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Armed Forces College sports ends in Kaduna

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The biannual Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Sports competition has ended in Jaji, Kaduna State with Team Headquarters and Team Joint Studies emerging joint winners of the one week fiesta.

The two teams each ganered 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze to emerge the overall winners.

They were followed by Team Land Warfare with 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.

Team Air Warfare was third with 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze, while Team Maritime Warfare trailed the log with 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the four Teams contested for medals in Football, Table Tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Chess, Golf, Tennis, Tug of war, Scrabble, Squash, and Handball.

The Commander, Infantry  Corps,  Maj.-Gen Steveson Olabanji, in his closing remarks said the competition was part of the college’s role in building capacity of members of the Armed Forces.

Olabanji, who was the Special Guest, said “this sports competition constitutes an integral component of the College’s drive towards developing physical fitness and cohesion through healthy competition among staff and students.”

He commended the college for investing enormous human and financial resources in reconstructing its Sports Complex and renovating other sporting facilities to meet the highest standard.

“This shows the great emphasis which the present Commandant of the College, AVM Lawal Alao places on sports.

“I must, therefore, commend the Commandant in particular for the extensive work and for demonstrating responsive leadership in providing the needed training infrastructure and enabling environment for the AFCSC.”

The commander observed that the standard of the competition has improved considering the high level of sportsmanship and fair play displayed by the competing teams.

” It is in this regard that I urge you to continue on this path and of course improve on your performance during subsequent sports competitions.”

Olabanji also observed that the college authority has sustained the Commandant’s mandatory jogging and walking exercise, which he said was important in


enhancing mental alertness and sound mind.

He congratulated the athletes and their supporters for bringing glamour to the event.


TJ/MZA


Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Killing of unarmed black man in United States condemned in Africa

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The death of George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody last week, is facing fierce condemnation in Africa as two separate autopsies released Monday both found Floyd’s death to be a homicide.

The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Friday condemned the police “murder” of Floyd in the United States.

Mahamat was referring to the death of George Floyd on May 25 shortly after a white police officer in Minneapolis held him down with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes despite pleas by Floyd he was struggling to breathe.

“I strongly condemn the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” he said in a statement.

The AU Commission firmly reaffirms and reiterates its rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America,” it said.

“I urge the authorities in the United States of America to intensify their efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin,” said the statement from Mahamat.

The president of Ghana, Nana Akuffo-Addo, also condemned the killing on Monday night on his official facebook account as violent protests continue in dozens of U.S. cities following his death in police custody.

Black People, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity, and an ugly reminder,” said the president.

“We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism,” said Akuffo-Addo.

Former African presidents also joined the condemnation.

The Forum of Former Heads of State and Government has urged African countries to “raise a strong protest” to the killing and demand that the “perpetrators of this crime and all other crimes of this sort be punished in the strongest terms”, according to a statement released by former Beninese President Nicephore Soglo.

South Africa’s ruling party, African National Congress (ANC), has deplored rising racial discrimination in the United States, calling for “an amicable solution” to the current racial impasse.

“While we note the action taken by American authorities in charging one of the officers who was caught on camera kneeling on an unarmed (George) Floyd, it is equally concerning that incidents of police brutality against African American citizens are on the increase,” the party said in a statement available to Xinhua on Tuesday.

The cascade of recent cases involving police brutality against black Americans “has sharpened the focus on inescapable realities that American society places a perilously low value on black lives,” the ANC said.

“It’s deplorable that almost 70 years since racial segregation was abolished in America, people of color are still routinely slaughtered for the color of their skin,” the party said.

The ANC urged the South African government to engage with the American government through established diplomatic channels to diffuse racial tensions and build social cohesion among different races.

Despite the American constitution granting citizenship to every American, and blacks are Americans, the political and economic system is biased against those at the bottom of the social pyramid,” said Elisio Macamo, a sociologist from Mozambique, currently a professor of African Studies at the University of Basel.

“The racial problem in America is, on the one hand, the sequel to a poorly worked past and, on the other hand, a manifestation of the limits of a liberal political culture that does not place the creation of opportunities as a means for the individual to actually enjoy freedom,” said Macamo.

Zambian human rights specialist Eugene Kabilika challenged the United States to demonstrate by example the human rights it purports to promote by dealing sternly with perpetrators of criminal injustice.

Kabilika, who is Caritas Zambia Executive Director, further explained that the history of the U.S. is full of such unfortunate stories of racial discrimination against African Americans noting that they (African Americans) have undergone many struggles that include being freed from slavery and having the opportunity to vote.

