20 Dec 2016

Touching! Watch as Nigerian soldiers complain to President Buhari about poor welfare

This video which is making the rounds on social media shows some Nigerian soldiers complaining to President Buhari about poor welfare. In the video, two soldiers appear to have lost consciousness.

According to their colleagues, they fight war against Boko Haram members without having food or water. Watch the sad video after the cut...

Update! Man who drove into Berlin Christmas Market killing & injuring many is a Pakistani Asylum Seeker

Forced into a police van with his head covered, this is the Pakistani asylum seeker believed to have used a hijacked 25-tonne Polish lorry to murder 12 people and injure 48 more at a Berlin Christmas market last night.

The masked 23-year-old named as Naved B had only been in Germany for months and was already known to police because of petty crime. He turned off the truck's lights before mounting the pavement at 40mph and ploughing through 80metres of crowds of people enjoying mulled wine after work.

Police have towed away the vehicle that ripped through stalls and shoppers on Breitscheidplatz Square in the German capital's main shopping area. Its battered windscreen still had a wreath from a stall embedded in its shattered glass. Witnesses said victims - including children - were sent flying like bowling pins or sucked under the wheels while others ran for their lives as the killer driver steered at them before jumping out of the lorry.

Lobatan! Alleged thief offered Yoghurt drink after receiving brutal beating from a mob ...photo

 Normally, after being beaten, they are set on fire but these thieves got lucky. Not only were they eventually left alone after being beaten as the mob waited for police to come take them away, one of them actually got a Yoghurt drink from a bystander to quench his thirst after his ordeal...lol. See more exclusive photos after the cut...

Update! Ireland deportee who stabbed his father to death in Lagos says he deserves it ...photo

24 year old Bakare Babalola Rotimi Jnr (pictured above) who stabbed his father to death and also inflicted stab wounds on his mother at their home in Magodo, Lagos state on Sunday December 4th  today told the police that he carried out the dastard act because his parents wanted to kill him and use him for ritual. According to him, his father got what he deserved. 

Babalola who allegedly got deported from Ireland because of his drug addiction, told newsmen at the Lagos state police command Ikeja, that he was angry that his parents kept him locked up in the house. The suspect claimed his father used "juju" to bring him back to Nigeria. 
“My father got what he deserved. He started it all. I was living in the United Kingdom when he used black magic to bring me back to Nigeria and he locked me up in the house. I don’t know what they intended to do with me. They called some native doctors to do some rituals with red oil which they kept in my room. The native doctors made some incisions on my body and since then, I have not really been myself and I have been seeing strange things and hearing strange voices. As a religious person, I resorted to God and was praying for my freedom but each time I tried to escape, my father will call area boys who will beat me up with reckless abandon. The intimidation was too much and I was looking for any means of escape. One day, I escaped from my room to the kitchen and I took two kitchen knives which I hid in my pocket for protection. On that fateful day, while my mother was cooking in the kitchen, I greeted her but she started raining abuses on me. I knew there was trouble because she always beats me whenever she is angry. I went to my father too and he started raining curses on me. When I asked what the problem was, he started beating me and as I was tired of his beating, I dipped my hand in my pocket and brought out the knife and stabbed him in the leg. When he wanted to disarm me, I stabbed him in the stomach and he fell down and my mother started shouting. I threatened her to give me the key to the door so that I can leave. She refused and I stabbed her too. They started it all. They wanted to use me for ritual. I regret my actions anyway but if they did not bring me back to Nigeria, I would have still been in the UK” he said

See the goofy way Tottenham players dressed to celebrate their Christmas party ...photo

Tottenham footballers like Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Kyle Walker and so many others dressed up as Captain America, Bane, Maverick from Top Gun, Mrs Doubtfire, Gingerbread Man, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Iron Man and so many other animation characters to celebrate their Christmas party, as they draw the curtains on football activities this Christmas season.

More photos below...

