IG of Police orders 24-hour surveillance on telecoms equipment

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar Thursday ordered a 24-hour surveillance of all telecommunication equipment and installations across the country.

Mr Abubakar gave this order sequel to recent security development in some parts of the country where these equipment and installations have become vulnerable and targets of attacks and destruction.

In a press release issued from the police Headquarters, Abuja, the deputy force public relations officer, Frank Mba said “the IGP has directed all State Commissioners of Police to constitute a Special Unit in their respective Commands, whose primary assignment will be to ensure the safety of telecommunication equipment and installations within their areas of jurisdiction.

“CPs are to further ensure that Area Commanders and DPOs in their Commands replicate the constitution of such Special Units in their respective areas, to protect installations located within their territories.

“State Commissioners of Police are further directed to ensure that personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter-Terrorism Squads in their Commands are constructively involved in this crucial assignment.

“Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) have also been directed to supervise the activities all such Units constituted by Commissioners of Police, to ensure strict compliance with the directives of the IGP. They are to constitute similar Units that will assist State Commands within their Zones. AIGs and CPs are to provide dedicated lines in their respective Commands, to enable public spirited Nigerians who may have useful information, to volunteer same to the Police.

“While assuring the public that the Police will do everything within its power to arrest this emerging security trend, the IGP appealed to members of the public to assist the Force with vital information touching on the activities of these hoodlums. He particularly enjoined traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leader and parents to keep watchful eyes on their environment and to report any strange movement to the local Police authority.”

No fewer than 16 persons were on Thursday killed in both Damaturu and Potiskum, Yobe state as suspected sect member continued the destruction of telecommunication masts in Northern Nigeria.

The Damaturu destruction is coming just 24 hours after same operation was carried out by hoodlums in Maiduguri and Kano.

The vandalisation of telecommunication masts has disrupted smooth communication within and outside the affected states.

You have two weeks to solve Jos crisis, IG tells Plateau State police command

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar on Wednesday gave the Assistant Inspector-General in charge of Zone 4 Command, Mike Zuokumor and the Plateau state Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ayeni, a two weeks ultimatum to come up with solutions to address the security challenge in the troubled state.

The IGP who gave this directive at an emergency meeting with senior police officers in Abuja said though the menace confronting the nation has been persistent, the Jos crisis which has lingered for years is a huge problem that must be solved.

Sympathising with families of victims of violence in the state, Mr Abubakar said that the officers mandate to re-strategize and report back with effective solution to the Jos crisis, is to emphasize that the police will no longer tolerate incompetence and docility.

The Police boss then gave the ultimatum to the duo of the Assistant IGP and the state’s Commissioner of Police to come up with effective strategies to fight the menace and restore peace to the region.

On the recent explosions in Sokoto state, Mr Abubakar reassured residents that measures have been put in place to mitigate a re-occurrence of the terrorist attacks.

He warned that the force would not take kindly to any officer who does not produce results.

In the face of heightened tensions, the IGP also reminded the police officers that the fragile peace that now exists following the lifting of the state of emergency imposed on 15 local government areas in the four northern states, be improved upon and sustained.


IGP debunks report on rise in robbery

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Mohammed Abubakar has decried the claim by a non -governmental foundation that robbery in the country has increased by sixty percent.

Speaking at a meeting with government agencies and non-governmental agencies in the justice sector the police boss noted that such assumptions cannot be made without an input and cross checking with the police authorities.

He added that such publications give the country a bad name and has a negative effect on the economy while also portraying the police as not carrying out its mandate.

A non-governmental organisation, CLEEN Foundation had on Tuesday, alleged in a survey on the performance of the Police Force, that robbery was on the increase in the country.

The survey also revealed that the law enforcement officers are the bribe-taking public officials in Nigeria.

A break down of public officials that demanded for bribes in the report, which was presented by the Head of Foundation, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, showed that Police officers came tops at a staggering 70 per cent.

