Shiite Protests: IGP Orders Police To Beef-Up Security Nationwide

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.

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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.

Ogun Police Boss Warns Against Extrajudicial Killing, Rights Abuse

Ogun Police Boss Warns Against Extrajudicial Killing, Rights AbuseThe 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.

Dismantle Roadblocks, Police Boss Tells State Commissioners

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Road BlocksThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has directed all Commissioners of Police to dismantle roadblocks set up by police officials on highways across Nigeria.

Addressing senior police officers in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Mr Idris also ordered the police commands to stop deploying mobile policemen as personal security details to individuals.

He instructed the commands to ensure visible policing in order to deter criminals.

The Police Boss urged Nigerians to report erring police officials to appropriate authorities, especially those who demand bribes before granting bail to suspects.

Before the commencement of the monthly conference, he had presented cheques worth 192 million Naira to families of police personnel who lost their lives while in service.

The conference, which continued behind closed doors, is also expected to examine strategies for curbing the increasing cases of kidnapping and murder by herdsmen across Nigeria.

FCT Police Command Parades Robbery Suspects

FCT PoliceThe Federal Capital Territory Police Command has paraded a 23-man gang of armed robbery and car snatching syndicate in Abuja.

The FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Alkali Usman told journalists in Abuja that the Police arrested some of the suspects at the points of trying to sell of the stolen cars.

According to him, the Police recovered seven cars from the suspects, besides arms and ammunition.

The Police boss has also warned Islamic faithful to be security conscious as they go for prayers on Tuesday.

He advised that they avoid carrying bags to the prayer grounds for security reasons.

Ogun Police Parade 35 Suspects, Impound 297 Bags Of Cannabis

PoliceThe 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.

Normalcy Returns To Anambra As Pro-Biafra Protesters Leave Scene

Biafra-protestersThe pro-Biafra protesters who blocked the Onitsha end of the Niger Bridge in Anambra State have left the scene.

According to our reporter, some level of normalcy is returning as the road is now open.

The protesters numbering over 100 took over the entire road for over ten hours forcing travellers and motorists to remain on one spot.

According to an eyewitness, the protesters who were agitating for the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, have shown no sign of ending the siege.

Earlier on Tuesday, some pro-Biafra protesters, seeking the actualisation of the nation of Biafra, blocked the Onitsha-Owerri expressway in eastern Nigeria, truncating business activities in one of the nation’s major commercial cities, Onitsha.

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.

Police IG Explains Reasons For Removal Of Checkpoints

IGPThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, says he ordered the removal of police checkpoints on the highways upon assuming office to reduce bribery and corruption.

Mr Arase gave this explanation during one of his routine visits to commands during which he holds security briefs with the commissioners.

The Police boss on his visit to the FCT Police Command, said that such roadblocks encouraged corruption among some of his officers who collect bribes from commuters on the highway.

The IGP said that such act only reduced officers of the Police Force to mere beggars and had also brought the image of the force to disrepute in the past.

Mr Arase then emphasized the need for officers to carry out their duties professionally.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, however, appealed to the IGP to create more commands within the FCT.

According to him, the current population of the capital city has overstretched the FCT Police Command.

The IGP has made similar visits to Lagos, Anambra, and Plateau States recently to hold the same meeting with their commissioners.

Police Council Confirms Arase As IGP

AraseThe Nigeria Police Council has confirmed Solomon Arase as the substantive Inspector-General of Police.

Arase was appointed ‎by President Goodluck Jonathan after removing the former Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba summarily in April 2015.

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.

Jonathan Sacks Police Inspector General Suleiman Abba, Appoints Solomon Arase

Suleiman Abba Police Inspector GeneralPresident Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Nigeria, Suleiman Abba and appointed Solomon Arase, as the Acting IGP.

Mr Arase was a Deputy Inspector General of Police and his appointment takes immediate effect.

Mr Abba was the 17th indigenous Inspector General of Police appointed and the move is due to the statutory retirement of after 35 years in service.

He was appointed Inspector-General of Police on August 1 and his appointment was also immediate.

Mr Arase holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Law Political Science and Strategic Studies.

He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.

Police Assure Residents Of Peace During Elections In Lagos  

policeThe 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.


Be Of Good Behaviour Or Get Fired, IGP Warns Officers

 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.

Reformed Destitutes Requested To Be Taken Home Not Deported– LASG

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.