Shocking! Containers with arms and ammunition intercepted in Lagos port ...photo

The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted a container with two cars loaded with arms and ammunition as well as military equipment imported from United States (U.S.). Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, the Area Comptroller of the command, Yusuf Bashar, said the officers were able to intercept the cars been on a tip-off they got.

“We got a hint that there is a magazine in a used Toyota car 2004 model with Chassis No 2T1BR32E54C309841. Customs officers isolated the vehicle to give it a thorough checking. We discovered 10 pieces of life rounds called Hornady ammunition with the magazine"he said
Bashar added that the command also intercepted another container of used 2007 Nissan Armada car where an Omini American Tactical Rifle No AR48634 and Moasberg American Pump Action with No U648018. were hidden. Also found in the container were two rifles, 3,500 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air Gun Pellets), and 4,000 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air gun pellets). We also discovered on examination, in the same container, 3,500 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air Gun Pellets), and 4,000 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air gun pellets).
“We also discovered nine pieces of military bullets proof vests; one piece of helmet with rain proof, one pistol Punch, one Riffle Punch, a set of military gas masks, 26 packs of military already made foods and two pairs of military booths.We will hand over the items to the Department of State Security (DSS) for custody of the ammunition because they are too dangerous to be with unauthorised persons,“ he said
Bashar added that one suspect has been arrested while further investigations is ongoing.

Update! Man who assassinated Russian Ambassador to Turkey was one of the police on guard

On Monday, 22-year-old Mevlüt Mert Altintaş shot dead the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, while the ambassador was giving a speech at an exhibition in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Photos emerging from the scene shows that Karlov’s attacker was standing right behind him all through the period Karlov gave his speech. He was one of the police men assigned to guard him.

Altintaş, until last night, was a member of the Ankara Police department’s riot unit and had been trusted to guard the ambassador, but he did the exact opposite.

After the attack, Altintaş was heard saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ and shouted something else in Arabic which translates in English to mean; “We've made an oath to Muhammad to die in martyrdom ... [It is] a revenge for Syria and Aleppo”

Photo of Ogun state Pastor accused of selling 64 babies

A pastor at the Divine Yard Deliverance Ministry in Iyana Iyesi, Ota, Ogun State, Peace Udoh, has been arrested by the police for allegedly running a baby factory in the church.

The 47-year-old was said to have sold 64 babies before she was arrested on Sunday by operatives from the Lagos State Police Command who acted on a tip-off.

Udoh was apprehended with one Angela Akpan and a nurse, Mrs. Bukola Ajala, who reportedly assisted in childbirth at Udoh’s church.

Punch Metro learnt that the pastor usually referred complicated cases to the nurse, whose clinic – El Shaddai Hospital – is located a few metres away from the church.

A Punch correspondent gathered that Angela’s younger sister, 17-year-old Goodnews Akpan, recently gave birth to a child at the clinic.

Angela, who was arrested on Saturday in the Sango area, was said to have led police operatives on Sunday to Udoh’s church and Ajala’s clinic, where they were picked up respectively.

While parading the suspects on Monday at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said detectives swooped on the syndicate after receiving intelligence report that Udoh needed a buyer for Goodnews’ baby.

“The suspects run a baby factory in the Sango Ota area. We are still working to get 64 other children she has sold out,” the CP added.

However, the pastor, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, refuted the allegation, saying she used the church as a maternity home to assist her pregnant church members for a token.

She said, “I have been a pastor for 13 years. I only assisted my church members during childbirth. I take delivery of 13 to 15 babies every year and I have handled over 60 cases so far. I don’t sell the babies.

“Whenever I have a complicated case, I refer the patient to the nurse and we share the money she collects for the service. Angela brought her sister to me in July. She gave birth on November 16 at the nurse’s clinic and she was discharged. I was surprised when the police came to arrest me yesterday (Sunday).”

Ajala, the nurse, said she collected between N15,000 and N17,000 for each child delivery, adding that she didn’t know anything about selling of babies.

The third suspect, Angela, said, “I am from Abak in Akwa Ibom. I took my sister from our village to the pastor when her pregnancy was four months. She was there until she gave birth in November and I paid N17,000. I didn’t intend to sell her child and I have never sold any child before.”

