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  •  Serving and retired police officers family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun
    Serving and retired police officers, family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun
     Serving and retired police officers family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun
    Serving and retired police officers, family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun
    Defence/Security1 week ago

    Serving and retired police officers, family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun

    Some retired senior police officers and family members have described the late former Inspection-General of Police (I-GP), Mr Tafa Balogun as one of the best cops Nigeria ever produced.

    The retired officers paid glowing tributes to the late Balogun in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday at his Ikoyi, Lagos residence.

    Many said Balogun was one Inspector-General of Police that brought great reforms to the force.

    Mr Tunde Alapinni, a retired Assistance Inspector-General of Police (AIG) and one-time Force Spokesman, said the impact made by Balogun could not be ignored.

    Alapinni said that Balogun was devoted to the transformation of the police and its personnel.

    In his own tribute, retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Waheed Kassim, described the late Balogun as a dear brother and friend, stressing that his death was shocking.

    For DIG David Omojola, it was too early for Balogun, whom he described as his “Big Boss’’ to leave this earth suddenly.

    “However, we are consoled that he impacted positively on our lives.

    His tenure as I-G witnessed tremendous and good policing,’’ Kassim said.

    Mr Edward Ajogun, a retired Commissioner of Police (CP) and one- time Personal Assistance to Balogun as I-GP, said his former boss was always thinking positively about the Nigeria Police Force and security of Nigeria.

    Ajogun said that Balogun brought lots of reforms into the police including the creation of female mobile police.

    He also introduced computer training for officers, mass promotion for officers stranded for years and ensuring that officers were promoted according to seniority.

    He said that under Balogun, the Force had credible staff list which was used for promotion, stressing that the late I-GP was a unifier, encouraging officers to work as a team.

    Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Mr Abiodun Alabi, described late Balogun as a visionary leader and a mentor to many retired and serving officers.

    Alabi said that anytime he visited the late I-GP, he always drew attention to how best Lagos should be policed.

    “The Force will miss his wealth of experience.

    It is his mentorship that has piloted some of us to where we are today in the Force,’’Alabi said.

    Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State CID, Mr Fayoade Adegoke, described the late I-GP as, “a great dad, benefactor, mentor, super cop who revolutionised the Force as an I-GP.

    ’’ The first son of the deceased, Mr Abayomi Balogun, said that his father never changed one bit before his death as an advocate of doing anything that was right.

    He said many people misunderstood his father as a strict person, stressing that members of the family were not exempted from such strictness.

    He described his father as a brilliant officer, father, who always attracted standing ovations at occasions, local or international wherever he was made to deliver speeches or lectures.

    The second daughter of late Balogun, Ms Bolale Balogun, said her father would be greatly missed for many things, including food recipes, words pronunciation, reading and responsible behaviour.

    “My father taught me that there is no alternative to success than to follow due process in all things.

    “He made me tough like himself.

    If he wants to punish you for doing wrong, it is 24 strokes of the cane; because of this, no one dares get into daddy’s trouble,’’ she recollected.

    The former police boss died at Reddington Hospital in Lagos on Balogun will be buried on Saturday in Osun. He was Nigeria’s 21st indigenous Inspector-General of Police.

    He served as IG-P during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

    He joined the Nigerian Police Force in May 1973 as member of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Course 3. Balogun attended the University of Lagos and graduated in 1972 with a B.

    A. in Political Science.

    He worked in various police commands and rose through the ladder to become IG-P.

    Balogun was at a time the Principal Staff Officer to former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammadu Gambo, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edo, and pioneer Commissioner of Police in Delta.

    He was also CP in Rivers and Abia states.

    Balogun, a fellow of the premier highest military institution in Nigeria, the National War College, later became an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone One, Kano, from where he was named the 21st I-GP of Police on March 6, 2002.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  IG P orders arrest prosecution of unauthorised sellers of police uniforms
    IG-P orders arrest, prosecution of unauthorised sellers of police uniforms
     IG P orders arrest prosecution of unauthorised sellers of police uniforms
    IG-P orders arrest, prosecution of unauthorised sellers of police uniforms
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    IG-P orders arrest, prosecution of unauthorised sellers of police uniforms

    The Inspector General of Police (IG-P), Mr Usman Baba, has ordered the arrest and prosecution of persons or groups engaging in unauthorised sales of police uniforms and accoutrements. 

