Cash Recovery Claim Shows Police Desperate To Impress – Rivers Govt.

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeThe Rivers state government has described as false, the claims by the Police that it has recovered the sum of 111 million Naira from electoral officers allegedly bribed by the government to manipulate the Rivers rerun election.

The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George in a statement described the allegations of the Police as “shameful, defamatory and reckless in the extreme”.

He expressed belief that “the police panel is part of a bitter, politically-driven smear campaign launched by the Federal Government against Governor Nyesom Wike, and the people of Rivers State”.

In another statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, the government challenged the Police to provide proof that the accused officials had been in possession of the large sum of money displayed before they were paraded.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a press conference addressed by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Investigative Panel on Rivers Rerun wherein the panel claimed that the Rivers State Government spent N360million to ensure that the rerun legislative elections of December 10, 2016 were rigged in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).

“The statement is patently false, politically motivated and cooked by the Nigerian Police to justify the violence they visited on the people of Rivers State during the rerun.

“This Inspector General of Police and his team are neck deep crime. This statement credited to the Police High Command is aimed at diverting attention from its loss of credibility, after its attempt to assassinate Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike failed woefully.

“The Press Conference addressed by the IGP Investigative Panel headed by Mr Damian Okoro and the IGP Ibrahim Idris is yet another fictional account by a Police Force that has lost its moral base as it is intent on reinventing itself through falsehood.

“The Press Conference by the Police High Command is a hasty desperate attempt to circumvent the judicial process as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has already challenged the legality of the IGP Investigative Panel at the Federal High Court.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, did not spend N360million to rig the Rerun legislative elections of December 10, 2016.

“The people of Rivers State overwhelmingly voted the PDP across the state because of the outstanding performance of Governor Wike since May 29, 2015.

“The drama at the Press Conference convened by the IGP Investigative Panel and the IGP reveals the script being acted by the Police High Command, which is now obviously an arm of the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Damian Okoro claimed that three INEC Officials who allegedly met with Governor Wike would be interviewed by journalists at the event. The IGP hatchet man after his false press statement refused to allow the promised interview to take place because he knew that the truth would be revealed.

“The Nigerian Police played an inglorious role during the December 10, 2016, helping the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig elections in the few constituencies were they were declared winner.

“Video evidence in the public domain proved that the police killed, maimed, snatched result sheets and ballot boxes as they assisted the APC all through the ill-fated rerun elections.

“On December 12, 2016, the Rivers SARS Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede was caught on camera manhandling electoral officials as he sought to rig the Rivers East Senatorial District in favour of the APC at the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Center.

“Prior to the rerun legislative elections, the Rivers State APC fake INEC result sheets printing syndicate was busted and the lead printer, Atonyesia Peterside arrested.

“The Nigerian Police has since swept the matter under the carpet, even though majority of the fake result sheets were used on December 10, 2016 by APC and pliant INEC Officials under police protection.

“Even in concocting falsehood, the Police High Command failed to display intelligence.

“A simple poser to the Police High Command: Where did the so-called electoral officials save the monies that they displayed before journalists two months after they allegedly received bribe? How come no funds where spent by the said officials under the present circumstances?

“This entire drama is aimed at helping the Rivers APC at the Election Tribunal as the Police High Command did during the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal at Abuja.

“Nigerians are not deceived by the Security Arm of the APC. The Police High Command as presently constituted will not escape the long arm of the law as they are complicit in the violence unleashed on Rivers people during the rerun legislative elections.

“Countless false press conferences and false press statements will not improve the damaged image of the Nigerian Police in relation to their ignoble role during the rerun legislative elections of December 10, 2016.

“A final poser to the Police High Command: Why did the Police refuse to tell the world about the persons who killed DSP Alkali?”

Rivers Rerun: Police Recover Alleged 111m Naira From Electoral Officers

Rivers Rerun: Police Recover Over 111m Naira From Electoral OfficersThe Police claims it has recovered 111 million Naira from some of the electoral officers who conducted the Rivers rerun election.

