Nigerian Police In Sex-For-Bail Scandal

The Nigerian Police has once again had its reputation in the mud with its recent Sex-For-Bail scandal that as caused massive backlash leading the Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Edgal Imohimi, to order the gender unit of the command to investigate the allegation.

The allegation was made by a widow, Mrs. Adebukola Mowette, that an officer identified as  Egi, at the Ilaje Police station in the state, demanded sex from her before granting her bail.

She was arrested on June 25th after she had a fight with a man saying she had gone to a kiosk close to a betting shop to tie her headgear and had dropped her phone on the chair so the person tying her gele could have easy access. After the headgear was tied, she couldn’t find her phone. She said all the men at the betting shop said they did not take her phone.

“They said they did not see my phone and so, I had to go to the police to report.  They were invited but at the end of the day, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) said I accused them wrongly and asked us to go. From that day, whenever I passed, they would be threatening me and making snide remarks. I never replied to them. I even reported the matter to our Community Development Association (CDA). But on June 25, my son came from Ikorodu and they stopped him on the road and threatened him as well. They said they would kill us if we did not leave the street for them. There was no way I would allow them to threaten my son and so, I went out and confronted that particular area boy. He pushed me. I also pushed him back. We started fighting; people separated us and I left. The next thing, police came and arrested me that I have injured him and that he could not walk again. They took me to the station and locked me up inside the cell. I even asked Egi why I was the only one arrested since it was two fighting but he said the complainant was in the hospital. That I have not seen anything yet.”

Speaking about the sexual harassment she said;

“I told him I will not sleep with him even if he was the last man on earth. This got him angry and he started pouring water through those holes and said he would pour urine too. After some hours, he brought me out that I should come and write my statement. I told him I will not writing anything because I do not know what he wanted me to write. He then pressed my breasts and said is this what you are doing Shakara with? Do you know how many young and beautiful women I have slept with here? I will even be doing you a favour by sleeping with you. Since you have refused, you will go to prison. There, they will shave the hair in your private parts, your hair and lock you up for many years. The worst part was that a policewoman and another policeman were telling me to agree to sleep with Egi that it is a normal thing. I was so angry and disappointed at the same time. The woman called me Iyawo Egi and said that if I should agree, they will just close the case and I will go home. But I stood my ground. How can I agree to sleep with him? For what? Egi said he’s the only one that can help me that I should befriend him. I refused that never will I do such, he threatened to take me to court. He forced me to say my statement. I did not write it. I was just talking and he was writing. He did not let me see what he wrote. He asked the guy if he’s ready to go to court but he said no that he wanted settlement and that I should pay N40,000 he used to treat himself. Egi now said I should pay the money or I will be sent to Kirikiri Prison. Out of fear, I accepted to pay the money and they said I had to provide it that day. I told them I did not have it that day. I even went to beg the Divisional Police Officer (DCO) but he shouted at me and said I should go and settle with Egi my IPO. After rallying round for some days to raise money and I could not, I went back to the police station and told Egi that I could not raise money. He said if I had agreed to cooperate with him, the matter would have been closed. That day was Friday and so, he gave me till Monday to provide the money. So, I went to my uncle for help and he gave me N5,000, which I took to the station but Egi said it was not complete. I told him I could not raise more and he started harassing me and touching my breast. I knocked off his hands and he said I must bring the money the next day. He also threatened to kill me if I tell anyone what happened. I had to run to the palace for help because I did not know what to do again. I am happy I met you here. Please, I need help. The Commissioner of Police and government need to know what is happening. They need to investigate Ilaje Police Division.”

3,665 Senior Police Officers Promoted

At least 3, 665 senior officers have been promoted by the Police Service Commission (PSC). This was revealed by the commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that two commissioners of police, Igbodo David, who is in charge of Legal department at the Force Headquarters and Olalekan Abdulfatai, were promoted to substantive Assistant Inspectors-General of Police. He further disclosed that approval for the promotion was one of the high points of the commission’s 28th Plenary Meeting which was held in Abuja on June 8.

Ani said 16 Deputy Commissioners of Police were also promoted to commissioners of police. He said that the commission also approved the promotion of 13 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners, 60 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners and 631 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents.

The spokesman said that 820 Deputy Superintendents of Police were promoted to substantive Superintendents, while 1,922 Assistant Superintendents of Police, ASPs, promoted to Deputy Superintendents.

Others promoted include 201 Inspectors who were promoted to Assistant Superintendents of police.

“The commission also approved confirmation of appointments of 42 officers of different ranks, approved acting appointment for another 73 and converted 1,060 Specialists to General Duty,” he said.

He said that the approvals have been forwarded by the commission to the I-G for implementation.

