TOP STORIES: IGP Meets Arase, other Ex-IGPs To Review Police Performance.

…Seek Effective Partnership between Police, PSC

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc(+), NPM, fdc, NEAPS, CFR met with the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Ex-IGP Dr. Solomon Arase, NPM, fdc, FCIArB and retired Inspectors-General of Police today Wednesday 12th April, 2023, at the Police Service Commission Corporate Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.

The meeting which was at the instance of Dr. Arase, amongst other salient things discussed issues affecting the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force drawing experiences from the retired officers who have at various times piloted the affairs of the Nigeria Police Force, and the Commission.

In a statement by the Force spokesman, Adejobi, who said, The retired IGP’s graced the meeting included IGP Sunday Ehindero (Rtd.) CFR, NPM, fwc; IGP Mike Mbama Okiro (Rtd.) NPM, mni; IGP Ogbonna O. Onovo (Rtd.) CFR, NPM, mni; and IGP Suleiman Abba (Rtd.) CFR, NPM, NPoM, mni. The PSC Chairman appreciated the IGP and retired IGPs for honouring his invitation while assuring that the Commission under him will not relent in making sure that the welfare of Police Officers and Men are well catered to.

The Inspector-General of Police while assuring of the commitment of the Force under the current leadership to positive collaborations with the Commission for effective implementation of the Police Reform agenda, appreciated the PSC Chairman for the thoughtfulness in assembling the eggheads for the laudable meeting.

IGP Usman Alkali Baba (third left) flanked by his predecessors after a meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2023

At the end of the meeting, a former IGP Sunday Ehindero commended the Usman for his leadership strides, saying Nigeria will continue to solve its problems.

“We think the problems that we’re having in the country — political, social and even economic — are passing phases for the Nigerian Police Force,” Ehindero said.

“And although the international community may ask their nationals to withdraw, we in this country have a way of solving our problems.
“So, we have deliberated and there is very assuring hope for the society in respect of the performance and direction of the police force.”

The inspector general said he and his predecessors had spoken at great length on how to continuously address contemporary issues affecting law enforcement in Nigeria.

He added that crime prevention and control were a dynamic issue that requires a dynamic approach.
“So, there is hope at the end of the tunnel. We’ll continue to discuss, synergise and cooperate with everybody that will also support us,” he said.


Why UK Immigration Officials  detained Peter Obi at the airport- Campaign Office.

Labour Party’s Presidential candidate Peter Obi (C) arrives at a campaign rally at Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan, southwestern Nigeria, on November 23, 2022, ahead of the 2023 Nigerian presidential election. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)
The campaign office of Labour Party on Wednesday said Peter Obi was detained and harassed by immigration officers at Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom.

“He was questioned for a long time and it was very strange for a man who lived for over a decade in that country,” Labour Party campaign spokesman Diran Onifade said in a statement.
“Since Obi’s face was already an international frame, especially for Nigerians, Africans home, and in Diaspora who are likely to be Obidients, the people quickly raised their voices wondering why he was being delayed.”
Onifade said the former Anambra State governor was detained and questioned for a duplication offense and suggested that someone must have been impersonating Obi in London.

“Since the impersonator is still at large, the scenario is unimaginable as Obi could be implicated in a series of forbidden acts and even be framed in a manner that could be a huge embarrassment to him, his family, his party, the obidient Movement, and indeed Nigeria, where he currently and indisputably remains the conscience of the people,” Onifade said.

The campaign spokesman disclosed that Obi arrived the Heathrow Airport in London from Nigeria on Good Friday, April 7, 2023, and joined the queue for the necessary airport protocols when he was accosted by immigration official who handed him a detention note and told him to step aside.
He explained that the immigration officials who were also taken aback at the reaction of the people were forced to reveal to those present that Obi was being questioned.

Onifade asserted that the high implication of the offense is that the impersonator could be committing all kinds of weighty crimes and other dubious acts and it would be recorded in Obi’s name.

