The Police Service Commission (PSC) has expressed concern over social media messages inciting police officers against the public.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission, stated this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission, stated this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that this followed a social media report that reads, “every Police that dies for civilian again, he is on his own … Do the needful police work and remain alive for your children and families”.
Ani said the incitement was not necessary for the country at the moment and called for a complete renewal of faith in the Nigerian project.
According to him, the Police are expected to conduct themselves with the highest degree of patriotism and in obedience with its rules of engagement.
He said the Commission was doing its best to see that the welfare of police officers are enhanced and worthy of their sacrifice to the country.
Ani called for a comprehensive overhauling of the commission’s logistics to be able to discharge its constitutional responsibilities.
He enjoined police officers to play a leading role in the search for peace and progress in the country.
“The Commission once again commiserates with the families of officers who lost their lives and wish those who were injured during the crisis a quick recovery,” he said.
“Police Are Still Going To Kill More Nigerians, Better Stay Away From Danger”- Kemi Olunyolo Warns
Popular Nigerian investigative journalism Kemi Olunyolo went on Twitter to guarantee that police are still going to kill more Nigerians in November.
Accroding to Kemi Olunyolo The police inspector general has ordered the police to safeguard themselves.
<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">She additionally advise that individuals should stay out of danger. She additionally advise that individuals should stay out of danger.
See her tweet below:
As indicated by reports from the Nigerian paper, “The Nation news paper”, the police inspector general, ordered the police to secure themselves in the event that they are attacked.
Considering this, it would be an error for any body to attack or assault a cop starting from now till further notice.
Nonetheless, Kemi Olunyolo neglected to see that the police day additionally included their misfortunes in the warmth of the protest and chaos that followed a week ago.
The police can’t start murdering Nigerians, unless the situation requires self defense operation.
A comment like what Kemi Olunyolo said can cause mayhem and panic.
We simply hope that the police will completely return to their posts and order returns in the society.
Ten persons comprising six policemen and four civilians were killed, and 38 cops injured in Lagos during violent protests that erupted last week, the police have said.
The police also said 16 police stations were burnt and 13 vandalised by hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful #ENDSARS protests across the state.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu gave these details Tuesday while parading 520 suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the wanton destruction and looting of both private and public properties.Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu gave these details Tuesday while parading 520 suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the wanton destruction and looting of both private and public properties.
According to Odumosu, the six policemen killed were ASP Yard Edward, attached to Denton Police Station; Inspector Olayinka Erinfolami of defunct Anti Kidnapping Unit (AKU); Inspector Adegbenro Aderibigbe attached to Meiran Division, Sergeant Abejide Abiodun of Department of Operations (DOPs), State Headquarters and two others attached to Orile Division.
He said 58 police vehicles were burnt,13 vandalised, 62 vehicles belonging to individuals and those connected with some pending cases (exhibits) were burnt and nine other vehicles vandalised by the hoodlums.
Odumosu also disclosed that 15 motorcycles and tricycles were torched and 65 vandalised at various locations within the state.
For public assets destroyed, Odumosu listed High Court Complex Igbosere, Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, Broad Street; Ejigbo LCDA Secretariat; BRT Terminal Iddo (where 67 buses were burnt); City Hall, Lagos Island; COVID-19 Warehouse at Monkey Village; BRT Terminals at Ojodu and Ikotun; Ajeromi Ifelodun LG Secretariat; NPA Head Office, Marina, and FRSC/VIO Office at Ojodu where only the vehicles parked outside the main buildings within their compounds were burnt.
“Sixteen Police Stations were set ablaze during the unrest. They included Orile, Amukoko, Layeni, Old Area J Command Ajah, Elemoro, New Area J Command Elemoro, Igando, Ebute-Ero, and its barracks and Ilasamaja Police Stations.
Others were Makinde and its barracks, Ikotun, Isokoko, Pen-Cinema, Onipanu, Alade Police Stations etc.
“Thirteen formations were vandalised amongst which were Ojo and Ojodu Stations. Police posts burnt included Cele, llogbo-Elerin, Shibiri, Defunct Anti-Cultism office, Gbagada, Defunct SARS Office Onilekere, Makoko, Daleko, Ashamu, Makinyo, Amuwo-Odofin, Defunct Anti-Kidnapping Office, Surulere and 0ld SARS Office Ajegunle.
“During the unrest, the police posts that were vandalised by the hoodlums included PPL, Mowo, Morogbo, Ikota and Mawa police posts.
“Some private facilities as well as other investments that were partly torched and vandalised/looted included the Oba of Lagos’ Palace; Television Continental Station (TVC) at Ikosi-Ketu, Access Bank, GTBank and Ebeano Supermarket at Victoria Island, The Nation Newspaper office at Fatai Atere Street, Mushin, Shoprite Malls at Ajah, LTV 8, Alausa, Ikeja, Surulere, Samsung Outlet at Apple Roundabout, Festac, Shoprite at Festac, Samsung Office Oyingbo, etc. However, some of the looted items from these outlets/offices have been recovered.
