IGP Replaces Police Commissioner In Kogi

A file photo of the IGP, Usman Baba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the immediate posting of Mr Edward Egbuka to Kogi State Command as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the state.

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday said the posting was with immediate effect.

He explained that Egbuka’s posting followed the redeployment of CP Idrisu Dauda to the Force Headquarters for other national engagements.

“The new Commissioner of Police, CP Egbuka, who was until this deployment the Commissioner of Police in charge of Communications at the Force Headquarters, was appointed into the Nigeria Police Force in 1988,” Mba said.

“He holds a BSc (Hons) in History and International Relations from the University of Calabar and a Law Degree from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.”

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The IGP, on his part, assured the people of Kogi of the commitment of the police leadership to containing prevailing and emerging crime trends in the state.

He asked the new police commissioner to bring his vast experience to bear, in consolidating the achievements of his predecessor towards ensuring increased public safety and security of lives and property in Kogi.

Baba also called on the state government and residents of the state to give the new police chief their maximum support and collaboration in his new role.

“An astute law enforcement officer with international peacekeeping experience and a member of the prestigious International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), CP Edward Egbuka has attended several tactical and leadership courses within and outside Nigeria and has served in various capacities within the Force,” Mba added in the statement.

“He (Egbuka) was the immediate past Commissioner of Police in Charge of Plateau State Police Command. As a Deputy Commissioner of Police, he was in charge of Operations in Osun State Command and Kogi State Command, and also in charge of Criminal Investigations at the Zone 7 Headquarters, Abuja, amongst other key postings.”

Yuletide: IGP Orders Round-The-Clock Visibility Patrols

File photo of Nigeria’s IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to initiate and implement well-coordinated crime prevention strategies and ensure round-the-clock visibility patrols towards peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations in the country.

The IGP in a statement on Thursday noted that achieving a crime and crisis free Yuletide is of utmost priority to the Force and the nation at large, as it adds to the build-up into a new year.

He assured citizens of adequate security throughout the period of the celebration and beyond, adding that the AIGs and CPs have been directed to massively deploy human, intelligence and other operational assets of the Force at their disposal to all public places including residential areas, places of worship, recreational centres, financial institutions, market places, motor-parks, major highways, airports, railway stations, amongst others, to protect the citizens and critical national infrastructure (CNI).

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In addition, the IGP warned police personnel deployed for duties during the Yuletide season, particularly those deployed to secure the highways across the country, to desist from acts inimical to discipline and professionalism.

The police boss equally enjoined citizens to cooperate with officers deployed for the assignments especially by being law abiding, noting that the Force remains sensitive to issues of rights violations, illegitimate use of force and has since deployed the Monitoring Unit, the X-Squad, and the Force Provost Unit on joint operation nationwide with a view to monitoring conducts of officers as citizens transit in and around the country during the festive season and holidays.

While congratulating Christians in the country on the occasion of the 2021 celebration of the birth of Christ, the IGP thanked all Nigerians for supporting the Police and the security community in the fight against crimes and criminality.

He urged citizens to go about the celebration in the spirit of love, sacrifice and to take protective measures to reduce exposure to security risks and the new wave of the COVID-19 variant.

IGP Alkali Baba further emphasized that citizens should keep police emergency phone lines handy or contact the nearest police station in the event of any untoward situation that may pose threats to public peace, safety and security.

The IGP, on behalf of the Force Management Team and entire officers of the Force, wished Nigerians a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, and assured citizens that service delivery will be improved in the coming year, 2022.

Assembly Crisis: IGP Deploys New Police Commissioner To Plateau

The new Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka, has been deployed to Plateau State.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has deployed a new Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka, to Plateau State.

The Force spokesman, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the new CP hails from Nkume, in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.

He equally noted that the IGP redeployed the erstwhile police commissioner, Edward Egbuka to the Force headquarters for other national engagements.

The deployment followed the recent crisis that rocked the State House of Assembly where the Speaker of the House, Nuhu Abok Ayuba, was impeached and replaced by Yakubu Sanda by eight lawmakers.

After the dramatic impeachment on October 28, some protesters and thugs stormed the Plateau Assembly complex chanting solidarity songs and displaying placards in solidarity with the impeached Speaker, Ayuba.

