The Dynamics Of Crime In Nigeria Has Become Increasingly Complex – IGP

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that the dynamics of crime in the country has over time become increasingly complex.

According to the police boss, this is due largely to the impact of technology, global terrorism, socio- economic variables and other security situations within the African continent.

Speaking on Wednesday during a visit to the Force Headquarters in Abuja, by the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Maigairi, Adamu said all these have combined to put pressure on the limited logistics, manpower and other operational assets of the Nigeria Police.

The IG noted that in order to effectively tackle the identified challenges, his vision is to evolve a Police Force that is rule of law guided, pro-active operationally, and one that will engage cutting-edge technology in all components of policing functions.

He also noted that terrorism, kidnappings and other criminal activities were putting pressure on the limited logistics, manpower and other assets of the police.

In order to curb the security challenges, Mr Adamu  said he introduced the community policing model, which according to him has involved the engagement of citizens in identifying and prioritizing prevalent communal security threats as they affected their localities.

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IGP, Northern Govs Meet In Katsina Over Insecurity

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday led a team of senior police officers to a meeting with northern governors.

According to the IGP, the meeting is part of efforts aimed at tackling security challenges being witnessed in parts of the country.

The IGP at the commencement of the meeting said it is aimed at coordinating the activities of the Nigerian Police Force with a view to finding a lasting solution to the security challenges facing the North-Western parts of the country.

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He described the meeting as one of the initiatives of the Nigeria Police aimed at ending killings, kidnappings and other security challenges in the country.

Governors of Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states are in attendance at the meeting. Also, governors of Taraba, Plateau and Niger states are also expected at the meeting.

Before the meeting went into a closed-door, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State commended the initiative, adding that all the governors are fully aware of their responsibility in securing the lives and property of their people.

Also present at meeting are deputy inspectors general of police, commissioners of police, the commander of the 17 brigade, Katsina State, as well as leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACAN).

Earlier in his address of welcome, Governor Masari commended the initiative of the Inspector General of police reminding him that all the governors are fully aware of their responsibility in securing the lives and property of their people.

The meeting later went into closed doors.

Nine Police Officers Dismissed, Six Others Demoted For Misconduct

A file photo of police officers on patrol

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed nine senior police officers and demoted six others for different cases of misconduct.

It also approved the severe punishment for five officers and serious reprimand for another five.

According to the commission, the decision was reached following the outcome of its fifth plenary meeting.

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The meeting held in Abuja on March 26 and 27, and was presided over by the PSC Chairman and retired Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith.

The nine officers dismissed include Abdul Ahmed, a Superintendent of Police (SP) who would also be prosecuted, as well as Adamu Abare, another SP who also had his promotion from SP to CSP withdrawn before his dismissal.

Others are DSP Osondu Christian, DSP Samson Ahmidu, and DSP Pius Timiala, who would be prosecuted and whose promotion from DSP to SP was withdrawn.

Four ASPs – Agatha Usman, Esther Yahaya, Idris Shehu, and Usman Dass, were also dismissed for various wrongdoings.

On the other hand, Oluwatoyin Adesope and Mansir Bako were demoted from SP to DSP, while Gbenle Mathew, Tijani Saifullahi, Sadiq Idris and Alice Abbah were reduced from the rank of DSP to ASP.

One officer, CP Austin Agbonlahor, was, however, exonerated.

The commission asked the acting IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to give detailed information on the punishment awarded to other officers mentioned in the Police Investigation Reports involving SP Abare, with regards to irregularities in the conduct of the 2011 Recruitment Exercise.

It said it has conveyed its decisions to the police boss through a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Commission, Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri, for implementation.

President Buhari Decorates Mohammed Adamu As IGP

President Buhari decorates the new IGP, Mohammed Adamu, inside the State House on Tuesday… January 15, 2019. PHOTOS: Bayo Omoboriowo

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated Mr Mohammed Adamu as the new Inspector General of Police.

President Buhari decorated Adamu on Tuesday at the State House in Abuja.

The outgoing Police boss, Ibrahim Idris, was also present to witness the decoration of the new IGP.

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After his appointment, Adamu thanked President Buhari for appointing him and promised to restrategise to effectively tackle kidnapping and other security challenges in the country.

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Osun Election: IGP Visits Ooni, Asks Traditional Rulers To Support Police

Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

 

The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on Thursday visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and called for support from traditional rulers for peaceful and successful conduct of the forthcoming elections in the state.

He also noted that Nigeria Police is committed to ensuring that the 2019 general elections will be peaceful and geared towards the actualisation of true democracy.

“I want to thank you all for the reception you have accorded me and I promise you all that by the grace of God we are going to have a peaceful and credible election by next year in all parts of the country.

“I am presently in the core home of the Yoruba’s and I urge traditional rulers here, lets help to create an atmosphere of peace among our subjects,” he said.

