Recruitment Exercise: Akwa Ibom Police To Commence Computer-Based Test

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

As part of activities to conclude the 2020 recruitment exercise for 10,000 general duty police constables into the Nigeria Police Force, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has announced a schedule for a computer-based test for successful candidates.

The Computer Based Test (CBT) which will be conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is slated for the 29th and 30th of October, 2021 at the Gestric Infotech and Management Institute, from 10:00 am.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police command, SP Odiko MacDon on Tuesday.

The statement further noted that all candidates are required to appear in clean white T-shirt, white shorts, and white canvas, warning that electronic gadgets are not allowed during the exam.

“All candidates are required to appear in clean white T-shirt, white shorts, and white canvas. Electronic gadgets are not allowed during the exam.

“The Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State Command, CP Amiengheme Andrew, Psc (+), fdc has called on candidates to conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the exercise, while warning those who have no business with the said examination to keep off the venue or have the law to contend with,” the statement read.

Tordue Salem: We Have Traced His Last Contact, Conversation – Police

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba briefing journalists on Monday.

 

The Police have revealed the progress made in their investigation into the disappearance of Tordue Salem, a journalist with Vanguard Newspapers.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba who spoke on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Alkali explained that they have traced the person Salem had contact with last and the last phone conversation before his disappearance.

Mba explained this on Monday when members of NUJ, FCT Council marched to force headquarters in Abuja to express displeasure with the silence of the police on the matter.

“As I speak to you, we have made significant process with the investigation. We were able to trace when he left the National Assembly. We were able to interact with a young lady who spent time with him that night.

“We have the recordings of the last call he made. Also, we were able to speak with six different persons he spoke to that night.

“There are a lot of efforts behind the scene taking place,” he explained.

Mba said the police are very interested in the case and efforts are going on ‘behind the scene.’

He added that the IGP has given a firm instruction that no human or material resource should be spared in the effort at locating and understanding the rationale behind Salem’s disappearance.

While explaining why the police have kept quiet on their investigation, Mba said the silence was deliberate.

He added that he is glad “that the Chairman of NUJ, FCT Council, understood the significance of confidential briefing and because of that request, I would rather do more of confidential briefing.

“The Police intentionally kept quiet on this case. In investigations, it is called ‘Tactical Silence.

“We deliberately kept quiet because when you are working on a sensitive case you want to get to a comfortable altitude before you begin to brief the public.”

The chairman of the Abuja chapter of the NUJ, Emmanuel Ogbeche, while handing over a petition for onward delivery to the IGP, said the incident is of concern to journalists and urged the police to do everything possible to rescue Salem alive.

Officer Shot As Gunmen Attack Ebonyi Police Station Again

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

A policeman has been shot after gunmen attacked the Unwana Divisional Headquarters in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The gunmen numbering about 35 and suspected to be members of proscribed IPOB/ESN, were said to have attacked the station around 03:00 am on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Command, Abakaliki, Dsp. Odah Loveth Obianuju, confirmed this in a statement later on Sunday, saying the armed men were “shooting sporadically at the policemen on duty, who immediately repelled the attackers, in the gun battle that ensued”.

According to Dsp Obianuju, one of the hoodlums was killed in the process, while two AK47 rifles/other incriminating items were recovered as others escaped with bullet injuries.

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“Regrettably, one Police Inspector attached to the Division was fatally wounded,” he said, adding that the Police Facility/Operational vehicles are intact.

Dsp Obianuju further stated that investigations revealed that the deceased suspect had been on the police wanted list for various attacks on police stations.

He also noted that one of the recovered AK-47 rifles has been identified to be the rifle stolen from Ohaukwu Police Division early this month.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba (Psc) has embarked on an on-the-spot assessment of the Division and has also ordered a manhunt of the fleeing hoodlums.

The CP also appealed to law-abiding citizens of the state to promptly volunteer useful information to unravel the true identity of the fleeing gang members.

This attack comes just days after one police officer was killed and two patrol vehicles were burnt following an attack on the Ohauku Divisional Headquarters in the state.

