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.
As part of efforts geared at addressing threats posed by the dynamics of crimes in the country, and the full implementation of the Community Policing initiative, the Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the reorganization of the Nigeria Police Force.
This reorganization includes full autonomy of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), creation of five additional Police Zonal Command Headquarters and the decentralization of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID).
By this re-organization, the FIB, which was previously a section under the FCIID, is now a full-fledged Department of the Force to be headed by a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG). With this new arrangement, the Nigeria Police Force now has eight (8) Departments and each is headed by a DIG.
Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Force Intelligence Department
The Federal Government also approved the further decentralization of the FCID with the establishment of two additional offices in Enugu and Gombe States.
While the office in Enugu is expected to take care of investigations of major crimes emanating from the South-East and South-South geo-political zones, the office in Gombe will take care of the North-East geo-political zone.
Each of these Annexes, in addition to the pre-existing ones in Lagos and Kaduna States, are to be headed by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) who will report to the DIG in-charge of the FCID, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
In a similar vein, five (5) new Police Zonal Command Headquarters have been created for the Nigeria Police Force in addition to the hitherto existing twelve (12) Zonal Command Headquarters. This makes a total of seventeen (17) Zonal Command Headquarters in the country.
The five (5) new Zonal Commands are: Akure (Ondo/Ekiti Commands), Awka (Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi), Yenagoa (Bayelsa, Rivers Commands), Maiduguri (Yobe, Borno Commands) and Katsina (Katsina, Kaduna Commands).
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, while thanking President Muhammadu Buhari who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Police Council, expressed confidence that the reorganization will further bring policing closer to the people, improve the response time of the police to incidents across the country and generally promote efficiency in service delivery.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force currently deployed for the enforcement of the lockdown and social restriction orders to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are not infringed upon under any pretext.
This is according to statement by Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba.
In the statement on Thursday, the DCP Mba further revealed that persons on essential duties, duly exempted from the restriction orders, should be accorded due courtesies and unfettered access to and fro their places of duty.
According to Mr Mba, the IGP noted that the global community is now in extra-ordinary times, with the lockdown taking its toll on every component of national life.
The IGP asked all police officers deployed for the enforcement of these restriction orders must be professional, humane and tactful and must show utmost respect to the citizenry.
“To this end, the IGP has directed Command Commissioners of Police to immediately commence conduct monitoring of Police Officers deployed on enforcement duties in their areas of responsibilities.
“The IGP has equally charged Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) across the nation to ensure adequate supervision of personnel under their watch, as well as due compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure guiding this special task.
“AIGs and CPs are also to ensure robust anti-crime patrols and surveillance around vulnerable targets such as medical facilities, shops and markets, residential areas, financial institutions and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) points, amongst others so that criminals do not take undue advantage of the current COVID-19 challenge to perpetrate crimes against the citizenry,” the statement partly read.
Mr Mba conveyed the IGP’s profound gratitude to Nigerians for their resilience and voluntary compliance with the social restriction orders and cooperation with the Police at all times.
The force spokesman stressed that his principal, urged citizens to continue to observe all precautionary measures issued by relevant health authorities in order for the nation to defeat this pandemic.
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.
CP Usman Gomna added that the police have also partnered with sister agencies which include the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service, DSS, and NDLEA to complement their efforts.
However, the three parties that are to participate in the rerun election that includes the All Progressives Congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Action Democratic Party (ADP) agree to cooperate with the security to ensure a free, fair and credible election tomorrow.
The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed the Zonal Intervention Squad officer who was involved in the murder of the Remo Star football club player, Tiamiyu Kazeem.
Inspector Olaniyi Ogunsoro’s dismissal came following a recommendation sent to the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of zone two, after the dismissed officer’s trial by the Ogun State police command.
Inspector Ogunsoro is presently undergoing disengagement proceedings of the service and he is expected to soon be prosecuted.
The Ogun State Police Command on Saturday confirmed the death of the Assistant Captain and Defender of Remo Stars Football club, Tiyamiyu Kazeem and ordered the arrest of one of its own who was involved in the soccer player’s demise.
According to the police, Kazeem was knocked down by a vehicle while trying to cross the expressway in order to evade arrest.
However, the club, quoting an eyewitness, said men of the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) had “pushed” Kazeem out of a moving vehicle, leading to his death.
Following the conflicting reports regarding the death, Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Division (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi, to investigate the killing of a player.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba on Monday, the IGP gave the order while reviewing daily reports of major crime incidents across the country.
IGP Adamu commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased and called for calm.
