Bayelsa Gets New Commissioner Of Police

Police Inspector Allegedly Kills Man Two Days To His WeddingA new Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, has been posted to the Bayelsa State Police Command.

He takes over from Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, who has proceeded to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Jos, on a course.

The new Commissioner of Police assumed duty on January 17, 2017.

Until his present posting, he was the Commissioner of Police Inspectorate, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

A statement by the Bayelsa State Police Command said “he is a disciplinarian and a hard working Police officer, who has served in various Commands and Formations at various capacities”.

The Command further solicited the cooperation and partnership of the people of Bayelsa State, and also warned against any act capable of breaching peace in the state.

“Bayelsans are enjoined to continue with their lawful and legitimate duties and not to be apprehensive of the enhanced visibility of security personnel in the State.

“They should also accord the new Commissioner of Police the necessary support he needs in the task of maintaining peace, law and order in the State,” the statement by the spokesman for the police in the state, Asinim Butswat, read.

Police Opens Investigation Into Alleged IDPs’ Abuse

Police ,Counter-terrorism ,RiversThe Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has set up a Special Investigation Team to immediately commence thorough enquiry into all cases of alleged sexual abuses.

Other issues include exploitation, harassment, gender based violence and professional misconduct on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some of North-eastern states contained in a report published by the Human Right Watch against Camp officials, vigilante groups, Soldiers and Policemen among others.

The IGP has expressed deep concern over the submissions in the report and has directed the Special Investigation Panel to carry out a discreet and unbiased investigation into all the cases of abuse and misconduct alleged in the report.

In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Don Awunah said, the IGP has called on Human Right Watch officials to avail more facts that will assist the Police investigation team conclude the inquiry into the alleged 43 cases mentioned in the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

“The IGP has also directed Commissioners of Police in locations where IDP Camps are situated to beef up security and ensure adequate safety of all IDPs and ensure that all perpetrators of any criminal act are decisively dealt with in accordance to the law”.

The statement further urged all police officers and other personnel deployed to the IDP camps to strictly adhere to the rules of engagement.

“The Nigeria Police Force assures all Nigerians and the International community that the Force will not condone any act that will violate the human dignity of the IDPs by individuals or group of persons at the camps or anywhere in the country”.

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In late July, 2016, Human Rights Watch documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The victims had been displaced from several Borno towns and villages, including Abadam, Bama, Baga, Damasak, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, Kukawa, and Walassa. In some cases, the victims had arrived in the under-served Maiduguri camps, where their movement is severely restricted after spending months in military screening camps.

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them.”

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance. Many of those coerced into sex said they were abandoned if they became pregnant.

They and their children have suffered discrimination, abuse, and stigmatization from other camp residents. Eight of the victims said they were previously abducted by Boko Haram fighters and forced into marriage before they escaped to Maiduguri.

A situational assessment of IDPs in the northeast in July 2016 by NOI Polls, a Nigerian research organization, reported that 66 percent of 400 displaced people in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states said that camp officials sexually abuse the displaced women and girls.

Buhari Orders Action On Human Rights Watch's (HRW) Reports On IDP AbuseBuhari Expresses Concern

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the recently released Human Rights Watch (HRW) report which alleges sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

He has therefore ordered an immediate investigation into the allegation.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Mr Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

He said that the welfare of these most vulnerable of Nigerian citizens has been a priority of President Buhari’s government and Nigerians and the international community can rest assured that the allegations raised in the HRW are not being taken lightly.

“President Buhari has instructed the Inspector General of Police and the state governors of the affected states to immediately commence investigations into the issue.

“Their findings will determine the next course of action for the government and define an appropriate response.

“While the Nigerian military continues to work hard so that these unfortunate victims of Boko Haram terrorism can soon return safely to their homes, the government will do its best to ensure their protection and welfare in the temporary IDP camps,” the statement read.

Nasarawa Security: IGP Seeks Cooperation Of Royal Fathers

Police, ElectionsThe Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has sought the cooperation of royal fathers from Nasarawa State in order to ensure adequate security in the state.

This is according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, DCP Don N. Awunah.

