Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has mourned the loss of former Inspector General of Police, Gambo Jimeta who passed on Thursday in Abuja after battling an illness.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this great Cop whose carrier saw him rise to prominence becoming Inspector General of Police,” describing him as one of the finest officers of the law.
Governor Fintiri noted that Adamawa will remain proud of its illustrious son who made an impact in the Nigeria Police.
The Governor pointed out that the “Late Gambo Jimeta served with honour and dignity and was an integral part of many crucial investigations in Nigeria’s history.” Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said he will be remembered as one who truly cared about people and those under him and worked tirelessly to keep Nigeria safe.
“Gambo was a great man, who contributed so much to Adamawa State and the law enforcement community in Nigeria “My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I join family, friends, and associates in commemorating his life and his service to Nigeria”.
While extending his deepest condolences to the Jimeta community, Adamawa State, the Nigeria Police, and the entire family, Governor Fintiri said his demise was a great loss not only to the State but Nigeria especially at a time the nation is faced with security challenges and will miss his wealth of experience to help surmount the problem. Gambo Jimeta will be greatly missed”, he said.
“Gambo exemplified the best of law enforcement in our country. He was a trusted officer who showed his commitment to Nigeria especially the role he played in many significant investigations. He was a role model, and mentor to many across our State and he will be remembered very fondly.
“I join the family and friends in honouring his life and commemorating his enduring legacy. May he rest in peace”, he added.
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested one Friday Domozu, 23, a native of Jarkama Village, Bassa LGA of Kogi State, the leader of the kidnap gang responsible for the abduction and killing of a six-year-old, Farida Yahaya at the Gabije Area of Kogi State on November 2.
This information was contained in a press release signed by police spokesman, Frank Mba.
The victim was abducted alongside one Abdulraheem, 14, who narrowly escaped from the kidnappers’ den.
Investigations by the Police team revealed that the kidnappers demanded a huge sum as ransom from the family of the little girl before she could be released, but eventually killed her owing to the inability of the family to meet up with their demands.
Efforts by the Police team to rescue the little girl led to the arrest of the principal suspect, Friday Domozu who led the Police Team to a deep forest at Gabije area of Kogi State where the remains of the little girl were recovered.
The Police Team also exhumed the decomposing body of another victim later found to be that of one 40years Ibrahim Madaki earlier declared missing.
The remains of the victims have been deposited for autopsy.
Friday Domozu also revealed to the Police team that he is an ex-military trainee who was declared unfit and subsequently withdrawn 5-months into training based on medical grounds. Efforts are being intensified to arrest his gang members still at large.
Similarly, the Police Team arrested one Halidu Usman of Akwanga, Nasarawa State, the gang leader of the group responsible for the killing of an Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, Late ACI Salisu Usman at Gudi area in Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State on June 15.
The suspects stormed the house of the victim, killed him and his younger sister, Sa’adatu Usman, a final year medical student of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto State.
The killers also abducted the wife of the victim, Asmau Salisu and collected ransom from the family before her release. The suspect is assisting the police team in the investigations and arrest of other members of the group still at large.
Police operatives also arrested four kidnap/armed robbery gang members responsible for the recent series of kidnapping of some staff of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and their families.
The gang members; Abubakar Aliyu a.k.a Maigiwa, 27, Aliyu Bello, 18, Ishaku Kabiru, 30, and Abubakar Yakubu a.k.a Dogo, 23, were arrested following police investigations and rescue operations for the kidnap victims.
The arrest of Abubakar Aliyu a.k.a Maigiwa led to the arrest of the other three gang members.
Abubakar Aliyu is a security staff of ABU Zaria who provides information to the gang on the movement and lifestyle of the victims. Some of the victims were rescued during the operation and reunited with their families.
Also, in a follow-up on investigations and information provided by a kidnap victim who identified and raised alarm on citing one Ibrahim Idris a.k.a Naira as a member of the gang responsible for his kidnap and collection of ransom before his release, the Police Team on January 7, 2020 arrested the suspect which led to the arrest of two other gang members; Abubakar Yusuf a.k.a Ndalati, 42, and Abubakar Ahmodu, 20.
