Benue Govt Vows Not To Repeal Anti-Open Grazing Law

Amidst the incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in some villages in Benue State, the government has vowed not to repeal or suspend the anti-open grazing law as being championed by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), and other Fulani socio-cultural organizations.

Addressing a world press conference in Makurdi, the state capital, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Lawrence Onoja, declared it had lost confidence in the ability of the country’s security agencies to bring to justice herdsmen accused of killings in the state.

His words: “We are simply asking the police and other security agencies in the country to put an end to these killings, arrest the people behind them and prosecute them, to regain the people’s confidence.”

He condemned the failure of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to relocate to the state, as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that the police chief was sighted for just a day, following which he left immediately.

“Idris has demonstrated his incompetence as a police chief and we have lost confidence and trust in him, since he has clearly shown that he either lacks the capacity to apprehend these armed Fulani militia or by his inaction and utterances portrayed himself as complicit in the grand plot to dispossess our people of their ancestral land by violent means,” Onoja said.

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IGP Orders Arrest Of IBB Spokesman For Allegedly Issuing Fake Statement

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the arrest of spokesman of former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, for allegedly issuing fake statement.

Afegbua in the purported statement quoted the former military ruler as saying President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek reelection.

But the former president denied it and issued another one which he personally signed.

In a swift response, the Police Boss ordered Afegbua’s arrest within 24 hours should he fail to turn himself up.

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Buhari Orders IGP Idris To Relocate To Benue

Following the killings of innocent people by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas in Benue State, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate relocation of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to the state.

The order, which was issued on Monday night, was to forestall future breakdown of law and order in the state.

In compliance with the order, Idris is moving into the troubled state with additional five units of Police Mobile Force (PMF).

On Sunday, the police chief deployed, among other security measures, five MOPOL units. There are now ten of them in the crisis areas.

More Units of the Police Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Units, and Conventional Policemen were also deployed to the State on Monday.

“The Aerial Surveillance by Police Helicopters will continue, while the Police Mobile Force Personnel, Police Special Forces and conventional Police Personnel, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) and Special Police Joint Intelligence and Investigation Teams already deployed to Benue State will carry on relentlessly with the patrols and crime prevention activities in the affected areas to sustain the normalcy that have been restored in the State”, police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said.

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Buhari Meets IGP Over Benue, Rivers, Kaduna Killings

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, met with the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the security situation across the country, particularly the killings recorded in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna states.

At the end of the meeting held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Idris told State House correspondents that the meeting centred on how to effectively secure the country.

He said the President had given him a directive to tighten up the nation’s security.

“Every time we meet with the President, he gives a charge.

He said that we should go and ensure that we tighten up the security,” Idris said.

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Yuletide: Police Beef Up Security Nationwide

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has ordered a comprehensive operational strategy to beef-up security nationwide during the Christmas and New Year.

A statement by the Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood in Abuja on Friday, said Idris directed all Commissioners of Police and Assistant Inspectors General of Police to ensure adequate security of lives and property of Nigerians.

He said the police boss also directed all Commanders of Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) to comply with the safety order.

Moshood added that Special Forces and specialized units of the Force, including Special Tactical Squad, Special Protection Unit, Border Patrol and Explosive Ordinance Department have been mobilised across the country.

“Police Federal Highway Patrol Teams, Safer Highway and Divisional Patrol Teams have been mandated and are under strict instruction to be polite, civil but strict in ensuring security and safety of travelers and other road users,” he said.

The spokesman said that Idris has equally directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police to ensure that no roadblock was mounted in the country.

“The personnel of the force will be on 24 hours round-the-clock surveillance and robust vehicular patrols throughout the Yuletide and the New Year,” he said

He said adequate deployment would be carried out in places of worship and venues of celebration including strategic public places, recreation centres, shopping malls, business plazas and motor parks.

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Yuletide: IGP Orders Stop And Search Nationwide

As Nigerians gear up for the Christmas and New Year celebrations, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has directed immediate commencement of stop-and-search operations

Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood stated this in Abuja on Saturday.

According to him, Idris directed all State Police Commands across the country to beef up security at flashpoints, black spots and vulnerable points on major roads and highways across the country.

“The Police teams on traffic control and observation patrols have been deployed to such points and sections to manage traffic and carry out Police observation duties,” he said.

Moshood said that Idris further directed all Commissioners of Police to supervise police personnel deployed to these stop and search points to make sure that they are not turned to roadblocks.

“Members of the public should promptly report any roadblock seen mounted anywhere in the country to the IGP X-Squad,” he said.

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Police Development Fund: IGP Wants N1.13trillion For Overhead Cost

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has declared that the Nigeria Police Force, NPF would need not less than N1.13trillion for its overhead cost annually as against N31.6billion earmarked for it in the 2017 budget for effective operations by the security outfit.

