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Police arraign applicant for allegedly stealing N65,000 phone in MMIA mosque



The police on Friday arraigned an applicant, Yusuf Babaringin, in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly stealing a cell phone from a Mosque in the Departure Hall of  the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja.

Babaringin, who resides in Block Q 9A, FAAN Quarters, Strabag, Ikeja, is charged with theft.

The Police Counsel, Prosecutor, Insp. Chekwube Okeh, told the court that Babaringin committed the offence on March 28 at 2 p.m. at the Mosque in MMIA.

He said the defendant entered the mosque and stole a Huawei phone valued at N65,000 from the complainant, Mr Rasheed Aliu who was taking a nap.

He said the offence contravened the provisions of  Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 prescribes a three-year jail term for stealing.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs A.O Akinde, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of  N50,000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until July 2.



Police in Adamawa kill 2 suspected cattle rustlers, recover 15 cows, 171 sheep, rifle



one Yahaya Sale,  a resident of Ganji Village in Gombi Local Government Area,  reported to police that  he received calls from unknown persons, threatening  to kidnap and kill him unless a ransom is paid.

“The command upon receiving the report, deployed the anti-kidnap operatives to the area and with the collaboration of some hunters, went after the alleged kidnapers.

“The notorious kidnapers engaged the command’s team in a shootout and as a result, two suspected kidnapers were gunned down while others escaped.

“The command recovered one AK-47 rifle with 39 rounds of live ammunition, one single barrel gun with 16 cartridges, 15 cows and 171 sheep,” Nguroje said.

He urged the people of the state to report suspected persons with gun shot wounds to the nearest police station.

Nguroje further called on those whose cattle were rustled to report to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Yola, with evidence for claim. (NAN)

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Turks protest in Istanbul against police killing of unarmed United States black man




Turkish people on Friday staged a protest in Istanbul against the killing of an unarmed black man in the United States last week.

The crowd gathered in front of the Trump Towers in the Sisli district of the European side of the largest Turkish city, chanting slogans against the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.

Protesters carried banners, which read: “Long live international solidarity,” “Black lives matter,” and “Justice for George Floyd.”

In a press release, they expressed solidarity with the people in the United States, demanding justice for the murder.

The killing of George Floyd is not an isolated incident. On the contrary, it is the result of institutional racism in the United States,” the release said.

Several protesters wrote Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” over their facial masks.

On Thursday, a group of people had held a demonstration in front of the United States Consulate in Istanbul.


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Ekiti Police Command parades 11 suspects



