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.”
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.”
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.”
Below is the full police statement:
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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
Some 45 police officers were injured in a wave of weekend demonstrations in Berlin including protests against coronavirus restrictions, police said as protesters gathered again in smaller numbers on Sunday.
A total of 133 people were arrested during Saturday’s protests, which included a huge “day of freedom” demo against coronavirus restrictions, police said in a statement.
The arrests were for offences including resisting police officers, breach of the peace and the use of unconstitutional symbols.
Three officers required hospital treatment, police said.
Around 20,000 people took part in the “day of freedom” demonstration, the majority not wearing masks or respecting Germany’s 1.5-metre (five-foot) social distancing requirement.
The crowd, a mixture of hard left and right, and conspiracy theorists shouted “We are the second wave” as they converged on the Brandenburg Gate, demanding “resistance” and dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”.
Police began dispersing the crowds in the late afternoon, but hundreds of protesters remained at the Brandenburg Gate late into the evening.
Police have launched legal proceedings against organisers for not respecting virus hygiene rules.
In a separate anti-fascist demonstration in the southern Neukoelln district, protesters threw stones at police officers, let off fireworks and damaged two police vehicles and a local party office.
Several officers were injured while dispersing the crowd, including three who were treated in hospital after being hit in the face by shards of glass.
Arrests were also made at smaller unofficial protests.
A total of 1,100 officers were deployed during the day.
A few hundred protesters gathered to the west of the Brandenburg gate on Sunday, according to a reporter at the scene, with the majority wearing masks and observing social distancing guidelines.
Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over recent weeks and politicians took to social media to criticise Saturday’s rally as irresponsible.
“Yes, demonstrations should also be possible in times of coronavirus, but not like this,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said.
“Distance, hygiene rules and masks serve to protect us all, so we treat each other with respect.”
A father of two children, Adeyinka Abiodun, has been rescued from committing suicide over a debt of N500,000.
Abiodun who resides in the Ikotun area of Lagos State had embarked on a mission to take his own life by jumping into the lagoon.
He, however, failed in the bid as he was promptly intercepted by police operatives deployed in the Third Mainland Bridge.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.
He revealed that the suicide attempt was thwarted by the security operatives at about 1:50pm on Friday last week while the victim was rescued and taken to the Police Station in Bariga for questioning and debriefing.
Hope For Second Chance According to Elkana, Abiodun narrated that he procured a loan of N390,000 in March with monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N142,287:25 from a microfinance bank in Lagos Island.
He was said to have collected the loan with intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money was lost.
When contacted by the police, the microfinance bank confirmed that the man collected the loan.
Abiodun’s hope for a second chance later came into realisation when the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was moved with compassion came to his rescue by repaying the loan.
Elkana noted that the latest incident was the eighth suicide attempt successfully foiled by the police in Lagos in the last two months.
Worried by the rate at which people kill themselves, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, urged residents to always explore other means of addressing life challenges than resorting to committing suicide.
He stressed that taking their own life was never an option and called on well-meaning individuals to always reach out to the needy and less privileged persons around them.
“Together we can stop suicide,” the commissioner said.
Abiodun, according to Elkana, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
As of the time of this report, he is attending medical and counselling sessions.
Police authorities in Adamawa State have urged the residents to maintain social distancing and observe all measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Olugbenga Adeyanju, made the appeal on Thursday on behalf of the State Police Command on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa, Suleiman Nguroje, Adeyanju said the command would leave no stone unturned in enforcing the orders.
According to him, it is important for residents to observe the Eid celebrations bearing in mind the unusual times occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The police commissioner, however, congratulated the Muslim faithful who join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid el-Kabir.
He noted that it was a special period of sacrifice geared towards attaining wholesomeness and urged residents to voluntarily comply with the prevention regulations put in place by the government at all levels.
“The state will surely overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and other criminal activities,” an optimistic Adeyanju said.
He also assured the people of Adamawa of adequate security during and after the Eid el-Kabir celebrations.
The police commissioner stated that proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployment of tactical and intelligence assets of the command, have already been put in place to prevent any untoward incident in the state.
He, however, insisted that the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders were still in force and it was important to comply with them.
Adeyanju’s position is in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who asked Nigerians to remember the COVID-19 protocols during the celebrations.
Adamu also called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gatherings and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.
He asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.
The police in Ogun State have arrested five armed robbery suspects said to be terrorising Osiele community and its environments.
In a statement issued on Monday by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects and their herbalist were all arrested following information received by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Oyeyemi said the officer in charge of SARS, Tijani Muhammed, led his men to the area and cordoned off their hideout at Odeda area of the state.
