Bomb Incident At Enugu Was A Scare – IGP

IGPThe Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Suleiman Abba says that the bomb incident that occurred at one of the polling units on Saturday in Enugu was to scare people involved in the electoral process.

He said that nobody was hurt as the election was completed and not disrupted in that polling unit.

Speaking via the telephone as a guest on Channels Television’s election coverage programme, ‘Nigeria 2015’, the IGP said that there were more personnel to cover the extended elections holding at isolated areas and to protect the results to enable credible elections.

The IGP also commented on officers accused of snatching ballot boxes from voters, he stated that all the officers on ground had been trained to give accountability to the nation for their duties.

He, however, warned that any officer caught snatching ballot papers would face the law squarely and would be punished.

The IGP also stated that there would be no movement restriction on Sunday except areas where elections were being held.

He advised persons who have no business at the polling unit to stay away.

Extended Elections Hold In Isolated Areas In Nigeria

INEC-staff-corps-members-nyscNigerians in some polling units across the country are voting on Sunday in extended elections after card readers and irregularities made the electoral body adjust its election guideline on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the extension on Saturday after some technical glitches were reported in some states during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

According to the electoral body, the extended elections will only hold at restricted and isolated areas.

A spokesman for the INEC chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, told Channels Television on Sunday that there were places where elections did not take place such as Taraba State and Niger State.

Mr Idowu pointed out that there were no inconclusive election, but extension in places where elections did not hold at all.

He stated that he was not aware of polling units that didn’t have officials present at all on Saturday as claimed by some voters, saying he would verify the claims.

Speaking on movement restrictions, Mr Idowu said that INEC could not give a definite statement on that, emphasising that only the security officials or the Inspector General of Police that could give a definite information about it.

Mr Idowu cleared the air on claims about shortage of INEC’s materials in some polling units, saying that the commission had reached out to the states that had shortages. He said that Jigawa could not go ahead with the accreditation and voting because of the technical glitch.

According to him, “if the material is not available the commission will not be able to go on with the process”.

He also condemned the actions of persons that insisted on seeing result sheets, explaining that it was not the prerogative of the voter to ask for the result sheet before voting.

 

Police Issue Restriction Of Movement Order

policeThe Inspector-General Of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered the restriction on vehicular movements from 8a.m to 6p.m on election days.

A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, says persons on essential duties, ambulances and fire service trucks are, however, exempted from the restriction of movement order.

This, according to the Police, is part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the forthcoming general elections across the federation on March 28 and April 11, 2015.

The Police advised travellers and citizens who intend to use roads on election days and hours to plan alternative times for their trips.

While expressing his regrets over the inconveniences that road users and the general public might encounter as a result of this restriction, the IGP appealed for the understanding and cooperation of the entire citizenry.

The IGP gave the assurance that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere.

Vote And Go

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has also warned voters not to remain at the polling centers after casting their votes on Saturday.

Mr Abba, on Tuesday told a gathering in Abuja, in very clear terms, that the security operatives expect everyone to vote and go.

The IGP made the pronouncement during the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC stakeholders’ meeting.

This view had been opposed by the political parties and INEC.

IGP Warns Voters Not To Wait At Polling Units

IGPThe Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has again warned voters not to remain at the polling centers after casting their votes on Saturday.

Mr Abba, on Tuesday told a gathering in Abuja, in very clear terms, that the security operatives expect everyone to vote and go.

The IGP made the pronouncement during the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC stakeholders’ meeting.

This view had been opposed by the political parties and INEC.

INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, had repeatedly maintained that voters could stay and protect their votes after casting their ballot as long as they conduct themselves in such a way that they do not run foul of the Electoral Act.

The IGP, however, insists that voters should not wait after the voting exercise because there is high possibility of committing electoral offense if they stay back.

He also added that each polling unit would have at least two or three policemen to protect votes cast by voters.

“We will go on to protect the electorate. Every eligible voter should feel safe enough to cast his votes. We will be there to protect the votes and make sure no one disrupts the process,” Abba said.

The INEC Chairman, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise is of the opinion that voters can wait peacefully for ballot papers to be counted without being violent.

Rivers State Records 85 Per Cent PVC Distribution

rivers stateThe Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Gesila Khan, says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recorded 85 per cent Permanent Voter Card (PVC) distribution in the state.

Mrs Gesila gave the PVC distribution update when she visited Governor Chibuike Amaechi at the Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt.

She also spoke on the readiness of the electoral body for the elections, saying all strategies had been put in place.

The visit of the REC and officials of the commission in Rivers State to the Governor was part of the commission’s move to wrap-up the preparation for the elections.

Governor Amaechi told his the commission officials that Nigerians were looking up to the INEC to prove a point in the conduct of the elections.