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Prior to his new appointment as Plateau Police Commissioner, Onyeka has served in various operational, investigative, and administrative capacities in Bauchi, Imo, Abia, Zamfara State commands and Zone 1 headquarters, Kano.

The IGP assured the people of Plateau State of the unrelenting commitment of the Nigeria Police leadership to containing prevailing and emerging crimes in the state.

The police boss also charged the new Commissioner of Police to deploy his community-building experience in ensuring improved public safety and security of lives and property of the citizenry in the State.

He enjoined the people of the state to continuously work with the Police for effective policing of their communities.

CP Onyeka holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Defence Studies from the Punjab University, India.

Those Who Laid Siege On Justice Odili’s Residence Will Be Brought To Book – IGP

A combination of file photos of Justice Mary Peter-Odili and a courtroom at the Supreme Court in Abuja.

 
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba says those who laid siege on the residence of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili, will be made to face the wrath of the law.

In a statement by Force spokesman, CP Frank Mba on Monday, the police boss disclosed that he has ordered detailed investigations into the reported siege on the Abuja residence of Justice Odili, an incident that occurred on Friday, 29th October 2021.

The IGP, who noted that the leadership of the Force is not aware and did not at any time order Police operatives to carry out such assignment, described the reported violation of the sanctity of the residence of the Justice of the Supreme Court as unfortunate and unacceptable.

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Consequently, the IGP has directed the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) to conduct a discrete investigation into the incident. He assured of the Force’s commitment to the safety and security of the members of the judiciary and Nigerians in general.

He further called for calm, promising that the Force will do all within its powers to unravel the perpetrators and motives behind the breach with a view to bringing all indicted persons to book.

Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to strengthen security around the street and residence of Her Lordship, Justice Mary Odili JSC to ensure her safety and also to prevent a re-occurrence of the unfortunate incident.

The police chief assured that the details of the probe into the matter would be made public on the conclusion of investigations.

Anambra Poll: Police Engaging Traditional Leaders And Other Stakeholders, Says IGP

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has said that the police is engaging traditional leaders and other stakeholders, ahead of the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6.

He stated this on Thursday during a ministerial briefing at the State House in Abuja.

The IGP maintained that the police have deepened assurance through community engagements, talking to traditional leaders, stakeholder meetings, jingles, etc, and will try to ensure that the adopted strategy will adequately enlighten the people and embolden them to vote.

According to him,  the police have deployed 34,587 personnel (overt and covert) to the state.

He added that over 20,000 active criminal cases filed by the police are still languishing in the court without proper justice meted out.

The police chief further noted that the issue of kidnapping for ransom and criminality will continue unless the process for conviction, and the dispensation of justice within the system is improved upon.

Anambra Election: IGP Deploys DIG, Assistant Commissioners To Improve Security

File photo of Nigeria’s IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the deployment of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Joseph Egbunike, and Assistant Commissioners of Police to overhaul and improve security in Anambra State.

This comes ahead of the governorship election slated on November 6.

“The overhauling includes the deployment of selected seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above to Anambra State for effective supervision of security personnel and operations in the Elections,” a statement signed by police spokesperson, Frank Mba, said.

“The IGP noted that Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Joseph Egbunike has been deployed to Anambra State as the Coordinator of the security component for the Elections.”

According to the statement, DIG Egbunike is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the implementation “of the Operation Order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment, to ensure a peaceful environment devoid of violence and conducive enough to guarantee that law abiding citizens freely perform their civic responsibilities without molestation or intimidation.

“DIG Egbunike will be assisted by the DIG in-charge of Operations, Acting DIG Zaki Ahmed. Other Strategic Commanders deployed to Anambra State include five (5) Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), fourteen (14) Commissioners of Police (CPs), thirty-one (31) Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and forty-eight (48) Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs).

“The Senior Officers are to coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three (3) Senatorial Districts, twenty-one (21) Local Government Areas, and the 5720 polling units in Anambra State.”

The IGP reassured the nation that the Force is adequately prepared for the governorship election.

He reiterated that the Force will do everything within its powers to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders to protect democratic values, provide a level playing field for all political actors, ensure adequate protection of voters, INEC personnel and equipment, accredited observers and other key players in Anambra State.