He assured that justice will be done in the matter while reiterating that any person found culpable will be brought to book.
A Police Bell helicopter was attacked on Wednesday when men of the Nigeria Police Force attacked and killed terrorists and bandits during an early morning operation in Kaduna State.
Police say that over 250 terrorists and bandits were killed as tactical forces stormed Ansaru Terrorists’ Camp.
According to Police Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the helicopter, which provided aerial and intelligence cover for the ground troops came under attack from the bandits using sophisticated anti-aircraft rifles and GPMG.
Mr Frank Mba however, noted that the pilot and co-pilot who demonstrated uncommon courage and expertise successfully landed the aircraft at the Air Force Base in Kaduna without further incident.
The police image-maker further revealed that the two officials were thereafter evacuated for medical treatment, adding that both officers who sustained non-life threatening injuries are currently receiving treatment and are in stable condition.
He also stated that the police helicopter has since been flown out of the Kaduna Air Force Base by Police Pilots en-route to Abuja.
On Wednesday, Special Operatives of Operation Puff Adder of the Nigeria Police backed by the Special Forces of the Police Airwing, in a daring offensive operation, stormed one of the largest operational camps of the Ansaru Terror Group (also housing other bandits and kidnappers) located in Kuduru Forest, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State.
The security operatives successfully neutralized over 250 high-profile members of the Ansaru Terror Group, police authorities claim.
According to the Force, the operation was necessitated by actionable intelligence linking terror and criminal elements in the super camp to series of terror-related violence, kidnappings, gun-running, cattle rustling and other heinous crimes across the country.
Reacting to Wednesday’s operation, the Inspector General of Police assured citizens of safety and sustained intelligence-led operations against bandits across the length and breadth of the nation.
He equally applauded the unparalleled bravery, commitment, and dedication of the Police operatives currently conducting the special mission.
A video clip showing some persons in police uniforms holding a Point of Sale Machine and demanding a passenger to bring his ATM card has gone viral.
It was not clearly established what was going on between the officer and the passenger but one could clearly hear the security operative saying “bring ATM”.
Following its virality, the Nigerian Police Force has reacted with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu condemning all acts of corruption by Public Servants, particularly Police officers.
The IGP whose message was conveyed via a microblogging site, Twitter, further stated that the Force has commenced investigations to unravel the authenticity of the video, location of incident and identity of persons captured in the viral video.
The statement further enjoined members of the public with relevant information that could assist police investigators to kindly send the information to certain confidential channels.
Mr. Aliyu said that while one of the suspects, Ali ibrahim, was arrested on January 6 in Maiduguri, the other suspect, Umar Abacha who had escaped to Lagos was arrested when he returned to Maiduguri on may 13.
The police chief said that during preliminary investigation conducted by men of the command, the suspects confessed to have been part of many attacks on security locations in which military weapons were carted away.
The Nigeria Police says it has uncovered plots by some people posing as climate and environmental activists to commence coordinated attacks on oil installations across the country especially in the Niger-Delta region.
According to a statement by the force spokesman DCP Frank Mba, these plots which are politically motivated, are aimed at sabotaging oil installations with intended negative consequences on national security and economic development.
Mr Mba says the Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu has ordered commissioners of police nationwide, and particularly in designated states to intensify their surveillance missions around oil facilities and other critical national infrastructure.
The police chief also warned persons or group of persons who may want to resort to use of violence of dire consequences as the force will not hesitate to bring them to book.
The Nigeria Police Force has confirmed that 44 of its officers were involved in an auto crash in Gwagwalada, outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory, while en route election duties on Friday, March 8, 2019.
No casualty was recorded, but 33 sustained minor injuries, while 11 sustained various degrees of injuries.
Channels TV correspondent confirmed that the officers with minor injuries were treated and discharged while others with serious injuries are receiving treatment at Police Hospital, Area 1, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and the National Hospital Abuja.
Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who visited some of the victims, assured of improved welfare as they continue to work towards providing security for the nation.
He assured the injured policemen and other officers and men of the force of adequate medical care as he promised to pick up the medical bills of the affected policemen who are currently serving in the operations department of the FCT command.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral IE Ibas in company of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) MA Adamu and the Acting Chairman EFCC, Mr Ibrahim M. Magu visited the Nigerian Army Situation Room for the 2019 General Elections Security Monitoring on 22 February 2019.
They were received by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai.
According to a statement by the Army, the visit was made In the spirit of inter-service/agency cooperation and to ensure the success of the 2019 General Elections.