Ese Oruru: Hearing Of Abduction Case Shifted Till Dec. 8

Ese Oruru, AbductionThe hearing of the case of 14-year-old, Ese Oruru, allegedly abducted from Bayelsa state has been shifted to December 8, 2016.

The postponement follows the absence of the presiding judge of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Monday.

Although both the prosecuting counsel and the defense team were present in the court for continuation of the hearing, no reason was given by the court officials on the absence of the judge.

The accused, Dairu Yinusa who is currently on bail was also present in court and his lawyer, Mr Kayode Olaosebikan, told journalists that he is eager to have the case concluded.

Meanwhile, the parents of Ese Oruru who were also present in court expressed concern over the outcome of the case, as well as the education and living conditions of their daughter and her baby, owing to their inability to adequately cater for their needs.

Dairu is accused of conspiring to abduct Ese to Kano and is facing a five-count charge of criminal abduction, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.

He pleaded not guilty to all. A lawyer in the defense counsel’s team said they believed it was ‘a typical case of Romeo and Juliet’ and that they do not believe that Ese was 13 years old.

Charges against Yunusa were filed after Miss Oruru was handed over to her parents after six months of her alleged abduction.

He was granted bail of three million Naira and two sureties of like sum who were asked to present three years tax clearance receipts.


Arase Urges New Police Boss To Ensure Effective Policing

Solomon Arase
Former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase

The former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has appealed to the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to build a culture of effective policing through policies and programs that will ensure public consent and confidence.

Mr Arase made the appeal at a forum with members of Civil Rights Organisations in Abuja on how to ensure effective policing by the Nigeria Police Force.

According to him, effective policing cannot be achieved through might alone, it requires public consent and a robust intelligence network.

He appealed to the new police boss to improve on existing standards toward achieving effective policing.

Arase Hopeful New IGP Will Advance Legacy

Solomon AraseThe former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, is optimistic that the new Acting IGP will advance his legacy to ensure that the police force maintain a safe Nigeria.

Delivering a valedictory speech on Wednesday at the official handing over to the new police boss, Mr Ibrahim Idris, Mr Arase said officials of the Nigeria Police Force could beat their chests and make a clear and bold statement to criminal elements threatening Nigeria’s national value.

“If you commit any crime, we now have the capacity not only to arrest you, but to bring you to deserved justice in the most prompt, professional, and rule of law-compliant manner.

“This is the profile of the Nigeria Police Force you, my colleagues and all Nigerians have aided me to bequeath to our beloved nation.

“This is a legacy I can assure the nation that Acting IGP Idris will not only sustain, but will advance,” he stressed.

Mr Arase said he was fulfilled that a widely experienced, knowledgeable and passionate officer of the calibre of Acting IGP Idris was appointed by the President Muhammadu Buhari to march the Force forward.

He expressed confidence in the capacity of the Acting IGP to provide the requisite leadership for the Force at a crucial time in the history of not just the Nigeria Police Force, but of Nigeria.

The former IGP further assured Mr Ibrahim of his support and constant prayers even in retirement.

See full valedictory statement bellow.



It is with a feeling of deep appreciation of the Almighty God that I address you on this occasion marking my formal exit from the Nigeria Police Force and transition of leadership to a new Inspector General of Police.

2. Ladies and Gentlemen, exactly fourteen months ago, destiny reposed on me the fortune of being appointed the 18th indigenous Inspector General of Police. Today, natural sequence of history has not only occasioned the successful completion of my tenure, but has also beckoned on Ag. IGP Ibrahim Idris to step into the leadership space as the 19th Indigenous Inspector General of Police.

3. You would recall that during my inaugural address, I noted that –
The task of blending our acclaimed quality human assets with quality leadership is the main challenge ahead of us, but it is one I am convinced we can surmount’.

I also affirmed that –

‘on my part, I can assure you that I will provide the highest possible level of professional and responsible leadership, while trusting that you shall march hand-in-hand with me as dependable professional colleagues, to advance the fortunes of the Force’.

4. One year, two months away from this assertion and clarion call, I can proudly note two significant developments. First is that I feel professionally satisfied that I enjoyed very high level of diligence, loyalty, sacrifice and professionalism from all cadres of the Force. This manifested in the great strides we collectively attained in our common march towards restoring the lost primacy of the Nigeria Police and bequeathing a Police Force of citizens’ expectations to Nigerians.

5. Secondly, I am fulfilled that a widely experienced, knowledgeable and passionate officer of the calibre of Ag. IGP Ibrahim Idris has been appointed by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation to march the Force forward. I am convinced of the capacity of Ag. IGP Idris to provide the requisite leadership for the Force at this crucial time in the history of not just the Nigeria Police Force, but of our nation. In this regard, I can assure him of my support, even in retirement, as well as my constant prayers.

