IGP Tests Negative For COVID-19

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has tested negative to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a statement, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba revealed that the IGP received his test result on Tuesday morning, having submitted samples on Friday last week.

According to the statement, Mba and some police officers working with the IGP took the test and the results came out negative.

They are Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, Idowu Owohunwa; Head of the Force Technical Intelligence Unit, Lanre Ogunlowo; Personal Physician to the IGP, Dr Nonye Welle.

Others are the Medical Officer, Police Clinic at the Force Headquarters, Dr Titus Adegbite; Secretary to the IGP, Moses Jolugbo; and five other close aides to the police boss.

Noting that policing is a high-contact job with its attendant risks, the IGP urged police personnel across the country to adhere strictly to all precautionary and safety measures in the course of their day-to-day activities.

He also asked members of the public to obey all restriction orders emplaced by the constituted authorities.

COVID-19: Be Vigilant Against Criminal Elements, IGP Warns Nigerians

Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has asked Nigerians to be vigilant against criminally-minded individuals amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned Nigerians to be vigilant against criminal elements

Adamu also asked the citizens to take precautionary steps against some individuals who might explore the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic to increase and diversify their criminal activities.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the “IGP’s advice is informed by intelligence at the disposal of the Force which suggests that fraud and cybercrime are expected to rise at this time owing to the lockdown emplaced by Government at all levels to contain the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.”

According to Mba, “intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters shows that scammers in Nigeria and other parts of the globe have begun to create and set up fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, fake social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver (COVID-19) medical products.”

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The police spokesman noted that the fraudsters use names of prominent companies involved in the production and distribution of these items.

Speaking further, Mba explained that victims are then asked to pay via bank transfer.

On how to prevent being a victim, the police advised Nigerians to avoid opening suspicious emails and clicking on links in unrecognized emails and attachments, ensure proper back-up of online and offline files regularly and securely, use strong passwords for securing your emails and social media handles.

He also wants the citizens to keep their software updated, including antivirus software, manage their social media settings and to be wary of scammers who use names of prominent companies to create fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver medical products.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC: POLICE ALERT NIGERIANS ON EMERGING CRIME TRENDS
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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has enjoined members of the public to remain vigilant and take precautionary actions against criminal elements who might explore the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic to increase and diversify their criminal activities.

The IGP’s advice is informed by intelligence at the disposal of the Force which suggests that fraud and cybercrime are expected to rise at this time owing to the lockdown emplaced by Government at all levels to contain the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Specifically, intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters shows that scammers in Nigeria and other parts of the globe have begun to create and set up fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, fake social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver (COVID-19) medical products. In some cases, they use the names of prominent companies involved in the production and distribution of these items. Victims are then asked to pay via bank transfer.

The IGP, therefore, enjoins the public to strictly adhere to the following security tips:

i.      Avoid opening suspicious emails and clicking on links in unrecognized emails and attachments;
ii.     Ensure proper back-up of online and offline files regularly and securely;
iii.    Use strong passwords for securing your emails and social media handles;
iv.     Keep your software updated, including antivirus software;
v.      Manage your social media settings and review your privacy and security settings;
vi.     You are advised to be wary of scammers who use names of prominent companies to create fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver medical products;
vii.    You are advised to ignore and report calls purportedly emanating from a caller who pretends to be a relative currently being treated at the hospital asking you to pay for the cost of the medical treatment by transferring money or by paying cash to fake public health representatives;
viii.   Do not open letters or emails related to the pandemic from unknown persons who claim to be health authorities. Often times criminals access sensitive information, steal personal information and steal funds of victims by tricking them into connecting to a specific webpage and logging-in with their credentials;
ix.     Be mindful of fake news, deliberate misinformation/disinformation and avoid circulating untrusted and unverified messages on your social media handles;
x.      Educate your family, especially your children, about how to stay safe online and offline;
xi.     If you become a victim, ensure prompt report to the police.

Against the foregoing, the IGP has placed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja – Nigeria on red alert. The NCB which houses the cybercrime unit of the Force shall in the coming days and beyond work closely with other Interpol member states across the globe particularly to carry out intense monitoring of the internet highway in the most legitimate and ethical manner. This is to engender concerted efforts in cracking down on any individual or all forms of organized criminal gangs that may want to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to perpetrate crimes.

