IG promotes officer prosecuted for killing five Igbo traders
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday, decorated Ibrahim Danjuma with his 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 had been 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 felony.
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.
Meanwhile, the IG has warned police officers to avoid temptation from political actors as the 2019 elections draw near.
Describing the election year as “critical,” the police chief 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.
Commenting on the re-organisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, he stated that the unit would now focus on violent crimes.
On the 2019 elections, Idris said, “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.
“Officers should be steadfast and obviously do their best to ensure that wherever you find yourselves, that you do your utmost best to ensure that the political situation is handled maturely and orderly.”Punch