The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has assured the nation of sustained efforts by the Force in fighting crimes and criminality and improving public safety and security across the country.
His assurance on Sunday was contained in a communique titled, ‘Eid-el-Kabir: IGP assures sustained efforts at improving public safety and security, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
In his statement, the IGP charged Commissioners of Police (CPs) in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to beef-up security ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, to prevent any untoward situation in their Areas of Responsibility (AoR) throughout the Eid-el-Kabir season and beyond.
He particularly directed the Zonal AIGs and State Command CPs to put in place all necessary security measures to ensure a secure, peaceful, and incident-free celebration.
“They are to, amongst other things, deploy human and other operational assets to carry out confidence-building and crime prevention patrols on major highways, residential and industrial areas, vulnerable points, places of worship, other places of public resort, and around all critical national infrastructure,” the communique partly reads.
The IGP equally warned that personnel deployed must be professional and mindful of the fundamental rights of the citizens, and discharge their responsibilities with all sense of decorum and alertness.
While congratulating the Muslim Faithfuls in the country on the occasion of the year 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Police Boss reiterated that the Force would continue to improve on the recent gains achieved in stabilizing security order in parts of the country, protecting the lives and property of citizens, and denying space for crimes and criminality to thrive in and around the country.
He wished all Muslims a happy and peaceful Sallah celebration and enjoined citizens to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the Eid-el-Kabir while remaining security conscious and compliant with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
It asked the court to restrain the thirty-six state governors listed as defendants from conducting any investigation to probe the affairs of the security agency.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in a statement signed by the force public relations officer, however, expressed his disapproval of the suit and ordered an investigation.
Mr. Adamu insisted that the force is committed to fulfilling all its obligations with regard to the disbandment of the defunct sars, adding that the officer responsible for the suit has been queried and may be sanctioned “if found guilty of dereliction of duty”.
Governors of 19 northern states on Tuesday held an emergency meeting over the #EndSARS protests and violence which has dominated the protests.
The governors during the meeting which was held in Kaduna State called for greater synergy between the states and the Federal Government in strengthening the unity and overall development of the country.
Chaired by Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, the governors during the meeting said they support the demand of the protesters for reform in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
They appealed to all citizens to restrain themselves from unwarranted disposition to sentiments, harassment, and intimidation of one another.
According to the governors, the Federal and various State Governments have been magnanimous by responding to the demands of the protesters.
The governors sent condolence to those who lost their lives and properties in the violence.
They, however, condemned what they described as influencers from within and outside the country in form of hooliganism, ethno-religious bigots, and political marauders who are bent on pulling the nation down to its knees.
In an interview with the reporters after the meeting, Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawale suggests that the Federal Government should deploy the disbanded SARS operatives to his state and other states confronted by banditry.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has confirmed the attacks on three different police stations in Edo State.
“@policeNG regrettably confirm the unfortunate attacks on Police Facilities – Ugbekun Police Station, Oba Market Police Station, and Idogbo Police Post by persons posing as #ENDSARS protesters in Benin, Edo State, today, Monday, 19th October 2020,” a statement on Twitter read.
The Force in its tweet statement also called on parents/guardians to prevail on their children/wards to desist from acts of violence under any guise whatsoever.
According to the brief communique, the NPF says it is doing everything possible at the moment to bring the situation under control, protect the lives of innocent citizens and prevent further attacks on any other critical infrastructure in the state.
At the time of filing this report, the NPF said the extent of damage cannot be ascertained but notes that reports indicate that the protesters carted away arms and ammunition from the armoury and freed the suspects in custody before setting some of the facilities ablaze.
The force enjoined protesters to be patient and to believe in the reform processes which are all directed at ensuring the security, safety and rights of all.
He explains that the police operatives who got the information quickly swung into action and engaged the bandits in a gun battle, killed one of them, and rescued Sauda Sani and his brother who is receiving treatment in the hospital.
The police boss also disclosed that the bandits fled into the bush abandoning their six motorcycles die to the superior fire power of the police.
He further revealed that other exhibits including two AK 47 rifles, 34 rounds of live ammunition, three techno phones, rechargeable mp3 torch light, charm jacket and n268,000 were recovered from the bandits.
On his part, the Kaduna State Commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan commended the effort of the police in dislodging the bandits, while also calling on residents to always alert the police with timely and credible information to save lives and properties.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu on Thursday, ordered the immediate reversal of the shift duty structure of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The shift structure is a 12-hour, 2-shifts system, but has now been changed to the traditional 8-hours, 3-shifts duty standard.
IGP Adamu gave the order while declaring open the conference of heads of Police Medical Facilities at the Force Headquarters in Abuja today.