The Force also enjoins commercial bank operators to strengthen their online banking security systems and report promptly any suspected case of fraud and other cybercrime-related activities in their banks.

While reaffirming the determination of the Nigeria Police Force in providing support services to relevant agencies saddled with the task of curtailing and containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGP assures the public that the Force is unrelenting in clamping down on criminals who may want to take advantage of the situation to perpetrate criminal acts.

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

Coronavirus: IGP Warns Nigerians Against Social Visits To Police Stations

Amid the rising cases of Coronavirus in the country, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has cautioned Nigerians against social visits to police formations nationwide.

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has warned Nigerians against social visits to police stations nationwide.

According to a series of tweets by the Nigeria Police, the IGP also cautioned the citizens to minimise official visits to police stations, except where absolutely necessary.

The police boss also ordered formations nationwide to properly screen individuals before admitting them into custody.

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“The IGP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary.

“The IGP further directs that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody,” he stated.

Adamu also directed zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and state police commissioners to strictly enforce the directives on social restriction order imposed by the government in their respective jurisdiction.

He also ordered the closure of all institutions owned by the Force in line with the Federal Government’s directives on the closure of all schools in the country.

“Also, in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that all tertiary institutions be shut, the IGP has ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all Police Primary and Secondary Schools nationwide.

“The Force Medical Services has been empowered and directed to step up sensitisation programmes across Commands, Formations and Barracks in the country,” he stated.

IGP Declares Bandits In North West As Boko Haram, ISWAP Members

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, says bandits in North West are Boko Haram and ISWAP members.

He made the declaration in Kaduna on Thursday, during a meeting with top Police Commanders over recent attacks in the state.

The IGP stated that the reinforced attacks need new war strategies geared towards eliminating the bandits from their hideouts in the nook and crannies of the zone.

The police boss said it is important to ensure that peace and security are restored while imploring the officers to show commitment in the fight against criminality in the region.

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The IGP’s meeting with top police commanders follows Sunday’s attack by bandits in five villages in Giwa and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna state by where no fewer than 51 people were killed and several others injured.

Channels Television reported that during a visit to some of the affected villages, Governor Nasir El-Rufai vowed to wipe out bandits in Kaduna state.

He insisted that his administration will not succumb to granting the bandits amnesty.

Governor El-Rufai apologised to the villagers on behalf of his government for failing to protect them, while assuring them that troops of the Nigerian military will be stationed in the villages to provide adequate security.

IGP Orders Investigation Into Killing Of Remo Stars Player

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Division (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi, to investigate the killing of a player of Remo stars football club, Tiyamiyu Kazeem.

Conflicting reports emerged on Saturday of how Mr Kazeem, an Assistant captain and defender with the club, was killed, with the police claiming that he was knocked down by a vehicle while trying to cross the expressway in order to evade arrest by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

However, eyewitness accounts said Mr Kazeem was pushed out of a moving vehicle by police officers, leading to his death.

This sparked outrage by some aggrieved residents who took to the streets to protest the killing of Mr Kazeem, accusing the Police of wrongdoing.

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A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba on Monday said the IGP gave the order today while reviewing daily reports of major crime incidents across the country.

“The IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the DIG in-charge of the FCID, DIG Anthony Ogbizi to, with immediate effect, take over investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of Late Mr. Tiamiyu Kazeem in Sagamu, Ogun State on 22nd February 2020,” the statement read in part.

He added that the IGP while commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased called for calm and assured that justice will be done in the matter while reiterating that any person found culpable will be brought to book.

 

Tiyamiyu Kazeem was Assistant Captain and Defender of Remo Stars Football club until his death on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Photo: Remo Stars Twitter Account
Tiyamiyu Kazeem was Assistant Captain and Defender of Remo Stars Football club until his death on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Photo: Remo Stars Twitter Account

 

Channels Television reported that Mr Kazeem was arrested after he was suspected to be wearing a military outfit.

Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, was quoted in a statement saying:

“A Police Inspector attached to Zonal Intervention Squad Obada-Oko in Abeokuta said to have received information about the deceased that he always put on military apparel knowing fully well that he is not military personnel.

“Based on the information, the Inspector went to Shagamu and saw the deceased putting on a military cap consequent upon which he got him arrested.

“On the way to Abeokuta, the vehicle they were traveling with developed a mechanical fault and while the officer was trying to rectify the fault, the arrested person jumped down from the vehicle to escape.