IGP Idris made this plea while hosting the Chairman of Traditional Rulers in Nasarawa State, His Royal Majesty, Alh. Dr. Isa Mustapha Agwai was represented by the Emir of Keffi, Alh. Dr. Chindo Yahusa, Emir of Kwandere, Alh. Dr. Almakurah, Emir of Mama and Emir of Loko.

He sought the cooperation of the Royal Fathers to ensure adequate security in their domains and prevail on their subjects to be law abiding.

He further solicited the assistance of the Royal Fathers in crime prevention and control in their jurisdictions.

The IGP further intimated the Royal Fathers of the establishment of the Eminent Persons Forum in every State of the Federation, he enjoined the Royal Fathers to participate actively in the Forum, most especially by making inputs from their wealth of experience to intervene and resolve conflicts and crisis where they occur.

The Emir of Keffi while responding on behalf of the Chairman, Traditional Rulers in Nasarawa State assured the IGP of their support and partnership with the Police in the Eminent Persons Forum and other area their assistance is needed.

President Buhari Appoints Ibrahim Idris As Acting IGP

Ibarahim IdrisPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria.

He took over from Mr Solomon Arase who retired from service.

His appointment was announced on Tuesday by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

The Acting Inspector-General hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State.

He was born on January 15, 1959 and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture.

He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.

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Former IGP, Solomon Arase looks on as President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the Acting IGP, Ibrahim Idris

AIG Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17 years as Unit Commander, Squadron Commander, and Commandant.

He served as Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa and Kano States and was also the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters.

He was also at the United Nations Mission in Liberia and East Timor and was awarded “Medal of Merit” by the President of the Republic of East Timor in recognition of his service.

AIG Idris, who was in charge of Operations at the Force Headquarters before his appointment as the Acting Inspector-General, will act in that capacity pending his confirmation.

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President Muhammadu Buhari presents a gift to the former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase

President Buhari had on Monday hosted the former Inspector General and also presented a gift to him to mark his retirement from service.

Mr Arase was appointed Inspector General of Police by former President Goodluck Jonathan few weeks before the end of his tenure in office.

Suspected Killers of Colonel Yunusa Arraigned

colonel yunusaThe four suspected killers of the late Colonel Samaila Yunusa who was abducted and murdered on March 27 in Kaduna State, have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in the state capital.

The Yunusa was allegedly abducted by the suspects at the Kaduna Refinery junction, while his decomposed body was later found along the Abuja-Kaduna highway two days after he was kidnapped.

The four suspects; Emeka Okeke, Kabir Ibrahim, Chijoke Ugwuanyi and Ebele Precious were later arrested by the Police in connection with the crime.

When paraded by the Kaduna State Police Command, they all confessed to kidnapping and stealing the colonel’s car but the gang leader, Emeka Okeke, denied killing the deceased,  insisting  the colonel fired the shot that ended his life.

At the sitting, the presiding magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf, said that the suspects were being charged for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, illegal possession of fire arms, armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death under section 6b, section 3 (1 & 2) of the robbery and fire and section 22(1) of the penal code.

Although the Magistrate said that the court lacks the  jurisdiction to try the case, he told the suspects that the purpose of bringing them before him was to remand them in prison custody pending when the Police would conclude their investigation and thereafter charge them before a competent court.

He adjourned the sitting to July 21.

Kaduna Police Parade Killers of Colonel Yunusa, Other Suspects

Police Parade, Colonel YunusaThe Kaduna State Police Command has paraded four suspects in connection with the abduction and murder of Colonel Samaila Yunusa in the state capital on March 27, 2016.

Briefing reporters at the command’s headquarters on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, said that the suspects were arrested at various locations within the state by his men in conjunction with the Intelligence Response Team that was set up by the Inspector General of Police.

Two AK-47 rifles, one pump action gun, four pistols, ammunition and one Toyota SUV were recovered from them.

Explaining how the late Colonel Yunusa died in the custody of the suspects, the Police Commissioner said that their gang leader, one Emeka Okeke, abducted the victim after they had snatched his car and took him to the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, where he shot him and abandoned his corpse.

