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Bandits abduct 22 along Abuja-Kaduna expressway after IGP’s visit

The terrorists have raided houses in Jere town along Abuja-Kaduna highway, and kidnapped 22 people just barely 2 days hours the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, patrolled the axis.

The Inspector-General on Saturday patrolled the Abuja-Kaduna highway with some senior officers and men to ensure adequate security along the axis.

Usman assured that there was adequate deployment of men and assets to protect lives and property along the highway, noting that the route was safe for travellers and other road users.

However, shortly after the IG’s patrol, terrorists invaded Angwar Maji village located in Jere in the Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State and carried out house-to-house operations where no about 22 villagers were kidnapped.

It was gathered that the terrorists stormed the village sharing border with Tafa town close to Niger state, at about 11pm ON Sunday.

A source told our correspondent that the hoodlums invaded the village in large numbers, wielding sophisticated weapons such as AK47 rifles and moved from house to house to abduct villagers including women.

The source noted that terrorists clad in military uniforms ordered the villagers out of their houses at gunpoint to an unknown destination.

He said that the terrorists operated for over two hours, adding that they shot indiscriminately at anything sighted.

As of the time of filing this report, there was no official confirmation from either the state government or the state police command.

Contacted on the telephone for his reaction, the command’s spokesperson, Mohammad Jalige, promised to reach out to the Area Commander of Jere town and get back to our correspondent. He had yet to do so as of press time.


IGP debunks claims that Kaduna is inaccessible by road, air or train

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Alkali Usman, says the rumour making the rounds that Kaduna is inaccessible by road, air or train is a mere propaganda.

The IGP stated this during his operational visit to the Abuja-Kaduna road on Saturday in Kaduna. He said the visit was to check the situation along the Abuja-Kaduna road.

Usman noted that they have already made arrangements to secure the road.

“My coming out today is to check the deployment we made to ensure the road is safe and also to check the deployment we have made at the scene of the train accident where repairs are taking place.

“We have also deployed our men to assist the engineers in taking care of the situation and I want to assure the public that the propaganda going round that Kaduna is inaccessible by road, air or train is not true.

“The road is safe for motorists and we will try our best to keep it safer.”

He added that the visit was also to ensure that officers and men deployed to keep security on the road are performing their duties diligently.

The IGP explained that they would work with available resources given to commands, however, he called for improvement.

“Government is giving us the resources and in turn we are deploying them to our commands. Usman, responding to questions from journalists on the certainties that passengers would no longer patronize the train when restored, said “It is only a perception, the incident has happened and gone, that of course has informed us on measures to take in ensuring such a thing does not occur again”.

He called on the troops to be diligent and dedicated in discharging their national duties.


IGP assures safe, secure electoral process in Anambra

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has assured the nation of the commitment of the Force to securing the public space and upholding the democratic values ahead of the November 6th, 2021, Anambra State Gubernatorial Election.

In a statement on Wednesday by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, the IGP gave the assurance, during a strategic meeting held at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, with Commanders of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadrons in the country, as part of efforts to specifically contain the activities of criminal elements in the South-East and particularly guarantee a safe and secure environment for the elections.

“The IGP further stated that the leadership of the Force has commenced the reorganization, re-equipping, training and re-orientation of the PMF with the goal of strengthening its operational capacity and re-situating the unit to accomplish the task of confronting violent crimes in the country. The IGP charged the Squadron Commanders to upscale their supervisory roles to ensure their personnel demonstrate high level of professionalism, firmness, courage and respect for human rights while carrying out their duties.

“The IGP noted that the Nigeria Police Force in the coming days will be implementing a robust national security action plan to refocus the internal security dynamics of the country in addition to securing the electoral processes in the Anambra State Gubernatorial election including the protection of personnel and materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and critical national infrastructure.

“The IGP noted that the Police Mobile Force, will as usual, form a critical component of the operational plan, to deter any subversive elements that could threaten or disrupt the smooth conduct of the election.

“The IGP reiterated that the Force will continue to do all within its powers to combat all forms of criminality and violent crimes including banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and violent extremism, amongst others, across the country.”


