Stakeholders in the health and security sectors have called for an increase in death notification and registration in Nigeria.
They made the call on Wednesday in Lagos at a one-day symposium organised by the Nigeria Police Force Pathology Office in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC).
They noted that while many Nigerians registered births, not many registered deaths, even after obtaining death certificates before burial.
They expressed the belief that good data on births and deaths would help for a proper national planning.
In his contribution, the Inspector-General of police (I-GP), Mr Usman Baba, said the symposium was to sensitise people of Lagos State on the need to increase death notification and registration.
Baba, who was represented by the Force Medical Officer, AIG Olubumi Ogunsanwo, said that the Lagos State experience would spread the news to other states of the federation.
He said the two agencies decided to start the sensitisation from Lagos State because of its strategic position in the country.
He explained that donors of the grant for the hosting of the programme specifically requested that Lagos State be a starting point.
“Lagos as a state has led in so many fronts; when you look at the management of COVID-19 and Ebola, the state has robust structures. That is why we are starting here so that we can synergies,’’ he stressed.
The I-GP said that in view of the event, the police would henceforth report death of suspects in their custody to the NPC in line with legal protocols.
In his remarks, the NPC Chairman, Mr Nasir Kwara, said that death notification and registration was very poor in all states of the federation, stressing the need for all to be sensitised on the issue.
Kwara was represented by Dr Dayo Layide, Director, Health and Planning, Research and Statistics of the NPC.
He called on the military, the police, para-military agencies, religious and traditional leaders to sensitise their followers on the need for notification and registration of death.
He noted that the NPC had about 4,000 registration centres at government health centres in all states, stressing that birth was recording about 50 per cent registration annually, while death only recorded 10 per cent.
The Force Pathologist, Dr Samuel Keshinro, said that there was the need for adequate sensitisation of the populace about death notification and registration through informants.
Keshinro said that apart from the medical doctors, any citizen from 18 years and above could notify and register the death of any relation, friend or associate.
He said information needed by the NPC in the event of death included the number of those who died and their identity.
He added that other information required were the cause of death to show the disease responsible and where the death occurred, to show environmental link.
He said about 5,922 deaths were registered in Lagos State in 2021, representing about four per cent of expected death registration (using the World Bank’s crude death rate calculations).
In his remarks, Force spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the Nigeria Police Force was harmonising its data base with the NPC, the FRSC and the National Identity Management Commission in the six geo-political zones.
Adejobi said that the harmonisation became necessary in view of security challenges, stressing that such central data base would help for forensic investigation by all agencies.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the symposium were drawn from the police, military, para-military agencies, medical, paramedical, religious and traditional institutions.
It had “Increasing Death Notification and Registration in Lagos State’’ at its theme.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba, on Wednesday charged 474 newly recruited constables in Zone 5 to be self disciplined.
Baba gave the charge in his remarks at the Passing Out Parade (POP) of the 2020 batch of police recruits at the Police Training Institution, Ogida, Benin.
Represented by AIG Lawan Jimeta, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the zone, the IGP noted that the bedrock of policing was discipline.
“The bedrock of policing is discipline, and I’m sure you must have been taught the best form of discipline is self discipline.
“Much as you have a promising and bright career ahead of you, how far you go in this career is entirely dependent on the quality of your character, discipline and professionalism.” he said.
He noted that the force under his leadership had zero tolerance for indiscipline and any act that might be antithetical to police professionalism.
“I therefore admonish you to resolve not to engage in any act that will be unedifying of your good name, that of your families and indeed the force as you commence your policing career today,” he added.
The IGP disclosed that the graduating constables were coming into a reformed police force that was experiencing an ethical rebirth.
He said the force was increasingly well equiped, well motivated and appropriately oriented and positioned to take the war against crimes to the fortress of the criminals that threatened the people’s communal values, peace, security liberty.
“You must, therefore, consider yourselves as the lucky ones that have been found worthy in character, learning, physical and mental fitness to serve Nigeria, your fatherland.
“The recruitment exercise projects the determination the Federal Government to address the social factors that accentuate the commission of crimes which is unemployment.” he further said.
Baba disclosed that shortly after the passing out parade, another 10,000 recruits would be resuming training nationwide, under the 2021 batch of the exercise.
He stressed that beyond addressing the manpower deficiency in the force, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had remained committed to closing the gap in operational efficiency and welfarere in the force.