“At the end of the operation, four members of the gang were apprehended. Their arrest led to the arrest of their herbalist who they claimed is their godfather that used to fortify them spiritually whenever they are going out for operation and also used to initiate new members into their fold,” he said
Police authorities on Saturday dispersed members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as they gathered in Kaduna to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the alleged killing of some of their members by the Nigerian Army on July 25, 2014.
IMN Spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, told Channels Television that the commemoration was a peaceful annual event usually observed with members gathering to offer prayers for the repose of the souls of their departed members.
He explained that shortly after they commenced the programme at a cemetery in Zaria, Armed policemen stormed the venue and started shooting tear gas into their air.
Mr Musa asked the police to save their bullets for armed bandits and terrorists who are killing innocent and defenseless civilians.
In its response, the State Police Command said the group remains outlawed and security operatives reserve the right to disperse them.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, officially declared the IMN banned in July 2019.
The group was founded by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who is being tried by the Kaduna state government over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of the public peace, and criminal conspiracy among others.
The Nigeria Police have cleared popular Nigerian singer and songwriter D’banj, of the rape allegations leveled against him by a twitter user Miss Seyitan Babatayo.
This was contained in a report signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Umar Sanda on behalf of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigations Department, Force Headquarters, and obtained by the Newsmen, on Saturday.
It would be recalled that the allegation led to strong social and media controversy with several declarations of the innocence of the singer by his fans and admirers coming up against those who believed Babatayo was telling the truth.
D’banj had claimed that there was no truth in the allegation and blamed it on the handiwork of his enemies who he alleged were out to destroy his hard-earned reputation.
The musician subsequently instituted an N1.5 Billion defamation lawsuit against Babatayo in spite of the support she got from a prominent women’s rights group.
However, the report by the police investigation unit did not find any substantial evidence to prove that D’banj committed the act and that Babatayo had withdrawn the petition filed against D’banj.
“This is a case of indecent assault on female, rape, intimidation, and the threat to life reported by Seyitan Babatayo through a petition letter dated June 5, 2020, by the Law firm of Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners against Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo a.k.a D’banj.
“The petition is to the Inspector-General of Police which was endorsed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police FCID for investigation and further referred to the ACP SEB/PEPF for investigation and report.
“The fact of this case is that on Dec. 30, 2018, Mr. Franklin Amudo who was a manager to the suspect invited the complainant Seyitan to an all-white party at Eko Atlantic in Lagos, where the suspect performed as a guest music artiste.
“The complainant alleged that D’banj had sex with her against her wish but in view of the foregoing facts, the investigation was discontinued as there was no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect,” the report read in parts.
Meanwhile, Babatayo has denied the statement that she reached out to Human Rights Activist and #ENDSARS advocate, Mr. Segun Awosanya, a.k.a Segalink, asking for his intervention in the rape case.
Babatayo urged her supporters especially STER, a non-governmental organization to act with honesty in the matter even as she expressed appreciation for the group’s support so far.
Awosanya had equally demanded an apology following a statement from the nongovernmental organization that he was contacted by Babatayo on the matter.
He described the allegation as deliberate and mischievous falsehood intended to malign his person and reputation.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially handed over to the Nigeria Police the three suspects involved in the incident that led to the death of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.
According to a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, the suspects namely Nehemiah Adejoh, Igbekele Folorunsho and Festus Gbayegun, were handed to the police on Friday at the NAF Base Kaduna.
Giving a brief highlight of the events that led up to the death, the Commander 453 Base Services Group (453 BSG), Group Captain Hadi Ahmed, recalled how, on 14 July 2020, at about 4:30 pm, a KIA Serento SUV, driven by Mr Adejoh, with the two others as passengers, knocked down the Flying Officer while she was walking along the Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa Road in the NAF Base Kaduna.
The three former classmates of Arotile who were involved in her death o n July 14, being handed over to the police.
Group Captain Ahmed highlighted that the three persons involved in the accident, who were former schoolmates of the late Flying Officer at the Air Force Secondary School Kaduna, were on their way to visit the wife of a serving senior officer residing in the Base before the accident occurred.
He stated that the NAF would continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police and provide all necessary support to enable it carry forward the case to its logical conclusion.
One out of the six inmates who escaped after an attack by gunmen on the premises of the High Court in Plateau State has been rearrested.
Troops of Operation Safe Haven deployed at Rarin-Shou village on Friday rearrested the inmate who is from the Jos Correctional Centre.
The Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Chujwuemeka Okonkwo told Channels Television that the manhunt launched by troops of the task force to search for the escapees turned out positive with the arrest Ibrahim Mohammed while the search for others is still ongoing.
The rearrested suspect has been handed over to the Nigerian Correctional Service Plateau State Centre.
