Democracy Day: Use Of Teargas Was In Line With Global Standards – Police

 

The Nigerian police on Saturday justified its use of tear gas on protesters who took to the streets to mark Democracy Day by voicing their grievances against the government of the day.

According to police spokesman, Mr Frank Mba, the actions of officers were in line with international best practices of dispersing violent protests.

Mr Mba made the claim in an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Abuja.

The police shot teargas at protesters in Lagos and Abuja.

Channels Television correspondents who covered the protest in Abuja did not observe any sign of violence from the protesters before the police disrupted their parade.

‘An isolated case’

According to Mr Mba, the use of teargas was an isolated case in Abuja where protesters turned violent.

“We had an isolated case in Abuja where some of the protesters became unruly and in line with international best practices, police fired teargas at them,” he said. “And that is an acceptable mode of engaging violent protesters anywhere in the world, whether it is in Abuja, Lagos, Paris, London, or New York or California. That is internationally accepted.

“We would have problems if we had fired live bullets at them, but when you fire teargas at protesters to disperse them, you are not in breach of any known code, either nationally or internationally.

“I also want to use this opportunity to state clearly that no citizen, either in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano or anywhere, is currently in detention as a result of this isolated incident.

“As long as protesters conduct themselves within the confines of the law; they do not constitute themselves into nuisance, they do not breach the rights of other citizens, they do not obstruct traffic, they do not compel other citizens to join their protests, the police will largely work with them.

“When you protest in contravention of these set of conditions I have given, clearly you are coming in direct conflict with the laws of the land, and the police will never stand by idly and watch you create problems for the entire polity.”

Targeted at IMN

Meanwhile, in a statement released on Saturday, the police in Abuja said it had dispersed protesters in an attempt to foil attempts by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to “incite public disturbance.”

“The FCT Police Command on Saturday, 12th June, 2021 successfully restored calm at Apo-Gudu axis after professionally dispersing a protest by some members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)-Shiites and others targeted at inciting public disturbance and breaching public peace,” the statement, signed by spokesperson Yusuf Mariam, said.

“Consequently, the action of the Command was necessitated by the concerns of some agitated residents. However, no arrest was made.

“In view of the above, the Command wishes to state that it is committed to ensuring that FCT residents enjoy a hitch-free Democracy Day Celebration and will not hesitate to bring to book every person or entity that attempts to breach the peace or cause a breakdown of law and order in the Federal Capital Territory.

“The Command implores residents to remain calm and law-abiding while reaffirming its unwavering commitment to the protection of lives and property within the FCT.”

Acting IGP Appoints Inuwa As Force Secretary, Retains Frank Mba As Police PRO

A file photo of the acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, at an event in Abuja.

 

The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Hafiz Inuwa, as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team.

He also reappointed a Commissioner of Police (CP), Frank Mba, and Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively.

Mba, who served as spokesman for the police twice before his latest reappointment, disclosed the developments in a statement on Friday.

The new force secretary takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters in Abuja.

Prior to his new appointment, Inuwa was the AIG in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State – covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands.

He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, among other strategic positions he held.

A file photo of Mr Frank Mba during an interview on Channels Television.

 

Mba, on the other hand, was re-appointed as the Force spokesman for the third time while Owohunwa’s reappointment also made it the third time he would hold the position as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP.

Similarly, Baba ordered the posting of some personal aides, including a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Idris Abubakar, as the PSO II to the IGP.

Superintendents of Police (SP) Isah Abdulhamid and Nura Hanga were also posted as personal assistant and secretary to the police chief respectively.

Mba noted that the appointments and postings of the senior police officers and personal aides were with immediate effect.

“The senior police officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his management team in developing and implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilising internal security, modernising police operations, and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens,” the statement said.

Police Deny Claim Of IGP Paying ₦2bn For Tenure Extension

File photo of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Nigeria Police Force on Monday denied the claim suggesting that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu paid ₦2 billion to elongate his stay in office.

Channels Television had earlier reported how President Muhammadu Buhari extended the IGP’s tenure by three months after attaining the mandatory 35 years in service on February 1.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi who made the announcement said the extension was necessary to give room for the proper selection of a successor.

In a statement issued by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the police said described as untrue a report that the tenure extension was purchased by the IGP Adamu for ₦2 billion.

