Police Opens Investigation Into Alleged IDPs’ Abuse

Police ,Counter-terrorism ,RiversThe Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has set up a Special Investigation Team to immediately commence thorough enquiry into all cases of alleged sexual abuses.

Other issues include exploitation, harassment, gender based violence and professional misconduct on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some of North-eastern states contained in a report published by the Human Right Watch against Camp officials, vigilante groups, Soldiers and Policemen among others.

The IGP has expressed deep concern over the submissions in the report and has directed the Special Investigation Panel to carry out a discreet and unbiased investigation into all the cases of abuse and misconduct alleged in the report.

In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Don Awunah said, the IGP has called on Human Right Watch officials to avail more facts that will assist the Police investigation team conclude the inquiry into the alleged 43 cases mentioned in the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

“The IGP has also directed Commissioners of Police in locations where IDP Camps are situated to beef up security and ensure adequate safety of all IDPs and ensure that all perpetrators of any criminal act are decisively dealt with in accordance to the law”.

The statement further urged all police officers and other personnel deployed to the IDP camps to strictly adhere to the rules of engagement.

“The Nigeria Police Force assures all Nigerians and the International community that the Force will not condone any act that will violate the human dignity of the IDPs by individuals or group of persons at the camps or anywhere in the country”.

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In late July, 2016, Human Rights Watch documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The victims had been displaced from several Borno towns and villages, including Abadam, Bama, Baga, Damasak, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, Kukawa, and Walassa. In some cases, the victims had arrived in the under-served Maiduguri camps, where their movement is severely restricted after spending months in military screening camps.

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them.”

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance. Many of those coerced into sex said they were abandoned if they became pregnant.

They and their children have suffered discrimination, abuse, and stigmatization from other camp residents. Eight of the victims said they were previously abducted by Boko Haram fighters and forced into marriage before they escaped to Maiduguri.

A situational assessment of IDPs in the northeast in July 2016 by NOI Polls, a Nigerian research organization, reported that 66 percent of 400 displaced people in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states said that camp officials sexually abuse the displaced women and girls.

Buhari Orders Action On Human Rights Watch's (HRW) Reports On IDP AbuseBuhari Expresses Concern

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the recently released Human Rights Watch (HRW) report which alleges sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

He has therefore ordered an immediate investigation into the allegation.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Mr Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

He said that the welfare of these most vulnerable of Nigerian citizens has been a priority of President Buhari’s government and Nigerians and the international community can rest assured that the allegations raised in the HRW are not being taken lightly.

“President Buhari has instructed the Inspector General of Police and the state governors of the affected states to immediately commence investigations into the issue.

“Their findings will determine the next course of action for the government and define an appropriate response.

“While the Nigerian military continues to work hard so that these unfortunate victims of Boko Haram terrorism can soon return safely to their homes, the government will do its best to ensure their protection and welfare in the temporary IDP camps,” the statement read.

Police Consider Community Policing To Tackle Insecurity

Police on Community PolicingThe Nigeria Police Force is pushing a strategic initiative that will leverage on community policing practices to address internal security challenges.

To pursue the initiative and ensure it was successful, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has directed all State Commands’ Commissioners of Police (CPs) and the Federal Capital Territory to, as a matter of urgency, convene town hall meeting in their respective state commands.

The instruction came on Monday in a statement signed by the spokesman for the police, Mr Olabisi Kolawole, at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

Mr Arase reiterated that the move was to address specifically the misinformation, anxiety and animosity being generated in relation to the current security challenges associated with local communities and herdsmen.

He directed that the proposed meetings should be held at state and area commands, as well as at divisional levels, to enhance the process of re-assurance policing and the need for peaceful coexistence and sensitivity of each community’s value, space and interest.

The forum, which would be utilised as a veritable platform for dialogue between all parties within the community, would have participants drawn from all strategic security stakeholders.

The stakeholders, according to the Police boss, include traditional rulers, community leaders, public officials, religious actors, youths bodies, local vigilante groups, women/market associations, Police Community Relations Committee, other sister security agencies, professional bodies, media, state and non-state actors, among others.

The IGP also ordered all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands (AIGs) to personally oversee the process and ensure urgent compliance, as it affects commands under their area of responsibility.

He urged the citizen to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the Police in the face of current security challenges confronting Nigeria.

IGP Arase reassured the public of the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to the safety and security of all Nigerians anywhere in any part of the country.

IGP Assures Indigenes Of Peaceful Polls In Bayelsa

Corruption-IGPThe Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase, has reassured indigenes of Bayelsa and beyond that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a conducive atmosphere in the state. 

This is part of efforts to ensure adequate security for the forthcoming re-run gubernatorial elections that will take place in seven out of the eight Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.

The election is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 9 2016.

According to a press statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, “the Police have commenced extensive security operations in the State, including the deployment of plain-clothes detectives and surveillance helicopters for aerial patrols, while gunboats and speed boats will complement the Police Marine Unit to convey security personnel and election materials to riverine communities.

“Armed personnel from Police Mobile Force, Special Protection Unit, as well as Counter Terrorism Unit of the Force are on ground to support the ongoing security operations in the State.”

The force also maintained that the IGP has deployed a Deputy Inspector-General of Police to supervise security arrangements. He will be assisted by one Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) and three Commissioners of Police (CPs).

The statement also claimed that over 5000 conventional policemen have been deployed for the election.

In the same vein, the IGP has also placed an order banning movement in and out of the LGAs where elections will hold with effect from 6AM to 6PM on the election day.

However, persons on essential duties such as ambulance service providers, INEC officials on-duty, security men, accredited election monitors/observers, accredited journalists, etc are not affected by the order.