The Nigerian government last week accused Obi and his running mate Datti Baba-Ahmed of treason for allegedly inciting people to violence over the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.
Obi came third in the election behind Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who was first runner up and ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Bola Tinubu who was declared winner of the poll.
Atiku and Obi are in court to challenge Tinubu’s victory. Both of them claim to have won the election.

Onifade, however, accused the Nigerian government of “demarketing” Obi by accusing him of treason.
“Obi’s telephone line was also bugged when they were possibly looking for information to portray him badly before a section of the country who had voted for him massively,” Onifade said.
“As if they were not getting the desired results of denting his image, and possibly placing the traducers under a heavier conscience load, they tried to persuade him to leave the country and go take a rest.”

He discloses Obi is in Nigeria as of Wednesday and is doing charity work, visiting health and educational institutions making donations, and winning awards.



INEC fixes Saturday, April 15 for Rivers supplementary elections.

INEC has fixed Saturday, April 15 to conduct elections in polling units where the exercise was suspended in Port Harcourt II and Khana/Gokana Federal Constituencies of Rivers on Feb. 25.
Its spokesperson in Rivers, Mrs Geraldine Ekelemu, quoted the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Johnson Alalibo, as saying that elections would be conducted in 42 polling units and at Registration Areas 04 and 07 in Khana/Gokana.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Ekelemu also quoted Alalibo as saying that elections would hold in 377 polling units and in Registration Areas 05, 10 to 18 in Port Harcourt II constituency.
In the statement, Alalibo enjoined voters to turn out en-masse on Saturday to exercise their franchise in a peaceful manner.



I’m Not A Party In US Drug Case, Tinubu Tells Tribunal.

The president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, that he was not a party in the drug case that was said to have been filed against him by the United States Government in 1993.

Tinubu, in his response to the petition by Labour Party and its candidate, Mr Peter Obi, said since he was not a party in the criminal case, he was eminently qualified to contest the February 25 presidential election. Shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Tinubu the winner of the election, the LP and its candidate approached the tribunal for an order to nullify the election. But Tinubu and Shettima in their response to the petition urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition by Obi and the LP.
Tinubu said in his reply, “The pleadings in paragraphs 28-31 of the petition hinge the alleged disqualification of the 2nd respondent (Tinubu) on a decision of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division in case No 93C-4483 delivered on October 4, 1993.

“The 2nd respondent herein named was not a party or defendant in the said case No 93C-4483. “The 2nd respondent was/is not one of the listed parties in the decision Illinois, Eastern Division in case No 93C-4483 delivered on October 4, 1993, was not rendered by a Court or Tribunal created pursuant to any written law in Nigeria.

“This Honourable Court lacks the jurisdiction to enforce the purported judgement of the court in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). “The pleadings in paragraphs 28 –31 of the petition do not disclose a reasonable cause of action cognizable under Sections131, 134 and 137 legislation or instrument under the provisions of a law in Nigeria.

“The decision of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division in case No 93C-4483 delivered on October 4, 1993 is/was not in respect of any cause of action or offence created by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). “The case of the petitioners as pleaded has not disclosed any disqualifying factor as prescribed by Section 137 (1)(d) and (e) of the Act of the National Assembly or law of a State.”



Two Lagos-based suspected robbers arrested in Ogun during operation.

Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have apprehended two members of a Lagos-based robbery gang who have been terrorizing Ijebu Ode and its environs in recent time.
Crime report from the command indicated that the suspects, Muyiwa Adebola and Lukman Ogunmuyiwa were arrested following a distress call received at Igbeba divisional headquarters, Ijebu Ode on the 26th of March 2023, when the 6-man gang invaded New site, Imoru Ijebu at about 1.30am and held residents hostage.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the robbers dispossessed residents of their belongings ranging from laptops, 32 different phones to a GLK Mercedes Benz car with number plate KRD 570 HM at gunpoint.
He added that one Ayoola Taiwo was also shot and wounded on his right knee by the robbers.

