‘No Murder Will Go Unpunished’: IGP Condemns Murder Of Security Operatives

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu speaks during a meeting with top police officers in Abuja on November 27, 2020.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has condemned the murder of security operatives and attacks on facilities in some states of the federation.

Adamu, in a statement issued on Sunday via his spokesman, Frank Mba, said no murder will go unpunished.

“No murderer will go unpunished,” the IGP said while enjoining parents/guardians as well as traditional/opinion leaders to weigh in and prevail on their children/wards to desist from towing the destructive paths of crime.

The police boss “reiterated that the Force will not tolerate any further attack on its personnel or any citizen by any individual or group under any guise whatsoever.”

He also assured that “Law Enforcement Agents have gathered sufficient intelligence on the attackers and are closing up on scores of suspects already implicated in the attacks either directly or indirectly for financing, aiding and abetting the criminals.”

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In recent times, 16 suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force for complicity in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks, particularly in the southeastern part of the country.

The arrest, the police spokesman noted, followed painstaking, deliberate and tireless efforts by operatives of the Force working in collaboration with their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Airforce.

Mba said the arrest is “aimed at bringing to justice persons responsible for the emerging trend of attacks on security personnel and wanton destruction of security facilities and operational assets.”

The suspects were identified as Ugochukwu Samuel, Raphael Idang, Cletus Nwachukwu Egole, Michael Uba, and twelve others.

They were said to have been implicated in multiple felonies committed across several states in the South-Eastern region.

The police authorities also assured that the suspects will be charged to court on the conclusion of investigations.

Police Deny Claim Of IGP Paying ₦2bn For Tenure Extension

File photo of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Nigeria Police Force on Monday denied the claim suggesting that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu paid ₦2 billion to elongate his stay in office.

Channels Television had earlier reported how President Muhammadu Buhari extended the IGP’s tenure by three months after attaining the mandatory 35 years in service on February 1.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi who made the announcement said the extension was necessary to give room for the proper selection of a successor.

In a statement issued by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the police said described as untrue a report that the tenure extension was purchased by the IGP Adamu for ₦2 billion.

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“The Police High Command has described as untrue, unfounded, defamatory and libellous, the publication dated February 07, 2021, which alleged that the IGP paid over 2 Billion Naira for the tenure extension,” the statement partly read.

“The Force wishes to state categorically that the extension of service of the IGP was strictly the prerogative of the President and was never paid for as maliciously reported in the publication.

“The insinuations that the IGP did not “celebrate” his extension smacks of ignorance and misplacement of priority.

“The extension does not call for merry-making or celebration but a time for more work, rededication to duty and selfless service to the nation.”

The Force spokesman also reiterated the IGP’s commitment in ensuring service delivery, safety and security of the citizenry.

While calling on members of the public to disregard and discountenance the report, the IGP said: “the Force remains motivated and committed to delivering on its mandate, especially the task of neutralizing current and emerging internal security threats.”

IGP’s Tenure Extension: Mr President’s Action Is Illegal, Unconstitutional – Ozekhome

Mike Ozekhome

 

Human Rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has faulted the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.

Speaking on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily, Ozekhome said the President’s action is illegal, unconstitutional, and even ‘immoral.’

“Mr President cannot even single-handedly appoint an Inspector General of Police as we have been seeing it. He must do so in full consultation and at a meeting with the Nigeria Police Council.

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“What we have been seeing is actually a situation of arbitrariness when Mr. President will single-handedly appoint an IGP. He can also not remove or dismiss an IGP without going through the Nigeria Police Council.

“Mr President’s action is patently, glaringly, illegal and unconstitutional. Even to me, it is immoral. The reason why I used the word ‘immoral’ is because you are denying other members of the Nigeria Police Force who are also aspiring to go up to become Inspector General,” Ozekhome said.

Speaking further on the constitutional interpretation of the elongation of the IGP’s tenure, the human rights lawyer says as far as the constitution is concerned, Nigeria currently does not have an IGP.

“In the eye of the law, we do not have an Inspector General of Police because the last one has retired by the fruition of time, statutorily and constitutionally.

