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.


Easter Celebrations: Police Enjoin Citizens To Be Safety Conscious

igpThe Nigeria Police High Command has urged worshipers both at Jumat and Church services to take adequate measures to reduce the number of vehicles around their worship centres so as to make the tasks of keeping surveillance easier during the Easter Celebrations.

This is against the backdrop of recent security challenges in the country.

In a statement on Thursday, the Police apex authority advised that abandoned and disused vehicles should not be parked within or close to places of worship and residential areas, and also highlighted the need for vehicles parked overnight in those premises to be properly vetted and identified.

While emphasizing that empty containers and other forms of receptacles (including dustbins) not in use should be properly disposed or stored far away from the reach of unauthorized persons, the Police High Command highlighted the need for flower pots and flower edges around residential buildings, offices and worship centres to be kept clear and regularly checked for foreign or suspicious objects.

The Police High Command also enjoined worshipers to make conscious effort to know fellow members of their congregation, as this would make it easier to know who is a stranger in their midst.

“The worship centres are enjoined to discourage hawking and clustering/loitering around the worship centres after service. Worshipers are equally advised to refrain from entering the worship centres with hand bags, brief-cases and other related items”, it read.

It reiterated the need for worshippers to be security alert and report all suspicious characters and observations to the Police.

The Force equally advised operators of motor parks, shopping malls and recreational centres to work very closely with the Police and other security agencies as they strive to strengthen general security in their respective facilities.

While assuring the public of his administration’s readiness and commitment towards ensuring a safe and secure environment, the Inspector-General Police, IGP MD Abubakar, also wished Nigerians a very peaceful and happy Easter Celebrations.

Police Boosts Security Ahead of Christmas Celebrations

The Nigeria Police have set in motion comprehensive operational strategies to boost security effectively during this year’s Christmas season and beyond, a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said on Sunday.

The statement issued “reassured Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora, that massive security measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free celebration nationwide”.

It noted that “Accordingly, all the strike Forces and specialized units of the Force, including the Police Mobile Force (Mopol), Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Protection Unit, Federal Highway Patrol and Explosive Ordinance Department have been adequately mobilized to join forces with the conventional Police Force in providing water-tight security”.

It added that “the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), MD Abubakar has directed all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in all Zonal and State Commands of the Force to retool their security infrastructures in line with international standards, taking into consideration their local environment and peculiar security situation in order to protect the citizens adequately”.

The statement also disclosed  “that covert operations, round-the-clock surveillance, and robust vehicular patrols are being intensified, while particular attention is now constantly paid to strategic public places, including places of worship, recreation centres, shopping malls, business plazas, motor parks, strategic highways, government installations and other important locations so as to forestall any possible criminal activity and guarantee the safety of the citizenry”.

IG Urges Nigerian Christians To Practice The Virtues of Jesus

Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the officers and men of the Force, heartily rejoices with Christians in Nigeria as they celebrate this year’s Christmas, and “enjoins them to practice the virtues of Jesus Christ by propagating peace, demonstrating love and forgiveness, as well as promoting harmonious coexistence among fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political leanings”.

The IGP promised increased better service delivery in the coming year as a reward for the continued understanding and renewed cooperation of Nigerians with the police.

He “therefore calls on Nigerians to strengthen their partnership with the Police and other security agencies by providing pre-emptive useful information for them”.

Police Boss Charges AIGs On Crime And Security

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has asked all AIGs (Assistant Inspectors- General) to brace up at the point of their duties so as to curb crime and ensure security in their various territories which they have been assigned to man.

This, the police boss said while addressing the issues of crime and insecurity plaguing the country.

He urged all the assistant inspectors -general to effect collaboration with sister security agencies within their domain.

At a meeting with all the AIGs of the various zones across the country, the Inspector –general of police says they are x-raying the various security challenges confronting the nation and making adequate adjustments.

He also added that plans are been put in place to ensure that the governorship elections in Anambra and Ekiti states and the Eid-el-fitri celebration are hitch free.

