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ENUGU STATE GOVT DONATED 50 PATROL VEHICLES TO
STATE POLICE COMMAND
 

The Enugu State Government has donated fifty Hilux pick-up patrol trucks fitted with sophisticated communication gadgets to the State Police Command to assist them combat crime and maintain law and order in the State. The State government in addition procured one hundred walkie talkies and ten 5.5 KVA electric generator plants for the police to help boost communication for their repeater stations located at Nsukka, Udenu, Igbo Eze North, Oji River, Awgu, Udi, Uzo Uwani, Agbani and Ngwo Hill top.

The State governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime who announced this during the formal presentation of the vehicles and communication equipment at a colourful ceremony at the Okpara Square, Enugu said that the items were provided to help the police apprehend and prosecute criminals and violators of the law. According to the governor, “We are here today to handover 50 Hilux Pick-up vehicles fully equipped with vital communication gadgets to the Enugu State Police Command for the effective coverage of the entire state…and make our society crime-free as well as apprehend and prosecute criminals and other violators of the law.”

He explained that the decision to assist the police was based on the security consciousness of his administration and its firm resolves not to employ extra-judicial methods of policing in the State since such would undermine the work of the police constitutionally responsible to cater for public security and maintenance of law and order. The State Chief Executive re-affirmed his government’s confidence in the ability of the Nigerian Police to discharge their constitutional responsibilities, adding that the presentation of the vehicles and equipments were the beginning of government’s critical partnership with the police for improved perform.

“We have implicit confidence in the abilities of the Nigerian Police and other agencies for State Security to deliver, bring the armed bandits, law breakers and other criminals to total submission”, he said. On the issue of cultism and cultists in the institutions of higher learning in the State, Governor Chime made it clear that his government would not tolerate criminalities under any guise and therefore directed the law enforcement agencies to do away with them as a matter of urgency.

Said he, “we have zero tolerance for cultism and cultists. The so called cultists are nothing but criminal gangsters. This government will bring the full weight of the law to bear on them. I urge our law enforcement agencies to wipe away cultism from our institution as a matter of urgency.” He used the occasion to campaign for a better working condition for the Nigerian Police and appealed to those who see crime as a way of life to have a rethink, promising that government would help to rehabilitate those who genuinely repented.

Also in his speech, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, announced the ban of road blocks in the State, adding that the provision of the vehicles and equipments were a clear testimony of the importance Enugu State government attaches to public security.

Mr. Okiro noted that with the vehicles, the police in Enugu State had no excuse to fai and commended the governor for being the first to purchase and donate such sophisticated high frequency communication gadgets for the operational efficiency of the police.

The federal police boss, said, “You have no excuse whatsoever not to perform. You must chase out all the criminals in Enugu State and bring them to justice… I expect no less in terms of effective watertight security. While performing your duty, you must shun corruption and all forms of extortion.” He also appealed to the people of Enugu State to utilize the new communication facilities to pass information about criminal and their nefarious activities to the police, adding, that government should put the necessary arrangements in place for the adequate maintenance of the vehicles and the equipment.

Also, the Chairman Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Enugu State Chapter, Hon. Ignatius Ishienyi in his speech announced that in addition to the seventeen out of the fifty Hilux pick-up vehicles provided by the association, they would also donate N4.3 million monthly for the maintenance and general serving of the vehicles. Hon. Ishienyi described the new dimension in the fight against crime and criminals in the State as a welcome development and thanked the governor for his landmark achievements which included the recall of disengaged workers, launching of mechanized agricultural farming in the State and introduction of government of accommodation and collective bargaining.

He pledged their total cooperation and support of the association to the administration and requested the Governor to visit their council areas to commission some of their completed projects. In his speech, the Secretary to the State government, Mr. Martin Ilo said that the presentation of the vehicles to the police was just the first in the quest to actualize the State government 4 point agenda, adding that the Chime administration has vision and focus. Mr. Ilo added that the handover of the patrol vehicles clearly demonstrated government’s commitment in flushing out hoodlums from the State, and its resolve to ensure adequate security of lives and properties of residents of the State.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Mr. Rob Anwatu pledged the readiness of the organized private sector to partner with the State government for the economic wellbeing of the people and described the private sector as the engine and the driving force of the economy. He expressed happiness that Enugu State is gradually transforming from mere Civil Service State to a commercial city and appealed to the State government for an enabling environment for economic activities to thrive. Mr. Anwatu noted that for business to grow there must be adequate security of life and property. He therefore thanked the governor for the giant strides taken so far in the area of security, pointing out that nobody wants to come in and invest where there is no security.

 

POLICE REDEPLOYS 36 COMMISSIONERS OF POLICE

As part of the determination of the Federal Government to re-position the Nigeria Police Force, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has approved the immediate redeployment of 36 Commissioners of Police nationwide. In a strongly worded signal to the affected officers, the Inspector-General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, charged the officers to fight all forms of criminality and corruption in their commands.

S/NO

RANK

NAME

FROM

TO

1

CP

Mohammed D. Abubakar

CP Airport

CP Lagos

2  

CP Audu Abubakar

 CP Imo

CP Kwara

3   

 

CP S. D. Fakai

CP Osun

Deputy Force-Sec Abuja

4

 

CP Bashiru Azeez 

CP Lagos

CP Enugu

5

 

CP Elizabeth Ayo-Eremie

Force Headquarters

CP Special Duty

6

 

CP Abayomi Onashile  CP Ekiti

CP Abia

CP Ekiti

7

 

CP Charles J. Akaya  CP Plateau

Deputy Force-Sec

CP Plateau

8

 

CP Mohammed A. Yusufu

CP Bauchi

CP Kano

9

 

CP Emmanuel I. Ezeozue

Staff College Jos

CP Abia

10

 

CP Emmanuel Adebayo

CP Nasarawa

 CP Admin FCID

 11

 

CP Samuel Adekunle

CP Kogi

CP Provost

 12

 

CP Innocent Ilozuoke

CP Ondo

CP Cross-River

 13

 

CP Udom U. Ekpoudom

CP Benue

CP Oyo

 14

 

CP Donald Onyinye Iroham

Force Headquarters CP

CP Imo

 15

 

 CP Adanaya T. Gaya

CP Ebonyi

 CP Bauchi

 16

 

CP Mohammed H. Zarewa

CP Provost Marshal

CP Zamfara

 17

 

CP Abubakar Mohammed

Force Headquarters

CP Nasarawa

 18

 

CP Ibrahim B. Ahmed

 Force Headquarters

CP Airport

 19

 

CP Bukar Maina

CP Kwara

CP G.I. FCID

 20

 

CP Danlami Yar’Adua

Cross-River

CP Borno

 21

 

 CP Atiku Yusuf Kafur
 

CP Kano

CP Homicide FCID

 22

 

CP Charles A. Dawodu

CP Enugu

CP Admn ‘A’ Dept.

 23

 

CP Juliana N. Iroha

CP Force CID

CP Ebonyi

 24

 

CP Ibezimako Aghanya

CP Ekiti

CP Kogi

 25

 

CP Calistus Aniude

CP SARS

CP Admin ‘B’ Dept

 26

 

  CP Ephraim U.N. Amakulor

Force Headquarters

CP Admin ‘C’ Dept

 27

 

CP Ibiyinka Kayode

CP Plateau

 CP Benue

 28

 

CP Shehu A. Babalola

CP Borno

CP Ondo

 29

 

CP John Moronike

CP Force CID

CP Osun

 30

 

CP Sani Magaji

Force Headquarters

CP Welfare

 31

 

CP Kefas Gadzama

CP Zamfara

CP SARS

 32

 

CP Jonathan Johnson

CP Oyo

CP Police College Orji

 33

 

CP Abubakar Sardauna

FHQ

CP Federal operations

 34

 

CP Paul Iseghohi

CP Abia

CP Niger

 35

 

CP Saleh Abubakar

CP Nasarawa

CP Jigawa


IGP PROMOTES 25 GALLANT OFFICERS

 

The Ag. Inspector General of Police Sir Mike Mbama Okiro has promoted 25 Gallant officers for foiling an attempted robbery in Benin, Edo State. The men had recovered millions of naira stolen from a bank and sophisticated arms and ammunition from a gang of dare-devil armed robbers,  seven of armed robbers were killed in the fierce shoot out. ASP Adaidu was promoted to the rank of DSP posthumously for his gallantry act in the operation. This was in conformity with the earlier promise by the Ag. Inspector General of Police to reward hard working police officers and motivate them for effective service delivery.

POLICE READY TO TACKLE NIGER DELTA MILITANTS

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, has declared the readiness of The Nigeria Police to tackle militia activities in the Niger Delta. Okiro, who spoke while address journalist and officers of the Zone 4 Command headquarters, Makurdi, said the crisis in the oil rich region has assumed a criminal dimension.

He blamed the problem of the region on long neglect by previous administrations.
The police boss said that the cult crisis in the Niger Delta, especially the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt, was basically because the higher institutions in the area are becoming breeding grounds for deadly cult groups. He said that the police are devising a way to check the cults without disrupting daily living in the Niger Delta.

