Kwara CP Warns Officers Against Searching People’s Phones

Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun


The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has warned officers against searching people’s phone with the intent of extorting money, stressing it’s unethical for them to do so.

While briefing officers and journalists at the State Command in Ilorin, the police boss said extortion is a criminal offence and will attract a stiff penalty.

“It’s unethical to seize and start searching anybody’s mobile phone on the road. The practice of searching the phone of an individual on the road for evidence of internet fraud amounts to conducting a roadside investigation,” he stated.

Egbetokun noted that he is worried of some media reports of how some policemen on highway patrol would stop and search the phones of young undergraduate.

More worrisome, he explained, is the demand of about N2,000 before their phones could be released to the students suspected to be internet fraudsters.

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While vowing that the Command under his watch would not condone such an act, the Commissioner warned officers to desist from such activities.

According to him, it is a criminal offence for any policeman to extort any member of the public by demanding money before releasing their mobile set.

“In some of these cases, the young men mostly university undergraduates are made to part with a little or as much as N2,000 for their releases or the release of their phones.

“The Command frowns at this ugly trend and will stop at nothing in identifying and dealing with culprits of these acts.

“It becomes a criminal offence if that (search) intends in extortion or done with an intent to extort. Al policemen in this command, especially patrolmen are constantly being reminded that extortion while bearing firearms completes the ingredients of the offence of armed robbery.

“Henceforth, any policeman found to be engaging in any form of extortion while armed on the highway will be arrested, detained, tried and if found guilty, dismissed and charged with armed robbery,” he said.

IGP Redeploys Imo CP, 14 Officers

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris


The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has redeployed the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Dasuki Galadanchi.

Galadanchi was redeployed to Bauchi State with the Police Commissioner in Kogi State tapped to take over from him in Imo.

Galadanchi was removed along with three deputy commissioners of police and 11 assistant commissioners of police in the command.

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Confirming this development to Channels TV, police spokesperson Orlando Ikeokwu said the Command is expecting CP Ali Janga from Kogi state to take over from the outgoing CP.



Mr Ikeokwu maintained that transfer is not out of place, neither does it have any political undertone.

According to him, it is the routine activity in the Nigerian Police force, especially as elections draw closer.

He urged all Imo citizens to continue with their lawful duties and avoid any action that might cause chaos in the state especially during this Yuletide.

Police, School Mgt Debunk UNIOSUN Gas Explosion Report

The Osun State Police Command and Management of Osun State University had denied the reported explosion which occurred on the Osogbo campus of the university on Wednesday.

Speaking at the command headquarters in Osogbo on Thursday, the State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (academics) Professor Odunayo Adegboyega, debunked the report that true was an explosion in a science laboratory of the university claiming the lives of some students.

According to the CP Adeoye “what happened was not an explosion, one of the students carelessly released the safety pin of the fire extinguisher in one of the classes thereby releasing the carbon dioxide causing panic and some students who inhaled the substance got unconscious and were attended to.

“We deployed our anti-bomb squad to the scene after my personal visit and their findings corroborated what I just said.

The school management appealed to students, parents and all relevant stakeholders not to exercise any panic saying all the 27 students who sustained several degrees of injury have been treated and some of them with lesser injury discharged.

Edo CP Vows To Deal With Erring Officers

Public Relations Officer, Edo State Police Command, Moses Nkombe

The Commissioner for Police in Edo state, Mr Johnson Kokumo has restated his position on zero tolerance for incivility on the part of police officers under his watch.

Kokumo stated this at the Command’s Headquarters in Benin, the state capital, while reacting to an allegation of assault on two officials of the State’s Traffic Management Agency by officers serving under his command.

“I am just hearing about the matter for the first time today, and have just received a formal complaint from the Secretary to the State Government.

“I am subjecting the matter to an investigation, so the Deputy Commissioner, State Criminal Investigation Department is to commence investigations immediately,” he said.

