Breaking: #EndSARS: IG Orders Immediate Reorganization Of SARS

Following growing outrage against the activities of the police special anti-robbery squad, SARS, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate reorganisation of the notorious unit.

A statement from the Force Public Relation’s Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said Mr. Idris also ordered the immediate investigation into the activities of SARS, with the aim of prosecuting cases of human right abuses.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni concerned with public interest and the need to reposition the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for more efficiency and effective service delivery to all Nigerians and ensure that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operates based on International Core Value of Policing with integrity and make sure the rule of law prevails in the operations and activities of the outfit, the IGP has directed the immediate re-organization of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) nationwide and instant investigation into all the allegations, complaints and infractions levelled against the personnel of the Special Anti Robbery Squad across the country by the IGP X-Squad of the Force,” the statement said.
“In the new arrangement, a Commissioner of Police is now the overall head of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja.

“The Police Zonal Commands, State Commands and Divisions will continue to operate anti-crime units/sections, crime prevention and control squads and teams imperative to prevent and detect crimes and criminalities in their Area of Responsibilities, and other crack squads necessary to sustain law and order and protection of life and properties in their Area of responsibilities (AOR).

“Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) will now exist and operate in the State and Zonal Commands under the Commissioner of Police (F-SARS) at the Force Headquarters.”

Other changes were also made which include the following:

“A Federal SARS Commander of a Rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and not below Superintendent of Police (SP) will be in charge of FSARS in State and Zonal Commands across the Country. All Commissioners of Police have been directed by the Inspector General of Police to comply with this directive with immediate effect and warn their personnel not to pose as SARS operatives. The IGP X-Squad has been mandated to go round the Commands and Police Formations nationwide to ensure strict compliance and apprehend any erring police officer.

“Furthermore, a new training program to be organized by the Force in collaboration with some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local and International NGOs, and other Human Rights Organizations on core Police Duties, Observant of Human Rights and Handling, Care and Custody of Suspects have been directed by the Inspector General of Police for all Federal SARS personnel nationwide with immediate effect,”

The statement urged aggrieved members of the public to register their complaints through various channels.

“However, aggrieved members of the public who have any complaint in the past or present of violation of their rights by any Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) personnel anywhere in the country are to report through any of the following channels for investigation and further actions

GP X-Squad: 0902 690 0729 – Calls 0903 227 8905 – SMS 0903 562 1377 – what’s app

Email:[email protected]

FORCE PUBLIC COMPLAINT BUREAU

07056792065 Calls/SMS/what’s app

08088450152 Calls/SMS/what’s app Email: [email protected],[email protected] Twitter: @Policing www.facebook.com/ngpolice

PUBLIC COMPLAINT RAPID RESPONSE UNIT (PCRRU)

08057000001 – Calls Only

08057000002 – Calls Only

08057000003 – SMS & whatsapp only

Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU

www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU

#EndSARS Campaign Trends On Twitter, Nigerians Spit Fire

Using the hashtag, #EndSARS, Nigerians, throughout the weekend, took to Twitter, Facebook, among other social media platforms to compel the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari to scrap Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police (SARS).

In various tweets and posts, Nigerians gave instances of extra-judicial killings, torture, wanton arrests for bribes, extortion, kidnapping, harassment, disregard for human lives and other menacing conducts by men of the SARS.

From one tweet or post to the other, Nigerians bemoaned that the police unit created to protect the people had instead become a danger to the society, torturing its victims with impunity.

Khalid OOU tweeting @iamdharyor decried “endless slapping like a compulsory human recipe” as characteristic of SARS in its treatment of Nigerians.

In Portharcourt, CalyRay, @Ckrisons101, lamented that the sight of men of SARS comes with fear. “It has become a crime to look good and move around the streets of Portharcourt with an imminent fear of the same police force that is supposed to protect you,” he tweeted.

Another Nigerian, Arthur, with the twitter handle @IPellegri, simply made a direct call on the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to scrap SARS. “@ProfOsinbajo help us #EndSARS they are killing our youths… our future is at stake in the hands of those you ask to protect us,” Arthur said.