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“The Police High Command has described as untrue, unfounded, defamatory and libellous, the publication dated February 07, 2021, which alleged that the IGP paid over 2 Billion Naira for the tenure extension,” the statement partly read.

“The Force wishes to state categorically that the extension of service of the IGP was strictly the prerogative of the President and was never paid for as maliciously reported in the publication.

“The insinuations that the IGP did not “celebrate” his extension smacks of ignorance and misplacement of priority.

“The extension does not call for merry-making or celebration but a time for more work, rededication to duty and selfless service to the nation.”

The Force spokesman also reiterated the IGP’s commitment in ensuring service delivery, safety and security of the citizenry.

While calling on members of the public to disregard and discountenance the report, the IGP said: “the Force remains motivated and committed to delivering on its mandate, especially the task of neutralizing current and emerging internal security threats.”

Edo Jail Break: Police Rearrest Four Escapees

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The Nigeria Police Force has re-arrested four persons who escaped from the Oko Prison in Edo State during the #EndSARS protest.

The suspects who were arrested for alleged armed robbery and car snatching in Kaduna confirmed that they were all part of the over 1000 prisoners who escaped from different correctional facilities in Edo State.

They include Adebayo Opeyemi, Onos Benjamin, Peter Felix, and Hudu Musa.

Parading the suspects on Monday in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, explained that Opeyemi, a dismissed military man escaped and joined the group to form a new team.

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Also, Benjamin who was on death row and awaiting execution admitted snatching a car 30 minutes after escaping from prison to aid his escape out of the state before selling the car to his contact in Niger Republic.

For Musa, the Force spokesman said he specialized in selling off stolen cars to border communities and had nine months left off his prison term before he escaped.

He also explained that the four escapees had formed a dangerous gang that started off where they stopped in crime before their convictions.

This comes a month after armed men stormed the correction facility in Oko, popularly known as the Oko prison.

#EndSARS: Some Protesters Are Genuine, Some Are ‘Desperate For Public Validation’- Frank Mba

Frank Mba

 

The Force Public Relations Officer, of the Nigerian Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, has reacted to the calls by various protesters to ban operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

DCP Mba in an interview on Friday on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said that some of the protesters calling for the dissolving of the squad are genuine while some others are desperate for public validation.

“I have seen some of the people calling for the #EndSARS who are just pseudo activists and desperate for public validation,” the force spokesman claimed.

“People who are looking to be seen as social media influencers, these are the people that post fake news”.

He noted that others are legitimately concerned about the professional misconduct being exhibited from operatives of the tactical squads and  “have a genuine case.”

According to him, “These set of Nigerians are angered by those infractions on the rights of Nigerians and they are demanding for total change and overhaul, they want the police leadership to do the right thing, we understand that and we are in line with them.”

He also disclosed that there are some other people aiding and calling for the overhaul of SARS but are “beneficiaries of criminal enterprise, some of them are receiving stolen good, illicit arms smuggling and movement, importation of drugs”.

The police spokesman challenged critics faulting the recent move to reform SARS.

“I have heard some critics say these instructions have been given before but I will challenge them to produce any other IGP that has given these instructions very clearly, articulated these instructions like the way IGP M.A Adamu has done,” the police spokesman added.

Mba said the police leadership is aware that some officers have conducted themselves in the past in manners that are inconsistent with the code of conduct and oat of office, and standard operational procedures.

But he noted that the force has a strong mechanism in dealing with erring officers.

“The good thing about the police is that it is one organization that has a strong internal mechanism for dealing with inappropriate behaviours, professional misconduct for its personnel.

“We will not shy away from this core responsibility of ours in bringing our personnel to book when they err.

“We are one of those few organisations that will publicly name and shame our own, we are one of those organisations that will publicly arrest our own.”

He asked citizens of the country to give the force some time.

Referencing the recent killing of a police officer on Thursday during the #EndSARS protest in Delta State, the police image maker also expressed concern about the lack of condemnation and the silence by Nigerians when officers are murdered.

“I have also seen footages of Nigerians slapping police officers and these officers are keeping quiet, controlling themselves,” he lamented.

He reiterated that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad is a societal and common response that handles crime in the country.

The Force PRO noted that before now, the police never had any special outfit called SARS, and explained that the unit was set up at a time when armed robberies were on the increase, so “the police authorities came up with SARS which became an elevated platform for the police to confront crime.”