Goodnews, a secondary school dropout, told Punch that she was not aware of the plan to sell her baby. She said she followed Angela to Lagos to avoid being ridiculed in the village.

“I got pregnant in the school but none of my boyfriends was willing to take the responsibility for the pregnancy.

“My mother would not allow me stay with her so I decided to follow my sister to Lagos,” she added.

Mikel Obi in transfer talk with Olympic Marseille

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Reports claim Mikel’s potential move to France could have a significant impact on the European transfer window. Mikel is yet to make an appearance under Antonio Conte and was due to enter the final six months of his contract come January.

Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr revealed on Sunday that Mikel was on the verge of joining Marseille on a free transfer, saying: “I saw him in London. He is in advanced discussions with Marseille.

Donald Trump cruises to Electoral College victory confirming he will become the 45th US President despite protests

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There were many protesters Monday as electoral voters cast their votes Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote Monday — ensuring he will become America's 45th president. An effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the president-elect came to practically nothing and the process unfolded largely according to its traditions. Trump's polarizing victory Nov. 8 and the fact Democrat Hillary Clinton had won the national popular vote had stirred an intense lobbying effort, but to no avail.
Even one of Trump's fiercest Republican rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said it was time to get behind the president-elect.
"We want unity, we want love," Kasich said as Ohio's electors voted to back Trump at a statehouse ceremony.
Kasich had refused to endorse Trump saying he was unfit.
Donald Trump took to his twitter page to thank the voters.

He got 304 votes surpassing the 270 votes needed to secure his presidency.

See Gov. Fayose and wife celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary ..photo

Hmmm... Fayose before he chop belleful, lol! 

Tragic! Afghan refugee plows truck into shoppers killing 12 people and injuring 48 others ...photo

An Afghan refugee stole a 25-tonne articulated lorry, drove to a busy Christmas market in Berlin, turned its lights off, mowed down and killed 12 people - and injured 48 others - as it sped at 40mph.

The vehicle which was filled with steel cargo mounted the pavement at 7pm, before tearing through stalls and shoppers on Breitscheidplatz Square, outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the German capital's main shopping area.
The man at the wheel - who according to German newspaper Berliner used different aliases, was of Afghan heritage and had arrived in Germany in February - fled the scene but was later catured and arrested at a nearby zoo.
Police confirmed the original driver, who was transporting steel beams from Poland to Germany, was a Polish national who was found dead in the lorry's cabin. It is thought he was hijacked.  As German police, the White House and Germany's top security official  indicated the incident was terror related, there was a chilling echo of the deadly terror attack in the French city of Nice in July. It also came just one hour after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Ankara.

The harrowing incident also comes amid repeated warnings from various security agencies that ISIS planned to wreak havoc on European countries during the festive season, specifically threatening Christmas markets. The usually merry streets became scenes of chaos, with people being pulled from under the flattened wooden stalls and others ferried off in ambulances, some tragically under white sheets.

 The Die Welt newspaper said that German intelligence had been warning city authorities for the past week of a possible attack on a Christmas market.  Germany's justice minister says federal prosecutors, who handle terrorism cases, had taken over the investigation, while police used Twitter to urge locals to stay in their homes, to 'check suspicious objects' and encouraged people to use a Facebook safety check loved ones were safe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is 'mourning the dead', while The White House said: 'The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens.' The Polish owner of the lorry confirmed his driver was missing.  Speaking on Polish news channel TVN24, the owner of the haulage firm Ariel Zurawski said his relative would not have committed an act of terror: 'I can say hand on heart that the man who drove into those people in the centre of Berlin was not my driver.
'This is my cousin. I've known him since I was born. I can vouch for him.  'My scenario is that they did something to the driver – they hijacked this vehicle because it was practically in the centre of Berlin and they had a good vehicle with which they could do what they did. 'They did something to my driver, God forbid, something serious. It looks like that. 'We haven't heard from him since this afternoon. We don't know what happened to him.' British tourist Mike Fox, from Birmingham, said the large truck missed him by about three meters as it drove into the market, tearing through tables and wooden stands. 'It was definitely deliberate,' he said.
 Mr Fox said he helped people who appeared to have broken limbs, and said others were trapped under Christmas stands, adding: 'We were in the market, outside the cathedral and we had just had mulled wine then as we were leaving the large truck came through.  'It went just past me, past my girlfriend. I think it missed me by three metres, missed her by five. It came in through the entrance, hit the sides of the barriers and then carried on past us. 'You do what you can to help who you can, really. It happened so fast that there was nothing we could do to stop it - if we'd tried to stop it we would have been crushed.' Emma Rushton from Rugby in Warwickshire, saw the lorry rush past her at speed and said it could not have been an accident. She told Sky News she only missed being caught in the chaos because she had climbed up some steps to take a seat, adding:

