The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba has unveiled a new policing vision and crime-fighting strategies for the Nigeria Police Force.
In a statement on Thursday, spokesman for the force Frank Mba noted that the IGP made the new operational protocols public, today, Thursday, 15th April 2021, during the inaugural conference with Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police, and other Heads of Police Formations in the country, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The highlights of the new policing vision include; deploying cutting-edge policing technology and integrating intelligence-led policing practices to core policing functions, with a view to strengthening police capacity to stabilise the internal security order and restore public confidence in the Force.
The new policing vision equally seeks to, among other things, give full effect to the concept of community policing and deliver quality police service that will be guided by the principles of public accountability and conformity to the rule of law. It will also embrace the social content of policing in which police officers see themselves as compassionate servants and helpers of the citizens.
According to the IGP, the meeting with the Strategic Commanders was convened to discuss strategies to roll back the unacceptable security tide occasioned by the increasing threat to internal security by terror elements, bandits, kidnappers, armed robbery syndicates, and arms traffickers.
The IGP reassured citizens that the Force under his leadership shall evolve a new policing culture where police officers will uphold the rights of the people and work within professional standards. He expressed confidence that in the shortest possible time, the new policing vision and operational strategies would return our beloved nation to the path of public safety, security, and peace.
Meanwhile, as part of the Force reorganizational plans to ensure that its units operate only in the context of their original mandates and remain human rights compliant, humane and people-driven, the IGP has ordered the immediate reforms of the IGP Monitoring Unit and the disbandment of all its satellite offices across the country.
In a related development, the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Monitoring Satellite Offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt over complaints of harassment and operating beyond their briefs by Nigerians.
The IGP has also banned operatives of the Unit from undertaking criminal investigations including taking over cases from state commands.
Speaking at his maiden meeting with Command Police Commissioners and Zonal AIGs, in Abuja on Thursday, Baba said the ban had become necessary to enable him reorganise and return the Force to basics.
IGP Baba, who also ordered the reformation of the unit, said under the new arrangement, the Unit will now operate within the original mandate which is to investigate complaints of professional infractions that may be alleged against any serving officer and as may be referred to them by his office.
He said “In furtherance to our Force reorganisation plans as well as our commitment to return to the basics in policing, I have directed the immediate reform of the IGP Monitoring Unit.
“This involves the disbandment of the satellite offices of the Unit in Lagos and Port Harcourt, the streamlining of the personnel profile of the Unit at the Force Headquarters to not more than fifty (50) operatives, and the banning of the Unit from undertaking criminal investigations including taking over cases from State Commands.
“Under the current dispensation, the Unit will only operate within their original mandate which is to investigate complaints of professional infractions that may be alleged against any serving officer and as may be referred to them by my Office. Similar repositioning initiatives are being worked out in relation to other ad hoc investigative Units in the Force.
“This is with a view to restore professionalism, address citizens’ concerns on rights abuses resulting from the existence and operations of these ad hoc police investigation Units and to discourage duplication of police functions in a manner that encourages indiscipline and abuse of police process”, he said.
The development is coming 24 hours after the Police Service Commission asked the IGP to check the proliferation of police investigating units. The commission stated that the units were bringing huge embarrassments to the force.
Chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith, said, there must be proper and close monitoring of police investigative units to stem the atrocities its officials committed in the line of duty.
The retired IGP had also stressed the need to quickly treat cases of misconduct by the officers “so that those found wanting are brought to book”.
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Terror bandits slaughter 11 villagers to revenge informant’s death
On the 8 of May 2021, terror bandits on a reprisal attack reportedly killed 11 villagers and injured others when they attacked Tsatskiya community in Safana local government area of Katsina State.
According to Dailypost, the attack by the terror bandits was to avenge the death of one of their informant from Hakon Kartakawa village who was killed by an angry mob last week.
Scores of villagers from Tsatskiya and other neighbouring villages in Safana LGA were reported to have escaped to Dutsima town to seek refuge following the attack.
