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A report released by the Nigeria Watch Project says Lagos recorded 837 violent death in 2016. The report is the 6th Annual Report on lethal violence in Nigeria covers the period between 1 January and 31 December 2016. It has been written at the University of Ibadan, with the support of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) and the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria). “In Lagos in 2016, it recorded 837 violent deaths, including 460 resulting from various criminal incidents. In contrast, the police recorded 246 murders, or a low rate of 2.7 homicides for 100,000 people as per the 2006 census, against a national average of 20 according to UNODC. Anyone walking in the streets of Lagos would thus be quite surprised to learn that the city is almost as safe as Stockholm in Sweden or Geneva in Switzerland, two countries that record homicide rates equivalent to 2 homicides for 100,000 people,” the report said. The report added that although the statistics for fatalities in Lagos and Rivers were quite similar, the former is far more prone to criminal activities than the latter, disclosing that Lagos recorded 235 events, while Rivers listed just 108 incidents in 2016. “Also, Lagos State recorded the highest number of fatalities, 194 in road mishaps. The result is rather intriguing because there is no evidence to show that Rivers State has a better road infrastructure than Abuja and Lagos. Perhaps the explanation lies in the fact that vehicle pressures on Lagos and Abuja seem to be more intense. “In the case of Lagos, the ongoing road construction on the Lagos–Ibadan expressway may be a factor. A major aspect of crime in Rivers was cult violence, which killed 254 people, as against 93 in Lagos and 2 in Abuja. Most of the cult killings were perpetrated by gangs such as the Icelanders, Greenlanders, and Deygbam. The killings occurred in 11 LGAs, especially in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (80 deaths), Ahoada East (59), Emuoha (51), and Ikwerre (26). “The problem hinges on the fact that politicians reportedly use cultist groups to harass opposition parties. The overall assessment of security as a combination of both crime incidents and road accidents shows that Rivers is more unsafe than Lagos and Abuja. However, the situation in these states is not comparable with Borno State, which records 56.2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants,” the report revealed. The report further revealed that in 2016, the main causes of violence in Nigeria in order of number of fatalities were crime (4,127), political conflict (3,502), religious violence (3,361), and accidents including road crashes (2,618).

