IGP Charges Police VIP Aides On Professionalism, Civility

A file photo of the IGP, Usman Baba.

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has charged police officers attached to VIPs to carry out their duties with utmost professionalism, respect for fundamental rights, rule of law, and civility to members of the public in line with the code of conduct for Police Officers.

The IGP equally condemned the reported harassment and demeaning posture of some of these officers while on duty with their VIPs.

IGP Alkali Baba made the call while addressing officers and men of the Ekiti State Police Command at the Command Headquarters, Ado Ekiti on Tuesday 13th June, 2022, in readiness for the Ekiti Gubernatorial Election scheduled to hold on Saturday 18th June, 2022.

He equally affirmed that though it is a statutory duty of the Police Force to provide aides and escorts for VIPs, such duty must not degenerate to abuse as a result of high-handedness of Police officers who have proven to be non-amenable to discipline.


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The Inspector-General of Police further warned that every allegation of unprofessionalism and harassment by VIP aides would be properly investigated and if found wanting, adequate and commensurate sanctions will follow.

In the same vein, the IGP encouraged officers and men who have been detailed for election duty in Ekiti State to put in their best to provide adequate security, at all levels, for all and sundry before, during and after the Gubernatorial Election in the state with a view to having a free, fair, credible and acceptable election.

Similarly, the IGP assured that his administration is continually committed to bequeathing the nation with a citizen and community oriented Police Force which will not be used as a tool of oppression, suppression and subjugation by any individual.

Police Unit Fighting Illegal Bunkering Gets New CP

A photo of the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB), ACP Lot Lantoh Garba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered tactical and intelligence Commanders of the Force to deploy assets towards tackling perpetrators of illegal bunkering and other economic crimes.

According to the IGP in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the actions of the perpetrators are responsible for sabotaging and weakening the revenue-generating apparatus of the country.

He also stressed that it has become worrisome due to the huge losses being recorded, hence, all efforts must be deployed to curb their activities.

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The IGP issued the directive on Thursday while charging the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB), ACP Lot Lantoh Garba, to improve on the fight against economic crimes.

ACP Lot, a gallant and courageous officer, has served in various operational command positions including as Commanding Officer, Special Protection Unit (SPU) Bases 5 – Benin, 7 – Abuja, and 2 – Lagos.

He was equally a one-time Commander, Police Mobile Force (PMF) 23 Obalende, Lagos.

Upon assumption of office, ACP Lot set the ball rolling with some significant successes such as the breakthrough in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, where operatives on surveillance patrol intercepted a 40-feet Container Truck conveying a large quantity of crude products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) stuffed in sacks.

A photo collage the newly appointed ACP LL Garba and the intercepted truck.

 

The truck with Registration Number JRV 322 XV was driven by one Chukwudi Okafor aged 54 year-old, who has been arrested in connection with the offence.
Preliminary investigations showed that the driver is a member of a high-powered syndicate responsible for illegal bunkering in the area and beyond, and the arrest of the driver has definitely provided a lead to the arrest of other members of the syndicate.

The recovered truck with the accompanying product is currently in police custody at the Refinery Life Camp Division, Eleme, pending the conclusion of investigations.

The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, warned police operatives attached to the Task Force to be focused, committed, and patriotic. He charged them to discharge their duties devoid of corruption, favouritism, and compromise.

The IGP further warned all economic saboteurs to cease their unwholesome activities henceforth else they would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Force has also noted that it is deepening synergy with other agencies in internal security, to curtail the trend of these crimes and other forms of crimes and social vices in the country.

IGP Decorates 152 Promoted Officers, Gives Money To Eight Families Of Deceased Policemen

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

 

The Inspector-General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba has presented cheques of over N30 million to the next of kin of eight deceased police officers who died while in active service in Zamfara State.

The presentation of the cheques was part of the IGP’s ongoing welfare scheme for the families of deceased officers.

The IGP, who was represented by Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkanah, while presenting the cheques to the next of kin, described it as timely and will go a long way in alleviating suffering being faced by families of deceased police officers.

The Commissioner of Police, therefore, charged the beneficiaries to utilize the money judiciously, noting that, in the last ten (10) months alone, the Command had received similar cheques from the Inspector General of Police nine (9) times and presented the same to the beneficiaries.

This gesture, according to the Commissioner of Police, will serve as a morale booster for the serving members of the force in order to continue to discharge their duties effectively.

The Commissioner also decorated one hundred and fifty-two officers newly promoted to different ranks by the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba in collaboration with the Police Service Commission.

