Oodua Republic Agitation: Police Warn Organizers Against Holding Rally In Lagos

 

Police in Lagos State says their attention has been drawn to news making the rounds and a press statement signed by one OlayomiKoiki dated 30th June 2021, that some individuals have concluded plans to stage a mega rally, in continuation of the secessionist agenda for the Oodua Republic.

According to police authorities, the rally is expected to take place on the 3rd July 2021, at the Gani Fawehimi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos State.

In addressing the intended march within the light of national security issues, the Lagos State Police Command warned on Thursday that no rally will be allowed, under whatever guise, in any part of the metropolis.

The Command in a communique by the Police Commissioner, CP Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu, apprised the organizers and their followers against staging the planned rally and the need to stay clear of the streets of Lagos.

CP Odunmosu stated that the warning is in the best interest of the State and the general public, adding that anyone caught participating or facilitating the rally will be dealt with within the ambits of the law.

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“Lagos State cannot afford to experience any security lapses, breakdown of law and order and threat to public peace at the moment, considering the negative effects and reoccurring agonies of the October 2020 violent #Endsars crisis that led to massive destruction of public and private facilities while some Police personnel paid the supreme price. This is in addition to many Police Stations, barracks, officers’ personal properties that were set ablaze during this period.

“The Command is still going through those harrowing experiences. The Command will not be cajoled by the so-called organizers that the rally will be peaceful. That was the same slogan adopted by the organizers of the #Endsars protest that was eventually snowballed into crises with attendant massive destruction of lives and properties. The Police will not submit to their antics.

“It would be recalled that on the 12th June 2021 there was a rumored stay-at-home order purported to have been issued by a group that was immediately debunked by Lagos State Police Command. On this note, the Command still reaffirms that on no account will any actual or rumored activities including the said planned mega rally be allowed to lock down the state or hinder normal daily activities of the good people of Lagos State.

“An intelligence report available to the police indicates that some disgruntled elements have perfected plans to infiltrate the ranks of the protesters and cause more mayhem and seize the opportunity to attack and loot properties of law abiding citizens of the state,” the police communique reads in part.

Similarly, the Command said it has gotten to its knowledge that the organizers’ footsoldiers and mobilizers have concluded plans to embark on a procession along the streets of Lagos as part of the programme for the mega rally.

The Police Commissioner stressed that the effect of this, if allowed to come to fruition is better known than imagined on the security, traffic, and economic activities of a cosmopolitan state, like Lagos.

“It has also come to the knowledge of the command that the rally arranged to take place at Gani Fawehimi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos, has been planned by some other yet-to-be-identified groups to simultaneously take place in LekKi Toll Gate, Ikoyi, Iyana-Ipaja, Ikeja, Surulere, Ikorodu, and other areas. This, if allowed could be a fatal ground to anarchy.

“Intelligence also reveals that one Elewe-Omo, a transport Union Leader in Ibadan, Oyo State, has perfected plan to attack the organizers of the rally as a reappraisal attack to the death of one of his Followers allegedly killed by one Sunday Igboho’s group during a similar rally organized in Ibadan, Oyo State sometimes ago.

“The cumulative effect of all these is a threat to law and order in the State,” the Commissioner maintained.

He added that the Command will not fold its hands and allow disgruntled elements to truncate the peace being enjoyed in the state.

The Command appealed to the general public, especially Lagosians to shun the rally while urging parents and guardians to discourage their children and wards from participating in the rally.

Residents were also asked to go about their normal daily activities as the Police Command and other security agencies have put measures in place to provide adequate and water-tight security for all and sundry in the city.

Notorious Three-Man Robbery Gang Nabbed In Rivers

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested the three members of a robbery gang that specializes in robbing unsuspecting persons of their belongings around the Choba/ Obiri Ikwerre axis of the State.

They were nabbed, after successfully robbing one Mr. Simon Ibrahim who was on his way to make a deposit at a bank but was lured by the gang, who were driving in a Mazda car.

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However, luck ran out on them when the victim raised an alarm that alerted the police, and they were immediately arrested and taken to the Choba police station.

