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Court dismisses suit challenging Adamu’s tenure extension.

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The lawyer said the motion sought for an order to restrain Adamu from further parading himself as IGP and for the court to abridge the time within which the defendants would file their processes.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed a suit seeking an order restraining Mr Mohammed Adamu from parading himself as the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the ruling following a motion exparte with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/106/21 filed by Maxwell Opara, a legal practitioner, and argued by his lawyer, Ugochukwu Ezekiel.

Noble Reporters Media reports that Opara had sued President Mohammadu Buhari, Mr Mohammed Adamu, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice as 1st to 4th defendants respectively.

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Opara, in the motion dated Feb. 10 and filed Feb. 11, had prayed the court for an order of interim injunction, restraining Adamu from parading himself as I-G pending the determination of the matter and for an abridgement of time within which the defendants should respond to the application.

Although the I-G was represented by Alex Izinyon, SAN, the 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants were not represented in court.

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When the case was mentioned, the applicant’s lawyer, Ezekiel, told the court that the 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants were duly served with the originating processes and the hearing notices for the day’s sitting.

“They were equally aware of today’s sitting because they were served with hearing notice,” he said.
He informed the court that he had a motion exparte dated Feb. 10 and filed Feb. 11.

The lawyer said the motion sought for an order to restrain Adamu from further parading himself as IGP and for the court to abridge the time within which the defendants would file their processes.

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Izinyon, who appeared for Adamu, said he was in court in protest because defendants had 30 days within which to file their responses in respect to the main suit.

According to him, we received the hearing notice two days ago.

He urged the court not to grant his request to move the motion.

But Ezekiel argued that since the motion he planned to move was an exparte, counsel to the defence was not supposed to respond.

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He cited Order 26, Rule 6 of the court to back his argument.

“Order 26, Rules 6 and 7 of this court allows the plaintiff to bring an exparte motion to court at the back of the other party.

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“A motion exparte is an application filed by a party who wishes to get some reliefs at the back of the other party in the interim,” he said.

Justice, who agreed with the order cited by Ezekiel, ordered that the motion be moved.

Moving the motion, the lawyer told the court that the application was brought pursuant to Sections 215 and 216 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Section 7 of the Nigeria Police Act 2020 and provision of the court.

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He urged the court to grant the reliefs sought in the interest of national security.

Ruling, Justice Mohammed held that since all the defendants had already been served with the originating processes in the suit, it would be unfair to grant the exparte motion when the defence had within 30 days to respond to the main suit.

The judge said such order would be contrary to the provision of the law.

“Prayer one for an order of interim injunction is hereby refused,” he ruled.

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Mohammed, who said the second prayer shall be a notice to the defendants, adjourned the matter until Feb. 24.

He ordered that 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants be served with hearing notices.

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Nigerian Bar sues Buhari over Adamu’s tenure extension.

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The extension to his tenure was announced three days after his supposed retiring date by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has filed a suit to challenge the extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The suit was filed against Buhari, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Police Service Commission, and Adamu.

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“The NBA’s position in the Suit is that Mr Adamu ceased to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force when he attained the milestone of thirty-five years of service,” NBA president Olumide Akpata said in a statement.

“Therefore, the President’s extension of Mr Adamu’s tenure by three months, in the NBA’s respectful view, is unconstitutional.”

Adamu was due to retire from the police on February 1 having spent a maximum of 35 years in service.

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The extension to his tenure was announced three days after his supposed retiring date by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Dingyadi said the extension was necessary to give room for the proper selection of a successor.

In the suit, the NBA sought the judicial determination of the constitutionality of the extension of Adamu’s tenure as the Inspector-General of Police for three months.

The association said the extension of the IGP”s tenure by three months is unconstitutional.

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“The NBA’s decision to take this extraordinary line of action is underpinned by an urgent need, and a sacred duty, to reassert the supremacy of the rule of law in the face of growing impunity and the seeming reluctance of Law Officers in Government to give proper counsel,” NBA said.

“In the grand scheme of things, the NBA is wary that the more government officials casually violate the law, the harder it would become to expect citizens to be compliant.”

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The association also noted that “citizens take their cues from their leaders and public office holders who flout the laws of the country that they are meant to uphold will discover sooner or later that their examples will be followed by those that they purport to govern.”

NBA said it is determined to put an end to the ubiquity of acts of impunity, especially by those in high public offices, portends an existential threat to the survival of Nigeria and her “hard-won democracy.”

“As the outcome of the Suit is awaited, the NBA will continue to condemn and confront lawlessness in any form and from all quarters,” NBA said.

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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has filed a suit to challenge the extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The suit was filed against Buhari, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Police Service Commission, and Adamu.

“The NBA’s position in the Suit is that Mr Adamu ceased to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force when he attained the milestone of thirty-five years of service,” NBA president Olumide Akpata said in a statement.

“Therefore, the President’s extension of Mr Adamu’s tenure by three months, in the NBA’s respectful view, is unconstitutional.”

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Adamu was due to retire from the police on February 1 having spent a maximum of 35 years in service.

The extension to his tenure was announced three days after his supposed retiring date by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Dingyadi said the extension was necessary to give room for the proper selection of a successor.

In the suit, the NBA sought the judicial determination of the constitutionality of the extension of Adamu’s tenure as the Inspector-General of Police for three months.

The association said the extension of the IGP”s tenure by three months is unconstitutional.

