DIG Decries Inadequate Manpower In Police Force

DIG Decries Inadequate Manpower In Police ForceThe Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) supervising the North-east, Harrison Dagala, says one of the major challenges confronting the Nigeria Police Force is inadequate manpower.

Mr Dagala disclosed this to Channels Television during his official visit to the Adamawa State Police Command in Yola, the state capital.

“The modern police force is that police force that makes the best use of technology. You need technology in order to police, because the criminals have gone beyond their rudimental time, so you must try to match with them,” he noted.

The Dig, who is on an official tour of Police formations in Nigeria’s North-east, came with a message from the Inspector General of Police to brief personnel at the Command on what the management was doing to motivate them.

He also commended them for their efforts in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

Rivers Rerun: INEC, Security Agencies Meet With Political Parties

Rivers Rerun: INEC Replies Wike, Says Adhoc Staff Are Non-PartisanThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the various security agencies, as well as political party leaders and their candidates have met again in continuous efforts to ensure that Saturday’s rerun polls in Rivers state are hitch-free.

With the poll already generating tension, the Deputy Inspector General Of Police in Charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, said no group would be allowed to cause violence during the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Aniedi Ikoiwak, has equally given the assurance that the commission is ready for the polls.

This is not the first time the commission is making the pledge to ensure that the December 10, Rivers Rerun elections, would be free, fair and violence free.

The emphasis is coming as a result of series of allegations by the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, who has said INEC, as well as security agencies have planned to rig the elections.

INEC in an earlier statement, however pointed out that the recent Edo and Ondo governorship elections “eloquently speak of the feat that can be achieved if all stakeholders do the needful”.

The Commission, then condemned the relentless false allegations, provocative and dangerous comments being made by some political actors, especially Mr Wike, against the Commission, which it insisted were capable of inciting people to commit violent acts that could derail the election.

Ondo Election: IGP Deploys 26,000 Police Men

ondo election, IGP, Police menAhead of the Ondo state governorship elections, Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM mni, has approved deployment of additional 26,000 conventional Police personnel.

This is following his directive that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented in Ondo State to ensure peaceful, credible, free and fair elections.

According to a statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, the 26,000 will comprise five Policemen per polling unit, 2,000 Mobile Police Force (PMF), 10 cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, the Special Protection Unit, the Anti Bomb Squad (EOD), the Marine Police, Conventional Policemen, the Armament Units, personnel from FCIID and FIIB and the Sniffer dogs section as well as Mounted Troops.

In addition, “20 Police Gunboats, three Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, 12 additional Armoured Personnel carriers and 300 Police patrol vehicles are being deployed throughout the State, including the riverine areas and difficult terrains.

“Other security and safety agencies who are members of inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state, will also be deployed to complement the Police during the elections.

A Deputy Inspector General of Police has been deployed to the State and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police and three Commissioners of Police, (for each Senatorial district) to coordinate the security operations and supervise the deployment of security personnel for the elections throughout the 3,009 polling units, 203 wards and 18 LGA of the State.

To further ensure adequate security and safety of life and property before, during and after the elections, the IGP instructed the Police officials to be polite and civil but firm in the discharge of their duties and other responsibilities.

They are to provide security for the electorates, INEC Staff, election materials, election observers and other individuals and bodies that have statutory roles in the conduct of the elections, at the Polling booths, Collation Centres and INEC Offices throughout the period of the election.

As part of additional measures aimed at guaranteeing a peaceful and credible election, the IGP on November 22, attended a peace accord meeting of all the political parties, their flag bearers, INEC officials, election observers and other stakeholders before the date of the election in Akure, Ondo State.

Mr Idris said “all 28 participating political parties and their leaderships, Traditional rulers, Community leaders, parents and Guardians are advised to warn and prevail on their members, supporters, subjects, children and wards to be law abiding and not allow themselves to be used to cause disturbance of the peace or disruption of the elections /electoral process anywhere in the state.

He stressed that “the full weight of the law will be applied on any person or group of persons found violating the electoral act or indulging in any criminal conduct capable of causing violence during the election.

