As part of efforts to checkmate activities of criminal elements in the coubtry the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba yesterday suspended the issuance of SPY number plates and tintted windshueld permits due to abuses associated with their use as well as for insecurity.
Speaking at the second Conference with strategic commanders of the Nigerian Police Force he said several individuals have of late turn the use of SPY Number plates and tinted windshield into a status symbol and have fraudulently obtained such.
There have also been reports that some criminal elements are also utilising them as cover for their nefarious activities.
For the avoidance of doubts, SPY number plates are for official use of some categories of corporate bodies, while tainted glasses permits are issued under some statutory regulations.
He said the existing authorisations are being reviewed and a Protocol to regulate the issuance of such permits will be evolved.
“In due course an enforcement mechanism that will enforce the standardised process of issuance of SPY plate numbers and tainted glasses will be implemented across the country.
“The Nigeria Police will work closely with the leadership of the Federal Road Safety Commission in this regard.”
He also frowned at an emerging trend in which some motorists cover their number plates across the country the practice of which he said inhibits law enforcement operations which is intolerable.
He charged the Commissioners of Police as part of their operations, to arrest any motorist involved in the act.
“In line with my speech during the launch of ‘Operation Restore Peace’, all Commissioners of Police across the country are to review and strengthen Security around all Command Headquarters and other Police Stations in their jurisdictions with a view to deterring or repelling any attempt to attack such facilities. “Nigeria Police assets are critical national security assets which must be defended against insurrectionists and arsonists as provided for in Section 33, sub section 2 (a-c) of the Nigerian Constitution.
Baba also reprimanded Commissioners of Police who are still allowing the mounting of road blocks in their jurisdictions.
“For the avoidance of doubts, road blocks under any description or guise remain banned across the country and any officer found to be contravening this order will be held liable and dealt with firmly.
“The society has evolved. As law enforcement operatives, we must align our policing strategies to this societal dynamics, particularly, at this time that our policing functions are being built in the community policing model in which the citizens’ interests are prioritised.
“Road blocks as a policing model is becoming obsolete and unacceptable. Hence, we are working towards enhancing our intelligence-led and technology-driven policing capability as well as strengthening the Safer Highway Motorised Patrol Scheme as an alternative to road blocks.
“Therefore, you are tasked to ensure that deployments within your commands are reviewed and your operations aligned to this new policing approach which discourages the disposition to limiting the liberty of citizens through road blocks which are known to be avenues for corrupt tendencies and other vices that widen the trust gap between the citizens and the Police.
“The X-Squad and Monitoring Unit have been mandated to commence a special operation across the country to enforce this directive.”
The IGP also berated the Commissioners for still allowing their officers to unnecessarily and indiscriminately impound vehicles at Police Stations.
“Police facilities are not junk yards and must not be turned to one. Indeed, such acts create vulnerabilities which often engender attacks on our facilities.
“Accordingly, I task you to return to your commands and undertake a major operation to clear all such indiscriminately impounded vehicles off your stations.
“The compliance to this directive shall be confirmed in the course of my on-going tours to your commands and any Departmental Head, Zonal Commander, Commissioner of Police or Unit Head that is found wanting will be dealt with.”
On the democracy day celebration on June 12 he said they are currently reviewing the security situation with a view to ensuring a hitch-free exercise.
“I must, however, remind you all of the need to remain civil with law abiding citizen, but firm with any person or group that may wish to take advantage of the event to threaten our internal security order.”
Armed bandits abduct retired Naval Officer’s wife in Kuchiyi area near Kubwa in Abuja
Armed bandits have kidnapped a retired Naval officer’s wife in Kuchiyi area near Kubwa in Abuja on Sunday Night.
An eye witness told our reporter that a group of heavily armed bandits invaded the area last night shooting sporadically and instilling fears in the residents.
The retired naval officer it was gathered had just retired from service and recently set up a poultry farm in the area where he is also resident.
Speaking on the development, an Abuja resident Mr. Kings Agbor called on the police authorities to establish a major presence in the area to stop the incessant attack on the area.
Kuchibuyi community is a stone throw away from the headquarters of champion faith church, Kubwa Abuja.
NDLEA apprehends law enforcement officer for dealing in Cocaine
. *** uncovers heroin in Pakistan-returnee’s anus at Lagos airport
Nemesis has caught up with a serving officer of a law enforcement agency, Popoola Abayomi as he has been arrested by operatives of the Natiknal Drug Law Enforcemwnt Agency (NDLEA) for selling assorted illicit drugs to students of a federal university and cultists in Ogun state.
