IGP Approves Human Rights Commission Request To Audit Detention Cells

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has approved the request of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to commence an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria including those of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The approval will enable the NHRC oversee the human rights situation of detainees as well as undertake general audit of the state of police detention facilities (cells) in the country.

This exercise is part of the NHRC 2018 audit of police detention centers in Nigeria.

The NHRC was established by the Nigeria Human Right Commission (NHRC) ACT, 1995 as amended to deal with all matters relating to promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria.

The Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit is available 24/7 to receive complaints from the public.

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Just In: IGP Bans SARS From Conducting Stop And Search Operations

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has banned the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when necessary.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some group of Nigerians recently in the social media, called for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the #EndSARS.

Following the allegation, the Inspector- General of Police , Mr Ibrahim Idris, promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.

Idris also warned members of the group against acting as body-guards, delving into land matters and debt collection that were considered civil.

He further warned that members of the unit must only embark on operations with the permission of the commissioner of police in charge of SARS in the police commands.

“You must operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification.

“I just want to warn you all here that any officer caught engaging in these activities will be dealt with accordingly.

“The Nigeria Police force under my leadership shall operate strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined in the United Nations charter on human rights,”he said.

He mandated the Inspector-General of police’s monitoring units and the X-squad and other over sights unit of the force to monitor the activities of the SARS.

The police boss noted that the establishment of the unit was due to activities of the men of the underworld.

He said that as part of measures to check the unit, they would be solely mandated to confront only armed robbery cases and violent crimes in the country,

Idris also said that men deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their suitability or otherwise.

(NAN)

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Just In: Osinbajo In Closed Door Meeting With IGP, Daura, Malami

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), is currently holding a closed door meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; the Director General of the State Security Service, Lawal Daura; and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Although details of the meeting are yet to be made public, a reliable source in the vice president’s office said the primary agenda for the meeting is Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Recall that the police publicly summoned Mr Saraki on Sunday after he was allegedly named by five robbery suspects as their sponsor.

Mr Idris had earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday to seek the president’s backing for possible arrest of Mr Saraki.

Meanwhile, Saraki said Monday afternoon he was eager to answer the police summon but was yet to receive any. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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2019: IGP Ibrahim Idris Warns Politicians Against Arming Of Thugs

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has warned politicians  against the use of firearms and arming of political thugs in the build up to the 2019 general elections.

Idris stated this on Wednesday at the official handover of 150 operational vehicles to the police by Dangote Foundation.

The police boss, in his address, warned that anybody, no matter how highly placed, found to be involved in any of the illegal activities would be arrested and prosecuted, in accordance with laws of the land.

On approaches to tackle the killings across the country, the IGP said: “The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has mandated me to redouble the police crime prevention and detection strategies, to ensure that the situation is brought under control.”

The IGP explained that efforts of the police in crime prevention are already yielding the desired results.

“In that regard and in compliance with the directive of Mr. President, the commissioners of police of the states and their supervisory Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police have been directed to ensure an immediate end to the challenges. This is by deployment full police crime fighting arsenal at their disposal.”

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Senate Should Leave IGP Alone – MURIC

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described Senate’s declaration of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Kpotum, ‘an enemy of democracy’ as “combative, reckless and lawless.”

The group, in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, berated the Senate for publishing list of violent killings in the country stressing that no country is free of crime.

The statement read:

Senate could have done better if it had balanced it objectively by supplying a list of achievements of the Nigerian Police. What if the police now decide to draw its own list of achievements? Nigerians will then have two public agencies working at cross-purposes courtesy of an overbearing Senate. Is that responsible? Is it wise? Is it patriotic? Does it portray Senate members as a serious bunch?

Let us jog Senate’s memory with a few achievements of the Nigerian Police in recent times. The arrest of big time criminals like Evans the kidnap kingpin; the Offa dare-devil armed robbers who killed 17 people in a single operation; Ibrahim Umar who confessed that he used to drink the blood of kidnapped victims and Niger State kidnap specialist Matarari Saidu.

Just yesterday, 14th May, 2018, police nabbed Barau Ibrahim a.k.a. Rambo, touted to be one of the most wanted kidnappers who also dabbles into armed robbery and assassination. Rambo was notorious for terrorizing Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway and Zamfara State. But what do the police get from Senate for all these? Disdain, humiliation, intimidation and even more. How do you expect the citizens to respect the police and repose confidence in them if you, our lawmakers, treat them like errand boys?

Even if we did not see all the above achievements of the police, at least one case was reported by MURIC headquarters in 2017 and we still marvel at the speed with which the police handled the matter. A luxurious bus in which a female youth corper and member of MURIC serving in the North was ordered to stop by hoodlums between Abuja and Kogi states. The driver was shot dead for refusing to stop. The spare driver took over the wheels and was able to park safely at a distance.

The occupants spilled into the bush and from there our member put a call to us at 12 midnight. We called a commissioner of police who requested for the corper’s number. Within 30 minutes, police had surrounded the location and we soon received a call from the Abuja Police Commissioner who assured us that the corper was now safe in a police van.