Hushpuppi: Police IG recommends Abba Kyari’s immediate suspension

The Inspector General of Police has recommended that Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, indicted by American authorities for allegedly being in bed with a notorious fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, should be suspended.

Inspector-general of Usman Alkali Baba made the recommendation to the Police Service Commission in a July 31 letter.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations touching on him,” Nigerian police spokesman Frank Mba said on Sunday morning.

Mba said the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its internal investigations.


Ondo State Governorship Election: I-G orders restriction of vehicular movement

The Inspector-General of Police, (I-G) Maohammed Adamu has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 11.59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 in Ondo State.

The order is contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, the order is part of efforts by the Force to ensure effective coordination of public order and safety during the gubernatorial election. ​

He said the idea was to prevent political actors and trouble-makers from freely engaging in unpatriotic acts, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs, movement of political thugs and disruption of the electoral processes.

Mba said the I-G called on residents of the state to go out in their numbers to exercise their franchise.

He said adequate security arrangement had been emplaced to secure the public space for the election.

According to him, the I-G enjoins the citizens to bear any inconveniences arising from the restriction order as it is part of necessary sacrifices to nurture and sustain democracy in the country.

He warned that anybody who engages in snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and any other act capable of compromising the integrity of the electoral process would be brought to book.


#ENDSARS protest: I-G condemns attack on policemen in Delta

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the attack on policemen and destruction of operational vehicles and other assets by ”ENDSARS” protesters at Ughelli in Delta.

The I-G condemned the act in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba on Friday in Abuja.

Adamu said the incident which occurred on Thursday resulted in the unfortunate death of one policeman, Cpl. Etaga Stanley, attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli.

He said that the attack and brutal murder of the policeman by the protesters also left Sgt. Patrick Okuone with injury from gunshot by the protesters.

According to him, the protesters also carted away one service AK47 rifle with breach no 56-2609008 and 25 rounds of live ammunition with the deceased at the time of the incident.

The I-G described the incident as cruel and unwarranted, and warned that the force would no longer tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community.

He said that although protest by citizens remain legitimate means for airing concerns and views, it “must be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law’’.

The I-G condoled the family and friends of the late policeman who paid the supreme price in the service of the country.

Adamu commended the personnel of the Police Command in Delta for exercising restraint in the face of the immoral and unjustified provocation

He directed the Commissioner of Police in the state “to carry out investigation into the unfortunate incident, root-out the perpetrators and bring the killer protesters to book.’’ (NAN)


Inspector-General of Police Adamu Mohammed imposes curfew in Kaduna

The Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed has imposed a curfew in Kaduna state as part of efforts at restoring law and order in parts of Southern Kaduna affected by recent violence and other security challenges.

The IGP who commiserated with the people of Kaduna State particularly those who have lost their loved ones and property as a result of the crises, also directed the commissioner of police in the state to ensure optimal deployment of both human and material assets of the Intervention Squad currently on ground in the State to safeguard lives and property of people in the communities.

A statement released by the Nigerian Police Force read;

As part of efforts at restoring law and order in parts of Southern Kaduna affected by recent violence and other security challenges, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni has directed the Commissioner of Police (CP), Kaduna State Police Command to ensure full enforcement of the curfew imposed by the Kaduna State Government. The CP is equally to ensure optimal deployment of both human and material assets of the Intervention Squad currently on ground in the State to safeguard lives and property of people in the communities.

The CP is to personally coordinate the operations of the Intervention Squad in carrying out collective and holistic tasks of ensuring peace and safety in the communities. The Squad comprises: the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Special Forces, Detectives/Intelligence Operatives as well as personnel of the Kaduna State Police Command, the Military and other security agencies.

The IGP commiserates with the people of Kaduna State, particularly those who have lost their loved ones and property as a result of the crises. He assures that the Force will do everything within its powers and means to ensure that peace is restored in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, the IGP enjoins the people of Kaduna State to cooperate with the Police, the Military and other law enforcement agencies as they carry out the full enforcement of the curfew amongst other measures directed at ensuring their safety. He however warns troublemakers in the State to desist forthwith from acts of violence and lawlessness.


