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Police in Osun arraign Man, 47,  over alleged fraud of N6.3m, impersonation

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The Police in Osun on Wednesday arraigned a 47-year-old man, Olaitan Bashiru, at an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged fraud of N6.3 million.

Bashiru, who is facing a two-count charge of fraud and theft, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The State Prosecutor, Mr S.O Ayodele, told the court that the defendant committed the offences between June and September 2018 in Osogbo.

Ayodele said the accused defrauded a company, Cadtech Nigeria Limited, by clamming to be the owner of Powerex Nigeria Limited, a claim he knows to be false.

He said the accused, in a fraudulent manner, obtained the sum of N6.3 million from Cardtech Limited on a business transaction he knew to be false.

The Prosecutor said the offenses contravened Sections 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol 11, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The Defense Counsel, Mr Eyotayo Soji, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs Aishat Ajanaku , granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.

Ajanaku said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payment and two passports photographs attached with an affidavit of means.

The case was adjourned untill Dec 19 for hearing.

Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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Ongoing constable recruitment exercise free -Police

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The Police Command in Enugu State says the ongoing police constable recruitment exercise is `absolutely free-of-charge’.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu.

Ndukwe advised residents of the state wishing to apply to ensure that they pay no kobo to anyone but go online on www.policerecruitment.gov.ng for registration and submission of their applications.

“The ongoing recruitment exercise for constables is `absolutely free-of-charge’. Nobody should play into the hands of fraudsters and racketeers.

“You are not required to pay a kobo to anybody in the entire recruitment exercise,’’ he said.

The police spokesman said that the application portal would be open for a period of six weeks, which had started on July 14 and close on Aug. 23.

He said: “The Command wishes to inform the general public, particularly residents of the state that online application for enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force as Police Constable (recruits) will commence from July 14 to August 23.

“Applicants must be of Nigerian origin by birth; possess a National Identity Number (NIN) and a functional email address; must have a minimum of five credits in not more than two sittings in with credit pass in English language and Mathematics.

“Applicants must be medically, physically and psychologically fit; and must not be less than 1.67m tall for male and 1.64m for female, who in addition must not be pregnant at the time of recruitment.

“Applicants that meet the requirements from the online registration would be invited for physical screening, which will be done in conformity with COVID-19 prevention protocols, at the State Command Headquarters from August 24 to August 30’’.

Ndukwe called on residents of the state to visit the Police Public Relations Department, State Headquarters, Enugu for more details and/or inquiry.

“They can call the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172,’’ he added.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Trump asked about black killings by police, points to white deaths

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Response

Washington  United States President Donald Trump responded to a question on why black Americans are still dying at the hands of police by pointing to higher numbers of white people killed by law enforcement, in an interview with CBS News published Tuesday.

“What a terrible question to ask,” Trump said, adding that “so are white people. More white people, by the way. More white people.”

Studies show that a disproportionate number of black Americans are killed by police compared to white people, who make up a much larger share of the United States population.

There are no country-wide official statistics on deaths at the hands of the police in the US, but a Washington Post analysis indicates that in absolute terms, the number of white people killed by police is indeed higher.

Of the 5,400 people fatally shot by police since 2015, black people made up 23 per cent of those killed, despite accounting for only 13 per cent of the population.

Meanwhile, 45 per cent were white, despite 60 per cent of the U.S .population being white.

According to a study from Harvard University released in June, black Americans are more than three times more likely to be killed by police.

Trump has in recent weeks escalated his rhetoric against the Black Lives Matter movement, which has received unprecedented support in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minnesota police custody.

The United States president has been accused of taking no clear stance against systematic racism and police brutality.

He has focused primarily on violence on the fringes of peaceful demonstrations. )

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Police recover 2 anti-aircraft guns, others in Borno

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The Police Command in Borno says it has recovered two anti-aircraft machine guns and eight AK 47 rifles along MaiduguriDamaturu road.

Mr Mohammed Aliyu, Commissioner of Police made this known while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Maiduguri.

Aliyu said the command also recovered at the scene two magazines with 51 rounds, 270 rounds of machine gun ammunitions and four spare barrels.

Aliyu said the guns were recovered by the command’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS) stationed at Auto village from an accident vehicle on the busy road on Monday.

He said members of the squad had noticed a cut off in vehicular movement on the road and became curious.

“The squad suspected something was wrong and their suspicion was further heightened after a report of an ambush on a military team by insurgents.

