The Deputy Inspector General of Police (Training and Development), DIG Yakubu Jubril, has urged politicians in Ogun State to caution their supports against thuggery and violence.
He made the urge on Friday during a strategic meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, senior members of the state Police Command, members of the civil society and political supporters in Abeokuta, the state capital.
While expressing the readiness of the police for the elections, the DIG stated that violence will not be condoned.
Jubril also reiterated the commitment of the police to enforce the 300-metre distance stipulation to ensure safety at the polling booths.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved the deployment of eight Commissioners of Police, including two helicopters, 30 armoured personnel carriers, and 300 patrol vehicles for the Osun State governorship election on September 22.
Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, announced this on Sunday, adding that the exercise would be coordinated by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Habilah Joshak, and would be helped by an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).
“The IGP deploys adequate police personnel for the Osun State September 22 governorship election. This security arrangement would be implemented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operation) and would be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) and eight commissioners of police,” he said.
Moshood reiterated the commitment of the police in providing adequate security to residents of the state before, during and after the election.
The personnel comprises the Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit; the Special Protection Unit; the Anti Bomb Squad; conventional policemen; the Armament Unit, personnel of Federal Investigation and Intelligence Department, IGP Monitoring, IGP Intelligence Response teams, the Sniffer dogs section and the Mounted Troop.
The police spokesman also warned against vote buying, saying that anyone caught buying and selling will be dealt with according to the law.
Read the full statement detailing deployments for the Osun election below:
SECURITY ARRANGEMENT FOR
OSUN STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION
· IGP DEPLOYS ADEQUATE POLICE PERSONNEL FOR OSUN STATE SEPT. 22nd GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION
· THE SECURITY ARRANGEMENT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BY DIG DOPS TO BE ASSISTED BY ONE (1) AIG AND EIGHT (8) COMMISSIONERS OF POLICE
· TWO (2) POLICE PATROL SURVEILLANCE HELICOPTERS, THIRTY (30) ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS, TEN (10) ARMOURED PERSONNEL VEHICLES AND THREE HUNDRED (300) POLICE PATROL VEHICLES ARE ALREADY DEPLOYED TO COVER THE ENTIRE STATE INCLUDING DIFFICULT TERRAINS
· THE OPERATIVES OF THE FORCE CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE AND INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT (FCIID), THE IGP MONITORING UNIT AND INTELLIGENCE RESPONSE TEAM (IRT) ARE ALREADY ON GROUND TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE, PREVENT AND ARREST, INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO ENGAGES OR ATTEMPTS VOTE BUYING OR SELLING DURING THE ELECTION
· THE FORCE WILL DEAL DECISIVELY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW WITH INDIVIDUAL(S) OR GROUP(S), NO MATTER HOW HIGHLY PLACED, WHOSE UTTERANCES OR CONDUCT IS CONTRARY TO THE ELECTORAL ACT OR THAT CAN INCITE DISTURBANCE OF PUBLIC PEACE BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE ELECTION
· TOTAL RESTRICTION OF VEHICULAR MOVEMENT IN AND OUT OF OSUN STATE WILL COMMENCE FROM 12-MIDNIGHT OF FRIDAY, 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2018 TILL THE END OF THE ELECTION
The Osun State Governorship election is scheduled to hold on the 22nd of September, 2018. To this end the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, has directed that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented in Osun State to ensure secured environment for a peaceful and credible election.
2. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations has been deployed to the State and already on ground. He will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police and Eight (8) Commissioners of Police and other senior Officers. Each of the Eight (8) Police Area Commands in Osun State will be manned by a Commissioner of Police.
3. The DIG, DOPS will lead, implement and coordinate the security operations, and also supervise the deployment of all Personnel of other Security Agencies under the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) for the election throughout the 3,764 Polling units/voting points in the 332 Wards and the Thirty (30) LGAs of the State.
4. To ensure adequate security and safety of life and property before, during and after the election, the IGP has graciously approved the deployment of adequate Police personnel to Osun State for the Election. The personnel that were already trained and oriented on election security and electoral act on the responsibilities and functions expected of them, comprises the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Units, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), the Special Protection Unit (SPU), the Anti Bomb Squad (EOD), Conventional Policemen, the Armament Unit, personnel of FCIID, IGP Monitoring, IGP IRT teams, the Sniffer dogs section and the Mounted Troop.
5. Four (4) unarmed Policemen and two (2) others from other security agencies will be on duty at each voting point throughout the State. The Police Mobile Force (PMF) headed by the very Senior Officer will provide security at the RAC, Super RAC and Collation centres.
6. Two (2) Police Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, Thirty (30) Armoured Personnel Carriers, Ten (10) Armoured Personnel Vehicles and Three Hundred (300) Police patrol vehicles are already deployed to cover the entire State including difficult terrains. Other security and safety agencies who are members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the State have also been posted to complement the Nigeria Police Force during the election.
