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Police apprehend 10 suspects over alleged destruction of INEC vehicles in A’Ibom

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By Isaiah Eka

Uyo, Feb. 18, 2019 (NNN) The Akwa Ibom Police Command says it has arrested 10 persons suspected of setting ablaze, 11 vehicles of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the coming general elections.

The command said the offence was committed at the INEC office in Obot Akara Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, disclosed this on Monday while briefing Newsmen on the security situation in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the vehicles were meant to convey election materials from Uyo to  Obot Akara.

Makama, who was represented by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Macdon Odiko, said the 10 suspects were arrested on Feb. 15, being the eve of the postponed elections at about 10:05pm.

He explained that the hoodlums during the period macheted and killed one unknown person at the Obot Akara Local Government Area close to INEC office.

“Furthermore, on Feb. 15, 2019, the eve of the 2019 General Elections, at about 10:05pm, hoodlums at Obot Akara Local Government Area, close to INEC office, macheted and killed one person whose identity is unknown, burnt eleven (11) buses and vandalised two.

“The command acted swiftly and arrested ten (10) persons in connection with the crime, and the following exhibits were recovered; two locally made short guns, twenty five (25) live cartridges, weeds suspected to be marijuana, two machetes, charms of different types.

“Other items recovered include; one knife, one scissor, hot drink, cell phones, dead bird, human hairs and two axes,“ he said.

The CP said that the 10 suspects arrested would be transferred to Force Criminal Investigation Department for more investigation.

The police commissioner added that on the same Feb. 15, the command apprehended 41 persons at Angeline Hotel opposite Dove International School Uyo, who came from Bayelsa, Delta and Ondo States.

He said that the arrested persons claimed to come to the state as observers for the rescheduled  elections.

He said the 41 arrested persons could not give any proper or reasonable identity of themselves and had no INEC identification tag.

Makama said that more investigation was ongoing to determine their true identity and purpose in the state.

The commissioner added that on Feb. 17, the command apprehended two suspects, who confessed to being political thugs hired from Ukwa village in Odukpani LGA in Cross River by an unidentified politician.

The CP urged politicians to play the game according to the rules and advised supporters to conduct themselves peacefully during the general elections.

He assured that the command would remain non partisan, apolitical, neutral and was committed to free, fair and credible elections.

Speaking to newsmen, one of the suspects from Bayelsa, Okoroda Scaine (M), said that 41 of them came to Akwa Ibom as election observers under Society for Advancement for Credible Leadership and Observation.

“ I am Okoroda Scaine from Bayelsa, we all submitted our passports to Society for Advancement for Credible Leadership and Observation, an organisation that is registered and accredited by INEC for the elections.

“We are told that our names were sent to INEC and we will likely monitor the elections in Uyo here.

“We came on Thursday to confirm if our names were there or not. We were in the room at Angeline Hotel when we were arrested at about 3 am on Feb. 15.

“We were lodged in the hotel by one Berafa Bedfon, who we cannot reach now. We are 41 in number, and our intention was to come to Akwa Ibom and check if our names are there,” he said. (NNN)

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Police in Bayelsa apprehend 12 suspected armed robbers, recover firearms

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the Safer Highway Patrol Team, along the East-West Road by Zarama, stopped a Toyota Sequoia jeep for a search.

“However, the driver who wore a military uniform zoomed off.

“The team pursued the vehicle to Glory Land Drive axis of the east-west road where the driver abandoned the vehicle and ran away.

“Upon searching the vehicle, the team discovered twenty bags loaded with weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

“Efforts have been intensified to identify the owner of the vehicle and arrest the suspect,” Akpan said.

He also said that on May 15, a three-man robbery gang identified as Lucky Eniokon, 21; David Samuel, 22; and Gift, boarded a tricycle and forced the driver to take them to INEC Road.

“Consequently, the armed robbers came out of the tricycle and started robbing costumers and pedestrians at a POS stand.

“The rider of the tricycle zoomed off and alerted policemen who arrived at the scene and exchanged gunfire with the armed robbers.

“Two of the armed robbers escaped with bullet wounds, while Lucky Eniokon was shot on the left knee and arrested.

“A locally-made pistol and three cartridges were recovered from him,” the police chief said.


Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Indian elephant dies after eating fruit packed with firecracker, police investigating

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A pregnant elephant died in India apparently after eating some fruit containing a firecracker that exploded in her mouth, prompting a criminal investigation into suspected cruelty toward animals.

Forestry officials said this on Wednesday.