The meeting was the last official function of the chairman of the commission, Mr Mike Okiro whose tenure came to an end on Monday, June 11

#Operation End SARS: Nigerian Police Educates Citizens On Their Rights

The Nigerian Police has educated citizens on how to handle SARS officials in a discussion that took place on twitter, as people asked various questions on Nigeria security.

The force stated that SARS officers do not have the mandate to stop and search anyone as their job description is to tackle robbery, cattle rustling, kidnapping, violent crimes and others.

Police Warns Hospitals Against Rejection of Gunshot Victims

The Lagos State Police Command, has warned hospital authorities against the rejection of gunshot victims or the attitude of asking for police report before treatment.

In a press statement signed by the command’s spokesman, SP Chike Oti, said the command had to repeat the warning, following a report that one hospital in Ikeja rejected a gunshot victim.

“A senior engineer, Mr Adebayo Akinwunmi, with one information and communications technology company, was shot and wounded by armed robbers in his house at Ofada-Mokoloki, Ogun.

“He was brought to Reddington Hospital, Ikeja for treatment only to be refused admission on the grounds that there was no police report.

“The command considers the action of the hospital as cruel; perhaps, an indication that the hospital management may be ignorant of the

“Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017. In the light of this development, the Command wishes to inform all medical practitioners in Lagos state, that the Act demands that every hospital in Nigeria, whether public or private;

“Shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without police clearance any person with a gunshot wounds.

According to him, the Act, however, requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two hours of the commencement of treatment.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, has directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the state to henceforth prosecute any medical practitioners, who reject gunshot victims for reasons of no police report.

“Medical doctors should note that the Act recommends a five-year-jail term for any person, hospital or authority, who stands by or omits to do his bit, which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds,” the statement read.

Applicants With Tattoos, Others Not To be enrolled into Police Force –Official

The Nigerian Police Force is to screen out applicants with tattoo marks and those linked to cultism in the ongoing Police recruitment exercise, an official has said.

Applicants who have flat feet will also be rejected, the official said.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of training, Mr. Emmanuel Inyang, said this during an inspection of the ongoing recruitment exercise at the Akwa Ibom Command in Uyo on Friday.

Inyang said the decision was taken to prevent the recruitment of persons with questionable character, especially those involved in cultism, into the Police Force.

He explained that the Police is conducting background, medical, and psychiatric checks to ensure that only the right candidates are recruited into the Force.

“The Police will ensure that candidates do not have any tattoo marks, because we do not want to take cult members into the Police Force.

“The total number of those that have applied for the Police job is about 133,000. They are going through screening all over the country. Out of this figure, we are only going to take the best 6,000 candidates.

“The screening teams will check your legs to make sure you do not have any deformity in your legs, to make sure you do not have bow legs, or flat feet. If you have a flat feet, you cannot run and you might fall easily.

“After JAMB, the candidates will be subjected to medical screening with three consultants.

“One will be a general medical practitioner who is going to examine the candidates to ensure that they are very fit.

“They will carry out certain tests — maybe X-ray and other tests. The screening teams will check their heart and every other thing, to make sure that they are physically fit.”

The DI-G gave an assurance that the recruitment would done evenly across the 774 local government areas, without any political interference.


Atiku, Rescued From Kidnappers

Taraba State Police have been reported to have rescued Alhaji Yakubu Atiku from kidnappers and killed five suspects during gun fire exchange.
The suspects had stormed Atiku’s home in Garba-Chede, Gassol Local Government Area of the state late on Friday night, when the police were called in.

In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, the police killed five of the attackers, the spokesman of the command, ASP David Misal, said at a news conference on Saturday in Jalingo.

Misal said: 
“ The operatives attached to Bali Division on March 30 at 2300 hrs engaged a group of armed men suspected to be kidnappers and armed robbers.

“The hoodlums on the same date invaded the residence of one Alhaji Yakubu Atiku of Garba-Chede in an attempt to kidnap him.

“The report was received with swift reaction from our operatives which led to an exchange of fire from both sides.

“With the superior fire power of our gallant officers, five members of the gang were shot dead while others escaped with bullet wounds,” he said.

The spokesman said one AK47 rifle, one pump action, two single barrel guns, 16 cartridges, three expended 7.62mm ammunition, two expended cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.

He assured that the police would leave no stone unturned until they reduced the nefarious acts of kidnapping and armed robbery to the barest minimum as directed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr David Akinremi.

Misal appealed to members of the public to always report criminal acts to the police for effective service delivery.

How Police Paves Way For Crime Suspects’ Escape

  • We Don’t Compromise Investigations – Osun Police

By Shina Abubakar

Some pockets of crime in the state of Osun in recent times may not be unconnected with the way and manner police operatives handle some reported crime cases, thereby creating escape route for some of the most notorious criminals that ordinarily ought to have been in prison.