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“The NBA’s decision to take this extraordinary line of action is underpinned by an urgent need, and a sacred duty, to reassert the supremacy of the rule of law in the face of growing impunity and the seeming reluctance of Law Officers in Government to give proper counsel,” NBA said.

“In the grand scheme of things, the NBA is wary that the more government officials casually violate the law, the harder it would become to expect citizens to be compliant.”

The association also noted that “citizens take their cues from their leaders and public office holders who flout the laws of the country that they are meant to uphold will discover sooner or later that their examples will be followed by those that they purport to govern.”

NBA said it is determined to put an end to the ubiquity of acts of impunity, especially by those in high public offices, portends an existential threat to the survival of Nigeria and her “hard-won democracy.”

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“As the outcome of the Suit is awaited, the NBA will continue to condemn and confront lawlessness in any form and from all quarters,” NBA said.

“As the outcome of the Suit is awaited, the NBA will continue to condemn and confront lawlessness in any form and from all quarters,” NBA said.

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Ekiti Gov’t sues IGP, Adamu for dismissing pregnant officer.

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A Police Constable, Miss Olajide Omolola, who got pregnant in alleged flagrant violation of the police rules was recently dismissed.

The Ekiti State Government has sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, seeking an order of the court to declare Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulations, which provides for the discharge from the Police Force female officers who become pregnant while married unofficially.

Joined as co-defendants in the suit are the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police and the Police Service Commission (PSC).

A Police Constable, Miss Olajide Omolola, who got pregnant in alleged flagrant violation of the police rules was recently dismissed.

Omolola, who was attached to Iye-Ekiti Police Station in Ilejemeje area of Ekiti State, was dismissed by police authority for getting pregnant barely a year after graduating from the police academy.

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The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, in the suit (FHC/AD/ C8/ 8/ 2021) filed at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, is asking the court to determine among others, whether the provisions of Section 127 of Police Act and Regulations are not in violation of the combined provisions of Sections 37 and 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and Articles 2,3, 5 18 (3) and 19 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and therefore unconstitutional, null and void.

The suit also seeks an order nullifying Section 127 of Police Act and Regulations as well as an order of perpetual injunction restraining the IGP, the Ekiti State CP and the PSC from implementing the regulation.

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#Newsworthy

Adamu’s tenure extension got Nigerians blasting Buhari.

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Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Abdulmajid Ali also told The Guardian that the extension was the right decision by the Federal government.

Nigerians, yesterday, kicked as President Muhammadu Buhari extended the tenure of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and forwarded the names of the immediate past service chiefs to the Senate as non-career ambassadors-designate.

Buhari extended Adamu’s tenure, which ended on Monday, by three months. The extension was announced to correspondents yesterday by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The elongation became necessary, according to him, to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new IG.

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He said: “This is not unconnected to the desire of Mr. President to, not only have a smooth handover but to also ensure the right officer is appointed into that position. Mr President is extending by three months to allow him to get into the process of appointing a new one.”

The minister dismissed insinuations that the extension had created a lacuna in the system, adding that it was within the President’s constitutional prerogative.

He dismissed as social media creation earlier stories that the IGP had been retired.

“It was one of those social media stories that one cannot control,” he said.

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The nomination of the ex-service chiefs was contained in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

The nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (rtd), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (rtd).

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The President, according to the letter, said the proposal is in accordance with Section 171 (1), (2) (c) & sub-section (4) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

The President stated: “I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed five names of nominees as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate.”

The office extension and nomination came at a time some Nigerians had called for the prosecution of the ex-service chiefs for alleged infractions committed in office; and the replacement of the IGP, having clocked the mandatory retirement age.

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Prominent among them was a former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose. He called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other relevant authorities to begin the immediate probe of the tenure of the former service chiefs for alleged human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings under their watch.

The ex-governor also accused the ex-service chiefs of serving Nigeria with pecuniary gains and exposed the citizens to Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal elements.
Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had demanded an immediate probe into the tenure of the former service chiefs to unravel the circumstances behind security lapses and compromises in the country during their tenure.

Reacting to the development, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) described the extension of the expired tenure of the IGP as illegal and unconstitutional.

According to him, Section 215 (1)(a) of 1999 Constitution states: “There shall be an Inspector-General of Police who, subject to Section 216(2) of this Constitution shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among serving members of the Nigeria Police Force.”

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Adegboruwa pointed out that section 216(2) stipulates that: “Before making an appointment to the office of the Inspector-General of Police or removing him from office, the President shall consult the Nigeria Police Council.”

He stated that paragraph 27 of the third schedule to the 1999 Constitution states: “The Nigeria Police Council shall comprise the following members: (A) the President who shall be the Chairman; (B) the Governor of each State of the Federation; (C) the Chairman of the Police Service Commission; and (D) the Inspector-General of Police.”

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Relying on the above citations, he argued that when the tenure of a serving IGP expires on the ground of completing the mandatory 35 years of service, he cannot be asked to continue in office beyond his mandatory tenure.

He insisted that an IGP who has served the mandatory years of service ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force from the date of the completion of his service, adding that Adamu ceases to be a member of the NPF from February 2, 2021.

“Under and by virtue of Section 215(1)(a) of the Constitution and Section 7(3) of the Police Act, 2020, only a serving member of the Nigeria Police Force can be appointed as IGP. Mr Adamu, having completed his mandatory years of service on February 2, 2021, he cannot be appointed as IGP, from outside the force.

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“The President lacks the power to reabsorb a retired police officer back into the NPF through a purported tenure extension, which is not contemplated by law. The President cannot appoint an IGP or extend the tenure of a retired IGP without the advice of the Nigeria Police Council, which in this case has not met to consider, let alone approve such tenure extension.”