The Nigerian Police is a reliable police force. Give them modern weapons, vehicles, communication gadgets, a good salary, a motivative welfare package and they will perform wonders. The Nigerian Police which has just a little over 317,000 men is protecting more than 193 million Nigerians when global best practices is one policeman to every 500 civilians. Some of them buy their own shoes and uniforms. They are poorly equipped, overwhelmed, overworked but underpaid. At least they do not enjoy the luxury of taking home N13.5 million every month (or is it really N29 million?).

Senate should be promoting the interest of policemen if indeed our senators know their duties. They should fight for police welfare. Every Egyptian policeman had a pistol and a walkie-talkie even as far back as 1975 whereas it is a whole police station that manages a single walkie-talkie in the Nigeria of 2018. This is a big shame but our lawmakers care less. Yet it is the same policemen they want to ridicule who are guarding them day and night. Can’t our lawmakers be grateful for once?

Senate should leave the IG of police alone. Let the man concentrate on his job. Respect begets respect but Senate has no modicum of respect for other arms of government. What happened to the principle of separation of powers? Senate appears to be harbouring overambitious elements in the red chamber.

MURIC gives kudos to the IG of police for resisting Senate’s impetuous maneuvers. He has proved that he is a seasoned professional. Nigeria needs men like him who will not start shivering because lawmakers are barking orders at them. It is true that uniformed men should submit to civilian authority in a democracy but that is when the civilian authority issues legitimate orders. Our uniformed men should always resist ego-induced, illegitimate and unlawful directives.

This Senate is in the habit of intimidating public figures with its irrational invitations. Yet some of those invitations are not in the interest of the tax-payer. Customs’ boss Ahmadu Ali was similarly harassed. He attended Senate but was ordered to appear in customs uniform which he rightly challenged and to date Senate has not been able to do anything about it. Of what benefit was Senate’s order to the hoi polloi?

All these boil down to the fact that Senate does not know its limits. Senate is overreaching its powers. The red chamber is overbearing, arrogant. Nigerians are witnessing parliamentary tyranny. It is nothing short of the dictatorship of an oligarchy.

Instead of facing its work squarely, Senate is obstructing the executive arm of government. About seven months after receiving the budget, Senate is yet to pass it. Is the red chamber just a place for taking naps? With all sense of responsibility, we fully endorse Professor Sagay’s description of Senate as the worst in the history of Nigeria.

If members of Senate are not on jolly rides to the tribunal for an hocus pocus, they are in the National Hospital, Abuja, for a comedy. Is this why we voted for you? Is this how you are representing us? Who did this to Nigeria? Who gave us court jesters? If we had known, we would have gone to Nollywood to pick the best actors and actresses as our lawmakers. At least then we would know what to expect.

To add salt to injury, our senators acted scene V of the Mother of All Mockeries when the Senate President donned his stethoscope to dramatise a checkup of Senator Dino Milaye on hospital bed. Is Saraki telling us that the doctors attending to Dino Melaye are unqualified or inexperienced? Our humble suggestion is that Saraki should move to the National Hospital, Abuja, to take over the duties of the Chief Medical Officer in order to personally attend to his anointed senator with whom he is well pleased. Senate has been turned into a huge theater where the senate president is the major dramatis personae.

To cut a long story short, Senate should leave the IG alone, stop playing the enfant terrible with the executive arm, desist from obstructing the cause of justice, migrate from Nollywood and face its real duty of legislating.

 

 

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Melaye: Senate Grill IGP Over Alleged Maltreatment Of Lawmaker

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is presently being grilled by the Senate over alleged maltreatment of Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

Idris, who is being grilled behind closed doors, is expected to answer questions on the arrest, detention and hospitalisation of Senator Melaye.

The embattled Senator last week Tuesday, jumped off the police vehicle that was conveying him to Kogi state and ran into the thick bush with help of some hoodlums but was immediately apprehended by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

The police is insisting the lawmaker must face trial in Lokoja for alleged gun running.

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Kogi Jailbreak: Suspects Have Right To Life, Says Dino

Following the escape of six suspects involved in the arms case against Senator Dino Melaye from police custody in Kogi, the Senator has said suspects are “presumed innocent until proven guilty and they also have right to life”.

Melaye made this statement in a point of order he raised at the Senate on Wednesday.

Recall that six suspects, including two principal suspects, Kabiru Seidu (a.k.a Osama) and Nuhu Salisu (Small), who indicted Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu in a case of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearm escaped at 3.21a.m. from the ‘A’ Police Division in Lokoja, where they were kept.

However, Melaye, while moving a motion on the incident, gave the Inspector-General a 48-hour ultimatum to produce the two suspects involved in his case.

He threatened to sue Idris for “mental assault” should he fail to produce the two suspects.

In related development, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris has ordered the removal of Kogi State Police Commissioner Ali Janga, following yesterday’s escape of six suspects from custody.

Idris asked the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Esa Sunday Ogbu, to proceed and take over as the state’s new police chief.

He also redeployed the Commander, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja and other police officers implicated in the escape for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

The police, in a statement signed yesterday by Force spokesman ACP Jimoh Moshood, said the policemen on duty when the suspects escaped were facing serious disciplinary action.