Police authorities say further investigations have been initiated and those arrested will be charged to court after all findings have been made.

Police Arrest 84 Notorious Criminal Suspects In Special Operations

A collage of suspects paraded by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

 

Authorities of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) say operatives have arrested a total of 84 notorious criminal suspects within the past month.

In a communique on Wednesday, Police Spokesman, CP Frank Mba noted that the arrests follow the ongoing implementation of a robust security action plan to protect citizens and critical national infrastructure across the country.

“A total of forty-five (45) sophisticated firearms and ammunition including 1-GPMG, 1-LAR rifle, 17-AK47 rifles, 2-Pump Action rifles, 20- locally fabricated firearms, 3-single barrel guns, 9899- live ammunition of different calibres, 80-fake vehicle number plates, 1- Toyota Camry with Reg. No. AA 792 HJA and 1-Toyota Corolla LE with Reg. No. QAP 622 AA, were recovered from the suspects in the operations.

“The suspects were arrested for their involvement in series of violent crimes including terrorism, banditry, kidnap for ransom, possession, and proliferation of illegal weapons, armed robbery, unlawful production of vehicle number plates, etc. While many of the suspects were arrested in follow-up on cases of violent crimes under investigation, many others were arrested after being subdued following a gun duel with the police who took the battle to the doorsteps of the criminals,” the police image-maker stated.

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CP Mba further revealed that notably amongst the cases is the arrest of four (4) members of a notorious criminal gang responsible for carrying out some of the high-profile kidnaps for ransom operations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Bauchi, and the Plateau States.

“The suspects are Umar Abdullahi ‘m’ 40yrs of kali Kura village, Giwa LGA, Kaduna State, Yusuf Tanimu ‘m’ 23yrs of Kurena, Zaria, Kaduna State, Mamuda Suleiman ‘m’ 40yrs of Barkin Ladi, Plateau State and Abubakar Yaro ‘m’ 38yrs from Wase village, Plateau State.”

Investigations revealed that the gang is linked to series of kidnap for ransom crimes including the kidnapping of some senior staff of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, family members of notable political appointees, and business entrepreneurs in Kaduna State and other contiguous State.

A further inquiry suggested that the suspects were at an advanced stage of operationalizing their plans to kidnap a Catholic Bishop in Zaria when they were apprehended.

In addition to their kidnapping enterprise, the gang also supplies arms and ammunition to Bandits at Birnin Gwarri, Kaduna State, Niger, Katsina, and Zamfara States.

“One (1) General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), two (2) AK47 rifles, six thousand, five hundred and nine (6,509) live ammunition were recovered from the syndicate during the operation,” the police communique read in parts.

Mr Mba also disclosed that the police team arrested a 7-man criminal syndicate that specializes in the manufacturing and supplies of locally fabricated AK-47 rifles and ammunition to bandits in forests along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway and Funtua – Kankara expressway in Katsina State.

“The suspects are; Dung Michael ‘m’ 26yrs, Dung James ‘m’ 29yrs, Bulus Iliya ‘m’ 25yrs, Markus Danladi ‘m’ 25yrs, Danjuma Dachu ‘m’ 25yrs all from Jos South and Samaila Abdullahi ‘m’ 45yrs from Toro in Bauchi State, Maek Danladi ‘m’ 30yrs from Chukum, Kaduna State. In a similar vein, one Abubakar Mohammed a.k.a Mallam Buzu from Mali who is a transnational gun-runner was arrested by the Police team in Tsamiya, a border town between the Benin Republic and Nigeria. He was arrested with a GPMG ammunition chain drive with a holding capacity of 1,600 rounds of ammunition.”

In addition, three (3) suspects responsible for the production of fake vehicle number plates including a replica of number plates of government, diplomatic and security agencies were arrested. Investigations revealed that the suspects supply the number plates to criminal elements who use the same to beat security checks during their operations. A total of eighty (80) fake number plates were recovered from the gang.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba,  while affirming that the kinetic and non-kinetic approaches targeted at re-ordering security in the country are already yielding positive results, reassured citizens of the renewed commitment of the Force to the fight against crimes and criminality.

