The newly appointed Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Musa Kimo, has assured residents of Nigeria’s capital of effective security.
Mr Kimo stated his willingness to partner with well-meaning individuals, groups and security agencies in securing Abuja and its environs.
Speaking shortly after taking over the affairs of the FCT Command from the immediate past Commissioner of Police, Kimo noted that the Police under his watch would be professional, fair, just and God-fearing in the discharge of their duties.
He commended his predecessor, Mr Mohammed Mustafa, for the role he played in maintaining security within and around the FCT.
The new FCT Police Commissioner promised to sustain the legacies he met, in line with the vision and mandate of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris.
There are reports that 19 people have been killed in suspected cult clashes in Aluu community in Ikwere Local Government Area and Obite community in Etche LGA in Rivers.
Although the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, said that he was not aware of the incident, a security source who asked not to be quoted told Channels TV correspondent that among the dead is a Naval officer who was a member of the joint security operation that was sent to quell the situation.
Sources described the crisis as a battle of supremacy between rival cult groups.
Eyewitnesses say some innocent persons were also caught in the crossfire.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwere LGA, Samuel Nwonosike, told journalists that the situation was overblown.
He said that the government has moved in to chase out the miscreants and that normalcy has returned to the affected areas.
Two security officers attached to the Rivers State Judiciary complex have been killed follow an attack by yet to be identified persons.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Musa Kimo, told our correspondent that the men were clubbed to death at about 3AM in the morning.
Judiciary workers, who resumed in the morning were seen locked out.
Sources say the workers were asked to go back home until the complex has been certified safe for work.
Though it is not clear as to what would have led to the attack, the Police Command says thorough investigations are currently on to unravel the mystery behind the attack and bring the hoodlums to book.
The Command has called for calm while assuring the residents of beefed up security in the area.
Members of the Nigeria Medical Association in Rivers State have protested what they call the incessant kidnapping of their members.
The doctors came out in their numbers on the streets of Port Harcourt carrying placards with various inscriptions and marched to the office of the DSS and the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital to register their worry over the issue.
They condemned the rate at which they say their colleagues have been targeted in recent times, calling on the security agencies and the state government to do more to protect their lives and those of other residents of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Musa Kimo, gave the assurance that all hands are on deck to guarantee their safety.
In the spirit of the season, the Rivers State Police Command has taken its services beyond security to giving back to the community.
The Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, who visited orphanage homes in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said that the move was in line with the order of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to all commands to share gifts especially with the less privileged.
Mr Kimo also explained that the command has embarked on giving back to the community as part of its efforts to strengthen community policing.
“We are here in the spirit of the season, to identify with them, to show them the love that we have for them.
“Gold or silver we do not have but apart from our prayers we are here to demonstrate that love,” the Rivers Police boss said.
He also assured residents of safety and security during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, AIG Baba Bolanta, has met with various traditional rulers in Rivers State on how to manage the security situation in the state.
Speaking at the gathering in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital in south-south Nigeria, Mr Bolanta said that he believes traditional rulers are important partners in the fight against crime and criminality.
He said that the security situation in the oil producing state would be better controlled if traditional rulers and community leaders collaborate with the police.
The AIG, who also met with the officers and men of the Rivers State Police Command, charged them to step up operations to checkmate the spate of crime in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Musa Kimo, assured the AIG that his men would keep up the fight against crime in spite of their challenges.
He also urged his men to be ahead of those they consider to be enemies of the people.
Rivers State Police Command have paraded over 20 persons suspected to be armed robbers, kidnappers and cultists.
The suspects were paraded at the Command’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital on Saturday.
The State’s Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, told reporters that his men have intensified the raid on criminal hide outs in the state in keeping with his command’s resolve to rid the state of crime and criminality.
Mr Kimo also commended residents in the state for their cooperation in maintaining relative calm following the recent tribunal judgement that nullified the April 11 governorship election in the state.
He, however, warned that the police is resolute to clamp down on any one who disturbs peace.
Items recovered from the suspects were arms and ammunition including pump action and AK 47 guns.
Hundreds of pro-Biafran supporters carrying placards with various inscriptions have stormed the streets of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State in Nigeria’s south-south region, causing temporal gridlock on the Aba-Azikiwe road axis.
According to them, their protest was to show solidarity for the Biafran Radio Host, Kalu, who was arrested by security agencies and later released on administrative bail.
The protesters said that although authorities in the country viewed them as ‘anti government’, they ‘remain resolute to have a nation of their own’.
However, the demonstration of the pro-Biafran supporters’ was cut short, as the Rivers State Police Command said it had taken control of the situation.
“The protesters have been dispersed,” a police source said.
The State Police Commissioner, Musa Kimo, told Channels Television that although the protesters stormed the streets without permission, his men have been dispatched to all flash points in Rivers State to ensure no further breakdown of law and order.
He warned that anyone found to breech the peace would be made to face the law.
Mr Kimo further disclosed that some arrests had been made so far in connection to the protest, stating that details would be provided in due course.
Eyewitnesses said that both communities became ghost towns as residents fled for safety from the cult clash which they said lasted for two days.
Seven persons were reportedly shot dead in Omoku and six others in Obrikom.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ahmad Mohammed, while conforming the incident, said that the Rivers State Police Command was on the trail of the warring parties, reiterating its resolve to maintain its onslaught against criminality in the state.
One week after the incident, some streets and homes were still deserted, but residents said that they have the Police to thank for now.
Part of the measures taken by the Police is that motorcycle riders are only allowed to push their motor bikes around places the Police call nipping points in the area.
Rivers State Police Command has paraded suspected robbers, kidnappers and cultists at the Command headquarters in Port Harcourt, the State capital.
Speaking at the parade on Friday, the state Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, assured residents that the Command has put measures in place to guarantee security during the Sallah celebrations.
Mr Kimo also told journalists the Command had mobbed up over 120 assorted arms and ammunition in the last one week as well as rescued victims.
Delivering a summary of the results of their operation, the Commissioner of Police stated that his men had launched a massive attack on various criminal hide outs, warning criminals in the state to be on the run or turn a new leaf.