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Police arrest 58 suspects over kidnapping, other criminal offences



The Police on Wednesday said they have arrested 58 suspects for various alleged criminal offences in different parts of the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, said this at a news briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery, car theft, unlawful possession of weapons, murder and “one chance” operations in different parts of the country.

Mba said the police operatives recovered a total of 18 Ak47 riffles, 1,233 rounds of live Ak47 ammunition, nine pump action and five single barrel rifles from the different suspected gang members.

said other items recovered  included one automatic pistol, one hand grenade and a total of 53 live cartridges.

According to him, among the suspects are members of the gang that kidnapped three Ahmadu Bello University students on the Abuja – Kaduna expressway, 

“We also have the syndicate that masterminded the kidnap of a  lawmaker in Kaduna State as well as the syndicates that carried out the kidnap of the Turkish expatriates in Kwara.

“We also have a group of armed robbers who operate largely in Rivers camouflaging to be members of the Nigerian Legion.

“Among the suspects are also “one chance” syndicates who specialise in robbing by picking up passengers in FCT metropolis and robbing them while on transit,” he said.

Mba said among the suspects were the notorious kidnap syndicate, well branded in Taraba,  who had carried out several kidnap activities in that state.

According to him, also among the suspects is a Cameroonian lady who lured a male Nigerian into a hotel, spiked his drinks and stole his car.

He said police operatives went after the lady after the man got back to his senses and reported the matter to the police.

Mba said the suspect and her cohorts were traced to Auchi where they had sold the car.

He added that police operatives later traced them to Jos as they tried to exit the country .

He said that one of the gang members, whose Golf Car was used to conceal weapons in a specially built compartment hidden under the dashboard, was arrested.

The FPRO said that a thorough investigation had shown that prima facie cases of kidnapping, homicide, armed robbery and unlawful possession of weapons had been established against them.

“Taking a clue from the incident involving the young man who gave a ride to the ladies, took them to his hotel, and eventually got himself drugged before his car was stolen, citizens must be weary of companies they keep.

“The police are using this medium to call on Nigerians to desist from giving ride to persons they don’t know, or allow themselves to be given a ride by persons they don’t know.

“When you are in a public place, in night clubs, plane, train or public transport, avoid accepting drinks, chewing gums, food and all kinds of edibles from persons you don’t know.

“You could easily be drugged and once you are out of your state of mind, you can easily be robbed, kidnapped, raped or dealt with in any criminal way,” he said.

Mba said the suspects would be arraigned in court accordingly.


Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Donald Ugwu  


Kenyan police nab 3 terror suspects with explosive materials




Kenyan police said they are interrogating three terror suspects who were arrested on Friday while ferrying explosive materials along Nairobi-Namanga highway.

The security forces from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the three suspects were arrested near Maili Tisa trading center with bomb-making materials.

“Explosive materials including 17 rolls of detonating codes and one packet containing 100 pieces of supreme detonators have been recovered by a multi-agency team of officers,” DCI said in a statement on Friday evening.

The three include a foreign national aged 26 years.

The DCI said they have launched investigations into the incident. Namanga is near the Kenya-Tanzania border.

“The suspects are in lawful custody pending further police action. Further investigations on the matter are ongoing,” said the DCI.

The police hold that many al-Shabab returnees are holed in Kenya especially in northern and coastal regions.

The militants have since changed tactics and resorted to abductions and using improvised explosive devices to carry out attacks in parts of the two regions, according to police.


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Killings: Oyo police commissioner relocates to Moniya



The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu, has relocated his office to Moniya in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state following the killing an 18-year-old, Barakat Bello, and a 29-year-old, Azeezat Somuyiwa, in the area.

The Deputy Commissioner(Operations) and  Deputy Commissioner (Criminal Investigation Department) among other top officers had also relocated to the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bello, a student of Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) ,Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Ibadan, was on Monday raped and  killed.

NAN also reports that Somuyiwa, who was seven months pregnant, was killed on Friday in the axis.

