The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the posting of Commissioners of Police to take over the leadership in 13 state commands, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mr Frank Mba, who is the Force Public Relations Officer, announced this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He explained that the posting of the senior officers was part of efforts at repositioning the Force for greater efficiency, stabilising the internal security order, and scaling up the fight against crimes and criminality in the country.
The affected state commands and Commissioners of Police posted include Niger State Command, CP Monday Kuryas; Kwara State Command, CP Emienbo Assayamo; Nasarawa State Command, CP Soyemi Adesina; Benue State Command, CP Akingbola Olatunji; FCT Police Command, CP Babaji Sunday; and Taraba State Command, CP Abimbola Shokoya.
Others are Kogi State Command, CP Arungwa Udo; Kaduna State Command, CP Abdullahi Mudashiru; Jigawa State Command, CP Aliyu Tafida; Enugu State Command, CP Abubakar Lawal; Cross River State Command, CP Alhassan Aminu; Bayelsa State Command, CP Eworo Echeng; and Kebbi State Command, CP Musa Baba.
Similarly, a former Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, CP Ndatsu Aliyu Mohammed, has been posted to the Force Headquarters as the CP Anti-Fraud Unit FCID, while CP Sikiru Akande, a former CP in Cross River State, has been redeployed to the Department of ICT as the CP ICT, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The police boss also deployed CP Bankole Sikiru as the CP INTERPOL, FCID Lagos while CP Augustine Arop was posted as the Deputy Commandant, Police Staff College in Jos.
According to Mba, the IGP asked the officers to justify the confidence reposed in them and assured Nigerians of sustained efforts by the police in stabilising security in the country.
He also asked those in the affected states to cooperate with their new Commissioners of Police for efficient service delivery.
“The posting and the redeployment of the senior police officers are with immediate effect,” the police spokesman said.
NAF Airstrike Kills 8 Terrorists In Borno
Airstrike undertaken by the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai has killed eight terrorists in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.
The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Cdre Edward Gabkwet, said the aircraft was on armed reconnaissance mission on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 when it took out a guntruck with about eight terrorists at Baranga village in Marte local government area of the State.
He said the strike was carried out when two armed terrorists on a motorcycle along an active track were sighted and trailed to the location.
He said the terrorists after sighting the aircraft, took cover under a thick vegetation.
“Upon engaging the vegetation cover, a gun truck with eight terrorists suddenly appeared, speeding off to evade the attack.
“Subsequently, the gun truck was engaged and destroyed, thus eliminating the terrorists,” he said.
The statement reiterated that remnants of terrorists in the North-East have continued to seek the covers of thick forests and vegetation to evade being detected by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies.
He said the strike was yet again a clear indication of the commitment of the AFN towards ensuring terrorists find it difficult to randomly roam about freely attacking law-abiding Nigerians.
Police kill 3 IPOB Members, Recover Arms In Enugu
The operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have neutralised three members of the Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) in their hideouts in Ezioha Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
The police officers also recovered three pump-action guns, 10 machetes, and other incriminating exhibits.
The command’s spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who made the disclosure via a statement, said the gunmen were killed at about 2:15 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023.
Ndukwe stated: “A joint security team, comprising police operatives of the Enugu State Command, NPF Special Forces, and Troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, acting on credible intelligence, busted the criminal hideout of IPOB/ESN subversive criminal elements.
“The criminal elements were already perfecting plans to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order in the state.
“Three of the hoodlums, who opened fire on the joint team upon sighting them, were neutralised, while several others escaped with severe degrees of gunshot wounds in the ensuing gunfight.
“There has been an intense manhunt for those on the run.”
He quoted the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, as commending the joint team, assuring the security and safety of citizens and urging them to go about their lawful businesses in the state.
The commissioner reiterated the commitment of the police and other security forces to sustain the onslaught against unrepentant violent criminals operating under any guise, urging the people of Enugu State to report individuals sighted with gunshot wounds to the nearest police station.
“The good people of Enugu State should remain law-abiding and continue to provide the police with actionable security information and intelligence,” Uzuegbu said.
Ember months: We’re working to prevent security threats – Police
The Police command in Bauchi State has placed operatives and residents on high alert for possible security threat at ember months in the state.
This is contained in a statement by the command’s spokesperson, SP Ahmed Wakil made available to newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi.
He said the command is working closely with sister security agencies to ensure that no one or group of persons succeeded in destabilising the peace enjoyed at ember months in the state.
“The command identified herders’/farmers’ feud and communal clashes, armed robbery, kidnapping and abduction as some of the crimes it is working hard to prevent.
“Road traffic accidents, stealing of farm produce and mischief as well as youths’ restiveness amongst others as potential security threats for the ember months season.
“We, therefore, notify the public of the proactive security measures which everyone is required to adhere to and enhance general safety and security in the state,” he said.
The spokesman called on the respective organs to refrain from acts of mischief or any acts that could lead to the breakdown of law and order and public peace.
He also advised farmers to evacuate their farm produce in good time before herders begin grazing freely and it might degenerate into the aforementioned.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Muhammad reiterated that the command’s relentless efforts toward ensuring a crime-free society in our beloved state will never be halted.
“The CP re-emphasises that community engagement in crime prevention, management and control, it is the desired goals and our primary mandate to protect lives and property amongst others.
“The proactive measures came up following Credible Intelligence and analysis of security threats identified by the command,” the spokesperson said.
Wakil advised perpetrators of crime and criminality to vacate the state or face the danger and consequences that came their way
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