The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has deployed top police officers for the Edo State governorship election on September 19.
Those deployed include the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Adeleye Olusola Oyabade; an Assistant Inspector General of police, Karma Hosea Hassan, and eight other commissioners of police.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Oyebade, who will be assisted by Hassan, will superintend over the entire security architecture and ensure effective monitoring of the election and due enforcement of all electoral laws in the State.
“The DIG, with the assistance of the AIG, will superintend over the entire security architecture and ensure effective monitoring of the election and due enforcement of all electoral laws in the State.
“Other senior Police Officers similarly involved (in election monitoring and evaluation) include: CP Garba Baba Umar, CP Habu Sani and CP Buba Sanusi. CP Akeera M. Yonous will coordinate the operations of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other special strike forces.
“The other four (4) CPs will supervise security arrangement in the three senatorial districts of the State.
“They are: CP Omololu .S. Bishi and CP Abutu Yaro Edo North senatorial district, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu Edo Central Senatorial District and CP Olokade T. Olawale, Edo South Senatorial District,” the statement partly read.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has advised Nigerians not to forget the existing COIVD-19 protocols put in place to curb the spread of the virus in the country.
He gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Mohammed explained that the call became necessary as the country, especially as Muslim faithful prepare for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
He, therefore, called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gathering and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The IGP also asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of efforts to ensure a crime-free Eid-el Kabir celebration in the country, he directed the Commissioners of Police in all the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 17 Zonal Commands to intensify confidence building patrols in all nooks and crannies of the country.
The police boss asked the senior officers to specifically ensure increased patrols on major highways and around critical national infrastructure.
While assuring Nigerians of adequate security, he congratulated the Muslim faithful in the country as they join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.
Security During Eid Prayers
In line with the directive of the police boss, the Yobe State Police Command said modalities have been put in place to provide adequate security at all praying grounds and places of public gathering around the state before, during, and after the celebrations.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarem, urged residents to confide in the command and other security agencies by providing useful information and prompt reporting of suspicious persons, movements, and objects around their places of abode.
He also appealed to them to use the festive period to offer prayers for peace, protection against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stability of Yobe and country at large.
Abdulkarem, however, announced that there would be restriction of vehicular movement from 11pm on Thursday to 11am on Friday, for the purpose of ensuring security during the Eid-el-Kabir prayers.
He noted that in view of the current situation caused by the pandemic, the police have advised all district heads, imams and Muslim faithful in the state to observe Eid prayers in accordance with the COVID-19 preventive measures.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has asked the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, to direct his bail application to the presidential panel.
Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, Magu’s legal representative, had asked the IGP to grant bail to his client on “self-recognisance” — after the suspended EFCC chief had spent four days in custody.
But in a letter dated July 14, 2020, and addressed to Mr Ojaomo, the IGP said the police force is not investigating and detaining Magu, so, it cannot grant the bail request.
It also advised the lawyer to redirect his request to the chairman of the presidential panel for appropriate attention.
The letter read in part: “The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating CP Ibrahim Magu (your client), and he is accordingly, not being detained by the Police but by the Presidential Panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, advises that you reconsider directing your request to the Chairman of the Presidential Panel for appropriate attention.”
Mr Magu was invited by the panel headed by Ayo Salami, a retired President of the Appeal Court in the Presidential Villa in Abuja on July 6.
He was later moved to Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police in Abuja where he has since been detained.
On June 11, President Muhammadu Buhari affirmed the suspension of Mr Magu and it took effect immediately.
According to a statement from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the presidential directive was to allow for an unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.
The Presidency also said that those who see the investigation as a signal that the fight against corruption is failing, have failed to see the point.
In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that there couldn’t be a better indication that the anti-graft fight is real and active, than the will to openly investigate anyone who has been charged to head such systems.
Meanwhile, the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, has been directed to oversee the activities of the commission.
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji have arrived Katsina State over the security situation in the state.
The IGP was joined by other security stakeholders led by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba.
On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House, the team had a closed-door meeting with Governor Aminu Masari over the recent wave of banditry and other crimes in the state.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the 2-hour meeting, Monguno said the visit was in response to the occurrences in the last couple of weeks and to know the underlining causes of the problems from a collective point of view.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has described rape and other sexual offences as a global menace which requires partnership from stakeholders to tackle.
IGP Adamu made the comment on Thursday during a tripartite meeting with the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah-Donli and the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu, according to a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba.
During the meeting which held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Police Chief assured that the agency is repositioning to better fight the menace, vowing that perpetrators of sexual offences will not go unpunished.