Investigations revealed that some notorious criminals, who were caught during operations or even arrested on tip off, often buy their ways out of prosecution, as some of the officers investigating their cases do have their sight on how much the culprits could offer rather than allowing justice prevail on them.

Sometimes, political interference prevented notorious criminals from being brought to justice as cases involving criminals having ties in one way or the other with political gladiators are often settled at police stations, while few that managed to get to the court drags on perpetually until it is dismissed.

Checks show that some of the suspects arrested during the various cult clashes around Osogbo last year have been released on various excuses, even as the public knew of the involvement of some of these criminals in the disruption of public peace which at times leading to waste of lives. For instance, one Rugged Mutiu, and other members of a gang were freed against the expectation of the public.

The medium gathered that some members of the judiciary even frowned at the manner the suspects were released, saying it could set a bad precedence in the state.

However, an inside source told OSUN DEFENDER that with the way suspects relate with police, especially investigating officers in charge of their cases, nothing could stop issues of suspects being set free at the police station or arraigned for smaller charges in the court of law.

It was gathered that police hold all the ace in crime investigation, as whatever the operatives accused a suspect of is subjected to miraculous changes provided the  suspects are ready to dance to their tune, during the course of investigation.

In most cases, freeing a suspect is not as a result of lackadaisical attitude of the police, but a deliberate attempt to ensure that such a suspect is released on bail or even set free by the court for lack of diligent prosecution.

Some suspects, according to findings, parted with amount ranging from N100,000 to N300,000 depending on the nature of the alleged offence while others, particularly those with political influence are often freed irrespective of the gravity of their offence.

However, a police DPO at a public function claimed that victims’ lack of interest in prosecuting cases create lacuna and avenue for suspect to escape prosecution in most cases.

He urged the public, particularly those with information about cases in police station to always show resolve to prosecute cases and follow it till the end as a means of ensuring that criminals are punished for their crimes.

But in a sharp contrast, a clergyman, Prophet Michael Adebisi who showed chivalry and assisted the police to arrest four robbery suspects claimed that police did conspire with suspects to create an easy escape route for some of the suspects out of the tight situation.

He narrated how he assisted the police to arrest four suspects only for the police to arraign two in court and on lesser charges different from what they committed. He claimed the suspects were trying to rob their victims with dangerous weapons but only two were arraigned on charges of stealing and malicious damage and the whereabouts of the other two unknown.

Upon complaints, the clergy revealed that the police insulted him for attempting to teach them how to conduct investigation.

Some criminals, who have escaped trials as findings revealed, have been boasting around that when arrested for any crime, they know their way around police investigation and can get away with any crime.

While reacting to the issue, the Police Public Relations Officer in Osun, Mrs. Folasade Odoro disclosed that it is impossible for any police officer to release a crime suspect under any circumstance whatsoever.

She disclosed that it is possible for anybody to be arrested during the course of any operation, but when investigation is conducted into the issue and the person is found to be innocent, such person could be released, because the police cannot hold innocent person without any genuine reason.

According to her, if anyone is telling the press that police releases crime suspects, that is just fallacy and absolutely impossible.


Policemen Kill Man In Ibadan Over Parking Space

Some members of the Oyo State Police Command have allegedly killed a man in Ibadan while arguing over parking space.

The incident happened at Pete’s Bar and Lounge of the Trans Amusement Park, Bodija Area of Ibadan.

According to reports, Taye Adeleke was allegedly shot dead by the one of the policemen. Trouble started when the deceased, who was in the company of his twin brother, Kehinde, got into a hot argument over parking space on the premises of the park.

When the argument turned ugly, the owner of the bar, Mr. Seyi Olusa reportedly called on policemen guarding the premises for intervention.

According to a source, one of the officers accidentally fired a shot which killed the man instantly.

Meanwhile, the owner of the bar, Seyi Olusa has been detained at the Iyaganku Police Station over the incident.

In a statement, the Oyo State Government said the bar had been closed indefinitely over the unfortunate incident.

The Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion and Public Private Partnerships, Mr. Yinka Fatoki said that the management of the Trans Wonderland Nigeria Plc communicated the decision to close the bar to the government, explaining that a three-month quit notice had earlier been issued to the company effective January 12, 2018 over the sale and use of illicit drugs in the park by patrons of Pete’s Bar & Lounge.

Mr. Fatoki said that the management of Trans Wonderland had also issued a warning to the Chairman of Pete’s Bar on November 17, 2017 over the issue of illicit drugs.

He stated that there was a scuffle at the bar on February 26, 2018 which led to the accidental discharge from one of the security operatives invited to restore order.

