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.
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.
Mujiburrahman who admitted it is high time the IGP must purge the criminal element of the force, reminded there are still men and women of integrity in the security outfit.
The Kano Community Policing Committee (KCPC) has challenged the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu to go the extra mile beyond the recent banning of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the force.
The group advocated thorough investigation and subsequent prosecution of the bad eggs among operatives of the proscribed SARS to restore public confidence in the leadership of the police force.
Besides, the committee warned the police to ensure a proper mechanism to checkmate the recruitment of men and women into Community Policing to prevent similar operational challenges posed by SARS.
The IGP, Mohammad Adamu on Monday declared the immediate outlaw of SARS after the nation contained with the overwhelming outcry and campaign of #EndSARS protest both on social media and on major cities of the Federation against further existence of the police unit.
Addressing journalists in Kano, leader of the implementation committee of Kano Community Policing, Barrister Sheikh Mujiburrahman who applauded the tenacity of the protesters who raised against the excesses of Police operatives equally praised the urgent response of the IGP in proscribing the unit.
Barrister Mujiburrahman who believed that protest is a legitimate right of citizens however called to end the prolong protest even after the pronouncement of the ban of SARS to avert the possibility of a state of anarchy.
He appealed on the police to release those arrested for protesting against the operations of SARS adding the scrapping of the unit has eventually vindicated the actions of the hangry youths who occupied the streets.
“There are men of integrity within the police service to run whatever force that will replace the SARS. There are those who are innocent within the force that should be used in replacing the bad eggs.
” As committee for the implementation of Community Policing in Kano, we want to suggest that proper machinery should be put in place by the Police to checkmate the recruitment of men and women for Community Policing in the country just to avoid similar problem SARS posed to the nation.
“We also want to call for the release of those arrested by SARS unlawful and those arrested during protest across the country because they have been vindicated by the banning of SARS and unless if they have committed crimes for which they will be prosecuted in a court of law,” Mujiburrahman noted.
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.
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.
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.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned police officers in Oyo State against complacency following the rearrest of the suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe.
The suspect was rearrested on Sunday after he escaped from the police custody at Mokola police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP directed that all hands must be on deck to bring the case to a positive and successful closure.
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In reply please quote Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.3/6 Date: 23rd August 2020
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SUSPECTED OYO SERIAL KILLER, SUNDAY SHODIPE, BACK IN POLICE CUSTODY
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Oyo State Police Command, have re-arrested the notorious murder suspect, Sunday Shodipe who escaped from lawful custody on 11th August 2020. He was re-arrested today, Sunday, 23rd August 2020 by Police operatives at the Bodija area of Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
It would be recalled that the erstwhile fugitive is a prime suspect in multiple murder of innocent citizens at Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni while commending the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu and his Team for a job well done, equally expressed his sincere appreciation to the citizens for their support and understanding while the manhunt for the rearrested Shodipe lasted.
Meanwhile, the IGP has warned against any form of complacency on the part of the operatives of the Oyo State Police Command, stressing that all hands must be on deck to bring the case to a positive and successful closure.
DCP FRANK MBA FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the rearrest of a suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, who escaped from the custody of the Oyo State Police Command.
Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
According to him, the police commissioner has also been directed to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.
Mba explained that the IGP has deployed additional investigative aids to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.
He noted that the additional deployment comprised crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Force Intelligence Bureau in Abuja.
“The team is expected to bring their vast operational, technical, and investigative experience to bear in supporting ongoing efforts aimed at re-arresting and bringing the fugitive to book.
“All persons indicted in the escape are to be identified and made to face the wrath of the law,” the statement said.
The police spokesman added that the police commissioner was directed to immediately assess and rejig the security architecture in the state, in order to prevent any future occurrence of untoward incidents.
The IGP called for calm and urged the residents to cooperate with the police by providing useful information that can lead to the unearthing of the whereabouts of the suspect.
Shodipe is the prime suspect in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The 19-year-old was arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital.
They were later charged to court but remanded in police custody before Shodipe escaped on August 8.
The police command announced Shodipe’s escape in a statement on Sunday and declared him wanted.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately stop the invasion of the Edo State House of Assembly.
