The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is the predominant law enforcement agency in Nigeria. The force has a staff strength of about 371,800 and there are currently plans to increase the force to 650,000, adding 280,000 new recruits to the existing 370,000.
The NPF is a major organization consisting of 36 State commands grouped into 12 zones and 7 administrative organs. The agency is currently led by IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris.
Latest News on the Nigeria Police Force
In this post, we take a look at the latest news on the NPF from the imminent retirement of the IGP to the controversy between the NPF and Senator Dino Melaye
Your Statement Is Incorrect, Misleading and False, Police Tell Saraki (January 12, 2019)
The NPF has disclosed that the statement by the Senate President is incorrect, misleading and false just as it assured all Nigerians that the Nigeria Police Force has shown no undisguised hostility to the Senate President or his supporters in Kwara State or jeopardized or undermined his personal security and that of his immediate and larger family.
The Force also stated that they will continue to be apolitical and ensure adequate security throughout the Country for all political parties, their members and supporters before, during and after the 2019 General Election.
It would be recalled that Saraki had accused the Police boss of complicity, saying the Police under the directive of Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Kpotum Idris commenced the transfer of DPOs out of Kwara State. While the police are free to take decisions on the deployment of their personnel, we found the postings in Kwara State strange and more than a mere coincidence.
But the Police reacting said that all the allegations in the statement of the Senate President are incorrect, misleading and false and should be disregarded and discountenanced by the general Public.
The Police in a statement by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Jimoh Moshood denied giving protection to any political thug or shield any All Progressives, APC, thug to go to family quarters of the Senate President in Agbaji, Ilorin and vandalize houses, shops and inflict wounds with machete on 3 people as claimed by the Senate President.
The Police further said that all the Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, his office and family are intact and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President are also accorded him all the time and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this.
The Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal Redeployed (January 13, 2019)
The Nigeria Police has redeployed the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, ImohimiEdgal.
Edgal was redeployed to the Force Headquarters in Abuja as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Explosive Ordinance Unit, a source told Channels Tv on Sunday.
Kayode Egbetokun has been asked to take over from Edgal as acting police commissioner in the state till further notice.
We Obtained Court Warrant to Detain Melaye Till Jan 23 – Police (January 12, 2019)
The police have said that Senator Dino Melaye would remain in its custody till January 23, based on a 14-day remand warrant it obtained from an FCT High Court on Wednesday, January 9, to that effect.
This came as it confirmed that the Senator was yesterday, moved to a medical facility belonging to the Directorate of State Services, DSS, located along Airport Road, Abuja, for further medical attention.
Force Public Relations Officer, JimohMoshood, in a statement, said the Senator was relocated to the DSS medical facility upon complaint by him that he was not yet medically fit even as a team of police medical personnel confirmed him fit.
The police in the statement said the Senator was under investigation over the offence of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, committed on 19th July, 2018, when he and his armed thugs attacked Police personnel, shot and wounded SGT Danjuma Saliu on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State.
It was further revealed that Senator Dino Melaye will be prosecuted along with other suspects on completion of the investigation.
Recruitment: PSC Receives 294,851 Applications as Portal Closes Jan. 11 (January 10, 2019)
The Police Service Commission (PSC) says it has received 294,851 applications in the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force as the portal closes on Jan. 11.
The commission had received 242, 455 applications as at Jan. 3, four weeks after the recruitment portal was opened.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the recruitment of 10,000 police constables to beef-up the strength of the force. A statement by the commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani on Thursday in Abuja, said the applications came over five weeks after the recruitment portal was opened on Nov. 30, 2018. Policemen on training Ani said that the applications hit the 242, 455 mark at 12:30 p.m on Wednesday.
The portal is expected to close on Jan. 11 in line with the Federal Character requirement of six weeks to allow applicants time to apply, he said. He said Niger maintained its lead with 17, 790 applications, followed by Kano with 16, 800, Katsina, 16, 666, Bauchi, 12, 652, Kaduna, 13, 882 and Adamawa, 11, 449 applicants. The spokesman said Bayelsa had the lowest applications of 1,797, Lagos State, 1, 720 and Ebonyi, 2, 218. Ani said male applicants continued to dominate the exercise with 255,189 applications with females trailing with only 39,662 applicants. He said the Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, said that after the closure of the portal tomorrow, the commission would start online short-listing of qualified applicants. The shortlisted applicants would be invited for screening and other stages of the recruitment.
Anxiety in Police as IGP Idris’ Tenure Ends Today (January 3, 2019)
There is anxiety in the Nigeria Police over what could happen in the next 24 hours as the service term of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, ends today.
Ibrahim Idrin, the country’s 19th Inspector General of Police, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 21, 2016, to replace Solomon Arase. The 59-year-old Niger State-born Police Chief is due for retirement having enlisted in 1984.
