The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered that the cybercrime unit in the Nigeria Police Force be reorganized as some units were merged to make up the new cybercrime unit of the force.
Fidel Info reports that this was revealed in a statement by the NPF posted on its Twitter handle on Friday evening and signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
According to the statement, the reorganization was done to create a more formidable front against cybercrime-related offenses.
“The immediate reorganization of the cybercrime units in the Nigeria Police Force is to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and a formidable front against cybercrime-related offenses provided for in the Cybercrime Prevention Act, 2015.”
“The reorganization means that all the various units under investigative departments, hitherto investigating cybercrimes, will be merged under the Nigeria Police Force National Cyber-crime Centre domiciled in the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja,” the statement read.
It was also revealed that a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Henry Ifeanyi, has been appointed by the IGP to head the unit.
Ifeanyi, who holds a Master’s Degree in Security and Strategic Studies from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Cybersecurity at the University of Glasgow.
“He is a certified Ethical Hacker and a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, having attended several local and international courses on cyber security. He is equally a member of INTERPOL Cybercrime Advisory Body, Association of Cybercrime Specialists, amongst other professional associations,” the statement added.
Police Arrests Suspects And Recover Weapons After Rampage In Osun
The Osun State Police Command on Monday disclosed that it has arrested ten persons in connection with the disruption of law and order in Osogbo while trying to take control of motor parks.
Fidel Info reports that Hoodlums, earlier in the day, were on a rampage across Osogbo, Osun state capital shooting sporadically into the air and attacking members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, across major parks in the town.
However, the police, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, said the security outfit arrested ten suspects and recovered various weapons.
The statement reads partly, “This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.”
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.”
“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of Ten (10) Suspects and recovery of One (1) Barretta pistol, Two (2) Pump Action, Two (2) Barrel guns, Nine (9) live and Four (4) expended cartridges, Five (5) cutlasses and charms.”
“The Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the general public that the Police Command is fully on top of the situation as Mobile/Conventional/Tactical/Patrol teams have been deployed to curtail the crises and advice members of the public to go about their lawful businesses/work without fear of insecurity or attacks.”
“He, therefore, sternly warned that anyone found culpable in these unwarranted violence/attacks will face the full wrath of the law.”
Police Deny Arresting The Twitter User Who Insulted Aisha Buhari
According to the Jigawa State Police Command, it had nothing to do with the arrest of a Federal University, Dutse, 500-level student.
Fidel Info reports that Aminu Muhammad, a student, was detained for sending a tweet that appeared to make fun of Aisha Buhari, the first lady of Nigeria.
The tweet which was written in Hausa and accompanied by a photo of the first lady, read in English, “Mama has eaten poor people’s money and is now full.”
Shortly after the post, Muhammad was purportedly detained by DSS agents, which sparked a social media reaction from Nigerians against the DSS and the first lady.
Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer, was one of many who criticized the DSS over Muhammad’s alleged arrest.
He tweeted, “You are defending Aisha Buhari because she’s someone’s mother. This argument is preposterous.”
“Thousands have lost their mothers to the incompetence and cruelty of the Buhari regime. Thousands have been orphaned by the corruption in management of funds meant to combat terrorism.”
On her part, activist Aisha Yesufu said, “Who is Aisha Buhari that an aggrieved citizen cannot talk about? Those of you talking about her so-called powers need to ask yourselves whether you are citizens or slaves.Duniya budurwar wawa!”
Also condemning the reported arrest, a social media influencer, Daniel Regha, said it was an abuse of power.
He tweeted, “Patience Jonathan was unfairly mocked everyday when she was the First Lady, no one got detained, but the SSS went ahead to arrest a Tweep (Adamu Muhammed) for criticising Aisha Buhari. Is that the job of the SSS? Why not charge the guy to court? This is an abuse of power.”
While the DSS was still getting criticised over Muhammad’s arrest, more reports stated that the student was arrested by the police.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, DSP Lawan Shiisu, said he was not aware of the arrest.
“We didn’t make the arrest. An arrest cannot be made in my area without me being informed,” he said.
Two Persons Arrested For Possessing 468 PVCs
The police have detained two people who were in possession of 468 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Fidel Info This information was released in a statement on Sunday that was signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner for INEC and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee.
The offenders, Nasiru Idris and another (name withheld), were apprehended in Sokoto State and Kano State, respectively, with 101 and 367 PVCs, respectively, according to the statement.
According to Okoye, their behavior violated Sections 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act of 2022.
The statement further mentioned that the perpetrators were currently being punished as required.
The statement read, “In the last couple of weeks, the Nigeria Police has arrested some individuals found to be in illegal possession of voter cards in some States of the Federation.
“In one case, the Police have concluded investigations and handed over the case file to the Commission, resulting in the successful prosecution of one Nasiru Idris at a Magistrate Court in Sokoto who was found to be in possession of 101 PVCs in contravention of Sections 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act 2022. He has been sentenced to a year in prison.
“Similarly, the Police in Kano State have arrested a man who was found to be in possession of 367 PVCs. The suspect has been charged to court and the Commission is pursuing his prosecution.
“The Commission wishes to reiterate that it will continue to pursue all violators of the Electoral Act and ensure their diligent prosecution.”
Giving an update on the PVC collection, the commissioner explained, “Following the end of the statutory period for the display of the register of voters for claims and objections, the Commission is determined to make the collection of PVCs as seamless as possible.
“A standard operating procedure has been developed. This will be among the issues to be discussed and finalised at a retreat holding in Lagos from 28th November to 2nd December 2022 involving all the Resident Electoral Commissioners.
“At the end of the retreat, the Commission will release the dates as well as the detailed procedure for the immediate collection of PVCs nationwide.”
“The Commission appreciates the patience and understanding of Nigerians, especially those who registered as voters or applied for transfer/replacement of their cards from January to July 2022. In making the cards available for collection, the Commission is also working to ensure that the process is hitch-free.”
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