EFCC: Re-direct your bail request to Presidential Panel– Inspector-General of Police to Magu

Direct your bail application to presidential panel- IGP tells suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

Direct your bail application to presidential panel- IGP tells suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has asked suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, to direct his bail application to the Presidential Panel investigating the allegations of corruption against him and not the police.

Last week Magu had written a letter through his counsel, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, to the IGP asking for bail on self-recognizance. Magu has been detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) since Monday, July 6 when he first appeared before the presidential panel probing him over the allegations of corruption leveled against him by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Responding to his letter, the police chief said Magu is not being detained by the police but by the Presidential Panel investigating the activities of the EFCC. The letter written by his Principal Staff Officer, DCP Idowu Owohunwa, dated 14th July, 2020 reads

“Your letter OOC/TOL/89A/07/2020 of July 2020 on the above underlines subject, refers.

“The Inspector General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating CP Ibrahim Magu (your client), and he is accordingly, not being detained by the Police but by the Presidential Panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“The Inspector General of Police therefore advises that you consider redirecting your request to the Chairman of the Presidential Panel for appropriate attention.

“I am to convey the assurances of the warmest regards of the Inspector General of Police, please.”


IGP orders probe of policemen who arrested D’Banj’s rape accuser, Seyitan Babatayo

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the probe of the policemen who allegedly arrested D’banj’s rape accuser, Seyitan Babatayo.

The IGP gave the order in a letter signed on his behalf by his Principal Staff Officer, DCP Idowu Owohunwa and addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Garki.

The IGP’s letter was sequel to a petition written by Seyitan’s lawyer, Ojoge, Omileye and Partners.

In the IGP’s letter titled “Re: Petition Against Inspector Abraham, Supol Ugowe and the Entire Police Officers Team at Ikeja, Lagos Division of the Inspector General of Police”, the IGP asked that the petition from Seyitan Babatayo’s lawyer be addressed.

The petition from Babatayo’s legal representative – Ojoge, Omileye and Partners – allege that policemen attached to the Intelligence Response Team arrested Seyitan on the directive of D’Banj and detained her for over 24 hours.

It was also alleged that they denied her access to her phone and her lawyers and she was subjected to intimidation and psychological torture by the policemen.

The petition read in part, “On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, our client was picked up alongside a friend, Favour, at her residence in Lagos by the officers of the Ikeja IGP IRT. The arrest was without any warrant and neither our client nor her friend, Favour, was informed of the reasons for their arrest.

“According to our client, she was told to write a statement denying ever meeting with Mr. Oyebanjo (D’Banj) and to also state that she lied against the person of Mr. Oyebanjo. In actual fact, our client was about to write the statement which she believed would be a basis for her release when the counsel came in and stopped her from writing such a statement.

“The counsel further informed the policemen that all actions to the alleged rape of our client in December 2018 by Mr. Oyebanjo have been transferred to the DIG FCID for a thorough investigation and that they need to stay the action.”

The petition adds that the counsel told the policemen to release his client and he would bring her back to the station when she’s needed but the policemen said Seyitan had not yet spent 24 hours in custody.

The counsel returned the following day and alleged that D’Banj’s Manager, Damien Okoroafor, was present at the police office.

He said that the process of bailing Seyitan had started before D’banj’s manager, Okoroafor’s began ordering officers around. Because of this, the officers refused to release Seyitan and threatened to approach a magistrate court to obtain a remand order to detain Seyitan for two weeks.

He said Seyitan was forced to delete all social media posts she had made about D’Banj and was also forced to make a public statement absolving D’Banj of rape which she did to gain her freedom.


Osinbajo holds meeting with South-West govs, IGP agrees over Amotekun

The Federal Government and South-West governors have reached an agreement on Operation Amotekun.

Laolu Akande, the Special Adviser to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, made this known via his verified Twitter handle this evening. According to Akande, the Vice President had a meeting with the South West governors alongside the Inspector General of Police Adamu Mohammed and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in the presidential villa earlier today and it was agreed that Amotekun should go on.

