Nigerian Police Officers Are Acclaimed To Be The Best In The World – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed has explained why the Nigerian police is acclaimed to be the best in the world. Appearing on a Channels Television programme on Monday January 25, Adamu said the police in Nigeria do a lot to keep the peace even though it is underfunded. He also disclosed that when Nigerian officers are taken out of the country to an international environment where the logistics for effective policing are available, they perform wonderfully well. Adamu said; “When you have police as an organisation that is supposed to fight crime, to maintain law and order, the personnel of that organisation must be properly trained, must be properly equipped, must be given the necessary tools required for them to perform the functions for which they are recruited. “It is only in Nigeria that you have police officers that don’t have the required logistics that they need to operate, but they struggle and make the society peaceful “When you take them out of the country, to an international environment where those logistics that are required for you to do policing job are there, you see them performing wonderfully well. And that’s why Nigerian police officers are acclaimed to be the best in the world. “Put Nigerian police officers side by side with even police officers from advanced countries; give them the same function; give them the same logistics; you’ll see the officers of the Nigerian police perform better than those that are coming from so-called advanced countries. “I’m an example. A lot of police officers from those advanced countries worked under me and I directed them on what policing is and what should come out of them.”

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Insecurity!! Return to work AIG begs police men!!

The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Ahmed Iliyasu in charge of Zone 2 Command, has called on police officers of his command to return to duty post in Lagos and Ogun states. This, he said, was to ensure adequate security before, during and after the yuletide. Yesterday, he made the call during a workshop at the Nigeria Police Force Zone 2, Onikan in Lagos. Iliyasu also urged all police officers to put the #EndSARS protest behind them in the spirit of nationhood. He also appealed to them to go back and correct the negative perception which Nigerian youths have about police officers and policing. “We must have a change of attitude to our duty and put the people as the centre point of our policing,” he said. He emphasized that policing strategy should be people-centred, satisfactory to the people and good enough to remove the fear and uncertainty in the mind of the people anytime they have contact with the police.

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Use your firearms when your life is in danger- IGP adamu tells police officers!!

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, has advised police officers to use their firearms to protect themselves whenever they are in the face of any form of danger. Adamu gave the advice while addressing police officers recently. The Police chief is currently on a tour to different state commands to assess the level of destruction each command suffered during the civil unrest that broke out across the country after hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protests. Several police officers were killed and many stations destroyed in the wake of the unrest. Speaking to the officers during a visit, Adamu said, All that happened in terms of attacks on the police and police stations, should not stop us from coming out to perform our constitutional duties. But while we are performing this constitutional duties, we must also protect ourselves because every policeman is a human being and is also entitled to human rights protection. Don’t forget your force order 237. You read and digest it very well. You know when you should use your firearms. You use your firearms in a lawful manner. One of the ways you use your firearms is when your life is in danger and there is no other way through, then you use your firearms. Does it make sense for a policeman to die when he is carrying a rifle?”

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I Called The Police Shortly Before My House Was Burgled, But They Refused To Come – Ndoma-Egba

Victor Ndoma-Egba, a former senate leader, whose house was burgled last week by hoodlums has bewailed on how he called the security agencies shortly before the incidence, but nothing reasonable was done. Ndoma-Egba’s residence was among the property targeted during the  in Calabar, capital of Cross River, last week. According to him, shortly before his house was burgled, he received a text informing him that there were plans by arranged hoodlums to attack his residence in Calabar, that of Senator Gershom Bassey and a hotel owned by Senator John Owan. Governor of the state, Ben Ayade, had imposed a 24-hour curfew as part of measures to contain the situation but the mob broke loose. In a statement, Ndoma-Egba narrated how he got intelligence on the attack but despite informing security agencies, “nothing was done to stop the attack”. “At about 2 am (local time, as I was abroad) on Saturday 24th. October 2020 I received a text informing me that there were plans by arranged hoodlums to attack my residence in Calabar, that of Senator Gershom Bassey and a hotel owned by Senator John Owan Enor,” he said. “I promptly forwarded the texts to Senators Bassey and Owan Enoh. I also called the security agencies in Calabar to apprise them of the information. Calabar from my information was already tense from the previous day’s break-in into warehouses storing COVID 19 palliatives and the subsequent breaching of shops and other businesses. The impending attack on Senators Bassey, Owan Enoh and I was already public knowledge as later that morning I got many calls to that effect. “Thereafter I kept calling the security agencies by the hour when in spite of their assurances that they will secure my house there was no evidence of any security personnel in my vicinity. I understand, the times were indeed confounding for everybody. “At about 2 pm the intruders broke into my house and looted it to the ground leaving only the bare floor. All the toilets,[…]