According to him, the Police will continue to better the relationship with the NHRC and NAPTIP and develop a “proactive and comprehensive National Response to the issues of Sexual Offences in the country.”
The statement further noted that those in attendance during the meeting were the Rule of Law Adviser – Office of the Vice President, Dr. Fatima Waziri; members of the Police Management Team, the Commissioner of Police in-charge of INTERPOL, the Force Gender Officer among others.
Nigeria has reported a spike in the number of rape cases in recent times with many people taking to social media platforms calling for sanctions to the perpetrators of sexual offences.
Last month, a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omozuwa was raped and killed in a church in Benin City, Edo State.
Uwa, 22, was said to have gone to read in the church at the Ikpoba Hill area of the city when the incident happened.
The men were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead.
She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.
In the same month, police authorities in Jigawa State arrested eleven men for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.
The spokesperson of the State police command, Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident said it occurred at Limawa Quarters in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
They were arrested after the 12-year-old narrated that they raped her on different occasions.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has unveiled new operational guidelines for the police and other law enforcement agencies on COVID-19 prevention enforcement duties.
In a statement issued on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the event which held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja is “part of measures to foster a more harmonious relationship between the Police and members of the public and deepen respect for the rights of citizens.”
Mba noted that the guidelines will also fight “crimes such as domestic violence, rape, child molestation and other incidents of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).”
The IGP who lamented the increase in reported cases of domestic violence, rape, defilement, cybercrimes etc linked with the COVID-19 restrictions, noted that “these unfortunate incidents have prompted the introduction of these Operational Guidelines which will help to adequately coordinate and reshape the conducts of personnel of the Force.”
He believes that it also serves as a standard code of conduct for Police officers in similar operations in the future.
In order to rid the nation of crimes relating to Gender-Based Violence, IGP Adamu ordered the strengthening of the Gender-Desk Units and the Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWCs) across the country and the deployment of investigative assets to deal with gender-related offences.
“In addition, the Cybercrime Unit of the Force has also been strengthened to deal with cybercrimes connected with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in Zonal and State Commands as well as Heads of Police Departments/Formations have been directed by the IGP to make the Guidelines subject of departmental briefings and lectures.
“The Operational Guidelines will also serve as a training manual in all Police training institutions,” the statement partly read.
The police boss also appreciated the Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation and the representative of the British High Commission for their contributions and presence during the unveiling of the Operational Guidelines.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the redeployment of Rivers State Commissioner for Police, Dandaura Mustapha.
According to a statement by Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the Inspector General of Police ordered the posting and redeployment of three senior Police Officers to different commands, formation and departments.
While the former CP of Rivers State, Dandaura Mustapha was made Provost of the Force Headquarters in Abuja, he was replaced by CP Joseph Gobum Mukan.
The third officer who was redeployed was CP Musa Adze, who is to become Commissioner of P olice Anti-Fraud Unit.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned Nigerians to be vigilant against criminal elements
Adamu also asked the citizens to take precautionary steps against some individuals who might explore the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic to increase and diversify their criminal activities.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the “IGP’s advice is informed by intelligence at the disposal of the Force which suggests that fraud and cybercrime are expected to rise at this time owing to the lockdown emplaced by Government at all levels to contain the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.”
According to Mba, “intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters shows that scammers in Nigeria and other parts of the globe have begun to create and set up fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, fake social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver (COVID-19) medical products.”
The police spokesman noted that the fraudsters use names of prominent companies involved in the production and distribution of these items.
Speaking further, Mba explained that victims are then asked to pay via bank transfer.
On how to prevent being a victim, the police advised Nigerians to avoid opening suspicious emails and clicking on links in unrecognized emails and attachments, ensure proper back-up of online and offline files regularly and securely, use strong passwords for securing your emails and social media handles.
He also wants the citizens to keep their software updated, including antivirus software, manage their social media settings and to be wary of scammers who use names of prominent companies to create fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver medical products.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has enjoined members of the public to remain vigilant and take precautionary actions against criminal elements who might explore the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic to increase and diversify their criminal activities.
The IGP’s advice is informed by intelligence at the disposal of the Force which suggests that fraud and cybercrime are expected to rise at this time owing to the lockdown emplaced by Government at all levels to contain the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Specifically, intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters shows that scammers in Nigeria and other parts of the globe have begun to create and set up fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, fake social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver (COVID-19) medical products. In some cases, they use the names of prominent companies involved in the production and distribution of these items. Victims are then asked to pay via bank transfer.