“News Flash: FG, Southwest Governors agree on Amotekun. VP Osinbajo after presiding over National Economic Council, also met with Southwest Governors to sort out the Amotekun issues. The President who is away asked the VP to host the meeting. The AGF & IGP were also in attendance & everyone at the meeting agreed Amotekun should go on.” he tweeted.

His tweet comes hours after the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, released a statement insisting that the security outfit created by South West governors, is illegal and not backed by the constitution.


IGP hosts ECOWAS police chiefs to tackle transnational crimes


As part of ongoing efforts at galvanizing multinational efforts towards finding a lasting solution to transnational crimes, especially terrorism, violent extremism, kidnapping, illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, maritime security, herders and farmers’ conflict amongst others, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu NPM, mni, will be hosting West African Police and Security Chiefs between 14th – 16th May 2019, under the auspices of WAPCCO in Abuja.

The event, which will have in attendance the INTERPOL Secretary General, representatives of African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL), members of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa and representatives from Committee of Chiefs of Police from Central Africa among other key Security Stakeholders will present very importantly, an opportunity for all Security Chiefs across West Africa to re- commit themselves to collaborate more effectively towards tackling trans-border crimes and other regional security threats in an increasingly globalized world.

The West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) is a structure under ECOWAS designed to bring together Heads of Police of ECOWAS Member States to exchange and share intelligence and collaborate with one another in the fight against criminality and Security threats in West Africa.

WAPCCO’s areas of interest include the tackling of illicit trade on drugs, enforcement of immigration laws, policing of marine space, customs activities, and financial intelligence amongst others.



Election: What IGP discussed with envoys of US, UK, France, Germany

The acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr. Mohammed Adamu has said that personnel of the force would conduct themselves professionally before, during and after the general elections.

NAN reports that Adamu gave the assurance when the British High Commissioner, the EU representative in Nigeria, Heads of Mission of US, France and Germany paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday in Abuja.

“I have said it before; we will remain professional in our conduct before, during and after the elections.

“We will provide a level playing field for all the candidates in the process. We have made adequate provisions to provide security at polling booths and collation centres.

“We will seek advice from you so that we can improve in our operations,” he said.

Adamu said that the EU and the US had contributed much to the development of policing in Nigeria by providing high quality training and support.

In her remarks, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing said that her county was supporting the police in a wide range of areas.

Laing said other areas included public accountability, service delivery and coordination ahead of the general elections.

She said that Britain was also supporting the police in the training of Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) across the six geopolitical zones.

The envoy said that the country was also supporting in the coordination of security with the Independent National Electoral Commission.

On his part, the U.S. Deputy Head of Mission, David Young said that the US has projects such as the Transition Police Units (TPU) in the country.

He said that other supporting initiatives included provision of jackets and helmets for policemen deployed to the North East of Nigeria and advisers working with the police.

“Again, we value very much our cooperation and engagement and look forward to deepen them and broaden you to face the security challenges facing your country,” he said.


Details of Nigeria’s new Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu

Below is the official curriculum vitae of Nigeria’s new Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu.


Nigeria Police Force Headquarters

Louis Edet House

Shehu Shagari Way

Abuja, FCT


To elevate the professionalism and capacity of the Nigeria Police Force, and transform it into a disciplined, ruthlessly efficient and democratically accountable law enforcement agency that ensures the safety & security of our country; a Force that habitually operates within the rule of law, and is respected and admired by its peers and the people it serves; and a Force where my wide & varied professional experiences & intellectual outlook as well as sound managerial talents could be fully utilised to deliver effective leadership and outstanding results.


Date of Birth: 17th Sept 1961 Nationality: Nigerian Place of Birth: Lafia

State of Origin: Nasarawa Sex: Male Marital Status: Married

PRESENT RANK & POSTING (Before January 15, 2019)

Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG)

Directing Staff, National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos.


2016 — 2017 Assistant Inspector-General of Police Benin City, Edo State


IBB’s media adviser declared wanted over “vote out Buhari” comment

Kazeem Afegbua, the media spokesperson to the former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, has been declared wanted by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Magu.

