The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja, says it is seeking durable solutions to incessant violent attacks in communities across the country.
The Director-General of the institute, Prof. Bakut Bakut, stated this on Tuesday in Jos at a ‘Community Stakeholder Engagement on Nigeria Safe Community Initiative’.
Bakut said that it was no longer news that the nation was bedeviled by different violent attacks occasioned by Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, farmer-herder conflicts and kidnapping, among others.
In view of the challenges, he said, the Institute decided to initiate studies that would provide the basis for reviewing existing peace agenda.
“After which a knowledge-driven peace agenda will be designed for the country.
“This has become critical in the face of rising violent attacks on communities as a result of intractable incidences,” he said.
The director-general said in order to get solutions to the challenges, all stakeholders were expected to make their inputs, hence the need for the engagement initiative.
He said the place of stakeholders in policy formulation could not be overstated in the conception of actionable and smart initiatives that would address citizens’ concerns.
According to him, IPCR was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria, at a time when the country’s constitutional democracy was being threatened by rising incidents of violent conflicts.
“Thus, the Institute initiated, designed and implemented peace building and conflict mitigation programmes that triggered off harmonious coexistence and non-violent conversations.
“It is in this regard that the institute conducted strategic assessment which led to the design of the first National Action Plan.
“This led to the establishment of the Presidential Implementation Committee,” he said.
Mr Gabriel Jiya, IPCR Director, Democracy and Development Studies, said that the engagement was of utmost importance as the roads, worship centres, schools and even hospitals were not safe.
Jiya said that the security agencies were doing their best but the best was not good enough.
He said the engagement comprised stakeholders ranging from the academia to members of communities in order to come up with an all inclusive policy.
“We have taken it upon ourselves as an institute to bring together intellectuals who are grounded in peace building efforts to speak to us and the communities represented here.
“We have people from the communities who are most times directly affected, we will hear from them and compare with what the intellectuals are saying.
“We will extract from whatever is said here for policy formulation for government,” he said.
Superintendent Hassan Musa, Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Nasarawa Gwom Division, lauded the IPCR initiative which he said would promote peaceful coexistence.
Musa said that peace is everyone’s business and hence the need for contributions from stakeholders.
Chief Simon Tangni, Deputy President, Plateau Chamber of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (PLACCIMA), said that businesses could not thrive in an atmosphere of chaos.
Tangni described the initiative as timely, especially now that the Yuletide was approaching.
Nigeria News Agency reports different papers relating to security were presented during the event.
Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf
Save us from DPO’s alleged abetting of criminals, 1004 Estate residents beg FG
The 1004 Homeowners and Residents Association (1004HORA), Lagos, on Friday appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari to deliver them from the hands criminals terrorising the estate and allegedly abetted by the police.
The estate’s Acting Chairperson, Mrs Lola Ademola, told a news conference that the call had become expedient as their efforts to stem criminality in the 41-year-old estate were frustrated and had not yielded the desired result.
According to her, the DPO in charge of the Divisional Police Officer of Bar Beach Police Station, CSP Isa Lawal, allegedly abets the perpetrators of crime who have now turned the estate into a safe haven for criminals, especially electricity thieves and other law breakers.
Chairman, Processes, Governance and Control Committee, 1004 HORA, Mr. EfiyeBribena, Acting Chairman, 1004 Homeowners and Residents Association(1004 HORA), Mrs Lara Ademola, Representative Cluster A, Mr BayoAdemiluyi and Chairman, Estate Refurbishment Committee, Mr John Ochuko at the News Briefing by the 1004 Homeowners and Residents Association (1004 HORA) appealing to the Federal Government and Law Abiding Citizens to deliver them from the DPO of Bar Beach Police Station who allegedly has the estate into a safe haven for power thieves and violent criminals in 1004 Estate in Lagos on Friday/18/09/20/.
She said that the residents were calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to intervene and come to their aid as the highbrow residential estate on Victoria Island, was now home to over 5,000 residents of different nationalities.
She added that it was managed by the 1004 Homeowners and Residents Association (1004HORA).
“1004 Estate provides 24 hours electricity supply to its residents using a combination of public and privately generated power supply.
“The design of the estate makes it a necessity that there must be constant supply of electricity as water, lifts, cooking and other utilities are dependent on power.