Earlier in her remarks, ACP Sarah Ehindero, Commandant, the police training institution, said that the training commenced with 476 recruits.
Ehindero said that the figure was made up of 180 females and 296 males, adding that whereas 208 of them were from Edo, 267 were from Delta, and one, from Cross River.
She further disclosed that two female recruits were discharged from the training due to pregnancy and ill health, leaving 474 who successfully completed the training and were passing out.
The commandant explained that the recruits had been trained to be professional policemen in learning and character as well as to perform their duties in line with world best practices.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the zone comprises of Edo and Delta.
The Nigeria Police, Zone 2 Command, Onikan, comprising Lagos and Ogun, has warned the public not to fall victim of fraudulent transactions.
The Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Hauwa Idris-Adamu, issued the warning on Monday in Lagos after several reports of people falling victim to fraudulent activities.
“It is to inform the general public, especially businessmen and women on the illicit and fraudulent manner through which criminals operate and their modus operandi.
“Series of petitions have been written to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, in charge of the Command, AIG Adeleke Adeyinka, that fraudsters now sought businessmen and women who advertise their goods through various social media platforms
“They also sought for potential buyers of such goods.
“The criminals will contact dealers, who advertise such goods on social media platforms, and act like genuine buyers while they order for goods in large quantity.
“They also act like genuine dealers to their prospective victims and give about three per cent to five per cent discount in order to entice their prospective victims.
“Upon indication of interest, the prospective buyer will be lured into making payment.
“Having made payment, the fraudsters will then give instruction to the dealer on the other hand to load the quantity of good requested by the victim with the pretext that payment will be made and confirmed on delivery before offloading of the goods.”
Idris-Adamu said that when the goods arrived, the fraudster would no longer be reachable.
“When it has been confirmed that goods have arrived destination, the fraudster then goes incommunicado.
“The driver will be the one having issues with the victim who already made payment and has been expecting delivery of goods paid for.
“This is always done mostly on Fridays to prevent any kind of banking system retrieval.
“Based on the above, the Command is sending this to the general public as awareness; so, no one will fall victim of the antics of fraudsters who pretend as business clients,”
Idris-Adamu passed a very strict warning to all criminal minded groups or individuals to relocate from the zone as they would not find it easy operating within the Zonal Command.
Mr Okunlola Kamaldeen, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone 6 Calabar, has decorated 14 officers from the zone, with their new ranks.
Public Relations Officer of the zone, DSP Nelson Okpabi, said this in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Calabar.
Okpabi said that the promotion was in line with the Inspector General of Police’s manpower development policy.
He added that the policy was aimed at boosting the morale of police personnel for effective service delivery.
”It is also aimed at identifying, elevating and positioning deserving officers professionally,” the spokesperson added.
He said Kamaldeen congratulated the beneficiaries, on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba.
Okpabi said the AIG charged them to reciprocate the gesture by exhibiting high professionalism, civility to members of the public and respect for human rights.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Emeka Onyekaba, who responded on behalf of the promoted officers, thanked the IGP, the Police Service Commission and the AIG, for finding them worthy of the promotion.
Onyekaba promised that they would re-double their efforts to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Assistant Inspector-General of Police Abraham Ayim on Tuesday in Yenagoa assumed duty as the new AIG, Zone 16, comprising Rivers and Bayelsa.
Ayim’s appointment followed the death of the former AIG, Don Awunah, who died in an Abuja hospital in May after a brief illness.
Speaking shortly after resuming duty, Ayim expressed his willingness to work with the officers and men of the zone to tackle crime.
“I am a man of few words; I believe in actions. Henceforth, we shall work together to deprive criminals the freedom to operate in this zone,” he said.
He promised to work with other security agencies to tackle all forms of criminal activities in the zone.
”We shall also strengthen synergy with traditional and community leaders in the zone. Every stakeholder has to play their roles in the new order.
”We are fully aware that effective policing requires the cooperation of all critical stakeholders,” he said.
Ayim said that the zonal command would build public confidence and create good working relationship with members of the public.
”Synergy with the public and confidence building are critical to a fruitful working relationship.
”We need reliable intelligence to fight crime; this is only possible if confidence is built,” he said.
The AIG said Bayelsa is relatively peaceful irrespective of pockets of armed robbery and kidnap cases.
