War Against Corruption Attention Seems To Be Vendetta – Olu-Adegboruwa

Ebun-Olu-AdegboruwaA lawyer, Mr Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa, says the war on corruption ongoing in Nigeria seems to be more of vendetta than it is of a desire to prosecute corrupt individuals.

He listed some persons standing trial – Sambo Dasuku and olisa Metuh – who he said had issues with the ruling party or President Muhammadu Buhari in the past, to back his opinion.

On Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Friday, the lawyer stressed that he had no grievance against the war on corruption or the administration of President Buhari, but insisted that the rights of Nigerians must be respected as enshrined in the constitution.

“Goalpost Of Justice”

“There seem to be some vendetta. We must advise the president correctly because we must face national lives.

“I cannot accept that human rights be subsumed under a war for corruption. To say that people will no longer be granted bail in Nigeria because they are facing corruption charges.

“If you look at the country, we are blessed as we are, with the President that we have. Well trained, disciplined, a devout Muslim who fears God and with a Vice President that is a professor of law, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a pastor in the Redeem Christian Church of God who rose to the highest rank of Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and revolutionise the judicial system in Lagos during his tenure.

“We cannot because we have ad-hoc in government we should shift the goalpost of justice,” he stressed.

Mr Olu-Adegboruwa also emphasised that the anti-graft agencies should not be used as a political device to witch-hunt the opponent, saying it will be to the detriment of other existing agencies of law enforcement like the police

He was of the opinion that the Police was the most effective agency to fight corruption because they were more spread across the country.

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is just in Lagos and Abuja.

“Anti-corruption fight seems to be a distraction.

“Corruption is not just on stealing money. It is in abuse of office. It happens on the table of the civil servant, National Assembly and other places.

“If you say you want to fight corruption as a major programme it will be at the detriment of development of infrastructure.

“If that is the only attention you have and that is what is going on now. We don’t hear stories about what we doing to tackle blackouts, tackle the rot in the educational system the judiciary, where we need to declare a state of emergency.

“I have no objection to talking about it or taking steps towards addressing it but if you really want to fight corruption, the gateway to that is the judiciary,” the lawyer said.

On the ability of the anti-graft agencies to prosecute the war on corruption, he said that a look at the agencies handling the fight against corruption showed that there was no serious war going on.

“EFCC operatives that I have met are using their personal computers to conduct investigation.

“Why are the high profile cases collapsing in court? There is no enough manpower to go round all the corruption cases. There is no facility or method of research or investigation to come up with hard facts that will enable you to nail a high profile case.

But when you catch a Yahoo-Yahoo man [scammer] or an ordinary person who has no money or relatives, you take him to the EFCC office and beat him up or hang him and you get a confessional statement from him and the next day he is in court, intimidated and battered, the next week you get a conviction.

“But when it is a high profile case with someone with resources. He goes to court with senior advocates who will tear the charges brought by anti-grant agencies to shreds. The EFCC will reduce the charges until the case will be struck out,” he explained, insisting that the anti-graft agencies should be empowered more.

Deliberately Silencing The Judiciary

The lawyer also stressed the need for the judiciary to be independent, saying that at the moment, the judiciary is still under the control of the executive arm of government.

“The executive is in control of the judiciary in terms of funding and when the Judiciary has no independence as to its funding there is no independence.

“We run a state where the executive is deliberately silencing the judiciary with lack of funding to ensure that all its illegal actions are not properly challenged,” he added.

Police Arrest 43 MASSOB Members In Anambra

massobForty-three persons suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) have been arrested by the State Joint Security Operations and paraded at the Headquarters of Anambra State Police Command in Awka.

The suspects who have been arrested in Nnewi and Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state are said to be on a mission to wreak havoc, but intelligence report filters helped the police.

Twenty-eight of them were arrested at Nnewi where they attacked a Police patrol team while 15 were nabbed at Okpoko, a territory that could be referred to as their stronghold.

Items found on them included MASSOB ID card, tellers used for payment into the group’s account and charms.

Some of the suspects who did not deny their involvement with the group, said they went for thanksgiving to mark the 16th year of existence of MASSOB.

Speaking on the development, the Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor, Chikodi Anara, reiterated the readiness of the state to stamp out any form of criminal activity by any group that would hold the people of the state to ransom.

Though the suspects were arrested, they still maintained that they are a non-violent group that are only committed to the cause of the Igbo nation, maintaining that ‘no matter what happens, Biafra is like a sun that cannot go dim’.

However, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karma, said the Joint Security Operations will stop at nothing to ensure that the state is safe for its citizenry, while surveillance operations aimed at supporting what the state government wants to achieve for the state, in terms of security, will continue.

Pot Belly Police Officers Need To Be Purged – Ubani

Chogozie UbaniA security consultant has stressed the need for police officers in Nigeria to be battle ready, with adequate attention paid to their physic. 

