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How Flagrant Police Misconduct Led To EndSARS Protests Nationwide – Musiliu Smith
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How Flagrant Police Misconduct Led To EndSARS Protests Nationwide – Musiliu Smith

The Chairman, Police Service Commission, IGP Musiliu Smith (rtd), on Tuesday opened up on the causes of the #EndSARS protests Nationwide saying it was occasioned by the Flagrant misconduct of officers of the Nigeria Police Force. Alhaji Smith regretted the level of misconduct in the police force and it’s recurrence nothing that the Police Service Commission has always been inundated with complaints from Nigerians. Speaking at a retreat with the IG and his police management team at Force headquarters, Alhaji said, “We are always having a lot of complaints from the members of the public against police officers. I believe that #EndSARS resulted from serious misconduct of some of our personnel. “I want to advise that we review the arrangements we are making for investigating such ...
Abia Police Arrested, Tortured My Son To Death – Woman Narrates
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Abia Police Arrested, Tortured My Son To Death – Woman Narrates

Mrs. Victoria Nwazue, mother of late Chinomso Nwazue, has accused officers of Nigeria Police Force from Central Police Station, CPS Umuahia Abia state of beating his son to death in their custody. The deceased Chinomso was until his death a fairly used clothes dealer, popularly known as okirika in the metropolis. Narrating how her son was killed before Judicial Panel of Inquiry sitting in Umuahia on Wednesday, Mrs. Nwazue said policemen numbering about 5 on October 29, 2016, invaded their home located at No 85 Okuzu Lane by Niger road Umuahia, beat her son and later took him away in the middle of the night. She expressed shock that before the next day when she and her elder son, Chukwuemeka Nwazue went to the said station the next day to make enquiry on what the offence of her...
Tola Azeez, Lady Assaulted By Policemen During COVID-19 Lockdown Awarded N5m In Damages
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Tola Azeez, Lady Assaulted By Policemen During COVID-19 Lockdown Awarded N5m In Damages

The Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, on Monday, February 1, awarded N5 million damages against the Nigeria Police Force and the Inspector General of Police over the abuse of a woman, Tola Azeez, in Osun State. A video of the officers assaulting the young lady went viral in April 2020. Tola was walking along Odo Ori Market in Iwo, to buy a drug for a relative when the officers who were enforcing the lockdown, descended on her, flogging her mercilessly with their whips. The state police command identified and arrested the erring officers, Ikuesan Taiwo, an inspector and Abass Ibrahim, a corporal. To protest the assault, a fundamental human right enforcement suit was filed by a lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, on behalf of Ms Azeez. The police counsel, F.B Osei, argued that Me...
Uncertainty As IGP Adamu Retires On Monday
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Uncertainty As IGP Adamu Retires On Monday

There is uncertainty over what happens at the Louis Edet House, headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), as Inspector-General of Police Mohammed A. Adamu is due to retire on Monday. Sources told Daily Trust that there is frenzy and heightened intrigues within the police high command and corridors of power in Abuja in the foggy race for the police top job. Adamu, a member of the ASP Cadet Course 14, is due to retire on account of service years. The IGP clocks 35 years in service on Monday, having enlisted in the Police Force on February 1, 1986. Typically, retiring IGPs have “pull out” ceremonies on their last day in office. But sources at the Police Headquarters say there are no such plans yet for the outgoing police boss. The Police Act, signed by President Muham...
Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs
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Indian Manufacturers Rename Tramadol To Evade Detection By Nigerian Customs

Manufacturers in India have rebranded the opioid Tramadol to Tafrodol to evade detection by customs officials at Nigeria's ports and borders, a report by Enactafrica has revealed. While the name change makes the drug look like Tramadol, Tafrodol contains two ingredients that should not be combined and can reportedly cause respiratory infection, coma and even instant death. The rebranding comes shortly after several shipments of Tramadol were seized at Nigeria's border posts. In August 2020, the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) intercepted 33 containers of Tramadol shipped from India worth N1.3 trillion in three different locations in Lagos. Analysis by the ENACT organ...
Court Summons IGP Adamu Over Contempt
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Court Summons IGP Adamu Over Contempt

