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Police arraign woman in court for alleged N415,000 fraud



The police, on Friday, arraigned a 37-year-old woman, Folake Aderoyin in court for alleged N415,000 fraud.

Aderoyin, whose address was not provided, is facing a charge of fraud before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court.

She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in  January  at Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti.

Apata said the defendant collected some goods worth N415, 000 from the complainant, Mr Mahmood Badra and promised to deliver the money to him, a representation she knew was false.

He alleged that the defendant fraudulently converted the money to her own use.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 383(1) (2) (a) (b) (f) (4)  of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State, 2012.

Apata  urged the court to  adjourn the case to enable him study the file and assemble  his witnesses.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Olawumi Olowofela, urged the court to grant his client bail, promising that she would not jump bail.

The magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, granted the defendant bail  in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Awosika ordered that  the sureties must be her blood relations.

She adjourned the case until June 3 for mention.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)


Roundup: Curfews imposed in about 40 United States cities as protests against police brutality spread




About 40 U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington D.C. have imposed curfews as protests against police brutality kept spreading for the sixth day.

The protests began in response to the death of 46-year-old African American male George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in police custody on Monday.

The unarmed man died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe.”

Chauvin was arrested and charged with three-degree murder and manslaughter earlier on Friday.

However, unrest has swept the United States as protesters say they want to see charges for all four police officers involved in the death of Floyd.

In Minneapolis, thousands of people swarmed the city on another day of protests on Sunday.

A tanker truck driver was in custody after speeding through marchers protesting Floyd’s death on the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis late in the day, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

The freeway was among many shut down in the Minneapolis area for the second night in a row as an 8 p.m. curfew was imposed at the nation’s center of protests for days.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Sunday night she was imposing a citywide curfew amid rising tensions between protesters and police outside the White House.

The curfew would last from 11:00 p.m. on Sunday (0300 GMT Monday) until 6:00 a.m. (1000 GMT) on Monday. Bowser also activated the D.C. National Guard to support the local police.

Sunday marked the third day in a row of protests in the United States capital over the death of Floyd. On Friday night, United States President Donald Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks, according to local media report.

By Sunday night, thousands of demonstrators were fanning across New York City in different groups, walking into streets which were crowded with traffic.

Some of the groups paused every few blocks to take a knee, while others gathered in Times Square in Manhattan and outside the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn.

A viral video that captured one of the tensest moments of Saturday’s protests in the Big Apple showed that police officers in a Sport Utility Vehicle suddenly surged forward into a crowd of protesters.

Los Angeles declared another curfew effective from local time 8:00 p.m. Sunday (0300 GMT Monday) to 5:30 a.m. (1230 GMT) Monday as the country’s second largest city witnessed a night of looting and vandalism in the city’s downtown and shopping streets.

Other cities in Southern California, including Santa Ana, Culver City and West Hollywood, which joined Los Angeles in proclaiming an overnight curfew on Saturday, also extended the curfew to local time 5:30 a.m. Monday.

California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County on Saturday night to cope with the unrest. With a population of more than 10 million, the county is the most populous county in the United States.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Sunday once again set strict parameters for the city effort to contain another night of protesting.

Bridges on the Chicago river dividing the residential areas north of the city’s downtown Loop area remained up on Sunday, closing off any movement between the two sides. The city’s public transit system suspended all bus and rail services starting at 6:30 p.m.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker would activate 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers to help manage street closures at the request of Lightfoot. The Guard will not interfere with peaceful protestors, Pritzker said.

Chicago’s precautions followed a chaotic and violent Saturday evening, when many businesses along the streets were looted, police cars overturned and some properties damaged. There were six shootings with one death, and police made 240 arrests.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday declared a state of disaster following violent protests in cities throughout the state. The move allowed Abbott to designate federal law enforcement officers to respond to the ongoing threats.

Abbott also has ordered thousands of more troopers to these cities and more than 1,000 National Guard soldiers to assist the Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement in their efforts.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has also deployed tactical teams to assist state and local law enforcement.

