Police Commission Loses Suit Against IGP Over Constable Recruitment

 

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) against the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The PSC had approached the court seeking a pronouncement that it was the statutory body charged with the enlistment of rank and file, also known as constable recruitment in the Nigeria Police Force.

Delivered a judgment on the matter on Monday, Justice Iyang Ekwo dismissed the suit brought by the police commission.

He held that by the provision of Section 71 of the Police Act, it was the Nigeria Police Council under the leadership of the IGP that was empowered with the enlistment of rank and file in the force.

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According to the judge, there is nothing in the documentary evidence placed before the court by the PSC to support its claims that the IGP has usurped the powers of the commission in the enlistment of rank and file into the Nigerian police.

In the suit, the PSC asked the court to stop the ongoing recruitment exercise of 10,000 constables by the Nigeria Police Force.

The court, however, insisted that the Police Council under the control of the IGP was the statutory body to carry out such an exercise.

Court Adjourns Police Service Commission’s Suit Challenging IGP’s Powers

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed the November 20, 2019 for hearing in the suit filed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) challenging the powers of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim to recruit constables into the Force.

At the resumed hearing, Lawyer to the Plaintiff, Kanu Agabi informed the court that he needs time to respond to the processes of the Attorney General of the Federation, who was recently dragged into the suit by Alex Izinyon representing the IGP.

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Agabi’s request for an adjournment was supported by Izinyon and based on the consensus of both parties.

Justice Inyang Ekwo therefore adjourned the suit to November 20.

In the suit, the Police Service Commission (PSC) had sued the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Minister of Police Affairs challenging the powers of the IGP to recruit constables without recourse to the Commission.

The PSC sought an interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, their officers and representatives, including anybody or person acting on their behalf from appointing, recruiting or attempting to appoint or recruit by any means whatsoever any person into any office in the first defendant pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

Izinyon had also argued that the issue that brought the motion was the recruitment, which had passed, since the NPF had concluded the recruitment of 10,000 constables.

Natasha Akpoti Attacked As IGP, INEC Chairman Meet Kogi Stakeholders

A vehicle attacked by suspected hoodlums at the venue of the event.

 

 

A female governorship candidate in Kogi State was attacked by suspected hoodlums on Tuesday while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) organised a meeting for political stakeholders in the state.

The meeting, which was attended by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, as well as INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, held four days to the November 16 governorship election in Kogi.

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Adamu and Yakubu, in the company of some senior police officers and INEC National Commissioners, witnessed the signing of a peace accord by the political parties and their candidates in Kogi.

The event had been going smoothly until commotion occurred when Natasha, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), arrived at the venue.

Channels Television gathered that suspected thugs attacked the SDP candidate when she was about entering the hall where the event was holding.

In the process, a fight broke out while some policemen at the venue dispersed the hoodlums with teargas which affected everyone in the hall, including the IGP and the INEC boss, as well as other dignitaries present.

IGP Redeploys 13 Newly-Promoted AIGs

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the posting and redeployment of 13 Assistant Inspectors General of Police to various zones and formations across the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, announced this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the posting and redeployment followed the recent promotion of Commissioners of Police to the rank of AIG.

The police boss asked the senior officers to bring their vast experiences and professionalism to bear in advancing the fortunes of the Force.

He also directed them to ensure adequate supervision of their respective departments and formations to enhance the ongoing drive at repositioning the police for improved service delivery.

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The senior officers affected include Dan Bature – AIG DFA FHQ, Hyelasinda Musa – AIG PMF, Yunana Babas – AIG Zone 8 Lokoja, Dan Mohammed – AIG SPU, Lawal Ado – AIG Works, and Mua’zu Halilu – AIG CTU.

Others are Rabiu Yusuf – AIG ICT, Ahmed Iliyasu – AIG Zone 2 Lagos, Mohammed Kura – AIG Maritime, Zaki Ahmed – AIG Zone 6 Calabar, Zama Senchi – AIG Community Policing, Bello Sadiq – AIG Zone 1 Kano, and Austin Iwero – AIG DOPS FHQ.