Investigations reveal that Abubakar Ahmodu is responsible for spying on and identifying potential victims of kidnap for the gang. As a matter of fact, he provided intimate details about his father which led to the kidnap and eventual extortion of a ransom of Two Million naira from his biological father.
All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations, according to the police.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reiterated the commitment of the Force to cracking down on perpetrators of violent crimes in the country.
The IGP expressed his sincere appreciation to the citizens for the useful information they avail the Police with which no doubt have continued to yield positive outcomes as seen in the arrest of the twenty-five suspects.
He sought further cooperation and assured that the Force will remain resolute to ensuring a safe and more secure country for all.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the redeployment of 21 Commissioners of Police to new commands and formations across the country.
This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Aremu Adeniran.
Nine of the senior officers were posted to head State Police Commands in various parts of the country.
They include Adeleke Bode (Kebbi), Ali Janga (Sokoto), Ngozi Onadeko (Oyo), Mohammed Aliyu (Enugu), Sikiru Akande (Cross River), Aliyu Garba (Ebonyi), Aliyu Alhaji (Adamawa), Nasiru Mohammed (Imo), and Ari Ali (Delta).
According to the statement, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who is now a Commissioner of Police is to maintain his position as the police spokesman.
Other police commissioners affected by the redeployment are Philip Maku (SPU, FHQ, Abuja), Ohikere Idris (Armament, FHQ, Abuja), Daniel Sokari-Pedro (CMDT Police College Ikeja), John Amadi (Port Authority Police (PAP), Western, Lagos, Haladu Rosamson (Border Patrol, FHQ, Abuja) and Abubakar Bature (Airport Command).
Also redeployed by the police boss are Yusuf Ahmed (Department of Operations, FHQ), Babaita Ishola (Training and Department), Alexander Wannang (CMDT Police Detective College Enugu), Olofu Adejoh (Counter Terrorism Unit, FHQ, Abuja), and Sadiq Abubakar (Peacekeeping, FHQ, Abuja).
Adeniran noted that the redeployment of the police commissioners was with immediate effect.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered 24-hour security arrangements and high visibility patrols in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), ahead of the Christmas and New Year Celebrations.
The IGP gave the directives to all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of Zonal and State Commands nationwide to ensure a peaceful celebration.
This was made known in a statement signed on Thursday, December 24 by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba.
The IGP equally directed the Strategic Officers to ensure deployment of intelligence and other operational assets of the Force particularly on major highways, airports, railway stations, recreational centres, motor – parks, places of worship, financial institutions, amongst others.
They are also to ensure that personnel deployed are adequately supervised for the utmost professionalism in the discharge of their duties. He warned that acts bordering on indiscipline, extortion, and intimidation of travellers and other road users will not be condoned.
The IGP also enjoined Nigerians to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to security risks and the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and adhere to the COVID-19 prevention regulations.
He advised Nigerians to “avoid night travels, over-speeding, over-loading, stopping on lonely highways and unnecessary flaunting of personal details/wealth on social media.”
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday visited the Katsina State Police Command to meet with officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
The IGP vowed that the abduction of the students from Government Science Secondary School Ƙankara will never happen again.
Upon his visit, the police boss met with the tactical units, the area commanders, the DPOs, and Commanders of Operation Puff Adder in order to make sure that Katsina is made a crime-free environment.
He said that with the recent abduction of scores of students from Government Science Secondary School Ƙankara, the Nigeria Police Force has resolved never to allow such incidence to repeat itself in the state.
IGP Adamu, while describing the police as the lead agency in internal Security in the country revealed that internal security is the role of the police to maintain law and order adding that for that reason, the police will never give any opportunity for criminals to thrive.
“Recently we have seen an act of Banditry moving from the epicenter we used to know and were converging in Katsina state.
“We believe we must strategize with other stakeholders, citizens of the state, and cooperative partners like Miyetti Allah and other law enforcement agencies so that every nooks and cranny of the state are manned and not to allow any space for these criminals to operate whether in the morning, afternoon or night.”
The IGP’s statement comes after gunmen suspected to be bandits on December 11, invaded the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara and kidnapped hundreds of schoolboys.
They were later released on December 16 which was confirmed by the State Governor, Aminu Masari.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has approved the promotion of 4,134 traffic warden officers to their next ranks.
