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.
“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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In line with the new Manpower Development Policy of the Force, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting and redeployment of twenty-four (24) Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to Zonal Commands and Formations.
Below is a list of the AIGs and the formations they have been assigned.
xi. AIG DOPS FHQ ABUJA – AIG ADEBOLA EMMANUEL LONGE
xii. AIG INVESTMENT FHQ ABUJA – AIG MUSA ADZE, fdc
xiii. AIG DICT FHQ ABUJA – AIG PHILIP SULE MAKU, fdc
xiv. AIG ZONE 6 CALABAR – AIG USMAN SULE GOMNA
xv. AIG COOPERATIVE – AIG ADAMU USMAN
xvi. AIG ZONE 3 YOLA – AIG DANIEL SOKARI-PEDRO, mni
xvii. AIG DTD FHQ ABUJA – AIG AHMED MOHAMMED AZARE
xviii. AIG FCID ANNEX KADUNA – AIG MAIGANA ALHAJI SANI
xix. AIG ZONE 12 BAUCHI – AIG AUDU ADAMU MADAKI
xx. AIG MARITIME LAGOS – AIG JOHN OGBONNAYA AMADI, mni
xxi. AIG ZONE 8 LOKOJA – AIG EDE AYUBA EKPEJI
xxii. AIG ARMAMENT FHQ ABUJA – AIG MOHAMMED L. BAGEGA
xxiii. AIG ZONE 15 MAIDUGURI – AIG BELLO MAKWASHI
xxiv. AIG WORKS FHQ ABUJA – AIG BALARABE ABUBAKAR
The IGP assured the nation that the posting and redeployment of the Senior Police Officers will further help in driving the new policing vision, which amongst other things, is targeted at improving policing services across the country and effectively responding to security threats in the country.
The posting and the redeployment of the Senior Police Officers are with immediate effect.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has assured the nation of sustained efforts by the Force in fighting crimes and criminality and improving public safety and security across the country.
His assurance on Sunday was contained in a communique titled, ‘Eid-el-Kabir: IGP assures sustained efforts at improving public safety and security, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
In his statement, the IGP charged Commissioners of Police (CPs) in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to beef-up security ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, to prevent any untoward situation in their Areas of Responsibility (AoR) throughout the Eid-el-Kabir season and beyond.
He particularly directed the Zonal AIGs and State Command CPs to put in place all necessary security measures to ensure a secure, peaceful, and incident-free celebration.
“They are to, amongst other things, deploy human and other operational assets to carry out confidence-building and crime prevention patrols on major highways, residential and industrial areas, vulnerable points, places of worship, other places of public resort, and around all critical national infrastructure,” the communique partly reads.
The IGP equally warned that personnel deployed must be professional and mindful of the fundamental rights of the citizens, and discharge their responsibilities with all sense of decorum and alertness.
While congratulating the Muslim Faithfuls in the country on the occasion of the year 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Police Boss reiterated that the Force would continue to improve on the recent gains achieved in stabilizing security order in parts of the country, protecting the lives and property of citizens, and denying space for crimes and criminality to thrive in and around the country.
He wished all Muslims a happy and peaceful Sallah celebration and enjoined citizens to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the Eid-el-Kabir while remaining security conscious and compliant with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman on Wednesday visited the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The IGP during his visit at the Lagos House, Marina, was presented with a plaque from the state governor.
He was received by Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu; Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 2 (Lagos and Ogun), AIG Johnson Kokumo.
The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has revealed that all existing and duly issued tinted permits by the Nigeria Police Force remain valid.
The IGP made this known on Wednesday in a statement through the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
He said the clarification follows the announcement of the suspension of issuance of new tinted permits by the IGP during the meeting with Senior Police Officers at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Monday, 7th June 2021.
According to IGP, the suspension, which is a temporary measure, will remain in force pending the release of a new protocol that would regulate the issuance of tinted permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country.
He noted that the move is part of efforts to streamline the process of issuance and usage in line with the provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act which is explicit on conditions for the use of vehicles with tinted glasses in Nigeria.
“This is in addition to, among other things, effectively address contemporary security challenges associated with the usage of tinted glasses by criminal elements who hide under the cover of tinted vehicles to carry out their nefarious activities”.
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ALL EXISTING DULY ISSUED TINTED PERMITS REMAIN VALID, SAYS IGP • Directs retrieval of SPY Number Plates from unauthorized users
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, mni has affirmed that all existing vehicle tinted glass permits, duly issued by the Nigeria Police Force, remain valid. This clarification is coming on the heels of public enquiries following the announcement of the suspension of issuance of new tinted permits by the IGP during the meeting with Senior Police Officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Monday, 7th June, 2021. The suspension, which is a temporary measure, will remain in force pending the release of a new protocol that would regulate the issuance of tinted permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country.
The IGP noted that the move is part of efforts to streamline the process of issuance and usage in line with the provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act which is explicit on conditions for the use of vehicles with tinted glasses in Nigeria. This is in addition to, among other things, effectively address contemporary security challenges associated with the usage of tinted glasses by criminal elements who hide under the cover of tinted vehicles to carry out their nefarious activities.
