Kwara State Police Command has inaugurated the Eminent Persons Forum in the state in southwest Nigeria.
The forum was held in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, aimed at reducing crime across Nigeria.
Addressing the Eminent Persons Forum, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Olushola Amore, stressed the need to inaugurate the forum.
He said the directive was given by the Police boss, to carry various communities along in the fight against crime.
The Police Commissioner, who noted that fighting crime could not be solely the police business, called on the eminent persons which include the traditional rulers and politicians, to join hands with the police to rid the state of criminals.
He promised to carry everybody along in his community-oriented policing, in order to achieve a lasting peace in the state.
The Nigeria Police Force has announced plans to collaborate with the judiciary to reduce the rate of cult activities in the state.
The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Okaula, made the declaration on Monday while parading 13 suspected cult members in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State.
He explained that the synergy between the Police Command in Kwara and the judiciary was to ensure that suspected cult members do not get unnecessary bail conditions to continue perpetrating killings.
The Police boss said that the cults have devised new method of luring their victims through phone calls to locations where they would be killed and called for more information from the public to arrest others.
While Parading the suspected cult members, who are mostly students of higher institutions in the state, Mr Okaula said that they were arrested after a tip off with various ammunition and locally made pistols. The arrests were made after they had killed another rival cult member.
He stated that the Command was working round the clock to correct the situation.
The Police boss appealed for more information from members of the public in order to ensure that those who still want to continue the killings would be apprehended.
In recent times, residents of Ilorin metropolis have been living in fear over the constant killings and counter killings by suspected cult members in Kwara State.
The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula has asked Nigerians for more collaboration in the fight against crimes to ensure peaceful and harmonious relationship between the police and the public.
The Police Commissioner made the call while receiving a Toyota vehicle donated by a philanthropist while parading four suspected cult members.
Mr Okaula noted the huge responsibility of providing vehicles for the police in combating crimes and cannot be left for the government alone.
He urged wealthy Nigerians to complement the efforts of the governments at all levels in the fight against crimes assuring that the police will not relent in stamping out crimes.
The criminals in the state, he assured will not find it easy as the police will make it difficult for them to operate in the state.
Parading four alleged cult members, he said the boys who are university students in Ilorin were arrested around Oyun area while preparing to attend a cult meeting.
The boys, he noted were also involved in recruiting new members as several ammunitions were found on them
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has urged Police personnel to always assemble evidence before putting suspects behind bars in order not to deny them their rights.
IGP Solomon Arase made the appeal on Thursday during a one-day working visit to the Kwara State Police Command in Nigeria’s southwest region.
The Police boss stressed the need for the Police to ensure that enough evidences were assembled before effecting the detention of any suspect.
He stated that by international best practices, they are expected to distinguish between criminal, civil as well as commercial cases in order not to fall prey of the public who might want to deal with innocent persons using the Police.
He asked them to have good relationship with various communities and advocated monthly meetings between the Police and their host communities to iron out differences and also to get information that would be useful in combating crime.
In his response, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, enumerated various challenges being faced in the command.
Some of the challenges include shortage of manpower of at least 3,000 policemen as well as insufficient equipment such as armoured personnel carriers and ammunition among others.
During an interactive session, some of the policemen pleaded with their boss to help promote them as some of them have been on one rank for years.
Some others want the boss to correct the imbalance in posting for peacekeeping operations.
IGP Arase, who said that he has no power to promote, however, gave them their next ranking in the acting capacity pending confirmation from the Nigerian Police Council.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe has criticised the comments by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that the inability of the Federal Government to guarantee the security of the country is an indication of a failing state.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr. Okupe stated that criminality exists everywhere in the world but he admitted that the Federal Government has an over-riding duty to ensure the safety of lives and properties.
Disagreeing with the stance by the ACN’s spokesperson that the killing of the Kwara State Commissioner of Police is an indication that Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state, Mr. Okupe stated that the killing of the Police boss cannot be taking as an index of a failed state because in advanced countries, such killings do occur and nobody lays such deaths on their Presidents or denigrate their countries.
He, however, gave the assurance that the Federal Government is doing everything to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime are made to face the full weight of the law.
Mr. Okupe also took a swipe at the recent visit to Borno State by some governors under the aegis of the All Progressives Congress (APC) saying the visit was borne out of the governors’ ambition to score cheap political points.
Meanwhile, President Jonathan is also expected to visit Borno State later this week.
Gunmen men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have attacked the Gwoza Divisional Police Station in Borno State, killing the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and his deputy, alongside a number of civilians caught in the crossfire which occurred at 9pm Monday.
A bank located near the police station in Gwoza was also attacked by the hoodlums using explosives and petrol bombs.
Witnesses said the gunmen used Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs in torching the police station and the Bank, before carting away undisclosed sums of money from the bank.
Gwoza is a local government area of Borno State and it lies at the border with Cameroun, and 135 kilometres south-east of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Sources at the Gwoza General Hospital who did not want to be identified confirmed that the bodies of the DPO and seven others were brought in by the police in two Hilux patrol vehicles for deposition and subsequent identification.
The gunmen, according to the sources, got into the bank, after the bank manager was dragged from his house at gunpoint to open the bank’s vault, before they carting away undisclosed sums of money, after which they torched the bank with explosives at about 10.25pm.
The Borno State Police Command spokesman, Gideon Jibrin who confirmed the incident said no arrest has so far been made but investigation has commenced to trail the gunmen.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has spoken tough about the killing of Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Chinwike Asadu, saying his killers will “have no rest until they are brought to book”.
The IGP made this known in a statement where he described the death of the police Officer as “unfortunate and most saddening.”
“Those who are behind this incident have murdered sleep and will have no rest until they are brought to book” he stated.
The IGP instructed the special detectives and homicide unit as well as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to support the Enugu state command to unravel the killers of the commissioner.
He also directed the Enugu state Police Command to ensure that crime wavein the state is brought under control.
While expressing his deepest condolences to the immediate family and the entire police force, he assured Nigerians that those behind the killing will be fished out and tried appropriately.