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Boko Haram Kills Second Mobile Police Commander in One Week

Written by Alaba Johnson on 05 March 2013.

Boko Haram Kills Second Mobile Police Commander in One Week
 
Barely 24 hours after the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinweike Asadu, was killed by gunmen in his home town, Amorji- Nike, Enugu State, suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect have shot dead the Commandant of the Police Mobile Training Camp in Borno State, Mr. Umaru Ali Jenga. Also, a traffic warden in Gwange ward of Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, was killed in the attack.

The slain commandant, 45, according to an eyewitness, was shot at his Lagos Bridge residence on Sunday evening by three armed men in a tricycle. The attackers later fled towards Bama Road where they also shot a traffic warden at his duty post.

The eyewitness said: “We were sitting under the shed, when gunmen in a tricycle attacked the residence of the police officer near the Lagos Bridge. And people started running for safety across the bridge before soldiers came in their patrol vehicles to chase the gunmen that fled towards Bama road, after they killed the police officer in front of his house at about 4:30p.m. yesterday (Sunday) evening.”

The incident came on the heels of a failed attempt by the Boko Haram to takeover a military formation in Monguno area of the state, which led to the killing of 20 members of the sect and a soldier.

Confirming the separate incidents, the spokesman of the Borno State Police Command, Gideon Jibrin, said there were multiple attacks in Gwange ward of Maiduguri where a police officer and a traffic warden were killed on Sunday. He added that no arrests had been made. However, outrage has continued to trail the killing of Asadu with the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; the All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP and the pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, raising the alarm over worsening insecurity in the country.

Chime’s N10m ransom

Also, Enugu State Governor Sullivan Chime yesterday placed a N10m reward for anybody who could give clue to arrest of the masterminds of Asadu’s killers. Chime also accepted that there had been upsurge in crime in Enugu State recently with the peculiar trait of the criminals retrieving guns from their victims after assassination.

A police orderly to the governor’s son, Nnamdi, was reportedly assassinated recently in Enugu State and his gun removed from him. The governor, however, said that people should not condemn security agencies for making no arrest since the assassination of the CP last Saturday night.

He explained that security issues were not usually addressed in the public and in a hasty manner. Chime was speaking yesterday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of Asadu at their residence in Amorji-Nike, Enugu State. He was accompanied by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa; the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Eugene Odo; State Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Vita Abbah and other government functionaries. Chime, after signing the condolence register, said that the state government had procured new security equipment, including patrol vans, to combat growing insecurity in the state.

He said: “Well I agree with you the trend is most embarrassing not just to the police, but to the nation. “For a CP to be killed in such a manner to me is quite unfortunate and the state government has decided to show the seriousness of what has happened.

“It has followed a pattern. What they do now is to follow and kill people with escorts; they kill and collect the guns. I think it has taken a pattern. “So, we are paying a ransom of N10m to anybody that will give us information that will lead to the arrest of the culprits to show the seriousness. It’s quite embarrassing. “I won’t say no arrests have been made, but security matters are not discussed in public.

We have acquired patrol vehicles, they are being fitted now and they are parked in Government House. In the next one week, they should be with the police.” But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said that no arrest had been made, stressing, however, that the police were on top of the incident. He added that even if arrests had been made, it would be too early to make that open until investigations were concluded.

The relatives of the late CP from Onuiyi-Nsukka have been visiting the Enugu residence including the deceased’s elder brother who was guarded into a cab that drove him back to Nsukka. The deceased children all sat helplessly as sympathisers trooped in and out of their home.

CP died 65 days to retirement

Fresh facts also emerged yesterday that the slain commissioner of police was assassinated 65 days to his retirement from service.

The Kwara State Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abdul Bube, disclosed this to National Mirror yesterday. Bube described his slain boss as “a dedicated, fatherly and lovely officer” who related with both officers and men of the command like his children.

“He would tell you when you are distressed on the job that he had passed through the same ordeal before to calm you down and would also tell anyone that wanted to play pranks that because of his experience he could detect foul play at distance.

“But then, he would not apply punishment, instead, he would simply counsel you.” The Kwara State Police Command Headquarters was almost deserted yesterday. The usual human and vehicular presence was low with some unusual quietness.