Police Arrest Three Suspected Kidnappers In Kogi, Recover Charms

A file photo of policemen.

 

Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested three suspected kidnappers belonging to a gang of kidnappers terrorising motorists on the Itobe-Anyigba highway area of Kogi State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ovye Ayan, who disclosed this in Lokoja via a statement, said the suspects were arrested by operatives attached to Itobe Division in Ajaokuta Area Command.

The suspects, Danlami Shauibu, Kabiru Amodu and Adejoh Tijani, the police spokesman said, were responsible for a series of kidnappings and are all of Adumu village in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.

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According to Ayan, the operation was conducted to curb criminal activities especially the high volume of kidnappings in Itobe and its environs particularly, the Itobe-Anyigba highway.

Shauibu and Amodu were initially arrested on October 16, by a police team, following an intelligence-led operation.

This is even as he revealed that during preliminary investigations, one of the suspects gave useful information that led to the arrest of the third suspect, Adejoh Tijani of the same address on October 22, at about 8:30 a.m.

Items recovered on them include one cut to size single barrel gun, a locally made pistol, POS machine, one battle axe, a face mask, five live cartridges and assorted charms.

While efforts were being made to arrest other members of the gang, the police authorities said the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.

Gunmen Attack Police Station With ‘Petrol Bombs’ In Imo

(FILE) The crest of the Nigeria Police Force is seen on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

A group of armed men on Thursday attacked a police station with petrol bombs in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Michael Abattam, who confirmed the attack in a statement on Friday said it occurred in the evening.

The assailants who came in a number of cars and motorcycles, according to Abattam, are believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN).

“On 21/10/2021 at about 1844 hours, armed bandits suspected to be IPOB/ ESN terror group came to Isiala Mbano Police Station in about five vehicles and three motorcycles, threw petrol bombs on the roof of the already damaged building in the EndSARS imbroglio and started shooting indiscriminately,” the statement said.

“The gallant police operatives attached to the station returned fire, engaging them in a gun duel. They were able to repel the bandits and in the process, they zoomed off in their vehicles and motorcycles.”

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

Abattam, a chief superintendent of police, stated that the police operatives who engaged the assailants ensured no arm was lost.

He explained that the fire that erupted as a result of the petrol bombs was later extinguished, although it caused some damages to the building.

“One of the police operatives who sustained gunshot injury was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the statement added.

According to the command’s spokesman, the tactical teams of the police have been dispatched to the area in pursuit of the gunmen and to beef up security in the area.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Imo, Rabiu Hussaini, commended the officers and men of the division for their gallantry and urged them to sustain the tempo.

He also thanked the residents for their support and asked them to continue to work in synergy with the police and other security agencies to combat crime and protect their police stations.

Hussaini called on the people to assist the police with credible information that would lead to the arrest of the fleeing criminals.

#EndSARS Anniversary: Why Police Fired Tear Gas At Lekki Tollgate – Lagos CP

 

Police authorities in Lagos have explained why operatives fired a tear gas canister at the Lekki tollgate area of the state.

This occurred on Wednesday while youths and celebrities were holding a memorial car procession in hounor of victims of police brutality, and to commemorate the one year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.

In an interview with Channels Television at the venue, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, said the police did not disperse the youths taking part in the procession.

Rather, he stated that the security operatives fired tear gas to disperse those he described as miscreants at the venue.

“We did not fire canister to disperse protesters,” he told Channels Television at the venue of the parade. “If you have your recording, you will know the type of the canister that we fired and if you go back, you will see the period that they (the organisers) posted – it was between 8am and 10am.

“Secondly, we agreed that they need to move in vehicles, not on foot. They can blare their horns, they can wave their flags, they can display their posters, no problem.

“But they are not to be on foot, and we agreed that they won’t come down from their vehicle to address anybody; that is where people will start coming in and converging.”

A photo taken on October 20, 2021, shows a tear gas canister fired by the police at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State. Inset: a combination of photos from the scene of the procession.