“Among public officials who demand for bribes, the police (70 per cent), immigration (66 per cent), custom (65 per cent), prison officials (52 per cent) and road safety officials (51 per cent) were the highest” the report said.

When compared to robbery incidents that occured in the country in 2011, the survey, which was carried out nationwide between April and May 2012, indicated that Edo State recorded the highest of robberies in the country.

The IGP also noted that the removal of road blocks on roads across the country was a huge success, adding that, until now, the road locks had given the police force a bad name.

He further revealed that the attention will now be shifted to the various the development of all police stations and cells with a view to check corruption and indiscipline. This he claims will make the Nigerian Police Force, a force to reckon with.

The agencies at the meeting included the Presidential Committee against torture, the National Human Rights Commission, CLEEN foundation and the Nigerian Bar Association.

Police council confirms Abubakar as IGP

The National Police Council on Thursday in Abuja confirmed Mohammed D. Abubakar as susbstantive Inspector-General of Police.

The council comprises President Good luck Jonathan, the 36 Governors and the chairman of the Police Service Commission.

Addressing a press conference after the confirmation, the Inspector General of Police reassured Nigerians that he will put everything humanly possible to ensure the improvement of safety and security management in the country, and that justice and fair play takes place.

Mr Abubakar was appointed Acting Inspector General of Police on 25 January 2012 by the federal goverment following the terminal leave of  former IG,  Hafiz Ringim.

Born on May 5, 1958, Mr. Abubakar enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on July 30, 1979. He was the AIG in charge of Zone 12 Headquarters in Bauchi, before he became the Acting IG.


Acting IGP upgrades AIG Intelligence Office

Mohammed Abubakar, the acting Inspector General of Police has reacted swiftly to the recent spate of bombing targeted at the police force across the country by commanding the immediate upgrade of the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police; an office in charge of intelligence to a management level position.

This decision was reached by the Acting IGP on Thursday during a security meeting with CP’s and AIG’s of all zones with resolve to give the required importance the department deserves to it so as to properly get rid of criminal activities in the country and to nip the war against terrorism in the bud which is one of the key importance of the decision.

It would be recalled that since the outbreak of terrorist activities and its spread particularly in the northern part of the country, there has been several calls for the Police Intelligence department to be revitalized, upgraded and made more functional but past Police IG’s lacked the will to make the move.

The idea behind the new management team is to ascertain that every move or strategy in combating crime and terrorism must have a proper background of intelligence gathering which requires so much brainwork and less force, which the Acting IGP also believes will strengthen intelligence in the police force. Also the plan to establish the Police Intelligence School in Ilorin the Kwara state capital has since commenced to foster intelligence within the force.

The Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba disclosed that the action of the IG emphasizes his belief that the role of intelligence in effective policing of the country particularly with current security challenges needed an effective intelligence department.

With this decision, the AIG in charge of Intelligence at Force headquarters, Mr. Solomon Arase, has become the second AIG, apart from the Force Secretary, Mr. Dan-Azumi Job Doma, to belong to the Management team.

Don’t detain suspects for more than 24hours – new IGP orders

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has ordered the officials of the Nigeria Police Force to stop detaining suspects in cells for more than 24 hours as required by law.

Don’t detain suspects for more than 24hours - new IGP orders

Mr Abubakar gave this order on Tuesday in a meeting with deputy commissioners of police at Abuja. He said this new order was part of his reform agenda for the police force. He also warned that “torture will no longer be allowed any more in police cell” and that “any command found wanting will be heavily sanctioned.”

The new acting police boss also warned the officers against all forms of indiscipline and corruption in the various post of duty.

He announced that a monitoring team has been put in place to ensure that the rules of engagement in the Police force are strictly adhered to.

Acknowledging that the Force is overwhelmed with the spate of security challenges in the country, Mr Abubakar stated that there are plans to “review the laws guiding police operations to bring them to par with modern policing techniques.”

Mr Abubakar assumed the office of acting Inspector General of Police a fortnight ago following the removal of his predecessor, Hafaz Ringim due to the unprecedented security challenges in the nation.