New National Crime Database Will Make Police More Efficient – Moshood

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, says the new national crime database which is being established by the Nigeria Police will make police service more efficient in the country.

The Police spokesperson said this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television News at 10. He added that the national crime database has reached the last stage of completion.

According to him, the database is being established at the force headquarters to link all police divisions and formations in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“The national crime database will ensure that we have enough data. It is to ensure that when we collect data, they are immediately processed for usage to prevent crime. This new initiative is to enable the process to be faster and more efficient.

“When people are traveling outside this country to work or study, they come to the police to get criminal data so that we can verify them; this is what we call character certificate. We currently have a central record where we have that in Lagos. We have been using this to fight crime and to ensure crime prevention is effective.

“But this (national crime database) is part of the new initiative by the government to make police service more efficient and more effective,” he said.

Moshood, however, added that the Force will require more budgetary allocation to fully complete and implement the new initiative.

Ekiti Poll: Nigeria Police Not In Support Of Any Political Party – Force PRO

Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood

 

The Nigeria Police Force has assured electorates in Ekiti State ahead of the July 14 election that the police will ensure adequate security noting that the force does not belong to any political party.

The spokesperson of the Nigeria Police force, Jimoh Moshood, who was a guest on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Friday, stressed that the deployment of 30,000 personnel to Ekiti is to ensure adequate security in the nook and cranny of the state before and during the gubernatorial election.

“Going to Ekiti with 30,000 personnel is to ensure that everything is in order and to guarantee a secure environment for the electorates.

“We are assuring the people of Ekiti that the Nigerian police is apolitical. We don’t belong to APC or PDP, we don’t belong to any political party. There are 35 political parties involved in this and all of them have the right to be protected.

“Every political party has the right so to be allowed to do what is expected of them in the electoral act. Every party have the right to have their observer and the point where votes are being cast and we have to provide security for this,” he said.

Ahead of the poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday commenced distribution of sensitive materials to the 16 local governments in Ekiti state.

This was after the materials were received by the Electoral body at the Central Bank office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. The materials were loaded into vehicles for transportation amidst tight security and in the presence of all relevant stakeholders.

Moshood during the interview on Friday noted that the purpose of the massive deployment is for the security of the people to create a peaceful atmosphere which will encourage the residents to exercise their civic duties.

“Our concern is about the people of Ekiti. They are the people that have a stake in this election. They are the people that are going to elect their leader. We are providing a secure environment for them because once we have an incident of ballot paper snatching or attacks on the electorate in any polling unit the news will spread and people will have apathy of coming out.”

Killings: ‘Mischievous Politicians’ Are Worsening Situation – Police

Killings: 'Mischievous Politicians Are Worsening Situation'
File photo: Jimoh Moshood

 

The Nigeria Police has accused ‘mischievous politicians’ of frustrating its efforts in tackling the herdsmen and farmers’ crisis in the country.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, made the allegation on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Giving a brief on police operations in Benue and other states where some residents were recently killed by suspected herdsmen, Moshood said, “Utterances from both sides of the divides, and from mischievous politicians are worsening situation which we are trying to clear.”

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He, however, noted that the police have sent a stern warning to erring individuals that they would not hesitate to prosecute anyone found culpable for creating any public disorder.

“When mischievous politicians decide to create some mess around, the responsibility of the police is to clear these mess and ensure that those who are involved are prosecuted.

“And that is why the Force has sounded a warning; ‘your utterances shouldn’t be one that can incite people to further disturbances” the police spokesman added.

His briefing comes one day after Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed renewed attacks by suspected herdsmen on communities in Logo, Guma, and Okpokwu Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Benue State.

According to the governor, two women were reported killed in Guma and two persons in Logo on Tuesday, while the others were reported killed in Odidi and Ojokpailo in Okpokwu LGA on Wednesday.

The police, on their part, confirmed the death of only two persons in Guma LGA, although the cause is yet to be ascertained.

Moshood said: “It’s not five like they said, two corpses of two women were found in Guma yesterday (Wednesday) by the police.

“Some exhibits were recovered at the scene and we are still going to look at what is the cause of this latest attack in that village.”

He said measures have been put in place to contain the incident from spreading into other communities.

The police spokesman further stressed that the Force is committed to carrying out its responsibilities without bias as there was also a reported attack on some herdsmen settlements.

He said, “The police have prevented the so-called crisis from spreading beyond Guma and Logo local government areas of Benue state, and there is equally an incident where the Fulani settlements were equally attacked in another area which is close towards Enugu.”