 

The police commissioner insisted that the police only used minimum force to disperse miscreants, and not the youths participating in the memorial procession.

He explained that he had a discussion with the organisers on the venue and time for the parade, saying that became necessary for the police to provide adequate security for them.

Odumosu said after 10am, he called the organisers who he said informed him that the procession had ended, and participants had returned to their various destinations.

He stressed that those arrested were miscreants and some of them were armed with weapons to cause mayhem at the venue.

“We arrested someone with a machete, is that a protester? That is evidence to us that miscreants have infiltrated them,” said the police commissioner.

“Those people that gather now are on foot, they are the miscreants that infiltrated them; not those that came with their vehicles. We did not drag anybody out of the car. We did not arrest anybody that is known to be a protester.”

VIDEO: Police Fire Tear Gas To Disperse Youths At Lekki Tollgate

 

The police on Wednesday fired a tear gas canister at the Lekki tollgate where celebrities and youths held a memorial car procession in Lagos State.

Scores of youths, including celebrities were participating in the parade amid the presence of armed security operatives before they were dispersed.

The procession, held in hounor of victims of police brutality, was organised to commemorate the one year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.

As earlier as 8am, many of the young Nigerians filled up several cars and buses, blaring horns as they drove through the toll plaza.

As the event continued, the number of youths at the venue grew while others came down from their cars, chanting solidarity songs.

A photo taken on October 20, 2021, shows a tear gas canister fired by the police at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State. Inset: a combination of photos from the scene of the procession.

 

A drama also played out as an altercation ensued between members of the press and the security operatives after the journalists were harassed by the police at the venue.

Two persons were arrested by the police. One of them was picked up by armed security operatives while he was having a chat with reporters.

 

Miscreants, Not Protesters

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, who was also at the venue, said the police did not disperse the youths taking part in the procession.

Rather, he stated that the security operatives fired tear gas to disperse those he described as miscreants at the venue.

But the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, who was also at the venue, said the police did not disperse the youths taking part in the procession.

Rather, he stated that the security operatives fired tear gas to disperse those he described as miscreants at the venue.

 

“We did not fire canister to disperse protesters,” he told Channels Television at the venue of the parade. “If you have your recording, you will know the type of the canister that we fired and if you go back, you will see the period that they (the organisers) posted – it was between 8am and 10am.

“Secondly, we agreed that they need to move in vehicles, not on foot. They can blare their horns, they can wave their flags, they can display their posters, no problem.

“But they are not to be on foot, and we agreed that they won’t come down from their vehicle to address anybody; that is where people will start coming in and converging.”

The police commissioner insisted that the police only used minimum force to disperse miscreants, and not the youths participating in the memorial procession.

He explained that he had a discussion with the organisers on the venue and time for the parade, saying that became necessary for the police to provide adequate security for them.

A combination of photos from the scene of the procession at the Lekki tollgate.

 

Odumosu said after 10am, he called the organisers who he said informed him that the procession had ended, and participants had returned to their various destinations.

He stressed that those arrested were miscreants and some of them were armed with weapons to cause mayhem at the venue.

“We arrested someone with a machete, is that a protester? That is evidence to us that miscreants have infiltrated them,” said the police commissioner.

“Those people that gather now are on foot, they are the miscreants that infiltrated them; not those that came with their vehicles. We did not drag anybody out of the car. We did not arrest anybody that is known to be a protester.”

#EndSARS Anniversary: Police Will Only Allow Vehicular Procession – CP Odumosu

Lagos Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu.

 

Ahead of the planned commemoration of the #EndSARS protests of last year, the Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday said it will only allow indoor and virtual events.

Briefing reporters in Ikeja, the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said the police would not allow any form of protest except vehicular procession.

The police commissioner cautioned residents, especially the youth against embarking on any form of protest without the approval of the police.

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Odumosu explained that such approval will enable police deployment for adequate protection against hoodlums who could hijack the exercise.