Mr Chogozie Ubani told Channels Television on Monday that the police force had paid less attention to the physical look and fitness of officers, which were vital in performing their duty.

“The police need to do a lot of profiling. A lot of background check of elements within the force. I am convinced that a lot of bad eggs are still within the rank and file.

“We need to work on the physical appearance of the security men.

“Our pot-bellied security men need to be purged. They need to get physically ready for the challenges ahead of them.

“In the early 80s we use to see policemen jogging on the highway, doing 10 to 15 kilometres. Some overhaul is required. Then training is required,” he said.

Post-election Security

Mr Ubani further warned that the police had a lot of work to do to ensure that post-election security challenges would not arise.

According to him, thugs that may have been armed by desperate politicians would pose huge security challenge in months to come.

He urged the police to increase surveillance and introduce a system that would pay persons for information they give the police.

The security consultant also expressed worries that Defence Industries Corporation Of Nigeria produces salt instead of military equipment.

“I wrote an article and sent to some authorities that the Defence Industries Corporation Of Nigeria producing salt is belittling. It is a defence industry and we cannot be talking about importation of boots, helmets and some enemies of the country frustrating us from getting equipment,” he said.

On the current security situation in the north-east, he said that if adequate information about the sponsors of the Boko Haram could be obtained it would be possible to say if they were running out of arms.

He was confident that the Boko Haram was retreating, but warned that their retreat should not be misunderstood for lack of arms.

Reps Divided Over Motion To Check Mbu

Joseph_MbuLawmakers in the House of Representatives were divided along party lines on Tuesday, after a member of the House raised a motion, requesting that the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in Lagos, Mr Joseph Mbu, be relieved of any role in the conduct of the 2015 general elections

Aliyu Madaki’s motion entitled, ‘Violation of the constitution and Disrespect for the Rule of Law by Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Mbu Joseph Mbu’, was hinged on the utterances and actions of Mbu, which he said contravened the constitution and provisions of the Electoral Act.

Mbu was earlier reported to have said that “if any violent group attacks a law-abiding citizen in a bid to cause injury or cause harm, the police should repel and save that law-abiding citizen because we have the powers to do so. “If hoodlums or touts decide to be lawless, carrying knives and illegal firearms and shooting at my policemen; if they shoot at my policemen and they are a hundred or 200, my policemen will not be looking at them. They will reply in self-defence”.

Seeking the police high command’s disciplinary actions against Mbu for giving “such an unconstitutional order”, Mr Madaki said: “The house notes with regret the statement by Joseph Mbu, AIG, which was widely reported in national dailies and which amounted to a violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

“Aware that the constitution guarantees immunity to state‎ governors and their deputies and therefore, no authority or person, including courts of law, has the right not to accord governors such privileges.

“Mbu allegedly directed all officers and men in his command to disregard any immunity being enjoyed by any governor, which action amounted to a violation of the constitution.

“The house is concerned about the statement allegedly made by Mbu that if one police officer is killed during the 2015 elections, between 20 to 100 citizens would be killed in return.”

Mr Madaki’s motion did not go down well with some members of the House who countered the motion.

Mr Linus Okorie challenged the motion on the grounds that‎ Mbu was unavailable to defend himself.

He had not finished his statement when another member of the House heckled him in disagreement with his opinion.

Exchange of words ensued, forcing the House members into a shouting bout.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha‎, who presided over the sitting, tried to calm the situation by moving for a voice vote on the matter. But the voice votes were not clearly defined.

He subsequently dispatched the motion to the House committee on police affairs for investigation.

Police Arrest 13 Year-Old Suspected Female Suicide Bomber

Girl_Suicide_Bomber_In-NigeriaThe Kano State Police Command on Wednesday paraded a 13-year-old girl suspected to be one of the female suicide bombers who attacked the Kwari Textile Market on December 10. That attack left six persons dead.

At a joint press conference by the Police and the State Security Services, the Police Commissioner in Kano State Command, Aderenle Shinaba, told journalists that Zahara’u Adamu was arrested in a hospital in the city after sustaining an injury following the explosion at the market.

An indigene of Yobe State, in north-east Nigeria, Zahara’u said she was recruited by her father and sent to Kano alongside two others who successfully detonated their own devices at the market, while hers failed to explode.

“My father took me to the bush where there is nothing except tanks. They asked if I wanted to go to heaven. When I said yes, they said i had to do suicide bombing and that if i attempt to run, they will kill me.

“My father said I should first go to heaven and he would join me later. I was so disturbed and decided to do what they asked me to do. It even went to the extent that they told us that if we refuse to take part in that operation they would kill us or they would bury us alive,” she said

The suspected suicide bomber further confirmed that she was not one of the girls that were abducted from a school in Chibok by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram, in April.

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An explosive strap found with the girl. Police said she was unable to detonate it

The commissioner also displayed some of the items recovered from the bomber, which included seven explosives and power source.

