COVID-19: Akwa Ibom CP Warns Against Unnecessary Arrest Of Suspects

Ignore Renewed Threat Of Militancy, Police Tell Lagos Residents
File photo: Mr Imohimi Edgal



The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, CP Imohimi Edgal, has warned personnel of the State Police Command to avoid unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.

He specifically gave the warning to Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Tactical Commanders in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, N-Nudam Fredrick, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

He explained that the directive by the police commissioner was in line with the guidelines issued by the Federal and Akwa Ibom State governments to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Fredrick revealed that the State Police Command has commenced the enforcement of social restriction orders, in compliance with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

According to him, the police commissioner has directed all officers to observe personal safety measures in the course of discharging their duties.

Similarly, Edgal ordered the immediate release on bail of suspects whose cases were bailable and cautioned officers that suspects involved in capital offences must be screened before detention and charged to court as quickly as possible.

He also urged the people of Akwa Ibom State to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices, as well as minimise official visits except when such was absolutely necessary.

Police Redeploy CP Edgal To Akwa Ibom Days After Resuming Ogun Command

 Imohimi Edgal


Recently deployed Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Imohimi Edgal has been redeployed to Akwa Ibom state, days after assuming command in Abeokuta.

Police authorities confirmed that Mr Edgal is to switch position with the newly posted CP, Kenneth Ebrimson.

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Upon resumption, in Ogun command, Mr Edgal had summoned a meeting of all Divisional Police Officers where he instructed that they must come for meetings every Monday regardless of their distance to the headquarters.

He also suspended all annual leave and reversed those already issued.

Mr Edgal who was one-time CP in Lagos, had a tussle with a new commissioner of Police Kayode Egbetokun when instructed to hand over the reign.

VIDEO: Jubilating Policeman Falls Off Moving Van In Lagos


A police officer fell off a moving patrol van while jubilating on Tuesday in Lagos State.

The incident occurred on the premises of the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja area of the state.

Channels Television gathered that the police officer was among the personnel on the convoy of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Edgal Imohimi.

The policeman, who was on the van, was jubilating over the reversal of the decision to redeploy the police commissioner from the state.


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While others fired gunshots in the air, he fell off the vehicle and the driver of the van ran over one of his legs.

The officer was, thereafter, taken to the hospital for medical attention.




On Sunday, the police authorities directed Mr Kayode Egbetokun to take over from Imohimi as police commissioner in Lagos.

Imohimi was then redeployed to the Force Headquarters in Abuja as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Explosive Ordinance Unit.

He, however, told the reporters who were at the command headquarters to witness the handover and takeover ceremony between him and Mr Egbetokun that the ceremony would no longer hold.

The police commissioner said they were already in the process of concluding the procedure which began before they got a signal from the Force Headquarters to maintain status quo.


Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, Redeployed

Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, Redeployed
Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal


The police authorities have redeployed the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, Channels Television has gathered.

Mr Edgal was redeployed to the Force Headquarters in Abuja as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Explosive Ordinance Unit, a source said in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

The police authorities also asked Mr Kayode Egbetokun to take over from Mr Edgal as acting police commissioner in the state.

Ignore Renewed Threat Of Militancy, Police Tell Lagos Residents

Ignore Renewed Threat Of Militancy, Police Tell Lagos Residents
File photo: Mr Imohimi Edgal


The Lagos State Police Command has allayed the fears of residents over the renewed threat of militancy in the creek areas of Epe, Imota and Agbowa, among others in the state.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Imohimi Edgal, revealed this on Monday while briefing reporters at the end of the Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Giving a brief of what was discussed at the meeting, he assured the residents of their safety as the state government, in collaboration with security agencies, was on top of the situation.

Edgal added that it was gratifying to note that there had been 17 per cent reduction in violent crimes in the period under review.

“We have just concluded the Security Meeting Chaired by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and a wide range of security issues were discussed but most importantly, some of the threats which we are currently having in certain parts of the state,” he said.

“The first one relates to the renewed threat of militancy around the creeks of Epe, Agbowa, Imota and the action that we are taking. There is a good synergy between the security agencies and the locals in ensuring that we keep some of these militants who want to come into the state from Ondo waters to try to disturb the peace of the State.

“We are calling on all those who are in the riverine communities to continue to partner with security agents to ensure that when they see strange movement, they quickly alert security agencies so that we can keep them safe.

“For now, I can assure Lagosians that those areas are being properly policed and security is tight in those areas,” the police commissioner affirmed in a statement by Mr Habib Aruna, the chief press secretary to the governor.

He further appreciated the residents for providing the credible information that aided the fight against kidnapping, cultism, drug sale and drug abuse in the state.

Edgal disclosed that operatives of the Command recently intercepted a container with over 37 Cartons of Tramadol which would have gotten to the public if not for the prompt action of the security agencies.