He called for sustained support for the police and the security community as efforts are intensified to enhance public safety, peace, and security.

All the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.

Police Arrest 16 Suspects Linked To Killings Of Security Operatives

 

The Nigeria Police has arrested sixteen suspects including a pastor allegedly involved in series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities in some states, particularly in the south-eastern part of the country.

The Force public relations officer, Mr. Frank Mba in a statement explained that the arrest was made in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force following sustained and intelligence-driven sting operations.

Some of the suspects are Ugochukwu Samuel, Raphael Idang, Cletus Nwachukwu Egole, a pastor with the holy blessed trinity sabbath church, Orlu, Imo state, Michael Uba, a prophet with the association of Jewish faith, and twelve others.

Sophisticated firearms, live ammunition, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), camouflage bullet-proof vests, walkie-talkies, and other incriminating items were recovered.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has restated that the Force will not tolerate any further attack on its personnel or any citizen by any individual or group under any guise whatsoever.

He assured that law enforcement agents have gathered sufficient intelligence on the attackers and are closing up on scores of suspects already implicated in the attacks either directly or indirectly for financing, aiding, and abetting the criminals.

He insists that no murderer will go unpunished.

Police Arrest 7 For Multiple Abductions, Child Pornography

 

Police authorities say they have arrested five (5) persons for their alleged involvement in multiple abductions. 

The spokesman for the police, Mr. Frank Mba in a communique stated that the suspects specialize in the abduction of women and girls, sexually abusing them, and obtaining ransom from their families before their release.

Force public relations officer, CP Mba in his statement confirmed that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the intelligence response team following a massive manhunt for the perpetrators of the recent trend of the abduction of women in some south-south states, especially port Harcourt and its environs.

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According to the force spokesperson, the abductors target female drivers of Porsche cars who are alone, trail them to lonely roads, abduct and take them to their criminal hideouts where they abuse them sexually.

Four AK-47 rifles, a double-barrel shotgun, and a set of military camouflage uniforms suspected to have been illegally acquired were recovered from the suspects.

Mr. Mba said efforts are being intensified to arrest other fleeing gang members and recover more weapons and stolen vehicles used for their operations.

Similarly, operatives of the Nigeria Police Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja have also arrested two kano based suspects, Ibrahim Aminu and Mohammad Umar.

The suspects are said to be members of a trans-border/international child porn syndicate that sexually abuses and takes undue advantage of underaged girls and disseminate video recordings of the illicit sexual act on social media platforms.

#EndSARS: We Are Working With Judicial Panel To Make Ethical Adjustments – Frank Mba

 

Spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, CP Frank Mba, says proceedings at the various judicial panels on restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters are being closely monitored in a bid to make ethical adjustments in the services of the Force.

“We have officers monitoring and involved in the EndSARS hearing/commission sittings across the nation.

“We are documenting events in the panel and there are lessons to be learnt from the before and after acts of the EndSARS rally and coming out with customized solutions to address the issues via deepening the internal process of the Police Force towards community policing,” CP Mba stated on Channels Televisions’ Sunrise Daily.

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Mba who was recently promoted to the rank of Commissioner said Nigerians should lookout for a deepened Police Force process that will include a community approach in the implementation of security across the country.

He said the police are working round the clock to make sure they provide a safe and secure environment for citizens to live in.

The police image-maker who described Nigerian policemen as “miracle workers”, urged the government to resolve all issues around remuneration, logistics, and retirement benefits, noting that with all these fixed, the Force will work better.

Police Withdraw Suit Against Judicial Panels Of Inquiry

 

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has applied to withdraw the suit filed against the judicial panels of inquiry set up to probe allegations of brutality and human rights abuses against the force.

In a notice of discontinuance filed by Mr. Festus Ibude, a police counsel, the Force said it wished to withdraw the suit against all the defendants.