Okiro expressed happiness that the President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua administration has taken steps to address the grievances of the people of the Niger Delta which led to the restiveness. He said that in due course, the area would return to normal when the government's efforts begin to yield results. According to him, the direct involvement of the Federal Government in the provision of employment for youths in the area and building of basic amenities would assist in stemming the tide of events.

The acting IG expressed regret that corruption has continued to slow down progress being made by the force. He wondered why policemen chase N20 bribe to the detriment of the image of the force. Okiro said: "We are like rats, cannot avoid crayfish. Once they see crayfish, they are prepared to die on traps. N20 cannot do anything for you as a policeman, because you are in a hurry to get rich. That small salary you say is not enough, is better than those not employed." The Inspector General added: "Even if other people are corrupt, the nature of your job is such that we are supposed to be fighters of corruption. It is true that all dogs eat excreta, but it is the dog with excreta on its lips that is held responsible for eating excreta".

On promotion within the police, Okiro blamed what he called "establishment" for the woes of policemen who are stagnating on the same rank for the past five years. He said that after the "establishment" problem, which is basically a civil service constraint is sorted out, policemen in the nation would start enjoying regular promotions.

The Ag. IGP promised to tackle the problem of welfare of living and the dead police personnel, declaring that henceforth, all policemen's families who lose their lives would be paid three months salaries up-front, while members of their families will be allowed to stay in the barracks for six months to help them get over the loss of their bread winners. He added that the Police High Command has concluded plans to give qualified police personnel loans to build their own houses, so that they can have comfortable abodes to live in when they retire from service.

The Police High Command has written to all the 36 governors to support this project, with 15 governors giving positive response. As a proof of his commitment to promotion of police personnel, Okiro ordered the immediate promotion of 18 police personnel who have distinguished themselves.

THE SUN NEWS

NIGER DELTA KIDNAPPERS NABBED
By MURPHY GANAGANA, Abuja
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Police anti-crime operatives have spoilt the fun for three young men who were savouring the proceeds of an N3.3million ransom paid to them after kidnapping the nanny and three-year-old daughter of a shipping magnate in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Ironically, Sampson Michael, a driver to the shipping magnate, has confessed to master-minding the evil plot against his boss, claiming he was propelled by the devil to perpetrate the criminal act.

Parading the suspects before newsmen Monday in Abuja, acting Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, said the trio, whose names were given as Oghechi Umah, Ibiyekaribo Dappa and Sampson Michael, were among a 10-man gang involved in kidnap and extortion in Rivers State under the guise of militancy.  

Okiro disclosed that the gang leader, George Kalabiri and two others, including the armourer, were killed recently during a shoot-out with the police while they were on another kidnap mission. The police, he said, are on the trail of four other members of the gang who are at large.

The IGP explained that the suspects were nabbed based on a petition by the father of the three-year-old girl, to the effect that his little daughter, nanny and driver were kidnapped mid-May, 2007, on the way to the kid’s school, after which he got a call requesting for a N150million ransom before the victims would be released.

Okiro said the distraught father actually negotiated with the kidnappers and agreed to pay the sum of #5million out of which he paid #3million on May 19, which led to the release of his daughter, nanny and driver unharmed. A month later, he paid another sum of #300,000, but decided to petition the IGP when the kidnappers mounted pressure on him to pay the balance as agreed.

He was, however, stunned when detectives unmasked his hitherto trusted driver, Sampson Michael, as the brain behind the kidnap plot. The driver, indeed, confessed to committing the crime when he was confronted with technical evidence against him.

Pleading for forgiveness, Sampson admitted co-opting 28-year-old Oghechi Umah and his other accomplices into the kidnap plot, which he hatched, saying he wanted to ensure he had some good money since his master’s company was relocating to Ghana. He also confessed to receiving #300,000 as his share of the #3.3million ransom paid by his master, just as all other members of the gang.

Though momentarily pretending to be a victim, Sampson said he had arranged that himself and his master’s daughter and nanny be held captive and taken into the creeks via Buguma waterside in Port Harcourt, where they spent four days before payment of the first installment of the #5million ransom agreed upon.

THE SUN NEWS

ROBBERS RIDDLE COP WITH BULLETS
By Vincent Ukpong
Saturday, August 18, 2007

The event of the wee hours of last Sunday will forever live with Musa Abdullahi, a police constable attached to the Alade Police Division, Shomolu, Lagos, who escaped death by the whiskers in the hands of armed robbers. If that close shave with death does not scare the wit out of him all through his life, it may be that he employs his training as a force man to suppress it.  In response to the persistent cry of insecurity of lives and property in Lagos and the challenge of the police to live up to expectation, a team of anti robbery squad from Alade Police Division was on patrol in the Shomolu neighbourhood with the Ford van provided the formation by former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The team comprising five police officers got to Bajualaye area and was conducting the routine stop and search. According to Abdullahi, at about 12.30 am on the fateful day, they had stopped a car that had one occupant. The driver of the car came down as they were searching the vehicle and started making telephone calls. Not quite long after, another vehicle arrived and beamed its light on us, and almost immediately, there was a staccato of gun shots from that second vehicle, while the car we were searching zoomed off immediately. According to him, the occupants of the vehicles were armed with sophisticated guns as they continued to shoot in every direction.

When some of the bullets hit his hand and his belly, his training instinct became alert; he fell down and rolled to a place that shielded him. The robbers thought he had died. By then his colleagues having been overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the robbers scampered for safety. The robbers did not spare the patrol van. It was riddled with bullets and demobilized. It was after the gun duel had ended that his colleagues came to his rescue, by then he was almost bleeding to death. He was placed at the intensive care unit of a private hospital where doctors battled to safe his life. Pellets lodged in his belly and left hand were extracted.

Donating to save colleague


Musa’s case brings to limelight the unfortunate situation and low morale of the Nigerian policeman. A senior police officer told Saturday Sun that a policeman that is wounded while on duty is on his own and it is almost an impossible task to get money from the force for embalment and mortuary services when a cop dies in such circumstances. Most times, the colleagues of such victim usually come to the rescue.
Musa is currently facing the same problem as only his colleagues have taxed themselves to raise money to save his life. Each of them is contributing about N5, 000 to pay for the hospital bill and for other laboratory diagnosis and x-ray.
“The police who is under obligation to confront dare devil robbers are not equipped. None of the police personnel that went with Musa had bullet-proof vests”, another officer revealed.

THE SUN NEWS

MONEY MONGERS •They print fake currencies
By Juliana Francis
Thursday, August 16, 2007

Five persons, including a woman, are now telling police detectives all they know about the printing of fake N1000 and N500 notes. Daily Sun gathered that the police received information that a syndicate that specialized in printing counterfeit money usually converged on Allen round-about, Ikeja, Lagos. Acting on the information, detectives were said to have moved to the scene, where they arrested Sunday Agunda, who distributed fake currencies. He was used as a bait to arrest other members of the syndicate.

Those now held are Ambrose Okio, Gbenga Akingboro, Kemi Jacob, Sunday Agunda and Jacob Orogbo. The prime suspect, Jonah Jacob, fled before the arrival of the police, who recovered a printing machine, chemical, 194 fake N1000 and 50 fake N500 notes in his house. Agunda, who was caught distributing the fake currency at Ikeja, said Jonah printed the money. "We’ve been at it for a year, but I left after I realized it was illegal.

The person who introduced us into the business is dead. He used to provide such money for people that ask for it, but I don’t use it myself."
Jacob Orogbo, father of the fleeing suspect, said he got to know that his son was involved in such criminal act last June. According to him, someone alerted him to what Jonah was doing. "I told him that this was what I heard he was into. I warned him to desist from such act beginning from that day. I told him not to bring scandal to the family name."  Kemi Jacob, wife to the suspect, was also picked by the police. Also, Gbenga Akingboro, Kemi’s brother, was arrested when he came over to visit his sister. Police claimed that he was also printing fake currencies as he was trained by Jonah.

"He is my sister’s husband, but I work at Abule-Egba as a printer in a factory. I swear to Almighty God that I never knew Jonah was into printing of fake money. I know that it is only God that will save me from this problem. Jesus is alive! I only know that Jonah prints pamphlets and handbills, "he lamented.
Ambrose Okio, Jonah’s relation, said he had gone on a visit only for policemen to pounce on him. He said: "They started beating me. They said Jonah sent me to check on them. They said he was printing fake money."
Police investigation revealed that the fake currencies were taken to the northern part of the country for circulation.

THE SUN NEWS

OYO POLICE SMOKE OUT 30
By NGOZI UWUJARE, Ibadan
Thursday, August 16, 2007

It was a harvest of arrests for the Oyo State police command as it recently rounded up 30 suspected criminals.The offences of the suspects range from murder, fake currency trafficking and armed robbery. The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Udom Ekpoudom, explained that one Adesola Adeniyi was kidnapped by a group of people, suspected to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Ogbomoso branch and taken away in two buses.

He said Adeniyi was taken to baby park where he was killed and his corpse taken to an unknown place. Giving more insight into the breakthrough the police recorded in recent times, Ekpoudom explained that Kolajide Odukoya and Bayo Balogun were involved in fake currency trafficking. He also narrated how 10 securitymen at Lina Oil Nigeria Limited killed an unknown person and buried him in the company’s premises. He stated that two locally made pistols, one dane gun, 11 cutlasses, four knives, one axe, one hammer, three live cartridges and charms were recovered from the suspects.

