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Police Dismiss 4 SARS Operatives Over N7Million Extortion

Police Dismiss 4 SARS Operatives
Police Dismiss 4 SARS Operatives
Police Dismiss 4 SARS Operatives

Police Dismiss 4 SARS Operatives Over N7Million Extortion

The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of zone 2 command, Adamu Ibrahim, has upheld the recommendation of the police disciplinary body that requested for the dismissal of four policemen attached to Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos over alleged extortion to the tune of N7 million among other crimes.

The dismissed officers are Sgt. Adeoye Adekunle; Sgt. Adekitan Adebowale; Sgt. Agbi Lucky and Sgt. Odighe Hehosa.

CSP Dolapo Badmus, the Zone’s spokesperson, who confirmed the dismissal on Sunday in Lagos, said that the four policemen were dismissed and subsequently charged to court for armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, intimidation and threatening violence.

Badmus said that the panel recommended them for dismissal based on the report of the investigation carried out on a petition against them.

She said that a petition was written against them by Mr Chukwudi Godwin Odionye, popularly referred to as ‘Bishop’ on May 2, 2018.

Her words: “The petitioner stated that on June 4, 2017, he was in his house around Alagbado area of the state when four armed men stormed his house to effect his arrest on the allegation of performing ‘FAKE’ miracles.

“He stated that after his arrest, he was taken to one hotel at Agege where he was detained and threatened to be killed if he fails to cooperate.

“He explained further that the following day, June 5, 2017, he was taken to the bank where he was made to transfer N7 million to the account of one of the operatives.

“On receipt of the petition, the AIG ordered investigation into the case.

“On the strength of investigation, it was revealed that no proper police procedure for investigation was followed in Mr Chukwudi’s arrest.

“The four SARS operatives actually abducted the man from his house and unlawfully detained him in the hotel under the guard of the suspects for personal gain.”

She reiterated the AIG’s directive that the force would not tolerate any act of misconduct, which undermines the value of international best practices of the police.

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South African police officers to be arraigned for killing Nigerian

South African police officers to be arraigned for killing Nigerian
South African police officers to be arraigned for killing Nigerian
South African police officers to be arraigned for killing Nigerian

Some officers of the South African police force in the coming weeks will be arraigned for allegedly killing a 25-year-old Nigerian, Ibrahim Olalekan-Badmus, in 2017.

The Nigerian Mission in South Africa in an interview today said that the officers were implicated in the killing. The Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Godwin Adama, said through a telephone from Johannesburg that the South African authority had confirmed that investigation into the murder case was almost concluded.

“Badmus, a native of Lagos was brutally murdered by the South African Police on Oct. 10, 2017 at vanderbidjk park, South Africa. Police officers implicated in the murder will be charged to the High court any moment from now,” he said.

Police officers were alleged to have stormed the home of Badmus, an undergraduate at Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark in South Africa, with claims that he was trafficking drugs. However, when the police searched his home, they could not find any drug in it. They allegedly asked the deceased for money and when he could not give them money, they handcuffed him and used excessive pepper spray on him. He passed out and died due to suffocation  Adama said that the case was classified as high profile because of the tension generated by the development as some Nigerians who had confrontation with the police almost took laws into their hands.

The Consul General said that on hearing of the development immediately rushed to the scene where he interfaced with the aggrieved Nigerians and the police to calm frayed nerves.

“I led a delegation from the mission to visit the scene on receipt of the information. When we arrived at the scene, the place was tensed up because Nigerians there were not happy. We immediately met with the Station Commander in the area with some selected Nigerians. The police assured that a thorough investigation would be carried out and that the culprit would be brought to book,” he said.

He said that the authority arrested the police officers that perpetrated the crime and commenced investigation. Adama said that the mission had followed up the case and it was clear that investigating authorities had done a very thorough job as promised. He stressed that the authorities had said that the suspects would be charged to court any moment from now.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had expressed worry over the killings of Nigerians in South Africa. Dabiri-Erewa stated that no fewer than 117 Nigerians were extra-judicially killed in South Africa between 2013 and 2018 for one flimsy reason or the other.

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BREAKING: IG Idris Approves NHRC Request To Audit Police/SARS’ Detention Cells Nationwide

Audit Police/SARS’ Detention Cells Nationwide
Audit Police/SARS’ Detention Cells Nationwide

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has approved the National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) request to begin an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria.

