Nigerian Army detains policemen without food for refusing to wear military uniforms

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Ten counter-terrorism police officers attached to the Nigeria army peacekeeping forward operation base in Abuja are currently unlawfully detained at a military barrack in Gwagwalada, Abuja, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The personnel were locked up since Tuesday without food and medical care for refusing to wear military fatigues for an operation they feared could be illegal.

According to the detainees, they were detained on the instruction of a Colonel Kalejaye, head of the army forward operation base, because they refused his directive to “impersonate” soldiers by wearing their uniforms for a training in Kaduna State.

Some of the detainees told PREMIUM TIMES the Colonel wanted to send them for training at War College, Jaji, Kaduna State, without the knowledge of the Nigeria police authority that deployed them in the first instance.

One of the policemen said he and his colleagues were kept in a cell without food or water for three days, and that they were denied health care.

“We told them that as policemen, we are not entitled to wear military uniforms, unless, we need a corporate signal from our IGP or our authority at force headquarters, that will enable us to go for the operation,” he said.

“Even as I’m talking to you, our luggages are in Jaji now, so we told the Colonel that, as a policeman, we have our own law, you have your law, and we cannot do anything without signal.”

The source said after their complaint, the colonel gave an order that they be moved to the police headquarters in Abuja.

Midway, they were instead taken to an army barrack in Gwagwalada, called Special Force barrack, 172 battalion.

“From there, they now moved us to Gwagwalada in one bush, and the barrack is under construction. So when we got there, we said we are not entering into this cell except a senior police officer is here with a detention order.

“Before we knew it, they mobilized more troops about 50, with arms, and started molesting us, beating us, to the extent that some of our men were wounded, some complained that they have ulcer, they did not answer. They just packed all of us inside the cell, no toilet, no food, where we are sleeping is where we pee,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

The police officers were part of the team sent to Russia for counter terrorism training, this paper understands.

Since their return December 2014, they had been camped at the UN peace-keeping camp in Abuja, before they were given instructions to dress as soldiers for a training.

The officers were nominated by the National Security Adviser’s office for the Russian course. The latest returnees were the third batch, numbering between 45 or 46.

Only 10 were asked to wear uniforms.

PREMIUM TIMES could not establish the exact details of the training or assignment in Jaji.

Pressed on the nature of assignment they were instructed by the army to go for, the police officers, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said. “Because we don’t know that is why we insist(ed) that the police authority must be aware before we proceed for any movement or put on military uniform because we believe that wearing army uniform without approval is tantamount to impersonation, illegal and unconstitutional,” he said.

The spokesperson for the Nigeria Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, confirmed that the police were aware of the matter and were investigating it.

“We are aware and we are looking into it, that’s all I can say,” Mr Ojukwu said on the phone, before abruptly ending the call.

This paper could not reach the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a colonel, as repeated calls to his telephone lines were unanswered.


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  • statesman

    ..

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      You need urgent medical attention. Pls dont delay!

      • broda

        @emmanuelmaluba:disqus

        But he is making a lot of sense. How come you don’t understand what STATESMAN
        is saying? He is saying that we SHALL NEVER reward perjury with swearing-in; thereby

        nullifying the 1999 Constitution for Muhammadu Buhari. I agree totally with STATESMAN.

        For once you start with Buhari like that Nigeria will become a slippery slope to anarchy.

        • Remi

          I do not know the koko of your comment. Were you away when the people that sued Buhari said they do not want to cry more than the bereaved? If Jonathan that is directly involved is not complaining why are you crying? Is it because of the free funds you have been enjoying? Brace up there will be work for you to do now.

          • Love Monday

            Its Jonathan, but the Nigerian 1999 constitution Remi

    • Joe Guy

      Another sick mentally retarded pig on the loose!

  • blueeyedkitten

    injustice! this miserable world will never know peace.

