IGP Orders Detention Of Police Officers For Raiding Edwin Clark’s House

IGP Orders Additional Deployment Of Police Personnel In North East
IGP Ibrahim Idris

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has reacted to the raid of the Abuja residence of elder statesman Edwin Clark, ordering the arrest of the police officers involved.

The IGP in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said he is not aware of the raid of Clark’s residence.

According to the statement, the IGP has therefore ordered the detention of the police officers involved in the raid.

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“The Force wishes to categorically state that, the Inspector General of Police is not aware and did not order the raid of the residence of the Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark as claimed.

“Consequently, the Inspector General of Police has directed the detention and investigation of the four personnel and the informant involved.

“The outcome of the investigation will definitely be made public,” the statement read in part.

He added that the Nigeria Police Force will not condone misconduct by any of its personnel that can run contrary to the rule of law.

Elder statesman, Edwin Clark earlier today threatened to take legal action over the raid of his home by policemen.

The police officers on Tuesday stormed his residence in Abuja, with a warrant to search for weapons.

New FCT Police Commissioner Pledges Effective Security

FCT Police, Abuja, Musa KimoThe newly appointed Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Musa Kimo, has assured residents of Nigeria’s capital of effective security.

Mr Kimo stated his willingness to partner with well-meaning individuals, groups and security agencies in securing Abuja and its environs.

Speaking shortly after taking over the affairs of the FCT Command from the immediate past Commissioner of Police, Kimo noted that the Police under his watch would be professional, fair, just and God-fearing in the discharge of their duties.

He commended his predecessor, Mr Mohammed Mustafa, for the role he played in maintaining security within and around the FCT.

The new FCT Police Commissioner promised to sustain the legacies he met, in line with the vision and mandate of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris.

Police Deny Reported Closure Of Ondo Assembly

Police Denies Reported Closure Of Ondo AssemblyThe Police have condemned reports in the media that it has ordered the closure of the Ondo State House of Assembly complex.

A statement from the Force Headquarters, signed by the Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, described the report as misleading and malicious.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a report on page 40 of the Nation Newspaper of 7th February, 2017 credited to one Damisi Ojo captioned “IG Orders Closure of Ondo Assembly”

“The report was misleading, malicious and capable of misinforming members of the public on the statutory roles of the Nigeria Police Force to restore law and order, and guarantee the protection of lives and property throughout the country.

“The story is absolutely a shadowy imagination of the writer and should be disregarded.

“It is pertinent to state that there was no time that the Inspector General of Police ordered the closure of Ondo State House of Assembly as alleged by the writer.

“It is suffice to state that on the 30th January, 2017, there was a report of pandemonium, confusion and disorder in the Ondo State House of Assembly as a result of fracas between two (2) factions who are honourable members of the Assembly over purported change of leadership of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

“Police personnel from Ondo State Police Command were promptly deployed by the Commissioner of Police Ondo State to restore normalcy and prevent total breakdown of law and order in the Ondo State House of Assembly and the attendant anarchy and chaos that may occur in Akure town and other parts of the State.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it is imperative to remind the writer and members of the public who might have read the story that, Part II S.4 of Police Act and Regulations among other things states that: ‘The Police shall be employed for the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property…’

“Therefore, the deployment of Police personnel to restore normalcy and prevent further breakdown of law and order in Ondo State House of Assembly was in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ondo State is in charge of all operations of the Police in the State and does not need to wait for the order of the Inspector General of Police before taking appropriate action in ensuring law and order and protection of life and property.

“The Police personnel deployed at the House of Assembly complex in Ondo State are to maintain law and order and not to close down the Assembly. They are under instructions to be civil, firm and strict in the discharge of their duties.

“To this end, the Nigeria Police Force wishes to assure the media of its support and cooperation to ensure crime free society and credible reportage. The print media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed newspapers to be used by mischievous persons to publish story that are capable of causing disaffections.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris will not be distracted or deterred from carrying out his statutory responsibilities for the benefit of good people of Ondo State and all Nigerians.”

Rivers Rerun: Court Didn’t Stop Us From Probing Violence – Police

INECThe Nigeria Police Force has stated that there is no court order preventing it from investigating the alleged violence that occurred during the legislative rerun election in Rivers State.

A statement by the Force’s spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, also affirmed that there was no directive stopping the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, from performing his statutory duties under the law.

Contrary to a report in the media, the Police maintained that the court said the force had the option to either continue with its investigation or not, pending the determination of the suit.

They added that the case was consequently adjourned to February 10, 2017.

The Police urged Nigerians to disregard the caption posted by news platform which they said was misleading, insisting that IGP Idris is committed to riding Nigeria of all forms of criminality within the ambit of the law.

What Transpired In Court

The Police statement reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to an online/social media publication by Breaking Times on January 31, 2017 captioned ‘HIGH COURT STOPS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE FROM PROBING RIVERS STATE RE-RUN VIOLENCE’.

“The said publication, which is in respect of an ongoing Civil Suit NO. FHC/ABJ/CS/13/2017 between the Governor of Rivers State (Mr Nyesom Wike) and the Inspector General of Police, pending at the Federal High Court Abuja, purportedly claimed that ‘the Federal High Court has asked the Inspector General of Police to maintain status quo in the investigation of the violence that rocked Rivers State during the Re-Run Legislative Election on December 10, 2016’ among others.

“It is however, pertinent to make the following clarifications in order to keep the general public informed of what transpired in court on January 30, 2017 when the case came up for hearing:
a. That counsel to the Inspector General of Police raised a preliminary objective to the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the motion,
b. That the counsel to the Governor of Rivers State informed the court that the needed time respond to both the counter affidavit and the preliminary objection.