Over the weekend, protests and violence throughout Texas continued as hundreds of protestors were arrested in the past two days.

In Dallas, Police Chief Renee Hall on Sunday instituted a curfew from 7 p.m. Sunday (0100 GMT Monday) till 6 a.m. for the next several days in response to the weekend violent protest.

In the state capital of Austin, protesters gathered in downtown area Sunday afternoon and marched toward the state Capitol and Austin City Hall, chanting “no justice, no peace,” according to local media.


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United States states clamp down on protests demanding end to police violence over George Floyd’s death




Some 5,000 United States National Guard troops were deployed to patrol a dozen major U.S. states on Sunday amid ongoing George Floyd protests against racism and police violence, which have sent shock waves through the country.

The national guard soldiers would assist law enforcement officers in the states who are in charge of security in the face of riots, and “thousands more stand ready if needed,” Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Joseph Lengyel tweeted.

Demonstrators in at least 30 cities across 16 states in the United States have been protesting against police violence and racism since May 25, when George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old African American male, died at the hands of a white police officer in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On Saturday evening, United States Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy directed the activation of Washington D.C. National Guard in response to the United States Park Police asking for assistance with the protests, Commanding General William Walker said in a statement.

Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME!” United States President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday afternoon. “Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests.”

“There’s been an uptick in tension and hatred and division since (Trump) came along,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference on Saturday. “It‘s just a fact.”

Some political pundits said they believe that the widespread protests had more to do with Americans’ frustration over the Trump administration’s politically divisive tactics than the actual murder of Floyd by a white police officer.

Many said the Trump administration’s policies to divide the United States were on display throughout the country this weekend.

They accused Trump of repeatedly and openly condoning or supporting hate groups during his presidency, which was unprecedented for a U.S. president. For example, in 2017, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Trump, who has often urged police to use tough tactics, was not helping matters.

“We are beyond a tipping point in this country, and his rhetoric only enflames that,” she said on CBS.

As many as 25 cities have imposed curfews while at least eight states and Washington D.C. have called on the National Guard to help respond to protests as of Saturday, said a CNN report.

Nearly 1,400 people have been arrested during the protests in 17 cities since Thursday, according to an AP tally, adding that the actual number is likely higher as protests continued over the weekend.

A number of popular landmarks of the U.S. capital around the National Mall in central Washington D.C. were defaced with graffiti on Sunday.

In Washington D.C. on Saturday, protesters gathered outside the White House for the second straight day, chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday extended a curfew, which was initially applied only to downtown, to the whole city, requiring everyone within the City of Los Angeles to stay indoors from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

“The vast majority of people taking to the streets are doing it peacefully, powerfully, and with reverence for the sacred cause they’re fighting for. This curfew is in place to protect their safety — and the safety of all who live and work in our city,” Garcetti said in a statement.


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Bandits kill Batsari LGA APC Chairman in Katsina State — Police



The Police Command in Katsina State said that bandits have killed Alhaji Abdulhamid Sani, Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Katsina.

Today, 31/05/2020, at about 1:35 p.m., bandits in their numbers, attacked Sabon-garin Dumburawa in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“The bandits begun shooting sporadically with sophisticated weapons, and killed a 55-year-old APC Chairman in Batsari local Government Area, Abdulhamid Sani, when he resisted to be kidnapped by the hoodlums,” he said.

Isah said that Operation Puff Adder and Sharan Daji have responded, and now searching the forest with a view to arresting the hoodlums.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Thousands defy mass-gathering ban in UK to protest over police killing of George Floyd




Despite the ban of mass gatherings in Britain, thousands of people gathered Sunday in London and Manchester to protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man suffocated to death by a white police officer in the mid-western U.S. state of Minnesota on Monday.

Chanting “no justice, no peace”, the protesters gathered in London’s landmark Trafalgar Square shortly after 1 p.m. (1200 GMT) before marching through Westminster to Downing Street.

Videos posted on twitter showed people shouting “I can’t breathe” on the square. Taking to their knee, they also chanted “George Floyd“, as some of them held banners reading “Black Lives Matter“.