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu to appear before it in relation to a contempt proceedings initiated against him. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, in a ruling, ordered the IGP to among others, appear before the court on February 4 this year to show cause why he should not be penalised for refusing to honour a subsisting judgment of the court. “An order of this honourable court is hereby made mandating the Inspector General of Police to appear before this honourable court on the 4th day of February 2021 at 9am to show cause why a contempt proceedings should not be taken against the Inspector General of Police for refusal to obey the judgment of this honourable court in this matter, which judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appe...
Unmarried Policewoman Sacked For Getting Pregnant
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Unmarried Policewoman Sacked For Getting Pregnant

The Nigeria Police Force has sacked an unmarried female corporal, Olajide Omolola, for getting pregnant. This is contained in a police wireless message with reference number CJ:4161/EKS/IY/Vol.2/236, DTO:181330/01/2021 which was obtained by The PUNCH. The signal originated from the Department of Finance and Administration in Ado Ekiti and was addressed to the Divisional Police Officer at Iye Ekiti where Omolola is based. In the document it was stated that Omolola completed police training on April 24, 2020 and was attached to Iye Ekiti. The chief financial officer in Ekiti was asked to relay the information of her dismissal to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System to ensure that her salary is stopped. The document read, “Section 127 of the Police Act an...
#EndSARS protesters want to join police – IGP Adamu Mohammed
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#EndSARS protesters want to join police – IGP Adamu Mohammed

The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed has said that some of the youths who participated in the #EndSARS protest want to join the Nigeria Police Force.   Speaking on a Channels Television’s programme on Monday January 25, the police chief said some of these youths want to join the force on the premise of "the service the police provide is a service of God."   Adamu said;    “The youths who participated in the #EndSARS and the rest of them, many of them want to join the police. “Many of them will come and say, ‘Please, we want to join the police,’ because the service the police provide is a service of God.”   On hospitals requesting police report before they attend to victims of gunshot wounds, the police chief told medical officers to sav...
Nigerian police did very well in 2019/2020 – IGP Adamu Mohammed
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Nigerian police did very well in 2019/2020 – IGP Adamu Mohammed

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has said that the Nigeria Police Force did very well in 2019/2020. The police chief maintained that when he came onboard, there were many issues related to banditry and kidnappings, especially along the Abuja-Kaduna road. He stated that this has been taken care of. Adamu said; "Apart from the insurgency that is being successfully dealt with in the northeast, there were issues in the northcentral in terms of farmers-herders conflicts and even kidnappings. “We restrategized, created an operation, Puff Adder. We retrained our Special Forces, we identified police officers that have been in the theatre of operations in the northeast before they went and came back. “We retrained them and sent them to the field. So we were able to...
Amid Fears Over Insecurity, Makinde Accuse Journalists Of Stoking Ethnic Tension
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Amid Fears Over Insecurity, Makinde Accuse Journalists Of Stoking Ethnic Tension

Amid rising cases of insecurity in Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde says some journalists have allowed themselves to be used as tools to stoke ethnic tensions in the state. The governor, who said this while making a statewide Broadcast on Wednesday, alleged that some stories in the media are targetted at exaggerating the security situation in the state. Whil noting that he will not hesitate to take appropriate action against any individuals who try to disrupt the peace of the state, he assured that his administration will continue to take all necessary steps to protect residents from harassment, thuggery and banditry. While acknowledging the efforts of some officers of the Nigeria Police Force, who have resumed their constitutional duties of maintaining law and order in our st...
Man Confronts Police Officer Who ‘Planted’ Marijuana In His Car
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Man Confronts Police Officer Who ‘Planted’ Marijuana In His Car

A Nigerian man Lucky Onwurah Eriwa confronts police officer who allegedly planted marijuana in his car in Enugu. According to Mr. Lucky, some men of the Nigeria Police Force who were in a Passat saloon car with the plate number Abuja RSH578TH carried out an illegal stop-and search and in the process tried to implant marijuana locally known as igboo in their car. Mr. Lucky has taken to his social media to raised an alarm about the illegal activities performed by some bad elements in the Nigeria Police Force. He also advised Nigerians to be on alert once they get stopped by men of the Nigeria Police Force. He wrote; "Some bad elements of NPF (Mopol) on illegal duty on passat salon wagon with plate no Abuja RSH578TH tried to implant Indian hemp(igbo) in our car at Oji river after a ...
Nine States, Other Commands Get New Police Commissioners
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Nine States, Other Commands Get New Police Commissioners

Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG NINE (9) STATE COMMANDS, OTHERS GET NEW CPs The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the posting/redeployment of the following Commissioners of Police to State Commands/Formations as follows: i.    Kebbi State  –  CP Adeleke Adeyinka Bode, mni ii.      SPU, FHQ, Abuja    –      CP Philip Maku iii.      Sokoto State       –        CP Ali Janga Aji iv.      Armament, FHQ, Abuja                   –        CP Ohikere S. Idris, fsi v.      CMDT Police College Ikeja     -      CP Daniel Sokari-Pedro, mni vi.      Port Authority Police (PAP), Western, Lagos       -        CP John O. Amadi, mni vii.      Oyo State    -     CP Ngozi Onadeko, fdc viii.      Enugu    State      -      Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu ...
Police Pad December 2020 Promotion List With Strange Names – Sahara Reporters
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Police Pad December 2020 Promotion List With Strange Names – Sahara Reporters

SaharaReporters obtained padded names added to the list of the recently promoted Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners of Police while the 17 excluded ACPs, who were last promoted in 2016 were sidelined for no reason. The Nigeria Police Force and the Police Service Commission promotion list has been padded with strange names who did not take the mandatory Promotion Examination nor go through any assessment using the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER), while 17 qualified senior officers were excluded. SaharaReporters obtained padded names added to the list of the recently promoted Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners of Police while the 17 excluded ACPs, who were last promoted in 2016 were sidelined for no reason. The Police Ins...
Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels
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Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has applied to withdraw the suit it filed to stop various panels probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of impunity by police officials, particularly men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020 was filed on November 9, 2020 by the NPF, through its lawyer, O. M. Atoyebi (SAN). In the notice of discontinuance filed early on Friday by a lawyer to the NPF, Festus Ibude, reads: “Take notice that the plaintiff herein intends to and doth hereby wholly withdraws its suit against all the defendants.” Listed as defendants in the case include the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the attorneys-general of the states and chairmen of the panels set u...
EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance
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EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has commended the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on brutality, human rights violations and alleged extra-judicial killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, for their commitment and dedication to duty, as he swore in Usiosefe Ereyimwan as member of the panel. Obaseki, while swearing in the panel’s new member at the Government House, Benin City, hailed the panel for carrying out its assignment with the professionalism and urgency it deserves. Obaseki said, “I want to commend the panel for the work done till date and the thoroughness with which they have pursued the assignment given.” Charging the newly inaugurated member on the duties ahead, the governor noted, “We urge you and members of the panel to do just...
Police Says Maina Will Be Extradited To Nigeria Soon
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Police Says Maina Will Be Extradited To Nigeria Soon

Following the arrest of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina in Niamey, Niger Republic, the NPF is perfecting extradition processes of the fugitive to Nigeria to enable him face trial in pending criminal proceedings against him. Abdulrashid Maina, who was declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction, was arrested last night, 30th November, 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart. He is currently in a detention facility in Niger Republic awaiting the completion of the extradition processes. The Force assures the citizens, that there shall be no hiding place for any suspect, no matter how highly placed  
Policemen Who Should Be Fighting Bandits Carry Bags Of VIP Wives – El-Rufai
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Policemen Who Should Be Fighting Bandits Carry Bags Of VIP Wives – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has lamented that a sizeable number of officers of the Nigeria Police Force who should be fighting criminal elements in the country are involved in non-police duties like carrying the bags of the wives of Very Important Personalities. El-Rufai said he is frustrated over the killings in his state, adding that the situation at hand has overwhelmed the police. He urged the National Assembly to see to the amendment of the Nigerian Constitution to give states control of the police. The governor argued that the state governments are presently responsible for the day-to-day operational cost of the police, insisting that the states have the capacity to run the police. El-Rufai spoke on Monday night while featuring on Channels Television’s Poli...
Nigeria Police Force reacts as crowd disarm drunk police officer in Abuja
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Nigeria Police Force reacts as crowd disarm drunk police officer in Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force has reacted to the viral video of its officer that was filmed while he was drunk.   The officer was seen in a drunk state at CBN junction close to police command headquarters in Abuja on Saturday, November 28th. Residents disarmed him to prevent him from shooting sporadically.   In a statement released on Sunday morning, November 29, the spokesperson of the Abuja Police Command, ASP Yusuf Mariam, says the officer has been arrested and will undergo a psychological and medical evaluation before he will be made to face a disciplinary panel. Read the statement below...   ''Following the viral video of the ‘Drunk Policeman’ at CBN Junction, the FCT Police Command has identified, arrested and taken into custody the Police Inspector show...
EndSARS: We Will Compensate Families Of Slain Policemen – Governor Makinde
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EndSARS: We Will Compensate Families Of Slain Policemen – Governor Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday November 2, announced that the Oyo state government will be compensating families of Policemen who lost their lives during the peaceful #EndSARS protests which was hijacked by hoodlums. The Oyo state Governor said this while speaking at the Oyo State Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Eleyele, Ibadan. Makinde who disclosed that N500 million fund has already been set aside to compensate victims of police brutality and injustice, commiserated with officers and men of the Police Command over the loss of their officers as well as the destruction of a number of structures and equipment. The Governor stated that government will continue to work together with the force to make Oyo State safe and secure for residents, and further urged the Police...
#EndSARS protest: We will compensate families of slain policemen – Governor Makinde
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#EndSARS protest: We will compensate families of slain policemen – Governor Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday November 2, announced that the Oyo state government will be compensating families of Policemen who lost their lives during the peaceful #EndSARS protests which was hijacked by hoodlums.   The Oyo state Governor said this while speaking at the Oyo State Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Eleyele, Ibadan.   Makinde who disclosed that N500 million fund has already been set aside to compensate victims of police brutality and injustice, commiserated with officers and men of the Police Command over the loss of their officers as well as the destruction of a number of structures and equipment.   The Governor stated that government will continue to work together with the force to make Oyo State safe and secure for residents, an...
Police Service Commission Warns Policemen To Return To Duty Posts Or Face Dismissal
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Police Service Commission Warns Policemen To Return To Duty Posts Or Face Dismissal

