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Insecurity: FG unveils 200 operational trucks, bulletproof vests, helmets

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The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated over 200 Buffalo branded operational vehicles and other security hardware procured by the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF).

Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the event.
He said the presentation of the operational equipment was part of the ongoing reformation of the Nigeria Police Force, by prioritizing the provision of modern infrastructure to aid policing in Nigeria.
The minister said the interventions by the Police Trust Fund, through equipping, training and modernization of policing infrastructure, were in line with this administration’s mandates to deepen security and safety nationwide.
The minister applauded the “initiative to select this brand of Buffalo Trucks which are adjudged rugged and capable of withstanding varied geographical terrains and atmospheric conditions”.
He said, “There is no gainsaying that the establishment of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund is very timely and apt, as it came at a time when government is determined more than ever before to holistically address the various security challenges confronting our great Country Nigeria.
“Achieving the overall objectives of the Trust Fund should be internalized as the collective aspiration of all Nigerians in order to bridge the funding gap in policing by providing the NPF with required operational tools, equipment, training and re-training of personnel as well as the motivation of officers and men through improved welfare.
“In this regard, I, therefore, urge officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to continue putting in your best in the discharge of your duties, and to adopt a holistic internal security mechanism in the Country so as to ensure the provision of a conducive environment, needed to boost operations of the Nigeria Police Force and by extension, emplace a more peaceful and safe Country for economic buoyancy, and improved livelihood for the citizenry”.
He assured the Police that the “government is aware of your numerous operational constraints and will continue to do its best to address these challenges.

“The recent Federal Executive Councils approval of an enhanced salaries packages and other allowances for the Nigeria Police further affirms Mr President’s commitment to enhance policing and deserves commendations from well-meaning Nigerians.
In his address at the occasion, Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the commissioning and handing over of the Buffalo Trucks procured by the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Noting that it is in pursuance of one of the three cardinal objectives of this administration, which is the security of lives and property, Alkali said, “It is in the realization of this that the actualization of the Nigeria Police Trust fund was achieved under Your Excellency’s leadership as the Fund is to among others set up to provide financial, logistics and other critical intervention for the Nigeria Police Force.

He continued, “I have no doubt in my mind that the Nigeria Police Trust Fund is well-positioned to guarantee to the nation a well-equipped, well-trained, and well-motivated Nigeria Police Force that would be prompt and responsive to security challenges, in line with global standards and best practices and in furtherance to the internal security vision of Mr President.

“​The Trust Fund and the Nigeria Police Force have continued to maintain a cordial working relationship. Both Agencies have also been collaborating in the procurement planning processes for the execution of approved budgetary appropriations.
“This synergy has enabled both Agencies in conjunction with the Ministry of Police Affairs to articulate appropriate needs assessment in the preparation of the budget proposals and intervention for the operational efficiency and optimal service delivery of the Nigeria Police.
“Indeed, this collaboration has been instrumental in the procurement and delivery of the operational assets being launched today. I am also delighted to note that all the items provided by the Trust Fund for the Nigeria Police Force were largely in line with requisite operational specifications and they have been tested and found to be of standards that will enhance effective and efficient policing.
​He commended the Board of Trustees, the Management and Staff of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund for providing the requisite leadership that has aided the take-off of the Trust Fund and positioned it on a strong footing that aided the procurement of the first sets of operational assets being launched today.
While noting that the Trust Fund currently depends substantially on the revenue accruing from the Federation Account for the implementation of its programmes and activities, the IGP said, “With the dwindling state of national revenue, it is obvious that this source of revenue alone cannot sustain the Trust Fund in the attainment of its mandate of re-positioning the Nigeria Police to change the internal security narratives of our beloved country.
“Hence, I call on all Nigerians, Corporate Bodies, and Multinational Organizations to key into the goals of the Trust Fund to enable it to accomplish its laudable objectives for the Nigeria Police Force and the nation at large.
“I assure the nation and the international community that with the launch of these critical operational assets, our operational capacity shall be enhanced well enough to address current challenges of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and sundry violent crimes that have been threatening our nation in recent times” the IGP added.
Chairman, Board of Trustees of NPTF, IGP Suleiman Abba (rtd), in his remark that the procurement of the operational equipment is the peak of the intervention specified in the year 2020 intervention projects earmarked for the Police Trust Fund noting, ” I hope that very soon we will be inviting Nigerians for the presentation of other interventions planned in the 2022 budget including constructed and renovated houses and accommodation for the police.
He also said other objectives of the NPTF including training and re-training of police personnel which is key to the transformation of the police force would be accorded priority in 2022.

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Bizarre! Men Arrested For Injecting Underaged With Substances to Make Stomachs Swell to Get Alms

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Some injected children

The police in Lagos have arrested three men over allegation that the convert under-aged children to objects of begging for alms by injecting them with substances that make their stomachs to swell up.
Images of the children seen by the NPO Reports show that they appear kwashiorkor-striken.
After being injected with the unknown substances, the men then take them out seeking financial assistance for medical bills.

