Nigerians have been charged to see men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force, as their friends and accord them all the respect.
Nigerians were also charged to provide useful assistance needed to the police in the course of keeping the country safe and free from all forms of crime and banditry.
They were advised also to relate with the police in a civil manner and see them as vital partners in curbing societal ills, instead of seeing them as a ‘combative force’.
The above advice were given by Barrister Morufu Ajani Animashaun, a Legal Officer attached to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex, Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos on the Nigeria Police Force.
Animashaun gave the advice during the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) annual lecture/award ceremony, held recently at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos.
Animashaun, who was bestowed with the CRAN’s ‘Excellence Award In Police Legal Services’ also said “it is when the police are encouraged that the society will experience peace and development, bye and large police is a friend of the society”.
On the nation’s state of Insecurity, he called on all Nigerians to support the police and other security agencies in their bid to protect our dear nation from these miscreants and bandits.
“The security situation of the country is bad, no doubt, but the efforts of all law enforcement agencies should be commended in their bids to protect the nation in general”, he said.
Animashaun who has been in Service for 20 years, also admitted that there are some bad eggs in the system, just like other sectors of the society.
He, however, stated that there is an inbuilt effective mechanism in the police to address these recurrent issues.
He added that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) frowns at such acts of nonchalance and sanctions erring officers who are found wanting in the course of their duties.
Reminiscing on the award, Animashaun said; “I feel so delighted and fulfilled to be found worthy of a such prestigious award. It will motivate me to put in my best more.
“I also dedicate this award to Almighty Allah, who has been so faithful and compassionate with me, to my family, the IGP, DIG ForceCID Annex, AIG ForceCID and my colleagues in both police and Legal department, for always being there to give me the needed encouragements and supports.”
Suspected serial burglar nabbed in Ibadan over stealing of N2m phones, laptops, other items
From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
Nemesis has caught up with a 23-year-old suspected serial burglar, Tobi Awoola, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for burglary and stealing of phones and accessories worth over N2million in Challenge area of the city.
Police operatives, attached to Felele Divisional Headquartres of Oyo State Command, apprehended him on Saturday January 22, 2022. He was said to have been living at a community on Oleyo Ayegun Road in Ibadan.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, Adewale Osifeso, a Superintendent of Police (SP), made this known to journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday via a press release, which he issued on behalf of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko.
According to him, the success recorded in the case was part of conscious effort to continue ridding the state off unscrupulous and sinister-minded elements, describing the suspect as an habitual burglar in connection with a case of burglary and stealing, which occurred at about 8p.m on Thursday December 28, 2021 at Choice Plaza, Challenge area Ibadan.
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Osifeso continued: “However, as a result of painstaking and diligent investigations, through the swift deployment of intelligence and tactical assets, the suspect, one Awoola Tobi ‘m’ was tracked and apprehended in possession of the following items which were hitherto reported stolen. These recovered items include; 16 I-Phone mobile phones, a white earpiece, one unbranded white coloured earpod, a Sony Vio laptop, one Dell laptop and a black shuttle bag.
“Preliminary investigations and voluntary confessions made by the suspect revealed that he broke into the mobile phone and accessories shop situated at Choice Plaza, Challenge, Ibadan. This time unaided with the intent of stealing and re-selling the items.”
Osifeso stated that efforts have been emplaced to break into the suspect’s criminal network, adding that state police command “seeks the cooperation of the good people of the state in providing credible and timely information to help maintain the relative peace and tranquility enjoyed in the State.”
Beijing 2022: Buhari wishes Nigerian athletes participating in Olympic, Paralympic Winter Games success
Buhari From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has wished Nigerian athletes participating in the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games success at the competition.
According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari said he trusts that Nigerian athletes participating in different events will excel at the competition, surpassing the previous record in PyeongChang, South Korea, in 2018, when the nation competed for the first time.
He said recognises that the Olympic Games is a platform for closer friendship and cooperation between countries, expressing sincere hopes that all athletes, in the pursuit of their Olympic dream, would promote the core values of the Games: excellence, friendship and respect.
The President congratulated China on hosting the Winter Olympics, lauding Beijing for making history as the first “dual Olympic city” in the world’s Olympic history, having hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008.
As a friendly and brotherly country to Nigeria, President Buhari affirmed the support of the Nigerian government and its people to China.
He expressed the believes that with China’s rich experience in organising international events, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, with the slogan “Together for a Shared Future”, will be delivered as a splendid, exceptional and extraordinary Olympic event for the world.