Yuletide: IGP Orders Round-The-Clock Visibility Patrols

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

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to initiate and implement well-coordinated crime prevention strategies and ensure round-the-clock visibility patrols towards peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations in the country.

The IGP in a statement on Thursday noted that achieving a crime and crisis free Yuletide is of utmost priority to the Force and the nation at large, as it adds to the build-up into a new year.

He assured citizens of adequate security throughout the period of the celebration and beyond, adding that the AIGs and CPs have been directed to massively deploy human, intelligence and other operational assets of the Force at their disposal to all public places including residential areas, places of worship, recreational centres, financial institutions, market places, motor-parks, major highways, airports, railway stations, amongst others, to protect the citizens and critical national infrastructure (CNI).

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In addition, the IGP warned police personnel deployed for duties during the Yuletide season, particularly those deployed to secure the highways across the country, to desist from acts inimical to discipline and professionalism.

The police boss equally enjoined citizens to cooperate with officers deployed for the assignments especially by being law abiding, noting that the Force remains sensitive to issues of rights violations, illegitimate use of force and has since deployed the Monitoring Unit, the X-Squad, and the Force Provost Unit on joint operation nationwide with a view to monitoring conducts of officers as citizens transit in and around the country during the festive season and holidays.

While congratulating Christians in the country on the occasion of the 2021 celebration of the birth of Christ, the IGP thanked all Nigerians for supporting the Police and the security community in the fight against crimes and criminality.

He urged citizens to go about the celebration in the spirit of love, sacrifice and to take protective measures to reduce exposure to security risks and the new wave of the COVID-19 variant.

IGP Alkali Baba further emphasized that citizens should keep police emergency phone lines handy or contact the nearest police station in the event of any untoward situation that may pose threats to public peace, safety and security.

The IGP, on behalf of the Force Management Team and entire officers of the Force, wished Nigerians a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, and assured citizens that service delivery will be improved in the coming year, 2022.

Yuletide: El-Rufai Approves Bonus For Civil Servants

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

Ahead of the Christmas and end of the year festivities, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has approved the payment of end of year bonus to civil servants in the state.  

In a statement signed by his media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai said all civil servants will this month receive bonuses ranging from 100% of monthly pay for junior civil servants to 30% for senior civil servants.

The statement explains that the end-of-year bonus is part of the state government’s efforts to boost morale and enhance the welfare of civil servants.

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According to El-Rufai, workers from Grade Levels 1-7 will be paid 100% of their monthly salary as a bonus, Middle-level civil servants from Grade Level 8-13 will get 40%, while senior officers on Grade Level 14 and above will receive 30% of their monthly earnings.

The 2021 end-of-year bonus will cost the state N1.382bn.

In September 2019, the Kaduna State Government became the first government, national or subnational, to pay the new national minimum wage. The state also increased the minimum pension to N30,000 monthly for retirees on defined benefits.

Yuletide: Six Security Tips To Know While In Public Spaces – Police

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As Nigerians prepare for the festive season, the police have shared six security tips for people in public spaces.

The recommendations were issued on Tuesday by the Public Relations Department of the Police Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

They highlight how residents, especially those who intend to travel for the Christmas and New Year celebrations, can be as secure as possible at motor parks, airports, and train stations.

See the security tips shared by the police on Twitter below:

Make your luggage distinctive,

Hold your bag firmly,

Make your calls as private as you can,

Handle your cash transaction calls discretely,

Don’t accept food items or drinks from strangers,

Don’t discuss your private life with strangers.

 

 

Hours after the post, the police also shared a video highlighting Christmas security tips for travellers.

Watch the video below:

 

Yuletide: DSS Uncovers Plot To Bomb Selected Public Places

We Have No Instruction To Work Against Electoral Process In Rivers – DSS
File photo of DSS operatives

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has uncovered a plot by some suspected criminals to bomb selected public places in the country during the yuletide period.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the secret service called on Nigerians to be extra vigilant, adding that they should report strange movements and suspicions to the relevant security agencies.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons,” the statement partly said.

“The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.”

The DSS spokesman explained that the aim of the criminals is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Federal Government.

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Afunanya also assured Nigerians that it is collaborating with other security agencies to adequately protect lives and properties.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

PRESS RELEASE

SECURITY ALERT

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons.

The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Government.

Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and indeed, all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.

On its part, the Service is collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for the protection of lives and property.