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“These men get minors from villages, get a medical doctor to allegedly inject them with substances that make their stomach swell outrageously, and parade them in road traffic as critically sick, to get alms from motorists,” revealed SP Benjamin Hundeyin, spokesman of the command of the police in Lagos.
Hundeyin said investigation are still ongoing, just as he advised parents to be careful who they hand over the children to.

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Solution Team Task Force Brutalises Mother in Son’s Presence, Steals N300,000 + photos

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The task force members bruised both hands

Francisca Adaobi (not real name) and her son were heading to All Saints Cathedral, Awka Road, Anambra State, on the morning of September 24 when a task force team stopped them and assaulted her until she bled.

Her son, who wishes not to be named for safety reasons, told FIJ that he was at the scene and confirmed a member of the Solution Team Task Force brutalised his mother.

According to him, the task force team also stole N300,000 and asked for a bribe before absconding.

“We left home around 9:50 am on Saturday, September 24th, headed to the church, All Saints Cathedral, on Awka Road. So, from the expressway, there was traffic congestion and people were going on their way. We also passed about two police checkpoints before we diverted into the street,” Adaobi’s son narrated.

“On our way, we reached a restaurant called 5 Star, members of the taskforce accosted us inside a white minibus. There were about six or seven of them. They had thrown some tyres on the road to prevent us from moving forward. But other people were driving past us and they (the task force) allowed them.”

The task force officials tore the victim’s dress as they assaulted her

The task force team told Adaobi and her son that they were violating the environmental sanitation curfew.

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On designated Saturdays, the state government restricts Anambra residents from moving on the roads till 10 am. This curfew ensures people stay at home and observe a mandatory environmental sanitation exercise.

The task force team claimed that Adaobi and her son broke the curfew, but, according to her son, the same team allowed other motorists to move around them.

“Vehicles were passing, so I don’t know how it was only us that were violating the sanitation law. When this commotion was happening, about three or four of them jumped into our vehicle. I had about N300,000 cash with me inside the car. That money was stolen in the process,” said Adaobi’s son.

Damage done to the victims’ vehicle

“Someone also took my phone, which I later saw with one of them. I had to fight that person to recover my phone immediately. But we did not realise the money was missing until we started searching for it. We searched and found out that our money was missing. N300,000!”

“According to them, they were sent on the job by the governor. When all this was going on, they started asking us for money. They wanted N20,000 as a bribe so that they would let us go. We refused to give them the money and they started struggling with us. They asked us to follow them, but they did not tell us where we were going to.”

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Adaobi and her son refused to follow the task force officials. According to the son, it all seemed they were up to something and he was not ready to go to an unspecified location.

The struggle to take over the vehicle from its owners led to damages on the car and grievous bodily harm on Adaobi. FIJ obtained pictures and footage which showed Adaobi’s bloodied hands.

“They tried to get the keys of the vehicle and ensure that they did some damage to the vehicle. Immediately they assaulted her, they disappeared,” Adaobi’s son told FIJ. He also told FIJ that the team, armed with sticks, was led by one Chukwudi, also known as Omaliko.

Adaobi’s children went to Central Police Station, Onitsha, to report the assault. They wrote and submitted a statement, but a policewoman asked them to pay N20,000 before the police would take up the case.

FIJ contacted Remi Adeoye, Onitsha Divisional Crime Officer, and he said that he would contact the Divisional Police Officer (DPO). Adeoye claimed that the DPO would never ask for money before working on a case.

“I will get across to the DPO. The DPO will never ask them for money. Let them go to the DPO and complain that they were asked to bring money,” Adeoye told FIJ.

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Lady’s Decomposing Body Dug Up in Kwara Doctor’s Office

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Adio Adebowale

Police in Kwara State have dug up the decomposing body of a yet-to-be-identified female buried in a shallow grave in the office of Adio Adebowale, Chief Medical Director of Kaiama General Hospital, Kwara State.

Okasannmi Ajayi, spokesman of the Kwara State Police Command, confirmed to FIJ that the police acted on a lead and gained entry to his office where they found the body in a shallow grave under concrete.

Shallow grave inside Adebowale’s office

He said the body belonged to a female, but her identity was yet to be ascertained.

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He also said the command would be looking forward to quizzing the doctor as he was facing homicide charges in Edo State as of the time of discovery.

Ajayi said, “We found the body, but we did not arrest him. He is not with us, as he is with the Edo State Police, where he is facing homicide charges.”

Adebowale, on September 3, allegedly murdered one Emmanuel Agbovinuere, a cab driver, by injecting him with a deadly substance, and he was paraded by the police on September 7. Speaking with the media on that day, Adebowale described Agbovinuere as a friend and begged his family to forgive him.

He said, “Let the police do their investigation. I am pleading with the family to forgive me. I have killed a friend. He was really my friend. I can show you our discussions on phone.”

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