“So Mr President cannot by an administrative fiat recreate the law or remake the law. The only organ that can make the law is the National Assembly.

“The President was wrong to extend the tenure of Mr Ibrahim, who was supposed to retire as of the 1st of February 2021, after spending 35 years in service,” Ozekhome added.

He further quoted the Nigerian constitution which states the standard tenure of the IGP is expected to last for four years.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi had earlier on Thursday announced that the Inspector-General of Police will continue his duty as the nation’s police chief despite the completion of his tenure.

According to him, this is the position of the Federal Government after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the tenure of the police boss by three months.

He explained that the decision to extend the tenure of the police chief was to give the Federal Government ample time to select the appropriate person to succeed him.

Mohammed Adamu To Continue As IGP For Three Months, Says Minister

A file photo of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting in Abuja.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, will continue his duty as the nation’s police chief despite the completion of his tenure.

This is the position of the Federal Government after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the tenure of the police boss by three months.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, announced this on Thursday while briefing reporters at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He explained that the decision to extend the tenure of the police chief was to give the Federal Government ample time to select the appropriate person to succeed him.

While the minister announced the tenure of the IGP’s extension, the police chief decorated some newly-promoted officers elsewhere at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

The Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP, Idowu Owohunwa, and the Force Education Officer, Rabi Umar, were decorated with the rank of Commissioner of Police.

Also decorated were ACP Adegbite Tunde Titus, ACP Chinonyerem Welle, and DSP Aderoju Olagunju, amongst others.

Adamu, whose tenure as the Inspector-General of Police elapsed on Monday, held the position for two years.

FILE: President Muhammadu Buhari, assisted by former police boss, Ibrahim Idris, decorates the IGP Mohammed Adamu in Abuja on January 15, 2019.

 

He was first appointed as the police boss in an acting capacity on January 15, 2019, succeeding former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

About two weeks after he took over, Adamu submitted the names of six new Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) to the Police Service Commission for general approval.

He was later confirmed as the 20th indigenous Inspector-General of Police on May 23, 2019 – four months after his appointment.

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Given The Same Logistics, Nigeria Police Will Outdo Foreign Counterparts – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu speaks during a recent interview on Channels Television in Abuja.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that the Nigeria Police will outdo their foreign counterparts if the same logistics are given to them

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight which aired on Monday, Adamu said police operatives are adjudged to be the best in the world.

“If you put Nigerian police officers side by side with even police officers from advanced countries, give them the same logistics, you will see Nigeria police officers performing better than those that are coming from the so-called advanced countries,” IGP Adamu said.

“It is only in Nigeria that you have police officers that don’t have the required logistics that they need to operate, they struggle and make the society peaceful.

“When you take them out of the country to an international environment where those logistics that are required for you to do policing job are there, you will see them performing wonderfully well. That is why Nigerian police officers are claimed to be the best in the world.”

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Citing himself as an example, the nation’s police chief claimed to have directed many police officers from other advanced countries in the discharge of their duties.

While noting that Nigeria has the largest police force in Africa, Adamu regretted that many citizens do not understand how the Force operates.

On fighting crimes, Adamu rated the Force excellent in the performance of its duties in 2019/2020, despite the myriads of security challenges in the country ranging from terrorism to banditry, kidnapping to armed robbery among several others.

He recalled that when his administration came in, there were many issues related to banditry and kidnappings, especially along the Abuja-Kaduna road, a challenge which he claims his men have quashed.

“Apart from the insurgency that is being successfully dealt with in the northeast, there were issues in the northcentral in terms of farmers-herders conflicts and even kidnappings.

“We restrategized, created an operation, Puff Adder. We retrained our Special Forces, we identified police officers that have been in the theatre of operations in the northeast before they went and came back,” he added.

Nigeria Police Did Very Well In 2019/2020, Says IGP

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu says the Nigeria Police did very well in 2019/2020.

His statement is coming despite many security challenges besetting the country.

According to the IGP, when his administration came in, there were many issues related to banditry and kidnappings, especially along the Abuja-Kaduna road, a challenge which he claims his men have quashed.

