ASUU Members Seek Redeployment Of Edo CP

The Ambrose Ali University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Ekpoma, Edo state, has called for the immediate redeployment of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Haliru Gwandu.

The union members made this call while briefing journalists in the state capital, that one of its member was allegedly brutalised.

While the news of the alleged brutality had gone viral, the Edo Police boss stated that there was never a time that the professor came to complain about any of his men.

In another development, while parading suspected criminals at the Force headquarters, Mr Gwandu told journalists that arms were recovered from some senior lecturers at the AAU. He also accused them of mentoring young cultists.

Display of arms and parade of suspects

In reaction, a representative of ASUU said the allegations were unfounded adding that it was a calculated attempt to bring the name of the institution to disrepute.

The union therefore questioned the authenticity of the allegations, asking the CP to explain how the Force came about such information.

“Where was this wonderful arrest of professors made? – How come the commissioner’s disclosure of alleged discovery of 14 dead bodies is coming on the heels of the protest of our union over the police brutalization of Professor Sunday Edeku,” the union questioned.

Currently, both parties have insisted that they are acting lawfully. However, only time would tell how the tussle would be finally resolved.

Edo CP Refutes Claims Of Alleged Police Brutality Against University Lecturer

Kwara Police Boss Warns Against Human Rights AbuseThe Edo State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, has refuted claims of an alleged assault by police officers from his command on Professor Sunday Edeko, the Dean of Faculty of Law, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

Addressing journalists at the state headquarters in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Mr Gwandu said the publications making the rounds on social media, cast aspersions on the current reforms by the Nigeria Police Force,especially in the area of human rights.

He recounted the police’ version of the events that led to the publications in the newspapers and online media on Friday April 14, 2017.

According to the Force, Professor Sunday Edeko had interfered with a police operation being carried out in Ekpoma, Edo state on March 13 2017.

“This same lecturer was coming from nowhere and he blocked the vehicle of the police, the police did not say anything to him, he said he must know why they are arresting that person. The suspect was not his relation, I doubt if he was even his student but he was exchanging altercation with my policemen. My policemen did not molest him.”

The CP also confirmed that a letter of apology was written and signed by the professor, which he (the CP), read during the briefing.

“I write to apologise over the incident that happened in Ekpoma on the 13th March 2017. I wish to say that it was not my intention at all to obstruct law enforcement being involved in law and order enforcing. Thank you, yours faithfully Sunday Edeko.”

Edo Police Arrest 102 Suspected Cultists

Edo Police Advocate Capacity Building For OfficersThe Edo state police command says it has arrested 102 persons in connection to cult related killings that has claimed two lives in Benin City, the state capital.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists at the state police headquarters, said 10 of the 102 suspects have admitted to being cultists, while the others are still undergoing interrogation.

The CP expressed his determination to bring secret cult related activities in the state to the barest minimum.

Edo Police Advocate Capacity Building For Officers

Edo Police Advocate Capacity Building For OfficersThe Edo Police command says capacity building for officers will largely improve performances in the fight against crime.

Edo State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, affirmed this during a parade of 40 suspects at the state command headquarters in Benin city, the Edo state capital.

suspects being paraded

Mr Gwandu again reiterated his command’s resolve to rid Edo state of criminals and other unscrupulous elements which he says are inimical to development of the society.

We Are Ready For Governorship Election – Edo CP

Police CommissionerThe Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lafimihan Adeoye says his command is fully prepared for the challenges ahead of the governorship election in Edo State.

Mr Adeoye made the assertion after an assessment tour of several police formations including the Edo State Police Area Command headquarters in Auchi, Edo North and Irrua, Edo Central.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had postponed the election till September 28, 2016, following advice from security agencies in the state.

The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services (DSS) had advised INEC to postpone the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Edo state.

The two security agencies say the advise is based on credible intelligence at its disposal which suggests that insurgents are planning to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets, with high population during the Sallah celebrations which took place between 12th and 13th September.

The agencies say Edo State is amongst the states that was earmarked for the planned attacks.

In a joint statement, the agencies reminded the public that similar threats were issued during the May 1, Labour Day and Democracy Day, May 29, celebrations as well as the Eid-el-Fitr holidays in July, 2016.