Releasing the report of the investigative panel on Monday, the Police showed cash evidence allegedly recovered from 23 suspects.

The recovered cash was displayed at a news conference where the panel submitted its report to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

Receiving the report, the Inspector General vowed to end the culture of political violence perpetrated by politicians.

He promised that all those indicted by the panel’s report, including six dismissed Police officers would be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who see elections as a do or die affair.

Reacting to the report of the panel, the Director, Voter Education and Publicity‎ of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, pledged to cooperate with the Police authorities in prosecuting indicted officials.

There has been a lot of controversies since the conduct of the re-run election leading to allegations of bribery and intimidation.

When the panel was set up by the Police, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, openly criticized the composition of the investigative committee, saying he had no confidence in it.

He also set up his own committee to look into the complaints and allegation of fraud during the Rivers re-run election.

Soldiers Recover Arms From Herdsmen In Southern Kaduna

Soldiers Recover Arms From Herdsmen In Southern KadunaSoldiers from the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, have recovered arms and ammunition from suspected Fulani herdsmen and villagers during an operation in Southern Kaduna.

The soldiers were deployed to the area as part of efforts to end the killings in some communities in the area.

The General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Kaduna State, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, who disclosed this in a statement, explained that the Army had been meeting with the Fulani and the villagers in a bid to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

He said the Army authorities had also approved two battalions to be stationed in Southern Kaduna for as long as possible.

He said, “We have presently mopped up arms from the Fulani herdsmen and the locals.

“Our operations based on intelligence gathering are still ongoing and we are also working with the Department of State Services.

“As it is well known, the Army has approved two battalions to be stationed in Southern Kaduna. One of them is in Kafanchan. So, we are not leaving. We will be there for as long as it’s necessary.

“We have other fundamental issues in the area, which the political leadership needs to resolve.

The Governor has engaged various stakeholders and as our operations continue, peace is returning.

“People are returning to their villages. However, it will take some time for them to calm down.

“They are repairing their burnt houses and they are also clearing their farmlands.

“We have assured them of maximum protection on their farms, and also for the Fulani herdsmen when they need to lead their cows for grazing”.

Southern Kaduna: President Buhari Orders Strong Action

Southern Kaduna: President Buhari Orders Strong Action President Muhammadu Buhari has been giving instructions for decisive measures aimed at bringing an end to the recurring acts of violence and destruction in the Southern part of Kaduna State.

President Buhari has equally directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna, SEMA, to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.

This is according to Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

According to him, the Inspector-General of Police, on the directive of President Buhari, was in the region on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation at first hand.

“In addition to the conventional policemen deployed in the area, a squadron of mobile policemen has now been stationed there.

The Nigerian Army is also in the process of setting up two battalions in Southern Kaduna while the military continues to carry out air surveillance across flash points of the area.

“These measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continues its peace building efforts,” he stated.

The President commended efforts of the State government and the security agencies in the steps taken so far to curtail the violence.

President Buhari has, once again, sent condolences to the people of Southern Kaduna, who have lost loved ones in the recent violence.

Army Intervenes To Restore Order In Southern Kaduna

Army Intervenes To Restore Order In Southern KadunaAs part of the measures aimed at restoring law and order in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Army says it plans to site a military establishment in the area for quick response.

The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman said this, adding that the Army is working with other security agencies as well as the civilian population to restore peace and promote tolerance in the area.

“I want to inform you that the Nigerian Army is fully deployed in the southern part of Kaduna state, and just yesterday we further reinforced that.

“And we have gone beyond that; we have also embarked on civil military activities and we are working hand-in-gloves, with other security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police, Department of State Services and other military, paramilitary agencies deployed, as well as community and traditional and religious leaders.

“Be assured that the Nigerian Army is fully on ground in the southern oart of Kaduna state.”

He said that with the siting of a military establishment, the Army would be better equipped to avert any form of bloodshed in the area.

