Don’t Politicize Security Agencies – Gov. Wamakko Tells FG

News, Security

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto state has cautioned federal government against politicizing the nation’s security agencies.

He spoke in Sokoto on Thursday when he received the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Salisu Abdullahi recently deployed to the state.

According to Wamakko, “The security agencies have no constituency. They should exhibit patriotism in their work to ensure the safety of lives and properties of Nigerian citizens.”

The governor also called on security agencies in the country to uphold their oaths of office by being diligent and fair to all at all times. “All Nigerians should be treated equally, irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political creeds,” he said adding, “This is crucial especially now that Nigeria is approaching another democratic transition.”

Wamakko promised to continue to assist the agencies in order to complement their efforts in saving lives and properties of all citizens.

The Police commissioner earlier commended Wamakko for his support to the Command and other security agencies. “We will provide level-playing ground for all political parties in the state,” Abdullahi said.

No Bail For Weapon-Holding Thugs – AIG Zone 10

News, Politics, Security

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Following political parties’ failure to prevail on their supporters to stop use of weapons at political rallies, the Zone 10 of Nigeria Police has vowed to grant no bail to any political thug that is arrested holding weapons during electioneering.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of the Zone that is comprised of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mr. Bala Hassan made the declaration during a stakeholders’ meeting with leadership of political parties in Sokoto on Thursday.

“Henceforth, any thug arrested with a knife, cutlass or any other type of deadly weapon, will be summarily charged to the court,” adding that the measure was to ensure the protection of lives and properties before, during and after the rescheduled polls.

The new state Police Commissioner, Mr. Salisu Fagge also advised politicians to respect the rules of the game by obeying the laws of the land and the electoral act.

“The police will not allow anybody to trample on the public order act, constitute a breach of peace and unity of the state and Nigeria in general,” he warned.

While commending the police for convening the meeting, the State Secretaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Aminu Bello and Alhaji Kabiru Aliyu, respectively corroborated in advising the Police:

“All the political parties should be treated equally by the police, while all their complaints must be treated fairly and equally.”

The peace accord could not be signed because the governorship candidates of the two major political parties, Sen. Abdallah Wali of the PDP and Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal of the APC were absent at the meeting.

Gov. Wamakko, Sokoto Police Draw Battle Line

News, Politics, Security

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The rosy relationship that exists between Sokoto State Command of the Nigeria Police and Sokoto state government seem to be strained with the recent exchange of bitterness against each other.

The stained relationship got worse when on Tuesday at the Police Command, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Shuaibu Lawal Gambo responded before Journalists, allegations published on the Sun newspaper of 18th January, 2015 and credited to Governor Aliyu Wamakko that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) broke the Peace Accord signed recently signed by leaders and candidates of political parties in Abuja.

In a statement signed and read out by the CP titled: “IGP DID NOT BREAK ANY PEACE ACCORD” and made available to Journalists, Gambo stated that all the accusations allegedly made by the governor were unfounded.

“It has come to the attention of the Sokoto State Police Command, comments attributed to the Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji (Dr) Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko in the Sunday Sun Newspaper of 18/01/2015, to the effect that, the ‘IGP broke the peace accord’ signed between the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [Rtd] both Presidential candidates of their respective political parties in the forth-coming elections.

“The Sokoto Police Command wishes to put on record that, all the accusations made by the Governor of Sokoto State are unfounded. It is on record that both political parties have been accused of attacking each other at different parts of the State and the Police have always lived up to its mandate and ensured that arrests of both sides are promptly carried out and suspects charged to court as the case may be,” the statement read in parts.

Gambo further stated that it was untrue to allege that the Police arrests the opposition on trumped up charges, adding that in all cases of arrests, there were complainants and victims of brutality, which made it easy for the Police to treat such cases with dispatch.

The CP alleged that “Both parties are guilty of allowing their supporters to attack each other’s offices and in all occasion, Police have promptly arrested the culprits and charged them to court.”