“Our men move in on rescue and came across an overturned vehicle on fire and a corpse in civilian dress believed to be member of a Boko Haram.

According to Aliyu, the weapons are in the command’s custody.

Besides, the commissioner also paraded five suspects arrested for various offences, including alleged car theft and stealing of rams.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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DR Congo police fire tear gas to disperse protests over election chief

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Thousands of opposition activists marched across Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa on Monday in renewed protest against the nomination of the election commission’s new head.

Demonstrators braved rain and a ban on protests because of the COVID-19 outbreak to voice their opposition to the proposed appointment of Ronsard Malonda as president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Critics in Congo say Malonda is too close to former President Joseph Kabila, who still wields strong influence, and say his oversight of a contested 2018 election was problematic.

Police used tear gas to disperse crowds near parliament and in the east of the capital, where Jean-Pierre Bemba, a senior figure in the opposition party alliance of LAMUKA, led a march of thousands, a Reuters witness said.

At least three people died in nationwide protests over Malonda’s appointment last week.

Malonda was a senior member of CENI during the 2018 election which was marred by accusations the commission tampered with results to deny victory to LAMUKA’s candidate Martin Fayulu.

“We do not want Ronsard Malonda at the head of the CENI, he is the driving force behind electoral cheating,” said a LAMUKA supporter named Edmond, who declined to give his full name.

Last week LAMUKA in a statement called Malonda an “agent” of Kabila’s FCC political alliance, and demanded a financial and operational audit of CENI.

The last month has seen rising tensions in the ruling coalition between supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi and those of his predecessor Joseph Kabila, who maintains extensive power through his parliamentary majority.

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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7 police officers killed in autocrash in Kaduna

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The police on Tuesday said they lost seven of their officers attached to the Special Forces Unit in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Katsina.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said 11 other victims of the accident sustained injuries and were currently in a hospital in Kaduna receiving medical attention.

Mba said the incident, which occurred at Jaji town along Kaduna-Zaria Road on Sunday, involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying 18 personnel of the unit.

The FPRO said the deceased were part of an additional deployment made recently by the force to boost the ongoing fight against bandits in Katsina State.

He said the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, had condoled the families and friends of the seven officers.

Mba said the I-G described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, adding that it was one of the unfortunate sacrifices officers often encounter in the line of duty.

According to him, the I-G described the deceased as “Heroes of Peace”.

He said that a team of police medical personnel had been dispatched to Kaduna State where the 11 officers that survived the accident were receiving medical attention.

The FPRO said three of the deceased officers had been buried according to Islamic rites while the remains of the other four had been deposited in a morgue.

“The I-G has directed the Police Accounts and Budget Department to ensure the immediate payment of the burial expenses, benefits and other entitlements to the families of the deceased officers,” he said.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Insecurity : IGP approves two units of mobile police force for Kogi

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The Inspector -General of Police, Mr Muhammed Adamu, has approved the establishment of two new mobile police force units in Kabba and Okene areas of Kogi State.

The Public Relation Officer of the state police command, DSP William Aya, who confirmed this in Lokoja on Tuesday said that while Unit 70 will be in Kabba, Okene will host Unit 77.

He said that men and officers of Unit 7 had already commenced operation while men and officers of Unit 77 just arrived the state on July 10.

He said that the state police Commissioner, Mr Ede Ayuba, had started deploying the officers and men of Unit 77 to Okene and its environ.

Aya said that the establishment of the two units brings to three the number of mobile police force units in the state.

According to him, the establishment of units 70 and 77 was in response to the rising cases of kidnappings, killings and armed robbery on Okene -Lokoja road and other parts of the state.

He assured motorists and travellers plying Okene-Lokoja road of their safety, saying that the mobile policemen had been charged to take full control of the road.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Court remands man for allegedly battering policeman on duty

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A Grade I Area Court, Kubwa, on Tuesday ordered that a 30-year-old man, Ifeanyi Ekene who allegedly battered a policeman while discharging his duty, be remanded in a correctional facility.

The police charged the defendant with criminal force and assault to deter public servant while performing his lawful duty, causing grievous hurt and resistance to arrest.

The Judge, Mr Muhammad Adamu, adjourned the case until Aug. 17 for hearing.

