Gentlemen of the Press, you are welcome to today’s press briefing. First and foremost, permit me to on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, express profound appreciation and gratitude to members of the general public, most especially public spirited individuals for their support and cooperation with the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force across the country in terms of making available useful and timely information that have led to so many successes for the Force.
The Inspector General of Police on assumption of duty instituted strict measures to ensure that the conduct of officers and men of the Force conform to international best practices and norms, the enabling laws guiding the discharge of their statutory responsibilities and making sure that we carry out Police duties and other responsibilities professionally in line with regulations guiding our operations without compromising our integrity and allegiance to the Nation and the Force.
Consequently, personnel of the Force who use their official capacities to carry out or get involved in any misconduct are singled out and dealt with according to the law to serve as deterrent to others. To this end, the following personnel of the Force who erred and compromised in discharging their duties and betraying the official oath of office were arrested, subjected to internal disciplinary measures and punished according to the gravity of their offences.
This unacceptable professional misconduct are categorized as follows:
i. Aiding and abetting serious crimes.
ii. Conspiracy with militants.
iii. Disappearance of explosives.
They are being paraded today before the press and the public.
CASE I: ARREST OF NINE (9) POLICE PERSONNEL FOR UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT, AIDING AND ABETMENT OF SERIOUS CRIMES e.g. CATTLE RUSTLING, ROBBERY AND KIDNAPPING IN THE NORTH-EAST.
i. EX. ASP Yuguda Abbah
ii. EX. Sgt Habila Sarki
iii. EX. Diphen Nimmyel
iv. EX. Sgt Yasan Danda
v. EX. Sgt Abbas Mailalle
vi. EX. Sgt Bwanason Tanko
vii. EX. Sgt Donan James
viii. EX. CPL Idris Salisu
ix. EX. CPL Zakari Kofi
The interrogation and confessions of the Ex-Policemen also led to the arrest of principal suspects and recovery of many arms and ammunition:
i. Mayo Chadi Aliyu ‘M’
ii. Atiku Ibrahim
iii. Ali Mohammed
iv. Abdulrahman Umar
v. Umar Daudu
vi. Ibrahim Umar
vii. Ibrahim Mallam
viii. Adamu Lolo
ix. Suleiman Buba
x. Ahmed Adamu
xi. Gidado Garba
xii. Sani Dan Alhaji
xiii. Inusa Mohammed
xiv. Mohammed Wari
xv. Mohammed Rabiu
xvi. Hammadu Abdullahi
xvii. Umar Adamu
xviii. Idi Juye
xix. Yusuf Abdullahi
i. Fourteen (14) AK 47 rifles with numbers intact
ii. Three (3) other AK 47 rifles with numbers etched out.
iii. One (1) Pump Action
iv. One (1) locally made pistol
v. Forty-two (42) empty magazines
vi. Three hundred and sixty three (363) rounds of AK 47 live ammunition
vii. Seventy one (71) K2 live ammunition
viii. Twenty five (25) live cartridges.
In the month of October, 2016 one Alhaji Hodi Adamu, a notorious armed robbery suspect was arrested by the Police in Adamawa State. The suspect’s confession led to the arrest of two other suspects namely: Rabo Bello ‘M’ and Oliver Honiol ‘M’ whose voluntary confessions led to the arrest of the nine (9) Police personnel mentioned above for various roles they played through their actions and inactions which are considered as disciplinary infractions. The principal suspects and the dismissed police officers will soon be charged to court.
CASE II: ARREST OF A VICIOUS KIDNAPPER/ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT AND FOUR (4) POLICEMEN FOR AIDING AND ABETMENT OF CRIMINAL ACTS IN KOGI STATE.
i. Zakari Ya’u Isiaka (a notorious kidnapper/Armed Robber) Principal suspect
ii. EX. Sgt Musbahu Yahaya
iii. EX. Sgt Ugenlo Sylvester
iv. EX. Sgt Musa Umar
v. EX. CPL Omale Edicha
i. One AK-47 Rifle
ii. ONE G3 Rifle
iii. ONE Baretta Rifle
iv. One Assault Rifle
v. Ten (10) 7.62mm life ammunition;
vi. Two (2) k2life ammunition;
vii. Two (2) AK-47 magazines;
viii. Three (3) K2 magazines; and
ix. Two (2) G3 magazine
On the 16th of August, 2016 four (4) Policemen mentioned above serving with the Kogi State command were arrested for compromising and conspiring with one Zakari Ya’u Isiaka, a notorious armed robber, kidnapper and murderer who has been on the wanted list of the Police in Kogi State.
The suspect confessed to having been actively involved in many armed robberies, kidnappings and murder cases within Kogi and other North-Central States. Five (5) assorted rifles and different calibers of ammunition were recovered from the suspect and other members of his gang.
The dismissed policemen were interrogated and found to have conspired and compromised their call to duty.
CASE III: CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY EXPLOSIVES TO MILITANTS IN LAGOS AND OGUN STATES
i. Abiodun Amos “alias” SENTI ‘M’
ii. Ex-SGT Laibi Opakegba ‘M’
Ex-SGT Laibi Opakegba was intercepted discussing with one Abiodun Amos “alias” SENTI on how to source and supply red dynamite to militants. The said Abiodun Amos , a 43 year old militant who is a native of Ese-Odo L.G.A of Ondo state was arrested at the bank of Majidun River in Ikorodu area of Lagos State while in possession of two (2) AK-47 rifles. He named other members of his militant group.
The Inspector General of Police wishes to acknowledge and commend the patriotic and tireless police officers who are making sure that Nigeria is safe and secure especially at the flash points of the North East, North Central and South South (Niger Delta). Their sacrifices will not go in vain; they will be adequately rewarded.
Admittedly, these remarkable achievements are clear testimonies of interagency synergy between the police and our sister intelligence agencies. The IGP recognizes and appreciates their professional and institutional support.
The process to progressively sanitize the system of unprofessional and criminally minded personnel will continue and will be sustained.
In summation, the IGP is assuring all Nigerians of adequate security and commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to work assiduously to further reduce the rate of crime and criminality across the country, especially kidnap for ransom and other violent crimes. He urges Nigerians to always be law abiding and see themselves as stakeholders in making the country safer and secured.
Thank you and God bless.
DCP. Don N. Awunah fsi,
Force Public Relations Officer
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