As part of its renewed onslaught against criminals in Ogun state, south-west Nigeria, the Ogun State Police Command has arrested about 30 suspected criminals across the state, including a four-man gang of armed bandits which specialise in snatching vehicles in the state and neighboring states.
Parading the suspects at the state headquarters of the Police Force, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Muyiwa Adejobi said the arrest was made possible with useful information from members of the general public.
Among the arrested suspects are 16 suspected cultists and armed robbers.
The items recovered from them included guns, flat screen TV, arms and ammunition, ten vehicles and fabricated master keys being used by the suspects.
The PPRO informed the public that the command would not relent on the latest determination to reduce crime and criminal tendencies to the barest minimum in the state.
The suspects confessed to the crime as a 34-year-old car dealer claimed to buy the cars between 200,000 and 250,000 naira.
The command has however appealed to members of the general public whose car were stolen to approach the command with prove of evidence and claim their vehicles.
The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has donated 14 patrol Hilux vans to a Police task force code named- Operation Skolombo Boys, to help decongest the metropolis of street children denting the tourist image of the state.
The donation is coming few weeks after the governor made a promise upon his assumption into office to strengthen the Police Force by providing them with incentives which will help in getting rid off miscreants and street children off the metropolis.
Making presentations of the vans to the task force Chairman, Gen. Manic Nyiam, at the Governor’s Office in Calabar, the governor averred that, the gesture was to state support towards taking policing to the next level.
Ayade regretted the increased rate of activities of the hoodlums popularly referred to as Skolombo Boys, and assured investors and residents in the state of a total clean up in no distant time.
He urged the task force team to do all within their jurisdiction to flush the children off every nook and cranny of the state capital, restore the dignity of the state security-wise, to residents and those willing to do business in the state.
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has called on Nigerians to support and appreciate the Police Force in order to achieve growth and development in the sector.
He said over the years there has been poor public perception about the force, also members of the public see the police as people who do not respect their rights or violate their rights.
Mr. Arase stated that the reforms going on in the force is to help Nigerians have a better relationship with the police and make them (police) accountable for whatever they do.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily,in Abuja, Mr. Arase said he wants to use his tenure to get rid of things that give the Nigerian Police Force a bad image such as road blocks, unlawful detention, incivility to members of the public.
He explained that once these issues are out of the way, there would be a sensitization to educate officers that the rights of Nigerians should not be abused by keep them in police custody for so long.
Mr. Arase advocated for “Intelligence Policing”, explaining that officers should be well trained in order to assemble evidence before inviting someone for questioning, adding that once the person is invited, the officer must be able to provide evidence and within 48 hours the person should know his/her fate.
The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of zone one in Kano State, Tambari Yabo, has urged the Police officers not no use forceful means to achieve compliance during election.
The AIG said at a two day sensitization workshopthat the shift in election dates would help the Police to re-strategise forces towards successful election in the country.
Mr. Yabo said that the Police was more prepared to ensure a credible election in the country.
The workshop is to sensitize all area commanders in zone one, on what they should do during the election period.
He said that the Police, with reference to their constitutional responsibility, have been making provision to ensure a peaceful election in the country, adding that the adjustment of the election dates creates an opportunity to put finishing touches to preparations for a successful election.
The area of concentration by the Police includes accidental discharge, the use of force by the polling centers.
The AIG noted that the use of firearms by policemen on election duty is absolutely unnecessary unless an officer really needs to. The issue of inappropriate activities aimed at achieving compliance was also considered prohibited by the Police.
He also said that in the last two months, he has been meeting with critical stakeholders, especially the political leaders on the need to conduct themselves in accordance with the law.
A police officer in Kaduna has shot dead a middle aged woman, while trying to disperse some youths that stormed acourt proceeding in order to disrupt in Kafanchan.
According to the Kaduna state police commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, the killing of the woman was not intentional, as the Police officers had gone to a court sitting in the area to disperse some youths who came to disrupt a court proceeding and in the process, a bullet from one of the police officers hit the woman which led to her death.
The commissioner stated further, that the police had gone to the court on the request of the presiding judge.
The police officer that shot the woman has been arrested while normalcy has returned to the area.
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.
A member of a group, The Professionals for Change Dr. Tokunbo Adedeji has advocated the closing down of the police Barracks across Nigeria to curb the rot in the police system.
“If I had my way, I’ll close down all the police barracks throughout the federation, that’s where the rot of the police starts”.
He said he’s had a clarion call over 20 years ago that something needs to be done for Nigeria.
He explained further on our breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, that no matter how much training these men and women receive at the college, they get corrupt by means of residing in the police barracks; losing everything they were trained on and absorbing the ‘Barrack Mentality’.
He said that the barrack mentality segregates the police from the entire society, carving a scenario of ‘Us and Them’ with ‘Us’ being the police and ‘Them’ being the society at large.
He said further that inside the police barracks, a new attitude is imbibed with set of rules and code of conduct.
He advised that the police should be allowed to stay in the society with ordinary citizens so a synergy can be achieved and by that a policeman can know his environment better.
A professor of criminology from the University of Jos, Etannibi Alemika has said that the quality of governance in a country is what determines the quality of police and policing available in a society.
Professor Alemika who has been a member of one of the police reform committee since 2006 said the police cannot be reformed independently without reforming the polity as the security body is derived from the polity
‘The starting point for us should be, we cannot reform the police independent of the polity because the direction for policing is derived from the polity, and the quality of governance determines the quality of policing and police in the society”
The Nigerian Police Force has dismissed a Sergeant identified as Lucky Orji, who was allegedly involved in the gruesome murder of four students of the University of Port-Harcourt, following the confessions of one of the arrested suspects who claimed that a police man was part of the mob.
The sergeant was dismissed for ordering the mob to kill the suspected students.
Mr. Frank Mba, the force Public Relations officer today, revealed to Channels TV on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily, named the dismissed Sergeant as Lucky Orji. He stated that the Nigerian Police Force has carried out their investigations and dismissed the ‘named’ sergeant.
According to Mr Mba, the Sergeant is among the 13 persons to be charged to court on Wednesday.
The dismissed police officer and anothet officer were alleged to have stumbled upon the angry mob beating the students, Mba said.
“The officers were not even sent to the scene, he went on his own, outside the code of conduct and professional ethics of the job” the force PRO added.
“One was professional to ask the mob to stop and the other asked them to continue.”
He said the fact that the police is prepared to prosecute the officer, is a measure of its resolve to put an end to all forms of impunity in the Nigerian Police
The PRO officer said mob attacks is not peculiar to Nigeria, “it’s something we must work together to review. Nigerians must not be quick to heap the blame on the police alone’’.
He insisted that, like every other agencies in the country, the police force is not exempted from persons with questionable characters.
“If you recruit an officer, the person carries the family value around. We need reorientation from the families and to the various worship centres.” “We must look at the content our mass media is dishing out, we have to review all this” Mba said.
The police spokesman noted that the dismissal is part of the internal cleansing in which the police force relieves culpable officers of their duties adding that they will be prosecuted.