A statement issued in Ibadan by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, announced the relocation to the area in response to the killings.

“The police are aware of the dastardly killing of one Baraka Bello ‘f’ 18-years-old of Oloro Area kraal, Akinyele LGA of Oyo State on 31st May, 2020 and one Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya Akinyele LGA, on 5th June, 2020.

` It should be noted that immediately the Commissioner of Police got wind of the incident, he relocated his office to the area along with the DC Operations, DC Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Area Commander, Moniya, DPOs Moniya and Ojoo with all the police tactical teams in company with Special Assistant (SA) and Executive Assistant (EA) Security from Oyo State Government House.

“Furthermore, intensified efforts are on by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, to unravel the mystery behind the dastardly killings.

`The Commissioner of Police therefore wishes to use this medium to put the records straight that Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya, that was killed in the early hours of 5th June, 2020 by some assailants was smashed with stone on her head.

“The deceased is not a post graduate student of the University of Ibadan as widely circulated on the social media. Her murder seems similar to that of a ritual killing,’’ Fadeyi said.

The police spokesman said the commissioner reiterated the resolve of the command to get to the root of the matter and advised members of the public to be wary of hoodlums in their midst.

Fadeyi quoted the commissioner as warning residents to be security conscious and embark on bush clearing.

The commissioner also reiterated the command’s resolve to continue to rejig the security architecture for maximum protection of lives and property in the state.

He urged residents to continue to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation, saying  adequate security measures had been put in place to respond promptly to any security threat.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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United States protests against police brutality met with excessive police force




#PoliceBrutality, #PoliceViolence and #PoliceBrutalityProtests, have, among others, become trending hastags on United States social media as protests triggered by the death of George Floyd in police custody witnessed more incidents of excessive police force.

Two police officers of Buffalo, New York, were suspended without pay on Thursday after a viral video showed them pushing an old man to the ground at a protest over Floyd’s death.

“When I saw the video from Buffalo, it made me sick to my stomach. Where was the threat? How can you walk by a person when there’s blood coming out of his head? It’s fundamentally inhumane & frightening,” tweeted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.

The local police department first claimed the man tripped and fell, but the video told a different story. The 75-year-old man is in stable but serious condition in hospital, city leaders said.

In Atlanta, Georgia, six police officers have been fired with five of the facing charges of excessive force against two college students during a protest Saturday.

Body camera footage shows the two students, who were on their way home from picking up food when they got caught in traffic downtown caused by the protest, were hit with tasers by officers before being pulled out of their car.

A Philadelphia police commander has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly beating a student from Temple University with a baton during a protest Tuesday in Center City district, the city’s district attorney said Friday night.

The cop is seen in a cell phone video attacking the student, then jumping on the student and making an arrest.

A police officer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave after a viral video showed him knocking over a protester who was kneeling with her hands up.

The shaky footage shows the officer walked away from a crowd of demonstrators before shoving the protester who was kneeling behind him.

“Hi. You’re probably seeing this pinned tweet because cops are rioting nationwide and I’m trying to keep track,” wrote T. Greg Doucette, an attorney in North Carolina, who has compiled 323 clips of videotaped incidents by Friday evening at his Twitter account @greg_doucette.

“The use of force by police can’t pacify protests responding to the use of force by police,” commented David A. Graham in his story published in The Atlantic on May 31.

“The demonstrations around the country take as their starting point that police are brutalizing citizens of color. Law-enforcement officers and agencies have two ways to respond: They can affirm that complaint with aggressive policing and overwhelming force, or they can work to show they are on the same side, against brutality … but the aggressive strategy clearly doesn’t,” he said.


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Afghan fighting, roadside bomb kill 15 including 11 police in Badakhshan




At least 15 fighters including 11 local police personnel were confirmed dead as a clash erupted in Khash district of Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province on Saturday, provincial police spokesman Sanahullah Rohani said.

