2019: FCT Police Command Warns Against Possession Of Illegal Firearms

The Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Sadiq Bello, has warned that Police will not tolerated possession of illegal firearms, in the Federal Capital Territory ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The commissioner represented by Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Anjuguri Manzah, gave the warning at a news conference on the Operation Finger off the Trigger National Disarmament and Peace Campaign, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The conference was organised by ”Nigeria Salute Initiative and Finger off the Trigger’’ a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to educate youths on peaceful coexistence

Manzah called on those in possession of illegal firearms in the FCT to voluntarily submit them as directed by the Inspector General of Police.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, recently directed Commissioners of Police of all the state commands to commence the recovery of illegal firearms in the country.

Mr Manzah said the submission of the illegal firearms is still open.

“Because after the expiration of the grace period, anyone found in possession of illegal firearms would be prosecuted in accordance with the law.”he said.

“In March, we recovered 778 illegal arms, 222 live cartridges that were voluntarily surrendered in the FCT as part of the efforts to ensure that we don’t have firearms in the command.”

The Coordinator, General Salute Nigeria Initiative, Ambassador Chielo Ojirika said that the campaign was targeted at local communities, schools, churches, mosque, market places, motor parks, among others.

”We believe that the yearning of an average Nigerian is that of peace, unity and stability” he said.

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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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Just In: Police Recover Gombe Assembly’s Mace

The Police in Gombe State on Friday, said they had recovered the mace of the state’s House of Assembly, forcefully taken away in a scuffle by some members during plenary on Thursday.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, told newsmen in Gombe that the mace was found around National Industrial Court in the state capital in the early hours of Friday.

His words: “You will recall that yesterday, May 24, at about 1.30 p.m. the mace, the symbol of authority of Gombe State House of Assembly, was taken away by an honourable member of the house in the company of others.

“The incident was allegedly occasioned by the dispute over leadership change of minority principal officers of the house.

“On receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police visited the scene and heightened the security architecture already in place in the command based on the directives of the Inspector-General of Police.

“The pressure made them consequently to abandon the mace by the National Industrial Court in the state and it was recovered early on Friday.

“The mace is, therefore, today being handed over to the Speaker for his retention and use.”

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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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Just In: Police Seals Kano Assembly Over Plot To Impeach Speaker

The Kano State Police Command, on Monday, seals off the state house of Assembly over plot to impeach the speaker, Abdullahi Ata.

The lawmakers are accusing Ata of being incompetent and failing to involve them in critical issues about the house.

Ata has postponed activities in the assembly till the end of June.

The police PRO, SP Magaji Musa Majia, confirmed deployment of police to the assembly.

Majia said, “we deployed our men to the Assembly to ensure that nobody break law and order. We need peace in the state and therefore we will not allow anybody to temper with existing peace and harmony being enjoyed by the people in the state.

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Senate Versus IGP: A Dissection Of The Law, By Inibehe Effiong

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria summoned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on three different occasions, namely: April 25, 2018; May 2, 2018 and May 9, 2018. The IGP failed to honour the summons.

The reasons for the summons as indicated by the Senate are twofold: the first reason was for the Police Chief to address it, and answer questions on the “undignified” manner the Police treated their colleague Senator Dino Melaye. The second reason was for the IGP to answer questions on the killings perpetuated across the country by armed herdsmen and other militias. Recall that the Senate previously debated the unabated killings by herdsmen and other armed groups in Nigeria during it plenaries on January 16 and 17, 2018 and resolved inter alia: that the IG should arrest and prosecute the suspects within Two weeks (14 days).

The facts as stated above are already in the public domain and verifiable. My intervention in this piece is to dissect the law on the matter.

As a preliminary point, the power of the Senate to summon any person in Nigeria is derived from Sections 88 and 89(1)(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) (subsequently referred to as ‘the Constitution’) as reproduced infra:

Section 88 (1) “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, each House of the National Assembly shall have power by resolution published in its journal or in the Official Gazette of the Government of the Federation to direct or cause to be directed investigation into – (a) any matter or thing with respect to which it has power to make laws, and (b) the conduct of affairs of any person, authority, ministry or government department charged, or intended to be charged, with the duty of or responsibility for – (i) executing or administering laws enacted by National Assembly, and (ii) disbursing or administering moneys appropriated or to be appropriated by the National Assembly.”

88 (2) The powers conferred on the National Assembly under the provisions of this section are exercisable only for the purpose of enabling it to;

(a) make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws; and (b) expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence and in the disbursement or administration of funds appropriated by it”.

89 (1) For the purpose of any investigation under Section 88 of this Constitution and subject to the provisions thereof, the Senate or the House of Representatives or a committee appointed in accordance with section 62 of this Constitution shall have power to – (c) summon ANY PERSON in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, and examine him as a witness and require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, subject to all just exceptions.” (Capitalize for emphasis).