The same was the case at the Police Officers’ Mess on Ahman Pategi Road, GRA, Ilorin, where some people were seen weeping profusely. Sympathisers, including military, senior police officers, civilians and clerics were seen signing the condolence registers placed at the headquarters and the officers’ mess yesterday.

Nigeria fast becoming a failed state, says ACN

The ACN, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the incident reinforced the belief in some quarters that Nigeria was fast becoming a failed state. “If such a high ranking security officer can be so cheaply gunned down, then no one is safe,” the party said.

It called on the police high command to ensure that the killers were caught and brought to justice to prevent a recurrence. The party added that nothing portrayed a nation as a failed state more than when security agents, on whose shoulders the responsibility of protecting lives and property lies, were easy targets for criminals. It said: “Because of their onerous tasks, the police personnel and other security agents deserve a reinforced level of security. They need to be alive and well before they can protect the lives and property of others.

“That is why one of the indices of a failed state is anarchy, which starts when security agents become targets of attacks and criminal elements overwhelm state security apparatus. “Attacks on police and military formations; killing of security agents, out-ofcontrol armed robbery and pervasive kidnapping, just to mention a few of the security challenges facing our nation, are pointers to the fact that our country is fast becoming a failed state, irrespective of what government apologists may say or the spin they may put on things.

“No one is happy to have his/her country labelled a failed state. But the truth of the matter is that Nigeria of today is exhibiting all the indices of a failed state, whether it is group grievance, economic decline or worsening public services. “That is why Nigeria has consistently been in the top 20 since 2009 of the failed states rankings – in the same class as Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Chad, just to name a few.

“Much as we have all concentrated on the Boko Haram insurgency, the truth is that the spike in violent crimes, the ease with which kidnappers operate at the time and place of their choosing and rising cases of unresolved assassinations are equally, if not more, terrible, and will push us up the rankings among failed states if nothing is done urgently to check the developments.” The ACN called on the Federal Government to utilise the energy being wasted on dismissing those calling Nigeria a failed state to improve the security and welfare of the citizenry as well as to address the agelong injustices and absence of governance in many parts of the country.

Afenifere expresses worries

Afenifere, on its part, said the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria and the seeming official indifference by the leadership was worrisome. Recalling that former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophillus Danjuma, on Saturday raised the alarm that the northern part of Nigeria “is in the middle of a civil war, the group said it was regrettable that 48 hours after Danjuma’s declaration, Asadu was gunned down in his home, while 22 people were killed in Borno State in an attempt to take over an Army barracks by members of the Boko Haram. Afenifere’s statement made available to National Mirror said: “As if to confirm the state of nature that Nigeria has descended into, there is a sense of indifference to these calamities these days as the Presidency sparingly issues the photocopied response “we shall fish out the culprits.”

“There is no hazarding any guess that strategising for 2015 is of greater priority at the moment than paying attention to the state of insecurity in the country.

“While bombs are flying like bangers, guns booming in every nook, kidnappers daily nabbing their victims and assassins shooting without missing; the battle for control of the Governors’ Forum and such mundane tussles have taken all the attention of the Presidency. “It takes a demented political class to pretend that all is well within our country and that we will have a good setting to conduct elections in 2015, given the culture of fear spreading across the country. “Genuine patriots must be worried that it appears that the high level of insecurity in the country is not being given the desired engagement,” Afenifere said.

It, therefore, warned that “any attempt to continue to treat the insecurity situation in the country as if it provides a good distraction from people asking for good governance is bound to backfire as a full maturation of what is going on will consume all.”

To save the country from the brink, Afenifere called for an immediate convocation of a national security summit to bring leaders and stakeholders together to brainstorm on the causes of the virtual security collapse and proffer solutions to them. The summit, it added, should be a prelude to a national conference.

No more unknown gunmen – ANPP

The ANPP also called on the Federal Government, the police and other law enforcement agencies to end the “unknown gunmen” syndrome in the country and solve the mystery behind numerous heinous murders in the past.

The party said that the murder of Asadu was a pointer that the PDPled Federal Government had failed in securing the lives and properties of the ordinary Nigerian “which is the paramount duty it owes the citizens.” A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Emma Eneukwu, condemned the atrocious murder, adding that it was a reprehensible action which ought to belong only to the imaginative plots of thriller movies.