Mr Mba said the posting and the redeployment of the senior police officers were with immediate effect.

The Dynamics Of Crime In Nigeria Has Become Increasingly Complex – IGP

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that the dynamics of crime in the country has over time become increasingly complex.

According to the police boss, this is due largely to the impact of technology, global terrorism, socio- economic variables and other security situations within the African continent.

Speaking on Wednesday during a visit to the Force Headquarters in Abuja, by the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Maigairi, Adamu said all these have combined to put pressure on the limited logistics, manpower and other operational assets of the Nigeria Police.

The IG noted that in order to effectively tackle the identified challenges, his vision is to evolve a Police Force that is rule of law guided, pro-active operationally, and one that will engage cutting-edge technology in all components of policing functions.

He also noted that terrorism, kidnappings and other criminal activities were putting pressure on the limited logistics, manpower and other assets of the police.

In order to curb the security challenges, Mr Adamu  said he introduced the community policing model, which according to him has involved the engagement of citizens in identifying and prioritizing prevalent communal security threats as they affected their localities.

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COAS, IGP, Absent As Service Chiefs Finally Appear Before Reps 

Service Chiefs have finally appeared before the House of Representatives to discuss the national security issues. 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Inspector General Police (IGP) Adamu Muhammed, are however absent at the meeting which is currently holding behind closed doors in one of the meeting rooms of the National Assembly.

Both Buratai and Muhammed sent representatives.

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Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the meeting is aimed at finding out why there are still growing concerns of insecurity in the country despite the claims of success made by the military.

More photos from the meeting.

 

At the meeting, he asked why there is an uptick in insecurity. He also offered the collaboration of the house to ensure the lingering security challenges are curtailed.

Chief of Defense Staff who led the Service Chiefs at the meeting apologised for their absence at the previous meeting called by the House of Representatives.

He explained that their absence was not out of disrespect to the House but due to another meeting which was held by the Service Chiefs of the same day.

The service chiefs had earlier on Friday shunned the invitation by the House of Representatives, a situation which the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila described as an insult to the Parliament.

He then promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Abuja Is Not Under Any Form Of Siege – IGP

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni has stated unequivocally that the Federal Capital Territory is safe, secure and not under any form of siege.

This assertion comes against the backdrop of recent speculations in some sections of the media, particularly the Social Media, of an upsurge in crime rate within and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

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While observing that, like other climes across the World, the country has its security challenges, the IGP noted that a comprehensive analysis of crime statistics on major cities across the world would reveal that Abuja has one of the lowest crime rates and remains indisputably one of the safest capital cities in the world.

The IGP further observes that the Federal Capital Territory Police Command has a robust anti-crime architecture which is continually rejigged to effectively tackle prevailing and emerging crimes.

He however enjoined all law-abiding citizens and visitors alike to go about their lawful endeavors without any fear or apprehension.

Ashura: Ban On Procession Applicable To IMN Members Only – IGP

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has said that the ban on procession placed by the Force is only binding on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. 

According to a statement by police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP’s others is not binding on non-IMN Muslims marking Ashura.

In his bid to clarify the Force’s position on procession, the police boss stressed that the ban on processions is applicable to members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria only.

This clarification comes just as Muslims mark the commemoration of “Ashura” throughout the country along with other Muslims across the world.

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IGP Adamu said all other Muslims are free to carry out the annual “Ashura” procession in line with their faith, he however warned that they should do so within the confines of the law.

He also urged them to guard against infiltration by “unscrupulous elements” who may want to take advantage of the event to cause disruption of public peace, order and security.

According to the police spokesman’s communique, the IGP has directed all Commissioners of Police and their respective supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in Commands and Zones to give full effect to the above clarifications and ensure that non-IMN Muslims are not in any way restricted from exercising their freedom of religion, worship and peaceful assembly.

The IGP also enjoined members of the public to be calm and go about their lawful businesses, noting that the Force is doing all within its capacity to ensure there is no breach of the peace, law and order anywhere in the country.