Protests were also held in Manchester and outside the U.S. embassy in London.

Meanwhile, London‘s Metropolitan Police said on its twitter account that police are aware of demonstrators gathering outside the U.S. embassy.

“Officers are on scene & engaging with those in attendance. An appropriate policing plan is in place,” it added.

Protesters continued to take to the streets on Saturday in at least 30 U.S. cities over the death of Floyd.

As many as 25 cities across 16 U.S. states have imposed curfews while at least eight states and Washington D.C. have called on the National Guard to help respond to protests and unrest as of Saturday.

Nearly 1,400 people have been arrested during the protests in 17 cities since Thursday, according to an AP tally, which added that the actual number is likely higher as protests continue on Saturday night.

In Washington D.C. on Saturday, protesters gathered outside the White House for the second straight day, chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe.”


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Unrest grips dozens of U.S. cities as Police, protesters clash



Dozens of cities in the United States were seeing fiery clashes between the Police and protesters continue as the killing of George Floyd sparked massive unrest throughout the country.

In Minneapolis, where the African-American man died in police custody earlier this week, thousands of national guard soldiers were patrolling the streets on Saturday night and quickly cracked down on violent protests.

Meanwhile, violent outrage spread from the mid-western city to the entire country as people looted trendy stores in Los Angeles and set fire to a courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee.

In New York, video showed a police cruiser apparently ploughing through protesters, who started to surround the vehicle and attack it.

“It’s clear that a different element has come into play here who are trying to hurt police officers and trying to damage their vehicles,’’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference in regards to the incident.

It is “absolutely impossible situation’’ and the police officer needed to escape, de Blasio said.

Three people were also charged in the city with “using and attempting to use’’ molotov cocktails to “damage New York City Police Department (NYPD) vehicles,’’ the U.S. Attorney’s Office of New York’s Eastern District of New York, said.

Curfews were across the U.S. on Saturday night, affecting millions of people including in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and other major cities, as authorities attempted to squash the growing chaos.

In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz had warned that Minneapolis residents should expect more violence on Saturday night, the fifth night straight that the city saw unrest.

Walz called on locals to stay home so authorities can remove what he contends are outside agitators, looking to sow “terror and destruction’’.

“These are not our neighbours,’’ Walz said during a press conference.

“Minnesotans you must stay in place tonight.’’

Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, also claimed that the violent protests were being caused by people who “are not Minneapolis residents’’.

The outpouring of rage across the U.S. has forced yet another reckoning about police treatment of African-Americans in the country, as authorities struggle to provide an outlet for the anger while attempting to quell unrest.

President Donald Trump has taken a highly partisan tone calling for a tougher crackdown on protesters and accusing them of being “radical-left criminals”.

He said Antifa – a loose network of people that often promote militant anarchism – are behind the unrest that was sparked by Floyd’s death.

“My administration will stop mob violence and will stop it cold,’’ Trump said, adding that the federal government is coordinating with local authorities across the nation, as the response becomes increasingly militarised.

After a night of unrest on Friday, largely peaceful protests took over streets in major cities throughout the country during daytime hours of Saturday, including in New Jersey’s Newark and Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia, among others.

Protesters held signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and chanted “I can’t breathe”, among Floyd’s last words.

As the day progressed, many of the demonstrations morphed into clashes, filled with burning dumpsters, tear gas and rubber bullets.

“I’m asking all of Los Angeles to take a deep breath and to step back, for a moment,’’ Mayor Eric Garcetti said, who called in 500 National Guard soldiers to assist his city.

Minnesota’s Walz ordered a full mobilisation of National Guard soldiers on Saturday, the first time in the state’s history.

“It will be a dangerous situation on the streets tonight,’’ he added.

The governors of Utah and Texas also activated the National Guard to help control the escalating situation.

“We were confronted with tens of thousands of rioters,’’ said John Harrington, Head of Minnesota’s Public Safety.

“Literally, there are 5,000 of them surrounding a building, trashing the building.’’

Minnesota authorities also consulted with the U.S. Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper, to seek further “national-level” resources.

