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Police arrest kidnap gang leader, 3 others in Bauchi

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The Police Command in Bauchi has arrested a 19-year-old suspected leader of a kidnap gang, Mohammed Jibrin alias Al-amin, with three others for kidnapping a 15-year-ol school boy.

Mr Philip Maku, the Commissioner of Police in the state, disclosed this while parading the suspects on Thursday in Bauchi.

He said the gang of four kidnappers were arrested for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and culpable homicide.

Maku said that the leader of suspects, Jibrin, was arrested with three other members of his gang after reportedly demanding N10 million from their victim.

“Last month, one Dr Sulaiman Auwal of Ibrahim Bako, behind AYM Shafa filling station, Bauchi, reported that he received a phone call from an unknown person, saying they had kidnapped his son.

“One Abubakar Sadiq Suleiman, 19, demanded the sum of N10 million as ransom.

“Upon receipt of the report, the police detectives from the Anti-kidnapping Unit swung into action and arrested the suspects,” he said.

The police boss said that the gang leader, Jibrin, confessed that on April 4, 2020, he and one Abdulrahman Sulaiman, 29, criminally conspired, killed and buried their victim, Abubakar Sadiq Suleiman, in their compound.

“They used part of the ransom paid through his account to buy Mercedes E320 4matic at the cost of N1, 650, 000.
He added that they also bought i-phone at the cost of N156, 000.

The police boss also said that in a separate operation, the team arrested three other suspects in connection with the case of kidnapping and culpable homicide.

He assured that all the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

Maku, however, enjoined members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected persons to the police without delayed.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Police arrest 69 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers in Adamawa

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The Police Command in Adamawa, has arrested 69 persons for alleged conspiracy, inciting communal clashes, kidnapping, armed robbery and culpable homicide.

Mr Olubenga Adeyanju, the Commissioner of police in the state,   disclosed his during a news briefing in Yola on Monday.

He said that 25 out of the 69 suspects were members  of local criminal gangs, Shila boys, who attacked innocent citizens and robbed them of their belongings.

“The exhibits recovered from them include,  one rifle with seven rounds of live ammunitions, locally made revolver pistol with three rounds of live ammunitions and two cutlasses ,” he said.

Adeyanju said 19 of the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and kidnapping.

“The group confessed to have kidnapped Dodde Zumo and Ya’u Mohammadu all residents of Zumo/Maiha Local Government Area of the state.

“They collected N1 million as ransom in March 2020 before they were apprehended.

“We recovered three Ak 47 rifles, one den gun, one locally made pistol and two motorcycles,” he said.

He said investigations further led to the arrest of another syndicate that kidnapped one Sule Haro, Solomi Ishaya and killed one Pastor Ishaya in April 2020.

The CP said the remaining 25 suspects were arrested for inciting communal clashes, culpable homicide threat to life, impersonation and extortion.

He added that one of the suspects, Buba Mohammed,  conspired and killed one Sgt. Amos Joseph, a police officer and went away with his Ak47 rifle.

“Police  apprehended the suspect and recovered the Ak47 rifle,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the command presented an award of commendation to some hunters for their contribution in the fight against crime in the state


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Police arrest 2 persons over death of three in Akinyele LGA

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The Police Command in Oyo State has confirmed the arrest of two persons in connection with the murder of three persons in some communities in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that unknown gunmen invaded Ikereku, Pade and Olanla Villages in Akinyele LGA on Sunday and killed three persons.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the incident in Ibadan on Monday, said that eight unknown gunmen invaded the communities on Sunday.

“The police operatives immediately swung into action when they got the information.

“We combed the bushes in the areas and two persons were arrested in connection with the incident.

“The police tactical team and other operatives have been deployed to arrest others who participated in the act,” Fadeyi said.

The PPRO assured adequate security for good people of the state and urged them to provide timely and adequate information that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the unlawful act.

NAN reports that a resident of the village gave the names of those killed during the raid to include Ope Babalola, Waheed Ganiyu and Yemi Osunolale.


Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Spotlight: Aussie police call on public to help fight racist abuse

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Australia is a country which prides itself on welcoming many people from many different backgrounds. However, as fear and anger over the COVID-19 crisis spread, some Australians have encountered physical and psychological abuse simply because of the way they look.

Realizing the alarming trend, last week police in the State of New South Wales (NSW) launched a campaign called “Stop Public Threats” to help the public understand their legal rights and come forward to report racist crimes when they see them.

It comes after several shocking instances of racial abuse in Australia since the start of the pandemic.

They include a woman in Queensland who was allegedly accused of having COVID-19 and punched several times in the face while in public, and a family household was spray painted with a racist slogan.

