The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has approved training for pilots and other Police Airwing Aircraft Maintenance Officers ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Adejobi said that 17 officers would benefit from the first batch of Bell 412EP B1.3 Type-Training Course.
According to him, the training is expected to improve the technical expertise of the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Police Airwing.
He said the idea was to ensure concrete security arrangements and prevent operational mishaps during aerial surveillance operations during the elections.
He said the I-G had also approved the training of more pilots on Cessna Citation and the training and maintenance of a fully operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squad.
The spokesperson said that the approval also covered the training of more engineers on Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing as well as training for other auxiliary aviation staff.
He noted that the target was to streamline operational inadequacies, improve human resourcefulness and ensure enhanced operational efficiency and cohesive operations.
He further said the I-G had also met with the leadership of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Squadron Commanders to appraise the internal security of the country.
”The meeting is to unravel the possible ways of positioning the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery through strategic restructuring,” he said.
Adejobi said the I-G pledged to adequately restructure and equipped the PMF with effective trainings to align it with its age-long tradition of basic unit concept and unit deployment.
He said the I-G called on the Squadron Commanders to provide adequate security in their respective Areas of Responsibility, to support the conventional police.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has ordered the deployment of adequate personnel nationwide, ahead of the Oct. 1 Independence Day celebration.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Baba said the order was to provide protection for citizens, critical national infrastructure and ensure the success of all activities lined up for the independence celebration.
The police boss said the deployment was also to prevent any untoward situation throughout the period and beyond.
Baba had directed Strategic Police Managers, comprising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) to ensure high visibility and confidence boosting patrols.
He urged the senior officers to ensure that the patrol covers the venues of the celebrations, residential areas and other public places to prevent infiltration by hostile elements and ensure a peaceful celebration.
The I-G pledged the unalloyed loyalty and dedication of the Nigeria Police to safeguard the sovereignty of the country and combat crimes and criminality to ensure the safety of the citizenry.
Baba enjoined Nigerians to cooperate with the police and other security agencies, for improved security management at various public gatherings during the celebration.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has urged all political parties to embrace peaceful electioneering campaign across the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.
To this end, the police boss solicited their cooperation with the police and other security agencies, to ensure a peaceful campaign across the country.
He stated this on Thursday in Abuja at the signing of the first National Peace Accord on 2023 General Election by all the presidential candidates and their political parties.
He added that Commissioners of Police across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT were directed to meet with the leaderships of all political parties and Resident Electoral Commissioners in their respective states towards mutually evolving the campaign schedules.
He directed that the order be implemented in a manner that would address possible cross-party conflicts in date, time, and venue of their campaigns.
“I assure that a level playing field and adequate security will be provided for all the political parties during the campaigns.
“I however, wish to specially appeal to all political parties to cooperate with the Nigeria Police in this process and in our general drive to ensure a peaceful electioneering campaign across the country,” he said.
The I-G said the event had complemented President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiative to build a broad political and all inclusive consensus in committing political parties, candidates, agents to the path of conducting their campaigns in a peaceful manner.
“As we witness the signing of the Peace Accord, I call on all political actors across party lines, to in the overriding national securityas amended) containing provisions on campaign financing, election expenses, limit of donation by individuals to fund political campaigns of a candidate.
“These include falsification of election documents and funding limits allowed by law.
“Cognisance must also be duly taken of Sections 94-102 of the Act which contains provisions on offences relating to campaigns by political parties and the expected conducts by strategic actors in the process.
“This also includes the obligations of INEC officials, media, the Police and other security agencies.
“Under these sections, the police are mandated to provide adequate security for processions and political rallies.
“To resolve conflicts of time and venue between parties in a consultative manner and not to prevent any registered party from holding rallies, procession, or meetings,”he added.
The I-G commended INEC for introducing innovative actions that had proved to be effective in mitigating electoral offences of multiple voters registration, multiple voting, result alterations while on transit to collation centres, and effects of ballot box snatching.
He said while these initiatives deepened the country’s democracy, it was worrisome that political actors were unrelenting in exploring new acts directed at circumventing the electoral process.
One of such, according to him, is the ignoble and unlawful acts of vote buying and attempted cyber attacks on INEC servers.
“We appreciate the assurances of INEC Chairman to continually safeguard the electoral process and assured of the support of the Nigeria Police in this process.
The police boss, however, appealed to party officials to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner, devoid of ethnic, religious, and hateful rhetoric that could incite violence and aggravate insecurity in the nation.
“In drawing on specific examples, there are currently not less than 88 different quasi, sub-national security outfits established by state governments and local communities as well as other non-state regulated pseudo-security outfits.
“We have been dealing with reports of the deployment of some of these outfits to advance partisan interests in the countdown to the 2023 General Elections.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has urged stakeholders in the security sector to utilise the Police Crime Reporting Portal to report all forms of cybercrime in any part of the country for prompt action.
Baba made the appeal on Wednesday in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
He also urged the public to report issues of theft, child abuse and exploitation, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, credit card fraud, internet fraud and other forms of cybercrime through the portal.