The statement further adds, “The security agencies were able to decisively disrupt and thwart the insurgents’ plan. In the same vein, while election is important, the security agencies cannot allow the peace of the country to be disrupted, and we will continue to remain vigilant and ensure consolidation of the successes gained in the current counter-insurgency fight.

“It is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State, in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats”, they said.

Edo Governorship Election: Sultan Of Sokoto Calls For Peaceful Conduct

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, Edo governorship electionThe Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has emphasised the need for a violence free exercise in the coming Edo State governorship election.

The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, made the call during the council’s visit to Edo State Government House in Benin City, the state capital in south-south Nigeria.

In his remarks, Governor Adams Oshiomhole commended the monarch’s visit and supported his call.

He noted that an individual’s conscience and not religion has a more important role to play in the decision concerning whom to vote for in any election.

The visit came a day after the presentation of the Register of Voters for the September 10 governorship election to the various political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The presentation of the register, which is a key criterion for the conduct of the upcoming poll, is also in line with section 20 of the Electoral Act.

Edo Election: INEC Presents Voters Register To Parties

INEC, Edo StateThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the Register of Voters for the September 10 governorship election in Edo State in southern Nigeria to the various political parties.

The presentation of the register is a key criterion for the conduct of the upcoming election.

It is also in line with section 20 of the Electoral Act.

Meanwhile, security agencies in the state said they were prepared for the task of providing adequate security for the conduct of the forthcoming governorship election.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, gave the assurance on behalf of other sister security agencies in the state.

Campaigns are already ongoing, with the political parties making efforts to woo voters.

Edo Police Scuttle Bomb Attack On Oil Well

Police-explosives-BornoA team of Explosives Ordinance Detectives (EOD) from the Edo State Police Command have defused an Improvised Explosive Device planted on an oil well head at Gelegele Oil Field in Ovia North East Local Government of Edo State.

Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, while speaking to Channels Television on the incident urged the public to remain calm as security has been beefed up in the area.

The Edo Police Command at the force headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital also paraded ten suspects arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery and cybercrime.

Auchi Polytechnic Riot: Police Arrest 94 Suspects

Auchi Polytechnic, Police Police have arrested 94 suspects for their alleged involvement in the riot that took place in the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, gave the figure on Friday during a visit to the school for damage assessment in southern Nigeria.

He vowed that the perpetrators of the vicious act would be brought to justice.

The Police Commissioner said that the suspects who were mostly students of the institution had been charged.

The acting Rector of Auchi Polytechnic, Mr Jafaru Buraimah, refuted claims that the protest was said to have been triggered by the school’s “no fee-no examination policy”.

The riot led to the destruction of at least 160 vehicles and other school property allegedly worth millions of Naira.

INEC Insists On Card Reader Usage For Elections

inec-BayelsaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has no intention of scrapping the use of card readers for the conduct of future elections in Nigeria.

The Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, made the statement on Wednesday.

Mr Olumekun, who paid a courtesy call on the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said that INEC would not go back on its promise to continue to use technology to improve the conduct of elections in Nigeria.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police pledged to collaborate with INEC to ensure a free and fair poll in the state.

Police Not Concerned About Student’s Protest In Edo

Edo_Pol1The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Folorunso Adebanjo, on Tuesday said the police command is not worried about the students of the University of Benin conducting a peaceful protest but thugs hijacking the event and unleashing mayhem on the people of the state.

Mr Adebanjo, who noted that it is their (student’s) constitutional right to protest, however urged students to keep their protest peaceful and not disturb the peace being enjoyed in the state.

“What we are concerned about is the violent one, because we will not allow any break down of law and order in the state” he said via telephone interview on Sunrise Daily.

He however said he spoke to the Vice Chancellor of the institution, who assured him that the protest will be peaceful.

He also expressed concerns that miscreants could hijack the protest but noted that “we will do everything professionally to ensure their will be no loss of lives”.

He said the Command will allow the students to embark on the protest but warned that it must be done peacefully.

Mr Adebanjo further noted that four thugs have been arrested in connection with the demolition that took place in the University of Benin and will soon be charged to court.

Students of the University of Benin, Edo State Monday said they will embark on a protest that is expected to shutdown all activities in Edo State on Tuesday, saying Governor Adams Oshiomhole has not shown remorse over his actions towards the demolition of University of Benin buildings.

According to leaflets circulated in Edo State by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the federal government funded school, the students said there will be a total shutdown of all activities in the state starting from 7AM when the protest starts.