Gunmen Attack High Court Premises This comes after gunmen on Thursday attacked the premises of the High Court in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, thereby forcefully setting free six inmates from the Nigerian Correctional Centre.
The inmates were said to have been brought from the Jos Correctional Centre for trial in Barkin Ladi when the incident occurred.
The gunmen, however, aided the escape of six out of 10 inmates with their offences ranging from murder to kidnapping and rape.
Public Relations Officer of Plateau State Police Command, (ASP) Gabriel Uba confirmed the attack and escape of the inmates.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has condemned in very strong terms the incessant killings and wanton destruction of properties in various communities in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State and some other parts of the country, charging the Police and other law enforcement agencies to sit up and stop the blame game so as to bring the perpetrators to book.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq who stated this while reacting to the Southern Kaduna killings earlier this week restated that the primary duty of government and its agencies, in this case the security agencies is to protect lives and properties of citizens and those of other nationals residing in the country, which is guaranteed in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, as well as other national, regional and international treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.
He stated that the alleged invasion of Gora Gan village in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State which resulted in the killing of no fewer than 10 persons including a 7-year-old boy and the village Head is most annoying and devastating.
Executive Secretary also lamented a similar incident in Kakun Daji village in Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State where 21 people were allegedly murdered in cold blood by yet to be identified gunmen.
In the light of the above, he called on the relevant Ministries and agencies of government like the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to visit the affected communities and provide the necessary humanitarian support and aids to the families of victims and survivors to forestall further violation of their human rights.
Ojukwu called on the Police and other law enforcement agencies to refrain from watching helplessly while the lives of those whom they are supposed to protect are cut short by miscreants and other categories of enemies of the state.
This is to rekindle people’s confidence in the government which has a sacred duty to protect their lives and properties despite any security challenges.
The Chief Human Rights Officer in Nigeria opined that state and local government policing structure can no longer be wished away especially in the wake of grave security challenges like senseless killings, kidnappings, banditry, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), communal clashes, ethnic and religious violence etc. in various parts of the country.
According to the Executive Secretary, “most of these criminal elements are citizens and they live amongst the people in various towns and communities. Accordingly, state and local government policing will surely rid the society of criminals who unfortunately pose a serious challenge to the protection of human rights over the years”.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NHRC used the opportunity to once again call for the implementation of the recommendations of the Presidential Panel on Reform of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Nigeria Police Force which, amongst other, recommended the establishment of State and Local Government Police to check the spate of criminality and insecurity in the country.
The Commission is also urging Nigerians to volunteer information to the Police and other security agencies so as to enhance intelligence led policing which is the practice in some other climes where insecurity has posed a challenge like in Nigeria. The security agencies must rise to the demands of the moment and stop the blame game going on presently.
The Nigeria Air Force on Friday said it has handed over three suspects involved in the incident that led to the death of flying officer Tolulope Arotile, to the police.
The Air Force revealed this in a statement signed by spokesman Ibikunle Daramola on Friday.
Arotile, who was buried with full military honours on Thursday, had died from head injuries sustained after a car reversed and hit her at the Air Force base in Kaduna.
The handover also took place at the base.
According to the Air Force’s statement, the suspects include “Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun” all of who were former classmates to Ms. Arotile.
According to Group Captain, Hadi Ahmed, as quoted in the statement, the suspects, on July 14, were in a “KIA Serento SUV, with Registration Number AZ 478 MKA (Kaduna)” when the car knocked down Arotile as “she was walking along Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa Road in NAF Base Kaduna, leading to her eventual death.”
The trio “were on their way to visit the wife of a serving senior officer residing in the Base before the accident occurred,” Ahmed said.
The Nigeria Police Force has commenced an investigation into a video trending on social media showing a policeman interrogating a female suspect and asking her inappropriate questions of a sexual nature.
According to a series of tweets on Wednesday, the Inspector General of Police ordered discreet investigations into the circumstances surrounding the dehumanizing treatment meted out to the female citizen in the viral video.
The tweet thread further reads: “The IGP, while condemning the act, has directed the commencement of comprehensive investigations aimed at unraveling the true identity of the perpetrators with a view to bringing them to justice.
“Members of the public are hereby assured that any member of the Force found culpable in the incident will be made to face appropriate sanctions.”
In the video, one could hear the officer interrogating a young lady named Towobola, following a raid at the apartment of an alleged kidnapper.
According to the officer who spoke in Yoruba, the young lady was to answer for how she got to know the kidnapper who she claimed to have met only recently.
After whisking the kidnap suspect away, the officers placed Towobola in handcuff and went on to harass her verbally for ‘sleeping with a criminal’.