  • Bbb

    Under GEJ anything can happen, today Ekiti gate nothing is done, today Odua gate nothing is done, today
    Immigration job scam, nothing is done, today missing NNPC money sey go be, endless atrocity committed under mama peace husband . May 29 otuoke on charley boy power bike

  • jollyfella

    if the signal which originally deployed the police detachment to the task force states that,further deployment and orders re to be given forthwith by the task force commanding officer then they should have complied. yet there is another lacuna, if they were not properly briefed on base about the training,then they should have waited to be briefed when the get to jaji. perhaps they are to be part of a weaponry drill or surveillance/recon team since there are anti- terror operatives. however, kalejaye acted wrongly to have ordered their detention. could have confined them to barrack and order explicitory signal and terms of deployment from the higher command which is JSC secretariat in the NSA office. above all superiority tussle is evident amongst the nigerian security apparatus.

  • Wähala

    If they’re currently under detention, why didn’t this reporter not show us the cell without toilet, food, etc, the policemen claim they pee in? Where did the interview take place with the detained men since even the police are investigating? Too many flaws in the story no discerning minds should believe. The pieces do not fit thus, the story does not make sense…

    • burning spear

      A guy with your type of IQ need to have a low voice in this forum————-Can u move into an army base anywhere in the world and start taking pictures——————–not to talk of Nigeria—-mumu-?————-This insane act must stop–The entire operation was designed to discredit Jonathan by the Apes in APC———–The USA used similar illegal acts—by the emirs in the Fulani North to demonize the police and the Army before the American audience———That was why Obama said he would not supply us arms to fight boko haram–and when we went to Russia to procure them-The CIA agent in Nigeria like Obj—-among other Fulanis ati Yorubas sold the Nation cheap to the USA and UK GOVERNMENTS—-The NEO Imperialist with the aid of Jega, organized a palace coup against Ijaw man Jonathan——————Time the Yorubas army officers and their Fulani counterparts are told the Nigerian army is not their father’s property–The money for their upkeep is coming from the Niger Delta—-not the groundnut pyramids–or cocoa——–This soul depressing issue must be investigated————————–properly and if if the army chiefs are found wanting dismissed———-When we told Jonathan that the past IGPs he appointed were working for Boko haram–he refused to heed our pleas—————–simply because he wanted to be more Nigerian than the Fulanis and Yorubas—wo claim to own Nigeria—These ethnic groups are not interested in Nigeria—–what they want is the awooooooooof oil revenue—–Its their daughters and emirs ati Obas who won the oil blocks in the SS————separation is the answer TO OUR TROUBLES————NOT ANOTHER FAKE Election–RESULTS—-That was my appeal and I stand by it-

  • good for you.

    well, now you know how Nigerians feel when illegally detained by police, beaten, starved, tortured and some cases even worse.

  • statesman

    There is a battle ahead. It will be fought with courage. This conspiracy to

    kill the 1999 Constitution must be defeated and laid to rest in perfect peace.
    Let word go forth that a military coup is more acceptable than this daylight
    violation of our national Constitution. Whatever it takes we shall refuse and

    fight to refuse any nonsense inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as president
    for his having clearly violated the 1999 Constitution and sworn falsely.

    • robbie

      Statesman: You are on good wicket. No Nigerian is entitled to waive
      the Constitution of Nigeria at his say-so. Buhari is just a citizen. He does not
      have the right to waive the Constitution for himself alone as a special man.
      He has an option of withdrawing honourably or facing criminal prosecution.
      He knows he does not have the WASC certificate he swore on oath he has.

      You say military rule is better than letting Mr. Buhari waive the 1999 Constitution
      by himself and for himself alone. You are right, since there is nothing called
      half Constitution. Nigeria must continue under full constitutional rule
      or shift voluntarily to full military rule. There’s no no half-way point.

  • Nwa _ Africa

    But this is what you guys has being doing to innocent Nigeria…The army has the medicine for police

  • Words on Marble

    There is nothing called half Constitution. Nigeria must continue under full constitutional rule
    or shift voluntarily to full military rule. There’s no no half-way point. Buhari does not have
    the right to waive the Constitution for himself alone as a special man. He has an option

    of withdrawing honourably or facing criminal prosecution. He knows he does not have the WASC

    certificate he swore on oath he has.