A police officer, Joseph Sunday was alleged to have attacked two officers of the state’s traffic agency – Lucky Emiuno and Balogun Franklin.

The duo were said to be carrying out their duties along Sapele road on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 when the ugly incident reportedly happened.

The police boss had while reiterating his commitment of not condoning any form of indiscipline among officers, said culprits caught would be made to bear the full consequences of their action.

He added, “Edo State police command under my leadership will not tolerate any act of incivility to members of the public. The command under my leadership will not tolerate any form of recklessness from the police.”

He stated also that the police have a cordial relationship with other relevant agencies in maintaining law and order.

Ondo Gets New CP, Assures Of Effective Policing

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe new Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Gbenga Adeyanju has assured residents of the state of safety and security of their lives and property in the “ember” months and beyond.

The CP made this disclosure during the handing over by the outgoing CP, Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison at the command headquarters in Akure, the state capital.

CP Adeyanju who called for the collaboration of every good citizen of the state in ensuring the state is crime free, urged the members of the public to always give relevant information to the police that will ensure effective policing.

The outgoing CP, Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, in her valedictory speech thanked the government and people of Ondo State for their support during her tenure.

She expressed assurance that her successor will do better than her, calling on all the good people of the state to continue to give intelligent information to the police, to ensure better police operations.

Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison who is the 38th Commissioner of Police in Ondo State was recently promoted to the post of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police.

PSC Approves Promotion, Postings Of AIGs

Police, PSCThe Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion and posting of 18 Commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs).

A statement by the Commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed that the PSC also approved the postings of  four other AIGs earlier promoted.

The Commission on Saturday explained that 12 of the AIGs are to man the 12 Police Zonal Commands while the remaining 10 would head Police special formations such as Operations, Training, Police Academy, Info-Tech, Investment, Maritime and others.

“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State, Ibrahim Adamu, is now AIG, Zone 1, Abdulmajid Ali, CP, Ogun State, AIG, Zone 2 and Usman Tilli, AIG Border is now AIG zone 3.

“AIG Dorathy A. Gimba retains her Command of the Investment Formation, AIG Mohammed K. Mohammed, SPU and Mohammed Musa Katsina moved from Maritime to DS, NIPSS.

“AIG Katsina will be replaced at the Maritime Desk by Paul Okafor, CP Benue State,” the statement said.

37 Commissioners of Police including nine Deputy Commissioners of Police also had their promotions approved by the commission and 16 of these commissioners retained their commands.

Former Inspector General of Police now Chairman of the PSC;  Dr. Mike Okiro, said the promotions and postings were in line with the Commission’s resolve to re-position the Nigeria Police Force for better performance.

He congratulated the officers and challenged them to be hardworking and dedicated to their duty, failing to do that the Commission will hold any of them personally responsible for any failure in the discharge of their duties.

He also asked them to rededicate themselves to the service of their nation and abide by the rules and regulations guiding Police work, stressing the need to hold their leadership positions with the fear of God and fairness to all parties.

Yobe Police Parade Man Accused Of Raping Two-Year-Old Girl

YobeThe Yobe State Police Command has paraded a 30-year-old man suspected to have raped a two-year-old girl in Nguru town of the state.

The suspect, Ishaku Babangida, is believed to have sexually assaulted the two-year-old girl, Bilkisu Ya’u, in the troubled north east town.

The State Commissioner of Police, Zannah Ibrahim, said that the command had concluded investigation on the suspect and he would soon be arraigned in court.

The CP said this while parading the suspect in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, along with other suspects believed to have carried out various offences ranging from culpable homicide, robbery, circulation of counterfeit currency, cattle theft among others.

The suspected rapist, Ishaku Babangida, who admitted to have carried out the crime, described it as an act of the devil.

He admitted that the two-year-old girl was actually under aged but was just tempted to have carried out the assault without any fetish intention attached.

The CP also said that seven suspects were being quizzed on circulation of counterfeit 1000 and 500 Naira notes around Potiskum and Fika axis.

