Anambra Election: IGP Orders Restriction Of Vehicular Movement

File photo of Nigeria’s IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.

 

Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in the state.

The IGP in a statement issued on Thursday said the restriction is part of measures aimed at protecting the sanctity of the electoral process on November 6.

According to the statement, there would be no movement of vehicles in and out of Anambra State from 11:59 pm on Friday, November 5 to 11:59 pm on Saturday, November 6.

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“The IGP noted that the restriction order has become necessary following pointers from the Election Security Threats Assessments conducted by the Force which indicate a high likelihood of infiltration by criminally-minded individuals to Anambra State, before, during and after the polls,” the statement read.

“The IGP further noted that the measure would also avail security forces a firm grip of the State to checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts, and prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs throughout the period and beyond.”

He equally enjoined officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), accredited observers and journalists, and other authorized officials to go about their lawful duties as it relates to the elections, provided they observe all relevant rules guiding their deployment including the visible display of their accreditation tags.

This is even as the police chief assured that police officers and other security personnel deployed for the election will be appropriately supervised to ensure they carry out their responsibilities in the most humane, firm and professional manner especially to emergency service providers such as fire-fighters and ambulance services.

Baba enjoined citizens particularly motorists and travellers who may want to use the routes within Anambra State during the period of the restrictions to seek alternative routes and see the inconveniences as part of sacrifices toward the collective sustenance of our democracy.

While noting that the Force and other security agencies are already on ground to ensure a safe and conducive environment for the elections, the IGP asked citizens in the state to go out en-masse on the Election Day and exercise their franchise without any fear or apprehension.

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.

Anambra Election: You Must Remain Apolitical, IGP Tells Squadron Commanders

IGP Usman Alkali Baba speaking during the event. Photo: Facebook/Nigeria Police Force

 

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has asked Squadron Commanders to remain apolitical as the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State draws closer. 

IGP Alkali gave the charge on Wednesday during his maiden meeting with Squadron Commanders at the Force Headquarters in Abuja. 

“You must remain apolitical while being ruthless with violent elements and ill-guided political thugs that may wish to test our common will to deliver a transparent and credible electoral outcome,” the police chief added. 

He also called for cooperation with other security agencies and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“I charge you to cultivate the spirit of teamwork and inter-agency cooperation, knowing that you will operate side-by-side with other sister security agencies and officials of INEC,” he noted. 

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‘Securing Democratic Values’

The IGP says the police is committed to ensuring a free and fair poll in Anambra. Photo: Facebook/Nigeria Police Force.

 

The IGP also expressed confidence that the police operatives would excel in the assignment just as they have done well in previous operations. He directed them to deal with violent elements that may want to undermine the election.

He added:  “As you are aware, the Anambra State Gubernatorial Election will be held on 6th of November, 2021. The election security action plan will, as usual, revolve around units of the Mobile Police Force.

“The import of this is that the task of securing our democratic values and guaranteeing a safe, secure and credible electoral process in Anambra State will rest squarely and majorly on some of you, the Squadron Commanders here seated and some of your units.

“Most of your operatives will be deployed to deter subversive elements that are planning to threaten the process, while others will be deployed to secure personnel and materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as other critical national infrastructure.”

The IGP appealed to them not to let the Force and indeed the entire nation down in what he described as a critical national assignment.

On training, the police chief re-emphasized that the repositioning of the Police Mobile Force is “one of my police leadership agenda”.

According to him, PMF under his leadership will in due course, be re-organized, adequately equipped, trained and re-oriented with the goal of re-situating it within its original concept.

Hushpuppi: IGP Receives Panel Report On Abba Kyari

A photo combination of the Inspector General of Nigeria, Usman Alkali Baba and the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Thursday received the report of the panel set up to probe the bribery allegations against the erstwhile Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, who said the report was submitted by the chairman of the Special Investigative Panel, DIG Joseph Egbunike, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has received the report of the NPF Special Investigation Panel (SIP) investigating the alleged indictment of the erstwhile Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” the statement partly read.

“DIG Egbunike, while presenting the report, appreciated the IGP for the confidence reposed on him and the members of the Panel to conduct the probe. He noted that the Panel commenced investigations immediately after it was inaugurated on 2nd August 2021 and the report submitted is an outcome of a painstaking, transparent and exhaustive investigative process.

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“He further revealed that the report presented contained the case file of the probe, evidence and findings as well as testimonies from DCP Abba Kyari and other persons and groups linked to the matter.

“The IGP, who commended the Panel for the work done, stated that the essence of the probe was to carry out discreet investigations into the allegation levied against the officer to enable the Force leadership to be appropriately guided in its decision-making processes.

“The IGP assured that a careful and expeditious review of the recommendations would be undertaken by the Force Management Team and thereafter forwarded to appropriate quarters for necessary action(s). He reiterated, as always, the commitment of the Force to justice for all.”

Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), was suspended by the Police Service Commission on August 1.

This followed the IGP’s recommendation to allow for an independent investigation after US court documents linked him to an Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi.