“In recent times, 1004HORA’s ability to provide 24hrs electricity in the estate has been threatened by the activities of residents engaged in power theft, which is not just a breach of the estate’s byelaws but also a criminal act under the laws of Nigeria.
“To stem this tide of power theft and avoid infrastructure collapse, 1004HORA deployed agreed community sanctions against the thieves.
These measures have brought the association on collision with those engaged in electricity theft,’’ she said.
According to her, the chief among them, allegedly is one Mathew Ibadin, a tenant who has been using his position as the Chairman of the Victoria Island Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) to cause mayhem in the estate.
The chairperson claimed that Ibadin brazenly steals power, aids and abets others to do same and promote general lawlessness in the estate with the active support and connivance of the DPO, Bar Beach Police station.
“One would expect the Nigeria Police to support 1004HORA and apprehend thieves and criminals in the estate; however, what we observe is that the DPO is always aiding the power thieves in 1004 Estate, while punishing those trying to uphold the law.
“On numerous occasions, the DPO has ordered the arrest and detention of 1004HORA officials and staff for disconnecting apartments involved in power theft.
“For instance, when one Mrs Eno Eniang was found to be involved in power theft and disconnected, Ibadin mobilised CSP Lawal and his men to forcefully reconnect the apartment.
“This action by the DPO in aiding criminals has emboldened other persons within the estate to steal power at will without fear of repercussion, putting a strain on the estate’s power supply,’’ she added.
She said that the latest abuse of power on Aug. 6, was the arrest and detention of the 1004HORA Operations Manager at the behest of Ibadin, who in his attempt to cover up his power theft, removed his issued meter.
According to her, on Aug. 9, Ibadin against the estate byelaws, brought in a petrol generator to power his apartment thereby, exposing the block of 127 apartments on 14 floors and indeed the entire estate to the risk of fire outbreak.
Ademola said: “This is real and presents danger which must be averted if we are to safeguard lives and property.
“All efforts to get him to remove the generator from the estate was resisted by Ibadin, supported by CSP Isa Lawal who provided a team of armed policemen to guard the apartment and prevent the removal of the generator.
“This is not only a cause of pollution but a threat to lives and property in the estate. The generator is still powering Ibadin’s apartment till date, in spite of being served a notice by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to remove it from the estate.
She also alleged that with the support of the DPO, Ibadin had continued to threaten and harass 1004HORA executive members and staff as well as other residents.
Ademola claimed that the duo had also been engineering the arrest and detention of the estate’s officials both at the Bar Beach Police Station and Police Zone 2 Command headquarters, Onikan over his continuous use of generator in the estate.
She said that to secure reprieve for its officials, staff and residents from constant arrest and intimidation, HORA obtained a court injunction, restraining Ibadin, the Bar Beach DPO and the Nigeria Police from further arrest and harassment.
Ademola, however, said that the duo, in flagrant disrespect of the court order, had continued to harass and threaten 1004HORA officials and staff, claiming that no court in the land could prevent him (DPO) from doing his job.
According to her, the DPO has been telling whoever cares to listen that Ibadin is his friend of over 10 years and he will do everything to protect his interest.
She said that on Sept. 15, Ibadin in company of others armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons caused damage to the estate’s power supply and property, and dared anyone to stop them with threat of death or grievous bodily harm.
Ademola said that the resident who challenged him on his criminal behaviour was arrested by the DPO on Sept. 16.
“Also, on the night of 15th September 2020, one Paul Okoye, alias Paul-O, found to be involved in power theft and disconnected stormed the apartment of the 1004HORA acting chairman with thugs and dangerous weapons to physically assault her.
“The door to her apartment was severely damaged as they attempted to gain entrance forcefully into her apartment.
“This case of criminal damage and threat to lives was reported at the Police Area Command, Lion Building, Lagos but was frustrated by the DPO who convinced his boss not to attend to us,’’ she said.
The chairperson said that the estate had written several petitions on the unprofessional and illegal activities of the DPO in aiding of criminals and lawbreakers to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, the AIG Zone 2 Command and the Inspector-General of Police.
She, however said that the estate had not received any response or respite.
According to her, the law officer on Victoria Island, who should be their first point of refuge has become their tormentor, refusing to protect law abiding homeowners and residents.
Ademola said that the loyalties of the DPO to some criminal elements in the estate had taken away its peace.