    The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    He said the IG-P had directed all Commands, Formations, the IG-P  Monitoring Unit, Provost Marshals and X-Squad to ensure the arrest and immediate prosecution of offenders within their jurisdiction in accordance with the law.

    The IG-P cautioned film or skit makers who portray police officers in bad light, without applying and getting permit letter for such portrayals, to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law.

    Baba pledge the commitment of the force to guarantee compliance with law, adding that the FPRO had been directed to ensure prompt authorisation for all applications seeking usage of police items in movies.

    He said such application would be granted in tandem with the extant laws and would portray good values, impress positively on the Nigerian public and be of value to the system.

    Baba said the request must provide police officers with modern innovations to actively carry out policing duties and on-screen role models who would influence their lives and career as well improve security mechanisms in Nigeria.

    “I strongly believe that such sanity in movies production, regulation of sales, possession and usage of police uniforms and accoutrements will definitely impact positively on resuscitating moral values.

    “It will correct wrong perceptions and ideologies towards commissioning of crimes in our society.

    “It is obvious that this step will surely curb proliferation of Police kits, uniforms and accoutrements and eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Police present N16m to families of deceased personnel in Borno
    Police present N16m to families of deceased personnel in Borno
     Police present N16m to families of deceased personnel in Borno
    Police present N16m to families of deceased personnel in Borno
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Police present N16m to families of deceased personnel in Borno

    The Police Command in Borno on Thursday presented a cheque of N16 million to five families of its personnel that died in active service in the state.

    The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdu Umar, presented the cheque to the beneficiaries at the command headquarters in Maiduguri.

    He said the families were part of the 28 beneficiaries meant to receive cheque of N51.

    2 million approved by the Inspector General of Police (IG-P), Alkali Usman.

    He said that it was part of the force’s commitment to improve on the welfare of police personnel and families of the deceased who paid the supreme price while performing their duties.

    Umar commended the IG-P for his humanitarian gesture towards personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, especially family members of deceased personnel.

    He commiserated with the beneficiaries and charged them to make judicious use of the funds for their betterment and that of their children.

    The police commissioner also encouraged them to invest the money to enable them become self-reliant.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  AIG Zone 5 tasks newly promoted officers on loyalty commitment
    AIG Zone 5 tasks newly promoted officers on loyalty, commitment
     AIG Zone 5 tasks newly promoted officers on loyalty commitment
    AIG Zone 5 tasks newly promoted officers on loyalty, commitment
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    AIG Zone 5 tasks newly promoted officers on loyalty, commitment

    AIG Lawan Jimeta, in charge Zone 5, in Benin on Wednesday advised the 51 newly promoted officers in the zone to be loyal and more committed to their duties.Jimeta gave the charge in Benin while decorating the newly promoted officers with their new ranks.Represented by DCP Polycarp Dibia, in charge of the zonal Criminal Investigation Department (ZCID), urged them to be more dedicated, disciplined, loyal and committed to the force and their duties.”I charge you to always put in your best and be professional in carrying out your constitutional duties.”The Inspector-General of Police (IG-P), Usman Baba approved your promotion as part of his  manpower development drive to encourage deserving personnel,” he said.Responding on behalf of the promoted officers, Insp Jerry Madagu, appreciated the I-G and the police management team for finding them worthy of elevation to higher ranks.He pledged and assured the I-G of their loyalty and commitment in the discharge of their duties to justify the confidence reposed on them.The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that 51 Sergeants comprising of 42 males and nine females were promoted to their new ranks of Inspector.(NAN)

  •  Leverage forensic auditing to curb ficial crimes Auditor General
    Leverage forensic auditing to curb ficial crimes – Auditor-General
     Leverage forensic auditing to curb ficial crimes Auditor General
    Leverage forensic auditing to curb ficial crimes – Auditor-General
    Business4 months ago

    Leverage forensic auditing to curb ficial crimes – Auditor-General

    The Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF), Mr. Adolphus Aghughu, has urged auditors and law enforcement officers to take advantage of forensic auditing to effectively fight crime.

    Aghughu gave the task in Abuja on Thursday at the induction of newly trained forensic examiners from the Forensic Institute of Nigeria (CFIN).

