Five oil workers were on Tuesday kidnapped by gunmen within the Oil Mining Lease (OML) -55 operated by an indigenous oil company, Belemaoil Producing Limited in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.
Confirming the development, Rivers Police Command said all hands were on deck to ensure the unconditional release of the workers.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said that gunboats had been deployed to trail the abductors, while assuring that the victims would be released unhurt.
“Yes, I can confirm that five seismic workers were kidnapped two days ago. We have intensified efforts to ensure their release and gunboats have been deployed.
“We are working with other sister agencies, especially the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, to ensure they are released within record time,” the police said.
The oil workers are personnel of Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL and BGP, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation.
The workers were on the site of an ongoing seismic operations by Belemaoil when they abducted.
I-G to host INTERPOL week in Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, would host the INTERPOL week, for the first time in the history of Nigeria, in Abuja.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the event with the theme, “A Safer World” would hold between Aug. 23 and Aug. 29.
Mba said that the week long event would be attended by the National Central Bureau (NCB) focal officers from the 194 INTERPOL member countries and world security experts.
According to him, others expected at the event are security and safety agencies in Nigeria including the NDLEA, EFCC, NIS, NCS, NAPTIP and NAFDAC.
He said that the event was targeted at finetuning the existing working partnerships amongst security organisations within and outside Nigeria.
The FPRO said the idea was to enhance the competence and capacities of the participants toward addressing the challenges of policing in the 21st century.
Mba said the hosting of the event was in line with I-GP commitment towards driving global collaboration in addressing prevailing and emerging crimes.
Centre commends Lagos State Police Command for arresting killer police officers
The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) on Wednesday commended the Lagos State Police Command for arresting and condemning the unlawful action of four of its police officers.
The centre also condemned the extra judicial killings of two armed robbery suspects by the officers.
This is contained in a statement signed by RULAAC’s Executive Director, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma.
According to Nwanguma, the now two-deceased-armed-robbery suspects had already been successfully arrested and taken into police custody and before they were executed by the police officers.
“RULAAC is saddened by the unwarranted and unjustifiable killings of two of four criminal suspects by four police officers attached to Iba Division Patrol on Aug. 19, 2019.
“The police officers who responded to a distress call, successfully arrested and disarmed two of the armed robbery suspects while the other two escaped.
“However, the police officers went ahead to take laws into their hands by summarily executing the arrested suspects.
“By summarily executing the arrested suspects, the officers went beyond their duties and powers as police officers. They committed murder,” he said.
RULAAC also commended the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, (CP) Zubairu Muazu, for ordering the prompt arrest and subjection of the erring police officers to internal disciplinary processes as a prelude to charging them to court.
Nwanguma said that the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, said that the action of the police officers was contrary to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) professional standards and rules of engagement.
“It also has the tendency to deplete public support and confidence in the police as well as roll back public sympathy for the police after some of their personnel were givien similar unlawful and brutal treatment by some army officers Taraba,” he said.
The director urged the Lagos State Command to remain steadfast in its exemplary disposition to discouraging, punishing and checking abuse of police powers, misuse of firearms and extrajudicial killings by officers of the command.
“The prompt steps taken by the CP should send a clear message to other police officers that abuse of human rights will not and cannot be condoned.
” Such actions will not be tolerated in a democratic dispensation and that the duties of the police are to serve and protect, not to kill citizens or abuse their rights,” he said.
Nwanguma said that RULAAC would continue to focus its attention on such cases to ensure that perpetrators of such acts are prosecuted and handed appropriate punishments as prescribed by the law of the country.
“In addition to strengthening accountability processes, RULAAC will continue to advocate other measures to address police resort to brutality and unprofessional conduct.
“Such measures will include the need to reform police recruitment procedures, training and reorientation, provision of modern policing equipment and improved welfare,” Nwanguma said.
Edited by Peter Dada
Ministers pledge improved internal security, insurgency end
The new Minister of Interior, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday pledged to work with the staffers and Service Chiefs under the Ministry to ensure internal security of the country.
The minister stated this at ministry shortly after the inauguration of the new ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja.
He noted that the issues of insecurity, economic development and the fight against corruption remain the policy thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Aregbesola stressed that security would be given the highest focus, adding that he would support the staffers to be more efficient in their duties.
The minister expressed happiness for the rousing welcome from the staffers of the ministry saying “they gave me the best African welcome ever”.
