Police Arrest 799 Rape Suspects In Five Months

A file photo of protesters holding placards and banners in Abuja to raise awareness about sexual violence in Nigeria on June 5, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Incidents of rape and other gender-based violence have been around but have escalated during the COVID-19 lockdown.

This is according to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who gave an update on cases of sexual violence reported in parts of the country.

He made the remarks on Monday while briefing State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, addressing State House correspondents in Abuja on June 15, 2020.

 

The police boss revealed that between January and May, about 717 rape incidents were reported across the country.

He stated that during the period, the police arrested about 799 suspects in connection with rape cases.

“The Nigeria Police, so far from January 2020 till May 2020, we have recorded about 717 rape incidents that are reported across the country, and about 799 suspects were so far arrested with 631 of them (the cases) conclusively investigated and charged to court and we have so far about 52 cases remaining that are under investigation,” the IGP told reporters.

He added, “The police and other security agencies and other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been collaborating, to see to it that these cases of rape and gender-based violence are dealt with.”

Adamu described rape as a very wicked offence, stressing that it was wicked of anyone to engage in defilement.

According to him, some commit the crime for ritual purposes and others do it because they have the urge to take advantage of their victims.

The police boss, therefore, called on the people to ensure rapists and other perpetrators of sexual violence do not go without being punished for their action.

He said, “I will call on every Nigerian that comes across any victim of sexual offences, rape, or gender-based violence to quickly report to law enforcement agents because keeping it without reporting will give room for the perpetrators to continue to commit the offences.”

The IGP briefed reporters in company with the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

Rape, Other Sexual Offences Are Global Menace – IGP

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has described rape and other sexual offences as a global menace which requires partnership from stakeholders to tackle.

IGP Adamu made the comment on Thursday during a tripartite meeting with the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah-Donli and the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu, according to a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba.

During the meeting which held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Police Chief assured that the agency is repositioning to better fight the menace, vowing that perpetrators of sexual offences will not go unpunished.

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According to him, the Police will continue to better the relationship with the NHRC and NAPTIP and develop a “proactive and comprehensive National Response to the issues of Sexual Offences in the country.”

The statement further noted that those in attendance during the meeting were the Rule of Law Adviser – Office of the Vice President, Dr. Fatima Waziri; members of the Police Management Team, the Commissioner of Police in-charge of INTERPOL, the Force Gender Officer among others.

Nigeria has reported a spike in the number of rape cases in recent times with many people taking to social media platforms calling for sanctions to the perpetrators of sexual offences.

Last month, a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omozuwa was raped and killed in a church in Benin City, Edo State.

Uwa, 22, was said to have gone to read in the church at the Ikpoba Hill area of the city when the incident happened.

The men were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead.

She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

In the same month, police authorities in Jigawa State arrested eleven men for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.

The spokesperson of the State police command, Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident said it occurred at Limawa Quarters in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

They were arrested after the 12-year-old narrated that they raped her on different occasions.

IGP Unveils COVID-19 Guidelines For Law Enforcement Officers

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu speaks during the unveiling of new operational guidelines for the police on COVID-19 prevention enforcement duties at the Force Headquarters, Abuja on June 8, 2020. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has unveiled new operational guidelines for the police and other law enforcement agencies on COVID-19 prevention enforcement duties.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the event which held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja is “part of measures to foster a more harmonious relationship between the Police and members of the public and deepen respect for the rights of citizens.”

Mba noted that the guidelines will also fight “crimes such as domestic violence, rape, child molestation and other incidents of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).”

The IGP who lamented the increase in reported cases of domestic violence, rape, defilement, cybercrimes etc linked with the COVID-19 restrictions, noted that “these unfortunate incidents have prompted the introduction of these Operational Guidelines which will help to adequately coordinate and reshape the conducts of personnel of the Force.”

He believes that it also serves as a standard code of conduct for Police officers in similar operations in the future.

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In order to rid the nation of crimes relating to Gender-Based Violence, IGP Adamu ordered the strengthening of the Gender-Desk Units and the Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWCs) across the country and the deployment of investigative assets to deal with gender-related offences.

“In addition, the Cybercrime Unit of the Force has also been strengthened to deal with cybercrimes connected with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in Zonal and State Commands as well as Heads of Police Departments/Formations have been directed by the IGP to make the Guidelines subject of departmental briefings and lectures.

“The Operational Guidelines will also serve as a training manual in all Police training institutions,” the statement partly read.

The police boss also appreciated the Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation and the representative of the British High Commission for their contributions and presence during the unveiling of the Operational Guidelines.

Gbajabiamila Condoles Ex-IGP Smith Over Wife’s Death

Alhaja Ariat Aderoju Smith, wife of the former Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has commiserated with the former Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, over the death of his wife, Alhaja Ariat Aderoju Smith.

