IGP To Convene National Security Summit

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Rivers RerunThe Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has announced plans to convene a National Security Summit as part of efforts to tackle the rising cases of kidnapping in the country.

Speaking at a meeting with Commissioners of Police and Senior Police officers in Abuja, Mr Idris says the increasing cases of kidnapping is becoming worrisome as the Police requires the cooperation of all Nigerians to tackle the menace.

He challenged Commissioners of Police, Officers and men to brace up when tackling issues of kidnapping and other security challenges.

The IGP appealed to the National Assembly for increased budgetary allocation to the Force to enable them improve their performance.

Kidnapping: IGP Deploys Special Forces To Abuja-Kaduna Highway

kidnapping, igp, special forcesThe acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed Special Forces to help curb activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements along the highway and surrounding states.

This is in response to the rampant cases of kidnapping along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Inaugurating the special strike force on Friday, the IG who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of operations, Joshak Habila, said that the operatives would be dispatched to various locations in Kaduna, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory to protect lives and property of road users and residents of the areas.

The IGP assured citizens living around the area that the arrival of the special strike force, together with operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command would bring activities of kidnappers and other criminal elements to an end.

He appealed to members of the public to cooperate with men of the strike force and the command by providing useful information that would enable them track down the criminals that have been terrorising the state.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Alkali Usman, also joined the DIG in warning the officers and men of the squad not to exhibit acts capable of truncating the operation.

He also assured them that their welfare would be adequately taking care of.

Kaduna has recently gained notoriety as a hotbed for the kidnapping, with past victims including diplomats, judges, government officials and political figures.

For a smooth operation, operational patrol vans with communication gadgets have been procured for the troops.

As they move into their various units to commence operation, it is hoped that they will bring the activities of armed bandits to an end.

Rerun Elections: IGP Assures Of Adequate Security

Police, Militants, BakassiThe Inspector-General of Police,  Ag. IGP Ibrahim K. Idris has directed the Commissioners of Police in Imo and Kogi States to ensure proper coordination of security operations and adequate deployment of Police personnel, for the conduct of the Re-Run Senatorial elections in Imo North Senatorial District and Kogi East Senatorial District of Imo and Kogi States coming up on Saturday.

According to a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Don N. Awunah, the security arrangements put in place would also cover the Houses of Assembly Re-run elections taking place on the same date in the two States.

“As part of measures aimed at guaranteeing a hitch-free and credible electioneering process during the Re-run elections, the Inspector-General of Police has approved the deployment of additional Police Mobile Force personnel, Counter Terrorism Units and Conventional Policemen from States to Imo and Kogi States, to all identifiable flash/vulnerable points, and other strategic locations within the Senatorial Districts where the Re-run elections will take place.

“The Commissioners of Police in the two States are under strict instructions from the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security for INEC Staff, election materials, the electorates, election observers and other individuals and bodies that have statutory roles to play in the conduct of the elections at the polling booths, collation centres and at INEC offices throughout the election period.

Ag. IGP Idris also advised Politicians, Community leaders, Parents and Guardians prevail on their supporters, subjects, children and wards to be law abiding and desist from any act that is capable of causing disturbance of the peace or disruption of the electoral process.

He assured that the full weight of the law would be applied on anyone found violating the electoral act or indulging in other act capable of causing violence during the election.

He enjoined them to corporate with the Police Personnel in discharging their duties and warned all security details to refrain from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election, as only security personnel specially assigned for election duties must be seen within and around the election venues.

IGP Felicitates With Nigerians On Eid-el-Fitri 

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Extra Judicial KillingsThe Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, has felicitated with the Muslim Faithful on the occasion of the 2016 Eid-el-Fitri.

He noted that he was particularly thankful to Allah for His mercies during the period of the Ramadan, saying our prayers and supplications were met inspite of the numerous challenges that we faced as a nation, assuring  that the Nigeria Police Force will provide adequate security with robust and proactive patrols during and after the celebrations.