But there are speculations that his tenure could be extended by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, as he is yet to attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 years. Already, reactions have started to trail the possibility of the tenure extension, owing to the silence and what was described as the tactical delay to appoint a senior police officer to take over from Idris. One of those agitating for a new IGP, the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, urged President Buhari to resist the pressure to extend the tenure of IGP Idris and all Service Chiefs.
Boko Haram: Despite Evidence, Nigerian Police Deny 167 Officers Absconded (December 26, 2018)
The police on Wednesday embarked on what appeared an effort to deceive Nigerians, issuing a haphazard denial to a PREMIUM TIMES story that detailed the disappearance of 167 police officers who were set to be deployed in active combat operation against Boko Haram fighters.
The fleeing officers, who have now been declared wanted with potentially grave consequences if found, were amongst the 2,000 additional police officers recently drafted by Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris to complement the efforts of the military against rampaging terrorists in the volatile North-east.
The officers did not submit their arms, ammunition and other official equipment in their possession when they fled, introducing a serious security threat to their abscondment, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
Mr Idris deployed them after Boko Haram’s invasion of Nigerian Army 157 Task Force Battalion on November 18 prompted calls for intensified synergy amongst security agencies.
They were sent on an induction training at the Nigerian Army Special Forces Training School in BuniYadi, Yobe State. But many of them started fleeing last weekend after learning that they would be deployed to locations where Boko Haram fighters are still active, especially communities along Nigeria’s border with Niger and Chad Republic.
Top security officials briefed on the development told PREMIUM TIMES the mobile police officers had expected to be deployed around Maiduguri, the capital of Boko Haram’s heartland of Borno State, and other relatively peaceful settlements in the region.
But hours after the story was published, police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood circulated a statement that the story was untrue, even though the story made stated that the findings were based on official documents and top security sources who knew of the abscondment.
Mr Moshood said the police leadership could categorically state that the story is untrue, absolute falsehood and a deliberate attempt to cast aspersions on the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force in the ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.”
Mr Moshood emphasised that the police were unable to substantiate any elements of the story following an investigation conducted shortly after it was published, and there was no basis whatsoever for police officers to abscond from postings.
According to Moshood, the insinuation in some quarters and as reported in the story that 167 out the 2,000 additional police officers recently deployed by the IGP absconded is not correct and should be disregarded by members of the public. These 2,000 police personnel are to complement the efforts of the military to add new impetus to the fight against the decimated Boko Haram insurgency.
He further stated that the story was investigated and it was found out not to be correct, there is no reason whatsoever that Police personnel deployed for the operations in the North-East would abscond. These 2, 000 police officers recently deployed are in addition to several thousands of police personnel already engaged in the fight against insurgency with the military in the North-East,” Mr Moshood said.
He dismissed the list of 167 names published with the story as “fake”, adding that the officers whose names appeared on the list are actually “on the ground in the North-east.”
But PREMIUM TIMES stands by its story, and has also decided to publish the initially redacted part of the police document that showed the memo authorising the arrest of the deserters was raised by the police commissioner in charge of the mobile police unit.
Outside PREMIUM TIMES, some media reports, including Sahara Reporters, cited as many as 190 officers fled, but this newspaper was only able to confirm 167 based on official police documents.
A senior police officer at the Force Headquarters who was among those who confirmed the authenticity of the list to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday morning said the denial was a new low for the current police leadership.
According to the officer, even plausible deniability does not have a place in what happened here, it is shameful to deny this.
The military chief said in a message to Premium Times on Wednesday evening that it is laughable and shameless propaganda against the citizens and the state.
As stated in our original publication, the police signal was copied to several mobile police units across the country, presumably the units where the deserted officers were called-up for deployment to the North-East.
They include: Mopol 2, Keffi, Nasarawa State; Mopol 3, Enugu, Enugu State; Mopol 5, Benin, Edo State; Mopol 8, Jos, Plateau State; Mopol 11, Calabar, Cross River State; Mopol 16, Abeokuta, Ogun State; Mopol 17, Akure, Ondo State; Mopol 18, Owerri, Imo State; Mopol 19, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Mopol 20/22, Ikeja, Lagos State.
Other affected units include: Mopol 23, Keffi Street, Ikoyi, Lagos; Mopol 26, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State; Mopol 28, Umuahia, Abia State; Mopol 30, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Mopol 31, Asaba, Delta State; Mopol 32, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State; Mopol 35, Dutse, Jigawa State, Mopol 39, Osogbo, Osun State; Mopol 43, Lion Building, Lagos; Mopol 50, Kubwa, Abuja; Mopol 51, Oghara, Delta State, Mopol 54, Onitsha, Anambra State and Mopol 56, Ogoni, Rivers State.
A top official of one of the mobile police units who received the memo simply laughed it off when told the police spokesperson had denied it. His reply was “You know our people, they can say anything publicly just to save face.”