'The stall that we bought our mulled wine from was completely crushed. People were tearing off wooden panels to get out. 'It was not an accident. It was going 40mph, it was in the middle of the market. There was no way that it could have come off the road and it showed no signs of slowing down.' 'I heard a big noise and then I moved on the Christmas market and saw much chaos...many injured people,' Jan Hollitzer, deputy editor in chief of Berliner Morgenpost, told CNN. 'It was really traumatic.' 
Richard Clarkson, from Brighton, told the Irish Independent he was at the nearby Irish Bar with friends when the incident happened.

Brighton resident Mr Clarkson said: 'I just walked out and I saw the truck, the windscreen was broken, I didn't see any bodies they were very quick to cover them up I think. 'The word terrorist is being thrown around a lot at the moment and people seem scared.'

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the circumstances of the deadly crash were still unclear, but a lot pointed to an attack. 'We don't yet have anything conclusive regarding the circumstances and the course of events,' de Maiziere told ARD public television, adding that investigators were working hard to put together all the pieces of evidence.
'I don't want to use the word 'attack' yet although a lot points to that,' the minister said. One eye witness said the lorry had no lights on when it smashed into the market.

He said: 'He just drove onto the square from the Kant street. That had to have been intentional, because his lights were not switched on. And then I just heard this loud bang and hysterical screaming.' Australian Trisha O'Neill told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she was only metres from where the truck smashed into the crowded market. 'I just saw this huge black truck speeding through the markets crushing so many people and then all the lights went out and everything was destroyed. 'I could hear screaming and then we all froze. Then suddenly people started to move and lift all the wreckage off people, trying to help whoever was there.' O'Neill said there was 'blood and bodies everywhere'

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian seen together for the first time since his hospitalisation ..photo

The rapper, Kanye West joined his wife Kim Kardashian for dinner on Sunday night, marking it the first time the couple have been seen together since he was hospitalised last month. 
The couple looked happy to be in each other's company and all those rumors about them breaking up were just that...rumors. 
More photos below...

4 pregnant child traffickers, murder and armed robbery suspects paraded by police in Imo State...photo

The Imo State Police Command has arrested over 25 suspected criminals, including four msuspected pregnant child traffickers.Below is a situation report issued today and signed by the command's Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Enwerem:

"In line with the determination of the Imo State Police Command following the declaration of “Operation Nkpochapu” phase II (Wipe out Criminals), the State Police Command has arrested over 25 unrepentant career criminals who still terrorize the innocent citizens of the state. Some of the arrested suspects have been charged to court while others are still undergoing thorough investigation. Some of the arrests recorded include the following:
1. RECOVERY OF STOLEN SIENNA VEHICLE/ARREST OF SUSPECTS: On the 4th of December, 2016 at Umuerim Nekede Owerri West L.G.A. Imo State, operatives of the command arrested one Calistus Amaele ‘m’ of No. 17 Nekede Road Owerri and one Kingsley Nkemjika Odunze in connection with the stealing of a Toyota Sienna car. The suspects had repainted the vehicle and had the plate No. and the dash board among others changed. Fake vehicle documents were also procured to conceal the owner identification. However, the suspects have confessed to the crime and would be charged to court soon.

