Police Warn Officers Against Abuse Of Human Rights

Police-Human-RightsThe Police authority has cautioned its personnel against violation of human rights in the course of discharging their duties on a daily basis.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, gave the warning during the opening session of a four-day regional based human rights training for instructors from Police colleges and training institutions in Nigeria’s northern region.

Mr Arase, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Training and Development, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, cautioned that any officer found guilty of human rights abuses would be punished accordingly.

He said that the training workshop was aimed at providing the necessary platform to reach out to officers of the force on the need for the promotion and protection of human rights in the discharge of their duties.

The Police Chief also stressed the importance of the workshop in equipping his men with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to effectively discharge their duties.

He stressed that the fundamental duties of a police officer is to serve the society as well as safeguard lives and property, adding that anything in contrary amounts to violation of human rights.

The training was organised by a non-governmental organisation, Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) in conjunction with the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria.

The Coordinator of Nigeria Police Human Rights Training Project, Dr. Uju Agomoh and the Deputy Ambassador of Swiss Embassy in Nigeria, Dr. Daniel Cavegn, explained the purpose of the programme.

They expressed delights that the exercise, which started in 2010, has reduced the level of human rights violation cases by police officers.

The workshop is expected to look at array of human rights issues including access to information and accountability, speeding up criminal justice processes and human rights, rights of persons under detention and prevention of torture, use of force and firearms among others.

Participants are also expected to impart all they have learnt to their colleagues at the command and division levels, to ensure that the message of protection and promotion of human rights gets to every officer of the Nigerian Police regardless of rank.

Unknown Gunmen Kill Islamic Scholar and Family

Unknown gunmen have killed an Islamic Scholar, Sheik. Muhamman Albani, his wife and son, in the late hours of Saturday in Zaria city of Kaduna State, in Nigeria’s north-west region.

Eyewitnesses said that the deceased and his family were returning home after attending evening prayers in the city at about 9:30pm when the gunmen pulled up, blocked their vehicle and shot at them. The wife and child died on the spot, while Sheik Albani died at Saint Luke Hospital, Zaria, where he was rushed for treatment.

Sheik Albani was, until his death, the leader of the Islamic Salafiyya Movement and also operated a private school for children. He was briefly arrested in 2011 by the Police for his radical preaching but was later released by a court.

The incident occurred less than 48 hours after some gunmen killed a family of seven in Manchok, in Kaura Local Government of the state.

When contacted by Channels Television, the state Police Commissioner, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, said that he would comment on the incident later in the day.

The deceased have been buried in Zaria city according to Islamic injunctions.

Alleged Gun Running: Kaduna Police Parades Seven Suspects

The Kaduna State Police Command has paraded seven suspected members of a gunrunning syndicate involved in the sale, manufacture and repair of locally made guns.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olufemi Adenaike, said that the suspected gun-runners were arrested following a tip-off from a member of the public.

Mr. Adenaike added that seven suspects, including Malam Aliyu Yahaya, the village head of Sabon Gidan, Kakau, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, were arrested in the operation.

According to the Police boss, investigations are still going on, in order to arrest members of the syndicate and others involved in the manufacture and repair of locally made guns.

Kaduna, Plateau Beef Up Security at Public Places

Security agencies in Plateau and Kaduna have deployed more men to strategic areas in the states ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday to ensure a hitch-free celebration.

The special task force in Plateau State and the Kaduna State Police Command said that they had made adequate arrangements to ensure that public places, including churches, markets and recreational centres were well secured during the period.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, said that the command, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state had designed measures to ensure the safety of residents and motorists at all parts of the state during the period.

Speaking to Channels Television on the preparedness of his men to ensure a hitch free celebration, Mr Adenaike called on religious bodies to also put security measures in place in their places of worship during the Christmas service in view of the current security situation in the North.

To forestall any breakdown of law and order at the motor parks, passengers were subjected to thorough security checks on their vehicles and luggage by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

This measure, according to the union’s chairman, is to ensure that the security of passengers is guaranteed at the motor park and to avoid attack by terrorists.

Passengers Decry Increase In Transport Fares

On their part, the passengers complained of high increase in transportation fares which they said had doubled due to the Christmas celebration.

Reacting to the development, the Public Relations Officer of North West Zonal office of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mohammed Saidu, told Channels Television that there was enough fuel to serve motorists during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“A task force team has been dispatched by the agency to ensure that petroleum marketers do not cash-in on the festivities to increase the pump price of petroleum products,” Saidu further stated.

Two Killed In Kaduna Village Attack

Two people have been killed and four severely injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Chanchu village, Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

A yet to be identified man and his four year-old son were shot dead by the gunmen, while the injured are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital in the village.

Kaduna state Police Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, said the attack was carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who attacked the village with AK47 rifles.

He however insisted that only one person was killed while more policemen and soldiers have been drafted to the area to restore and maintain law and order.

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French National Kidnapped In Nigeria Regains Freedom

Fancis Ouollon.Kidnapped French National, Francis Quollon, has regained freedom from suspected kidnappers after 11 months, following a massive man-hunt of his abductors by the Police in Katsina State in northern Nigeria.

Quollon, 63, kidnapped last year in Rimi Town in Katsina State, was on a routine official assignment in the area.

He works with Vanet company of France.

Kaduna State Police commissioner, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, presented Ouollon to reporters at the Police headquarters.