He asked the residents to continue to support the security operatives in the resolve to ensure the safety of lives and property in Lagos.

Tanker Explosion: Lagos To Prosecute Truck Owner, Driver

Tanker Explosion: Lagos To Prosecute Truck Owner, Driver
L-R: Commander, Nigeria 561Base Service Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Musbau Olumide Olatunji; Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja Cantonment, Moundhey Gadzama Ali; State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal; Commander, Nigeria Navy Beecroft, Apapa, Commodore Okon Edet Eyo; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello and Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, briefing Government House Correspondents shortly after the State Security Council meeting presided over by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 2, 2018.


The Lagos State Government is perfecting plans to prosecute the owner and driver of the fuel tanker that exploded along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday last week.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Imohimi Edgal, revealed this on Monday while briefing reporters at the end of the Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, had written to the police commissioner at the weekend, to advise him on the relevant provisions of the law that could guide the ongoing investigation that would lead to possible prosecution.

Confirming receipt of the letter, Edgal said investigations into the incident were ongoing, adding that government would not allow vehicles that pose a serious danger to residents on the road.

He also commiserated with those who lost their loved ones to the tragic incident and commended emergency responders who quickly raced to the scene to keep the causality figure low.

“As regards investigation into the matter, it is in top gear,” the CP said in a statement by Mr Habib Aruna, the chief press secretary to the governor.

“Henceforth, we are using this opportunity to call on all tanker drivers, all lorry drivers, all owners of such articulated vehicles to please submit those vehicles for Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) test; they must go through the entire hub and get the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) Certificate of Road Worthiness.

“We will not allow such vehicles which obviously pose a serious danger to other road users on our roads,” Edgal warned.

He further disclosed that the government had already directed security agencies to intensify enforcement of relevant laws, especially the traffic laws in the state with a view to ensuring that the roads and highways were safe for commuters to ply without any danger.

The police commissioner, however, urged residents to always refrain from converging on the scene of any accident of such magnitude as that of the unfortunate tanker fire incident, saying there could be a secondary explosion which could lead to loss of lives.

Police Officers Caught Gambling On Duty Risk Dismissal – Commissioner

We May Dismiss Officers Caught Playing ‘Baba Ijebu’, Police Say
File photo: Mr Imohimi Edgal


The police say any personnel caught engaging in gambling while on duty would face strict disciplinary actions not limited to a dismissal.

Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Imohimi Edgal, gave the warning on Tuesday in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Chike Oti.

The warning was in reaction to a purported video trending on social media, where two officers of the command were captured counting coupons which the eyewitness allegedly mistook for bribe collected from motorists.

Oti said the police commissioner had ordered their arrest, stressing that they were counting gambling coupons popularly known as “Baba Ijebu”.

“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on a social media platform that “Policemen stationed near Zenith Bank, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, seen counting bribes received and smoking.

“Based on the allegation, the CP Lagos ordered for their arrest, detention and trial. Meanwhile, a preliminary investigation into the case revealed that the men weren’t counting bribes received as alleged but coupons they collected from a game of gambling they played a.k.a Baba Ijebu,” he said.

The command spokesman said the men are already facing disciplinary action that could lead to a reduction in rank or dismissal.

He noted that it was wrong for any personnel of the force to engage in such distracting activity while on duty.

Oti also encouraged members of the public to always expose, albeit accurately, indiscipline and unprofessional policemen.

Police To Begin Massive Arrest Of ‘Lawless’ Commercial Motorcyclists In Lagos

Imohimi Edgal
File photo of Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal.


Police authorities in Lagos State have concluded plans to commence massive arrest of unlawful commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders in the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said the arrests will commence from June 15 warning that the police would not only arrest unruly commercial motorcyclists but ensure that they face the full wrath of the law.

This is in view of the incident which occurred on May 30, where some commercial motorcyclists, attempted to burn Ibeshe Police Post but ended up burning a police patrol vehicle stationed at a black spot in the town.

The Police had earlier briefed commercial motorcyclists about this new enforcement, in a meeting.

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The Police spokesperson in the state, Chike Oti, on Sunday said the meeting was attended by Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos state (MOALS), Nagari Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NAMORA) and Okada Riders Welfare Association (ORWA).

During the meeting, the CP decried the attitude of some commercial motorcyclists who attacked members of the public or constituted authorities at the slightest disagreement.

Five resolutions were reached at the end of the meeting which would take effect from Friday, June 15.

“From June 15, any motorcycle without licence plate number will be impounded. All commercial motorcycle operators are restricted from plying the highways and the bridges.

“Every commercial motorcycle operator must register with any of the approved unions for accountability and easy identification.

“Every commercial motorcycle operator must wear an apron which must indicate the union he belongs and bear boldly, his identification number,” Oti listed the resolutions.

A joint task force, comprising the police, the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and members of the motorcycle unions has also been set up to oversee the implementation of the resolution reached and the enforcement of the Lagos State traffic laws.