It is beyond contention that the IGP can be summoned by the Senate to give evidence on any of the matters listed in Section 88 (1) for the purposes envisaged under Section 88 (2) of the Constitution. In essence, the real issue in controversy here is not whether the Senate can summon the IGP, but for what purpose?

Two reasons were adduced by the Senate for summoning the IGP. The first reason was for him to address it and answer questions on the travails of Senator Dino Melaye. The second reason was for the IGP to explain the wanton killing of innocent Nigerians in Benue State and other parts of the country.

On the issue of mass killings across the country, by the combined effect of Section 214 (1)(b) of the Constitution and Section 4 of the Police Act Cap. P19 LFN 2004, the responsibility for the maintenance of law and order and security of lives and property is vested in the Nigeria Police Force. Therefore, the Senate acted within the scope of its oversight powers under Section 88 of the Constitution by summoning the IGP over the killings in Nigeria since the Police Act that vests the duty of security on the Police is a law made by the National Assembly; of which the Senate is an arm as provided in Section 47 of the Constitution.

On the issue of Senator Dino Melaye, some of my learned friends have contended that the Senate cannot summon the IGP over the manner the Kogi Senator was treated by the Police. With the greatest respect to them, that argument can be faulted for the reasons canvassed below.

The powers to search, arrest, detain and or prosecute any person are donated to the Police by an Act of the National Assembly, specifically Part 4 of the Police Act. When the Police exercise its powers of searching, arresting, detaining or prosecuting any person in Nigeria, they are merely executing a law made by the National Assembly. Note that by virtue of Section 88 (1)(b)(i) of the Constitution reproduced supra, the Senate is imbued with the power to carry out investigation into “the conduct of affairs or any person, authority, Ministry or government department charged, or intended to be charged, with the responsibility for executing or administering laws enacted by the National Assembly.”

If it is conceded that the police was executing a law made by the National Assembly when it arrested Senator Dino Melaye for alleged sundry offences, it follows that the Senate can investigate the conduct of the affairs of the IGP and the Police relating to how it executed its powers in arresting and detaining Dino Melaye, provided that the purpose of such investigation by the Senate is to expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution of the powers of the Police under Part 4 of the Police Act.

I agree that the Senate cannot investigate a matter which is a subject of litigation based on the sub judice rule. Admittedly, this rule is cognizable under Order 53(5) of the Senate Standing Orders 2015, (as amended) which states that ‘’Reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending in such a way as might in the opinion of the President of the Senate prejudice the interest of parties thereto.’’ Interestingly, IGP Idris relied on this very provision to evade probe by the Senate over the allegations made against him by Senator Misau when he appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee on the matter.

In the present case, Dino Melaye was first arraigned on May 2, 2018 in Abuja which coincided with the second summons. As at April 25, 2018 when the IGP was first summoned to appear, there was no pending litigation on the Melaye’s case. If the IGP is now relying on the sub judice rule to ignore the Senate summons, which should be properly raised when he appears before the Senate, which court case is preventing him from honouring the summons to explain the ongoing wanton killings across the country?

There is nothing unprecedented or unusual in the decision of the Senate to investigate the actions of the Nigeria Police Force. Indeed, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of cases of alleged abuse or misuse of power and human rights violation by the police pending before the Senate and the House of Representatives Committees on Human Rights and Public Petitions. These are cases brought by Nigerians of diverse economic, social and political standing to seek redress against various forms of reckless and unlawful exercise of power by the police and other law enforcement agencies. It will be to the collective disadvantage of the people of Nigeria if the National Assembly was not empowered by the Constitution to investigate the conduct of affairs of the police. The law cannot be changed overnight merely because the Senate has decided to invoke its oversight powers for the benefit of one of its member. The right of Melaye or any other Nigerian to seek redress in court does not operate as a bar to the oversight powers of the National Assembly.

It is also my considered view that the IGP cannot delegate other officers to represent him when the Senate has expressly indicated that it wants the IGP to appear before it in person. Section 89 (1)(c) of the Constitution empowers the Senate to summon ANY PERSON. It is also unhelpful to posit that the Inspector General of Police is an office and can be represented or that the occupant of the office can delegate his functions. The Police Act, which authorizes the IGP to delegate his functions, is subservient to the Constitution which empowers the Senate to summon ANY PERSON. The IGP cannot rely on his power of delegation under the Police Act to challenge the power of the Senate under the Constitution to summon him to appear in person.

The Senate is empowered by Section 89 (1)(d) of the Constitution to issue a warrant to compel the attendance of the IGP since the excuses given by the IGP are not satisfactory to the Senate. Unfortunately, it is the same Nigeria Police Force headed by the IGP that has the duty under Section 89 (2) of the Constitution to enforce and execute the warrant. This is why the conduct of the IGP must be deprecated and viewed not just as a flagrant disregard for the rule of law, but a despicable attack on our nascent democracy.

I further submit that it is not within the powers of the IGP to determine whether the reasons proffered by the Senate for summoning him are within the scope of Section 88 of the Constitution. That is for the courts to determine. Only a court of competent jurisdiction can interpret or limit the constitutional powers of the Senate under Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution. If the IGP genuinely believed that the Senate acted ultra vires by summoning him, he ought to have sought redress in court.

I am conversant with the decisions of the Court of Appeal in the cases of Senate of National Assembly v. Momoh (1983) 4 NCLR, 269 and Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai v. The House of Representatives, National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria & Ors. (2003) 46 WRN 70, where the appellate court pronounced on the limits of the investigative powers of the National Assembly under the Constitution. However, a case is only an authority for what it decides. The facts of those cases are not on all fours with the present case. If the Senate in their letter of invitation (summons) to the IGP had clearly indicated that the summons was for the IGP to explain the killings in the country and the manner Melaye was treated, the Senate is in order as those reasons are within the scope of the Constitution. The IGP is not a private citizen but a public officer.

Last month, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory presided over by Justice Abba Bello Mohammed, dismissed a suit instituted by this same IGP, Ibrahim Idris, against the Senate when he was summoned over the damning allegations leveled against him by Senator Isa Misau. The Court upheld the powers of the Senate under Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution to summon the IGP. The IGP is yet to honour that summons despite losing in court.

This same IGP has continued to flout the subsisting orders of two different courts of competent jurisdiction for him to unseal the office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria. We are dealing with an IGP who flouted the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief for him to relocate to Benue State. The contemptuous conduct of the IGP towards the institution of the Senate is intolerable. This unbridled impunity by the Chief Law Enforcement Officer should not be allowed to stand.

Let it be known that I am neither a fan of Senator Dino Melaye nor do I share in his political idiosyncrasy. I also have strong reservations about the present crop of members of the Senate and its leadership. However, we must never condone the destruction of our institutions. Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye will not be in the Senate forever. We should resist the temptation to play to the gallery by trivializing the offensive, unlawful and arrogant conduct of the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, simply because we disagree with the Senate leadership or membership.

This is about the survival of our nascent democracy.

Thank you.

Inibehe Effiong is a Lagos-based Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Activist.

Email: Inibehe.effiong@gmail.com

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Police Brutality And Impunity In Nigeria, By Adedamola Adejobi

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary (Reinhold Niebuhr)

The latest events in the country is not one that gives the assurance of a country edging towards the strengthening and stability of its democratic system nor one that adheres to principles of fairness and justice. The recent show of shame between the Nigerian Police, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West and the Nigerian Senate is nothing to be proud of as a country that prides itself as the leading democracy in sub Saharan Africa.

Ordinary Nigerians suffer brutality in the hands of the Nigerian Police whom it swore to protect and serve but are for most of the time rude, crude, abusive, dishonest and barbaric thereby making life unbearable for the common man on the street. While on the other hand serve as errand boy for political officers or influential citizens. The Nigerian Police is perceived by most Nigerians as a dreaded militia with state backing. A tool in the hand of the political class for witch-hunting of its perceived opponents.

The case of Senator Dino Melaye has brought to the fore again one of the daily horrors of being a common civilian in Nigeria. The flagrant misuse of state authority in the cause of discharge of duties is grossly unprofessional and negates international human rights.

A simple research of the Nigerian newspapers reports an average of 2 to 3 police brutalities in a week in various part of the country, not to even talk of extortion experienced by motorist on major highways. All this doesn’t get to shake the nation nor become major headlines as long it’s a common man who is the victim, but when the case is reverse that an influential figure is the victim, of which at most times as case of political witch hunting by someone superior who can use the Police to achieve its objectives.

The brutality suffered by Dino Melaye in the hands of the Nigerian Police is one that clearly shows that the common man on the street means nothing to the Police. I am not writing to defend Dino Melaye nor holding brief for anyone who may have been accused of one crime or the other, but my charge is that it must be done with respect for human dignity and rights.

More shameful is the recent move by the Nigerian Senate who invited the Inspector General of Police to come before it to give justifications for the prosecution or persecution of Dino Melaye, whichever suits the fancy, but got snubbed twice by the IGP. The legislative arm of government in any democracy should be able to oversight on the executive arm of government and other arms of government without interference into its independence and effective discharge of its duties in an unbiased way.

The case of the call for the appearance of the IGP before the senate is one that looks biased because one of its own is the victim, while the snub by the IGP is one that portrays culture of impunity and disrespect to the institution. Section 88(1, 2a) of the Constitution and 89(c), empowered the Senate to summon anybody before it. It is quite unfortunate this section of the constitution doesn’t come into force when the rights of the common man are trampled upon by the Nigerian Police and other public institution that is expected to serve the masses.

The growing culture of impunity by different public institutions towards another should be addressed as a matter of national importance if the sustenance of our democracy means anything to us. I think its very appropriate for the IGP to respect the call of the upper legislative chamber and address it on the issue of unnecessary killings going on in some part of the country and same for the Presidency to honour the invitation of the lower legislative chamber who summoned it to appear and give explanation on the state of security of the country.

Nobody should be above the law and no institution should abuse its powers as well in witch hunting the other. The principle of justice and fairness should be upheld by all and sundry who cares about the growth of our democracy.

 

 

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Police Denies Planned Attacks On Benue Mosques

Benue state Police Command has called on members of the public to disregard rumours of planned attacks on five mosques in Makurdi and other parts of the state as “untrue”.

In a statement on Friday, the command said the rumours were nothing but falsehood and meant to cause break down of law and order in the state.

“It is indeed a difficult period; however, acts of insurgency being witnessed lately have nothing to do with religion, ethnicity or political alienation.

“Therefore, in order to overcome the ongoing security challenges, the collaboration of all is required.

“The command appreciates the calmness and understanding of the good people of the state.

The command appealed to members of the public to report all suspicious persons or group of persons to the police.

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Police Confirm Clash Between Yoruba, Hausa In Ondo

The Ondo State Police Command has said it has begun investigation into a fight involving some followers of a masquerader and some members of the Hausa community at Old Garage area of Akure , the state Capital.

Eyewitness reports that the crisis started after some followers of the Akure masquerader disturbed the activities of the Hausa, who were selling at the Old Garage area.

The Hausa traders resisted which led to a clash that left many injured.

Some motorcycles were reportedly burnt, while some houses were torched.

Mr. Femi Joseph, state Police Public Relations Officer, said, “We learnt that some people who were following a masquerader had issues with some members of the Hausa community. But immediately we drafted our men there, normalcy was returned. We are still looking for the people that caused the crisis. If we arrest them, we will charge them to court.”

In related development, Chief Press Secretary to the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, Mr. Michael Adeyeye, said the palace was also investigating the matter.

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Offa Bank Robbery: IG Deploys High Powered Investigation Team To Kwara

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the deployment of three units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), high powered police investigation team and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to Kwara.

This followed the the robbery of banks in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of the state by arrmed robbers last Thursday.

The heavily armed men robbed Union Bank, Ecobank, Guarantee Trust Bank, First Bank, Zenith Banks and Ibolo Micro Finance Bank.

Force spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said anti-robbery equipment and 10 crew members have also been deployed to the state.

He said that the units which had arrived kwara would cover Offa and its environs as well as other vulnerable points in the state.

The spokesman added that the police teams would carry out intelligence gathering and raids on identified criminal and other flash points in the states.

He said that the team deployed to Kwara, working in synergy with the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in the state had arrested eight suspects connected with the bank robbery.

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Anambra Police Command Recovers Illegal Arms

Anambra State Police Commissioner, Garba Umar, says a total of 106 illegal and prohibited arms have been recovered from people who are in possession of such arms in the state.

Disclosing this to journalists at the State Command Headquarters in Awka, he said the mop up of arms was in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police to various commands in the nation to recover illegally possessed arms in the hands of people.

The State Police Boss gave a breakdown of the recovered arms.

Garba said, ”We have recovered various arms from people who are not authorized by law to be in possession of them in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police. Here before you are 59 pump action, 46 locally made pistols with cartridges and one browning pistol. Some people voluntarily surrendered theirs while others were mopped up by our men”

He further appealed to the public to give them information as to where firearms in the hands of people could be recovered as nobody found in possession of such arms would be spared, adding that it was only double barrel guns licensed for hunting would be allowed.

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Just In: Police Recover 10 Corpses Of Villagers killed By Suspected Armed Bandits In Benue

The Benue State Police Command says it has recovered 10 corpses of villagers killed by suspected armed bandits in Tse-Audu and Enger villages in Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement on Friday in Makurdi, the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu said the corpses were victims of the Thursday attacks on the villages.

“Eight dead bodies were found in the bush around Tse-Audu and Enger villages in Gwer West local government.

“This is in addition to the two bodies that were removed from the same area on the same day,’’ he said.

The Police spokesman, however, assured residents of the communities of the safety of their lives, pointing out that a detachment of police team on counter insurgency had been deployed to the area.

He also advised members of the public to promptly report any suspicious movements to security agencies for immediate action.

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