Abuja, April 24, 2019 The police on Wednesday arraigned a driver, Taiwo Ajayi and his friend Bola Ige, for allegedly robbing a passenger of her possessions in a Wuse Zone Six Magistrates’ Court.
Ajayi 45 and Ige 42, whose addresses were not given are charged with two counts of conspiracy and thef.
The Prosecution Counsel, Olaiya Olaoye told the court that one Kuburat Abdullahi of Border Community Development Agency, Maitama, Abuja reported the matter on Jan. 3 at the IGP-IRT, Abuja.
According to Olaoye, the complainant alleged that she boarded Taiwo’s cab on her way to the park to travel to Ibadan on Nov. 12, 2018.
The prosecutor said as soon as the complainant sat in the car, Taiwo increased the volume of his radio and started driving recklessly.
He said while she was complaining, his accomplice Ige surfaced from the booth of the car through the back seat and held her by the throat.
The prosecutor further alleged that the defendants robbed the complainant of her Samsung, Nokia and Itel phones all valued at N104,000.
He added that the defendants equally collected N75,000 cash from the complainant before pushing her out of the cab.
The prosecutor said it was during investigation that the police tracked one of the stolen phones to the person that bought it, which led to the arrest of the defendants.
The offence, he said contravened the provisions of sections 97 and 287 of the Penal Code.
The defendants however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, admitted the defendants to bail jointly in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum.
Nwosu-Iheme adjourned the case until May 15, for hearing.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department
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.
Police Command in Niger “in talks” with top APC official over party funds
According to the Commissioner, Adamu Usman, the APC official is specifically accused of misusing party finances “since he assumed office in 2015”.
Usman told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna that a petition against the APC official had accused him of misusing funds realised from the sale of Expression of Interest forms to members that contested elective positions.
He said that the petitioners accused the party chief of spending the funds “unilaterally and without due process”.
According to him, the petition was written by some members of the executive council of the party who also accused the official of abuse of office.
“We are investigating the matter and shall get to the root of it. We want to find out if there is any substance in the claims of the petitioners.
“The Nigerian Police has the responsibility to investigate any form of criminal complaint from any citizen of the state. That is what we are doing.
“We are handling the matter professionally to ensure that justice is done to all sides,” he said.
Efforts to speak with the affected party official did not yield fruits as he was said to be “in deep discussions” with personnel of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Police arrest officer over alleged killing of motorcycle operator in Adamawa
DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, the state Police Command Public Relation Officer, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola.
“The officer is currently under arrest and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju, has given directive for thorough investigation into the matter.
“As soon as the investigation is completed, the suspected officer will be charged to Court for appropriate action,” Nguroje said.
He warned that officers and men were given riffles to protect lives, not to take lives of innocent citizens and should always discharge their duty within the rule of law and to respect human rights.
Nguroje also appealed to the citizens of the state to desist from taking laws into their hands, as the Command was making efforts to protect their lives and properties.
Alhaji Idi Amin, the Chairman of Maiha Local Government Council, expressed dismay over the incident and described it as “unacceptable”.
Amin assured the family of the deceased, Arabo Tambajam, 20, and the people of Maiha town that the local government council would follow the case until justice was done.
“I am assuring the people that the management of the Local Government Council would not rest until justice prevail,” Ameen said.
He however called the locals not to take laws into their hands as government was making efforts to ensure justice was done.
NAN gathered that the deceased was a commercial motorcyclist in Maiha town.
Tambajam was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer at a checkpoint after he allegedly refused to give the police N100.
Mozambican police urge people to observe preventive measures against COVID-19
The Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) expressed on Tuesday their concerns about people’s reluctance to strictly observe the preventive measures against COVID-19, saying that the police will take all necessary measures to enforce the rules of a state of emergency.
There are still people that gather for consumption of alcohol and quite a few underage youths wander on streets unprotected, the spokesperson of PRM Orlando Madumane told Radio Mozambique.
“All of us should comply with these measures, they were imposed to prevent this pandemic and to safeguard our precious value, life,” said Madumane, adding that all violators will be held accountable.
In the southern province of Gaza, the police reportedly removed 50 children aged between 10 to 17 years old off the streets while they were selling products to make incomes for their families.
“Parents should not allow children out in the streets and adults should only go outside when necessary. We have been witnessing crowds in markets trying to earn their living, but it is necessary to observe the preventive measures when doing so,” said the spokesperson.
Health authorities said a few days ago that the country is on the verge of entering the phase of community transmission of COVID-19.
Expedite action to bring Omozuwa’s killers to justice, group tasks Police
Girl Child Africa, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) on Tuesday, urged the Police to intensify efforts to ensure that killers of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa were brought to justice.
Omozuwa, a student of University of Benin (UNIBEN) was gruesomely raped and murdered in a church in Edo, where she had apparently gone to study ahead of resumption of academic activities.
This elicited protests by various groups and individuals, demanding the arrest and prosecution of her murderer (s) who was/ were still at large.