The IGP had on Sunday ordered Afegbua to surrender himself to the Force Headquarters within 24 hours.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, on Monday, “The IGP has ordered the arrest of Kashim Afegbua for making false statements, defamation of character and for an act capable of instigating public disturbance throughout the country.

“He is therefore declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force and should report at the nearest police station anywhere he is in the country.”

There had been confusion on Sunday over two statements purportedly written by the former military dictator, which bordered on the 2019 elections, herdsmen/farmers’ crisis and other issues plaguing the nation.

In an earlier statement titled, ‘Towards a National Rebirth,’ and signed by Afegbua, Babangida advised Nigerians to do away with analogue leaders and embrace those of the digital age.

In the statement, Babangida was quoted as saying that while Buhari reserved the right to seek re-election in 2019, the time had come for Nigerians to unite behind a younger candidate.

The statement read in part, “In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29, 2019, and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country.

“While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former President, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running.

“While saying this also, I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but there comes a time in the life of a nation, when personal ambition should not override national interest.”

According to the statement, Babangida said the All Progressives Congress had failed to honour its many campaign promises.

The former dictator had said he was tempted to ask the ruling party to present Nigerians with the evidence of “change.”

The statement added, “When the ruling party campaigned with the change mantra, I had thought they would device new methods, provoke new initiatives and proffer new ways to addressing some of our developmental problems.

“By now, in line with her manifesto, one would have thought that the APC would give a fillip to the idea of devolution of powers and tinker with processes that would strengthen and reform the various sectors of the economy.

“Like I did state in my previous statement late last year, devolution of powers or restructuring is an idea whose time has come if we must be honest with ourselves. We need to critically address the issue and take informed positions based on the expectations of the people on how to make the union work better.

“Political parties should not exploit this as a decoy to woo voters because election time is here. We need to begin the process of restructuring both in the letter and spirit of it.”


Elombah: UK Solicitors petition Prime Minister and foreign affairs minister over police brutality against a British citizen

UK based solicitors have have petitioned the British MP, Lyn Brown, the PM, Theresa May and the Foreign affairs Minister Boris Johnson over the arrest and continued harrasment of Mr Daniel Elombah, by the Nigerian Police.

This comes as the international Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, warned Nigerian authorities to immediately release Timothy Elombah, editor of the news website Elombah.

Uk based Solicitors Uche Enekwa, Maurine Oji and VLS Solicitors told British authorities that Security forces arrested the lawyer and journalist at his home in Nnewi, a city in Anambra state, on January 1, 2018.

Timothy Elombah’s brother, Daniel, and their lawyer Obunike Ohaegbu told CPJ that police raided the family home in the early hours, and arrested the journalist, Daniel, and four other men. Police questioned the group separately for several hours and then released everyone except for Timothy Elombah, according to his brother.

Daniel Elombah added that police told them the inspector general ordered their arrest because of what he called a defamatory article published on a news website called Opinion Nigeria.

The December 22 article was critical of Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, according to the Premium Times.

Elombah covers Boko Haram and has reported critically on President Buhari’s son.

Daniel Elombah, who is the website’s chief executive, denied that Elombah had anything to do with the article that police said was the basis for their arrest. He added that police have charged him and Timothy Elombah with cybercrime.

Daniel Elombah, a lawyer based in London, said that police have banned him from travel, which means that he and his family cannot return to their home in the U.K.

Jeff Okoroafor, the founder and publisher of Opinion Nigeria told CPJ that police requested the article be removed, but that he refused. He said no further action was taken. Ebiowei Dickson, who wrote the article, did not immediately respond to CPJ’s email.

“Nigerian authorities should immediately release Timothy Elombah, drop legal proceedings, and allow his brother Daniel to return home,” said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney, in New York. “Police have no business raiding a journalist’s home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press. It’s not even clear that the man they have detained had anything to do with the article they deem defamatory.”

The petition by Uche Enekwa titled- Re: Illegal and Unlawful detention of Mr Daniel Elombah ( a British Citizen) by the Inspector General of Police in Nigeria – reads in part:

My name is Uche Enekwa, a solicitor of Sabeers Stone Greene LLP.

