Police investigating Northern Ireland journalist killing, 4 arrested
McKee’s killing by an Irish nationalist militant during a riot in the city sparked outrage in the province where a 1998 peace deal mostly ended three decades of sectarian violence that cost the lives of some 3,600 people.
Four males aged 15, 18, 38 and 51 were arrested in Londonderry on Thursday morning in connection with violence on the evening McKee was shot dead, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.
“As part of this morning’s operation detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder,” Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said.
The New IRA, one of a small number of groups that oppose the peace accord, has said one of its members shot the 29-year-old reporter dead when opening fire on police during a riot McKee was watching.
Aussie police arrest pair over 400kg of meth stashed in hot sauce shipment
Australian police have arrested two men and seized large amounts of cash in relation to a shipment of 800 bottles of sriracha hot sauce used to smuggle roughly 400 kg of methylamphetamine into the country.
Police revealed on Tuesday that two men, aged 50 and 21, had been arrested during which detectives seized over half a million Australian dollars (367,528 U.S. dollars) in cash.
The shipment of hot sauce was intercepted in October 2019, with officers seizing the drugs, worth an eye-watering 300 million Australian dollars (196.8 million U.S. dollars).
At the time, five other men were also arrested and charged in relation to the crime, whose cases remain before the courts.
Following further investigations police swooped on two others on Friday, arresting the 21-year-old during a vehicle stop and the 50-year-old soon after.
During a subsequent search of the older man’s vehicle, police seized a money counting machine, a mobile phone and cash, including 63,000 Australian dollars, 1000 euros and 1000 U.S. dollars.
Investigators also located a further half a million Australian dollars (367,528 U.S. dollars) in cash inside a cooler bag in the boot of the vehicle.
Romanian police seize 50 kg of heroin in tractor-trailer
Romanian police intercepted 50 kilograms of heroin in the cabin of a tractor-trailer driven by a Bulgarian citizen, at a border crossing point in the south, according to a statement released on Monday by the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
The border police discovered the drug on Sunday, at the Calafat Border Crossing Point, Dolj County, on the north bank of the Danube River. When conducting a routine inspection, the police found in a travel bag hidden among luggage and food bags, several packages containing approximately 50 kg of heroin.
The market value of this batch of heroin is estimated at 1.5 million euros (1.6 million U.S. dollars), according to DIICOT.
The Bulgarian citizen, 38, was detained and then submitted on Monday to the Bucharest Tribunal, with a proposal for preventive arrest for a period of 30 days.
The driver claimed that the travel bag belonged to a friend of his, who had asked him to take it to Switzerland.
Due to its geographical location, Romania forms part of the Balkan route for drug smuggling.
Berlin police conduct almost 400 operations against criminal clans in 2019
Police forces in German capital Berlin conducted almost 400 operations targeting clan crimes in 2019, the city’s senate announced on Monday.
“2019 was the year in which we significantly increased the pressure,” said Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s senator of the interior.
According to the senate, authorities searched more than 700 establishments in Berlin in 2019, including more than 300 cafes and bars, almost 200 hookah bars, as well as betting offices, gambling houses, barber shops and jewelers.
Berlin’s investigators seized almost 35,000 euros (38,200 U.S. dollars) in cash that was used for drug transactions, nearly 1,000 sales units of narcotics, over 30,000 untaxed cigarettes, 123 cars and 104 weapons and other items that could be used as a weapon.
“For a sustainable weakening of criminal structures, the confiscation of illegal assets is of immense importance,” according to the senate. In 2018, German authorities had confiscated 77 properties of criminal members of an Arab family with a total value of 9.3 million euros.
Geisel stressed that “the fight against clan crime will continue to be of great importance in 2020.”
Tanzanian police kill 7 suspected armed gangsters in business capital
Tanzanian police killed seven suspected armed gangsters in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam after their robbery attempt became abortive, a senior police officer said on Monday.
The suspected gangsters were killed at midnight on Sunday as they planned to raid a warehouse for construction materials in the business capital, said Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander.
“Acting on intelligence reports, a special anti-crime police task force trailed a vehicle in which the suspected bandits were driving towards Mwenge area,” Mambosasa told a news conference.
He said when the suspected gangsters realized that they were being followed by the police they started firing at the law enforcers who fired back killing the suspects on the spot.