To further achieve this purpose, the Service has provided these emergency response numbers 08132222105 and 09030002189 for urgent contacts.  It is also using this opportunity to unveil its interactive website www.dss.gov.ng for public communication support.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these platforms and similar ones provided by related agencies to timely reach and avail them (security agencies) of required information.

However, the Service advises those planning to cause chaos and damage to public peace to desist from such as it will stop at nothing to apprehend and bring them to justice.

While assuring citizens and residents of their safety during and after the festive periods, the DGSS, Alhaji YM. Bichi fwc, with his Management and Staff, wishes all, Happy Celebrations and a Prosperous 2021.

 

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D

Public Relations Officer,

Department of State Services,

National Headquarters,

Abuja

22nd December, 2020

Yuletide: Police Parade 14 Suspected Criminals, Deploy 3,500 Personnel In Imo

The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Isaac Akinmoyede, speaks during a press conference in Owerri on December 13, 2020.

 

The Imo State Police Command has paraded 14 suspects allegedly involved in various criminal offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, cultism and unlawful possession of firearms.

Parading the suspects on Friday at the command headquarters in Owerri, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, said the command remains committed in its resolve to fight crime and criminality in the state.

While assuring Imo indigenes of adequate security during the yuletide, the commissioner explained that adequate measures have been put in place to secure lives and properties as a total of 3,500 policemen will be deployed for yuletide operations.

“I wish to showcase to you 14suspects involved in various violent crimes ranging from Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of Arms etc,” he said.

“I wish to use this opportunity to tell Imolites that adequate arrangements have been emplaced for a peaceful yuletide period, as such a total of Three Thousand Five Hundred (3500) policemen shall be deployed for the yuletide operations, I urge them to feel free to celebrate as the command remains in the business of protecting lives and properties of Imolites.”

FRSC Tests Lagos Drivers’ Alcohol Level

 

The Federal Road Safety Corporation (FRSC) has begun testing the alcohol levels of drivers in Lagos State.

The exercise, which was flagged off on Saturday, is, according to the Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, part of efforts to ensure the safety of commuters along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

It is expected to last between December 15 and January 19, 2020.

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See more photos of the exercise being carried out below.

1,700 FRSC Personnel Deployed To Oversee Traffic Activities On Highways During Yuletide

 

A total of 1,700 personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been deployed to oversee traffic activities on highways across Ogun and Lagos States.

Specifically, the personnel would be overseeing the Lagos – Ibadan; Sagamu – Ijebu Ode; Sagamu – Mosinmi – Ikorodu; Abeokuta – Sagamu; Abeokuta – Ibadan; Abeokuta – Ifo, Sango – Ota and Idiroko corridors.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Route Commander Florence Okpe Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Sector Command.

According to the statement, this deployment is part of the Ember Months Special Patrol Operations which will commence from Thursday, December 19, 2019, till Monday, January 20, 2020.

The Special Patrol Operations would focus on, excessive speed; dangerous driving; wrongful overtaking; lane indiscipline; use of phones while driving; seat belt violation; overloading violation; tyre violation (expired/ substandard) as well as speed limiting device violation; unlacthed vehicles violation; child restraint violation; passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and use of drugs & intoxicating alcoholic beverages while driving.

Meanwhile, the FRSC Ogun State Command has also embarked on aggressive motor parks public enlightenment campaigns across the state.

It has also concluded arrangements with the NDLEA to conduct joint drug tests on drivers suspected to have consumed illicit drugs as well as those that have consumed intoxicant alcoholic beverages beyond the legally tolerable level.

In addition, eye examinations would be conducted in partnership with the National Optometric Association (NOA), to ensure only drivers with good eye sights are allowed to drive passengers during the Yuletide.

Kogi Gov Unveils, Distributes Confluence Rice To Celebrate Yuletide

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has unveiled confluence rice produced by local farmers in the state.

During the distribution, the governor also commissioned agricultural equipment worth several millions of naira.

Fifty bags of the newly unveiled rice was also distributed to all the polling unit across the state, for the people to celebrate yuletide.

Yuletide: Saraki, Ekweremadu Says Christians Should Pray For Nigeria’s Unity

Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu, Christians

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu say Christians should use the festive occasion to pray for unity, peace and prosperity of Nigeria.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu said Nigerians should rededicate themselves to the service of humanity in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasises tolerance, patience, brotherly kindness and care for the needy.