The Nigerian Police Force(NPF) has gunned down the latest ranking by The International Police Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace, that puts it at the bottom of the world police formations. The 2016 World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) credited to the two organisations, rated the Nigerian police the worst in the world. The ranking measured the ability of the Police to address Internal Security Issues in 127 Countries in four key areas of Capacity, Process, Legitimacy and Outcomes. The report, according to a report by Cable, showed that Nigeria under-performed on all four domains, with a score of 0.255. “There are 219 police officers for every 100,000 Nigerians, well below both the Index median of 300, and the sub-Saharan Africa region average of 268,” the report read. “This limits the capacity of the force to measure up to its law and order mandate. In terms of process, legitimacy and outcomes, the story is not different which makes the force fall short of the required standard. “High levels of political terror have been an issue for Nigeria since 1993, with the country scoring a 4 on the Political Terror Scale every year since then.” According to the report, the top 10 performing African countries are Botswana which ranked highest at 47, followed by Rwanda which took the 50th position. Others are Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and Mali, in that order. The 10 under-performing African countries are Madagascar (111th), Zambia (112th), Ethiopia (115th), Sierra Leone (117th), Cameroon (120th), Mozambique (122nd), Uganda (124th), Kenya (125th), Democratic Republic of Congo (126th). But a statement today, the NPF trashed the assessment as unempirical and instead proclaimed itself one of the best in the world. “Nigeria Police Force is the best in UN Peace Keeping Operations, Best in Africa, One of the Best in the World. The Force rejects the report as unempirical and absolute falsehood, should be disregarded and discountenanced”, said the police in a preface to their statement of objection to the report . “The Nigeria Police Force after a careful study of the report and the news items emanating from it, wishes to state categorically that the report is entirely misleading, a clear misrepresentation of facts and figures and essentially unempirical, considering the area of coverage of the report which was said to have been carried out in 2016 by the above mentioned associations. “The report did not take into cognisance the significant improvement in the areas of Capacity Building, Training and Re-training of the entire personnel of the Force as provided for by the current Federal Government of Nigeria and other Foreign and Local NGOs which has greatly improved the efficiency and service delivery of the personnel of the Force throughout the country. “It is pertinent to state that the instruments used to evaluate the performance of the Force vis-à-vis that of other countries is absolutely incorrect and grossly inadequate and therefore a plain distortion of facts and figures. The strength of about Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand (370,000) Police Personnel in the country stands at around One (1) Policeman to less than Six Hundred (600) people in a population estimates of One Hundred and Eighty Millions (180,000,000) Nigerians. “It is equally significant to state that the current recruitment of additional Ten Thousand (10,000) Police Personnel into the Force by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the request by the Inspector General of Police to Government for approval of the recruitment of Thirty One Thousand (31,000) Police Personnel yearly for a period of 5years will definitely increase the strength of the Force to meet up with the UN ratio of One (1) Policeman to Four Hundred (400) citizens. “Furthermore, in the UN Peace Keeping System, the Nigeria Police Force is rated as the best in UN Peace keeping operations in the world. This clearly shows that the Nigeria Police Force is not and cannot be the worst in the world under any known scientific yardstick or measuring instrument. “Currently, the Nigeria Police Force is one of the only two African Delegates representing the whole of Africa continent on the executive committee of Interpol, a position the Force attained based on high performance, merit and sustained good track records. “For avoidance of doubt, since the inception of the present Police administration in July 2016, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, he has introduced and implemented diverse internal reforms aimed at improving capacity building and efficient service delivery of the personnel of the Force, which is yielding positive results in the standardisation of the capability of the Nigeria Police Force to deal with violent crimes and terrorism throughout the country. The establishment and take-off of a world class Terrorism Investigation Bureau for the Force with state-of-the-art equipment and technical support from foreign partners has greatly improved the capacity of the Force to deal with threats posed to internal security in this regard. “However, it must be pointed out that the Nigeria Police Force sees the report as a clear demonstration of mischief, ignorance and calculated attempt to distort the feat being recorded by the Force in ensuring adequate security and safety of Nigerians. Nowhere in the report were references made to either the improved capacity or achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force across the country in the recent time, the Force therefore implores all Nigerians and international community to disregard the report as unfounded and misleading”.

A middle aged man, Olaniyan Isaiah has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for biting off his neighbour's ear over suspicion of having an illicit affair with his wife. Olaniyan, who was arraigned before Justice Raheem Siyanbola of Osun State High Court on the 10th of October, 2016 faced three count charge of attempt murder, grievous harm and unlawful injury. The offence, according to the prosecution, was contrary to and punishable under sections 320(1), 335, and 338(1), of the criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002. The prosecution Counsel from Ministry of Justice, Barrister Bamidele Salawu, had earlier informed the court that the convict committed the crime on 27th of July, 2015, at No1 Bolaji Olufunmi Street, Ipetumodu, Osun State. According to the prosecution, the convict forced his way into a room rented by one Alonge Emmanuel (the victim), assaulted him with an iron rod, on suspicion of probably, having an illicit affair with his wife, Esther Egunyemi, who packed out of the convict's room since 23rd July, 2015. Olaniyan was also said to have pursed the victim to another house, where he bit off his ear. Justice Siyanbola in his judgement, ruled that prosecution counsel had proofed his case beyond reasonable doubt and thereby convicted Isaiah. Counsel to the convict, Barrister Lawal Olatunji, however prayed the court to be lenient in sentencing her client. The judge, however sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment with hard labour.