A Lagos lawyer, Chima Adiele, also described the appointment as improper.

“It kills the ambition of other officers who are also qualified for the job. It seems as if it is only the current IGP that is qualified for the job. It looks like he wants to humiliate a particular set of persons because two years is enough for them to have fished out some else.

“More so, it is unconstitutional. What is the essence of the Constitution and statutes if not to regulate orderliness, conducts and actions? Someone’s tenure expires and you recalled him as if there are no other persons in that establishment that could handle the job. As far as I am concerned, such conduct is not in order,” he stated.

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Similarly, a former second vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani, said the reason given for the extension was untenable.

“Does that mean that the President was not aware of when the tenure of the IGP will end? It will be better for the President to just say he wants to extend his tenure rather than saying he needs ample time to select the new helmsman for the police because there was enough time to do that.

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“Although the President has the discretion to appoint, remove and extend appointments, the new police act, which he signed, limited the act of extending tenures in my view. So, I am wondering whether his action is not a clear violation of the act he signed recently,” he stated.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that Commissioners in Police Service Commission, including its chairman, Musiliu Smith frowned on the decision to allow Adamu another three months.

Some police officers contacted by NoRM‘s known Media expressed displeasure over the extension.

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The officers who spoke on condition of anonymity said a new IGP was desperately needed to rekindle the long lost morale of officers and men after the carnage experienced as a result of #Endsars protest.

Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Taiwo Lakanu, however, said it was a welcome development.

Lakanu, “This IGP is one of the best IGP that the country has ever produced. The extension would allow him to consolidate on infrastructural development for the force. He is articulate and he knows what he is doing. The extension will also give the Federal Government ample time to select the best officer to succeed him.”

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Abdulmajid Ali also told NoRM‘s known Media that the extension was the right decision by the Federal government.

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“There are a lot of projects, which he initiated, he needs time to complete them. He would now have time to stabilise his community policing project and complete some of the good works he started. I am highly in support of it,” the DIG said.

According to security expert and publisher of Chief Detective magazine, Dipo Kehinde, “It is most likely the President has given this three-month tenure extension to buy time for proper security checks on the list of candidates presented to the President.

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“You will notice that some of the candidates are very desperate in their bid. This cautious step by President Buhari is in order”.

Publisher of Crime World magazine, Albert Uba criticized the extension.

According to him, “The evolving scenario is a confirmation that we may not find a solution to the problem of insecurity in the country for as long as President Buhari remains in office.

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“With this, staff morale will further nose-dive because there are so many odds operationally against IGP Mohammed Adamu, who was supposed to vacate office and allow fresh ideas into the Force.”

Former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Sir. Mike Ejiofor simply told NoRM‘s known Media, “I am short of words.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of trying to use ambassadorial appointments to shield the immediate past service chiefs from the investigation over alleged killing of innocent Nigerians and crimes against humanity.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, charged the Senate to eschew all partisan considerations and stand on the side of the people by rejecting the demand by President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm them as ambassadors.

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“It is indeed sacrilegious and a horrible assault on the sensibility of Nigerians that the APC government is seeking to use ambassadorial appointments as a desperate measure to secure diplomatic immunity for the former commanders and protect them from investigation, arrest and possible prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the atrocities committed against innocent Nigerians under their command,” he said.

The PDP asserted that appointing the former service chiefs as ambassadors would confer diplomatic immunity on them and provide them with a route for escape.

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#Newsworthy

Main reason Buhari reappoints Adamu as IGP for 3 months

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While the minister announced the tenure of the IGP’s extension, the police chief decorated some newly-promoted officers elsewhere at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, will continue his duty as the nation’s police chief despite the completion of his tenure.

This is the position of the Federal Government after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the tenure of the police boss by three months.

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The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, announced this on Thursday while briefing reporters at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He explained that the decision to extend the tenure of the police chief was to give the Federal Government ample time to select the appropriate person to succeed him.

While the minister announced the tenure of the IGP’s extension, the police chief decorated some newly-promoted officers elsewhere at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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The Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP, Idowu Owohunwa, and the Force Education Officer, Rabi Umar, were decorated with the rank of Commissioner of Police.

Also decorated were ACP Adegbite Tunde Titus, ACP Chinonyerem Welle, and DSP Aderoju Olagunju, amongst others.

Adamu, whose tenure as the Inspector-General of Police elapsed on Monday, held the position for two years.

He was first appointed as the police boss in an acting capacity on January 15, 2019, succeeding former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

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About two weeks after he took over, Adamu submitted the names of six new Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) to the Police Service Commission for general approval.

He was later confirmed as the 20th indigenous Inspector-General of Police on May 23, 2019 – four months after his appointment.

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#Newsworthy

Buhari retract Adamu’s sack; reappoint him as IGP

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The extension was announced to correspondents on Thursday by Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi at the presidential villa, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for three months.

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The extension was announced to correspondents on Thursday by Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari decorating newly appointed Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu in Abuja……PHOTO: Twitter/NGRPresident

He said the extension was necessary to give room for the proper selection of a successor.

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#Newsworthy

Presidency reveals Mohammad Adamu’s successor.

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The presidency said President will choose a new IGP who will make Nigeria safer

The presidency has reacted to agitations and calls from a section of the country for President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the next Inspector-General of Police (IGP) from the southeast.

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In a conversation with journalists on Monday, February 1, Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, revealed the calibre of person the president will choose to succeed Mohammad Adamu, Bioreports News reports.