While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public may suffer as a result of this restriction, the IGP appealed for the understanding and cooperation of the entire citizenry.

Mr Arase said the restriction is essentially to ensure the effective security of citizens, election officials and materials.

“It is a strategy to curtail the influx and movement of undesirable and criminal elements in and out of the affected Local Government Areas before and during the election,” the statement read.

Police Beefs Up Security As Nigerians Prepare For Sallah Celebration

IGP-sallahThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, has directed all Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs), to beef up security across the 36 states ahead of the Sallah celebrations, to ensure safety of lives and property for the duration of the holiday.

The Police Force Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Olabisi Kolawole, said all critical areas and states, including the FCT and Borno, are on high security alert.

She appealed to Nigerians, especially those in the northern part of the country, to be security conscious and report any unusual activity in their neighbourhood and avoid entertaining strangers through the Sallah festivities.

Meanwhile, the Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has called on Islamic faithfuls to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, which is key to happy and prosperous society.

In a Sallah message to the people of the state, the Governor called on the people to also inculcate in their children the spirit of love, honesty, discipline and above all, the fear of Allah at all times.

Governor Gaidam also urged them to “take the exemplary life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as a source of guidance and inspiration”.

Similarly, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, in his Sallah message urged them to to continue to join hands with the government to move the state and the country to a greater height.

Meanwhile, traders in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, have urged the Federal Government to better the state of the economy and create employment, as they lament over low patronage in the markets.

Sallah Celebrations: IGP Places Policemen On Red Alert

Muhammed Abubakar Police-IG-2As part of efforts to ensure hitch-free Sallah celebrations, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered effective and extensive deployment of officers and men of the Nigeria Police and other special operatives, as well as all necessary logistics to all nooks and crannies of the country.

The IGP, in a directive issued to all commands and formations of the Police, directed Commissioners of Police and other field commanders across the country to ensure that no stone is left unturned in making sure that adequate security is provided in their various areas of jurisdiction.

Stressing that maximum attention should be paid to critical public places and other points prone to enemy attack, the IGP ordered the Commissioners of Police to retool their security infrastructures in line with their local security realities.

The IGP further directed the Commissioners of Police to personally supervise the special security deployment and ensure a 24-hour surveillance of their respective area of operations.

The IGP, while congratulating the Muslim Umma, enjoined them and other citizens to maintain utmost vigilance and courageously continue to support the security agencies in their prayers and provide useful information towards preventing and unearthing crimes and their authors.

IG Charges Senior Officers To Device New Ways Of Fighting Terror

IGPConcerned by the incessant terror attacks, herdsmen/farmers clashes in some parts of the country as well as other forms of crimes and criminality such as kidnappings, abductions trans-border banditry, proliferation of arms and ammunition taking place in the country, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, convened an emergency meeting of the top echelon of the Police Force on Thursday.

The meeting was held at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said theIGP challenged the Zonal AIGs and Commissioners of Police to evolve new intelligence gathering and crime-fighting techniques and methodologies customized to suit their respective local challenges.

The IGP charged the senior officers to improve on their surveillance network and high police visibility across the country and to commence early preparations for the 2015 general elections by conducting adequate threat analysis and intensifying capacity building for electoral policing best practices.

The IGP reminded the police top brass of the immense trust and confidence reposed in them by the public and charged them to bring their professionalism, skills and experience to bear in solving crimes, maintaining law and order, protecting lives and property and ridding the country of terror.

He also urged them to commence early preparations for the 2015 general elections by conducting adequate threat analysis and intensifying capacity building for electoral policing best practices.

Abubakar reiterated that the country was passing through one of its most trying moments as a nation and therefore demands its officer’s utmost loyalty and commitment to duty.

He assured the citizenry of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to their well-being, noting that the Forces will continually do their best possible towards eliminating all threats to the internal security of the nation.

Police IG redeploys 18 commissioners

The Inspector-General of Police, M.D Abubakar has ordered the redeployment of 18 Commissioners of Police to various Commands and Formations of the Force, across the federation.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the Inspector General said that the posting of the Commissioners takes immediate effect.

He further “directed the affected officers to ensure an effective policing of their new areas of jurisdiction in line with the administration’s reform policies.”

The police boss advised the newly deployed Commissioners of Police to act as agents of positive change and guide against all acts inimical to the fundamental rights of the citizenry.

He enjoined citizens of the affected States to give the new command helmsmen maximum support so as to guarantee their success in their assigned roles.

The affected officers are:


1CPGodfrey E. OkekeCP Adamawa State
2CPSunday A. OgbonnaCP Admin ‘C’ Department FHQ
3CPMgbakor C. OguguaCP Criminal Central Record FCID Annex Lagos
4CPMark A. Idakwo, mniProvost Marshal, FHQ Abuja
5CPMohammed Iyanda SuleCP Gombe State
6CPEdgar Tam Nanakumo, fwcCP Inspectorate ‘E’ Department FHQ, Abuja
7CPPartick D. DokumorCP SARS FCID
8CPS.L. Gambo, fdcCP Sokoto State
9CPY.G. Ardo, fdcCP MSD ‘F’ Department
10CPAdisa Baba Bolanta, fwcCP Imo State
11CPTonye E. EbitibituwaCP Kebbi State
12CPMbu Joseph MbuCP Oyo State
13CPAbdullahi YugudaCP Borno State
14CPMohammed IbrahimCP Special Protection Unit (SPU)
15CPSylvester A. UmehCP Border Patrol
16CPSuleiman O. LawalDeputy Commandant, Police Academy Kano
17CPIdris Faruk UmarCP Anti-Fraud, FCID
18CPOlufemi A. AdenaikeCP Kaduna State