Photos Counter Police’s denial of Attack on Civil Defence Commandant-General

New photographs released Sunday have rubbished claims by the police that an alleged attack by its officer on the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps, did not take place.

In a statement Friday, the Civil Defence had accused an unnamed Police Inspector of threatening to shoot dead the commandant-general, Ade Abolurin, challenging him for conducting anti-vandalism inspection at a site manned by the police.

A spokesperson for the Corps, Emmanuel Okeh, said Mr. Abolurin was in Lagos for an inspection alongside officials from the army, the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and the Office of the Attorney-General.

The officials are members of a government committee on anti-vandalism chaired by the civil defence boss.

Mr. Okeh said the attack occurred at Ikorodu, Lagos, after the arrest of suspected vandals and oil thieves who were in possession of petroleum products.

He said after the arrest, a police team arrived at the scene in an unmarked danfo bus, and an AK 47-wielding police officer challenged Mr. Abolurin and made it clear to him the police were in charge of the site.

Attempts by members of the committee to caution the officer was rebuffed, Mr. Okeh said.

The photos mailed to PREMIUM TIMES Sunday show an armed police man decked in the police mobile force’s green pants and black T-Shirt, brandishing his weapon a few metres away from where the Commandant-General, Mr. Abolurin, stood.

In one of the photographs, the officer appears enraged and unwilling to allow Mr. Abolurin access the site despite an apparent attempt by an unarmed soldier to pacify him.

On Friday, police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said investigation has commenced into the alleged attack.

But earlier, a spokesperson for the Lagos State police command, Lelme Kolle, had told PREMIUM TIMES it was untrue any officer challenged Mr. Abolurin.

Mr. Kolle said it could not be true that a police officer would attack a convoy of armed civil defence personnel and soldiers.

“It is a complete lie. It is not true. It is a concocted story,” said Mr. Kolle on Friday.

One of the photos appears to show an armed Civil Defence operative attempting to confront the rampaging policeman, before he was urged by his superiors to hold back.

The Lagos police spokesperson, Mr. Kolle, explained to PREMIUM TIMES that a police anti-vandalism team only stopped a convoy of 10 Hilux pickups that were moving at top speed towards the site in Ikorodu, Lagos.

He said the police officers sought to know whether the occupants of the cars had cleared with any police station before visiting the site.

Asked why the Commandant –General of the Civil Defence would require police clearance to carry out his statutory assignments, Mr. Kolle said it was possible the police operatives did not recognise that Mr. Abolurin was on the team.

Mr. Kolle dismissed any suggestion of an officer challenging the commandant-general. “It is not true. There was no argument,” he said.

But the pictures show Mr. Abolurin was on the ground and could be easily recognised. The pictures also show other armed police personnel nearby.

Civil defence personnel have been attacked in the past by police officers.

In 2013, two personnel of the anti-vandal squad of the Lagos state command of NSCDC- Gabriel Adaji and Innocent Akegbe- were shot dead by the police.

“It is however unclear if the suspected officer was working on a written script by a superior authority or just acting in his own capacity as a vandal in uniform,” Civil Defence spokesperson, Mr. Okey, said in a statement.

“What is however clear is that, this is the umpteenth time that officers and men of the corps has been brazenly harassed, molested, assassinated or maimed by officers of the Nigeria police in recent time in the cause of carrying out their legitimate assignments.”


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  • Richard

    What do you expect in a lawless country. Both police and civil defense personnel are hooligans in uniform. In a country where the most disciplined security outfit could vandalize government properties without any disciplinary action, not even condemnation from the highest authority. In a country where there is no accountability in all strata of the government . In a country where fraud and corruption are described as mere stealing . In a country where no children of government officials are registered in public schools. They prefer to send their children abroad to study. They forgot that it takes the government of such countries to develop and improve their schools. A country where mere headache is being treated abroad . God will definitely see us through .

    • Ayemi

      Richard, I strongly agree with you with all these counts. A country where nothing works. A country where anything goes. A country where everything is taken for granted. A country where government officials are above the law. A country that brings shame and disgrace to its citizens by these visionless people. What do we expect? Confusion, anarchy, chaos and disorder.

      • danladi

        who are these “government officials”? when will people take responsibility for the monster we created?

        • change 2014-2015

          I think it started all from aso rock.

          • danladi

            Sure, as your handle name suggests, “we” should effect that “change” that is so desired starting with you and I prompto!!!!! rather than blame “government officials”.

    • change 2014-2015

      When number one citizens do not respect the law how will the citizens almost respect the laws of the land.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Are they not supposed to collaborate ?

    • change 2014-2015

      Is it not your fg that spoilt the whole system.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Don’t ever comment on my posts please. Mind your business
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • TRUTH MASTER

    This country is fast becoming a jungle! This is the height of lawlessness!!

    • change 2014-2015

      I think the impunity was introduced from the centre in abuja

      • TRUTH MASTER

        Correct!

  • Wähala

    Animal Kingdom… nothing but animals!