    He said the era of "whistle blowing" should end, adding that auditors and other crime investigators should be more professional in their work.

    “We at OAuGF feel fulfilled and can boldly say that we have a functional forensic laboratory.

    “It is a celebration that in our audits we can generate electronic evidence. The era of pleading without evidence, preferably forensic evidence, must end.

    “We cannot run away from electronic evidence because all accounting transactions are automated. That is why for auditors, automated accounting platforms should be a key source of evidence,” he said.

    He called for strong synergy between the OAuGF and other anti-corruption agencies to ensure the efficiency, accountability and effectiveness of public management.

    "That's the only way governance will have an impact on people," he said.

    Earlier, Inspector General of Police (IG-P), Mr. Usman Alkali, said the induction was auspicious and came at a time when Nigeria was facing serious security challenges.

    Alkali, who was represented by Kokumo, a police deputy inspector general (DIG) in charge of the criminal investigation, said the security situation called for better policing approach and techniques.

    “How to restore the primacy of the Nigerian Police in the country's internal security architecture is the main challenge ahead of us.

    “I am aware of the longings of Nigerians for a police system that not only ensures their safety, but also treats them with courtesy and holds their human rights sacred.

    "The Nigerian Police leadership understands the importance of forensic science in effective crime management and policing," he said.

    The IG-P said it would continue to provide the highest possible level of professionalism and responsive leadership to meet the desired aspirations of Nigerians.

    “This can only be achieved by training, retraining and exposing Nigerian police men to modern policing techniques, hence the relevance of this certification program,” he said.

    Professor Peter Olayiwola, president of the CFIN, denounced the existence of inadequate forensic experts and laboratories in Nigeria.

    Olayiwola said that the availability of proper forensic laboratories and experts would go a long way in curbing official crimes and other forms of crime.

    However, he praised some government agencies for acquiring forensic laboratories to increase their efficiency.

    “The best digital forensic laboratory is owned by the Commission (EFCC).

    “The OAuGF and the Nigerian Police have also established their own.

    “But it is still not enough. We do not have adequate laboratories to serve our growing population,” she said.

    He praised the Nigerian judiciary for taking an interest in learning about forensic evidence and electronic data.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that part of the members of the CFIN certification were 50 OAuGF personnel including Aghughu and 40 officers from the Nigerian Police Force.

    Three of the new members of the OAuGF, Olusegun Fadipe, Rabiu Aina and Danjuma Saliu, were also awarded for emerging as the three best students of the formation.

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  Police dismiss claim of strike as fake mischievous
    Police dismiss claim of strike as fake, mischievous
     Police dismiss claim of strike as fake mischievous
    Police dismiss claim of strike as fake, mischievous
    Defence/Security5 months ago

    Police dismiss claim of strike as fake, mischievous

    The Nigerian Police Force on Monday described the claim of alleged plans to go on strike as false and malicious.

    The police made the clarification in a statement. Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

    He said that the claim, circulating on some social networks, about the force's plans to go on strike starting March 26, was a malicious attempt.

    Adejobi said the claim was to discredit the force, misinform the public and heat up politics.

    “It is pertinent to reaffirm that the Nigerian Police Force is a regulated and disciplined organization with established rules and guidelines for dealing with complaints and in no circumstances is a strike one of those means.

    “The men and women of the Nigerian Police Force are fully aware that a strike or other deliberate disruption of law enforcement organization is a riot.

    "The personnel of the force would not degenerate at any time to that level of disloyalty and indiscipline, since police services are paramount and essential in maintaining order and peace in the nation," he said.

    Adejobi said that the Inspector General of Police (IG-P), Usman Alkali, was accelerating efforts to ensure the full implementation of the increase in salaries and allowances proposed by Buhari and approved by the Executive Council.

    He said that it was important to emphasize that it was an initiative of the president without any demand from the police to direct the process of increasing their salaries and allowances.

    Adejobi said that the Federal Government is fully committed to the implementation of the new salary package.

    “Since approval, the Wages, Income and Salaries Commission has issued an implementation circular.

    “The Minister of Police Affairs and the IG have been working with the Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS) to ensure the suspension of tax deductions as ordered by the Federal Executive Council,” it added.