The Police Command in Ekiti has arrested 11 suspects alleged to have defiled a three and four-year-old girls.
Parading the suspects on Friday, the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Mr Amba Asuquo, said that the 11 suspects were arrested for different criminal cases bordering on cultism, armed robbery, assault occasioning harm, burglary, stealing, impersonation, defilement and rape.
Asuquo said that at Ologede area of the state, a man was reported at the Divisional Police Headquarters to have allegedly defiled a four-year-old girl.
According to the Commissioner of Police, the little girl cried to her mother and informed her that the alleged suspect removed her pant and forcefully had sex with her.
Asuquo said that when the girl was taken to the hospital, it was confirmed that she had been penetrated and her hymen broken.
He said that the man was arrested and was assisting the police with its investigation.
Asuquo also paraded another suspect accused of defiling a three-year -old girl.
On May 30, the mother of the three-year-old victim returned home from hawking fish and discovered that her daughter was looking so rough and stressed.
“After a close examination, she noticed that there were some fluids on the pant of her daughter and further discovered that her daughter must have been defiled by an unknown person.
“The case was reported and the suspect arrested, while further investigation and medical examination showed that there was a penetration,” he said.
The commissioner also said that two other men were arrested while their accomplices escaped after allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl hawking sachet water at the Oja-Oba new Shopping Complex, Ado-Ekiti,
said that the two suspects and their partners, who were at large, lured the teenage girl into an uncompleted building and allegedly gang raped her.
He further disclosed that his men are closing in on the killers of a 78-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered in Ikere-Ekiti on May 29.
The commissioner said that the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on May 31 upon receipt of information from a reliable source intercepted a 28-year-old man in Ado-Ekit suspected to be a member of a secret cult.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of Neo Black Movement Of Africa called “AYE Confraternity”.
infinix phone was found in his possession which he confessed to have been using to communicate with other members of the AYE secret cult that are involved in the ongoing killing of other rival secret confraternity groups in Ogun State, Lagos state and other states in Nigeria.
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suspect’s house was further searched and a complete dress customised with the inscription of AYE Emblem and code “0147” was recovered,” he said.
He said that two other suspects were arrested for alleged armed robbery.
“These suspects and others at large armed themselves with guns and invaded the residence of one Ajetomobi Olawale at Oke-Oro Street, Ayetoro-Ekiti and allegedly robbed him of his Nokia handset valued at N15,000 at gun point.,” he added.
A motorcycle parts dealer was also paraded over the alleged case of burglary and stealing.
Asuquo said that the suspect broke into the shop of one Ejiofor Osai, located on Nova road, Ado-Ekiti, and carted away different motorcycle/generator parts.
“Among the parts stolen were timing chain, socket and chain, engine valve, battery, Chinoki bulb, piston, engine bearing and clutch cable valued at N200,000.
“However, it was discovered during investigations that the suspect had restocked his shop with all the stolen goods.
Further investigation by SARS revealed that the suspect is a serial burglar who had broken into the shop of Ejiofor about seven times and carted away the sum of N420,000 and different types of motorcycle/generator parts worth N1.5million,’’ the commissioner said.
He said that two of the suspects, both from Ife Olukotun Village, Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State, were arrested at Omuo-Ekiti for allegedly impersonating military officers and assaulting a Police Constable,  Awoniyi Lawrence.
two suspects, who identified themselves as Captains in the Nigeria Army attached to 44 Battalion in Niger State, assaulted the Police Constable, beat him mercilessly and further threatened to break the Constable’s head with a bottle.
During interrogation by the SARS Operatives, the two suspects confessed and claimed that the army uniform belonged to one of their brothers,’’ Asuquo said.
He said that investigation had been extended to the said captain and all the suspects would be prosecuted upon completion of investigation of their respective cases.
The police commissioner advised residents to be security conscious, vigilant and report any untoward incident or happening observed to the nearest Police Station or call the Police Control Room number on 08062335577.
He gave an assurance that the police would at all times rise up to its responsibility to perform the statutory duty of protection of lives and properties of innocent citizens.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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I-G deploys detectives to unravel bank, police station attack in Kogi



The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has deployed crack detectives to unravel the perpetrators of attack on a commercial bank and police station in Kogi.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He said that the detectives are from the Intelligence Response Team, the Special Tactical Squad and Federal-SARS.

Adamu condemned the Thursday attack on Isanlu police station and a commercial bank in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi.

He directed the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone-8 Headquarters, Lokoja, Mr Yunana Babas, to immediately review the security arrangement in Kogi and environ.

He said that the AIG would oversee the investigations, coordinate intelligence as well as investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack.

Adamu condoled families of the police officers and other persons who lost their lives in the course of duty during the encounter with the hoodlums.

He urged Isanlu Community and people of Kogi to remain calm and avail the police with credible information that would help in the arrest of the criminals.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Police arrest curfew violators conveying 91 passengers, 24 goats, 14 motorcycles in Kaduna



The Nigeria Police Force, Kaduna State Command, has arrested curfew violators conveying 91 passengers, 24 goats and 14 motorcycles in Kaduna.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Mohammed Jalige, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

According to Jalige, officers, on Thursday at about 11:15pm, intercepted a white Iveco Truck with Reg. No. DDM 167 AX, driven by one Abdulrazak Idris Malumfashi, along Western Byepass, Rigasa axis, Kaduna.

The truck, he said, heading to Lagos from Zaria, belonged to Sauki Fish Company Limited, Katsina.

He explained that the driver of the truck violated the restriction order on interstate non-essential movement by concealing 91 passengers, 24 goats, 14 motorcycles and 30 bags containing different items.

He, however, said that the passengers were being investigated and offenders would be prosecuted in accordance with Kaduna State Quarantine Act.

Jalige said the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, has warned the general public to desist from violating the restriction of movement imposed by the Kaduna State Government.

He added: “the police are always on the thorough watch of every moving vehicle into and out of Kaduna state with a view to ensuring compliance.”

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Police command in Ogun arrests lovers for faking kidnap



The Police Command in Ogun has arrested a 17-year-old girl, Seun Adekunle, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Basit Olasunkanm, for allegedly faking kidnap of the girl.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abeokuta.

According to the PPRO, Adekunle and Olasunkanmi live at 32, Agura Road, Abeojuta, and 4, Ogun Radio Road, Abeokuta respectively.

He said the duo were arrested on Friday, following a report by the girl’s mother, Mrs Bukola Adekunle.

The spokesman said the woman had complained at the Enugada Police Division, Abeokuta, on Thursday that her daughter was missing.

