Kogi Police Parade Suspected Political Thugs, Kidnappers

KogiThe Kogi State Police Command has warned politicians to desist from using their supporters as thugs as the Police authority would not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone fomenting trouble during and after the election in the state no matter how highly placed.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, made this call while parading   some suspected political thugs, and others arrested for other criminal offences.

He also warned those in possession of arms and ammunition to surrender to the Police before they are caught.

The 23 suspects being paraded were arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in different locations of the state.

While some of the suspects were arrested for robbery, some were arrested for illegal possession of fire arms, and kidnapping.

Eight of the men were arrested for attempting to destroy a campaign rally at Ofu Local Government Area in the state.

While showing pressmen round items recovered from some of them, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu warned politicians in the state to caution their followers, as the Police remained determined to weed criminal elements out of Kogi State.

INEC Raises Security Concerns Ahead Of Kogi Polls

inec on kogi electionThe Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kogi State, Mr Hussaini Haliru, says insecurity could be a major threat to the peaceful conduct of the governorship elections holding next month.

Mr Haliru raised the concern at a dialogue session with Civil Society Groups and the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Commissioner, however, said that the body language of the political class in the state as well as records of politically motivated violence in the past made it important for security agencies to be proactive.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Police Commissioner, Emmanuel Ojukwu, had also assured that the polls would be violence free.

Apart from security issues, members of the Civil Society Groups also want INEC to rectify the flaws identified during the last general elections.

About 1.3 million registered voters are expected to participate in the Kogi governorship election on November 21.

The election will not only elect a new government in the state, it will also be used to judge INEC’s improvement or otherwise after some flaws were recorded during the last general elections.

Kogi Police Parade Suspected Robbers, Kidnappers

PoliceThe Police in Kogi State have paraded nine persons suspected to be behind the recent armed robbery and kidnapping incidents in the Okene and Lokoja axis.

The State Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, while briefing newsmen, said that the suspects include a seven-man robbery gang whose members were arrested at different places.

While parading them at the Police Headquarters in Lokoja, Ojukwu said that two members of the gang, Muhammed Yusuf and Abdulrahim Sani were arrested while on a robbery operation on Eika- Itae road.

He stated further that one Suleiman Abdulazeez was also found to be in possession of 207 temporary voters cards which he was yet to explain.

The CP then warned those planning to cause trouble during the Kogi governorship election to desist, noting that the hands of the law would catch up with them.

Kogi Police Parades 45 Criminal Suspects

policeThe Kogi State Police Command has paraded 45 suspected criminals, including a lady for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling activities in the state.

Also paraded among the 45 suspects were 72-year-old Ahmed Andoke, a relative of former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Andoke, and an All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the last House of Assembly election for Okehi State Constituency, Idris Ozi Shuaibu, and a cripple alleged to be in custody of stolen items and financing some criminal gangs terrorizing the state.

Following the upsurge of activities of armed bandits, kidnappers, social miscreants and hoodlums in the state the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, deployed a special anti-crime task force to relocate to the state and quickly address the situation.

The State Governor, Idris Wada, has promised to give out the sum of 5 million naira to anybody with credible information that will lead to tracking down the kidnappers terrorizing the state.

On parading the suspects and their loot, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the squad has in the last three weeks quickly design a template to contain the situation.

Items recovered from the suspects are: 3 faces prepaid meters, AK 47, double barrel guns, locally made Dane guns, cartridges, charms, pump action, cars, cutlasses, military camouflage uniform, ATM cards etc.

Two of the harden criminals popularly called cat and target, were said to be terrorizing people of the Okene axis and were alleged to have killed some Policemen on duty and went away with their guns, were called for questioning.

Though Journalists could not ask questions from the suspects, and this made some of the suspects protest by shouting out, while others claimed it was a  frame up.

The police said the suspects will be charged to court after the completion of their investigation, not until then, they will be under the custody of the Police.

Police Vow To Prosecute Electoral Offenders

PoliceThe Nigeria Police Force has reiterated its commitment to prosecute all persons found culpable of electoral offences.

In an interview with Channels Television in Abuja the nation’s capital, the Police Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, commended the police and the electorate for their peaceful conduct during and after the supplementary elections conducted in some states.