“In his bid to run across the road, an oncoming vehicle which is on high speed knocked him down and he died on the spot,” he added.

Meanwhile, the eyewitness account quoted by the Club, however, contradicted the report by the police.

The club quoted in parts: “The SARS officer stopped Tiyamiyu Kazeem insisting that he was a Yahoo Boy, he brought out his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC but the officer insisted on taking him to the nearest police station in Sagamu.

“Tiyamiyu and Sanni obliged, followed the SARS officers, only for them to notice that they were driving towards Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, then the guys questioned to know where the SARS officers were taking them to, but this prompted them to stop the car and push him (Tiyamiyu) out of the car, whereby an unknowing vehicle knocked him down.”

Bill Seeking Extension Of IGP’s Tenure Scales Second Reading In Senate

Lawmakers during plenary at the Senate chamber in Abuja February 12, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

A bill to amend the Police Act 2004 which prescribes a five-year tenure for the Inspector General of Police has passed through the second reading in the Senate.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Halliru Jika, enjoyed the support of some senators when it was presented during Thursday’s plenary.

According to Senator Jika, the amendment is to allow more time for the police boss to effect meaningful changes in the police and improve efficiency in the force.

The bill which repeals the Police Act 2004 and enacts the Police Act 2019, also provides for the establishment of Community Police Forums and Boards by the Commissioner of Police of each state, which is expected to be made up of representatives of the police and the local community.

In his contribution, Senator James Manager highlighted the importance of the bill, saying it has captured everything about community policing.

“It must be very holistic and everything we have been talking about is all in this bill.

“Whatever the military can do, the police force can certainly do. What is lacking is the necessary funding and deployment of equipment,” the lawmaker said.

Senator Bala Na’allah, on his part, is hopeful that the bill would work and if it works, the country will benefit from the structure.

He also urged the Senate to assist the nation by fast-tracking the passage of the bill and ensure it was passed into law.

After the lawmakers deliberated on the bill, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred it to the Committee on Police Affairs.

The committee was asked to report back to the Senate within four weeks.

Police Charge Wadume, Army Captain With Terrorism

 

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has slammed 16 counts bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms running against the Taraba kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (aka Wadume), Captain Tijjani Balarabe and 18 others.

Also on the list of defendants is Staff Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Corporal Bartholomew Obanye; Private Mohammed Nura; Lance Corporal Okorozie Gideon; Corporal Markus Michael; L/Corporal Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra; Staff Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu; Private Ebele Emmanuel; ASP Aondona Iorbee and Insp. Aliyu Dadje and Auwalu Bala, aka Omo Razor.

Others in the charge sheet are Uba Bala (aka Uba Belu); Ahmad Suleiman (aka Dan Ball); Bashir Waziri, (aka Baba runs); Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho); Hafizu Bala (aka Maiwelder); and Rayyanu Abdul.

The criminal charge dated February 3, 2020, obtained exclusively by our correspondent on Tuesday, was filed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Simon Lough; Anthony Egwu, and Peter Amadi, all of the Legal/Prosecution Section, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

This is coming six months after Wadume was allegedly assisted to escape on August 6, 2019, by soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, led by Balarabe. Wadume escaped when the policemen, who arrested him, were attacked by the troops.

Three policemen and two civilians were killed during the incident, while five other police officers were injured.

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Channels Television in an exclusive report on Thursday revealed that criminal charges against the suspects would be filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, this week.

Count one of the charge read, “That you, Alhaji Hamisu Bala, 33, aka Wadume; Capt. Ahmed Tijjani Balarabe; ASP Aondona Iorbee; Insp. Aliyu Dadje; Auwalu Bala; Uba Bala; Ahmad Suleiman; Bashir Waziri; Zubairu Abdullahi; Rayyanu Abdul and others now at large, between February and April 2019 at Takum and Ibi, Taraba State, within the jurisdiction of this court, while acting in concert, conspired together to commit felony, to wit: acts of terrorism, by attacking and kidnapping one Usman Garba, aka Mayo, at his filling station in Takum, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act 2013.”

The defendants were also accused of possessing six AK-47 rifles and dealing in prohibited firearms contrary to Section 27 (1)(a)(I) and (1)(b)(iii) of the Firearms Act Cap F28, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

The police stated that the prosecution would rely on the testimonies of 29 eyewitnesses, some of whom would testify on how one Usman Garba was kidnapped on February 16, 2019 at Takum by Wadume and his gang.