The CP told Daily Sun that one Bola Makinde was arrested when some mobile policemen on duty in the Oluyole area of Ibadan learnt that a woman had just lost money to fraudsters who claimed they had dollars they claimed to have stolen stole from their master, a whiteman. He explained that the two suspects, Muyiwa Olarenwanju and Idom Dada were arrested while two members of the syndicate are large.

Ekpoudom said: "We also recovered 3,250 fake dollars, red Ankara fabric."
Some suspects, Ademola Adejumo, Thomas Ayinde, Idikwu Oliver, Titilayo Aina, Pius Adeola, Rasheed Mohammed, Abiodun Raphael, Ogbaji Stephen, Joseph Noah and Adekunle, said they had no option but to kill the man who gained entrance into Lina Oil Limited.

 





DAILY CHAMPION

Police equipment foundation shops for N12 BN

15 August 2007. CLEMENT NWOJI, Abuja

Police Equipment Foundation Monday disclosed that it requires about N12.5 billion to acquire a total of 2,500 vehicles being disbursed to security agencies including the Police, Army, Immigrations , Customs, Defence Intelligence Agency among others just as the foundation said it has spent N4 billion to acquire 400 vehicles so far distributed.

The National Coordinator of the Police Equipment Foundation, Chief Kenny Martins stated this while making donations of vehicles to the Defence Intelligence Agency and the Nigerian Customs Service. He said the foundation made donations of 12 and 16 brand of Hilux (4 by 4) cars to the Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Customs Service respectively.

Martins said given the important roles being played by the two agencies in maintaining peace and security in the country, there was need to assist them in being mobile at all time with ease by the provision of the vehicles to them.

He noted that Police alone would not be able to protect lives and property without the complementary roles of other law enforcement agencies, adding that this informed the extension of the foundation’s aids to the rest of law enforcement agencies other than the police.

Consequently, he assured that the foundation would extend its housing scheme to other law enforcement agencies, revealing that currently the foundation was working out 450 housing units for the Police in the next five years on owner occupier basis . In his response, the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, Major-Gen. A. M. Halidu- Giwa applauded the foundation for the donation, saying that the donation was received with profound gratitude

He said that the vehicles would facilitate their operational efficiency in their efforts to realize the agency’s vision and mission of ensuring peace and security throughout the federation. Halidu Giwa, however, requested for more vehicles saying that it was necessitated by the fact that the vehicles had to be deployed to all its units in the country.

 

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Police arrest fleeing MASSOB members

Okodili Ndidi, Onitsha - 16.08.2007

A combined team of police and vigilance groups in Onitsha, Anambra State, arrested three suspected members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), who fled to a neighboring island following an offensive launched yesterday morning by members of the combined squad.

Speaking to newsmen, a police source that preferred anonymity disclosed that the three men arrested engaged the police in a gun battle which lasted for over three hours, and consequently sent the residents of the sleepy island on the run. He added that the men, who are currently with the police, have confessed to carrying out various degrees of crimes, ranging from kidnapping, raping and armed robbery.

However, the leader of the group, whose name was given as Nwabueze Ugo, is still at large. The source confirmed that there had been an upsurge in crime in the state recently, adding that the members of the outlawed MASSOB are largely responsible.

 

THE SUN

Armed youths shoot DPO in Delta
By EMMANUEL OGOIGBE Warri
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Pandemonium rocked the sleepy town of Patani in Delta State on Monday night as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area; Superintendent Ita Selong was shot by armed. As a result, the state police Commissioner, Hezekiah Dimka has vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. The DPO who got what he did not bargain for had mobilized his men to quell a riotous situation in the town where youths, armed with A.K.47 rifles and other dangerous weapon had engaged each other in a shooting spree.

Though the cause of the misunderstanding that led to the indiscriminate shooting could not be ascertained at press time, it was however obvious that the rampaging youths numbering about 20 were really on a dangerous mission.

A source who preferred anonymity told Daily Sun that the trigger-happy youths on sighting the DPO and his men, asked him to go back and warned that he should not interfere in their matter. But the DPO who was bent on ensuring that peace prevailed insisted that the embittered youths should lay down their arms and embrace peace. Sadly, at that point, the police boss became their target as they shattered his legs with bullets and also injured him in the head.

The police boss who is now battling with life at the General Hospital, Ughelli could not speak to newsmen as a team of medical doctors were working round the clock to ensure he survives the bizarre attack. Leader of the medical personnel at the hospital Dr Pius Diejomaoh, told newsmen that the DPO is responding to treatment, adding that there was no cause for alarm.

However, police Commissioner Dimka in telephone conversation expressed shock over the senseless attack on the DPO by the militants, as he assured that the perpetrators must be brought to justice. “I am aware of the incident, and I have ordered the dispatch of a team of mobile police force to the town to fish out the hoodlums”, said the police boss. He reminded hoodlums who are still perpetrating criminal acts to flee from Delta as the State is no more safe for them.
“I have warned these hoodlums to steer clear of this State because I am not going to condone their criminal acts,” warned Dimka, insisting that the people of the state must continue to sleep with their two eyes closed.

 

THE PUNCH

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007

Gunmen kill police inspector in A’Ibom

Chukwudi Akasike, Uyo

Gunmen suspected to be hired assassins shot and killed an inspector of police attached to the Akwa Ibom State Anti-Robbery Squad on Saturday. The deceased, simply identified as Etim, was shot 13 times at his residence in Nnouko in Ibesikpo Local Government area at about 8.30pm.

An eyewitness said Etim‘s assailants, who numbered up to four stormed his residence on two Skygo motorcycles and went straight to him for proper identification. According to the eyewitness who identified himself as Sunday Inyang, one of the hoodlums pointed at the deceased before he was shot on the head and all over his body.

Inyang told our correspondent that people within the area took to their heels immediately the police inspector was shot.  Inyang said, ”We were so scared at the sight of the men who were masked, and the sound of their gunshots made all the people around to run away.

”Though, we alerted the police after the incident, our good friend, Etim had already died as a result of the bullets pumped into his body.” The Police Public Relations Officer for the state’s command, Mr. Gab Ngban, who confirmed the killing of Etim, condemned the act.

Ngban said Etim was felled by assassins‘bullet on Saturday night at his residence while taking his dinner. The state police spokesman, however, declined to make further comment on the matter, saying the command had commenced a full investigation aimed at unravelling those behind the killing.

”I cannot speak further on this matter because we have started a full investigation on the matter,” Ngban said. On the increasing cases of lynching of suspected robbers in the state, Ngban expressed sadness over the development, saying such act was barbaric and against the law.

He warned members of the public to desist from such act and added that some of the suspected robbers, who were set ablaze, could be innocent. ”The idea of setting suspected robbers ablaze without handing them over to the police is unlawful and unacceptable. By saying this, we are not in any way encouraging crime but we are trying to ensure that everything is done according to the law.

”We are using this opportunity to warn members of the public to desist from this act because many innocent people have died through such jungle justice,” he stated. On the murder of a former councillor in Mkpat Enin Local Government area by unknown gunmen, Ngban said the police had begun investigation into the matter.

 

VANGUARD

Ex-IGP wants corrupt police officers flushed out.

By Peter Duru
Posted to the Web: Wednesday, August 15, 2007

MAKURDI—THE Inspector - General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro has directed all Police Commissioners in the federation to ensure that the Force is free of corrupt elements. He has also announced the promotion of 17 men of the Benue State Police Command for exemplary conducts.

Briefing newsmen after undertaking a one day working visit of the Benue State Command, the IG, disclosed that the issue of corruption in the force is like a canker-worm, but he was determined to cleanse the Force of bad eggs so that Nigerians can be proud of their police once again, adding that those who got into the Force with forged papers would have no place to hide because he was determined to flush them out.

“If you complain that your salary is not good enough and that is why you decide to embark on corrupt practices, I think the best option for you is to quit the force because the government is doing its best for the police within the available resources.

Remember that there are millions out there who have nothing to do and hoping to get into the Force to earn a living and also put in there best. I have a team that is going round the country fishing out corrupt men in the Force and if you are caught, you will not be left unpunished”, he warned.

He advised men of the command to shun every act that would be inimical to the growth of the Force. He also announced the lifting of the ban on promotion and empowered CPs and AIGs to promote deserving men in the command and zone up to the ranks of Inspectors.  Mr. Okiro who lamented the condition of service of his men announced however that the police has approved 15% salary increase for the Force, and advised that this was done to encourage officers and men to put in their best in the discharge of their duties.

On the welfare of families of officers who die in active service, the IG warned that families of departed colleagues must not be subjected to more torture by throwing them out of the barracks as was the case in the past. He directed that such officer’s families should be entitled to 3 months running salary and six months accommodation in the barracks after death of their breadwinners

THE GUARDIAN

Police ready to tackle Niger Delta militants, says Okiro
From Simeon Nwakaudu, Makurdi.

14TH August 2007.

