An Officer Is Permitted To Marry Another Officer, Says Police Spokesman Jimoh Moshood

The Police have said no law stops an officer in service from marrying another police personnel on officer cadre.

The Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement made available to pressmen in Abuja on Sunday, made this known.

According to him, there are three cadres in the Force: Rank and File Cadre where Constable to sergeant falls, Inspector Cadre where the Inspectors fall and officers cadre.

He mentioned further that police personnel from the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police up to Inspector-Genral of Police fall under officer’s cadre.

Recall that a newspaper report had credited the Police Boss, Ibrahim Idris claiming that he was free to have romantic affair with any policewoman.

Moshood, however discredit the report, describing it as “untrue and misleading.”

His words: “What the IGP said in the document submitted tot he Senate Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the spurious allegations against the IG is that no law stops a police officer in service to marry another officer on an officer cadre.

“He never said I’m free to have romantic affairs with policewomen.”

 

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Police IG Replies Senator Misau, Says Cars Released Were For Aisha Buhari’s ADC

Following the controversy surrounding alleged release of cars to Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said that he released a Toyota Sienna and Hiace bus to the aide-de-camp to Aisha Buhari, and not to the President’s wife.

Senator representing the Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau, had alleged that the police boss gave Aisha Buhari two jeeps, which according to him is not part of the appropriation.

However, in a statement signed by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, the police chief stressed that the two vehicles are not for Aisha’s personal use as alleged by the lawmaker.

“It is within the powers of the IG as stated above that when on January 17, 2017, SP Sani Baba-Inna, the ADC  to the wife of the President requested two vehicles for police personnel for convoy movement and security purposes, two vehicles, Toyota Sienna Bus with Reg. No. NPF 2406D and Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg. No. NPF 3363D, were approved by the Inspector-General of Police to the ADC, wife of the President, SP Sani Baba-Inna, for the purposes requested and not to the person of the wife of the President or for her personal use as alleged by Misau,” the state reads.

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Police IG Talks Tough, Instructs Officers To Be More Vigilant

Following the recent kidnapping of senior officers of the Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has told Commissioners of Police in the country that they would be vicariously liable should anything happen to any policeman under them.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a meeting with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers, the IG urged policemen to be careful and protect themselves first.

Recall that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Sarkin Pawa in Niger State was recently abducted by unknown gunmen.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Amos Aliyu was on Sunday abducted near his home at Turin Fulani by unidentified persons.

Also in Zamfara State, an ASP who was reportedly with his family was also attacked and abducted by kidnappers.

According to the police boss, there should be more visibility policing.

His words: “Policemen should be deployed in flashpoint areas to take care of security because the presence of police in those areas would help in the reduction of crime.

“We must take the protection of our officers seriously.  We have a problem; two days ago, one of our DPOs was kidnapped. How can you be a DPO, you have all the policemen under your Command and then you start driving as if you don’t have anybody.

“You allow the useless kidnappers to pick you and your orderly, it is very embarrassing. We had the same issue in Zamfara state where an ACP going on leave travelled alone. It is embarrassing.

“Utilize the men you have and you must protect yourself first. You can only protect others when you are protected because you are a target.

“The information we are receiving is that our ACP’s vehicle was abandoned in a bush and he has not been seen which obviously means that he has been kidnapped. How can we be living with such situation? It is becoming an embarrassment. DPOs and other personnel should be careful of their movement.

“The CP Niger said there is contact already and they are working on it. Policemen who are protecting others should not allow themselves to be target. We should be careful in our movement.

“Our officers have to be concerned about their personal safety first because this issue is becoming an embarrassment. CPs would also be vicariously liable for any policeman that is just picked up like a fowl or anything, it is very annoying.

“We should be careful in our movement. If you notice that an area is not safe, you should deploy men in those areas. We should take their protection very serious. Our policemen should also be careful with the way they move around”.

 

 

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IGP Protests Senate’s ‘Illegal Closure Of Police Division At NASS’

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has reacted to the decision of the National Assembly to close down the Police Division at the National Assembly.

Idris, in a letter entitled: “Re: Sealing and closure of Nigeria Police National Assembly Division”, dated September 19, 2017, and signed by him said the sealing and closure of the police division was tantamount to a criminal act, especially when it was not ordered by any competent court.

The protest letter reads in part: “I am constrained to bring to the attention of the Chairman, National Assembly and President of the Senate, the sealing and closure of the Nigeria Police National Assembly Division since September 12, 2017 till date (seven days now).

“Preliminary inquiries initiated upon getting this report revealed that one Ibrahim Ndako – Sargent-At-Arms of the National Assembly and personnel on the said date evicted the duly posted Divisional Police Officer and staff from the police station in full glare reportedly on the instruction(s) of one M.A. Omolori – Clerk of the National Assembly and sealed the office(s).

