Gunmen Kidnap Commissioner In Cross River

Gunmen Kidnap Commissioner In Cross RiverThe Police have confirmed the kidnap of the Cross River State Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Gabriel Odu-Oji.

According to the State Command, Mr Odu-Oji was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Sunday in Calabar South Local Government Area of the state.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tunde Gbolarumi, confirmed the incident during a telephone interview with Channels Television.

Mr Gbolarumi said the Command has blocked all exit roads, with a strict stop and search exercise of all vehicles coming in and out of Calabar, aimed at preventing the kidnappers from fleeing out of the state’s capital successfully.

He noted that the Police and other security agencies will not rest in their oars in ensuring that the Commissioner, whom he said is still within Calabar according to intelligence report, is released without being hurt nor any ransom paid.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police appealed to the public to avail security agencies with necessary information that would lead to the whereabouts of the kidnappers and their victim.

He, however, sued for calm among members of the public and the victim’s immediate family, stating that the Police will ensure the release of the Commissioner in the shortest possible time.

Ondo Police Command Parade Sixteen Crime Suspects

Police, Kidnappers, Igbodu, Epe, LagosThe Ondo State Police Command has paraded 16 suspected criminals in Akure for terrorising the peace of the state.

The suspects are said to have been involved in various crime ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.

The Commissioner of Police, Hilda Ibifuro Harrison said majority of the suspects were arrested based on useful information from the public to the police authority in the state.

She added that as soon as investigations are concluded on the suspects, they will be charged to court for proper prosecution.

“There has been a case of the murder of a policeman in Okitipupa and three cases of armed robbery reported, where money and other valuables were stolen.

“They have been interrogated on what they have done and they will soon be charged to court in accordance with the law.

The police boss who appreciated the support and cooperation of the citizenry for giving useful information to the police, in order to stem down crime rate and vices in the state, said the work of the security is a joint effort of both public and the police.

She commended citizens of Ondo state for collaborating with the police by giving information as to where all the suspects, arms and ammunitions were kept.

She however, task the people to be more Law abiding as the baton of leadership is changing in the state in few days to come, advised the people to always report any strange and suspected movement in their communities to the police, in order to make the state a no go area for criminals and ensure a crime-free environment.

On the swearing in ceremony of the incoming governor of the state Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, the police boss said, the police and other security agencies will work together to ensure that the occasion is peaceful and orderly.

“We are expecting visitors in the state to partake in the process of inauguration of a new government. I urge everyone to be law abiding. The police and other sister security agencies are working together to ensure peace and forestall any breakdown of law and order in the state before during and after the inauguration. The CP stated.

Tanker Fire Destroys Buildings, Properties In Onitsha

unijosfire3A petrol tanker laden with diesel on Wednesday night exploded at Upper New Market Road, by DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, destroying buildings, vehicles and properties worth millions of naira.

Fire fighters and a large dispatch of security personnel ranging from the Police, Army, Civil Defense, Road Safety and the Red Cross were on ground to assist in quenching the inferno.

According to eye witnesses, the tanker driver was negotiating the DMGS roundabout when it s fell with a loud thud, causing explosion immediately and spreading fire to several buildings, offices and shops within the area.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tony Nnacheta, decried the enormity of the disaster but remained grateful to God that no death was recorded.

Reacting to the incident, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumu commended the effort of the police in warding off miscreants who wanted to use the opportunity to steal.

The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Sunday Ajayi, on his part informed that “there will be an investigation into what caused the falling of the tanker as the driver should, ordinarily, be able to navigate the roundabout, if truly he is a driver”.

 

IG Inaugurates Panel On Rivers Violence

I.G Inaugurates Panel On Rivers ViolenceThe Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has constituted a 15-man panel to unravel those behind the violence that marred the re-run legislative elections in Rivers State.

The committee, to be headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Damien Okoro, has been given 30 days to submit its report as the I.G has assured the public that the Police would use all the resources at its disposal to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

A press release by the Police on Thursday evening highlighted the talking points of the Inspector-General at the inauguration.