The clash flared up after Taliban militants launched massive offensives on several security checkpoints, triggering heavy fighting and both sides have suffered, the official added.

According to the official, a police van ran over a mine, leaving 11 officers dead while four militants including Mullah Hamid, the shadow governor of Taliban for Khash district were also killed.

Rohani said that a cleanup operation is underway in the area. The Taliban outfit has yet to make comment.


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New York state governor unveils police reform agenda in wake of George Floyd death




Governor of the United States state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced a reform agenda to address police brutality, especially against minority communities, following the death of Minnesota man George Floyd.

The “Say Their Name” agenda will make prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers transparent, ban chokeholds and make false race-based 911 reports a hate crime, said Cuomo at his daily briefing.

Meanwhile, the state’s attorney general will work as an independent prosecutor for deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement, he said.

“Mr. Floyd’s murder was the breaking point of a long list of deaths that were unnecessary and abusive, and people are saying ‘enough is enough,'” said Cuomo.

The governor pointed out that stopping police abuse vindicates the “99.9 percent of police who are there to do the right thing” and would also make the community-police relationship work better, he added.

Cuomo said New York should lead the charge and he would work with the state legislature to pass the agenda next week.

Confrontations — some times violent — between protesters and police have erupted during demonstrations nationwide during the past week. The governor said Thursday’s incident in Buffalo of upstate New York between two officers and a 75-year-old man was “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.”

In a video circulating online, two heavily-armed officer pushed the man, who approached them alone during a protest over George Floyd’s death, while asking him to move back.

The man tripped and fell backward with his head hitting the ground. Blood was seen coming from his head while no officer came to tend him immediately, as the video showed.

“Why? Why was that necessary? Where was the threat?” Cuomo questioned. “It’s just fundamentally offensive and frightening. How did we get to this place?”

The governor said he had spoken with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and they agreed that the officers involved should be immediately suspended, a decision that was announced late on Thursday.

Cuomo said he had also spoken on the phone with the old man, who was in serious condition but is “thankfully alive.”

“I believe the district attorney is looking into it from a possible criminal liability point of view, and I applaud the district attorney for moving quickly,” the governor added.


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Lagos Police arrest man kissing minor in viral video



The Lagos State Police Command has arrested  one Adeyeye Babatunde, ”M” of Kajola St., Shagamu, Ogun State, for kissing his three-year old step sister in a viral video.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement on Friday, said that Babatunde was a Botany student of Lagos State University, Ojo.

“The state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, directed detectives from the Gender Unit to analyse the video and apprehend the suspect.

“The team got the suspect and he has been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, , for diligent prosecution in court.

The CP expresses gratitude to Nigerians who helped in bringing the incident to the notice of the police, and urged everyone to continue to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence,” Elkana said.

He said that for complaints on rape, child abuse or domestic violence, the public should call any of the following numbers.

“08175899289, 09062887858, 09062887856, 09062887849, 09062887841, 09062887870, 08023532283, 09062887864, 09062887861 and 09062887860,” Elkana said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey (NAN)

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German police attempt to break up anti-racism rally in Hamburg



Police in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday said they had intervened to disperse attendees of an anti-racism rally they claimed were not adhering to coronavirus restrictions.

Around 1,500 people attended the demonstration, which was linked to last week’s killing by United States police of African-American man, George Floyd.

The event had originally been registered for 250 participants outside the United States consulate along the banks of Hamburg’s Alster River, a police spokesperson said.

Police declared the event over after just half an hour, claiming attendees had violated police instructions to observe coronavirus restrictions such as keeping a safe distance from one another and wearing a covering over their lower faces.

However, the crowds did not immediately disperse, with photos posted on social media, showing people sitting instead on the ground.

German politician, Christiane Schneider of the hard-left Die Linke, posted a picture on Twitter using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter she claimed showed a police water cannon ready for deployment against the crowd.

The demonstration was registered under the motto “Justice for Floyd – stop killing blacks – stop the racial terrorism in the USA’’.


Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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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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