Contempt: IGP Files Motion To Set Aside Contempt Proceedings, Committal Order

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

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has approached the court to file a motion to set aside the contempt proceeding and committal order issued against him.

On Tuesday, Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja sentenced the police chief to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

Delivering his ruling, Justice Olajuwon issued the order following a suit filed by a former police officer, Patrick Okoli who claimed he was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigeria Police Force.

But in the motion filed before the Federal High Court in the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday, IGP Baba said that he had not been appointed into office as Inspector-General of Police when the case was instituted and the reinstatement order in question granted.

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this in a statement he issued on Friday.

Adejobi said the IGP has also affirmed that the contempt proceedings were served via substituted means in November 2018 and January 2019 respectively, on the then Inspector-General of Police, and not on him as the incumbent.

He noted that even before the assumption of the office of the IGP, official steps had been taken by his predecessors toward complying with the reinstatement of Patrick C. Okoli, the plaintiff, as ordered by the court.

According to him, this was evidenced by an official letter addressed to the Police Service Commission on the approval of the then Inspector General of Police, as far back as 2015, and before the court order of November 29th, 2022, requesting the Commission to issue a reinstatement letter to the plaintiff and also affect his promotion in line with the order of the Court and in the exercise of their statutory authority in that regard.

The IGP reassured Nigerians of his unalloyed commitment and steadfastness in defending the rule of law and respecting judicial authorities and hence, will not wittingly or unwittingly disobey any order validly granted by courts of competent jurisdiction.

Contempt: IGP Seeks Legal Advice On Imprisonment Order

A file photo of the IGP, Usman Alkali Baba
A file photo of the IGP, Usman Alkali Baba

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Force Legal Unit to proffer informed legal advice to him on the order of a the Federal High Court, Abuja which sentenced him to three months in prison for “disobeying a court order”.

The police boss made this known in a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi hours after Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon issued the order that the IGP be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months.

The order of the court followed a suit filed by a former police officer, Patrick Okoli who claimed he was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigeria Police Force in June 1992.

A Federal High Court in Abuja was said to have ordered the reinstatement of Okoli in a judgement on October 21, 2011 but the office of the IGP was said not to have complied.

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However, in a statement on behalf of the IGP on Tuesday, Adejobi said the police boss did not disregard court order or the rule of law as “the office is not aware of any Court Order, during the current IGP’s tenure, with respect to a matter making the round in the media that the IGP disobeyed a Court Order for the reinstatement of a dismissed officer of the Force”.

“It is instructive to note that the case in point concerns an officer who was dismissed as far back as 1992, a few years after the current IGP joined the Nigeria Police Force, based on available facts gleaned from the reports.

“The most recent judgement on the matter was given in 2011 which should ordinarily not fall under the direct purview of the current administration of the Force. Thus, the news is strange and astonishing.

“The IGP has however directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Force Legal Unit to investigate the allegation in a bid to ascertain the position of the court and proffer informed legal advice for the IGP’s prompt and necessary action,” the statement read.

Adejobi also said the IGP will continue to uphold the rule of law and synergise with the judiciary to ensure quick dispensation of justice for an improved criminal justice system.

Earlier in November, Justice Chizoba Oji of a High Court Abuja convicted the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa for contempt and ordered that he should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja.

The judge held that Bawa was in contempt of the order of the court made on November 21, 2018, directing the commission to return to an applicant, his Range Rover and the sum of N40 million.

However, Justice Oji in a subsequent ruling set aside the conviction of Bawa after hearing an application brought by the EFCC chairman.

INEC Chairman, NSA, Others Hold Emergency Meeting Over Attacks On Ogun, Osun Offices

A collage of INEC offices attacked in Ogun and Osun states on Thursday, November 10, 2022

 

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday, held an emergency meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.

The emergency meeting was summoned by INEC over recent attacks on the INEC offices in Ogun and Osun states in the early hours of Thursday.

The inter-agency committee includes the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.); the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba; Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

Yakubu confirmed that cases of arson at the INEC offices in Ogun and Osun which he said led to the loss of 904 election boxes and 65,699 uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). According to him, the Commission will reproduce the affected PVCs from their data.