The Police boss then assured electorates, contestants and all law abiding citizens in Ondo State of adequate security throughout the election.

He enjoined them to cooperate with the Police personnel in the discharge of their duties, while security details were also warned to desist from escorting their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.

“Any deviant security detail will be apprehended and dealt with accordingly”, he stated.

Human Rights Protection: Anambra Police Charged On Constitutional Duties

Human rights, Anambra, Police, Constitutional Duties Men and Officers of the Anambra State Police Command have been reminded to recognize and protect the fundamental human rights of the people while discharging their constitutional duties.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Inyang, said this during a four-day training workshop held for Divisional Police Officers, State C.I.D Officers, Divisional Crime Officers and Human Rights Desk Officers in the Police command.

Speaking to the officers who were gathered in Awka, the Anambra state capital, he condemned attitudes that appear to infringe on human rights such as torture, brutality, intimidation, illegal detention among others.

These according to him, are contrary to natural justice, fairness, equity and good conscience and should not be practiced by any member of the Nigerian Police force.

He reminded them that though there are various categories of crimes being committed in the country presently, “it should be clear that the Nigerian Police Force today is operating under a democratic set up, where rights of citizens are fundamental.”

Mr Inyang, who represented the Inspector General Of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, describes the Police Officer as an official representative of the government, who is trusted to work within the ambit of the law.

He therefore urged that in serving the community and safe guarding lives and property, the officers should remember that they are operating under a democratic setting and not military rule, hence, “you must not infringe on rights of citizens.”

Also present was the Project Coordinator Of United Nations Office on Drugs And Crime, Dr. Uju Agomoh, who agreed that the training was necessary to reform members of the Nigeria police force and instill in them the spirit of dignity and fairness while carrying out their functions.

She noted that the training would be extended to all levels of the police force in order to maintain efficiency in the Nigerian Police force.

On a final note, the D.I.G warned that there would be sanctions on officers who attempt to dent the image of the police force and maintained that the Federal Government is committed to continue capacity building of men and officers of the Police force.

INEC Conducts Supplementary Elections In Imo North, Oru East

INEC, Elections, Imo North, Oru East The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday conducted the supplementary elections for the Imo North senatorial district and Oru East State Constituency that were declared inconclusive last Saturday.

Channels Television crew who monitored the election reports that the elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, as there was no report of violence recorded in the areas where the elections were conducted.

However, the election witnessed very low turnout of voters as some electorates who spoke to Channels Television attributed the low turnout to voters’ apathy.

Even though there was restriction of movement in the affected areas, residents of the areas were still going about their normal business, especially grocery stores and restaurant.

Meanwhile, security operatives led by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, were on ground to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order in these areas.

As at time of filing this report, final collation was still ongoing as voters were still awaiting the final declaration of the winner by the returning officer.

Imo Rerun: PDP, APC Trade Words Over Election Result

PDP, APC, Imo, Election, Imo NorthThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have continued to trade words following the outcome of Saturday’s rerun election in Imo State.

At a press conference on Monday in Owerri, the state capital, the PDP and its candidate in the Imo North senatorial election insisted that they won the election.

The PDP Caretaker Chairman in the state, Martin Ejiogu, accused the Imo APC of massive rigging and manipulation of the original results from the polling booths.

He called on the Presidency and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to intervene in the matter.

The PDP asked them to address the lapses in the poll and declare the PDP candidate winner of the election.

In his response to the allegations, the Deputy Chairman of the APC in Imo State, Ugochukwu Nzekwe, said that the reaction from the PDP was uncalled for and unwarranted.

He maintained that the APC remains the only popular party in the state that has delivered the dividends of democracy to the people.

Saturday’s poll is the fourth time elections in Imo North senatorial district will end inconclusively.

The Returning Officer in the election, Austin Agbaogu, said that the poll was declared inconclusive not because of violence but due to the number of cancelled votes which was 13,919 and was higher than the margin between the first and second contestant.

He said that the PDP candidate, Mr Athan Achonu, garnered 40, 142 votes while the APC candidate, Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu, scored 48,921 votes.