Responding to the governor’s comment, the REC said the commission would stop at nothing, to ensure that elections in the state would be credible.

Former IGP, Coomasie Kicks Against Plans To Postpone Elections

coomiseA former Inspector General of Police and Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Mr Ibrahim Coomasie, has kicked against any plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) or the presidency to postpone the February general elections. 

Mr Coomasie demanded that elections should hold as planned, he says the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended on tenure of elected political office holders and the four year cycle of elections, must be adhered to by all relevant stakeholders.

His position came on the heels of a call  by the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki that INEC should shift the polls because of the security challenges in the north-east and the commission’s inability to effectively distribute the Permanent Voter’s Card to Nigerians.

There has been growing apprehension and criticism since NSA made the statement in London on Thursday. With just less than a month to the elections, eminent  Nigerians have been kicking against such call, which they described as unnecessary and self-serving.

In an exclusive interview with  Channels Television  in Katsina on Friday, Mr Coomasie stressed  that any attempt to shift the forthcoming polls would amount to tenure elongation and breach of  the constitution that would not augur well for the peace and democratic development of Nigeria.

He added that if the Federal Government must shift the elections on grounds of insecurity or poor distribution of PVCs,  both President Goodluck Jonathan and other elected government officials must vacate office upon the expiration of their tenure on May 29,  in order to give room for  inauguration of an Interim Government that would supervise the next election whenever it is fixed by INEC.

Rather than postponing the election, the former police chief asked the Federal Government to intensify efforts in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east and other security threats across the country in order to build confidence among Nigerians.

He also explains why ACF and other northern leaders want power return to the region.  According to him, the North has been the worst hit in the wave of incessant attacks by insurgents with children and women being killed on a daily basis while the present  government  finds it difficult to stop the attacks.

Earlier on Friday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it was working towards making sure that the general elections fixed for February 14 and 28 hold as scheduled.

The National Chairman of the commission, speaking in Abuja, refused to react to comments credited to  Col. Dasuki, asking the commission to delay the elections to allow for adequate distribution of Permanent Voter Cards.

 

Tambuwal’s Suit Stalled By His Federal Constituency

TambuwalHearing in the suit filed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, seeking to commit the Inspector-General of Police to prison for alleged contempt of court was Thursday, stalled by the people of Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State who filed an application for stay of proceedings.

The Speaker had filed the suit at a Federal High Court following alleged attempts to declare his seat vacant and the withdrawal of his security details following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, the party on whose platform he was elected as the Speaker of the House.

The proceedings was, however, stalled after the Speaker’s constituent, through their lawyers, informed the court that they had filed two separate applications for stay of proceedings in the suit.

Their applications for stay of proceedings were hinged on the notices of appeal filed against the ruling of the court which on Monday disallowed them to be joined as defendants in the suit.

Tambuwal’s lawyer, however, asked the court to adjourn the matter to enable him respond to the applications for stay of proceedings filed by the parties seeking to be joined.

Lawyers to defendants opposed the application for adjournment.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the case to December 9 for hearing of applications seeking leave to appeal, stay of proceedings and the one seeking an order compelling the Inspector-General of Police to appear in court.

Lawyer Blames Tambuwal’s Entourage For NASS Fracas

George EkehA legal practitioner, George Ekeh, on Monday apportioned blame to the entourage of the House of Representatives speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, for the fracas which occurred at the National Assembly last Thursday, insisting that they had been unruly.

According to him, their unruly behaviour had proven that the intelligence report that hoodlums would cause mayhem at the National Assembly, as disclosed by the Police, was accurate and necessitated the security measures put in place.

Commenting on the issue on Sunrise Daily, Ekeh noted that the fracas was embarrassing to the entire nation, as it had attracted both local and international attention. He, however, insisted that although the footage of lawmakers scaling a gate was a sensation for both local and international media, “it is important for us to appreciate what happened by looking at it sequentially”.

He stressed that nobody was above the law and that self-help on the part of the lawmakers was not an option.

Lawmakers had scaled the gate of the National Assembly after security agents including the Police and SSS had barred them from gaining entrance and shot tear gas canisters at them.

The Police had explained that they had received security intelligence that there was going to be mayhem hence the measures put in place.

Ekeh backed the claim, noting that “even if we did not believe them, the situation that we found ourselves in vindicated whichever officer that gave that report; That indeed there was going to be mayhem and indeed there was mayhem”.

He noted that the police had the right to be at the National Assembly since it was their duty to maintain law and order.

However, footage of the fracas had revealed that the last gate leading to the chambers had been locked and police officers did not open to lawmakers who questioned their action.

Ekeh defended the action saying “they did not shut down the National Assembly. They were screening people. They had screened some people even if it was quite torturous.. David Mark himself said he was screened at three points”.