He cited a recent case that occurred on Thursday, 15th January 2015 where supporters of both parties clashed, leading to the death of an APC supporter against which “nine suspects were arrested and are helping the Police in its investigation.”

Gambo stressed that the IGP never interfered with the discharge of the duties of the. Command. “I wish to emphatically state that, at no time has the IGP interfered with the discharge of my duties as Commissioner of Police, Sokoto Command. It is therefore strange that, his Excellency would make such an unfounded statement concerning ‘breaking of peace accord’.

“It is feared that Governor Wamakko does not believe in the peace accord, hence he is laying the foundation for perpetrating violence in the State by accusing the Police in order to legitimize his actions in the forthcoming elections,” the CP retorted.

He added that of the more than two years he had been in the Sokoto, the Police Command had proven itself to be impartial in the discharge of its responsibilities.

“The Police shall not spare or consort with any trouble-maker, no matter his or her standing in society,” the CP stated.

However, a swift reaction by the Sokoto State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) described the Police statement as unfortunate. “It is unfortunate that statement issued by the Police sought to exonerate the IGP, Suleiman Abba for not giving the proper order to Police to ensure law and order in Sokoto,” the party said.

The Zonal National Vice Chairman (Northwest) of the APC, Barrister Inuwa Abdulkadir in the reaction observed that the Police statement only “portrayed unbridled bias towards the PDP in Sokoto State.”

He further recalled that a top PDP chieftain recently told a rally in Sokoto that “the PDP has Police, Department of State Security (DSS), soldiers’ as such they will deploy everything they can to capture Sokoto,” adding, “We have already started seeing the result of that threat.”

It further cited the concern of Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar expressed before President Jonathan on Monday for “the need to ensure law and order and peaceful polls in the state.”

“It should be noted however that the Sokoto State Government, and all men of goodwill within the state and outside, will not tolerate any affront on their dignity from the Police or the PDP.

“The Police must respect all constituted authorities, desist from aiding the PDP to achieve cheap political vendetta and must double their efforts to end impunity as the campaign season continues,” APC’s statement added.

The party stated that “Sokoto State Government and the APC would work closely with all security agencies to ensure that law and order was maintained before, during and after the 2015 elections.”

Siren Used for Candidates of Political Parties in Sokoto


Siren Used for Candidates of Political Parties in Sokoto
By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Against the new rule that only Governors, deputy governors, Speakers of states House of Assemblies and their deputies, AIG and Police Commissioners, sirens are being used for candidates of political parties in Sokoto.

Newsdiaryonline reliably reports that at 11.07am on Kaduna Road on Saturday, a Prado Jeep of a candidate of one of the major political parties in Sokoto was seen between
Police and Civil Defence vehicles with siren being blown.
The development confirms how with impunity, lawlessness is aided, abated and promoted by some junior security officers thereby putting the integrity of the agencies to question.

The use of siren is a thing that must not be allowed to be abused.

Sokoto Police Command Trains Officers Towards 2015 Polls


Sokoto Police Command Trains Officers Towards 2015 Polls
By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Towards a hitch-free general elections in February this year, the Sokoto State Command of the Nigeria Police has started training her officers and men, Shuaibu Gambo, the state Commissioner of Police has said.

Speaking with Newsdiaryonline in his office on Thursday, he stressed that the training programme is aimed at educating the   officers and men of the Command on the electoral processes.

“Our men need to be educated on their constitutional  responsibilities before, during and after the 2015 general elections,” Gambo said explaining further that an educated police officer would ensure peaceful conduct of elections.

He disclosed that Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) had  been briefed on the training programmes.

Gambo also said that political parties would be provided level- playing ground as well as security covers  during their electioneering.

Warning that the Command would not tolerate political thuggery, he added that “the use of youth carrying dangerous weapons at political gatherings will not be condoned. We will not tolerate any act that is capable of bringing confusion.”