On his part, Emeka admitted his involvement in the abduction and subsequent murder of Colonel Yunusa, but stated that his intention was not to kill him, but that the Colonel mistakenly shot himself in the process of struggling with him.

He also confessed to have carried out several other operations in various parts of Kaduna State.

Another member of the gang, one Chijioke Ugwuanyi, confessed to taking part in the operation but denied taking part in the death of the victim.

He said that his duty was to take the late Colonel Yunusa’s car to Niger Republic where they usually sell stolen vehicles from Nigeria.

The Police Commissioner also announced the arrest of notorious cattle rustlers and armed robbery suspects who have been terrorizing residents of states within the North West and North Central zones, while over 500 stolen cows, cars of various kinds were also recovered from them.

The Police Commissioner promised that at the end of investigation, all the suspects would be charged to court for trial.

Army Chief Commends IG Of Police, Solomon Arase

Army, PoliceThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has expressed gratitude to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, for tracking and arresting the kidnappers and murderers of the late Colonel Samaila Inusa of the Nigerian Army.

In a statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the Army chief, thanked Mr Arase on behalf of the families of late Colonel Samaila Inusa, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for smashing the deadly kidnapping and armed robbery syndicate.

“The Chief of Army Staff specifically wishes to thank the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) operatives for their dedication to duty and professionalism that led to the arrest of the criminals that abducted and killed the late senior officer in Kaduna metropolis, Kaduna State on 27th March this year.

“This unprecedented feat is a clear manifestation of the excellent cooperation existing between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police which had flourished over time in joint operations to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff also urged personnel of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police to continue working hard towards sustaining the excellent cooperation and synergy between them.

The Force Headquarters announced in a statement on Wednesday that the combined forces of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives had arrested four suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an Army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

According to the statement, “the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

Police Smash Killer Gang That Killed Army Colonel In Kaduna

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Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase.

The Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives have smashed a deadly killer gang.

The combined forces have also arrested 4 suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, ACP Olabisi Kolawole said, “sequel to the kidnapping and killing of the officer, the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

“Items recovered by the Police from this notorious gang, which specialised in car snatching and truck hijacking in the state and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public, include one AK 47 rifle, two magnum pistols, one Nissan Pathfinder Jeep and documents of six (6) houses located in Anambra State of which Emeka Okeke Cyprian confessed were proceeds of his previous criminal activities” the statement said.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, enjoined Nigerians to continue to support the Police with relevant information.

He also commended the combined forces for their commitment, diligence and professionalism which led to the breakthrough and subsequent recovery of the weapons and a stolen Jeep,

Meanwhile, all the four suspects arrested in connection with the crime are presently in police custody and will soon be arraigned before a competent court of law for criminal charges preferred against them while effort to arrest the fleeing members of the gang continues.

Nigerian Police Set To Review Officers’ Use Of Force And Firearms

IGP-on-police-litigationsThe Nigeria Police Force has announced plans to review officers’ use of force and firearms in the discharge of their duties.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, told reporters on Tuesday  that the Police had lost over one billion Naira in the last three years to litigations on infractions of Nigerians’ rights.

Mr Arase made the statement at a policy workshop at Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.

Mr Arase warned officials that the era of impunity and indiscriminate use of force and firearms must end especially with the heightened political consciousness in Nigeria and the rising international condemnations.

An international human rights group, Amnesty International had years ago accused the Nigerian security forces, notably the Joint Task Force, of committing gross human rights violations in a report.

 

Police arrest six Boko Haram suspects in Minna

The Niger state Police command has arrested six suspected members of Boko Haram sect in Minna, the Niger state capital.

The suspects who were arrested in Maitumbi and Tunga area of the state capital also confessed to be responsible for   the killings of Policemen in some parts of the state in the last one year.

Confirming the arrest to Channels Television in Minna, the Niger State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Desire Nsirim stated that the command had been on the trail of the suspects for a long time as they have evaded arrest for a long time.

She also noted that the suspects had made some useful statement that will led to the crackdown of the sect activities in the state

The Police boss however revealed that the suspects had been transferred to the Force Headquarters in Abuja for further investigation.