The audit would also include all detention cells of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the ACP Abayomi Shogunle, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Shogunle added that the audit would enable the NHRC oversee the human rights situation of detainees as well as undertake general audit of the state of police detention facilities (cells) in the country.

“This exercise is part of the NHRC 2018 audit of police detention centers in Nigeria,“ he said.

The NHRC had urged the Federal Government to review the pre-trial detention system, alleging excessive use and abuse of the practice in Nigeria.

The commission was established by the NHRC ACT, 1995 as amended to deal with all matters relating to promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria.

The PCRRU was established by the police authorities in 2015 with a mandate to receive and resolve cases of professional misconduct brought against officers.

(NAN)

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Sen. Dino Melaye Denied Bail In Lokoja, To Remain In Police Custody For 38 Days

Dino Melaye Denied Bail In Lokoja

Dino Melaye Denied Bail In LokojaSenator Representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, Sen. Dino Melaye was on Thursday remanded in Police custody by a Lokoja Magistrate Court for the next 38 days pending the commencement of hearing in the suit brought by police against him and three others.

The charges the police brought against Senator Melaye bothered on criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, amongst others.

He was before now arraigned on charges bordering on his alleged escape from a police vehicle in Abuja on April 24, 2018.

The Counsel to Senator Dino Melaye, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) argued for his bail which was opposed by the Police prosecuting Counsel, Alex Iziyon who insisted that that the offences preferred against the senator were ordinarily not bailable.

Ruling on the suit, Chief Magistrate Suleiman Abdulahi denied the bail application and asked him to be kept in prison custody till June 11, 2018.

Two suspects had earlier this year implicated the senator as their financier and suppliers of gun to kidnap, rob, and cause political mayhem in the state.

Bear in mind that the embattled senator was on Wednesday arraigned by the Nigerian Police before a magistrate court in wuse zone 2 Abuja.

Dino who was brought to the court on a stretcher by the police, was granted him bail in the sum of N90 million by the presiding magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, but was rearrested by the police.

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SARS Officers Mistake Dr Sid For a “Yahoo Boy”, Publicly Harass Him In Lagos (Video)

SARS Officers Mistake Dr Sid For a “Yahoo Boy”, Publicly Harass Him In Lagos (Video)

SARS Officers Mistake Dr Sid For a “Yahoo Boy”, Publicly Harass Him In Lagos (Video)

SARS Officers Mistake Dr Sid For a “Yahoo Boy”, Publicly Harass Him In Lagos (Video)

Dr Sid was harassed today by SARS officers who mistook him for a “yahoo boy”. The singer whose phone was seized, was reportedly saved from physical assault by the timely intervention of label mate, Reekado Banks and comedian Basketmouth.SARS Officers Mistake Dr Sid For a “Yahoo Boy”, Publicly Harass Him In Lagos (Video)

An Instagram user, Laide who witnessed the incident wrote;

“Sars operatives stopped a random vehicle on freedom way, Lekki Phase 1, thinking the driver was a yahoo boy.

After routine check , they found nothing implicating , and resorted to seizing the phone of the driver. Little did they they know , that this person is Dr Sid. They insulted and attempted to assault him physically.

Thanks to ReekadoBanks and K-Solo , who were there, before @basket_mouth who was driving by saw them and stopped to know what was wrong. Then ,it dawned on the SARS operatives that these guys were not their “yahoo boy customer” Ise baje

That’s how Dr Sid vex too and started to call. Just imagine that it was an “ordinary ” civilian that was harassed today , baba for don dey cell now.”

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BREAKING: One Dead As Police, Shiite Members Clash In Abuja (VIDEO)

Shiite Members

One Dead As Police, Shiite Members Clash In AbujaReports of an ongoing clash between security forces and members of the Shiite movement in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This is after the protesters stormed the Institute For Peace and Conflict Resolution Abuja, in Abogo Largema a Central business district area in Abuja.

A witness told TheCable that the deceased was an IMN member.

“He was shot dead while trying to gain access to the Unity Fountain alongside members of the sect,” the witness said.

On Friday, the police announced a ban on protests at the garden but IMN members assembled around the place on Monday but were denied access.

Members of the Shiite movement are demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and lamenting over his continued detention without trail for over two years.

It was gathered that the protesters started the movement from the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp hotel.