In a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, the “IGP has also ordered all Zonal Headquarters and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure adequate security in their areas of responsibilities throughout the duration of the celebration.

He warns that officers should be deployed evenly to cover the highways, worship and recreation centres, government installations and all vulnerable points are in order to give Nigerians feasible sense of safety and security as they celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri and go about their lawful business”.

He added that the Nigeria Police Force under his watch will be a people-oriented and problem solving Police and nobody should be afraid to give useful information to the Police as every information will be treated with the confidentiality it deserves.

He enjoined Nigerians to be law abiding at all times for the peace, progress and development of the country, reiterating that the cooperation of the public is very critical to the performance of the Police and administration of justice.

Court To Hear Badagry Residents’ Case Against Demolition

Demolished-buildingThe High Court of Lagos State, sitting in Badagry, will on May 18 hear the case filed by Badagry residents, seeking court’s intervention for restoration of their land.

They claim the land was forcefully taken over by the police to build residences for police cooperative.

The police stormed the communities of Atiporome and Agelade, with caterpillars, bulldozers and armed policemen, demolishing over 100 completed houses.

The landlords, led by Mr Charles Adu, then filed a case in the Badagry High Court to challenge the forceful takeover of their land.

The respondents in the case are the Lagos State Government, the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Task Force, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, The Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation.

In the High Court, the Lagos State Government filed a preliminary objection against the case, contending that the reliefs being sought by the landlords do not fall within the purview of fundamental rights.

On July 10, 2014, the High Court, Coram O.A. Adesanya, upheld the preliminary objection of Lagos State and struck out the case of the landlords.

Dissatisfied with the ruling of the High Court, the landlords appealed against it to the Court of Appeal.

On February 23, 2016, the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of the landlords and set aside the ruling of the High Court.

The Court of Appeal then directed the Honourable Chief Judge of Lagos State, to assign the case to another judge for hearing.

The case was subsequently assigned to Justice O. Okikiolu-Ighile, of the Badagry Division.

The case was thereafter fixed for May 5.

On the said day, the landlords were all in court, represented by their counsel, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.

Lagos State was represented by the Senior State Counsel from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Olufunke Olugbeminiyi.

The other respondents were not represented.

Mr Adegboruwa traced the history of the case and informed the judge that all the respondents were notified of the hearing for May 6, 2016, but the police did not endorse acknowledgement for the said hearing notice, served by the Court bailiff.

Adegboruwa said the police, however, received the hearing notice served on it by his law firm and he prayed the court to accept the acknowledgement of service.

He then urged the court to give a specific hearing date that would accord with accelerated hearing, being a matter bordering on allegation of infringement of fundamental rights.

On her part, Mrs Olugbeminiyi said the Ministry of Justice was not aware that the Court of Appeal had delivered judgment in the case on appeal.

She then sought for time to file their counter-affidavit.

Mr Adegboruwa promptly countered this submission, maintaining that under Order 8 of the Fundamental Rights Rules, Lagos State should have filed its counter-affidavit along with its preliminary objection, which it deployed to delay the case for almost three years.

The Judge thereafter adjourned the case, by consent of counsel present, til May 18.

Court To Deliver Judgement On Stella Oduah’s Suit

stella_oduahA Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed January 25, 2016 to deliver judgment in the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by a former Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah, seeking to stop an alleged plan to prosecute her over the two armoured BMW cars allegedly purchased for 255 million Naira.

The vehicles are alleged to have been bought by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in 2013 during her tenure.

Justice Okon Abang adjourned for judgment on Tuesday after entertaining arguments from the parties in the suit.

Fighting An Anti-graft War

Oduah had sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police.

She claimed that the ruling All Progressives Congress’ government had perfected plans to use the defendants to persecute and humiliate her under the guise of fighting an anti-graft war.

She also alleged that the APC government had perfected plans to prosecute prominent members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, including herself, on trumped-up charges in a Lagos State government-controlled court.