Three weeks later, the police authorities set up a panel to study in detail the available documents related to Kyari who was indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

 

 

 

 

 

Plateau Attacks: 20 Suspects Arrested As IGP Deploys Operatives To Protect Citizens

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

 

No fewer than 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with Saturday’s attack on Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, disclosed this via a statement issued on Sunday.

According to Mba, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, also ordered the immediate deployment of a police intervention team to the North-Central state.

The team will among other things carry out an on-the-spot assessment and ensure an enhanced, coordinated response to protect the community and boost public confidence in the affected area.

It will be led by Sanusi Lemu, the Coordinating Deputy Inspector General of Police, North-Central geo-political zone. The team also comprises personnel of the police tactical units amongst others.

“The operatives are expected to provide additional investigative, intelligence, and forensic support to the Plateau State Police Command in the ongoing investigations and rescue operations,” the statement added.

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IGP Baba while condemning the incident, called for calm and assured victims of the attack as well as their relatives that the police are working with other security forces, and the state government to ensure the masterminds of the incident are brought to book.

The move by the police followed the killing of 23 people in the area. Twenty-three others were also wounded. The victims were travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State had in the wake of the incident imposed a curfew on Jos North, Bassa, and Jos South Local Government Areas.

See the statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer below:

PRESS RELEASE

PLATEAU ATTACKS: 20 SUSPECTS ARRESTED, 33 VICTIMS RESCUED AS IGP ORDERS COORDINATED RESPONSE TO PROTECT CITIZENS.

– DIG Sanusi Lemu leads Police Intervention Team

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc has ordered the immediate deployment of Police Intervention Team to Plateau State to carry out an on-the-spot assessment and ensure enhanced, coordinated response to protect the community and boost public confidence in the affected area(s) of the State. The deployment follows the unfortunate attack on innocent citizens in Rukuba Community in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday 14th, August 2021.

The Police Intervention Team is led by DIG Sanusi N. Lemu, mni, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration who is also the coordinating DIG, North-Central geo-political zone. The Team comprises personnel of Police Tactical Units – the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Special Forces, amongst others deployed to protect the communities, prevent further attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. Also deployed are investigators and covert operatives from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) and the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB). The operatives are expected to provide additional investigative, intelligence and forensic support to the Plateau State Police Command in the ongoing investigations and rescue operations.

The IGP, while condemning the incident, has called for calm and assured victims and relatives of the attack that the Police are working with the military, other security forces and the State Government to ensure that all perpetrators of the unfortunate incident are brought to book.

Meanwhile, the IGP noted that twenty (20) suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack while thirty-three (33) victims have been rescued.

The IGP enjoined citizens in the affected area(s) to support the security forces deployed to the hotspot by providing useful information that will lead to the arrest of other perpetrators of the crime and forestall any further attack.

CP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

15th August, 2021

Hushpuppi: IGP Recommends Suspension Of Abba Kyari

A photo combination of a deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari and alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka, Hushpuppi.
A photo combination of a deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari and alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka, Hushpuppi.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has recommended the immediate suspension of a super cop and Deputy Commission of Police, Abba Kyari, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Sunday.

Kyari, an officer who is highly revered by colleagues in the Force and celebrated by members of the general public, was fingered in a bribery scandal involving Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Earlier, the United States District Court for the Central District of California said alleged international fraudster, Hushpuppi used Kyari to arrest and jail a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent.

According to a communique from the court, the arrest was made after Vincent threatened to expose a $1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

Disturbed by the development, the police chief ordered an “internal review of the allegations” against a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, by a United States Court.

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Two days after, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the IGP’s directive is pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation of the embattled senior officer.

“The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force,” the statement partly read.

According to the police boss, the suspension is to “create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.

“The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.”

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), consisting of four senior police officers, is headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Joseph Egbunike.

Among other things, the panel is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It is also expected to obtain a detailed representation of Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

Kyari had been in the eye of the storm since Wednesday when the FBI  released a 69-page court document showing that he had been under investigation by the agency for his alleged link to Hushpuppi, who had pleaded guilty to fraud.

IGP Announces Immediate Suspension Of Tinted Vehicle Windscreens

IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has announced the immediate suspension of tinted vehicle windscreens in Nigeria.

The IGP announced this on Monday during a meeting with senior police officers including commissioners and DIGs from across the states.

He also directed that the issuance of spy number plates be put on hold.

This according to the IGP is part of efforts being put in place to curtail the worsening security challenges across the country.

While making the announcement, he reiterated that roadblocks remain prohibited in the country and warned that heads of commands must enforce it and key into the road patrol strategy as an alternative to roadblocks.

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The IGP also spoke concerning the arrest of high-profile criminals.

According to him, some of the high-profile suspects in police custody include members of IPOB, kidnappers, and bandits who have confessed to committing some of the most heinous crimes in recent times.

He stressed the need for the senior police officers to ensure discipline in their various commands.