“Apart from the insurgency that is being successfully dealt with in the northeast, there were issues in the northcentral in terms of farmers-herders conflicts and even kidnappings.

“We restrategized, created an operation, Puff Adder. We retrained our Special Forces, we identified police officers that have been in the theatre of operations in the northeast before they went and came back.

“We retrained them and sent them to the field. So we were able to succeed in bringing down to a very low level of kidnapping and banditry,” the police boss stated.

Speaking on Amotekun and other security outfits, the Police Chief said the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria indicates that there should be only one Police Force.

He said, “any other organisation or any other arrangements that deal with prevention of crimes, passing information, creating of intelligence is just supporting the activities of the Nigeria Police”.

IGP Adamu was of the opinion that every other security outfit set up to work with the police, should not bear arms as to avoid indiscriminate killings.

Yuletide: IGP Orders 24-Hour Security Arrangement, Patrols Nationwide

File photo of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered 24-hour security arrangements and high visibility patrols in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), ahead of the Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

The IGP gave the directives to all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of Zonal and State Commands nationwide to ensure a peaceful celebration.

This was made known in a statement signed on Thursday, December 24 by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba.

The IGP equally directed the Strategic Officers to ensure deployment of intelligence and other operational assets of the Force particularly on major highways, airports, railway stations, recreational centres, motor – parks, places of worship, financial institutions, amongst others.

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They are also to ensure that personnel deployed are adequately supervised for the utmost professionalism in the discharge of their duties. He warned that acts bordering on indiscipline, extortion, and intimidation of travellers and other road users will not be condoned.

The IGP also enjoined Nigerians to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to security risks and the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and adhere to the COVID-19 prevention regulations.

He advised Nigerians to “avoid night travels, over-speeding, over-loading, stopping on lonely highways and unnecessary flaunting of personal details/wealth on social media.”

Diri Commiserates With IGP Over Death Of Police Officers In Bayelsa

A screen grab of Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has commiserated with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, over the loss of some police personnel that drowned while escorting voting materials during the December 5 senatorial bye-election in the state.

The boat conveying the policemen capsized on its way to Oporoma, the headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the governor alsoo condoled with the families of the deceased policemen, adding that their sudden demise while on national duty was very painful.

While describing the incident as unfortunate, he prayed to God to give the IGP and the families of the policemen the strength to bear the great loss.

On the smooth conduct of the election, Governor Diri commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for process put in place for the exercise.

The governor, who voted at his hometown in Sampou Ward 7 Unit 4 accompanied by his wife, Gloria Diri, said INEC’s decision of having accreditation and voting simultaneously saved time and energy.

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“The process was faster and even smoother. The card reader identified me as soon as my voter’s card was slotted in,” he said.

“So I can describe the process as smooth, fast and peaceful. Certainly, the simultaneous accreditation and voting enhanced the process rather than waiting for hours before coming back to vote. I think this decision of taking them at the same time is far better than what we used to do.”

Reacting to the alleged hijacking of election materials in Agbere community in Sagbama Ward One, Senator Diri described the act as the handiwork of mischief-makers bent on discrediting the electoral process.

The governor called on Bayelsa people not to give a negative image of the state, saying that it is a state with people of integrity that work hard to earn a living.

To Diri, he is optimistic that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would clinch victory judging by the pedigree and capacity of its candidates for the Bayelsa West and Central senatorial districts.

He further described the National Assembly as a place for serious-minded persons and not for jokers.

“We fielded quality candidates and you can see the difference between the PDP candidates and the others. The Senate is not a place for jokers. The Senate is not a place for school dropouts or people who were dismissed from service,” he added.

Police Withdraw Suit Against Judicial Panels Of Inquiry

 

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has applied to withdraw the suit filed against the judicial panels of inquiry set up to probe allegations of brutality and human rights abuses against the force.

In a notice of discontinuance filed by Mr. Festus Ibude, a police counsel, the Force said it wished to withdraw the suit against all the defendants.

In a suit filed by Mr. O.M Atoyebi, the force had argued that the establishment of panels of inquiry by state governors to investigate its activities was illegal and unconstitutional.

