Police Chief Tasks Personnel On ‘A Safe Nigeria’

Police, Solomon AraseThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has tasked officials of the Nigeria Police Force to redouble their efforts in ensuring ‘a safe Nigeria’.

IGP Arase made the call on Monday while commissioning the Commissioner’s quarters and the Police Officers’ Mess in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He told the officials that Nigeria would gain a lot from a well-motivated Police force.

The Police boss promised a boost that would enable the workers perform their duties optimally.

He reiterated that their welfare remained a top priority of his administration.

Senate Orders Service Chiefs To Probe Enugu Killing

Senate-EnuguThe Nigerian Senate has directed security agencies to immediately conduct a thorough investigation into the attack on Nimbo community in Enugu State and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The lawmakers condemned Monday’s attack on a community in Enugu State where suspected herdsmen killed a yet to be determined number of people and burnt buildings.

At the floor of the Senate on Thursday in Abuja, the legislators observed a minute silence to honour the Nigerians killed in Nimbo and other communities by suspected herdsmen.

After a debate, they set up a committee with representatives from each geopolitical zone to meet urgently and proffer solutions to the problem.

The Senate also resolved to invite security chiefs to brief the Upper Chamber on the movement of fleeing terrorists, to ensure that measures were put in place to forestall a spread of terrorist activities across Nigeria.

President Buhari had in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

He instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.

Okorocha Condemns Enugu Herdsmen Attacks, Tasks FG On Justice

Rochas Okorocha on Enugu Herdsmen killingsGovernor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has condemned in strong terms the recent attack on residents of some rural communities in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria.

The Imo State Governor described the act perpetrated by some group of unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen as ‘very barbaric and unfortunate’.

At a meeting with some traditional rulers on Wednesday in Owerri the state capital, he said that the recent attack in Enugu State was inhumane and totally unacceptable.

Peaceful Coexistence

The Governor urged the Federal Government through the security operatives, to immediately bring the perpetrators of such evil act to book.

He appealed to the traditional rulers in all the communities in Imo State and southeast Nigeria to take absolute control of security in their various autonomous communities.

Governor Rochas Okorocha also tasked them to ensure peaceful coexistence between their people and residents from other areas, adding that Nigeria presently needed absolute peace in the face of its several challenges.

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Herdsmen have also caused agony and tears at different other communities in Nigeria

Expressing optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would tackle the present security challenges caused by the herdsmen, he called on the people of Enugu State and the entire Southeast region to remain calm, as drastic measures were being taken to curb the killings.

President Buhari had in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

He instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.

Buhari Promises To Fish Out Herdsmen Attacking Communities

Herdsmen-Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of the country.

This follows the continued reports of attacks by herdsmen on communities across Nigeria, particularly Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State.

According to a statement by President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

‘A Priority’

President Buhari had instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.

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Mr Solomon Arase said prolification of weapons had occured after the-Middle-East crisis

Acting on the President’s directive, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and heads of other security agencies are already taking urgent steps to fully investigate the attacks, apprehend and bring the perpetrators to justice.

New Threat To Collective Security

The IGP, Mr Solomon Arase, the General Officer Commanding the 82nd Division of the Nigerian Army, and the Director of the Department of State Services in Enugu State have visited Ukapbi Nimbo to personally oversee investigations into the attack on the community and on-going efforts to apprehend the culprits.

President Buhari is also scheduled to meet with the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, later on Wednesday to receive further briefing on the attack on the community and discuss additional measures to forestall similar attacks and restore public confidence.

He urged Nigerians to remain calm and assured them of his administration’s readiness to deploy all required personnel and resources to remove this new threat to the collective security of the nation.

Police Hold Crucial Meeting With Security Stakeholders In Delta

Solomon Arase Police BossThe police in a meeting with security stakeholders in Delta State, south-south Nigeria, said it would partner with the civil society and other security stakeholders to checkmate crime.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, gave the indication for the partnership on Wednesday during an interactive session with members of the PPRC, vigilante groups, traders and other stakeholders in Delta State.

