IG of police seeks improved protection of officers posted to banks

Against the backdrop of recent suicide bombings at banks across the country the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on Tuesday announced the creation of a special protection unit as part of training for security officers deployed to banks in Nigeria.

Mr Abubakar made this known at a meeting with heads of security in banks across the country in Abuja.

The closed door meeting is expected to map out ways of beefing up security at financial institutions and also reviewing the remuneration of security officials deployed to bank premises.

Other decisions reached at the meeting was a plan to create a special protection unit for chief security officers at the banks as part of training to ensure effective reprisal attacks.

The Inspector General asked bank administrators to be weary of the staff employed at the banks saying that there is an urgent need to improve the level of security at bank premises and review the welfare of police officers posted to banks.

Mr Abubakar further highlighted some of the challenges militating against the security of banks and its workers. According to him, addressing the prevalence of bank robbery incidences would require stiffer training for police officers deployed to banks in the country.

The Chairman Committee of Heads of Security of Banks and Other Financial Institutions, Clement Ebere said that his members of his committee are willing to collaborate with the police to tackle the spate of bank insecurity.

The meeting which is to be a continuation of previous discussions on insecurity is expected to ensure better efficiency among chief security officers of banks in the line of duty.

PHOTOS:Gunmen attack police stations in Sokoto, kill one

One police officer was on Monday killed while several others were injured when suspected sect member attacked three police stations in Sokoto State, Nigeria’s North West region.

According to eye witnesses, a suicide bomber drove a bomb rigged car and attacked the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in the city at Marina.

Another bomber attacked the Unguwar Rogo police station.

The casualty figure in the second attack is still unknown.

A local police officer, who does not want his name mentioned, confirmed the attack at the AIG’s office. He also gave the name of the slain police officer as Constable Suleiman Danjuma.

The anonymous policeman said three other officers were injured in the attack and that they have been taken to an unknown hospital for treatment.

No official statement has been released to confirm the blast.

An official statement is expected soon following an ongoing meeting at the Central Police Station between the AIG, whose office was badly hit, and the Director General, Press and Media of Sokoto state, Hassan Maccido.

The bomb affected the East Wing of the station which houses the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police.




Police raid ritualists hideout in Festac

The police on Thursday raided a residence in Festac Town, who specialize in human parts and are suspected to be ritualist.

The police made the discovery when neighbors suspected some funny movements in the building and alerted them.
The police searched the entire building which is located at No. 6, B Close, Third Avenue Festac and discovered fresh human parts inside a bathtub.

According to the police several human parts such as fresh human head, hand, limbs, decomposing head and female breasts were also discovered.

The police arrested two occupants of the building, when interrogated by the police one of the occupants said the body found in the bath tub belonged to his younger brother who had be declared missing for a while now.

“I stay in that building but I don’t bath inside the bathroom because the bathtub is bad. The body found in the bathtub could be that of my brother. He was missing and I have not seen him for quite a long time”.

The police denied insinuations that about 100 human skulls were found in the hideout of the suspects, they however said that it was only parts belonging to a person that was found on the brothers.

Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer, , a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said she was aware of the incident, adding that she was waiting for the authentication of the story.

She said: “I have been called in respect of the incident but I cannot say of its 100 human skulls as is being bandied around. I am waiting for them to debrief me and then I can confirm it.”

The suspects are currently being held at the FESTAC Division pending the outcome of preliminary investigation which would then influence their transfer to the State Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba.

Ogun LG Poll:PDP vows to challenge exercise

A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has faulted the result declared by the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) won 19 out of the 20 council areas in the state.

In a statement issued by Kashamu, he said the PDP will challenge the result announced by OGSIEC at the appropriate quarters.

He said the party was not surprised at the outcome of the election because OGSIEC’s activities had all along been strewn in illegalities, culminating in its jettisoning the candidates list submitted by the mainstream PDP for “an unpopular and pliable group which sold the PDP out because of their personal relationship”.

Kashamu said beyond the orchestrated video clips being shown on select television stations, OGSIEC should show to the whole world video clips of where votes were collated and results announced at the local government headquarters in the presence of party agents, the Police, State Security Service (SSS), Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and other relevant agencies, as stipulated by the election guidelines.

He said in spite of the machinations of the electoral body, the electorate still voted massively for PDP,” hence the panicky measure to move all the election results to Abeokuta to announce”.

He noted that contrary to the results declared by OGSIEC, the report from the party’s field officers indicated that PDP won the election in at least 11 local governments, namely Ipokia, Imeko Afon, Ikenne, Sagamu, Remo North, Ijebu North East, Ijebu North, Ijebu East, Odogbolu, Ijebu Ode and Ogun Waterside.