They allegedly demanded a N200m ransom and killed the victim despite receiving N106.3m.

“DCP Abba Kyari, CSP Baba Khali, ASP Abdulrahman Mohammed, ASP Bawa James, Insps Habila Samuel and Ilarju Joseph are the investigating police officers in this case; they will testify about their findings in the course of the investigation and will tender exhibits and documents,” the police stated.

Listed as exhibits in the case were the written statements of the defendants, photographs of the victims, autopsy reports, six AK-47 rifles recovered from the gang, three empty shells, one live ammunition and six Volkswagen Sharon buses, and one (police) Toyota Hiace bus, among others.

Among exhibits attached to the charge were the call logs showing the phone communication between Wadume, Balarabe and the police officers at Ibi Police Station.

In one instance, the logs showed that Wadume and the army captain exchanged 166 phone calls. Documents also showed that Wadume also made several calls to the Ibi Divisional Police Officer.

Balarabe, 46, in his statement, admitted that Wadume once gave him fish worth N50,000, adding that he also gave him N200,000 to repair a patrol van which was having mechanical problems.

Senate Holds Closed-Door Meeting With IGP

 

The Senate has admitted the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu into the chamber to brief lawmakers on the nation’s security challenges.

The session is holding behind-closed-doors.

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Recall that last week, the Senate summoned Mr. Adamu following fears that the wave of crimes across the nation is on the rise again.

Mr. Adamu is expected to address the lawmakers on the concept and practical implementation modalities of community policing policy.

Reps To Invite IGP, NSCDC Boss Over Extra-Judicial Killings

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives chamber in Abuja.

 

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution to invite the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu and the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu.

The resolution of the House was reached following a motion by the Deputy Majority Whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha on the need to investigate the spate of accidental discharge by security personnel and to forestall the killing of innocent Nigerians due to mishandling of firearms.

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The motion was seconded by Rep. Linda Ikpeazu.

Onyejeocha urged the House to direct the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to ensure adequate sensitisation of their personnel to stop using lethal force as the first point of action.

The lawmakers also invited the Commandant General of the NSCDC.

This is due to the killing of Mr Ndubuisi Emenike by NSCDC personnel in what was described as an “accidental discharge.”

Another lawmaker, Mariam Onuoha expressed sadness over the death of Emenike who according to her was killed in the vicinity during the celebration of her rerun.

She called on the House to investigate if the officer was in breach of rules of engagement.

The motion was voted and adopted.

No date has however been set for the meeting with the IGP. The lawmakers then vowed to investigate the matter further.

Operation Amotekun: Makinde Visits IGP Over Unrest In Oyo

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, at the force headquarters, Abuja, over the Southwest security outfit – Operation Amotekun, as well as the raging local government crisis in the state.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting on Wednesday, Makinde explained that he deliberated with the police boss on the issues surrounding the Western Nigeria Security Network.

According to him, the IG agreed to hold a meeting with the southwest governors to review the situation.

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“Everybody is aware of the issue with Amotekun, so we deliberated, we had an agreement in principle to have the governors of the South West to meet with him (IG) to review the situation,” he stated.

“We are trying to build a new country where the rule of law is supreme, so everybody should be law-abiding, ensure that they don’t do anything that would create lawlessness.”

When asked about the current status of the security outfit, Makinde said, “It is a work in progress, we are trying to operationalise it and in doing that, all the relevant stakeholders would have to align.”

National Security: Senators Ask Buhari To Fire Service Chiefs, Demand IGP’s Resignation

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari, the service chiefs and others during a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 17, 2020.

 

 

Some senators have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the nation’s Service Chiefs.

They also called for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.

The lawmakers made the demands in their respective contributions to the discussion on the security situation in the country during plenary on Wednesday.

They are Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, as well as Senators Musa Sani, Betty Apiafi, and Solomon Adeola.

While Senator Sani called for the resignation of the police boss, Senators Apiafi and Adeola asked the President to remove the service chiefs.

According to the lawmakers, the service chiefs should be replaced since they do not have new ideas in fighting insecurity in the country.

The service chiefs include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas.

 

Plateau Killings

Meanwhile, the Senate condemned the abduction and killings of Nigerians in Plateau State and warned against narratives aimed at diving the people along ethnic-religious lines.