  • Yejide Kayode

    Nigerian enforcement agents seriously need a radical reforms and transformation to bring it to the modern day policing. This is 2014 not 1960. Law enforcement agent especially Police are suppose to be upholding the rule of laws and protecting citizens security and safeguarding their safety but not acting like thuggery or agent of destruction. Who regulates these law enforcements agencies when they broke the rules and their code of conduct?

  • Thepeople

    Well said. Ndi Igbo as a people should revisit their type of politics as we all can see that the politics of the so called lgbo leaders is not in the interest of the people. Most of the leaders lack vision, foresight , lack the ability to see the bigger picture and have no knowledge of critical analysis. The reason been that they all have been blinded by self interest. The south west politicians have really put them to shame, they have been made to look like political ‘tatas’.

  • William Norris

    The most important point to take from this essay is that the population of the Igbo is too small to influence national elections in Nigeria. Add to that, the population of the South-South/Niger Delta tribes is also too small. That’s the reality and they must live with it and develop a strategy that takes that into account.

    The most important issue to be aware of though is this – that the election just concluded was a reprise of the Nigerian Civil War. At the conclusion of the War, Nigeria came to be thoroughly dominated by the Fulani & some individual Northern and Southern politicians who chose to ally with them. It has remained so until 1999.

    The ONLY issue here therefore was a quest by the Fulani to take back the Presidency from the accidental possession of an Ijaw man. That is all.

    The MOTIVATION behind that quest for the Presidency is the same as the motivation behind the Civil War – control of the crude oil & natural gas resources, the BULK of which lies in the Niger Delta.

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      If going tribal is the norm here, then you forgot that the Fulani-Hausa arrangement on its own, without the alignment of the Yoruba party, could not have won Buhari the presidency. The Igbos tried to do the same thing by aligning with the PDP but failed to confirm that their candidate was standing on a limb. It should not be put down to “marginalisation” or anything like that. That was hasty calculation gone wrong. Wisdom suggests that the Igbos should sit down to do a thorough analysis of the situation and accept this huge slip, regroup and then march on, instead of throwing mud around in self-righteous demeanor.

      • William Norris

        The one constant in ALL Nigerian elections and conflicts has been the collaboration of the Nigerian people with the Fulani to ensure the continued ROBBERY & GENOCIDE of the Niger Delta in order to ensure continued flow of petro-dollars.

        When the Yoruba voted for Jonathan in 2011 it was because they were seeking petro-dollars and a Jonathan Presidency was inevitable.

        The moment RESOURCE CONTROL and true federalism became a possibility, they threw their weight behind the Fulani to thwart it.

        The only solution to the Nigerian problem is for the Niger Delta to find a way to arm themselves with a major weapon of mass destruction, something like a small nuclear bomb and wreck havoc on Nigeria.

        Just like the Whites of South Africa, the rest of Nigeria will NEVER see anything wrong with the present arrangement where NATIVES are deprived of their lands and resources using unjust LAWS.

        • Lemmuel Odjay

          I have searched again, even asked Yinka Odumakin at the church premises why the Yoruba, clearly at the forefront of the demand for resource control and autonomy during the Confab, decided to not vote for Jonathan as to bring to fruition their demands. Want to know why? Jonathan could not convince the Yoruba that he could bring it to pass. That was the primary reason why the Yoruba flowed with the APC. Also, do not forget that Ondo State, located in Yorubaland, is also an oil producer. Finally, of all the oil producing state groups of the federation, which one has benefitted more from the oil? The Ijaws of Bayelsa have benefitted more, even though the state is not the largest producer of oil. Ex militants still receive monthly salaries and free trade -based training just because they are Ijaw ex militants from that area. President Jonathan hails from there, thanks to his Ijaw origin. The state and Ijawland has benefitted much more from project financing by all the agencies set up to develop the Niger Delta, while billionaires have been made of former militants from contracts they were given to prevent stealing of the country’s oil. The contracts are still valid, but the stealing has not stopped. You may also have known that before oil became a marketable commodity, the country (Ijawland inclusive) survived on the resources of other groups in Nigeria. Then we were happily living together. And now that we have, by choice, resorted to dependence on oil, why is peace eluding us? Again, has oil really benefitted Nigeria today? Have our leaders become better educated at managing the oil resources? Have they not cornered all the money coming from oil, leaving the rest of us to starve or die? Have our hospitals not turned empty buildings where poor Nigerians go to die instead of receiving healing and care? Before oil, our hospitals were places where patients received healing and were happy. Have our schools stopped being used as centers for training cultists? After these many years and huge sums of money from oil, can we boast of 24 hours of power supply anywhere in Nigeria? Assuming Nigeria had no oil to talk about, would you be saying the same things here? I wonder…

      • William Norris

        But Nigeria does have oil and only very little of it is located in Ondo. 80% of Nigerian oil is produced in by States in the South South geo-political region. The South East produces far more than the South West. It’s very clear that the Yoruba are motivated by access to the MAJOR oil producing areas.