Senator Saraki also stated that the 8th Senate and the National Assembly will continue to strive to make life more meaningful for all Nigerians.

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He added that the legislature would at all times work to ensure that Nigeria takes her rightful position in the league of nations through relevant legislation and timely interventions.

Also, Deputy Senate President Ekweremadu called on Nigerians to emulate the great virtues of humility, love, peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation which he said were the real reasons for the coming of Jesus Christ.

Ekweremadu, in his Christmas message to Nigerians, said Christmas was an opportunity to reflect on the humility of Christ and limitless love of God, who gave his only begotten son to be born as the man in order to save and reconcile mankind unto Himself.

IGP Orders Commencement Of Stop And Search Nationwide

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has directed immediate commencement of Stop and Search operations at flashpoints, black spots and vulnerable points on major roads and highways across the country, this yuletide season.

This security arrangement according to the IGP is to beef-up security and prevent crime and criminality to ensure a hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebration nationwide.

This was in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood and made available to Channels Television.

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“In order to ensure the free flow of traffic and ease movement of travellers, the stop and search point will not be located at areas susceptible to traffic gridlock or vehicular hold-ups. The Police teams on traffic control and observation patrols have been deployed to such points and sections to manage traffic and carry out Police observation duties,” the statement read in part.

The IGP further directed all Commissioners of Police to supervise the Police personnel deployed to these stop and search points to make sure that they are not turned to a roadblock, as the total ban on all forms of roadblocks is still in force.

Also, members of the public are urged to promptly report any roadblock seen mounted anywhere in the country to the IGP X-Squad.

The Inspector General of Police, therefore, calls on all Nigerians especially travellers and other road users to cooperate with personnel of the Force deployed in their localities as they carry out their duties of ensuring security and safety of lives and property all Nigerians.

No Panic This Yuletide, Over One Billion Litres Of Fuel Available – NNPC

Nigeria, NNPC

The Nigerian National  Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that Nigerians need not exercise unnecessary fear over the availability of petroleum products during this yuletide season and beyond.

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the corporation, Mr  Makanti Baru in Sagamu, Ogun State on Thursday said Nigeria consumes about 35 million litres of the product per day and over a billion litres of petroleum is currently available in Nigeria.

”We are prepared and we have sufficient products that will last us through the end of the year and into next year. Our average consumption is about 35 million litres per day and at the moment we have well over a billion litres of petroleum products in my tanks,” he said.

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Baru also appealed to motorists to be cautious and not save petroleum products in jerry cans as there is no cause for alarm or panic buying.

”We do not have any problem what I will appeal to motorists to please not put fuel in jerry cans and put them in your cars. That is very dangerous because at the slightest opportunity they could catch fire.

“I am assuring you, there is products in every filling stations as you could see around the country. We have trucks that are bringing fuel to filling stations across the country,” the NNPC Boss said.

He said further that the ugly scenes of long queues will not be seen at petroleum stations this yuletide season and then cautioned Nigerians against panic buying and unwholesome storage of petroleum products.

Commissioner Charges Ogun State Workers On Diligence

Commissioner Charges Ogun State Workers On DiligenceThe Ogun state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye, has charged workers to put in their best to ensure successful implementation of government policies and programmes in its rebuilding mission.

He said this while welcoming the civil servants back to their various duty posts, after the Christmas holiday.

“As we say happy holidays, we say happy new year in advance, for some of us, we don’t really have any holiday, media doesn’t holidays but we are used to that. We do say welcome back to work, we thank God for his blessings and mercies, for giving us the opportunity to see another Christmas and another boxing day and by the grace of God the new year is going to be a prosperous one”.

“As our workers resumed to work after the long holiday, my charge is simply, let us continue from where we dropped off.

“We always pride ourselves as the best in the country, you can see the award held about two weeks ago.

“The governor rewarded five of them free houses for their diligence and dedication, that is to tell you that our workers are diligent and hardworking. So, my charge, let us continue to put in our best and continue to put Ogun state in its rightful position in the comity of states in Nigeria” he said.

A worker, sharing their experiences from the holiday, expressed that it has really reinvigorated them for maximum productivity.

“Sincerely speaking, the holiday has been so refreshing, interesting and exciting and relaxing.

As a matter of fact, it has been the tonic needed to really review, reform, and reinvigorate for the challenges at work. So, you can see that I am looking radiant, I am willing to get the ball rolling”. he concluded.