Mr Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
The promotion included 65 officers who were elevated to the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Traffic, 245 officers to Assistant Superintendent of Traffic II, 138 officers elevated to Senior Traffic Warden, as well as 3,683 personnel promoted to Grade I and three personnel from Grade III to Grade II.
Adamu noted that the promotion of the officers was part of the ongoing efforts by the police to ensure that deserving personnel were promoted accordingly, to encourage hard work, and further entrench the culture of merit, excellence, and dedication to duties.
He commended the officers for their resilience and invaluable commitment to traffic control duties as greatly recognised by the members of the public.
The police boss, however, asked them to see their promotion as a call for a renewed commitment to duty and further rededication to their professional calling.
He also urged the officers to be diligent in the discharge of their duties and shun all acts capable of undermining the efforts of the police, particularly in the ongoing reforms.
The Traffic Warden Service was established in 1975 as a section of the Nigeria Police Force charged with the task of discharging functions in connection with the control and regulation of, or the enforcement of the law relating to road traffic under the direction of the Police.
Since its establishment, it has remained one of the key frontline components of the Force.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has sent more police officials to Katsina State where an attack on a secondary school by gunmen has left scores missing with many feared abducted.
These additional “operational and investigative assets” are to support the ongoing search and rescue operations following the attack.
“The deployment is sequel to the unfortunate attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State by heavily armed men on 11th December 2020 which left some of the students missing,” a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said.
Among additional officials sent to the state are personnel from the Police Tactical Squads and crack detectives from the Force Intelligence Bureau.
They will provide investigative support to the Katsina State Police Command.
“They are also to work in sync with the military and other law enforcement agents in coordinated efforts aimed at rescuing the students, hunting down the perpetrators, and bringing them to book,” Mba added.
Gunmen had stormed the boarding secondary school late on Friday night, causing students, teachers, and staff members to flee for their lives. In the process, many were feared abducted.
According to the police, investigations so far reveal that one of the attackers was killed and a policeman injured during the attack.
“The exact number of students missing cannot be ascertained at the moment as massive operations including investigations, search and rescue exercise are still ongoing,” Mba said.
The attack has drawn condemnation from many including President Muhammadu Buhari who has directed the reinforcement of security of all schools in reaction, and in line with the safe schools policy of the administration.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly bandits’ attack on innocent children at the Science School, Kankara,” the President said, as quoted in a statement released by spokesman Garba Shehu.
“Our prayers are with the families of the students, the school authorities, and the injured.”
Shehu, in his statement, said the military has located the bandits’ location and are in the process of retrieving the abducted students.
“In the latest briefing received by the President from Governor Aminu Bello Masari, with whom he has been in touch, and the Army Chief of Staff, General Tukur Buratai, the military, supported by airpower has located the bandits’ enclave at Zango/Paula forest in Kankara and there has been exchange of fire in an ongoing operation,” the statement read in part.
Governor Masari who visited the school on Saturday morning said no one can yet ascertain the number of students who were kidnapped in the attack.
A member of staff said there were 884 students in the school at the time of the attack. At the time the governor visited the school, he told reporters that 426 students had been counted safe.
The governor appealed for understanding and prayers and promised that all efforts will be made to bring their kids back safely and protect lives.
“This incidence has gone beyond imagination,” the Governor said in Hausa. “For us, it’s highly worrisome and disturbing; I am assuring parents and guardians of these children that – we couldn’t say that we are more disturbed than them – but to rest assured that we share the same worry with them. Because we know that we have the responsibility to protect their lives and their health.”
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed immediate investigations into the suit challenging the legality of the States’ Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating the allegations against officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday hours after the police filed the suit.
“The IGP, who gave the order on the heels of trending reports in the media, today 3rd December 2020, expressed the disapproval of the Force Management Team on the matter and ordered investigations into the alleged role of the Force Legal Section including its Head.
“Meanwhile, the Force Legal Officer has been queried and may face further sanctions if found guilty of dereliction of duty,” the statement read.
According to the IGP, the police remain committed to fulfilling all their obligations with regards to the disbandment of the defunct SARS, the ongoing proceedings of the judicial panels, and all other police reforms.
Channels Television had reported that the suit was at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
It seeks to stop the judicial panels of inquiry set up by various state governments to probe the allegations of police brutality and human rights abuses by the disbanded SARS and other police tactical units.