2. ARREST OF ARMED ROBBERY/MURDER SUSPECTS: a. On the 4th of December, 2016 at Mechanic Village Nekede by the beach, Owerri West L.G.A. Imo State, operatives of the command acting on a tip-off arrested one Obinna Chigozie Onuoha ‘m’ aka “Nwa Pastor” who has been on the wanted list of the Police Command having committed serious crimes ranging from armed robbery, murder and cultism. Suspect confessed to have murdered three persons amongst other heinous crimes.
He stated that he shot dead one Chibuike at Douglas road Owerri, one Zaiki, a CD plate seller at Ikenegbu road while the third being a bike rider was murdered at Mbaise road. Suspect made useful statement to the police as being a member of Ayee Secret cult group who only kills rival secret cult group members whenever he sees them and further disclosed that the recent murder of one Chikabala at IMSU front gate was carried out by his gang members namely Shiba, Nonso, Freedom and Brano. Other members of his gang include Black Fela, Owite, Pharaoh and Ludacris who are now at large.

b. On the 4th of December, 2016 at Umaogwa Obazu Mbieri one Thankgod Igwe ‘m’ was arrested with one locally made double barrel pistol by operatives of the command after he led a five man gang to rob five families during which he shot a victim on the left hand. Some of the stolen properties recovered from him include two motorcycles, a plasma TV among others. He will be charged to court accordingly soon.
3. ARREST OF SUSPECTED CHILD TRAFFICKING SYNDICATE: On 14/12/2016, operatives of the State Police Command arrested 4 suspected pregnant child traffickers. Suspects were arrested following a tip-off at Regina Ceali Motherless/Destitute Home owned by one Mrs Patricia Nwachukwu located at Umuorji Community of Eziala Ogwu Nguru Aboh Mbaise L.G.A. of Imo State. The 4 suspects were at various stages of pregnancy before their arrest. The arrested suspected traffickers include:
i) Amarachi Nkwocha ‘f; 20yrs of Ehime Mbano L.G.A. with 6 months pregnancy.
ii) Chioma Eze ‘f’ 26yrs of Otulu Ahiara Aniazu Mbaise L.G.A. but residing at Lagos with 7months pregnancy.
iii) Opara Chinaza ‘f’ 16yrs of Umuezi Enyiogugu Aboh Mbaise L.G.A. with 4months pregnancy.
iv) Tochi Bekee ‘f’ 19yrs of Abia State but residing at No. 11 Ladipo Ala Awusa Ikeja Lagos State with 5months pregnancy. Also arrested is one Chidera Simon ‘f’ 23yrs of Eziala Nguru Aboh Mbaise L.G.A. an accomplice to Mrs Patricia Nwachukwu, owner of the Motherless/Destitute Home.

Wow! Check out Clarion Chukwurah celebrating son, Clarence Peters on his birthday ...photo

Actress, Clarion Chukwura took to Instagram today to celebrate the birthday of her son, music video director, Clarence Peters. Sharing a cute throwback photo from their joint magazine years some years back, she wrote: "Happy Birthday to my Son, Clarence Abiodun Peters!!! Almighty God is with you!"

Update! Abuja Court orders EFCC to release Fayose's properties

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to release all properties belonging to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State that were attached based on the order of the court made on 20th July and 2nd August 2016.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba gave the order while ruling on application filed by Governor Fayose through his counsel Chief Mike Ozekheme (SAN). He brought the application after the EFCC had seized his properties.

Ruling on the application which was argued on Monday, Justice Dimgba noted that the interim orders which were made on 20th July and reaffirmed on 3 August were made to last for 45 days to enable EFCC carry out its investigations.

Justice Dimgba said the orders ought to elapse on September 3, but from the court record “no application was filed by the EFCC to extend the order.
“I hold that in the absence of an application to renew it the interim attachment orders had elapsed on 3 September.”
Consequently, all the attachments, seizure, forfeitures and occupation of the said properties and accounts are nullity," he ruled. However, he stated that it would be a different matter if the EFCC still occupy the properties based on order of other jurisdiction.