The Police Service Commission has frowned on the refusal of some policemen to return to their duty posts following the killing of about 22 cops during the violence that broke out in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests across the country. The PSC said Public Service Rules, which also applies to members of the Nigeria Police Force, prescribes dismissal for any officer that deserted his job, while admonishing them to put the killing of their colleagues behind them. The PSC stressed that policemen did not deserve to be killed and should in fact be protected as fellow human beings, but it however noted that the attack on them by hoodlums should not be an excuse for them to stay away from work. PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said the attacks on the police were not good for t...
Embezzled Funds: Sacked NANS President, Bamidele Akpan Under Investigation
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Embezzled Funds: Sacked NANS President, Bamidele Akpan Under Investigation

The recently impeached and embattled President of National Association of Nigeria Students-NANS, Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan, was few days ago arraigned for investigation at the Nigeria Police Force CID, FCT Command in Abuja. On commencement of investigation, at the Nigeria Police Headquarters in Abuja, Danielson who had initially wanted to deny the charges, later succumbed after evidence of transaction and documents where presented to the Police. He therefore admitted the charges of embezzling funds provided by Governments and private organizations to support struggling Nigeria students. He however confessed the peculation of 18million naira Bayelsa state support funds, meant to leverage and provide 10000 glo CUG lines to Bayelsa state Students, a 200 thousand dollars intervention...
With 28 Officers Killed, Police Admits Low Morale, IG Begins Tour Of Commands
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With 28 Officers Killed, Police Admits Low Morale, IG Begins Tour Of Commands

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, will on Friday begin visits to the police commands across the country to boost the morale of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force. The PUNCH on Thursday gathered that the morale of members of the force was low following the killing of no fewer than 28 policemen by hoodlums, who hijacked the #EndSARS protests that started in the country on October 8 and lasted for two weeks. Findings showed that the police authorities were disturbed by the high level of dejection among policemen, hence the need for the IG to encourage them and boost their morale. It was also learnt during the tour, the IG would assess the level of damage done by the hoodlums, who burnt police stations and looted government and private property. Thes...
UK Facilitated Training, Supplied Equipment To SARS – British Minister, James Duddridge
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UK Facilitated Training, Supplied Equipment To SARS – British Minister, James Duddridge

The British Government has said it trained and equipped operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force between 2016 and March 2020. UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, made this known in a letter to a member of the British Parliament, Kate Osamor. The lawmaker had earlier written the UK government over financial and training supports extended to ex-SARS officers. Osamor, who represents Edmonton, and who is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria, had stated that ex-SARS operatives were involved in no fewer than 82 cases of torture, ill-treatment and extra-judicial killings since January 2017. Responding to Osamor’s letter, Duddridge in a letter on Thursday sighted by The PUNCH, said the British Government, through i...
Governor Makinde’s N15M #EndSARS Gift Tears Oyo Youths Apart
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Governor Makinde’s N15M #EndSARS Gift Tears Oyo Youths Apart