Southern Kaduna Attacks: Police To Set Up Mobile Unit In Kafanchan

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Rivers RerunThe Nigerian Police Force says it will set up a Mobile Squadron Unit in Kafanchan, as part of efforts to stop the frequent attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State.

The plan was announced on Saturday by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, during a fact finding mission to Kafanchan, headquarters of Jema’a Local Government Area in the northeastern State.

Mr Idris, who also inaugurated a committee to investigate the recent attacks on Goska, Ninte and other villages in the area, vowed that perpetrators of the attacks would be fished out and prosecuted accordingly.

Many communities have come under attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in the southern part of Kaduna State in the past eight months.
The attacks have claimed several lives and property, with thousands of people sacked from their homes.

After a tour of the communities attacked by suspected herdsmen, the Police boss met with the villagers and leaders of the Fulani community. At the meeting, however, a mild disagreement ensued between them, as to who was responsible for the attacks. While some blame the traditional leaders for the unrest, others accused politicians of being responsible.

Addressing the people, Mr Idris noted that the wanton destruction of lives and property in the past months in southern Kaduna had more of a political than religious undertone.

He commiserated with those who had lost loved ones and properties to the unrest, but added that the situation had been blown out of proportion.

“From the discussion I had with Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, we have decided to station a mobile police base in Kafanchan.

“We are here to see things for ourselves so that we have a lasting peace in the whole area,” he said.

The IG said a panel had been set up to investigate the crisis in the area thoroughly, including the allegation that 800 people were killed in the crisis.

Mr Idris said most of the leadership of the villages had a lot to contribute to peace and unity of the area.

“Some of the community leaders need to be cautioned. They are contributing to creating situation that does not exist,” he said.

He said the police were committed to restoring lasting peace and later met with community leaders in the area.

Over 700 Mobile policemen have been deployed to Kafanchan to maintain law and order in southern Kaduna.

The visit by the IGP is perhaps not the first by any top security or government official to area.

Beyond the visitation, what the people want to see is lasting peace and perhaps government’s intervention in the areas of rehabilitation of destroyed houses to enable them go back to their normal lives.

IGP Vows To Go Tough On Cattle Rustling, Kidnapping

Police Vow To Go Tough On Cattle RustlingThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has read the riot act to cattle rustlers and kidnappers saying the Police will enforce all laws aimed at curbing their activities.

Mr Ibrahim shared his optimism that the 27-man committee headed by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Charles Ugomuoh, will partner with the Police to ensure that cases of cattle rustling are brought to an end.

The IGP inaugurated the committee on Tuesday and spoke with newsmen afterwards.

“This committee has been long overdue. There are two issues that challenge us security-wise in this country; that is the issue of kidnapping and cattle rustling.

“I believe that this afternoon, with the inauguration of this committee, we are expecting to see the end of cattle rustling in this country.

“This committee is very important because it is a soft approach in our synergy to tackle some of these security challenges in our country.

“We are talking of the enforcement of laws that will assist us to face these challenges,” he said.

He added that the committee members are expected to regularly come up with policies and strategies for the Police to deploy across the 36 states of the country in tackling the menace.

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees The IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), has recorded another breakthrough with the arrest of three of the kidnappers that murdered one and kidnapped five expatriate members of staff of Dangote group.

The IRT, armed with credible intelligence, between November 27, 2016 and December 3, 2016 arrested three of the kidnappers; Abubakar Gide 24, Abdullahi Salihu 22, and Babuga Adamu 25, in Ijebu Igbo – Ogun state, Epe Forest – Lagos State and Ajase Ipo Forest – kwara state respectively.

The suspects confessed to kidnapping and releasing all five initial victims after receiving 5.6 million Naira ransom.

They also confessed to kidnapping and murdering the ransom transporter, Mr Istifanus Gurama, also of the Dangote group.

 

This was revealed in a statement by the force’ Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, Fsi.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, also stated that it is imperative for relations of kidnap victim(s) to exercise considerable restraint in negotiating and paying ransom.