    The interim FPRO said that police officers under the leadership of the current IG-P were well motivated by the ongoing reforms, especially the provision of kits, ammunition, bulletproof vests and the cooperative society housing scheme.

    He said the administration had also embarked on renovating training schools, updating the police training curriculum, acquiring and deploying technology to boost ICT-driven policing.

  •  Lagos building collapse 15 dead bodies dug out so far NEMA
    Lagos building collapse: 15 dead bodies dug out so far – NEMA
     Lagos building collapse 15 dead bodies dug out so far NEMA
    Lagos building collapse: 15 dead bodies dug out so far – NEMA
    Headlines10 months ago

    Lagos building collapse: 15 dead bodies dug out so far – NEMA

    No less than 15 bodies and nine injured were found in the rubble of the collapsed 21-story building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

    The Southwest Zone Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed this to the Nigeria News Agency at the scene of the incident on Tuesday.

    NAN reports that the building under construction collapsed around 3 p.m. Monday, with around 50 workers fearing they could be trapped.

    “So far, 15 bodies and nine injured have been dug up from the rubble.

    "When the deputy governor of Lagos state was here, we recovered around ten bodies and five more were discovered as the operation continued," he said.

    Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) director general Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu also told NAN that emergency responders worked through the night with searchlights during the rescue operation.

    Mr. Oke-Osanyintolu said about eight cranes were used for rescue operations.

    Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba, who attended the scene, sympathized with the families of the victims, calling the incident unfortunate.

    Mr Baba said there was a need to strengthen the regulatory agencies in charge of these high-rise buildings.

    He stressed that strict monitoring by such agencies would prevent such incidents in the future.

    "Those in charge of construction who compromised the quality of the work should be prosecuted," IG-P said.

    NAN has learned that a member of the youth corps, named Oridamola Zainab, is one of the victims trapped in the rubble calling on his family members to help.

    Calls from victims under the rubble generated unrest and protests from relatives and friends who gathered at the entrance to the portal to ask to be allowed to join the operation.

    Ms Farinloye, who was pacifying the agitators, begged them to calm down, assuring that the rescue team would surely come to zero, "but it will take time."

    After a long protest, 10 young men who claimed to be relatives of the victims were then selected to join the rescue team.

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  •  Anambra Police Command recovers locally made bombs from suspected ESN gang
    Anambra Police Command recovers locally made bombs from suspected ESN gang
     Anambra Police Command recovers locally made bombs from suspected ESN gang
    Anambra Police Command recovers locally made bombs from suspected ESN gang
    Defence/Security10 months ago

    Anambra Police Command recovers locally made bombs from suspected ESN gang

    Anambra Police Command said it recovered locally made improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from a group suspected of being a member of the ESN.

    Police said the explosives, including the RPG bomb and a hand grenade, were recovered from Afor Nnobi, a local government area in Idemili South of the state, the site of fierce exchanges between security agencies and local authorities. suspected insurgents.

    Mr. Aderemi Adeoye, the deputy police commissioner in charge of operations, said the items, including the phone, were contained in a bag abandoned at the scene of the attack.

    Adeoye said the command's Bomb Disposal Squad was immediately deployed to the scene and the explosives were carefully defused.

    He said other items, including the telephone handset, were being analyzed for useful information about the gang.

    “The command recovered a locally made RPG bomb and a hand grenade from the scene of the shooting between armed men suspected of being ESN militants and the joint security convoy led itself.

    “Detectives were deployed to deal with the shooting scene in search of clues that could aid the investigation aimed at unraveling the identities and mission of the gunmen.

    “These items were found in a bag that also contained a cell phone loaded with a locally made hand grenade and a rocket-propelled grenade bomb.

    "The Command Bomb Disposal Squad has been deployed to the scene and the explosives have been defused and analyzed while the handset is being processed for vital intelligence," he said.

    Adeoye said the CP Echeng Echeng command will stop at nothing in its efforts to ensure the stabilization of security in Anambra.

    He assured that the IG-P guidelines aimed at protecting the population of Anambra and creating an environment conducive to free and fair elections on November 6 would be strictly enforced.

    The DCP praised the synergy between the military, police, DSS and other paramilitary agencies, noting that such synergy is unprecedented.

    Source: NAN