6. Let me at this juncture, encourage the Nigeria Police Family to extend the trademark loyalty, diligence, and professionalism which I enjoyed from them, to the new Force leadership. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the only path to follow in our journey towards enhancing the fortunes of our beloved Police Force as well as sustaining our relevance within the national security architecture of our country. Above all, this is the only path that will guide us towards achieving the Policing Vision of Mr. President within the Change Mantra conceptualized by the Federal Government.

7. In driving this valedictory speech to a close, permit me to deeply appreciate the support of all personnel of the Nigeria Police. The journey might have been tortuous, but looking back, we should all be proud that today, through an inclusive leadership strategy which I adopted, the Nigeria Police has acquired very strong intelligence, investigative and operational capability which can and have of late been deployed to crack any crime at any location within our national geographical space. The dignity of an average Nigeria Police officer has been restored. Public confidence in our competency has been enlivened.

8. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is not that crimes will not occur. No nation is immune from criminal activities. Today, however, like other Police Forces across the world, we in the Nigeria Police can beat our chests and make a clear and bold statement to criminal elements threatening our national value that if you commit any crime, we now have the capacity not only to arrest you, but to bring you to deserved justice in the most prompt, professional, and rule of law-compliant manner. This is the profile of the Nigeria Police Force you, my colleagues and all Nigerians have aided me to bequeath to our beloved nation. This is a legacy I can assure the nation that Ag. IGP Idris will not only sustain, but will advance.

9. I, therefore, wish to heartily congratulate Ag. IGP Ibrahim Idris for his well deserved appointment and to pray for God’s wisdom as he settles into his schedules. I also wish to immensely appreciate Mr. president for the trust reposed in me and the firm support extended to me, even at most difficult times in my leadership.

10. Indeed, the unique Presidential support acted as the motivation that drove me through my tenure as Inspector-General of Police. I can assure Mr. President, that I shall remain eternally grateful and will sustain my commitment to his vision and values even in retirement.

11. To members of the Press, my friends, and indeed all Nigerians, as I bow out, I must put on record my deep appreciation of your constructive criticisms, pieces of informed advice, encouragement and unalloyed support for me. I call on you to extend similar favour to my successor even as I assure you all that the network we have built over the years will remain valued and sustained as I walk into retirement life.

12. I thank you all and pray for God’s spiritual protection over Ag. IGP Ibrahim Idris and our beloved country.

I Will Ensure Police Maintain Internationally Recognised Values, New Police Boss Says

vlcsnap-2016-06-21-19h53m11s998The Acting Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has said that under his leadership, the police would be governed by internationally recognised core values of policing.

After his appointment on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Idris told reporters that the issues of integrity, accountability, respect for diversity, compassion and ensuring that Nigeria’s streets, neighbourhood and communities remain safe would be priority to his leadership.

“We will do everything possible to ensure that we provide the best service for Nigeria,” he stressed.

On his part, the retired Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, thanked Nigerians for the support he received from them during his tenure as the police boss and sought same support for his successor.

“By extension I appeal to you to give the same support that you gave to me to my successor.

“He is a younger man and I am sure that he will be abreast with contemporary policing issues,” Mr Arase said,” he told reporters.

The Acting IGP is from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State.

He was born on January 15, 1959 and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture.

He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.

Suspected Killers of Colonel Yunusa Arraigned

colonel yunusaThe four suspected killers of the late Colonel Samaila Yunusa who was abducted and murdered on March 27 in Kaduna State, have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in the state capital.

The Yunusa was allegedly abducted by the suspects at the Kaduna Refinery junction, while his decomposed body was later found along the Abuja-Kaduna highway two days after he was kidnapped.

The four suspects; Emeka Okeke, Kabir Ibrahim, Chijoke Ugwuanyi and Ebele Precious were later arrested by the Police in connection with the crime.

When paraded by the Kaduna State Police Command, they all confessed to kidnapping and stealing the colonel’s car but the gang leader, Emeka Okeke, denied killing the deceased,  insisting  the colonel fired the shot that ended his life.

At the sitting, the presiding magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf, said that the suspects were being charged for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, illegal possession of fire arms, armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death under section 6b, section 3 (1 & 2) of the robbery and fire and section 22(1) of the penal code.

Although the Magistrate said that the court lacks the  jurisdiction to try the case, he told the suspects that the purpose of bringing them before him was to remand them in prison custody pending when the Police would conclude their investigation and thereafter charge them before a competent court.