He thanked the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, for her high sense of duty, commitment and diligence to work.
Ehuriah urged the minister to bring his wealth of experience to bear in the ministry.
In a similar development, the minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, pledged to work with staffers to fight insurgency and other forms of instability in the country.
He stated this when the permanent secretary received him at the ministry of Police Affairs on Tuesday in Abuja.
The minister promised to work in line with the cardinal objectives of Buhari’s administration.
He expressed optimism that the ministry would give priority to fighting insurgency in the North-East and other parts of the country, noting that nothing positive could be achieved without peace in the country.
Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu expressed joy for having the Police Affairs ministry re-introduced by Buhari.
“It is a great joy for me that the Police has its own ministry out of the ministry of Interior, we are very happy today,” he said.
NIS eliminates touting in passports issuance in Enugu
Mr Emmanuel Arogundade, Comptroller of NIS Enugu State Command, disclosed this while speaking with Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Wednesday.
Arogundade noted that the Command had also eliminated staff accosting members of the public to give undue attention or preference to them for any service in the Command.
“Today, we have totally eliminated touting and I have personally detailed some officers to ensure that personnel who do not have any business or working in the passport section do not go to that section at any time.
“I have stopped undue influence of staff on our passport issuance processes,’’ he revealed.
Arogundade noted that the Command had enough passport booklets.
“Passports issuance processes will not take more than 48 hours; while if any delays were encountered, explanations were usually given to the applicant within 72 hours,’’ he said.
The comptroller revealed that the NIS was also giving special attention to the elderly, pregnant women and minor in all the services it renders to members of the public.
Arogundade said that “these set of people are given preferential treatment in the services the NIS renders due to their peculiar conditions’’.
According to him, they are given the privilege to jump the queue and be attended to on time “to ease any stress the process of any of our services might have on them.
“This is one of the innovations introduced by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede.
“It is meant to give support to these sets of people with peculiar conditions and to reduce their waiting time to access any of our services within any of our offices or desks.
“Like the elderly, who are above 70 years, we ensure we give such senior citizens express service; these also include pregnant women and minors as well.
“It is good that the NIS was carrying this out in order to conform to international best practices and operating in a humane manner,’’ he said.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
Peace agency decries spate of cultism in Jos
The Director-General of the agency, Mr Joseph Lengmang, disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Jos on Wednesday.
According to him, the activities of the cultists now compel residents of the communities to retire to their homes early.
“Lately, reported cases of cult activities and gang violence appear to be on the rise within the Jos metropolis and environs.
“Reports indicate that gang violence and cultist activities have culminated into acts of revenge, that are growing more heinous by the day.
“Some of these neighbourhoods have also been identified with high risk of consumption and peddling of illicit drugs.
“Families agonise about their children being recruited by gangs and cult groups even at the adolescent ages of 12 to 17 years.
“This ugly trend is not only disturbing, but also worrisome, considering that the perpetrators are mostly young people who are supposed to be the vanguards of peace and development in our state,” he decried.
Lengmang said that the ugly trend, if left unchecked, would undermine the fragile peace the state is currently enjoying.
“We are compelled by this unfortunate development to issue a clarion call to communities and neighbourhoods to be decisive in dealing with this monster before it consumes us all. This problem requires a collective action.
“The state has toiled tirelessly through the years to entrench the relative peace we currently enjoy, and any act with the potential to derail or sabotage this hard-earned peace must be resisted by all men and women of good conscience,” he said.
Lengmang called on security agencies to intensify their efforts at checking crime by deploying intelligence to stamp out the menace.
He called on community and religious leaders, youth and women groups, NGOs, as well as the media to collaborate in curbing the ominous trend.
“The task ahead of us requires a multi-dimensional and sustained-collaboration with all stakeholders, including NGOs at the community levels.
“We must send a clear message that we will not tolerate this reckless disregard for life in our neighbourhoods in the one hand, and in the other, demonstrate our collective outrage by working together to address the root causes of the problem,” Lengmang said.
According to him, the agency has initiated and was currently executing a community outreach programme that seeks to work closely with the affected communities toward ending the menace.
Lengmang listed Apata, Busa Buji, Alheri, Gada Biu, Congo Russia, and Angwan Damisa, as communities facing the menace.
He said other communities included Angwan Rogo, Angwan Suya, Rukuba road, Dilimi, Nasarawa Gwom, Gangare and Utan.