Acting IGP Vows To Prosecute Electoral Offenders

IGPThe Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase has vowed to prosecute electoral offenders, to curb the spate of violence during elections in the country.

Mr Arase, who formally took over the mantle from the sacked Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, at a handover ceremony in Abuja, vowed that it would not be business as usual as all senior officers would be held accountable for their actions.

The acting IGP announced that a Strategic Police Vision Document and Policing Protocol would be developed to aid intelligence, community partnership and address high level crimes.

Meanwhile, the out-gone IGP Suleiman Abba, described the appointment of his successor as well-deserved, appealing to the Police hierarchy to equally give full support to the new leadership.

Mr Suleiman Abba was sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday.

Police IG Redeploys AIGs, CPs For April 11 Polls

Suleiman Abba Police Inspector GeneralSeveral Assistant Inspectors General of Police in Nigeria have been redeployed to different states to supervise the April 11 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

Their deployment was approved by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba, on Thursday.

In a statement, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said six Deputy Inspectors-General of Police had also been redeployed to coordinate activities in the six geo-political zones.

The redeployed AIGs are, Aigusman Gwary (Abia); Olufemi Adenaike, (Kwara); Mbu. J. Mbu (Ogun); Patrick Dokumor (Kaduna); Tambari Mohammed (Jigawa); Mohammed Abubakar (Gombe); Ikemefuna Okoye (Oyo); Tunde Ogunsakin (Rivers); and Jubril Adeniji (Bauchi).

Others are, Yerima Irimiya (Imo); Adisa Bolanta (Akwa Ibom); Lawal Tanko (Lagos); Ballah Nasarawa (Benue); Musa Daura (Edo); Aderele Shinaba (Plateau); and Bala Hassan (Sokoto).

The Commissioners of Police redeployed for election duties to states are, Sam Okaula (Anambra); E. J. Ibine (Ekiti); Adamu Mohammed (Enugu); and Valentine Ntomchukwu (Osun).

Mr Ojukwu said that the IGP had also deployed a Commissioner of Police to command each of the senatorial districts of Gombe, Bauchi, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Benue, Edo, Plateau and Sokoto States.

For Rivers State, the IGP had redeployed the 32 Units of Police Mobile Force; 4 Units of Counter terrorism Units; 4 Units of Special Protection Units and 6 Crack Teams of Detectives from Force Criminal Investigation Department and complements of intelligence officers, to beef up security.

The IGP had earlier announced the restriction of vehicular movement in 36 states of the federation from 8am to 5pm during the elections on Saturday.

The measure is to ensure safety and security during the polls.

We Are Investigating Over 124 Cases Of Electoral Violence – IGP

IGPOver 124 cases of electoral violence are currently being investigated by the men of the Nigeria Police Force.

Addressing the Commissioners of Police across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, ahead of the governorship elections slated for this weekend, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba said the perpetrators of some of the cases of electoral violence have been charged to court.

The police boss also said that arrests have also been made on the violence that occurred before and during the presidential elections in Rivers State.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, was declared winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

General Buhari of polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

Bomb Incident At Enugu Was A Scare – IGP

IGPThe Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Suleiman Abba says that the bomb incident that occurred at one of the polling units on Saturday in Enugu was to scare people involved in the electoral process.

He said that nobody was hurt as the election was completed and not disrupted in that polling unit.

Speaking via the telephone as a guest on Channels Television’s election coverage programme, ‘Nigeria 2015’, the IGP said that there were more personnel to cover the extended elections holding at isolated areas and to protect the results to enable credible elections.

The IGP also commented on officers accused of snatching ballot boxes from voters, he stated that all the officers on ground had been trained to give accountability to the nation for their duties.

He, however, warned that any officer caught snatching ballot papers would face the law squarely and would be punished.

The IGP also stated that there would be no movement restriction on Sunday except areas where elections were being held.

He advised persons who have no business at the polling unit to stay away.

Zamfara Police Command Says Ready To Protect Indigenes

policeAhead of Saturday’s presidential election, the Zamfara State Police Command has assured indigenes of the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security agencies to provide effective security and ensure smooth and orderly conduct of the election.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr Femi Ogunbayode in a statement issued on Friday, called on residents not to panic, and go about their lawful duties as the Command had enough men on ground to safeguard their lives and property during the polls.

He said, his men have already been deployed to all the nooks and crannies of the State, including entry and exit points to ensure the State is safe during the election.

Mr Ogunbayode warned all trouble-makers and anti-social elements to stay away from Zamfara State throughout the period of the election as the “Police would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person, no matter how highly placed in society, who flouts the law or causes a breach of the peace”.

The Commissioner also appealed to political parties, their candidates and supporters to conduct themselves in orderly manner during the polls.

