Someone With Ulterior Motive Started #EndSARS – Police PRO

The Police Public Relation officer, Jimoh Moshood has told Nigerians to be wary of their use of social media saying the #EndSARS was started by someone with an ulterior motive.

The Police spokesperson said this on Tuesday, when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television Breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He said the social media is very porous and Nigerian users should be cautious in joining in an outcry.

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“Somebody who has an ulterior motive put up the hashtag and said End SARS now. Nigerians should be mindful because the social media is very porous. What is the cause of the outcry in the first place?

“This was why the IGP was concerned about the cause of the outcry. People should be mindful of the intention of the person that put up the hashtag that people are falling into it,” he said.

Moshood also said the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) has been in operation for over 40 years and those calling for a scrap of the squad should disabuse their minds as they are performing their duties well.

He said, “The Special Anti-robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force no doubt are doing very well. The rate of robbery across the country has gone down.

“We want people to disabuse their minds that SARS should be ended because this outfit is a department of the Nigerian police and it has been there for over 40 years and they have been doing their best since those years.”

Speaking concerning the complaints and allegations by some social media users of being brutalised by SARS, the Police spokesperson said Nigerians should report complains about the operations of not only SARS but other police personnel saying there is infraction everywhere.

“We are not saying there is no infraction. If there are infraction not only in SARS personnel, even other conventional policemen that carry out other responsibility, people should report to us and it will be addressed.

“When you have complaints, report to us and it will be addressed. For many of those who have been pushing their remarks on social media, most of them are not correct because when you have complaints of such, you will report to the nearest police station.”

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris according to the spokesperson is concerned by all these allegations and this is why he has directed that those allegations be investigated.

Idris in a statement on Monday directed immediate re-organisation of SARS operation nationwide and this according to Moshood is already been implemented.

Traffic Warden Promoted To Inspector Rank In Bayelsa

A traffic warden, Helen Moyegbon, posted to the streets of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, has earned an automatic promotion to the rank of an inspector by the Bayelsa State Police Command.

The promotion is coming on the heels of several awards and certificates of recognition she has received from the public, corporate organisations and recently, the Bayelsa state government.

Road users who spoke to Channels Television also attested to the fact that the traffic warden is indeed diligent with her work. They also added that whenever she was on duty, they experienced less difficulties on the roads.

The Inspector General of Police directed the she be elevated in rank to serve as a morale booster for her and motivation to other officers.

Moyegbon on her part, expressed gratitude to the general public for the various awards given to her which she said, led to her being recognised by the IGP. She noted that with the promotion, she would be motivated to do more.

IGP Warns Against Police Brutality

IGP Warns Against Police BrutalityThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has warned men and officers of the Police against the use of fire arms and official powers to intimidate and violate the fundamental human rights of suspects and Nigerians, in the course of executing the mandate of the Police.

Mr Ibrahim issued the warning in Makurdi, at a three-day human rights sensitization workshop for Divisional Police Officers serving in Benue state.

The training was facilitated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC and PRAWA.

The IGP advised participants to be civil in their official conduct and not portray the Police force and the Nigerian government as dictatorial.

He was represented at the three-day workshop by the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 4, Mr Oshodi Agboola.

Kaduna Govt Recovers Over 19,000 Stolen Cows From Rustlers

cows in kadunaAbout 19,000 that were stolen from herdsmen in various parts of the state have been recovered by security operatives while suspected rustlers were also arrested.

The Special Adviser to the state governor on internal Security, Mr Yakubu Yusuf, disclosed this during the handing over of recovered stolen cows and goats to their respective owners in Kagarko and Kachia Local Government Areas of the state.

He says that the state government is not leaving any stone unturned in the ongoing effort to flush cattle rustlers and other criminal elements out of the state.

Cattle rustling has become an emerging security challenge that has continued to threaten human security and economic activities in the rural pastoralists’ communities and commercial farms in Kaduna state, and some other parts of Northern Nigeria.

The human cost associated with such attacks is immense, as several herders and farmers have been killed by the armed bandits.

Early this year, the livestock raiders attacked about six farms in a span of one week in Kachia Local Government Area and stole over a hundred cattle, killing one herdsman.

Within the same period, the thieves invaded another farm in Dinki village along the Kaduna-Zaria road, where they stole about 105 cattle including sheep and goats. A security guard on duty also lost his life during the attack.