Similarly, Kelechi Emmanuel, @kelechizoe said he received a barrage of slaps from SARS officials because he had an international number on his contact list when his phone was checked.

“I was given some dirty slaps because the SARS saw an International Number on my contact list…. #EndSars” Kelechi tweeted.

Reacting to the campaign to end SARS, Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood, in an interview with TheCable on Sunday, said SARS had lived up to its duty of curbing violent crimes and condemned calls for its proscription.

“As we speak, SARS is doing fantastically well across the country in reducing incidents of robbery to the barest minimum… they are doing very, very well,” Moshood said.

“There has not been any specific violation of human rights against any SARS personnel. So anybody that is spreading such a rumour is not doing the nation any good.

“SARS has no excesses and when there is any, we do investigate.

“The call for SARS to be scrapped should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians. Anybody calling for their proscription is not doing the nation any good and such people should be suspected as having something to hide.”

Moshood urged Nigerians with complaints against any police officer – “whether SARS or any other personnel” – to channel their complaints through established channels.

“Accessibility (to the police in cases of complaints) is very possible.

“We do not take any infraction or violation of human right of any Nigerian likely. You know that so many police officers have been dismissed and even charged to court.”

“So, Nigerians should not give in to insinuations from people that just come to the social media and start spreading falsehood. Such people spreading such information may likely be armed robbers
themselves.

“There is laid down rules for police procedures and any police officer that go beyond boundary to do something outrageous which is against the law is apprehended.”

Police File Murder Charges For Wife Who Killed Ex-PDP Chair’s Son

The police have filed murder charges against a  woman who allegedly murdered her husband at their residence in Abuja weekend.

Maryam Sanda allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyaminu Bello-Haliru, multiple times, police said.

The victim, Mr. Bello-Haliru, was the son of a former minister and national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello.

A charge sheet prepared by the police and filed at the FCT High Court accused Mrs. Sanda of culpable homicide.

The police said the killing was premeditated and are seeking death penalty against the accused in the two-count charge.

Ms. Sanda stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50 a.m. with absolute intent to kill him, court filings said. She was charged under Sections 221, 240 and 247 of the Penal Code.

The police said the murder was committed in Zone 2, Wuse, Abuja and not Maitama, Abuja as had been widely reported.

The police have secured a two-week remand warrant to keep the suspect in custody as homicide detectives continue with investigation, Abuja police spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, said in a statement.

Mr. Manzah said unnamed persons have been questioned by the police in connection to the case, and there is possibility that other persons might be charged in the alleged murder.

The matter would be heard at Courtroom No. 32 by the Chief Judge of FCT High Court, the police said. But no date has been fixed for commencement of trial.

It could not be immediately confirmed if Ms. Sanda has named her legal representatives.

Police Invite Burna Boy Over Robbery On Mr. 2kay

The Lagos State Police Command Monday declared popular artiste, Damini Ogiulu aka Burna Boy, wanted for allegedly masterminding the robbery against fellow artiste, Abiye David Jumbo aka Mr. 2Kay.

Mr. 2kay was attacked last month at Eko Hotel and Suites after attending a show put together by Buckwyld Media Network Limited, which featured many other artistes.

The state acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who made this
disclosure at the state command headquarters in Ikeja, said Burna Boy has been evading arrest.

The victim, Mr. 2kay, had lodged in room 847 on the 8th floor for the Buckwyld show, when he was robbed by four heavily armed men. The robbers were said to have gained entry after claiming they were room service sent up from the hotel reception to clean the room.

The suspect had alleged that the robbers stole his Audemais Piquet gold wristwatch valued at N9million, gold jewelries valued at N1.5million, Iphone7 valued at N380,000, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S5 phones valued at N240,000 and N110,000 respectively, Addidas shoe valued at N75,000, three perfumes valued at N180,000 and N45,000 in cash.