Bill Seeking To Unban Use Of Factory Tinted Glass Passes Second Reading In Senate

A bill seeking to stop the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and other security agencies from harassing people who use vehicles with factory fitted tinted glasses passes the crucial second reading on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Ita Enang (Akwa Ibom North East), said initiating the bill had become imperative in view of the incessant harassment of motorists who use tinted glasses, saying if the security agencies do not want Nigerians to use vehicles with tinted glasses, the best they can do is to completely prohibit the entry of such vehicles into the country.

According to Enang, it falls short of reason to ask persons who buy tinted glasses to go and remove them when it is common knowledge that the factory which produced such vehicles do not exist in Nigeria.
He also faulted the move by the police to compel people to obtain permit before they can use their vehicles with tinted glasses.

Senator Enang, who is the Chairman, Rules and Business in the Senate, added that whereas the police always claimed that obtaining permission for the use of tinted glasses was free, such claim existed only on the pages of newspapers as persons who sought such permission reported that they were given various charges ranging from N10,000 and above.

He also queried the custody of the charges for tinted glasses’ permit, wondering who are the custodians of the money and the treasury where the money is kept as he, insisted that it was wrong for the police authorities to perpetrate the attitude of exploiting Nigerians without any legal basis.

There has been a running battle between motorists and the Nigeria Police over the use of vehicles with tinted glasses in Nigeria since 2008 resulting in a continuous clampdown on the former over the development.

Only the president, vice-president, governors, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Deputy Senate President and the majority leader are allowed to use tinted glasses in the country.

The police said the need to ban the use of tinted glasses in the country had become necessary in view of the increasing state of insecurity in the country.



Nigeria Police College: On The Brink Of Collapse

The capacity of the Nigerian Police Force is currently being overstretched by the insurgency in the North, abuses against ordinary citizens and undermines of the rule of law. According to a report of the Human Rights Watch, Nigerians don’t trust the police; citizens generally have a bad impression of police officers because of their perceived brutality and corruption.

Despite the huge budgetary allocation to the force – N311 billion ($1.99 billion) in 2013 – the Nigerian police are haplessly often overpowered by criminals whose activity affects those in high and low places.

At the heart of the problem of the police force is training, there are seven police colleges in Nigeria and new recruits are expected to undergo about 13 months training in these institutes.

However, this video report focuses on the deplorable state of the police college in Ikeja, Lagos.

Professor Calls Nigeria A Racket

A Professor of criminology and social sciences at the University of Abuja, Femi Odekunle has described Nigeria as a place where politicians engage in political and economic racketeering for their selfish purposes.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Odekunle said Nigerians should disregard the comments of ministers and other government, officials, who often say that Nigeria’s macroeconomic indices are growing.

“Of course, nobody would deny that we are growing but the growth is not translating to development. Development has to do with impacting on the socioeconomic and political lives of the average citizen. It has to do with distribution of the dividend of development,” he said.

The professor said the reason why the dividend of development is not getting to the ordinary Nigerian was because of corruption.

“The consequences of the resulting underdevelopment cannot be divorced from our level of insecurity which has been worsening, if you allow me to say, from the 60s to today,” Mr Odekunle said.

Expert Advocates Withdrawal of Power To Appoint IGP From President

A security expert and National Coordinator of the Network on Police Reform, Emeka Nwanevu has said that the opaque processes by which Inspectors-General of Police are appointed, the absence of secured tenure for those that occupy that office and high turnover in the leadership of the police make planning for improvements in the performance of the force rather difficult in Nigeria.

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar

Mr Nwanevu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the lack of security of tenure for the Police Inspector General as well as interference of politicians into the operations of the police make the position of IGP one of the most unstable leadership positions in the country.

He said since the President was the one who can hire and fire the IGP; he has enormous power to control the activities of the police boss.
“An Inspector General cannot flaunt the orders of the person who appoints him,” Mr Nwanevu said.

The security expert is calling for the amendment of Section 215(1) of the Nigerian Constitution which provides that the IGP “shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Police Council from amongst serving members of the Nigeria Police Force.”

Lawyer Describes Fight Against Corruption As Cosmetic

A lawyer and member of the Crusade for Justice, Richard Nwankwo has described the efforts by the leadership of Nigeria in fighting corruption as superficial and designed to achieve nothing.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Nwankwo said the present leaders in the country lack the political will and determination to conduct a genuine crusade against corruption in Nigeria.