“When police searched the vehicle used by the suspects they found a pistol with three rounds of ammunition, two gas cylinders, machetes, a mobile telephone and a rope,” said Mambosasa.
He said the gas cylinders were to be used for breaking into the warehouse.
On May 11, police gunned down four suspected armed robbers after an exchange of fire in the east African nation’s western region of Kigoma.
Police dislodge alleged car theft syndicate in Adamawa, arrest 1
The police in Adamawa have dislodged a suspected car theft syndicate, arrested a suspect and recovered one stolen vehicle.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, made the disclosure on Sunday in Yola.
Nguroje said that a Toyota Corolla with registration number UGB408LQ and other stolen items were recovered from the suspect.
He said that the arrest was made by operatives attached to the Intelligence Bureau of the state police command on Thursday at 6.30p.m.
He said that the arrested suspect was a 38-year-old man.
The spokesman said that the police recovered a snatched Toyota Corolla, 2004 model with 44 sets of new t-shirts, shoes and trousers.
“The suspect was caught after robbing one Mr Adams M. S. from Abakaliki of the car and running to Adamawa to dispose of it.
“Immediately the report got to police, investigation commenced, and that led to the arrest and recovery of the Toyota Corolla and other valuables,’’ Nguroje said.
He said the state Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Mr Olugnenga Adeyanju, had warned residents of the state to desist from buying cars and other valuables from roadside vendors.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
Nigerian police kill 8 suspected kidnappers in NE state
Eight suspected kidnappers in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Taraba were killed in a recent gunfight with police, said a spokesman on Sunday.
The police, acting on an intelligence report, had blocked a bush path used as an operational route by the kidnappers near Bali local government area of the state on Thursday, said David Misal, the spokesman for the security agency in Taraba.
Upon sighting the police at the location, the kidnappers opened fire at them. This led to the killing of eight suspected kidnappers, said Misal.
Several arms and ammunition belonging to the suspects were also recovered by the police, he added.
Eid-el-Fitr: Police to enforce COVID-19 measures in Benue – CP
He said that the Command had deployed adequate Police Officers across the state to ensure a peaceful celebration, and had provided security on streets, entry and exit points within the State.
“Religious bodies and owners of event centres should not open worship centres and other public places as the Government had reversed its decision to reopen worship centres, markets and public places.
“Muslim faithfuls are enjoined to observe COVID-19 preventive measures such as washing of hands with soap, wearing of face masks, use of alcohol based hand sanitiser among others,” he said.
Garba called on the good people of Benue to be law abiding and report any suspicious activities to the Police.
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Eid-El-Fitri: Police to enforce total lockdown in Kaduna state
The Police Command in Kaduna State says it has intensified security coverage and enforcement of total lockdown during the Eid-el- Fitr celebration in the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige made the announcement in a statement issued on Saturday in Kaduna.
Jalige said that the command had drawn out elaborate operational strategies to ensure compliance of the total lockdown.
“This is in an order imposed by the state government to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and intensive security coverage to checkmate the activities of criminal elements during Eid period throughout the state.”
According to him the command has deployed both conventional and mobile policemen as well as undercover operatives to man and monitor key and vulnerable points with a view to ensure compliance with the lockdown and provide tight security across the state.
“The command once-again reassures the good people of Kaduna State of its readiness to promptly respond to distress calls and decisively deal with any person or group of persons who in any way attempts to violate the lockdown and social distancing orders during the festive period.
“The Command reiterates its call on the citizens of Kaduna State to promptly report any suspicious movement or object noticed in your area to the nearest security formation or call the following numbers: 07039675856, 0807591105.”
Jalige said that the Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, urged the people of Kaduna state to adhere strictly to the preventive tips against COVID-19 while celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Egypt police kill 21 terrorists in Sinai raids
The Egyptian security forces killed 21 terrorists during raids on their hideouts in North Sinai province northeastern the country, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
The security campaign targeted two hideouts in farms of North Sinai where the militants hid and plotted anti-security operations to be carried out during the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic feast that kicks off on Sunday, according to the statement.
After intensive shootout, 21 terrorist were killed and the police found 17 machine guns, five explosives devices and two explosive belts in their possession.
“Two policemen were injured during the operation,” the police said in the statement.
In early May, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said the forces killed 18 terrorists in North Sinai, a couple of days after a terror attack on a military armored vehicle left 10 soldiers either killed or wounded.