The statement reads:

THE INAUGURATION OF JOINT PANEL ON THE 10TH DECEMBER, 2016 RIVERS STATE RE-RUN ELECTIONS
IGP’s Talking Points

The sustenance of our democratic process is largely dependent upon the security and preservation of our electoral laws and guidelines by all stakeholders in our country Nigeria.

It was expected that the impressive and commendable successes recorded in the recent gubernatorial elections in Ondo and Edo states respectively was replicated in Rivers State during the recent re-run elections into the national and state legislative positions.

2. This opinion was further fuelled by the coordinated preparations put in place by the police and other security agencies including INEC relevant to the conduct of a smooth, hitch free, free and fair poll.

3. The election which was supposed to demonstrate our sustained growth and maturity as a democracy loving people, however, was rather unfortunately marred by noticeable infractions and isolated cases of violence which unfortunately resulted in the gruesome murder of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Alkali and Sergeant Peter Uchi in active duty. So far, four people have been arrested and two rifles recovered.

4. Against this backdrop, it has become imperative to set up a joint investigative panel to investigate the various infractions, incidents and violence that marred the December 10, 2016 re-run election in Rivers State. The panel consists of police officers and officers from the Department of State Services with vast knowledge in investigation, forensic analysis and technical expertise. The fifteen (15) man panel is headed by DCP Damien Okoro

5. The panel, which is to conduct its investigation in conjunction with a team from the Department of State Services (DSS) has the following terms of reference:

i. Conduct a thorough investigation into the role of security agents before, during and after the election;

ii. Examine the role of any Police Officer or security agent whose actions or activities individually or collectively was detrimental to the good conduct of the elections;

iii. Conduct a forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters as it concerns the election;

iv. Examine any other matter that is relevant to the conduct of the elections.

v. Make recommendations and implementation strategies to guide future elections and submit findings within thirty (30) days with effect from 17th December, 2016.

6. For the avoidance of doubt, the 1999 Constitution and other relevant laws empower the police to conduct investigations into criminal matters across the entire country.

7. In the final analysis, the police is an apolitical organization and must be insulated from politics. The interest of the police as always in the electoral process is to ensure a hitch free exercise and guarantee due process in accordance with international standards.

8. Therefore, I hereby use this opportunity to implore well-meaning Nigerians especially INEC, Rivers Sate Government to give the panel maximum support and cooperate with this investigative panel.

This I believe is in the overall interest and development of electoral process in Nigeria.

The Inspector General of Police uses this opportunity to solicit the support of all Nigerians in ensuring that the panel succeeds in its mandate.

Rivers Rerun: Police Constitute Panel To Investigate Poll Incidents

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Rivers RerunThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has setup a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by INEC in the Rivers State legislative rerun election.

This is in response to the statement credited to Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Yakubu Mahmud, to the effect that there were 70 incidents that tended to derail the December 10 elections.

The Police said that the team was constituted with a view to uncovering those who were directly or indirectly responsible for such incidences and bring them to justice.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, revealed that investigative team has also been mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters alleged to be the voice of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, pertaining to the concluded elections.

Policing With Integrity

The Police urged the Rivers State government and INEC to avail the investigative team with facts at their disposal and grant them the desired cooperation and assistance to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation.

They also appealed to election observers, civil society groups, human rights watchers and other stakeholders in the elections to assist the team with valuable information they may have.

The Police noted that they are committed to enthroning the principles of democratic policing and ensure that the IGP’s master plan on election security takes hold in Nigeria, in accordance with international best practices and core value of policing with integrity.

The investigative team is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police who has vast experience in investigation.

The Police said the team has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit its report and assured that the findings would be made public.

Rivers APC Reacts To Protest By Governor Wike, PDP

Rivers APC Reacts To Protest By Governor Wike, PDPThe Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the protest staged by the State Governor, Nyesom Wike and supporters of the PDP.

