IG orders 24-hour security for worship centres during Sallah

Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police at the state commands to provide 24-hour water-tight security across the country before, during and after the Sallah celebration.”

In a statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in Abuja on Wednesday, Abubakar directed all Commanders of Police Highway Patrol Teams  to ensure that motorised patrols on highways targeted at crime and accident prevention, are intensified to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful celebration.

“Policemen deployed on our highways have also been directed to render necessary assistance to travelers and road users, especially accident victims and those who might have suffered vehicular break down,” he added.

The IG further directed the CPs to personally ensure that key and vulnerable points, all places of worship, recreation centers, resorts and other public places are adequately and effectively protected, to enable worshipers and the general public to enjoy the Eid-el Kabir celebration.

Abubakar warned officers who would be deployed during the period, to ensure that they conduct themselves within the confines of the law.

“They must be firm but polite, civil and professional in the discharge of their assigned roles, giving due regard and respect to the fundamental human rights of citizens at all times,” he said.

UNIPORT killings: Police dismisses Sergeant

The Nigerian Police Force has dismissed a Sergeant identified as Lucky Orji, who was allegedly involved in the gruesome murder of four students of the University of Port-Harcourt, following the confessions of one of the arrested suspects who claimed that a police man was part of the mob.

The sergeant was dismissed for ordering the mob to kill the suspected students.

Mr. Frank Mba, the force Public Relations officer today, revealed to Channels TV on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily, named the dismissed Sergeant as Lucky Orji. He stated that the Nigerian Police Force has carried out their investigations and dismissed the ‘named’ sergeant.

According to Mr Mba, the Sergeant is among the 13 persons to be charged to court on Wednesday.

The dismissed police officer and anothet officer were alleged to have stumbled upon the angry mob beating the students, Mba said.

“The officers were not even sent to the scene, he went on his own, outside the code of conduct and professional ethics of the job” the force PRO added.

“One was professional to ask the mob to stop and the other asked them to continue.”

He said the fact that the police is prepared to prosecute the officer, is a measure of its resolve to put an end to all forms of impunity in the Nigerian Police

The PRO officer said mob attacks is not peculiar to Nigeria, “it’s something we must work together to review. Nigerians must not be quick to heap the blame on the police alone’’.

He insisted that, like every other agencies in the country, the police force is not exempted from persons with questionable characters.

“If you recruit an officer, the person carries the family value around. We need reorientation from the families and to the various worship centres.” “We must look at the content our mass media is dishing out, we have to review all this” Mba said.

The police spokesman noted that the dismissal is part of the internal cleansing in which the police force relieves culpable officers of their duties adding that they will be prosecuted.

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Ugochukwu Ozuah’s murder: IGP deploys ‘high-tech team’ to take over investigations

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.D Abubakar, has instructed a high-powered investigation team from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, to take-over the investigation of the murder case of Ugochukwu Ozuah.

The late Ugochukwu Ozuah (L) with his wife, five days before his gruesome murder.

The murder case was previously being investigated by the Lagos State Police Command.

In a press statement released on Thursday and signed by the Force PRO; Frank Mba, the IGP gave the assurance that “The Force will do everything humanly and operationally possible to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime are unmasked and eventually brought to book.”

He appealed to members of the public especially those who may have witnessed the crime, to come forward with useful information that could aid the Police in tracking the criminals.

The IGP also promised that the Special Investigating Team charged with the handling of this case will be releasing special dedicated phone lines for purposes of interaction with members of the public, as soon as they are on ground in Lagos.

He also used this medium to dispel rumors making rounds, especially on the social media that he had earlier made a definite statement concerning the incident.

“As a matter of fact, this is the first and the only statement so far made by either the IGP or the Force Headquarters on the subject matter. As the Chief Investigator of the nation, it is not in the character of the IGP to jump into hasty conclusions before initiating investigations.” The statement read.

36-year old Ozuah was alleged shot on September the 20th this year on the Gbagada expressway in Lagos by men believed to be officers of the Nigeria Police Force, an allegation the Force has denied, claiming the victim was shot by armed robbers who were passing along the expressway.


Police apprehend pipeline vandals in Kogi state

The Nigeria Police Force in its continued determination to ensure the protection of oil installations, especially NNPC pipelines across the country, on 8th and 9th September, 2012, at Agayin, Ajaokuta LGA of Kogi State, smashed a syndicate of NNPC pipeline vandals. A statement from the force deputy public relations officer, Frank Mba said.

