Ondo Polls: Police Deploy 26,000 As AD Alleges Rigging Plot

The Police will unleash a massive security cordon around Ondo State from Friday – 24 hours to the governorship election and on Election Day.
For deployment are 26,000 personnel, three helicopters, 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and 20 gunboats.
Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris told a stakeholders’ meeting in Akure, the state capital, yesterday that each polling unit will be manned by five policemen, besides others from sister security agencies.
Movement will be restricted from midnight on Friday, he said, adding that security men attached to political office holders and VIPs would be withdrawn.
Also yesterday, the Alliance for Democracy (AD) alleged a rigging plot, spearheaded by some governors and top federal government officials.
The party alleged that a plot was being hatched by the ruling party to compromise the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate the outcome of the election in favour of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Rotimi Akeredolu.
Yesterday, the IG said: “We will dominate areas especially the waterways together with the Navy. We are going to support the deployment along the major ways with 20 gun boats. We are going to ensure we have security along the waterways.
“We are going to use dogs and horses especially to protect the INEC headquarters.
”We are going to reinforce the police officers with three helicopters to cover each senatorial district.
”We are bringing 300 vehicles to assist us in patrolling the state.
“Purely for this election, we are going to deploy a commissioner of police for each senatorial district and the whole operation is going to be coordinated by Deputy Inspector General Police of Operation”.
“Each of the police officer for the election will carry a tag. So if we see you outside with police or military uniform in an area that you are not supposed to be even as a serving police officer or a serving military, you are going to be arrested and be dealt with”.
He warned the electorate to shun violence before, during and after the election, and urged the public to cooperate with security agencies in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the election.
“We cannot do it alone because security is the responsibility of all,” he said
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) restated that the election would hold as scheduled.
INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu told the stakeholders including party chiefs, community leaders and traditional rulers, that the yet to be resolved legal crisis involving one of the parties contesting the election, did not warrant a postponement.
He said: “I wish to assure you of INEC’s preparedness and neutrality. We are not unaware of the partisan insinuation of bias in the nomination of candidates by one of the political parties.
“We are equally aware that party primaries for the selection of flagbearers by some of our political parties tend to be rancorous.
For this reason, while each activity under our election time table is tied to a specific day, the conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from the nomination of candidates, was allocated a whole month from 18 August to 19 September 2016.
”However, where an intra-party dispute becomes the subject of litigation resulting in specific orders of court, INEC shall obey such orders until they are set aside by a superior court. We remain guided by this principle.
”We have taken every step within the powers of the commission to ensure that the election this weekend is held as scheduled and that it is free, fair and credible.
”We have also been assured by the security agencies that they are equally prepared to ensure that there is a conducive atmosphere to support the elaborate plans we have put in place for the success of the election.
We are fully prepared. We see no reason to activate the provisions of section 26 or section 36 of the electoral act and there is no other ground in Law to postpone an election”.

BBOG Protests Constitute Security Threat – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said that the protests by the #BringBackOurGirls coalition constitute a security threat to public peace and order.

The Chibok girls’ campaigners, he said, must understand that in the exercise of their rights, they must not trample on other peoples’ rights through “over-dramatisation of emotions, self-serving propaganda and disrespect of public (office) holders.”

Idris said this on Wednesday when the National President of the National Council of Women Societies, Gloria Shoda, and other executives members visited him at the Force headquarters, Abuja.

The IG sympathised with the parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, noting that the government had invested huge resources to ensure that they were rescued and re-united with their families.

He said, “However, the activities of the BringBackOurGirls group in Abuja, the nation’s capital recently, is becoming worrisome and a threat to public peace and order.

“The #BringBackOurGirls protagonists must understand that in the exercise of their rights, they must not trample on other peoples’ rights through over-dramatisation of emotions, self-serving propaganda and disrespect of public (office) holders.

“The police will not sit on the fence and watch such a scenario unfold. The rights of law-abiding citizens must be protected within the context of the law. Enough is enough. We however ask that they tread with caution and that their grievances be channeled within the ambit of the law.”

But the BBOG in its reaction, denied being unruly or constituting a public nuisance during its street protests.

Its spokesman, Abdulahi Abubakar, said the BBOG had the constitutional right to protest, stressing that the coalition would continue to press home its demand for the release of the girls through various legitimate means, including street protests.

Speaking earlier, the NCWS President, commended the police for maintaining security in the Federal Capital Territory in spite of the protests by the BBOG.

Police Invites Dogara, Others Over Alleged Budget Padding

Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has raised a five-man special team to probe the alleged padding of the budget by House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara and some of his principal officers.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Amodu Ali-led Special Investigative Panel (SIP) has invited Dogara, his deputy Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor to appear before it on Friday.