Training 

DCP Mba revealed that some of these operatives are well trained to tackle violent crime, kidnapping and bank robbery.

He said their intervention has effectively saved the nation from total embarrassment and restored sanity to where the robbery was on an increase.

Giving an example, Frank Mba said that operatives of the SARS were able to help in fishing out and arresting the killers of the daughter of the Afenifere leaders.

On restrictions placed on police officers,  DCP Mba reiterated that no police officer is allowed to go to the streets carrying out their duties without being properly dressed.

He also added that no police officer should mount blocks, indiscriminate, and authorized searching people’s smartphones or mobile devices.

Mba’s comment is coming on the heels of protests by Nigerians calling for a ban on SAR enters its third day.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, last week banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force from embarking on routine patrols.

But the directive by the IGP does not seem to go down well with the youths as many, including celebrities, are protesting calling for the end of SARS.

The activities of the police unit in recent times have come under scrutiny and several members of the squad have been found guilty of using their position of authority to trample on the rights of citizens, especially the youths.

Uncovering €14.7 Million Fraud Will Improve Nigeria-Germany Relations – Police

 

The Nigerian police on Monday said its work in arresting two Nigerians allegedly involved in attempting to defraud a German company will help to improve its relationship with Europe’s richest country.

The police on Sunday announced the arrest of Babatunde Adesanya and Akinpelu Hassan Abass who are said to be members of a sophisticated transnational criminal network.

The men were allegedly part of a COVID-19 procurement operation that tried to defraud the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia of about €14.7 million.

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“This will actually help in strengthening our relationship with Germany,” police spokesman, Frank Mba said during his appearance on a Channels Television’s COVID-19 special programme. “Rather than having a negative impact, it will have a very positive impact.

“The German people, the German government and the German business community must have been encouraged by the timeliness of our action, the fact that detectives from Nigeria and Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) based here in Abuja, have got the capacity to actually wade into this kind of case and uncover the crime and try to bring the criminals to book.

“It shows that even if Germans are making investments in Nigeria, they can be assured that their investments are protected and we’ve got the capacity to tackle any unforeseen circumstances that may arise.”

Mba noted that other nationals also took part in the operation.

“There are criminals all over the world,” he said. “Remember that even in this case, there are also accomplices who are not Nigerians, who are Dutch citizens, working with their Nigerian counterparts.”

How The Fraudsters Were Caught

Mba on Monday tried to explain how the criminals almost succeeded in completing the fraud, after already receiving a 1.5 million euros advanced payment and another 880,000 euro payments for the bogus COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“It has been a long-stretched investigation,” Mba said. “If you look at the complexity of the case, you will understand very clearly that the investigators, particularly the detectives from the Cyber-crime unit of the Nigerian Police Force that is currently being warehoused within the Interpol NCB in Abuja had had to work day and night and spanning over several weeks, before they could actually crack down on those suspects.

“This should not be coming as a surprise to Nigerians. At the peak of the lock-down, we did issue a press release where we actually warned about the likelihood of crimes of this nature occurring, not just within Nigeria but also in other parts of the world. We made it very clear that scammers within Nigeria and other parts of the world are beginning to find ways, creative ways for that matter, to take advantage of the fears, the needs generated by the pandemic.

“That is also not surprising, because everywhere in the world, criminals always take advantage of situations, they will take advantage of wars, pandemics, natural disasters, even big time celebrations like the Olympics and World Cup and find very creative ways to actually fleece innocent citizens of their hard-earned income; and that’s exactly what happened here.

“These Nigerian fraudsters, working with their cohorts in Netherlands, presented themselves to a German representative of one of the government agencies as representatives of a company that is based in Holland. That company, ILBN Holdings BV, is prominent and has a very good track-record of producing high-quality PPEs.

“And without the regional company knowing what’s going on, they creatively, cleverly and criminally cloned their website and initiated transactions with a German which eventually culminated in the sealing of this illicit deal valued at about 14.7 million euros.”

Lots Of Sexual Assault Victims Destroy Evidence Unknowingly – Police PRO

A file photo of Mr Frank Mba.

 

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, has advised victims of rape to preserve the original scene of crime.