Joe Biden, the former vice president and presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party to run against Trump in November elections, condemned the violence in an opinion piece published by Medium in the early hours of Sunday.

“The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest.

“It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance,’’ Biden wrote.

The volatile protests came nearly immediately after video surfaced on Tuesday of a white police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for minutes as he pleads “I can’t breathe”.

The 46-year-old eventually lost consciousness and his limp body was loaded onto an ambulance stretcher.

Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after the incident.

Police say they suspected Floyd of attempting to pass a forged 20-dollar bill at a local store.

The officer, who kneeled on Floyd, Derek Chauvin, was charged with murder on Friday.

However, his relatively quick indictment did not subdue anger, which African-American activists say has been brewing due to generations of police brutality.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Floyd’s family said that they want an independent autopsy after the county coroner raised doubts about suffocation as the cause of death.


Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Russia criticizes police violence against journalists covering U.S. protests




The Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday that Moscow is concerned about growing police violence against and unjustified detentions of journalists covering protests in the United States over the death of African American George Floyd.

“We consider it unacceptable for U.S. law enforcement officials to use rubber bullets and tear gas against journalists after they presented a press card,” the ministry said in a statement.

Minneapolis police officers used pepper sprays deliberately against Mikhail Turgiyev, a correspondent with Russian news agency RIA Novosti, despite Turgiyev identifying himself as a journalist, the ministry said, calling it “a manifestation of unjustified cruelty.”

“We remind the U.S. authorities of their international obligations to ensure the safety and unhindered activities of journalists, as well as freedom of expression and equal access to information for all,” the statement read.


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Police killing of George Floyd sparks fury across United States




#ICantBreathe: #EricGarner died after chokehold by a white officer in 2014. 6 years later, #GeorgeFloyd uttered the same words before he died under the knees of another officer. But why? #BlackLivesMatter


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Alleged Rape: Police arrest 11 suspects in Jigawa



The Police Command in Jigawa has arrested 11 suspects for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl (name withheld).

The Spokesman of the command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Sunday in Dutse.

Jinjiri said the suspects (names withheld) were arrested on May 30, in Dutse Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that the suspects were apprehended after the police received a complaint that one of the suspects, aged 57 of Ma’ai village was seen at Limawa market in Dutse LGA, trying to lure the victim.

“A case of rape is being investigated at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Dutse, sequel to a report received by the Police that a 57-year-old man of Ma’ai village, Dutse LGA was seen at Limawa market trying to lure a 12-year-old girl of the same address, to a seclusion so as to have sexual intercourse with her,” he said.

Jinjiri added that in the course of interrogation, the victim  listed names of 11 men who had sexual intercourse with her at different times on many occasions.

“And to this end, the police arrested the listed suspects,” Jinjiri said, adding that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)


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CLO commends FG, I-G for creating additional police zonal command in south-east



The Chairman, Civil Liberties Organisation  (CLO) in Anambra, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, on Sunday commended the Federal Government for creating an additional police zonal command in the south-east.

Ezekwueme, who made this commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu, also applauded the Inspector-General of Police Mr Mohammed Adamu for the creation.

The new Zone 13 command comprises Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States.

“There is no doubt that the new zonal command will certainly improve security architecture in the South-East geo-political zone.

“It will further close the rank between the Police and the residents of the three states,’’ Ezekwueme said.

The CLO chief also commended the I-G for choosing Anambra as headquarters of the newly created Police Zone 13 Command.

CLO commends the police commissioners of the three states for their efforts toward improving security of lives and properties.

“Worthy of commendation is the patriotic, conscientious and diligence of some divisional police officers (DPOs) in the discharge of their duties, especially their quick response to complaints at their various divisions,’’ he said.

Ezekwueme also called on the police commissioners and state governors in the new zonal formation to dismantle illegal and illegitimate revenue agents on major highways within their states.

“These miscreants, especially those at River Niger bridge-head in Onitsha, are disgrace and nightmare to the government and Nigerians.’’

NAN reports that before now, only one police zonal command existed in the South-East, which is Zone 9, with its headquarters in Umuahia, Abia.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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