Members of the National Assembly and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State have taken their case against the State Governor, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, to the national leadership of the party.
The delegation, led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, comprised of federal lawmakers; the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and leaders of the APC in Bauchi State, northeast Nigeria.
The delegation had a closed-door meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Senator representing Bauchi-South, Ali Wakili, said the delegation discussed the non-payment of workers’ salaries, non-utilisation of bailouts from the Federal Government among others.
His counterpart from Bauchi North, Senator Suleiman Nazif, also said that they came to brief the party on the developments in the state.
The Nigeria Police Force says it is doing all it can to reduce cases of crime and criminality, asking for Nigerians support in ending the rising tide of Fulani herdsmen attack on villages in some north central states.
At a meeting with top officers of the force in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, listed lack of prompt information and the inability of the police to access the terrain as some of the challenges hindering the efforts.
“Some of the difficulties we encounter are the terrain of the place and the fact that information comes to us very late because of our network situation.
“In all of these attacks, as I am talking to you today, when an attack happened in Benue about 10 days ago, I sent out four units of policemen to the bush to guide those innocent souls.
“In all of these places, if you check, there are no police stations or police posts. So the commissioners of police in respective command had to grapple with the manner they will take policemen to these places and equally remain there.
“The Fulani herdsmen are not in one place. They move from one place to another, from here to Cameroon to Niger to Chad.
“Years back, there were gracing places but today, the story is different and this is part of the problem,” the police boss said.
He also appealed for the cooperation of all Nigerians in ensuring a secured nation.
A Security Consultant, Retired Captain Aliyu Umar, on Friday traced the tribal clashes and attacks prevalent in some Nigeria’s northern states to economic challenges as well as political manipulations, saying that the attacks are fuelled by ethno-religious and socio-political influences.
Following a recent attack in Shonong village in Bachit District of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State, Mr Umar, who was speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the socio-cultural infusion between the Birom tribe and Fulani’s had led to intermarriages, changes in vocational orientation and adoption of names.
“They intermarry; they live together and suddenly they are at war. Don’t forget 20 – 30 years ago the same ethnic differences were there but they were not fighting. The same religious differences were there but they were not fighting,” he said, insisting that “the doings or the undoing’s of our political leaders are actually feeding that dog we call crime” which is probably out of control.
He also noted that the tribes involved had farming and herding as their vocations but pointed out that the cattlemen were responding violently to the problems of lack of available lands for their herds to graze. “The cattlemen are forced to contend with farmers who also need the same limited lands and water resources to cultivate crops,” he said.
Both groups face the challenge caused by population increase which makes land a scarce commodity as masses spread out to settle on lands which were formerly in abundance.
According to the analyst, the attacks had become a cycle – ‘the police respond late, then there is a public outcry demanding that perpetrators are caught afterwhich a high powered delegation is sent to condole the victims and then another attack occurs’.
Addressing the issue from the perspective of security, Umar identified lapses on the part of security agents, particularly in respect to response time to emergencies. He added that security measures by operatives were ‘reactive’ and not ‘active’ because security presence should be established before attacks and not after.
Reports gathered by Channels Television revealed that the police arrived at the scene of the attack five hours later. Umar berated this, saying it is an indication of poor police presence in the area. “Criminals could have travelled as far as another continent within that time space,” he stressed.
He, however, noted that it would be impossible to deploy officers to all attack-prone communities as there were not enough men in the force, but was quick to add that police outposts should be active while the agents should have rapid response camps to tackle such cases.
While listing suggestions, which he said would help curb the attacks, Umar commended the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, for taking the initiative to present his scorecard in the 2013 and called on top ranking officers of the force to emulate the same as it would help gather data needed to tackle insecurity.
He advised that a better system of communication and response should be established as the attackers would be camped nearby in order to quickly escape after carrying out the crimes.
He called on the government to be proactive in its obligations as the security agents would need to be properly mobilised, funded and equipped to do their jobs.
The retire military officer also advocated the introduction of herdsmen to ranching, an initiative he said would also boost productivity.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar has placed officers and men of the force, as well as other special operatives, on red alert nation-wide to ensure a safe outing ahead of the 2013 Independence Day Celebration.
The police chief said he has also directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Command Commissioners of Police, including the Maritime Command to ensure adequate and effective deployment of all operational tools and manpower within their commands, and to pay special attention to shopping malls, public parks and beaches, highways and other critical infrastructure and sensitive areas in order to guarantee the safety and well being of the citizenry.
In a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, Mr. Frank Mba, the force assured Nigerians that it would do everything within available resources to discharge their statutory responsibilities of providing safe and secure environment for all, particularly during this period.
He urged well-meaning persons and groups to cooperate with the Force by providing useful information, especially with regards to the on-going fight against terrorism and other forms of crime and criminality, for the mutual benefit and collective interest of the citizenry.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar on Wednesday blamed inadequate funding and political interference as key factors inhibiting the successful fight against corruption in the country.
Abubakar added that it has become a difficult terrain for security operatives who have to sustain the fight against corruption and make critical arrests with meagre salaries.
The police chief made this disclosure at the maiden edition of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Law Report in Abuja.
Some legal practitioners present at the event, also urged the government to impose an anti-corruption levy on all current account holders in the country to ease the problem of funding in anti-graft agencies.
The lawyers blamed the actions of political office holders and security operatives for the poor rating by Transparency International, global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.
The agency in 2012 ranked Nigeria as the 139th most corrupt country in the world.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Abiodun Layonu called on the federal government to empower the anti-graft agencies through better funding.
Chairman of the ICPC, Mr Nta Ekpo also called for the improvement of the conditions of security operatives in the country.