Evans: Court Awards N2m Against Police

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ruled against the Nigeria Police Force for arresting the brother-in-law of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans. In the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Mr Okwuchukwu Obiechina, said to be Evans’ brother-in-law, Justice Mohammed Idris, on Monday, declared Obiechina’s arrest and detention unconstitutional.

 

The judge ruled that the remand order which the police claimed to have obtained from a magistrates’ court was invalid. Apart from ordering the police to immediately release Obiechina unconditionally or charge him to court if they have any case against him, the court also awarded N2m damages in his favour against the police.

 

Justice Idris also ordered the police to tender a public apology to Obiechina to be published in two national dailies.

Police Kills Two Suspected Kidnappers, Rescues Victim

The Police Command in Anambra said it has killed two suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mrs Nkeiru Nwode, made this disclosure on Saturday in Awka while addressing newsmen.

Nwode, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said the victim, simply identified as Nnamdi, was kidnapped on Oct. 11, in a filling station at Obosi, near Onitsha, by four armed hoodlums.

According to her, N20 million was demanded as ransom but the detectives attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the command trailed them as they were coming to collect the ransom on Oct. 13.

“As the hoodlums got to know that they were being trailed, they started attacking the police but two of the kidnappers were killed, while others escaped with bullet wounds,” Nwode said.

She said exhibits recovered from the suspects included one locally made pistol with two live cartridges, one cut to size single barrel gun, one unregistered Q-link motorcycle and a cell phone.

Nwode assured members of the public of the relentless efforts of the police in securing lives and property in the state.

Eid-el-Kabir: Police Deploy Plain Cloth Officers, Emergency Help-Lines

The Nigeria Police Force said it have deployed plain cloth officers to all strategic places and taken adequate security measures to guarantee hitch-free Eid-el-Kabir celebration across the country.

The command can be contacted on its 24 hours emergency help-lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

The Police have also directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers to provide water-tight security at all prayer grounds located within their respective areas of responsibility.

This is even as the commissioner of Police Federal Capital Territory, CP Musa Kimo has reassured residents of the FCT that the command has deployed adequate security measures to guarantee a hitch-free Eid-el-Kabir celebration in FCT.

He noted that the command has commenced the massive deployment of plain-cloth and uniformed Police operatives across all praying grounds, shopping malls, gardens, recreational spots, critical infrastructures, motor parks and other areas that have been identified to be beehive of activities while the celebration lasts.

According to the Police PRO, FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, this arrangement also includes the strategic deployment of personnel on foot and motorised patrols along all streets, major roads, entry and exit points linking FCT with other states.

While felicitating with all Muslim faithful as they commemorate the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the CP enjoined FCT residents to be security conscious and continue to partner with the command through the provision of timely information on suspicious and strange persons hibernating around them.

The command can be contacted on its 24 hours emergency help-lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

Security: The Gains Of Osun Govt’s Investment

Osun has been known to be one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria, owing to the commitment of the government under Governor Rauf Aregbesola to the security of lives and properties of her people. KAZEEM MOHAMMED considers the measures that had been taken by the government and its trickledown effect on the people of the state.

Section 14 (2b) of the Nigeria 1999 Constitution as amended in 2010 stipulates that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”. Meaning that security of lives and properties is a major fundamental objective of government at any level, be it federal, state or local. It is in line with this tenet as stipulated in the constitution that government must do everything possible to ensure that people in its territory are safe.

Osun is one of the states in the country known to be peaceful, owing to the security measures that have been put in place by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to support security agencies to carry out their responsibilities effectively.

Before the advent of the administration in 2010, Osun was one of the volatile states in the country, as bank robbery cases, extra-judicial killings, political violences and such other crimes were rampant and to a large extent, the residents of the state, particularly in some major towns like Ilesa, Osogbo, Ile-Ife and so many others could not sleep with their two eyes closed because of fear.

The story began to change shortly after the ‘power-shift’ to the hands of Governor Aregbesola, who, as part of his security measures declared that none of his supporters should attack any member of the opposition, who attacked them when they were in power.