THE Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, has declared the readiness of his men to stem the tide of militia activities in the Niger Delta.  Okiro, who spoke at an interactive session with journalists after a meeting with officers and men of the Zone 4 Command in Makurdi, said the crisis in the oil rich region has assumed a criminal dimension.

He blamed the problem of the region on long neglect by previous administrations.  The police boss said that the cult crisis in the Niger Delta, especially the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt, was basically because the higher institutions in the area are becoming breeding grounds for deadly cult groups.

He said that the police are devising a way to check the cults without disrupting daily living in the Niger Delta. Okiro expressed happiness that the President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua administration has taken steps to address the grievances of the people of the Niger Delta which led to the restiveness. He said that in due course, the area would return to normal when the government's efforts begin to yield results.

According to him, the direct involvement of the Federal Government in the provision of employment for youths in the area and building of basic amenities would assist in stemming the tide of events. Earlier, while addressing the police officers and men, the acting IG expressed regret that corruption has continued to slow down progress being made by the force. He wondered why policemen chase N20 bribe to the detriment of the image of the force.

Okiro said: "We are like rats, cannot avoid crayfish. Once they see crayfish, they are prepared to die on traps. N20 cannot do anything for you as a policeman, because you are in a hurry to get rich. That small salary you say is not enough, is better than those not employed."

The Inspector General added: "Even if other people are corrupt, the nature of your job is such that we are supposed to be fighters of corruption. It is true that all dogs eat excreta, but it is the dog with excreta on its lips that is held responsible for eating excreta".

On promotion within the police, Okiro blamed what he called "establishment" for the woes of policemen who are stagnating on the same rank for the past five years. He said that after the "establishment" problem, which is basically a civil service constraint is sorted out, policemen in the nation would start enjoying regular promotions.

His administration, Okoro promised, would tackle the problem of welfare of living and the dead police personnel, declaring that henceforth, all policemen's families who lose their lives would be paid three months salaries up-front, while members of their families will be allowed to stay in the barracks for six months to help them get over the loss of their bread winners.

Okiro added that the Police High Command has concluded plans to give qualified police personnel loans to build their own houses, so that they can have comfortable abodes to live in when they retire from service. The Police High Command has written to all the 36 governors to support this project, with 15 governors giving positive response.

In a welcome address, Mr. Charles Akanya, Plateau State Police Commissioner, pledged that the officers and men would assist the IG to achieve his goals. As a proof of his commitment to promotion of police personnel, Okiro ordered the immediate promotion of 18 police personnel who have distinguished themselves.

  

DAILY INDEPENDENT

Police Smash Oil Syndicate In Aladja

August 14th, 2007

By Francis Onoiribholo Correspondent, Warri

An oil syndicate operating in Aladja, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, was over the weekend smashed by men of the Quick Response Squad. The police outfit, led by its commander, Folorunsho Ajayi, while acting on a tip-off, deployed his men to the scene in the wee hours of the day and foiled the illegal oil deal.

Daily Independent

gathered that the dealer had gathered their products along the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Aladja, waiting to be transported out, before the team arrived the area.

The syndicate, on sighting the police, fled but the oil tanker with Anambra State registration number AE 63 ABN and other items used for the illegal business, were impounded and moved to the Warri Area Office of the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).

The Warri unit commander of the squard whose office is also saddled with the responsibility of protecting oil facilities in the state, has appealed to members of the public to always furnish him with useful information that could enhance the performance of his assignment. Ajayi, who made the call in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Monday, added that his responsibility demands full co-operation of members of the public as, according to him, useful information enhances the performances of any security agency.

It would be recalled that following the disbandment of the Federal Task Force on pipeline vandalisation by the Acting Inspector General of Police Mr. Mike Okiro, the Delta state commissioner of police Mr. Hezekiah Dimka saddled the Ajayi led squad the interim responsibility of protecting oil facilities in the state.

THE SUN

Thursday, August 9, 2007

...NURTW members deny being robbers
By Juliana Francis
Eight men, who claimed to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Ketu branch, Lagos, risk going to jail if they fail to prove to the police that the cutlasses found in their possession were not meant to cause breakdown of law and order. Their case was made worse when the police discovered that the seats of the bus conveying them were covered with blood. Police have already labelled them robbers especially as they were held at 10 pm. The suspects, however, denied the allegation.

According to them, they were returning from Ikorodu, where they fought cultists at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu campus. The suspects revealed that the said bloody fight became necessary after the cultists kidnapped their chairman’s son.
One of them, Sunday Sofola, said: “I am a driver! I am not a robber! We are not robbers! My boss said I should go and bring his child from LASPOTECH in Ikorodu."
Another member, Sunday Akinsola, explained that Asisi Ogundipe’s son was abducted by some cultists and he enlisted their help to rescue the boy.

According to him, before going to the school to confront the cultists, they had duly registered their presence at the Igbogbo police division and saw no reason police were now tagging them robbers. Akinsola said: "We went to the school and faced the cultists squarely. Some of us were injured and they too were wounded. It was the blood from some of us that dripped on the bus. In fact, we apprehended two members of the cult and took them to Igbogbo police station."

He said that other members of the cult group had called earlier threatening to harm young Ogundipe if their two members were not released unhurt. A deal was finally struck by both parties to make an exchange. And young Ogundipe was to be exchanged for the two cultists. "The exchange was carried out in the school. The chairman’s son was badly wounded. We took him to the hospital," said Akinsola.

Glad that the nightmare was over, the men were said to be heading for Ketu when policemen flagged them down. A search of their bus revealed blood stains and cutlasses. Akinsola continued: "Police now claimed that we are robbers. Police didn’t even allow our chairman to see us." While they were being paraded, the police also displayed guns, money, wristwatches, cutlasses and handsets said to have been recovered from them. The suspects denied ownership of the guns, but admitted being owners of the cutlasses, wristwatches, handsets and money.

THE SUN

Police abort student cultists’ ‘sail’
From BUCHY ENYINNAYA, Asaba
Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Delta State Police Command has arrested 17 cultists who were said to be among hoodlums who terrorized the Oleh/Ozoro road in the recent times.  According to the police, the cultists, who are students, were nabbed by the anti-crime policemen when they were said to be on "sail."  Speaking to Daily Sun, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Banawi Ishaku, said the cultists were arrested in their hide-out in a bush at Okporo in Oleh town.  

According to him, they were performing initiation rites when the police swooped on them, arresting 17, while others escaped. Most of the arrested student cultists, claimed to be students of the state polytechnic, Ozoro. Recovered from them are two locally made guns, a bag containing a white piece of cloth, one box of matches and six white candles. Speaking to Daily Sun, the leader of the group, Asiuwho Oghenetega, who introduced himself as the vice co-ordinator, said he was a final year Higher National Diploma (HND) student of Agricultural Extension and Management. Oghenetega, who refused to answer questions, however, disclosed that he joined the cult group, the Black Axe, on June 29, 2007, "because I like to be social."

DAILY INDEPENDENT

Police Smash Oil Syndicate In Aladja

August 14th, 2007

By Francis Onoiribholo Correspondent, Warri

An oil syndicate operating in Aladja, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, was over the weekend smashed by men of the Quick Response Squad. The police outfit, led by its commander, Folorunsho Ajayi, while acting on a tip-off, deployed his men to the scene in the wee hours of the day and foiled the illegal oil deal.

Daily Independent

gathered that the dealer had gathered their products along the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Aladja, waiting to be transported out, before the team arrived the area.

The syndicate, on sighting the police, fled but the oil tanker with Anambra State registration number AE 63 ABN and other items used for the illegal business, were impounded and moved to the Warri Area Office of the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).

The Warri unit commander of the squard whose office is also saddled with the responsibility of protecting oil facilities in the state, has appealed to members of the public to always furnish him with useful information that could enhance the performance of his assignment. Ajayi, who made the call in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Monday, added that his responsibility demands full co-operation of members of the public as, according to him, useful information enhances the performances of any security agency.

It would be recalled that following the disbandment of the Federal Task Force on pipeline vandalisation by the Acting Inspector General of Police Mr. Mike Okiro, the Delta state commissioner of police Mr. Hezekiah Dimka saddled the Ajayi led squad the interim responsibility of protecting oil facilities in the state.

PMNEWS

Police Indiscriminate Arrest of Women in Lagos

By Hakeem Babalola  AUGUST 4TH, 2007

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In their search for a scapegoat, the police found an easy target in our women. Whereas women and children, apart from protecting the citizens in general, must be given exceptional treatment, according to the Police Act. Rather than undertake the danger imposed by armed robbers however, the Lagos State Police seem satisfied with capturing and arresting "whores" and, or ladies dressed in "skimpy" clothes along the streets of Lagos.

Before our stern moralists, especially Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God who has just banned female members from wearing trousers, start preaching the gospels, I’d like to say the issue is beyond being morally pure on the part of the arrested citizens. It’s like obtaining public money under false pretences for a lost cause. It’s about the police mocking the law they suppose to enforce. It’s about police immorality and irresponsibility. It’s about abusing the uniform meant for protection.