In an attempt to halt the protest, it is understood that police officers made use of teargas in other to forcefully disperse the protesters.

This eventually led to resistance, forcing the protesters to throw stones at the police patrol vehicle.

It was also gathered that a bullet fired by one of the officers pierced the window of an office at the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) headquarters.

Further Details Soon…

 

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Photos: Inspector Yemisi Florence Makinde Killed By Armed Robbers In Offa, Kwara State

Inspector Yemisi Florence Makinde Killed By Armed Robbers In Offa

Inspector Yemisi Florence Makinde Killed By Armed Robbers In OffaInspector Makinde Yemisi Florence Grace, daughter of a retired police inspector, James Oyeyemi was among the police officers killed by armed robbers last Thursday in Offa.

A day before her death, the slain officer had taken to Facebook to celebrate her late sister’s twins on their birthday.

Speaking to newsmen, 72-year-old Mr Oyeyemi said the robbers operated unhindered because of the sophisticated weapons they used.Inspector Yemisi Florence Makinde Killed By Armed Robbers In Offa

“The police said they do not have the kind of weapons the robbers came with. The police have AK-47 , while the robbers came with machine guns as I gathered . How could someone with AK-47 face somebody with machine gun ? The police do not have sufficient weapons,” said Mr Oyemisi, who retired in 1998 after 35 years of service.

“In the past, the IG used to equip the police with armoured car and bulletproof vests. So where are they now ? They do not maintain the vehicles for operations, they do not buy arms and they do not pay them well ? How do they want the police to perform ? They cannot perform”

He accused the police of not officially informing families of the slain police officers of what happened to their relations.Inspector Yemisi Florence Makinde Killed By Armed Robbers In Offa

“It is not good to talk about the security situation in Nigeria because it is too bad. If there was enough security , how would armed robbers come to police station and attack policemen? Also, I learnt that some deceased policemen were dumped in a mortuary in Ilorin and nobody cared for them. Families of the deceased were not informed on time about the incident. It is wrong. I am a retired police officer.

“In the past, they would have contacted families of the deceased police officers who would arranhge how to bury their dead. They would then talk of how to get their entitlements. But nowadays, it is not the same,” he added.

In a tribute to the slain policewoman, a family Rufus described her as a good Christian, both in words and deeds.

“This is Too Much to Bear Oh Lord!!! Aunti Olopa as we do call her. Aunty  Makinde Yemisi Florence Grace (nee Oyeyemi) a police officer per excellence and integrity. A Christian officer both in words and deeds, serving with Owode police station, Offa, Kwara State, one of the victims of yesterday’s attack by the heavily armed robbers on both the said station and the commercial banks in the area. Not less than 50 people were said to have lost their lives to this unfortunate incident.

So so unfortunate that we lost you to yesterday unpalatable occurrence.

Immediately I read the news of the attack on Reformation Movement of Nigeria (RMN) WhatsApp platform yesterday at about 5:38pm, I quickly copied it and sent to you, not knowing that I was sending info to a dead officer.

You were in the Church on Sunday sharing testimonies.

In fact, that yesterday you were on Facebook celebrating the girls (the twins) left behind by your immediate younger sister 13years ago.

You were even online till 3:17pm yesterday.

It is very painful to we your friends and those your family members that you left at this point in time.

You are such an Aunty I cannot forget in a hurry. Your room was immediately after our room 2003-2006. I will miss you so much Aunty Grace Olopa.

No more payers for the dead!

May the good Lord put a stop to this kind of untimely death in your family, in our midst and in the land in general. May the same Lord grant your family the great grace to bear this.

May the great God open the eyes of the government in Kwara State and Nigeria to put high priority on the security of lives and properties of

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UN withdraws 108 Nigerian peace-keeping police officers in Liberia after 5-years

UN withdraws 108 Nigerian peace-keeping police officers in Liberia

UN withdraws 108 Nigerian peace-keeping police officers in LiberiaFinal batch of 108 Nigerian police officers has been withdrawn from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) after five years of service.

UNMIL said the remaining 108 Nigerian FPU officers, the last UNMIL uniformed contingent remaining in Liberia, withdrew as part of the UN mission’s termination.

 

The batch of 200 Nigerian peacekeepers withdrew from Liberia in February as part of the termination of the mission’s mandate, scheduled on March 30, the mission said.

