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Civil Defence bursts Borno 7-man forgery syndicate

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The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested seven people, who specialised in forging fake school certificates and security documents.

The Commandant, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Maiduguri on Monday.

He said that the suspects were arrested on Aug. 21 at the Post Office area of Maiduguri by the anti-fraud unit of the command.

Ibrahim explained that the suspects specialised in forging fake diploma and degree statement of results as well as National Youth Service Corps certificates.

The commandant said the suspects also specialised in forging fake admission letters and identification cards of the University of Maiduguri and the Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri.

Ibrahim, who did not give the names of the suspects, said that they comprised two non-academic staff of the university and five collaborators.

“The syndicate siphoned huge sums of money from the bursary departments of the affected institutions.

“They also forged assorted and customised stamps of banks, government agencies and other organisations.

“Some of the holders of such fake certificates are currently studying or working with government agencies and non-governmental organisations in the state.”

Ibrahim noted that investigation was still ongoing on the matter because of the huge number of people connected with the fraud.

 

 

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8 Policemen, one civilian feared killed in Kogi bank robbery

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Nine persons, including eight Policemen and one civilian, were feared killed on Thursday in Isanlu, Kogi State, when a gang of armed robbers launched an attack on a branch of First Bank in the town.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that among those killed were the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in the town, five other Policemen and two Police women.

NAN sources indicated that while the DPO, the two Police women and four Policemen were killed at the Police Station, one Policeman was killed at the bank’s premises.

The other victim, a male civilian, died when a stray bullet hit him.

The armed robbers were said to have invaded the Police Station at about 1 p.m. and opened fire on all officers and men on duty.

The source told NAN that the Police Station was completely destroyed by the armed robbers who also set free all detainees in the detention facility.

The robbers later proceeded to the area’s First Bank Plc branch where they killed one of the Policemen on duty and carted away money.

An eyewitness, Mr Segun Thomas, told NAN that the robbery operation lasted almost one hour.

“The robbers came in two vehicles – a bus and a car – with which they also escaped from the town.

NAN learnt that the car, believed to have been snatched from its owner, was later abandoned around Kizito College, Isanlu.

Mr William Aya, spokesman of the Police Command in Kogi, confirmed the robbery incident and the invasion of the Police Station, but added that the casualty figure was “still hazy”.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Ede Ayuba, has dispatched the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operation, to Isanlu to ascertain the true situation,” he told NAN.

Aya promised to brief the press “as soon as details are available”.

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Bike bomb kills 1 civilian, wounds 4 outside Kabul

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One person was killed and four others wounded as a bike bomb exploded in the bazaar of Qarabagh district outside Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, district governor Mohammad Hanif Sediqi said.

According to the official, unknown terrorists placed explosive device on the cavities of a bicycle and detonated it next to a restaurant, killing one civilian and wounding four others.

The official said that investigation has been initiated into the incident.

This was the second bomb blast in Kabul since Tuesday.

A bomb blast targeting a mosque in Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan district on Tuesday evening killed two including top cleric Mohammad Ayaz Niazi and injured three others.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts against civilians since Tuesday.

(XINHUA)

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C’River LG service commission lauds Ayade over training of civil servants

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The Cross River State Local Government Service Commission on Thursday lauded Gov. Ben Ayade for creating an enabling environment for the training of civil servants in records and information management in the state.

The Commission’s Chairman, Dr Peter Adigeb, who was represented by the Supervisory Commissioner for Boki Local Government Council made the commendation at the beginning of training of 200 civil servants in Boki.

He said that the civil servants would also be trained in information, security, and preparation of financial records, among others.

Adigeb noted that training and retraining of staff was an inherent mandate of the commission.

“I like to commend the Boki Local Government Council in general and the Department of Education specifically for blazing the trail in manpower development and training.

“In spite of the daunting security challenges facing Boki, which has rendered many residents of the council area internally displaced, you commenced the training,’’ he said.

Also, Mr Emmanuel Otu, Head of Local Government Administration for Boki, urged the commission to invoke extant rules of reward mechanism on deserving staff to serve as incentive to the performing ones and motivation to others.

For her part, the Director of Boki Local Government Health Authority, Mrs Rose Ikobi stressed the need to ensure the observance of all protocols as set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Ikobi ensured that participants washed their hands and wore masks, used hand sanitiser while maintaining social distance.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that resource persons for the training were drawn from different fields of endeavour including the Local Government Service Commission, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) among others.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Roadside bomb blast kills 9 civilians in southern Afghanistan

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Nine Afghan civilians were killed and five others wounded after their vehicle touched off a Taliban roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, local police said.

“The incident occurred in Khoshak locality of Arghistan district at mid-day. The injured were shifted to a district hospital,” Jamal Barakzai, provincial police spokesman, told Xinhua.

He blamed Taliban militants for planting the improvised explosive device (IED) on the dusty road in the province, 450 km south of the country’s capital, Kabul.