Not too many residents of the state knew what was in the offing until the administration, within its 100 days in office engaged 20,000, youths under Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES). The scheme was one of the major factor that drastically reduced the crime rates in state, as majority of the youths that were active engage in criminal activities due to joblessness were taken off the streets for productive engagement. Some of the youths were engaged in community service works; traffic marshal, paramedics, neighborhood security watch, and environmental marshal amongst others. What followed were commendations from all and sundry, as analysts projected that as long as the scheme continues, the state would continue to remain peaceful.

Since then, the government has been engaging in similar other preventive measures, by engaging youths in other programmes like agriculture, Information Communication Technology (ICT), skill acquisition programmes amongst others and these have immensely contributed to the appellation given to Osun as one of the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

What then followed was the procurement of five sophisticated Armoured Personnel Carriers and 125 Patrol vans and some other security equipment to combat crimes that already had an established ground in the state. The impact of this was the reduction in crime rate, particularly in the state capital and some other major towns in the state. This was a feat that had never been recorded by any government in the state. The vans were distributed among all the security agencies, including the Army, Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Immigration and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) amongst others.

The state government also subsequently inaugurated a combined quick emergency response team, Swift Action Response Squad (SARS) which comprises security forces like the Army, Police, and NSCDC officials whose activities reduced crime rate significantly to the barest minimum in Osun.

Capping it all was the procurement of a Helicopter for Aerial Security Surveillance and presentation of another set of more sophisticated 20 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) to the Nigerian Police Force, a feat that has never been achieved by any government in the state. The procurement of the helicopter and the APC’s has particularly driven away many undesirable elements from the state.

It was during the presentation of the 20 APC’s in 2014 that the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone X1, Mr. David Omojola saluted the courage of the Governor in fighting crime in the state, saying, the Aregbesola administration has demonstrated high sense of responsibility in keeping the state safe in line with the dictate of his office.

Also, the then Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Ibrahim Maishanu described the gesture from the Governor as the first in the history of the state, assuring that the equipments would be properly put to use and Osun state would be one of the most peaceful states in the country henceforth.

However, in order to make communication easier for security purposes, the state government as part of his commitment procured Modern Communication Gadget for security agencies in the state and ensured installation of various communication equipments at various security commands for easy communication. Also, the government established Osun Emergency and Citizens’ Inquiry/Contact Centre in Oke-Fia, Osogbo, which has since been serving as the easiest way of reporting any emergency situation to the security agencies.

It is also on record that the state has from time to time provided logistic supports to security agencies in spite the paucity of fund, as the government was reported to have prioritised meeting the demands of the security agencies.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Tope Adejumo in a chat said, the government of Osun has decided to give security of lives and property a priority in line with the dictate of the Nigeria constitution, saying, the government has invested a huge human and material resources to ensure that the state remain peaceful.

According to him, in spite the economic situation of the country, the Aregbesola administration has never at any point in time deviated from its commitment to support security agencies saddled with the responsibilities of maintaining laws and order in the society.

He recalled that before the Aregbesola administration, Osun was an abode for criminals, especially armed robbers who have gained ground, saying, the story has change since the state government began to pay adequate attention to security matters in the state.

Adejumo further noted that the administration would not relent in giving supports to all the relevant security agencies, with a view to permanently making the state the most peaceful state.

However, in spite the investment of the government on security, what has been of serious concern to the people, of recent are the rampant kidnapping for ritual purposes in the state, which Adejumo has said, the state government in conjunction with security agencies have been taking proactive steps to tackle.

He said, “If you observe, as these people are perpetrating these acts, they are being caught and arrested and that is to tell you that adequate attentions is being paid to it. The government will not stop collaborating with the security agencies until these people are wiped off the state”.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye said, “the APCs and patrol vans procured by the government are still serviceable and effectively deployed as a means of fighting criminal occurrences in the state, saying the peace that is reigning in the state is a testimony that the gesture of the government has actually assisted the command to discharge its duties effectively”.

