IGP Ibrahim Idris Replies Governors Forum, Says Nigeria Not Politically Mature For State Police

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has on Thursday, replied to Governors demand for a state police, saying the country is not politically mature for such.

Idris, who spoke with pressmen in Abuja, mentioned that the governors should rather focus attention on improving funding and maintaining the current structure of the force.

“I sincerely believe that the Federal Police is still the best for the country and with improved funding the challenges of crime will be addressed.

“Those agitating for state police should consider the level of our political maturity,” he said.

“Let me use this opportunity to appeal to your excellencies to prevail on your representatives at the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the Police Trust Fund Bill.

“It is my sincere believe that once the Bill is passed into law, the necessary finances required to effectively police the nation will be available,“ he said.

 

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The Death Of Joy Odama: Acid Test For Ibrahim Idris And The Nigeria Police By Godwin Onyeacholem

There is no question that in Nigeria, the poor, the less privileged and the largely dispossessed majority who find themselves in that demeaning class of human categorization have been condemned to a life of perpetual oppression. Forget what is in the law books. Under this rightly described prevailing order of fascist democracy, it has been the lot of the masses to be tormented, denied, and subjugated, except something revolutionary happens. And indeed as this phenomenon seems to have been ingrained in the system, the only way out, at the risk of being labelled an anarchist, is a revolution.

When you happen to live in this abnormal society and be so cursed as to be in that lower rung of the ladder – social, political or economic – without “connections,” just resign yourself to the reality that in the circumstance, unless in some strange way, you will never get justice ifyou ever turn up against an affluent and seemingly more powerful compatriot or a foreigner in our courts and/or at the offices of the law enforcement agencies.

No, you will not get justice because your low, inconsequentialstatus does not endorse you as a beneficiary of that globally acknowledged ennobling act of rectitude. And more importantly, because the rich and powerfully “connected” will deploy the wherewithal to effect a miscarriage of the justice that easily ought to have been served you in a fair and an uncorrupted system.

Yet, the real tragedy in Nigeria is the bitter irony embedded in this subject. In most cases,those who have the mandate to facilitate the attainment of justice by ensuring public order and doing their work in accordance with the law regardless of who is involved, are themselves the real perpetrators of crime and abettors of criminals. Here, one has in mind the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy Nigerian Air Force, the police, other paramilitary forces and, in short, all the other coercive institutions existing under the Nigerian law.

They are all implicated in the despicable act of committing unforgiveable crimes, working with criminals to achieve selfish ends and, wait for it, openly playing very strategic but shameful roles in impeding justice of which the poor and those who don’t have influential people in the society to “fight’ for them are mostly the victims.

In fact, it can be safely argued that the frequency and intensity of crime in the Nigerian society is proportional to the level of co-operation between law enforcement agents and criminals. Of course crimes will be committed when perpetrators are aware that enforcement agents will co-operate.

On this score, the police are the worst culprits.In a cheeky negation of their own popular catchphrase (The Police is your friend) affirming friendship with the public,the police will rather choose to befriend criminals than be “your friend.”There is a legion of stories over the years to validate this claim, and the one trending now is just as ugly, stomach-churning and damaging to the unflattering image of the police as its antecedents. It’s the alleged murder in Karmo, a surburb of Abuja, just a little over six months ago of Joy Odama, a 200 Level Mass Communication student of Cross River State University.

The suspect, Alhaji Usman Adamu, is without doubtcurrently enjoying the full protection of the police who seem bent on ensuring that the Odama family, who obviously belong to the aforementioned class of the less privileged, does not get justice no matter how hard they try.

Sadly, in this tragic drama that evokes a mixture of anger and hopelessness, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who has a golden opportunity to prove for once that the police under his watch will not toe the rotten conspiratorial line of the past, has himself shown, from utterances and actions, to be the chief conductor in thesordidorchestra of injustice.

From the beginning, the role of the police has been geared toward making sure AlhajiAdamu, who obviously counts the top hierarchy of the police as friends, does not answer to his crime.Suspecting foul play on sighting the lady’s corpse when Adamu sought to deposit it in the mortuary at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, the management had asked for a police report before the corpse could be kept in the mortuary.

Adamu rushed out and returned with Raph Nkem, a Chief Superintendent of Police and Divisional Police Officer of Karmo Police Station who ordered the mortuary staff to embalm the body and admit it. According to one of the witness, the DPO had been a regular visitor toAdamu’s house where he was usuallyentertained with fried meat and wine.