He congratulated the newly promoted officers on behalf of the Inspector General of Police and charged them to be more determined and committed to their duty.

The CP also urged them to consider their promotion as an additional responsibility, that requires more professionalism, hard work, and discipline.

Owo Church Attack: Police Recover Three Unexploded IEDs

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

 

At least three unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been recovered from the scene of the Owo church attack, the police said on Monday.

Suspected terrorists had stormed the church in Ondo State on Sunday, killing scores of worshippers while injuring others. The incident which sent the nation into mourning has been condemned by Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari and many state governors.

A statement signed by police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, noted that police investigators have also recovered “pellets of expended AK-47 ammunition” from the scene.

Condemning the tragic incident, the Inspector-General of Police said full-scale investigations into the incident have been ordered with a view to bringing to book the perpetrators of the gruesome killings.

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“The attack was carried out by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at about 11.30am on Sunday 5th June, 2022,” the police statement said.

“The gunmen, from preliminary investigations, invaded the church with arms and materials suspected to be explosives. Police Investigators who were part of the First Responders deployed to the scene have recovered pellets of expended AK-47 ammunition while the Explosive Ordnance Devices – Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Explosives (EOD-CBRNE) unit confirmed the use of Explosives as fragments of the IEDs used were found and after thorough sweeping of the scene, 3 unexploded IEDs were recovered at the scene of the incident.

“Further investigations revealed that some of the gunmen disguised as congregants, while other armed men who had positioned themselves around the church premises from different directions, fired into the church. The assailants fled the scene using a Nissan Sunny car with Reg No. AKR 895 AG which was snatched from the owner, and escaped through Owo/Ute road. The vehicle has been recovered while the owner of the vehicle is currently assisting the Police in its investigations.

“The IGP has ordered full-scale investigations into the incident in order to bring to book the perpetrators of the gruesome killing of the worshippers at the church. The IGP has further ordered the deployment of specialized operatives of the Police EOD-CBRNE, police experts, and other tactical units from the Force Headquarters for a comprehensive investigation, and for immediate interception of the Villians.

“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, condoles with the Ondo State Government, family members, relatives, and friends of the victims who lost their lives in the unfortunate attack. He equally assures that the heartless killers of the harmless victims, particularly innocent children, would be made to face the full wrath of the law, while the Force will emplace strategies to forestall similar future occurrences.”

IGP Orders Enhanced Air Surveillance, Deploys Choppers To Strategic Areas

A photo of the police helicopter showing the aerial view of the surveillance across the country.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has deployed four choppers for enhanced aerial surveillance, police authorities said on Monday.

Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said the move is to support police operatives who have been deployed to intensify patrol and ensure adequate security for all and sundry across the country.

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“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, in furtherance of his directive and commitment to continually provide security, released funds and required logistics to facilitate the operations,” the police spokesman said.

He called on “Nigerians to remain calm, go about their lawful businesses and celebrations and render necessary help to our officers and men on duty while we continue and sustain our patrols. We are available to serve you, even, better at all times”.

Eid-El-Fitr: IGP Beefs Up Security, Felicitates Muslim Faithful

A file photo of the IGP, Usman Baba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Sunday felicitated Muslim faithful on the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations while beefing up security nationwide to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

In doing that, the police chief ordered a nationwide deployment of police officers, especially intelligence operatives, traffic officers, and other operational assets of the Force for adequate security ahead of the Eid-el-Fitr celebration and beyond.

He equally ordered that adequate priority be accorded to Eid prayer grounds, highways, recreational centres, and financial institutions especially ATM and POS points, to safeguard religious celebrations and financial transactions during the festive period.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi in which he noted that the order is to maintain a more secured public and social space for the celebration.

“He further directs that all men deployed must be properly briefed and adequately supervised to ensure they maintain a high level of proactiveness, visibility patrols, and professionalism in the discharge of policing services to all and sundry,” the statement partly read.

“The IGP equally tasks all State Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to ensure that crime and criminality are put in check and brought to their lowest ebb for a hitch-free celebration.

“The Inspector-General of Police, on behalf of the Force Management Team, and the entire workforce of the Nigeria Police Force felicitates with all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the global Muslim Ummah to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He admonishes them to practicalise the values of empathy, faith, charity, and other salient teachings of Ramadan in their relationship with other members of the society.”

Attacks On Police Officers In South East Would No Longer Be Tolerated, IGP Warns

A file photo of a police van.