On the ritual killings in the state, Adeoye said, the police command has decided to up the ante on intelligence gathering with a view to ensuring that the human and financial commitment of the government and the police are not jeopardized.

“For those cases we have been able to investigate successfully, we are collaborating with the relevant agencies and government to ensure that they are also successfully prosecuted. If we are able to prosecute successfully, we would be putting away the suspects, so that they won’t be able to commit such atrocities in the future. Also, the successful prosecution of the suspects would help and also send a signal to those who may want to do the same thing that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.

“We are also intensifying our intelligence gathering activities as a way of nipping such acts in the bud. We are effectively collaborating with members of the public in order to get them involved in the policing of their communities. We are also embarking on advocating to and for the residents so that they can raise the status of personal safety and security so that we can forestall such cases of murder that is related to ritual”.

Urging the people to be conscious of their safety and security, he said the era of learning the security to the government, the police and other security agencies alone should be jettisoned by providing credible information that would assist in curbing such crimes and other related ones in their environment.

“Everybody should be conscious of his or her personal safety and security. If they have useful information, they should not hesitate to pass it to the police, as the identity of such informant would be strictly protected, but in the case of volunteering information, they should also be conscious of security of information by sharing with the people who need to know and be able to provide solution to it”, he said.

Security: The Gains Of Osun Govt’s Investment

Osun has been known to be one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria, owing to the commitment of the government under Governor Rauf Aregbesola to the security of lives and properties of her people. KAZEEM MOHAMMED considers the measures that had been taken by the government and its trickledown effect on the people of the state.

Section 14 (2b) of the Nigeria 1999 Constitution as amended in 2010 stipulates that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”. Meaning that security of lives and properties is a major fundamental objective of government at any level, be it federal, state or local. It is in line with this tenet as stipulated in the constitution that government must do everything possible to ensure that people in its territory are safe.

Osun is one of the states in the country known to be peaceful, owing to the security measures that have been put in place by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to support security agencies to carry out their responsibilities effectively.

Before the advent of the administration in 2010, Osun was one of the volatile states in the country, as bank robbery cases, extra-judicial killings, political violences and such other crimes were rampant and to a large extent, the residents of the state, particularly in some major towns like Ilesa, Osogbo, Ile-Ife and so many others could not sleep with their two eyes closed because of fear.

The story began to change shortly after the ‘power-shift’ to the hands of Governor Aregbesola, who, as part of his security measures declared that none of his supporters should attack any member of the opposition, who attacked them when they were in power.

Not too many residents of the state knew what was in the offing until the administration, within its 100 days in office engaged 20,000, youths under Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES). The scheme was one of the major factor that drastically reduced the crime rates in state, as majority of the youths that were active engage in criminal activities due to joblessness were taken off the streets for productive engagement. Some of the youths were engaged in community service works; traffic marshal, paramedics, neighborhood security watch, and environmental marshal amongst others. What followed were commendations from all and sundry, as analysts projected that as long as the scheme continues, the state would continue to remain peaceful.

Since then, the government has been engaging in similar other preventive measures, by engaging youths in other programmes like agriculture, Information Communication Technology (ICT), skill acquisition programmes amongst others and these have immensely contributed to the appellation given to Osun as one of the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

What then followed was the procurement of five sophisticated Armoured Personnel Carriers and 125 Patrol vans and some other security equipment to combat crimes that already had an established ground in the state. The impact of this was the reduction in crime rate, particularly in the state capital and some other major towns in the state. This was a feat that had never been recorded by any government in the state. The vans were distributed among all the security agencies, including the Army, Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Immigration and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) amongst others.

The state government also subsequently inaugurated a combined quick emergency response team, Swift Action Response Squad (SARS) which comprises security forces like the Army, Police, and NSCDC officials whose activities reduced crime rate significantly to the barest minimum in Osun.

