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Police confirms burning of INEC office in A’Ibom

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The Akwa Ibom Police Command has confirmed the burning down of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ibesikpo Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that unidentified hoodlums set fire to the office this Friday, barely 24 hours to the Governorship and House of Assembly polls.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Odiko MacDon confirmed the incident to newsmen in Uyo on Friday.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim

Kaoje, is aware of the incident and has detailed senior police operatives to investigate the incident.

“We are investigating to ascertain whether it is a clear case of arson, and when the investigations are completed, we will let the people know,” MacDon said.

He said the findings would be made public while anyone  found culpable will be made to face the law no matter how highly placed.

The command spokesman said security had been beefed up around all INEC offices and centers across the state. 

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New Zealand police officers charged with manslaughter

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Three New Zealand Police officers have been charged with manslaughter, authorities said on Wednesday, following the death of a man in custody last year.

The 55-year-old man died while in custody at the Hawera police station, some 190 kilometres north of Wellington, in the early hours of June 1, 2019.

The charges allege the officers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were “grossly negligent” in their duty of care to the victim, and that this was a “causal factor” in his death, police said in a statement.

“The decision to file charges was made after a thorough investigation and consideration of legal advice from the New Plymouth Crown Solicitor and a Queen’s Counsel,” the statement said.

The victim’s family has been advised on the charges, and all three officers have been stood down from duty, the statement said.

The trio have been remanded on bail and will appear in court in late June.

Police said as the matter is before the courts, no further details or comments about the case would be made.

A police statement released last year following the incident said the man was found unresponsive at the police station during a routine check.

Police staff and paramedics tried to revive the man for more than 30 minutes.

“It is a very sad time for all involved, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family,” Inspector Chris de Wattignar said at the time.

“Police staff make every effort to ensure the safety of those in Police custody.”

Edited By: Emmanuel (NAN) Yashim

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United States anger spreads to Australia as thousands protest police brutality

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Thousands of people took to the streets in Australia on Tuesday evening, in solidarity with demonstrations taking place in the United States over police violence against minorities.

As they marched through Sydney, the protesters chanted, “I can’t breath” and “black lives matter,” the same slogans heard across the United States as demonstrations continued there.

Australia’s own issues with police misconduct were also on the agenda, with many displaying the Aboriginal flag in recognition of the high rates of indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody.

The demonstrations remained peaceful and many of those in attendance wore masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

“How many deaths in custody have we had and how many cops have stood up for us?” indigenous Gadigal man, Tristan Field told the crowd before the march.

“We need a huge upheaval right now, we need to stop black people dying in this country and around the world because it is just unjust.”

Despite making up only 2 percent of the Australian population, First Nations Peoples represent approximately 27 percent of the prison population.

The local protest came just hours after video went viral of an indigenous teenager being knocked to the ground by police in the State of New South Wales (NSW).

Police are investigating the incident which appeared to involve the boy threatening officers before being violently restrained.

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Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department

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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.

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Police Command in Niger “in talks” with top APC official over party funds

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The Police Command in Niger on Tuesday said it had invited a top official of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, over alleged financial misappropriation.

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.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

 

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Police arrest officer over alleged killing of motorcycle operator in Adamawa

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Police in Adamawa on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of their officer, who allegedly shot and killed a commercial motorcycle operator in Maiha Local Government Area of the state.

DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, the state Police Command Public Relation Officer, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola.

Nguroje said the incident occurred on Monday at about 9 a.m in Maiha town of Maiha local government area.

“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 in shock the way and manner this young man , Arabo Tambajam, 20, recklessly shot by the security officer who supposed to protect the lives of people in the area.

“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.

Late Tambajam was said to have earlier given the officer N50 to allow him pass, but refused and demanded for N100.


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Mozambican police urge people to observe preventive measures against COVID-19

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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.

The police spokesperson appealed for the parents and legal guardians to protect their children and keep them at home, as schools in the country have been closed since March 23.

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.

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Expedite action to bring Omozuwa’s killers to justice, group tasks Police  

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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.

Founder of Girl Child Africa, Bukky Shonibare made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

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.

In February 2019, Edo  government signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill which stipulates appropriate punishments for sexual abuse.

“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.


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5 police officers shot, wounded in United States protests

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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.

Trump deepened outrage on Monday by posing at a church across from the White House clutching a Bible after law enforcement officers used teargas and rubber bullets to clear protesters.

The United States Secret Service, charged with protecting the president, on Tuesday closed down until further notice the streets around the White House, media reports said.

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.

An emotional St. Louis police commissioner, John Hayden, said about 200 protesters were looting and hurling fireworks and rocks at officers.

“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.

“In so doing, he used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes,” he said on Twitter. The church suffered minor fire damage during protests on Sunday night.

On Tuesday, Trump was scheduled to visit the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington.

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Police arraign man, 20, over alleged church break-in, stealing

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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.

The prosecutor, Sgt.Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant and others  currently at large, committed the offences on May 25, at about 1:00 a.m., at Isato Ologoro Street in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendant and his accomplices who are  currently at large, broke into the Cherubim and Sheraphim Church, Orisun Ibukun.

Apata also alleged that the defendant and his accomplices stole: one big generator valued  N80,000, a medium- size Tiger generator valued N15,000 and four microphones valued  N20,000.

Others item stolen are: a watch valued  N15,000 and cash sum of N36,000, all valued N166,000 belonging to the church.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 415 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

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.

The magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Awosika adjourned the case until July 6 for hearing.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Peter Dada (NAN)

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