While condemning the rape and murder of the 100 level female microbiology student of the UNIBEN , Shonibare emphasised the need for police to work assiduously to establish the facts surrounding Omozuwa’s death.
The human rights activist also stressed the need to implement laws that protected lives and rights of citizens from abuse, particularly women.
According to her, the way we handle Omozuwa’s matter will serve as a deterrent to others and go a long way in stopping rape in the country.
“This brings to the fact that we have laws that protect the lives and rights of citizens from abuse.
“If those laws exist as letters and are not implemented, then every person who wants to indulge in sexual abuse will have his or her way.
“Same was replicated in some states but unfortunately the laws are not being implemented.
“Since the passage of this law, we have not had instances where they are used to serve as deterrent to those who may want to indulge in such ugly practice,’’ Shonibare said.
She however, decried unwholesome practices in the judiciary, saying that they contributed to slowing down quick dispensation of justice in the country.
She said “even when you take such cases to the courts, the corruption is discouraging and will not allow victims get justice.
“We will continue to have such cases of abuse if the laws are not implemented.
“Therefore, the way we follow Uwa’s case will go a long way in stopping sexual abuse in Nigeria,’’ Shonibare said.
5 police officers shot, wounded in United States protests
At least five United States police officers were shot and wounded during violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody, police and media said.
This is coming hours after President Donald Trump vowed to deploy the military if unrest did not stop.
Demonstrators set fire to a strip mall in Los Angeles, looted stores in New York City and clashed with police in St Louis, Missouri, where four officers were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“They had officers with gas poured on them. What is going on? How can this be? Mr Floyd was killed somewhere else and they are tearing up cities all across the country,” he told reporters.
“A police officer was shot during protests in Las Vegas. Another officer was `involved in a shooting’ in the same area.
“Officers were injured in clashes elsewhere, including one who was in critical condition after being hit by a car in the Bronx,” police said.
Trump, a Republican, has condemned the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25, and has promised justice.
But, with marches and rallies for racial equality and against police brutality having turned violent late each day in the last week, he said rightful protests could not be drowned out by an “angry mob.”
“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump said.
Floyd’s death has reignited simmering racial tensions in a politically divided country that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with African Americans accounting for a disproportionately high number of cases.
Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged patience, saying Americans could work through these tough issues. He pledged to take legal action if Trump carried out his military threat.
“We can bring down the temperature, but not when the president … is standing up calling for troops, and law and order, and domination,” he told MSNBC. “We will fight him, and we will take it to federal court.”
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, in a separate MSNBC interview on Tuesday, said there were no signs of active duty United States military in the city overnight.
After his address, Trump posed for pictures with his daughter, Ivanka, and United States Attorney General William Barr at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House.
The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church diocese in Washington D. C., Michael Curry, was among those who criticized Trump’s use of the historic church for a photo opportunity.
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)
Police arraign man, 20, over alleged church break-in, stealing
The police on Tuesday arraigned a 20-year-old man, Abdulazeez Nasiru, before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for alleged church break-in and stealing.
The defendant of no fixed address is standing trial on a two-count charge of burglary and stealing.
He alleged that the defendant and his accomplices who are currently at large, broke into the Cherubim and Sheraphim Church, Orisun Ibukun.
The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Awosika adjourned the case until July 6 for hearing.
Zimbabwe police ban people from traveling into city center to curb spread of COVID-19
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Tuesday introduced a stricter COVID-19 enforcement regime where many people were barred from entering the city center, as positive cases spiked to 203 from 63 seven days earlier.
Most of the new cases are however imported and local transmissions have remained very low.
Many motorists and passengers using public transport were reportedly turned back home as the police insisted on particular “essential services”, despite some having documents showing that they were also covered under the COVID-19 Level 2 lockdown regulations.
“The ZRP urges members of the public to observe that the country is still under Level 2 national lockdown in order to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Only essential services, businesses in the formal commercial and industrial sectors were exempted to operate during this period,” it said.
“The rest of the public should stay at home in order for the nation to curtail the increase in new COVID-19 cases being recorded. Please note that it is not everyone who should be in the Central Business District. Let us all be security and health conscious in view of the increase of COVID-19 cases,” the police said.
Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana also reminded citizens that the country was still in lockdown.
“Government has not pronounced a change in lockdown regulations. We are still on Level 2 lockdown and permitted economic activity should go ahead. Police are only enforcing the pronounced and gazetted Level 2 conditions,” he said on Twitter.
He allowed industry and commerce to reopen under strict health regulations while informal businesses bars and gymnasiums remained closed.
There is also a ban on inter-city and cross-border movement, except transportation of cargo.
2 Turkish journalists injured in United States police raids on protests
Two journalists from Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT World were injured in police raids during the protests in the United States over the death of George Floyd, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday.
Sally Ayhan, a Washington-based correspondent of TRT World, was injured in the chest and the leg by plastic bullets during live coverage, Anadolu said.
Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in the midwestern United States state of Minnesota a week ago.
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