Acting on the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Igbeba,CSP Musiliu Doga, led his men to the scene but the robbers took to flight on sighting the policemen.
Oyeyemi explained that they were hotly chased and one of them, Muyiwa Adebola, was arrested at Olisa area of Ijebu Ode and one of the looted phones was recovered from him.

During interrogation, Oyeyemi said the suspect informed the police that the gang members were based in Lagos State, and he subsequently led detectives to Mushin area of Lagos where the second one, Lukman Ogunmuyiwa, who also confessed his participation in the robbery was apprehended.

Recovered so far from the two suspects are: three HP laptops and three phones belonging to the victims.
Meanwhile, he said the suspects have been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments on the order of the outgoing Commissioner of Police now AIG, Frank Mba for discreet investigation.


Seven storey-building collapses in Lagos

A seven-storey building located at Banana Island, Lagos State, collapsed on Wednesday evening. The collapsed building is said to be an unapproved 7-floor edifice that was under construction.
Deputy Director, Public Affairs, LASEMA, Mukaila Sanusi, stated that few people who sustained injuries were being treated. He added that there was no fatality.

According to him, the incident occurred while casting was being done.
He informed that Lagos State Government has begun an investigation into the cause of the collapsed building.

He said: “An unapproved 7-floor building under construction has collapsed in Banana Island, Lagos State, this evening.
“Few who sustained injuries are being treated.  There is no fatality. This unfortunate incident happened while casting was being done.”

Sanusi added that the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins rushed to the site to assess the situation and flag off the investigation.

“We ask members of the public to remain calm and expect further information from the ministry,” he said.


CP Owohunwa Decorates Funsho Gabriel Thomas and other 36 Newly Promoted Officers, Demands Special Consideration In Reward Programme.

… Presents Millions of Naira To The Families of Deceased Personnel.

The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Idowu Owohunwa has posited that police officers in Lagos are the most diligent and resilient cops that deal with the most complexes set of crimes in the country.
He therefore, appealed to the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba to continue to give special consideration in his reward programme to officers serving in the state.

Owohunwa suggested that the consideration could be done through the sustainace of instrument of promotions and other reward system.
The Police Commissioner made the assertions, Tuesday when he decorated the 36 newly promoted senior officers with their ranks at the command headquarters, Ikeja.

Speaking further, he emphasised that the incentive would make such beneficial officer serving in the state to know he is being appreciated for the great job being done.

Expressing gladness over the promotion, Owohunwa pointed out that the welfare and promotion scheme represents a critical component of the agenda and leadership vision of the Inspector General of Police.

According to him, IGP Usman Alkali has been consistent in ensuring that officers with unblemished records are put forward for promotion as at when due subject to available vacancies.
His words, ”  On behalf of the Lagos State Command, I wish to specially convey our appreciation to the IGP.

In doing so, like Oliver Twist , to also remind the IGP that in Lagos State Command, we’ re not only composed of the highest numbers of Police officers in this country, we also constitute the crop of the most diligent and most resilient in this country. We deal with the most complexes set of crimes, meaning we face higher level of challenges.

” In appreciating the IGP for what is being done today, we also want to appeal to him to continue to give special consideration in his reward programme to the Nigeria Police Force to Lagos State Command. This can be done through the sustainace of instrument of promotion, it could also be done through other reward systems that will make a Lagos State officer know he is being appreciated for the great job he or she is doing for the nation in Lagos State”.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner of Police Railway Command, Yetunde Longe charged the officers to brace up for the new task ahead of them.
” I want to implore you all  that to whom much is giving, much is expected. We normally say the higher is goes, the cooler, but it is not so in the Nigeria Police Force. The reward for hardwork is more hard work, you have to continue to work hard , as much is expected of you now that you are at that cadre I will call the management team of the command. You should live up to expectations and be professional”, she counselled.

In his own contribution, an erstwhile Archbishop of the Lagos Anglican Communion Archbishop Ephraim Ademowo charged  the officers to always put in the best in the discharge of their duty and continue to go the extra mile. For those still expecting their promotion, the clergy urged them to put God first, continue to be faithful and not be frustrated, assuring that the promotion will come someday.