In a meeting with journalists in Port Harcourt the state capital, leaders of the party led by the chairman, Davis Ikanya said the call of the governor for the transfer or redeployment of the said Police officers is as a result of the arrest and parade of suspected criminals by the Force Headquarters, who confessed to working for the Governor and his party during the rerun elections.

According to him, the officers should be given honours for risking their lives to save Rivers people from the hands of blood-thirsty men.

Governor Nyesom Wike had earlier led supporters and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as some members of the State Executive Council to the Police Headquarters in Rivers State.

The protesters demanded the redeployment of two officers, who they claim masterminded the violence and electoral malpractice that took place at the polls.

They also stormed the streets of Port Harcourt, to protest what they termed “undue interference of the Police in the electioneering process”.

Governor Wike insisted on Thursday that his government and people would not cease from protesting unless their demands were met.

On sighting the demonstrators, officials at the Police headquarters tried to lock up the gate but to no avail.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyril Okoro, who who spoke on behalf of the Police Commissioner, promised to relate the Governor’s message to the appropriate quarters.

He also revealed that the matter involving the said officers was under investigation.

Rivers Rerun: Controversy Deepens As Wike Leads Protest Against Police

PDP, Nyesom Wike, Police, Rivers RerunThe dust is yet to settle over the just concluded legislative rerun election in Rivers State as more reactions have continued to trail the outcome of the poll.

This time, the Governor, Nyesom Wike led supporters and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as some members of the State Executive Council to the Police Headquarters in Rivers State.

The protesters demanded the redeployment of two officers, who they claim masterminded the violence and electoral malpractice that took place at the polls.

They also stormed the streets of Port Harcourt, to protest what they termed “undue interference of the Police in the electioneering process”.

Hope Lost In Police

Earlier, Governor Wike had condemned the purported disruption of the collation of results at the Port Harcourt City Hall, where party agents and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission had gathered.

He also expressed displeasure at the role of security agencies in the exercise, saying he had lost hope in the Nigerian Police.

Governor Wike insisted on Thursday that his government and people would not cease from protesting unless their demands were met.

On sighting the demonstrators, officials at the Police headquarters tried to lock up the gate but to no avail.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyril Okoro, who who spoke on behalf of the Police Commissioner, promised to relate the Governor’s message to the appropriate quarters.

He also revealed that the matter involving the said officers was under investigation.

 

IGP Orders Probe Of Police Assets And Investments

Police-Don-AwunahThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has engaged the services of two professional audit firms to undertake the audit of police investments, assets and subsidiaries.

In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Donald Anwunah, the police boss made the order while addressing the Board and Management of Police Investments Bodies and Subsidiaries, at the Police Headquarters Abuja.

The measure, according to Mr Idris “is in line with the Federal Government’s agenda to institutionalize fiscal discipline, transparency, probity and accountability in the management of public funds.”

The statement further adds that the exercise is aimed at carrying out due diligence to ascertain the true financial position, assets and liabilities, challenges and recommendations on how to restructure and re-position the subsidiaries for effective and efficient services.

The bodies to be audited include NPF Pensions, NPF Mortgage Bank, NPF Cooperative Limited, NPF Insurance, NPF Property Development Company and NPF Health Management Organization.

Don Awunah Assumes Office As New Spokesman Of Nigeria Police

Don-AwunahThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, on Monday appointed DCP Don Awunah as the new Force Public Relations Officer (PRO).

Mr Awunah is to replace ACP Olabisi Kolawole who was the Police’s spokesperson from August 2015 to June, 2016.

“Until his new assignment, DCP Don Awunah, who is a seasoned and thoroughbred officer, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Homicide Section of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Abuja.

“He holds B.A degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos and M.A in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Benue State University, Makurdi. He is a Fellow of Institute of Security Studies (fsi), Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration, and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR),” a statement by the Police said.