Oba Ogunwusi in response called for active collaboration between the police and residents to ensure the sustainability of peace ahead of the 2019 General Elections.

He added that it is the duty of Nigerians to partner and work closely with the leaders to maintain peace in the nation.

“Let us work with the police authority in this nation and project this nation in a positive way. Let us go into the elections peacefully and not sell the future of the generation yet unborn.

“The Inspector General of police is here with us today, let us work with him. The police are human beings like and they are here to ensure that their service to their fatherland is being executed and implemented properly,” the Ooni said.

The monarch also advocated job creation for the youths stressing that this is the best way to secure the future of the nation.

IGP Orders Investigation Into Killing Of Osun Student

IGP Orders Additional Deployment Of Police Personnel In North East
File photo of IGP Ibrahim Idris

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has ordered an immediate investigation into the killing of a student in Iwo, Osun State.

The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, disclosed this on Saturday, during an assessment of the facilities at the police station set ablaze by some youths who protested the killing of the student.

He said one of the major duties of the police is to protect the right of the people and the IGP is not in support of human rights violation.

Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye
Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye

 

“The IGP does not in any way tolerate violation of human right. The job of police officers is to protect the right of the people. The IGP has directed that the necessary internal control mechanism of the force be activated to deal with the situation.

“The officer that is suspected to have committed the act has been arrested and is currently undergoing interrogation,” Adeoye said.

He added that anyone found guilty at the end of the investigation will be duly prosecuted.

The Iwo area command headquarters was on Friday set ablaze by some youths and students who were protesting the alleged murder of a student identified as Tunde Nafiu.

Nafiu was allegedly shot dead by a police officer attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Thursday while returning from Oluponan town in the state.

A scene from the police station which was set ablaze by the protesters.

 

The police station was set ablaze after the youths and some students stormed the police station, forcing police officers to flee and scamper for safety. They also burnt tyres at some location in the town leaving residents in fear.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun State while addressing journalists on Saturday decried the actions of the youths. He also lamented over the destruction of properties at the police station, adding that the situation does not justify taking laws into one’s hands.

Adeoye also visited the traditional ruler of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, and the family members of the deceased student at Ileogbo, also in Osun state where he assured the family of the commitment to ensure justice on the incident.

IGP Condoles With Families Of Deceased Police Officers

File photo of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris.

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has condoled with the family members of police officers killed recently in Kaduna.

The IGP described the slain officers as heroes who paid the supreme price.

He then directed that befitting burials be conducted for them and called for prompt processing and payments of the life assurance benefits and other entitlements to their families.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday by Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood.

“The IGP mourns the unfortunate death of the deceased police officers and describes them as heroes of the Force who laid down their lives and paid the supreme price in ensuring the protection of lives and property and law and order in the country,” the statement read in part.

Four policemen were killed in a gun duel on Saturday, August 11, after they were ambushed by gangs of armed bandits and kidnappers in Rigasa Forest, Kaduna State.

The incident occurred while they were returning from operations.

The police force, however, noted that the team leader and other personnel of the IGP-IRT repelled the attack and killed six of the bandits, recovering firearms, and ammunition from their hideouts in Rigasa forest.

The deceased officers include Inspector Bernard Odibo, Inspector Mamman Abubakar, Inspector Haruna Ibrahim and Sergeant Emmanuel Istifanus

The Force vowed that despite the unfortunate attack and killing of the officers, it will not relent in ensuring that crimes and criminalities are reduced in the country.

Court Put IGP On Notice Over Detention Of Kwara Governor’s Aide

IGP Orders Additional Deployment Of Police Personnel In North East
File photo of Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris

 

An Ilorin High Court has put the Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on notice to appear before it on Wednesday, next week.

The court is asking the IGP to justify the continued detention of the Personal Assistant to Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed, Lekan Alabi.

Alabi was arrested by the police over the April 5, bank robbery in Offa town, Kwara State and has since been in custody.

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The lead counsel to the suspect, Adelodun Ibrahim, condemned the police for failing to release another suspect Babatunde Abdulwahab who is the chief of staff to the governor over the same incident.

Ibrahim said despite the fact that he had been granted bail by another high court in the state he has remained in police custody.

The lawyer explained that the refusal of the police to obey the court order on Abdulwahab was worrisome as it portends grave danger to the deepening of democracy and might lead to a loss of confidence in the fairness of the police to handle such cases among the populace.

IGP Deploys Police Special Intervention Force To Plateau 

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File photo of IGP special intervention force.

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed the police special intervention force to restore peace to the troubled region of Plateau State.

Many people were killed over the weekend in Barkin-Ladi, Riyom, Jos South local government areas after the communities were attacked by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

The force public relations officer, Jimoh Moshood in a statement on Monday, noted that two police aerial surveillance helicopters, five Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and three Police Mobile Force Units (PMF) were deployed.

