Sex Toy Shop Assault: Our Investigation Will Be Holistic – Police


The Public Relations Officer (PRO) Nigeria Police Force, Frank Mba says they have commenced a holistic investigation into the case of assault of a woman at a sex toy shop by Senator Abbo Elisha.

Mba in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday said the investigation will include forensic analysis of the video and highlight of the Senator’s actions.

“We have commenced investigations into the incident, our investigation will be holistic. We are looking at every facet of that incident. We will carry out a forensic analysis of the video.

“We will look at the conduct of the Senator. We will also look at the actions and inactions of the policeman that was in that video,” he said.


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Mba also added that the investigation will be carried out promptly noting that “justice delayed is justice denied.”

“Nigerians should rest assured that we will not only be professional, but we will also be fair, just and ensure that the right thing is done promptly,” he added.

The CCTV footage of Senator Abbo beating a woman who tried to prevent him from assaulting another woman sparked outrage on Tuesday after it was published by Premium Times. Many Nigerians condemned his action and called for his prosecution, urging the Senate to also discipline him.

Senator Abbo later confirmed to Channels Television that he is indeed the man in the video and that he would release an official statement in reaction to the assault video.

Representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Abbo later apologised to Nigerians, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and women, in general, saying he is sorry for his action.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) M.A Adamu has however ordered a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the case.

Specifically, the IGP directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, CP Bala Ciroma to provide a personal and round-the-clock supervision of every facet of the investigation including the forensic analysis of the video currently in circulation as well as the actions and inactions of the policeman seen in the video footage.

Police Parade 38 Suspected Kidnappers, Armed Robbers And Cattle Rustlers

The suspects


Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder have paraded 38 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers for various criminal activities.

Among the suspects is a nursing mother suspected to be involved in high-level kidnapping and car snatching in various parts of the north and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Parading them in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba said the other members of the kidnap gang that abducted the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education commission along Kaduna Abuja high-way are among the 38 suspects

“Operatives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), as well as Operatives from the Special Tactical Squad (STS) who are integral and very important components of the Operation Puff Adder scheme within this period, were able to arrest 38 suspects, one of them a female.

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“All of these persons that we are presenting to you today have been positively been indicted by our investigations in one way or the other, in various crimes particularly in kidnapping, armed robbery, crime theft, cattle rustling, unlawful possession of firearms, illicit manufacturing and fabrication of weapons, attempts to commit culpable homicide and in some clear cases actual homicide,” he stated.

Mba also explained that the police succeeded in intercepting 28 trucks loaded with grains meant to be delivered to bandits in Zamfara State.

12 Tips For Surviving In The Hands Of Kidnappers

A kidnap victim. Credit: Frank Mba.


There is a disturbing rise in kidnapping across Nigeria and this calls for very serious concern.

It is not certain that the observance of all precautionary measures known to us can stop individuals from being kidnapped.

Hence, in the unlikely event that one gets kidnapped, surviving the ordeal should be the next course of action.

Below are 12 tips for surviving in the hands of kidnappers, as advised by Mr. Frank Mba, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

1. Take a deep breath

Assure yourself that you will certainly come back alive. Note that the first few minutes of abduction or kidnapping is the most critical and hostile period. At this stage, the kidnappers are also afraid for their lives. Failure on their part means they could be arrested and prosecuted. They are therefore jittery and any suspicious move by you could make them pull the trigger at you.

2. Cooperate

Having tried to avoid the kidnap situation and failing, the most important option should be to cooperate as unplanned attempt to escape may become too risky.

3. No facial contact

Avoid openly making any facial contact with the kidnappers, but try and memorize their description, if you get the opportunity to view them without endangering your life.

4. Be observant

Keep a mental note of the landmark especially the shops, supermarket, fuel stations, buildings around the area the kidnappers are taking you to if you are not blindfolded by your captors.

5. Obedience is better

Obey all instructions from the kidnappers and avoid any unnecessary argument with them.

6. Provocation leads to death

Avoid behaviors or attitude that will provoke the kidnappers.

7. Listen!

Listen to their conversation and keep a mental note of the details about their names, accent, slangs and other information about the abductors to assist the police in the investigation after your rescue.

8. Nag less

Try to avoid too much complaint so they do not get tired of you and kill you.

9. Stay healthy

Try to stay healthy. Avoid anything that will make you sustain a physical injury as getting medical attention might be difficult. More so, as you do not know how soon you will be rescued or freed.

10. Play the game, win their trust

Gradually try to win the kidnappers trust. Try playing mind games with them especially with any of them you consider less hardened. For instance show empathy to the kidnappers even if you are acting it. If for example, they claim they were driven into kidnapping for reason of unemployment, tell them you understand and blame someone else for not providing them a decent job. You may try talking them into pitying you or putting yourself in any of their relatives’ shoes.

11. Duck! Take Cover!!

During Police rescue operation, lie on the floor to prevent stray bullet from hitting you. Identify yourself to the rescuers as soon as it is safe to do so.

12. Have an escape plan

Plan your escape only if it is absolutely safe to do so. This should be your last resort and remember, there is no escape plan that is absolutely risk-free.