In a statement on Thursday, the party described the incident as an attempt to forcefully take over the Assembly by security operatives allegedly deployed from Abuja by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP also blamed the incident on the former National Chairman of the APC, saying it was a direct coup against the democratic order of Edo State and a recipe for anarchy, chaos, and bloodletting.
“We urge the Inspector General to act with dispatch to curb this nefarious situation, which has heightened tension in the state, and if not halted, may result in a bloody clash as the citizens are already charged to defend their symbol of democracy from a forceful takeover,” the party said in the statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
It added, “The police hierarchy is urged to note that this provocative and lawless act by the APC is part of its plans to overheat the polity and create a security situation with the view to unleash violence on the people, derail the democratic order in the state, and blame it on security agencies.
“We condemn this notorious resort to self-help by the APC and their agents to forcefully takeover power in Edo State through the back door.”
We Have No Control The PDP said it has uncovered an alleged plot to use “the illegal security operation” to seize the processes of the State House of Assembly.
It claimed that the incident was also aimed at illegally inaugurating some persons whose seats have been declared vacant with purported plans to use them to pull down the democratic structure in the state.
The party also accused some leaders of the APC and lawmakers in the state of plots to “import a fake mace, cause anarchy and then push for the imposition of a state of emergency in the state.”
He claimed that the politicians were taking such actions because of the fear of being defeated in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.
“Our party, therefore, charges the IG to wade in and immediately withdraw the illegally deployed security officers and protect democracy and peace in Edo State.
“Our nation cannot afford to have a breakdown of law and order in Edo State at this critical time as such is capable of having a spiral effect on other states in the Niger Delta region, which will further result in dire consequences to our nation,” the PDP warned.
It also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the former APC national chairman to avoid what it described as a serious crisis in the country.
In its reaction, the APC condemned the allegations of the PDP, saying it has no control over the police.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, or the APC, does not control the Police,” a statement by the party’s media campaign council for the governorship election in Edo said
The PDP’s statement was in reaction to the take over of the Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital by security operatives.
Recall, Noble Reporters Media earlier reported how dozens of personnel of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) stormed the Assembly following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has advised Nigerians not to forget the existing COIVD-19 protocols put in place to curb the spread of the virus in the country.
He gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Mohammed explained that the call became necessary as the country, especially as Muslim faithful prepare for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
He, therefore, called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gathering and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The IGP also asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of efforts to ensure a crime-free Eid-el Kabir celebration in the country, he directed the Commissioners of Police in all the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 17 Zonal Commands to intensify confidence building patrols in all nooks and crannies of the country.
The police boss asked the senior officers to specifically ensure increased patrols on major highways and around critical national infrastructure.
While assuring Nigerians of adequate security, he congratulated the Muslim faithful in the country as they join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.
Security During Eid Prayers In line with the directive of the police boss, the Yobe State Police Command said modalities have been put in place to provide adequate security at all praying grounds and places of public gathering around the state before, during, and after the celebrations.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarem, urged residents to confide in the command and other security agencies by providing useful information and prompt reporting of suspicious persons, movements, and objects around their places of abode.
He also appealed to them to use the festive period to offer prayers for peace, protection against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stability of Yobe and country at large.
Abdulkarem, however, announced that there would be restriction of vehicular movement from 11pm on Thursday to 11am on Friday, for the purpose of ensuring security during the Eid-el-Kabir prayers.
He noted that in view of the current situation caused by the pandemic, the police have advised all district heads, imams and Muslim faithful in the state to observe Eid prayers in accordance with the COVID-19 preventive measures.
Allegations and counter-allegations in the media have become the daily experience of the suspended EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu and AGF Abubakar Malami, and the duo have no one else to thank for their ordeal except the Justice Ayo Salami panel.
The panel President Muhammadu Buhari set up to investigate the 22 allegations against Magu has been operating in secrecy, going as far as interrogating and detaining the suspect without formality.
And with the vacuum so created, the media, especially social media, has gone to work, filling in the blanks with what they called facts, insider scoops, rumors, and speculations.
Magu, getting the short end of the stick, has been screaming through his lawyers, clarifying the stories in the media—the only source he has been receiving the allegations the presidential panel is probing him for.