While expressing strong concerns over political attacks, he urged the committee to take decisive action to nip such occurrences in the bud.

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52 cases of Violence

A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno
A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno

 

In his remarks, Monguno said he was aware that in the last month, at least 52 cases of violence across 22 states of the federation had been reported, a situation which he described as a bad omen that must be dealt with decisively.

The NSA also noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had given a directive that the 2023 general elections be conducted without any rancour. According to him, the President is pleased with the conduct of the off-season governorship elections held in Anambra, Ekiti, and Osun states, and anticipates a similar outcome in the 2023 elections.

Monguno added that the security agencies had received clear directives to “deal decisively” with any group or individual who wants to foment trouble. He cautioned such groups, irrespective of their political leaning, to beware of the security agencies which, according to him, are on high alert.

The IGP confirmed that some arrests have already been made, investigations are ongoing, and hopes that justice is swiftly dispensed so that it could serve as deterrent for others.

IGP Deploys Three Armed Drones To Tackle Insecurity

The police authorities have deployed armed drones to tackle insecurity. Credit: NPF

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has deployed three armed drones to tackle insecurity across the country.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, saying newly acquired drones will assist the Police in monitoring active crime scenes, coordinating response operations, and providing armed aerial support to officers on reconnaissance operations.

The three newly acquired UAVs are rotary-wing aircraft that have the capacity to fly up to an altitude of 1, 000 feet.

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Noting that the deployment of the drones is based on necessity, the IGP said three more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of the same specifications are still expected to arrive in the country in the shortest possible time.

According to him, the constant deployment and judicious use of UAVs, ordered a total clampdown on non-state actors and criminals in the country.

The police boss also warned criminal elements causing havoc across the country to turn over a new leaf.

See the full statement issued below:

INSECURITY: IGP ACQUIRES, AND DEPLOYS 3 ASISGUARD SONGAR ARMED DRONES TO STRATEGIC LOCATIONS

  • Orders Total Clamp Down on Non-State Actors, Criminals

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc(+), NPM, NEAPS, fdc, CFR, has acquired three (3) high-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for improved armed surveillance operations to checkmate criminal activities in the country as a further manifestation of the IGP’s determination to integrate the use of innovative technology in the law enforcement duties of the Nigeria Police Force.

The newly acquired drones will surely assist the Police in monitoring active crime scenes, coordinating response operations, and providing armed aerial support to officers on reconnaissance operations.

The 3 newly acquired UAVs are rotary wing aircrafts capable of flying up to an altitude of 1000ft with high operational endurance and capacity of firing at acquired threats and targets from reasonable distances. The Nigeria Police Airwing has equally concluded trainings for the operators of the drones in partnership with foreign experts who have been consulted for training and maintenance of the drones.

The IGP has directed the immediate, and strategic deployment of these drones based on necessity, while noting that three (3) more UAVs of the same specifications are still expected at the shortest possible time.

The IGP while reiterating the constant deployment and judicious use of the drones, ordered total clamp down on non-state actors and criminals in Nigeria, and similarly warned criminal elements across the country to steer clear and turn a new leaf else the environment would not be conducive for them, and they may meet their waterloo soonest.

The Inspector-General of Police has further re-emphasized the firm determination of his administration to continue to explore the use of technology in the fight against crime and criminality while seeking full cooperation from members of the public on intelligence gathering and vigilance.

 

CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

 

Contempt: Court Convicts EFCC Chairman, Directs IGP To Execute Order

A file photo of EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa
A file photo of EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa

 

The Federal Capital Territory High Court has convicted Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for contempt of court in relation to his agency’s failure to comply with an earlier order of the court.

In a ruling on Tuesday, Justice Chizoba Oji held that the chairman of the anti-graft agency, is in contempt of the order of the court made on November 21, 2018, directing the commission to return to an applicant, his Range Rover (super charge) and the sum of N40 million.

She also ordered that Bawa should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre Abuja for his disobedience, and continued disobedience of the said order until he purges himself of the contempt.