Shehu said President Buhari will not be driven by ethnic sentiments or affiliations in his choice of the next police chief, in line with what he did while picking the new service chiefs.

Rather, he said the president will only appoint someone who will ensure the security of Nigerians better than what has been recorded.

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He revealed:

“I haven’t spoken with the President but if I read his mind correctly, the president would rather have an Inspector General of Police who would make you and I safer, who would protect lives and property than one who is more pronounced by his tribal marks.”

Shehu added that Buhari will make the appointment upon his return from his home town, Daura in Katsina state.

Meanwhile, Olusegun Obasanjo, a former Nigerian president, said the worsening insecurity in the country was responsible for the low patronage from foreign investors.

The former president made this disclosure on Sunday, January 31, during a virtual interview with academic and historian, Toyin Falola.

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Obasanjo said investors are being chased away and discouraged because of rising atrocities of dreaded militant group Boko Haram and banditry in the north.

He also stated that Nigeria, unlike many other countries in Africa, has chances “but squandered those opportunities” due to poor leadership and greed in the current government.

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#Newsworthy…

EndSARs: See what Wizkid asks Buhari, Osinbajo, IGP to do after Lekki Massacre.

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Wizkid in a statement on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, said the leaders have failed Nigerians in their expected duties and responsibilities, describing them as incompetent.

Nigerian music star, Ayo Balogun more popularly known by his stage name, Wizkid has called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the #EndSARS rocking Nigeria.

The entertainer said the Nigerian leader has failed the people of the country and called on him, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as well as the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to resign.

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He accused them of incapability to handle and respond adequately to the #EndSARS protests which has continued to spread across the country.

He tweeted: “@MBuhari you are a failure! Old and incompetent! Step down! We don’t want you, your Vice President and your IG! Resign!

Meanwhile, the presidency has appealed for calm and understanding from Nigerians as regards the shootings by security operatives on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate plaza in Lagos State.

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#Newsworthy…

EndSARs: IGP orders commissioners, no FSARs officers should be seen in public.

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Protesters, who clamored for the dissolution of the unit, have continued to protest noting the government’s ineffectual promises of police reforms and investigations in the past.

Nigerian Police Force boss Mohammed Adamu has ordered all state commissioners of police to ensure no officer and other insignia of the Special Anti-robbery squad is seen in public.

In the “police wireless message” dated October 12, 2020, seen by The Guardian, the state commissioners of police are to ensure “strict compliance” of the directive.

The directive came days after Adamu ordered the dissolution of the controversial unit. The new directive also confirms allegations that the SARS officers despite been disbanded are still on the streets harassing and brutalising Nigerians.

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It is still unclear how soon the accused unit will be off the streets despite this new order.

Just hours after Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday tried to assuage protesters by promising “extensive” reforms to stop the rising crisis of police brutality, another civilian was shot and killed by police during a protest in Surulere, Lagos State.

Since the protest began last Wednesday, the Nigerian branch of Amnesty International, in a tweet on Monday night, reported that 10 protesters have been killed, while others were severely injured, beaten, or arrested by police.

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Investigation and prosecution of erring officers are the latest demands of the protesters with the standing demand that police brutality in the country must end.

With celebrities adding their voice to the #EndSARS hashtag, it jumped to the top global trend on Twitter and drew international support from UK-based footballers like Mesut Ozil and Marcus Rashford, musicians and actors.

Nigeria’s global superstars, Wizkid and Davido, who are also part of this generation of protesters, have been physically present in London and Abuja – where the latter’s presence stopped police officers from shooting at protesters.

The protests against the police have largely been organized on social media, fuelled by personal accounts of police abuses and videos of brutal incidents, including the beating of civilians and the firing of live ammunition at protesters.


#Newsworthy…

IGP orders arrest of certain individuals ahead gov elections

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Commissioners of Police in the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory to identify and arrest any individual(s) or groups(s) in possession of prohibited firearms.

The IGP’s directive comes as part of preparations toward the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States, as well as efforts by the Police High Command to curb the proliferation of prohibited firearms in the country.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, DCP Frank Mba, says, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to immediately initiate appropriate actions to identify, isolate, disarm, arrest and prosecute any individual(s) or group(s) in possession of prohibited firearms.

DCP Mba said that the directive has become necessary against the backdrop of the deliberate arming and movement of political thugs and other criminal elements across the country.

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“In addition, the directive is targeted at addressing the proliferation and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms in the country which is contrary to the provisions of Chapter F.28 LFN 2004 of the Firearms Act.

“In a similar vein, Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the FCT have been directed to immediately convene an enlightenment meeting of all vigilante groups and quasi security outfits spread across the country in order to ensure that their activities are in conformity with the extant laws guiding their establishment and operations”.

File Photo of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, addressing State House correspondents in Abuja. (Noble Reporters Media //)

The statement further added that the IGP, while observing that several civil groups – vigilantes, quasi-states, and regional security outfits under various guises are arming themselves with prohibited firearms and weapons in contravention of the provisions of the Firearms Act, notes that the trend if unchecked will pose a serious threat to national security.

“The IGP enjoins citizens to cooperate with the Police in the enforcement of this order as it is aimed at ensuring the safety of lives and property in the country”.

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Read Full Statement Below:

In reply please quote
Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.3/3
Date: 16th August, 2020

The Director of News
…………………………….