Over the past three weeks, youths from every nook and cranny of the country had formed a formidable force like never before to demand the scrapping of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police Force. They also want an end to police brutality The fight by the Nigerian youths has been lauded and largely successful for various reasons prominent among which is unity. However, in Oyo State, the unity among the youths fronting the protest has been broken by a million Naira given them for refreshment by Governor Seyi Makinde Yesterday, some representatives of youths in the state attended a meeting with Makinde where they deliberated on issues. There were 15 groups at the meeting, with each going with N1 million each. Only last week, the opposition had accused Makind...
Akwa Ibom Man Who Masterminded Looting And Vandalism Of CICC Arrested
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Akwa Ibom Man Who Masterminded Looting And Vandalism Of CICC Arrested

The Nigeria Police Force in Cross River State, has confirmed the arrest of 80 hoodlums including the mastermind of Calabar International Conference Centre, CICC looting. According to the Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulkadir Jimoh, over 1000 items, including customised chairs, chillers, customised designer carpets have been recovered from the search and retrieve hunting so far. Jimoh who disclosed this on Monday, October 26, 2020 in Calabar, said the Command arrested one Johnson Richard Inem, the mastermind behind looting and vandalization of the CICC at the weekend. He said Inem, who is a mechanic was arrested at Esuk Otu behind Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Calabar, with various items. “We arrested the suspect based on actionable intelligence during the house to house...
Buhari Directs Wages Commission To Speed Up New Salary Scale For Policemen
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Buhari Directs Wages Commission To Speed Up New Salary Scale For Policemen

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has said directed the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission to finalise new salary structure for members of the Nigeria Police Force. Buhari made this known in a live broadcast on Thursday evening. Better welfare package for police officers is one of the five-point demands of #EndSARS protesters in the country. Addressing Nigerians on Thursday, the President said, “With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.”
#ENDSARS: Remarks By Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila (full Text)
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#ENDSARS: Remarks By Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila (full Text)

REMARKS BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, REP. FEMI GBAJABIAMILA ON THE NATIONWIDE #ENDSARS PROTESTS AND THE RESPONSE OF THE HOUSE TO THE CALLS FOR WHOLESALE REFORMS OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE (NPF). TUESDAY, 20TH OCTOBER 2020. Protocols: 1. Good morning Honourable colleagues, thank you for being here this morning. 2.​ About two weeks ago, I spoke to this honourable House about the need for urgent, substantive, and wholesale reforms of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and an overhaul of our nation’s internal security and policing framework. 3.​This honourable House debated the failures of policing that have caused our nation’s youth to take to the streets in their numbers, demanding that Government live up to our primary obligation to ensure the security and welf...
Police Recruitment: IGP Files 20 Grounds Of Appeal At Supreme Court
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Police Recruitment: IGP Files 20 Grounds Of Appeal At Supreme Court

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has filed 20 grounds of appeal at the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement that voided the recruitment of 10,000 constables by the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, last year. The IGP, the NPF and Federal Ministry of Police Affairs, through their lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, urged the apex court to set-aside a judgment the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal delivered on September 30, which invalidated the recruitment process. The appellants further prayed the Supreme Court to stay the execution of the verdict of the appellate court. A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Olabisi Ige had in the contested judgment, unanimously held that the IGP and the NPF lacked the power to recruit the constables. ...
Nigerian Embassy In France Calls Police On EndSARS Protesters
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Nigerian Embassy In France Calls Police On EndSARS Protesters

The  Nigerian Embassy in Paris, France, has called the police on young citizens demanding an end to police brutality and bad governance in Nigeria. Despite the presence of the French police, the demonstrators, who stormed the embassy at the Victor Hugo area of Paris in large numbers, insisted on seeing the ambassador of Nigeria to explain steps the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was taking to address the issues raised by protesters across Africa’s most populous country and beyond. The young Nigerians in the French capital also held prayers and a minute silence in honour of victims of extrajudicial killings by operatives of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. On Saturday, the demonstrators had marched on the popular Eiffel Tower...
EndSARS: Protest In Kano Against Insecurity In The North
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EndSARS: Protest In Kano Against Insecurity In The North