This feat was recorded by the newly constituted IGP’s Special Taskforce on Anti Pipeline Vandalization headed by ACP F.T Ibadin, who working on information received on 7th September, 2012 from a good-spirited Nigerian, stormed Adogo village with officers and men of the Taskforce on 8th September, 2012 and dislodged the vandals.

The vandals, over-powered by the Police, took to their heels, abandoning Seventeen (17) trucks, majority of them already loaded with stolen petroleum products.  A Honda car, a Volkswagen Golf car, some offensive weapons and other equipment used by the suspects to siphon petroleum products from vandalized NNPC pipelines were also recovered. The Special Taskforce also arrested one Stephen Amana of Adogo village who confirmed to own one of the trucks.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, commended members of the Taskforce for their timely response which led to the recovery of the items and the arrest of the suspect.  He further stated that the Force will leave no stone unturned in forestalling further vandalisation of pipelines by hoodlums.

The IGP expressed his gratitude to the Governor and people of Kogi State for their cooperation and support before, during and after the operations. He stated that their information to the Police assisted in no small measure in the success of the Special Taskforce.

The IGP, while assuring Nigerians of the Police readiness to fulfill its constitutional mandate, appealed for a more cordial relationship between the Police and the public.



IGP orders 24-hour surveillance on all churches in Kogi

Following the attack and killing of worshippers in a Deeper Life Church in Okene on Monday, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar has ordered a 24-hour surveillance on all places of worship and other vulnerable areas in Okene and other parts of the state.

The Deputy Force Public Relations officer CSP Frank Mba who briefed journalists in Abuja on Tuesday added that the IGP has also ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force personnel from other Squadrons to beef up the security arrangement in Kogi state.

The IGP also appealed for calm, promising that the perpetrators of the crime will certainly not go unpunished.

He advised the general public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the police or any security agency.

$620,000 bribery scandal:Investigations will be completed in two weeks- Force PRO

The ongoing investigation on the bribery scandal involving the former chairman, House Commitee on Fuel Subsidy Probe, Farouk Lawan, and oil magnate, Femi Otedola will come to a close in two weeks.

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, told Punch Newspaper that the Special Task Force handling the matter was close to concluding its investigations.

Though he declined to give a definite date when the STF would wrap up its probe, Mba gave assurances that the team had been connecting the missing links in the bribery scandal and would soon present its final report to the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation for further action.

He said, “The police were not under any pressure to drop the case as people have been insinuating. The STF is close to completing its investigations and in a couple of weeks, say two to three weeks, the team would conclude investigations.”

Asked if the police had received from the State Security Service the video of the purported sting operation it carried out against Lawan and Boniface Emenalo, Mba said the police had all they needed on the case.

It will be recalled that Chairman of Zenon Gas and Oil, Femi Otedola blew the whistle on the former chairman of the House Commitee on Fuel Subsidy Probe, Farouk Lawan alleging that he requested the sum of $3 million to delist the name of his (Otedola) company from the list of indicted companies in the subsidy probe.

Otedola claims it was a sting operation involving the State Security Service. He also claims there is a video evidence to prove that Farouk has collected part of the agreed sum.


Edo election: Four officials die in boat mishap

Three policemen, two inspectors and a constable and an ad-hoc official of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday died while transporting election materials to Ologbo, a suburb of Benin City, Edo State.

PUNCH Newspaper quoted the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Olufemi Adenaike, as saying “two inspectors and one constable died; two policemen and one prison official survived.

“One INEC official also died. Only the body of an inspector has been recovered.”

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, also confirmed the development.

$3million bribery: Farouk Lawan in police custody

The Chairman, House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on the investigation of the fuel subsidy regime, Farouk Lawan, has reported at the Louis Edet House, headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Deputy Force public relations officer, Frank Mba confirmed this to Channels television in a phone interview, stating that the lawmaker is with the Special Task Force team, where he will be spending the night.

Mba added that the lawmaker is currently undergoing interrogations with police investigators, he however did not specify when the interrogation will end and if the police will detain the lawmaker in their custody.

The police Special Task Force team is said to have given the lawmaker an ultimatum to appear before it today or risk being declared wanted.