PRESS RELEASE

AHEAD OF EDO AND ONDO GOV ELECTIONS: IGP ORDERS NATIONWIDE CLAMPDOWN ON PROLIFERATION OF PROHIBITED FIREARMS
– CPs to identify, isolate, disarm, arrest and prosecute offenders

As part of preparations toward the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States, as well as efforts by the Police High Command to curb the proliferation of prohibited firearms in the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to immediately initiate appropriate actions to identify, isolate, disarm, arrest and prosecute any individual(s) or group(s) in possession of prohibited firearms.

The directive has become necessary against the backdrop of the deliberate arming and movement of political thugs and other criminal elements across the country. In addition, the directive is targeted at addressing the proliferation and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms in the country which is contrary to the provisions of Chapter F.28 LFN 2004 of the Firearms Act.

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In a similar vein, Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the FCT have been directed to immediately convene an enlightenment meeting of all vigilante groups and quasi security outfits spread across the country in order to ensure that their activities are in conformity with the extant laws guiding their establishment and operations.

The IGP, while observing that several civil groups – vigilantes, quasi states and regional security outfits under various guises are arming themselves with prohibited firearms and weapons in contravention of the provisions of the Firearms Act, notes that the trend if unchecked, will pose serious threat to national security.

The IGP enjoins citizens to cooperate with the Police in the enforcement of this order as it is aimed at ensuring safety of lives and property in the country.

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA


#Newsworthy…

Breaking: Police condemns report accusing IGP

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The Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday condemned a report accusing the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, of illegal activity.

On Monday, an online publication, Sahara Reporters, published a report with the heading: ‘Exclusive: How Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Adamu, Illegally Raised Millions of Naira for Construction of Training School in Nasarawa’.

In a statement, police spokesman, Frank Mba said the report was “published in the tradition of Sahara Reporters to blackmail and impugn the credibility of strategic leaders of the country in an apparent attempt to advance their ignoble and unpatriotic intentions.”

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Mba said the training school in Nasarawa had been built with the support of the State Government and several corporate partners.

“Also, the insinuation that the IGP sited the facility ‘in his hometown of Endehu in Nasarawa State’, is also utterly misleading,” Mba said.

“For the avoidance of doubts, Endehu is not the hometown of IGP Adamu. He is, on the contrary, from Lafia.”

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

Mba added that the police have “instructed its legal team to initiate legal actions against” the online publication over what it sees as “the defamatory and libelous components of the report.”

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Below is the full police statement:

PRESS RELEASE

HOW SAHARA REPORTERS MALICIOUSLY MALIGNED THE NIGERIAN INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a misleading report published on the Sahara Reporters online platform on August 03, 2020 under the heading ‘Exclusive: How Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Adamu, Illegally Raised Millions of Naira for Construction of Training School in Nasarawa’. In the report, spurious allegations were made to the effect that the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu was ‘involved in a multi-billion Naira fraudulent scheme’. The publication which referenced several unnamed and unverifiable sources alleged, essentially, that the IGP ‘used his office to unlawfully compel and in fact threaten Mobile Police Commanders into generating millions of Naira monthly through illegal means for the purpose of establishment of a MOPOL Training School in his home town of Endehu in Nasarawa State’.

  1. The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the publication in its entirety is false and baseless. It was published in the tradition of Sahara Reporters to blackmail and impugn the credibility of strategic leaders of the country in an apparent attempt to advance their ignoble and unpatriotic intentions.
  2. While being conscious of the need not to glorify the falsehood contained in the reportage, it is considered expedient and in national security interest to put the facts straight. In this regard, it is to be clarified as follows:

i. The establishment of the Police Mobile Training School in Endehu, Nasarawa State, North Central Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria was informed by overriding national security consideration on the need to strengthen the operational capacity of the special forces of the Nigeria Police Force.
ii. Also, the insinuation that the IGP sited the facility ‘in his hometown of Endehu in Nasarawa State’, is also utterly misleading. For the avoidance of doubts, Endehu is not the hometown of IGP Adamu. He is, in the contrary, from Lafia.
iii. The allegations that the IGP used his office to threaten Mobile Police Commanders into generating Millions of naira monthly through illegal means for the establishment of the institution is also totally false. It is on record that the parcel of land where the institution was sited was donated to the Police with the full complement of the Certificate of Occupancy which the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State publicly presented to the Nigeria Police. The acquisition of the land was, therefore, without any financial commitment by the Police.
iv. Furthermore, the construction of the facility was achieved with the support of the Nasarawa State Government and well-meaning corporate bodies within the context of their Corporate Social responsibility (CSR). In all instances, all the support so extended were not in cash but in form of donation of materials. The only involvement of some Squadron Commanders was to ensure the delivery of some of the construction materials so donated by the corporate bodies. Hence, the allegation that the IGP ‘had each Squadron Commander cough out nothing less than N500,000 monthly for the purpose of erecting different structures in the training school’ is a preposterous and feeble attempt to discredit the innovative reasoning that engendered the successful implementation of the critical national security asset that the facility represents.

  1. The construction of the project through corporate intervention is a demonstration of the commitment of the Force leadership to meet its obligation to citizens in terms of their safety and security and in furtherance to the Reform agenda of the Nigeria Police Force. It was not established as a personal asset of the IGP. Rather, it is a national security legacy project. It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time that corporate organisations and governments at all levels are assisting the police to bridge operational and infrastructural gaps. Dangote Foundation, the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Bankers’ Forum, State Governments, Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), and well-meaning individuals among others have in the past donated fleets of vehicles and have rendered other supports to the Police.
  2. The attempt by Sahara Reporters to malign the Force leadership shall not in any manner impact on the firm determination of the Nigeria Police Force to advance its strategic plan and to continue to adopt innovative reasoning in changing the policing narratives in Nigeria towards stabilizing the internal security order. While members of the public are called upon to discountenance the content of the publication in its entirety, it is to be noted that the Nigeria Police Force has instructed its legal team to initiate legal actions against Sahara Reporters to address the defamatory and libellous components of the report.