Hundreds of young men and women, Monday morning took to the streets in Kano demanding an end to the already disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. The protest walk which took off from Sarki Yaki by Court Road apparently beat the tight security arrangements put in place to discourage the demonstration in the state. The protesters moved peacefully through the Court Road, France Road, down Festing Road and rounding up at Sarki Yaki Junction. It was observed that the demonstrators were initially unaccompanied by any security agency, many of which had no clue of the take off point of the protest. However a detachment of police officers appeared on the scene of the demonstration about 30 minutes after the youths took to the street while two pick SUVs be...
Governor Ugwuanyi Visits Defunct SARS Office To Confirm Closure
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Governor Ugwuanyi Visits Defunct SARS Office To Confirm Closure

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Monday, visited the defunct office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force in Enugu to confirm that the facility has been closed in compliance with the Federal Government’s directives based on the demands of the protesting youth against SARS brutality in the country. Gov. Ugwuanyi who was accompanied by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Miletus Eze and his Information counterpart, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, was received by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman, who took him round the facilities including the empty cells. Speaking, the Commissioner of Police confirmed to the governor, who he described as “the most-friendly and security-disposed governor” that the SA...
EndSARS Protesters Launch Online Radio,Soro Soke
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EndSARS Protesters Launch Online Radio,Soro Soke

Youths calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force have launched an online radio, Soro Soke. The channel, through effective and timely communication, is expected to aid the coordination of #EndSARS protests nationwide. When our correspondent tuned in to the station around 1pm on Sunday, programmes and live reports of missing and found #EndSARS protesters were escalated on the radio, https://s4.radio.co/s99d55c85b/listen Songs calling for a reformed Nigeria were also heard on the station. Soro Soke, a Yoruba sentence which translates as ‘Speak Up,’ had last week become a mantra of the #EndSARS campaign after protesters in Lagos State urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ‘soro soke’ whilst addressing the youths. Soro Soke is also a metaphor for all Nigerians t...
Some EndSARS Protesters Displaying Mob Mentality – Keyamo
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Some EndSARS Protesters Displaying Mob Mentality – Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, says the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country is becoming a mob action. According to him, some criminal elements have mixed with genuine protesters to unleash terror on citizens and members of the Nigeria Police Force. The minister said the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was committed to improved welfare for members of the police, noting that the President increased salaries of policemen in the country two years ago. Keyamo was reacting to one of the demands of #EndSARS protesters who want better remuneration for police officers nationwide. MCI had earlier reported that after days of protests against the brutality and extrajudicial killings by operatives of the Spe...
IGP Announces SWAT To Replace Scrapped SARS
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IGP Announces SWAT To Replace Scrapped SARS

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has announced the formation of a new unit in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). The new unit of the force named, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) replaces the scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) dissolved on Sunday. This was made known in a statement by police spokesman, Frank Mba, in a Tuesday statement wherein officers of the abolished police unit were asked to report at the force headquarters for screening. “The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, NPM, mni has, today, 13th October, 2020, in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination,” Mba wrote. “Th...
Wike Backtracks, Addresses EndSARS Protesters
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Wike Backtracks, Addresses EndSARS Protesters

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says all Nigerians should support the total reform of the Nigeria Police Force. Addressing End-SARS protesters at Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike told them not to be satisfied that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force would be scrapped. "If we do not reform the Police, the same SARS officers will be deployed to other units of the Force to continue their evil acts. "It is not only to end SARS. Already, there is a pronouncement to scrap it. But every Nigerian should support the total reform of the Police. "SARS cannot and has never been our friend in Rivers state. They killed a lecturer at Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic without a cause and people kept quiet. "President Muhammadu Buhari said he w...
#EndSARS: Omoyele Sowore, Deji Adeyanju, Aisha Yesufu Lead Protest In Abuja
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#EndSARS: Omoyele Sowore, Deji Adeyanju, Aisha Yesufu Lead Protest In Abuja

Angry Nigerians protesting the continued harassment and intimidation of citizens by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has vowed not to leave the premises of Nigeria Police Force headquarters in Abuja until the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, addressed them. The protesters turned down the entreaties of Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, for them to call off the demonstration. The protest was led by human rights activists, Omoyele Sowore, Deji Adeyanju, Aisha Yesufu, Raphael Adedayo and others. Graphic footage showing SARS officers dragging two men from a hotel in Lagos and shooting one of them in the street had sparked mass fury across the country and fuelled long-held demands for reforms. https://youtu.be/M5a87y8SslA https://youtu.be/yCtU...
#ENDSARS: ‘Send SARS to Borno to terrorize Boko Haram terrorists’ – Reno Omokri
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#ENDSARS: ‘Send SARS to Borno to terrorize Boko Haram terrorists’ – Reno Omokri