He also called on citizens in Anambra State to come out en masse and exercise their franchise as adequate security has been emplaced to protect them before, during, and after the elections.

Tordue Salem: We Have Traced His Last Contact, Conversation – Police

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba briefing journalists on Monday.

 

The Police have revealed the progress made in their investigation into the disappearance of Tordue Salem, a journalist with Vanguard Newspapers.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba who spoke on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Alkali explained that they have traced the person Salem had contact with last and the last phone conversation before his disappearance.

Mba explained this on Monday when members of NUJ, FCT Council marched to force headquarters in Abuja to express displeasure with the silence of the police on the matter.

“As I speak to you, we have made significant process with the investigation. We were able to trace when he left the National Assembly. We were able to interact with a young lady who spent time with him that night.

“We have the recordings of the last call he made. Also, we were able to speak with six different persons he spoke to that night.

“There are a lot of efforts behind the scene taking place,” he explained.

Mba said the police are very interested in the case and efforts are going on ‘behind the scene.’

He added that the IGP has given a firm instruction that no human or material resource should be spared in the effort at locating and understanding the rationale behind Salem’s disappearance.

While explaining why the police have kept quiet on their investigation, Mba said the silence was deliberate.

He added that he is glad “that the Chairman of NUJ, FCT Council, understood the significance of confidential briefing and because of that request, I would rather do more of confidential briefing.

“The Police intentionally kept quiet on this case. In investigations, it is called ‘Tactical Silence.

“We deliberately kept quiet because when you are working on a sensitive case you want to get to a comfortable altitude before you begin to brief the public.”

The chairman of the Abuja chapter of the NUJ, Emmanuel Ogbeche, while handing over a petition for onward delivery to the IGP, said the incident is of concern to journalists and urged the police to do everything possible to rescue Salem alive.

PHOTOS: IGP Absent As Buhari Meets With Security Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a security meeting in Abuja on October 21, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presided over a security meeting with the nation’s service chiefs and heads of intelligence agencies.

The meeting, which was also attended by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, held at the State House in Abuja.

Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, led the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, and other security chiefs to the meeting.

They are Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao; Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

Although the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, was absent at the meeting, he was represented by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sanusi Lemu.

Some members of the President’s cabinet present also include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), and Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd).

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There Is No Plan To Bring SARS Back, Says IGP

A file photo of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba, says contrary to reports making the rounds, there is no plan to reinstate the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

According to a statement by police spokesman, CP Frank Mba, the IGP assured Nigerians that reports suggesting that SARS is to be restored should be treated as false news.

IGP Alkali Baba further emphasized that SARS is gone for good and will not resurrect under any guise whatsoever.

He noted that the Force has since reorganized its operational structure to fill the vacuum created by the disbandment of SARS.

“Currently, the leadership of the Force is focused on efforts at deepening reforms within the Police, as one that will be more effective, efficient, technology-driven, humane, and Rule of Law-compliant,” the statement partly read.

The police boss called on members of the public to disregard the said report, stressing that it is absolutely false and deliberately intended to misinform members of the public.

Security Agencies Winning The War Against Banditry – IGP

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, says Nigeria’s security agencies are making headway in the fight against banditry.

He made the comment on Wednesday when he visited the Kwara Police Command in Ilorin.

“The police is not fighting alone,” the police chief explained. “All other security agencies, in synergy, are fighting the bandits, including the military, which is leading the war and we’re winning.”

According to the IGP, President Muhammadu Buhari has given approval for the recruitment of more police officers to boost the fight against crime in the country.

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‘Hope At End Of Tunnel’

File photo of Nigeria’s IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.

 

“The president has given approval for us to employ 10,000 [police personnel] every year for six years. We have started but we have not done so for 2020. So, we are doing [recruiting] for 2020 and 2021 between now and 2021 [year end]. Their training is for six months.

“So, we are expecting to increase our strength by 20,000, latest by the end of 2022,” he added.

While assuring the police operatives that their welfare will be taken care of, the IGP called on them to be dedicated to duty and show professionalism.