Justice Dimgba blamed EFCC who obtained a similar order from Justice Okon Abang court for not telling the judge they had obtained an order that elapsed on September 3 when they approached him on November 3. "I do not agree with EFCC that Fayose motion is an academic exercise”, he further ruled

Watch video: Nigerians, stop killing the poor civilians, kill the Nigerian police

Image result for logo of nigerian policeCountless ordinary Nigerians attempting to make precarious ends meet as taxi drivers, market traders, and shopkeepers are accosted on a daily basis by armed police officers who demand bribes and commit human rights abuses against them as a means of extorting money. Those who fail to pay are frequently threatened with arrest and physical harm. Far too often these threats are carried out. Meanwhile, victims of crime are obliged to pay the police from the moment they enter a police station to file a complaint until the day their case is brought before a court. In the shadows, high-level police officials embezzle staggering sums of public funds meant to cover basic police operations. Senior police officers also enforce a perverse system of “returns” in which rank-and-file officers are compelled to pay up the chain of command a share of the money they extort from the public. Those charged with police oversight, discipline, and reform have for years failed to take effective action, thereby reinforcing impunity for police officers of all ranks who regularly perpetrate crimes against the citizens they are mandated to protect.
The Nigeria Police Force, established in 1930, has a long history of engaging in unprofessional, corrupt, and criminal conduct. Over the years, this unwieldy force—Africa’s largest—has proved difficult to effectively manage and control and has become largely unaccountable to the citizens it is meant to serve. Many Nigerian police officers conduct themselves in an exemplary manner, working in difficult and often dangerous conditions—some 250 policemen and women were shot and killed in the line of duty in 2009—but for many Nigerians the police force has utterly failed to fulfill its mandate of providing public security. Indeed, 80 years after its birth, members of the force are viewed more as predators than protectors, and the Nigeria Police Force has become a symbol in Nigeria of unfettered corruption, mismanagement, and abuse.
Extortion, embezzlement, and other corrupt practices by Nigeria’s police undermine the fundamental human rights of Nigerians in two key ways. First, the most direct effect of police corruption on ordinary citizens stems from the myriad human rights abuses committed by police officers in the process of extorting money. These abuses range from arbitrary arrest and unlawful detention to threats and acts of violence, including physical and sexual assault, torture, and even extrajudicial killings.
The police frequently extort money from the public at taxi stands, in marketplaces, or while going about their daily lives. However, the most common venue for extortion occurs at police roadblocks, ostensibly put in place to combat crime. In practice, these checkpoints have become a lucrative criminal venture for the police who routinely demand bribes from drivers and passengers alike, in some places enforcing a de facto standardized toll. Motorists are frequently detained and endure harassment and threats until they or their family members negotiate payment for their release. Extortion-related confrontations between the police and motorists often escalate into more serious abuses. The police have on numerous occasions severely beaten, sexually assaulted, or shot to death ordinary citizens who failed to pay the bribes demanded.
The police commonly round up random citizens in public places, including mass arrests at restaurants, markets, and bus stops. In some cases of blatant deception, plainclothes police officers simply masquerade as commuter minibus drivers, pick up unsuspecting passengers at bus stops, and take them at gunpoint to nearby police stations where they demand money in return for their release. The police often make little effort to veil their demand for bribes, brazenly doing so in open corridors and rarely bothering to question those in detention about any alleged crime. Those who fail to pay are often threatened and unlawfully detained, and at times sexually assaulted, tortured, or even killed in police custody. Many of these abuses are perpetrated as a means to further extort money from ordinary citizens or from fearful family members trying to secure the freedom of those detained.
Second, these criminal acts by the police, coupled with their failure to perform many of their most basic functions, severely undermine the rule of law in Nigeria. The police routinely extort money from victims to investigate a given criminal case, which leaves those who refuse or are unable to pay without access to justice. Meanwhile, criminal suspects with money can simply bribe the police to avoid arrest, detention, or prosecution, to influence the outcome of a criminal investigation, or to turn the investigation against the victim.
