10 Arrested Over Attacks On Security Operatives, Police Stations In Akwa Ibom

A file photo of a police station attacked by hoodlums on May 9, 2021.

 

Ten persons have been arrested in connection with the recent killing of security operatives and attacks on police facilities in Akwa Ibom State, authorities have said.

The arrests were made during a series of raids on locations of criminal elements by the Joint Task Force (JTF) comprising operatives of the Nigerian Army, the Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

In a statement on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Andrew Amiengheme, noted that the security operatives recovered several items, including vehicles, arms, ammunition, as well as some cash from the suspects.

”It would be recalled that in the recent past, there had been series of senseless and unprovoked attacks on security agencies and formations, especially the police, leading to wanton loss of lives and property.

”This unacceptable trend of events necessitated the formation of a Joint Task Force (JTF), comprising the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police Force, the DSS, and NSCDC. The operations of the Joint Task Force (JTF) have yielded a lot of successes with more still being done,” said the police commissioner.

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He added, ”Following coordinated raids on the locations of criminal elements at Ntak Ikot Akpan, Abama and Ikot Akpan in Essien Udim, as well as Obot Akara and Ikot Ekpene Local Government Areas by the Joint Task Force, a total of 10 suspects who are directly linked to the killings of security personnel and destruction of properties were arrested.”

Amiengheme urged the owners of the recovered vehicles to go to the 6 Battalion, Nigerian Army in the Ibagwa area with proof of ownership for identification and collection, or contact the Police Headquarter in Uyo, the state capital.

He commended the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for the success and assured them that the police would continue to work with them to secure the state.

The police commissioner appealed to the people to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation and not relent in being vigilant.

He asked them to provide timely information to the police and other security agencies in their efforts to ensure the safety of residents and their properties.

Imo Governor Receives IGP, Vows To Rebuild All Destroyed Police Stations

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma receives Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has promised to rebuild and rehabilitate all police stations burnt in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest in the state.

Uzodinma made the promise on Thursday during the Security Summit held in Owerri, the state capital.

While condemning the carnage and destruction occasioned by hoodlums hiding under the #EndSARS protest, he said every Nigerian has the right to protest but when it protracts and graduates to disturbance of public peace and chaos is will not be allowed.

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The governor stressed the need for a secured state by the support of the police. He promised that his government will continue to support all security agencies in the state and will rebuild all police station burnt and destroyed in the violence.

The event was attended by the Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who is in the state to assess the level of damage to police formations and other properties.

The IGP visited major places in Owerri and was accompanied by AIG Ibrahim Lamorde; AIG Zone 9 Baba Tijani; Imo State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede; Former IGP Mike Okiro and Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba.

The Police Boss also met traditional rulers and other stakeholders. He stressed the need to embrace community policing noting that this is the best strategy to combat crime in the country.

The IGP in his address called on the traditional rulers and stakeholders to partner with the police force and assured that in a few weeks’ time, youths will be recruited into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

IGP Visits Edo State On Assessment Of Destroyed Properties

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday visited Edo State to assess the level of damage done to police stations and other properties in the state.

IGP Adamu who was accompanied by the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, and other top officials visited officers on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) after sustaining injuries in attacks carried out by hoodlums in the wake of #EndSARS protests.

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They also visited Ivbiotor and Ugbekun Police Station both located in Benin city, the state capital, and the Nigeria Correctional Service Custodial Center in Sapele Road, Benin City.

Photo collage of some of the police stations destroyed in the attacks.

The IGP is currently on a tour of police formations destroyed during the recent attack on some stations in different parts of the country.

The Police Boss was in Lagos State on Tuesday and he condemned the action of the hoodlums who wreaked havoc by destroying both public and private properties.

Adamu said the scale of the destruction witnessed in Lagos and around the country called for the need to adopt standard protocols for public protests.

IGP debunks report on rise in robbery


The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Mohammed Abubakar has decried the claim by a non -governmental foundation that robbery in the country has increased by sixty percent.

Speaking at a meeting with government agencies and non-governmental agencies in the justice sector the police boss noted that such assumptions cannot be made without an input and cross checking with the police authorities.

He added that such publications give the country a bad name and has a negative effect on the economy while also portraying the police as not carrying out its mandate.

A non-governmental organisation, CLEEN Foundation had on Tuesday, alleged in a survey on the performance of the Police Force, that robbery was on the increase in the country.

The survey also revealed that the law enforcement officers are the bribe-taking public officials in Nigeria.

A break down of public officials that demanded for bribes in the report, which was presented by the Head of Foundation, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, showed that Police officers came tops at a staggering 70 per cent.

“Among public officials who demand for bribes, the police (70 per cent), immigration (66 per cent), custom (65 per cent), prison officials (52 per cent) and road safety officials (51 per cent) were the highest” the report said.

When compared to robbery incidents that occured in the country in 2011, the survey, which was carried out nationwide between April and May 2012, indicated that Edo State recorded the highest of robberies in the country.

The IGP also noted that the removal of road blocks on roads across the country was a huge success, adding that, until now, the road locks had given the police force a bad name.

He further revealed that the attention will now be shifted to the various the development of all police stations and cells with a view to check corruption and indiscipline. This he claims will make the Nigerian Police Force, a force to reckon with.

The agencies at the meeting included the Presidential Committee against torture, the National Human Rights Commission, CLEEN foundation and the Nigerian Bar Association.