According to him, the portal could be accessed through https:.
ng; WhatsApp on 07043797900 and call or SMS on 08094557845.Baba said the Cybercrime Reporting Portal was domiciled at the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Abuja.
He said the portal would offer access to intelligence and data sharing between the 195 member countries of the INTERPOL.
The I-G said the portal also contains abridged cybercrime awareness material and online safety tips for visitors.
Others are the 2015 Cybercrime Act and Africa’s First Storified Cybersecurity Handbook, also known as “no go fall maga”, in portable document format.
Baba ordered immediate completion of a new office complex for the Force Intelligence Bureau to expand the intelligence gathering capability of the Police.
He said the new complex would be fitted with ICT-based state-of-the-art gadgets that would be in tune with contemporary intelligence gathering realities.
The police boss ordered the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Force Intelligence Bureau (AIG-FIB) to deploy human and materials assets for effective gathering of active intelligence.
He also directed the AIG-FIB to commence immediate training of officers and men on the use of the new office complex and gadgets.
Operatives of the Nigeria Police attached to the Inspector-General of Police Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (I-G-STFPIB) have raided illegal petroleum refining site in Edo. The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the raid was carried out in the late hours of Sept. 7 following the interception of intelligence on activities of an alleged illicit petroleum products refining syndicate operating in the area.
Adejobi said the intelligence was received via a whistle blower through the recently created Nigeria National Petroleum Company’s (NNPC) Command and Control Centre Portal.
He said three empty DAF Trucks, 31 immobile surface tanks – 7, loaded with unspecified quantity of petroleum products were discovered during the raid.
Adejobi said two suspects were arrested, adding that preliminary investigations had revealed that the site was also used as a dump site for petroleum products.
He said the I-G, Mr Usman Baba had ordered the Special Enforcement Units on prevention of activities of economic saboteurs to ensure deployment of necessary manpower and other operational assets.
Baba said the idea was to ensure a total clampdown on criminal activities detriment to the economic growth of the nation.
The I-G had also ordered the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Unit to embark on strict supervision.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba says there is no immediate threat to the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
The I-G gave the assurance in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Sunday in Abuja.
According to Baba, the assurance followed a robust security threat analysis carried out by the Police using global best standards to ascertain the trend of expectations for the electioneering processes.
Baba spoke during a meeting with Mr Todd Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, US Department of States The I-G met with the official during the summit of United Nations Chiefs of Police, held in the US.
He said discussions at the meeting were centered around enhancing support for the Nigeria Police training and capacity building programme.
Baba said the focus was particularly on the training of tactical units deployed in the North East and other conflict theatres across the country.
He said that the discussion was also on the need to cascade the ongoing election security management training across the six geopolitical zones in preparation for the 2023 general elections.
According to him, they also discussed training of police recruits on modern policing themes such as forensic investigations, human relations and cyber security.
In his remark, Robinson commended the Nigeria Police over the good work and the feats being recorded by the present leadership of the force.
The Inspector-General of Police ( I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has warned against the increasing attacks on police officers In uniform in different locations across the country.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Adejobi condemned the recent trend of assault on police officers in uniform, carrying out official and lawful duties.
He said attacks on police officers, who were uniformed agents of the state were both illegal and an affront on the rule of law.
He warned that attacks on police officers in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise, as the force holds the lives of its personnel sacrosanct.
Baba was quoted as directing all police commands and formations to ensure that individuals who engaged in assault on police officers, irrespective of preceding factors, were made to face the full wrath of the law.
He reiterated the commitment of the force to ensure protection of lives and property.
Baba was said to have also called on the public to accord respect to the fundamental rights of police officers and other security operatives.
The police boss said, ”the call was to enable the officers advance their sacred mandate of protection of lives and property and maintenance of law and order.
The Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC)of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta says Nigerians have a duty to protect telecommunications infrastructure in the country.
Danbatta said any vandalism made by individuals affects the quality of telecommunications services from service providers.
He made this known at the 2022 edition of Youth, Civil Society and Stakeholders summit on Thursday in Abuja.
The summit was on curbing the disruption and vandalism of telecoms, power, oil and gas, marine, railway, education, health and other critical infrastructure in Nigeria during elections.
The EVC, who was represented by Head, Corporate Communications, NCC, Nnnenna Ukaoha, called for collective action by the youth and community leaders to safeguard critical infrastructure from possible attacks.
He said this would sustain investors’ confidence and economic growth, adding that communication and connectivity were enablers to all sectors of life.
‘‘Communication and connectivity are now rights to every citizen and when you disrupt infrastructure, you are disrupting quality of experience and quality of service.
“What we are saying to Nigerians is to take ownership of infrastructure protection, because, if you vandalise it, it will affect quality of your life, business and everything.
‘‘It can even go to reduce poverty in our society, especially with young people.
“With internet connectivity, your computer can do so many things and turn your life around within seconds.
“Please take ownership of communication of infrastructure within your environment so that your life will improve, it will help cub poverty in rural and urban centres,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, said the force had engaged in series of trainings and execution of strategies to curb incidence of infrastructure vandalism in the country.
Baba, who was represented by Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), in charge of Counter-Terrorism Unit, Mr Iwo Nemi, called for citizens’ cooperation to tackle the menace.