“Surely, this is the time to muster all forensic resources and new technologies to ensure that the nomenclature of ‘unknown gunmen’ is permanently deleted from our national lexicon, and collective consciousness. “The unravelling of the crime will go a long way in boosting the battered morale of the ordinary policeman on the street in dispensing his/her patriotic duties. “Our great party believes that as a nation, Nigeria shall surmount all her present troubles,” the ANPP said.

The party, however, lamented that Nigeria had been enmeshed in several unsolved mysterious deaths perpetrated by socalled unknown gunmen in recent times, thereby making her streets dreadful and the hinterlands theatres of crime. It noted: “The murder of a serving police commissioner is as bloodcurdling as it is weird.

Our great party ponders: if a top level law enforcement officer could be mowed down in such a manner, what then is the fate of the ordinary citizen or the low ranking officer out there on the street? “The answer is manifest to the effect that this PDP government has failed in the cardinal duty it owes the citizens of this great country with whom it has a social contract; that of security.”

What is the faith of common man? –Group

The Northern Youths for the Advancement of Peace, Harmony and Development in a statement made available to journalists in Jos, called on law enforcement agencies to bring his killers to book. The statement signed by the group’s president, Ejeh Melvin, said: “If a police boss could be assassinated, what is the faith of a common man on the street?

“We are calling on the Federal Government to commence a full scale investigation into the killing of the commissioner, while we condole with the police authorities and the family and friends of Asadu.” The Commanding Officer, 22 Brigade Headquarters, Brig.-Gen. I.M/ Alkali, described the late CP as a fine officer who was dedicated to his calling.

He commiserated with the officers and men of the command on the loss of their boss. Also, the Kwara State Commissioner for Environment, Kayode Towoju, and a one-time governorship aspirant in the State, Col. Abdulwahab Lawal, described the death of the CP as shocking, saying “he came, he saw and he conquered.”

A social critic, Olola Kasum, said: “The tragic murder of the commissioner of police had exposed the high water point and sophistication of insecurity of life, which has descended so low in our society to the extent that dogs are now killing lions with impunity.” He called on the Inspector-General of Police to see the killing of Asadu as “a big challenge as well as the entire police formations across the country.”

Again, gunmen kill MOPOL commander
…as outrage trails Kwara CP’s murder

    Chime places N10m ransom on assassins

Barely 24 hours after the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinweike Asadu, was killed by gunmen in his home town, Amorji- Nike, Enugu State, suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect have shot dead the Commandant of the Police Mobile Training Camp in Borno State, Mr. Umaru Ali Jenga. Also, a traffic warden in Gwange ward of Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, was killed in the attack.

The slain commandant, 45, according to an eyewitness, was shot at his Lagos Bridge residence on Sunday evening by three armed men in a tricycle. The attackers later fled towards Bama Road where they also shot a traffic warden at his duty post.

The eyewitness said: “We were sitting under the shed, when gunmen in a tricycle attacked the residence of the police officer near the Lagos Bridge. And people started running for safety across the bridge before soldiers came in their patrol vehicles to chase the gunmen that fled towards Bama road, after they killed the police officer in front of his house at about 4:30p.m. yesterday (Sunday) evening.”

The incident came on the heels of a failed attempt by the Boko Haram to takeover a military formation in Monguno area of the state, which led to the killing of 20 members of the sect and a soldier.

Confirming the separate incidents, the spokesman of the Borno State Police Command, Gideon Jibrin, said there were multiple attacks in Gwange ward of Maiduguri where a police officer and a traffic warden were killed on Sunday. He added that no arrests had been made. However, outrage has continued to trail the killing of Asadu with the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; the All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP and the pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, raising the alarm over worsening insecurity in the country.

Chime’s N10m ransom

Also, Enugu State Governor Sullivan Chime yesterday placed a N10m reward for anybody who could give clue to arrest of the masterminds of Asadu’s killers. Chime also accepted that there had been upsurge in crime in Enugu State recently with the peculiar trait of the criminals retrieving guns from their victims after assassination.

A police orderly to the governor’s son, Nnamdi, was reportedly assassinated recently in Enugu State and his gun removed from him. The governor, however, said that people should not condemn security agencies for making no arrest since the assassination of the CP last Saturday night.

