Police Most Corrupt Institution In Nigeria – Survey

A new public survey released by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has adjudged the police as the most corrupt institution in Nigeria.

The SERAP entitled “Nigeria: Corruption Perception Survey”, listed high levels of corruption in public institutions in the country since 2015.

Of the five major public institutions surveyed, the police emerged as the most corrupt, with officials of the power sector identified as the second most corrupt in the country.

Other public institutions identified as corrupt were the judiciary, education and health ministries. According to the survey, the level of corruption has not changed in the last five years.

“A bribe is paid in 54% of interactions with the police. In fact, there is a 63% probability that an average Nigerian would be asked to pay a bribe each time he or she interacted with the police. That is almost two out of three,” read a statement Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP deputy director, issued on the report.

Akin Oyebode, chairman of the panel which released the report, said the development of a people is almost “inversely proportional to the level of corruption”.

“Nigeria is looked upon as a giant of Africa. Yet Nigeria could not conduct free, fair and credible elections,” he said.

“It is a smear on the image of Nigeria. If we do away with selective enforcement and condonation of corruption, we will build and live in a better society. Corruption is a refined form of stealing. The politicians are stealing our common patrimony.

The survey carried out between September and December, covered the police, judiciary, power, education and health sectors to assess the state of corruption in law enforcement and public service provision.

“From the analysis of the anti-corruption legal and institutional framework in Nigeria, the following cross-cutting issues emerged: there is lack of political goodwill to consistently enforce the different anti-corruption laws; inadequate funding for the various anti-corruption agencies; weak public support and/or ownership of anti-corruption initiatives; poor clarity of roles between various anti-corruption agencies; and public perceptions of politicisation of corruption arrests and prosecutions,” the report read.

“Bribery experiences were interrogated and recorded in the key sectors of education, health, the police, judiciary and power. Data analysis was conducted under five different and interrelated variables. There was a 63% probability that an average Nigerian would be asked to pay a bribe each time he/she interacted with the police.  The likelihood of bribery in the power sector stood at 49%.  With the chances of encountering bribery at the judiciary, education and health services standing at 27%, 25% and 20% respectively.”

The police were the most adversely ranked on this indicator. For every 100 police interactions reported by the respondents, there was a bribe paid in 54 interactions. The prevalence levels stood at 37% in the power sector and 18% in education,17.7% in the judiciary and 14% in the health sector.

Fifty-one percent of the individuals who paid bribes to the police and 35 percent to the power sector believed this was the only way to access the services sought from the institutions. The ranking of the education sector and the judiciary was less adverse with 16 percent perceiving bribery as the main avenue of accessing services in the institutions, and health services recording 13 percent

The police and judiciary had the largest proportion of total bribes paid at 33 percent and 31 percent respectively. Bribes paid for education, power and health services accounted for 19 percent, 10.9 and 5 percent respectively of all bribes reported.

The average amount of bribe paid by the respondents was highest among those who paid to the judiciary at about Naira 108,000 (US$ 298). All the other institutions ranked lower on this variable with Naira 12,253 and 11,566 reportedly paid to the police and education sectors, and Naira 6,462 and 5,143 paid for health and power services respectively.

In 2017, the World Internal and Police Security Index rated Nigeria Police force as the worst in the world.

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Osun Police Command To Arraign Electoral Offenders

The Osun State Police command has arrested four persons during the State Assembly election held last Saturday.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mrs Folasade Odoro who confirmed the development said the suspects were arrested for various electoral offences.

The police spokesperson refused to give further details of the suspects, saying releasing such may affect investigation.

she however gave the assurance that those arrested would soon be arraigned before court.

There were reported cases of disruption of election process in some parts of the state including Ipetu Ijesa in Oriade Local government and Ilaje in Ilesa West local government on Saturday. 

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IGP Approves Establishment Of More Police Formations

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has approved the establishment of three new area commands and five new police divisions in Ilorin, the  Kwara State capital, to further boost security activities.

The new area command offices will be cited at Oja Oba, Surulere and Kulende while the new police divisions would be located at Seriki Kaun, Shao Garage, Hajj Camp, Oke Foma, Pakata, Gaa Akanbi and Jimba Oja.

The Inspector General of Police disclosed this on Friday in Ilorin at the foundation laying ceremony of the Nigeria Police School Public Relations, Kulende.

The Police Force Public Relations Officer, DSP Jimoh Moshood made the announcement of the new police formations at the event on behalf of the police boss.

He said the police hierarchy under the Inspector General of Police leadership is working round the clock to protect the lives and properties of all innocent citizens and appealed to Nigerians to continue to be law abiding.