‘The I-G said: ‘We have a role to play, first we engage in pre-during and after election.
“We have been making efforts to ensure peace.
“We need information, technology and support of the media to make sure we protect the critical national infrastructure.
‘‘Security is not for police alone, we need information from people to be able to work effectively.
If you see something, say something.
“Policing is for everybody and it is local.
Those who vandalise the critical infrastructure are our brothers and sister.
” Baba urged Nigerians to help the police with relevant information and “let us work on them.
‘‘We had series of seminars and workshops where police officers were trained on election management.
“We have done it in Ondo, Ekiti and Osun and we are ready to improve on whatever success we have recorded,” he said.
Earlier, the Director-General for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria, Mr Emmanuel Johnny said the roundtable was organised to mobilise stakeholders to create synergy.
Johnny, who was also the convener of the summit said the program was towards the protection of critical national infrastructure against vandalism, particularly during the forthcoming elections.
He urged politicians to set their priorities right and ensure they do not sponsor the youth to spoil critical infrastructure.
“Having observed that numerous infrastructure put in place by Federal Government in harnessing the resources of our nation and in attaining economic growth and development.
“We as patriotic Nigerians, feel it is our civic responsibility to mobilise stakeholders and CSOs to see how we can synergise towards the protection of this critical national infrastructure against vandalism and destruction, particularly during these coming elections.
‘‘We are advising politicians to set their priority very right and do not disrupt infrastructure, focus on their campaign, not to sponsor the youth to spoil critical infrastructure during elections.
‘‘From here, we are moving zone by zone, state by state to create synergy with traditional and youth leaders.
“We are calling on people to report any vandalisation in their area,” he said.
Jonny called on the National Assembly to create National Infrastructure Trust Fund, to help government raise funds with support from companies to protect and maintain these infrastructure.
He also called for the establishment of a commission to look after the National Critical Infrastructure.
“We feel government alone cannot do this without the support of the private sector,”he added.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba has ordered the deployment of new Commissioners of Police (CPs) for Kano, Zamfara and Enugu states.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the CPs affected by the deployment were Abubakar Lawal, Kano, Kolo Yusuf, Zamfara and Ahmed Ammani, Enugu State.
Adejobi said the deployment of Lawal to Kano State followed the retirement of the former CP, Samaíla Dikko.
He said Lawal, a native of Daura in Katsina, holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and had served in various capacities since his commissioning as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1990. The police spokesman said Yusufu, the new CP in charge of Zamfara hailed from Niger and holds a Bachelor of Law Degree and is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association.
He said Yusufu also holds a Masters Degree in Crime Management and Prevention and a Doctorate in International Relations.
Adejobi said the CP had served in various operational capacities including as Officer in Charge of Anti-Robbery Squad in various states; Commander, I-G Crack Squad and Coordinator, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
He said Yusuf also served as the Commander Technical Intelligence Unit and Special Tactical Squad under the Force Intelligence Bureau.
Adejobi said, Ammani, the new CP for Enugu state hailed from Katsina and holds a first Degree in Hausa and Islamic Studies from Bayero University Kano and Post-Graduate Certificate in Corruption Studies from Hong Kong University.
He said the new Enugu state CP also holds a Master of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
He had served as Divisional Police Officer in various divisions within Nasarawa State and as Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in Ondo State.
Adejobi said the I-G charged the newly deployed CPs to hit the ground running in the areas of crime-fighting, public cooperation and safety.
The I-G called on the public to support and cooperate with the new Police helmsmen to enable them perform optimally on their mandate.
The police spokesman said the postings were with immediate effect.
The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has assured residents of South-East that election will be held in the zone come 2023. Baba, represented by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, gave the assurance during the opening of South-East 2023 Elections Security Management Workshop, on Saturday in Enugu.
He said that the police was building robust synergy with other security agencies to ensure that the 2023 election remained seamless and “very peaceful”.
“We are brainstorming together to fashion out ways to deal with existing and emerging security threats head long within the South-East. “It is clear that with robust synergy, cooperation and joint operations, this area will be the most peaceful and our people will surely come out to exercise their civic responsibility.
“We are working relentlessly on the goal of ensuring that election holds in the South-East and people’s vote are secured and it will definitely count,” the I-G assured.
Earlier, Dr Solomon Arase, a retired I-G of Police, said that the workshop was for all security agencies and formations in South-East to get them ready for the task of a peaceful, credible and hitch-free election in 2023. Arase, who is the workshop consultant, said it was meant to identify gaps in election security and pin point tasks and responsibilities of each security agency concerned with election.
“Security agencies have gathered here on how to study trends and patterns of crimes before and during elections and how to effectively deal with it in a holistic and collaborative manner,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Abubakar Lawal, urged people of the zone and the state not to express any fear about the 2023 election.
“2023 election will hold and we are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that.
Our people should not entertain any fear or any opinion in the contrary,” Lawal said.
The workshop was attended by the Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, Department of State Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Other are Nigeria Correctional Service, Immigration, Customs, Fire Service and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency among others.
The workshop was organised by the I-G to further build the capacity of security agencies and their personnel on election security.