Following the incessant killings of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has banned the personnel from carrying there duties.
Alongside, other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads.
Adamu ordered immediate stop of operation at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties, stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, among others with immediate effect.
This was stated in a statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Adamu had also stated that no personnel of the Force is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti, but must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear.
Adamu explained that the directives came against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the Force that a few personnel of the Tactical Squads hide under these guise to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement establishing the squads.
According to the statement “Specifically, the IGP has warned the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices.
“They are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises”.
He noted the FSARS and other Police Tactical Squads remain a critical component of the Force in confronting prevailing and emerging violent crimes in the country.
He however condemns every act of unprofessionalism, abuse of human rights and high-handedness by some personnel of the Squads.
He has therefore ordered the X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit to embark on immediate and massive nationwide monitoring of activities of Tactical Squads and other police officers on the road.
They are to ensure prompt arrest, investigation and prosecution of all erring police officers who violate these directives and other extant regulations of the Force”.
The statement further reveals that “The IGP has equally warned, that henceforth, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and the FCT as well as their supervisory Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, will be held liable for any misconduct within their Area of Responsibility (AOR).
He therefore charged them to ensure effective supervision and mentoring of the personnel of the Tactical Squads under their jurisdiction”.
Court Remands 7 Men For Allegedly Gang Raped A Minor To Death
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered seven men who allegedly gang-raped a minor to death, be remanded in Ikoyi Custodial Centre, pending legal advice.
The police charged Ajom Tabi, 37; Omobolanle Olowookere, 41; Aliu Bilyamin, 24; Emmanuel Okon, 24; Bolarinwa Olamilekan, 24; Badmus Abdulateef, 20; Azeez Quadri, 22; and Sunday Odunayo, 22 with three counts of rape, murder and defilement.
Chief Magistrate O.G. Oghre, did not take the plea of the suspected.
She ordered the police to return the case file to the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The magistrate however admitted Olowookere(the second suspect) to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties each in like sum after her counsel, Spurgeon Ataene, told the court of her non involvement in the case.
The Magistrate adjourned the case until Nov. 18, pending legal advice.
Earlier, Insp. Kehinde Olatunde told the court that the suspects committed the offence on Sept. 29, at No. 4, Olanrewaju St., Ejigbo.
He alleged that they gang-raped an 11-year-old girl to death.
The offence,, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 137, 223 and 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (NAN)
DSS Arrests Prophet, Three Others Over Alleged Attempt To Kidnap Council Boss
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Bayelsa State have arrested a 43-year-old Prophet Kingsley Amos and three other suspects over an alleged attempt to kidnap the Chairman of the Yenagoa Local Government Area, Mr Uroupaye Nimizuoa.
Other suspects arrested alongside the Prophet were an ICT expert, Philip Okorie, an indigene of Akanu community in Ohafia LGA of Abia State; spiritualist, Tari Erigi, from Okordia-Zarama community of Yenagoa LGA and a 35-year-old woman, Nsikan Sunday, from Akwa Ibom State.
The DSS, while parading the suspects in Yenagoa on Friday, alleged that sequel to the receipt of a petition on the alleged kidnap threat of Nimizuoa, his mother and members of his family by sending life-threatening text messages through an unknown mobile phone number.
The DSS said investigation led to the arrest of the four suspects.
The DSS Deputy Director of Operations, Femi Shotayo, said the arrested suspects were led by the ICT expert, Philip Okorie, with his alleged involvement in the illegal tracking of the GSM numbers for commercial purposes.
He said Okorie, in connivance with his syndicate, took advantage of his relationship with the victim and fraudulently initiated life threatening calls including threats to kidnap the victim using unknown GSM numbers in a bid to extort the victim.
He said: “Okorie was eventually arrested by operatives of the service in Abia State. And Amos, who paraded himself as a clergyman and prophet before the victim, collaborated with his mistress/wife, one Nsikan Sunday and threatened to kidnap the victim.
“Findings further showed that the threat was aimed at compelling their victim to contract them for prayers in exchange for money. They were apprehended in Calabar, Cross River State, and both have confessed to the crime. Jo
“Also arrested was Tari Erigi who is a spiritualist and ally of the council chairman who sent a threat of kidnap to the victim in order to extort money from the latter. Meanwhile, all the suspects have voluntarily confessed to the crime under investigation, just as exhibits linking the suspects with the crime have been recovered.”
Confirming the incident, Nimizuoa said he had to alert the security agencies over the alleged threat by the arrested suspects due to the March 5, 2020 experience in which his mother, Madam Betty Nimizoua, was abducted by unidentified gunmen.
He stated: ”While in court over the arrest of the key suspect in the kidnap of my mother, I started receiving threats of kidnap from unknown numbers and I reported to the security agencies. The key suspect, Okorie, was shown to me as the person threatening me that if I didn’t release the arrested kidnapper of my mother, they would kidnap me.
“Okorie was also the same person brought to me by the police to work with me as an independent phone tracker to track the phone lines. I had thanked the police for rescuing my mother and providing me with evidence to prosecute my mother’s kidnappers but little did I know that the independent tracker working with me was a kidnapper. The second suspect came to me and said he wanted to pray with me. And I opened my doors to him but he turned around to be sending life threatening messages.”
One of the suspects, Okorie, however denied the charges of attempted kidnap brought against him, claiming that he had 12 years working relationship with the Nigeria Police as an independent data/phone calls analyst involved in locating kidnappers and their victims.
He said: “My calls to the Yenagoa LGA chair was purely to collect the unpaid debt for my services during the rescue of his mother and arrest of the suspect. I sent text message to him from hidden numbers because he did not pick my calls and refused to pay monies owed me.” (The Nation)
#EndSARS: Hoodlums Reportedly Cut Police Officer’s Manhood, Killed Him, Snatched AK47
The hoodlums committed the act after attacking and burning down a police station in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Loveth Odah, the Commissioner of Police, Philip Maku, confirmed the incident on Thursday, NAN reports.
Maku stated that on October 26, the hoodlums regrouped in their large number and attached the Central Police Station, Abakaliki.
“Exhibit vehicles, tricycles/motorcycles and other police property seen within the station were burnt; they shot sporadically at the Policemen, and as a result, gruesomely murdered Insp. Egu Ominyi cut off his private part and snatched his AK-47 rifle.
“On October 21, the first of the protest in the state, two policemen, Paul Akpu and PC Ali Samson, sustained bullet injuries, and two days later, one of the victims, Akpu, died while on admission at Alex-Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.
“The hoodlums proceeded to B Division KpiriKpiri/C Division Ekumenyi (Eke-Abe Police Station) and set the two stations on fire, after looting exhibit motorcycles, Plasma TVs, Fans and other valuables from the exhibit rooms.
“On Wednesday, 28/10/2020 at about 4 am, the hoodlums again stormed Ezza North Divisional Headquarters, vandalized the building, burnt two vehicles and Exhibit motorcycles”, the statement added.
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