7. As part of additional measures to guarantee a peaceful and credible election, the IGP will on 17th September, 2018 attend a stakeholders and peace accord meeting with INEC Chairman and the Forty-Eight (48) political parties participating in the election and their flag bearers, INEC officials, election observers and other accredited stakeholders will also be in attendance in Osogbo, Osun State.
8. Furthermore, Police officers and personnel of other security and safety agencies deployed for the elections are under strict Instructions to be strict, polite and civil but firm in the discharge of their duties and other responsibilities. They are to provide adequate security for the electorates, INEC Officials, movement of election materials, the accredited election observers/Monitors and other individuals and bodies that have statutory roles in the conduct of the election, at the Polling units, Collation Centres and INEC Offices throughout the State before, during and after the election.
9. VOTE BUYING AND SELLING: The Nigeria Police Force will not tolerate, condone, or allow Vote Buying and Selling to take place anywhere in Osun State before and during the election. The Force hereby wishes to warn all political parties and their flag bearers to prevail on their agents, members and supporters not to engage in buying and selling of votes which is in violation of the electoral act. The following phone numbers can be used by any member of the public who noticed any act of Vote Buying and Selling anywhere in the State before and during the election: (i) 08037025670 (ii) 08037160989 (iii) 08033415589 (iv) 08032451594. The Police personnel and that of other security agencies have been trained and briefed not to abdicate their duty, hesitate or contemplate the immediate arrest, detention and hand over to the Police joint team specially set up by the IGP to tackle and deal decisively in accordance with the law anybody or group, agents of political parties or their sponsor(s) who engages or attempt vote buying and selling during the election, inclusive the buyers and the sellers will not be spared.
10. Special security identification tags will be worn by all security personnel deployed for the election. No personnel of any security agency will be allowed to move to any other location other than where they are deployed throughout the election period.
11. Security personnel attached to public office holders and politicians, and other VIPs will not be allowed to follow their principals to the polling units or collation centres throughout the election.
12. Consequently, Security personnel are warned to desist from escorting their Principals and Politicians to polling units and collation centres during the election. Any deviant security detail will be apprehended and dealt with accordingly.
13. Commissioners of Police and their personnel in States contiguous to Osun State, such as Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun and Kwara States have been directed by the IGP to be on Red-Alert with their personnel. They are to deploy massively within areas neighbouring to Osun State to prevent crimes, hoodlums and miscreants and other unwanted elements or groups from infiltrating from their States to Osun State to disrupt the election.
14. RESTRICTION OF VEHICULAR MOVEMENT IN AND OUT OF OSUN STATE will be commence from 12-midnight of Friday, 21st September, 2018 till the end of the election and will be strict and total throughout the State. Travellers and other road users are advised to make use of alternative routes. The Highway and major roads from Ibadan, Oyo State to Akure in Ondo State will be closed from 12 Midnight on Friday 21st September, 2018 till the end of the election. Travellers, commuters and other road users can use Lagos – Ore – Benin Highway and Lagos – Ibadan – Ilorin Highway as alternative routes. However, those on essential duties on genuine proven course will be granted passage only.
15. All the Forty-Eight (48) participating Political parties participating in the election and their leaderships and supporters, Traditional rulers, Community leaders, parents and Guardians are advised to seriously warn their members, supporters, subjects, children and wards to be law abiding and not allowed themselves to be used to cause disturbance of the peace or disruption of the election/electoral process anywhere in the State. 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 before, during and after the election.
16. Threat assessments have been carried out by the Police in Osun State and all identified flashpoints and challenges observed have been addressed. However, the Force will not hesitate to deal decisively in accordance with the electoral act and other enabling laws with any individual(s) or group(s), no matter how highly placed, whose utterances or conduct is contrary to the electoral act or that can incite disturbance of public peace, law and order before, during or after the election.
17. The electorates and the general public in Osun State who observe any untoward incident or crime can reach the Joint Security Operation Room for the election through the following phone numbers: (i) 08037025670 (ii) 08037160989 (iii) 08033415589 (iv) 08123823981 (v) 08039537995 (vi) 08075872433
18. The Inspector General of Police is hereby assuring the electorates, the contestants and all law abiding citizens in Osun State of adequate security throughout the election. He deeply appreciates the peaceful behaviour of all the good people of Osun State so far towards the forthcoming Governorship election and therefore, enjoins them to go out and cast their votes without any fear or apprehension. They are also implored to cooperate with Police personnel and that of other Security Agencies in the discharge of their duties.
Ag. DCP JIMOH MOSHOOD FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA
The Nigeria Police has announced plans to deploy policemen to recaptured areas of Adamawa State as part of efforts to establish civil authorities in the north east state.
Addressing members of the command in Yola, the newly posted Assistant Inspector General of Police, Lawal Tanko, said that the planned exercise is a strategic move that will commence soon.