Director of Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi in a statement said the drug dealer who serves in the Lagos state Command of a security agency was arrested on Wednesday 15th June, 2021 after days of surveillance on his wife’s shop used as his sales point in Camp area of Abeokuta.
Babafemi explained that one of his salesmen, a motorcycle rider known as Ogah was trailed to the location at about 8pm and arrested with six pinches of Colorado weighing 1.17grams.
He said Popoola who has been on the Agency’s watch list was also nabbed with different illicit drugs including codeine -17 bottles; cannabis -22.26grams; tramadol 230 -98grams; 61 tablets of flunitrazepam -23.72grams; 113 tablets of molly -48.16grams and sex drops -43.92grams.
He explained further that having arrested the two suspects, some student union officials of the institution blocked the NDLEA team with their official vehicle.
“The narcotic agents however restrained themselves and after hours of standoff succeeded in moving the suspects to custody.
“In the same vein, one Adelodun Kamaldeen has been arrested by operatives of the Oyo state Command of the Agency at General Area, Ilorin, Kwara State following the interception of a parcel containing cocaine and heroin that weighed 10.5grams and 4.8grams respectively on 13th June.
The statement indicated that, the following day, two ladies; Mary Peter, 40, and Mercy Oladele, 39, were arrested at Total Garden, Ibadan when NDLEA operatives acting on a tip-off, intercepted their commercial micra car.
“The two women were arrested with seven bags of cannabis weighing 77.23kg brought in from Ogbese, Ondo State, to supply a man they simply identified as Alhaji. According to them, they had earlier supplied the same Alhaji two bags before coming with the seven bags they were caught with.
“On Friday 18th June, operatives of the Oyo state Command acting on intelligence also raided the residence of one Alhaji Faruq at Elebu area, Akala expressway, Oluyole LGA, Ibadan, where they recovered 43 ampoules of methylphenidate.
In another development in Kaduna state, Babafemi indicated that a drug trafficker, Segun Abraham was arrested at Panteka area of the state on 17th June with 211.500kg of skunk heading to Kano state.
Meanwhile, he said a Nigerian returning from Pakistan, Ezenyeche Kingsley Ebuka has been arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airpirt, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos with five pellets of heroin weighing 250grams discovered in his anus.
He said the suspect had arrived the ‘D’ arrival hall of the airport on 14th June on Turkish airline flight from Pakistan with the illicit drug inserted in his anus.
Babafemi said the suspect failed to beat the eagle eyes of narcotic officers during inward clearance of passengers on the flight.
While commending the Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna and the MMIA Commands of the Agency for sustaining the offensive action against illicit drug trafficking and the cartels running it, Gen. Marwa warned that the NDLEA will not spare any law enforcement agent hiding under the privilege of his uniform to engage in narcotic criminal business.
“Those who think they can sabotage ongoing efforts to rid Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse hiding behind the façade of their uniforms should better think twice because they’ll have NDLEA to contend with. We’ll not only arrest and expose them but we’ll equally prosecute them and seize all assets acquired through the proceeds of their criminal act”, he warned.
FCT police nabs killer of unidentified woman, foils robbery attempt
The FCT Police Command has arrested one suspect for culpable homicide along Kasuwa-Dere, Gwagwalada axis.
The polce public relations officer of the command ASP Yusuf Mariam, in a statement issued in Abuja on Suday said the s 20year old sspect, ne Danladi Abubakar was arrested by Police detectives from Gwagwalada Division over the gruesome murder of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman following a tipoff.
She explained that the suspect who was identified by another victim confessed to being a member of a notorious phone snatching syndicate operating along Gwagwalada axis. Exhibits recovered included a sharp knife used for stabbing the deceased and a techno phone belonging to the late woman.
In a related development, Police Operatives from Kubwa Division foiled an armed robbery attempt at a Hotel along Kubwa axis.
“The Operatives who were on routine patrol engaged the robbers in a fierce gun duel, however, one of the suspects who sustained serious gunshot injuries, was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Exhibits recovered from the deceased suspect the statement said, included one berratta pistol, three rounds ammunition, a silver Mazda space wagon and plate numbers.
She said efforts ae in top gear to arrest the fleeing suspects.
According to her all the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation.
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