In the same vein, several million of naira was presented to the families of officers who lost their lives in the course of performing their official duty, the State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa stated the money would go a along way in attending to financial need of the deceased families, most especially in the area of childrens’ education.

The cheques were presented to the next of kins to deceased officers in the Command.



Lagos Assembly Stops Salaries Of Government Appointees Without House Approval.

Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of letters given to government appointees whose nominations should have been sent to the House for their screening and confirmation, but who took up the jobs without the due process.
The House also ordered immediate halting of salaries and remunerations enjoyed by the affected government appointees pending their appearances before the House. The Assembly further summoned three top officials over the issue.

Those summoned include the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Accountant-General of the State, Dr. Abiodun Muritala, and the state’s Commissioner for Establishment, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle.

In a ‘Matter of Urgent Public Importance’ brought before the House by Hon. Noheem Adams, Deputy Majority Leader, the lawmakers lamented the increasing situation where supposed nominees of the governor continue to work without being screened and confirmed by the Speaker of the house, Mudashiru Obasa, who presided at the sitting, agreed with the lawmakers that appointments of that nature without recourse to the House amounted to infractions.

“I quite agree with all of you that the failure of such nominees to appear is an infraction or violation of the laws of this House, especially as it relates to the MDAs, most of which were established by the laws of this House,” Dr. Obasa said adding that the laws of the House of Assembly have statutory provisions that nominees of the governor must appear for confirmation.

“It is becoming common and regular and if we fail to act now, it becomes a norm. I share your sentiments that there is a need for us to put a stop to this. I am aware of the development in the Audit Commission, I am aware of the one in the Law Reform Commission and now the Auditor-General and some others,” he said
Raising the issue earlier, Hon. Adams cited Section 196, subsection 2; Section 198 and Section 126, subsection 3 which give backing to the House of Assembly in respect of nominations by the governor for appointments.
“Section 126, subsection 3 provides that except with the resolution of a State Assembly, no person shall act in the office of the Auditor-General for a state for a period exceeding six months.

As the chairman, House committee on legislative compliance, I have observed that some appointments to boards and other agencies were not brought to this noble House. If this persists, the principle of separation of powers will be in jeopardy.
“For example, the Auditor-General was appointed on the September 22, 2022 and today is April 11, 2023,” Adams said adding that the Auditor-General’s appointment in acting capacity had exceeded what the laws stipulate.
Supporting Adams, Hon. Ademola Kasunmu said the stipulations of Section 198 should be strictly adhered to. He added that because such appointments are considered null and void, every remuneration that had gone out, should be returned to the coffers of the State.

Speaking on the same matter, Hon. Victor Akande observed that the situation happened in the judiciary where an appointment was done without recourse to the House and the due process.

Hon. Sa’ad Olumoh lamented that such appointments without regard for the House were becoming too many.

“Separation of power is a doctrine enshrined in the constitution. The executive has the right to nominate people and the House has the responsibility to either confirm or reject such nominations.

“It is not only in the office of the Auditor-General, but I don’t know in what capacity one can act beyond the time limit without recourse to the House,” he said while urging the House to look at the issue holistically so as to put an end to what could cause issues later.

Hon. Rotimi Olowo, who noted the difference between nomination and appointment, lamented: “Today, we have a lot of people parading themselves with many names without appearing before this House for clearance. It should not be a padi-padi thing. This is a constitutional matter and if we do not adhere, we would end up facing the wrought of the people.”

He said it was an infraction to have people who are not cleared by the House receiving salaries and “I am of the opinion that such money is supposed to be returned to the coffers.”

Hon. Desmond Elliot called on the House to act in a way to curtail any future occurrence while Hon. Femi Saheed suggested that “in line with the constitution, anyone acting outside the stipulated time must recourse to the House.”

He further suggested that the Head of Service be made to appear before the House to clear himself over the issue.

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