 

“The Nigerian contingent has been deployed in Liberia since UNMIL was first established in 2003. Nigeria has been a main contributor of military and police to UNMIL.

 

“The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has been a steadfast partner to Liberia for the last 15 years. It has supported security and security sector reform, rule of law, efforts to disarm, human rights and sustainable peace. The Mission will complete its mandate on 30 March 2018. UNMIL was established in September 2003 with 16,475 uniformed personnel to monitor a ceasefire agreement in Liberia, following the conclusion of the Second Liberian Civil War”.

 

An official farewell ceremony was held in February in honour of the last departing 689 uniformed personnel 404 military and 285 police personnel who had served with the Mission. This symbolised the end of UNMIL’s military and police operations in Liberia, more than 14 years after UNMIL was deployed in compliance with Security Council resolution 1509 (2003).  UN withdraws 108 Nigerian peace-keeping police officers in Liberia

Nigeria’s Maj.-Gen. Salihu Uba is the Force Commander and Head of UNMIL’s Military component of men and women from various countries, including Nigeria, Pakistan and Ukraine. Uba was Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command of the Nigerian Army before his appointment as the Force Commander for UNMIL by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 9, 2015.

The Formed Police Unit composed of Nigerian and Chinese personnel and since 2003, 61 contingents from various countries had served in Liberia, UNMIL said. According to Uba, the mission’s uniform component military and police have taken greater stride towards strengthening peace and security, rule of law, governance among others in Liberia.

 

The Force Commander stated that it was not all roses particularly for the military which had the highest fatalities of 138 personnel while the police lost 21 persons.  “As we are closing, the memory of those 159 persons and others in the Mission will continue to live in our minds.  “We will continue to pay special tribute to them and those who contributed to peace and security in Liberia” the Major General said. The Force Commander, on behalf of the Police Commissioner Simon Blatchly, expressed their profound appreciation to the uniformed component of UNSMIL.

 

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Farid Zarif, had in his speech, stated that the farewell signified an important benchmark in the history of the UN in West Africa.  “While my colleagues in uniform are writing the last pages of the peacekeeping operations here, Liberians and their Leaders have started writing the first pages of a brand new chapter in their history.”

 

Liberian President George Weah commended UNMIL for its longstanding support to peace and stability, saying the Liberian people will forever remain grateful to them for their bravery and service.  Weah said: “Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice you have made over the years to keep the peace and stability of our beloved mama Liberia. As you leave us now, we will forever remember you”.

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Police arrest mentally deranged man who hacked two pupils to death in Ogun State

Police arrest mentally deranged man

Police arrest mentally deranged manOgun state police command have arrested the mentally deranged man who stormed Saint John’s Anglican Primary School, Agodo in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area and hacked two pupils to death during their lunch break on Monday March 12th.

The victims, Mubarak Kalesowo and Sunday Obituyi died instantly following the deep machete cuts they sustained from the attack.

A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, says the suspect, Lekan Adebisi, was apprehended today in a bush at Area J4 in Ijebu East Local Government Area of the state through the combined efforts of policemen and local hunters. Adebisi was shot in the leg while attempting to escape.

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Judge orders police to pay victim of SARS harassment a N3million compensation

SARS harassment

SARS harassmentNigeria Police Force has been ordered to pay N3 million to one Kingsley Efobi, for violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty. The order was issued by FCT High Court, Maitama on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

On May 10, 2017, Efobi filed a suit against the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, for violating his fundamental right.

Justice Jude Okeke, delivering judgment in the suit filed by Efobi, held that there was no basis for the court to disbelieve the evidence of Efobi, which was not contradicted by the respondents.  He held that in order to ensure that Efobi was protected from further violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty, in facts of this matter, the court would be minded in line with the provision of 46 (1) of the Constitution.

“Accordingly, an order of perpetual injunction is granted, restraining the respondents, their agents or servants from harassing the applicant on account of the subject matter of this suit. The respondents jointly and severally are ordered to pay to the applicant a sum of N2 million damages for breaking his right to personal liberty. N1million for violating his right not to be subjected to inhuman treatment,’’ the judge held.

Okeke also ordered that the respondent jointly return to Efobi a sum of N16,500 being the money extorted from him by the officers of the respondent. He also ordered that the respondent pay the applicant N50,000 for emerging successfully from the suit.