Former aide to former Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan and author, Reno Omokri, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to send  operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS of the Nigeria Police Force to Borno state to help in combating terrorism rather than "harming innocent Nigerians." According to Omokri, Buhari should stop 'rehabilitating Boko Haram terrorists' but instead rehabilitate Nigerians by sending SARS to Borno State to face the deadly terrorists who have been terrorising Northern Nigerians for over a decade. According to Omokri, since "SARS operatives already know how to terrorise," they would be able to fight Boko Haram terrorists. He tweeted on Sunday afternoon October 4; “General @MBuhari, stop rehabilitating Boko Haram. Rehabilitate Nigerian...
Osinbajo Commends IGP’s Decision On SARS, Criticises Actions Of Officers
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Osinbajo Commends IGP’s Decision On SARS, Criticises Actions Of Officers

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has applauded the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu for banning the routine patrol of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Nigeria Police Force. Speaking to State House reporters at his residence in Abuja on Sunday, Professor Osinbajo described the routine attacks on young people as infuriating. While condemning the actions of some officers he called bad “eggs of the Force”, the Vice President asked the police to stick to their mandates. He also commended Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for speaking up against injustices meted out by some security operatives on young Nigerians. Osinbajo’s remarks come shortly after IGP Adamu warned FSARS and other Tactical Squads of the Force against carryi...
Atiku, Sunday Dare, Saraki, Others Call For SARS Reform
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Atiku, Sunday Dare, Saraki, Others Call For SARS Reform

Minister of Youths and Sport Development, Sunday Dare has joined voices condemning the recurring brutality of the Nigeria Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad after video of the shooting of a young man in front of a hotel in Ughelli, Delta State went viral on Saturday. The video showed how there was confusion around Wetland Hotel in Ughelli where the policemen allegedly killed the victim and escaped with his vehicle – a white Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle. Global rights group Amnesty International, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Senate President Bukola Saraki have also condemned the act and called for the reform of SARS. Mr Dare said the Federal Government would look into the reports of harassment of Nigerians by SARS. In a statement issued on Saturday by ...
Police Recruitment: IGP Appeals To Supreme Court, Seeks Stay Of Judgment Execution
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Police Recruitment: IGP Appeals To Supreme Court, Seeks Stay Of Judgment Execution

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Friday approached the Supreme Court urging it to upturn the Wednesday’s judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the recruitment of 10,000 constables carried out by him and the Nigeria Police Force in 2019. The appellants filed their notice of appeal of three grounds together with an application for stay of execution of the Court of Appeal’s judgment. The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Olabisi Ige had unanimously held that the IGP and the NPF lacked the power to recruit the constables. It held that it was the Police Service Commission that had the exclusive power to carry out the recruitment and nullified the one executed by the police. But the IGP and the NPF through their lawyer, Dr. Alex...
Recruitment: Police Service Commission Removes 925 Names From Constable List
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Recruitment: Police Service Commission Removes 925 Names From Constable List

The Police Service Commission has begun issuing letters of appointment to about 10,000 constables recruited into the Nigeria Police Force last year. The exercise, which commenced last month, is to enable the enrollment of the recruits into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System for the payment of their salaries and other entitlements by the Federal Government. The enrollment began two weeks ago and would conclude in the next few days. However, 925 persons will not get the appointment letters as their names were said to have been illegally added to the final list of successful candidates. Sources told our correspondent on Wednesday that the PSC had weeded out the names of the affected candidates who were allegedly added to the list. The commission had ini...
2020 Police Recruitment: IGP Suspends Entry Requirements For Candidates
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2020 Police Recruitment: IGP Suspends Entry Requirements For Candidates

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has suspended entry requirements for applicants who wished to join the Nigeria Police Force as constables. The IG in a signal dated August 24 directed that no candidate should be disqualified irrespective of their physical appearance, age and qualification. The force is currently recruiting 10,000 constables to address its manpower deficiency and the screening of the candidates commenced from Monday, August 24 to September 16, 2020. According to a statement last Thursday by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the applicants were expected to come with their National Identity Number; original and duplicate copies of credentials, (O’ Level results); certificate of origin and birth certificate or declaration of age neatly arranged ...
Crime