The statement further warned residents to respect the restriction order, issued by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, during the period of the election, stating that only those on official duties would be allowed to move around on election day.

Police IG Orders Arrest Of Political Thuggery

PoliceThe Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, on Sunday, ordered a serious offensive against political thuggery in the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, made this known.

He said that the Police boss has ordered Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Command Commissioners of Police to investigate all political acts that contravene the law.

He said acts such as hauling stones and missiles at highly placed citizens, using abusive and demeaning words, as well as defacing of campaign posters contravene section 227 of the 1999 Constitution and sections 94 of the Electoral Act.

Earlier in the month, the campaign train of President Jonathan was attacked in Katsina and Bauchi states, while some unknown youths burnt a bus belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jos, Plateau State.

Also, in Rivers State, some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were attacked by unknown gunmen on their way to the party’s rally in Port Harcourt.

 

IGP Distributes N7.74 Million Among Widows Of Alakio-Gwoza Killings

widowsThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday, donated over seven million naira to widows of police officers killed in Alakio in 2013 and 14 others declared missing in Gwoza, Borno State.

The cash donation, which Mr Abba said was part of his celebration of the Yuletide with families of the deceased policemen, also included bags of rice, tubers of yam and vegetable oil.

Making the presentation to widows at the 38 Mobile Police Squadron in Akwanga, the Inspector-General pledged the commitment of the Nigerian Police to protect and care for its own.

Mr Abba assured the widows of the police’s commitment never to abandon them as they grapple with the challenge of losing their bread winners.

Widows of the missing policemen got 500,000 naira each and the Alakio widows got 10,000 naira each in addition to 20 tubers of yam, a bag of rice and vegetable oil.

Just as the presentation of the cash and food items was underway, the IG also shared a meal with the widows of the deceased policemen as there was also a barbecue spot.

The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Yakubu Usman, thanked the Inspector-General of Police for seeing to the needs of the widows during the festive season.

However, some of the recipients, who were full of praise for the Inspector-General of Police, appealed for employment opportunities to enable them support their families on their own.

Nigeria Police Deploy Strike Units For Festive Period

Suleiman Abba.The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday announced a nationwide deployment of police strike units to ensure security during the festive period.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, ordered the deployment of the strike units.

A statement issued by the force spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the deployed strike units were police mobile force, special protection unit, counter-terrorism unit, explosive ordnance department, dog section and mounted troops.

The police boss also ordered the police air wing to carry out air surveillance patrols, while the marine police are to ensure a sustained patrol of all the waterways.

He also directed all zonal assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands to put in place extended “police visibility and patrols.

The decision to deploy the units is to forestall any planned attack by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram, that had carried out attacks in the past on festive periods.

On December 25, 2011 the sect members detonated a bomb in a church in Madalla near Suleja, Niger State, killing at least 20 persons. Ever since then, the police ensure they beef-up security during festive period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria Police Chief Tells Officials To Uphold Human Rights

Suleiman Abba.Police officials in Nigeria have been asked to ensure that the rights of Nigerians and all residents are upheld and sustained.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba, gave the command in Commemoration of the International Human Rights Day 2014 and as further proof of his commitment to respecting the rights of Nigerians.

The police chief further stated that a poignant example of his administration’s commitment to upholding Human Rights was the recent launch of the Nigeria Police Force Human Rights Practice Manual.

The document was produced with support from Altus Global Alliance, Department of Foreign International Development (DFID), Cleen Foundation, Justice for All Nigeria (J4A) and theEmbassy of Switzerland, Abuja.

A statement by the spokesman for the police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the Human Rights Practice Manual was a legacy of IGP Abba-led Police Management Team and the Force’s unflinching resolve to expose all personnel of the Nigeria Police Force to practical and theoretical aspects of Human Rights based approaches to policing in conformity with global best practices.

After the launch of the Human Rights Manual a Human Rights Desk was created to be manned by officers in all the formations of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Desk Officers are tasked with ensuring that rights of suspects are protected and cared for.

The IGP further emphasised his commitment to walking the talk in observance of the Human Rights of all Nigerians irrespective of class, creed and tongue.

A rights group, Amnesty International had accused the Nigerian police of extra judicial killings and series of Human rights abuses.

Although the police dismissed the claims, it claims that the reforms it is putting in place will help address the issues of Human Rights abuses.

The reforms are in line with this year’s Human Rights Day slogan, “Human Rights 365”, which states that every day is a Human Rights Day and they are aimed at upholding the fundamental proposition in the Human Rights Declaration that all humans, everywhere at all times are entitled to the full range of Human Rights.

The Police High Command further expressed its commitment to protecting Human Rights and to doing all that is humanly possible within the confines of established constitutional means, to ensure that the rights remained inviolable as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and in conformity with the ECOWAS, AU and the United Nations Declarations on Human Rights.

