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Police arraign driver for allegedly causing grievous hurt to VIO

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The police on Monday arraigned a 41-year-old driver, Emmanuel Kaue in a Zuba Upper Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly abducting and causing grievous hurt to a Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO).

Kaue, who resides in Kaduna State, is charged with abduction and causing hurt.

The prosecutor, Mr Chinedu Ogada, had told the court that the matter was reported on June 19, at the Dutse Alhaji Police Station, Abuja, by Mr Okeke Chinedu of  the VIO Dutse Command Abuja.

Ogada said that on June 18 at about noon, while Chinedu and other VIO officers were at Dutse Bwari road for routine checks, they sopped Kaue while

He said that the officers stopped Kaue at Dutse opposite Isakwa Plaze while driving a vehicle with registration number MKA 03 YJ and ordered him to pack but he intentionally refused.

Ogada said the complainant entered into the vehicle and ordered Kaue to pack but he refused and criminally abducted him to unknown destination.

He alleged that in the process, Kaue drove the vehicle in dangerous manner and the complainant fell off from the vehicle, as a result, he sustain fractures on his right shoulder.

The prosecutor said the complainant also sustained serious injuries on his hand and was rushed to Kubwa General Hospital for treatment.

Ogada said the cost of the complainant medical treatment was yet to be ascertained and the offence contravened the provisions of Section 246 of the Penal Code.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Mrs Grace Adegede, Counsel to Kaue, made an oral application for the bail of the defendant, citing Section 35 (5) of the 1999 Constitution.

Adegede also cited Section 165 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, adding that that an accused person is presumed innocent, until proven guilty.

The prosecutor, however, opposed the application, saying that case was still being investigated.

Adegede in reply to the prosecutor opposing her application, prayed the court to use its discretion to grand bail in favour of the defendant.

The defendant’s counsel also told the court that the defendant would not escape prosecution if granted bail.

In his ruling, the judge, Alhaji Gambo Garba held that the alleged offence was bailable.

“The court has evaluated the applications and it is convinced that admitting the defendant on bail will not in any way hurt the prosecution.

Garba admitted the defendant to a N200, 000 bail with one surety in like sum.

The judge ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and must be verified by the court’s police.

He also ordered that in the absence of the surety, the defendant be remanded in prison and adjourned the matter until July 10 for hearing.

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Police command in Ogun arrests lovers for faking kidnap

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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

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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.

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Gunmen kill 21 in NW Nigeria attacks: police

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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

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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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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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Police arrests man over alleged rape of 85-year-old woman in Niger

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The Police Command in Niger has arrested one Peter Ayemoba, of Rafin Sanyi area in Suleja Local Government Area, for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his two daughters.

The police also announced the arrest of another suspect who allegedly raped an 85-year-old woman.

ASP Wasiu Abiodun, Command Public Relation Officer (PPRO), disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Minna on Thursday.

Abiodun said that Ayemoba had sexually assaulted his daughters, now aged 20 and 23, between 2013 and 2019.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect usually threatened to kill them and commit suicide if they denied him carnal knowledge,” the PPRO said.

He also said that police detectives attached to Kagara division in Rafi Local Government Area have arrested one Ezekiel Yonana, 25, for raping an 85-year-old woman in Tukunguna village.

Abiodun said the incident occurred on May 23 at about 23:00 am while the old woman was asleep.

According to the PPRO, the suspect, a resident of Unguwar Ya’u Tunguna village criminally trespassed into her room and threatened to kidnap her or paid him some money.

“The suspect forcefully had canal knowledge of the 85-year-old before she was rescued by her grandson.”

Abiodun said that the two suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.

He appealed to residents to volunteer information about suspected criminal elements in their midst.

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Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Police Command rescues kidnapped mother of Yenagoa LGA Chairman, SPDC workers

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The  Police Command in Bayelsa has rescued the kidnapped 80-year-old, Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa, mother of the Chairman of  Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

 

The police also rescued along with her some  workers of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) kidnapped early two months ago.

 

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Nkereuwem Akpan, told journalists in Yenagoa on Thursday that the rescuing of kidnapped victims was made possible by  the cooperation and support of law abiding people of the state.

 

“It is instructive to state that the command has rescued kidnapped victims, worthy of note is the rescue of Shell Petroleum Development Company’s workers and the 80– year-old Mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa local government council, Madam Beauty Nimizuoa.

 

“I am hopeful that with this level of commitment and engagements from the people of Bayelsa, we will together drive community policing initiative forward and make our communities safer again,” he said.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa was kidnapped on March 6, 2020, at her residence at Tombia community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

 

Madam Beauty Nimiyigha is the mother of  the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, Mr Uropaye Nimiyigha.

 

A family source, who spoke in anonymity, told reporters that the victim is hale and hearty, but the family is trying to keep the incident calm.

 

“After the kidnapping of our mother, the entire family was in a state of dilemma. I remember that each time it rains, the chairman would start crying, but we thank God her kidnappers  have released her.

 

“And each time it was  raining then, he would be saying ‘how is my mother faring with the rain?’

 

“Whenever  the temperature was hot, he would be crying and be worried about how his old mother was faring with the kidnappers.

 

“So today, we are happy that she is free and healthy. The Nigeria Police must be commended because they did a good job,” he said.

 


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Oyo police seek information on killers of 18-yr-old Bello

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The Police Command in Oyo State has solicited for credible information from members of the public to unravel those who raped and killed an 18-year-old girl, Barakat Bello.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barakat, a student of Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Ibadan, was raped and stabbed to death by hoodlums in her father’s residence at Kara Akinyele area on Monday in Ibadan.

Speaking to NAN on the incident on Thursday, the state’s Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said investigation to unravel the killers of the deceased has commenced.

“We solicit credible information from members of the public to urgently arrest those behind the incident.

“ The police are presently on top of the situation and we will brief the press when we have an update on the matter.

“Efforts are being intensified on the matter,” Fadeyi said.

It would be recalled that the father of the deceased, Kareem Bello, had said the hoodlums arrived their home possibly to rob when other members of the family were not at home except Barakat and her younger sister.

The father said that the hoodlums saw the deceased in the bathroom, raped and macheted her to death before her younger sister later saw her  corpse in a pool of blood.

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Court orders police, DSS not to arrest CUPP spokesman, Ugochinyere

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The FCT High Court sitting in Bwari, Abuja has ordered the inspector-general of police and the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) not to arrest the Spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere.

Justice Othman Musa, who gave the order on Thursday in Bwari, said the police and DSS should not give effect to the directives of the House of Representatives to arrest Ugochinyere.

”The 5th and 6th respondents are ordered in clear terms not to give effect to the act of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents, either by themselves, servants or privies for acts of disobedience of the orders of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Suit No: /475/2020.

“They are further restrained from arresting or detaining in any manner the applicant, pending the determination of the motion on notice.”

The House of Representatives, led by its Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, had directed the inspector-general of police, to arrest Ugochinyere over the allegation he made against the house, involving a $10-million bribe.

Ugochinyere had alleged that the house collected the bribe to hurriedly deliberate upon and pass the controversial Infectious Disease Bill, pending before it.

The house summoned the CUPP spokesman but Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja ordered that status quo should be maintained in the matter.

Shortly after the house gave a fresh directive on Wednesday to the police and DSS, the CUPP spokesman rushed to court to stop his arrest.

The 1st to 6th respondents in the case with suit number /120/2020 are the speaker, the House of Representatives, Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Henry Nwawuba, the IGP and DG of DSS.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

 

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