IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPOM, mni

Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba's Maiden Speech

It is my distinct honor to stand before you as your new Inspector General of Police. I'm both excited and humbled by this privilege to serve this outstanding and distinguished organization and our country, Nigeria.
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The attention of the Nigeria Police High Command has been drawn to a most misleading media report that charges filed by the Nigeria Police at the Federal High Court Abuja, were struck out for lack of diligent prosecution in respect of the suspected terrorist AMINU SADIQ OGWUCHE.

It would be recalled that the Department of State Security (DSS), that had intelligence on the Nyanya Bombing and was investigating it, made a formal request to the Nigeria Police to assist in extraditing one Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche to Nigeria from Sudan, through the Interpol channel of which the Nigeria Police is well versed.

It was at this stage and for this reason that the Nigeria Police Force filed charges against the suspected fugitive Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, based on information that he fled to Sudan.

The filing of charges against the suspect is a legal procedure to enable the Nigeria Police formally request the Sudanese authorities to grant Nigeria’s extradition request in respect of the suspected fugitive.

For the records, copy of filed charge(s) against a fugitive must be appended to documents in support of extradition request made to the host country, which in this case, is Sudan.

These facts were made known to the court when it insisted on the production of the accused even before his extradition to Nigeria.

Following Ogwuche’s extradition which the Nigeria Police accomplished successfully, the DSS, obtained a Court Order to remand the suspect for an initial period of three months in line with the Prevention of Terrorism Act and also liaised with the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation to undertake his prosecution.

For the record, at no time did the Nigeria Police arraign the suspect in court for terrorism related offences. Moreover, the purported prosecution/arraignment by the Police could not have happened as the Police could not prosecute a suspect it never arrested, never investigated nor had in its custody.

It is therefore grossly erroneous, mischievous and malicious to impute lack of diligent prosecution to the Police. The Nigeria Police Force is manifestly and positively committed to the will of Nigerians to rid the nation of violent crimes like terrorism. Many of our officers have paid the supreme sacrifice on account of this.

The Police while respecting the rights of the media to publish, however appeals that due diligent check be observed to ensure that misleading information is not disseminated to the reading public.

Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

This is to inform members of the public that the Nigeria Police Force in conjunction with other security agencies will carry out a mock security exercise at the Garki Mall, Abuja on Thursday 27th November, 2014 from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

This exercise is a mock drill, necessitated due to the prevailing security situation. Abuja residents/visitors will witness a massive movement of law enforcement assets and personnel to and from different locations of the Capital City and the site of the exercise.

The public is enjoined not to entertain any fear as the exercise is purely a mock practice, and no harm is intended please.

Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

The IGP Suleiman Abba, CFR, NPM, NPOM, mni is worried about recent reports from some States of the Federation, on the involvement of youths in cult activities and ‘thuggery,’ which has left many of them wounded and dead.

As a parent himself, the IGP is concerned about the wastage of young human lives in the unworthy exercise, and feels the hurts of parents whose children and wards are following the ways of destruction. He enjoined youths to appropriate the many opportunities of development in the nation, obey the laws of the land, face their academics and vocations, and prepare adequately to lead the nation in the years ahead.

While advising youths to embrace good virtues, the IGP warned that the full weight of the law would be applied on recalcitrant, wayward and delinquent youths.

Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

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