Police IG Insists Tambuwal Is Not Speaker

Suleiman Abba.The Inspector General Of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, on Wednesday refused to recognise Mr Aminu Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Appearing before a House Committee set up to investigate the incident that occurred at the National Assembly, Mr Abba said since the status of the speaker is awaiting judicial interpretation in the law court, he would not recognise Mr Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House.

He also re-iterated the earlier stand of the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, who said the police had received intel that the National Assembly will be invaded by thugs, maintaining that “in the process of safeguarding the security of the National Assembly on the 20th of November, we collaborated with the National Assembly Sergeant-at-Arm according to laid down procedures.

“Members were being asked to identify themselves before they could be allowed into the premises.

“The invasion of the National Assembly by large number of suspected thugs caused a reinforcement at the second gate.

“We saw how security at that gate was compromised and we are investigating the issue of teargas thrown at people,’’ Mr. Abba said.

Mr Abba further noted that officers were “physically beaten, disobeyed and many other things”, adding that the decision to order a siege on the assembly was in support of democracy.

“From the day I was appointed acting Inspector General of Police, in my maiden speech I made a pledge that policing all over the world has gone beyond the issue of arresting suspected criminals, investigating and prosecuting offenders. Policing worldwide and Nigeria inclusive, which I pledge to be part of, now include the support of the development of democracy,” he said.

“I want to state that that pledge was not just for the words, I meant it. Since then all my effort has been in that direction in addition to other responsibility on my shoulder.

“2015 elections are around the corner and political activities and politicking has heightened. As a result of that, I discussed with my colleagues and told them that we should make all efforts to make our election credible and peaceful. In the last meeting we had two weeks ago, I told them to be focused on efforts that will enable the police control the activities of political thugs and to mop up arms.

“I told them to do everything within the limit of the provision of the law to ensure that people do not take laws into their hands, so that we can have credible and safe conduct of the 2015 elections.”

Council Confirms Appointment Of Police IG Suleiman Abba

Suleiman Abba.The Police Service Council in Nigeria has confirmed the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba.

Mr Abba’s appointment was confirmed on Tuesday during the Police Service Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting began after a National Council of State meeting that was also held at the Villa.

At the meeting, Nigeria’s security challenges and how it could be tackled were discussed, with emphasises laid on the need for more funding for security agencies, especially the police.

The council agreed that one per cent of the Federal Allocation accruing to the states should be set aside for the funding of the Nigerian police to equip them for the discharge of their duties, which include the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

Mr Abba was made the Acting Inspector General of Police after the former IG, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, retired in July, having completed 35 years in service, as stipulated by law.

Addressing reporters after the confirmation of his appointment, Mr Abba said he would work hard to ensure that he meets up with the expectations of the office of the Inspector General of Police.

Mr Abba pointed out that Nigerians deserved the best from security agencies in the effort to make Nigeria safe for all and that he would ensure that the resources available would be judiciously managed to carry out his job.
 

APC Members In North Central Demand Replacement Of Police Chief

Suleiman Abba.Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North central zone have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint an impartial Inspector General of Police (IGP), insisting that the present one lacks the capacity to be fair to all Nigerians.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume and a governorship aspirant on the APC platform, Mr Solomon Dalung, from Plateau State made the call on Monday at a mega rally organised to seek the re-election of governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State.

The party leaders, who gathered in Lafia to drum support for Mr Al-makura, condemned the action of the Acting IGP, Mr Suleiman Abba, who withdrew the security details of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourale Aminu Tambuwal.

After the security personnel attached to Mr Tambuwal were withdrawn on October 30, the police in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, cited the recent defection by Mr Aminu Tambuwal from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC as reason.

Part of the statement read, “…having regard to the clear provision of section 68 sub section 1(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has redeployed its personnel attached to his office.”

At the rally in Lafia, thousands of pro-Al-makura supporters drawn from Nasarawa southern senatorial zone, gathered to endorse the governor to seek re-election.

Prominent among APC chieftains at the rally were the Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, Mr Buba Galadima, Mr Nasir El-rufia, Abdullahi Adamu, and Mr Solomon Dalung who took a swipe at the Acting Inspector General of Police.

To drive home his message of support for Governor Al-makura, Senator Akume, enumerated the achievements of the governor, with education topping the list.

While all the mass support for Mr Al-makura is going on, the immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Innocent Lagi, joined the list of those seeking to unseat the Governor.

Lagi is seeking to oust his former boss on the platform of the Labour Party. He denied ever belonging to the APC, insisting that he has solution to the challenges the Al-makura led administration had been unable to address.

Besides the mass endorsement of Governor Al-makura by all the zones and groups, there is the growing concern among indigenes of the state as political intrigues continue to dominate the game ahead of 2015.