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Police Promotion Scandal: NOPRIN mount pressures on President to investigate irregularities

… Reveals how officers perfect moves to get illegal promotion

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IGP, Ibrahim Idris
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A coalition of 46 Civil Society Organisations under auspices of the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) has mounted pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to order for an immediate investigation into irregularities in police promotion in Nigeria.

According to the coalition, an immediate investigation into irregularities in police promotion, should be part of government’s strategies to address police ineffectiveness and insecurity in the country.

Reacting to SATELLITE TIMES investigative report on police promotion, National Coordinator of NOPRIN, Okechukwu Nwanguma held that it was this type of irregularity, favoritism and corruption characterizing officers promotions in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) that is lowering morale, killing dedication, breeding disenchantment and indiscipline, and ultimately promoting insecurity in the country.

SATELLITE TIMES recently revealed how Jimoh Moshood, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) was promoted twice in six months while Abdulkarim Abdullahi, the personal Assistant to the current Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) whereas his Course 35 mates are Superintendent of Police (SP), having been promoted to that rank only last year.

Jimoh Moshood [Photo Credit: Daily Post]

The Police spokesman, Moshood, joined the Force in the year 2000 as Cadet ASP on Course 20. Within 18 years he has risen to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police. In 2015 Moshood was promoted to the rank of CSP, while in 2018 he was treated to double promotion at different times to the rank of ACP and DCP.

The Personal Assistant to the IG, Abdullahi, with AP No.57593 joined the Nigeria Police in year 2000 on Course 35. His coursemates of Course 35 were promoted to the rank of Superitendant of Police (SP) in 2017. Abdullahi is a beneficiary of the recent promotion to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police.

Yet another beneficiary is Charles Onoh, who until 2015 was the Escort Commandant to the former Vice President Namadi Sambo. Documents obtained by Satellite Times show that Onoh with AP No. AP86577 of Course 21, joined the force on 15th August, 2002. His rise to the position of Chief superintendent of Police started when he was serving the nation’s No. 2 Man.

The documents available to SATELLITE TIMES further showed that of a total of 630 officers promoted from SP to CSP, 49 were discovered to belong to two ineligible groups of Course 22 who joined the force in 2005 with AP No. ranging from 94075-98225 and those of Course 35 who joined in 2000 with AP No. ranging from 50304-87826. These 49 officers whose mates are still SP may have unduly favoured given that they had not spent the minimum three years on their last rank to qualify for the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER).

NOPRIN in a statement made available to SATELLITE TIMES alleged that: ” Moshood , the Force PRO was promoted to ACP in March 2018 amidst allegations that his promotion followed an intercepted phone call between a security officer attached to the President and the outgoing Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Mike Okiro where the security official solicited illicit promotion favour from Okiro on behalf of the PRO . This allegation has not been investigated. It ought to.

“Less than three months later, the same Moshood has again been promoted to DCP. The reason offered for this controversial promotion is that his fellow PROs in other uniformed services are wearing ranks equivalent of a DCP and therefore, he had to be brought up to level with those other ones.

“This justification sounds, in my view, wooly and preposterous. Are there no DCPs in the NPF who can be appointed to replace Moshood? Considering his many gaffes as PRO, why should he be retained as PRO?

“It is this type of irregularity, favoritism and corruption characterizing police promotions in the NPF that is lowering morale, killing dedication, breeding disenchantment and indiscipline, and ultimately promoting insecurity in the country.

“Many of Moshood’s mates and superiors who have been left behind by this unmerited promotion will never be happy, and rightly so and will not be encouraged to put in their best. I’m told that this is Okiro’s parting ‘gift’ as he exits the PSC and that many other officers benefitted from the ‘gift’ with some who did not merit it paying some fees. Already, I’m receiving complaints from grudging and disgruntled officers and what they say will outrage anyone concerned about fairness and how corruption and injustice can breed insecurity in a country”.