She urged the court to stop the defendants from being used against her by the Federal Government.

She had on August 26, 2015 obtained an order of interim injunction from Justice Mohammed Yunusa restraining the defendants from taking any action against her pending the final determination of the suit.

But the AGF and the Inspector General of Police filed a preliminary objection, contending that Oduah failed to establish any cause of action against them, having not proved that she had been invited, arrested or detained by the AGF and the IGP.

They also challenged the jurisdiction of the Lagos division of the Federal High Court to hear Oduah’s suit on the grounds that the alleged rights violation did not take place in Lagos.

They further contended that by virtue of Section 46(1) of the constitution and Order 2 Rule 1 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure, only a court within the state where Oduah’s rights were allegedly violated could hear the case.

The EFCC, had also described Oduah’s suit as baseless and speculative.

Police Say Planned Pro-Biafra One-Million Man March Is Illegal

MASSOB-IPOB-Demonstrate-for-BiafraThe Nigeria Police Force seems to be spurring for a final showdown with youths calling for the recognition of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as it has issued a warning that a “planned one-million march is illegal”.

In a strongly-worded statement on Friday, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said that the protesters, from the south-eastern region, would be provoking the law if they do not stop such protests or call.

Attempt To Test The Law

He particularly made reference to the planned ‘one-million march’ for the actualisation of Biafra, which he said was illegal and asked everyone not to participate.

“Information available to the Nigeria police indicates plans by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to embark on ill-advised protests, using dangerous weapons across some south eastern states.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this is unlawful and no one should attempt to test the law,” the police warned in the statement.

He reminded the youths that the law prohibiting the unlawful possession of firearms was still in force.

He also warned against any attempt to unleash mayhem on innocent and law-abiding Nigerians.

He said that anyone arrested in connection with the planned march would be appropriately dealt with.

Before the warning of the Inspector General of Police, hundreds of youths took to the street in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, blocking the major express way leading to the east.

At Summit Junction in Asaba, the group chanted war songs, calling for the restoration of Biafra and demanding the release of a certain Nnamdi Kalu who they claimed was in detention at the Department of State Security office.

The group began the protest at about 4:00pm local time on Friday.

They stopped motorists travelling to either the eastern part of Nigeria or to Benin City in Edo State.

According to Channels Television’s reporter in Delta State, Vivian Oramadike, the protesters refused to leave Summit Junction even when it was beginning to get dark.

Their presence has caused traffic jam, forcing motorists to abandon their vehicles on the express.

Jonathan Meets With Security Chiefs, Governors

FEC_nigeriaThe President’s meeting with security chiefs and PDP governors has ended at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting examined recent security events and developments in the country.

Although, the outcome of the meeting was not made public, those present include the governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Benue, Delta, Abia, Enugu, Anambra and Jigawa states.

Others were the Plateau, Kogi, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Gombe, Katsina and Niger State governors as well as Taraba State’s Acting Governor, and the deputy governors of Bayelsa and Kebbi states.

They were joined by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General Of National Intelligence Agency.

Also present was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior.

No APC governor was present at the expanded meeting.

However, another Security Council meeting would hold next Wednesday with all governors, irrespective of political party expected to attend.

Northern Govs Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Security Situation

northern_governorsAn emergency meeting of Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has been scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014 at the Niger State Governor’s Lodge, Jose Marti Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja at 4:00 p.m.

A statement made available to Channels  Television said that the meeting was called out of concern to address the incessant attacks and systematic killings of innocent people going on in the region, which has become a source of embarrassment and great concern to the Forum.

The statement explained that the meeting would discuss the increasing incidences of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local communities, as well as reckless massacre and kidnapping of people across the Northern States.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has been in a meeting with members of the  National Security Council in the Presidential Villa to review recent  security events and developments in the country.

Those present  at the meeting include Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior are also present at the meeting.

The meeting of the National Security Council would be followed by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors.