Acting IG talks tough on review of strategies to contain increasing threats
*** Disbands satellite offices of IGP Monitoring Unit
The acting Inspector General of Police (AG IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has vowed to bring about some strategic actions that will help to restore order and public confidence after assessing the current security.Baba also directed the immediate reform of the IGP monitoring Unit which included the disbandment of the satellite offices in Lagos and Portharcourt.He spoke yesterday at the inaugural conference with strategic commanders of the Nigeria Police Force held at the peace Keeping Hall, Force Headquarters, AbujaAccording to him, the policing framework being envisioned under his leadership is one that will address the fundamental issues that impact on optimal professional service delivery, break away from the traditional policing approaches.Explaining further he said it will also lift the Force into modernity, restore citizens trust, and re-position the Force to address the fear of crime as well as tackle prevalent threats in the most civil but effective manner in fulfilment of the expectations of the Federal Government and the citizens.
“The recent pattern and trend of crime which clearly indicates an increasing threat to internal security by terror elements, bandits, kidnappers, armed robbery syndicates and arms traffickers constitute major challenges to our nation and to the Nigeria Police. “This trend is being compounded by a growing separatist agenda which has assumed anarmed dimension in Which personnel and assets of the Nigeria Police Force, Military and other security agencies are being constantly targeted in clearly well-coordinated,premeditated violent attacks in the South East Geopolitical Zone. “As the lead agency in internal seeurity, the task of rolling back this unacceptable security tide rests primarily With us. “Hence, there is no better time for us to re-order our policing vision, re-evaluate our strategies, close the trust gap between us and the citizens and re-position the Police institution all with a view to re-energising our crime fighting orientation than new.”He said the conference is meant to critically engage all the issues. Baba indicated that his Policing Mission shall be ‘To restore police primacy and bequeat to the nation a modernised, citizen-led, rule of law-guided, and professional Police Force that Nigerians can truly trust and depend on to achieve the Policing Mandate enshrined in Sections 4 and 5 of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020’.”Similarly, our Policing Vision is to restore Police primacy in the internal security architecture of the country by engaging cutting-edge policing Technology and integrate intelligence-led policing practices functions.This he said is with a view to strengthening the capacity of the force to stabilise the internal security order and restore public confidence in the Force.The IGP also promised to give full effect to the concept of community policing and deliver quality police service that will be guided by the principles of public accountability and conformity to rule of Law.He said henceforth the police will take the lead in strengthening inter-agency collaboration and embrace the social content of policing in which police officers see themselves as compassionate servants and helpers of the citizens and offer community services, support to citizens in distress as well as the vulnerable groups. Towards achieving these visions, he said there is a well-thought out Strategic Plan that will result into a comprehensive Force reorganisation, emphasise tailor-made training programmes and sharpen their operational capacity in dealing with prevalent crimes that are currently threatening our internal security and national unity will soon.be unveiled. In addition, we will develop and entrench Operational Protocols to standardize and regulate our operations in line with best global practices. “Such Protocols will be utilised to review the professional conduct of officers and engaged to hold them accountable in the event of complaint by the citizens. “In furtherance to our Force reorganisation plans as well as our commitment to return to the basics in policing, I have directed the immediate reform of the 1GP Monitoring Unit. “This involves the disbandment of the satellite offices of the Unit in Lagos and Port Harcourt, the streamlining of the personnel profile of the Unit at the Force Headquarters to not more than fifty (50) operatives.He also banned the Unit from undertaking criminal investigations including taking over cases from State Commands. “Under the current dispensation, the Unit will only operate within their original mandate which 1s to investigate complaints of professional infractions that may be “alleged against any serving officer and as may be referred to them by my Office. “Similar repositioning initiatives are being worked out in relation to other ad hoc investigative Units in the Force. “This is with a view to restoring professionalism, address citizens’ concerns on rights abuses resulting from the existence and operations of these ad hoc police investigation Units and to discourage duplication of police functions in a manner that encourages indiscipline and abuse of police process.”
Senator Seriake Dickson condemns, calls for cessation of all forms of attacks on the Police
The Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Henry Seriake Dickson, has called for cessation of all forms of attacks on the police as he condemned the series of attacks on police formations in the country.
The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State spoke when he paid a solidarity visit on the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
The senator unequivocally condemned the attacks and called for a cessation of all such criminal acts.
Dickson said he was at the Force Headquarters to solidarize with the IGP and the entire police family on the account of the dastardly and criminal acts of terrorism, unprovoked and coordinated attacks on Police.
He also condemned the murder of innocent police officers and malicious damage of security assets and other Government infrastructure in some parts of the country.
He said the Police is not the problem of the nation and should not be seen as the enemy of the people.
The Senator, while congratulating the IGP on his appointment as the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, called for proper funding of the Force to enhance its operational efficiency.
He commended Police men and women for doing their best in the face of daunting welfare and operational challenges.
The IGP, in his response, thanked the Senator for his visit as he assured him and the Nigerian people that in spite of the numerous challenges the Nigeria Police is facing, it would remain committed and unwavering in its task of protecting lives and property.
NDLEA arrests Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East (LCDA) with 1kg of cocain
Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, (LCDA) Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, has been apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) with 1kg of cocain concealed in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.
He was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos
Asekun, has been on the wanted list of the agency following the recent arrest of some traffickers and drug seizures linked to him.
Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Wednesday, that the long arm of the law caught up with the ex-council boss at about 9.40pm on Friday, May 7, while trying to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom at the Lagos airport.
Babafemi added that the suspect had been on the wanted list of the MMIA Command of the agency in connection to a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine in December, 2020.
“During preliminary investigation, it was gathered that the London based baron is a seasoned politician. He was at different times between 2004 and 2014 the vice chairman of Lagos Island East LCDA. He had also contested and lost elections for House of Representatives in 2007 and Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.
Although, he claims to be an international businessman who deals in automobiles, investigation is yet to confirm that to be the source of his acquired wealth.
“In the course of tracking him, the sum of N131million was seized from his account and another N14 million also blocked in the account of one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the total sum so far recovered from him to N145 million”, part of the statement read.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA Command of the agency for resilience and dedication to duty, Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said with the support of all stakeholders, the problem of drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria will be drastically reduced very soon.
“This arrest is yet another message and red alert to those still in this criminal trade whether as barons or traffickers that they will soon enter the dragnet of the Agency, daily being spread across the country, if they fail to back out especially now that we are moving all out for the barons and the big cartels while we continue to reign in the traffickers”, Gen. Marwa warned
Insecurity will soon fizzle out, says IGP
The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has admitted that the nation’s security ecosystem is being challenged, but restated his belief that the nation will soon overcome its security challenges.
He reassured the citizens that the Force under his new policing vision is already implementing new, improved, tailored-to-suit and robust security solutions aimed at tackling crimes and neutralizing both existing and emerging security threats in the country.
He spoke as he ordered a nationwide deployment of police officers and other operational assets of the Force for water-tight security ahead of the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr celebration and beyond.
His order was contained in a directive to Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and other strategic commanders of the Force as part of efforts by the Police leadership toward stabilizing security, improving public safety and making the country a safer place for all citizens.
The IGP, further noted that the Force is equally upscaling its collaboration with the military and other law enforcement agencies in both intelligence sharing and other target-oriented missions and operations. He enjoined citizens to support the Police to stage a common front in tackling the challenges.
In addition, the IGP reminded the citizens of the newly introduced Phase-4 National Response on COVID-19 Health Protection Regulation and called for voluntary compliance with the protocols. He equally directed Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure full enforcement of the Protocols. He however warned that Police officers deployed for such enforcement must do so with utmost professionalism, while exhibiting compassion, decorum and due respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the entire officers of the Nigeria Police Force, congratulated all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the Muslim Ummah across the globe to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He urged them to internalize the virtues and teachings of Ramadan in their day-to-day endeavours and admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of obedience to the laws of the land and the pursuit of common good.
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