He explained that security issues were not usually addressed in the public and in a hasty manner. Chime was speaking yesterday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of Asadu at their residence in Amorji-Nike, Enugu State. He was accompanied by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa; the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Eugene Odo; State Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Vita Abbah and other government functionaries. Chime, after signing the condolence register, said that the state government had procured new security equipment, including patrol vans, to combat growing insecurity in the state.

He said: “Well I agree with you the trend is most embarrassing not just to the police, but to the nation. “For a CP to be killed in such a manner to me is quite unfortunate and the state government has decided to show the seriousness of what has happened.

“It has followed a pattern. What they do now is to follow and kill people with escorts; they kill and collect the guns. I think it has taken a pattern. “So, we are paying a ransom of N10m to anybody that will give us information that will lead to the arrest of the culprits to show the seriousness. It’s quite embarrassing. “I won’t say no arrests have been made, but security matters are not discussed in public.

We have acquired patrol vehicles, they are being fitted now and they are parked in Government House. In the next one week, they should be with the police.” But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said that no arrest had been made, stressing, however, that the police were on top of the incident. He added that even if arrests had been made, it would be too early to make that open until investigations were concluded.

The relatives of the late CP from Onuiyi-Nsukka have been visiting the Enugu residence including the deceased’s elder brother who was guarded into a cab that drove him back to Nsukka. The deceased children all sat helplessly as sympathisers trooped in and out of their home.

CP died 65 days to retirement

Fresh facts also emerged yesterday that the slain commissioner of police was assassinated 65 days to his retirement from service.

The Kwara State Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abdul Bube, disclosed this to National Mirror yesterday. Bube described his slain boss as “a dedicated, fatherly and lovely officer” who related with both officers and men of the command like his children.

“He would tell you when you are distressed on the job that he had passed through the same ordeal before to calm you down and would also tell anyone that wanted to play pranks that because of his experience he could detect foul play at distance.

“But then, he would not apply punishment, instead, he would simply counsel you.” The Kwara State Police Command Headquarters was almost deserted yesterday. The usual human and vehicular presence was low with some unusual quietness.

The same was the case at the Police Officers’ Mess on Ahman Pategi Road, GRA, Ilorin, where some people were seen weeping profusely. Sympathisers, including military, senior police officers, civilians and clerics were seen signing the condolence registers placed at the headquarters and the officers’ mess yesterday.

Nigeria fast becoming a failed state, says ACN

The ACN, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the incident reinforced the belief in some quarters that Nigeria was fast becoming a failed state. “If such a high ranking security officer can be so cheaply gunned down, then no one is safe,” the party said.

It called on the police high command to ensure that the killers were caught and brought to justice to prevent a recurrence. The party added that nothing portrayed a nation as a failed state more than when security agents, on whose shoulders the responsibility of protecting lives and property lies, were easy targets for criminals. It said: “Because of their onerous tasks, the police personnel and other security agents deserve a reinforced level of security. They need to be alive and well before they can protect the lives and property of others.

“That is why one of the indices of a failed state is anarchy, which starts when security agents become targets of attacks and criminal elements overwhelm state security apparatus. “Attacks on police and military formations; killing of security agents, out-ofcontrol armed robbery and pervasive kidnapping, just to mention a few of the security challenges facing our nation, are pointers to the fact that our country is fast becoming a failed state, irrespective of what government apologists may say or the spin they may put on things.

“No one is happy to have his/her country labelled a failed state. But the truth of the matter is that Nigeria of today is exhibiting all the indices of a failed state, whether it is group grievance, economic decline or worsening public services. “That is why Nigeria has consistently been in the top 20 since 2009 of the failed states rankings – in the same class as Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Chad, just to name a few.

“Much as we have all concentrated on the Boko Haram insurgency, the truth is that the spike in violent crimes, the ease with which kidnappers operate at the time and place of their choosing and rising cases of unresolved assassinations are equally, if not more, terrible, and will push us up the rankings among failed states if nothing is done urgently to check the developments.” The ACN called on the Federal Government to utilise the energy being wasted on dismissing those calling Nigeria a failed state to improve the security and welfare of the citizenry as well as to address the agelong injustices and absence of governance in many parts of the country.

