Police DPO Blames Mace Theft On ‘Internal Conspiracy’

The Divisional Police Officer in the National Assembly, CSP Sulu-Gambari Abdul, has blamed the April 18th invasion of the Senate and theft of the mace by hoodlums on internal conspiracy.

Abdul said this on Wednesday during an investigative hearing into the incident by a joint ad hoc committee of the Senate and House of Representatives.

According to him, what happened at the National Assembly was an act of internal conspiracy among some security agencies and some lawmakers. He noted that there was no communication from the Sergeant-at-Arms to the National Assembly during the invasion by the thugs.

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“On April 18, at about 11 a.m., my attention was drawn to a group protesting at the gate, and while I moved to address the group, I was informed that some people were running away with the mace.

“I signalled all the entry points that nobody drives in or out but three men approached me identifying themselves as security operatives and requested to be allowed to go.

“The strain of blood on their clothes made me suspicious and I ordered their arrest. In all, six people were arrested same day and handed over to the Force Headquarters alongside charms recovered from them.

“In addition, an unmarked Prado jeep and a Toyota Hilux were impounded and they are with the police,” he said.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Bala Ibn N’allah in response said the Police should provide the committee with copies of the station diary where entry of the crime was made.

He also directed that the committee should be given copies of the crime routine diary, pictures of those arrested and the transfer register explaining where the invaders were transferred to.

Senate Plenary was on Wednesday, April 18 disrupted by some hoodlums who stormed the Upper House and snatched the mace from the chamber.

The Red Chamber consequently issued a statement in which it condemned the incident as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force.

It also accused the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, claiming he led the hoodlums to plenary to seize the symbol of authority of the Senate.

Senator Omo-Agege was later picked up by the police on the premises of the complex, although he has since denied any involvement in the theft of the mace and freed from police custody.

The police later recovered the mace under the flyover and returned it Senate, about 24 hours after some hoodlums invaded the Red Chamber.

Police Arrest Two Suspected Fake Soldiers In Ogun State

Ogun Police Arrest Two Suspected Fake SoldiersThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested two persons who have allegedly been parading themselves as officers of  the Nigerian Army in order to extort and maltreat innocent citizens in Agbado area of Ogun state.

In a press release by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, it was stated that, “the two men, Joseph David and Adebayo Olanrewaju Ojoye, were arrested following a complaint from Barrister Paul Oniyo and Chima Solomon, that the two suspects who put on military camouflage accosted them, beat them up and inflicted injuries on them over a minor disagreement.

”Upon their complaint, the Divisional Police Officer, Agbado Division, (CSP) Abioye Shittu, led detectives to the scene where the suspects were arrested and brought to the station.

“On interrogation, it was discovered that the suspects acclaimed military men were mere impostors thriving on illegality for sustenance”. the P.R.O said.

Items recovered from them include: various military hard wares, cap and camp bed.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has now ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.

Residents Call For Removal Of DPO In Sagamu

Saleh-SagamuSome residents of Sagamu in Ogun state, south west Nigeria, are demanding for the removal of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for an alleged extortion and illegal arrest of innocent residents of the area.

The call was made during a peaceful protest held across major streets of the town where they appealed to the state government to wade into the matter before it degenerates to a major crisis.

The protesters called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to have him redeployed.

Reacting to the allegations levelled against the senior police officer, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said the allegations would be investigated and “if the officer is found culpable, he will face the consequence of his actions”.

Controversy Trails Plateau LGC Dissolution

Simon-Lalong-PlateauFollowing the dissolution of the Plateau Local Government Council (LGC) Executives by the state governor, Simon Lalong, the sacked Chairmen have been directed to hand over to directors of personnel in the various Local Government Councils.

The affected officers have been contesting the termination of their tenure which is just half way.

