Fashola, IGP order police to fish out Lagos robbers

The Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola and the Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on Monday directed the police authority in the state to fish out armed robbers that terrorized some parts of Lagos metropolis on Sunday, killing six people including three policemen and injured several others.

The duo spoke in Alausa during the official presentation of 114 security vehicles donated by 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the state, also the launching of other security items procured under the auspices of the State Security Trust Fund at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Mr Fashola said that he knows how the Police officers feel because they were constrained to reduce civilian casualty when they responded to the attacks.

He, however, added that they must do whatever they have to do in not only protecting the state but to find the armed men who attacked the State.

“You must find those men who dared to attack us and it is by bringing those men to justice that your colleagues who died during the attacks would not have died in vain. We have walked this road before and we succeeded. Those who threaten us must be ready to spend better than us and they must be ready to fight harder than us because we will win”, he added.

While urging everyone to remain calm as the State Government is on top of the situation, the Governor gave a commitment to the families and dependents of the officers who lost their lives during the incidents that they will not be forgotten.

He said they will be entitled to insurance package with sizeable insurance compensation that the State Government has already put in place, adding that in whatever way possible the government will provide support to them.

“Our success in reducing crime has brought about many more challenges with many more people relocating to Lagos for security reasons, saying: “yesterday’s success has become history, today’s challenges live with us, it is our responsibility to provide security for tomorrow.

In security business, there are no margins for errors. We must be right always. We must ensure that it does not happen again. We have to rethink our methods, rethink our strategies and renew our commitment because we are at a period when people who do not work want to live life to the fullest”, Mr Fashola said.

The Inspector General of Police told the State Police Command that it is no more a tea party adding that the command must wake up from its slumber as the robbery incident of Sunday must not repeat itself.

“The story of what happened in Lagos yesterday should not repeat itself. We cannot fold our arms and allow common criminals to terrorise us. They should not terrorise the people anymore.

“We cannot fold our arms when the Governor has provided all that we want in terms of mobility, allowances, support and assistance. I have directed the Assistant Inspector General, Zone 11 and the State Commissioner of Police to meet and re-strategise on the issue. It will not be accepted anymore”, Mr Abubakar said.

Lagos traffic laws

The IG, who also spoke on the observance of traffic law by motorcycle riders in the State, said he had a personal experience on the Lekki -Epe Expressway at midnight on Sunday where he observed motorcycles not obeying traffic lights.

He said he expects motorcyclists irrespective of whether they are commercial or privately owned to obey the law and respect traffic rules, adding that the State Police Commissioner must convene a meeting with the union of motor cycle (Okada) riders in the next one month on why they must obey traffic laws in the State.

He said after the meeting with the union, a week’s grace should be given to the okada riders, after which anyone of them caught, should be arrested and prosecuted in the court of law.

IG of Police orders 24-hour surveillance on telecoms equipment

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar Thursday ordered a 24-hour surveillance of all telecommunication equipment and installations across the country.

Mr Abubakar gave this order sequel to recent security development in some parts of the country where these equipment and installations have become vulnerable and targets of attacks and destruction.

In a press release issued from the police Headquarters, Abuja, the deputy force public relations officer, Frank Mba said “the IGP has directed all State Commissioners of Police to constitute a Special Unit in their respective Commands, whose primary assignment will be to ensure the safety of telecommunication equipment and installations within their areas of jurisdiction.

“CPs are to further ensure that Area Commanders and DPOs in their Commands replicate the constitution of such Special Units in their respective areas, to protect installations located within their territories.

“State Commissioners of Police are further directed to ensure that personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter-Terrorism Squads in their Commands are constructively involved in this crucial assignment.

“Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) have also been directed to supervise the activities all such Units constituted by Commissioners of Police, to ensure strict compliance with the directives of the IGP. They are to constitute similar Units that will assist State Commands within their Zones. AIGs and CPs are to provide dedicated lines in their respective Commands, to enable public spirited Nigerians who may have useful information, to volunteer same to the Police.

“While assuring the public that the Police will do everything within its power to arrest this emerging security trend, the IGP appealed to members of the public to assist the Force with vital information touching on the activities of these hoodlums. He particularly enjoined traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leader and parents to keep watchful eyes on their environment and to report any strange movement to the local Police authority.”