Nigeria has deployed 140 to Mali as part of its contribution to the United Nations Peace keeping force to the West African country.
At the flag presentation ceremony to the contingent, the Inspector –General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar charged the contingent to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and dedicate themselves to duty.
He urged them to abide by the rules of engagement of the operation and respect the rights of the Malians.
The IGP then handed over the Nigerian and police colours to the Commander of the Nigerian Police Force unit for the African-Union led peace mission in Mali.
The Nigerian Permanent Representative to the African Union; Ambassador Bulus Lulu admonished the troops to ensure that they are of good conduct while in Mali.
On his part the Commissioner of Police in-charge of peacekeeping; Kayode Aderanti, assured Nigerians that the troops have been adequately trained and equipped in line with the united nations standards for peace keeping.
The contingent is being deployed with a full complement of equipment certified by the United Nations inspectors, which include patrol vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, arms and ammunition and medical supplies.
Advance payment of one month salaries have also been made to the contingent.
The Nigerian Police Force has condemned the killing of 46 police men in what it described as an “unprovoked and brutal killing of scores of policemen” who were on legitimate assignment in Nasarawa state.
A statement by the Deputy Police Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba said “this disturbing, condemnable and highly distressing incident, coming closely after similar ones in Bayelsa and Borno states, have thrown up new and emerging threat in the policing of the country”.
According to the statement “the police consider the attack not just an attack on the Nigeria Police and its officers and men but an attack on the collective will of Nigerians to protect and preserve the country”.
Consequently, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar has “directed all its field commanders and special units including assistant inspectors-general of police and commissioners of police to harness all it resources available within their domain in ensuring that this reign of terror and lawlessness is brought to an end”.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has spoken tough about the killing of Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Chinwike Asadu, saying his killers will “have no rest until they are brought to book”.
The IGP made this known in a statement where he described the death of the police Officer as “unfortunate and most saddening.”
“Those who are behind this incident have murdered sleep and will have no rest until they are brought to book” he stated.
The IGP instructed the special detectives and homicide unit as well as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to support the Enugu state command to unravel the killers of the commissioner.
He also directed the Enugu state Police Command to ensure that crime wavein the state is brought under control.
While expressing his deepest condolences to the immediate family and the entire police force, he assured Nigerians that those behind the killing will be fished out and tried appropriately.
Officers of the Anambra state Police Command, Awka, have arrested an armed robbery suspect who had in his possession over N6 million, a pistol and six rounds of live ammunition.
Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Bala Nasarawa, while parading the suspect said the he confessed to have gotten the money through a robbery operation along Building Materials Market, Ogidi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Nasarawa maintained that the effectiveness of the police in recent times in the state is a clear indication that they are adhering strictly to the ideals of the code of conduct launched in the state recently in line with the transformation agenda of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar
However the suspect was not allowed to speak as the matter was said to be still under investigation.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar has said that the allegations made against the police authority by the governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole over the death of his private secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde are unfounded.
The Edo state governor had at a national summit on security in Abuja on Thursday, he called for the sack of the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for alleged complacency in unraveling the murder of late Mr Oyerinde.
Mr Oshiomhole, who was speaking on Thursday in Abuja during the launch of the new Code of Conduct for the Nigerian police, alleged that both the assassin and the weapon used to murder the late Oyerinde were in police detention as at the time the assassination was carried out.
Mr Mohammed, at a meeting with senior officers of the force in Abuja on Friday, stated the police authority will reply the Edo state governor appropriately.
He however warned all senior police officers including Commissioners of police to ensure that the newly introduced Code of Conduct for officers of the Nigerian Police force is strictly complied with.
The Police boss added that despite some shortcomings in terms of logistics, all the nation’s police officers will be closely monitored to ensure compliance.
Mr Mohammed appealed to members of the public to take advantage of the Code of Conduct and report erring officers caught violating the code.
Special Adviser and Principal Secretary to the Edo State Governor, was shot and killed at his residence on the 4th of May, 2012 in Benin City by suspected assassins.
The Senate has disowned claims by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, that the absence of an anti-terror law on terrorism is the major reason why Boko Haram suspects in police custody have not been charged to courts.
Briefing journalists on Wednesday, the Senate spokesperson, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe explained that the Terrorism Prevention Act was passed by both houses of the national assembly and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan on June 3, 2011.
According to him, the law was also amended on the 17th of October, 2012 to further expand the scope of the bill.
Senator Abaribe said the Senate was surprised by comments made by the Police boss that there was no law to prosecute arrested suspected terrorists.
The IGP, while responding to questions over the inability of the police to prosecute terrorists on Tuesday, had alleged that there were no laws in the country to prosecute them.
“The Senate is surprised that the Inspector-General of Police will say there is no anti-terrorist law” Senator Abaribe stated, adding that “in fact, I have here a copy of the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011 signed by President Goodluck Jonathan.”
“The Act was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on June 1, 2011 and on June 2, 2011; it was forwarded by the Clerk to President Jonathan.
“The bill was so important to the President that he signed it into law on June 3, 2011.”
“The bill makes elaborate provisions for prosecuting persons who have committed terrorism acts.”
The Senate spokesperson further explained that there has been an amendment to the bill which was passed on October 17, 2012.
“The amendment was merely to expand the part of the provision in that bill, but everything that you need to fight the war against terrorism is already in the bill.”
“We will send a copy of this bill again to the I-G” Senator Abaribe declared as he expressed the Senate’s strong concerns saying “we find it difficult to believe that an arm of government will say we don’t have a law signed by the President.”
The Senator cautioned the police not to hold onto the claims of no laws as an excuse not to prosecute terrorists.