Police Parade 24 Cybercrime Suspects Including 1 Female

PRESS RELEASE POLICE PARADE 24 CYBERCRIME SUSPECTS INCLUDING ONE FEMALE · Three (3) brothers arrested for running fake Frank Mba Foundation Facebook and Bank Accounts Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested twenty-four (24) suspects comprising twenty-three (23) male and one (1) female for cybercrime and other related offences. The suspects were arrested for their involvement and indictment in cases of romance and online dating scams, generating and deployment of fake bank alerts, hacking and fraudulent wire transfers, cyber stalking and impersonation of high-profile personalities in Nigeria and across the world. Exhibits recovered from the suspects include: i. 11 Laptop Computers ii. 37 Mobile Phones iii. 11 SIM cards of different telecoms networks iv. 5 ...
Rotimi Jolayemi, The Broadcaster Who Criticised Lai Mohammed Released After 45 Days In Detention
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Rotimi Jolayemi, The Broadcaster Who Criticised Lai Mohammed Released After 45 Days In Detention

The Nigeria Police Force has released Rotimi Jolayemi, the broadcaster who insulted the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a song that went viral on social media. His wife, Dorcas, told The PUNCH that he was released on Friday evening after spending 45 days in police custody. She said, “I am very thankful to The PUNCH for putting the authorities under pressure to release my husband who was illegally detained. He was finally released this afternoon by the police. He was, however, asked to return on Monday to sign some papers.” Rights group, Amnesty International, had called on the police to release Jolayemi, who had spent more than five weeks in custody before he was finally arraigned in court on June 11, 2020 Jolayemi, who anchors a Yoruba radio pr...
#JusticeforUWA : Edo state governor reacts to the rape and murder of UNIBEN student
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#JusticeforUWA : Edo state governor reacts to the rape and murder of UNIBEN student

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reacted to the news of the rape and murder of a 100-level student of the University of Benin UNIBEN, Uwaila Omozuwa, inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God parish in the state. Reacting via his Twitter handle, the governor said the police has been mandated to identify, arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable in her death ”I have ordered the Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG ) to thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN). The @PoliceNG has been mandated to identify, arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable in her death. The Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law is in effect in our state. Using this law, we would ensure to invest...
Journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi Charged For ‘Causing Annoyance’ Towards Lai Mohammed
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Journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi Charged For ‘Causing Annoyance’ Towards Lai Mohammed

After 17 days in detention, the Nigeria Police Force has charged a journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi, aka Oba Akewi, for acting in a manner that can cause ‘annoyance’ and ‘hatred’ for the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The development comes less than five days after Mohammed through his spokesman, Segun Adeyemi, denied causing the arrest of Jolayemi who is the Vice-Chairman, Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria, Osun State chapter. In the charge sheet marked, FHC/ABJ/CB/104/2020, the police alleged that Jolayemi on April 14, 2020, shared an audio file in a Whatsapp group which subsequently went viral, The PUNCH reports. In the charge sheet signed by the Prosecuting Counsel, Prosecution Section, Joseph Offor, the police said the act was...
NPF Dismisses Policemen Who Slapped, Assaulted A Woman In Osun
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NPF Dismisses Policemen Who Slapped, Assaulted A Woman In Osun

The Nigeria police force has dismissed two of its officers captured in a viral video assaulting a woman at the Odo Ori Market in Iwo, Osun State. In the video, the two officers named Ikuesan Taiwo and Abass Ibrahim is seen flogging a lady who had tendered that she was running errands for drugs and food supplies amidst the lockdown in the state. In a statement released by the Force Public Relations Department on twitter, the two officers have been dismissed and would be arraigned for persecution for their unprofessional conduct. See tweet below
Police Reveal The Cause Of Akure Explosion (Photo, Video)
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Police Reveal The Cause Of Akure Explosion (Photo, Video)

The Nigeria Police force has claimed responsibility for the bomb blast that occurred in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Saturday morning. In a video captured by Mycelebrityandi, the police said that the explosion happened when a vehicle loaded with a consignment of explosives and was escorted by the Explosive Ordnance Department of the police (a department that is incharge of handling explosives) developed fault and caught fire.