He called on the people of the state to be very careful with currencies that exchange hands within the area.

The Commissioner of Police lauded the synergy existing between the command and the public and called for more timely provision of information on the activities and hideouts of criminals in the state.

He gave the assurance that the command would continue to intensify patrols within and around the state to curtail activities of criminals in the state.

CP Zannah Ibrahim also called on Yobe citizens not to take laws into their hands even when offended, but to report culprits to security operatives for necessary action.

Police Broker Peace Between Fulani Herdsmen And Farmers In Oyo

police-oyoThe Oyo State Commissioner of Police (CP), Adeleye Oyebade, has brokered a peace deal between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the state, bringing them to a round table discussion.

This is part of efforts to rid Oyo State of incessant clashes in Oke Ogun axis.

After an exhaustive meeting where all stakeholders poured out their minds, far reaching resolutions were adopted to ensure peaceful co-existence in all identified flash points.

Part of the resolutions include the establishment of alternate grazing zones outside farm settlements, government reserves and respect of already set boundaries by all concerned.

The Police Commissioner warned that any infringement would attract dire consequences under the law.

He added that all the 21 leaders, who signed the peace accord, are expected to ensure compliance among their people, or be held responsible for any breach of peace.

Policeman Kills Two Inspectors, Self In Yobe

policeA Police Constable, Ibrahim Musa, on Friday, fatally shot two Police Inspectors before shooting himself at the Nangere Division in Yobe State, north east Nigeria.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television through its Yobe State Correspondent, Jonathan Gopep on phone, the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mohammed Zanah Ibramim said that “the Police Constable who was being booked for insubordination, seized a rifle at the counter and shot the two Inspectors at close range, before shooting himself”.

The CP said that the Constable first shot Inspector Muhammed Musa, before firing Inspector Ishaku Allen, who was making the entry in the defaulter’s registry, after which he shot himself.

The subject, he revealed, who was taken to the Potiskum General Hospital, later died while receiving treatment.

During the press briefing, the CP said he had in company of the Emir of Nangere, Alhaji Muhammed Ibn Abubakar Grema, attended the burial of the two Inspectors, as well as paid condolence visits to the bereaved families on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The CP also revealed that while the case is currently being investigated, the subject will be tried posthumously as machinery are being put in place to prevent future occurrence.

Nangere is 118 kilometres north of Potiskum, the commercial nerve centre of Yobe State and west of Damaturu, the state capital.

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.

Ojuelegba Container Accident Suspect Arrested, Says Lagos CP

CP-Lagos-owoseniThe Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Fatai Owoseni, said on Monday that the person suspected to be responsible for a recent trailer accident that occurred at Ojuelegba, in Lagos State, has been arrested and charged.

The CP said that the owner of the truck was also in Police custody.

According to him, the suspect is said to be charged for contravention of traffic laws and manslaughter.

Speaking to Channels Television, Mr Owoseni stated that one of the best ways to prevent such occurrences was to twist-lock the container on the truck.

He also said that other measures would be to ensure that containers that are not twist-locked do not leave the port.

“We won’t even allow those trucks that are carrying containers that are not twist-locked to get out of the port”.

The Police Commissioner further said that plans were on to establish a collaboration with the Ports Authority and other stakeholders, to check the tonnage of the trucks before they carry equipment.


Gov. Ambode Dissolves Boards Of Parastatals And Agencies

In ambodea bid to restructure his administration, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the dissolution of all boards of parastatals and agencies of government in the state.

The dissolution takes immediate effect.

In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Governor Ambode, stated that the Civil Service Commission, the Judicial Service Commission and the State Independent Electoral Commission are exempted.

The Governor commended the modest contributions of the members of the dissolved boards, just as he wished them well in their future endeavours.

Meanwhile, the Governor has approved the appointment of Mrs. Abimbola Shukrat Umar as the new Accountant-General of the state and Permanent Secretary in the State Treasury Office.

Prior to her new appointment, Mrs. Umar was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.