Adamu added that the defendant’s bail will be considered before the said date after the defence counsel, Moses Ugwummadu, makes a formal bail application.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Babajide Olanipekun told the court that a distress call was received at the Kubwa police station from one Comfort Alegkeuno of Cheval Plaza, Kubwa on July 9.

Olanipekun alleged that a team of police men led by Insp. Stephen Sunday, attached to surveillance patrol team, Kubwa, went to the scene and the defendant attacked the Inspector without provocation.

He further said the defendant, pushed the Inspector whom he knew was a public servant, dragged him on the ground and inflicted injuries on him as a result.

The prosecution counsel added that the defendant’s action was in a bid to resist arrest and deter the policemen from discharging their duty.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 267, 247 and 173 of the Penal Code.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

The defence counsel however made a bail application for his client saying he was presumed innocent until proven guilty and urged the court to grant bail.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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FRSC seeks Police, Civil Defense collaboration in Bayelsa

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bayelsa Command, has asked for more collaboration with other security agencies to enhance road safety administration in the state.

The new Sector Commander, Mr Robert Ogom made the appeal on Tuesday in Yenagoa, during his familiarisation visit to security agencies in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Sector Commander visited the Air Force Mobility Command, Policd, Civil Defense, Immigration, DSS, Navy and Correctional Services commands among others.

Ogom noted that inter-agency cooperation was critical in road safety administration and said his visit was to seek more synergy to protect lives and property of road users.

“The visit is a kind of creating a symbolic relationship; there is need for support from the sister agencies to succeed in our assignment in the state because we alone cannot do it.

“In all, I am happy with the cordial working relationships that already exist among security agencies toward achieving the common national goal.

“Beside collaboration, we still need to tell the people that FRSC was committed to making the roads more safer.”

He advised motorists to ensure that they obtained genuine driving license and number plate, and avoid using expired tyres, over-loading and speeding.

Mr Nkereuwem Akpan, Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa Police Command, commended the new sector commander  on the visit and pledged support to make FRSC operations succeed in the state.

“We will continue with the partnership between the Nigeria Police and the FRSC, especially in the areas of operations, intelligence sharing and prosecution of offenders,’’ Akpan said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Police arrest another couple for causing grievous harm to daughter in Enugu

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The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested another couple for allegedly causing grievous body harm on a 12-year-old daughter in Enugu.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Tuesday that the couple was arrested on July 12, in Okwojo village in Ngwo community in Udi Local Government Area(LGA)of the state.

“The Command  wishes to inform the general public that it has arrested one Effiok Umo and his wife, Nnenna Umo, both of Okwojo village in  Ngwo community, for allegedly abusing and assaulting their 12-years old daughter (name withheld), thereby inflicting her bodily harm.

“The arrest is sequel to information received by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, from National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) office in Enugu.

“Consequently, the commissioner directed the Divisional Police Officer, 9th Mile Police Station, to ensure the suspects are arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

“The Commissioner, however, frowned at the unbecoming occurrence of acts of child abuse, assault and inflicting of grievous bodily harm on children.

“The state police boss has vowed to prosecute the suspects to serve as deterrent to parents/guardians, who intend or have been committing such inhuman acts that infringes upon the personality and fundamental human rights of children, especially susceptible ones.

“He further warns parents/guardians to desist from maltreating their children/wards at slightest provocation, but instead exercise due caution while punishing them for acts of wrongdoing to avoid causing them bodily harms and/or lifetime physical and psychological trauma,’’ he said.

The spokesman said that preliminary investigations revealed that the couple were used to abusing and assaulting the child for little or no justifiable reasons by using dangerous objects on her.

According to him, these dangerous objects included- sticks, electric wires, heels of shoes and so on to mercilessly flog, hit and/or beat her up.

“The height of it happened on July 10, at about 10:30 p.m. when the wife, who is the child’s stepmother, abused and assaulted her to the extent of inflicting her bodily harm on the excuse that she dozed-off while slicing onions required for food being prepared the said night.

“This led to neighbours, who have found their act of inhuman treatment of the child unbearable, reporting the matter to the police through the NHRC,’’ he said.

Ndukwe advised residents of the state to promptly report any person(s) found committing acts that impinge on the well-being and fundamental human rights of vulnerable children to the nearest police station.

“They are to call the command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172,’’ he said.

The police had on July 2, arrested one Mrs Ifeoma Ozougwu, 24 and her husband, Mr Jude Ozougwu, 40, for allegedly maltreating and causing grievous body harm to a 10-year-old house-help.

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