The electoral umpire in a statement fixed Thursday, July 28 to conduct the make-up elections in about 15 polling units where votes were cancelled.

Acting IGP Commends Police In Kogi And Imo Rerun Elections

Police, ElectionsThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has expressed his satisfaction with the impressive performance of Police officers in the re-run elections in Kogi and Imo States on July 23, 2016 and commended the officers for their unalloyed service to the nation.

According to a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, the IGP commended the Police operatives for their personal and collective demonstration of patriotism, professionalism and commitment in ensuring that the re-run elections were conducted in an atmosphere of peace devoid of any breach of public security.

“The ability of the Police officers to dominate their areas of jurisdiction and supervision before, during and after the elections is a clear testimony of the police new resolve to adhere to international best practices in the conduct of elections,” the IGP said

The IGP added that the Nigeria Police force has developed workable strategy and a template that will guarantee future free, fair and credible election devoid of violence which was the characteristics of past elections in the country.

IGP Ibrahim K. Idris further said that the re-run elections in Kogi and Imo States were an index of subsequent elections in the country and particularly the upcoming elections in Rivers, Edo and Ondo States.

These upcoming elections, the IGP asserted, must be conducted within the framework of International acceptable standards of election security.  He therefore, urged the officers to breast up to the new challenges.

The IGP appealed to all those engaged in conduct of elections, particularly the active politicians and electorates to play by the rules of the game.

The Kogi and Imo re-run elections were supervised from the Police perspective by DIGs Funsho Adebanjo and Joshua Habila.

Oru East, Isiala Mbano, Okigwe North Re-run Declared Inconclusive

Okigwe North, Oru East, Election, Imo, Isiala MbanoThe re-run elections in Oru East, Isiala Mbano state constituencies and Okigwe North senatorial constituency in Imo State have been declared inconclusive.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Nasir Ayilara, spoke to Channels Television clearing the air on the result that was earlier announced by the returning officer that the APC candidate won the election.

Mr Ayilara said that the returning officer who later reported in the INEC office at Owerri said he was put under duress to make the declaration against his wish.

The REC also said the Isiala Mbano State Constituency election was inconclusive following the problem of over voting.

The APC candidate for Owerri constituency election has been declared winner while the Imo North senatorial district election was inconclusive.

Also in Kogi State, Air Marshal Isaac Alfa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has emerged winner in the Kogi East senatorial re-run election.

The Returning Officer, Professor Lucky Ovwasa, said that Air Marshal Alfa gathered a total vote of 56,572 ahead of his opponent from the Labour Party who scored 111, 908 votes.

Isaac Alfa Wins Kogi East Senatorial Rerun Election

Isaac Alfa, INEC, Elections, KogiAir Marshal Isaac Alfa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has emerged winner in the Kogi East senatorial rerun election.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Lucky Ovwasa, made the announcement on Sunday in Kogi State, north-central Nigeria.

He said that Air Marshal Alfa gathered a total vote of 56,572 ahead of his opponent from the Labour Party who scored 11, 908 votes.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Folusho Adebanjo, had described the rerun election as very peaceful and violence free.

He also commended the effort of electorate for the peaceful conduct of the rerun election.

The election was characterised by low turnout of electorate in all polling units of the eight local government areas of Kogi State.


IGP Idris Inaugurates Police Management Team

Ibrahim Idris, PoliceThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has inaugurated a new management team of the Nigeria Police Force.

Speaking on Monday in ‎Abuja while decorating the newly promoted Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Mr Idris called on the Police to be responsive to the needs of the citizens.

He asked them to remain focused in providing leadership that would enhance effective policing in Nigeria.

The Police chief advised the Police personnel to perform their constitutional and statutory roles with integrity and accountability.

A retired IGP and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, commented on the recent retirement of 21 officers who were senior to the current IGP.

He asked that the matter should not be misinterpreted because the practice of retiring Police officers who are senior to a newly appointed IG had been in existence before now.

The Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), on his part advised the new Police boss to remain focused on his assignment.