Since the dissolution of the elected Chairmen and Councillors in 15 of the 17 Local Government Areas (LGA) in the state, activities in the various councils have been disrupted and non-functional with the decision attracting protests and rally to the state House of Assembly and the Police Command, to express their disagreement on the issue.

After securing an order from Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Jos, the Plateau State capital, for stay of execution on the governor not to dissolve the local government officials, the Association of Local Government Of Nigeria (ALGON), Plateau State Chapter, also visited the Police Commissioner, Nasiru Oki, to express their concern on the matter.

Reports says that the controversy still raging the House of Assembly had a rowdy session when the issue of Caretaker Committee for the councils were opposed by some members.

The governor however insisted that the LG Chairmen, as well as the Councillors remain dissolved according to the laws guiding LG in the state.

Though the Chairmen were prevented from entering their offices, the Police Commissioner in the state denied passing such instructions to the Divisional Police officers (DPO).

Senate Begins Investigation Into Invasion Of National Assembly

Nigerian SenateThe Senate Adhoc Committee investigating the invasion of the National Assembly has began its hearing as the committee summoned the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, to explain why he ordered the National Assembly Divisional Police Officer to invade the complex.

On November 20th, the police stormed the National Assembly firing teargas in an attempt to prevent the Speaker Aminu Tambuwal from gaining access to the assembly complex.

However in a surprising twist, the Divisional Police Officer attached to the complex , Mr. James Idachaba, accused the security details attached to Senate President David Mark, of firing the tear gas in the National Assembly complex.

Mr Idachaba also told the committee that the instructions to close the gates on that day was based on a directive he received from the Federal Capital Territory Command.

Absence Of Witness Stalls Subsidy Protest Murder Trial

A Lagos High Court has threatened to close the case of the prosecution over its failure to produce its witnesses in the murder trial which arose from the protests against fuel subsidy removal in January 2012.

A Divisional Police Officer with Pen Cinema Police Division, Lagos, Segun Fabunmi, who has now been dismissed from the Police, is standing trial before the court for allegedly shooting Adedamola Daramola to death at the Yaya-Abatan, Agege area during the protest.

Trial Judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade frowned at the inability of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, to produce its witnesses in court on Monday, even though the defendant, who was on bail, was present in court with his lawyer, Mr. George Oguntade.

The DPP, Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan who appeared for the prosecution had told the court that the investigative police officer in the case, who was the witness, scheduled to testify today was appearing before a magistrate’s court in Ikeja.

She urged the court to stand down the matter till 12pm to enable the IPO to appear in court. This angered Justice Akinlade who described the request as an insult to the court.

After turning down the prosecution’s request to stand down the matter, the court threatened to close the prosecution’s case if it failed to produce more than one witness in court at the next hearing date.

Justice Akinlade has adjourned further proceedings till February 18.

Be Professional In Your Duties, Enugu CP Urges Officers

The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Police Command, Tonye Ebitibituwa has reminded officers and men in his command of the need to be professional and diligent in the performance of their duties in order to earn the confidence of the members of the public.
He said his administration would not tolerate corruption, laxity and indiscipline, adding that Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Department whose division or formation excelled in these areas as well as in the general cleanliness of offices and environment, in addition to their crime prevention efforts, would be adequately rewarded.

Mr. Ebitibituwa disclosed this on Monday at the state command headquarters in Enugu during an interactive forum with his Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and other heads of department and sections.

The Commissioner further reminded officers on the need to be neutral during investigation of cases.

He said his administration will partner with relevant stakeholders in the business of securing lives and properties in Enugu State.

Mr Ebitibituwa warned that policemen should always use their arms in line with the conditions recognised by the Police Force to avoid cases of extra judicial killings which are often times described as accidental discharge.

The Commissioner finally warned against illegal and long detention of persons by any officer as anyone caught will not be spared.

Mr Ebitibituwa was transferred from Kebbi to Enugu on 18th February as commissioner of police, taking over from Musa A. Daura who has been redeployed to Kano State as commissioner of police.