There’s nothing wrong for the police to conduct a routine check, which of course must be an exercise to protect the society from the menace of muggers. Anything different from this would have defeated the purpose. Equally significant is the manner in which such routine check must be carried out, an area in which the Lagos Police goofed. The officers appear to be more concerned about harassing, embarrassing, and intimidating ladies during such exercise.

"Their vehicle stopped beside me and they pushed me into it," recalls Mrs. Chiegozie Albert, a mother of two who was arrested along Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja. "They call me Asewo (prostitute) because I was wearing jeans trousers and open top. I told them that I am a housewife but they didn’t listen to me. They took me to their Ikeja station and detained me along with other ladies; it was my husband who learnt of my arrest who came to bail me. He paid #5,000 before I was released".

Of course those who could not grease the officers’ pilfering palm ended up being prosecuted for disturbing the "public peace". Although the importance of law enforcement agents cannot be overlooked in our society, such nobility could only fascinate us if only we are protected as the profession dictates. Parading these women like criminals terribly violates their rights as a human. This is simply not the way to purify Lagos or Nigeria at large

At the risk of of being accused of hearsay, I certainly believe Mrs Albert even though I was not there. Her experience much the same of what I had witnessed as an insider. The Nigeria Police are simply brutal when it comes to discharging what suppose to be their duties. Perhaps it’s the uniform, perhaps it’s frustration, perhaps it’s low self-esteem. I can’t just pinpoint what could be responsible for incessant disgrace by our law enforcement officers.

The Lagos Police Command went on rampage chasing sex workers, housewives, students, blue collar workers, and in doing so sexually violated these women: a textile worker at Oshodi, two sisters returning from their village, female youths accused of dressing indecently and so on.  And in fact PMNEWS investigations revealed that many innocent Lagosians were detained by the police due to indiscriminate arrest on the road.

How would right thinking Nigerians describe a scenario of this nature? "At night, some of them (Police) will come and start touching our breasts," says Chinwe Okorie. "And I was not a prostitute but they wouldn’t listen".

I mean even if these women are hookers, does it give the police the right to touch their breasts? What minds these mortals possess? What is happening to our police? Bail me out please. Whilst I commend the arrest of some 95 women for alleged human trafficking during the raid, the innocents must be released immediately with compensation.

Gosh, when an organisation that suppose to protect us officially becomes the one that eventually thwarts or frustrates or impedes our exactitude, then we’re dead – and this is not figurative language. I believe there’s no other act that can paralyse citizens than when a government violates our dignity as in the case of these women. And I am subjectively insinuating here of the possibility that the women were prone to rape in police dark dungeon.

It is even easier for the victims of armed robbers or rapists to get over the trauma than when the police use their uniform to either physically and, or sexually violates them under the inauspicious camouflage of arresting prostitutes. Is there not a law that guides such exercise? Should the police continuously use their uniform to perpetrate sexual harassment?

On behalf of these helpless ladies, I entreat the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, M.D Abubakar, to tread the path of honour. While his assurance to fight crime with might is commendable, his method of indiscriminately arresting women is not. Let him know that his gra...gra method by embarrassing and intimidating women won’t work; it can only backfire.

Finally, it is also good that Abubakar had instructed his officers to wake up from their slumber. However, they should go about their business without making our women a whipping boy. This is one message the new Commissioner of Police must put at the back of his determined mind with unflagging courtesy and pursuit of excellence.

"At night, some of them (Police) will come and start touching our breasts," says Chinwe Okorie. Even a housewife was not spared. "They call me Asewo because I was wearing jeans trousers and open top. I told them that I am a housewife but they didn’t listen to me. They took me to their Ikeja station and detained me along with other ladies; it was my husband who learnt of my arrest who came to bail me. He paid #5,000 before I was released".

 

THE PUNCH

Monday, 23 Jul 2007

Lagos Approves N2.3bn to Fight Robbery

Kemi Obasola

The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it had approved the sum of N2bn to stem the spate of armed robbery in the state. The state government also said the executive council had approved a total sum of N256m for the procurement of Science and Introductory Technology equipment for 40 public secondary schools across the state as part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation of infrastructure in public schools.

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, said the government took the step because of its desire to curb crime through the immediate expansion, reorganisation, re-kitting and re-motivation of the state police anti robbery outfit, the Rapid Response Squad. Bamidele said the state executive council was proud of Governor Babatunde Fashola, for successfully initiating productive discussions with the Federal Government towards the infusion of a substantial number of additional men into the RRS to boost the operational capacity of the squad.

He said, “In order to ensure the success of this initiative and achieve better protection of lives and property in the state, 231 new Toyota Hillux vehicles are to be procured to effectively cover the 34 new sectors and 211 new RRS points throughout the state into which the squad has been re-structured. “Furthermore, all officers and men of the RRS are to be provided with comprehensive insurance cover, improved special duty allowances and new sets of uniforms, while a new ultra modern communication system to link all police formations in the state is to be installed.”

He said 15 senior secondary schools would receive science equipment worth N152.2m, while 25 junior secondary schools would be supplied with intro-tech equipment valued at over N103m. He said, “The State Task Force on the Rehabilitation of Public Schools has since 2004 expended approximately N6bn on the provision of additional 4,000 new classrooms in 320 public schools across the state, including emergency repairs, provision of roofs, school walls, drainages as well as laboratory and classroom furniture in another batch of 256 schools.

Meanwhile, Fashola has appealed to students of the Lagos State University to remain calm and not to take the laws into their hands following the injuries sustained by their colleagues in a clash in Agege area of the state on Thursday. The governor, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, on Sunday, said those found culpable in the incident would be brought to book.

 

DAILY CHAMPION

Mon July 23rd  2007

Pension Saga  We’ve Paid Ex-Biafran Officers –Police
•No You’ve Not -Union

LUKKEY ABAWURU

CONTRARY to reports that ex-Biafran policemen have not received their pension and gratuities, Police Pension Board (PPB) Lagos, said it has already paid about 1,200 of the 1500 of them. However, secretary, Association of Retired War Affected Police Officers (ARWAPO), Chief Charles Machie, has described PPB’s claims as untrue, challenging it to publish the names of those so far paid.

He insisted that some persons who had received their money were paid by the Pension Commission (PENCOM) at Abuja and Lagos before their names were transferred to PPB-Lagos office.  It would be recalled that at a recent briefing in Enugu Chief Machie said the board has refused to re-list the former Biafran policemen, seven years after former president Olusegun Obasanjo granted them amnesty and directed that they be re-enlisted.

Again speaking with Daily Champion over the weekend, Chief Machie accused the PPB of trying to embezzle the money. Reacting, however to Machie’s claims, a source at PPB told Daily Champion that aside from paying the 1,200 persons, the board has instituted an eight-man committee to screen the names of another 300 pensioners with a view to paying their money.

He nonetheless accused Chief Machie of requesting 15 per cent of their entitlements from each of the pensioners, insisting that the screening was necessary to check ghost retirees in the payroll. The source, who pleaded anonymity, said some members from Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states have since withdrawn their membership of ARWAPO over Chief Machie’s alleged request.

But Chief Machie said "I cannot talk on the 15 per cent, it was an organisation’s matter. The source told Daily Champion that the 1,200 retirees benefited from the N75 billion earlier released by federal government for military, police and other paramilitary pensions across the country. He said that Police Service Commission (PSC) endorsed the lists and forwarded it to the board for payment.

He noted that the ex-Biafran policemen were paid in their zones, in accordance with the decentralization policy of the board.  The board, he explained, did not then pay the last batch because their proper identifies could not be verified. Meanwhile, Mr A. Adey, a deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of the eight-man committee, said they have since last month commenced with the screening exercise.

Describing allegations that the files of ex-Biafran policemen were not treated by the board, Adey said "we have the lists in our files, you can go ahead to their zonal offices and confirm. The problem we had was with one man who paraded himself as leader of Associaiton of Retired War Affected Police Officers (ARWAPO) one Machie, who informed us that he needed 15 per cent from each policeman and sought collaboration which we rejected."

The deputy commissioner who exhibited copies of undertakings by some of the policemen said that the board would not allow anybody to remove a kobo from the money due to any pensioner. "We cannot cocmpromise standard, our watchword is transparency and discipline, so we will not be party to any person or group to deduct money from any person."

Explaining that there is division money ARWAPO, Adey. Said "some members from Port Harcourt, Calabar and Akwa Ibom have since withdrawn from the association."

 

NEW AGE

23rd JULY 2007

Abuja police disrupt anti-hunger campaign

The Deputy Country Director of ActionAid Mr Ojobo Atuluku was arrested by the police during the peaceful Hunger Free Advocacy campaign organized by the coalition of civil society organizations and ActionAid International in Abuja. Policemen in company of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) task force intercepted the campaign train led by Federal Road Safety Corps and police representatives at Federal Secretariat Abuja throwing tear gas and said the campaigners did not get permit from the authorities before embarking on the campaign, contrary to the Abuja environmental operational code.