“We request the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to free us from this scourge and order the Police, especially the Bar Beach DPO to uphold law and order and protect law abiding residents from brigandage and oppression.’’
When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had taken certain actions on the matter.
“I have some correspondences to prove that.
“However, this press briefing will be discussed with the CP for further actions.
“We urge the parties to have trust in the CP for justice,’’ he said.
However, efforts to get Ibadin to comment failed as phone calls and text messages to him were not answered.
Edited By: peter Ejiofor)
Attack: Police confirm DPO, Inspector’s death in Sokoto
The Sokoto State Police Command has confirmed the death of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and an Inspector attached to Gidan Madi Division in Tangaza Local Government Area of the state.
The command’s Spokesman, DSP Sadiq Abubakar, told newsmen on Thursday in Sokoto that about 100 unknown gunmen invaded the town and engaged the police in a gun battle.
Abubakar said the incident occured at about 1:30 a.m. and two officers, including Mr Aliyu Bello, the DPO, and Muhammad Abdullahi, an Inspector, were shot death by the the armed men dressed in army camouflage.
He said another ASP Sani Abdullahi sustained injuries and was hospitalised, while the police have drafted senior officers to undertake assessment of the situation.
According to him, emergency meetings were conducted by the police along with sister security agencies, district heads and council administrators.
He reiterated the police commitment to safeguard people’s lives and property and urged citizens to assist the authorities with useful information.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/ Wale Ojetimi
Ogun police arrest 4 for allegedly beating officer to death
The Police Command in Ogun said it had arrested four men in connection with the death of a policeman, Agada Akoh, who was beaten to death at Dalemo area of Sango Ota on Sept. 13.
Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday.
The PPRO explained that the policeman was beating into coma by some hoodlums at Dalemo bus stop in Sango Ota
He added that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Godwin Idehai, quickly led his men to the scene where he met the policeman in a pool of blood.
“The officer was quickly rushed to the General Hospital, Ota, for medical care but died while receiving treatment.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased officer and one other, escorted their principal from Idah in Kogi to Lagos State.
“On their way passing through Sango Ota, a truck driver, Jelili Ismaila, drove dangerously and almost pushed their vehicle off the road.
“While trying not to hit the vehicle conveying the officers, the truck entered a pothole as a result of which its tyre got punctured.
“This made the two policemen to come down and cautioned the truck driver to always be mindful of other road users.
“But the driver accused them of being at fault and mobilised hoodlums who attacked the officers and their principal with dangerous weapons and beat the deceased into coma.
“Having realised that the policeman may not survive the attack, the driver and his hired hoodlums took to their heels but luck ran out of four of them when the DPO and his men on a tip off, stormed their hideout and got them arrested while the others escaped,” the PPRO said.
The state police spokesman stated that the remains of the deceased officer had been deposited at Ota General Hospital mortuary.
He added that the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, described the incident as barbaric and an act of lawlessness.
He said that the CP had ordered a massive manhunt for the remaining suspects and also warned that unwarranted attack on his men would not be accepted.
He, therefore, directed that the arrested suspects be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for an in-depth investigation and diligent prosecution.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi
Traditional institutions, key to peacebuilding – IPCR
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has described the traditional institutions as key in promoting peacebuilding in every society.
The Director-General of the institute, Bakut Bakut, made this known when a traditional ruler, the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa visited the institution in Abuja on Thursday.
“I believe that traditional rulers are very important in peacebuilding process for the development of this country.
“We must work together to ensure that peace is sustained in FCT in particular and the country in general,’’ Bakut said.
He remarked that the institute had created peacebuilding office in Gwagwalada and that it is also planning to create more to register its presence in all area councils of the FCT.
Earlier, the Ona Abaji said that his visit to the institute was to register his support for IPCR in promoting peace in the country.
The director-general said the foundation, one of the resilient partners, had been working with the institute in promoting peace through dialogue.
“We have been working together with UFUK Dialogue Foundation, especially in the area of love and tolerance conference among other peacebuilding activities,’’ he said.
In his remarked, Omeroglu said that UFUK was working to promote global peace and contribute to peaceful coexistence among adherents of various culture, faith, tribes and race in the world.
He said that the mandate of UFUK was to promote dialogue, mutual coexistence and establish a common platform for the exchange information and opinion.
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Abdulfatah Babatunde