IG Inaugurates Panel On Rivers Violence

I.G Inaugurates Panel On Rivers ViolenceThe Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has constituted a 15-man panel to unravel those behind the violence that marred the re-run legislative elections in Rivers State.

The committee, to be headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Damien Okoro, has been given 30 days to submit its report as the I.G has assured the public that the Police would use all the resources at its disposal to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

A press release by the Police on Thursday evening highlighted the talking points of the Inspector-General at the inauguration.

The statement reads:

IGP’s Talking Points

The sustenance of our democratic process is largely dependent upon the security and preservation of our electoral laws and guidelines by all stakeholders in our country Nigeria.

It was expected that the impressive and commendable successes recorded in the recent gubernatorial elections in Ondo and Edo states respectively was replicated in Rivers State during the recent re-run elections into the national and state legislative positions.

2. This opinion was further fuelled by the coordinated preparations put in place by the police and other security agencies including INEC relevant to the conduct of a smooth, hitch free, free and fair poll.

3. The election which was supposed to demonstrate our sustained growth and maturity as a democracy loving people, however, was rather unfortunately marred by noticeable infractions and isolated cases of violence which unfortunately resulted in the gruesome murder of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Alkali and Sergeant Peter Uchi in active duty. So far, four people have been arrested and two rifles recovered.

4. Against this backdrop, it has become imperative to set up a joint investigative panel to investigate the various infractions, incidents and violence that marred the December 10, 2016 re-run election in Rivers State. The panel consists of police officers and officers from the Department of State Services with vast knowledge in investigation, forensic analysis and technical expertise. The fifteen (15) man panel is headed by DCP Damien Okoro

5. The panel, which is to conduct its investigation in conjunction with a team from the Department of State Services (DSS) has the following terms of reference:

i. Conduct a thorough investigation into the role of security agents before, during and after the election;

ii. Examine the role of any Police Officer or security agent whose actions or activities individually or collectively was detrimental to the good conduct of the elections;

iii. Conduct a forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters as it concerns the election;

iv. Examine any other matter that is relevant to the conduct of the elections.

v. Make recommendations and implementation strategies to guide future elections and submit findings within thirty (30) days with effect from 17th December, 2016.

6. For the avoidance of doubt, the 1999 Constitution and other relevant laws empower the police to conduct investigations into criminal matters across the entire country.

7. In the final analysis, the police is an apolitical organization and must be insulated from politics. The interest of the police as always in the electoral process is to ensure a hitch free exercise and guarantee due process in accordance with international standards.

8. Therefore, I hereby use this opportunity to implore well-meaning Nigerians especially INEC, Rivers Sate Government to give the panel maximum support and cooperate with this investigative panel.

This I believe is in the overall interest and development of electoral process in Nigeria.

The Inspector General of Police uses this opportunity to solicit the support of all Nigerians in ensuring that the panel succeeds in its mandate.

Rivers Rerun: Police Constitute Panel To Investigate Poll Incidents

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Rivers RerunThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has setup a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by INEC in the Rivers State legislative rerun election.

This is in response to the statement credited to Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Yakubu Mahmud, to the effect that there were 70 incidents that tended to derail the December 10 elections.

The Police said that the team was constituted with a view to uncovering those who were directly or indirectly responsible for such incidences and bring them to justice.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, revealed that investigative team has also been mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters alleged to be the voice of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, pertaining to the concluded elections.

Policing With Integrity

The Police urged the Rivers State government and INEC to avail the investigative team with facts at their disposal and grant them the desired cooperation and assistance to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation.

They also appealed to election observers, civil society groups, human rights watchers and other stakeholders in the elections to assist the team with valuable information they may have.

The Police noted that they are committed to enthroning the principles of democratic policing and ensure that the IGP’s master plan on election security takes hold in Nigeria, in accordance with international best practices and core value of policing with integrity.

The investigative team is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police who has vast experience in investigation.

The Police said the team has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit its report and assured that the findings would be made public.

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”.

Human Rights Watch ReportIDPs, Bama, Humanitarians, Borno

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.

IGP Orders Probe Of Police Assets And Investments

Police-Don-AwunahThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has engaged the services of two professional audit firms to undertake the audit of police investments, assets and subsidiaries.

In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Donald Anwunah, the police boss made the order while addressing the Board and Management of Police Investments Bodies and Subsidiaries, at the Police Headquarters Abuja.

The measure, according to Mr Idris “is in line with the Federal Government’s agenda to institutionalize fiscal discipline, transparency, probity and accountability in the management of public funds.”

The statement further adds that the exercise is aimed at carrying out due diligence to ascertain the true financial position, assets and liabilities, challenges and recommendations on how to restructure and re-position the subsidiaries for effective and efficient services.

The bodies to be audited include NPF Pensions, NPF Mortgage Bank, NPF Cooperative Limited, NPF Insurance, NPF Property Development Company and NPF Health Management Organization.

IGP Felicitates With Nigerians On Eid-el-Fitri 

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Extra Judicial KillingsThe Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, has felicitated with the Muslim Faithful on the occasion of the 2016 Eid-el-Fitri.

He noted that he was particularly thankful to Allah for His mercies during the period of the Ramadan, saying our prayers and supplications were met inspite of the numerous challenges that we faced as a nation, assuring  that the Nigeria Police Force will provide adequate security with robust and proactive patrols during and after the celebrations.

In a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, the “IGP has also ordered all Zonal Headquarters and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure adequate security in their areas of responsibilities throughout the duration of the celebration.

He warns that officers should be deployed evenly to cover the highways, worship and recreation centres, government installations and all vulnerable points are in order to give Nigerians feasible sense of safety and security as they celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri and go about their lawful business”.

He added that the Nigeria Police Force under his watch will be a people-oriented and problem solving Police and nobody should be afraid to give useful information to the Police as every information will be treated with the confidentiality it deserves.

He enjoined Nigerians to be law abiding at all times for the peace, progress and development of the country, reiterating that the cooperation of the public is very critical to the performance of the Police and administration of justice.

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

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.

Nigeria At 55: IGP Directs Officers To Ensure Adequate Surveillance

PoliceThe Inspector General Of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase has directed officers and men of the force to ensure adequate surveillance as the nation marks its 55th Independence Anniversary.

In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, the police boss called for the deployment of operational tools across all its commands to ensure a hitch free celebration.

Mr Arase also asked Nigerians to support the force by providing useful information to help achieve a crime free society.

IG Orders Nationwide Audit Of Police Armoury

Suleiman AbbaThe Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba, has ordered a thorough check and audit of Police armoury nationwide as part of measures to account for the weaponry of the Police Force.

This directive was contained in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu.

The exercise, which has already commenced, will cover all Police Commands, Formations, Stations and Units across the country.

This measure will also enable the Force to review the current state of arms and ammunition in stock at various Police armoury.