The message delivered in the campaign was that according to the law in NSW, anyone who incites violence against others on the grounds of their race or religion may face criminal investigation and up to 3 years in jail, regardless of whether such behavior was a direct physical attack, or if it occurred in private, public, or even on social media.

“Racial abuse and racial vilification in all their ugly forms are never acceptable and go against everything we stand for in NSW,” NSW acting minister for multiculturalism Geoff Lee said last week.

“No member of our community should ever feel attacked due to their cultural or religious background.”

Most people who Xinhua spoke to said that Australians were by and large friendly and accepting, and in no way blamed any group for COVID-19. However, some did report feeling concerned that their race could make them a target for hatred.

Min Jung Pi, who emigrated from South Korea to Australia told Xinhua that particularly early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, she felt that the mood towards Asian people had become more suspicious, bordering on hostile.

“I felt like when there was a spare seat on the bus next to me, people didn’t sit down. It’s not direct discrimination, because they didn’t say or do anything to me, but it made me feel like I was being bullied,” Pi said.

“I felt like I was targeted because I am Asian, it made me feel very uncomfortable.”

Although the police stand for victims, but when they are absent at the time and places of racial incidents there is really not much they can do, she added.

Justin Chan, who has owned a business in Sydney’s Chinatown for 25 years, said that he too had noticed a difference in how he and his family were treated during the pandemic, but that reporting any kind of racial prejudice was too time-consuming and would yield no real result.

Victorian Multicultural Commission chair Vivienne Nguyen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that the broader community’s lack of understanding regarding racial vilification laws in Australia made them more difficult to enforce, and she feared that some crimes were going unreported.

“The lack of understanding and lack of awareness of the legislation means that we find ourselves in a situation … now with under-reporting,” she said.

A spokesperson from NSW Department of Communities and Justice told Xinhua that to date there had been no prosecutions made under Section 93Z of the Crimes Act, which deals specifically with race based incidents.

State authorities have been upfront in acknowledging a lack of understanding about the legal options available to victims of racism and a widely held belief that the process of reporting is considered daunting and unclear.

NSW‘s Minister for counter terrorism Anthony Roberts said the campaign reinforces the need to stand firm as a community, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our response to the pandemic and the worst bushfire season on record in NSW earlier this year demonstrates our community’s incredible resilience,” Roberts said.

“There is a small number of individuals with extreme and violent views who want to divide us. We need to reject this behaviour and protect the rights of all NSW residents.”

(XINHUA)

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2 injured, many abducted in Ebonyi, Abia clash -Police

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Two persons were allegedly injured and many abducted in renewed clash between Amata, Ishiagu community in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi and Lokpanta community in Abia state.

Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ebonyi, who confirmed the attack on Sunday in Abakaliki, said that the two commands were working to return normalcy to the affected areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two communities have been locked in years of inter-communal conflict over ownership of a farmland near their borders.

The warring communities renewed their hostilities on Saturday which led to two indigenes of Amata allegedly sustaining gunshot wounds.

Odah said that Abia and Ebonyi commands have sent detachments of tactical units to patrol the area and ensure law and order as well as to avert loss of lives and property.

“Our men are in control of the situation. They arrived the scene of crisis and rescued those abducted from the two sides and also aborted bloodbath; though two persons were injured from gun shots.

“It is a very unfortunate situation and we are appealing to both communities to sheath their swords and allow for dialogue.

“The two police commands will collaborate to ensure that security is maintained in the affected area to prevent the incessant clashes between the two communities,” the spokesperson said.

However, a source from Amata who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity said that the incident took place on Saturday at the disputed farmland.

The source who escaped the attack said that it took the timely intervention of armed policemen from Ivo division to put the situation under control and prevent bloodshed.

He urged the state and federal governments to urgently intervene to save looming inter-communal clash between the two communities.


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Policeman killed as suspected IS militant attacks police office in Indonesia

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One policeman was killed and another injured as a sword-wielding man, who was suspected as an IS-linked militant, attacked a police office in Indonesia’s province of Central Kalimantan on Monday, a police officer said.

The police found documents linked with the IS group in Iraq and Syria in a small bag of the attacker, Provincial Police Spokesman Senior Commissioner Mochamad Rifa‘i said.

The militant burned a police patrol car early morning before slashing a policeman who was in charge at the Daha Selatan police office, and he was dead at the scene, the spokesman said.

The attacker identified as AR was shot dead by other policemen, said Rifa’i.

The police were probing the possible linkage of the militant with the IS group, the spokesman was quoted by local media as saying.

(XINHUA)

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

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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.

(XINHUA)

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

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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.

(XINHUA)

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Bandits kill Batsari LGA APC Chairman in Katsina State — Police

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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

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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.”

(XINHUA)

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