The panel yesterday had what was called “a preliminary session” with ousted House Committee on Appropriations chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin, who accused Dogara and others of padding the budget with N284 billion.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has met with the warring Dogara and Jibrin to resolve their differences. Jibrin was at the party’s secretariat in Abuja where he met with the National Working Committee (NWC) members.

Dogara was said to have earlier met with the committee. The day of the meeting was, however, not given.

Last Monday, Jibrin petitioned the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies over the matter.

Jibrin was said to have “furnished the SIP with vital information and a heap of documents” at their meeting yesterday.

A highly-placed police source, who spoke in confidence, said Ibrahim has directed the SIP to conduct a “comprehensive investigation into Jibrin’s petition.”

The source said: “We have commenced full investigation into the N284billion budget padding in the House of Representatives based on a petition from Hon. Jibrin.

”A Special Investigative Panel (SIP), with a crack detective, AIG Amodu Ali as the chairman, is the one saddled with the responsibility of looking into the allegations in the petition. The same Ali uncovered the lid on the $620,000 bribery scam in the House for which a former Chairman of the House Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management, Mallam Farouk Lawan, and the Clerk of the committee, Mr. Boniface Emenalo were indicted. The case is in court.

“You will recall that Ali was deeply involved in the investigation of the $180million Halliburton scam. So, the SIP is led by an officer who is tested.”

Asked of the preliminary work done by the SIP, the source added: “As I am talking to you (4pm yesterday), a letter of invitation has been addressed and sent to the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, the Chief Whip and the Minority Leader.

“They will be interrogated by the SIP on Friday. As a prelude to the invitation of the principal officers, the SIP chairman and members had a session with Jibrin on Tuesday.

“It was not a grilling session. But Jibrin furnished the team with vital information and a heap of documents to back up the petition he submitted on Monday.

“We are going into the merit or otherwise of the petition on Friday by inviting Dogara and three others. It is going to be a gradual thing but we will crack the padding controversy.”

Also yesterday, Jibrin confirmed that security has been beefed up around him by the Department of State Service (DSS) and the police.

He also asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to prevail on Dogara to reconvene the House and step aside to face prosecution for alleged budget padding.

Jibrin, in a message on his Twitter handle, said: “My attention has been drawn to media reports that I have been summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee of our great party.

“That I received a letter yesterday evening (Monday) inviting me to a meeting in respect of the crisis in the House on Tuesday (yesterday) by 2pm at the party’s office.

“The letter did not in any way indicate it as a disciplinary committee. And I have responded that I will attend the meeting despite my tight schedules shuttling between security and anti-corruption agencies to provide support and evidence against Speaker Dogara and nine others.

“I am confident that the party will do the right thing by throwing its weight to support our resolve to wipe out corruption in the House and direct Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority Leader Ogor to reconvene the House immediately and step down to face imminent prosecution and save the party and our dear country from further embarrassment.”

Aregbesola Tasks Police On Community Relations

…As New IGP Flags-off Passing-out Ceremony of new Squadron Commanders in Osun

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has charged Officers and Men of Nigeria Police Force on the need to strengthen community relations among the diverse people of Nigeria.

Aregbesola also pointed out that the only ingredient capable of enhancing the activities of the members of Nigeria Police Force was to maintain civility while discharging their constitutional duties as being enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Governor Aregbesola stated this while addressing people during the Passing-Out Parade of Police Mobile Force Squadron Commanders’ Seminal/Combat Operation Course 03/2016, at Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State.

Aregbesola identified the protection of lives and property of Nigerian people as the reason behind the establishment of Nigeria Police Force, saying the only way for the police officers in the country to champion the course was to establish and entrench a strong bond with the people in their various communities.

The Governor who charged the nation’s police on the need to rededicate themselves and live up to their responsibilities, said officers of the Nigeria Police Force must build more on efficiency, competence, courage, sacrifice and effectiveness.

Governor Aregbesola who described community relations as a vibrant mechanism to policing, said the time has come for the management of Nigeria Police Force to map-out strategy that will maintain and sustain favourable, mutually-beneficial and cordial relationships between it and the citizens.

The State helmsman maintained that not until police see themselves as part and parcel of the community, their services to the nation would remain ineffective and uncelebrated.

The Governor also used the occasion to appeal to the newly appointed Inspector-General of Police, to as a matter of necessity expedite actions that would reposition the Force and as well stamp-out the perceived corruption and ineptitude.

He noted that such action if properly carried out would definitely correct the anomalies in the sector and as well instill trust and confidence.

He said, “going by the space of the current security challenges facing our nation, there is no iota of doubt that one of the ways to overcome this security menace was for the officers and men of Nigeria Police to develop workable strategy that will fast track necessary intimacy between it and the people in the community.