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA


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Police not detaining Ibrahim Magu – IGP, Adamu

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…says, presidential panel detaining him


The Nigerian Police are not detaining the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), CP Ibrahim Magu.

Rather, he is being detained by the Justice Ayo Salami Presidential Panel, investigating the activities of EFCC under Magu’s stewardship.

IGP Mohammed Adamu made the startling clarification in a letter to Magu’s lawyer.

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The letter dated 14 July was signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, DCP Idowu Owohunwa.

It was a response to an application for bail by Magu’s counsel, Tosin Ojaomo Esq.

It 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).

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“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.”

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Magu was arrested last week on the orders of the Presidential Panel, probing some alleged financial atrocities in the EFCC.

Detained at the FCID Abuja, he has been facing tough questioning for the second week running, from members of the panel.


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WAEC keep mute on Minister’s comment

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said it had nothing to say for now concerning the sudden U-Turn by the Federal Government on Wednesday withdrawing all the Senior Secondary School 3 students in all the 104 unity colleges nationwide from participating in the forthcoming West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) being conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the organisation had on Tuesday at a news conference in Lagos confirmed the earlier announcement of its exam timetable by the minister of state for education, and also gave the details of the schedules on the premise that all governments of the five member countries of WAEC including Nigeria were fully aware and also agreed to go ahead with the exam but under certain safety guidelines and protocols to curb the coronavirus spread.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, at a news conference after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, announced that graduating students of unity colleges would not be allowed to resume schools in order to write this year’s examination.

But when asked for reaction over the latest news, the head of national office of WAEC Nigeria, Mr Patrick Areghan, told Tribune Online that he had no comment for now on the matter.

According to him, “we don’t want to say anything for now on the matter.”


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Resumption of schools not possible anytime soon – FG says

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has cancelled the reopening of schools, stating that its unsafe for Nigerian students.

Addressing State House correspondents after the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja on Wednesday, Adamu stated that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cannot determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria.

Adamu said the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, was misquoted when he spoke on the matter during a Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

Nwajiuba was reported to have announced that school facilities would be made available for revision classes ahead of the examination which commences from Aug. 4 through Sept. 5, and called on parents to take note of the date.

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Adamu, however, said that Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has therefore said that final year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) will not be allowed to return to school contrary to what had earlier been believed.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers.

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Adamu appealed to States that have announced the resumption of school in their states to reconsider their position so as not to jeopardize the lives of the students, adding, “It is not safe to reopen schools now.”

“Schools under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education will not reopen on Aug. 4 or any time soon.

“Our schools will only open when we believe it is safe for our children and that is when the situation is right, not when the number of COVID-19 infection is going up in the nation.

“So, I just want to make that clear.

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“We will not reopen schools now for examinations or any other reason unless it is safe for our students; even WAEC because WAEC cannot determine for us what we do. So schools will remain closed.

The minister frowned at the way and manner WAEC was handling the issue of the examination timetable, saying the ministry of education was consulted before the announcement of the new date for the exams.

“Yesterday we called a meeting of stakeholders to tell us their situation and what needs to be done in order to reopen schools but while the meeting was going on, WAEC announced that they will start exams.

“So let’s see who they are going to start with,” he said.

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“I feel responsible for the whole children in Nigeria not just those in Federal government-controlled schools. Please let’s save our children from this.

“You can look at this scenario; just one infected child going into a class, can infect everyone in the class and after classes, they go back to the hostel; because children cannot observe social distancing as expected.

“If one child in the hostel is infected, the next morning everybody will be infected so this is not the right time to open schools,’’ he said.

He, therefore, maintained that final year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) would not be allowed to return to school contrary to the earlier announcement.


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No Schools will participate in WAEC Exams under my ministry – Adamu

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The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu has just announced that no Unity Schools will participate in the scheduled WAEC exams.

Mr Adamu stated this after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

He said that none of the schools under his ministry will resume until schools are considered safe.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

The Minister urged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the state governments to reconsider their decision to open for exams.


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Uwaila’s Rape: IGP Adamu vow to bring killer to book.


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reacted to the news of the rape and gruesome murder of Uwaila Omozuwa, the 100-level student of the University of Benin.

In a statement released this afternoon by the force spokesperson, Frank Mba, the police chief vowed to ensure the perpetrators of the dastard act are brought to book.

According to the statement, additional investigation aids and forensic support have been drafted to Edo state to help expedite actions in the ongoing investigation into the unfortunate incident.

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”As part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa in Benin, Edo State on 28th and 30th May, 2020 respectively, the Inspector General of Police has deployed additional investigations aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident.

The IGP, while condemning the attack, commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. He calls for calm and assures that the Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time.” the statement reads.


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We had an agreement, don’t forget – SGF remind IGP


The Southeast Governors Forum has told the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Muhammed, to revert to the agreement they had on community policing.

The SGF issued a communique on Sunday which accuses the IGP of not sticking to the agreement they had when he paid a visit to their region.

The communique was read by the Chairman of the forum, Governor David Umahi, who revealed that state assemblies have been asked to enact laws to give legal backing to their security plan.