Reject Gunshot Victims And Get Jailed, Police Warn Doctors

Imohimi Edgal
File photo: Imohimi Edgal


The Lagos State Police Command has warned hospitals and doctors to henceforth desist from rejecting gunshot victims, saying such act constitutes a flagrant violation of an existing law.

In a statement on Wednesday by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, they said doctors who do so are criminally liable on account of the provision of the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017.

The Command issued the statement following a report on the refusal of a hospital to treat a victim who was shot and wounded by armed robbers in his house at Ofada-Mokoloki area of Ogun State.

It noted that requesting a police report to treat the victim was unlawful and inexcusable, noting that it would henceforth arrest and prosecute any medical practitioner who rejects gunshot victims on such ground.

“The Command considers the action of the hospital as cruel; perhaps, an indication that the hospital management may be ignorant of the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims Of Gunshot Act, 2017.

“The Act, however, requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two hours of commencement of treatment,” the statement read.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Imohimi Edgal, who was saddened by the allegation against the said hospital, consequently directed the arrest of any medical practitioner who violates the law.

He further directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the state to diligently prosecute any medical practitioner who rejects a gunshot victim on the ground of no police report.

“The CP wants doctors to note that the Act recommends a five-year jail term for any person, hospital, or authority who stands by or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds,” the statement added.

Oro Day: Police, Ikorodu Monarch Assure Female Residents Of Free Movement

Oro Festival: Police, Ikorodu Monarch Assure Female Residents Of Free Movement
File photo: Imohimi Edgal


The Lagos State Police Command has allayed fears of residents following apprehension making rounds on social media that females around Ikorodu area should stay indoors and refrain from moving around town on Tuesday, May 8 for the Oro Day festival.

In a statement jointly signed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal and the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, shortly after a meeting, the command blamed the report on mischief makers.

It, however, assured the women folk in the Ikorodu axis and other parts of the state of their safety and right to freedom of movement.

“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on the social media that the female gender is forbidden to be seen outside their homes or move around the town with effect from tomorrow 8/05/2018 being the day set aside as ORO DAY.

“In view of the above, the CP Lagos called for a meeting attended by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Palace Chiefs and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Alhaji Muslim Folami,” the statement read.

During the meeting, Oba Shotobi noted that it was unthinkable for a man with his level of exposure to do or say anything that would be seen as discriminatory against the female gender.

He, however, acknowledged that the festival was an age-long tradition of the Ikorodu people which had been even before he was born.

The traditional ruler added that the festival would hold without denying the female folks their right to freedom of movement.

According to the statement, the police commissioner said the command would not tolerate any discriminatory tradition against the female gender.

He also noted the police would deal ruthlessly with anybody who hides under the guise of custom or tradition to cause trouble in the state.

Imohimi urged the women to go about their lawful business without hindrance, while the meeting ended with a joint press statement assuring the people of Ikorodu that the festival would be peaceful.

Why We Are Investigating Davido Over Tagbo’s Death – Lagos CP


The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal has explained the reasons why the police are investigating Hip Hop Star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido.

Speaking on Channels Television Breakfast Show, Sunrise, Imohimi said the actions of Davido calls for suspicion.

“I asked Davido that, ‘When you left that bar, did you have anything again to do with the deceased?’ What he said was that he was only informed by mutual friends in some other bar that the deceased had died and I took his word for it.

“I called for further investigations, pulled the CCTV cameras from the General Hospital, only to discover that it was Davido’s escort Hilux van, his driver, his friends that brought Tagbo Umeike (the deceased) dead and dumped in the hospital then fled the scene.”

Imohimi said this response by Davido raises suspicion, and that is what is been investigated by the police.

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“That raises curiosity and of course that’s what we are investigating, and that was why I ordered that the matter be moved to outstate CID at Yaba for proper investigation and of course, we will duplicate the case file and forward to DPP, Ministry of Justice for legal advise, ”

He said he believed Davido’s initial statement that he was only informed by mutual friends about Tagbo’s death and even told the actress, Caroline Danjuma to be careful about what she posts on social media because the integrity of someone is involved.

“When Actress Caroline Danjuma came up on Instagram that Tagbo Umeike was in the company of the Pop-star, Davido and friends when he died and she suspects foul play.

“I was forced to call all parties involved to my conference room as a kind of pre-investigation fact-finding and Davido was there with his family and friends, the victim’s family and friends plus Caroline Danjuma.

“I asked questions. I remember even telling Caroline Danjuma that ‘Look you don’t go on your Instagram page without verifying facts because a person’s reputation is concerned.”

The acting commissioner of Police in Lagos, however, said that the police is not speculating and the investigation into the case is based on facts.

“It is an open sincere process here. We are not speculating, we are basing our reports on facts,” he said.