Base on this NOPRIN is calling President Buhari to order for an immediate investigation into irregularities in police promotion in Nigeria as part of government’s strategies to address police ineffectiveness and insecurity in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Besides, the group also expressed it stand on state police, held that Nigeria Police is over-centralised. “Nigeria is too big a country to be policed by a one-size-fits- all central police. This centralised structure of the Nigeria police is one of the key factors militating against police efficiency and effectiveness. Everywhere, policing is local”.

It called on the National Assembly to commence the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the establishment of State police and also produce a bill that will guarantee the establishment of independent and professional state police services.

“Now, the Senate has also comes up to lead the push for state police.

NOPRIN believes that State Police should only be established on a basis of strict adherence to the principles of operational autonomy, and must be based on sound professional practice in appointment, operations and control.

There should be defined parameters of cooperation which provide, for example, that where a state does not fully cooperate with its counterpart or the Federal Police on any matter, the Federal Police should take over and deal with the matter as is common in other jurisdiction”..

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Fake DSS officers Prowl Abuja banks, rob customers

Tell victim: “We will condemn your legs”

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DSS officers used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: Daily Post]

Notwithstanding the presence of policemen at bank branches in Abuja, several bank customers are coming under attack by gun-trotting men who proclaim themselves as Department of State Security (DSS) operatives before robbing helpless bank customers outside the bank premises while policemen on guard look on.

The fake DSS officers who prowl from one bank to another target bank users walking out of bank building, forcing them into their vehicle where they are disposed of cash and valuables.

One of the victims, Mark Oamen, narrated his experience to SATELLITE TIMES saying: “On June 28, 2018, I withdrew the sum of N90,000.00 from the Utako branch of UBA on Obafemi Awolowo Way. As I stepped out of the bank, and walked towards my car, stern looking men in a blue Toyota Corolla blocked my way, shouted at me and commanded me to enter their car. They accused me of being a fraudster who had been on their watchlist. They told me:

“We are from the DSS and you have been on our watch, enter this car now or we condemn your legs”. Oamen said two men in the car threatened him.

Oamen further added that fear of being shot and his innocence forced him to obey them:

“As they drove away, they signaled to two policemen on the other side of the road that they will come back after they had taken me to their command.”

He further said that his demand to be taken to nearby Utako Police Station was ignored, as the men retorted that they do not report to the Police. Meanwhile, they searched him, took the N90,000 he had just withdrawn from the bank. They also seized his phone and his ATM (debit card), and requested for the pin of the ATM threatening to cripple him if he gives them a wrong pin. The men made it clear they will verify the correctness of the pin with their POS machine inside their car.

The men further searched Oamen and took away his identity card, and finally dumped him along the Expressway.

On how the scary incident finally ended, Oamen continued: “When they got to Katampe district by the popular Nicon junction, they asked: “Can any union member identify you in this park?”. I had told them that am member of the transportation union, I replied that I’m not sure. They zoomed off, further stopped again by Tipper garage along Kubwa road and repeated the question with a command that I should get down and check if I can be identified. Soon after I alighted, they zoomed off with all my valuables.

“With my card and pin that I was forced to release, they withdrew N100,000 from my account”.

When SATELLITE TIMES visited the branch where the incident took place for cross-check, a staff of the bank, Alex was obliged to invite Oamen back to the bank. Oamen permitted our reporter access to his statement of account which confirmed the withdrawals he had mentioned earlier.

Findings at Utako police station revealed that they have received several reports of such incidents.

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Scores feared dead in tanker explosion along Lagos-Ibadan expressway

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Scene of the explosion along Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Many are feared to have been killed as a tanker carrying fuel on Thursday exploded along Otedola Bridge in Lagos State.

The tanker was leaving Lagos when it got engulfed in fire, causing panic and leaving trapped victims of the explosion helpless.

Reports of the unfortunate accident spread on Twitter as many users shared pictures and videos as it happened.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and Lagos Fire Service were mobilised to salvage the situation, a tweet by the Rapid Response Squad read.