“Based on these incidences, the command was able to arrest a total of 520 suspects for various offences ranging from arson, robbery, murder, rioting, malicious damage, and unlawful possession of firearms,” he said.
Among those arrested, Odumosu said, was one Olamilekan Ibrahim, 19, alleged to have been among those who broke into a commercial bank and carted away cash, other valuables in Lekki.
The police said he was arrested with N250, 000 alleged to be his share of the loot from the banks, as well as a locally-made pistol.
He said two suspects identified as Ebere Reuben, 29, and Samuel Oyediran, 16, were also arrested by RRS operatives for their involvement in burning of the BRT terminal at Berger and TVC Station in Lagos State, respectively. They were allegedly caught with left-over of some quantities of petroleum products with which they set the places ablaze.
The police boss, who acknowledged that those arrested were not peaceful #ENDSARS protesters, stated that it was a known fact armed hoodlums hijacked the protests and were responsible for series of killings, arson and looting recorded.
“Thorough investigation into the cases has commenced. Members of the public should be rest assured that they will be updated as investigation progresses. At this juncture, I will like to appreciate officers and men of this command for their doggedness, gallantry and commitment to maintaining law and order and restoration of normalcy to the state.
“Also, I commend the community leaders and stakeholders for their support in this regard, especially on recovery of the looted arms and ammunition and valuables. They have been so helpful. Last but not the least the command appreciates other sister/security agencies for their support in the struggle for restoration of peace and harmony to the state.
“…permit me to re-assure the good people of Lagos State that we will leave no stone unturned in providing adequate security for all and sundry.
Emphatically, for the ember months, the command has put measures in place to legally deal with the criminals who might want to foment troubles or deprive law-abiding Lagosians of their property,” he said.
But most of the suspects denied involvement in the violence alleging that they were picked up randomly during raids.
One Ibrahim in whose possession several looted items were allegedly found denied the accusation insisting that he only showed security agents were the items were kept in Ebute Meta.
Some of the suspects, who became dramatic, claimed they were either arrested at the bus stop while going about their legitimate duties or apprehended in front of their shops or near their homes.
As the parade ground became chaotic, the police started returning the suspects into waiting Black Maria to prevent breakdown of order.
There is tension in Mabushi community in Abuja, as a police officer on Saturday allegedly shot dead a colleague and also killed himself. New Telegraph learnt that the trigger-happy officer, who was attached to one of the private residences in the area, was exchanging friendly banters with the dead colleague who was also attached to a construction site around the same environment, before the sad incident. An eyewitness, a lady, who sells snacks and drinks opposite the scene of the incident, said that both dead officers were heard talking about the ongoing nationwide protest, and how civilians were attacking police personnel and burning stations. The lady, who was visibly terrified, said she narrowly escaped the bullet while she was serving one of the site worker’s snacks. According to her, the officer who just finished consuming some doses of “agbo” a local alcoholic herbal mixture, was boasting that he cannot hold a gun and be disarmed by a anybody, and all of a sudden, pulled the trigger shot his colleague on the head, and when he saw the lifeless body on the ground, he turned the gun on himself and killed himself. She noted that while she was lucky to have escaped unhurt, one of the site workers who rushed out in a state of confusion when the first shoot was heard, was seriously injured by the second bullet. As at the time our Correspondent visited the scene the dead bodies had been evacuated and the injured taken to an undisclosed hospital. Officers at Mabushi Police Station, who said the Divisional Police Officer was not available to attend to our correspondent’s inquiry, did not deny or confirm the incident. Attempts to get reaction from the FCT Command Public Relations Officer was also not successful
The protesters have been clamouring for an end to police brutality.
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCT ), Muhammad Bello, said security operatives had arrested some hoodlums who infiltrated the #ENDSARS protesters camp.
The protesters have been clamouring for an end to police brutality.
The minister disclosed this during an on-the-spot assessment of Apo and Dutse Alhaji areas where some residents were killed and properties vandalised.
The Minister said the FCT Police Command had already arrested arrowheads of the violent protests, adding that security agents were still making efforts to arrest more culprits.
He called on community leaders and heads of market associations to fish out those who participated in the violent protests,
He said, “As I speak, arrests have been made. The FCT Police Commissioner has informed me. Those who participated and carried out the attacks will face the wrath of the law. We will ensure that it is done.
On plans to compensate those whose cars, houses and businesses were destroyed, the Minister said a committee had been set up to entertain complaints.
He added that compensations would be paid to those who have genuine cases.
