Lagos Ex-CP Faults Ban Of FSARS, Calls For Audit Of Internal Mechanism

Former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni.


A former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni has faulted the ban of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the ex-police commissioner called for the audit of what he described as the organisation’s internal mechanism.

“It is not the best way to go; it is actually not the way to go. I think what the police leadership should do is to properly audit the internal oversight mechanism that is in place,” he said.

Owoseni, who is also the Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Security also reacted to calls made by Nigerians for the disbandment of SARS.

He accused SARS operatives of failing to abide by the rules and regulations that govern them in the discharge of their duties.

The ex-police boss wants the Force to put some measures in place to ensure that SARS operatives are being checked to avoid abuse of office.

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“All that is happening is because somehow the police have refused and failed to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the extant rules and regulations.

“The so-called FSARS have rules and regulations that guide them. They consistently failed to abide by these rules.

“When measures like these are taken, nobody audits those measures to see the measure of compliance,” he said.

His remarks come a day after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, banned the personnel of the FSARS and other Tactical Squads of the Force from embarking on routine patrols.

The IGP, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, warned officers against carrying out stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc with immediate effect.

Adamu also cautioned officers of the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly.

Also, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo condemned the violations of young people’s rights, describing it as unacceptable and annoying.

Osinbajo noted that the Nigeria Police is saddled with the responsibility of protecting Nigerians, adding that the “arrest, maiming or killing of young people or anyone at all, is completely wrong. It is unlawful and illegal, and anyone involved in this activity ought to be investigated and prosecuted.”

Amotekun: Southwest Governors To Formalise, Use ‘Vigilante Groups’, Says Owoseni


The Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Security Matters, Fatai Owoseni, has explained that vigilante groups have been adopted and recruited into the ‘Operation Amotekun’.

The South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, was launched by the governors of South-western states on Thursday in a bid to have an integrated approach in fighting crimes in the region.

Speaking on Channels Television Sunrise Daily, Mr Owoseni said that before the narratives came out properly from the governors, so many people had corrupted what ‘Amotekun’ means, and it was only right to set the records straight.

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He described the personnel who will be working with the Police as ‘vigilante’, and Southwest is a network formalising them.

The security expert used Oyo state as a point of reference, intimating that the police command has been working with the vigilante groups, and they are registered at each area commands.

“People decided to corrupt the interpretation of what it is, people were just jittery. The summary of it is that it is an enlargement of what Lagos is doing, the Neighbourhood watch. We have enlarged the scope and integrated in the southwest, so call it Neighbourhood watch Southwest Vigilante.

“The problem had always been that they have supported security activities and government don’t bother or know about their existence, so they are now formalizing them, making them officially recognised and providing those tools with which they will work with.

“So what the Southwest is doing is that they have recognised them formally, captured them into the security architecture and provide for them by buying equipment and pep talk because they are already trained,” he added.

The former police commissioner in Lagos and Benue state stated that it is not cast on a stone that the Vigilante’s will carry guns, but if necessary, such an approach will be adopted.

“Nobody has said that they will be armed and even in our different areas, we have the vigilantes who carry Dane guns and if it is necessary for the Amotekun personnel to carry Dane guns because the hunters do so with their dogs, those are their tools and it is not illegal; they are not going after anyone, in security architecture, they are local human intelligence, they work with the conventional security groups.

“With the guidelines, the DFID had written for the police, part of it is that each of the locality, the DPO must have their register but before it wasn’t formalised and now it has been formalised, not only have their names and addresses, you can capture them biometrically, so each of them will have identity cards.”

Makinde Appoints EX-Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni As Adviser

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde.



Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has appointed a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Benue states, Mr Fatai Owoseni, as his Special Adviser on Security Matters.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the governor approved the appointment which took effect from August 1.

According to him, Owoseni’s appointment was in line with the recognition of security as one of the four pillars of his administration in Oyo State.

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Governor Makinde had also promised to unveil a new security architecture for the state before his first 100 days in office.

In the letter of appointment, he wished Mr Owoseni success in his new assignment and urged him to discharge his duties with absolute loyalty and dedication.

Fatai Owoseni, Former Lagos Police Commissioner.



The retired Police Commissioner who was born on August 17, 1962, has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin, and a diploma in Police Management (DPM) from the University of Jos.

He rose through the ranks as an Inspector of Police and became the Commissioner of Police in charge of General Investigations at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Abuja.

Owoseni served as the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State and was subsequently deployed to Benue at the height of the herdsmen and farmers clashes.

The statement indicated that the newly-appointed special adviser would bring his wealth of experience garnered over the decades through many local and international assignments to bear on the security situation in Oyo State.