He appreciated the efforts of the different security bodies in fighting crime, where they expressed themselves on some of the challenges faced while trying to carry out the onerous task of crime prevention.

Addressing the men of the Delta State Police Command, the Mr Arase commended his men for their hard work and dedication in carrying out their duties, stressing the importance of community policing.

On the clashes between cattle herdsmen and farmers in various communities in Delta State, he said that caution must be applied to avoid making mistakes.

IGP Urges Police To Assemble Evidence Before Detaining Suspects

PoliceThe Inspector General of Police (IGP) has urged Police personnel to always assemble evidence before putting suspects behind bars in order not to deny them their rights.

IGP Solomon Arase made the appeal on Thursday during a one-day working visit to the Kwara State Police Command in Nigeria’s southwest region.

The Police boss stressed the need for the Police to ensure that enough evidences were assembled before effecting the detention of any suspect.

He stated that by international best practices, they are expected to distinguish between criminal, civil as well as commercial cases in order not to fall prey of the public who might want to deal with innocent persons using the Police.

He asked them to have good relationship with various communities and advocated monthly meetings between the Police and their host communities to iron out differences and also to get information that would be useful in combating crime.

 

In his response, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, enumerated various challenges being faced in the command.

Some of the challenges include shortage of manpower of at least 3,000 policemen as well as insufficient equipment such as armoured personnel carriers and ammunition among others.

During an interactive session, some of the policemen pleaded with their boss to help promote them as some of them have been on one rank for years.

Some others want the boss to correct the imbalance in posting for peacekeeping operations.

IGP Arase, who said that he has no power to promote, however, gave them their next ranking in the acting capacity pending confirmation from the Nigerian Police Council.

IGP Orders Psychological Evaluation Of Officers Bearing Firearms

ekiti driversThe Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase,  has ordered all Police officers bearing firearms in the performance of official duties be subjected to psychological test and evaluation.

This, according to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, is to ensure that they are mentally and emotionally fit to perform their duties.

He noted that the exercise is aimed at eliminating cases of irregularities in handling of weapons by Policemen, as well as protecting the public whom the Police has the constitutional duty to serve, and not to continue killing innocent and law-abiding citizens.

The IGP disclosed that the central purpose of this exercise is to offer mental health recommendations that can help restore an officer to job fitness and deploy such Policeman to appropriate section he/she is fit to work.

“IGP Arase has, therefore, directed all Police medical doctors across the nation to conduct psychological test on all Policemen bearing firearms in their respective Commands, every three months, noting that if any Police officer has a psychological condition or impairment unattended, it will impact negatively on the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force”, the statement added.

Information Minister Asks Police To Occupy Liberated Northeast Zones

PoliceThe Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has asked the Police to occupy and protect liberated territories in Nigeria’s northeast.

The Minister made the statement on Tuesday during a working visit to the Police Headquarters in Abuja, the oil-rich nation’s capital.

He appealed to the Police High Command to make use of its large network and investigative capacity to protect soft targets being attacked by Boko Haram terrorists.

Mr Mohammed emphasised that it was important for Nigerians to support the war against terrorism, saying it was not a war meant for security agencies alone.

He stressed the need for effective collaboration to wipe out the decimated Boko Haram militants.

Responding to the Minister’s call, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, assured Mr Mohammed that the Police would cooperate with the Ministry of Information and Culture.

He said the synergy between the Police and other stakeholders was expedient in view of the current national security challenges.

Mr Arase also pledged to enthrone a technology and intelligence-led policing to enable residents in the northeast sleep with their two eyes closed.

Boko Haram has carried out series of attacks in the northeast, taking hold of some communities which they later lost to the military that had intensified counter-terrorism operations in the region.

They are attempting to establish an Islamic State and end Western education in the region.

Court Grants Haliru Bello And Son Bail

Haliru BelloA Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Haliru Bello and his son, Abba Bello.