Killings: Buhari Orders IGP To Move To Benue

President Buhari Mourns Veteran Industrialist, Emmanuel Adesoye
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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately move to Benue State to restore law and order and prevent further loss of lives and properties, from escalating and spreading in the state.

This follows the recent killing of innocent people in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, it says, in compliance with the Presidential directives, the IGP is moving into Benue state with additional Five (5) Units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) making a total of Ten (10) Units of PMF deployed in the State which is in addition to other Police formations on the ground in the State before the crisis.

More Units of the Police Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Units, and Conventional Policemen are already being deployed to the State as at this time today to comply in totality with the Presidential order.

The Aerial Surveillance by Police Helicopters will continue, while the Police Mobile Force Personnel, Police Special Forces and conventional Police Personnel, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) and Special Police Joint Intelligence and Investigation Teams already deployed to Benue State will carry on un-relentlessly with the patrols and crime prevention activities in the affected areas to sustain the normalcy that have been restored in the State.

The Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with troublemaker(s), any group(s) or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis. The full weight of the law will be applied to anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the State.

While once again, the Nigeria Police Force commiserate with Government and the people of Benue State over the loss of innocent lives, the Force implored them to cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force in this latest effort to restore lasting peace in the State.

The commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure Law and order and protection of lives and property of all Nigerians throughout the Country remains unequivocal and unwavering.

Ile-Ife Crisis, Not An Ethnic Clash – Jimoh Moshood

moshoodThe Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, has stressed that the fatal incident that took place in Ile-Ife, an ancient town in Osun state, south-west Nigeria, was not an ethnic clash.

According to him, those same youths do business together and have always lived in harmony, regardless of their tribal differences.

He made this position known while addressing the allegations by Yoruba youths that the Force had handled the case in a one-sided manner.

They had alleged that those paraded at the Force headquarters were Yorubas, and no Hausa or Fulani was among them.

Mr Moshood however stated that the Osun State Commissioner of Police, among other people handling the case, were equally Yorubas.

He said it would be wrong for anyone to make a blanket accusation against the Police, describing it is as a disservice to the efforts of the Inspector General of Police.

46 People Killed

Giving a background of what resulted in the fatal clash, he said a certain Oba of a Local area, who is also a Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the area, moved in with thugs to attack a community, following an assault on his wife, which occurred the previous day.

He stated that when the crisis started, the Police moved in immediately to resolve it, however, people started burning houses, property, and killing people.

“96 People were injured, 81 were treated and discharged, and 15 were still hospitalized as at the time we did the parade of the suspects and 46 people were killed in this process,” he confirmed.

He also stated that when the crisis erupted, the IGP promptly deployed Special Intervention Force from the Force Headquarters headed by a commissioner of Police, in charge of Police Mobile Force.

“This intervention was very very swift, in ensuring that within two days, the arrow head was arrested.”

The PPRO further stated that investigation was still on-going and he confirmed that 38 people have so far been arrested and taken to Abuja for more thorough and discrete investigation.

Mr Moshood, however, stated that 18 of them were later found not culpable and amongst them were Yorubas as well as Hausas.

“Our intervention was very prompt and we ensured that including the northern states, the effort of the Police were equally circulated in local language for people to know that we have intervened and the situation is under control.”

Police Deny Reported Closure Of Ondo Assembly

Police Denies Reported Closure Of Ondo AssemblyThe Police have condemned reports in the media that it has ordered the closure of the Ondo State House of Assembly complex.

A statement from the Force Headquarters, signed by the Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, described the report as misleading and malicious.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a report on page 40 of the Nation Newspaper of 7th February, 2017 credited to one Damisi Ojo captioned “IG Orders Closure of Ondo Assembly”

“The report was misleading, malicious and capable of misinforming members of the public on the statutory roles of the Nigeria Police Force to restore law and order, and guarantee the protection of lives and property throughout the country.

“The story is absolutely a shadowy imagination of the writer and should be disregarded.

“It is pertinent to state that there was no time that the Inspector General of Police ordered the closure of Ondo State House of Assembly as alleged by the writer.