The thieves attacked herders’ camps in Jere Town and adjoining towns in April this year, where they stole about 203 cattle also in two days.

Most of the animal rustlers in Kaduna and neighbouring states live in the thick forest of Kamuku, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state according to security operatives.

Worried over the growing rate of the crime in the state, the state government inaugurated a committee comprising of security operatives from the Nigerian Police, Army and Airforce. So far, their operations have started yielding positive result with the huge recoveries made.

The Governor’s security adviser explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public, applauds the contribution of security operatives for their role in ensuring that activities of rustlers and other criminals are reduced to the barest minimum across the state.

He also added that security agents in the state have so far recovered over 19, 000 cows since the government began efforts to rid the state of cattle rustlers over a year ago adding that the outfit had set up collation centres for the recovered animals in Birnin Gwari, Zaria, Kachia and Jere.

A major boost to the operation is the recovery of over 600 stolen cows by the operatives of the Nigerian Airforce under the ‘Operation SHARAN DAJI’. The commander of 335 Base Group, who handed over the recovered animals to representative of the Kaduna State government at the Airforce Base in Mando, Air Commodore Bello Garba, says the operation is in line with the directive of the Chief of Air Staff .

He pledged the continuous support of security agencies in bringing animal rustling to an end.

Members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Ahmadu Sulaiman, commend the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their effort in flushing rustlers out of the state.

Attacks on pastoralists have become a reoccurring in Kaduna State, in most cases, the entire villages and herders’ camps are displaced. The emergence of the joint task force operation against cattle rustling and armed banditry in the state, is expected to bring the crimes to the barest minimum.

Over 19,000 Cows Recovered From Rustlers In Kaduna

cows in kadunaThe measures adopted by the Kaduna State government to end cattle rustling and armed banditry is yielding positive result, as no fewer than 19,000 cows stolen from herdsmen in various parts of the state have been recovered.

Security operatives, who made the recovery also arrested some suspected rustlers.

A spokesman for the Governor, Mr Yakubu Yusuf, announced the recovery on Thursday during the handing over of recovered stolen cows and goats to their respective owners in Kagarko and Kachia Local Government Areas of the state.

He says the state government is not leaving any stone un-turned in the ongoing effort to flush cattle rustlers and other criminal elements out of the State.

Cattle rustling has become an emerging security challenge that has continued to threaten human security and economic activities in the rural pastoralists’ communities and commercial farms in Kaduna State, and some other parts of Northern Nigeria.

The human cost associated with such attacks is immense, as several herders and farmers have been killed by the armed bandits.

Early this year, the livestock raiders attacked about six farms in a span of one week in Kachia Local Government Area and stole over a hundred cattle, killing one herdsman.

Within the same period, the thieves invaded another farm in Dinki village along the Kaduna-Zaria road, where they stole about 105 cattle including sheep and goats. A security guard on duty also lost his life during the attack.

The thieves attacked herders’ camps in Jere Town and adjoining towns in April this year, where they stole about 203 cattle also in two days.

Most of the animal rustlers in Kaduna and neighbouring states live in the thick forest of Kamuku, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state, according to security operatives.

Worried over the growing rate of the crime in the state, the state government inaugurated a committee comprising of security operatives from the Nigerian Police, Army and Air Force. So far, their operations have started yielding positive result, with huge recoveries made.

Mr Yusuf, who is the Governor’s security adviser, explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.

He applauded the contribution of security operatives in ensuring that  the activities of rustlers and other criminals were reduced to the barest minimum across the state.

He also added that security agents in the state had so far recovered over 19, 000 cows since the government began efforts to rid the state of cattle rustlers over a year ago adding that the outfit had set up collation centres for the recovered animals in Birnin Gwari, Zaria, Kachia and Jere.

“Recently, there were two operations conducted by our operatives. The first operation was conducted in October 2016, which recovered 95 animals, then the second and third operations were conducted on the 28 and 29 of the same month where we recovered a total of 312 cows. This operation was conducted by our Sector one of Operation Yaki which comprises of Nigerian Army, Police and the Navy that are in Kachia. It was as a result of the information that we got from people that led to the successful operation.

“We most especially commend the leadership of Miyetti Allah in Kaduna State. They are doing a good job, they led us into this operation and we made these recovery.