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It asked the court to restrain the thirty-six state governors listed as defendants from conducting any investigation to probe the affairs of the security agency.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in a statement signed by the force public relations officer, however, expressed his disapproval of the suit and ordered an investigation.

Mr. Adamu insisted that the force is committed to fulfilling all its obligations with regard to the disbandment of the defunct sars, adding that the officer responsible for the suit has been queried and may be sanctioned “if found guilty of dereliction of duty”.

IGP Promotes 82,779 Sergeants, Corporals, Other Junior Police Officers

File photo of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has promoted 82,779 junior police officers to their next ranks.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, the officers consist of 56,779 Sergeants, 17,569 Corporals and 8,431 Constables.

According to the statement, the promotion is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has today, 23rd November 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks,” the statement partly read.

“The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants, and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.”

Similarly, 16 deceased police officers got a special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.

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IGP Promotes 82,779 Junior Police Officers

​· As 16 Killed by ENDSARS Rioters get posthumous promotion

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has today, 23rd November 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks. The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency. Those promoted also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the ENDSARS riots – 16 got special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.

The IGP, while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling. He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.

The IGP promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of Government and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the Police for improved welfare and conditions of service towards better service delivery to the people.

DCP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

IGP Visits Edo State On Assessment Of Destroyed Properties

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday visited Edo State to assess the level of damage done to police stations and other properties in the state.

IGP Adamu who was accompanied by the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, and other top officials visited officers on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) after sustaining injuries in attacks carried out by hoodlums in the wake of #EndSARS protests.

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They also visited Ivbiotor and Ugbekun Police Station both located in Benin city, the state capital, and the Nigeria Correctional Service Custodial Center in Sapele Road, Benin City.

Photo collage of some of the police stations destroyed in the attacks.

The IGP is currently on a tour of police formations destroyed during the recent attack on some stations in different parts of the country.

The Police Boss was in Lagos State on Tuesday and he condemned the action of the hoodlums who wreaked havoc by destroying both public and private properties.

Adamu said the scale of the destruction witnessed in Lagos and around the country called for the need to adopt standard protocols for public protests.

IGP Condemns Destruction Of Properties In Lagos, Says Culprits Will Be Arrested

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu speaks with Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu during a visit to the state on November 3, 2020.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the recent destruction of properties in Lagos and other parts of the country.

During a visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the state House in Marina on Tuesday, Adamu said the Nigeria Police Force is tracking down the culprits.

“Lagos was the epicenter where the #EndSARS protest took place and the number of destruction in the subsequent violence was more in Lagos than any other part. I came to commiserate with the Governor and people of the State. The destruction they suffered was uncalled for,” he said.

“The second leg of my visit is to see the police stations destroyed and boost the morale of our men in Lagos. We don’t want them to be demoralized by the event in which they suffered personal attacks.

“Policemen are trained to take such pain. Now that the event has happened, it shouldn’t discourage us from performing our constitutional duties.”

While noting that the morale of some officers had dampened in the light of the violence, the police chief said his visit is meant to encourage them to give their all in protecting the lives and properties of the citizens.

Adamu said the scale of the destruction witnessed in Lagos and around the country called for the need to adopt standard protocols for public protests.

“It is very important to set up protocols that will prevent hoodlums to hijack peaceful protest organized with good intentions. The moment the protest organizers don’t have leadership, the purpose and intent of the effort would be defeated.

“As we have seen in the case of #EndSARS protest, no economy will be able to bear the loss that we have seen in Lagos,” he added.

Adamu visited some of the assets torched in Lagos, including the vandalized palace of the Oba of Lagos.

On his part, Governor Sanwo-Olu commiserated with the IGP over the mob attacks on police personnel and torching of their stations.

Despite the violence visited on the police formations by hoodlums who hijacked the protest, the governor commended the officers in the State Police Command for exercising restraint in the face of the attacks.

Sanwo-Olu informed Adamu of the move by the state government to rebuild the razed police stations and offer scholarship awards to the children of the officers killed in the violence.