He further asserted that such happenings create instability and lead to lack of peace in the world, adding that it is up to the leaders to move into the right trajectory and failure to which the world becomes unsafe for all.

(XINHUA)

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Police arrest 69 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers in Adamawa

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The Police Command in Adamawa, has arrested 69 persons for alleged conspiracy, inciting communal clashes, kidnapping, armed robbery and culpable homicide.

Mr Olubenga Adeyanju, the Commissioner of police in the state,   disclosed his during a news briefing in Yola on Monday.

He said that 25 out of the 69 suspects were members  of local criminal gangs, Shila boys, who attacked innocent citizens and robbed them of their belongings.

“The exhibits recovered from them include,  one rifle with seven rounds of live ammunitions, locally made revolver pistol with three rounds of live ammunitions and two cutlasses ,” he said.

Adeyanju said 19 of the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and kidnapping.

“The group confessed to have kidnapped Dodde Zumo and Ya’u Mohammadu all residents of Zumo/Maiha Local Government Area of the state.

“They collected N1 million as ransom in March 2020 before they were apprehended.

“We recovered three Ak 47 rifles, one den gun, one locally made pistol and two motorcycles,” he said.

He said investigations further led to the arrest of another syndicate that kidnapped one Sule Haro, Solomi Ishaya and killed one Pastor Ishaya in April 2020.

The CP said the remaining 25 suspects were arrested for inciting communal clashes, culpable homicide threat to life, impersonation and extortion.

He added that one of the suspects, Buba Mohammed,  conspired and killed one Sgt. Amos Joseph, a police officer and went away with his Ak47 rifle.

“Police  apprehended the suspect and recovered the Ak47 rifle,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the command presented an award of commendation to some hunters for their contribution in the fight against crime in the state


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Police arrest 16 suspects over kidnapping, armed robbery, others

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The Police Command in Plateau has arrested 16 suspects over kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide and unlawful possession of firearms.

CP Edward Egbuka, the Commissioner in charge of the command, disclosed this while parading the suspects before newsmen on Saturday in Jos.

According to the Commissioner, the commamd achieved the feat with the support and cooperation of other security agencies in the state.

He explained that two of the suspects where among those who killed Dr Nandi Drenkat, a lecturer with University of Jos, who was murdered three weeks ago.

On May 3, I paraded before you one Ali Mohammed, a suspected member of a dreaded kidnapping gang who murdered the University of Jos lecturer and kidnapped his seven years old daughter.

“With what can be described as an ideal synergy with the operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), we were able to track down two other members of the notorious gang.

“On interrogation by the DSS, the suspects confessed to the crime. Two firearms with ammunition were recovered from them

“But in total, we are parading 16 suspects who are arrested over armed robbery activities, kidnapping, culpable homicide, illegal possession of fire arms and dangerous weapons,” he said.

Egbuka added that the suspects were arrested following a tip off and the constant surveillance of its patrol team.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation

He also assured that the command would intensify efforts in ensuring that all members of criminal gangs in the state are decimated in accordance with the law

The Commissioner advised members of the public to be law abiding and provide useful information to the police and other security agencies for prompt action.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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AU condemns police ‘murder’ of unarmed black man in the U.S.

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The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Friday condemned the police “murder” of an unarmed black man in the United States.

Mahamat was referring to the death of George Floyd on Monday evening shortly after a white police officer held him down with a knee on his neck for several minutes despite pleas by Floyd he was struggling to breathe.

After a few minutes, the man, lying face down in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back, became silent and motionless. Floyd died shortly after being taken to hospital.

“I strongly condemn the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” he said in a statement.

The AU Commission firmly reaffirms and reiterates its rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America,” it said.

“I urge the authorities in the United States of America to intensify their efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin,” said the statement from Mahamat.

The death of Floyd has evoked memories about the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in New York city police custody in 2014, after an officer held him in a chokehold.

Garner’s repeated plea of “I can’t breathe” at the time, recorded by a cellphone, has since then become a rallying cry at demonstrations against police misconduct around the United States.

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Armed man shot dead by police on busy Australian freeway

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A 53-year-old man armed with a knife was shot dead by Australian police in front of stunned motorists on the side of a busy freeway, in the State of Victoria on Thursday.

The shooting occurred on the Monash Freeway, which links the capital city Melbourne’s business district with outer suburbs, around 10:00 a.m. local time.