IGP orders immediate reversal of the shift duty structure of the @PoliceNG which is currently a 12-hour, 2-shifts system to the traditional 8-hours, 3-shifts duty standard while declaring open the conference of heads of Police Medical Facilities at the Force HQ pic.twitter.com/boa51wYnW8
According to the IGP, this new directive is in line with arguments raised in some quarters that the resonating incidents of misuse of firearms and other extra-judicial actions by police personnel often result directly from work-related stresses and emotional conditions which disorient their rationality.
He said, “This initiative is not only thoughtful of the Force Medical Officer and her team, but it is also significant in several ways.
“Firstly, it serves as a forum for stock-taking in relation to the performance of the Nigeria Police Medical Services (NPMS) which was established in 1975 with a mandate of providing healthcare services to serving members and retirees of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), their families, detainees in Police custody, and members of the public, especially during medical emergencies.
“Secondly, it provides an avenue for Medical Officers in the Police to interact, engage in professional peer review and draw on practice experiences that could aid them in enhancing their knowledge and service delivery.
“Most importantly, this Conference will assist the Police leadership in identifying gaps within the operations of the Medical Services and in proposing pathways towards strengthening the capacity of the Section as they project into the future.
“Within this context, I wish to reiterate that the policing and internal security management strategy under the current police leadership is woven around the principles of community policing.
“The import of this is that the Police must evolve a new orientation in terms of the nature of their interaction and content of services they render to the public in all spheres of their professional engagements.
“These, ladies and gentlemen, is the only way to build trust between the Nigeria Police and the citizens and it is the most veritable pathway towards returning the Police to the community they serve.
“Consequently, we must evolve new strategic approaches in which the Police Medical Services will play a critical role. Hence, beyond the traditional obligations of meeting the medical needs of serving and retired police personnel, the Police Medical Services must start viewing its roles from the strategic policing lens which requires of them the responsibility of engaging in medical outreaches to targeted communities, educational institutions, youths, and children population, and enhancing their capacity to mobilise to medically challenged communities with a view to rendering professional medical services.
“The NPMS envisioned for the Nigeria Police within this context, is one that can appreciate and respond in the most professional manner to modern threats to national security, particularly, as they relate to bioterrorism and management of communicable diseases.
“The Police Medical Services must review and strengthen its institutional and personnel capacity towards intervening in national emergencies occasioned by acts of crime and terrorism and enhance its ability in the management of defilement, rape, and other gender-based crimes.
“In essence, the NPMS must be engaged, henceforth, as the socio-medical component of policing and as a strategic vehicle that will be utilised by the current police leadership to achieve two fundamental objectives. First to propel the attainment of our community policing vision.
“Second, to aid in enhancing the emotional, psychological, physical and medical well-being of all police personnel with a view to keeping them fit and preparing them for optimal law enforcement service delivery.
“Policing being a highly demanding job physically, mentally and psychologically, it is pertinent to note that efficiency in the discharge of Police duties requires a good state of physical, mental and psychological wellbeing.
“Indeed, arguments have been raised that the resonating incidents of misuse of firearms and other extra-judicial actions by police personnel often result directly from work-related stresses and emotional conditions which disorient their rationality.
“In consideration of this, I have ordered that with immediate effect, the shift duty structure of the Nigeria Police which is currently a 12-hour, 2-shifts system should be reverted to the traditional 8- hours, 3-shifts shift standard.
“This directive is specifically informed by the need to address a major, age-long occupational stress or which long hours of duty engenders among personnel in the Nigeria Police Force and which occasions depression and abuse of power and other unprofessional conducts.
“For the purpose of clarity, henceforth, no police personnel should be made to perform any duty exceeding 8-hours within a space of 24 hours unless there is a local or national emergency.
“All of these, if not medically managed, could engender unprofessional reactions with fatal consequences to the affected police personnel and members of the public. Additionally, the NPMS must start emplacing strategies and techniques including cognitive therapy and emotional intelligence models that will strengthen the stress management capacity and operational resilience of all personnel. I challenge you to engage these issues as part of your agenda for this Conference.
“The Nigeria Police take pride in the fact that the NPMS has some of the finest and most experienced Medical Officers and it has expanded Page 5 of 5 significantly over the years from just one healthcare facility in 1975 to 144 in 2019 across the country.
“I am conscious of the peculiar challenges associated with the increase and spread of our healthcare facilities which include the inadequate number and mix of healthcare professionals, and insufficient infrastructure and equipment amongst others.
“Let me remind you that the current Police Management, will ensure that these challenges, as well as career and welfare concerns of personnel in the NPMS, are addressed on a sustainable basis.