The bail is in the sum of 300 million naira each and two sureties each.

One of each of the sureties must be a civil servant not below Level 12 in the civil service while the other must be owner of landed properties in Abuja.

The accused persons are also to deposit their travel documents with the court.

The trial judge ordered that his orders as to their remand at the last adjournment was still in place pending when they meet their bail condition.

The trial judge had ordered that his co-accused and son be remanded in Kuje Prisons pending the determination of his bail application. The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, was also asked to supervise the stay of the former National Chairman of the PDP, Haliru Bello, at the Abuja clinics.

The former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his son and their company, Bam Ventures, pleaded not guilty to a 4-count charge of money laundering brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Haliru Bello, who arrived in an ambulance and wheeled into the court room alongside his son were accused of receiving the sum of 300 million Naira from the immediate past National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, for political campaigns.

Court Asks IGP To Monitor Haliru Bello At Abuja Clinics

haliruThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has been asked to supervise the stay of the former National Chairman of the PDP, Haliru Bello, at the Abuja clinics.

A Federal High Court gave the directive on Tuesday, pending the determination of Mr Bello’s bail application which has been fixed for January 7, 2016.

The order followed the plea by his counsel and evidence in court that the accused person came from the Abuja clinics to take his plea.

The trial judge ordered that his co-accused and son, Bello Mohammed, be remanded in Kuje Prisons pending the determination of his bail application.

The former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his son and their company, Bam Ventures, pleaded not guilty to a 4-count charge of money laundering brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Haliru Bello, who arrived in an ambulance and wheeled into the court room alongside his son were accused of receiving the sum of 300 million Naira from the immediate past National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, for political campaigns.

The former Minister of Defence was appointed as the Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in May 2015. His nomination was endorsed by the PDP’s BOT at a meeting of the BOT presided over by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Police Nab Eight Suspected Arms Dealers

PoliceThe Police have arrested eight suspected arms dealers alleged to be the major arms supplier for bank robbers in Lagos and Ogun states.

The feat was achieved by a Special Intelligence Response Team from the Force Headquarters in Abuja inaugurated by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase.

An Army corporal, who is serving in Borno State and presently detained by military intelligence alongside eight suspected arms dealer have been arrested by the Police.

The arrest of the suspects, according to the Police, came as a relief as the suspects narrated how they delivered seven riffles to suspects in the creeks of Lagos.

A 46-year-old suspect, Monsuru Adisa, told reporters how he used a locally fabricated compartment of his vehicle to convey guns for delivery.

A notorious gang had earlier in the year attacked two banks in Ebute Ikorodu through the waterways in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The Police said they had arrested four leading members of the group at a function in Sapele, Delta State in November 2015 and this led to the discovery of how arms were supplied.

Obiano Gives Police Security Cars To Boost Security

Willie-ObianoThe Anambra State government has donated 25 advanced patrol vans and other tactical operation equipment for combating crime to the Police in the state.

Commissioning and test-driving the vehicles, Governor Willie Obiano said the latest security development was part of his commitment to eradicating crime in the Nigeria’s southeast commercial state.

“We have entered a new phase in the pursuit of security in Anambra State.

“These cars are modeled after the Rapid Response cars used by the police in the United States of America.

“The mere appearance of these cars gives a strong warning of the resolve of my administration to free our people from the fear of criminals for good,” Governor Obiano said.

Commending the Governor, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, said Anambra State had set a worthy pace in security management in Nigeria.

He expressed optimism that the development would enhance police visibility in every area of the state as well as counter any threat to individual or collective security and safety.

The Police boss urged other State Executives especially in the South-eastern region, to emulate the Governor Obiano administration’s strategy in tackling security challenges.

While the Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, shared the security exploits of the current administration, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, gave an insight into what the advanced security cars could do in saving lives.

Senior police officers and other security agencies as well as government functionaries, traditional rulers, clergy and a large crowd of Anambra State citizens were all present at the security event.