Afenifere expresses worries

Afenifere, on its part, said the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria and the seeming official indifference by the leadership was worrisome. Recalling that former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophillus Danjuma, on Saturday raised the alarm that the northern part of Nigeria “is in the middle of a civil war, the group said it was regrettable that 48 hours after Danjuma’s declaration, Asadu was gunned down in his home, while 22 people were killed in Borno State in an attempt to take over an Army barracks by members of the Boko Haram. Afenifere’s statement made available to National Mirror said: “As if to confirm the state of nature that Nigeria has descended into, there is a sense of indifference to these calamities these days as the Presidency sparingly issues the photocopied response “we shall fish out the culprits.”

“There is no hazarding any guess that strategising for 2015 is of greater priority at the moment than paying attention to the state of insecurity in the country.

“While bombs are flying like bangers, guns booming in every nook, kidnappers daily nabbing their victims and assassins shooting without missing; the battle for control of the Governors’ Forum and such mundane tussles have taken all the attention of the Presidency. “It takes a demented political class to pretend that all is well within our country and that we will have a good setting to conduct elections in 2015, given the culture of fear spreading across the country. “Genuine patriots must be worried that it appears that the high level of insecurity in the country is not being given the desired engagement,” Afenifere said.

It, therefore, warned that “any attempt to continue to treat the insecurity situation in the country as if it provides a good distraction from people asking for good governance is bound to backfire as a full maturation of what is going on will consume all.”

To save the country from the brink, Afenifere called for an immediate convocation of a national security summit to bring leaders and stakeholders together to brainstorm on the causes of the virtual security collapse and proffer solutions to them. The summit, it added, should be a prelude to a national conference.

No more unknown gunmen – ANPP

The ANPP also called on the Federal Government, the police and other law enforcement agencies to end the “unknown gunmen” syndrome in the country and solve the mystery behind numerous heinous murders in the past.

The party said that the murder of Asadu was a pointer that the PDPled Federal Government had failed in securing the lives and properties of the ordinary Nigerian “which is the paramount duty it owes the citizens.” A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Emma Eneukwu, condemned the atrocious murder, adding that it was a reprehensible action which ought to belong only to the imaginative plots of thriller movies.

“Surely, this is the time to muster all forensic resources and new technologies to ensure that the nomenclature of ‘unknown gunmen’ is permanently deleted from our national lexicon, and collective consciousness. “The unravelling of the crime will go a long way in boosting the battered morale of the ordinary policeman on the street in dispensing his/her patriotic duties. “Our great party believes that as a nation, Nigeria shall surmount all her present troubles,” the ANPP said.

The party, however, lamented that Nigeria had been enmeshed in several unsolved mysterious deaths perpetrated by socalled unknown gunmen in recent times, thereby making her streets dreadful and the hinterlands theatres of crime. It noted: “The murder of a serving police commissioner is as bloodcurdling as it is weird.

Our great party ponders: if a top level law enforcement officer could be mowed down in such a manner, what then is the fate of the ordinary citizen or the low ranking officer out there on the street? “The answer is manifest to the effect that this PDP government has failed in the cardinal duty it owes the citizens of this great country with whom it has a social contract; that of security.”

What is the faith of common man? –Group

The Northern Youths for the Advancement of Peace, Harmony and Development in a statement made available to journalists in Jos, called on law enforcement agencies to bring his killers to book. The statement signed by the group’s president, Ejeh Melvin, said: “If a police boss could be assassinated, what is the faith of a common man on the street?

“We are calling on the Federal Government to commence a full scale investigation into the killing of the commissioner, while we condole with the police authorities and the family and friends of Asadu.” The Commanding Officer, 22 Brigade Headquarters, Brig.-Gen. I.M/ Alkali, described the late CP as a fine officer who was dedicated to his calling.

He commiserated with the officers and men of the command on the loss of their boss. Also, the Kwara State Commissioner for Environment, Kayode Towoju, and a one-time governorship aspirant in the State, Col. Abdulwahab Lawal, described the death of the CP as shocking, saying “he came, he saw and he conquered.”

A social critic, Olola Kasum, said: “The tragic murder of the commissioner of police had exposed the high water point and sophistication of insecurity of life, which has descended so low in our society to the extent that dogs are now killing lions with impunity.” He called on the Inspector-General of Police to see the killing of Asadu as “a big challenge as well as the entire police formations across the country.”


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