“If you want to go on vehicular procession, okay. They are not going to stop somewhere, come down somewhere and converge somewhere,” he said.

The police, Odumosu stated, “want the criminally minded people to know that the police is up to take care of them.”

He explained that the need to reassure Lagos residents is to douse the tension that has enveloped the state of recent.

To avoid a reoccurrence of the mayhem witnessed last year, the police have assured Lagos residents that it would not abdicate its responsibilities of protection of lives and properties by allowing a repeat of the incident.

Police operatives have been patrolling the streets in armoured tanks and other vehicles ahead of October 20, the day set for the #EndSARS Memorial protests.

This is coming a few hours when youths in the country are preparing to commemorate the first anniversary of #EndSARS, a protest movement against police brutality that rocked major cities in the country.

Twice Victimised: French Women Accuse Police Of Down Playing Rape

(File Photo) A French police car parks in front of the house in Agde, south of France. Sylvain THOMAS / AFP

 

Four years after the #MeToo movement, French victims of gender-based violence are still struggling to obtain justice, with the police accused of failing to take their complaints seriously.

In the past weeks, France has been gripped by a wave of new stories of sexual assault and harassment and complaints this time are focussing on the way police treat women who come forward to report cases of assault or abuse.

The outpouring was triggered by an Instagram post by feminist Anna Toumazoff relating women’s experiences when reporting attacks at the main police station in the southern city of Montpellier.

Toumazoff described victims as being stigmatised, humiliated and made to feel guilty by the police, two years after the government launched a major drive to train up officers on handling cases of gender-based violence.

“In France, police ask rape victims if they had an orgasm,” Toumazoff tweeted, referring to the case of a 19-year-old woman who reported rape in early September.

Toumazoff claimed rape victims were told that a person who has been drinking had “automatically consented” to sex and that they “should not destroy lives” by bringing charges against their attackers.

 Montpellier police in dock

The allegations led thousands of abuse victims across France to share stories of dismissive or contemptuous treatment by police, using the hashtag “DoublePeine” (victimised twice).

The state’s representative in the Herault region where Montpellier is located threatened Toumazoff with a lawsuit for slander.

But the government of Emmanuel Macron, who has made tackling violence against women a key theme of his presidency, lent a more sympathetic ear.

Last week, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reported that around 90,000 police officers had received training over the past two years in handling abuse cases with empathy and sensitivity.

But he admitted that there was “certainly” room for improvement and promised an investigation into the Montpellier complaints.

 Echoes of #MeToo

There have been several French offshoots of the global #MeToo movement smashing taboos around sexual harassment and assault.

In 2017, the #BalancetonPorc (Expose Your Pig) hashtag was used by thousands of women to post stories of abuse.

Three years later, a scandal involving a prominent intellectual accused of sexually abusing his teenage stepson triggered thousands of people to share harrowing accounts of abuse within families, using the #Metooinceste slogan.

The reckoning with abuse has extended to cinema, politics and elite colleges in a country where seduction is traditionally viewed as an integral part of French culture and women who complained about harassment were often dismissed as puritanical.

 ‘Not a child molester’

On the doublepeine.fr website, hundreds of women describe their struggle to have their cases taken seriously by police.

One said she was date raped and then told by police that she should drop the complaint because her attacker had “suffered enough” by being called in for questioning.

Another woman claimed that police brushed off her repeated complaints of domestic violence, on the basis that her husband was “not a child molester”.

Faced with such attitudes, several women said they withdraw their complaints.

Bringing in lawyers

Fabienne Boulard, a senior police officer who trains fellow officers on how to handle domestic violence cases, admitted to AFP that the police’s response was “still not the best”.

Officers still needed much help to navigate complex issues like the psychological violence that often accompanies domestic abuse cases, she said.

Darmanin has proposed sending officers to meet victims at a safe place to register their complaints instead of making them come to the police station.

But the #NousToutes (All of Us) feminist group said the problem was not where, but how police interacted with victims.