Police Uncover Plots By Subversive Elements To Attack Oil Facilities

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The Nigeria Police says it has uncovered plots by some people posing as climate and environmental activists to commence coordinated attacks on oil installations across the country especially in the Niger-Delta region.

According to a statement by the force spokesman DCP Frank Mba, these plots which are politically motivated, are aimed at sabotaging oil installations with intended negative consequences on national security and economic development.

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Mr Mba says the Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu has ordered commissioners of police nationwide, and particularly in designated states to intensify their surveillance missions around oil facilities and other critical national infrastructure.

The police chief also warned persons or group of persons who may want to resort to use of violence of dire consequences as the force will not hesitate to bring them to book.

You Can Request To Search A Policeman Before He Searches You – Frank Mba


Police spokesman, Frank Mba has said that Nigerians have the right to search policemen in certain situations when the officers are about to carry out inspections.

Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer made this disclosure in a statement on Monday.

Mba said in a bit to allay fears, a person can politely request to search an officer before he or she is being searched.

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According to Mba’s statement, individuals also have the right to demand to know the reason for their arrest whenever an arrest is about to be made.

Below are tweets of the Force spokesman’s statement titled “(Part 2) Tips For Safe And Cordial Conduct During An Arrest”.

Police Arrest Senator Adeleke Over Alleged Certificate Forgery

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A file photo of Senator Ademola Adeleke


Senator Ademola Adeleke has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force. 

The lawmaker was taken into custody on the evening of Monday, May 6.

Adeleke’s arrest was affirmed by the force spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba.

He said: “Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening of today 6th May 2019 in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person.

“Meanwhile, in the best tradition of natural justice and fair hearing, he has already been served with the relevant charge sheet containing his alleged offences in the presence of his Attorneys. He will be arraigned in a competent court of law tomorrow, 7th May 2019.”

However, the Ademola Adeleke Governorship Campaign Organisation had a slightly different report regarding the lawmaker’s arrest.

The Senator’s campaign organisation claimed that the police detained the parliamentarian on old trumped up charges of certificate and testimonial forgery.

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In their statement on Monday, the organisation faulted the arrest especially on the basis that it is coming after the school principal and school authority had through affidavits “denied any forgery and owned up to the school testimonial issued to Senator Adeleke”.

According to the statement, Senator Adeleke had this morning honoured police invitation at the force headquarters, Abuja.

On arrival at the force headquarters at 9am, the communique state that the lawmaker was not attended to until later noon when he was informed of fresh charges of testimonial forgery.

It further stated that the Senator was taken to Maitama Police station with a plan to arraign him on Tuesday at an undisclosed Magistrate court.

The statement partly reads, “We alert the world to the systematic harassment and victimization of Senator Adeleke over his pursuit of the retrieval of the governorship mandate freely conferred on him by the people of Osun state. A tribunal has declared him duly elected and a ruling on the appeal is pending. Yet, the police in connivance with the appellants have decided to unjustly incarcerate and raised trumped up charges which have been clarified by relevant authorities.

“The Principal of the secondary school attended by Senator Adeleke testified through an affidavit before Bwari High Court that the school indeed issued the testimonial. WAEC equally testified that the Senator sat for the examination. For the Police to revive this old clarified issue confirms political vendetta.

“We call for urgent intervention of well-meaning Nigerians to stop this emerging rape of democracy. The case for which the Police is acting is subjudice. It is sad to note that the Police appears to have become a tool in the hands of enemies of rule of law.”

The Ademola Adeleke Governorship Campaign Organisation urged its supporters to remain calm, stressing that justice shall prevail on the lawmaker’s case.

Easter Celebration: IGP Directs State Commands To Deploy Adequate Security

Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu before the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs on March 26, 2019.


The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed Assistant Inspector Generals of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in Zonal and State Commands across the country to deploy adequate security to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Easter celebration.

The police boss in a signed statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, enjoined officers to conduct themselves in the most professional manner.

“The Inspector General of Police, Ag IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has directed Assistant Inspector Generals of Police and Commissioners of Police in Zonal and State Commands across the country to deploy adequate intelligence, human and operational assets of the Force to ensure intensified routine patrols and protection of vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including major highways, places of worship, residential areas, recreation centres, motor parks, financial institutions, Government/Private Infrastructures and all places of public resort.”

He also directed that officers and men of the force conduct themselves in the “most professional manner in line with extant laws and standard best practices before, during and after the festival.”

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The police boss, tasked Christians to emulate the selfless lifestyle of Christ as they celebrate his remembrance.

“The IGP has tasked Christians nationwide to emulate and adopt the selfless lifestyle of Christ as they join other Christians around the globe to celebrate the remembrance of the victorious death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as price for the redemption of mankind.”

He also sued for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians irrespective of their religious, political and socio-cultural leaning in consonance with the principles and teachings of Christ.

IGP Orders Personnel To ‘Deal Decisively’ With Bandits In Katsina

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The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered men of the Police Special Forces and other Tactical Units, to deal decisively with armed bandits and other violent criminal elements he stated are not insurmountable.