According to the AIG, this is the outcome of DIG Wakama’s recent visit to Gwoza for inspection and assessment of the damage done to Police infrastructure in the seven local government areas of the state by insurgency.
The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Operations, Sotonye Wakama, has described recent kidnappings in the southern and eastern part of the nation as regrettable.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on the kidnap of a Delta monarch, which eventually led to his death, the DIG cautioned against movement without security guards which became an advantage to the kidnappers.
Speaking on the recent kidnap of another monarch in Delta State, Mr Wakama said the Police has started investigation into the incident with intelligence reports.
He expressed optimism that the Police will resolve the issue in “two or three days time”.
The DIG also disclosed that measures have been put in place to protect traditional rulers.
Mr Wakama pointed out that the choice of traditional rulers as target of kidnap could be because of the likelihood of getting a ransom.
“That it’s being targeted at traditional rulers at this moment is probably because in the mindset of these people, they feel that once a traditional ruler is kidnapped, there is a greater likelihood of getting ransom from such a high profile personality,” the DIG said.
Wakama advised people not to pay kidnappers ransom for the release of the kidnapped, saying “the best practice is not to pay”.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the immediate massive deployment of special forces which comprises ten units of police mobile force, three units of conventional policemen, a unit of counter-terrorism personnel, border patrol teams and force intelligence personnel drawn from various squadrons and commands to reinforce the operation of the existing force in Zamfara State.
A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said that the air wing of the Nigeria Police would also commence aerial patrol and surveillance in order to efficiently and effectively monitor the situation.
While commiserating with the families of the victims of the attacks, the IGP urged citizens to cooperate with the Force in its effort at restoring peace and security in the area and advised them to be law-abiding, as they go about their lawful businesses.
The IGP had earlier set up a reconciliatory committee headed by DIG Michael Zuokumor, with a mandate to reach out to communities and stakeholders in the states witnessing attacks in order to permanently entrench peace.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday approved the promotion of an Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Philemon Leha to the post of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) to fill the vacancy created by the death of DIG John Haruna. According to a press statement signed by Ferdinand Ekpe, the Chief Information Officer of the commission, the approval which was given at the PSC 28th plenary meeting in Abuja is sequel to the recommendations of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.
The commission also approved the promotion of eight Commissioners of Police to the Rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police. They are:
a) Christopher T. Dega
b) Aliyu Musa
c) Bala Hassan
d) Mohammed J. Abubakar
e) Tambari Y. Mohammed
f) Ibrahim Abdu
g) Julius A. Ishola
h) Alex Emeka Okeke (AIG Medical Services)
The statement further said “in its attempt at motivating deserving officers of the Nigeria Police force, the Commission at the 28th plenary meeting equally considered and approved the promotion of thirty two Deputy Commissioners of Police to Commissioners of Police, while Ninety-one Assistant Commissioners of Police were elevated to the rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police respectively.
“All the above mentioned promotions are with effect from the 1st of August, 2012. Also, the Commission approved the promotion of a Sergeant to Assistant Superintendent of Police II with effect from 7/7/2010.
“Equally, the Commission meted out various disciplinary measures to some senior officers for acts unbecoming of superior police officers. A superintendent of Police was dismissed; a Chief Superintendent of Police was compulsorily retired while a Superintendent was reduced in rank to Deputy Superintendent of Police.
The Chairman of the commission, Parry Osayande, congratulated all the promoted officers and noted that the Commission would continue to elevate all hard-working officers of the Nigeria Police Force as at and when due.
He also enjoined all personnel of the force to redouble their efforts towards the maintenance of Law and Order as the Commission he posited is keenly monitoring their service delivery pattern to the Nation and would not fail to sanction erring ones adequately.
The Police authority on Tuesday redeployed some Deputy Inspectors-General (DIGs) of Police, in what has been described as a surprise shake-up.
This was disclosed in a statement on the website of the Nigeria Police Force. The statement further said that the Police Service Commission have approved the re-organisation of the Force with the creation of an additional wing, ‘G’ Department.
The ‘G’ Department is an amalgamation of the Information Technology and Communications sections from the former ‘F’ and ‘B’ departments.
At their decoration on March 2, DIG Suleiman Fakai was named as the second-in-command (2 I/C) to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; while Marvel Akpoyibo was deployed to ‘A’ Department (Administration); John Haruna took charge of ‘B’ Department (Operations); Emmanuel Udeoji, ‘C’ Department (Works); Peter Yisa Gana, ‘D’ Department (Investigations); AbduRahman Akano, ‘E’ Department (Training); and Atiku Y. Kafur to head the ‘F’ Department (Research and Information Technology).
However, in the statement, DIG Akano was moved to head the new ‘G’ Department, while Fakai was moved from second-in-command to the IG to head ‘A’ Department; while Akpoyibo was redeployed to head ‘E’ Department (Training).