“Today in Jere, we are handing over 144 animals we recovered from rustlers to their owners. The operation was very successful, and I want to thank security operatives for their effort, because it is a great achievement. We also appreciate the leadership of Miyetti Allah for their cooperation and for given us useful information that led to the successful operation”.

A major boost to the operation is the recovery of over 600 stolen cows by the operatives of the Nigerian Air Force under the ‘Operation SHARAN DAJI’.

The commander of 335 Base Group, who handed over the recovered animals to representative of the Kaduna State government at the Air Force Base in Mando, Air Commodore Bello Garba , says the operation is in line with the directive of the Chief of Air Staff .

He pledges the continuous support of security agencies in bringing animal rustling to an end.

“You will recall that about two months ago that the Chief of Air Staff reiterated the fact that the Nigerian Airforce will continue to give full support as regards to internal security in Kaduna State.

“And about four weeks ago, I handed over some stolen vehicles and some cultists called Sara Suka that killed and hacked some people to the Commissioner of Police.

“We will not relent in our effort, we will continue our search for the bandits. We are taking the war to them. And that was what led to our successful operation at Rima village where we recovered over 600 stolen cows from the rustlers. Rima village is a thick forest and that was where we caught those bandits,” Air Commodore Garba said.

After Air Commodore Garba spoke, members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, led by Mr Ahmadu Sulaiman, commend the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their effort in flushing rustlers out of the state.

Attacks on pastoralists have become a reoccurring thing in Kaduna State and in most cases herders’ camps are displaced.

The emergence of the joint task force operation against cattle rustling and armed banditry, Operation SHARAN DAJI, had given impetus to efforts to bring the crimes to the barest minimum.

Gov. Okowa Launches Special Police Unit in Delta State

empowerment scheme, Okowa, Delta State, Knowledge-Based DevelopmentDelta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa says he is committed to curbing the activities of criminals in the state ahead of the Christmas celebrations.

The governor stated this when he officially launched the new special police security unit called “Eagle Net.”

He also donated ten Hilux vans to the Delta State Police command for the effective operations of the special police unit.

While presenting the vans to the State Commissioner of Police, Governor Okowa says  this initiative is a product of resolutions made during the state security council meeting to create a special unit in the police force to combat crime.

According to the state  Commissioner of Police, Zaina Ibrahim, the security vans will assist the new special security to tackle special security challenges in the state.

He added that the problems of Nigerian police in exercising its duties are both logistical and moral.

According to the commissioner of police, there is no better time than now to receive these vans which will be used by the ‘Eagle Net’ to check criminal activities, especially during these ‘Ember months.”

The new unit was created to complement the activities of existing police security units such as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), SWAT, and others.

Police Stop PDP Convention In Port Harcourt

PDP, INEC, Police, DSS, CourtThe Nigerian Police has cordoned off the venue of the planned National Convention of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The action by the security agent follows the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday barring the PDP from holding the convention.

Justice Okon Abang ruling in a motion filed by a factional chairman of the party, Ali-Modu Sheriff, also restrained the Inspector General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising or monitoring the planned convention pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Before the ruling by the Abuja court, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had given a clear call for the convention to go ahead.

Ruling on a motion filed by the convention planning committee, Justice Ibrahim Walifa stated that the party’s National Convention Planning Committee was duly constituted and that the convention stands valid.

Meanwhile the second highest body of the PDP, the National Executive Council (NEC) held an emergency meeting in Port Harcourt, where the tenure of the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee was extended by a year.

Present at the meeting are governors, party leaders, former ministers among others.

Police Launch ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ To Tackle Crime

Police Launch Eminent Persons ForumThe Nigerian Police Force has launched an initiative called the ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ to complement the foremost Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) and community policing.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said that the forum was a community policing aimed at combating crime and other related offences in Nigeria.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, led the maiden meeting of the Eminent Persons Forum in the state at the Imo State Traditional Rulers Council secretariat in Owerri, the capital of the state.

Mr Lakanu said that the initiative was one of the police leadership’s crime fighting strategy to ensure that the police force collaborate with opinion leaders from various communities.

He described the forum as a bridge between the police and members of the community by giving adequate information about criminal activities in their locality.

The Commission added that it would offer necessary partnership and support in solving crime related issues and enhance policed public relations.

The Chairman of the PCRC in Imo State, in southern Nigeria, Mr Chima Chinyere, said the initiative would no doubt, enhance effective community policing and effective crime control in the state.