“I am here to tell you that there is no problem about the Nigerian police that I don’t know about. But there is hope at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

“Is it our welfare that we are not working on? We are working on our welfare. Is it the logistics to do the work? We are working on it. Is it our place of abode, accommodation? We are working on it!”

Super TV CEO’s Family Writes IGP, Demands Thorough Probe And Justice

A combination of file photos of the IGP, Baba Usman, and late Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga.

 

The family of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, has asked the Inspector-General of Police to ensure a thorough and professional investigation into the killing of the media mogul.

They also demanded that justice be immediately served in the murder which they described as savage and barbaric.

Ataga’s family made the demands in an open letter to the police chief dated August 15 through their lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE OPEN LETTER TO THE IGP

The senior lawyer explained that the letter was made because Ataga’s killing has been in the public domain following the parade of the suspect involved by the Lagos State Police Command.

According to him, the world has been following the case with a keen interest to know how the nation’s criminal justice system works and how justice is eventually served to the suspect, the victim, and the society.

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Ozekhome informed the IGP that every information contained in the letter was supplied to the law firm by Ataga’s family.

Channels Television had reported how the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, paraded one Chidinma Ojukwu on June 24.

He told reporters that the suspect confessed that she stabbed Ataga, adding that the owner of the rented apartment where the incident occurred had been arrested.

The police commissioner also hinted that Ataga’s bank account had been blocked in a bid to prevent further withdrawals by those taking advantage of his untimely death.

On her part, Chidinma, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), accused Ataga of raping her while narrating the incident to reporters.

She claimed that the media mogul made a first attempt which was successful, but the unfortunate incident took place after she resisted a second attempt.

Following her parade, the police later arrested and arraigned more suspects in connection with the incident, including Chidinma’s father, Onoh Ojukwu.

Hushpuppi: IGP Orders Review Of Allegations Against Abba Kyari

A file photo of the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, addressing reporters in Abuja.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered an “internal review of the allegations” against a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, by a United States Court.

Force spokesman, Frank Mba made this known in a statement on Thursday.

Earlier, the United States District Court for the Central District of California said alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi used Kyari to arrest and jail a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent.

According to a communique from the court, the arrest was made after Vincent threatened to expose a $1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

Reaffirming the Force’s commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners, the IGP said further developments on the case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.

An accused hero

Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police who is highly revered by colleagues in the Force and celebrated by members of the general public, was fingered in a bribery scandal involving the involving Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.

A US court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the seasoned investigator known for hunting down kidnappers across Nigeria.

The arrest warrant was issued by a U.S magistrate judge, Otis Wright, a spokesperson in the United States Attorney’s Office confirmed to Channels Television.

According to documents unsealed this week in the US, Mr Kyari had arrested and jailed one Chibuzo Vincent, at the behest of Hushpuppi.

Kyari also allegedly sent Hushpuppi bank account details for an account into which Hushpuppi could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.

Mr Kyari, in a Facebook post on Thursday, denied the allegations.

Alleged dispute

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice announced that Hushpuppi had been involved “in an elaborate scheme to steal more than $1.1 million from a business person attempting to finance the construction of a school for children in Qatar.”

Six persons were indicted in the investigation.

In laundering the proceeds of the Qatar operation, a dispute broke out among members of the conspiracy, courts documents said.

The dispute allegedly prompted Vincent, one of the members, to contact the victim and inform them of the scam operation.

After this contact, Hushpuppi allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Mr Kyari, a top police officer in Nigeria.

Mr Kyari was also alleged to have provided third-party bank accounts to receive payment for the illegal arrest.

Kyari’s defence

In his defence on Thursday, Mr Kyari said Vincent had been arrested only because Hushpuppi claimed that he (Vincent) had seriously threatened to attack his family in Nigeria.

He said Vincent was eventually released on bail after no actual threats were discovered.

“Nobody demanded a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi,” Mr Kyari said.

“Our focus was to save people’s lives that were purported to have been threatened,” Kyari said.”

Mr Kyari also said Hushpuppi once sent N300,000 to his (Kyari) tailor after the alleged fraudster had admired some of his outfits on social media.

The clothes “were brought to our office and he sent somebody to collect them in our office,” Mr Kyari said.