“There are result sheets and other documents to back our claim,” Kashamu added.

He expressed his gratitude to the people for voting PDP and urged the party’s supporters to remain calm and focused.

The party chieftain pleaded with the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, his team, as well as President Goodluck Jonathan, to support the party in the fight to redress what he described as day-light robbery.

He urged the President to take interest in the affairs of the party in the states, adding that it is the state chapters that make up the PDP which he heads as the national leader.

Kashamu said what happened during the local government election was an eye-opener that “with better organisation and cohesion, the PDP is the party to beat in Ogun State in 2015”.

President Jonathan, the hero of Edo state election – Doyin Okupe

Former presidential spokesman Doyin Okupe was on board the Sunrise Daily ride to discuss the Edo State Governorship election which was held and won by the incumbent Governor Adam Oshiomhole .

Doyin Okupe said, to him the true hero of the Edo State Governorship Election is the President of Nigeria; Dr. Goodluck.

Asked why by our anchor, Sulaiman Aledeh, he answered saying the President was decisive as there was state of anarchy in Edo state which built-up before the election proper and with all these the Presiden made sure every vote counted in the Edo State Election.

In furtherance, he said the President could have turned his cheeks aside and allow things to play itself out which would have allowed playing dirty between parties in contention.

He stated openly that that he was not happy Governor Oshiomhole of the ACN and the incumbent governor returned to the seat of power after the election.

 

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SEC officials absolve Hembe of any wrong doing

Three officials of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) absolved the former Chairman of the House of Representative Committee on Capital Market, Mr Herman Hembe of any wrong doing over the funds provided by the Commission for the lawmaker to attend a conference in Dominican Republic which he never did.

The officials at the resumed hearing of the trial in an Abuja High Court testified that, Mr Hembe got to the United States but returned when he could not get a connecting flight to the conference in the Dominican Republic.

Mr Hembe and his deputy Ifeanyi Azubogu are standing trial for diversion of funds given to them as estacodes for the conference .

The three officials at the trail on Wednesday are Mr. Titus Ogunsanya, the Clerk of the House Committee on Capital Market, Hassan Mamanan, a Protocol Officer in the Securities and Exchange Commission and Mr. Ibrahim Usman a staff in the Finance and Accounts department of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The witnesses also told the court that estacode was paid to Hembe after he left the country.

The three witnesses told the court that Mr Hembe travelled for the conference sponsored by the SEC but stopped over in Atlanta, United States when he could not get a connecting flight to Dominican Republic, venue of the conference.

Mr Usman from SEC’s Finance department also confirmed to the court that the estacode was paid with the approval of the Director General of the SEC Aruma Oteh, days after the conference ended.

The two members of the House of Representatives had pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of fraudulently converting $495,000 for personal use.

Director General of SEC Ms Arunma Oteh had in March 2012 accused Mr Hembe of demanding a N39million bribe from her ahead of the commencement of the probe on the collapse of the Capital Market .

She further accused the lawmaker of demanding N5million from the commission to enable him travel to the Dominican Republic to attend an Emerging market conference without embarking on the journey.

The Presiding judge, Justice Abubakar Umar rejected the request of the prosecution counsel to remand the defendants in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), stating that the lawmakers have been on bail since the trial commenced. He also noted that the anti-graft agency had already concluded its investigation on the matter.

Other witnesses also testified that the rules stipulate that when estacodes are not utilized, they are either returned to the agency or the agency is at liberty to deduct same from the salaries of the affected persons

After the testimonies, lawyers to the two lawmakers informed the court that they would not call witnesses but will be making a no case submission.

The court gave the parties 45 days to exchange briefs and return to the Court on the 8th of October.

 

L.G.Elections:OGSIEC bars vigilante group from polling centres

The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has barred the state security outfit the vigilante service of Ogun State, from parading polling centres during Saturday’s local government elections in the state.

The electoral body also disclosed that 77 chairmanship and 569 councillorship candidates have been cleared tentatively to contest the council polls.

It said more candidates may still be disqualified, stressing that the final list of candidates would be released 48 hours to the election.

Addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, the state capital, the OGSIEC Screening Committee Chairman, Mutiu Agboke, said only the police and paramilitary agencies would be employed to provide security and monitor various polling booths across the 236 polling booths in the state.

Agboke, who is also Commissioner III, restated the readiness of the commission to conduct credible elections, saying election materials will be deployed promptly to riverine and remote local government areas.