Tom Odenwingie the co-coordinator of Make Nigeria Hunger Free Campaign while the AEPB task force team beat other campaign team members mercilessly before bundling them into the waiting bus. Members of campaign included Representative of Nigeria Labour congress (NLC), UNDP, National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS), Federal Ministry of Education (Home-Grown School Feeding and Health program, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Union of Teachers, UNIFEM and FRSC. But Tom Odenwingie, Coordinator of Hunger Free Campaign, ActionAID Nigeria said the organisation obtained necessary clearance from police before embarking on the campaign and that was why there was presence of security forces in the campaign team.

The “Make Nigeria Hunger Free” Campaign which kicked off in Old Parade Ground in Abuja went through Radio House, through Nigeria national Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) through Federal Secretariat was headed for the National Assembly and Aso Villa to present letters of advocacy before they were intercepted at the federal secretariat. The group campaign was to protest against the poverty situation in Nigeria, stressing that the situation whereby over 53 million Nigerians go to bed hungry every day was not acceptable. According to Igbuzo Otive the Country Director Action Aid, the country has enough resources to ensure its citizens do not live in abject poverty.

 

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Mon 23rd july 2007.

Oyo CP declares war on armed robbers - Parades cops over extortion

By Rotimi Omole

IN what appeared to be a total war against criminals in Oyo State, the Commissioner of Police, Udom Ekpoudom, has within one week of his assumption of office paraded robbery suspects on two ocassions to make good his promise to rid the state of criminals. Ekpoudom had during his maiden media briefing last week warned criminals to steer clear or face the fire power of his men who had been tasked to ensure that no criminal is given a breathing space anywhere in the state.

True to his words, Oloto Gana and Aliu Gado, two Bororo Fulanis who were alleged to be members of a robbery gang that shattered the peace of Idi-Ayunre area recently during a robbery operations that claimed the life of a police officer while on Stop and Search routine checks, were paraded to newsmen. A medical doctor was also said to have been killed during the operation. While parading the suspects, Ekpoudom told newsmen that he ordered his men to fish out the culprits immediately from their hideouts after the dastardly act.

According to him “ I told my men to hunt for them and bring them alive, the result is what you’re seeing today”, he declared. Also paraded were two brothers Ekeredilichukwu Okorie and Onu Okorie of same parents who were arrested by the police at Olodo area for being in possession of fire arms. Recovered from the suspects were a revolver pistol with 37 live ammunition and five catridges. Also paraded for extortion were four policemen who were alleged to have flouted the CP’s recent directive that policemen should stop extorting N20 from commercial/drivers and okada riders. They were said to have been caught by a special unit of the police set up to arrest offenders. The CP had earlier, during his maiden media briefing, stated that he would not condone thuggery in any form. He also declared that thugs and their sponsors would be given bitter doses of their lives unless they retrace their steps.

His words: “we are here to restore peace to the residents. We are irrevocably committed to restoring peace in this state, nothing will hold us back, members of the public should join hands with me to achieve this task by supplying us tips that will lead to the hideouts of criminals in Oyo state”.

DAILY SUN

Thursday, July 19, 2007

National Arts Theatre donates bikes to police
By SEGUN AJAYI
Efforts by the Lagos State police command to end the incessant robbery attacks at the National Arts Theatre premises and the Iponri area of the metropolis, received a boost recently, when the management of the National Arts Theatre donated two motorcycles worth N170,000 to the Iponri division of the state’s command. Donating the motorcycles to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Iponri division, Mr. Julius Isijola, at a brief ceremony held at the complex, the Director General, National Theatre/National Troupe of Nigeria, Dr. Ahmed Yerima, said that the gesture was the management’s way of complementing police efforts at curbing crime in the theatre premises and its environs.

According to Yerima, provision of "adequate security, aside from the nagging problems of electricity and water supplies, is not only germane to the operations of the theatre, but also attracts patronage and corporate sponsorship. Recalling the genesis of the National Art Theatre’s donation, the theatre administrator disclosed how the DPO visited him during his familiarization tour of the division two months ago and came up with the advice that the most effective way to combat crime in the theatre environment was through the use of bikes.

It was against that background that Isijola advised that his men would be more effective on motorcycles to combat such criminals and for effective policing of the area. In his response, the DPO expressed his profound appreciation to the management of the culture parastatal corporation for its gesture, describing it as unprecedented in the history of police/National Arts Theatre relationship. The elated cop, however, revealed that since men of the division have intensified their efforts towards a crime-free theatre environment, a lot of arrests had been made. With the donations of the motorcycles, the DPO has assured theatre-goers and fun-seekers of adequate security in the area.

 

.NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Police fund scandal: Okiro under pressure to protect Ehindero

Jacob Segun Olatunji, Abuja - 13.06.2007

THERE is pressure on the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, over the ongoing investigations into the source and owner of the sum of N21.6 million intercepted at the exit gate of the Force Headquarters, Abuja, last week from the aides of the former Commissioner of Police in charge of Force Budget, Mr. John Obaniyi. The scandal, according to sources at the Force Headquarters, was reportedly linked with the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero, and he was reportedly quizzed along with Mr. Obaniyi and his aides with a view to getting to the root of the matter.

It was gathered that Mr. Okiro briefed President Umaru Yar’Adua on the incident and the steps already taken to unmask those behind the scandal immediately he arrived from his overseas trip.  President Yar’Adua was said to have been disturbed by the incident and directed Mr. Okiro to go ahead with thorough investigations into the matter with a view to bringing those involved to book. However, information from the Force Headquarters revealed that there had been pressure from both retired and serving police officers as well as others on Mr. Okiro to handle the matter with care in the interest of the police force in general going by the negative image the incident was giving the force in the media.

THISDAY

Police Scam: How N21m Loot was discovered

By Yemi Akinsuyi, 06.12.2007

Facts emerged yesterday as to how the Commissioner of Police in charge of Budget, Mr. John Obaniyi, allegedly kept the controversial N21.6 million away from the Police big wigs with a view to carting the money away.
The Police High Command had uncovered the scam last Thursday at the Louis Edet House Police Headquarters, Abuja.
Giving an insight into how the loot was assembled, a top police officer told THISDAY that the money in question was left over from the election fund, not police salaries as initially speculated. According to him, “the money in question was actually meant for the just concluded elections. The CP Budget, Obaniyi, I'm sure, did not disclose the amount of money remaining after the elections. He kept the money away from the former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero. “He had earlier rendered account of all the money belonging to Police to the IG, but since there was no one to hand over to and as at the time Ehindero was leaving office, proper accounting did not take place,” he said.
He said Obaniyi knew “quite all right that there was no way he could have stolen the money while the former IG was around. He was smart about the whole idea.

He did not want to be caught. I guess he might have thought that the former IG would demand for the account of the elections' fund, but for reasons best known to Ehindero, he didn't and Obaniyi simply seized the opportunity to cart away the money.”  “If not caught, nobody would have known that the scam has taken place in the budget office. Obviously, Obaniyi has committed this act and should be held responsible for it,” the officer said.  The Police high command unravelled the scam at about 7.20 in the morning last Thursday when the driver of  the CP in charge of Budget was caught at the Force Headquarters trying to drive away with the N21.6 million, which he had stuffed in his boss' car boot.  The driver was said to have told senior police officers who interrogated him that he was sent to collect the money from the police safe by his boss, Obaniyi. Obaniyi, his driver and personal assistant were subsequently arrested but later released. But during interrogation, it was gathered, the CP Budget implicated the former IG saying it was Ehindero who asked him to take the money. Following Obaniyi’s allegation, the Police high command last weekend quizzed Ehindero over his role in the scam. According to a police source, Ehindero denied any involvement in the scam saying if he had wanted to steal, he would have done so while in office as the number one man in the force.

NEW AGE

Wednesday June 13, 2007

Obasanjo goes back to school, speaks on new IG
•No preferential treatment for him – VC
by DAVID AUDU

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, has true to his word, returned to the classroom finally commencing lectures yesterday at the National Open University of Nigerian (NOUN). Obasanjo tagged: Student No.1 was formally given an orientation programme by the vice chancellor, Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede. With registration number NOI/060323192, Obasanjo was also presented with the school brochure and study materials.

A student in the department of theology, faculty of arts, Obasanjo said he preferred to remain in Abeokuta study centre to do the course. Asked the purpose of returning to school considering his age and station, Obasanjo said he had particular interest and desire to understand even more, Christian religious knowledge. But more important, the former President said he wanted to send a message to Nigerians that no matter no one’s age and station, one must not stop learning.

Obasanjo who came to the orientation programme in company of a long standing friend, Chief Olufemi Olapde, was later conducted round the different departments and lecture theatres at NOUN. Prof. Jegede while presenting Obasanjo with the study materials said one of the benefits of the Open University is the freedom it gives to students to study at their own pace and time. He said NOUN does not operate a rigid academic calendar, adding that the day a student enrolls in the programme would mark the beginning of that student’s academic calendar.

He also said that NOUN has 52 facilitators for the various courses, and that Obasanjo should feel free to call on any of them, at any time since the school operates a 24 hour service. He said Obasanjo would not be given preferential treatment. He would have to do his home work, submit them and when graded the scripts would be returned to him. The protestation to the contrary, there is no doubt that Obasanjo is a special student as yesterday’s orientation was held specifically for him.