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Lagos Airport Police Command Arrest 165 Persons In 2018

The Lagos Airport Police Command says over 165 persons were charged to court last year for committing various offences at the Lagos Airport.

The offences are assault, stealing, obtaining by false pretenses as well as unlawful entry and touting, which contravene the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) bye Laws.

According to the command Spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Joseph Alabi, in a chat with newsmen in Lagos,the command made 257 arrests and secured 46 convictions  within the period under review.

He said 32 persons were still under investigation while 60 others were awaiting trial.

DSP Alabi stressed that the newly appointed Commissioner, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Police Command, Mr Joseph Mukan was committed to making the airport and its environs safe and secure for travellers, airline operators and other airport users.

He said Mr. Mukan, was the former Police Commissioner Bayelsa state before his  transfer to the Lagos airport to replace AIG Aminchi Baraya.

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Ogun Police Command Arrest Four Suspects For Robbing Churches

Men of the Ogun State police command have arrested four suspected robbers who specialise in robbing churches and places of worship in Ijebu area of the state.

The suspects, Akinniyi Moses 43, Ogunfowoke Kayode 23, Michael Idogun 35, and Izunna Odah 29, were arrested following series of complaints from different churches that had fallen victims to their activities, the police said in Abeokuta, the state capital yesterday.

According to a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested based on a tip-off. “On interrogation, they confessed being responsible for the attacks on churches in the area.

Among the churches they confessed they had robbed are Methodist Church Oru ijebu, Love of Epistles Church Ago iwoye and a building at Ajebo in Oru ijebu,” the statement indicated.

Oyeyemi further disclosed: “Recovered from them are a double-barrel locally-made pistol, 17.62mm live ammunition, five DBSG live cartridges, six handsets, three Ox fans, one big speaker, two VSO identity cards, one plasma TV, two gas cylinders, one bullet proof vest, five stabilizers, one church bell, two pistol purse and one jack knife.”

All the items, he said had been identified by their owners.

The statement noted that the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered that the suspects be transferred to FSARS for discreet investigation. He warned that the command will not rest on its oars in its efforts to make Ogun a crime-free state.

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Zamfara Gets New Police Commissioner

A new commissioner of police has been posted to Zamfara state police command.

A statement by the Command PPRO Muhammed Shehu made available to the press in Gusau said the new CP, Zannah Mohd Ibrahim has assumed duties from 1st January 2019.

The statement said the new CP has served in various commands and locations across the including Yobe and Delta States.

The new CP had however solicited for the support of men of the command to secure the state from activities of criminal elements.

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Lagos Police Command Arrest Six-Man Robbery Gang In Mushin

The Lagos Police Command has arrested a six-man robbery gang, who allegedly specialised in selling stolen vehicles as scrap at Ladipo market in Mushin, Lagos.

They are Hycient Lawrence, 25; Ernest Ogaba, 30; Clement Ochei, 38; Afeez Akinsoya, 41; Victor Ineh, 32 and Lucky Mgbejume, 28.

According to The Nation, Hycient and Ernest were guards at Green Gate Company, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.

They allegedly conspired with the others to steal and sell a Hilux pickup truck 2012 model and a Toyota corolla 2003 model parked on the company’s premises.

The keys were kept with them.

Hycient confessed: “I organised the theft and sold the vehicles because my salary is poor. I earn N26,000.”

Lucky said: “My work is to turn vehicles to scrap. I am paid for this. I did not know that the vehicles were stolen.”

Victor said he was sent by one Wale to sell tyres, adding that he did not know that the tyres were stolen.

Afeez said his shop is at 109, Fatai Atere Way where he sells tyres, but did not know that the tyres were stolen.

Ogaba said his role was to lock the gate after his colleagues had removed the vehicles.

Clement said he guards the premises where the vehicles were turned into scrap. He claimed that he did not suspect that the vehicles were stolen because they were brought in by a tenant, Arinze, who is now at large.

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Dino Siege: Police Deny Plans To Break Into Melaye’s Residence

The Police has denied allegations that it is planning to break into the home of the Senator representing Kogi South Senatorial district, Dino Melaye.

Senator Melaye had alleged in a tweet on Wednesday that the force brought tools to break into and vandalize the house.

He wrote, “Police bringing in toolboxes to break doors and vandalize my house. Police EOD truck just brought them. Media take note”.

The Police, however, denied the allegations on Wednesday, while also taking journalists around the house as proof.

It also deployed additional officers to secure the arrest of the senator while cordoning off his home on Sangha Street in Maitama, Abuja.

The siege on his home has entered its sixth day.

A team of policemen had stormed the senator’s residence on Friday to arrest him.

He said in a phone interview that he was not at home and will report to the police this week.