He disclosed that there will be total restriction of movement between 8.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday.

He added that the commission was collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure success of the polls.

On the controversy and litigation trailing the conduct of the council elections, Agboke maintained that no court action can stop the election.

Agboke insisted that the commission would recognize the Chief Ireti Oniyide-led faction of PDP loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo despite the Lagos Federal High Court judgement which favoured the Chief Adebayo Dayo-led state executive committee

Edo Election: INEC did a good job – Issa Aremu

The national vice-president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Issa Aremu on Monday commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on last weekend’s Edo State Governorship election which returned the incumbent governor Adam Oshiomhole to office.

The labour leader disclosed this while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

Mr Aremu said during the review of the election, Edo state has imbibed the spirit of democracy on the whole going by the kind of support, sacrifice and dedication shown by the electorate.

Also on the issue of whether INEC did well, the NLC Vice-president gave a pass mark to the election agency.

Northern governors caution STF over vacation order in Plateau villages

Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and the Governor of Niger State, Doctor Muazu  Aliyu has reacted to the quit notice issued to Fulani residents of Mahanga,Kakuruk,Maseh and Shong 2 in Barkin Ladi and Riyom local Governments of Plateau State, urging the Special Military Task Force (STF) to exercise caution.

The Special Military Task Force had on Saturday asked inhabitants of the affected areas to vacate their domain immediately with their property, citing military action in the troubled villages.

Governor Aliyu warned that the 48 hour ultimatum issued by the STF could lead to breakdown of law and order not only in Plateau State but in other parts of the country.

A statement by Governor Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo said the forum is worried by complaints from a section of the region to the effect that the vacation order represents a declaration of war by the military against a segment of the nation’s citizens.

The statement added that although the forum is not opposed to any action that will put a stop to the senseless killing of innocent people in the Plateau, it warned that the region cannot afford the likely negative consequences of the order that the Fulani herdsmen should vacate the said villages without providing alternatives.

The forum further advised the STF to work more closely with Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State instead of issuing unilateral orders that could further worsen the already bad security situation in the state.

It said the current security challenge in Plateau State has provided the opportunity for all stakeholders to sit down and solve the Indigene-settler problem once and for all.

Oshiomhole calls for transparency in the nation’s electoral process

Despite claiming a landslide victory in Saturday’s  Governorship Election, Adams Oshiomhole has called for a more transparent electoral process.

In an interview in Benin the Edo state capital, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate insisted that the process recorded pockets of malpractices just as complaints of late material distribution by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were also rife.

While praising the conduct of all security personnel assigned to the state for the election, Governor Oshiomhole urged all other political parties to shun intra-party violence and join in the development of the state, saying Nigeria is greater than any party.

Prior to the INEC’s pronouncement, Mr Oshiomole had raised a red alert as to how the election was being conducted.

The governor, visibly disappointed with the delay in the delivery of electoral materials accused the electoral body; INEC of colluding with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in an alleged attempt to distort the smooth running of the polls.

The governor earlier warned that there will be trouble if the true winner of the election is not declared.

 

Car bomb explodes near church in Kogi, suspect arrested

Multiple bomb explosions were recorded today in Okene local government area of Kogi state.

A bomb planted around the entrance of the Lord’s Chosen Church in Obehira area of Okene in Kogi state exploded killing no one while another vehicle conveying explosives exploded while heading towards the town along Lagos road.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the explosion today in Okene, Kogi State, stating that no life was lost.

Security personnel nabbed two people suspected to be behind the church explosion before they could escape.

According to the Commanding Officer of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Kogi state, Lieutenant-Colonel Gabriel Olorunyomi, the bomb was planted at the front of the Lord’s Chosen Church in Obehira area of Okene in anticipation which was to come off when the church services ends.

He however explained that the explosion took place few minutes before the end of the church service which fortunately made it impossible for the terrorist to achieve their evil aim.

The commander further disclosed that another vehicle conveying explosives also exploded as they were heading towards the town along Lagos road.

He claimed the vehicle was planned to hit another worship centre and the driver of the vehicle has also been arrested.

 

Edo election: Four officials die in boat mishap

Three policemen, two inspectors and a constable and an ad-hoc official of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday died while transporting election materials to Ologbo, a suburb of Benin City, Edo State.

PUNCH Newspaper quoted the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Olufemi Adenaike, as saying “two inspectors and one constable died; two policemen and one prison official survived.

“One INEC official also died. Only the body of an inspector has been recovered.”

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, also confirmed the development.