“Enhancing security, revitalizing the economy and tackling corruption, you have roles to play in all three,” he said.

Yobe State Seeks FG’s Intervention In Quick Return Of IDPs

IDPs-UN-YobeThe Yobe State government has appealed to the Federal Government to hasten efforts and ensure that  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) spread across major towns and villages of the state are able to return home.

The Chairman of the Rehabilitation and Relocation Committee of the IDPs in the state, who is also the state Deputy Governor, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, made the request while addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Damaturu.

Mr Aliyu had a chat with reporters after visiting the displaced persons at the Kukareta and Kasaisa camps in the suburb of Damaturu, the capital of the state.

He was at the camp to address the IDPs who have been agitating and threatening to return to their various homes sequel to the relative peace currently being experienced in the volatile northeast.

Asked on the safety of the IDPs with the pockets of attacks that have been carried out in some parts of the state, the Deputy Governor said though the military had acknowledged the safety of some areas, the civil authority needed to return to these safe areas to help the military in fishing out the bad eggs should they resurface.

He said: “Let me appeal to the Federal Government to hastened the return of these people as being on ground here has given us added advantage. Lots of these places are safe.

“The strength of the insurgents have been drastically reduced and the people are eager to return as we keep appealing to them to be patient but we will only return them if the military agreed to the safety of these areas”.

The committee chairman, who assured the IDPs that the state government would continue to assist in meeting their needs, also revealed that their need assessments had been carried out with the hope of making it available for the Federal Government’s reconstruction team.

Mr Aliyu, who called for reconstruction of the war devastated areas, also commended the Minister of Environment and the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operation that were in the state recently to undertake thorough work on their various assignments, despite the fear of the Boko Haram insurgency. He urged others to emulate them.

The Deputy Governor said others that visited the state recently did their jobs in a hurry, as they were in a eager to return to the nation’s capital.

While at the camp, the Deputy Governor commissioned a borehole at the Kukareta camp, with the aim of providing potable water for the inhabitants.

He also inspected 30 tents dormitory recently constructed by the Rehabilitation and Relocation Committee in the state to address the accommodation problems faced by the displaced persons at the camp.

Police Commission To Monitor Officials In Bayelsa Poll

PSC To Send Team To Monitor Bayelsa PollThe Police Service Commission (PSC) says it is sending a team to Bayelsa State to monitor the conduct of Police officers on electoral duties during the governorship elections scheduled for December 5.

In a statement signed by the PSC’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, the commission said on Wednesday that a 19- man team of monitors led by one of its commissioners and a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Yakubu Muhammad, would leave for the Nigerian southern state on Thursday.

According to the commission, “this is in the exercise of PSC’s constitutional mandate of holding the Police accountable for its actions or inactions.

“It is also part of the commission’s contribution to the sustenance of the nation’s fledgling democracy since the integrity of the electoral process cannot be fully achieved if the security personnel, more especially the Police, fail to discharge their constitutional responsibilities”.

The commission urged the Police officials on electoral duties to observe the rules and regulations guiding their conduct and also work within the ambit of the rule of law.

It also noted that the officers should be fair but firm and to ensure that all eligible voters were allowed to discharge their civic responsibilities without molestation.

“The Commission also wishes to warn that it will not hesitate to commence disciplinary action against any Police Officer caught circumventing the rules before, during or after the elections.

“It also warns politicians and voters to conduct themselves in orderly manner adding that they should refrain from enticing the police men on electoral duties so that they are not compromised,” PSC said.

The commission promised to continue to play its role in the advancement of the nation’s democracy and the enthronement of the will of the people during elections.

It also called on the residents in Bayelsa State to call 08033010586; 08033326666; 07064782445; 08037002162 or 08091366476 to report any police misconduct or exemplary conduct during the election.

PSC said it would also send monitors for the supplementary elections in Kogi State following the declaration of the earlier election inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The commission revealed that the police officials on electoral duties during the November 21 Kogi governorship poll conducted themselves creditably with no complaints of neglect of duty or complicity in electoral offences.