Egypt has been fighting a wave of terrorist activities that killed hundreds of policemen, soldiers and civilians since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and the later security crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group, which is currently blacklisted as a terrorist organization.
Most terrorist attacks in Egypt over the past few years were claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the Islamic State regional terrorist group.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of terrorists and arrested thousands of suspects during the country’s anti-terror war declared following Morsi’s ouster.
Indonesian police arrest 2 foreigners in drug bust in Banten province
Indonesian authorities have arrested a Pakistani and a Yemeni in a drug bust in the province of Banten.
At a press conference in Banten’s city of Serang on Saturday, the National Police’s criminal investigation department chief, Listyo Sigit Prabowo, said that the police arrested the suspects on Friday evening when the suspects were trying to move about 820 kg of methamphetamine to boxes.
The contraband smuggled from Iran was hidden at a house in a residential area in Serang, Prabowo said, adding that the bandits pretended to be spice traders.
He said the investigation into the case has been underway since last December.
Prabowo said the police received information about groups of drug traffickers who were set to make some transactions on Friday.
“Last night, the two targets were moving the methamphetamine to boxes they had prepared. The team raided them,” Prabowo was quoted by Indonesian news website Detik.com as saying.
The suspects may face death penalty in Indonesia if they are proven guilty.
Police extortion: Lawmaker pleads for calm over Badagry motorists’ protest
A federal lawmaker, Rep. Babatunde Hunpe, on Saturday pleaded for calm as commercial motorists protested police extortion on the Lagos-Badagry highway.
Hunpe, representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, made the appeal in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Badagry, near Lagos.
On May 22, commercial motorists protested what they described as “high rate of police extortion on the Lagos Badagry Expressway.
“The extortion has been on for long and has become a recurring decimal.
“I have sent a high-powered delegation led by Rep. Setonji Balogun to the Area Commander of Area K Police Station, Morogbo over the protest.
“The area commander assured me that he had personally waded into the matter
“Thereafter, the area commander met with the motorists union, drivers and stakeholders and promised to reconvene another meeting after sallah holiday,” he said.
The lawmaker appealed to the protesting motorists to sheave their swords and wait for the outcome of the meeting with the security agents.
Hunpe also appealed to other security agencies, including the Nigeria Immigration Service, Customs, Federal Road Safety Corps, Vehicle Inspection Officers and the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, to consider the pain being passed to commuters.
Edited By: Gregory Mmaduakolam/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitri: Police pledges adequate security for citizenry
The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has assured Nigerians of adequate security ahead of the 2020 Eid-el-Fitri celebration and beyond.
He said proactive and robust anti crime measures, including the deployments of tactical and intelligence assets of the force, were already in place to prevent any untoward incidents.
Adamu also congratulated Nigerians as the Muslim Ummah in the country marked the 2020 Eid-El-Fitr.
He said the successful conclusion of the Ramadan, a period of self denial, reinforced his belief that, with collective perseverance and voluntary compliance to preventive regulations, Nigeria would overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
The I-G said the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders, the inter state movement restriction, national curfew and the prohibition of religious gatherings in some states and the Federal Capital Territory were still in force.
Adamu said the police would leave no stone unturned towards the due enforcement of the orders.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Eid-el-fitr: Police places restriction on vehicular movement in Borno
The Police Command in Borno has announced restriction on vehicular movement in Maiduguri metropolis during the Eid-el-Fitr prayers.
This was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the command DSP Edet Okon in Maiduguri on Friday.
Okon said that the action was taken to ensure hitch free Sallah celebration.
“Residents of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere Local Government Area (LGA) are hereby informed that there will be restriction on vehicular movement up until 1200 hours on Sallah day.
“The restriction will affect all vehicles, tricycles, wheelbarrows, bicycles, and all form of animal transportation.
“Worshipers are therefore advised to arrive early at praying grounds nearest to their homes for security screening, to avoid eleventh hour rush and avoid stampede.
“Also, owing to the ravaging effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are advised to ensure the use of facemasks and observe social distancing, among other safety measures put in place by the government.
“For the avoidance of doubts, bags, weapons or sharp objects of any kind will not be allowed into the praying grounds,” he said.
Okon added:”Parents and guardians are reminded to be mindful of their children and wards at the praying grounds to avoid incidents of missing persons.”
He urged worshipers to cooperate with security operatives by complying with the measures adopted to ensure their safety before, during and after the prayers.
