The Inspector-General of Police, IG Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday, has decorated Ibrahim Danjuma with a new rank of Commissioner of Police after he had been prosecuted and acquitted for the extrajudicial killing of five Abuja traders and a lady in 2005.
Danjuma was among 15 new CPs recently promoted by the Police Service Commission on the recommendation of the IG. He was suspended from duty on account of the alleged extrajudicial killing and was subsequently charged to court alongside Othman Abdulsalam, Nicholas Zakaria, Baba Emmanuel, Ezekiel Acheneje and Sadiq Salami as co-defendants for a felony.
Recall the Apo Six Murder Case, an extrajudicial killing that occurred in 2005. The trial Judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, of the FCT High Court found Danjuma, who was the first accused person, “not guilty” and accordingly, discharged and acquitted him while Emmanuel and Acheneje were sentenced to death.
The Inspector General had earlier warned police officers to avoid temptation from political actors as the 2019 elections draw near. He described the election year as “critical,” and urged police personnel to be professional and steadfast.
He made the call during the IG conference with commissioners of police and other senior officers in Abuja.
Reacting to allegations of disobedience of court orders in respect of the unsealing of the Peace Corps headquarters, Idris said the Force had appealed the court order, adding that it had asked the court to stay execution of the judgment on the matter.
In his comment on the re-organisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, he stated that the unit would now focus on violent crimes.
“Officers should be aware that from next year, we are entering a critical phase in the political space of this country and this critical phase includes most of the elections that would be conducted,” Idris said.
The IG also disclosed that the Nigeria Police Force has revealed that it had contributed over N10 billion in remittances to the National Housing Fund since the inception of the scheme.
Idris who made the disclosure during the inauguration of the Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank Cash Centre and ATM gallery in Abuja, said the establishment of the bank became imperative to provide police officers with unhindered access to the National Housing Fund.
According to the police boss, “It is my earnest belief that the Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank is strategically positioned to drive our ambitious welfare agenda.
He promised to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of all police investments to enhance welfare of personnel.