Meanwhile, the police claimed they heard him shout at an officer from a window on the building’s top floor.

They vowed to remain at the residence until he turns himself in.

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Kano Police Command Records 337 Crimes, 105 Rape Cases In 2018

The Kano State Police Command has said it recorded 337 crimes and 105 rape cases in 2018.

The police spokesman in the state, Magaji Majia, in a statement added that 22 robbery cases and 21 kidnap cases were reported at the Command.

Reviewing the command’s performance in 2018, Majia said it recorded 168 cases of homicide and 34 theft cases.

The outgoing year under review, he noted in a statement, witnessed low crime rate when compared to the previous years.

The statement said last year, 337 major crimes were reported, including 22 cases of robbery, adding that 21 kidnap cases, 105 cases of rape, 168 homicide cases and 34 cases of theft of vehicles, among others, were recorded.

Majia said the command, in its efforts to rid Kano city of undesirable elements, arrested 2,487 members of Yandaba (area boys), who caused mayhem.

He said the command in the year under review impounded 83 rifles, guns and pistols both foreign and locally-made, including 269 calibre of ammunition and cartridges.

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FG Urges Police To Protect Citizens In Kwara

The federal government has urged the Nigeria Police Force to redouble their effort and ensure protection of lives and property in Kwara state.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the call at the official inauguration of the Ultra Modern Mobile Police Barrack built by Offa Community and donated to the Nigeria Police, along Ojoku road in Offa Local government area of the state.

The Minister urged the police to ensure better security in the state and environs.

He advised that the robbery incident should not be allowed to occur in the communities.

The governor of Kwara State, Alhaji  Abdulfatah Ahmed who was represented by his special adviser on security , Alhaji  Hamza  Bello assured the people that his administration would continue to provide necessary logistics to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

In a  remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji  Ibrahim Idris, represented by the CP Mopol, Lawal  Jimeta gave the assurance that the Mobile Police Barracks in Offa would serve the purpose.

 

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Police Arrest Three Islamic Clerics, Two Others With Human Parts

Operatives attached to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone II, Onikan, Lagos have arrested five persons for allegedly being in possession of fresh human heart and body parts.

The suspects, including three Islamic clerics, were paraded yesterday by AIG Lawal Shehu.

He alleged that the clerics were members of a syndicate that specialised in using human parts for rituals.

Shehu said they were arrested around 9:45am on December 10 by Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) operatives on stop and search operation.

He said the detectives arrested an unnamed man with fresh human heart and investigation was on to establish where he got it.

“On December 10, about 9:45am, information was received by the command that Alfa Mustapha and his cohorts, who specialised in exhuming bodies and removing their parts, were noticed around Isabo area of Abeokuta, Ogun State. Detectives from ZIS were detailed to investigate. Four suspects were arrested, while exhibit of bunch of human flesh was recovered,” said the AIG.

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Police Parade 59 Suspects For kidnapping, Armed Robbery In Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday paraded 59 suspects for their alleged involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes.

Seven of the suspects paraded according to the Police were responsible for the kidnap and murder of the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area Council and four others along Suleja-Minna Road in  Niger State.

The Suspects include the 60 year old gang leader who is also the armourer of the gang;  Bello Alhaji Lawal, Sadiq Danladi, Abubakar Mohammed,  Abubakar Usman, Abdullahi Idris, Abubakar Suleiman, and Ibrahim Babangida.

Items recovered from them are; Seven AK47 rifles, 118 rounds of ammunition, nine mobile phones, four pairs of suspected fake military Camouflage uniforms and Charms.

The Police said the suspects were trailed and arrested in their hideout at Tunga Maje forest along Zuba-Gwagwalada Road, Abuja, where the syndicate plan their operations and keep hostage of their kidnap victims.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by the Force Spokesman, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood.

The statement reads: “On 24th November, 2018, the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes attached to Operation Absolute Sanity in Gawu Babaginda, Niger State led by DCP Yusuf Kolo, working on actionable intelligence in a follow up of a case of Criminal Conspiracy, Armed Robbery and Kidnapping of the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area Council and four (4) others along Suleja-Minna Road, Niger State, trailed and arrested the above mentioned suspects in their hideout at Tunga Maje Forest along Zuba-Gwagwalada Road, Abuja, where the syndicate plan their operations and keep hostage of their kidnap victims.

“The suspects on sighting the Police Team opened fire and engage in a serious gun battle with the Police Team that lasted for over an hour. The superior gun power of the Police Team led to the death of three of the vicious and notorious kidnapping/armed robbery gang members and the arrest of Seven other members.

 The Police said four victims were rescued from their captivity adding that the suspects have confessed and admitted to be responsible for the kidnap of the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area Council and four others.