Commending the initiative, the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Mr Samuel Ohiri, pledged the support of the traditional rulers and members of the community and promised that they would partner with the Nigerian Police in providing adequate information in combating crime in the state.

Some other stakeholders who spoke at the meeting stressed that security of lives and property was the business of everybody in the community and should not be left in the hands of the police alone.

Misunderstanding Results In Gunfire Exchange Between Police And Army In Yobe

Niger, State of Emergency, Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police were on Wednesday engaged in a gun battle in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.

Residents of Geidam town told Channels Television on phone that “sporadic and prolonged gun duel between the two Nigeria forces has caused “pandemonium” in the town.

Witnesses said the two forces engaged themselves in a serious gun battle as sounds of both small and heavy weapons are being heard across town with much concentration around the Mai Idris Aloma Polytechnic laying in between the military base and the Geidam Police station.

The spokesman of the 27th Task Force Brigade in Yobe State, Lt. George Okupe and the Police Public Relations Officer ASP Samaila Solomon, who both confirmed the clash said it occurred as a result of little misunderstanding between both parties.

The officers who could not give further details on the misunderstanding said the situation is currently under control.

On the level of casualties and destruction as a result of the gun duel, they said it’s too early to assess the extent of damage but details will be given as they unfold.

This clash between security forces is the first since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency in Yobe State.

Geidam is 184 KMs away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital and shares common border with Yunusari Local Government Area bordering the Niger Republic.

Abuja Community Urges FG To Increase Security Surveillance

Police Parade, Colonel YinusaResidents of Gbazango Community in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory is asking the Nigerian Police to increase security surveillance in their area.

The residents made the appeal following reports of killings within the area.

The latest death is that of the mother of seven children, Deaconess Eunice Olawale.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that she was killed in the early hours of Saturday, July 9, during her routine morning preaching.

The residents confirmed that a few arrests have been made.

However, the FCT Command of the Nigerian Police is yet to confirm the deaths as well as the arrests made so far.

Deaconess Eunice Olawale was killed few days to her 42nd birthday.

For the past 16 years, she has lived with her husband, Pastor Elisha Olawale and seven children.

Police Recruitment: Over 300,000 Candidates Undergo Physical Screening

Police Recruitment, Physical ScreeningOver 300,000 candidates are participating in the physical screening to join the Nigerian Police Force.

The physical exercise is taking place across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Police is expecting to recruit only 10,000 of them into the force later in the year.

The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr Mike Okiro, told Channels Television in Abuja that over 900,000 people applied to join the force when the recruitment exercise started in April 2016.

He explained that the number was reduced using a computer elimination process, adding that only qualified candidates would make the final selection.

Chibok Girls: BBOG Campaigners March To Presidential Villa

Chibok-Girls-Presidential-VillaThe march in commemoration of the 2-year anniversary of the Chibok girls abduction, which started from the Unity Fountain climaxed as planned at the Presidential Villa.

However, a human barricade formed by men of the Nigerian Police stopped members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ group from gaining access into the villa.

That did not, however, stop the campaigners from continuing with their planned itinerary at the Presidency which ended with a press conference.

They delivered their message to the President right there.

First they asked the President to act fast to rescue the girls, some of which some parents had just identified in recent pictures on CNN.

Other major demand of the group is that government should investigate every case of kidnapping, whether or not it is related to Chibok, set up a missing persons verification bureau as well as a rehabilitation platform for victims of insurgency.

The Chairman of the Chibok community, Tsambido Hosea, also asked for the establishment of a special search and rescue team with a special mandate to locate and rescue the Chibok girls.

He said that members of the community have continued to grieve over the faith of the girls and are asking the federal government to step up efforts to find them.

Meanwhile, the co-convener of the BBOG campaign group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, reassured Nigerians that the movement is apolitical with interests focused on good governance alone.

“Those who have misrepresented our advocacy to mean some politics need to be mindful of the fact that politics has not delivered anything valuable to any of our Chibok girls,” she said.

The campaigners said that 731 days is no joke and is too long a time for young girls to be left at the mercy of insurgents and away from home but they are not giving up until the girls are back and alive.

They insisted that government must act fast on the new information available.

 

One of the parents of the Chibok girls, Esther Yakubu, while berating the Police for denying them access to the Presidential Villa, said tearfully, “It is not our fault. We didn’t beg for it and we didn’t pay the Boko Haram to kidnap our girls. They did it just to fulfill their selfish interest.”