Some of the successes recorded by the Police Force in the last two months include the arrest of over 600 suspects including persons believed to have carried out an attack on Governor Samuel Ortom earlier in March, this year.

The IGP’s meeting is the first of such he was confirmed as the Inspector General of Police.

The Police Council last week confirmed Usman Alkali Baba as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), almost two months after he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Tinted Glass Law

General Ibrahim Babangida in February 1991 promulgated a decree prohibiting the tinting and use of cars with tinted glasses.

This according to him is to protect society from insecurity.

The decree is now known as the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act, 1991; made up of only six (6) sections.

Police Council Confirms Alkali As IGP, Almost Two Months After Appointment

Nigeria’s new IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.

 

The Police Council has confirmed Usman Alkali Baba as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), almost two months after President Muhammadu Buhari approved his appointment

Usman Alkali was confirmed on Friday during a meeting of the council in Abuja presided over by President Buhari.

The Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi who confirmed the development in a briefing after the meeting quoted the Nigerian leader as urging the IGP to justify the confidence reposed on him by reducing the rising wave of insecurity in the country.

The immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu hands over power to the new IGP, Usman Alkali Baba at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on April 7, 2021. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo physically attended the meeting which was billed to take place last week but postponed to honour the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and ten other military officers who died in a plane crash on May 21.

Others who physically attended the council meeting include the Chief of staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno; Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith; Ministers of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi.

The Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi also physically graced the event but his counterpart, the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, and the Minister of FCT, Mohammed Bello joined virtually.

Heightening Insecurity

Nigeria’s new IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.

 

Dingyadi had on April 6 announced President Buhari’s confirmation of Alkali as the replacement for Mohammed Adamu.

Before his new role, the Yobe-born police chief was the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters in Abuja.

The IGP’s appointment comes amid heightened tension in several parts of the country, particularly in the southeast region where assaults on security formations and other public facilities have become commonplace.

In the wake of the renewed attacks, the police boss had in May flagged off a new operation codenamed Operation Restore Peace in the southeast and south-south regions.

He had before then also met with commanders from the areas to profer solutions to the hike in insecurity in the regions.

“It is not like we do not have problems in other geopolitical zones of the country, but we have to address them one after the other,” the IGP said during the meeting held on April 9.

IGP Launches Operation Restore Peace In South-East

Flag-off of Operation Restore Peace at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu State on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has flagged off a new Operation codenamed Operation Restore Peace in the Enugu State to contain the rising insecurity in the South-East region.

The event was held on Tuesday at Micheal Okpara Square in Enugu capital city and was attended by Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

This is coming barely two days after the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State was attacked and properties set ablaze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Sunday night.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and other top officials at the event.

 

Six vehicles were razed with two others damaged following the attack INEC office in Enugu.

Also in April, two officers were killed in an attack on a police station in Adani, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, raising concerns over incessant assaults on security formations in the South-East region of Nigeria.

 

See more photos from the flag-off below…

National Security: IGP Unveils New Policing Vision And Crimes Fighting Strategies

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba has unveiled a new policing vision and crime-fighting strategies for the Nigeria Police Force.

In a statement on Thursday, spokesman for the force Frank Mba noted that the IGP made the new operational protocols public, today, Thursday, 15th April 2021, during the inaugural conference with Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police, and other Heads of Police Formations in the country, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The highlights of the new policing vision include; deploying cutting-edge policing technology and integrating intelligence-led policing practices to core policing functions, with a view to strengthening police capacity to stabilise the internal security order and restore public confidence in the Force.

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The new policing vision equally seeks to, among other things, give full effect to the concept of community policing and deliver quality police service that will be guided by the principles of public accountability and conformity to the rule of law. It will also embrace the social content of policing in which police officers see themselves as compassionate servants and helpers of the citizens.

According to the IGP, the meeting with the Strategic Commanders was convened to discuss strategies to roll back the unacceptable security tide occasioned by the increasing threat to internal security by terror elements, bandits, kidnappers, armed robbery syndicates, and arms traffickers.

The IGP reassured citizens that the Force under his leadership shall evolve a new policing culture where police officers will uphold the rights of the people and work within professional standards. He expressed confidence that in the shortest possible time, the new policing vision and operational strategies would return our beloved nation to the path of public safety, security, and peace.

Meanwhile, as part of the Force reorganizational plans to ensure that its units operate only in the context of their original mandates and remain human rights compliant, humane and people-driven, the IGP has ordered the immediate reforms of the IGP Monitoring Unit and the disbandment of all its satellite offices across the country.

PHOTOS: Acting IGP Resumes Office After Decoration By Vice President

The immediate past Inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu hands over power to the new IGP, Usman Alkali Baba at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on April 7, 2021. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has resumed office after being decorated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Baba was until his appointment the Force Secretary at the Louis Edet House in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Osinbajo Decorates Alkali Baba As New IGP

The Yobe State-born top cop was born on the 1st of March 1963 and bagged a Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Maiduguri, Borno state in 1997 and a Bachelor of Arts from the Bayero Usman University, Kano in 1985.

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