Justice Oji further directed the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to ensure that the order of this court is executed forthwith.

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The judge rejected the arguments put forward by the lawyer to the EFCC, Francis Jirbo to justify his client’s action.

The ruling delivered on October 28, a Certified True Copy (CTC) which was sighted by Channels Television, was on a motion on notice marked filed by Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo, a one-time Director of Operations at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Ojuawo had, in the motion, complained that the EFCC declined to comply with the order, for the release of his seized property, made by the court in a judgment delivered on November 21, 2018.

Terror Alert: No Imminent Threat In Abuja, IGP Insists

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

 

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Thursday insisted that there is no security threat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

On Sunday, the US and United Kingdom both warned of a possible terrorist attack in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the warnings, the attack would be especially aimed at government buildings, places of worship, schools and other centres where large crowds gather.

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But in a statement by Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the IGP reassured Nigerians and other foreign nationals of their safety within the country.

The police chief emphasized this while charging all Strategic Police Managers in charge of Commands and tactical formations within the country to beef up security in their respective jurisdictions, especially in the FCT.

He reiterated the commitment of the Nigeria Police in securing lives and properties, noting that the Force will achieve its mandate in collaboration with other security agencies.

“The IGP, therefore, allays the fear of residents in the FCT and admonishes them to go about their lawful businesses and normal social lives/engagements as all hands are on deck to nip any security threat in the bud and respond to distress calls promptly,” the statement read.

“The IGP similarly reiterates the commitment of the Nigeria Police to eliminating all threats, as well as protection of lives and property of all residents of the country.”

Baba similarly directed that all emergency numbers across the country should be activated to full capacity for a 24/7 prompt response with combatant officers and men on standby to respond in case of emergency situations and distress calls.

He appealed to FCT residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence and persons to the Police.

The police boss also asked the general public to reach the Force through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883.

IGP Deploys Two DIGs To Departments Of Intelligence, Operations

A file photo of the IGP, Usman Baba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has deployed two Deputy Inspectors-General of Police – Bello Sadiq and Dandaura Mustapha – to the Force Intelligence Bureau and the Department of Operations respectively.

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“This is coming on the heels of the recent promotion of the DIGs, upon recommendation of the IGP, by the Police Service Commission, and the retirement of the former DIG in charge of Operations, DIG Bala Zama Senchi, PSC,” a statement by the Force spokesman Adejobi said.

“DIG Sadiq A. Bello who hails from Jega Local Government of Kebbi State was appointed into the Force as an Assistant Superintendent of Police on 15th March 1988. He holds a Bachelors’s (Combined Honours) in English and Sociology from Bayero University, Kano. A seasoned police officer, DIG Bello attended several highly revered police courses including the Advanced Detective Course, Intermediate Command Course, and Senior Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos; as well as the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Course at the famous Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana. He has served in various Investigative, Administrative and Operational Capacities including as CP Nasarawa, CP FCT, CP General Investigations at the Force Criminal Investigations Department, and AIG Zone 1, Kano.

“DIG Dandaura Mustapha hails from Daura LGA of Katsina State. He holds a Bachelors (Honours) in History and a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigeria Defence Academy.  DIG Dandaura has attended courses both at home and abroad such as Modern Criminal Investigation at the Police Academy, Cairo, Egypt; Law Enforcement Executive Course, International Law Enforcement Academy, Botswana; Advanced Management Course, International Law Enforcement Academy, New Mexico, USA. He has served as Deputy Force Secretary; Commandant Police College Kaduna; CP Railway Command; CP Anambra and Rivers State; CP Force Provost Marshal, AIG Force Secretary, AIG Zone 7 Abuja, and AIG Zone 4 Makurdi.”

Read the full statement below: 

PRESS RELEASE
IGP DEPLOYS 2 NEW DIGs TO DEPARTMENTS OF INTELLIGENCE, OPERATIONS
• As Kwara, Niger, Jigawa Get New Commissioners

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, CFR, has deployed the newly promoted Deputy Inspectors-General of Police – DIG Bello A. Sadiq and DIG Dandaura Mustapha, to the Force Intelligence Bureau and the Department of Operations respectively. This is coming on the heels of the recent promotion of the DIGs, upon recommendation of the IGP, by the Police Service Commission, and the retirement of the former DIG in charge of Operations, DIG Bala Zama Senchi, psc.