“The court, however observed that the Nigeria Police Force has the option to either continue with their investigation or not, pending the determination of the suit. The case was then adjourned to February 10, 2017.

A Misleading Caption

“In the light of the above, it is very clear that the Federal High Court has not in any way stopped the Nigeria Police Force from investigating the alleged violence during the said rerun election in Rivers State. In this regard, no order was given by the court stopping the Inspector General of Police from performing his statutory duties under the law.

“Consequently, the caption posted by Breaking Times is misleading and should be disregarded by the public. A careful perusal of the full content of the said publication reveals the true outcome of the Justice Kolawole’s ruling. It only goes to show that the motive behind such a caption is to draw attention of the public.

“The Inspector General of Police wishes to restate his unalloyed commitment to rid the country of all forms of criminality bearing in mind the obligation of the Force within the ambit of the law.”

IGP Idris Seeks More Funding For Police

Police, Ibrahim Idris, IGPThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has called for an upward review of the budgetary provision of the Nigeria Police Force.

He made the appeal on Wednesday at a meeting with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Idris stressed the need for more funding if the issues of insecurity and other social vices in the country were to be addressed.

The Chairman of the committee, Representative Haliru Jika, assured the police chief that the lawmakers would look into the matter.

Meanwhile, some other committees of the House such as that of the Navy and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) also held meetings with officials of the agencies.

The Acting Managing Director of FERMA, Peter Ibu, received the lawmakers who were led by Representative Jerry Alagboso at the agency’s headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory.

The House Committee on Navy also met with officers of the Nigerian Navy who were led by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, at the National Assembly.

The meetings appear to be part of the lawmakers’ efforts to assess the performance of the 2016 budget, even as they prepare to commence work on the 2017 budget.

Wike Condoles With Police Over Demise Of Rivers CP

Francis Odesanya, Police, Nyesom WikeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described his feeling as that of shock on receiving the news of the death of Rivers State’s Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanya.

The Governor condoled with the Police High Command, officers and men of the Rivers State Police Command over the death of the Police Commissioner.

He prayed God to grant the family of the departed the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Mr Odesanya’s death was announced by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, in a statement signed by the spokesman for the Police, CSP Jimoh Moshood.

He passed on at Sterling Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India at the age of 56 after a brief illness.

The late Commissioner of Police was enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the ranks.

Rivers State Commissioner Of Police Dies At 56

Rivers State Commissioner Of Police Dies At 56The Rivers State Police Commissioner, CP. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, has died at the age of 56 years after a brief illness.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, announced this in a statement signed by newly appointed Police PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood on Tuesday.

The late Commissioner of Police passed on at Sterling Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India.

He was enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the rank.

He served as Deputy Commissioner of Police Department of Operations and that of Finance and Administration in Rivers State before he was promoted and posted as Commissioner of Police Rivers State Police Command on July 20, 2016, the position he held until his sudden demise on January 31, 2017.

“The Inspector General of Police and his management team, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to commiserate with the Odesanya family of Ikenne town, Ogun State, the Government and good people of Ogun State on the demise and passage unto glory of their illustrious son, CP. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya.

“May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and the good Lord grant his family and the Government and good people of Ogun State the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, a condolence register has been opened at the reception of the Force Headquarters and Rivers State Police Command headquarters, Port Harcourt for the personnel of the Force and members of the public to append their condolence messages.

Burial arrangements will be announced after consultation with the family.

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:

THE INAUGURATION OF JOINT PANEL ON THE 10TH DECEMBER, 2016 RIVERS STATE RE-RUN ELECTIONS
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.

Police Launch Eminent Persons’ Forum In Osun

Police, Osun, Eminent Persons' Forum As part of measures to reduce crime across Nigeria, the Nigeria Police has launched the ‘Eminent Persons and Stakeholders’ Forum in Osun State.

The police said security of lives and property must be taken as the business of every individual and not of security personnel alone.

The Assistant Inspector of Police in charge of Zone 11, Dan Bature, conducted the inauguration on Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He stressed the need for a cordial relationship between the police and members of the society, saying it is imperative for the enhancement of security.

Highlighting the purpose of the forum, Mr Bature noted that new trends of crime were experienced across the country.

On his part, the ‎Commissioner of Police in the state, Simian Adeoye, explained that the inauguration was in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

He advocated the support and cooperation of every stakeholder towards ensuring proactive and effective policing in the state.

Stakeholders at the event, Samson Adewole and DIG Adeoye Adedayo (rtd), urged the residents to see the security of lives and property as a collective responsibility.

The police have launched similar forum in different states, as a strategy to maintain peace and secure lives and property of residents of different communities.

FG Restates Support For Police To Fight Criminals

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria, PoliceThe Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to support the Nigeria Police Force in tackling the menace of criminals in the country.

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, made this known while laying the foundation of the Police Crime and Incident Data Base Centre in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Professor Osinbajo challenged the police to step up the fight against criminals, saying the government remains committed to reducing crime to its barest minimum.

He also expressed government’s preparedness to build a police force that the international community would look up to, adding that the necessary equipment and welfare packages would be provided for staff of the force.

On their parts, the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, and the Project Consultant, Mr Kenneth Ekeke, explained the benefits of the centre.

They sated that the centre, when completed, would provide digital crime fighting facilities and accessibility to a one-stop data bank aimed at professionally profiling criminal elements with a view to changing the phase of crime data management in the Police Force.