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo took time to reply critics on the choice of acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, saying they were ignorant of the procedures for an IG’s appointment. He said only the National Council of State had power to approve the appointment of a substantive Inspector-General of Police. The clarification came on the heels of scathing criticism over the sudden removal of Mr. Ogbonna Onovo as acting Inspector-General by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and his replacement by Mr. Mike Okiro. Chief Obasanjo however said the best President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua could do under the present circumstances was for him to appoint an IGP in acting capacity pending when the Council of State would meet and take decision.

DAILY SUN

Corruption: New IGP talks tough
…Says he’ll jail the giver, dismiss and jail erring cops
By UBONG UKPONG, Abuja
Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mike Okiro, on Tuesday in Abuja, announced his resolve to rid the force of all forms of corruption, as he vowed to arrest, prosecute and jail any member of the public, who gives graft to his men to pervade the course of justice, as well as dismiss and jail officers, who take bribe.  Okiro, who made this known in his maiden address to senior police officers and the press, said his administration was declaring a total war against corruption in its entire ramification. Said  he: “This police administration is declaring a total war on corruption in its entire ramification.

Corruption is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian society. The police force, as a part of the same social system, has not been spared of this destructive malaise. As an agency of government for law enforcement, the police must set a minimum standard of conduct and rid itself of all elements, within its ranks, who are involved in corrupt practices. “As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. Any person, who offers bribe to the police in an effort to evade justice will also be arrested and prosecuted.

Members of the public are therefore advised to desist from offering bribe to police men”
The IGP, who vowed that no culprit would escape from his traps, said he had concluded plans to establish twelve anti-corruption teams in the six geopolitical zones to achieve his goal. “In our avowed desire to rid the police organization of graft within its ranks, twelve anti-corruption teams will be established in six geographical zones. The teams would be provided with GSM numbers which will be made public to enable them receive complaints from members of the public.

All complaints against the police bordering on extortion, whether along the highways or at police stations, should be reported via the GSM lines. Prompt actions would be taken to address the problems,” Okiro disclosed. The IGP presented the guidelines which he said would shape the direction of his administration to include transparency/accountability, war on corruption/crime, crime prevention, intelligence/crime data upgrade, and training and police public image/public relations.

DAILY SUN

Police magic
...Suspect disappears from police cell; re-appear in mortuary

By Chioma Okezie- Okeh
Saturday, June 9, 2007

A family in Lagos is raising hell over the mysterious death of its breadwinner, Moshood Busari. The 59-year-old man and father of 10, was arrested and detained at Badia Police Station, Ijora, for undisclosed reason. On Tuesday, May 29, 2007, in the spirit of the nation’s swearing in ceremony of newly elected president and handover holiday, Busari, a driver with the Lagos State Ministry of Health, took a walk in the evening and never came back. According to his junior brother, Ibrahim, he was expected all night but his family late same night learnt that he was being detained at Badia Police Station. Ibrahim and Busari’s wife, Fatima went to bail him the next morning. The police waved them off, saying he was released some hours ago.

Shocking twist According to a family source, Moshood was allegedly arrested by police around 9pm and taken to Badia Police Station. When the family learnt of his arrest, the next day, May 30, they rushed to the station to affect his bail but were happy when the police told them he had been released. The family went home but was shocked Moshood had not returned. They waited for him till the following day. Scared of what could have happened to their breadwinner, the family decided to check all the police stations in their area to see if he was re-arrested. When he was no where to be seen, they decided to check the mortuary and were shocked to find his body at the Lagos Island General Hospital. When they demanded to know what happened to Moshood, a mortuary attendant simply told them that he was brought to the mortuary by a serving police at Badia Police Station, Ijora, Lagos.

Family versus police with this revelation, the family expectedly has accused Badia police station of being responsible for Moshood’s death. The younger brother of the deceased, Ibrahim told Saturday Sun that his brother, 59-year-old Moshood who lived at No.30 Olorungbede street, Ijora Badia, had strolled out because the weather was hot that evening. “We became worried but was later told that he was being detained at the Badia police station for undisclosed reason. We went there to find out what happened and possibly take him out on bail but was told that he was released that night. When we did not meet him at home, we went back to the station and was told that he had been released and that they did not know what has become of him.
“Based on this, we sent out a search party to locate him.

On Friday, June 1, 2007, we found his body at Lagos Island General Hospital Mortuary.
On enquiry, we discovered that his body was deposited at the mortuary by a serving policeman, one Olanyinka Oloko whose number is: 388402 P.C. of Badia Police station at 1a.m that night. It is surprising that the police arrested and killed my brother for no cause. The boys arrested along with him by name Aliami and Paul were released. If they murdered him, let them tell us, as his blood would always hunt his killers. We pray that the Inspector General of police would find his killers,” he said.

The man, Moshood Saturday Sun investigations revealed that the general outpatient treatment card confirmed Moshood’s family claim. The card boldly stated that he was brought to the mortuary by policeman from Badia Police Station and it was also written that he died while being taken to the hospital. Moshood, a father of 10, was a devoted Moslem. His wife Fatima, who couldn’t control her tears, said that the police were supposed to be friends. “What then have they done to my husband?” she said, sobbing. Asked if her husband was ill, she said that her husband was hail and hearty before he took a walk that evening. The family has since traveled home for his burial.

Petition
In a petition sent by Moshood’s family to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, state CID, Panti, Ibrahim who signed the petition on behalf of the family urged the commissioner “to intervene and give us justice, no matter who is involved” The family stated that Moshood had “no criminal record and the police had no warrant to kill him”

Police response When our reporter went to Badia Police Station for official response, she was simply referred to the police public relations officer for comment. When contacted on phone, the police PRO, Olabode Ojajuni said he was not aware of such an incident but promised to investigate.

 

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Oyo police swoop on car thieves - Recover 13 cars

By Rotimi Omole

In what appeared to be a renewed efforts to clamp down on car thieves syndicate in Oyo State, the Special Anti — Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Police Command has rcovered two exotic cars stolen from Oyo State in Bayelsa State. Crime File reliably gathered that a suspect alleged to be the receiver of the stolen cars who is now in police net has been helping the SARS men to recover more stolen cars. The suspect, simply identified as Muftau Mustapha, now in police custody at the SARS office in Dugbe, Ibadan, recently led police detectives to Bayelsa State where the cars were recovered. The cars, a 2006 model Camry car worth N5 million was alleged to have been sold by the suspect to a retired Army Captain in Bayelsa State for N1.3 million while a CVU Jeep car worth N6 million was sold to another buyer for N1.750 million

In a chat with Crime File, the 40-year- old suspect who claimed to be a chemical merchant by profession and a native of Inisa in Osun State, however, confessed to be the receiver of some of the stolen vehicles. According to him: “It was one man Baba Alaye, that sold the cars to me, I don’t know how he snatched them from their owners.” However, Baba Alaye was said to be on the run while the police detectives were on his trail. Meanwhile, seven cars were recently recovered by the police from Mapo Division of the Oyo State Police Command. The Divisioinal Police Officer (DPO) of the station recently stated that his men were able to recover the vehicles through a tip-off. While reacting to the breakthrough, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mr Jonathan Johnson, applauded the efforts of his men while appealing to members of the public to be wary of the criminal activities of car thieves syndicate. “We shall make Oyo State a boiling cauldron for them, my men shall always be on their trails.” the CP assured.


                       NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

30th May 30, 2007

EDO: 4 Allegedly Shot - Police Deny Incident

Uchechukwu Olisah, Benin City

Four persons were yesterday reportedly shot by security operatives along Sapele Road and Ikpokpon Street intersection in Benin City, Edo State, while five others were said to have been arrested.The persons shot were said to be planning a protest against the results of last elections and the inauguration of Professor Osunbor as governor of the state.

The state secretary of Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO), Mr. Tony Erha, who told journalists about the alleged incident, said the persons shot and those arrested were out on a peaceful protest.When contacted, the Police Area Commander in charge of Benin metropolis, Mr. Isaac Eke, denied occurrence of any protest, shooting or arrest.

6 Suspected Handset Thieves Arrested
Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo.
Six suspected handset thieves were arrested at the swearing-in ceremony of Prince Oyinlola.

The leader of the gang told journalists that some of them came from Ibadan in Oyo State; Ikirun and other parts of the state, just to steal handsets. The suspects had been handed over to the police. Also yesterday, amulets and charms were seized at the gate of the stadium by security agents, who frisked people that came to attend the swearing in ceremony.

The seized charms were burnt by security agents at the gate of the stadium before the end of the programme. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr Joshua Olayemi, said the police took the action to ensure security of lives and property. He said that the handset thieves would be charged to court as soon as investigation was completed by the police.

RIVERS: Police Brutalise Guests, Journalists
John Ogbedu, Port Harcourt

Men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force in Rivers State, led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), threw decorum to the winds yesterday at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt, venue of the swearing in of the new governor, Sir Celestine Omehia and his deputy, Engineer Tele Ikuru. Positioned at the VIP entrance to the sports arena were ferocious-looking police dogs, which the ACP-led team later unleashed on hapless guests, including some journalists, who the cops denied entry into the VIP lounge.