No fewer than 16 persons were on Thursday killed in both Damaturu and Potiskum, Yobe state as suspected sect member continued the destruction of telecommunication masts in Northern Nigeria.

The Damaturu destruction is coming just 24 hours after same operation was carried out by hoodlums in Maiduguri and Kano.

The vandalisation of telecommunication masts has disrupted smooth communication within and outside the affected states.

Nigeria is not ripe for state police – IGP

The Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Dahiru Abubakar on Thursday opposed the creation of state police in Nigeria.

Mr Abubakar, who disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, said that the establishment of state police could result in the force being used to victimise political opponents, a situation he noted is not good for the political development of the country.

“For now Nigeria is not ripe for state police, our political maturity is not yet at that level,” he said.

Mr Abubakar also spoke against the non-contribution of the states to the Special Police Fund jointly approved by the Federal Executive Council and the National Council of states as a way of ensuring adequate funding for the police force.

He appealed to the Federal Government to pay more attention to the Nigeria Police Force especially now that the country is facing a lot of security challenges.

The Inspector General of Police called on the Northern Governor’s Forum whose region is more plagued by security problems to come up with something more concrete to tackle the problem saying that the security problems in the North is as a result of high level of poverty, unemployment and wide gap between the rich and the poor.

Police IG redeploys 18 commissioners

The Inspector-General of Police, M.D Abubakar has ordered the redeployment of 18 Commissioners of Police to various Commands and Formations of the Force, across the federation.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the Inspector General said that the posting of the Commissioners takes immediate effect.

He further “directed the affected officers to ensure an effective policing of their new areas of jurisdiction in line with the administration’s reform policies.”

The police boss advised the newly deployed Commissioners of Police to act as agents of positive change and guide against all acts inimical to the fundamental rights of the citizenry.

He enjoined citizens of the affected States to give the new command helmsmen maximum support so as to guarantee their success in their assigned roles.

The affected officers are:


1CPGodfrey E. OkekeCP Adamawa State
2CPSunday A. OgbonnaCP Admin ‘C’ Department FHQ
3CPMgbakor C. OguguaCP Criminal Central Record FCID Annex Lagos
4CPMark A. Idakwo, mniProvost Marshal, FHQ Abuja
5CPMohammed Iyanda SuleCP Gombe State
6CPEdgar Tam Nanakumo, fwcCP Inspectorate ‘E’ Department FHQ, Abuja
7CPPartick D. DokumorCP SARS FCID
8CPS.L. Gambo, fdcCP Sokoto State
9CPY.G. Ardo, fdcCP MSD ‘F’ Department
10CPAdisa Baba Bolanta, fwcCP Imo State
11CPTonye E. EbitibituwaCP Kebbi State
12CPMbu Joseph MbuCP Oyo State
13CPAbdullahi YugudaCP Borno State
14CPMohammed IbrahimCP Special Protection Unit (SPU)
15CPSylvester A. UmehCP Border Patrol
16CPSuleiman O. LawalDeputy Commandant, Police Academy Kano
17CPIdris Faruk UmarCP Anti-Fraud, FCID
18CPOlufemi A. AdenaikeCP Kaduna State

Mass promotion in Nigeria police as Leha gets DIG post

The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday approved the promotion of an Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Philemon Leha to the post of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) to fill the vacancy created by the death of DIG John Haruna.

According to a press statement signed by Ferdinand Ekpe, the Chief Information Officer of the commission, the approval which was given at the PSC 28th plenary meeting in Abuja is sequel to the recommendations of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.

The commission also approved the promotion of eight Commissioners of Police to the Rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police.
They are:

a) Christopher T. Dega

b) Aliyu Musa

c) Bala Hassan

d) Mohammed J. Abubakar

e) Tambari Y. Mohammed

f) Ibrahim Abdu

g) Julius A. Ishola

h) Alex Emeka Okeke (AIG Medical Services)

The statement further said “in its attempt at motivating deserving officers of the Nigeria Police force, the Commission at the 28th plenary meeting equally considered and approved the promotion of thirty two Deputy Commissioners of Police to Commissioners of Police, while Ninety-one Assistant Commissioners of Police were elevated to the rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police respectively.

“All the above mentioned promotions are with effect from the 1st of August, 2012. Also, the Commission approved the promotion of a Sergeant to Assistant Superintendent of Police II with effect from 7/7/2010.

