IGP Promotes 21,039 Junior Police Officers

IGP Usman Alkali Baba

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the promotion of 21,039 junior police officers who were last promoted on or before 2017.

The promotion which comprised the elevation of 20,572 Sergeants to the next rank of Inspector, 324 Corporals to Sergeants, and 143 Constables to the rank of Corporal, is part of the ongoing efforts aimed at improving welfare, conditions of service, boosting the morale of personnel, with a view to repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.

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The IGP noted that the promotion of the officers is part of the manpower development drive of his administration to ensure that deserving personnel are promoted accordingly, to encourage hard work, and further embed the culture of merit, excellence, and dedication to duties.

Alkali Baba equally assured senior police officers that the Force high command is liaising with the Police Service Commission on the release of their promotion, which is expected to be approved and released as soon as possible.

While commending the newly promoted officers for their resilience and invaluable commitment to duties, he charged them to see their promotion as a call for renewed zeal, vigour, patriotism to duty, and further re-dedication to professional policing standards.

The IGP reiterated the commitment of his administration to entrenching longstanding reforms in the Nigeria Police Force.

Gunmen Kill Three Police Officers In Enugu

A photo collage of the map of Enugu State and the police patrol vehicle burnt by the gunmen.

 

At least three police officers have been killed in Enugu.

The attack was carried out on Wednesday night while the police officers were on duty along Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South Local Government Area and Amagunze in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state.

The attackers also burnt the police patrol vehicle.

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Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson in the state Daniel Ndukwe said preliminary investigations have commenced and further development will be communicated.

 

Ex-IGP Condemns Excessive Attachment Of Police Officers To VIPs

A file photo of policemen.

 

The former Inspector General of Police, Aliyu Ibrahim Atta has strongly condemned the attachment of police officers to top political office holders and legislators in the country.

The eight indigenous IGP said this on Monday at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) community policing sensitisation campaign in Abuja.

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He complained that the practice has over time depleted the number of mobile policemen officially on national duty, effectively prolonging the security crisis in the country.

Atta suggested that the reintroduction of the concept of community policing, if well managed would boost synergy between the police and communities, intelligence gathering, and afford sanity within the system.

Bayelsa Bye-Election: Six Police Officers Drown In Southern Ijaw River

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY: File photo of security agents during preparation for an election.

 

Six personnel of the Nigeria Police Force have been confirmed dead after a boat accident in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State

The police officers were on their way to Southern Ijaw Local Government Area for the bye-elections before the unfortunate incident.

The incident occurred on the eve of the Saturday Senatorial Bye-election holding in two senatorial zones of the state.

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The Bayelsa State Police Command, Spokesperson, Asinim Butswat on Sunday confirmed to Channels Television that the bodies of the six officers have been recovered.

11 policemen were on board the boat that capsized.

Bye-elections are currently holding in 11 states across the country, covering six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.

While Lagos and Cross River are the only states where both senatorial and state assembly elections are being conducted, the other nine states are either holding senatorial or assembly elections.

INEC had postponed the elections earlier scheduled for October 31, following the #EndSARS protests and other security and environmental challenges.

Officers Sacked In US After Black Man Dies As Policeman Kneels On Neck

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 26: Police dressed in tactical gear attempt to disperse crowds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Station on May 26, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after a video taken by a bystander was posted on social media showing Floyd’s neck being pinned to the ground by an officer as he repeatedly said, “I cant breathe”. Floyd was later pronounced dead while in police custody after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP.

 

Four police officers in Minneapolis were sacked Tuesday as a video showing one of them kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man who later died sparked street protests in the midwestern US city.

Protesters, many wearing face masks because of the coronavirus outbreak, held signs saying “Justice for George Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter” during a rally near the scene of Monday’s death in custody.

In the video filmed by a bystander, a shirtless Floyd — thought to be in his 40s — is pinned on the ground by a white officer who kneels on his neck for more than five minutes.

“Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe… Mama. Mama,” Floyd pleaded.

Floyd slowly grew silent and motionless, unable to move even as the officers taunted him to “get up and get in the car.”

He was taken to hospital where he was later declared dead.

After firing the four officers involved, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey expressed outrage as calls rose for them to be prosecuted for murder.

“What I saw was wrong at every level,” he said of the video.

“For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man,” Frey added.

“Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said he had been retained by Floyd’s family.

In a statement, Crump said Floyd had been stopped by police over a forgery accusation, a charge often used for writing bad checks or using fake banknotes for purchases.

“This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning on a non-violent charge,” he said.

Floyd’s death recalled the 2014 choking death of New Yorker Eric Garner by police, who was being detained for illegally selling cigarettes.