The suspected bandits reportedly stormed the community around 12noon on Saturday, shooting sporadically into the air and eventually killing 11 persons.
Another source told DAILY POST that it has become a risky venture to expose informants of the notorious bandits for fear of reprisal attack.
“Anytime an informant is either exposed, arrested or killed the bandits always try to rescue them or avenge them by killing more people.”
However, while confirming the attack, the spokesman Katsina Police, Gambo Isa, reportedly said only three people were killed in the reprisal attack
Top bandits’ commanders, 48 members killed; main leader escaped: Army
The Nigerian Army says the troops of 8 Division operating in Zamfara and adjoining states have killed many bandits’ commanders and more than 48 members of their gangs in the North-West.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Mr Yerima said the troops had earlier launched ‘Operation Tsare Mutane’ following the directives of the Chief of Army Staf, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
He added that the army chief had directed the troops to stabilise the security situation in the zone to facilitate the return of socio-economic activities.
According to him, the General Officer Commanding the division, Maj.
“The troops successfully cleared many bandits’ camps in Jaya, Kadaya, and Bayan Ruwa amongst several others.
“The troops successfully neutralised 48 bandits while the bandits’ leader in the area known as Jummo sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.
“The troops rescued 18 kidnap victims from the bandits’ enclave and recovered eight AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one PKT, and a machine gun from the bandits,” he said.
Mr Yerima also disclosed that the troops sacked several other bandits’ camps around Gabiya, Bozaya, and Mereri and the adjoining forests in Maru local government area during the second phase of the operation.
According to him, the second phase took place from April 19 to May 3, adding that the areas heavily occupied by bandits were successfully cleared by the troops.
He explained that top bandits’ leaders, including Yellow Mai-Bille, Sani Meli, Dan-Katsina, and Sama’ila Bakajin Bari, were killed while the main leader, Nasanda, narrowly escaped with “fatal injuries.”
The army revealed that one Isan Heshi, a close ally of a notorious bandit called Nagala, was also killed during the operation.
According to him, items recovered in the attack include 4,600 rounds of ammunition, two AK-103 rifles, eight AK-47 magazines, 1,628 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 54 rounds of PKM, one motorcycle, and five Techno mobile phones.
“The COAS has congratulated the GOC and troops of 8 Division for the gains made so far and urged them to sustain their offensive operations until Zamfara, and neighbouring states are stabilised.
“He further assured the GOC of his continuous support in achieving the overall objective of keeping the North West and the entire country free of terrorism, banditry, and other violent crimes,” the army statement noted.
Breaking: Bandits abduct 40 Muslim worshippers observing Tahajjud in Katsina
No fewer than 40 Muslim worshippers were abducted by armed bandits while observing Tahajjud, a kind of midnight prayer observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan, at a mosque in Jibiya town of Katsina State, OBSERVERS TIMES report.
Residents of the town confirmed that dozens of gunmen struck at the mosque around 2am on Monday and took away the worshippers.
The sources said the kidnappers initially picked 47 congregants, including women and children, but seven later returned.
So far we established 40 people missing after the attack,” said a resident who preferred not to be named.
Another resident who volunteered statement to DailyNigerian , Lawal Jibiya, said neighboring villagers alerted them about the impending attack, after sighting the movements of the bandits heading towards the town.
He said hundreds of youth and local vigilante group in the town were on alert and ready to confront the bandits, but the assailants changed their route and entered the town from the western entry point.
“We were expecting them from the eastern entry point through Daddara, Kukar Babangida or Magama but this time they proceeded beyond the town and camped at Jibawa.
From Jibawa they then went round to the western entry point near Yunusa Dantauri Hospital and attacked a mosque on the outskirt of the town,” the witness said.
According to him, the bandits did not fire a single shot until they finished the operation.
Jibiya, a Nigeria-Niger border town, is one of the major targets of kidnapping and banditry activities.
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