Nkem it was who dished out a cocktail of lies to the Odama family in defence of his evil-minded friend, Adamu. He it was who started the harassment and intimidation of the family, while declaring to them with shameless bold face that Adamu was not culpable in Joy’s murder. Instead of arresting Adamu and working towards getting him to have his day in court, see how a police officer at that level has put everything on the line to cover up a suspected criminal. Who will now say Adamu and Nkem are not working together?

That circle of despicable characters in the police hassince widened to the Force Headquarters in Abuja where top officers have tried without success to forcethe Odamasto collect money from the suspect and permanently shut up. In response to public outcry over the failure to arrest the suspect, the police declared Adamu wanted. But it turned outthe declarationhad no sincerity behind it. It was the usual farce and mendacity to which the police are richly accustomed. The police never told the public that the man whom they declared wanted had been arrested at any point.

Meanwhile, the deceased’s family had obtained an autopsy report at the National Hospital Abuja which puts the cause of Joy’s death as “cardiogenic shock secondary to diffuse myocardial infection secondary to possible acute cocaine poisoning.”

At a meeting between the police and the Odamas at the headquarters, Adamu, the suspect, suddenly showed up flanked by officers, pumping hands and back-slapping cheerfully with people who supposedly had declared him wanted as he took his seat in the room. The Odamas were shocked to the bones.Faced with that perplexing spectacle, who will now say the police and Adamu are not working together?

It was at the end of the so-called meeting that the police, realizing that Adamu had been nailed by the autopsy report, delivered yet another shocker to the grieving family and the public: Police boss, Idris, directed that a fresh autopsy be conducted.

Predictably, this is donefor no other reason than to, by all means, create a window of escape for the suspect. At the moment, the police are working hard to come up with the claim that the probable cause of Joy’s death was generator fumes. Really?

And rightly so, members of the Odama family and their lawyer have responded point-blank with the charge that the police want to manipulate the result with the claim of generator fumes to contradict the first autopsy report. Thankfully, theOdamas have the lead pathologist at the National Hospital on their side. The pathologist insists he stands by his report that the lady died from a heavy dose of cocaine.

The world is watching how the police are scheming to pervert justice in this case. It is one case that will more than determine the professionalism of the current IGP in the history of policing in Nigeria. If Idris and his men eventually succeed in undercutting the Odamas by freeing the man who allegedly murdered their daughter, he will surely be listed on the negative side of history as far as police work is concerned in Nigeria.

Let it be told in this country and beyond that the Odamas, who are from Cross Rivers State, are crying for justice. To be poor does not make anyone less human. Whoever is responsible for their daughter’s needless death must be punished. It is gratifying that the Cross River State Government under the leadership of Ben Ayade and Senator Rose Oko, also from the State, have both shown more than casual interest in this case. They should keep an eye on it to its logical end. So should all well-meaning Nigerians.

Godwin Onyeacholem is a journalist. He can be reached on gonyeacholem@gmail.com

 

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IGP Urges Officers To Shun Corruption

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has urged men and women of the force to shun corruption, intimidation, and harassment.

he Police boss gave the caution in Abuja while on a working visit to the Garki Police formation, as part of activities marking his one year in office.

He, however, said the leadership of the Force would continue to reward deserving policemen who are upright and just in the performance of their duties.

The IGP reiterated the need for personnel, especially those serving on the nation’s highways to be civil and polite in their interactions with the civil populace.

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Rivers Gov. Nyesom Wike Approaches Court To Restrain Police From Conducting Search On His House

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to restrain the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and two others from carrying a search on his Ortega Close, Asokoro home or any other nationwide.

In the suit filed by his counsel, Sylva Ogwemoh (SAN), the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) were listed as defendants.

Wike, in the originating summon, is asking Justice Ahmed Mohammed for an injunction restraining the police, anti-graft agency and the secret police from embarking on the exercise.

According to his lawyer, the issues for determination are: “Whether Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) precludes the defendants from applying for and or obtaining any process of any court requiring or compelling the appearance of plaintiff who is the current governor of Rivers State, Nigeria.

“Whether the defendants can combine effect of the said section and those of 149 and 150 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 apply for, obtain, issue or in any manner or form effectively execute a search warrant at the residence of the plaintiff in Abuja or in any of the plaintiff’s residence in other locations in Nigeria without the physical presence of Wike or his privy in the course of the execution of such search warrant.