He adjourned the sitting to July 21.

Kaduna Police Parade Killers of Colonel Yunusa, Other Suspects

Police Parade, Colonel YunusaThe Kaduna State Police Command has paraded four suspects in connection with the abduction and murder of Colonel Samaila Yunusa in the state capital on March 27, 2016.

Briefing reporters at the command’s headquarters on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, said that the suspects were arrested at various locations within the state by his men in conjunction with the Intelligence Response Team that was set up by the Inspector General of Police.

Two AK-47 rifles, one pump action gun, four pistols, ammunition and one Toyota SUV were recovered from them.

Explaining how the late Colonel Yunusa died in the custody of the suspects, the Police Commissioner said that their gang leader, one Emeka Okeke, abducted the victim after they had snatched his car and took him to the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, where he shot him and abandoned his corpse.

On his part, Emeka admitted his involvement in the abduction and subsequent murder of Colonel Yunusa, but stated that his intention was not to kill him, but that the Colonel mistakenly shot himself in the process of struggling with him.

He also confessed to have carried out several other operations in various parts of Kaduna State.

Another member of the gang, one Chijioke Ugwuanyi, confessed to taking part in the operation but denied taking part in the death of the victim.

He said that his duty was to take the late Colonel Yunusa’s car to Niger Republic where they usually sell stolen vehicles from Nigeria.

The Police Commissioner also announced the arrest of notorious cattle rustlers and armed robbery suspects who have been terrorizing residents of states within the North West and North Central zones, while over 500 stolen cows, cars of various kinds were also recovered from them.

The Police Commissioner promised that at the end of investigation, all the suspects would be charged to court for trial.

Army Chief Commends IG Of Police, Solomon Arase

Army, PoliceThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has expressed gratitude to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, for tracking and arresting the kidnappers and murderers of the late Colonel Samaila Inusa of the Nigerian Army.

In a statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the Army chief, thanked Mr Arase on behalf of the families of late Colonel Samaila Inusa, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for smashing the deadly kidnapping and armed robbery syndicate.

“The Chief of Army Staff specifically wishes to thank the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) operatives for their dedication to duty and professionalism that led to the arrest of the criminals that abducted and killed the late senior officer in Kaduna metropolis, Kaduna State on 27th March this year.

“This unprecedented feat is a clear manifestation of the excellent cooperation existing between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police which had flourished over time in joint operations to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff also urged personnel of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police to continue working hard towards sustaining the excellent cooperation and synergy between them.

The Force Headquarters announced in a statement on Wednesday that the combined forces of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives had arrested four suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an Army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

According to the statement, “the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

Police Smash Killer Gang That Killed Army Colonel In Kaduna

Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase.

The Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives have smashed a deadly killer gang.

The combined forces have also arrested 4 suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, ACP Olabisi Kolawole said, “sequel to the kidnapping and killing of the officer, the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

“Items recovered by the Police from this notorious gang, which specialised in car snatching and truck hijacking in the state and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public, include one AK 47 rifle, two magnum pistols, one Nissan Pathfinder Jeep and documents of six (6) houses located in Anambra State of which Emeka Okeke Cyprian confessed were proceeds of his previous criminal activities” the statement said.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, enjoined Nigerians to continue to support the Police with relevant information.

He also commended the combined forces for their commitment, diligence and professionalism which led to the breakthrough and subsequent recovery of the weapons and a stolen Jeep,

Meanwhile, all the four suspects arrested in connection with the crime are presently in police custody and will soon be arraigned before a competent court of law for criminal charges preferred against them while effort to arrest the fleeing members of the gang continues.

PSC Promotes 1,670 Police Officers, Appoints 147

Police Service CommissionThe Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of 1,670 senior officers of the Nigeria Police Force to their next rank.

In an approval conveyed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, the Commission also approved the appointment of 147 others to different ranks.

A Commissioner of Police was elevated to the rank of AIG, 10 Assistant Commissioners to Deputy Commissioners, five CSPs to ACP and six SP to CSP.

They also elevated four DSPs to the rank of SP while 1,540 Inspectors were promoted to ASP.

The acting appointments are three DCPs, five ACPs, four CSPs, three SPs, five DSPs and 127 ASP.

The Commission noted that the approvals and acting appointments take immediate effect.

The Chairman of the PSC, who is a retired Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, wished the affected the best in their new ranks and urged them to reciprocate the Commission’s good gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of the nation.

He promised that the Commission would continue to ensure that deserving Police officials are promoted as and when due, to serve as motivation for effective and efficient service.