“Equally, the Commission meted out various disciplinary measures to some senior officers for acts unbecoming of superior police officers. A superintendent of Police was dismissed; a Chief Superintendent of Police was compulsorily retired while a Superintendent was reduced in rank to Deputy Superintendent of Police.

The Chairman of the commission, Parry Osayande, congratulated all the promoted officers and noted that the Commission would continue to elevate all hard-working officers of the Nigeria Police Force as at and when due.

He also enjoined all personnel of the force to redouble their efforts towards the maintenance of Law and Order as the Commission he posited is keenly monitoring their service delivery pattern to the Nation and would not fail to sanction erring ones adequately.

IG of police seeks improved protection of officers posted to banks

Against the backdrop of recent suicide bombings at banks across the country the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on Tuesday announced the creation of a special protection unit as part of training for security officers deployed to banks in Nigeria.

Mr Abubakar made this known at a meeting with heads of security in banks across the country in Abuja.

The closed door meeting is expected to map out ways of beefing up security at financial institutions and also reviewing the remuneration of security officials deployed to bank premises.

Other decisions reached at the meeting was a plan to create a special protection unit for chief security officers at the banks as part of training to ensure effective reprisal attacks.

The Inspector General asked bank administrators to be weary of the staff employed at the banks saying that there is an urgent need to improve the level of security at bank premises and review the welfare of police officers posted to banks.

Mr Abubakar further highlighted some of the challenges militating against the security of banks and its workers. According to him, addressing the prevalence of bank robbery incidences would require stiffer training for police officers deployed to banks in the country.

The Chairman Committee of Heads of Security of Banks and Other Financial Institutions, Clement Ebere said that his members of his committee are willing to collaborate with the police to tackle the spate of bank insecurity.

The meeting which is to be a continuation of previous discussions on insecurity is expected to ensure better efficiency among chief security officers of banks in the line of duty.

Police is winning war against terrorism in Nigeria – IGP

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed, on Monday in Abuja dismissed insinuations that the Nigeria Police was losing the war against terrorists.

Mr. Mohammed, who was speaking to State House correspondents about Monday’s attack at the Taraba State Ministry of Finance, said the police had intensified efforts toward checking the activities of terror groups across the country.

Terrorists threw explosives at the motorcade of the Commissioner of Police in Taraba, Mamman Sule, while he was going through the ministry to his own office.

Mr. Mohammed refuted the claim that the Taraba attack was targeted at the Taraba State police commissioner, saying that arrests had been made in connection with the attack.

“You see, my Commissioner of Police was not the target and it (bomb) was placed on the road and it exploded; nothing has happened to the Commissioner and we have made arrests.”

“We can confirm that 11 people were killed. 10 people died at the spot, while one person died at the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo,’’ Umar Waziri, the Red Cross Information Coordinator in Taraba told journalists on Monday.

Twenty persons including two university professors were killed on Sunday when gunmen armed with grenades and rifles attacked worshippers at the St Stephen Catholic Church, Bayero University, Kano, while several others were injured.

The two professors, Professor Ayodele of the Chemistry Department and Professor Andrew Leo of the Library Department, were among the dead.

IGP directs security chiefs to beef operations during Easter

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has directed Zonal and State Commands of the police to provide adequate security to all places of worship during the Easter celebrations, just as the U.K. Foreign Office and the U.S. Embassy warn their citizens against travelling to certain parts of country considered “high risk” of a terrorist attack over the period.

The IGP, in a press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olusola Amore, on Thursday in Abuja, directed that steps be taken to ensure proper coverage of all vulnerable points in the cities and highways during and after the Easter period.

While commending Nigerians for cooperating with policemen posted to their various communities, the IGP called for more support and understanding of the current security challenges as well as saluted the efforts of all policemen in the country for their tireless and selfless service to the nation.

“The administration of the force is committed to giving a new lease of life to the Nigerian Police and ensuring that its past glories are restored, as a highly dedicated, motivated and efficient police force,” the IGP said.

Urging Nigerians to avail the force with useful information to track down undesirable elements in the society, the IGP felicitated with Christians as they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, stressing the need for them to embrace peace, forgiveness and harmonious co-existence with people of other religious faiths.