By Olumuyiwa Adejobi
Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has set up a special investigation panel under the IGP Monitoring and Mentoring Unit to commence investigations into some weighty allegations of unprofessionalism, high-handedness, and extra-judicial killings leveled against its officers serving at the Zone 13 Command, Ukpo-Dunukofia, and the Anambra State Command on social media platforms.
In light of the serious allegations leveled against the officers – CSP Patrick Agbazue, officer-in-charge of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Anambra State Command; SP Nwode Nkeiruka, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Zone 13 Headquarters, Ukpo-Dunukofia, and Inspector Harrison Akama attached to the RRS, they reported at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja today Friday 17th February, 2023, on the directives of the IGP for commencement of investigations to ascertain the veracity of the allegations for further necessary action, while the panel has been given a period of two weeks to come up with a report of investigations.
The Force enjoins any member of the public who has had experiences or information on acts of high-handedness, extortion, or extra-judicial killings by the officers in question, to forward same with detailed information via mobile number 08036242591, or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com to enable the panel achieve a wholistic investigation.
The Inspector-General of Police has assured that the findings of the investigations will determine the next line of action, even as he promises that the Force will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is done in the case and sanctions meted to any officers found guilty accordingly.
@views exclusive rights: CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS, OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, February 17, 2023.
Extrajudicial killings: Police Commend Gistlover For Exposing Police Officers, Request More Details
Nigerian Police has commended the effort of a popular blog, Gistlover, for exposing the extrajudicial killings and corruption of some police officers at the Zone 13 Command, Ukpo-Dunukofia, and the Anambra State Command.
The blog published a detailed report alleging that CSP Patrick Agbazue, a senior police officer in Anambra, and his team are involved in citizen kidnapping, torture, and murder.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a post shared via his Twitter handle on Saturday applauded the blogger’s effort and urged the blogger to relate with him on the case if he or she does not want to connect with the team due to the journalism style of the blog.
He wrote, “ Good day. We really want to appreciate Nigerians, most especially Gistloversblog1, for the efforts put together to call out attention to the allegations and incidences in Anambra.
“It’s indeed an eye-opener for us at the FHQ. I can confirm to you for free that the IGP has personally waded into the matter, set up a strong panel to investigate the case, and report within 2 weeks.
“The team will demand more credible evidence to guide their investigation and report. Please, be free to assist and relate with the officers In particular, Gistloversblog1 is urged to relate with me if he/she doesn’t want to relate with the team because of his or her style of journalism.
“While the investigation lasts, we will take some steps to sanitize the RRS office in Anambra and other similar outfits alike.
“We want to assure you all that diligent investigation will be done by the guru panel.
“Be assured that we will be updating you on a regular basis. Thanks for keeping watch on us, and we hope we have that Police Institution we all deserve in Nigeria. Ire o.”
@views exclusive rights: Punch newspaper, February 18, 2023.