Two women and four men were on Tuesday arraigned in an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly battering a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) who was on his way to perform his official duty. The accused, who are all residing at Ikorodu, near Lagos are: Kehinde Alimot, 40; Bukola Ahmed, 32; Ifeanyi Kanu, 22; Owolabi Ibrahim, 39; Aikulola Olamiji, 54, and Jamiu Yussuf, 39. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused people were arraigned before Magistrate A.B. Adelabu-Olagbegi on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assault and causing a breach of peace. However, they all pleaded not guilty to the charges. The magistrate, thereafter, granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum. The sureties, according to the magistrate, must also be house owners within the magisterial district and must also show evidence of three years tax payment. She adjourned the case until Dec. 14 for trial. Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Mary Ajiteru, had said that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 26 along Agunfoye Road, Igbogbo in Ikorodu at about 12.45 a.m. According to Ajiteru, the accused, including a nursing mother, battered their victim, one Supol Issah Lawal, a DPO attached to the Igbogbo Police Station. “On sighting the DPO, who was on his way to work, he was battered seriously while in his police uniform,” she said. Ajiteru said the offences contravened Sections 411, 168 (d), 174(b) of the Lagos State Criminal Code Laws, 2015.

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buahri, has reacted to the allegations made by the Senator representing Bauchi Central Sen. Isa Misau, claiming that she received two Sports Utility Vehicles from the Inspector General of Police. Mrs Buhari`s reaction is contained in a statement issued by her Director of Information, Mr Suleiman Haruna, on Thursday in Abuja. The statement quoted Mrs Buhari as saying that, “Our attention has been drawn to the news being widely circulated and attributed to a member of the Senate that two SUVs from the Inspector General of Police were personally given to the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari. “Mrs Buhari wants to make it clear that since the assumption of office of her husband as President of Nigeria, she did not receive these mentioned vehicles. “Furthermore, the vehicles she is still using belong to the family and were the ones used during the campaign for 2015 elections including the one for her entourage’’ the statement added. Senator Misau made the allegation during the hearing of Senate committee investigating corruption allegation he made against the Inspector General of Police

For arresting the brother-in-law of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday entered judgment against the Nigeria Police Force. In the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Mr. Okwuchukwu Obiechina, said to be Evans’ brother-in-law, Justice Mohammed Idris, on Monday, declared Obiechina’s arrest and detention unconstitutional. The judge ruled that the remand order which the police claimed to have obtained from a magistrates’ court was invalid. Apart from ordering the police to immediately release Obiechina unconditionally or charge him to court if they have any case against him, the court also awarded N2m damages in his favour against the police. Justice Idris also ordered the police to tender a public apology to Obiechina to be published in two national dailies.

Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) Officers who allegedly harassed a young lady, Amadi Onyekachi, in Ilorin, would undergo trial on Thursday. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Ilorin. NAN reports that Onyekachi had in the social media narrated her ordeal in the hands of the officers which caught the attention of the public. She alleged that the FSARS officers harassed and forcefully pushed her into a police truck. She said they stopped her at ‘Pipeline area’ and asked why she had Yahoo applications on her phone. Onyekachi said she was shocked when another operative, under the pretense of searching her, forced his hand into her underwear. The Police Spokesman said the lady alleged that she was molested and the police officers on duty on the said day had been invited for investigation. He said the officers were arrested when the Commissioner of Police in the state got wind of the incident. He said once investigations were concluded on Wednesday, the Police would organise an “Orderly Room” trial to unravel the truth behind the allegation. Onyekachi also told NAN on Wednesday that she had been invited several times by the police and was in company of members of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), an organisation she said she had approached for help on Wednesday. “I have been there to identify the officers, it was the group that harassed me. “No one is talking about any compensation and I think I deserve one, I will love it if this matter is not swept under the carpet” Onyekachi said. The lady said she deserved justice.

The Niger State Child Rights Protection Agency has announced the arrest of eight persons suspected of raping four girls in Minna. The Director-General of the Agency, Mrs Mairam Kolo, disclosed on Tuesday that the victims were teenagers hawking wares on the street. She gave the names of the suspects as : Yahaya Yakuso, 50; Yusuf Idris, 35; Tukur Buhari, 35; Mohammed Yusuf, 25; Musa Ibrahim, 35; Nasir Abubakar, 35; Isah Garba, 29; and Ibrahim, 30. According to her, the suspects were arrested following series of surveillance by the agency’s officials and tip off from other stakeholders that a gang of rapists were sexually abusing the girls. She alleged that the suspects were luring teenage girls who hawk wares with N150 or N200 to have carnal knowledge of them. Kolo said the suspects were residents of Tudun Nasara along Kuta Motor Park, Barikin Sale, Bosso, and Abdulsalam Quarters. The director-general said that the suspects made useful statements and were handed over to the police Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution. Kolo warned parents and guardians against sending out their children to hawk wares on the street, adding that the agency prosecute parents engaged in the act as provided under the state anti hawking and street begging law. She urged parents to send their children to school so as to become better citizens in the future.