In another recent Tweet by the Rapid Response team, more emergency service ‘responders’ have been deployed to the scene.

“More emergency service responders are at the scene now. The police, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, LASTMA, Lagos Fire Service, other law enforcement agencies are all on ground,” the tweet read.

Casualty figures remain unknown as at the time of this report.

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Outrage in Edo Over Oshiomhole’s failed N30billion Storm Water Project

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A car submerged in flooded waters
A car submerged in flooded waters

As rains turn Benin-City into an ocean – drowning innocent people, cars, houses, schools, hospitals and businesses – Edo State citizens have taken to the social media to express outrage over the failure of the Benin Storm Water Project initiated by the then governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole.

The ex-governor, now Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had borrowed N30 billion for the project meant to contain the perennial flooding of the city but there is little to show where the money has gone into.

Adams Oshiomhole awarded the project in 2014 at N30 billion to Hitech Nigeria Limited but soon afterwards the contractor moved out of site suggesting that the Storm Water Project may had been conceived to be another white elephant or a conduit pipe.

Ever since, the worry of Benin residents, especially those around the Evbotubu suburb of the city is the danger of gully erosion which poses grave threats to lives and property. So far, six persons including Osarobo Obayuwana, an okada rider, have been killed at the gully erosion sites which developed as a result of the contractors digging deep voids as drainage channels only to abandon them, creating death traps.

Hapless residents have written series of petitions and protest letters to the State’s Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities to register their plight and fears. The rain last week and the havocs in its wake opened a floodgate on the social media as indigenes of the state resume their demands for explanations on where went the N30 billion.

A car submerged in flooded waters

A car submerged in flooded waters

The most vociferous of the social media groups is the Edo Political Forum:

Ralph Odua‎: “What moral justification does Adams Oshiomole have to talk about corruption?”

Ehinomen Odiakachukwu Omelemen‎: “This is Okhoro junction in New Lagos Road. See how flood overtook the area. It was the same situation in 2nd east circular road, Stadium road etc.The question that is begging for answer is; why is the storm water project that Oshiomhole spent #30 billion on not controlling erosion in Benin and environs?”

Knowsayaba D. Enofe: “And there is a moat a pole away from the location of that flood…”

Rene Osayande: “Where are the government vuvuzelas?”

Mayor Scott: “Even before I left Nigeria, the same problem persisted. I can’t believe my eyes that after these year, this problem is till there….

Gab Ezomo Ovi: “It is always a matter of time. There is no secret hidden under the sun.”

Ogiemwanre Victor: “The flood at Okhoro junction pulled off my car bumper & I lost one of my fog lights, I am so sad.”

Elliot Osagie: What are you guys saying? did they spend the money on the water Project? Thing are happening for some reason. We all see what he did in Edo state so you don’t need to complain. What you see is what you get brother.”

Frank Omoregie: “Oshio Lake”

Marvis Pukka Airemwen: “It’s so unfortunate to know we keep praising mediocre in government. The finesse with which our government purported and presented the WATER STORM PROJECT to the people is not what we see today. I can vividly remember the enthusiasm and vigour with which the government attacked the project…. Seven years later, I begin to wonder! I am not judging who is right or wrong, but I am majorly concerned about what should be, should have been but is not….”

A car submerged in flooded waters

A car submerged in flooded waters

Omoregie Osaretin: “Wow! This is disturbing”

Marvis Pukka Airemwen: “Seriously disturbing, how long do will continue to believe lies!!!”

Omoregie Osaretin: “I would have not believed this if not for this picture though someone told me about it before.”

Omoregie Osaretin: “D projects will end up been campaign tools…. As wen election don reach u go see trailer for all project sites…. Tractor campaign strategy”

Marvis Pukka Airemwen: “We are too quick to blow trumpet of mediocres, asked them only road, road and roads. we want leaders who can think outside the box!!!”

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