Okeke held that the order by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to Efobi to remove his sandals, sit on a bare floor, give up his handset, as well as his detention, was a violation of his right.

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Ghana government set to install CCTVs in all police stations

Ghana

Government of Ghana have concluded plans to install Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) at all police stations in the 216 districts in the country.Ghana

Ghanaian Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia announced the initiative as part of efforts to retool the Police Service and enhance security at police posts.

The initiative came after repeated attacks on police stations by criminal gangs. Recently, a gang of criminals attacked the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters, killing the officer on duty, and freeing some seven remand prisoners. The incident raised concerns about safety at police posts, with many criticising the government for failing to adequately equip the Service.

“Negotiations have just been completed for the rollout of Phase 2 of the Alpha Project which will involve the deployment of 8,700 CCTV cameras in all 216 districts with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. In line with our plans to equip the Police better, at least 1,000 new vehicles will be procured for the service this year. Already two hundred pick-up vehicles have been allocated with two hundred salon vehicles to be delivered in six weeks time with more to come,” the Vice President promised when he delivered a speech on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo at a ceremony to pass out new Police Cadets.

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Armed Robbers in Police Uniform Attack Motorists with Toy Guns in Lagos

Robbers in Police Uniform Attack Motorists with Toy Guns in Lagos

Robbers in Police Uniform Attack Motorists with Toy Guns in Lagos

Robbers in Police Uniform Attack Motorists with Toy Guns in Lagos

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command on Sunday foiled an attempt by some robbers to snatch a Toyota Camry and a Toyota Corolla from some motorists on the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the gang, while posing as cops, flagged down the motorists on the expressway.
However, as the drivers stopped, some other members of the four-man gang reportedly emerged from hidding and held the victims hostage. They were about taking the vehicles away when the RRS operatives, who were on patrol, gave them a chase.
The police said the suspects fled into the bush, abandoning the vehicles and a toy gun.
“The robbers fled into the bush and abandoned the victims and one of their improvised guns. They were chased into a bush, but no arrest was made.
 
“The victims disclosed that two of the robbers posed as policemen before another two, who were lurking in the bush, came out, asking them to surrender their keys. They added that they were going to Epe to celebrate the New Year,” the police said in a statement on Monday.
The Lagos State police spokesperson, SP Chike Oti, reportedly confirmed the incident, adding that the command would intensify patrols along the highways for the safety of residents.
Oti said the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had ordered that the fleeing robbers be apprehended and brought to justice
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IGP Idris Set To Punish Policemen Who Took Photo With Nnamdi Kanu

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ​has​ said policemen who took photographs with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra leader, IPOB, will be punished.

The IG ​spoke on Thursday when he addressed policemen at the Police College, Ikeja during a two-day visit to Lagos.

He said: “Nationalism is key. Some officers were taking pictures with Nnamdi Kanu and this is someone that is challenging the unity of this country.

“We will not take it with levity. There should be no double loyalty to Nigeria. No matter your rank, your commitment to the country should be absolute.

“As policemen, you must be committed to unity, leadership and authority of government of this country. No double standards are allowed.”

Idris, however, commended the policemen for their commitment to duty, saying, “you are important for this job. We depend on you.”

He said 10,000 more personnel had been recruited and undergoing training to boost the nation’s police.

Idris disclosed that additional 88 area commands would be created to boost operational efficiency.

He said: “We are waiting for approval from the PSC for the 88 new area commands and by extension, this means we are going to have more assistant commissioners of police.

“This will also create room for more chief superintendents of police to be promoted. Do your best in your duties and you will be promoted.

“We are changing the face of policing in Nigeria, policemen that are people-oriented with the satisfaction of the citizens as the primary focus.”

The IG emphasised his zero tolerance for corruption and warned police personnel to shun collecting money for bail.

He said: “Bail is free. If you collect money for bail, you will pay the price and we will kick you out of the force.

​”​Your duty is to provide services for the protection of lives and properties of the citizens.”

Idirs also charged his men to respect the fundamental human rights of the citizenry, as well as their right to free speech and movement.

His words: “Section four of the Nigeria Police Act gives you the police officer the right to arrest anyone that constitutes offence, irrespective of your rank.

“Despite the rank, a constable can arrest a minister or anyone that contravenes the law of the nation but you must use that right judiciously.”