It is believed that police were responding to reports of an armed individual and were in the process of negotiating with him when he produced a knife and advanced on them.

After attempting both a tactical withdrawal and the use of non-lethal force, police were forced to fire two shots into the man’s chest from which he died at the scene, a police spokesperson said.

“The events occurred whilst we still had traffic travelling city-bound along the freeway, it wasn’t until the shooting occurred that traffic was stopped,” the spokesperson said.

“In fact my understanding is that we had trucks stop on the side of the road and then support Victoria police and others in terms of the event.”

The man was known to police in relation to several minor matters in the past and is believed to have suffered from mental health issues.

“This will be subject to a very intense investigation to understand exactly what occurred and how Victoria police can learn and improve the way we deal with these situations in the future,” the spokesperson said.

The incident is not believed to be terrorism related.

(XINHUA)

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Armed Robbery: Court sentences 2 persons to death by hanging in Osun

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An Osun High Court on Wednesday sentenced two persons to death by hanging for armed robbery and conspiracy.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Jide Falola, had ordered that the convicts be hanged due to the magnitude of the offense committed.

The convicts are facing a five-count charge bordering on armed robbery, conspiracy and theft preferred against them.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the judgement was delivered at the Ilesa Correctional Center during the Prison visit of the Osun Chief Judge, Justice Adeleke Ojo.

Falola had earlier found the convicts guilty of the five-count charges after thorough judicial proceeding and arguments from the counsel.

The State Prosecution Counsel, Mr Muyiwa Ogunleye, had told the court that the convicts committed the offense on April 14, 2016 at Oke-Ola area, at about 8p.m.

He said the convicts conspired among themselves with others, now at large, to rob  Muideen Owonifari, Clement Taiwo and Olubunmi of their property and money.

“The convicts who had a list of their targets normally tick the list once their target is taken off from investigation.

“They robbed, assaulted and also stole some valuables and huge amount of money belonging to the complainants at gun point,” he said.

The prosecution counsel said the offense contravened sections 1 (1)(2)(a) robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R 11 laws of Nigeria, 2004.

The defense counsel, Mr L. S Bello, had earlier prayed the court to tamper  justice with mercy in sentencing the accused.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu (NAN)

 

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Tanzanian police kill 7 suspected armed gangsters in business capital

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Tanzanian police killed seven suspected armed gangsters in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam after their robbery attempt became abortive, a senior police officer said on Monday.

The suspected gangsters were killed at midnight on Sunday as they planned to raid a warehouse for construction materials in the business capital, said Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander.

“Acting on intelligence reports, a special anti-crime police task force trailed a vehicle in which the suspected bandits were driving towards Mwenge area,” Mambosasa told a news conference.

He said when the suspected gangsters realized that they were being followed by the police they started firing at the law enforcers who fired back killing the suspects on the spot.

“When police searched the vehicle used by the suspects they found a pistol with three rounds of ammunition, two gas cylinders, machetes, a mobile telephone and a rope,” said Mambosasa.

He said the gas cylinders were to be used for breaking into the warehouse.

On May 11, police gunned down four suspected armed robbers after an exchange of fire in the east African nation’s western region of Kigoma.

(XINHUA)

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Irresponsible armed groups clash leaves 10 dead in N. Afghanistan

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At least 10 persons were killed as two irresponsible armed groups clashed in the northern Takhar province on Sunday, a security official said Monday but declined to be named.

The clash took place Sunday morning when two irresponsible armed groups clashed in Kalafgan district of the province, resulting in the death of 10 men and injury of four others from both sides, a police official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The clash ended after police forces arrived at the site.

Countless armed groups exist in the conflict-battered Afghanistan which often create law and order problems.

Similar clash between two irresponsible armed groups in the restive Baghlan province on Sunday claimed six lives.

(XINHUA)

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DPRK’s ruling party holds military meeting to boost armed forces

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The ruling party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has held a military meeting on measures and policies to improve the country’s armed forces to defend its sovereignty and stability, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the fourth enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) set forth “new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation.”

DPRK’s top leader Kim Jong Un chaired the meeting, the report said, without mentioning the exact date.

The meeting also discussed “crucial measures for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery pieces of the Korean People’s Army,” the KCNA reported.

At the meeting, Kim “put main emphasis on thoroughly realizing the party’s monolithic leadership” over the army, and signed seven orders including reorganizing the military commanding system and enhancing the roles of major military educational institutions.

The meeting elected Ri Pyong Chol as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, the report said.

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