The police in Lagos have arrested 11 suspects, including three soldiers and one dismissed Airforce man, for allegedly stealing solar panels worth N100 million belonging to the state government. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, told newsmen on Wednesday that the suspects had been on the command’s wanted list before they were finally arrested in Epe area. Imohimi said that the three soldiers had been handed over to 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army for further investigation. The CP said that the group had sold stolen solar panels from Epe, Sangotedo, Elerngbe and Badagry areas to buyers in many parts of the country. “On Sept. 5, at about 2 a.m, the seven suspects came in a truck with registration number LND 61 XQ, invaded Okemagba Senior Secondary School, Epe with three soldiers and stole 71 solar panels. “They also forced the door of the container where the inverter batteries and accessories were kept and went away with it. “Some of the buyers were traced to Delta, Anambra and Imo where one buyer was later picked up in an hotel and confessed to have received solar panels and inverters batteries from the suspects,” he said. The police Commissioner said the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation on the matter.

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have demanded the removal and prosecution of Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police (IGP), over allegations of corruption and having affairs with junior officers levelled against him by Senator Isa Misau. Making the demand at a press conference held in Abuja on Sunday, the group under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Integrity and Justice (CCSGIJ), also requested the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to impress it on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the IGP is removed mandatorily within the next five days. The coalition comprised of Lawyers Integrity Crusade Network (LICN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), National Youth Democratic Congress (NYDC) and other civil society organisations. According to the group, it is a big disservice to the country if the allegations against the IGP will be treated with kid gloves as it insisted that the allegations standing against the police boss were overwhelming, adding that it was high time he exited the force to salvage the image of the police. IGP Ibrahim Idris had come under intense criticism lately owing to avalanche of allegations levelled against him by the senator representing Bauchi Central, Isah Hamma Misau. Misau alleged that the Inspector General of Police was engaging in promotion racketeering and taking bribe as much as N15 million before posting commissioners of police and state mobile police commanders. He said the police boss allegedly received N10 billion monthly from oil companies and other private individuals who enjoy special protection from the security agency. The police boss was also accused of having an illicit affairs with female officers and arranging secret marriage with one ASP Amina whom he allegedly promoted over her superiors as a reward for her illicit relationship with him. The said woman is said to be pregnant for the IGP and that he has conducted a secret marriage with her. The coalition said, “Mr. Idris has lost integrity and the moral standing to lead the Nigeria Police Force”, while calling for his removal from office. The group also insisted that the government must ensure the embattled police boss is removed from office in the next five days. “That the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice performs his duties creditably by advising President Muhammadu Buhari to remove IGP Idris from office within five working days, from Monday (today)”, the group said. The coalition also frowned at the continuous sealing off of the national headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, since the arrest of some national officers of the corps on February 28, 2017. According to the group, the Peace Corps office was sealed off by the police for nine months running, based on mere allegations, adding that the force has no moral ground to clamp down on youths based organisation such as Peace Corps of Nigeria. “We fear that, the posture taken by IGP Idris against the Peace Corps of Nigeria and its leaders, if not checked, is capable of leading to a chaotic situation where the overwhelming population of Nigerian youths who are benefiting from the corps could take the law into their own hands to obtain justice”, the group noted. The group, therefore, called on the police boss to order the immediate reopening of the Peace Corps office and cease forthwith “the needless harassment of its officers across the country”. Should IGP Idris remain in office in the next five days, the group threatened to occupy the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with the whole might of the Nigerian youths and civil society organisations.


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