“Since society can only be civilized if there is adequate security of lives and property, hence, remains a challenge to security agencies to maintain good relations with the people in the communities.

“Police must integrate with the people in the community to ensure that their civil responsibility is being carried out with high sense of discipline, loyalty and competence.

“As part of the efforts of Nigeria Police to ensure safety, they must not forget the fact that safety begins in their immediate environment and for this purpose, they must respect the people in the society and engagement them in their services”, Aregbesola added.

Governor Aregbesola who described the state as one of the safest states in Nigeria, said his administration would not relent to prioritize safety of the citizenry in all its policies.

He therefore advocated for peaceful co-habitation among Nigerians, saying “united will stand divided will fall”.

Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris revealed that efforts are in top gear to ensure that all commissioned officers from the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police to the Inspector-General of Police declare their assets.

The newly appointed IGP said the initiative is aimed at checking the activities of corrupt officers and deterring others from indulging in corrupt practices while nothing that the obvious implication of unprofessional conducts will attract serious disciplinary measures.

Idris who vowed to complement the efforts of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against insurgency, corruption and other related vices, said the Force is set to put a drastic end to all the myriads of challenges bedeviling the country.

He described corruption as a cankerworm which has been identified as the most critical factor holding the Nigeria Police back from the path of quality and professional service delivery, saying his administration was set to consolidate on the solidly built foundation of its previous administration in tackling corruption and ensure that the Force is ridded of a few misguided elements bringing infamy upon the image of the Force.

The new IGP disclosed that his administration would ensure that the root cause of corruption is fought to standstil by frontally engaging the IGP Monitoring Unit and X-Squad to checkmate officers nationwide with a view to enforcing accountability, transparency and discipline among officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to him, “This event is coming at a very crucial time when the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to build a Police Force capable of combating emerging security challenges of national concern such as kidnapping, militancy, insurgency, terrorism, communal clashes, cattle rustling and host of other organized crimes”.

“We will spare no effort to ensure total accomplishment of these goals and also maintain a safest, secured and prosperous nation through prompt and timely discharge of our duties as police officers.

He promised that his administration would consolidate on the welfare initiatives of the immediate past administration by ensuring prompt payment of salaries, promotion of officers as at when due through regular encouragement.

The new IGP vowed that his administration would uphold adequate protection of lives and property just as it remains one of the cardinal duties of the Nigeria Police Force, adding that special attention would also be given to action and potential consequences.

He however charged the participants of the course on the need to take critical analysis of the lessons learnt from the training with a view to be more effective and efficient in their performance and maintain the virtues of worthy ambassador of Nigeria.

The new IGP who expressed confidence in the newly inaugurated commanders, expressed delight in the fact that they (commanders) demonstrated a high sense of discipline, professional competence, dedication and responsibility during the course of the training exercise.

According to him,”going by the quality of the training acquired in the last three-week, I have no doubt that you will translate these strategic professional competences into actionable realities.

“It is also my joy that you have all demonstrated these distinguishing virtues and successfully completed your three-week exercise”.

He noted that it remains important for them to know that every action and inaction of the men under their respective commands will have direct bearing on someone’s life which may make or mar their careers as the case may be.

The new IGP urged them to rise up to the challenges by applying the skills acquired towards nipping emergent crimes in the bud.

“Henceforth, all police officers must act with utmost civility to members of the public in the course of discharging their constitutional responsibilities”, he added.

He therefore called on the commanders of the operational arm of the Force to display a high sense of professionalism by ensuring that their personnel are appropriately deployed to authorized persons, saying henceforth all officers who might have been deployed to the unauthorized persons must be withdrawn immediately.

In his remarks, the Commandant, Police Mobile Training College, Ila-Orangun, ACP Muhammed Dankwara, revealed that a total of fifty-nine (59) out of sixty (60) Squadron commanders who attended the three-week course have been recommended for pass-out after a rigorous, tedious, energy sapping, re-invigorating, physically and mentally tasking courses.

ACP Dankwara stressed that the course which commenced on Monday 6th of June, 2016 saw the course participants through theory and practical work including strategic leadership/management course, PMF duties and statutory roles of a commander as well as the use of the Global Position System, Weapon Handling, Firearm Laws among others.

He said, “I am pleased that the course participants have exhibited a high sense of discipline and commitment in all ramifications while the course lasted.

ACP Dankwara however implored the new IGP to as a matter of duty resuscitate the training of the rank and file in the Police Mobile Force so as to clear the backlog of training of local mobilized combatants in the various squadrons.

He noted that one of the ways to curb incessant misuse of firearms was for the authority of the Nigeria Police Force to urgently weapon handling for the gallant officers.

ACP Dankwara meanwhile suggested that operational outfit within the force be detailed to send officers and men on regular basis for training and retraining.