The incident drew outrage on social media after a forestry officer, Mohan Krishnan, posted an emotional apology to the elephant on May 30 in which he said the animal died from eating a pineapple or another fruit stuffed with a firecracker.

Forestry officials said the incident happened on May 23 in the Palakkad district of Kerala State in southern India, near farmland where locals sometimes scatter fruit spiked with firecrackers to discourage animals from damaging crops.

“We only know that the injury (to the elephant) was caused by some explosive substance,’’forestry official Sunil Kumar said.

The perpetrators, he said, could face animal cruelty charges that could bring fines or even a jail term.

India has the world’s largest population of the Asiatic elephant but they are classified as an endangered species.

Incidents of human-animal conflict are not uncommon as elephants often stray into human settlements hunting for food.

The pregnant elephant had wandered out of the local Silent Valley National Park in search of food when the incident occurred, forestry officials said.

They later found the elephant trying to cool herself in a stream but as locals tried to heave it out of the water to take it to a treatment centre, the animal collapsed and died.

Sorry sister,’’ Krishnan, who witnessed the elephant’s death, wrote in a Facebook post.

“With her mouth and tongue destroyed in the explosion, she paced around hungry without being able to eat.

“ She must have been more worried about the health of the child inside her than about her own hunger.’’


Edited By: Halima Sheji/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Turkish FM says police killing of George Floyd in United States “unacceptable”

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It is “unacceptable” that a police officer in the United States killed a person in that way, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, referring to the death of an African American citizen.

“It is unacceptable for police to kill any person in such a way, regardless of race or religion,” said Cavusoglu in a televised interview, adding that racism has been an ongoing problem in the United States.

George Floyd, 46, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes until he stopped breathing.

“If there is a crime, you will take him into custody. Turning this into vandalism is also unacceptable,” the minister said.

Cavusoglu stressed that there is an increase of racism not only in the U.S. but all around the world, calling on “the international community to jointly fight against racism and Islamophobia.”

The minister also called for peaceful protests in the U.S. over the death of Floyd.

“We hope this incident will end as soon as possible,” he added.

(XINHUA)

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Police parade 104 suspects, man who allegedly raped 7-months daughter

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The Benue Police Command has arrested  104 persons for sundry offences, including a middle aged man who allegedly defiled his 7-month old daughter.

The Commissioner of Police  in charge of the command, Mukaddas Garba, while presenting the suspects to Journalists in Makurdi on Wednesday, said that the others were arrested for Kidnapping  and Cult activities.

Garba said the command was determined to rid  the State of all criminal elements.

According to him,  45 of the suspects are held for cultism, 38 armed robbery cases, 4 for kidnapping , 16 for voliating nationwide churfew on COVID-19, and one for advanced fee fraud.

He disclosed that the command had also recovered 15 arms and 20 ammunition from the suspects.

The commissioner disclosed that one Simon Emeka of Modern Market was arrested on June 2 for defiling his 7-month old daughter, adding that investigation into the matter was ongoing.

He said that on May 27 during Police regular patrol at North Bank Makurdi,  arrested one Peter Egbe, with one locally made pistol loaded with one live cartridge.

On May 30 about 25 suspected cultists engaged themselves in a fight and were arrested.

“Three locally made pistols, one single barrel gun, four cartridge, two live ammunition, two knives, six handsets, a cultlass and wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemps were recovered.”

He said the Command also on May 28, during a raid in Wadata area of Makurdi, arrested Abubakar Yakubu and Awushdor Adamu with one locally made pistol and four live ammunitions were recovered from them.

Garba said the Command had also arrested 16 persons including three foreigners for voliating nationwide churfew on inter State movement in the state.

He said the command also had arrested suspected armed robbers who broke into a house in Otukpo and recovered one locally fabricated gun,  a toy gun, knife and machete.

The police chief also disclosed that police operatives had smashed a kidnap syndicate in Ankpa quarters of Makurdi and arrested all suspects while   warming up for an operation.

A team of Police officers was deployed to the scene and it arrested one Terseer Peter, Omochoko Aba, and Aondoakura Terna.

“Further investigation led to arrest of the gang leader, Ameh Onuh Okpe, with one locally made pistol and three live ammunition were recovered from him”.

Speaking to newsmen, Mr Simon Emeka, father of the alledged sexually molested baby, admitted that medical reports confirmed his daughter was raped.

He,however, denied being responsible.


