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IGP: How to end kidnapping, effectively tackle crimes in Nigeria

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The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Usman Alkali Baba, has described Kwara State as the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali, has revealed how to effectively tackle criminal activities in Nigeria, especially kidnapping rocking different parts of the country.

He made the revelation when he addressed police officers at the headquarters of Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan, on Wednesday.

Baba, who stated that he took it upon himself to go round all the police commands in Nigeria and that Oyo is the 16th state he has visited, explained that intelligence-led policing gathering is the way forward.

His words: ‘My point of reference in my agenda of policing is the issue of intelligence-led policing. There is nothing you cannot achieve if you have better intelligence about an incident before it happens. The problem of kidnapping that is bedevilling this country cannot be solved unless we embark on intelligence.

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‘Rescue operations bare very difficult operations. If you allow the kidnapping to take place, to rescue the victim, you are at a disadvantage because your rescue operations must be the ones that will rescue the victim unhurt. So, it is better for you to chase and look for kidnappers before they embarked on kidnapping, or after they must have released their victim, that case should not end like that.

IGP: How to end kidnapping, effectively tackle crimes in Nigeria

‘Those who did the kidnapping, after the release, should be chased and looked for after they must have released the victim. If you get them, it is minus whatever number of kidnappers get would get. If you have better information than you can get from the victim, who must have been rescued or released. With intelligence and the victim’s testimony, you will be able to get those poles so that you will prevent them from kidnapping another person.’

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The IGP also charged policemen that their commitment to duty must be total, saying: ‘Your level of commitment must be total to this job. You must have a change of attitude. It is not forced labour. Nobody has forced you to come into this job. We all filled forms signed and went for interviews.’

Baba also warned the police against grandstanding as the lead security agency in internal security, saying inter-agency collaboration is germane to tackle insecurity in the country effectively. He stated that the police should know that there are some agencies that have been set up by the government and they are in charge of various aspects of internal security with better information, databases and training in the areas.

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The police boss explained that when it comes to issues with aliens, the Nigeria Immigration Service should take the lead, while the police should support. He added that the same thing applies to fire outbreaks when the fire service should take lead, smuggling when the Nigeria Customs Service should take the lead, as well as why the Federal Road Safety Corps should take the lead when the investigation is being done to unravel details of vehicles used to perpetrate crimes.

‘Everybody has its own role that has to be controlled. They will support you and you will support them. If we are doing this, we will be able to solve our problems better than when we are working at cross purposes,’ Baba said.

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The burial Poster for the burial of Dr. Chike Akunyili has been released by his family.

He will be buried in his country home, Agulu in Anambra State, on Thursday 25th November, 2021.

Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of former NAFDAC boss, Late Professor Dora Akunyili, was killed by unknown gunmen in Nkpor, Anambra state on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021.

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Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has assented to and signed the bill to prohibit and abolish open and nomadic Cattle and other livestock grazing and rearing in Anambra State, establish Cattle and other livestock Ranches in the state and to provide for related matters.

The signing ceremony was performed today, Friday, 22nd October, 2021 at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

Obiano Signs Anambra Anti-open Grazing Bill Into Law

Performing the function, Governor Obiano who appreciated the state house of Assembly for expeditious passage, said that the establishment of the law will hopefully enable entrenchment of peace, though they have been managing crisis for a very long time which were only short term measures, stressing that the law enforcement agents have been directed to implement it.

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Present at the brief ceremony were the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uju Nworgu, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Commissioner for Police, Mr. Echeng Echeng, Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Nnamdi Onkwuba, Chairman of South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Traditional Ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Sunday Okafor, Traditional Ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu, Member representing Awka North at the State House of Assembly, House Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Chief John Nwokoye, Members of the Hausa Community in the state, among others.

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The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has donated an office block to Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, Lagos, to support policing of the area.

LERSA President, Chief James Emadoye, while inspecting the building on Wednesday preparatory to its inauguration and handing over to the Nigeria Police Force, said the project was 95 per cent completed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many police stations and business premises and property were destroyed during the EndSARS protests exactly a year ago.

According to Emadoye, the building, which awaits painting and completion of the restrooms, will be delivered to the Inspector General of Police through the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

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He said the association had intervened in several ways to bring succour to security operatives including the donation of canopies, generator, chairs and various humanitarian materials after the #EndSARS destruction.

EndSARS: Lekki residents donate office block to police station

“Members of the association recall the wanton destruction that followed the unfortunate incidence of the protests last year.

“The association almost completed the development of a block of office to accommodate the police, while waiting for government’s full construction of the police station, which was totally destroyed last year.

“The Exco of LERSA approved and released the sum of N8.5 million for the project, which was donated financially and materially by the members.

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“You will recall also that the association has, between Oct. 20, 2020 and today, donated two vehicles to the Nigerian

Police to assist them in the discharge of their duties.

“As at today, we would like to thank God that this project is 95 per cent completed,” he said.

Emadoye noted that the association was committed to continually intervene in all manners, as a responsible organisation with programmes that would affect the lives of citizens in Lekki area.

He commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led government over the maintenance of the roads and for the progress made in the construction of the Lekki Regional Road.

“We trust that the government would fulfill its promises by starting the coastal road before the end of its term in office.

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“On this anniversary of the EndSARS campaign, we at LERSA pray for a better Lagos devoid of destruction.

“A Lagos of peace and tranquility and a true mega city, which will be home to all and a greater Lekki Peninsula, which shall be the destination for living, tourism and businesses in Nigeria.”

CSP Tajudeen Mustapha, Divisional Police Officer on hand at the project inspection, commended the association’s assistance to the Nigeria Police Force.

He noted that the building would be used and continuously maintained to the very high standard that the association had provided.

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