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali has warned against attacks on police officers and facilities in the country, especially in the South East region, saying such would no longer be tolerated by the force. 

The police boss, who lamented the destruction of the facilities, other police operational assets across the country, and the killing of officers, also ordered the deployment of additional assets to support the fight against the criminals.

“Consequently, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of additional operational assets to complement officers and men attached to Operation Restore Peace in the South East, and other launched operations, with the aim of flushing out criminal elements who hide under the guise of aggrieved citizens to perpetrate criminal acts,” a statement issued by the Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Thursday, read.

“The IGP warned that attacks on police officers in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise, as the Force holds the lives of its personnel sacrosanct, and such unwarranted attacks would be strictly treated in accordance with extant laws.”

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Adejobi quoted the IGP as reassuring of the police’s resolve to protect lives and properties in the country.

He said, “it is vital to respect the lives and fundamental rights of Police officers and other security operatives, in order to enable them to advance their sacred mandate of serving and protecting the citizens better”.

The IGP’s warning followed incessant attacks on police formations across the country, especially in the South East, in recent months.

While gunmen have killed scores of officers in the region, civilians have also died due to the rising level of insecurity in the area.

Aside from police officers, other security operatives have lost their lives while public facilities including that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were also targeted.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the group leading the separatists’ agitations in the South East – the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) – have persistently denied reports linking it to the assaults.

Several state governments in the region, notably, Anambra, have launched plans to quell the rising insecurity in the South East. Governor Charles Soludo, who recently assumed office, has equally offered amnesty to the gunmen.

IGP Assures Of Justice For Osinachi Nwachukwu’s Family

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has assured the family of late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu, of justice. 

He gave the assurance when he received the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Kedem Tallen, who paid a courtesy visit to him in his office at the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Wednesday.

According to the IGP, investigations over the singer’s death are ongoing, noting that Osinachi’s husband, who has been accused of assaulting her leading to her death, is still in police custody.

He said the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force arrested the deceased’s husband at about 5 pm on Sunday 10th April 2022 at their residence in Lugbe, Abuja.

While lamenting the singer’s demise, he said the situation is more heartbreaking as information from sources close to the family and independent witnesses accused the husband of being responsible for her death.

On her part, the minister said she was at the IGP’s office to discuss issues affecting women in Nigeria, especially in relation to gender and domestic-based violence.

Tallen lamented the rising rate of gender-based violence in Nigeria.

She called on the police boss to ensure the swift prosecution of the case so as to serve as a deterrent to other offenders.

‘Explore All Options’: IGP Orders AIGs, CPs To Ensure Maximum Security In Schools

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

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, on Tuesday, directed top police personnel to boost security in and around schools, colleges, and student-based communities across the country.

For him, the directive is important to ensure the protection of schools and colleges, particularly boarding schools, tertiary institutions and their campuses, in areas prone to security breaches.

Baba specifically asked all state Commissioners of Police (CPs), tactical commanders, as well as their supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) to explore all available options and think outside the box to secure the schools.

He gave the directive at the management meeting of the Force Management Team at the IGP Conference Hall within the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement explained that the meeting reviewed the general situation in the country, including the security of schools and colleges as a result of some isolated incidences reported in some schools.

He added that the police chief ordered the review of personnel and operational assets deployments to schools and colleges around the country.

“The IGP has equally directed detectives/operatives of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) and the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) to ensure sustained surveillance and intelligence gathering activities within various school environments while the Police Airwing has been directed to extend its aerial patrols to the six geo-political zones of the country.”

He assured Nigerians that all hands would be on deck to ensure a safe environment for all pupils and students in the various schools and colleges of learning within the country.

Baba reiterated the commitment of his administration to diversifying resources towards sustainable security and safety of all and sundry in Nigeria.

IGP Promotes 21,039 Junior Police Officers

IGP Usman Alkali Baba

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the promotion of 21,039 junior police officers who were last promoted on or before 2017.

The promotion which comprised the elevation of 20,572 Sergeants to the next rank of Inspector, 324 Corporals to Sergeants, and 143 Constables to the rank of Corporal, is part of the ongoing efforts aimed at improving welfare, conditions of service, boosting the morale of personnel, with a view to repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.

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The IGP noted that the promotion of the officers is part of the manpower development drive of his administration to ensure that deserving personnel are promoted accordingly, to encourage hard work, and further embed the culture of merit, excellence, and dedication to duties.