    …………ROBBIE

    • Ben Mustafa

      You’re funny.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    This is a knotty issue so comments are restricted. Nobody knows the terms of reference surrounding the secondment of these policemen to what looks like military peacekeeping operations. Sure, the policemen claim to take orders from their police bosses as regards logistics matter and so the question is: do the terms of reference state that these policemen should be subject to limited orders from the military? In this circumstance the whole matter becomes arguable. The terms of reference should put to rest any lingering doubts or remove any grey areas that seem to exist in the working cooperation.

  • tpolo

    This is a coup plan the officer must be arrested immediately. ARREST Colonel Kalejaye NOW!

  • burning spear

    @WAHALA—A guy like u—–with your type of IQ on our internal affairs- need to have a low voice in this forum————-Can u move into an army base anywhere in the world and start taking pictures——————–not to talk of Nigeria—-mumu-?————-This insane acts by the Apes in APC must stop–The entire operation was designed to discredit Jonathan by the Apes in APC———–The USA used similar illegal acts—by emirs–like Sanusi and sultans whom Jonathan worshipped as if they owned the miserable Ijaw man’s life–in creeks were responsible for those acts—-They were the ones who filmed such satanic acts by the army and sent the film abroad to demonize the police and the Army before their American audience———That was why Obama said he would not supply us arms to fight boko haram–And when we went to Russia to procure them the CIA agents in Nigeria like Obj—Sanusi –Saraki-Bakares ati Sharia Reporters—Soyinka’s ati Falanas—-among other Fulanis ati Yoruba elites sold the Nation cheap to the USA and UK GOVERNMENTS—

    • burning spear

      As a result of which the NEO Imperialist with the aid of Jega, organized a palace coup against Ijaw man Jonathan——————Time the Yorubas army officers ati their Fulani counterparts are told that the Nigerian army is not their father’s property-Even if Jonathan has 20 minutes remaining to depart from Aso rock-he must ensure that he fires-Dasuki —the ALMIGHTY traitors with him——in d presidency———Aware the money for the upkeep and training are coming from the Niger Delta—-not the groundnut pyramids–or cocoa——–This soul depressing issue must be investigated————————–properly and if if the army chiefs are found wanting dismissed———-When we told Jonathan that the past IGPs among other service chiefs— he appointed were working for Boko haram–he refused to heed our pleas—————–simply because he wanted to be more Nigerian than the Fulanis and Yorubas—who claim to own Nigeria–more than him-These ethnic groups are not interested in Nigeria—–what they want is the awooooooooof oil revenue—What have been the achievements of their regional leaders since 1960? Nothing beyond my oil wells—————-It was Jonathan that helped to even revive their dead Agric sector-Yet they talk as if they have any legacy for us–besides their fake certificates which–they often use in siphoning my oil money———to the Fulani north——–Besides -Its their daughters and emirs ati Obas who own the oil blocks in the SS————Separation is the answer TO OUR TROUBLES————NOT ANOTHER FAKE Election–RESULTS—-That was my appeal b4 March 28th and I stand by it-till death do us part—–animals

    • Guguru

      Burning Spear,

      Guguru to Burning Spear, can you hear me? Who allowed you out of your room this evening?

  • Guguru

    This is Jonathan’s legacy—an administration driven and encouraged to engage in self-less acts of evil and destruction.

  • SK Usman

    Michael please say the truth. You did not call me.

    • Mr army officer tell us the details

  • bikky

    After Russia training who has been in charge of this troop,from where they get orders from,this is cumbersome and PT should follow it up and revert as the investigation is proceeding, I think something is fishy here

  • Apostle Sunday

    Ah ah! Why army do such things? Or is nigeria police lying?

  • DELE ODUS

    A tale of two Zombies. Only in Nigeria can this happen. T