The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate beef-up of security in all the States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
This according to a statement signed on Friday by the spokesperson for the Force Headquarters, Frank Mba is due to the series of protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the immediate beef-up of security in all the States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. This is in the face of series of violent protest and unrest by members of the El-Zazakky group in the FCT,” the statement read in part.
The IGP has however assured citizens that proactive measures including aerial surveillance of major cities have been put in place to ensure the safety and security of lives and property.
Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) nationwide have also been mandated by the IGP to ensure customised security arrangements are put in place in their Area of Responsibilities (AORs) to checkmate the activities of criminals and any possible threat to public peace.
The Police boss also warned that protesters to not breach public peace while going about their demonstrations.
“The IGP has further advised all would-be protesters to ensure they express their grievances within the ambit of the law so as not to infringe on the constitutional rights of other citizens or cause a breach of public peace.”
He, however, enjoins citizens to be wary of circulating unsubstantiated security advisories capable of creating undue fear, panic, and apprehension in the country.
The Ogun State Police Commissioner, Illiyasu Hammed, has warned officers and men of the command against extrajudicial killings as well as human rights abuse in the discharge of their duties.
He handed down the warning in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital at a meeting with Police officers and members of the Police Community Relations Committee.
The Commissioner of Police, while enlisting the support of residents and community leaders in the task of protecting life and property of residents, challenged men and officers to redouble their effort in the coming year.
“I have talked with my men and officers to have a change of orientation on the issues of human rights and dignity of persons.
“Any infraction on the rights of common man will not be tolerated. I am not saying if crime is committed, the right thing should not be done, but we must have respect for the rights of the residents of this state.
“Once you come with clean hands, you get equity. Any law-abiding citizens of this state, as far as I am concerned, is going to be respected in line with section four of the constitution of Nigeria.
“To ensure this, we have to work together with the people. I therefore urge each and every one of you to come along with us and partner with us in terms of protection of life and property through community policing and neighborhood watch.
“When you see something, say something to the appropriate quarters,” he concluded.
The Ogun State Police Command has announced a total ban on the use of banger, firecrackers and knockout, saying that anyone caught would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, handed down the warning in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital, while parading about 35 suspects arrested from various areas across the state for various offenses.
The command also paraded a truck loaded with 297 bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp along Ajuwon/Akute road in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Police Commissioner, it is now a crime to organise illegal procession, use firecrackers, knockout, etc. He said that the sale and use of those items remained banned, just as he asked residents and fun seekers to be moderate and vigilant.
While assuring residents of adequate protection of life and property, the Police boss also canvassed quality information from members of the general public that can lead to the arrest of criminals in their midst.
According to an eyewitness, the protesters, who were agitating for the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, showed no sign of ending the siege which lasted for more than six hours, leaving commuters and motorists stranded.
Mr Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation belonging to an unlawful society which he has pleaded not guilty to.
His trial on Tuesday was stalled due to the absence of the judge.
The new IG, who spoke with State House correspondents on his new status, said that his main task would be the upgrade of the welfare of members of the Nigerian Police Force.
He said motivation is a key to increase productivity and this is a reason he has made it a topmost priority.
The Police Inspector-General also gave an assurance that he would bring crime rate to a lowest minimum through strategies and inputs expected of his men at this time.
Roadblocks Remain Banned
Mr Arase also promised not to renege on his earlier commitment towards ensuring road block free highways in Nigeria.
The IGP had warned during a meeting with Commissioners of Police in Abuja that the command of any jurisdiction where roadblocks are found would be held liable and swiftly dealt with in line with Police rules and regulations.
According to him, a 16-team task force has now been mandated to comply with his directives on the removal of the road blocks which he had earlier referred to as public nuisances and points of corruption.
Mr Arase holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Law, Political Science and Strategic Studies.
He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.
The Police in Lagos has assured residents of their readiness to work in collaboration with other security agencies, to ensure hitch free elections in the state.
The State Deputy Commissioner of Police Operation, Mr. Johnson Kokumo said this while fielding questions from journalists at the Lagos House, Marina.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police also told journalists that the State Police Command and other security agencies have put in place adequate strategies, to ensure a hitch free exercise and adequate peace before, during and after the general elections in the State.
Reacting to the incident that happened in Oshodi two weeks ago, the Police boss said security has since been beefed up in the area with Armored Personnel Carriers stationed in strategic locations, ensuring the incident would never recur.
The Police boss also said, “already security has been beefed up all over the place; if you go there now you will see things for yourself. We have in place Armored Personnel Carriers, we have adequate number of Police Mobile Force units deployed there along with Intelligence officers who are collecting information to ensure that before any evil plans are carried out we would have gotten information; meaning that proactive measures are in place.’’
Present at the event are members of the Security Council; Cammander NNS Beecroft, Olokun Apapa, Navy Commodore Teikum Ikoli, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (Rtd), Commander Airforce Base Ikeja, Air Commodore Lere Osanyintolu, , Commander 9 Mechanized Brigade, Major General Ahmed Mohammed Sabo, Director State Security Service, Mr. Ben Olayi, among others.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Abubakar Mohammed has issued a warning to policemen in the country on their behaviour as officers of the law to uphold the right attitude at all times or get booted out of the force just as the officer that was dismissed for asking a motorist for bribe.
The police boss highlighted that the sacking of the officer is serving as a warning to others, and that the search light has been beamed on them to be of good behaviour or face the consequences.
While on a Sallah visit to the president at the villa, the police boss asserted that he will not run a corrupt police service insisting that he will charge the officer to court if the man who made the report on YouTube comes with more evidence against the sacked police officer.
According to him, what is happening in the police force now is a revolution that will not stop until the force witnesses a turnaround for good.
Meanwhile, the police boss has asked Nigerians not to entertain any fear but go about their legitimate businesses as adequate measures have been put in place to ensure their security of lives and properties during the festivity period.
Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba who made this known to Channels Television in a chat, added that the IGP has ordered all zonal commands to ensure that every nook and cranny around the nation are properly and adequately secured.
According to Mr Mba, security reports from across the country indicate that celebration has so far been hitch free and the security agencies are hopeful that it will remain the same throughout the holidays.
The Lagos State Security Council on Wednesday met with the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umaru Manko, stating that the State has not deported anyone, but had merely taken back home destitutes who have been reformed following their request to be taken home and resettled.
Mr Manko, who fielded questions from State House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Ikeja after the meeting chaired by Governor Babatunde Fashola explained that no such thing as deportation took place in the State.
“There was no deportation per se. What happened was rehabilitation and resettlement of people from other parts of the country who came to Lagos and turned into destitutes, and revived, reformed and indicated their interest to go back home and they were taken back to their homes to be resettled. That was what happened and there was no deportation at all”, he said.
The Police Commissioner also said the Council has directed security officers to start enforcing the law that makes pushing trucks or wheel barrows on expressways an offence from today, adding that officers are going to be mandated to start arresting offenders.
He explained that under the Lagos Traffic laws, it constitutes an offence for people to push trucks or carts on the public highways and bridges, adding that such people should keep off the roads with carts and wheel barrows.
Mr Manko also spoke on the general security in the state extensively and re-assured Lagosians that the security situation in the state is perfect and that security operatives are on top of their jobs.