He said the police found it necessary to address reporters in order to disabuse the minds of the public on the rumour that the spate of bombings in Kano was being perpetrated by a particular tribe.

“We want to disabuse the minds of the public on some insinuations and unfounded rumour that it is the non-indigenes that carry out such heinous acts. In view of the various attacks in Kano, one can understand that no particular tribe is responsible for that; likewise it has nothing to do with the government,” the Police Commissioner said.

He warned the residents to desist from spreading rumour as the command would not allow people to take laws into their hands.

Shinaba, who called for continuous support and cooperation of the public, assured Nigerians that the police would also continue to treat any information given to its personnel with utmost confidentiality.

Nigeria Police Chief Tells Officials To Uphold Human Rights

Suleiman Abba.Police officials in Nigeria have been asked to ensure that the rights of Nigerians and all residents are upheld and sustained.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba, gave the command in Commemoration of the International Human Rights Day 2014 and as further proof of his commitment to respecting the rights of Nigerians.

The police chief further stated that a poignant example of his administration’s commitment to upholding Human Rights was the recent launch of the Nigeria Police Force Human Rights Practice Manual.

The document was produced with support from Altus Global Alliance, Department of Foreign International Development (DFID), Cleen Foundation, Justice for All Nigeria (J4A) and theEmbassy of Switzerland, Abuja.

A statement by the spokesman for the police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the Human Rights Practice Manual was a legacy of IGP Abba-led Police Management Team and the Force’s unflinching resolve to expose all personnel of the Nigeria Police Force to practical and theoretical aspects of Human Rights based approaches to policing in conformity with global best practices.

After the launch of the Human Rights Manual a Human Rights Desk was created to be manned by officers in all the formations of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Desk Officers are tasked with ensuring that rights of suspects are protected and cared for.

The IGP further emphasised his commitment to walking the talk in observance of the Human Rights of all Nigerians irrespective of class, creed and tongue.

A rights group, Amnesty International had accused the Nigerian police of extra judicial killings and series of Human rights abuses.

Although the police dismissed the claims, it claims that the reforms it is putting in place will help address the issues of Human Rights abuses.

The reforms are in line with this year’s Human Rights Day slogan, “Human Rights 365”, which states that every day is a Human Rights Day and they are aimed at upholding the fundamental proposition in the Human Rights Declaration that all humans, everywhere at all times are entitled to the full range of Human Rights.

The Police High Command further expressed its commitment to protecting Human Rights and to doing all that is humanly possible within the confines of established constitutional means, to ensure that the rights remained inviolable as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and in conformity with the ECOWAS, AU and the United Nations Declarations on Human Rights.

Ekiti Election Security Template Would Be Replicated In Osun – Police IG

Mohammed-Abubakar2The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has said that the template established in the conduct of Ekiti election would be used in Osun and other future elections.

He told reporters in Abuja on Sunday that the era of election rigging, snatching of ballot boxes and thuggery was gone. “People should start thinking about campaigning and winning in a free and fair election.

“We were in Ekiti to showcase that it is possible for Nigerian security agencies to conduct a peaceful, free, fair and credible election in Nigeria. It should be taken as a test case and we will do everything possible to improve on it,” he said.

The police has been commended for its  effort in ensuring that the election was peaceful and the election has been described as one of the most credible elections conducted in Nigeria in recent time.

Reviewing the role of the Nigeria police force, the force public relations officer, Mr Frank Mba, also said that the deployment of security officials was customised to Ekiti State to prevent violent acts that may lead to bloodshed and that the residents cooperated with the security agencies.

He denied claims of the selected arrest of some members of the All Progressives Congress, saying the police and other security agencies acted professionally in a non-partisan manner to ensure the conduct of a free and fair and credible election devoid of violence.

Britain Partners With Nigeria Police In Tackling Crime

Police IG 2The British government has pledged its full assistance and mutual collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force in tackling the crimes of terrorism, kidnapping, piracy and other related crimes

The partnership is the contribution of the British government in ongoing efforts at addressing the current security challenges in Nigeria.

The pledge was made on Wednesday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja during a meeting between the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Abubakar and the British High Commissioner, Dr Andrew Pocock.

At the end of the meeting, the High Commissioner said the British Government would assist the Nigeria Police in the areas of capacity building especially as it relates to acquiring requisite skills in general investigation, scene of crime management, counter-terrorism, bomb diffusion/disposal and tracking of kidnappers.

The IGP thanked the British government for its age-long support for the Nigeria Police and pledged the commitment of the Force to mutual sharing of intelligence that would be of benefit to both countries in areas of security and law enforcement.

He further promised that the Nigeria Police would continue to provide necessary support and relevant background information that would help in tackling the challenges of identity theft, visa fraud and other forms of criminalities in both countries.

The IGP, who described the relationship between the Nigeria Police and its British counterparts as a “mutually rewarding one”, promised that both countries would work hard to preserve and promote the long-standing partnership.