“Our client undertakes to cooperate fully with the Salami panel by making available to the panel formal response to the allegations against him in the social media platforms and newspapers since,’ his lawyer Shittu said on the weekend, adding he is yet to be formally served with copies of the allegations against him by the panel.
He’s not spitting fire against the media.
But such zeal to defend is wanting in the reaction of Malami, the chief petitioner and antagonist in the Buhari epic war on corruption which the main opposition PDP describes as a farce.
If anything, the AGF is taking things personally.
According to him, it’s been a gut-wrenching experience watching the media feast of counter-allegations of corruption, abuse of office, and wealth many believe he cannot account for —or which he is been pressured to account for.
“The publications have subjected him considerable distress, psychological trauma, anxiety and greatly injured his character and reputation,” his media office said during the week.
He considers his own share of the media angst, largely stimulated by the blind investigation of Magu, “a seeming coordinated internet/social media attack on him on [since] July 10, 11 and 12, 2020.
Among other media platforms, particular news media (known to Noble Reporters Media) has been dishing out stories and pictures of landed properties in Kano, Kebbi, Abuja it claims belong to the AGF and his family—just within five years of becoming justice minister.
He was equally alleged to have released illegal oil bunkering vessels the EFCC impounded while the case was still in court.
But Malami insisted that the articles were defamatory, with intention to ridicule him before the world.
“He still receives several telephone calls and visits from well-meaning Nigerians, his friends and associates from all over the world,” his lawyer Ibrahim Ameh wrote in a petition to IGP Ibrahim Adamu.
He urged the IGP to probe the defamatory and libelous publications.
But critics of the administration will want him to respond to the allegation. They even want Buhari to probe him too, rather than concentrate on Magu and the EFCC alone.
No fewer than 12 directors of the agency have been forced into suspension. They too had no idea why. But Malami, as directed by Buhari, announced the suspension as part of the on-going effort to purge the agency.
IGP Mohammed Adamu made the startling clarification in a letter to Magu’s lawyer.
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).
“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.”
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.
On Friday, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu directed the immediate withdrawal of all police operatives serving at the EFCC, adding that they should be replaced with new ones.
The EFCC has offices in 15 states across the country including Abuja. These zonal offices are located in Abuja, Lagos, Rivers, Enugu, Kano, Gombe, Oyo, Kaduna, Borno, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Sokoto, Kwara and Benue, with its headquarters in the Jabi area of Abuja and secured by riot policemen, who also provide backup for EFCC operatives during operations.
In a police signal marked 101646/07/2020 addressed to the Assistant Inspector General, Police Mobile Force, PMF Squadrons one to 79, Force Secretary and Commissioners of Police of all the state commands and the Federal Capital Territory, the IG ordered that all the policemen deployed in EFCC be withdrawn and replaced with new operatives.
According to the order, only staff of the EFCC should be allowed access into the premises, while withdrawn police personnel from PMF 21, 44, 45, 46 and 50 must report to the Force Headquarters by 8am on Monday.
Many of the policemen at the EFCC were believed to be loyal to the suspended EFCC boss.
Noble Reporters Media learnt that police security guarding the official and personal houses of Magu had been withdrawn. The men were ordered to leave the residences in Abuja.
NRM further gathered that all vehicles in the official house in Maitama were also driven away. Suspended EFCC boss’ escort withdrawn, seeks bail on self-recognition
Meanwhile, Magu, who has been in detention since his arrest, has applied to the IG to be released on bail. He made the request through a letter sent on his behalf by one of his lawyers, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, on Friday.
His lawyer’s letter dated July 10 with the IGP office’s acknowledgment stamp bearing the same date, requested that Magu be granted bail “on self-recognisance.”
“Finally, if our application for bail on self-recognisance is not acceptable, we are ready to provide a credible surety that will ensure the availability of our client anytime he is needed for the purpose of this investigation,” the letter added.
Also copied in the letter were the President Buhari; the Chairman of the Presidential Probe Panel on the activities of the EFCC, Justice Ayo Salami (retd); the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof Itsay Sagay (SAN); and the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Investigation, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Garki Area 10, Abuja, where Magu is reportedly being held.
His lawyer in the letter also reminded the IGP of his “recent directives to all police formations in Nigeria not to detain any suspect for any offence which is bailable in nature due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world which Nigeria is not an exemption from.”