Security: Lagos Ex-CP Owoseni Advocates More Funding For Police

Fatai Owoseni, Former Lagos Police Commissioner


The former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, has called on the Government for more funding for the Nigeria Police in order to address the numerous security challenges in the country.

He made the call during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, on Monday.

“The police have become an indispensable organ of government in every civilised community. They are powerful elements of the community; they are the powerful element of the strength and weakness of any nation.

“Indeed, as law enforcement and correction agencies and when you have such an important constitution, yet it remains the least catered for, you would have these (security challenges),” he stated.

Owoseni also called on the private sector to partner with the state government in contributing to Security Trust Funds.

He believes that once this is achieved, security challenges will be reduced in different states of the federation.

Speaking on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the former Commissioner noted that some bad eggs in the system created a wrong impression of the unit.

“A committee was set up that was talking about SARS. SARS is just a unit of the police. And by the way, there wasn’t any problem with SARS. It’s just that we had someone who came and refused to follow the extant rules and regulations through which that unit should be run,” he said.

Police Deny Withdrawing Special Forces From Benue

Police Deny Withdrawing Special Forces From Benue
A file photo of Mr Fatai Owoseni


The Nigeria Police Force has denied reports that it has withdrawn Police Special Forces from the theatre of operation in Benue State.

Police authorities faulted the claims on Sunday in a statement signed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fatai Owoseni.

Contrary to the withdrawal, Mr Owoseni said the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has continued to reinforce the Command with personnel and material resources as it becomes operationally expedient.

He added that with the reinforcement, the Command has been able to increase its visibility across the state.

According to the police commissioner, the reinforcement is aimed at encouraging the speedy return of displaced persons to their respective communities.

He said while the situation is relatively calm, the Police Command would continue to partner with well-meaning members of the society and sister security agencies to ensure the security of life and property in Benue.

Lagos LG Polls: 110 Suspects In Police Custody – Fatai Owoseni

Fatai Owoseni

The Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested about 110 suspects for various offences during the local government election which held on Saturday.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, disclosed this during an election coverage programme on Channels Television.

“As of the time I left the office (on Saturday evening), we should be having about 110 suspects that have been arrested for one thing or the other. There may still be more because we’ve not finished the whole process but as of now, we have close to about 110 suspects in custody.”

Mr Owoseni who said he also monitored the process in some areas of the state noted that the police responded promptly to the incidence of violence in some parts of the state.

He said: “I can tell you that as we sit down, and rounding up everything, it (the election) was relatively peaceful and in some of those few areas where we had skirmishes, there were prompt responses to those skirmishes and that led to some good arrests made in some areas”.

The Police Commissioner maintained that no major incidence of violence was recorded during the election, stressing that adequate security measures were put in place.

“Major incidence of violence, not really; I was out by myself and in those areas that everybody had been thinking that blood would be spilled, we’ve not had anything like that. I did my monitoring in-between Oshodi, Mushin and Agege.

“Where we had skirmishes, there were prompt responses and where it became necessary that we should give support to electoral officials in moving the results of votes cast to the collation centre, we did that. I got personally involved in escorting some of those materials, especially in Mushin where there was apprehension that some people would hijack the process,” he said.

Responding to reactions from some residents of the state who criticised the restriction of movement for some hours, the commissioner noted that adequate information had been passed across before the election took place.

He added: “What was needed to be done must be done for the election to hold; the police enforce the laws, we don’t make the laws. The law was made on restriction and enough information was also sent out prior to this time… so the police only enforced the law and the restriction order was properly enforced.”

Lagos LG Election: Police Warn Politicians, Residents Against Violence

I Never Said A Rally Cannot Be Held – Lagos CPThe Lagos State Police Command has warned politicians and electoral officials against violence or any criminal activity ahead of tomorrow’s local government elections.

The Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni gave the warning when he appeared on Politics Today on Channels TV.

According to him, the security agencies are ready to ensure that people vote without any fear or intimidation.

Owoseni called on officials of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC to resist any temptation from politicians that could mitigate a hitch-free election.

The people of Lagos State will on Saturday have the opportunity to elect their leaders at the grassroots level for the first time in about five years.

The local government election is expected to usher in new chairmen and councillors in the 20 local government and 37 local council development areas (LCDAS) across the state.

LASIEC announced that voting will open at 8 am as voters will be able to vote using the existing Independent National Electoral Commission’s register used in national elections.

The Lagos State Government said movement would be restricted in the state between 7 am and 3 pm to allow for a smooth conduct of the local government elections and unhindered participation.

There Is No Upsurge In Lagos Crime Rate – Police Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni says contrary to popular opinion, there isn’t an upsurge in the spate of crime in Lagos state, rather he believes there has been a reduction.

