The Chinese government has announced the temporary suspension of entry into China of non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding visas or residence permits.
The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria in a statement issued Wednesday, however, said that holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas would not be affected.
It however added that foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
It stated: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria will no longer issue Certified Health Declaration Form for the above-mentioned personnel.
“Entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected. Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas issued after 3 November 2020 will not be affected.
“The suspension is a temporary response necessitated by the current situation of Covid-19. The above-mentioned measures will be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation and any adjustment will be announced accordingly.”
This new directive from the IGP also affects operatives of other tactical squads of the police such as the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Anti-Cultism Squad.
The operatives, according to the order are to desist from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks.
Moreover, the police boss ordered that no personnel of the force is allowed to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. They must always appear in their officially approved uniforms.
IGP Adamu’s order is contained in a statement released by the police spokesman, Frank Mba,
Read the full statement below:
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – with immediate effect. In addition, no personnel of the Force is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. They must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear.
“The IGP’s directives come against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the Force that a few personnel of the Tactical Squads hide under these guise to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement establishing the squads.
“Specifically, the IGP has warned the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices. They are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises.
“The IGP notes that the FSARS and other Police Tactical Squads remain a critical component of the Force in confronting prevailing and emerging violent crimes in the country. He however condemns every act of unprofessionalism, abuse of human rights and high-handedness by some personnel of the Squads. He has therefore ordered the X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit to embark on immediate and massive nationwide monitoring of activities of Tactical Squads and other police officers on the road. They are to ensure prompt arrest, investigation and prosecution of all erring police officers who violate these directives and other extant regulations of the Force.
“The IGP has equally warned that henceforth, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and the FCT as well as their supervisory Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, will be held liable for any misconduct within their Area of Responsibility (AOR). He therefore charged them to ensure effective supervision and mentoring of the personnel of the Tactical Squads under their jurisdiction.
“Meanwhile, two operatives of the FSARS and their civilian accomplice operating in Lagos State, INSPR Sale James, INSPR Monday Uchiola and Okechukwu Ogbonna, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for acts of professional misconduct including extortion and intimidation of innocent citizens. The operational vehicle of the men has also been impounded and disciplinary procedure has already commenced against the defaulters.
“The IGP reaffirms his commitment to bequeathing to Nigerians, a reformed Police Force that is accountable, responsible and ever ready to defend and uphold the rights of the citizens while discharging its duties of keeping the people safe and secure. He enjoins the citizens not to allow the misconduct by a few personnel of the Force to negatively impact on their belief, confidence and trust in the police.
…Group insists on holding meeting, urges police to give reasons why they shouldn’t
Authorities of the Nigeria Police Force, on Friday, deprived an NGO, Brothers Across Nigeria, BAN, from holding her General Assembly at a popular Delta hotel in Ughelli, as armed police officers laid siege around the premises of Wetland Hotel.
The group had insisted on holding its meeting, demanding from the police the reason why they should not hold their meeting.
The president of the group, Dr. Lewis Aitufe reacting, described the action of the police as illegal and infringement on the fundamental human rights of the Nigeria citizens as enshrined in section 40 of the Nigeria constitution.
He noted that prior to the group assembling in Delta State, the Commissioner of Police Delta State, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, the Director of SSS, where duly notified through a letter dated August 18th, and submitted to the Ughelli Area Commander, the DPO and duly acknowledged by the police, approving the meeting.
Dr. Altufe along side one of the past presidents of the group, Mr. Femi Osinbajo and other members, said the group has obtain a perpetual judgement in court against the Nigeria Police in 2018 in a suit No. A/M/97/2018 from interfering in any of the groups activities, but decried the gross disobedience of the police to court orders.
Aitufe noted due processes was followed and the Ughelli Police Area Commander and the DPO were also written in regard to the meeting, but said; he was surprised when he got a call from the Ughelli Area Commander on September 18, that the group activities scheduled for Friday 25 and 26, Sept. be cancelled as the Commissioner of Police was withdrawing his men from the event and ask him to call the CP for further clarification.
“I called the CP, and he said he got order from above that the meeting should be stop due to insecurity”.
He stated that with the above response and considering the huge resources that has been invested, we approached the High Court, Effurun Delta State for a court injunction in a suit No. EHC/M/77/2020, restraining the police from interfering in the activities of the Brothers Across Nigeria BAN, holding on September 25 and 26 respectively.
“With the above court injunction, the legal department of the body, were directed to write to the Inspector General of Police and also serve him the court order. To this he said; the IGP responded by asking the group to liaise with the CP Delta, and equally grant our request”.
In a memo showed to journalists and signed by DCP Idowu Owohunwa, a Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, reads; ” I am to confirm that the Inspector General of Police has instructed the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command to handle your request. You may wish to liaise with him, accordingly. Kindly accept the assurance of the highest regards of the Inspector General of Police”.
Speaking further, the groups president, said as a body, they have been holding meetings in different parts of the federation without interference from the security operatives, rather they have been part of their activities, but wonders why the sudden interference without warrant.
” We are not criminals, we are not terrorists but peace loving organisation that is geared towards bettering the lives of the Nigeria society”.
“Our meeting and group has impacted on the society positively through our humanitarian services including donations of relief materials, funds and other necessary items to the needy; we have also embarked on health talk on HIV/AIDS, health walk as well as free medical test and donation of medical utilities to hospitals across Nigeria.
We also collaborate with other relevant bodies to fight human trafficking, and coming here, we have also planned to make donations towards the fight against Covid-19 which cost the body millions of naira to the Ughelli Central Hospital before this sudden interference without warrant”.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police Delta State, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said; ” We had an intelligence, and base on insecurity report, we are stopping it”.
On the basis for stopping the groups meeting, the police commissioner said they are not aware of any court order, and ask which court,”
However, contrary to the CP claims, the group affirmed that the court injunction restraining the police from interfering on the group activities was duly served on them, and copies were given to Journalists as evidence to their claim.