Capping it all was the procurement of a Helicopter for Aerial Security Surveillance and presentation of another set of more sophisticated 20 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) to the Nigerian Police Force, a feat that has never been achieved by any government in the state. The procurement of the helicopter and the APC’s has particularly driven away many undesirable elements from the state.

It was during the presentation of the 20 APC’s in 2014 that the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone X1, Mr. David Omojola saluted the courage of the Governor in fighting crime in the state, saying, the Aregbesola administration has demonstrated high sense of responsibility in keeping the state safe in line with the dictate of his office.

Also, the then Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Ibrahim Maishanu described the gesture from the Governor as the first in the history of the state, assuring that the equipments would be properly put to use and Osun state would be one of the most peaceful states in the country henceforth.

However, in order to make communication easier for security purposes, the state government as part of his commitment procured Modern Communication Gadget for security agencies in the state and ensured installation of various communication equipments at various security commands for easy communication. Also, the government established Osun Emergency and Citizens’ Inquiry/Contact Centre in Oke-Fia, Osogbo, which has since been serving as the easiest way of reporting any emergency situation to the security agencies.

It is also on record that the state has from time to time provided logistic supports to security agencies in spite the paucity of fund, as the government was reported to have prioritised meeting the demands of the security agencies.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Tope Adejumo in a chat said, the government of Osun has decided to give security of lives and property a priority in line with the dictate of the Nigeria constitution, saying, the government has invested a huge human and material resources to ensure that the state remain peaceful.

According to him, in spite the economic situation of the country, the Aregbesola administration has never at any point in time deviated from its commitment to support security agencies saddled with the responsibilities of maintaining laws and order in the society.

He recalled that before the Aregbesola administration, Osun was an abode for criminals, especially armed robbers who have gained ground, saying, the story has change since the state government began to pay adequate attention to security matters in the state.

Adejumo further noted that the administration would not relent in giving supports to all the relevant security agencies, with a view to permanently making the state the most peaceful state.

However, in spite the investment of the government on security, what has been of serious concern to the people, of recent are the rampant kidnapping for ritual purposes in the state, which Adejumo has said, the state government in conjunction with security agencies have been taking proactive steps to tackle.

He said, “If you observe, as these people are perpetrating these acts, they are being caught and arrested and that is to tell you that adequate attentions is being paid to it. The government will not stop collaborating with the security agencies until these people are wiped off the state”.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye said, “the APCs and patrol vans procured by the government are still serviceable and effectively deployed as a means of fighting criminal occurrences in the state, saying the peace that is reigning in the state is a testimony that the gesture of the government has actually assisted the command to discharge its duties effectively”.

On the ritual killings in the state, Adeoye said, the police command has decided to up the ante on intelligence gathering with a view to ensuring that the human and financial commitment of the government and the police are not jeopardized.

“For those cases we have been able to investigate successfully, we are collaborating with the relevant agencies and government to ensure that they are also successfully prosecuted. If we are able to prosecute successfully, we would be putting away the suspects, so that they won’t be able to commit such atrocities in the future. Also, the successful prosecution of the suspects would help and also send a signal to those who may want to do the same thing that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.

“We are also intensifying our intelligence gathering activities as a way of nipping such acts in the bud. We are effectively collaborating with members of the public in order to get them involved in the policing of their communities. We are also embarking on advocating to and for the residents so that they can raise the status of personal safety and security so that we can forestall such cases of murder that is related to ritual”.

Urging the people to be conscious of their safety and security, he said the era of learning the security to the government, the police and other security agencies alone should be jettisoned by providing credible information that would assist in curbing such crimes and other related ones in their environment.

“Everybody should be conscious of his or her personal safety and security. If they have useful information, they should not hesitate to pass it to the police, as the identity of such informant would be strictly protected, but in the case of volunteering information, they should also be conscious of security of information by sharing with the people who need to know and be able to provide solution to it”, he said.

Fake Prophetess, Swindler Unveiled In Ife, Arrested

By Sola Jacobs

A woman identified as Sola Alagogo has been arrested and handed over to the Police by the traditional Emese court in Ooni Palace, Ile-Ife, for allegedly swindling bank customers in Lagere area of the town.