A group of around 100 lawyers has lobbied the government to allow rape victims to bring a lawyer when filing complaints, with gender equality minister Elisabeth Moreno saying she is “favourable” to the idea.

Police Arrest Two Foreigners With Explosives In Akwa Ibom

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The police authorities in Akwa Ibom State have arrested two foreigners with explosives in the Niger Delta region.

Also arrested with the Cameroonians was a Nigerian.

Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Mcdon disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing journalists at the police headquarters in Uyo, the state capital.

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The suspects were identified as – Adede De Black, Fombutu and Bernard Mfam, from Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The police spokesman explained that the suspects were arrested by men of the AIG Border Patrol Squad along Okobo-Oron highway.

During stop and search operations, the explosives including two bags of dynamites, charms and other dangerous weapons were also recovered from them.

The breakthrough, the police say, was as a result of the introduction of new innovations in the security architecture pioneered by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Amegieme Andrew, in synergy with other security agencies.

While assuring residents of the security of lives and property in all parts of the state, the State Police Command appealed for continued support from stakeholders to make the job of securing Akwa Ibom easier.

Police Arrest Suspect For Murdering 50-Year-Old Man Over Sex

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 25-year-old man, Bisi Omoniyi for murder.

The suspect was nabbed on October 15 after allegedly killing a 50-year-old man over a woman he purportedly wanted to pass the night with.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident via a statement issued on Sunday, said the arrest followed a distress call received at the Owode Egbado Divisional Police Headquarters.

According to him, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Olabisi Elebute quickly mobilised the patrol team to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.

Efforts made to resuscitate the victim proved abortive as the police say he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty when rushed to the hospital.

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“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, Akinyemi Wahab Alani a.k.a Ajiolopon was with his woman friend one Kafayat Sakariyau in her room apartment at Ajilete purposely to pass the night with her when the suspect, who also intended to pass the night with the same Kafayat came knocking but was denied entry,” the statement read.

“The suspect who came from Ibasa area of Okeodan forced his way into the woman’s room and met the deceased in a position the suspect described as unacceptable to him.

“Consequently, a fight ensued between them and the suspect picked a cutlass in the room and macheted the victim to death.”

Police spokesman explained that the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the General Hospital mortuary for autopsy, adding that the woman in question has since fled the crime scene.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

Viral Video: IGP Orders Investigation Of Officers Seen Extorting, Assaulting Travellers

A file photo of the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, addressing reporters in Abuja.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the investigation of police personnel who were seen in a trending video extorting and assaulting travellers in Kogi State.

In the viral video, a police officer was seen assaulting a passenger and also allegedly extorted him of N25,000 with the use of his ATM card.

Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, said the police chief specifically directed the Kogi State Police Command to carry out a thorough probe into the incident.

He equally called for calm, assuring that justice would be done for the victims of the police assault and extortion.

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“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command to immediately carry out discrete investigations into the incident depicted in the attached trending video from a location believed to be in Kogi State,” the statement read.

“The IGP calls for calm, noting that at the end of the investigations, justice will be done to the victim of the incident and police personnel found guilty, brought to book.”

Officers In Custody

In furtherance of the IGP’s directives, the Kogi State Police Command said it has identified and arrested the erring police officers.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ovye Aya, stated this in a statement, noting that the affected policemen were on patrol duty along Adogo-Okene road.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban, condemned the action of the officers.

He identified the police as ASP Isah Barnabas, Inspector Ifediegwu Godwin, Sgt Emmanuel Ochima and CPL Umameh Mathias, adding that they physically assaulted one of the travellers.

While noting that the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) has been issued an official query, the police commissioner said the three other junior officers are currently undergoing orderly room trial (police internal disciplinary actions).

According to the police commissioner, the aforementioned officers have been detained at the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID).

He assured that any of the officers found wanting in the investigations would be dealt with accordingly.

As part of a measure to instill confidence in the police, the commissioner noted that the Command is doing its best to establish contact with the victims.

CP Dabban equally enjoined the victims to reach out to the Command via the phone number 08107899269.