This formed part of resolutions reached by the lawmaker following a motion considered and brought to the floor on Wednesday by Senator Istifanus Gyang.

Relying on order 42 and 52 of Senate Standing Rules, Senator Gyang informed his colleagues that a total of 27 people were killed on Tuesday in renewed attacks on Kwattas, Ruboi and Marish communities in the state.

He said, “The consequential effects of this defective anti-Plateau narrative have led to the abduction of over six persons – four males and two females.

“Three boys including an undergraduate of the University of Maiduguri were brutally murdered by Boko Haram at close-range gunshots.”

The lawmaker added that the killings by Boko Haram were attempts by the fanatical sect to whip up religious and ethnic sentiments of unsuspecting Nigerians.

He, however, told the Senate that Nigerians were looking up to it to not only show concern but raise a strong voice in condemning the terror unleashed against them by the activities of Boko Haram and bandits.

Thereafter, the upper chamber resolved to urge the Federal Government to take additional steps to secure Nigerians.

Court Restrains Sacked Oyo LG Chairmen, IGP, AGF, From Forceful Takeover Of Councils

Bauchi Assembly Crisis: Court Orders Parties To Maintain Status Quo
File photo

 

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, the state capital, has restrained the 68 sacked council chairmen and chairmen of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) from the forceful and illegal takeover of the council offices across the state.

The court, presided over by Honourable Justice Moshud Abass, granted the four reliefs sought by the lead counsel to the Oyo State Government, Dr. Akin Onigbinde (SAN), including an order of interim injunction restraining the sacked chairmen from forcefully taking over the Local Government Councils or taking steps capable of causing breach of peace in the state.

The orders of interim injunction, which were granted by the Oyo State High Court followed an ex-parte motion filed by the State Government in Suit No: I/78/2020.

Also restrained were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Mr Shina Olukolu, and the Oyo State APC chairman, Mr Akin Oke.

The parties and their agents were restrained from taking any step that could tamper with the pending hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

According to the court, the sacked chairmen, as well as the four other defendants, their officers, agents, privies or otherwise, were restrained from taking steps that would cause a breach of peace by embarking on self-help to give effect to a letter dated 14th January 2020 with reference number HAGF/OYO/2020/VOL.I/1 issued by the AGF to the sacked chairmen and the IGP pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Meanwhile, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state has vowed to continue in office despite an injunction purportedly procured by the state government.

In a statement, the ALGON Chairman in the state, Prince Ayodeji Abass – Aleshinloye, noted that it is a fact that there cannot be a restraining order for an action that had already been completed while the purported order had not been served on any member of ALGON.

“It is unfortunate that the state continues to embark on an exercise in futility. Our people have resumed office since Friday 24 and Monday 27, January 2020 and they (State Government) claimed to have an order of restrain procured today, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Meanwhile, that order has not been served on anyone and if eventually served on anyone, it is of no legal effect. Is it possible to restrain an action that has already been completed?”

The full statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to an unconfirmed order purportedly issued by a Court claiming to restrain elected local government Council Chairmen and Councillors from resuming office in pursuance of our constitutional mandate and as affirmed by the Supreme Court and Oyo State High Court Judgment.

Let all and sundry be informed that we have not been served with any such order and/or process in any fresh suit. We will like to state the following for the purpose of record:

• We were never removed from office in pursuance of any Order and there is no law that can be employed in aid of an illegality that will stand in a constitutional democracy.

• Reference to a purported Court Order in internet chat room does not constitute service of Court process until such order is served on relevant parties.

• More importantly, it is trite in law that an order of injunction cannot lie against acts already completed. All the local government Chairmen and Councillors have since resumed in their offices in 33 the local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) since Friday 24th and Monday 27th January, 2020. Hundreds of witnesses abound to testify about the resumption including the Nigeria Police, Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Olukolu, Division Police Officers (DPO) of various divisions as instructed by the Inspector General of Police to ensure compliance with the Supreme Court Judgment, Local government staff, Peoples democratic Party (PDP) members and the thugs they procured to cause a breach of peace in some Council Areas as well as witnessed by several other citizens of Oyo State.

No injunction can restrain a completed act. We are by this release putting the Police and other security agencies on notice to ensure that the armed People Democratic Party thugs roaming the street are not allowed to breach the peace in aid of any purported order made in futility. We remain in office until the end of our mandate.”