The police, through their lawyer, O.M. Atoyebi, had argued that the state governments lacked the power to constitute the panels to investigate activities of the force and its officials in the conduct of their statutory duties.
They urged the court to restrain the Attorneys-General of the 36 states of the federation and their various panels of inquiry from going ahead with the probe focussing on police impunity.
Joined as defendants in the suit included the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which set up the Independent Investigative Panel sitting in Abuja, the Attorneys-General of the 36 states, as well as the chairmen of the panels.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has promoted 82,779 junior police officers to their next ranks.
In a statement issued on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, the officers consist of 56,779 Sergeants, 17,569 Corporals and 8,431 Constables.
According to the statement, the promotion is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has today, 23rd November 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks,” the statement partly read.
“The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants, and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.”
Similarly, 16 deceased police officers got a special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.
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IGP Promotes 82,779 Junior Police Officers
· As 16 Killed by ENDSARS Rioters get posthumous promotion
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has today, 23rd November 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks. The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency. Those promoted also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the ENDSARS riots – 16 got special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.
The IGP, while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling. He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.
The IGP promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of Government and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the Police for improved welfare and conditions of service towards better service delivery to the people.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has warned that the Force will not tolerate a repeat of the recent attacks, looting, and destruction of properties in several parts of the country.
Adamu’s warning was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
“The IGP affirms that the Force will not tolerate a repeat of the horrendous attacks and killings, arson and wanton destruction, and looting of public and private assets witnessed during the recent violent protests in some parts of the country,” the statement partly read.
“He warns that the Force shall deploy the full weight of the law and legitimate force (if necessary) in preventing a reoccurrence.”
While noting that 22 policemen were gruesomely murdered and 26 civilians were injured following the #EndSARS protests and the violence that emanated therefrom, the Force spokesman said a total of 51 civilian fatalities and 37 injuries were recorded,
He also lamented that 205 police stations, corporate facilities, and private property were attacked, burnt or vandalized.
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RESIST ALL VIOLENT AND RIOTOUS ELEMENTS FORTHWITH: IGP ORDERS AIGs, CPs.
Directs the Use of lawful Force in line with the Constitution
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the deployment of all legitimate force to protect lives and property of citizens including police officers and personnel of other law enforcement agencies and their families and to prevent attacks on private/public assets from any violent person(s) or group(s) operating under any guise.
The IGP restates that Command Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police should resist all riotous elements forthwith and checkmate any form of violent/riotous protests in line with Section 33 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which among other things provides for the use of such force as is reasonably necessary –
(a) For the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence of property;
(b) In order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained; or
(c) For the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection or mutiny.
The IGP affirms that the Force will not tolerate a repeat of the horrendous attacks and killings, arson and wanton destruction, and looting of public and private assets witnessed during the recent violent protests in some parts of the country.
He warns that the Force shall deploy the full weight of the law and legitimate force (if necessary) in preventing a reoccurrence.
Recall that in the wake of the ENDSARS protests and the violence that emanated therefrom, a total of fifty-one (51) civilian fatalities and thirty-seven (37) civilian injuries were recorded, while a total of twenty-two (22) policemen were gruesomely murdered and twenty-six (26) others injured by the protesters. Two hundred and five (205) police stations, corporate facilities, and private property were attacked, burnt, or vandalized.
The IGP assures law-abiding citizens across the country of the Force’s renewed and unwavering commitment to their safety and security especially as we approach the yuletide. He calls for the collaboration and support of citizens in the ongoing reforms of the Force.
While calling on the traditional rulers and stakeholders to partner with the police force for the success of community policing strategy, the IGP stated that in a few weeks from now, youths will be recruited into the police force from ward levels to work with traditional rulers in a bid to secure every community
Although he condemned the carnage and destruction occasioned by hoodlums hiding under the #EndSARS demonstration, the police boss said every Nigerian has the right to protest but when it protracts and graduates to disturbance of public peace and chaos, then it will not be allowed.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday visited Edo State to assess the level of damage done to police stations and other properties in the state.
IGP Adamu who was accompanied by the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, and other top officials visited officers on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) after sustaining injuries in attacks carried out by hoodlums in the wake of #EndSARS protests.