“When you are fighting corruption from the general point of view, the leadership must show some measure of political will and determination and some measure of drive to demonstrate to everybody that actually there is a massive campaign against corruption and that is clearly not been done here,” he said.

2nd Edition of Police Games To Host 5,000 Cops

The second edition of the Nigeria Police Games holding in Port Harcourt will be featuring from all formations in the Nigeria Police Force totalling about 5,000 policemen.

The Secretary Technical and Chairman Police Taekwondo Association, ACP Gideon Akinsola who made the information known to newsmen also disclosed that the organising  committee has earmarked 28 games, including three non-scoring sports as the number of events that will be competed for and the Police Games Commission is headed by Commissioner of Police Abimbola Macaulay.

Akinsola said that the games were designed to identify talented sportsmen in the police force, promote esprit de corps as well as encourage members of the force to keep fit at all the times.

The event will kick-off February 24th and will be taking place at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt.

The Last edition of the games was held in Lagos at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in 2011.

1,944 Police Rank And File Officers Promoted

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, CFR, NPM, mni, in the pursuit of his agenda for a better welfare regime for personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, graciously approved the promotion of One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-four (1,944) junior Police Officers within the rank bracket of Constable and Sergeant, to their next ranks.

The promotion exercise dubbed “New Year Gift” for members of the Police rank and file, takes effect from 1st January, 2013. In line with on-going reforms of the Nigeria Police Force, all the beneficiaries of the promotion exercise had earlier attended and passed a special promotion course organized for them at the four premier Police Colleges located at Lagos, Orji-River, Kaduna and Maiduguri.

The trainings were designed to prepare the personnel for the challenges and responsibilities of their new ranks.

While congratulating the newly promoted Inspectors, rank and file, the IGP charged them to see their elevation as a call to greater tasks and challenges, as they will be saddled with higher responsibilities. He reminded them of the need to be more dutiful, disciplined, courageous and patriotic in the discharge of the responsibilities of their new ranks.

The 1,944 beneficiaries of the new promotion are spread across all Police Commands and Formations within the country including Force Headquarters, Abuja.

1,437 Constables were promoted to the rank of Corporal while 303 Corporals were promoted to Sergeants and 204 Sergeants were made Inspectors.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reiterated his commitment to the welfare and well being of officers and men of the Force, particularly, those within the Inspectorate, rank and file cadre whom he described as the “foot soldiers” of the Force.

He promised to continue to do his best in conjunction with other relevant organization of government to promote their overall working conditions, particularly, as we commence the sojourn into 2013.



Police Assures Nigerians of Adequate Security During Christmas

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed  Abubakar,  has enjoined Christians  to emulate and imbibe the worthy virtues, principles and teachings of Christ, by being open minded to issues of peace, forgiveness and harmonious co-existence, especially, at this auspicious moment in the history of our country.

In a Christmas message signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations, Frank Mba, Mr Abubakar called on all Nigerians to appreciate and respect the diversities of the nation, and leverage on same as a source of strength and medium for national development.

Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Christmas celebration the police chief  has directed all Zonal AIGs and state command commissioners to take all necessary measures to ensure the provision of adequate security across the country before, during and after the celebration.

The Commissioners of police  are to personally, ensure that key and vulnerable points including: shopping malls, motor parks, financial houses, places of worship, recreation centres and other public places are adequately and effectively protected, to enable  holiday makers, worshippers and the general public enjoy maximum fulfilment.

Similarly, the Zonal AIGs and CPs have been directed to ensure the provision of 24hrs security around all government installations, strategic facilities and other key targets.

The Inspector General of Police also directed all commanders of police highway patrol teams to ensure that motorized patrols on highways targeted at crime and accident prevention, are intensified to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful celebration.

Police officials deployed the highways have also been directed to render necessary assistance to travellers and road users, especially accident victims and those who may suffer vehicular break down.

Mr Abubakar warned officers who will be deployed during the period, to ensure that they comport themselves and act within the confines of the law.

“They must be firm but polite, civil and professional in the discharge of their assigned roles, giving due regard and respect to the fundamental human rights of citizens at all times,” he said.