“It is suffice to state that on the 30th January, 2017, there was a report of pandemonium, confusion and disorder in the Ondo State House of Assembly as a result of fracas between two (2) factions who are honourable members of the Assembly over purported change of leadership of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

“Police personnel from Ondo State Police Command were promptly deployed by the Commissioner of Police Ondo State to restore normalcy and prevent total breakdown of law and order in the Ondo State House of Assembly and the attendant anarchy and chaos that may occur in Akure town and other parts of the State.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it is imperative to remind the writer and members of the public who might have read the story that, Part II S.4 of Police Act and Regulations among other things states that: ‘The Police shall be employed for the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property…’

“Therefore, the deployment of Police personnel to restore normalcy and prevent further breakdown of law and order in Ondo State House of Assembly was in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ondo State is in charge of all operations of the Police in the State and does not need to wait for the order of the Inspector General of Police before taking appropriate action in ensuring law and order and protection of life and property.

“The Police personnel deployed at the House of Assembly complex in Ondo State are to maintain law and order and not to close down the Assembly. They are under instructions to be civil, firm and strict in the discharge of their duties.

“To this end, the Nigeria Police Force wishes to assure the media of its support and cooperation to ensure crime free society and credible reportage. The print media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed newspapers to be used by mischievous persons to publish story that are capable of causing disaffections.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris will not be distracted or deterred from carrying out his statutory responsibilities for the benefit of good people of Ondo State and all Nigerians.”

Police Ask Tuface Idibia, Opposing Group To Cancel Protests

Force PRO, Jimoh MoshoodThe Police have advised Nigerian pop star, Tuface Idibia and other opposing groups to suspend their planned protests scheduled for February 5 and 6, 2017, in Lagos and other states.

In a statement on Friday by the Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, the Police said it is in possession of credible intelligence reports that other interest groups were planning to hold a counter protest on the same days at the same places as the Tuface Group.

He reckoned that if these various planned protests are held as scheduled, there may be breakdown of law and order, with attendant loss of lives and property.

The statement reads: “Nigeria Police Force is deeply concerned with the security implications with regard to the planned protest/demonstrations, and as the lead security agency in the country, is fully aware and recognizes the constitutional rights of every citizen (including Tuface and his group) to assemble and move freely in any part of the country.

“In this regard, the Force is also cognizant of its constitutional responsibilities of taking any proactive/preventive security measures in the interest of public safety, public order, public morality or public health and for the purposes of protecting lives and property, as well as the constitutional rights and freedom of other citizens.

“The Nigeria Police Force is currently in possession of credible intelligence

Police Ask Tuface Idibia, Opposing Group To Cancel Protests
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood

reports that other interest groups are equally planning to hold a counter protest/matches on the same days at the same places/cities as the Tuface Group.

“If these various planned protests/demonstrations are held as scheduled, that there may be breakdown of law and order, with attendant loss of lives and property.

“To this end, the Nigeria Police Force deems it imperative to issue this press release that Innocent Idibia (a.k.a Tuface) and his group are hereby advised strongly to shelve their planned peaceful protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

“That the other opposing groups are equally advised strongly to shelve its planned counter protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

“That the Nigeria Police Force is prepared to employ every possible legal means for the maintenance of law and order; and for the protection of lives and property.

“Consequently, members of the public, parents and guardians, religious/opinion leaders and other interest groups are strongly advised to prevail on their children and wards, followers and adherents not to allow themselves to be used by any group to cause disturbance of public peace and break down of law and order.”

 

IGP Appoints Jimoh Moshood As New Police PRO

IGP Appoints Jimoh Moshood As New Police PROThe Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appointed CSP Jimoh Olohundare Moshood as the substantive Force Public Relations Officer, taking over from Ag. CP. Don N. Awunah who has since been posted as Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command.

CSP Jimoh Moshood hails from Ilorin in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State. He holds a B.Sc in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

He was once a Police Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the position which earned him Commissioner of Police commendations for diligent and excellent performance.

He attended several courses within and outside the Country few of which are Crime Prevention Of Korea Police, At Police Training Institute, Seoul South Korea; Training Course on Anti-Hijacking Techniques and Tactics for Developing Countries at Special Police Academy, Beijing, China.

He is a member of Nigeria Institutes of Public Relations, member of Africa Business School,  Abuja and Associate Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration Of Nigeria.

The officer has served in various capacities in the Nigeria Police Force as DPO Central Area, Abuja between 2012 – 2013 and Chief Superintendent of Police in charge of Department of Finance and Administration, FCT Police Command, Abuja among others.

Until his recent appointment he was the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer FHQ Abuja.

He has since assumed duty as the Force Public Relations Officer for the Nigeria Police Force.