Ojaomo stated that his client had denied all the allegations being investigated by the panel including the ones levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), “and has provided both documentary and oral evidence to clear the air on all the allegations.”
He added, “Sir, our client has been in your detention facility since the 6th day of July, 2020 hoping to be granted administrative bail by your office, our decision to write this application to your office is premised on your declaration and avowed commitment at your inauguration as the Inspector-General of Police to ensure that the constitutional rights of all Nigerians are protected under your leadership.”
He stated that granting bail to Magu would enable him to adequately prepare for his defence before the panel.
He stated, “In view of the bailable nature of the allegations levelled against our client, we hereby apply that you grant him an administrative bail pending the completion of the investigation into the allegations levelled against him so that he can adequately prepare himself for the defence of these allegations in accordance with the relevant provision of the constitution.”
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has asked the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to investigate allegations that he received N4billion from the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
This was contained in a petition addressed to Adamu through Osinbajo’s lawyer, Taiwo Osipitan and dated July 8, 2020.
The vice-president stated that Jackson Ude, who published the allegations, will continue to publish these “false claims” on social media until action for “criminal defamation” is taken against him.
Osipitan said if the allegation is proven untrue after investigation, Adamu should initiate criminal proceedings against Ude, who has painted Osinbajo as “a dishonest and disloyal public officer”.
The petition read in part: “We are of the view that unless an action for criminal defamation is commenced against the said Mr. Jackson Ude, he will continue to use his social media platform to publish materials that are false and criminally defamatory of our client’s reputation.
“In view of the above, we humbly request that you cause the above allegations, made against our client, to be investigated and if the suggested investigation confirms our complaint of the falsehood of these allegations, to initiate criminal proceedings pursuant to the provisions of sections 391 – 395 of the penal code act for criminal defamation against the said Jackson Ude,” part of Osipitan’s petition read.
Ude accused Osinbajo of taking N4billion from Magu, who is accused of embezzling N39 billion recovered loot.
But Osinbajo through his spokesman, Laolu Akande, denied the claims and described it as “baseless”.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ignored the call by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari.
Aisha stated that her security aides remained in detention despite her plea for their release – and they were not replaced.
According to a reliable source verified by NobleReporters, she added: “You don’t play with the protection of the First Family.”
Aisha Buhari made the demand for the release of her aides in Police custody following the trouble that ensued between her and Private Secretary to the President, Yusuf Sabiu, aka Tunde, who is also a nephew to the President.
The trouble started on Thursday night when the First Lady’s Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba, attempted to force Sabiu into self -isolation over COVID-19 fears.
However, Sabiu, who had reportedly return from Lagos that night, insisted that he will not leave his residence at the precincts of the Presidential Villa despite the intervention of Aisha Buhari and her children.
N.Rs later learnt that the incident led to shooting in the presidential villa and Sabiu, the powerful aide, secured the arrest of Aisha Buhari’s aides who attacked him.
However, a family member on Sunday said as of 4 pm on Saturday, the aides were still in police custody.
He said, ‘’Tunde met the NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru, who recently died of COVID-19. He also visited several other places. Instead of going on self-isolation, he decided to return to the Villa and he is one of the few aides that has direct access to the President.
“The President is almost 80 and he is very vulnerable given his medical history. We advised Tunde not to see the President but he refused and forced his way into the Villa. He was able to get the First Lady’s aides arrested because of the influence he wields.
“We have a rule in the Villa that those who have direct access to the President should reduce their engagement with people. Even the new Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has been adhering to the rule but Tunde seems to be a law unto himself.”
When asked whether the First Lady’s aides had been released, the President’s relative said, “As I speak to you, they have remained in custody, exposing them to possible infection of COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, NRM learnt that a battle line has been drawn as the President’s wife and children declared war on Sabiu, who some claimed was beginning to wield as much influence as the President’s late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Sabiu, who was nicknamed ‘Tunde’ after Buhari’s late ally, Gen. Tunde Idiagbon, is the son of Mamman Daura’s sister.
Aisha had, on Friday, called on the IG to immediately release her aides.
She said: “Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to COVID-19 while in their custody.”
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.
“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.”