“Pursuant to this, on September 17, 2017, I directed the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command in whose jurisdiction the National Assembly is domiciled to meet with the said M.A. Omolori – Clerk of the National Assembly and ascertain the circumstances that led to what is manifestly and unlawful action. Regrettably, this entreaty was bluntly rebuffed. “No reason(s) prior to and after the closure has been formally conveyed to any formation of the Nigeria Police or to the Office of the Inspector General of Police in this regard even as at the time of this correspondence…

“Furthermore, it is also necessary to indicate that this action of evicting public servant in the course of performing their lawful duties and sealing an office domiciled in a public building complex devoid of an express order from competent court is tantamount to a criminal act punishable under the Criminal Code and Panel Code of Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The implications of this action in the light of current agitations now emanating from different parts of the country negatively impact directly on the security of the National Assembly Complex, the numerous members and staff of parliament domiciled therein as well as members of the general public; an outcome, which may no doubt escalate to a serious challenge to National Security.”

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IGP Ibrahim Idris In An Alleged Sexual Relationship With Two Serving Policewomen

Senator representing Bauchi Central, Isah Misau, has alleged that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is in a sexual relationship with two serving policewomen.

Senator Misau said this on the floor of the senate on Wednesday while drawing the attention of other lawmakers to the disagreement he is having with the police boss.

Both men have been on loggerheads over alleged case of deserting the police force and embezzlement of police funds.

The Senator revealed that Idris impregnated a serving deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Esther an act which he says contravenes the police act.

“The IG is openly having two relationships with police women which he gave special promotion. One of them is Amina and one of them is DSP Esther which the IG on 15th of last month got married to that woman DSP. Under police act and regulation you cannot marry as serving woman police unless that woman retire.

“He quickly did a secret wedding in Kaduna because the lady is four months pregnant. I am saying this because of the institution – that institution I am supposed to be a stakeholder in that institution. It is the institution that brought me here which I’m proud of,” Misau said.

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Police Deploys Surveillance Helicopters To Ensure Hitch-Free Independence Anniversary

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has deployed surveillance helicopters to ensure a hitch-free and peaceful independence anniversary celebration nationwide.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood in a statement on Saturday in Abuja explained that the IG had also ordered the state Commissioners of Police and the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of zonal commands to carry out massive deployment of police operatives.

The statement noted that mounted troops and the dogs section were also deployed for crowd control and crime prevention at venues of celebration and recreation during the period and beyond.

It said, “The personnel are under strict instructions to be civil, polite but firm in the discharge of their responsibilities.

“They are to pay special attention to places of celebrations, public places and other locations where people will gather to celebrate the Independence anniversary.”

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Wike’s Allegation Against Police ‘Senseless,’ Says IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, described as “nonsense” allegations made against the Nigeria Police Force by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Wike, had alleged that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), were behind the kidnapping, robbery and assassination in the state.

Responding to the allegation in Abuja, the Police Boss said:  “He (Wike) has the right to self expression. You know he is a governor.”

“If a policeman was killed will you say he was involved in crime? I think you are mixing two different issues. A policeman was killed in Rivers in connection with this IPOB issue, is different from saying policemen are involved in crime. You cannot say someone that was attacked and killed is the one involved in crime.”

When reminded that the governor alleged that the dead policeman was one of the three men that were suspected to be members of SARS who were attempting to kidnap someone and he died in the process, the IGP replied, “Who is the person they were attempting to kidnap?

“I just want you to read between the lines. If you have leaders making sweeping allegations obviously it does not make sense.”

 

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IGP Launches ‘Bail Is Free’ Campaign In 36 States

The  Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday, launched the Bail is Free campaign in all the 36 states of the country and the FCT.

Relaunching the crusade in Minna, Niger State capital, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who was represented by the Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, said the fight against money-for-bail was born out of his desire to reposition the Nigeria Police Force to be more accountable.

His address reads: “The Eminent Persons’ Forum, which is a platform to strengthen the community policing strategies of the force to tackle ethnic, religious and communal disputes and crisis that have bedeviled some parts of the country, was launched throughout the 36 states of the nation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and it has been achieving the desired results.

“To accomplish the tasks of stimulating positive conducts of the entire personnel of the force towards the fulfillment of the focus, missions and agenda of the IGP and management team, the ‘creed’ for the force was fashioned out to be the watchword and guiding principles for all officers and men in carrying out their duties and in the discharge of their day-to-day official responsibilities. 

“The IGP and management team pay special attention to issues of corruption allegations, especially as they concern bail of suspects in police custody.

“The IGP has, therefore, directed the launch of Bail is Free campaign in all the 36 states of the country and the FCT, starting today from Niger State Police Command, ‘B’ Division, in Minna.

“Traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders, opinion leaders, marketmen and women associations, youths leaders and groups and critical stakeholders in communities, towns and cities are implored to support this campaign.