        And Lagos and Ogun – not Bayelsa or Rivers State – are the major beneficiaries of the Nigerian petroleum resources UNDER PRESENT LAWS & REGULATIONS, especially the subsidy rules.

        If you doubt me, put the following into Google and get informed “SMUGGLING FUEL SUBSIDY WEST AFRICA BENIN”.

        Another aspect of the rules is that subsidies have effectively converted LAGOS into the SOURCE of fuel for Nigeria…..95% of fuel used in Nigeria comes from Lagos.

        That’s why the Yoruba were the the strongest and angriest protesters when Jonathan abolished fuel subsidies in Jan 2012.

        Removing those subsidies would enable the Niger Delta to finally benefit more from their petroleum resources.

        You can only understand these things if you have a good grasp of how the petroleum industry works in Nigeria. Just 2 hints –

        1. There is no normal market where a commodity has the SAME RETAIL PRICE all over a large country like Nigeria.

        2. In a normal market, there’s no reason for a refinery to be located in Kaduna State.

        Most NIgerians are very ignorant about how their country works even as they reap the benefits of the evil policies….so I don’t blame you.

  • Sams

    “The Igbos have also learnt that their voting population is too small to champion selfish interests.” – Gbam!!!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Igbo people can not ever change their attitude at all with their selfish-characteristic of attitude of promotion of ethnic-sentiment.Instead of Igbo people to unite and support a viable political option that would benefit them on the long on.Igbo always reside,live and conduct their trading businesses in South-West.Igbo people in large number reside and live mostly in the South-West-Yoruba region but Igbo elements still hate Yoruba people and talk bad about Yoruba people who have been very hospitable to them.
    Igbo people sacrificed Igbo turn to lead Nigeria as president by blindly supporting a South-South/East Mr Ebele Jonathan who appointed Igbo elements in top cabinet positions in his government and marginalized Yoruba people in the last six years from top positions of Nigeria Federal Government.

  • skaig

    Great analysis. Throwing your whole political fortunes and calculations on an ‘accidental president’ as someone described was not tactful. Anyway, now they know that votes count politics may be done differently. Better rally round Rochas for reintegration in the scheme of things. Pius Anyim was never going to do much for Igbo politics. He is not cut like the charismatic late Chuba, Jim or Ngige and definitely not the oratory of Ikemba. The N’di gbo need these type of cosmopolitan men to cut deals and cross boundaries.

  • hyperbole123

    you kid yourself. the PVC screened out most of the bogus votes recorded in 2011. it is now a fact that nigerians are not as many as they would want to think – north west east or south. especially east

  • Du Covenant

    The experience of this election goes to confirm the Igbos are not as educated or enlightened as the other regions of the country after all. This is the danger of primitive sentiments, you fail to see the truth right in your face. GEJ has been a colossal failure. He was a very weak and dishonest leader. He condoned corruption, right under his watch the military chiefs mismanaged all budgetary allocations and our army where left on their own. He was not a president for the whole country confirmed by his reaction to the chibok girls. Under his watch BH became a menace because northeners were the ones being killed in cold blood. He was controlled by many other forces which we saw them coming out of the shadows only when it was clear he was losing his bid for reelection. At one point he adopted the name ‘Azikiwe’ but he was an Ijaw son of the soil..etc…ect…The lesson here is for Nigerians to look at credible individuals regardless of religion, ethnicity etc. This is the 21st century and we cannot continue like this!!!..

  • OLUFEMI M JOHNSON

    THIS IS VERY TRUE. MR JONATHAN IS AN ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT. HE NEVER WAS PREPARED FOR THIS NOBLEST POSITION IN AFRICA. HE WAS INSTANTLY CAPTURED BY WRONG HANDS WHO WICKEDLY DECEIVED HIM THAT ALL WAS WELL. THE CRASS CHARADE WITH WHICH HIS WIFE WAS RUNNNING AROUND LIKE WILD GOAT GOES TO LEND CREDENCE TO THE OPINION OF THOSE THAT SAYS THE COUPLE NEVER PREPARED FOR THE GREATNESS THAT FELL UPON THEM. WITH RESPECT TO IGBO- THE DISCERNING AMONG THEM HAVE BEEN SAYING PUTTING THE EGGS IN ONE BASKET IS NOT ONLY RISKY, BUT THERE IS DANGEROUS DANGER AHEAD. AS AT 5 MONTHS TO THE ELECTION THE DISCERNING WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT MR JONATHAN WILL LOSE THE ELECTION. I WROTE 3 MONTHS TO THE MARCH 28 ELECTION THAT THE SOUTH WEST AND ALL THE NORTH WILL NOT VOTE FOR MR JONATHAN. THE REASON IS NOT FAR FETCHED AS FOR 6 YEARS HIS ADMINISTRATION CANNOT POINT TO ONE MEANINGFUL THING THAT HE HAS ACHIEVED EXCEPT FILM TRICK, LIES AND PHOTO SHOW. IGBOS WILL DO WELL TO MOVE WITH THE TIDE AND CRAVE THE INDULGENCE OF ALL THE ZONES TO WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE A GREAT NIGERIA