Police Confirm Abuja Attack Threat, Call For Calm

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BY EJIKE EJIKE, ABUJA –

The Nigeria Police has confirmed the threat to attack the Federal Capital Territory by some unnamed terrorist group but has called on residents to remain calm as the authorities are taking measures to avert it.

Speaking at a community stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, the FCT commissioner for Police, CP Sadiq Bello, said, “The threat to attack the city is real; however, we want to assure members of the public that we are working in collaboration with other sister security agencies to ensure that we all enjoy a peaceful yuletide.

”‎ A lot needs to be done in order to ensure a safer FCT. As such, I hereby call on members of the public to come and work with the Nigeria Police in order to usher in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity as we go into the New Year 2018. This you can do by providing vital information that could lead to the arrest of criminals or the prevention of crimes.

“We also call on members of the public to feel free to tell us how best to police their communities in the spirit of Community Policing.”‎

On the reason for the stakeholders meeting, the CP said,‎ “This stakeholders’ meeting is coming up in a sensitive period of the year. I call it sensitive period because of the security challenges associated with it and also due to the current threat on the peace and security of the Federal Capital Territory.

“The essence of this stakeholders’ meeting is for all of us – the police and members of the public – to come together and address these security challenges so that we can make input that will ensure a hitch- free yuletide.

“On our part, the Nigeria Police, FCT Command, we have been working assiduously to bring down the

level of crime and criminality in the city. We know that a lot more need to be done, as such, we promise residents of the FCT that we will continue to do our best to improve the security in the territory so that everybody will go about his/her lawful businesses without fear.”‎

While calling for caution in this period, especially with incidence of the rise in car thefts, CP Bello urged car owners to m‎ ake sure that anti-car theft devices are installed in vehicles, such as pedal locks, steering locks, trackers, and other safety devices, saying they will help to reduce the incidences of stealing of vehicles from where they are parked.

He also raised the alarm on the increase in the operations of an armed robbery syndicate using tinted vehicles that specialises in going to residential premises in the early evenings, mostly between 6pm to 9pm, and called on residents to be cautious before opening their gates to unknown vehicles.

. . . Promote 250 Senior Police Offcers

The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion and con rmation of acting appointments of 250 senior police of cers.

The commission approved the promotion of CP Etop John James and CP Rasheed Olatunde Akintunde to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).

It also con rmed the acting appointments of CP Donald Awunah, former Force Public Relations Of cer and former CP Akwa Ibom State Command, now at the Police Academy Wudil, Kano; CP Ha z Mohammed Inuwa, Cross Rivers State Command; CP Garba Umar, Anambra State Command; CP Bello Ahmed; CP Imohimi Edgal, Lagos State Command and CP Ali Janga, Kogi State Command. The commission approved the promotion of 15 Deputy Commissioners for Police to the substantive rank of Commissioners for Police.

They include; Omololu Shamsiden Bishi,

presently at the Nigerian Defence College, Abuja. He was former DCA, Ogun State Command, former DC, CID, Iyaganku, Ibadan and Area Commander, Mushin, Lagos State; Isaac Olutayo Akimoyede, also at the Defence College and former DC, Benue State; Aminu Pai Saleh; Makama Hamisu Usman; Mobolaji Olaniyi Fafowora; Igbodo David; Dajuma Mohammed Ibahim; Okon Etim Ene; Abang B. John; Aminu Koji Kwambe; Felix Gochuk Gani; Ibrahim Sabo Umar; Joseph Gobum Mukan; Wakil Mohammed and Abdullahi Yerima Ibrahim.

Acting Deputy Commissioner for Police, Habu Sani Ahmadu’s appointment was con rmed while 54 Assistant Commissioners for Police were promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioners.

The new Deputy Commissioners include Fausat Oduwole Azeez; Presley Onitsha Dode; Adepoju Ayinde Ilori, Area Commander Ughelli, Delta State Command; Oladimeji Yomi Olanrewaju, Area Commander, Metro, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Command, and Ambrose Sunny Onah of the Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The commission also approved the promotion of 164 Chief Superintendents of Police to the rank of Assistant Commissioner for Police and 8 Deputy Superintendents of Police to the rank of Superintendent.

According to the spokesperson of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, these were some of the high points of the commission’s 24th plenary meeting held in Abuja from the 5th to 7th December, 2017, presided over by its chairman, Sir Mike Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police.

Okiro congratulated the newly promoted of cers and charged them to continue to discharge their duties with respect to the rule of law and fear of God.

LEADERSHIP Friday learnt that the promotions had been forwarded to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for implementation in a letter signed by Mr. Musa Istifanus, permanent secretary and secretary to the commission.