In a similar vein, the IGP stated that existing SPY number plates must be used by authorized users, for purposes and vehicles specified by law while the issuance of new SPY number plates remain on hold pending the release of a new protocol that would guide its issuance and usage in the country.
Meanwhile, the IGP has directed Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to give full effect to the directives as contained above.
The IGP specifically directed the AIGs and CPs to ensure that all SPY number plates currently in use by unauthorized users or affixed to unauthorized vehicles are retrieved forthwith. The IGP however warned that while carrying out these assignments, officers must ensure the rights and privileges of citizens are respected in line with the laws of the land and in accordance with international best practices.
Members of the public are enjoined to cooperate with the Police in this regard as the moves are aimed at strengthening our internal security order.
CP FRANK MBA FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA
The Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has announced the immediate suspension of tinted vehicle windscreens in Nigeria.
The IGP announced this on Monday during a meeting with senior police officers including commissioners and DIGs from across the states.
He also directed that the issuance of spy number plates be put on hold.
This according to the IGP is part of efforts being put in place to curtail the worsening security challenges across the country.
While making the announcement, he reiterated that roadblocks remain prohibited in the country and warned that heads of commands must enforce it and key into the road patrol strategy as an alternative to roadblocks.
The IGP also spoke concerning the arrest of high-profile criminals.
According to him, some of the high-profile suspects in police custody include members of IPOB, kidnappers, and bandits who have confessed to committing some of the most heinous crimes in recent times.
He stressed the need for the senior police officers to ensure discipline in their various commands.
Some of the successes recorded by the Police Force in the last two months include the arrest of over 600 suspects including persons believed to have carried out an attack on Governor Samuel Ortom earlier in March, this year.
The IGP’s meeting is the first of such he was confirmed as the Inspector General of Police.
The Police Council last week confirmed Usman Alkali Baba as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), almost two months after he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinted Glass Law
General Ibrahim Babangida in February 1991 promulgated a decree prohibiting the tinting and use of cars with tinted glasses.
This according to him is to protect society from insecurity.
The decree is now known as the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act, 1991; made up of only six (6) sections.
The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Usman has said that the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) created a vacuum which is challenging efforts by the Police to tackle insecurity in the country from a position of strength.
The acting IGP stated this on Thursday at a presidential briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the statehouse in Abuja.
According to him, the aftermath of the EndSARS protest equally dampened the morale of the officers of the force.
The IGP also indicated that the police have recorded successes against secessionist groups and criminals in the southeast.
He noted that prosecution to ensure justice is served has remained a major challenge because of the ongoing strike by judiciary workers.
On the recruitment plan involving 10,000 new police personnel into the force, he disclosed that the process has reached nearly 70 percent completion assuring that the exercise would continue to employ the Federal Character principle.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has flagged off a new Operation codenamed Operation Restore Peace in the Enugu State to contain the rising insecurity in the South-East region.
The event was held on Tuesday at Micheal Okpara Square in Enugu capital city and was attended by Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
This is coming barely two days after the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State was attacked and properties set ablaze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Sunday night.
Six vehicles were razed with two others damaged following the attack INEC office in Enugu.
Also in April, two officers were killed in an attack on a police station in Adani, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, raising concerns over incessant assaults on security formations in the South-East region of Nigeria.
As Nigerians celebrate the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr across the country, the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba has ordered tight security.
Baba also approved the deployment of Police officers and other operational assets of the Force to beef up security even beyond the Sallah holiday.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, adding that the IGP’s order was contained in a directive to Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and other strategic commanders of the Force.
He explained that the order was part of efforts by the police leadership toward stabilising security, improving public safety and making the country a safer place for all citizens.
While noting that the nation’s security ecosystem is challenged, the police boss assured that these challenges are not insurmountable.
He reassured the citizens that the Force under his new policing vision is already implementing new, improved, tailored-to-suit and robust security solutions aimed at tackling crimes and neutralizing both existing and emerging security threats in the country.
“The IGP, while restating his belief that the nation will soon overcome its security challenges, further noted that the Force is equally upscaling its collaboration with the military and other law enforcement agencies in both intelligence sharing and other target-oriented missions and operations,” the statement partly read.
“He enjoined citizens to support the Police to stage a common front in tackling the challenges. The IGP reminded the citizens of the newly introduced Phase-4 National Response on COVID-19 Health Protection Regulation and called for voluntary compliance with the protocols.”
He equally directed Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure full enforcement of the Protocols. He, however, warned that Police officers deployed for such enforcement must do so with utmost professionalism while exhibiting compassion, decorum, and due respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the entire officers of the Nigeria Police Force, congratulated all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the Muslim Ummah across the globe to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He urged them to internalize the virtues and teachings of Ramadan in their day-to-day endeavours and admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of obedience to the laws of the land and the pursuit of the common good.