Speaking during the UN Spotlight Initiative Town Hall on Violence Against Women, Mba said the move is necessary to enable investigators effectively and successfully prosecute cases of rape and other forms of violence in the country.

“In every case of rape, there are fundamentally two scenes of crime – the body of the woman that has been raped as well as the physical location where this assault took place.

“These two scenes of crime must be preserved. Once we fail in preserving them, we run into fundamental problems with the investigations,” he said.

“It is also important that you maintain the physical scene of crime. Do not tamper with anything, do not try to make the bed, don’t dispose the condom if the person used condom while sexually assaulting you.

“If you suspect you were drugged or your drink was laced with any substance, please do not dispose the remnant of the drink whether it is yogurt, Ribena, coke or wine.

“Leave those things for us. When we come, we know how to pick them up no matter how disorganised the room is,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Minister for Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has called for an end to the rising cases of rape and other forms of violence against women and girls in the country.

While condemning the act, she declared that further violent cases were unacceptable.

She, therefore, encouraged victims to speak out in order to end the scourge of violence against the female folks.

According to the Minister, perpetrators of violence against women should be named and shamed to serve as a deterrent to others.

Seven Arrested For Multiple Bank Robberies In Ondo And Ekiti

A file photo of Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba.

 

Police Operatives attached to the Special Tactical Squad have arrested a 7-man criminal gang that attacked and robbed three comm​ercial banks in the South-West States of Ondo and Ekiti between 2019 and 2020, killed innocent citizens including six (6) policemen and carted away several millions of naira.

According to a statement by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, investigation reveals that the dare-devil armed robbers – Tunbosun Ojo ‘m’ 42years, Ismaila Ojo ‘m’ 25years, Victor Oyeyemi ‘m’ 36years, Dele Ariyo ‘m’ 44years, Shola Oladimeji ‘m’ 50years, Olubodun Folayemi ‘m’ 44years and Adeniyi John ‘m’ 42 years – carried out the robbery of a commercial bank in Ile-oluji, Ondo State on 7th February, 2020 where four (4) policemen were killed. Similarly they were also involved in the robbery of a Microfinance Bank in Idanre, Ondo State in December, 2019 and a commercial bank at Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State where two policemen lost their lives.

Efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large and to recover other sophisticated weapons used in the operations.

In a similar vein, twenty-three (23) other suspects were also arrested by the Police operatives for their involvement in various crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal possession of prohibited firearms, car snatching at gun point, amongst other offences.

The following were recovered from the suspects: One (1) AK49 rifle, One (1) AK47 rifle, two (2) pump action guns, five (5) locally made guns, nineteen (19) locally made short guns, one hundred and twenty-five (125) cartridges, one hundred and forty-five (145) AK47 ammunition, locally fabricated explosives and a Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. LSR 490 GC. The suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.

Police Personnel At APC National Secretariat Strictly To Maintain Order – Frank Mba

Spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Frank Mba, has said that personnel of the NPF deployed to the National Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC), located at Blantyre Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, are there to maintain law and order.

Mr. Mba in a statement on Tuesday noted that the deployment is a proactive move by the Force to maintain peace and ensure there is no breakdown of law and order at the Secretariat.

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“The presence of police personnel at the Secretariat is not to seal-up the Complex as has been reported in some quarters but rather to prevent any untoward situation within and around the APC National Secretariat,” Mr. Mba stressed.

He further noted that members of the APC as-well-as staff of the secretariat are at liberty to conduct their legitimate businesses, in and around the secretariat as always.

Death Of Iranian General: IGP Places Policemen On Red Alert Nationwide

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has placed Police Commands and Formations nationwide on red alert.

This proactive measure follows Intelligence Report that sequel to the recent killing of an Iranian General, some domestic interests are planning to embark on massive public disturbances and sabotage.

Consequently, Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police have been directed to ensure maximum surveillance and security of lives and property across the nation.

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According to a communique by Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the police commanders have been directed to ensure strategic deployments of both overt and covert Police operatives to ensure adequate security and safety of citizens, foreigners especially diplomats and diplomatic missions domiciled in Nigeria as well as the protection of critical national assets.

Meanwhile, the IGP has assured all Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria of adequate security. He has equally warned all potential troublemakers to steer clear of the streets and territory of Nigeria.