Ordinary Nigerians are further denied equal protection under the law due to a widespread practice whereby senior police officers sell for their own personal enrichment police protection to Nigeria’s wealthy elite. By the inspector general of police’s own account, in 2009 at least 100,000 police officers were working as personal guards for the wealthy, at the expense of the majority. In addition, the abject failure of the police to provide for the security of ordinary citizens has led some communities to turn for protection to armed vigilante groups who often operate outside the law and commit further abuses.
Police corruption affects nearly every Nigerian, though it disproportionately impacts Nigeria’s poor. Those in precarious economic situations, scraping out a living day to day, are more susceptible to police extortion because of the profound effects that unlawful detention, or the mere threat of arbitrary arrest, have on their livelihoods. The sums regularly demanded by the police also represent a larger portion of the poor’s income. Moreover, many Nigerians are simply unable to pay the bribes required for basic police services.
Underlying many of these abuses is a cycle of corruption driven by senior police officers who siphon off police funds at the top and enforce a scheme of collecting illicit “returns” from the money extorted by junior officers.
High-level embezzlement of public funds destined for the police force indirectly impacts human rights, as senior officials have squandered and stolen vast sums of money that could have gone toward improving the capacity of the police to conduct patrols, respond to emergency calls, or investigate crimes. In the most notorious case, in 2005, the then-Inspector General of Police Tafa Balogun resigned and was charged with embezzlement, bribe-taking, and laundering more than US$98 million. In a plea bargain agreement later that year, he pleaded guilty to failing to declare his assets. The court sentenced him to six months in prison and ordered his assets seized. The deficits from massive embezzlement and misappropriation of police funds lead the police to routinely demand bribes from complainants to fund criminal investigations and to use torture as their primary tool for collecting evidence from criminal suspects.
Money flows up the chain of command through the informal but widespread system of returns in which subordinates pay their superiors a portion of the money they make from bribes and extortion. Subordinates often pay their superiors to be assigned to positions where they have ample opportunities to extract money from the public. Superior officers frequently set monetary targets for subordinates assigned to these lucrative posts and remove those who fail to meet their targets. Money continues up the chain of command as officers who take returns from their subordinates pay their superiors in turn. This corrupt system of returns not only encourages low-level police officers to commit abuses as a means of extorting money, and effectively punishes those who do not, but it also creates a strong disincentive for senior officers who personally benefit from the system of returns to hold their subordinates accountable for extortion and other abuses.
The Nigerian government and the police leadership have on multiple occasions acknowledged many of the problems described in this report. In recent years, the government has launched several police reform initiatives, increased funding to the police force, and improved police wages. Yet the government has generally failed to hold accountable police officers who squander and steal police funds, much less the rank-and-file who commit abuses. Public complaint mechanisms, internal police controls, and civilian oversight remain weak, underfunded, and largely ineffective. The Nigerian government in general and the police leadership in particular have thus far lacked the political will to address these structural problems, follow through on reform initiatives, and implement effective police oversight and accountability.
Human Rights Watch calls on the Nigerian government to immediately and effectively address the dynamics that have given rise to and sustain endemic police corruption and its related abuses, and ensure that those who perpetrate these crimes are held accountable. The Nigeria Police Force should streamline and prioritize internal controls by establishing a Public Complaints Unit at all police stations and restructuring its largely discredited internal anti-corruption unit, the X-Squad. The Nigerian government should launch an independent inquiry into corruption within the police force, focusing on the embezzlement and misappropriation of police funds, the corrupt system of returns, and the sale of police services by high-level police officials. The Nigerian government, including the National Assembly, and the anti-corruption commissions should improve transparency and accountability in the police force by reforming and ensuring better coordination of oversight mechanisms; and authorities should investigate and prosecute without delay police officers implicated in extortion, embezzlement, and human rights abuses. Below is a video discussion to shed more light on the atrocities of Nigerian police officers in Nigeria.