DIG Sadiq A. Bello who hails from Jega Local Government of Kebbi State, was appointed into the Force as an Assistant Superintendent of Police on 15th March, 1988. He holds a Bachelors (Combined Honours) in English and Sociology from Bayero University, Kano. A seasoned police officer, DIG Bello attended several highly revered police courses including the Advanced Detective Course, Intermediate Command Course, and Senior Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos; as well as the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Course at the famous Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana. He has served in various Investigative, Administrative and Operational Capacities including as CP Nasarawa, CP FCT, CP General Investigations at the Force Criminal Investigations Department, and AIG Zone 1, Kano.

DIG Dandaura Mustapha hails from Daura LGA of Katsina State. He holds a Bachelors (Honours) in History and a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigeria Defence Academy. DIG Dandaura has attended courses both home and abroad such as Modern Criminal Investigation at the Police Academy, Cairo, Egypt; Law Enforcement Executive Course, International Law Enforcement Academy, Botswana; Advanced Management Course, International Law Enforcement Academy, New Mexico, USA. He has served as Deputy Force Secretary; Commandant Police College Kaduna; CP Railway Command; CP Anambra and Rivers State; CP Force Provost Marshal, AIG Force Secretary, AIG Zone 7 Abuja, and AIG Zone 4 Makurdi.

The IGP has similarly deployed three Commissioners of Police to take charge of Kwara, Niger, and Jigawa State Police Commands. They are CPs Odama Paul Ojeka, Ogundele Joshua Ayodeji, and Effiom Emmanuel Ekot for Kwara, Niger and Jigawa States respectively.

CP Odama Paul Ojeka, psc(+), hails from Yala LGA of Cross River State. He attended Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, where he had his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Sociology and MSc degree in Criminology. He also had a post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Management and MBA, both from University of Calabar, he is as well a Chartered Accountant. He has served in various capacities since his commissioning as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1990. These include as Area Commander Ile-Ife, Osun state, Kabba in Kogi and Suleja in Niger State. He attended many courses including the United Nations Conflict Resolution Course, Pristina, Kosovo.

The new Commissioner of Police, Niger State Police Command, CP Ogundele Joshua Ayodeji, psc(+), hails from Oyo West in Oyo State. He holds B.sc and M.sc degrees in Political Science from University of Ibadan and was appointed into the Force as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1990. He has served in various capacities within the Force which include Commander, Nigeria’s Contingent on Peace Keeping to Republic of Croatia; Divisional Police Officer in several Police Divisions in Anambra State; Directing Staff, Police Staff College Jos; Area Commander in Kwara and Niger States. He has attended several professional courses, seminars and workshops, some of which include: Intermediate Command Course, Community Policing Course, Tactical Leadership Command Course and Senior Command Course.

CP Emmanuel Ekot Effiom, the new Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, hails from Nko Yakurr LGA of Cross River State. He holds a Bachelor Degree in English from the University of Port-Harcourt. He has served in various administrative, investigative and operational capacity within State, Zonal Commands, Formations and the Force Headquarters, Abuja including as Police Public Relations Officer, Jigawa Command; Officer in Charge, Anti-Fraud, Zone 1, Kano; DPO Rano, Kano; DPO Ikot Division, Akwa Ibom; Commandant, Police Training School, Minna; DCP Operations, Sokoto; DCP Admin, Kogi Command, Zone 5 Benin; Deputy Commandant, Police Academy, Kano. He has several certificates in Public Relations, Management, Strategic Security Courses among others. He is a Fellow Institute of Corporate Administration and also an author.

The IGP has charged the newly posted officers to hit the ground running in the areas of crime-fighting, robust human relations and public safety. He also called for support and cooperation from members of the public to the new Police helmsmen to enable them perform optimally on their mandate.

The posting is with immediate effect.

CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

19th OCTOBER, 2022

Amotekun, Other ‘Quasi-Security Outfits’ Won’t Be Engaged For 2023 Polls, Says IGP

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali on Thursday said the Southwest Security Outfit called Amotekun and other “quasi-security outfits” established by state governments won’t participate in next year’s general elections. 

The police chief said this in Abuja at a conference for strategic police managers, which includes officers from the ranks of commissioners and above. He stated that such establishments are not legally-backed for the exercise.

“Similarly, the IGP emphasized the fact that all quasi-security outfits established by various state governments and local communities operating under different nomenclatures, structures, and orientations have no legal roles under the Electoral Act and in the electoral process,” Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement.

“He, therefore, directed all Police Managers to ensure they are not utilized by political or community actors for any role during the electioneering campaign and other electoral processes as such would amount to an illegality, a threat to national security, and inimical to the nation’s democratic interest.”

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“The IGP charged all officers present to boost the security of their public space towards guaranteeing a crime-free and enabling environment for political campaigns and other components of the electoral process noting that following the announcement by the INEC for the commencement of electioneering campaigns by all political parties from 28th September 2022, the national political space will become very active and susceptible to an increase in politically related offences,” the statement further read.

“The IGP tasked all Strategic Police Managers with discharging their duties before, during, and after the electioneering process in line with the dictates of the Electoral Act 2022, and the Code of Conduct and Nigeria Police Force Rules of Engagement for Security Personnel on Election Duty issued in 2020 by the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).”

Attacks On Police Officers Will No Longer Be Tolerated -IGP

A file photo used to illustrate the story.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, on Monday, said attacks on police officers on official duties will no longer be tolerated.

He also ordered all police commands and formations to ensure immediate prosecution of anyone who assaults policemen regardless of the causative factors.

This was contained in a statement signed on Monday by Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi.

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The statement partly read, “The IGP emphasized that attacks on police officers, who are uniformed agents of the state, is both illegal and an affront on the rule of law.

“The IGP warned that attacks on police officers and men in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise, as the Force holds the lives of its personnel sacrosanct.

“Consequently, the IGP has directed all police commands and formations to ensure that individuals who engage in assault on police officers, irrespective of preceding factors, are made to face the full wrath of the law via swift prosecution in courts of competent jurisdiction.

The Inspector-General of Police while reiterating the commitment of the Force to ensuring the protection of lives and property, stressed the importance of according respect for the 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 and maintenance of law and order.”

10 Nigerian States Have GDPs Bigger Than That Of Some Nations – Osinbajo

osinbajo-havard-students-GDP
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, receives in audience current MBA Students of Harvard Business School at the Statehouse, Abuja. 26th August 2022. Photos: Tolani Alli

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the gross domestic capital (GDPs) of 10 Nigerian states are greater than that of some African nations.

Osinbajo made the comment on Sunday when some Harvard Business School students visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, maintaining that Nigeria should not be economically compared with “smaller” African nations.

“For instance, Borno State is about the size of the whole of the United Kingdom plus Sweden or Denmark,” Osinbajo said, according to a statement from his media aide Laolu Akande.

“So, when it is reported that there is violence in Nigeria, it is probably an incident in one remote area of the country, and many people in Abuja and Lagos may hear about it on social media, such is the size of this country.

“When they talk about the economy, we are often compared with smaller African countries, but there are 10 states in Nigeria that have bigger GDPs than those countries, it is a huge target market.”

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VP Osinbajo also added that he values integrity, transparency, and social justice, noting that he assumed office with these.

He said, “for me, spirituality connotes values. I came into government with values about what I think is important, especially around transparency, social justice, and justice, among others. You are almost always a product of the values you believe in. Fortunately, a lot of these values cut across different faiths, they are not necessarily restricted to a religion or one faith.

“In societies that are more developed institutionally, you don’t need to be told that you shouldn’t do certain things because you could end up in jail if you do and there is a good likelihood that you could be detected and the process will go through and you will be punished.

“I speak about corruption and all that. But where the institutions are weak, some people have reasons for not doing the right thing.”