“If the answer to question two above is in the negative, will the issuing, obtaining and executing of search warrant at the residence of the plaintiff in Abuja or in any of the plaintiff’s residence in any other location in Nigeria, not amount to a violation of Section 308 of the constitution?”

The originating summon was supported by a 24-paragraph affidavit deposed to by one Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma (SAN).

The court, subsequently, adjourned till September 26, 2017 for commencement of trial.

The Guardian

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Dave Umahi Wins Most Police Friendly Governor Award

Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has awarded Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, the most police friendly governor in Nigeria.

The award was presented to Umahi by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), South East zone, Valentine Ntomchukwu.

Addressing Governor Umahi before presenting the award to him, Ntomchukwu said “the IGP has asked me to tell you that you are the most police friendly governor in Nigeria and I am not saying it because I am in Ebonyi State. It is because of what I have seen which you have done for the state police command.

“Honestly, on arrival at the police command, I saw street lights and other things I have never seen in other police command and when I asked they said the governor did those things for the command. I can see houses for policemen of rank and file and I can see storey buildings also built by the governor for the command.

“I am going to relay what I have seen to the IGP and maybe he will come one day and see for himself the wonders you are doing in terms of infrastructural development.

“I also want to thank you for the communication equipments which you provided for the command and the ongoing renovation of the perimeter fencing and security post of the command which has lifted the status of the command.”

“I hereby on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police present this plaque to you. Sir, find anywhere in your office and place this plaque so that any time you turn around, you will look at it as a mark of honour and appreciation of your support to the police.”

Umahi commended the IGP for the honour and promised to do more for the state police command.

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Court Orders Police IG To Pay N4 million For Violation Of Right

A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, on Monday ordered the Inspector-General of Police to pay N1 million each to four men for violation of their fundamental right.

The men, Ozor Okolocha, Elvis Obiaku, Edward Onyenoknone and Imoni Micah hail from Ase-Omuku in Ndokwa East local government area of Delta.

The respondents are the Inspector-General of Police and the FCT Commissioner of Police.

In his judgment, Justice Jude Okeke held that the respondents in the matter refused to renew the order of remand from the court which elapsed after 14 days.

“As compensation for the violation of their fundamental rights, N1 million should be paid to each of the applicants for the hardship and embarrassment suffered by them.

“The applicants were continuously detained at Keffi Prison without remand order, renewal and without charges preferred against them.

“This is a gross violation of their fundamental rights as provided by the provisions of section 35 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” the judge said.

Mr. Okeke also held that the detention of the applicants and violation of their rights to liberty were not justified by the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

He also ordered that the respondents should refrain from arresting the applicants over the issues in the suit.

The applicants were arrested on December 17, 2015 and January 6, 2016 at their home town of Ase-Omuku in Ndokwa East LGA of Delta.

They were arrested and brought to Abuja by a police officer, Tony Alabi and detained at Keffi prison on remand order from an Abuja Magistrate Court.

At the expiration of the order, no renewal was made until April 5, when the suit was filed.

(NAN)

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Arrest Of Lamido, Utter Display Of Executive Recklessness Says Ex-Ministers

The Peoples Democratic Party’s ex-Ministers Forum on Wednesday said the arrest, arraignment and  detention of a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, was an utter ‘display of executive recklessness’ perpetrated by the Nigeria Police.

The secretary of the forum, Prof Abubakar Sulaiman, in an electronic email made available to our correspondent, said the ex-ministers were saddened by what he described as the level of lawlessness, persecution and ceaseless intimidation by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, the charges and allegations are unknown to any existing law in Nigeria.

He urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to release Lamido and withdraw the charges preferred against him.

Sulaiman said, “The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris,  acting for the Muhammadu Buhari-led government, should be bold enough to tell Nigerians how inciting was Lamido’s statement and the extent to which it constitutes a threat to national security.

“No doubt, Lamido’s current travail marks the beginning of the second phase of the maltreatment of the opposition, especially the members of the PDP.

“We, however, condemn in totality this heinous act of tyranny and despotism by the current government.

“We equally urge the IGP to release Sule Lamido and withdraw any charges that might have been levied against him, in the interest of peace, justice and sustainability of our hard-earned democracy.

“We should no longer take this country for granted as nobody, not even the law enforcement agencies, has the monopoly of coercion. The earlier we allow the supremacy of law to take precedent over the rule of brute force, the better.”

 

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