He said that two Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) and Police Intelligence Unit and conventional police personnel from other states have also been deployed to the affected areas.

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The intervention force is headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, department of operations. They are set to coordinate and supervise operations on the ground with the ultimate aim of ending the lingering crisis.

The IGP also directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of monitoring unit to lead the police special investigation team to the affected areas and other flashpoints in Plateau State.

The investigation team comprises the intelligence response team, the Special Tactical Squad (STS) and the technical platforms. The team is to carry out a thorough and discreet investigation into the killings and promptly apprehend the perpetrators.

At least 86 persons were confirmed killed and six others injured sustaining various wounds of gunshot and matchet after the Saturday night attack on some communities in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Many houses numbering at least 50, vehicles and many motorcycles were also burnt.

National Assembly Warns Buhari, Upholds No-Confidence Vote On IGP

The President must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction those that carry out any act which will ridicule or endanger our country and democracy.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, and Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, during a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

 

The National Assembly has reaffirmed its vote of no confidence on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and warned the President over the “systematic harassment and humiliation by the Executive of perceived political opponents”.

These were part of the resolutions of the lawmakers after an emergency joint session which was held behind closed doors on Tuesday.

The resolutions were read by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

“We also hereby reaffirm our earlier resolution on the vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police, who does nothing but preside over innocent Nigerians with an outright disregard for the constitutional authority of both the executive and the legislature,” Saraki said.

The Senate had earlier in May 2018 declared the IGP as an ‘enemy of democracy’ and unfit to hold a public office after the police boss refused to appear in person before the lawmakers.

Tuesday’s emergency joint session comes amid renewed friction between the legislative and executive arms of government.

The friction had been ascerbated by the refusal of the dispute between the lawmakers and the police boss, the travails of Senator Dino Melaye with the police and the recent invitation of the Senate President over his alleged indictment by the Offa bank robbery suspects.

 Emergency Session: Full Resolutions By National Assembly

During the joint session, the lawmakers demanded an end to the persecution of perceived enemies and vowed to go tougher in checking the powers of the President.

“The systematic harassment and humiliation by the Executive of perceived political opponents, people with contrary opinions including Legislators and Judiciary by the police and other security agencies must stop,” one of the resolutions read.

They also resolved that President Muhammadu Buhari is accountable for the actions of his appointees.

“The President must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction those that carry out any act which will ridicule or endanger our country and democracy,” read another the resolution.

The killings which have claimed the lives of hundreds of Nigerians in 2018 alone were also a source of concern for the lawmakers. And they believe that the security agencies must come up with an answer to them.

“The Security Agencies must be given marching orders to curtail the sustained killings of Nigerians across the country and protect life and properties of Nigerians as this is the primary duty of any responsible Government,” the lawmakers said.

Weeks after the lawmakers passed a vote of no confidence, separately, on the IGP and called for his removal, the IGP has remained in office.

With Tuesday’s resolutions, they expect action to be taken. Should nothing be done, they vowed to take tough actions of their own.

“The National Assembly will not hesitate to evoke its Constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the above resolutions passed today,” they warned without giving futher details about the powers.

Niger Jailbreak: IGP Sends Special Investigators To Minna

Delegates sent by IGP Ibrahim Idris arrive in Niger Maximum Prisons on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has sent a team of investigators to Minna, Niger State after a jailbreak occurred in Minna Maximum prisons.

The Sunday night attack by gunmen on the prisons led to the death of two persons – a prison official and a commercial motorcyclist.

The investigators were led to Minna by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu.

They were received by the Niger State Commissioner of Police and who led them to the Minna Maximum Prisons for an assessment of the level of damage by the gunmen.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau during a visit to the prison on Monday confirmed that 210 inmates escaped.

Over 35 inmates have since been rearrested.

The Assistant Inspector General is, however, optimistic that more arrests will be made soon.

Security operatives at Minna Maximum Prison after the jailbreak.

Buhari Meets Senators Over IGP-Senate Faceoff

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a closed-door meeting with some Senators at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Senators are members of the nine-member committee set up to meet President Buhari on issues surrounding the feud between Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The Senate President last week raised an alarm over an alleged plot by the IGP to implicate him and Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed.

Saraki claimed that Governor Ahmed informed him that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with the prosecution about to commence under the state law were ordered to be transferred to Abuja.

Saraki alleged that this is a plot to implicate him and the Kwara State governor.

The Senate’s President’s allegations come days after the IGP failed for the third time to appear before the Senate after he was summoned.

The Senate committee is chaired by Saraki with members which include Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan; Chief Whip Olusola Adeyeye; Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio; Danjuma Goje; Sam Anyanwu; Aliyu Wammako; Fatima Raji-Rasaki; and Oluremi Tinubu.

Details Later…