Mr. Idris, who spoke at a one-day public hearing on a bill seeking for establishment of Police Development Fund organized by the Senate joint committees on Police Affairs, and Judiciary, Legal Matters and Human Rights, in Abuja, said that N8bn out of the N31.6billion proposed in last year’s budget had so far been released.

According to him, the N1.13trillion, is the current value of N506billion recommended for that effect in 2008 by the late M.D Yusuf-led Police Reform Committee.

He decried that the Police, based on yearly budgetary provisions made for it, was grossly underfunded in carrying out its fundamental duties of ensuring security, law and order across the federation.

Breaking down required overhead costs of the police, the IGP stated that out of the N19.9billion required to fuel 14,306 vehicles and 3,115 motorcycles on a yearly basis, only a billion naira can be set aside for that out of total amount released to the Force.

This, according to him, also affected the kitting of about 300,000 personnel of the Police, which should be N14.58bn but in 2017 budget, only N1.7bn was earmarked for that.

Consequently, the IGP supported the passing of the bill into law, saying “Police Trust Fund Bill will definitely serve as the needed solution to the problem of underfunding incapacitating the force”.

In his words: “There is close nexus between security and development and it is our belief that once the Police are adequately funded, the problem of insecurity in the country would be effectively tackled and once there is security, required development in the country would be achieved.”

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Ipaja, Abesan Communities Petition IGP Over Alleged Harassment

Residents of Ipaja, Abesan Estate and Baruwa communities in Lagos State, have petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, over alleged harassment and extortion by operatives of the Ipaja Division of the force.

In a letter signed by Gbenga Adeboye and made available to The Guardian, the petitioners alleged that the officers have turned the station into a bank, where innocent citizens are being exploited.

“A case in question was the illegal arrest of artisans in retail market in their shops while doing their lawful duties. It took the intervention of the Iyaloja, who gathered around N20,000 before the artisans could regain their freedom.”

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30 SARS Personnel In Police Net Following Petitions From Aggrieved Nigerians

No fewer than 30 SARS personnel were said to have been arrested in different police commands and whisked to the Force Headquarters for debriefing following petitions written against them by some aggrieved Nigerians who have been victims of their operations.

The arrest were made on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Jimoh Moshood, who confirmed the arrest disclosed that the IGP’s X-Squad had commenced full scale investigations into different petitions and allegations raised against SARS operatives across the nation.

He said: “The number of those arrested could be more than 30 or less. We have petitions on different allegations, which I can’t mention, but rape is not part of it. All complaints and grievances are being investigated. In fact, the arrested policemen are presently being investigated. They may have to go through Orderly Room Trial.”

The suspects, who are all male, are reportedly being held at various detention cells of the Federal SARS at Guzape District, Abuja.

Although it was learnt that the greatest number of SARS arrested by IGP team are mostly from Lagos State Police Command, a SARS operative said it was not true.

He said: “When did such an arrest take place? I was in office on Monday and Tuesday and I didn’t hear any of my colleagues being arrested. No member of SARS personnel was arrested in Lagos State Police Command. The thing is that we were told that SARS might be re-organised, but till date, we have not received any signal to that effect. We don’t have any information on what IG or anybody will probe us for.”

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IGP Orders Immediate Reorganisation Of SARS Nationwide

 The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the reorganisation of the squad across the country.

This is coming after the recent trends in social media with calls for scrapping SARS #ENDSARS.

The IGP in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood directed immediate  investigation into all allegations and complaints raised.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM concerned with public interest and the need to reposition the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for more efficiency and effective service delivery to all has directed the immediate re-organisation of the 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 read in part.

The statement said further that, 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),” he said.

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Police Boss Ibrahim Idris Vows To Unmask Perpetrators Of Numan Killings

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has vowed to leave no stone unturned in the bid to fish out the brains behind the bloody clash between farmers and herdsmen in Numan, Adamawa State.

Idris said this on Monday, when he led a police team to Adamawa State to commiserate with political; and traditional leaders as well as the victims of the bloody attacks.

The police officially confirmed that the bloody clash claimed thirty lives while properties worth several millions of naira were destroyed.

On his part, Governor Jibrila Bindow assured that his administration will give the police necessary support in tracking perpetrators of the crisis.

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Anambra Guber: Senate Orders IGP Ibrahim Idris To Reinstate Obiano’s Security Aides

The Senate, has on Wednesday, ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately reinstate security details attached to Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Willie Obiano.

Obiano, had on Tuesday, raised the alarm over the withdrawal of his details by the police boss.

According to the IG, Obiano’s security details were withdrawn to allow a level playing field for all contestants in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.

However, at the plenary on Wednesday, Senate asked Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to ensure that Obiano’s security aides were reinstated by Thursday.

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