I received a rather distressing whatsapp message from a friend / client Mr Daniel Elombah who is a British Citizen on a visit to Nigeria.

Mr Elombah went to Nigeria with his family over the Christmas period and was scheduled to return to London on or about 2nd January 2018 to enable his children resume school on on or about 3rd January.

Unknown to Mr Elombah, the Nigerian authorities had a different agenda as heavily armed men broke into and entered his family home on or about 5am January 1st 2018 with orders to arrest him and other members of his family for an undisclosed offence.

It later transpired that no offence known to Nigerian Law as currently constituted had been committed by him or any other member of his family but that the the Inspector General of Nigerian police personally ordered their arrest and detention because somebody published a less than flattering assessment of his performance as a police officer in an online media that had no connection either with Mr Elombah or any member of his family.

It is important that the British Government intervenes in this matter to establish why a British Citizen should be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment on account of an offence he did not commit and for an offence which does not exist under the Nigerian law.

The present Nigerian government has degenerated into a dictatorship with rampant arrests and summary executions by Nigerian soldiers and police at the behest of members of Mr Buhari’s government.

As you are aware, another British Citizen, Mr Nnamdi Kanu was brutally attacked by Nigerian soldiers in his home on or about September 14th 2017 and is strongly suspected that the Nigerian army acting under the instructions of president Buhari, summarily executed him together with his parents and other family members.It is alleged that Mr Kanu and his relatives were buried in mass graves at an unknown destinations.

We are rather surprised to say the least at the continued silence of the British Government in the face of the worst abuses of the rights of its citizens abroad by supposed friendly governments.

One is left to wonder whether the silence is due to the fact that British citizens of Nigerian origin are less British than other British citizens.

I hope that is not the case but will appreciate our government’s intervention in this matter to save Mr Elombah from the Nnamdi Kanu fate as the Nigerian government has a penchant for manufacturing false allegations and procuring false evidence to prove same before their courts.


I-G bars SARS from conducting stop and search operations

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has barred the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when necessary.

Some group of Nigerians recently in the social media, called for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the #EndSARS.

Following the allegation, the Inspector- General of Police , Mr Ibrahim Idris, promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.

Idris also warned members of the group against acting as body-guards, delving into land matters and debt collection that were considered civil.

He further warned that members of the unit must only embark on operations with the permission of the commissioner of police in charge of SARS in the police commands.

“You must operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification.

“I just want to warn you all here that any officer caught engaging in these activities will be dealt with accordingly.

“The Nigeria Police force under my leadership shall operate strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined in the United Nations charter on human rights,”he said.

He mandated the Inspector-General of police’s monitoring units and the X-squad and other over sights unit of the force to monitor the activities of the SARS.

The police boss noted that the establishment of the unit was due to activities of the men of the underworld.

He said that as part of measures to check the unit, they would be solely mandated to confront only armed robbery cases and violent crimes in the country,

Idris also said that men deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their suitability or otherwise.


PDP Leadership Crises: Sheriff should be allowed into Secretariat – Supporters tell IGP

A civil Society Group, Guardian of Democracy, on Monday gave the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, 90 minutes to release the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party or face the consequences.

Convener of the group, Solomon Adodo, made the demand while addressing reporters at the National Secretariat of the party.

According to Solomon, it was gathered that Sheriff reported at the IGP’s office at the Lius Edet house after he was denied access to the party’s secretariat early Monday morning.

Solomon said, “We are giving the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase 90 minutes to release the true and authentic Chairman of the PDP.

“We gathered that he reported to IG’s office at the Louis Edet house after security operatives refused him entrance into the party’s secratriat.”

He said the organisation was demanding that the right thing be done which is to allow Sheriff access to the Secretariat as he is the “the only true, legitimate, and singular Chairman of the party.”

“Guardian for Democracy is non partisan and as such we are here to ensure that democracy is not stampeded or truncated.”

Noting that without credible opposition, the ruling party will go to sleep, Solomon said Sheriff should be given his mandate and the gates of the secretariat be opened to allow the embattled leader access to his office.