We’re overhauling Police to tackle security challenges -Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian Police Force structure is being overhauled, re-positioned and primed with modern technological gadgets to meet rising security challenges across the nation.

The President stated this when he received traditional rulers from the North led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

He also disclosed that an intelligence loop among all security outfits had been created.

According to him, the ongoing reform of the police will include recruitment of more hands, cultivation of stronger local intelligence and networking with communities, traditional rulers and adequate training.

President Buhari noted that the return of the Ministry of Police Affairs was purposely to drive the new initiative of ensuring proper provision of security for lives and property, with proactive intelligence gathering to nip crimes in the bud.

“I have decided to meet with Your Highnesses to assure you that government is determined to tackle and deal decisively with all security challenges facing us as a nation.

“This consultation therefore is to engage you, our royal fathers, so that, collectively, we can arrive at solutions to any and all security problems in the country.

“We must all play our part to finally address these security challenges, particularly traditional rulers, in your respective communities, where you feel the pulse of the people, being the closest to the populace at the grassroots level,’’ he said.

President Buhari urged the traditional rulers to provide more support to security agencies with their versatile knowledge of communities and individuals.

He added that these policies and programmes included a robust revamping of police intelligence gathering capacity and the significant boosting of the numbers of security personnel in rural communities.

“This in specific terms will include recruiting more police officers and doing so whenever possible from their local government areas, where they would then be stationed in the best traditions of policing worldwide.

“Working with the State governments also, we intend to improve the equipping of the police force with advanced technology and equipment that can facilitate their work. To drive this, I recently created a full-fledged Ministry of Police Affairs.

“As I said during my meeting with the Traditional Rulers from the South-West, directives have been issued to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for states requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts.’’

The President said CCTVs would be installed on highways and other strategic locations so that activities in some hidden places could be exposed, more effectively monitored and open to actionable interventions.

In his remark, the Sultan of Sokoto assured the President of the full support of traditional rulers in the country.

“We have come to assure you of our total support, total commitment and undiluted dedication to moving the nation forward as one of the best countries of the world,’’ he noted.

He said the traditional thrones in various communities predated the amalgamation of the protectorates, and all the forefathers had always upheld the virtues of peace, unity and stability.

He, therefore, assured the President that royal fathers across the country had been in constant communication on the security challenges, promising to support the government to succeed.

The Sultan commended Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara for the relative peace in the state after he was sworn into office, and decided to open up all channels of communication.

He urged other governors to adopt same model.

He also called on the President to strengthen the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for more effective monitoring of drug-related situations in the country for correction and prosecutions.


Police arrest 23 criminals in Kabul




The Afghan police have arrested 23 individuals on charge of involvement in various crimes over the past two days in Kabul, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

The arrested men, according to a statement released by the ministry, were involved in theft, murder, disturbing public orders and holding illegal arms in and outside the capital city.

Seven pistols, two vehicles, three daggers and a fake vehicle’s number-plate have also been confiscated from the possession of arrested during the operations, added the statement.

Police patrol teams also arrested 10 outlaws and seized a large amount of narcotics elsewhere in the country on Monday, it said.

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New York City Police Department to disband plainclothes anti-crime unit




The New York City Police Department (NYPD) will transition some 600 plainclothes anti-crime officers to other assignments including neighborhood policing and detective work, the NYPD commissioner said on Monday.

At a press conference at the NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan, Commissioner Dermot Shea said it is “a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city.”

Officers of the anti-crime unit specialize in undercover operations and perform patrol services in unmarked vehicles, in an attempt to spot criminals of usually violent crimes.

The unit has caused some tension between the NYPD and the community. According to The New York Times, it has been involved in some of the city’s most notorious police shootings.

The overhaul is also “in the realm of closing one of the last chapters of stop-question-and-frisk,” said Shea, referring to a controversial policing practice that often targets minorities.

“What we always struggle with, I believe, as police executives, is not keeping crime down — it’s keeping crime down and keeping the community working with us,” said the commissioner.

“I think it’s time to move forward and change how we police in this city. We can do it with brains. We can do it with guile. We can move away from brute force,” he added.

The announcement came after weeks of protests against police brutality in the city, during which a number of officers were disciplined for using heavy-handed tactics toward largely peaceful protesters, and one was charged with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing for shoving a woman to the ground.

However, Shea noted on Monday that it is a policy shift “coming from me personally” instead of any reflection on NYPD officers, adding that discussions about the overhaul had occurred for about a year.

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a police reform agenda that would ban chokeholds by police and allow for transparency of offices’ disciplinary records, among other reforms.

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One feared dead in Kwara communal clash – Police



The Police Command in Kwara has confirmed the killing of one person in a communal clash that ensued between some herdsmen and the indigenes of Lata in the Patigi Local Government Area.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, while confirming the development, however, noted that normalcy had returned to the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that many sustained varying degrees of injuries in the incident, which happened on Sunday.

Dangerous weapons such as knives, cutlasses were reportedly used by the people, while the crisis lasted, pandemonium was said to have enveloped the agrarian community.

Okasanmi said, “we learned that some indigenes of Lata community accused the herdsmen of riding motorcycles in dangerous and rough manner.

“The Fulani herdsmen were confronted and an altercation ensued between the two parties over the way they were acting.

“It was gathered that one of the herdsmen sustained serious wound during the melee that followed,” he said.

The Police spokesperson said this made the herdsmen to mobilise for a reprisal attack on the indigenes leading to the death of one person.

According to him, many others from both parties sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Felix Ajide (NAN)
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Police places N5m bounty on Adamu Aliero-Yankuzo, Katsina bandits kingpin



Katsina State Police Command has declared one Adamu Aliero-Yankuzo, Katsina bandits kingpin, wanted, and placed N5 million bounty on his head, dead or alive.

Aliero-Yankuzo, aged 45, is believed to be leading bandits operations that led to many deaths in Katsina and Zamfara states.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Sanusi Buba, made this known on Monday in Katsina during a press briefing.

“The command hereby wish to declare Adamu Aliero, 45, of Yankuzo village of Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State wanted.

“Aliero, is a notorious leader of groups of bandits terrorising Katsina and Zamfara States.

“Similarly, the command has placed bounty of N5 million on his head, dead or alive.

“Any person or group of persons that have useful information that may lead to his arrest, should please report to the nearest police station or call these numbers: 08033666059 or 08035448128 or 08076666207,” he said.

Buba revealed that the command had carried out various sting operations after the Kadisau village attack, where over 20 people were killed by bandits.

According to him, during the operations, two bandits, Bello Usman and Usman Sule, were arrested.

“In the course of investigation, one of the suspects, Bello Usman, confessed to have participated in the attacks and killings at Kadisau village of Faskari and others at Musawa, Matazu, Karaduwa and Yantumaki.

“The suspect also stated that the attack was masterminded by a notorious kingpin of bandits, Adamu Aliero Yankuzo, in protest of the arrest of his son, Suleiman Adamu Aliero, 24, by the police”.

The police commissioner said that the suspects also confessed to have killed several villagers, rustled animals and kidnapped four women during the attack.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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