Mrs Adekunle had made a report at the police station on Thursday that she sent her daughter to Lafenwa Market on Monday and she had yet to return.

“She stated further that she received a call from someone on Wednesday who claimed to have kidnapped her daughter and demanded N500,000 ransom for her release.

Mrs Adekunle also added that the caller warned her not to report the case to the police if she still loved to have her daughter back,” the PPRO said.

Oyeyemi said further that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Enugada Division, SP Baba Hamzat, quickly led some detectives on investigation to the hideout where the girl and her boyfriend were hibernating and hatching the plot.

He said that the suspects were promptly arrested and taken to the station.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the boyfriend, a butcher, was the one who brainwashed the girl and lured her into the devilish plan because he needed money to settle some problems.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigations and possible prosecution,” he said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Paris police ban protests at United States Embassy, citing health restrictions



Paris police have banned two protests they said were planned for outside the United States Embassy on Saturday.

Police cited coronavirus restrictions that ban gatherings of more than 10 people, as well as the risk of disorder. They gave no further details about the banned protests.

Several thousand Facebook users have said they are “interested” in an anti-racist protest at the embassy on Saturday linked to the killing by United States police of African-American man George Floyd.

Some 20,000 people – according to police estimates – braved a ban to attend a protest in Paris on Tuesday called by the family of Adama Traore, a black man who died in disputed circumstances in 2016 after his arrest by gendarmes in a town north of the capital.

The protest was overwhelmingly peaceful despite the ban, but some confrontations took place towards the end and police made 18 arrests.

France has seen renewed controversy in recent months about alleged police racism, notably a series of alleged acts of police violence in poor suburbs during the recent coronavirus lockdown.


Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Gunmen kill 21 in NW Nigeria attacks: police




Twenty-one residents were shot dead by gunmen who stormed six remote villages in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Zamfara earlier this week, the police said on Friday.

The gunmen, believed to be bandits, also attempted to steal cattle from the villagers in Talata Mafara and Maru local government areas of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mohammed Shehu, a spokesman for the police, told Xinhua.

The gunmen first shot dead 15 people on Tuesday, when they attacked the villages in those parts of the state. They returned on Wednesday, riding on hundreds of motorcycles, and killed six more people during the burial of the previous victims, Shehu said.

Local sources said the gunmen were resisted by some youths while mourning their loved ones.

The police said they have launched an investigation into the deadly attacks.

Banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities have recently become rampant in the northwest region. The military high command said they are in control of the situation with ongoing multiple operations against the gunmen.

A week ago, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military to intensify their operations in that part of the country, particularly to root out the gunmen.


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3 brothers in Police net over alleged murder of woman in Abuja



Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Abuja,

according to Mr Frank Mba, Public Relations of the Police Force.

Mba, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the suspects, from Isiekenesi, Ideato Local Government in Imo, are helping Police investigation into the May 14 murder of Mrs Janet Ogbonnaya, a mother of five children.

He said that the suspects were arrested by the Police in their home town where they had allegedly taken refuge after committing the crime in Abuja, to evade arrest.

Mba said that investigation that led to their arrest followed complaints by one Chinedu Ogbonnaya, who alleged that his mother, Janet, 55, a native of Ozuitem in Bende Local Government Area of Abia, had been kidnapped.

Ogbonnaya told the Police that N5 million ransom was being demanded by the kidnappers to secure the mother’s release.

“A comprehensive and painstaking investigation by Police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, who, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried.

“Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada, Abuja to visit the suspect.

“The suspect took advantage of the visit, served her milk laced with drugs, and subsequently murdered her,” he said.

According to him, the victim was buried in a septic tank afterwhich the suspects went ahead to reach out to the family, using her phone, to demand N5 million ransom to secure her release.   ​

Mba said that the suspects, on Thursday, led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District, Lokogoma area of Abuja, where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank.

The spokesman said that the exhumed body had been taken to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital for forensic examination, while a Toyota Highlander Jeep belonging to the deceased had also been recovered at a mechanic workshop in Apo, where it had been repainted into a different colour.

Mba said that the vehicle documents had been fraudulently changed with ownership of the stolen vehicle criminally transferred to one of the masterminds of the crime.

According to him, investigation also revealed that the house where the deceased was killed and buried originally belonged to one of the suspects but was hurriedly sold to a third party to obliterate evidence.

Already, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has commended the team of Police operatives for a job well done. He has also pledged that perpetrators of crimes will not go undetected and unpunished.

The Police helmsman has also enjoined citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest Police Station,” the statement said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)



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