Alagogo had earlier been made to confess to the allegation before the traditional court, after which she was stripped of her traditional powers in the Palace before she was handed over to the police.

A source at the palace said that it was revealed before the traditional court that Alagogo who disguises to be a prophetess always hypnotised her victims, which made them to lose their reasoning immediately she engaged them in discussions.

According to one of the victims, Mrs Cecilia Peter, while speaking with OSUN DEFENDER, alleged that in August 2016, she was going to one of the first generation Banks along Lagere on the fateful day when Sola Alagogo approached her to asked of Ejigbo Motor park and in the course of directing her to the appropriate park, she lose her reasoning and handed her handbag which contained N50,000 to the accused.

She recalled that she could not decline the request of the accused that her bag should be given to her after which she went away with the money.

Another victim, Aina Rasidat who also shared her experience attested that sometimes in July 2017 while she was going to lodged N85,000 in a bank, she encountered the suspect who asked her a way to a secondary school and in the process,  discussions ensued between them, only for her to realised that Sola Alagogo had made away with her handbag.

Benjamin David, a commercial motorcyclist who was also a victim, narrated that the accused woman had posed to be a passenger, but as soon as he carried her on his motorcycle, the woman asked for the money he had made for the day and he obeyed her without asking her any question.

Explaining how Alagogo was apprehended, one Mrs Cecilia Peter said, she boarded a commercial bus in Lagere on her way to market, after which she noticed that the accused person was sitting next to her in a suspicious way, a situation that propelled her to raise alarm and the matter was taken to the palace.

She said that in the process the news filtered around, a situation that attracted some of the earlier victims to come around and identify the swindler.

[EDITORIAL] Incessant Killings: A Disease We No Longer Can Bear

It has gotten clearly out of hand and the litany of murders is unacceptable. In recent times in the otherwise peaceful State of Osun, there have been series of gruesome murder in the state. There are reported cases of two mutilated Uniosun students with the later apprehension of the perpetrators and their accomplice. Other ritualists have been arrested in their hide-outs in Aagba, Gbongan and other locales where camped in mates regained their freedom in the state. A motorcyclist was also arrested in connection to the killings of the children of the same parent. And another was arrested with human body parts around Oluode area, Osogbo.

These events clearly portray a dysfunction in the internal security mechanism. It must be acknowledged that the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has gone the extra mile in budget allocations to gear up effective policing in the state. The appropriate infrastructures including armoured tanks have been provided. Unfortunately, under Nigeria’s glaringly defective quasi-federalism he is the Chief Security officer of the state only in name (or is it in sarcasm?), the real operational mechanisms are outside his control and supervision.

This is a critical issue that must be sorted out as soon as there is any genuine opportunity to revamp our constitution. In this vein, we must ask for the inclusion of whistleblower law, rewards and consequent protection to safeguard them and their identity to be made as they help expose the nefarious activities of cultists and kidnappers. Such a policy will help the police to up the ante and strengthen its intelligence gathering mechanism, thereby allowing it to be pro-active. The not-good-enough alternative if these killings fail to stop is a culture of mob violence as an exasperated populace takes the law into their own hands. This is of course at variance with the tenor of a civilized society and must not be allowed to happen.

Finally, we must ask the censor boards and the regulators to have a look at the movie scenes. Nobody wants censorship. Nevertheless, the state cannot sit arms akimbo and allow all manners of anti-social behaviour to be induced into young and innocent children who then takes what they view into practice at their own discretion. The sort of gory scenes and contrived nonsense peddled in movie scenes must be modulated. If those in charge of Nollywood and other entertainment industries across the globe cannot do the vitally needed self-regulation, then the state must step in and do the job for them.

In the last analysis, the underlying problem remains that of poverty and limited economic opportunities. For this reason, governments at all levels must place job creations, skills upgrade, poverty eradication and mass quality education in the heart of its economic policies. This is the only long-term and enduring solution.