Mr Ojukwu also said the lessons learnt during the 2015 elections would be used in future elections.

He, however, assured Nigerians and other residents in the country that the Nigeria Police Force would continue to do its best to maintain peace and security.

Police Satisfied With Performance During 2015 Elections

policeThe Nigeria Police on Monday gave itself a pass mark on its performance during the just concluded governorship and state houses of assembly elections, maintaining that the security arrangements “met its expectations”.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said even though there were pockets of violence across the country, it did not have any effect on the police security arrangements

Mr Ojukwu told Channels Television that arrests have been made in Rivers State and other parts of the country where there was violence.

He further noted that prosecution has commenced in some cases, but refused to speak on the number of deaths recorded during the polls.

The police commended Nigerians for their conduct and information provided during the polls, but like Oliver twist, they asked for more cooperation with security agencies beyond the polls.

Anambra CP Orders Arrest Of Armed Policemen At Polling Units

Police-AnambraAnambra State Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, has urged the Police officers in the state to be true ambassadors of what the Police represent through their conduct during the election.

This is coming as a last minute instructions to his men in the rank of Divisional Police Officers (DPO), who will be playing supervisory roles in the House of Assembly election in the state.

Speaking at the State Headquarters of the Anambra State Police Command in Awka, Anambra State capital, south east Nigeria, Okaula advised the DPOs to be diligent.

He also urged them to carry out their duties professionally and ensure that no armed police officer is seen at any polling unit.

He instructed them to see to the immediate arrest of any armed police officer found anywhere near any polling unit.

The Police CP encouraged the officers to see to a free and fair election, such that their professionalism would not be compromised in any way.

Several Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) have been redeployed to different states to supervise the Saturday governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Their deployment was approved by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba, on Thursday.

In a statement, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said that six Deputy Inspectors-General of Police have also been redeployed to coordinate activities in the six geo-political zones.


Police Issue Restriction Of Movement Order

policeThe Inspector-General Of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered the restriction on vehicular movements from 8a.m to 6p.m on election days.

A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, says persons on essential duties, ambulances and fire service trucks are, however, exempted from the restriction of movement order.

This, according to the Police, is part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the forthcoming general elections across the federation on March 28 and April 11, 2015.

The Police advised travellers and citizens who intend to use roads on election days and hours to plan alternative times for their trips.

While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public might encounter as a result of this restriction, the IGP appealed for the understanding and cooperation of the entire citizenry.

The IGP gave the assurance that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere.

Vote And Go

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has also warned voters not to remain at the polling centers after casting their votes on Saturday.

Mr Abba, on Tuesday told a gathering in Abuja, in very clear terms, that the security operatives expect everyone to vote and go.

The IGP made the pronouncement during the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC stakeholders’ meeting.

This view had been opposed by the political parties and INEC.

Police IG Insists Tambuwal Is Not Speaker

Suleiman Abba.The Inspector General Of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, on Wednesday refused to recognise Mr Aminu Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Appearing before a House Committee set up to investigate the incident that occurred at the National Assembly, Mr Abba said since the status of the speaker is awaiting judicial interpretation in the law court, he would not recognise Mr Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House.

He also re-iterated the earlier stand of the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, who said the police had received intel that the National Assembly will be invaded by thugs, maintaining that “in the process of safeguarding the security of the National Assembly on the 20th of November, we collaborated with the National Assembly Sergeant-at-Arm according to laid down procedures.

“Members were being asked to identify themselves before they could be allowed into the premises.

“The invasion of the National Assembly by large number of suspected thugs caused a reinforcement at the second gate.

“We saw how security at that gate was compromised and we are investigating the issue of teargas thrown at people,’’ Mr. Abba said.

Mr Abba further noted that officers were “physically beaten, disobeyed and many other things”, adding that the decision to order a siege on the assembly was in support of democracy.

“From the day I was appointed acting Inspector General of Police, in my maiden speech I made a pledge that policing all over the world has gone beyond the issue of arresting suspected criminals, investigating and prosecuting offenders. Policing worldwide and Nigeria inclusive, which I pledge to be part of, now include the support of the development of democracy,” he said.

