PSC Promotes 414 Police Officers To AIGs, CPs, DCPs

The Police Service Commission (PSC) Tuesday announced the promotion of three commissioners of police to the rank of assistant inspectors general of police (AIGs), and four deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) to commissioners of police among other ranks.

According to the PSC Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, “The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of 414 senior police pfficers to their next ranks.

“Three Commissioners (CP) of Police were promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police AIG); four Deputy Commissioners(DCP) to Commissioners of Police (CP) and 12 Assistant Commissioners(ACP) to Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP).”

Ani explained that “the promotions were one of the highpoints of the 26th Plenary Meeting of the Commission held in Abuja from Tuesday, February 27th to Thursday, 1st of March, 2018 and presided over by the Chairman of the Commission, Sir, Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police”.

“The Commission also approved the promotion of 61 Chief Superintendents of Police (CSP) to Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP); thirty Superintendents (SP) of Police to Chief Superintendents of Police (CSP); forty eight Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) to Superintendents of Police (SP) and sixty five Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP) to Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP).

“One hundred and ninety one Inspectors were elevated to the rank of Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP),” he said.

Nigeria Has No Police Force – Ex-CBN Dep Gov

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, has said that Nigeria does not have a police force in practice.

Mr. Moghalu, a professor, made this known on Monday at the launch of his new book, Build Innovate and Grow, BIG.

The book launch event is currently holding at the Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Prof Kingsley Moghalu

Commenting on the security situation in the country while reading from the book, Mr. Moghalu noted that the Nigerian police is grossly underfunded, making it less effective in securing the country.

The former CBN chief noted that while the nation needs more police officers, it currently has about 350,000 police personels many of whom according to him “are guarding Very Important Persons, VIP”.

“In practice,  we really don’t have a Police Force in this country,” he said.

The author also argued that the failure of the police in securing the nation is why Nigeria is ‘militarised’.

Over 9,000 Police Officers Retire, Die Annually – IGP

The Inspector General of Police ( IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris says the Nigeria Police Force loses 9,028 officers to death, dismissal and retirement annually.

Idris made the disclosure at the monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and above on Wednesday in Abuja.

The IGP said that the development had seriously affected the manpower of the force.

He noted that the 308, 000 police workforce was grossly inadequate for the effective policing of the more than 180 million people in the country.

The police boss said that the country was far below the UN standard of one policeman to 400 persons adding that the Federal Government had approved the recruitment of 6,000 policemen into the rank and file.

“The issue of manpower is one problem the Nigeria Police Force is facing,” he said. On the attachment of policemen to private persons, Idris said that the force would review it to ensure that they worked for the general public.

“There is a need for us to have a police that will work for the generality of Nigerians,” he said.

He said that he had directed police commissioners and zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, to compile the number of policemen attached to individuals in the country.

Newsmen report that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 directed that police personnel attached to unauthorized and some prominent persons in the country be withdrawn and deployed to confront the security challenges in the nation.

The Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr Mike Okiro, said that more than 150,000 policemen were attached to unauthorized persons and Very Important Personalities (VIPs) in the country.

He said that the meeting was aimed at having a comprehensive resolution on the issue of illegal firearms in the country.

Idris noted that the alleged arming of militia groups by state governments and individuals was not in the interest of the country.

He urged the commissioners of police to embark on campaign against illegal firearms in their various commands.

Idris said that plans were underway to construct an armoury for the storage of illegal firearms seized from militias across the country.

He said that the force had taken several measures to check security challenges across the country.

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Police Arrest Three Suspects In Connection With Zamfara Killings

The Nigeria Police Force on Monday said three suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings in Zamfara State.

A statement from the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, indicated that the suspects were assisting the police in the investigation into the crime.

According to him, the suspects are: Halilu Garba (Alias Mabushi) ‘M’ 45 yrs, Zubairu Marafa (Alias Wakili) ‘M’ 45yrs, Nafi’u Badamasi (Alias Zakiru) ‘M’ 40yrs.

This development comes three days after the Zamfara State Police Command confirmed the death of at least 18 persons in a fresh attack by gunmen in Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

Following this recent attack, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Sunday deployed additional three units of Police Mobile Force to the affected area.

The three mobile units of the police deployed in the state were to ensure effective cover of forest areas and bushes in the state and prevent further attacks.

With the arrests of the three suspects, it confirms the fulfilment of the police boss who promised to thoroughly investigate the deadly attack in order to bring the killers to justice.

He, however, described the killings as a worrisome development. The police also assured that upon conclusion of its investigation, the suspects would be arraigned in court.

BREAKING: Tension As Police Cordon Off Peace Corps Office

Report reaching newsmen has it that the officers of the Nigeria Police on Thursday stormed the national office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria located at Jabi, Abuja, to prevent the corps from taking possession of the office.

The House of Representatives had on Tuesday, ordered that the Police should unseal the office within 48 hours, in compliance with the judgements of Justice Gabriel Kolawole and Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Accompanied by the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations and other youth bodies, the Peace Corps Officers advanced to enter their office but were resisted by the police, which also reinforced with Anti-Riot squad.

The Police arrived in 5 hilux vans with Anti-Riot shields and other weapons.

But the Peace Corps said it came in peace and bare hands.

National Commandant of the Corps, Amb ( Dr. ) Dickson Akoh told journalists that the Corps was only obeying the court orders and the directive of the House of Representatives.

“We have come in peace. We are peace loving people. If the Police refuses to open the office, we shall go back, we won’t be confrontational with them,”,Akoh said.