In a suit filed by Mr. O.M Atoyebi, the force had argued that the establishment of panels of inquiry by state governors to investigate its activities was illegal and unconstitutional.

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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”.

#EndSARS: Police Ask Court To Stop Judicial Panels Probes

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun
A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order to stop the judicial panels of inquiry set up by state governors to probe allegations of police brutality and human rights abuses of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other police tactical units.

The NPF, through their lawyer, Mr O. M. Atoyebi, argued in the suit that the state governments lacked the power to constitute the panels to investigate activities of the police force and its officials in the conduct of their statutory duties.

In the suit, the police urged the court to restrain the Attorneys-General of the 36 states of the federation and their various panels of inquiry from going ahead with the probe focussing on police impunity.

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According to the police the state governments’ decision to set up such panels violated the provisions of section 241(1)(2)(a) and Item 45, Part 1, First Schedule to the Constitution and Section 21 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Act.

The Police argued that by virtue of the provisions of 241(1)(2)(a) and Item 45, Part 1, First Schedule to the Nigerian Constitution only the Federal Government had exclusive power to “organise, control and administer the Nigeria Police Force”.

It, therefore, urged the court to declare that “the establishment of a panel of inquiries by the governors of the various states of the federation of Nigeria, to inquire into the activities of the Nigeria Police Force in relation to the discharge of her statutory duties is a gross violation of the provisions of Section 241 (1)(2) (a) and Item 45, Part 1, First schedule, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Section 21 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Act, Cap.T21, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

The NPF said the action of the State Governors “is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”

It asked the court to restrain the defendants from conducting any investigation or setting up panels to probe the affairs of the security agency.

Although the case was listed for December 3, it has been rescheduled for December 18 as the court where the matter was listed did not sit.

The defendants who were sued by the NPF, include the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which set up the Independent Investigative Panel sitting in Abuja, the Attorneys-General of the 36 states, and chairmen of the states’ panels.

COVID-19 Lockdown: Do Not Trample On The Rights Of Citizens – IGP

 

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.

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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.

Elections: Chief Of Naval Staff, IGP, EFCC Boss Visit Army Situation Room [Photos]

 

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.

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Below are more photos from the visit.

General Elections: Nasarawa Police Command To Deploy 4,452 Officers Across State

 

The Nasarawa state police command says it will deploy 4,452 personnel to ensure law and order during the February 16 and March 2 elections.

The state police commissioner CP Bola Longe disclosed this to journalists at the police Head Quarters in Lafia.

According to him, his men will be complimented by personnel from sister security agencies from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS), Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

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He assured the people that the needed security will be provided as his men have been trained on how to discharge their functions.

“We want to assure all the law abiding citizens in the state that,we are ready to provide the much needed security for the conduct of the 2019 general elections”

”Our personnel have been lectured thoroughly and conscientised on what to do, where, when, how, why and what. Consequently, we want to warn all those who may want to foment trouble during these elections not to do so , we have the will,the capacity,the temperament,professionalism and the law behind us to checkmate and decisively deal with any person or group of persons that may want to cause security disequilibrium before, during and after the elections in the state”, he said.

General Election: IGP Orders Water-Tight Security Around INEC Offices

Surrender Illegal Weapons In Your Possession, Acting IGP Warns Nigerians
Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered a comprehensive water-tight and round-the-clock security for all INEC offices and facilities nationwide.

According to a statement by a police spokesman, Frank Mba, the Command Commissioners of Police in the thirty six states of the Federation and FCT have been directed to put in place adequate, functional and purposeful security arrangements aimed at protecting all INEC offices and materials from all forms of crimes and mischief- before, during and after the elections.

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Mba said Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) have also been mandated to monitor compliance level of Commands under their jurisdiction with this directive, and ensure that no breach of security of any kind occurs within and around INEC facilities under their watch. The order takes immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police has assured Nigerians of the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force to deliver on its mandate of providing a safe and enabling environment for the conduct of the general election.

According to Mba’s statement on Sunday, the IGP said the Force remains committed to providing a level playing field for all political actors while remaining professional and apolitical in the discharge of its responsibilities.