“They are to report to the nearest police station the conduct of any police officer, investigating police officer or any other officer that asks for money or pecuniary benefit before, during or after bail is granted to the Divisional Police Officers, Area Commanders, the command public relations officers, Commissioner of Police or to the Force Public Relations Officer,  through the following phone numbers: 07056792065, 08088450152, email: bailisfree@gmail.com; police website: www.npf.gov.ng.

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Police To Recruit 31,000 Officers Yearly – IGP

The Inspector Genral of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has announced plans to recruit 31,000 officers yearly for the next five years to effectively fight crimes in the country.

Idris made this nown on Thursday, while commissioning the new Nasarawa State police command headquarters on Shendam Road, Lafia.

According to him, the exercise would enable the agency to meet up with the United Nations (UN) standard of one policeman per four persons in every part of the country.

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Acting president Osinbajo Orders IGP Ibrahim Idris To Enforce Community Policing

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has issued a presidential directive to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to with immediate effect initiate community policing.

This was contained in a press release signed by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, and issued to pressmen in Abuja, on Sunday.

According to Osinbajo, policing the country and the entire law enforcement generally, cannot effectively continue without devolving policing and law enforcement out to the States.

He noted that while the idea of State police requires constitutional amendments, the Community Policing Model must now be enforced.

His words: “We must enforce a model that democratizes security in such a way as to include everyone in the process of protecting themselves, securing their own lives and the lives of people in their community.”

Continuing he said “the simple advantage of the arrangement is that it means that it would involve the ordinary citizen in ensuring his security and that of his community. It must involve all local leaders, all structures of civil society. And on every street, the police ought to have one or two persons who can contact the police at short notice.”

The presidential directive to the Inspector-General of Police  initiating community policing is pursuant to the provisions of section 215(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended and section 10(1) of the Police Act Cap. P19, LFN 2004.

According to section 215(3) of the Constitution, “the President or such Minister of the Government of the Federation as he may authorise in that behalf may give to the Inspector-General of Police such lawful directions with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order as he may consider necessary and the Inspector-General of Police shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with.

Also section 10 (1) of the Police Act, “the President may give to the Inspector-General such directions with respect to the maintaining and securing of public safety and public order as he may consider necessary, and the Inspector-General shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with.”

The roll-out of the Community Policing Programme is intended to enhance crime prevention and control, improve intelligence-gathering capabilities of the police and deliver quality and people-oriented policing.

The programme will involve the community partnering with the police to uncover and solve crimes through a process involving Town Hall Meetings to assess security situation and security priorities of the communities, the performance of the police and the nature of the support the communities can provide to improve the quality of policing.

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‘Nobody Has Seen Badoo Face-To-Face, Says Lagos CP Fatai Owoseni

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has said that although the state’s police command has dealt with the dreaded cult group, Badoo, operating in the Ikorodu area of the State, there is yet to be a one-on-one encounter with the real face behind the name.

Owoseni said this during a courtesy visit by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to The PUNCH Place, headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday.

His words: “Badoo has been dealt with. Before this last one (killing by a suspected members of Badoo), for the past six weeks, we didn’t have anything and such a crime is not what you can just stop because of the nature of the environment.

“All the places where the incidents happened were right inside the bush, so if you put one million policemen in that place, it will be difficult. These were people that just went to the middle of nowhere, put a house (there) with no window, no door, nothing and nobody has seen Badoo face-to-face.

“So, we are dealing with that and we are improving. “And that is why we have built partnership with members of the community to get to the grassroots so that when they see (something suspicious), they can tell us.”

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IG Wants Tougher Punishment For Kidnappers

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has called for more tougher laws to address the increasing rate of kidnapping in the country.

Idris said this in Abuja during the monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers.

According to him: “When I went to the National Assembly, I told them that what we need to challenge kidnapping is punishment. I think these boys see us parade people but they don’t see them taken to court or sentenced to death.

“In some states where kidnapping leads to death of somebody, the penalty is death. But they only see the court sentencing such persons to 10 years or life imprisonment.

“I feel that is why they feel more relaxed and I told the National Assembly that we need to have more stringent punishment for kidnappers. I think that is the only way to check the menace because they see it as a child’s play.

Idris added: “If you go all over the commands across the states, you would discover that some of these youths are getting more involved in kidnapping. Like I told the National Assembly, I believe if we can get laws to check it, we are going to see a lot of changes.

“In Niger Republic, a Boko Haram suspect was arrested and within one week, judgment was passed. That sends a very strong message that whoever that is planning to go into it should desist. But here, we have suspects year-in-year-out appearing in court and matter continually adjourned.

“It does not serve as a deterrent to them and even most of them kept in Police cells are more comfortable there. So, I think to address the level of kidnapping in the country, a law should be passed.”

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