The interrogation degenerated into very lewd seeming dialogues, with questions ranging from if the suspect is a virgin to how many people she had slept with.
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested three suspected highway robbers at Alapako area, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The suspects: Uzefa Idris, Adamu Yakubu and Ayuba Buhari were arrested following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Owode Egba Division that a Mazda bus had been forcefully stopped on the highway by a gang of armed robbers and that the occupants were being dispossessed of their belongings.
Upon the distress call, the DPO, SP Mathew Ediae quickly led his anti-robbery team to the scene and on sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but were chased into the bush where three of them were apprehended.
The two victims of their operation, Oluwakemi Oyegade who was dispossessed of N545,000 and one itel phone as well as the driver, Zacheaus Olaniyi were rescued and taken to the station.
The two victims narrated how the hoodlums jumped on the road from the bush and forcefully stopped the vehicle consequent upon which they started beating them with matchete before dispossessing them of their valuables.
Recovered from the arrested ones are: the sum ofN99,700 and one itel phone.
However, in a statement released by spokesman Gambo Isah, the Katsina police put the number of the dead at five, with six injured.
“At about 11:30hrs, DPO Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard inside the farm of one Alhaji Hussaini Mai Kwai,” the police said.
“On receipt of the information, the DPO led Operation Puff Adder to the scene where there was a suspected case of bomb explosion which killed five young children of one person, by name Alhaji Adamu of Yammawa village, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina state.”
The police added that all eleven children were at the farm to cut grasses for animals’ feed.
“The injured children have been evacuated to Malumfashi General Hospital for treatment,” the police said. “The scene has been preserved while detectives from EOD and CID are presently conducting their investigations.”
Nunieh is currently taking refuge at Government House Port Harcourt.
CP Mukan while reacting to Thursday’s incident also dismissed the rumour that efforts were made to reach him, insisting that no one reached out to him in connection to Nunieh’s arrest.
He said the Governor was wrong to have whisked Nunieh away without recourse to the Law.
According to him,
“What people fail to understand is that it is not in every situation that you need warrant of arrest before you can arrest anybody. It depends on the crime of the individual.
“It is really unfortunate what happened yesterday because when the Governor said he is going to rescue her (Nunieh), he should hand her over to me. I am the Commissioner of Police in Rivers state and I am in a better position to take her.
“Nobody is saying the Governor should not protect his citizens but everything should be done within the confines of the law.
I am the Chief Law officer of the Command and he wants to rescue his citizen you hand her over to the police for safety.
“I still believe he (Wike) is going to turn her (Nunieh) in because the Police were on a legitimate duty.”
Media personality, Fisayo Soyomobo said the policemen arrived at Nunieh’s residence at 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt at about 4am. He said this means the former Acting MD of the NDDC cannot leave for the Port Harcourt International Airport where she should be connecting a flight to Abuja.
Dozens of policemen are circling the House of Joy Nunieh, the former MD of NDDC, who is scheduled to testify before a House of Reps panel today as part of the ongoing probe of NDDC.
The policemen arrived at Nunieh’s residence at 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, at about 4am. Their presence means she cannot leave for the Port Harcourt International Airport where she should be connecting a flight to Abuja.
Nunieh recently accused Niger Delta Minister Godswil Akpabio of trying to “come up” on her after failing to bribe her and convince her to take an oath of secrecy in Abuja.
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.”
The Police Command in Anambra says it has commenced an investigation into the alleged murder of a four-year-old boy by his biological father.
The Police Spokesman in the state, Mr Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Awka, noted that the suspect is 35 years old.
Mohammed stated that the suspect also buried the boy’s corpse in a shallow grave in his compound, located at Ihite Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra.
He added that “on July 9, 2020, at about 3.21 p.m., police operatives attached to Azia Police Station arrested one Christian Alisigwe ‘m’ aged 35 years of Ihite Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra.
“The suspect allegedly used a cutlass and killed his own four-year-old biological son named Ebubechukwu Alisigwe of the same address and buried the corpse in a shallow grave in his compound.
“Police detectives visited the scene, exhumed the corpse and deposited same at Abam mortuary for autopsy after he was certified dead by a medical doctor.”
According to him, the case has been transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department, Awka, for discreet investigation after which the suspect would be prosecuted.
A motorcycle rider popularly Okada man has allegedly been shot dead by a police officer around Banana junction in Orlu, Imo state today July 9.
According to reports gathered by NRM, the Okada man had refused to stop after the policeman had stopped him for not wearing a face mas, this led to an altercation between them after the Okada man allegedly refused to give a N50 bribe.
Residents and youths in the area are now demanding justice for the death of the unidentified Okada rider.
Police command spokesperson in Imo state is yet to comment on the incident