Gbajabiamila in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, described Aderoju as a selfless woman who gave her life to the service for humanity.

According to him, the deceased who passed away at 69 would be missed not only by members of her immediate family but also by residents of Lagos State in general.

While praying for the repose of her soul, Gbajabiamila asked God to give the ex-IGP as well as other members of his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Kogi Attack: IGP Orders Search For Perpetrators

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a full-scale search for the perpetrators of the attack on Isanlu Police station and a commercial bank in Yagba East LGA of Kogi State.

IGP Adamu in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP, Frank Mba, condemned the incident which led to the death of some policemen and a civilian.

Following the incident, the IGP has deployed a team of crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS), and Federal-SARS to Kogi to ensure that the criminals are apprehended and brought to book.

He also directed the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of the Zone-8 Police Headquarters, Lokoja, AIG Yunana Babas, to immediately assess and review the security arrangement in Kogi State and environ, so as to prevent any future occurrence of such untoward incident in the state.

“The AIG is to personally oversee the ongoing investigations into the attack and coordinate intelligence that will lead to unearthing the whereabouts of the hoodlums and the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident,” the statement said.

The police boss condoled with the families of the officers and other persons who lost their lives in the course of duty during the encounter with the hoodlums.

He also called on the Isanlu community and the entire people of Kogi State to remain calm and avail the police with credible information that would help in the speedy arrest of the criminal elements.

The gunmen were said to have attacked the Isanlu police station, on Thursday killing, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the station alongside five policemen and two female police officers.

After killing the officers, the gunmen then carted away with weapons in the station’s armoury.

They proceeded to the local government branch of First Bank Plc where a female civilian who was at the bank for business was also killed, bringing the total casualty figure to nine.

According to witnesses, the gunmen raided the bank for more than one hour without any interference.

#JusticeForUwa: IGP Sends Additional Investigators, Forensic Support To Edo

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu

 

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has deployed additional investigators and forensic support to the Edo Police Command for a quick investigation into the killing of Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

This was revealed in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, on Monday.

According to the IGP, the deployment of additional aids was part of “deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa in Benin, Edo State on May 28-30, 2020.

“The Inspector-General of Police has deployed additional investigations aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident”.

While condemning the attack, IGP Adamu commiserated with the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased.

He further called for calm and assured that the “Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time”.

#JusticeForUwa has drawn a lot of attention on social media across the nation.

Similarly, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered an investigation into the murder of the 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology.

The 22-year-old student was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

The men were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her.

She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

IGP Redeploys Police Commissioners In Edo, Oyo And Nine Other States

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the redeployment of eleven Commissioners including those in Edo, Ondo and Oyo State. 

This is according to a communique by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

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“The IGP has ordered the immediate posting/redeployment of the following Commissioners of Police to Commands/Formations as follows: Edo State, CP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo; Osun State, CP Undie J. Adie; Bauchi State CP Lawal Jimeta Tanko;

“Ebonyi State, CP Philip Sule Maku; Gombe State, CP Ahmed Maikudi Shehu; Ondo State, CP Bolaji Amidu Salami; Oyo State, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu; Eastern Port, CP Evelyn T. Peterside;

“Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD), CP Okon Etim Ene; Airport Command, CP Bello Maikwashi; and Anti-Fraud Unit (FCID Annex Lagos), CP Olukolu Tairu Shina,” the statement partly read.

The IGP urged the newly deployed CPs to prioritise community policing, crime prevention, public security, public safety, and general crime-fighting among others.

He also enjoined citizens of the affected states to cooperate with the Commissioners of Police to enable them succeed in their new areas of responsibilities.

UPDATED: IGP Rescinds Order On Movement Of Essential Workers

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

 

The Inspector-General of Police has rescinded an order restricting the movement of essential workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Earlier on Tuesday, Channels Television reported on how essential workers were restricted from moving within Lagos at the beginning of the 8 pm curfew imposed to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

According to security officials enforcing the order, health workers and journalists could not be allowed to move around after 8 pm.

However, in a statement late Tuesday, IGP Mohammed Adamu said essential workers can now go about their essential duties.

 

The IGP directed all “Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commands Commissioners of Police to give effect to these exemptions whilst enforcing the restriction orders.”

 

Going tough

On Tuesday, the IGP held a virtual conference, the first of its kind, with “strategic managers” of the police force.

At the end of the meeting, the police decided to implement “strict enforcement of inter-state movement restriction orders” in order to help curb the spread of the virus.

Essential services can move interstate, “but that should be before 8 pm,” Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said on Tuesday. “Once it is 8 pm, it is a total lockdown. Whether essential services or not, interstate movement ceases by 8 pm.”

 

For weeks, members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 have lamented noncompliance to social distancing measures, especially as the government sought to gradually reopen the economy.