Edited By: Philip Dzeremo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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Police kill two kidnappers in Kogi

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The Police Command in Kogi has confirmed the killing of two kidnap suspects during a gun duel with some of its operatives .

The command’s spokesman , DSP William Aya, who made the confirmation in a statement in Lokoja on Wednesday said the suspects were killed in Idah.

Aya said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Idah, CSP Ibrahim Jauro, had on June 2 received distress calls that a gang of armed robbers/kidnappers was blocking the Bishop Road junction, a major spot in Idah town.

He said that members of the gang also believed to be cultists were engaged by a team of policemen promptly dispatched to the scene by the DPO.

He said in the course of the gun duel, the suspects succumbed to the superior fire power of the police by fleeing the spot with bullet wounds.

According to the statement , the policemen complemented by naval and civil defence personnel pursued the robbers and in the process, two bodies were recovered .

Aya said those killed included one Onucha Opia, a notorious kidnapper in Idah and its environs  and one Danlami Shuaib.

“The duo of Onucha and Shuaibu were found dead along Ona road and Old Union Bank junction in Idah,respectively.

” Meanwhile , their corpses have been taken to General Hospital morgue while efforts are on top gear to arrest Aminu Opia and other members of the gang,” he said.

He said that one locally made gun with four expended cartridges were recovered from the scene.


Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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5 district police including police chief killed in E. Afghan province

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Five Afghan police, including a district police chief, were killed during a Taliban attack and ensuing bomb blast in eastern Paktia province on Tuesday night, provincial police confirmed on Wednesday.

“Mohammad Homayoun, police chief of Sayid Karam district, and one policeman were killed after a police vehicle was struck by a Taliban roadside bomb blast in surrounding areas of Sayid Karam last night,” Nizami from the provincial police told Xinhua.

The bombed police vehicle was part of a line of police reinforcement responding to an earlier Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in the area, the police officer said, adding that three police officers were killed during checkpoint clashes in the mountainous region.

Taliban insurgents were forced back from the district after sustaining casualties, said the official, who gave no details about the exact figure.

The province, 100 km south of the country’s capital Kabul, has long been the scene of clashes and bomb attacks.

On May 14, five civilians were killed and nearly 50 soldiers and civilians were wounded after a Taliban truck bomb detonated outside government offices in provincial capital Gardez city.

(XINHUA)

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New Zealand police officers charged with manslaughter

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Three New Zealand Police officers have been charged with manslaughter, authorities said on Wednesday, following the death of a man in custody last year.

The 55-year-old man died while in custody at the Hawera police station, some 190 kilometres north of Wellington, in the early hours of June 1, 2019.

The charges allege the officers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were “grossly negligent” in their duty of care to the victim, and that this was a “causal factor” in his death, police said in a statement.

“The decision to file charges was made after a thorough investigation and consideration of legal advice from the New Plymouth Crown Solicitor and a Queen’s Counsel,” the statement said.

The victim’s family has been advised on the charges, and all three officers have been stood down from duty, the statement said.

The trio have been remanded on bail and will appear in court in late June.

Police said as the matter is before the courts, no further details or comments about the case would be made.

A police statement released last year following the incident said the man was found unresponsive at the police station during a routine check.

Police staff and paramedics tried to revive the man for more than 30 minutes.

“It is a very sad time for all involved, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family,” Inspector Chris de Wattignar said at the time.

“Police staff make every effort to ensure the safety of those in Police custody.”

Edited By: Emmanuel (NAN) Yashim

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United States anger spreads to Australia as thousands protest police brutality

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Thousands of people took to the streets in Australia on Tuesday evening, in solidarity with demonstrations taking place in the United States over police violence against minorities.

As they marched through Sydney, the protesters chanted, “I can’t breath” and “black lives matter,” the same slogans heard across the United States as demonstrations continued there.

Australia’s own issues with police misconduct were also on the agenda, with many displaying the Aboriginal flag in recognition of the high rates of indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody.

The demonstrations remained peaceful and many of those in attendance wore masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

“How many deaths in custody have we had and how many cops have stood up for us?” indigenous Gadigal man, Tristan Field told the crowd before the march.

“We need a huge upheaval right now, we need to stop black people dying in this country and around the world because it is just unjust.”

Despite making up only 2 percent of the Australian population, First Nations Peoples represent approximately 27 percent of the prison population.

The local protest came just hours after video went viral of an indigenous teenager being knocked to the ground by police in the State of New South Wales (NSW).

Police are investigating the incident which appeared to involve the boy threatening officers before being violently restrained.

(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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