Alkali Baba equally assured senior police officers that the Force high command is liaising with the Police Service Commission on the release of their promotion, which is expected to be approved and released as soon as possible.

While commending the newly promoted officers for their resilience and invaluable commitment to duties, he charged them to see their promotion as a call for renewed zeal, vigour, patriotism to duty, and further re-dedication to professional policing standards.

The IGP reiterated the commitment of his administration to entrenching longstanding reforms in the Nigeria Police Force.

IGP Promotes 21,039 Junior Police Officers After Strike Threat

Police officials line up at the launch of a new, special operation for the South-East in Enugu on May 18, 2021.
File photo of police officials during training.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the promotion of 21,039 junior police officers who were last promoted on or before 2017.

This is coming a few weeks after some officers threatened to embark on strike action over poor condition of service.

In a statement on Thursday, Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the junior officers promoted were 20,572 Sergeants to the next rank of Inspector, 324 Corporals to Sergeants, and 143 Constables to the rank of Corporal.

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According to him, the promotion was part of ongoing efforts to improve the welfare, and conditions of service, as well as boosting the morale of personnel to enhance efficiency.

The police spokesman stated that the exercise was part of the IGP’s manpower development drive to ensure that deserving officers were promoted accordingly, adding that the idea was to encourage hard work and further promote the culture of merit, excellence, and dedication to duties.

He noted that the Force’s High Command was liaising with the Police Service Commission on the release of the promotions of senior police officers.

While commending the newly promoted officers for their resilience and invaluable commitment to duties, Adejobi said the IGP charged them to see their promotion as a call for renewed zeal, vigour, patriotism to duty, and further re-dedication to professional policing standards.

This is even as he restated the commitment of his administration to entrenching longstanding reforms in the Nigeria Police Force.

IGP Appoints New CPs To Curb Gunmen Attacks In Imo, Kaduna, Others

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

 

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the posting of new Commissioners of Police in Imo, Kaduna, Edo, and Adamawa in a bid to tackle the security challenges in the states.

While Imo has been faced with attacks by gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN), bandits have yet to stop their activities in Kaduna State.

At least two police stations have been attacked in Imo since the beginning of April – first in Mbaitoli Local Government Area (LGA) last Friday while the other came two days later in Orsu LGA.

In a bid to address the situation, the police chief ordered the posting of new commissioners to take charge of the commands in the two states, as well as Edo and Adamawa.

They are Mohammed Barde (Imo Command), Yekini Ayoku (Kaduna Command), Sikiru Kayode (Adamawa Command), and Abutu Yaro (Edo Command).

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“The posting is with immediate effect,” said the acting Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Baba charged the newly posted officers to hit the ground running in the areas of crime-fighting and public safety.

He also called for support and cooperation from members of the public to the new police helmsmen to enable them to perform optimally on their mandate.

“CP Abutu Yaro, fdc, the new Commissioner of Police, Edo State Police Command, holds a B.A [Hons] from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,” said Adejobi. “He was appointed to the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1988.

“He has served in various supervisory capacities within the Nigeria Police Force, including as Commissioner of Police in charge of Zamfara and Imo State Police Commands respectively. Until his recent appointment, he was CP Force Provost Marshal, Force Headquarters, Abuja.”

Kayode, on his part, holds a B.Sc in Political Science from the University of Benin and joined the service of the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet ASP in 1990.

He has served in various operational, investigative, and administrative capacities within the Force, as well as the Officer-in-Charge of Presidential/VIP Movement, State House Abuja.

The Adamawa CP is a former Commissioner of Police in charge of Cross River State Police Command and until his appointment, he was the CP in charge of ICT at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

The statement read further, “CP Yekini Adio Ayoku, psc [+], mni, holds a B.Sc from the University of Ilorin. He is an indigene of Agbeyangi, Ilorin East Local Government Area, Kwara State. CP Ayoku enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet ASP in March 1990.

“He has served in several capacities in the Nigeria Police with a great wealth of experience.  He was a one-time Commanding Officer, 24 PMF Squadron, Presidential Guard and Escort. He has participated in peacekeeping operations and was decorated with the United Nations Medal for meritorious service in Kosovo. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police [IACP].

“CP Muhammed Ahmed Barde, the new Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command, is a versatile Police Officer. He has served in Police College, Jos and Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano as DC Admin.

“He equally served in Borno State Police Command as Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations. He was one time head of Force CID, Annex, Enugu. Until his recent appointment, he was the Commissioner of Police, Adamawa State Police Command.”