The outgoing PRO urged the media and the public to extend maximum cooperation to the new Spokesman.

On his part, Mr Awunah promised to work to increase the tempo of good relationship between the Police and the public in line with the policy thrust of the Nigeria Police Force.

He could be reached on phone through 09059202456 and email via “[email protected]”.

Nigerian Police Assures Retirees Of Safety Of Funds

Naira, Market, dollarThe Nigeria Police Force Pensions Limited has assured police personnel that the funds for their retirement is safe and is being judiciously invested.

A Director of the Pension Board and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, also stated that pre-retirement workshops have been organised for police personnel that will be retiring before the end of the year so as to prepare them for the challenges ahead.

Police personnel scheduled to retire from the police force between July and December 2016 have been going through workshops and seminars across the 57 police formations and commands in the six geopolitical zones across the country on different vocations that they can engage in after retirement.

Mr Mohammed was speaking at the workshop organised for police personnel from the north central zone, which took place in Jos, Plateau State.

Participants at the workshop were tutored on fish farming and other business opportunities that they can invest in when they retire.

The Managing Director of NPF Pensions Limited , Mr Hamza Wuro Bokki expatiated on the scheme and what the retirees stand to benefit from the workshops across the country.

One of the participants, Mr Benjamin Onoja Enogela expressed his views on the initiative of the pensions board towards preparing them for retirement.

With assurances given by the Nigeria Police Force Pensions Limited, the retiring personnel and beneficiaries of the scheme were advised to embrace the pre-retirement training sessions and maximise the knowledge acquired for proper investment after retirement.

Anambra Police Tour Prisons And Motherless Babies’ Homes

Anambra policeThe Police in Anambra State have vowed to prove their friendliness with a visit to the prison and some Motherless babies homes in the state, to contribute towards their upkeep and welfare.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, who led the charity delegation, said that the idea to extend love to the less privileged and prisoners is borne out of the need to put smiles on their faces and help strengthen their confidence that they are not abandoned.

It was also done to foster community policing as it is not only about crimes and arresting criminals.

The Police delegation first visited the Awka Prison with food items and provision where the Prisons Deputy Comptroller, Matthew Kalu, was on hand to receive the guests.

From the Prisons, the charity delegation headed for Tender Love Motherless Babies Home in Amenyi, Awka where they also presented food items and provisions for the upkeep of the children.

The Deputy Commissioner called on other well meaning people of the state to support these groups of people in the society, as it will not only improve their living condition, but will create a sense of belonging in them.

The visit also afforded them the opportunity to interact with the children and the caregivers to find out what their needs and challenges were.

Visiting Model Community Children’s Home and Day Care Center at Real Estate, Awka, owned by the state government, the children were also presented with food items.

The Coordinator of the Center expressed appreciation to the Police for their presence of mind for the less privileged.

Police, Stakeholders Deliberate Effective Policing In Osun

For effective and efficient community policing, there must be mutual understanding between the police and the People, a police official said on Friday.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun, Mr Abubakar Marafa at a stakeholders meeting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, told stakeholders that the cooperation of residents in the state would help the police deliver better service.

Mr Marafa was addressing a gathering of representatives of Various groups, ranging from Civil society organisations, religious leaders, traditional rulers, medical practitioners, Road transport Workers, Men of the Penat, at the hall at the Osun State Police Command.

The meeting afforded the police an opportunity to rub minds with major stakeholders in the State on issues bothering on security and measures that should be put in place to strengthen the long relationship between the police and the people, as it sought to foster peace.

Mr Marafa, who was Represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, believed that a good police-people relationship would go a long way in combating crime in the society.

He urged the public not to hoard useful information that could help the force in their duties, assuring them that shared information would be treated with full confidentiality.

Different police commands across Nigeria have held such meetings in different states in the last few months, as the nation prepares for a general elections.

It is aimed at ensuring that the general elections are held in a peaceful environment and forestalling violence before, during and after the elections.