– ‘Pure evil’ –

His death helped spark the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he had passed the case to the FBI for investigation, which could turn it into a federal rights violation case.

But there were mounting calls for the officers’ arrest on homicide charges.

“This is pure evil,” tweeted Nekima Levy Armstrong, an African-American Minneapolis civil rights attorney.

“Those same officers need to be charged and convicted of murder.”

Bernice King, daughter of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, tweeted a composite image showing a screenshot of the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck next to a photo of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the US national anthem in protest over police brutality and social injustice.

“If you’re unbothered or mildly bothered by the 1st knee, but outraged by the 2nd, then, in my father’s words, you’re “more devoted to order than to justice”,” King tweeted.

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Floyd’s death came as a video showing a white woman calling the police about a black birdwatcher in New York’s Central Park also went viral.

The woman was later fired from her job after her actions were condemned as racist.

It also followed two other deaths of African-Americans that involved police wrongdoing.

On March 13 in Louisville, three white Kentucky policemen forced their way into the home of a black woman, Breonna Taylor, and shot her in a drug investigation.

And police and prosecutors in Brunswick, Georgia allegedly covered up the killing of a young black jogger by the son of a retired investigator for local law enforcement.

The police allegedly withheld for two months a video showing Ahmaud Arbery, 25, being followed and then shot with a shotgun in broad daylight.

The families of Arbery and Taylor are also being represented by Crump.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the Minneapolis case showed that US police continue to use harsh treatment against African-Americans accused of minor charges.

“This tragic video shows how little meaningful change has emerged to prevent police from taking the lives of black people,” said ACLU policing specialist Paige Fernandez.

“Even in places like Minneapolis, where chokeholds are technically banned, black people are targeted by the police for low-level offenses and are subjected to unreasonable, unnecessary violence.”

AFP

17 Police Officers Die Of COVID-19 In Peru

Workers behind the crematorium chamber of the Campo Santo cemetery in the northern city of Piura, Peru, spray disinfectant on each other, after handling coffins of Covid-19 victims on April 15, 2020. Sebastian ENRIQUEZ / AFP.

 

Seventeen police officers in Peru have died after contracting novel coronavirus while enforcing the nation’s pandemic lockdown, officials and state media said.

Authorities admitted earlier this week that at least 1,300 officers had been infected by COVID-19.

On Saturday new interior minister Gaston Rodriguez, who was sworn in a day earlier after the sudden resignation of his predecessor when the infections tally emerged, said: “We have 17 deceased police officers nationwide, 11 of them in Lima.”

The high number is linked to “the exposure that police officers have when intervening with people who violate the measures issued to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” state news agency Andina said Saturday.

Peru has been on lockdown since March 16.

Rodriguez said his department had allocated 50 million soles ($15 million) “for the purchase of protection elements such as masks and gloves” for Peru’s police.

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He added that roughly 220,000 COVID-19 tests for the force were due to arrive by the first week of May.

“We have an obligation to take care of them,” said Rodriguez. “The police must be well equipped.”

Peru has recorded more than 25,000 infections and 700 deaths so far, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

AFP

One Killed, Four Injured As Angry Mobs Burn Police Vehicle In Jigawa

 

One person is reported to have been killed while four others injured after angry mobs burnt a police vehicle in Malam Madori local Government of Jigawa state. 

A police patrol vehicle knocked down a schoolgirl during a hot chase of a commercial vehicle that refused to stop at a checkpoint on Friday.

The police public relations officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed to Channels Television in a telephone interview, said the incident began when two police officers in a patrol vehicle on a hot chase of a suspected vehicle knocked down a schoolgirl who is said to be on her way home after school hours.

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He added that an angry mob reacted, which led to the four passengers travelling in the suspected vehicle being injured and they went ahead to burn both the patrol vehicle and the suspected car.

SP Jinjiri stated that the two officers have been arrested and are detained for investigation, while the four others that were injured are receiving treatment at the Hadejia general hospital.

However, an eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television in a phone interview said two schoolgirls were knocked down by the police patrol vehicle after a commercial driver refuses to stop at a police checkpoint.

He added that angry residents in reaction now attacked the police officers and burnt their vehicles.

Police Officers Sentenced To Life For Killing 42 Muslims

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An Indian court Wednesday sentenced 16 police officers to life imprisonment for rounding up and massacring dozens of unarmed Muslims during historic riots in the country’s north decades ago.

The officers were found guilty of shooting 42 men and tossing their bodies into canals, in one of the bloodiest moments of violent clashes between Muslims and Hindus in 1987.