As at the time of filing this report, the Police and the Corps have refused to leave the premises, while the atmosphere is getting tensed.

 

Police Officer Found Dead In Nasarawa

One police officer was on Tuesday morning found dead in Adudu community of Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.

The policeman whose name is still unknown was reportedly killed by some hoodlums.

Nasarawa Police Public Relations Officer, Idrissu Kennedy confirmed the news of the death to Channels Television.

According to him, the police officer is part of the police team mobilised to restore calm in the Southern area of the state. Residents of some communities in the area are currently on flee, leaving their homes due to killings and attacks by armed men suspected to be herdsmen.

Kennedy said the police officer was shot while he alongside his colleagues were trying to repel attacks by hoodlums who were attempting to burn deserted houses in the area.

He further revealed that investigations are on to nab perpetrators.

Security challenges confronting the nation has not spared anyone including civilians and security officers who victims of various attacks across the country. One of the remaining two policemen declared missing in Benue State was found dead on Monday, February 12.

Two personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) were also killed by suspected herdsmen in a village in Benue State. The officials were killed in Awange village of Kasseyo Ward in Guma Local Government Area of the state.

 

Police Takeover NHIS Office As Workers Protest

Policemen have taken over the headquarters of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Abuja, as workers are continuing their protest over the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf.

Mr Yusuf was reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari, on February 6, 2018, after being suspended by the Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole.

But his reinstatement did not go down well with the workers and they came in protesting on Thursday insisting he should be removed because of the ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption levelled against him.

The workers have continued their protest today (Monday) inside the premises of the NHIS, but the police barricaded the workers preventing them from carrying their protest outside.

Some of the workers were however seen divided, as some were carrying on with the protest, others were going about their daily activities.

But the Federal Government through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that the reinstatement of Mr Yusuf does not stop any ongoing investigation into the case against him.

Mr Yusuf was on July 17, 2017, suspended by the Health Minister, Prof. Issac Adewole alongside eight other top officials from the commission.

The suspension, according to a statement by the ministry, is in furtherance to the activities of the investigative panel of inquiry as well as the desire to have an uninterrupted and robust investigation of all petitions against some officials of the NHIS.

The statement which was issued on Monday added that the petitions included security reports on maladministration and mismanagement by officials of the scheme.

The affected officers are Olufemi Akingbade (General Manager, Zonal Coordinator South-South Zone); John Okon (General Manager, Finance Account); and Yusuf Fatika (General Manager, Human Resources and Administration).

Also suspended are Shehu Adamu (Assistant General Manager, Audit); Vincent Mamdam (Assistant General Manager, Head Insurance) and Safiyanu Attah (Senior Assistant Officer, Marketing).

Others are Owen Udo Udoma (Senior Manager, Contribution Management) and Innocent Abbah (Senior Assistant Officer, Planning Research and Monitoring).

IGP Orders Probe Of ACP Ayilara Over Alleged N10m Bribe

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has summoned an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Ayilara Olukayode to Abuja for questioning, over allegations of a N10 million bribe on his authority.

The summon follows a protest by a coalition of civil society organisations in Benue state over the bribery allegations.

They alleged that the executive chairman of the Benue State Board Of Internal Revenue was assaulted on Tuesday, by the head of the IGP X-Squad, Mr Olukayode, who was said to have demanded the sum.

The group, therefore, demanded the proscription of the IGP X-Squad, for alleged extortion, kidnapping of tax agents and serial collection of revenue.

Mr Idris, however, promised an unbiased investigation into the matter, assuring both the Benue state government and the coalition of civil society, that the police will address any form of injustice.

Nigeria Police Begins Recruitment

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has announced its recruitment exercise for 2018.

This was disclosed on Wednesday on its official Twitter handle.

All qualified Nigerians are advised to get further details from today’s national dailies.

The statement reads, ” Recruitment into the Nigerian Police Force – 2018.

”Members of the Public are to check the full details of this recruitment advert in the National Dailies of today, Wednesday, 7th Feb, 2018.”

IBB’s Memo To Buhari: Afegbua Appears At Force Headquarters For Police Questioning

 

Spokesman of former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, Kassim Afegbua has arrived Police headquartered in Abuja.

He is still being interrogated as at the time of filing this report.

Afegbua had been declared wanted over a letter he issued on President Buhari on behalf on Babangida.

Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, had accused Afeguba of “making false statement, injurious falsehood, defamation of character and for act capable of inciting public disturbance throughout the country”.

The media consultant arrived the premises in company of his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo and some family members.

His lawyers yesterday instituted a N1bn suit against the Police, Channels Television and NTA over the declaration.

IBB’s Letter: Afegbua Would Present Himself To Police On Wednesday – Lawyer

The media aide to former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, Kassim Afegbua, would present himself to the police on Wednesday, his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo has said.

The lawyer in a statement on Tuesday morning explained that his client was not invited by the police before he was declared wanted by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Monday.

He stated that Afegbua has been “advised of his rights and remedies available to him, as a law-abiding citizen of Nigeria, he has elected to make himself available to the police on Wednesday once he returns from his trip.”

The IG had ordered Afegbua’s arrest for “making false statements, defamation of character, and for an act capable of inciting public disturbance.”

The order for the arrest of the former journalist followed two statements purportedly written by the former military dictator, which bordered on the 2019 elections, herdsmen/farmers’ crisis and other issues plaguing the nation.