“I, however, charge you to continuously discharge your professional duties with a high sense of commitment and responsibility to meet the ever-growing health needs of our personnel.
“It is against this background that I feel privileged to declare this Conference open and to launch the Health Awareness Strategy for the Nigeria Police Force under the theme ‘Stay healthy to secure the nation’.
“I am expectant that at the end of this conference, there will be a communiqué to facilitate actions on anticipated recommendations”.
Christians in southwest Nigeria have joined their counterparts globally to observe the Easter Sunday which is believed to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.
At the House on the Rock Church in Lagos State visited by Channels Television crew, the entire church was in the mood of thanksgiving with a strong conviction that Jesus Christ has resurrected.
There was also a pleasant side attraction lined up to make the Easter service an unforgettable one as international gospel icon, Don Moen, performed some of his hit tracks.
In his Easter message, the Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, urged citizens to adopt a positive approach and good deeds towards the reprieve that has come the way of Nigerians.
In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and wife joined other Christians at the St. Peters Cathedral, Ake to be part of the thanksgiving service marking the Easter celebration.
In his Easter note to the populace, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adekunle, admonished Nigerians to continue to have faith in God in the face of the many challenges currently facing the country.
Similarly, Christians in Osun State were not left out of this year’s commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as they all trooped out to their various places of worship.
It was a filled day for choristers and bands at the various worship centers in Oshogbo, the state’s capital, which were packed full with worshippers apparently in joyous mood dancing and singing.
In their various sermons, clergymen at the various worship centres sued for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.
They urged leaders to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.
In Edo State, the Bishop of the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Augustine Akubeze, admonished Christians to see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the right path to eternal life.
The Edo State Police Command also had a special thanksgiving at the cathedral to commemorate the end of activities for 2016 Nigeria Police Force Week.
The Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the crisis in northern Nigeria has debunked reports that some members of the committee are demoralised following incessant attacks in some parts of the country at a time the committee is yet to carry out their assignment.
Chairman of the committee and Minister for Special Duties; Alhaji Kabiru Turaki said this at the Kuje Prisons on Thursday, where the committee members started consultations with inmates of the prisons who are members of Boko Haram.
He expressed optimism that the committee will come up with useful consultations that will enable them give recommendations which let peace to reign in the northern part of the country.
The committee had earlier visited the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) before the visit to Kuje Prisons.
Alhaji Turaki also gave the assurance that the committee is poised to carry out their assignment with all sense of diligence.
Claiming that the detained insurgents are cooperating with the committee, the Minister did not disclose what was discussed but said they were seeking ways to have constructive dialogue with Nigerians across board.
He appealed for understanding and prayers for them to succeed.
“As some of you may have noticed, we have had very useful discussions with some inmates that are being held here on the allegations of being either members of Jamatul Alhus Sunnah (Boko Haram) on accounts of terrorism or acts related thereto.”
“We want to assure Nigerians that this committee is poised to make sure that we carry out this assignment with all sense of responsibility, with all honesty and with diligence” he said.
He further adds that “we have had cause, in the past, to speak to members of Jamatul Alhus Sunnah and in doing so to tell them that members of this committee are people of proven integrity, are accomplished Nigerians that have been carefully selected by Mr. President to come and do this national assignment.”
Mr. Turaki, while clarifying that the committee’s brief was not to secure or grant amnesty but to encourage dialogue among stakeholders, said the essence of the committee was not to get the group to cease fire alone but to attain total ceasefire.
“We do not have any grudges against anybody, do not harbour any ill feeling or prejudices against anybody. We have resolved and we have pledged and will continue to pledge that in carrying out this assignment, we will do it with the fear of God, high sense of patriotism and nationalism. We shall be guided by sense of decency and the feeling of trying to ensure that at the end of the day there is more peace in Nigeria.”
“We are still looking for ways of having dialogue- constructive, honest and frank dialogue- with all major stakeholders across board. And so we will continue to solicit the support and cooperation of not only the people that are considered to be directly or indirectly involved in these issues, but other Nigerians” he added.
The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has warned that it will not tolerate any act of violence or misconduct during the chairmanship and councillorship election billed to take place on the March 16th.
FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Femi Ogunbayode who said that police men will be deployed to the nooks and crannies of the FCT for the polls, urged leaders of political parties to ensure that their members adhere strictly to the Electoral Act.
He also warned that no politician is allowed at any polling unit with escorts and orderlies.
Mr. Ogunbayode also announced that movement in the FCT will be restricted from 12 midnight on Friday 15th March to 5pm on Saturday 16th for people coming into the FCT, while residence of the FCT will have movement retracted from 7am to 5pm on Saturday 16th of March 2013.