The communique reads: “The recent communication from the Inspector General of Police to our Governors on community Policing composition is not in keeping with the agreement we reached with him during his last visit to the South East.

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“In the circumstance, we cannot begin implementation of it until the programme reflects our earlier agreement. The South East Governors and their leaders request the IGP to revert to our initial agreement reached on community policing at Enugu.

“The forum agreed that all South East States Houses of Assembly should commence the process of enacting the state security laws in line with the South East joint security programme.”


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[Nigeria] Minister of Education may replace Abba Kyari as ‘Chief of Staff’.


If appointed, Adamu will replace Abba Kyari, who was announced dead on Friday.

Kyari, who had a history of diabetes and was in his 70s, died at a private hospital in Lagos on owing to complications from Coronavirus.

A top government source, who spoke with media, said the President would have wanted Babagana Kingibe but was prevailed upon to drop him.

Recall that NobleReporters had few hours after Kyari’s death, disclosed that Kingibe was scheming to become Buhari’s Chief of Staff.

The source however, said, “The President actually wanted Kingibe but a lot of people prevailed upon him to drop the idea as Kingibe was not trustworthy as he betrayed and abandoned both his previous principals Abiola and Yaradua in their hours of need.”

The announcement of Adamu’s appointment as new COS is expected to happen soon.


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Ganduje, Kyari, Dangote & Masari Grace IGP, Adamu Son’s Wedding. {Photos}


Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, was among the dignitaries that graced the wedding fatiha of Hassan, son of Muhammad Adamu, inspector general of police.

The IGP’s son tied the knot with Summayya Goje, his bride, on Saturday, in Abuja.


Other dignitaries in attendance at the wedding ceremony are Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man; and Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina state.


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We need 1,000 APCs, 774 drones and 250,000 assault rifles – IG


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday said apart from inadequate personnel, the Nigeria Police Force needed no fewer than 1,000 armoured personnel carriers and 250,000 assault rifles with corresponding ammunition.

Adamu, who disclosed this at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, tagged, ‘Repositioning the Nigeria Police for an Enhanced Service Delivery, said the country needed 2,000,000 tear gas canisters and smoke grenades.

Other equipment the IG said the force required included 200,000 riot gunners and smoke pistols, 1,000 tracking devices, and 774 operational drones, among others.

He also lamented that poor remuneration scared best and suitable applicants away from the police.

As part of efforts to address problems confronting the NPF, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), last year gave the force the go-ahead to recruit 10,000 police officers.

Besides inadequate manpower, the police are also battling with other problems including dilapidated barracks, poor remuneration and low budgetary allocations.

NobleReporters reported that ten months after the President approved an increase in police salaries and allowances, policemen had yet to receive the pay rise. The President had in November 2018, approved an enhanced salary structure for the NPF.

At the House of Representatives event on Tuesday, the IG, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Abdulmajid Ali, stated that aggregation of reports by the various police reform committees highlighted the major challenges hindering an optimal service delivery by the police.

In the document he presented to the committee, a copy of which our correspondent obtained, Ali said the challenges included gross underfunding, which he said was caused by inadequate budgetary appropriation and non-release of the limited appropriated funds.

He noted that the budgetary system still remained the envelope system, which he said was not capable of taking care of neither the needs nor wants of the force.

The envelope budgetary system involves the capping of funds at a particular amount notwithstanding the needs of an organisation.

S’African police got N1.137trn in 2018, N20bn was given to NPF, says Adamu

Ali said, “A comparative analysis between Nigeria and South Africa police indicates that while in 2018 the South African police got R46.87bn rand or N1.1372tn for visible policing programme, with a 6.89 per cent growth projection up to 2021/2022 financial year, the Nigeria Police had to do with N35bn appropriation and an eventual release of N20bn for capital and overhead expenditure.”

The DIG also described personnel of the NPF as inadequate to cope with the “expanding and increasingly complex requirements of policing Nigeria’s growing population and crime profile.”

According to him, 302,000 police officers cannot effectively police the country.

Poor remuneration scare best hands from police

Ali explained that poor remuneration and welfare regime, which he said were not only de-motivating for officers, but were not attractive enough for the best and most suitable applicants for police jobs in Nigeria.

Policeman gets N12,000 on retirement

“In Kenya, for example, a police constable take-home earning is about 34,907 Shilling or N126,000, whereas his Nigerian counterpart earns unfortunately less than N50,000. Pitiably, this earning comes down to between N12,000 and N18,000 at retirement,” he said.

The DIG also said that paucity of funds had over the years made it impossible for an average police officer to be adequately trained and retrained for an enhanced service delivery.

He stated that improvement in this area would no doubt enhance professionalism in terms of weapon handling, investigation and human rights observance.

On operational equipment, Ali said, “The force needs to improve on its arsenal, as well as technology to combat cybercrime, insurgency and sundry crimes.

“Consequently, not less than 1,000 APCs, 250,000 assault rifles/corresponding ammunition, 2,000,000 tear gas canisters/smoke grenades 200,000 riot gunners and smoke pistols, 1,000 tracking devices, 774 operational drones, among others, (are needed) to cover the length and breadth of the nation.”

While calling on the National Assembly for various legislative interventions, Ali stated the need to review the country’s policing structure.

He said, “In repositioning the Nigeria Police, there is the need to review our policing strategy as a nation. This informs the approval and adoption of community policing as the national strategy for internal security management in Nigeria.