Until his appointment, Ayim was the Commissioner of Police, Administration, Department of Finance and Administration, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Ayim, the third AIG to serve in the zone, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a minute of silence was observed in honour of the late AIG Awunah.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has ordered the deployment of adequate personnel and other operational assets of the Force ahead of June 18 Ekiti governorship election. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Adejobi said the deployment would involve Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), technical capabilities of the Police Air wing, the Force Marine, Mounted Troops, K-9 Section, and other operational assets. Adejobi said selected seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police would also be deployed, to ensure effective supervision of security personnel and operations in the election. He said the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Mr Johnson Kokumo, had been deployed to coordinate the security component for the election. Adejobi said Kokumo, also the supervisory DIG for the South-West, would oversee the implementation of the operation order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment. He said the idea was to ensure a peaceful and conducive environment, devoid of violence that would guarantee law abiding citizens of security to perform their civic responsibilities, without molestation or intimidation. According to him, Kokumo will be assisted by four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), three Commissioners of Police (CPs), five Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and 18 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs). He said the Senior Officers would coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three Senatorial Districts, sixteen Local Government Areas and the 2,445 polling units in Ekiti. Adejobi said conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), and INTERPOL would be on ground for the election He said the Special Protection Unit (SPU), Force Public Relations Department (FPRD) and Police Medical Teams would also be deployed to guarantee free, fair, credible and acceptable election. According to to the Force spokesperson, five Armored Personnel Carriers for patrol, as well as four helicopters and unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), for aerial surveillance are among other unique operational assets for the exercise.
The Assistant Inspector- General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, Mr Lawan Jimeta, has urged newly-promoted senior officers in the zone to utilise their promotion for improved productivity and hard work.
Jimeta stated this on Wednesday at the zonal headquarters in Benin, shortly after decorating the newly-promoted senior officers with their new ranks.
According to him, promotion is a way of encouraging hard work, dedication and productivity in any organisation.
He also said that promotion was a way of making employees to work harder on responsibilities assigned to them.
“We appreciate God for the promotion and the gift of life.
“We in the zone are happy over the array of senior officers promoted. And because we value promotion very well, it is my belief those promoted will add value to our job here,” the police chief said.
The AIG also reiterated the commitment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, to the welfare of every personnel of the force.
He noted that in view of the commitment, the IGP had initiated programmes aimed at bettering the lives of the personnel.
Jimeta urged the officers and men in the zone to redouble their efforts toward reducing insecurity in the two states making up the zone, that is, Edo and Delta.
“We are all aware of the task ahead, with respect to the 2023 general elections. But before then, we will have Ekiti and Osun states’ governorship elections.
“So I urge the personnel in the zone to redouble their efforts toward reducing insecurity in the zone and winning the war against insecurity generally.
“The zone will provide all that is needed, in collaboration with the force headquarters to ensure success.
“I congratulate all the newly-promoted senior officers and wish you God’s guidance in your new ranks,” he further said.
Responding on behalf of the other promoted officers, , Abdullahi Bosso, a newly-promoted Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and Area Commander, Oba market, noted that promotion was a gift by God.
According to him, our promotion is not our making but the making of God. What is worth doing at all is what doing well.
“We will ensure that we redouble our commitment to our duties to enhance productivity and thus justify our promotions,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that aside Bosso, who was promoted from ACP to DCP, four Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs) were also promoted to ACP.
Those promoted to ACP included: Musa Okeme, Benafa Benjamin, Tenku Pyikison and Madani Bitrus, while former DSP Kazeem Adefisoye was promoted to Superintendent of Police (SP).
Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi says the newly promoted former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, will be prosecuted if eventually indicted by the probe panel chaired by retd. Justice Ayo Salami.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Magu had appeared before the Salami panel in July 2020 to answer allegations against him by the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
The investigative panel, upon conclusion of its assignment, submitted its findings to the President in Nov. 2020.
However, Dingyadi , was fielding questions from State House correspondents on why the Police authorities were yet to act on the recommendations of the panel but chose to promote Magu to the position of Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police before his eventual retirement.
“This is an issue that should have been addressed by the Police Service Commission, who have the responsibility to conduct promotions of the police.
”They are not here. And I am aware that the Police Service Commission is directly under the presidency.
”So, I cannot speak for them. But what I know is that Mr. Magu has already retired and that is what I can tell you now.
”The fact that he was promoted is a matter for the Police Commission to, maybe, throw more light on.
”I’m not aware of the position of government on the report you are talking about and I think it is still being under consideration.
