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Communication Gap Led to #EndSARS Crisis – Former IGP

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Absence of community policing led to killings, maiming and destruction of property that characterised the recent EndSARS protests across Nigeria.

Former Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun made the assertion in Osogbo during a Community Policing Sensitisation Campaign organised by the Osun State Police Command.

He said community policing would have totally removed areas of rancor that led to EndSARS.

“That communication gap that led to this ENDSARS pandemonium would have been avoided if community policing have been put in place properly.

“We should not allow gap to exist between Nigerian community and police. If we do we are inviting anarchy. There will be absence of peace. There should be a symbiotic relationship between the Nigerian police and other security agencies.

“All of us who are retired Inspector General of Police still regard police institution as our primary constituency. Nigeria community is our own. Police institution exists within Nigeria community, that is we are all out to breach the communication gap that exists between the police and Nigerian community.

“I make bold to say that by the grace of God that I introduced community policing into Nigerian police when I was IG. We started in Enugu and moved to other States. In Nigeria, there is no continuity of community policing was abandoned after then. 16 years after I can see that community policing is back and I m happy and vindicated”, he said.

IGP Balogun (Rtd) berated the killings, maiming and attack on policemen, barracks and police stations during EndSARS protests and wondered why the police could not defend themselves in the face of attack.

He said “Self defence is the first law of nature. You have the right to defend yourself and others from being attacked. It is a natural law to defend yourself, the constitution, penal codes, all allow self defence. Do not forget that you have the right to defend yourself. We pray that does not occur any more.

The former IG however recommended a “Rectangular Synergy’ for a concept of community policing to exit between the police and the community, government as well as traditional institutions.


“For the police, they must continue to be professional, humane in tackling problematic situations. The Community have to be cooperative, supportive and be sources of information network for security agencies. Government must continue to support the police in terms of emoluments, salaries, boost their morale”, he said.

Represented by his Deputy, Finance and Administration, DCP Obafunke Reis, the State Commissioner of Police, Undie Andie said reinvigorating community policing is to strategically tackle insecurity challenges confronting the nation considering peculiarities of different communities.

He appealed to stakeholders to embrace the concept and give support to assist in reduction of crime.

Governor Gboyega Oyetola who was represented by his deputy assured the police of his continued support just as he promised to redouble effort in securing live and property of the people.

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IPOB/ESN Commander Killed As Police Raid Terrorists’ Camp In Imo

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said that the second in command of an outlawed Eastern Security Network (ESN) Commander, Ebube Virus, has been killed in a fierce gun battle.

The deceased suspect was on the Imo State Police Command’s wanted list due to his nefarious activities in the Aboh Mbaise area of the State.

The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma, disclosed this in a statement issued by the Police spokesman, Henry Okoye, on Tuesday.

According to the CP, “Following the confessions made by the suspected IPOB/ESN Terrorist allegedly involved in the killing of DPO Ahiazu Mbaise and other dastardly acts in the Mbaise axis, operatives of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping squad led by CSP Oladimeji Odeyeyiwa on Monday 4th of December, 2023 stormed the criminal hideout of a deadly IPOB/ESN Terrorist Syndicate led by Ebube Virus and Ishaka, at Umuogu Amuzu in Aboh-Mbaise LGA of Imo State and dislodged the terrorists.

“In the process, a ferocious battle broke out between the terrorists and the combat-ready Police agents, neutralizing the Second in Command Ebube Virus, who is well-known on the Command’s wanted list due to their nefarious actions in the Mbaise axis. Others who had been shot at had escaped. From the neutralized terrorist, one AK-47 rifle with 19 rounds of live ammunition was found.

“An operation is underway to find additional fugitive suspects and bring them to justice.”

While praising the brave officers for their unwavering efforts in the fight against all violent crimes in the State, CP Danjuma affirmed the Command’s commitment to working with other security agencies with the aim of restoring peace in the state.

CP Danjuma called on Imo residents to support the Police and other sister security agencies with timely and actionable information that will assist in the crusade against terrorism in the state.

He encouraged owners of hospitals and first-aid outlets to report any person seen with or treating gunshot injuries to the nearest Police Station.

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Osun Govt. Dragged To Court Over Dissolution Of Statutory Commissions

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The Chairmen and members of the Statutory Commissions dissolved on 30th October, 2023 by the Osun State government have filed multiple law suits challenging the dissolution.

In separate four law suits filed at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Ibadan and signed by their counsel, Muhydeen Adeoye Galadima Esq on 13th November, 2023, the Claimants, urged, among other reliefs, the court to nullify the dissolution and direct the Osun State to stop giving further effect to the purported constitution of the new Commissions.

The claimants also prayed the court ask the State government to pay damages in the sum of 500,000,000.00 to them in each suit.

The commissions are Osun State Judicial Service Commission, Osun State Independent Electoral Commission OSSIEC, Osun State Civil Service Commission and Osun State House of Assembly Service Commission.

Joined as Defendants in the suits are Governor of Osun State, Attorney General of Osun State, Commissioner for Finance Osun State and Osun State House of Assembly.

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Court sentences 5 To 5yrs Imprisonment for defrauding Osun Ex-Speaker N38m

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A federal high court in Osogbo on Tuesday has convicted five persons for defrauding the immediate past Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly the sum of thirty eight million naira (N38m) in 2018.

The defendants in the case, kazeem agbabiaka, Femi Oyebode, Babatunde Oluajo, Adebiyi Kehinde Oseni, Oyebanji Oyeniyi and Rasheed Ojonla were facing a 5-count charge before the court, bothering on conspiracy to defraud, obtaining under false pretence, public ridicule and cyber crime.

Delivering his judgement, justice Emmanuel Ayoola described the convicted as a web of syndicates who did not deserve to be in the society without a reform thereby sentencing the five of them who were found guilty and convicted to five years imprisonment each.

The 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th defendants, Kazeem Agbabiaka, Femi Oyebode, and Babatunde Oluajo respectively were convicted and sentenced to 5years imprisonment having been found guilty of the 1st and 2nd count charge.

He however discharged and acquitted the 7th defendant, Ismaila Azeez, on the count charge bothering on cyberbullying while Kehinde Oseni was found guilty of the same charge and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

Recall that a video was released on social media where it was alleged that Timothy Owoeye was bathing with blood in the middle.

The video was said to have been released by one of the convits, Kehinde Oseni in an attempt to blackmail Owoeye after he was duped during his bid to become the Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly.

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