He said that the man escaped from the kidnappers den on Saturday at Dan Magaji village in Zaria, Kaduna State and reported to a nearby Police station for safety.

He did not give details on how Ouollon escaped for security reasons.

The Police commissioner, however, handed him over to the French Embassy officials at the command headquarters in Kaduna.

“Arrangements have been concluded to fly the man back to France on Sunday,” he said.

According to the Mr. Adenaike, the kidnappers took the French national to Kano where he spent nine months before taking him back to Zaria for another two months until his escape.

“No ransom was paid to the kidnappers and the investigation into the issue is still ongoing,” he added.

Kaduna Police Arrest Syndicate With Fake 1 Million Naira Currency Notes

The Kaduna State Police Command said on Friday, that it had arrested a 5-man syndicate that specialised in printing fake local and foreign currencies.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, while parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Kaduna, said that the suspects were arrested by his men while they were trying to deposit fake 1 million Naira currency notes in 1,000 Naira denominations in one of the banks in the state capital.

Disclosing how his men apprehended the suspects, Mr Adenaike said that the 4 suspects were arrested at Barnawa area of the metropolis with two other members of the gang still at large.

One of the suspects, Ibrahim Suleiman told newsmen that the fake currency was given to him to keep, by a close relation from Kano and he was unaware that what was given to him were fake currencies.

Adenaike who was baffled by the large amount of money involved added that the Police were yet to establish their major marketers and where they print the fake currencies. However, they will be arraigned in court after investigation.

Mr Adenaike also paraded 3 suspected kidnappers, one Abba Ali, Nasiru Abubakar and Mohammed Danlami for allegedly kidnapping and killing a 7 year old boy and another armed robbery gang for unlawful possession of firearms.

He said that the suspected kidnappers conspired, killed and later buried the 7 year old Amir Aliyu, in a shallow grave, after the deceased’s father failed to pay the 1.5 million Naira ransom they demanded.

The Commissioner, while disclosing other arrests made by his men, however warned that the Kaduna State Police Command will not relent in its fight against criminals, and urged the public to always report suspicious movements or characters noticed in their areas to the Police for prompt action.

Gunmen Attack Checkpoint In Kaduna, Kill Policeman

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers yesterday attacked a police check point in Kaduna town, killing one policeman and injuring another officer during a shootout.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen who were carrying sophisticated guns attacked the policemen at a check point located in Ungwan Dosa area of Kaduna North Local Government.

Confirming the incident, state commissioner of Police, Mr Olufemi Adenaike told Channels Television that one of the policemen who sustained injury during the shootout died at St. Gerald Catholic Hospital in the town, where he was rushed to for treatment, while another officer is said to be responding to treatment.

Although it has not been confirmed what the mission of the gunmen was in the area, he said that the gunmen equally escaped with gunshot wounds.

The attack created pandemonium as residents of the area fled for their safety.

Security operatives have been drafted to the area to maintain law and order.

8 Killed, Women And Children Injured After Gunmen Attack Kaura Village

Fulani gunmen in the early hours of Monday, attacked Adu village of Attakar Chiefdom in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna state, killing at least eight people and leaving scores of children and women injured.

An eyewitness, Mr John Danfulani told Channels Television, that the gunmen also destroyed farmlands and properties worth millions of naira.

The attack came barely four months after unknown gunmen killed over 20 people in the same village and sacked over 10,000 from their ancestral homes.

The state police commissioner, Mr Olufemi Adenaike confirmed the incident and added that it was a reprisal attack between the Fulani herdsmen and the villagers.

He also said that the assailants, who are Fulanis, killed only seven persons, including women and children in an isolated hamlet comprising of six houses on Attakar mountain.

The commissioner announced that five people have been arrested in connection to the attack.

However he appealed to the warring factions for calm.

UPDATED: Four Killed As Gunmen Attack Police Station, Banks In Kaduna

Three policemen have been killed in a gun battle between police officers and gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, at the police divisional headquarters in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The gunmen also attacked two banks located very close to the police station, carting away undisclosed amount of money.

It was reported that there were about 20 police personnel on duty at the time of the attack, which left three of them and one of the attackers dead, and many others seriously injured.

The gunmen who were said to have attacked the police station around 12 midnight also reportedly released some suspects detained inside the cell at the police station.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olufemi Adenaike, who visited the scene of the attack in the company of the state governor, Mr. Muktar Ramalan Yero, told Channels Television correspondent in Kaduna that the gunmen who attacked the police facility were terrorists, given the kind of sophisticated weapons they used in the attack.

Explosive devices were also used to break into the banks’ halls by blowing open the electronic doors.

According to Mr. Adenaike, the gunmen numbering about 100 engaged the policemen on duty in a gun battle which led to the death of three of his men, adding that one of the gunmen also died and others escaped with bullet wounds.

On his part, Governor Yero, who was conducted round the police station condemned the attack and called on the residents to avail the police and other security agencies with useful information about criminals in their area.

Birnin Gwari over the years has been notorious for armed robbery and other criminal activities.

In October 2012, gunmen invaded the town killing some 20 worshippers leaving a mosque in an early morning attack in the town.

Cattle farmers in the area have lost over 7,000 cows to robbers in the last three months while motorists have not been spared in their operation

The latest attack has, therefore, increased the people’s fears and are calling on the state government and security agencies to come to their rescue.

The Police Commissioner identified the terrain of the town as a major setback in the fight against criminals.