”It doesn’t mean that when he retires, the laws will not catch up with him whenever he is found guilty.
”So, I think it’s not completely finished business.”
On the ongoing fight against criminals across the country, the minister disclosed that the Police had begun to deploy technology in dealing with crimes and criminalities in the country.
According to him, the Police authorities are striving hard to be civil in their operations but will deploy firearms where necessary in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Dingyadi also disclosed that the Ministry would soon commence the recruitment of additional 10,000 police constables in the next one month or two in line with the President’s directive to employ 40,000 men within his second tenure.
On the request in some quarters for psychiatric test for policemen to ascertain their psychological stability, the minister said the men were undergoing rigorous and extensive screening.
He said such screening included medical tests on prospective recruits, assuring that the best available were those engaged in the system.
While noting that the demands of the ENDSARS protesters boiled down to police welfare, which the government had since begun to implement, the minister disclosed that 25,000 constabularies had been trained for community policing.
He, however, urged the community leaders to cooperate with the constabularies posted to them by gathering and sharing intelligence as well as reporting cases that needed to be reported.
The Katsina State Police Command says it has repelled bandits’ attack at Dabaibayawa village of Batagarawa and Dankiri village of Dutsinma Local Government Area.
The Command’s spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Katsina over their recent activities in the state.
SP Isah disclosed that the command had also nuetralised six suspected terrorists, recovered AK 47 riffle, 110 cows and 242 sheep and goats.
“On May 17, 2022, a distress call was received that terrorists in their numbers attacked Dantakiri village, Dutsinma LGA and rustled unspecified number of domestic animals.
“Area Commander, Dutsinma led teams of policemen and vigilante and blocked the terrorists at Mararabar-Sayaya, Matazu LGA.
“The teams engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel, neutralised six terrorists and recovered 86 cows and 101 sheep and goats.
“In the course of scanning the scene, one AK 47 rifle was also recovered. It is reasonably suspected that some of the terrorists have escaped from the scene with gunshot wounds.
“Search parties are still combing the nearby bushes with a view to arresting the injured terrorists recover their dead bodies and their operational weapons,” he said.
Isah added that on the same day, another distress call was received that terrorists in their numbers, armed with AK 47 rifles, attacked the farm of rtd AIG Lawal Mani, at Dabaibayawa village and rustled all the domestic animals therein.
According to him, “The Officer in Charge (OC), Anti Kidnapping Unit, DPOs of Batagarawa and Batsari were alerted to pursue and block the hoodlums as they were moving towards Rugu forest with the rustled animals.
“Consequently, the team succeeded and intercepted them at Kandawa village, Batsari LGA.
“The team engaged the terrorists in a fierce gun duel and succeeded not only in repelling them but also in recovering all the rustled domestic animals comprising 24 cows and 141 goats and sheep. Investigation is ongoing.”
The police spokesperson disclosed that the command had succeeded in busting syndicates of car thieves and recovered some stolen vehicles.
He further revealed that they also succeeded in arresting a suspected member of terrorists who confessed to have participated in several attacks on villages in Safana LGA of the state.
Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Zone 5, AIG Lawan Jimeta, has given assurance of a hitch-free screening exercise for the successful candidates of the Nigerian Police Force 2021 recruitment exercise.
This is contained in a statement on Saturday, in Benin, by DSP Tijani Momoh, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (ZPRO).
According to Jimeta, the the medical screening exercise for successful indigenes from Edo and Delta states, who applied for the 2021 recruitment of Police constables, has been scheduled to take place between Tuesday and May 23.
He added that the exercise which would be conducted by the Nigerian Police medical services would take place daily from 8:30am to 2:45 pm, at the Magnus Eweka Police cottage hospital, Denis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin.
He disclosed that candidates for the exercise have been scheduled in designated syndicates to avoid overcrowding and the spread of COVID-19.
In this regard, the AIG said that the candidates are to visit the recruitment portal on www.policerecruitment.gov.ng to check and print out their medical screening slips.
He further said that qualified candidates are also expected to mandatorily come along with their letters of invitation (medical screening slip).
“They are also to come with their National Identity , and appear in white T-shirt on white shorts, as well as adhere to stipulated COVID-19 prevention protocols and guidelines, including wearing of face masks”.
Jimeta gave the assurance that the exercise would be conducted in the best tradition of transparency and professionalism.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that zone 5 is made up of Edo and Delta states. (NAN)