PHOTOS: IGP Mohammed Adamu Visits Ondo, Ekiti

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu is visiting police commands in Ondo and Ekiti States.

Mr Adamu’s visit is sequel to a recent security meeting held with stakeholders in the South West.

He says the visit aims at creating avenues to relate with officers and stakeholders to have a better idea of security challenges in the Ekiti axis and modalities to tackle them.

According to the IGP, the welfare of officers will be prioritised and protective facilities are being provided for officers to ensure they are shielded while fighting crime.

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IGP Orders Water-Tight Security Around Embassies, Foreign Businesses In Nigeria

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered that there should be water-tight security around embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within Nigeria.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the order follows attacks on Shoprite outlets in the Lekki area of Lagos State among others on Tuesday.

“This order is against the backdrop of the unfortunate attack on Shoprite outlets in Lekki Area of Lagos State on 3rd September 2019 by some miscreants who attacked and looted the Malls ostensibly under the pretext of protesting against the incessant “xenophobic” attacks in South Africa,” the statement read.

“To this end, all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police across the Federation have been placed on red alert to ensure no similar violence is replicated within the country”.

The IGP condemned the violent attacks adding that three police officers were seriously injured and a Police operational vehicle was set ablaze.

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He also noted that a total number of 125 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident while a good number of looted valuables have been recovered by the Police.

While recognising the rights of citizens to air their views on salient national issues as enshrined in our statutes, the Force reiterated that such must be done within the confines of the law.

“Miscreants and criminally-minded people who masquerade as genuine protesters are, therefore, warned to stay-off the streets of Nigeria as the Force will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law on any such lawbreaker,” the statement added.

Parents and Guardians were also asked to caution their wards to desist from acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in the country.

Meanwhile, the Force says it has commenced investigations and profiling of the arrested suspects with a view to establishing their connection with the stealing, malicious damage, arson and disturbance of public peace on the day of the incident.

“The Force is hereby reassuring all law-abiding citizens, embassies, foreign missions, foreigners and their businesses within the country of their security and safety”.

Police Arrest 522 Murder Suspects, 1154 Alleged Kidnappers In Eight Months

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, says the force has arrested  about 552 murder suspects and 1,154 suspected kidnappers across the country between January and August.

IGP Adamu made the disclosure on Monday during the Southwest Geopolitical Zone Security Summit held in Ibadan.

At the summit, the police boss also said that about 2,015 armed robbery suspects were arrested, stressing that 363 of those in custody were apprehended in the South West.

He further revealed that 837 kidnap victims were rescued with 106 of such rescues achieved in the Southwest also.

Mr Adamu said the statistics pointed out that the Police in recent months have developed capacity and demonstrated the requisite professional zeal.

The IGP, however, said there were isolated cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in the Southwest, particularly along Benin-Ore-Lagos highway and across Ondo state.

He said the current operations of the Police and other security agencies across the country, particularly along Niger- Kogi- FCT -Kaduna -Katsina and Zamfara state has been successful.

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IGP Orders Deployment Of Police Helicopters To Tackle Crimes

 

As part of efforts aimed at effectively curtailing crimes in the country, the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the deployment of Police aerial surveillance helicopters to major cities in the South-West and North-West of the country.

This comes after the murder of a catholic priest, Rev. Father, David Tanko, in the early hours of Thursday by suspected bandits in Taraba.

The IGP called on Nigerians not to panic, assuring the nation that the perpetrator(s) of the dastardly act will not go undetected and unpunished.

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He also enjoined the people to be calm and give maximum support to the Police in the bid towards unravelling the authors of the crime, their motives and circumstances surrounding the unfortunate killing of the Priest.

“The Force therefore enjoins citizens not to panic but to go about their lawful businesses as the aerial surveillance is geared towards improving the security of lives and property in the affected areas”.

He added that “the Police Air-Wing Operational Base in Abuja caters for Abuja – Kaduna highways as well as the adjoining States in the North-West and North-Central, the new base in Ondo State will cater for the adjoining states and highways straddling the South-West”.