He claimed that the Speaker and the Representatives in his entourage had assembled, based on their perception of events, and “all of them came and obviously overwhelmed the police”

He added that the gate had been locked because the Representatives had become unruly, hence, interrupting the screening process at the gate.

Asked if it would have been out of place for the Police to have informed the leadership of the House of the intelligence report and the planned action, Ekeh argued that such announcement would depend on the strategy adopted by the Police.

“I don’t think that it behooves on the Police to first of all inform members and say we are going to screen you people.”

He noted that “if the Police said they were trying to fish out thugs, or hoodlums – thuggery is not a profession. It is the conduct of a person”, insisting that if the conduct of a lawmaker becomes unruly, “the police should be able to rein him in”.

President Jonathan Appoints New IG Of Police

Suleiman AbbaPresident Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of AIG Suleiman Abba as the new Inspector-General of Police.

The Presidency confirmed this in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati.

President Goodluck Jonathan also held a meeting with the new Inspector-General of Police who replaces the incumbent Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who is retiring, having completed 35 years in service.

The new Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, was seen in the Presidential Villa led by the outgoing Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar after the Council of State meeting on Thursday.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the outgoing Inspector-General of Police thanked the President and Nigerians for giving him the opportunity to serve.

The new Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, was the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7, comprising Abuja, Kaduna and Niger states.

Suleiman Abba, a lawyer, hails from Jigawa State and is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.

Positions previously held by him in the Police include Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, FCT Command, Deputy Force Secretary and Commissioner of Police, Rivers State.

His appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014

Sallah Celebrations: IGP Places Policemen On Red Alert

Muhammed Abubakar Police-IG-2As part of efforts to ensure hitch-free Sallah celebrations, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered effective and extensive deployment of officers and men of the Nigeria Police and other special operatives, as well as all necessary logistics to all nooks and crannies of the country.

The IGP, in a directive issued to all commands and formations of the Police, directed Commissioners of Police and other field commanders across the country to ensure that no stone is left unturned in making sure that adequate security is provided in their various areas of jurisdiction.

Stressing that maximum attention should be paid to critical public places and other points prone to enemy attack, the IGP ordered the Commissioners of Police to retool their security infrastructures in line with their local security realities.

The IGP further directed the Commissioners of Police to personally supervise the special security deployment and ensure a 24-hour surveillance of their respective area of operations.

The IGP, while congratulating the Muslim Umma, enjoined them and other citizens to maintain utmost vigilance and courageously continue to support the security agencies in their prayers and provide useful information towards preventing and unearthing crimes and their authors.

IGP Warns Against Divisive Comments, Tells Nigerians To Emulate Buhari

md_abubakar_igp2The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on Sunday issued a stern warning to citizens and influential persons, against making comments which may cause volatile reactions and jeopardise the peace of the State.

In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the citizens who make “the use of unguarded, inflammatory, and unsubstantiated statements, some of which are capable of causing the breach of public peace” were warned against such acts and advised to desist from them else face the consequences.

According to Mba, “the Force is not ignorant of the fundamental Rights of the citizens such as the Rights to freedom of speech” but “it will not condone any such provocative, divisive and inciting comments that are clearly uncorroborated by any fact or evidential proof.”

“Such statements are capable of desecrating our national symbol and identity and promoting a regime of lawlessness,” he said, warning that any of such utterances will be met with appropriate legal sanctions.

“The IGP therefore, urges all Nigerians to emulate the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and others who recently have boldly taken a firm stance against terrorism.”

The IGP maintained that the there was a need for such courage and uncommon patriotism from all opinion leaders, in light of the nation’s fight against insecurity, adding that “the unrelenting war against terrorism and other related crimes must be won with the cooperation of all Nigerians.”

This is coming after the Lagos State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party called on the State Security Service (SSS), to arrest the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, for allegedly making comments capable of worsening the country’s security challenges.

 

Police Honour Six Officers For Foiling Boko Haram Attack

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The Yobe State Police command has honoured six of its officials for foiling an attack by members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect on the Mopol 41 base in Damaturu, the state capital.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sanusi Rufai, who presented certificates of honour and commendation to the six men, revealed that those honoured include; an inspector, a sergeant and four corporals.

The men according to him foiled a planned attack on the Mopol 41 base Damaturu on February 16, 2014.

The CP said the command’s decision to honour these six men was aimed at encouraging them and others in the fight against criminality and terror attacks.

Apart from the certificate of honour and commendation, the CP disclosed that the six police men had been recommended for promotion to their next rank, subject to approval of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Mr Sanusi Rufai also praised journalists for their objectivity and courage in covering the insurgency and called on the Nigeria Union of Journalists to work towards fighting quacks who are highly unprofessional in their reportage.