Horsewhips were freely used on the newsmen, including Chinedu Woku of the Champion, David Amusan of Daily Mirror, George Onah of Vanguard, Bassey Bassey of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and the South South bureau chief of the Nigerian Tribune, John Ogbedu. Nigerian Tribune overheard the police chief “lecturing” one of the victims of the dog bite, who refused to disclose his name to newsmen at the scene, on how to treat the dog bite, assuring him that the police dog had been medically certified free of spreading rabies. The protests from the journalists and others did not deter the ACP from seizing a horsewhip from one of his men to assault some of the media correspondents, whose identity cards were ignored.

Police Commend Residents

Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Lawrence Alobi, has commended residents of the territory for their support and cooperation in ensuring a hitch-free presidential inauguration. Alobi also thanked officers and men of the joint operation for their loyalty, zeal and commitment to duty.

Alobi urged the residents to continue to provide useful information about criminal activities in the territory as well as the hideout of criminals in the area. The police boss said more than 10,000 security operatives were deployed in Abuja for the presidential inauguration, adding that 5,000 policemen were deployed by the command.

He said the remaining 5,000 security personnel were drawn from other agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Customs, Prison Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigeria Immigration Service, among others.

 

THIS DAY

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Ehindero: We’ve Nabbed Ige’s Killers

• Says the ‘drug baron’ will be paraded tomorrow
From Damilola Oyedele in Abuja, 05.23.2007

Inspector General of Police, Mr Sunday Ehindero has given credence to the theory that a drug baron may have been responsible for the December 21, 2001 assasination of the former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, the IG disclosed that the police now have in their custody, the drug baron who was the mastermind and sponsor of the murder of the former Attorney-General who was killed in his country home in Ibadan. According to the IG, the drug baron who was serving a 30-year jail term had organized the brutal murder of Ige from the prison. Ehindero explained that police findings showed that the said drug baron had imported 13 containers of hard substances into the nation, but these containers were intercepted and seized by security operatives. He said investigations revealed that the said baron was fingered as the importer of the hard drugs.

 “The drug baron, who assumed he was above the law made entreaties to the office of late Chief Bola Ige, which was in charge of the investigation to get his containers released. “But Ige was adamant and ordered that the investigations be carried out. The drug baron was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison from where he arranged the plot to have Ige eliminated", the IG said. Ehindero further said the suspects who carried out the killing have been found and would be paraded to the public with the drug baron on Thursday, May 24, 2007.

 He added that “this monumental breakthrough was achieved with the dexterity of police detectives and forensic experts”. President Olusegun Obasanjo had during a radio programme, “The President Explain on Sunday” at the weekend suggested that Ige’s murder could be linked to the trial of a drug baron. This statement had irked reactions from prominent Nigerians including Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and the daughter of late Ige, Mrs Funsho Adegbola who said the President’s statement “potrays him as someone being haunted by the ghost of Ige”, adding that “ultimately, the truth about the killing would be known to Nigerians”.

Ehinderos’ Achievements

Also listing the achievements of his two and half years in office, Ehindero disclosed that ”269 bank robbery suspects were apprehended, and N29 million, $35,000, ,300 United Kingdom pounds and 3,240 euros were recovered. Police anti-crime measures, he added, resulted in the arrest of 6237 armed robbery suspects, while police teams recovered 4897 firearms, 905,948 rounds of ammunition and 1486 stolen vehicles.

Given Police a pass mark on 2007 Election

Commenting on the 2007 general election, IGP gave a pass mark to the police for a successful discharge of their duty in providing a peaceful and enabling environment for the conduct of the elections. He also said reorientation of the Nigerian police has brought about less incidents of accidental discharges from mishandled firearms, unnecessary use of force, and illegal collection of “20 naira” at check points.

Justice  Kaigo Recommends most Senior  DIG to succeed Ehindero Justice Umaru Kaigo, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court has called on the Federal Government to appoint the most senior deputy Inspector-General (DIG), of the six DIG’s, to succeed Ehindero. Kaigo, who chairs the Presidential Police Reforms Committee, stated this at the public presentation of the books,” My Adventures in Policing” and “The Nigeria Police and Civil Society”, both written by Ehindero.
He added that appointing a low rank DIG would force his seniors to go onto compulsory retirement which is detrimental to the force as everyone must come together to continue the developmental process the force is undergoing.
He commended Ehindero’s tenure which he said introduced various innovations in the police force. In a related development, Ehindero has said President Obasanjo has approved the sum of N75 million for disbursement as an Endowment Fund for the children of the police officers who lost their lives during the April elections, and he distributed cheques to their families. The total value of the cheques was given as about N18 million.

                                       

THIS DAY

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Police Nab Anti-Babalola Protesters

Nine people, believed to be members of the Action Congress (AC) in Ekiti State, are now in the custody of Oyo Police Command, Ibadan, over alleged unlawful procession and protest against President Olusegun Obasanjo's lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN. The protesters numbering about 50 are showing their grievance over an alleged involvement of the legal luminary in the politics of his home state, Ekiti. They stormed the legal luminary chamber on Adekunle Fajuyi Road, Lekan Salami area at about 9.a.m., with placards of varied descriptions, asking Afe Babalola to hands off the politics of Ekiti. The aggrieved AC loyalists claimed that Babalola used his influence to ensure the electoral loss of their party at the April 14 governorship poll in the state.

Some of the inscriptions on the placard read, "Afe, this is unfair of you to support ballot robbery and corruption; don’t turn Ekiti to house of horror; Afe, be a true patriot; Reject a government of injustice." Anti-riot policemen attached to the legal luminary, however, repelled the protesters, as they promptly rounded them up and arrested nine of them. Assistant Commissioner, Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, confirmed the incident, saying investigations have commenced on the arrest. Director of Publicity to the AC governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae, justified the protest, stating it was regrettable that while the legal luminary is resident in Ibadan, Oyo state, he has been practising politics at the detriment of the progressive-minded people of Ekiti State. 

 

THE PUNCH NEWS

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Children of slain police officers weep before IG

Agency Reporter

Some children of police officers that lost their lives while in service on Tuesday wept uncontrollably before the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero. The children, numbering up to 30 were invited to a press briefing and presentation of books written by Ehindero at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja.

When it was time to present them with cheques of the payments due to them as dependants of slain police officers, who died in active service, many of them burst into tears and had to be led into an inner room where they were consoled. Other invited guests including senior police officers and senior government officials could also not stop crying at the sight of the children, whose ages range from 24 to one year.

 

THE SUN

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Family of slain policeman sends ‘SOS’ to Tinubu
By WALTER UKAEGBU

The family of Adebesin Akeem, the policeman who was killed by political thugs during the Action Congress (AC) rally in Ajah area of Lagos on March 12, 2007, has called on Governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu for assistance as they have been facing hardship since the death of their bread winner. Mrs. Bose Adebesin Akeem, the widow of the deceased cop who is a petty trader in Ondo State, lamented that if politicians had not made the last election a do-or-die affair, her husband would not have died.

She explained that she was baffled that her husband was taken to the hospital in an ambulance only to be discharged without recovering from the gunshot wounds. According to her, the victim was shot on Monday, March 12, 2007, but was discharged on Wednesday, March 14, 2007. The late cop’s younger sister, Mrs. M. Adelani, said five bullets were removed from the body of her brother through the help of herbal practitioners.

Another sister to the victim, Mrs. Lawal, told Daily Sun that her brother was not supposed to be on duty that fateful day but was directed to come to work by his superior because the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) believed in his ability to perform his duties creditably. She explained that her brother was married to one wife, Bose, who she said has four girls for him. The grieving widow told Daily Sun that her problem now was how to pay the children’s school fees and feed them. Her words:

 “The children asked me of their father and I told them about the horrible incident, but in reaction, they asked me where their help would come from. She revealed that her husband won many awards as the best target shooter during his police training at Eleyele Police Training School in Ibadan. “He was so dedicated that when he was alive, he led others to reduce armed robbery menace around Maroko and its environs,” she said. Another family member described the situation as traumatic but said the DPO and other police officers at the Maroko Police Station tried their best to assist him while he was in the hospital.

She disclosed that the Lagos State governor-elect, Mr. Babatunde Fashola visited their house and spoke with their parents and promised to assist them. Another thing that is bothering the widow was that no x-ray was carried out on her husband before he was discharged from the hospital and the fact that five bullets were left in his body, adding, however, that they were only removed after he died. The father of the victim, Mr. Tajudeen Adebesin, commended the DPO of Maroko Police Station and his colleagues for their efforts and assistance when the incident happened.

He appealed to the governor-elect, Mr. Babatunde Fashola not to forget the promise he made to them during his visit to the family. The family also commended the former commissioner for Special Duties, Lagos State, Mrs. Teju Philips, for her contributions during the burial. But Mrs. Lawal said: “I wonder why we did not hear from the Lagos State governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.” She advised politicians to play politics without bitterness and wondered why politicians should go to political rallies with guns. The four children he left behind are, Rianat, Rukayat, Islamiat and a two-month-old baby.

 

 

 

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  • To identify issues for reform in the Nigeria Police Force
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  • To strategize on Police-community relation
  • To review efforts, prospects and problems encountered by NGOS on safety/security; and,
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