TikTok Videos: Police Suspend Two Supernumerary Officers For Policy Violation, Misconduct

The suspended SPY officers     Photo: Nigeria Police

 

 

Two supernumerary police officers have been suspended by the Nigeria Police for “discreditable conduct” and violation of the Force’s social media policy.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Friday that the officers, both female, were suspended with immediate effect “for breach of the provisions of the Police Act, 2020, and The Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment/Promotion/Discipline of Supernumerary Police (SPY) 2013 by the Inspector-General of Police, as captured in a video posted by one of the officers”.

Adejobi identified the officers as Obaze Blessing with SPY number 5709, and Obaze Emmanuella Uju with SPY number 5708.

Videos of both officers on TikTok have made the rounds recently and the Force PRO noted that one of their videos went viral on August 3, 2022.

He said, in the video, the officers “adorned themselves in conventional police officers’ uniforms contrary to the code regulating the SPY service. One of them similarly adorned the rank of Superintendent of Police which is contrary to extant laws.

“Above all, they portrayed themselves in the viral video and other videos as undisciplined and unprofessional, in contravention of the Police Social Media Policy, with acts glorifying ill-gotten wealth and ill-morals, which has received wide condemnation from members of the public.”

Warning Against Misuse of Uniforms

In addition to suspending both officers, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, issued a strict warning against “incessant, illegal and unwarranted use of police uniforms restricted to bona fide serving officers of the Nigeria Police Force”.

In the statement, Adejobi clarified the role of supernumerary police and the dress code.

He said, “The Supernumerary Police, by the combined effects of the Police Act, 2020 and the Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment/Promotion/Discipline of Supernumerary Police (SPY),2013 was established solely to complement the services of regular Police Officers when needed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies/Multi-National Companies, and Banks who make requests and upon approval pay for their training and cover their emoluments for the period of their engagement. (Sections 21-24 of the Police Act, 2020).

“It is equally important to mention that in line with Section 25 (2) (3) of the Police Act, 2020 and the Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment/Promotion/Discipline of Supernumerary Police (SPY), 2013issued by the Inspector-General of Police (Guidelines for SPYs), the mode of dressing of SPY police mandates its SPY officers above the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police not to wear uniforms. Similarly, extant laws delineate the Supernumerary uniform.

“It states that they must be on their approved uniform, ash coloured shirt with “SPY” inscriptions all over, over black with shoulder badge carrying the word “SUPERNUMERARY”. Supernumerary Officers adorning police black, neon blue or camouflage uniforms run afoul of the law and would be adequately sanctioned.”

Dogara Alleges Threat To Life, Petitions IGP

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A file photo of Mr Yakubu Dogara

 

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has alleged a threat to his life, saying two police officers are conspiring with one Barau Joel Amos to kill him.

As a result, Dogara petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba on August 18, claiming Amos allegedly confessed to buying the rifles from the police officers with the intention of killing him.

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According to him, two persons – a lawyer, Istifanus Bala Gambar,  and the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Markus Musa – are also targeted in the purported assassination plot.

“I am sure you are apprised of the matter since it involves looting of your armoury in Bauchi by the very officers who are entrusted with the safe custody of your arms and a constituent of mine, Barau Joel Amos, who sought to buy or has been buying assault rifles from the officers,” Dogara said.

“I find it worrisome that there has been no official advice from the police relating to this credible threat to our lives to enable us to beef up security around us or just to be careful about our movements. More so, there is a spike in cases of kidnappings and killings by unknown gunmen, especially in the Lere District of T/Balewa.

“A case in point was the attack at Boto town where some relations of a former Governor of the State were killed while some were abducted. With all due respect, this is a matter that must not be handled with kid gloves.

“His confession relates to those who gave him or contributed the money for him to be used to procure weapons. His bank statements and phone call logs will definitely collaborate with his confessions.

“Granted his meager salary as a storekeeper in a secondary school, it will have taken him a lifetime saving to be able to raise the N1.2m cash which he wanted to use to buy the two rifles.”

The lawmaker however did not say why there is a threat to his life.