He made this known in an interview with Channels TV, while responding to a recent attack in Ikorodu which has been attributed to a gang ‘Badoo’, among others.

“If I must speak of the incident in Ikorodu, the command has been putting all its strategies together to address this and it would be recalled that at one occasion, we went to Ikorodu to have a dialogue with the traditional leaders that it was high time we stopped the conspiracy of silence.

“These murder cases that are tagged and linked to what is called ‘Badoo’, started around November 2016 and we went to Ibeshe and dialogued with the traditional rulers there on the need for everyone in that community to join in our patrol.

“We’ve studied the pattern, done the mapping looked at the modules and nothing can be called that which is happening in Ikorodu, other than ritual killings and when we noticed that, we got those people in Ibeshe and for a very long time it stopped in that place until last month when we recorded one.”

The Police boss, in an attempt to allay the fears of citizens stated that the force however, is well equipped to tackle the menace.

“We have put all our resources together with a view to headlong tackle these things and get these fellows out of the waterways.”

Attempted Suicide: Two Women Rescued In Lagos

Attempted Suicide: Two Women Rescued In LagosBarely a week after a medical doctor, Allwell Orji, took the plunge into the Lagos lagoon, two women have been rescued along the same axis.

One of the suspects, a 71-year-old food vendor, Abigal Ogunyinka, claimed that she collected a sum of money from a micro finance bank and had failed on the weekly refund for two weeks.

The second suspect, said to be a textile dealer in Lagos Island, had also made an attempt to jump into the lagoon from the Oworonsoki end before she was rescued.

She was alleged to have been indebted to her foreign partners.


In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, said the State Command would ensure that the law takes its course in the matter.

“We will not close our eyes to ensuring that the law takes its course in some of these cases, we will take them through therapy.

“I have asked the Police Clinic to get psychologists that would take them through depression to purge out whatever is on their minds,” he said.

The Friday incidents make the second and third cases of suicide attempts foiled in Lagos State in less than a week.

The first was the case of a middle-aged woman who was rescued by some local fishermen and divers, after jumping into the lagoon in the Maza-Maza area of the state.

Lagos CP Ordered To Place Convicted Ontario Oil MD Under Watch

Lagos CP Ordered To Place Convicted Ontario Oil MD Under Watch The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has ordered the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni to keep a close watch on the Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas, Adaoha Ugo-Nadagi, who collapsed on Friday after she was convicted of a 744 million naira fuel subsidy scam.

Presiding judge, Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos High Court, on Monday, ordered the medical directors of Havana Hospital, Surulere and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), to both swear to an affidavit of means, clearly stating the status of her health.

At Monday’s proceedings, counsel to Ndagi, told the court that after she collapsed on Friday she was rushed to Havana Hospital where she was placed on life support and oxygen.

She was then transferred to LUTH where she has been receiving treatment.

EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, however asked the court to pronounce the sentence in the absence of the convicts.

In her ruling, Justice Okunnu noted that there seems to be a lacuna in the law as to the sentencing of the convicts in absentia. She however reserved the sentencing till Wednesday, January 18 2017.

Ndagi, oil mogul, Walter Wagbasoma and their company, Ontario Oil and Gas were convicted by the court for their roles in a N744m subsidy fraud brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Reps Ask FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Kidnapping

House of Representatives, Reps, KidnappingThe House of Representatives says concrete action must be taken to check the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

The lawmakers made the call for a state of emergency to be declared on kidnapping on Wednesday after a debate on a motion of urgent national importance on the need to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping across the country.

The motion was raised by a member of the House from Ondo State, Representative Babatunde kolawole and supported by some of his colleagues including; Ado Dogowa, Emmanuel Orker-Jev and Adam Jagaba.

After deliberations on the issue on the floor of the House in Abuja, lawmakers unanimously agreed that the crime had taken an alarming dimension with the kidnapping of school children.

The House called for a security summit that would fashion an effective response to the kidnapping phenomenon.

They said some committees of the House, telecom service providers and all security agencies would take part in the summit.

The lawmakers are making the move after four students, the principal and his vice were kidnapped at the Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of the state.

They were kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The kidnappers had demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom before the six kidnapped victims were released on Tuesday, October 11.

Some states in Nigeria had established laws that prescribes capital punishment for persons found guilty for kidnapping.

Lagos School Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom

School KidnapInformation reaching us has it that the six kidnapped victims from the Lagos State Model College, Igbo – Nla in Epe Area of Lagos have been released by their abductors.

The victims are four students, the school principal and his vice kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college and whisked away the victims. Two of the kidnapped persons were swiftly rescued by the Police operatives.

The kidnappers later reportedly demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the other victims to regain freedom. It is not clear if any ransom was paid for their release.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni had promised that the Police would rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were deployed to ensure this.