“The community policing model being envisioned for Nigeria is one that will draw on the legal opportunities provided by the Police Act for the engagement of special constables who, in this instance, will be engaged as community policing officers under the coordination of the Nigeria Police towards evolving a community-focused policing architecture.

“When fully operational, the strategy will free up the human and material assets of the Nigeria Police, which are currently tied down to the management of low level crimes, and strengthen our capacity to redirect our assets and operations to high-profile crimes that constitute major threat to community safety and security.”

Aso Rock, VIPs, others have depleted personnel meant for main police jobs – PSC

In his submission, Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired IGP, also decried inadequate police personnel, many of whom he said were deployed to protect public buildings and very important persons.

“It is from the indicated police strength that personnel are deployed to Presidential Villa, National Assembly, judiciary, top government officials at the centre (Federal Government) and all the states, prominent traditional rulers nationwide, embassies, banks, key/vulnerable points and all levels of police formations throughout the country. No wonder, only skeletal police coverage is available in all police formations nationwide,” Smith noted.

Ex-IG Arase, DIG, AIG endorse police demand

A former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, and two other retired police officers endorsed the police demand, noting that the NPF needed more capacity to address the insecurity in the country.

Arase noted that crime had increased geometrically across the country, adding that the Federal Government should strive to provide the necessary equipment for the police to confront the insecurity in the country.

Arase stated, “Policing is about man, material mix. Once you have the requisite capacity and you are able to give them the materials to work with, you would now have the moral latitude to hold them accountable for incompetence or ineffectiveness.”

The retired police boss added, “I think the government should look into the request of the IG, it is timely. Crime has increased geometrically, it means the personnel have to be properly equipped to be able to confront the challenges that they are facing.”

He stated, “I would want to appeal to the government and the National Assembly to take a look at it (police request), especially against the backdrop of the harmonization of the previous police reform reports – Danmadami, M.D. Yusuf and Parry Osayande reports.”

Retired DIG Adedayo Adeoye observed that training and retraining were as important as the equipment, noting that provision of hardware alone would not make the police effective.

“Look at the death of the Remo Football Club player which allegedly involved some police officers in Sagamu. How many of our policemen go for retraining after their recruitment into the force? So, training and retraining are very crucial as well as their welfare,” he said.

But retired AIG Austin Iwar observed that the police demand was inadequate, noting that the organisation needed more than the shopping list presented to the lawmakers in view of the level of insecurity plaguing the country.


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Lifes of married men with one wife, not complete – Adamu Garba


Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant on the platform of the APC, has said men who have only one wife are “missing a whole lot” and are “living a half life”.
He said this while reacting to a video of a man being amused by his wives.


“A man and his two wives,” the caption on the video reads.

Adamu Garba reacted to the video, writing: “If your life is centred around one wife, my brother you are living a half life & missing a whole lot.


Nothing is sweeter than having two or more wives I tell you. Dear Men, Man Up! Stoping chasing them through the corners, come forward & marry more than one & have your life back.”

Writer, Lola Shoneyin reacted to Garba’s tweet. She wrote: “Do you have to make an effort to be obtuse, or does it just come naturally?”

Former presidential aspirant Adamu Garba, says men with only one wife “are living a half life”

Adamu Garba, who has two wives, promotes polygamy when he gets the chance. Weeks ago, he trended when he said that it is better to have the title of a wife than to become a CBN governor


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UTME candidates should not involve in exam malpractice – Adamu Adamu warned


As the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) holds mock for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) today (Tuesday, February 18, 2020), Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has warned sitting candidates against examination malpractices.

While warning universities and other tertiary institutions to abide by the rules of the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) established by JAMB, Adamu noted that the government is aware of the corrupt practices such as admission racketeering, amongst others.

“Candidates who are billed to sit for the 2020 UTME are urged to refrain from any form of malpractices as this administration detests all forms of corruption, including examination malpractice and admission racketeering.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

“Permit me to seize this opportunity to state that the leadership of any higher institution found to be involved in admitting any candidate without the prior approval of the board or outside the established platform – CAPS – would be considered and treated as corrupting the system,” Punch quoted Adamu as saying.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, had however disclosed that the board has so far registered over 1.9 million prospective candidates for its 2020 UTME, with a few hours to the end of the exercise.


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IGP Adamu: Vehicles illegally using siren, covered number plates will be impounded

...warned against the illegal use of sirens and revolving lights

… ordered state commissioners of police to impound all vehicles illegally using spy number plates, or covered number plates

… illegal use of such practices constitute security risks to the people and country


On Monday, February 3, the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, made moves in ensuring the safety of the people and country when he gave a new order.

The police chief in a recent announcement ordered the clampdown on illegal use of siren, revolving lights and spy number plates. This is following the working visit of the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Boboye Oyeyemi and his team at the police headquarters.

Adamu in a statement by the police force PRO, Frank Mba noted that all police commissioners of Police have been directed to seize all vehicles caught illegally using spy number plates, sirens, revolving lights or covered number plates.

Vehicles illegally using siren, covered number plates will be impounded – Police boss Source: Original Mba went on to explain that any vehicle found without permit for such practice will be impounded immediately.

The directive was given from the police boss because such practices are illegal and constitute security risks.

It was previously reported that Adamu warned police unit commanders against illegal acts such as harassing citizens and mounting unauthorised roadblocks.

The IGP issued the warning on Wednesday, January 8, after meeting in Abuja with unit commanders. Adamu issued the warning after several reports of illegal and unprofessional acts by police operatives which are against the police force.

He also reminded the officers that their duty is to protect the lives and property of Nigerians.


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