A lower court had acquitted the officers from a special branch of Uttar Pradesh’s police force in 2015 for a lack of evidence.

But a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court overturned that decision, saying they conducted a “targeted killing of unarmed and defenceless people”.

The court found them guilty of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and the destruction of evidence, the Press Trust of India reported.

Grisly photographs submitted as evidence to the court showed lines of Muslim men kneeling at gunpoint as uniformed police stood guard, rifles at the ready in what came to be known as the “Hashimpura massacre”.

The policemen, all of whom have retired, have been asked to surrender to authorities before November 22.

Uttar Pradesh has a long history of violence between its majority Hindu population and a sizeable Muslim minority.

The Hashimpura massacre was one of the deadliest incidents in a long-running feud over a religious site in Ayodhya considered sacred by Muslims and Hindus.

Months of rioting over the Babri Mosque, where Hindus believe a temple was once built to Lord Ram, left an estimated 350 dead in 1987.

In 1992, the centuries-old mosque was razed by Hindu nationalists, sparking further violence that killed more than 2,000.

The murder of Hindu pilgrims returning by train from Ayodhya in 2002 triggered revenge attacks on Muslims in Gujarat state that left more than 700 dead by government estimates.

Hindu groups have lobbied India’s top court to consider their claim to build a temple on the site, but the case been adjourned until January.

AFP

Families Of Police Officers Lament Demolition Of Their Homes

 

Twenty-one families of serving and retired police officers living at the railway premises, Ebutte Meta, are questioning the rationale behind the eviction from their homes.

The victims during a protest on Thursday said they were forced out without due compensation and adequate arrangement by the railway police authority and the railway management.

They are seeking intervention towards proper relocation.

In an interview with the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Railway Command, Mustapha Dandaura, he said that the affected families are illegal occupants who no longer serve with the railway command.

Police Disperse Protesting Students With Tear Gas

Police officers on Monday dispersed protesting students of the College of Education Ilorin, Kwara State with tear gas.

The students were protesting over the non-payment of their lecturers’ salaries, a situation which had denied them the opportunity of commencing their semester examination.

Trouble started on Monday morning when the students converged on their lecture halls for their examinations only for them to meet the classroom empty as the lecturers had opted to boycott the examination.

The aggrieved students then forcefully opened the main gate of the school and started a protest to the Government House in Ilorin, the state capital.

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The protest was, however, cut short along unity road, some meters away from government house as policemen dispersed them with tear gas forcing the students and passersby to scamper for safety.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ayaji Okasanmi, told Channels Television that the students were dispersed because they ‘became uncontrollable and damaged some properties’.

“They are fighting for their teachers, as far as we are concerned, the teachers are capable of fighting for themselves. This morning, the students came out, not only that, they started disturbing and destroying properties of innocent persons. They became uncontrollable.

“When we discovered they had damaged so many vehicles, we had to forcefully disperse them. We also didn’t want hoodlums to hijack the protest,” Okasanmi told Channels Television.

 

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Again, Police Storm Benue Assembly

Police officers on a road leading to the Benue State House of Assembly.

 

Police officers have again stormed the Benue State House of Assembly blocking roads leading to the complex.

The heavily armed officers are seen at the entrance of the House of Assembly, while others blocked the road from the popular Benue Hotel gate.

Some lawmakers were denied entry into the legislative chamber for plenary while six others were allowed entry.

The lawmakers denied entry are the 22 lawmakers who impeached the former Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange.

The officers also dispersed protesting youths with teargas.

The protesting youths are aggrieved over an alleged plot by some lawmakers to begin impeachment proceedings against Governor Samuel Ortom.

Efforts to reach the Commissioner of Police in the state, Besan Gwana, proved abortive as call put through his mobile phone were not answered.

This is the second time police officers will storm the Benue Assembly complex within two weeks.

On Friday, July 27 police officers barred 22 lawmakers who impeached Ikyange as Speaker of the Assembly from gaining access to the legislative chamber for plenary.

Gunmen Kill Seven Police Officers In Abuja

Seven police officers have been killed by gunmen in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The policemen were reportedly gunned down on Monday at Galadimawa Junction, just off the international airport road in Abuja.

The reasons for the attack still remains sketchy.

However, it was gathered that the gunmen who were in a vehicle opened fire on the police officers and zoomed off.

The Police have confirmed that seven police officers were killed by armed robbers in the Galadimawa area of the federal capital territory.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, told journalists at a news conference that the men were killed in the line of duty.

Mr Moshood added that the police have commenced an investigation to identify those behind the attack and arrest them.

The incident has since caused panic among Abuja residents.

This attack occurred less than three months after about four police officers were killed in an ambush in Benue State.