The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as more than 3,400 civilians were killed and over 6,900 others injured in conflict-related incidents in 2019, according to the figures released by the UN mission in the country.

Out of the total casualties, more than 880 civilians were killed and over 3,450 others wounded in suicide and non-suicide IED explosions in 2019.

(XINHUA)

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Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Tuesday that his state is launching a civil rights probe into the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), of which four police officers were involved in the brutal killing of unarmed black man George Floyd last week.

Walz said the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filed the civil rights charge against the MPD and will investigate its “policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years to determine if they engaged in systemic discriminatory practices.”

“My administration will use every tool at our disposal to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in Minnesota,” the governor said on Twitter following a news conference. “This effort is one of many steps to come in our effort to restore trust with communities that have been unseen and unheard for far too long.”

Floyd died on May 25 after being pinned to the ground by four MPD police officers, who arrested him for allegedly using a fake 20-dollar note to buy cigarettes. All of the officers have been fired, and Derek Chauvin, the one who kept his knee down on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes even as Floyd pleaded desperately for his life, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

“This is not about holding people personally criminally liable,” said Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, who will lead the just-announced investigation. “This is about systems change.”

Floyd’s death instigated nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that have persisted for a week now.

As demonstrations escalated into violent unrests in some parts of the country, United States President Donald Trump on Monday threatened the use of the military to clamp down on the protesters, a response that drew immediate condemnation from his political opponents, including former Vice President Joe Biden, whom Trump is all but certain to face off in the general election later this year.

(XINHUA)

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France donates protective equipment to Lebanese civil defense for fight against COVID-19

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The French Embassy in Lebanon donated on Tuesday protective equipment to the Lebanese civil defense to help its members to properly carry out their tasks in emergency situations related to COVID-19 spread in the country, LBCI local TV channel reported.

The donation took place under an agreement signed between the Internal Security Department at the French embassy and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Commission at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

On April 25, France also donated to Lebanon biological protection gears and equipment to detect COVID-19 infection.

(XINHUA)

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Over 600 civilians killed across South Sudan in Q1: UN

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JUBA, June 2 (Xinhua)–The UN peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Tuesday at least 658 were killed in the east African country between January and March.

The UNMISS human rights division in a report released in Juba documented more than 275 incidents of violence against civilians, in which 1,767 civilians were subjected to four major forms of harm.

The UNMISS investigation revealed the death of 658 civilians, 452 injuries, 592 abductions and 65 cases of sexual violence across the conflict-torn country.

The Peacekeeping mission said between January and March 2019, 159 incidents were documented, involving at least 912 civilian victims.

UNMISS said the new data corresponds to a 94 percent increase in violence against civilians compared to the same period last year.

The report said that inter-communal violence constituted majority of violence affecting civilians.

“This is a direct result of the evolving nature of inter-communal conflict, which is often carried out with military-style tactics and military-grade weapons,” UNMISS said.

“During the reporting period, for instance, at least four separate attacks each claimed the lives of more than 50 civilians. Intercommunal violence varies significantly in scale and intensity,” it added.

(XINHUA)

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Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians, wounds 4 in Afghanistan’s Sari Pul province

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Three civilians were killed and four others injured as a roadside bomb struck a car in the northern Sari Pul province on Tuesday, police spokesman in the province Noor Agha Faizy said.

According to the official, a mine planted by the armed insurgents on a road in Shiramha area outside provincial capital, the Sari Pul city struck a car, killing three civilians and injuring four others including three women.

Without providing more details, the official blamed the enemies of peace, a reference to the Taliban militants for organizing the roadside bombing, but armed outfit, which is active in parts of Sari Pul province has yet to claim responsibility.

(XINHUA)

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United States Los Angeles County extends curfew amid civil unrest

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A countywide curfew will be in effect Monday for a second night in Los Angeles County after another day of protests over the death of African American man George Floyd in police custody last week in Minneapolis, authorities said.

County officials announced that the curfew for the most populous county in the United States with a population of over 10 million will run from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday local time (0100 to 1300 GMT Tuesday).

Kathryn Barger, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, tweeted that the extension of the countywide curfew is “to protect against any further devastation.”

With COVID-19 fresh in our minds, we see that staying home can save lives. Life is precious — and we must do everything we can to protect one another,” she added.

During the curfew, all residents are required to stay off “public streets, avenues, boulevards, places, walkways, alleys, parks or any public areas or unimproved private realty within

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violation of the order is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed 1,000 U.S. dollars or an imprisonment up to six months, or both, according to the terms of the curfew.

The announcement came after the protests over Floyd’s death went into the sixth straight day on Monday in the Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also extended a curfew for the City of Los Angeles on Monday. Some other cities in the county, such as Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Long Beach, even issued their own stricter curfew orders in response to days of chaotic protests.

(XINHUA)

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