It will be recalled that cars were burnt, houses razed and about six persons were confirmed dead in the mayhem in Apo and Dutse area of the territory.
SP Ojewve Igbuzor apologies today Friday October 16, 2020 for being involved in car theft. The insident which took place on the 6th of June 2019, involving a light green Honda Evil Spirit as it is popularly called parked at Marian Hotel Calabar, belonging to Mr. Francis, who happen to be the current manager of Marian Hotel at old Ikang Calabar was stolen. Only to discover on February 2020 (8months later) that the said stolen car which was stolen at Marian Hotel premises was being used by the just disbanded O’C SARS of Cross River State Command in person of SP Ojewve Igbuzorand the color of the vehicle had been changed to silver color.
The above is the picture of the car. This is totally unacceptable and a pure case of stealing which the Superintendent of The Nigeria Police Force SP Ojewve Igbuzor (O’C disbanded SARS Cross River State Command)is involved in by confiscating and changing the color of a car that does not belong to him for his own private/personal use. Well the case is currently undergoing investigation at the Anti-Corruption Unit, State Police Headquarters Diamond Hill Calabar. No wonder SARS was rightly disbanded. But we still need The Nigeria Police Force.
We the media are watching and sincerely hope that the Nigeria Police Force will not try to cover this crime because it was perpetrated by one of his own.
The Police Command has confirmed the killing of six suspected armed robbers that specialised in car snatching in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.
The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Amiengheme Andrew, disclosed this while displaying the remains of the suspects in a police Hilux van, at Ikot Akpan-Abia in Uyo on Friday.
He said that the armed robbers were ambushed while operating along Itu/Calabar highway. “Today, at about 5.30am, acting on a credible intelligence that a six man armed robbery gang whose speciality is car snatching in Akwa Ibom and Cross River were operating along Itu-Calabar highway.
“On receipt of the intel, SARS operatives proceeded to the scene, on sighting the Police Hilux van, the hoodlums opened fire on the operatives. A gun battle ensued and the six armed robbers sustained gun shot wounds.
“They were taken to the Police hospital in Uyo for treatment but they were confirmed dead by the Doctor,” he said.
He further revealed that the robbers were on their way to Abia to sell the car they had earlier snatched from a Calabar based medical doctor. He said that the deceased had already contacted a buyer for the stolen Toyota Camry car, registered LSR 690 BM, and an unregistered motorcycle.
According to him, three locally made pistols, ten live cartridges, four expended cartridges, one pump action gun, one unregistered motorcycle, military camouflage cap and a Toyota Camry belonging to the medical doctor were recovered from them, NAN reports.
The Ogun police command has arrested eight members of a dread cult group, ‘Black Axe’, also known as ‘Aiye’ while mourning one of their members who died recently.
The command spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this to newsmen in a statement in Abeokuta on Sunday .
According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on September 24, 2020, in Ogijo, Sagamu local government area of the state.
“The cultists were arrested following a report lodged at Ogijo police station where a 16-yr- old boy, Onome Iduru was rushed to after being shot in the stomach by the cultists who were in procession in honour of their departed colleague”.
“The cultists after shooting the victim dispossessed him of a phone and also went ahead to unleash terror in the community”.
“Upon the report, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Muhammed Suleiman Baba, led his men to the scene where eight members of the violent group were arrested after serious encounter with the policemen”.
They are : Olatunji Opeyemi m’ 26, Ayuba Oduola m’ 25, Sobowale Abiodun m’ 28, Sobowale Sunday m’ 25, Adelowo Olalekan m’ 32, Kareem Lanre m’ 21, Emmanuel Adebisi m’ 21 and Tobiloba Wasiu m’ 20 years .
“A banner designed with the group insignia to announce the death of their member was recovered from them while the injured victim was taken to Oladayo hospital for medical attention”.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the suspects to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.
The CP, therefore, warned that any group or individual who engaged in any activity capable of undermining the peace of the state will be dealt with in a very decisive manner.
He appealed to parents to warm their wards not to be part of any unlawful society as the results may be catastrophic.
During the apparent confusion and rowdiness, a policeman, Bello Garba, one of Tambuwal’s security details, who tried to control the crowd and protect the governor, shot dead a 25-year-old man, Aminu Abdulrahman.
PM News reports that Garba, who is a sergeant, also fired shots at two other persons, Junaidu Abba, Babangida Muhammad and Awaisu Alti.
The incident was confirmed by the police command’s spokesman, ASP Muhammad Sadiq, described the sergeant’s action as unprofessional.
”The Sokoto state police command condemns in its entirety the unwarranted, uncivil and unprofessional conduct of a Police Sergeant on special duty in the state.
”Commissioner of police, Sani Kaoje had ordered the detention and trial of the erring officer and charged the state Criminal Investigation Department to speed up an investigation and come up with objective findings.”