“I want to state that that pledge was not just for the words, I meant it. Since then all my effort has been in that direction in addition to other responsibility on my shoulder.

“2015 elections are around the corner and political activities and politicking has heightened. As a result of that, I discussed with my colleagues and told them that we should make all efforts to make our election credible and peaceful. In the last meeting we had two weeks ago, I told them to be focused on efforts that will enable the police control the activities of political thugs and to mop up arms.

“I told them to do everything within the limit of the provision of the law to ensure that people do not take laws into their hands, so that we can have credible and safe conduct of the 2015 elections.”

National Assembly Fracas: Police P.R.O Insists Action Was On Intelligence Report

police p.r.oPublic Relations Officer, Nigerian Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu has said that the police acted on an intelligence report, that there might be disturbance by thugs and hoodlums at the National Assembly when the lawmakers reconvene.

He explained that  before the incident, there was a mini convention held by the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Eagles Square in Abuja, and some members of the party disturbed and prevented the police from performing their duties during the convention, “which was a great assault to the Police Force”., adding that the party members said that they will ensure “they invade the National Assembly, Presidential Villa and INEC office”.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise, the police P.R.O further explained that the police was informed that thugs planned to invade the National Assembly and make it uncomfortable for the lawmakers “its the responsibility of the police to protect lives and properties”,

He noted that it was based on the intelligence report that warranted the police presence at the National Assembly.

Mr. Ojukwu referred to their presence at the National Assembly as “Operation backed by intelligence” he also added that there was no intention by the police to shut down the National Assembly but to govern the place and screen members as they were entering.

Being asked if the Nigerian Police should apologise for the embarrassment they caused Nigerians, Mr. Ojukwu said, “I see no reason why the police will have to apologise for doing its work, if something happens to the National Assembly the police will be blamed for it, what we did is just in line with the law” he stressed.

Police Defends Action At National Assembly

PoliceThe Nigerian police has been defending its action at the National Assembly.

Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojuwku, says the police deployed its personnel to the premises of the National Assembly following an intelligence report of a likely invasion of the House by hoodlums and thugs.

He explained that in the course of screening members and visitors alike, the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, arrived the venue with a motley crowd, who broke the police cordon, assaulted officers and evaded due process.

He warns politicians and their followers to respect constituted authority and due process, also to desist from the use of thugs to pursue their agenda.

Tambuwal Wants To Eat His Cake And Have It – Obanikoro

Obanikoro_PoliticsFormer Minister of State for Defence, Mr Musiliu Obanikoro on Sunday said the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal should have resigned his position after decamping to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), insisting that “he wants to eat his cake and have it”.

Mr Obanikoro added that the PDP already knew the Speaker would decamp to the APC, maintaing that “there is no surprise in that. We knew he was going to go, it was just a question of when and we needed for him t o officially stand up and own up to the fact that his body is somewhere else and the body is just with us (PDP) and we glad that finally he has let the cat out of the bag”, he said on Politics Today on Sunday.

He however noted that though the party has “lost the man, it is not losing the position”, adding that “I believe that the most honourable thing for him to have done is to resigne and then cross over to the other side and remain there.

“You don’t have to be a speaker to function in the National Assembly” he added.

He further noted that the “rule is very clear; you cannot be in a minority in the House of Representatives and become the presiding officer”.

Mr Obanikoro also noted that all PDP members were elected to execute the manifesto of the party “and that is why it becomes very important for him (Tambuwal) to recognise that and save the institution from unnecessary crisis.

“Because what is going to happen right now is that the members of our party (PDP) will not sit back and allow him to preside”, insisting that “Tambuwal should do the needful and save himself the embarrassment and save the institution the crisis that will follow this situation that he has created”, he said.

Mr Obanikoro also praised the police for “acting rightly” by withdrawing the security details of Mr Tambuwal, adding that “they must be pro active” in carrying out their duty.

The Nigerian Police Force had redeployed all of its personnel attached to the Speaker, barely 48 hours after he announced his defection to the APC.

In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, noted that the action of the Inspector –General of Police is in line with  the provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

Mr Tambuwal had cited his political future and political consideration of Sokoto, his home state, as reasons for his decision to decamp to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).