The matter is being investigated by the police.


Ibrahim Idris Says Police Is Ready For Coming Elections

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said the police are ready for the 2019 general election. This he revealed in Lagos on Thursday after the public presentation of his book titled: Security and Justice: The pathway for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria.

The book which has 292-page and 18 chapters respectively proffers solutions to violence, corruption and other societal menace.

The elections are scheduled to hold in February and March 2019.

“We have the men and we have the materials (logistics) to carry out our duties successfully before, during and after the elections,” he said.

He also said that the police have curtailed the recent challenges of herdsmen/ farmers cashes in Benue State. However, he stressed that there was need for justice and reconciliation to ensure meaningful development.

“The challenges we are having with these herdsmen have gone down. In Benue, we have 15 units on ground and I have been monitoring their successes.

“I was in Benue and we have been having stakeholders’ meetings and we have been discussing.

“Based on that, people have been coming openly to state their problems and it is through this that we can understand each other and reconcile our differences,” Mr. Idris said

“The role of traditional rulers in this reconciliation process cannot be over-emphasised because most of them have the ears of their people. When you have political disagreement in these communities, these traditional rulers are handy,” he added.

Mr. Idris said proceeds from the book sales would be used to fund the Security and Justice Initiative, a foundation being established for the promotion of peace, security and reconciliation in Nigeria.

“I have watched with troubled heart the security challenges confronting this country. The challenges of Boko Haram in the North East, kidnappings and armed robberies, cattle rustling and militancy in virtually all parts of Nigeria.

“The farmers/herders clashes, assassination for various reasons, conflicts among the divergent communities, which often take dangerous dimensions and occur along the fault lines of ethnic, religious, regional and political differences.

“These challenges if not properly managed at the pace we are going, coupled with inflammatory and inciting statements will tear this country apart and drag us into unending crises.

“It is my conviction that when there is security, justice, peace and reconciliation in any nation, civil strife will be avoided. The civil war of 1967 to 1970 perhaps turned out as the first major and catostrophic crisis in the record of our national experience.

“This civil war occurred based on perceived ethnic and political differences and a feeling of injustice,” Mr. Idris said.


Fulani Herdsmen Attack Teachers in Ewekoro

Two primary school teachers in Ewekoro area of Ogun State are currently battling for their lives at a government-owned hospital after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked them on Thursday, inflicting deep machete cuts on them.

The incident, which took place few metres to Atola Primary School in Ewekoro North Local Council Development Area, sent residents of the area into a panic while other schools in the community hurriedly dispersed for fear of being attacked, too.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, saying some arrests had been made but it was discovered that the herdsmen arrested were not the perpetrators but those residing and known to the residents in the area. He said the said persons had therefore been released.

Chairman of Ewekoro North LCDA, Mr. Kehinde Adepegba, confirmed to reporters. He said “The Ogun State Government has taken over the case and as we speak the affected teachers have been transferred from our maternity hospital at Onigedu to the Ogun State General Hospital at Ijaiye. They are receiving treatment and are recuperating.

“Following the incident, all security agencies in the state have been placed on the alert. As a matter of fact, I even learnt that some arrests have been made. While still searching for the perpetrators of the attack; we have put certain strategies in place to forestall against a similar occurrence in future.

“From preliminary reports, we gathered that the herdsmen who carried out the attack only recently migrated to the area. They are not part of the Fulani community cohabiting with the locals. They are unknown in the locality but they will be apprehended.”

Kidnap Kingpin Evans Attacks Nigerian Police Over Seized Items

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans has accused the officials of the Nigerian Police Force of converting certain items which were seized from him for their personal use.

This was made known by his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, on Thursday. Olukoya filed a fresh suit against the police, seeking the release of 25 Mack trucks which he claimed were seized from Evans.

Mr. Ogungbeje claimed in the suit that the trucks were seized without a court order, an action he described as a violation of his client’s right.

According to the suit, Mr. Ogungbeje is requesting the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the police to release the trucks to his client.

In a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES Thursday evening, Mr. Ogungbeje berated the Nigerian Police for allegedly failing to list the trucks as exhibits.

“They seized them and they failed to list them as exhibits in the ongoing trial. So they have converted those trucks to their own,” he said.

“In the charge sheet, in the submission filed in this criminal trial, they failed to list these properties seized without court order in the ongoing trial.

“We are saying that number one, you have seized the property without court order; number two, your failure to list them in the ongoing trial shows that you have converted those property to your own.

“They say that they (the trucks) are proceeds of crime and when they are proceeds of crime, if you say they are proceeds of crime, you list them as exhibits in the trial. So that’s why we went to court. We are bringing them in piecemeal.”