“The PTF has been monitoring the level of compliance with some of the measures and early observations showed lack of compliance with social distancing and wearing of masks,” PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha said on May 4, the day the federal government relaxed lockdown measures in Lagos and Abuja.

There were also numerous reports of people found in trucks attempting to cross state borders, despite a presidential order that placed a “ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice.”

Interstate travel has been identified as one of the major means through which the virus is transmitted in Nigeria. For example, Bayelsa’s seventh case was a doctor who had traveled to Delta state.

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) blamed security agencies for not enforcing the restriction of interstate movement, claiming some officials were collecting gratification for free passage.

Against the norm

However, the police’s restriction of essential workers went against government policy since lockdown measures were initiated.

In his latest national address, President Muhammadu Buhari announced an overnight curfew but excluded people who offer “essential services”.

“Specific directives have been issued to security agencies to strictly enforce the measures,” Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said on Tuesday during a briefing.

“I, however, wish to assure our essential workers, such as the frontline medical personnel, the media . . . that they will be adequately protected; your obligation is to always carry a valid means of identification,” he added.

Restricting essential workers is a risky business, Dr. Alero Roberts, a Public Health Physician, noted on Tuesday during Channels Television’s special COVID-19 program.

“What happens to patients?” She said. “What happens to the lady who goes into labour tonight? Has the Commissioner of Police thought about that?”

As it turned out, she didn’t have to wait long for answers. Minutes later, the IGP put out a statement affirming the need to guarantee the movement of essential workers beyond curfew limitations.

 

27 Police Personnel On COVID-19 Duty Have Been Assaulted – IGP

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

 

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the attacks on police personnel in parts of the country.

In a statement on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the IGP warned that the police would no longer condone such attacks.

According to him, 27 police personnel have suffered a series of attacks and assaults from members of the public at different times and locations since the commencement of the COVID-19 enforcement duties.

Adamu decried that many of the officers were in hospitals receiving treatment from the injuries sustained during such attacks.

“These include a female police officer, PC Ngozi Nkem, in Agbor, Delta State who was seriously assaulted when a police team was dispersing a group of persons holding a birthday party in clear disobedience to the social restrictions and distancing orders,” the statement read.

It added, “Apart from the attack on the person of police officers, some of these citizens have equally carried out attacks on police assets and facilities.

“For example, two police stations and police quarters were attacked and burnt down in Katsina and Abia States while 15 police vehicles/motorcycles were also damaged.”

The IGP, however, commended the DCO II at Eruwa Police Division, Adeyemo Ogunyemi, for his restraint and professionalism in the face of unprovoked attack as shown in a viral video.

In the clip, the police boss said a woman identified as Kehinde Afolake was seen assaulting the officer, who did not retaliate, while on COVID-19 enforcement duty on Friday last week at Gbolagunte in Eruwa town in Oyo State.

“The officer, like a lamb being led to the slaughter, did not fight back but rather, maintained absolute calm, patience, and decorum even as the woman rough handled him and slapped him severally.

“The said woman also assaulted two female police officers, Inspector Ojola Abiola and Inspector Queen Eguaoje, and gave one of them a human bite on Saturday, May 2, 2020, during an attempt to invite her to the police station for the earlier incident of serious assault on the DCO,” the statement added.

The police boss described the incident as a classic example of unprovoked, unwarranted, and unnecessary attacks faced by police officers in the course of performing their legitimate duties.

He, therefore, warned that the trend would no longer be tolerated by the police and ordered the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to carry out a discreet investigation into the Ewura attack on the police officers and ensure that justice was done.

Osun Market Assault: IGP Condemns Attack, Two Policemen Arrested

The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, says the police will not condone any act of misconduct and recklessness on the part of its personnel under his watch.

 

Two policemen have been arrested for attacking and brutalising a woman at the Odo Ori Market in Iwo, Osun State.

The men were arrested after a video of the assault went viral and was condemned by Nigerians and was brought to the attention of the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu.

In a series of Tweet on Saturday, the Nigeria Police Force said the IGP condemned the “unwarranted, unnecessary and unjustifiable assault” on an innocent citizen.

Based on the directive of the police chief, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Osun State Command where the incident occurred had both policemen – identified as Inspector Ikuesan Taiwo and PC Abass Ibrahim – arrested.

“The duo are currently being detained and their orderly room trial had since commenced,” one of the tweets read in part.

Once again, the IGP warned that the police will not condone any act of misconduct and recklessness on the part of its personnel under his watch.

He appealed to Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the police leadership “as it strives to reposition the NPF into an effective, efficient and people-friendly force”.

A clip of the assault attached to the tweets showed two policemen flogging a woman standing beside their van for more than 20 seconds before some men and a third policeman stepped in to halt the assault.

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