“It is absolutely important the negotiators of ransom should have confidence in the police.”

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dangote Employees

Meanwhile, the suspects have since led the police to their hideout in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun forest, where the following arms and ammunition they used in the operation were recovered: 3 AK47 rifles, 6 AK47 magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition.

The suspects further led IRT operatives to Apoje River where the body of one Mr Bello Gurama was recovered.

The Police boss however mentioned that efforts are in progress to arrest other gang members who are currently at large in other states.

He then admonished officers not to get carried away by recent successes but instead redouble their efforts in the fight against crime.

In the same vein, he assured Nigerians that the police would remain undaunted in the collective fight against crime.

“As members of the public begin the yuletide celebrations, the police will ensure the celebrations are crime free,” Idris said.

Ondo Poll: Police Boss Probes Delay Of Officials’ Entitlements

IGP Warns Against Police BrutalityThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the delay, omission and discrepancies in payment of allowances to officers who deployed to Ondo State for the Governorship election.

Mr Idris expressed deep concern about the situation and said the investigation would enable the force streamline and enhance payment of entitlements of the force personnel who engage in ad-hoc duties

There have been reports of complaints and even protests by police officers over alleged irregularities and discoveries of possible anomalies and plausible foul play, an uproar that made the police boss set up a special panel to investigate the issue.

The special panel is empowered to launch an investigation into the entire payment system, thoroughly looking at the recent payment of allowances to personnel of the force to determine if the money released for the payment of the allowances was utilised accordingly, providing bank records as evidence.

It will also liaise with the Ministry of Finance on the perennial problematic nature of paying allowances and set up standard modalities that would be adopted by the force to address payment of allowances given by the Federal Government for the conduct of subsequent elections in the country.

The Police boss also wants the panel to recommend where appropriate disciplinary actions against erring officers both within and outside the force.

The SIP at the end of the investigation will recommend professional modalities for payment of allowances in line with government due process for subsequent payment of allowances to personnel of the force engaged in ad-hoc duties.

A statement by a spokesman for the police, DCP Don N. Awunah, said the development was pursuant to the policy of the Inspector General of Police for transparency and accountability in all aspects of the Nigeria Police Force and in readiness for the establishment of a standard template that would be used in the conduct of subsequent elections.

The investigation panel will be chaired by Retired AIG Ali Ahmadu and has as members a representative from the office of Police Account and Budget, a representative from the office of Director of Finance, a representative from the office of DIG Operations, a representative from the office of IGP Project Monitoring Unit, a member from the office of the Special Investigation Panel to assist the chairman in conducting the investigation and a representative from the office of Police Legal Section to serve as secretary.

The Inspector General of Police further urged officers who are yet to receive their payment to exercise a little more patience, as the issue was already being looked into, assuring them that no one would be cheated of his due.

He further asked persons with useful information that could assist the panel in their investigation not to hesitate in coming forward with such.

Mr Idris assured the Nigerian public that the police would always uphold transparency and due process in all her affairs.

128 Police Officials Killed In 3 Months, IGP Says

IGP Warns Against Police BrutalityThe Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Nigeria, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has described as deeply worrisome the rate at which officers and men lose their lives in the course of discharging their statutory duties.

Condemning attacks on police officials, the IGP in a statement on Wednesday said “these line of duty resultant deaths, occasioned by unwarranted attacks by religious bigot, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted”.

The police boss explained that in the past three months, the Force had lost 128 personnel in various parts of Nigeria due to activities of persons he described as undesirable elements in different communities.

“Also disturbing, is the wanton destruction of Police infrastructure and public assets. The recent cases in Dankamoji village in Maradu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Abagana in Anambra State and in Okrika waterways in Rivers State where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed are cases in point,” the statement read.

The IGP expressed displeasure with the loss of the personnel in the course of their national duty and condoled with their families while assuring them of the Force’s support to cushion the effect of the irreparable loss.