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#EndSARS: IGP declined reports of police shooting at unarmed protesters

Mohammed Adamu,the Inspector-General of Police, has declined reports by global rights organisation, Amnesty International, that police officers shot at unarmed #EndSARS protesters. The IGP described Amnesty’s report of October 21, 2020, that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters as “untrue, deceiving and contrary to all available empirical evidence”. This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘EndSARS Protests: Police Personnel Were Professional And Exercised Maximum Restraints – IGP Tells Amnesty Int’l’. Adamu said, “During the protests, officers of the Force used legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner and in most cases, physically protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters. “Even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations. “Available Reports show that 22 police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life-threatening conditions at the hospitals. “205 police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters. “Despite these unprovoked attacks, our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report. “It also beggars imagination that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to Police officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests while serving their fatherland. “The Force decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report. One wonders if in the estimation of Amnesty International, police officers are not also human beings equally entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of human person.”

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Sergeant who shot lover, arrested by Police

The Lagos State Police Command said it arrested the cop that allegedly shot his ex lover, Joy Eze at Opebi, Ikeja. On October 8, Sergeant Eze Aiwansone, the suspect, who is attached to the Special Protection Unit (SPU) allegedly shot his lover after inviting her on a date. Spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi said in a statement on Thursday evening said, the suspect fled after allegedly committing the crime, the suspect was later arrested by his elder brother, who is a Police inspector after which he handed him over to the Command. “The State CID Panti has taken over the case on the instruction of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, for further investigation. “The Commissioner of Police has warned police personnel in Lagos State to desist from any act that can  tarnish the image of the police; and be committed to the principles of Community Policing for better service delivery and public safety in the state,” said Adejobi.

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#EndSARS: DJ Switch remembers terrific experiences during Lekki shooting 

Veteran female disc jockey, DJ Switch, who took a bold step by being live on her Instagram when there was random shooting at the Lekki tollgate, to show the whole world what was happening and at the same time, she gave vital information that would help in investigating the massacre of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate, on Tuesday. DJ Switch said, “Yes, there were soldiers there.  Another thing people are not talking about is that the Police were also there. The SARS people we are talking about also came about 45 minutes after the soldiers left. We were tear-gassed; the tear gas felt like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid. “We would run and come back and the only thing we fought with was our flags. We would sit on the floor; raise our hands up singing the national anthem. That was all we had. They put off the lights, even if there was no power supply on a good day, in that axis, there is always light at the Toll Gate. It was pitch-black.” With teary eyes, DJ Swutch recounted how a boy saved her life but was later shot in the process. “A boy jumped on me and kept shouting, ‘cover her, cover her.’ I did not even understand why he did that. They shot that boy while he was on my back,” she said. In the video, she showed some of the bullets the protester picked up which she referred to as proof. She also showed a bullet that was removed from the lap of one of the victims. She said, “While the soldiers were picking their shells, we were running around picking their shells too because we wanted proof. “The military, they were there on Nigerian soil, killing Nigerian citizens. The police and SARS people came doing the same thing. Aiming and shooting; aiming, they were pointing the guns at us and shooting live bullets. Who takes live bullets to a protest? Who does that?” “To[…]

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Federal Government appeals for understanding, calm nationwide