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Police To Secure Each School In North East With Four Policemen

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, yesterday pledged that schools in the northeast are to have four policemen each to protect students’ and pupils’ lives.

Idris disclosed this during his visit to Government College and Yerwa Government Girls College, both in Maiduguri.

 

Assuring the Police determination to end the spate of kidnappings in the region, he said:
“Yerwa Government Girls College, which has a higher students’ population, now has 10 policemen to protect lives and property.”

He explained that five female and five male officers, whose details of attachments and postings would be made public, are to be posted to the Girls College.

He appealed to both students and managers of the schools to cooperate with the policemen attached to their schools by reporting all suspicious characters for immediate action.

Idris warned: “All of you should shun all social vices and be law-abiding to avoid jeopardising students’ future.”

He also donated 20 bags of rice and a cow to the students of Government College.

Principals of Government College, Abba Gana, and Government Girls College, Bintu Abakura, commended the Police chief for the visit to assess security in Borno schools.

They assured him of their support by reporting all suspicious cases to the Police for prompt action save lives and property.

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IGP Ibrahim Idris Cautions On Anti Grazing Laws

The Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris advises State governors to prioritise the establishment of cattle ranches before enacting anti-grazing laws, to avert conflict between farmers and herdsmen.

The IGP gave the advice at the Northern States Stakeholders Security Summit, with the theme, ‘National Building: Security Challenges and the Need for Inclusive Approach’, held in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

He said: “It is my humble suggestion that to reduce the incidence of clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria, State Governments should endeavour to establish grazing ranches in their various states before enacting laws to prohibit open rearing and grazing.”

“It is when grazing ranches are established that herders can be arrested and punished for rearing and grazing on the open places,” he stressed.

He decried that it will do the country a lot of good if it avoids the hasty formulation and implementation of such laws across the country in the interest of peace and unity.

According to the IGP, the crisis in Benue would have been mitigated, if the State had first established grazing ranches before prohibiting open grazing.

Idris stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated the police to adopt “strategies effective enough to end the recurring Herders/Farmers clashes ¡n Nigeria.’’

“It must however be noted that Framers/Herders clashes did not start with this administration, yet this administration has taken more measures to end the crisis than any previous regime,” he said.

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2019: We are Ready For Elections, Says IG

The Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idirs. has said his men are ready to assist in conducting the 2019 elections by ensuring peace and providing adequate security in the country to forestall breakdown of law and order.

The IG spoke in Lagos after the public presentation of his book: Security and justice: The pathway for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria.

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

Idris noted that the country’s security challenges would be contained if Nigerians pursued true reconciliation and shunned inflammatory comments.

“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.

“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.”

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Breaking: Reps Pass Vote Of No Confidence On IGP Ibrahim Idris

The Federal House of Representatives has, on Tuesday, passed a vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Recall that the police has been unable to bring to nip in the bud, the incessant clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in some villages in Benue State and other parts of the country.

Also on Tuesday when the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood described Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom as a drowning man.

Moshood had engaged the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase, in a heated argument over the series of violence that have left many to their early graves since the beginning of the year.

“And that is why we felt you don’t join issues with a drowning man,” he said in an apparent reference to the governor calling for the immediate resignation or sack of the IGP.

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Benue killings: Police Arrests 145 Suspects

Following the incessant clash between Fulani Herdsmen and  Farmers in some local government in Nasarawa State, the Police has announced the arrest of 145 suspects.

This was contained in the fact-sheet made available to the Senate Joint Committee by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim  Idris on Friday.

Of these suspects, 124 have been charged to court. The rest are under investigation.

Part of the report said: “From the beginning of the crisis on 30th December to date, a total of 145 suspects were arrested. Out of which 124 suspects were charged to court while 21 suspects are under investigations and waiting to be charged to court.

“Apart from being in constant touch with the governors of Benue and Nasarawa states, the Police Force  has intensified deployments with five more units of PMF personnel bringing the total to 10 PMF Units, a unit of Police Special Force, Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU), Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) to Benue State and five additional units of PMF to Nasarawa State respectively, while aerial surveillance has been intensified in the two states.”

The report added: “On 25/01/2018 at 1200hrs, two visiting PMF units from 20 and 32 led by their respective unit commanders while on patrol at Sati village Gama LGA were ambushed by a group suspected to be pastoralists, in the process Insp. Abdullahi Isiaka was shot and wounded on the leg, he is being treated at Gbajimba General hospital.

“While Sgt. Solomon Dung was reported missing. Search for him has been intensified. However, on 25/01/2018 Police team from Awe axis of Nasarawa State Command arrested the following suspects: namely (1) Haruna Koligi (2) Isah Mallam all Fulani herdsmen in connection with the above attack. Equally arrested were Pastor Kudun Clifford, Umar Mahamud and Yahaya Mohammed Doso for gun running while six Plateau indigenes namely Danalami Audu, Mark Fidelix, Danjuma Basuk, James Tabir, Bitrus Dashi, Nyamge Elias and Tanko David for culpable homicide. All the suspects were charged to court for their respective offences mentioned above.”

 

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