“Their departure will certainly not be in vain,” he stressed.

Mr Idris further urged the officers not to relent or be distracted in our collective will to serve this country, the costly challenges notwithstanding and advised law abiding citizens to continue to give the Police the desired support and assistance.

Human Rights Protection: Anambra Police Charged On Constitutional Duties

Human rights, Anambra, Police, Constitutional Duties Men and Officers of the Anambra State Police Command have been reminded to recognize and protect the fundamental human rights of the people while discharging their constitutional duties.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Inyang, said this during a four-day training workshop held for Divisional Police Officers, State C.I.D Officers, Divisional Crime Officers and Human Rights Desk Officers in the Police command.

Speaking to the officers who were gathered in Awka, the Anambra state capital, he condemned attitudes that appear to infringe on human rights such as torture, brutality, intimidation, illegal detention among others.

These according to him, are contrary to natural justice, fairness, equity and good conscience and should not be practiced by any member of the Nigerian Police force.

He reminded them that though there are various categories of crimes being committed in the country presently, “it should be clear that the Nigerian Police Force today is operating under a democratic set up, where rights of citizens are fundamental.”

Mr Inyang, who represented the Inspector General Of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, describes the Police Officer as an official representative of the government, who is trusted to work within the ambit of the law.

He therefore urged that in serving the community and safe guarding lives and property, the officers should remember that they are operating under a democratic setting and not military rule, hence, “you must not infringe on rights of citizens.”

Also present was the Project Coordinator Of United Nations Office on Drugs And Crime, Dr. Uju Agomoh, who agreed that the training was necessary to reform members of the Nigeria police force and instill in them the spirit of dignity and fairness while carrying out their functions.

She noted that the training would be extended to all levels of the police force in order to maintain efficiency in the Nigerian Police force.

On a final note, the D.I.G warned that there would be sanctions on officers who attempt to dent the image of the police force and maintained that the Federal Government is committed to continue capacity building of men and officers of the Police force.

Police To Enforce ‘Change Begins With Me’ Initiative

Police ,Counter-terrorism ,RiversThe Nigeria Police Force says it is set to work with the Ministry of Information to enforce the ‘Change Begins With Me’ initiative of the Federal Government.

At a meeting with the Minister of Information in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, said the police, with its advantage of being spread across all the states of the federation, had what was required to help achieve the objectives of the campaign.

After deliberations on the achievements of the Change Begins With Me initiative recently launched by the Federal Government, Mr Idris urged police officers to take up the initiative with commitment and loyalty, as a major organ that enforces discipline in the society.

“We have decided, as the top management, to invite the minister to pass this message to the top officers of the Nigeria Police Force because we believe that the Nigeria Police Force is occupying a very critical stage in the life of this country.

“We have the widest spread and everybody knows that in democracy the police are very critical anywhere in the world.

Police are very critical in the survival of democracy. We want him to share this message so that all of us will now cue into the current direction of this administration which is the change mantra which has been spreading all over the country,” he told reporters.

On his part, the Information Minister, Mr Lai Mohammed, urged Nigerians to partake in the campaign and see it as a wake-up call aimed at promoting patriotism in the country.

No Toleration

Also at the meeting were top management of the Nigeria Police Force.

But the foremost task, the Minister of Information says, lies with Nigerians who he urges to partake in the national orientation campaign by practicing the change they want to see in the society.

“Change Begins With Me is a Nigerian campaign that has no toleration whatsoever.

“Whether it is political, religious or ethnic, it is a campaign for all Nigerians with the sole objective of achieving a paradigm shift in the way we do things.

“The campaign is based on one principle which is each one of us must be the change we want to see in the society.

“We are here today to formally present change begins with me to the police hierarchy.

“It is very important because the police by virtue of its duties is a critical stakeholder in this campaign,” he explained.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Change Begins With Me initiative on September 8, with the objective of promoting patriotism in Nigerians, a boost many say Nigeria needs, especially now that the nation’s economy is in recession.