Soldiers Killed Three Police Officers, One Civilian In Taraba – Force Spokesperson

 

The Nigeria police Force through its spokesman, DCP Frank Mba has said that soldiers killed three officers of the Force and a civilian in Taraba State.

In a statement on Wednesday, DCP Mba said that the three officers were killed while on investigative activities within the Ibi area of Taraba.

He said that the officers had gone to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu who was indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the State.

Mr Mba stated that the police operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) reportedly came under sudden attack and serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, along Ibi – Jalingo Road, as they were taking the arrested suspect, Alhaji Hamisu to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo.

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The police spokesman said the operatives were shot at severally by the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they are police personnel on legitimate duty.

“Three Policemen (comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants) and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds. The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run,” Mba said.

He further stressed that Alhaji Hamisu, is a notorious kidnap kingpin, who has been on the police wanted list for his complicity in several high-profile kidnap cases including the recent abduction of an Oil-Mogul in Taraba State wherein a ransom of about One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000) was paid.

According to the police spokesman, the IGP has ordered the AIG Medicals to proceed to Jalingo to ensure concerted efforts in the treatment of the injured police officers, adding that the remains of the deceased have been deposited in the morgue.

A full investigation into the incident has also been ordered by the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu.

Frank Mba Releases Phone Numbers Of Police Spokespersons Nationwide

 

Police Spokesman, Mr Frank Mba has released phone numbers of Police Public Relations Officers nationwide.

He said the list was released with a view to making Nigeria safer and more secure for economic development and growth.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force DCP Frank Mba stated that the publication of the phone numbers of Police Public Relations Officers became imperative so as “to create a safe and secure environment for everyone living in Nigeria.”

Below are the names and numbers of the Police PROs

DCP Frank Mba: 08038375844

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer FHQ Abuj: CSP Adeniran Aremu (08034727873)

O/C Public Complaint Bureau FHQ Abuja: CSP Ngozi Nkwoma (07056792065/08034050984)

ABIA STATE: DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna (08039148294)

Adamawa State: SP Othman Abubakar (08089671314, 08036245920)

Akwa Ibom State: SP Odiko Mcdon (08033380470)

Anambra: SP Haruna Mohammed (08060970639)

Bauchi: DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar (08034656568)

Bayelsa State: SP Butswat Asinim (08032789712/
08086642926)

Benue State: DSP Anene Sewuese Catherine (08032845555)

Cross River: DSP Irene Ugbo (08068559326)

Delta State: DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya (08130826008)

Enugu State: Amaraizu Ebere (08038829086/
08123822894)

Ebonyi State: DSP Odah Loveth (08036230968)

Edo State: DSP Chidi Nwabuzor (08033726625)

Ekiti: DSP Ogu Caleb Ikechukwu (08035998410)

FCT: DSP Anjugurijesse Manzah (08133379980)

Gombe: SP Obed Mary Malum (08036057828)

Imo State: SP Ikeoku Godson Orlando (07034714499)

Jigawa State: SP Jinjiri Abdu (08065670314/
08054384759)

Katsina State: SP Gambo Isa (08065737489, 08076666207)

Kaduna State: DSP Yakubu Sabo (08069298508)

Kogi: DSP William Ovye Aya: 08107899269

Kano State: DSP Abdulahi Haruna: 08105359575

Kebbi: DSP Mustapha Suleiman: 08035868719/08129134085

Kwara: DSP Ajayi Okasannmi Jeffrey: 08032365122/
08081763132

Lagos State: DSP Bala Elkana: 07063116303

Nasarawa: DSP Ismael Usman: 07031963217

Niger State: DSP Abubakar Daninna: 08064958740

Ogun State: DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi: 08123822910 08034241238

Oyo State: SP Fadeyi Olugbenga: 08035632410

Ondo State: DSP Femi Joseph: 08060159998

Osun State: SP Odoro Folashade (08035384448/
08075637757)

Plateau State: DSP Tyopev Mathias Terna (08063503207)

Rivers State: DSP Omoni Nnamdi (08033396538)

Sokoto: ASP Mohammed Sadiq (08065633038)

Borno State: ASP Usman Sadiq Usmobik (08039659139, 08020932351)

Taraba State: ASP David Misal (08067426392)

Yobe State: ASP Abdulmalik Abdulhafeez (08066947487)

Zamfara State: DSP Muhammed Shehu (08091914752)