The Presidency on Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to show understanding with the present regime and remain calm while it tries to implement police reforms. This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari welcomes establishment of judicial panels of inquiry by 13 states to deliver justice for victims of police brutality’. Few hours after eyewitnesses claimed armed soldiers opened fire on protesting youths at Lekki tollgate area un Lagos State, that was when the call for calm came. Reeling out the steps he claimed have so far been taking to address the demands of the protesters, Adesina wrote, “The Presidency appeals for understanding and calm across the nation, as the implementation of the reforms gathers pace at federal and state levels. “The Presidency wishes to reiterate the full commitment of the Buhari administration to the implementation of lasting police reforms in Nigeria.” He made mention of the states that have done so to include Lagos, Kaduna, Delta, Ekiti, Ogun, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Plateau, Edo, Nasarawa, Ondo and Akwa Ibom. The statement added, “President Muhammadu Buhari welcomes the promptness of these necessary subnational actions, and reaffirms his commitment to supporting the state governments to ensure that justice is achieved for all victims of police brutality in Nigeria. “Under the Chairmanship of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Economic Council at its meeting on Thursday October 15, 2020 resolved to establish state-level Judicial Panels of Inquiry, to investigate allegations of Police brutality and ensure that all erring personnel are brought to justice. “Prior to that, the President in June 2019 signed a Bill establishing the Police Trust Fund, to mobilize additional funding for the welfare and equipping of the Nigeria Police Force. Accrual of funding into the Fund, as specified in its enabling Act, has commenced. “President Buhari in 2018 approved an increase in police salaries and the police personnel budget has seen a rise from N288bn in the[…]

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Police ban protests in Lagos

In a press statement by the Lagos State Police Relation Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, on Tuesday, he hasbanned protests in the state. Few hours after the Lagos State Government imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, the police ban followed. Two police stations were burnt in Lagos State by hoodlums before the declaration of curfew. The statement reads, “In a statement by the spokesman for the command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police said no protests, gatherings or procession under any guise was allowed anymore in the state. “Due to the new development of violent attacks on police officers and men and formations including innocent Nigerians in Lagos State, and the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government with effect from 4pm today October 20; the Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the public that henceforth no protest or gathering or possession, under whatever guise, is permitted within Lagos State. “In light of the above, all security agencies have deployed adequate personnel to take charge and enforce the curfew across the state. “The command regrets to confirm the setting ablaze of Orile Police State today at about 10am, where some of our policemen were critically injured and unconfirmed reports state that one of them is dead.” The PPRO regretted that the #ENDSARS protests have been hijacked by hoodlums. “It’s crystal clear that the #ENDSARS protest has been hijacked by hoodlums who want to run down the state and the police command will resist such state of anarchy, unrest, and brouhaha with all powers within the ambit of the law. “While the command is resolute in sustenance of human rights and democratic tenets, the public is hereby warned to comply with the curfew and desist from any act of violence in the state as the command will resist such in totality,” he added.

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Gombe man ‘charms’ Kano teenage girl into marriage

Kano State Police Command says it has arrested a man, one Kabiru Abdullahi, 27, he allegedly charmed a teenage girl  and forced her into marriage in Gombe State. It also said it succeeded in arresting three others for allegedly raping a housewife and another minor girl. The command’s spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna said, “On October 10, one Alhaji Iliyasu Yakubu of Matugwe Village Sumaila LGA, Kano, reported a case against one Sale Yusuf, 30, of Ana-Dariya Village Tudun Wada LGA, Kano State. “He said when his wife Hajara Umar, 40, was returning from Matigwe Village Sumaila council to Falgore Village Tudun Wada council, the suspect attacked her on a bush path with knife, stick and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her. “The suspect was arrested and confessed to have committed the offence. The knife and stick were recovered. Case is under investigation. “Similarly, October 10, one Sadi Alasan of Zaura Babba Village Ungogo, Kano State, reported a rape case against Isyaku Sani, 25,  and Usaini Muhammed, 17, both of Zaura Babba Village Ungogo, Kano. “He said they deceive and lured his daughter, aged none, into a house at different occasions and each had sexual intercourse with her. “The suspects were arrested and confessed to have committed the offence. The case is under investigation.”

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