IGP Tasks Police Lawyers On Diligent Prosecution Of Cases

Solomon-Arase-police-IGPThe Inspector General of Police in Nigeria has asked lawyers in the Police Force to effectively discharge their responsibility of guiding investigators in the gathering, preservation and presentation of evidence in order to ensure a diligent prosecution of cases.

In a speech delivered in Abuja on Wednesday at the 2016 IGP Annual Police Lawyers Conference, Mr Solomon Arase said the inability of police lawyers to effectively assume their role in the policing space had contributed to the high rate of failure of investigation and prosecution of cases.

He said that the conference was a sought of continuous education programme that provided a platform for police lawyers to interact with the Nigerian Bar Association and some retired officers who had legal background.

“There is going to be an exchange of ideas and training for officers who are there.

“There are specific issues we want to talk about.

“Healthy respect for human right, garnishing of our account and how to treat criminal cases.

“It is an annual thing and we have succeeded in having a lawyer forum that can speak for lawyers within the Nigerian Police Force,” he told reporters on the sideline of the event.

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Augustine Alegeh, who also spoke at the event before inaugurating the NBA, Police Lawyers Forum stressed the need for security agencies to assist in enforcing the speedy administration of criminal justice by concluding investigations before taking suspects to court‎.

He said that the forum would provide the first line of contact with the police.

“All policemen are charged with law enforcement and the first in law enforcement is to know the law and we believe that the policemen we have in the force should be touch bearers.

“They should be the leaders of the entire force in ensuring that there is full compliance with provisions of the law,” he said.

APC Chairman, Secretary In Kwara State Kidnapped

APC, PetroleumThe Kwara State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Balogun Fulani-Ishola and the party’s secretary Olabode Adekanye, have been kidnapped.

The spokesman for the party in the state, Sulyman Buhari, confirmed their kidnap on Friday.

He said the party leaders were taking in the morning at Abuja-Lokoja highway while returning to Ilorin from Abuja.

Meanwhile, the APC in Kwara has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, to free party chair and secretary from kidnapper’s den.

The party also urged other security agencies in the country to deploy all within their powers to ensure the duo were freed unhurt and reunited with their families and loved ones as swift as possible.

Their abduction is coming few days after a chieftain of the APC and a onetime Senator, Mrs Iyabo Anisulowo, was been rescued from her abductors.

Senator Anisulowo, who represented Ogun West Senatorial district between 2003-2007 at the Senate, was kidnapped alongside her security aide in Igbogila area of Ogun state.

Nigeria Police Begin Mop-up Of Prohibited Firearms

Guns-ArmsThe Inspector General of Police in Nigeria, Mr Solomon Arase, has directed all Commissioners of Police in State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory to begin mop-up of prohibited firearms within their Areas Of Responsibility.

Mr Erase gave the order on Tuesday to douse concerns about the increasing proliferation and engagement of prohibited firearms that threaten security in parts of Nigeria.

The decision is part of initiatives aimed at ensuring adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens.

Prohibited Firearms

A statement by the spokesman for the police, Olabisi Kolawole, listed prohibited firearms under the Firearms Act to include Artillery, Apparatus for the discharge of any explosives or gas-diffusing projectile, Revolvers and Pistols, Machine guns and Machine Pistols, Rocket Weapons and Military rifles including those with calibre 7.62mm, 9mm, .300 inches and .303inches.

The Police is also asking persons in possession of non-prohibited firearms to immediately obtain or renew their licenses before July, 2016 by following the process on the requisite web link of the Nigeria Police Central Information Centre (NCIS) on

Mr Arase further emphasised that the intelligence and operational assets of the Force would be deployed to fish out, arrest and bring to justice any person who failed to voluntarily surrender prohibited firearms in his/her possession or who failed to obtain/renew requisite licenses for non-prohibited firearms.

“Such modalities shall include a reward system for informants whose information shall lead to the location and recovery of such weapons and arrest of the person in whose custody such illegal firearms are recovered,” the statement further read.

The police boss also called on all citizens to sustain their cooperation with the Nigeria Police Force in the task of keeping the country safe while assuring them that the Force would continue to diligently work towards eliminating any threat to internal security.

He further assured Nigerians of the police’s commitment to their security.

The arms mop-up is coming at a period that Nigeria is waging a war against a jihadist group, Boko Haram, to push them out of the nation’s northeast.

The nation is also making efforts to contain increasing attacks on farmers and communities by armed herdsmen.

Mr Arase had told Channels Television that the herdsmen had penetrated the nation from the northeast borders of the nation, which he said could not be manned because they were numerous.

The police boss said that the crisis in Libya, Mali and some other African nations had led to the proliferation of arms.