The IGP made the demand while addressing operatives at the Katsina Police Command Headquarters on Wednesday.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, quoted the IGP, admitting to the security challenges facing the country and vowed to do everything possible to end the menace.

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Accordingly, the IGP paid a courtesy visit to the state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, to seek more support in the fight against criminals and armed bandits.

The Governor, represented by his Deputy,  Mannir Yakubu, however, pledged his full support to ‘Operation Puff Adder’ and made a donation of 12 vans to the Police as support for the mission.

Okota Violence: Two Arrested, Others Declared Wanted, Says Force PRO

Force PRO, Frank Mba


The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, says the police have arrested two persons and declared two wanted in connection with the violence that marred some polling units in the Okota area of Lagos State during the presidential election.

He made this known on Friday while appearing on The Verdict, Channels Television’s special broadcast on the elections coverage.

“The incident that happened at Ago-Okota is currently under investigation. Until that investigation is concluded conclusively, I may not be able to speak much on it.

“I can also tell you that there are two persons that are in our custody. And there are some other persons who are also currently on our wanted list in relation to what transpired at Ago-Akota,” he stated.

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The Okota violence which occurred on February 23 disrupted the voting process as electoral materials were destroyed while voters scampered for safety.

In the videos that trended on the social media, a policeman was seen rather helpless as hoodlums had a field day with the ballot boxes at a polling unit in Ago Place way.

But reacting to the role of the police officer, Mba called on Nigerians to see the positive side of the development.

In doing that, he urged the masses to applaud what he described as the professionalism of the said policeman.

“Of the policeman that you saw resisting the attempts by the hoodlums to disrupt the electoral process, I think there are positives out of it and we should be focusing on those positives rather than look at things from the negative perspectives.

“You could see that police officer standing his ground. And I think such police officers should be singled out and described as heroes of democracy rather than us always looking at negatives. We should look at the positives. We should applaud that police officer,” he stated.

Police Arrest Three Masterminds Behind Attack On DCP Kola Okunola



The Nigeria Police has apprehended three masterminds behind an attack on Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Kola Okunola in Twon-Brass, Bayelsa State, on Sunday, February 24. 

According to a statement by its spokesman, ACP Frank Mba, the prime suspect (Hon Israel Sunny Gioli ) was arrested in “his hideout somewhere in Abuja” on Friday.

Two others arrested in connection with the incident include Tamarapreye Victor and Azi Newton; both men aged 34.

ACP Mba noted in his statement that Hon Israel Sunny Gioli is a candidate of one of the major political parties in the House of Representatives Elections in Brass Constituency, Bayelsa State.

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Mba added that Gioli’s arrest was in line with a directive by the acting Inspector General of Police, AG. IGP Mohammed Adamu, for the “immediate arrest, comprehensive investigation and diligent prosecution of all persons involved in the incident on Sunday”.

The police spokesman informed that efforts are ongoing to apprehend other members of the gang involved in the “unwholesome” attack on the officer.

The police urged members of the public to conduct themselves in the most appropriate manner, even as the nation goes into the Governorship/House of Assembly Elections slated for Saturday, March 9.

General Election: IGP Orders Water-Tight Security Around INEC Offices

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Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu.


The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered a comprehensive water-tight and round-the-clock security for all INEC offices and facilities nationwide.

According to a statement by a police spokesman, Frank Mba, the Command Commissioners of Police in the thirty six states of the Federation and FCT have been directed to put in place adequate, functional and purposeful security arrangements aimed at protecting all INEC offices and materials from all forms of crimes and mischief- before, during and after the elections.

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Mba said Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) have also been mandated to monitor compliance level of Commands under their jurisdiction with this directive, and ensure that no breach of security of any kind occurs within and around INEC facilities under their watch. The order takes immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police has assured Nigerians of the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force to deliver on its mandate of providing a safe and enabling environment for the conduct of the general election.

According to Mba’s statement on Sunday, the IGP said the Force remains committed to providing a level playing field for all political actors while remaining professional and apolitical in the discharge of its responsibilities.

Why Special Election Investigation Team Was Instituted – Police


The Nigeria Police Force Wednesday said it has set up a Special Election Investigation Team to look into all electoral offences, evens as the polls draw closer. 

ACP Frank Mba, police spokesman made this know Wednesday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Mba said the Special Election Investigation Team (SEIT) is just an Adhoc investigation team.

“Its mandate is a very narrow mandate, it’s going to be focused exclusively on electoral offences, offences that we anticipate may be committed in the run up to the elections, during the elections or post the elections,” Mba noted.

He further informed that the SEIT will be disbanded as soon as the elections are over.

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The police PRO said the reason the team was set up is to ensure effectiveness in the handling, investigations, processing and prosecution of offences that might be committed during the elections.

Mba said while the force hopes that Nigerians do not commit offences during the elections, it is imperative that the police is “forward thinking and strategic”.

He said the team will be domiciled under the control of the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the force investigation and intelligence department.

The police image maker noted that the team will work in partnership with the legal department of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).