The IGP, therefore, enjoins the public to strictly adhere to the following security tips:
i. Avoid opening suspicious emails and clicking on links in unrecognized emails and attachments; ii. Ensure proper back-up of online and offline files regularly and securely; iii. Use strong passwords for securing your emails and social media handles; iv. Keep your software updated, including antivirus software; v. Manage your social media settings and review your privacy and security settings; vi. You are advised to be wary of scammers who use names of prominent companies to create fraudulent websites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver medical products; vii. You are advised to ignore and report calls purportedly emanating from a caller who pretends to be a relative currently being treated at the hospital asking you to pay for the cost of the medical treatment by transferring money or by paying cash to fake public health representatives; viii. Do not open letters or emails related to the pandemic from unknown persons who claim to be health authorities. Often times criminals access sensitive information, steal personal information and steal funds of victims by tricking them into connecting to a specific webpage and logging-in with their credentials; ix. Be mindful of fake news, deliberate misinformation/disinformation and avoid circulating untrusted and unverified messages on your social media handles; x. Educate your family, especially your children, about how to stay safe online and offline; xi. If you become a victim, ensure prompt report to the police.
Against the foregoing, the IGP has placed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja – Nigeria on red alert. The NCB which houses the cybercrime unit of the Force shall in the coming days and beyond work closely with other Interpol member states across the globe particularly to carry out intense monitoring of the internet highway in the most legitimate and ethical manner. This is to engender concerted efforts in cracking down on any individual or all forms of organized criminal gangs that may want to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to perpetrate crimes.
The Force also enjoins commercial bank operators to strengthen their online banking security systems and report promptly any suspected case of fraud and other cybercrime-related activities in their banks.
While reaffirming the determination of the Nigeria Police Force in providing support services to relevant agencies saddled with the task of curtailing and containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGP assures the public that the Force is unrelenting in clamping down on criminals who may want to take advantage of the situation to perpetrate criminal acts.
DCP FRANK MBA FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA
He added that asides the community policing, the police will ensure overall efficiency in capacity building, boost special operations and enhance operational base.
“It is in this regard that we outlined a Strategic Policing Plan which is predicated on the full adoption and integration of citizens-oriented, intelligence-led, and technology-driven policing practices.
“Improve the overall efficiency of the Force through capacity building in policing technology, intelligence, investigation, prosecution as well as crime prevention and control through a more robust visible policing architecture.
“Full implementation of the community policing strategy and the strengthening of other strategies with a view to aligning them to projected crimes and thereby, remaining ahead of criminal elements and sustaining the current gains we have recorded in our internal security management functions.
He also added the “boosting of special operations capacity.
“Enhancement of our logistics and operational base through a well-thought-out re-equipment plan that will lead to the acquisition of more operational assets to support our special operations, bridge operational gaps and strengthen the safer highway and safer city initiatives across the country.
“Training and Human capacity development, the improvement of the welfare of officers and enhancement of post-retirement conditions through the push for an improved Police Pension entitlement,” he concluded.
The IGP urged the police managers to continue to resist the urge to project narratives that tend to suit the interests of criminal elements, and report the progress being made in the anti-crime operations in a manner that will restore confidence in the citizens.”
The senior officers affected include Dan Bature – AIG DFA FHQ, Hyelasinda Musa – AIG PMF, Yunana Babas – AIG Zone 8 Lokoja, Dan Mohammed – AIG SPU, Lawal Ado – AIG Works, and Mua’zu Halilu – AIG CTU.
Others are Rabiu Yusuf – AIG ICT, Ahmed Iliyasu – AIG Zone 2 Lagos, Mohammed Kura – AIG Maritime, Zaki Ahmed – AIG Zone 6 Calabar, Zama Senchi – AIG Community Policing, Bello Sadiq – AIG Zone 1 Kano, and Austin Iwero – AIG DOPS FHQ.
Mr Mba said the posting and the redeployment of the senior police officers were with immediate effect.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that over 66,000 police personnel will be deployed for the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
Mr Adamu played host to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security organised by the commission in Abuja.
He revealed that about 31,041 personnel will be deployed to cover the election in Bayelsa state, while 35,200 personnel will man the entire terrain in Kogi as well.
The police boss stated that the deployment of personnel will not allow free activities of touts to perpetrate their heinous acts during the election period.
“In Bayelsa State, we are deploying about 31,041 personnel to cover the election.
“In Kogi State, we are deploying about 35,200 personnel to cover the election.
“These Personnel are to cover every terrain in the two states; no touts will be allowed to be brought from any adjoining states to disrupt elections.”