“They have also revealed their various criminal roles in the armed robbery/kidnap operations and murder of the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area council who was one of their victims in the kidnap operation.

The Force said effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang indicted in the confessional statements of the arrested suspects adding that they will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

52 other suspects belonging to three gangs who operate in Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna, Katsina,  Zamfara and Sokoto States were also paraded by the Police. One of the suspects,  Abdra’uf Yusuf is from  Libya and he is said to be a trained gorilla fighter.

The Police also recovered from them; Eight AK47 rifles, one  G3 rifle, two Single Barrel gun, one dane Gun, one  Revolver Pistol, 145 ammunition, five  Live Cartridges, 16 swords, three operational Vehicles of the gangs, two  Bajaj motorcycle and charms.

The suspects in the first gang are; Abdulra’uf Yusuf ‘M’ 45yrs – Gang Leader, a Libya trained Gorilla Fighter, Bashiru Aminu ‘M’ 30yrs – Buys and Supply firearms and ammunition to armed bandits and other members of the group, Aliyu  Saidu ‘M’ 33yrs, Musa Adamu ‘M’ 35yrs, Isah Haruna ‘M’ 55yrs

Abdullahi Haruna ‘M’ 56yrs, Mohammed Tukur ‘M’ 25yrs, Abdullahi Buhari, Aliyu Abudullahi ‘M’ 29yrs, Tukur Hassan ‘M’ 26yrs, Mande Aleri ‘M’ 30yrs and Sani  Ali ‘M’ 21yrs.

Others are; Shehu Umar ‘M’ 30yrs, Ibrahim Garba ‘M’ 21yrs, Mohammed Sani ‘M’ 30yrs,          Mohhamed Bello ‘M’ 35yrs, Sule Dambule ‘M’  48yrs, Ahmadu Buba ‘M’ 27yrs,   Mohammed Baude ‘M’ 63yrs, Abubakar Umar ‘M’ 52yrs, Abubakar Turai ‘M’ 66yrs, Abubakar Sala ‘M’ 37yrs, Ibrahim Mohammed ‘M’ 31yrs, Abubakar Mande ‘M’ 20yrs, Abubakar Hussaini ‘M’ 60yrs, Usman Hassan ‘M’ 65yrs, Shehu Abubakar ‘M’ 70yrs, Usman Umar ‘M’ 18yrs and Yahaya Lawal ‘M’ 55yrs.

Suspects in the second gang include; Isiyaku Samaila ‘M’ 37, Mohammed Rilwanu ‘M’ 40yrs, Usman Sani ‘M’ 35yrs, Mohammed Shuaibu ‘M’ 49yrs, Rabiu Tukur ‘M’ 30yrs, Surajo Suleiman ‘M’ 45yrs, Abdullahi Ya’u  ‘M’  30yrs,   Abdullahi Ibrahim ‘M’ 58yrs, Abubakar Ahmed ‘M’ 42yrs, Musa Abdullahi ‘M’ 48yrs,       Isah Waziri ‘M’ 35yrs,  Shuaibu Ibrahim ‘M’ 25yrs,  Shuaibu Usman ‘M’ 18yrs, Faisal Surajo ‘M’ 18yrs, Kamalu Abdulmumini ‘M’ 30 yrs, and   Ibrahim Musa ‘M’ 28yrs.

Members of the third gang are; Abdulkarim Adamu ‘M’ 27yrs, Sani Alh Lawal ‘M’ 20yrs, Umar Garba ‘M’ 22yrs, Hussaini Mamman  ‘M’ 25yrs,  Sani Umar ‘M’ 23yrs, Musa Ibrahim ‘M’ 28yrs, and Umar Kiruwa ‘M’ 30yrs.

Moshood said: “Consequent on recent complaints and reported cases of armed robbery/kidnapping, armed banditry, cattle rustling and other violent crimes in some parts of Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States, the IGP Special Strike Force on violent crimes attached to Operation Absolute Sanity, working on actionable intelligence further expanded its operations and relentlessly embarked on raids of criminal hideouts, identified kidnappers den and follow up on cases in its effort to continue to actualize its mandate to rid the country of unscrupulous elements, vicious and notorious criminals. These operations led to the arrest of 52 criminal suspects.

“The suspects have confessed and made useful statements to the Police Investigation Team on their various criminal roles in the recent incidents of kidnapping/armed robbery and other violent crimes in the mentioned States and the above listed exhibits recovered from their possessions. Some of these suspects arrested have also been on the watch list of the Police for quite some time now.”

The Force said the operation is on-going and more efforts are being intensified to arrest and bring other members of the gang them to justice.

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