apart from government offices that were shut down, customers could not have access to transact business as banks were also under lock and key.
Addressing members, Chairman Plateau State Chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress, Jibrin Banchir, warned workers to desist from been violent and should be careful not to allow miscreants hijack the planned action while claiming that labour has not received any court injunction concerning the ongoing strike.

State police Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe, who was recently appointed, addressed the striking workers in what can be seen as the first official engagement in plateau.

Plateau state government expressed disappointment in labour for not obeying the industrial court orders restraining labour from embarking on the strike while urging the striking workers to embrace dialogue in solving the protracted issue.