He also stressed the need for residents to continue to be security conscious and report any suspicious movement, activities or objects to the police or other security agencies for immediate action.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Police in Ebonyi wade into alleged sexual exploitation of 20-year-old by aunt
The Police Command in Ebonyi says it has begun investigations of alleged sexual exploitation of a 20-year-old woman in Abakaliki by a yet to be identified woman.
Odah said that the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ebonyi Chapter, facilitated the rescue of the victim, Miss Chinasa Chukwu, and her 2-year-old son.
Odah said that the victim was brought to Kpirikpiri Police Division in Abakaliki, having been allegedly exploited sexually by her aunt, a suspect who is now at large.
“Investigation is still ongoing in the division and I have confirmed that the girl was brought to the division by FIDA,” Odah said.
“We got a report on May 20, on a case of sexual exploitation.
“We were told that a young girl was kept in a rented apartment by a woman, whom the victim identified as her aunt.
“We were also informed that the woman always sent in two to three men in a day to have sex with Chukwu while she watched and get paid at the end of the act.
“So, when we heard about this, we got there immediately on May 21, to rescue the victim from bondage,” Chima said.
She further stated that FIDA in collaboration with the United Nations was committed to ensuring that rights of women and children were protected in the state.
She promised to update the media as the development unfolded.
The victim, Miss Chukwu, while narrating her ordeal at the state ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, alleged that her aunt always claimed that the money gotten from the act would be used to pay for her training.
The 20-years-old victim from Akaeze in Ivo Local Government Area of the state is currently pregnant and has a 2-year-old son.
“My aunt always brought two to three men each day to have sex with me in a rented apartment she got for me while she watched the act,” Chukwu said.
Meanwhile, a Hairstylist, Mrs Chizoba Okemiri, who enrolled Chukwu as an apprentice in her salon, alleged that the victim was subjected to a brutal sexual trade and exploitation by her aunt.
Okemiri, who corroborated the incident, noted that the victim’s aunt had allegedly continued to arrange both married and young men to sleep with Chukwu in her rented apartment.
She said that the victim revealed that her aunt had threatened to discipline her for disclosing her activities.
“Chinasa was brought to me on Easter day by her mother, aunt and aunt’s friend for the enrollment.
“After the bargaining for her training, her mother pleaded that she would be coming to the salon with her son because she might not cope with the child and her job.
“Another apprentice in my shop had reported to me that men always visited the victim which I discovered and tried to stop her from seeing them.
“When I confronted the victim about the men, she revealed that it was her aunt who arranged for those men.
“When the visit persisted, I called her mum and aunt to confirm the development, but the aunt told me that I will get to know why they visit her, one day.
“I became uncomfortable and had to report the matter to a staff of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), who now facilitated her rescue,” Okemiri said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr Fitr: Police assure of adequate security in Adamawa
The Police in Adamawa on Friday assured residents of adequate security of lives and property as Muslims prepare for Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Adeyanju congratulated the Muslim Ummah for successfully concluding the Ramadan fast and urged the public to observe and comply with all COVID-19 preventive measures.
” The proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployment of Surveillance and Intelligence assets of the Force, are already in place to prevent any untoward incidents in the State ” Adeyanju said.
He reminded residents of the COVID-19 prevention regulations, especially the inter-state movement restriction orders and national curfew.
He noted that the Police would not relent in enforcing all government orders toward curtailing the spread of COVID-19 and urged residents to bear in mind the unusual time in view of the dangerous nature of the virus.
The Federal Government had declared May 25 and May 26 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
The government, however, advised
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Eid-el-Fitr: Police warn clerics to shun inciting, seditious messages in Sokoto
The Police Command in Sokoto State has warned Islamic clerics in the state to shun inciting and seditious preaching during the Eid-el-Fitr prayers.
“Political statements, slogans and gatherings will not be accepted at the praying grounds,” he said.
He also assured members of the public of the preparedness of the force to adequately secure lives and property before, during and after the celebration.
He stated: “Policemen from all departments have been deployed to strategic points in Sokoto metropolitan area, while adequate provision has also been made to secure other parts of the state.
“Moreover, criminals are advised to avoid Sokoto State completely as the command has deployed full combat-ready police officers to operate within the ambits of the law to keep the state free of crime and criminality.”
The commissioner further congratulated Muslim faithful in the state on the successful observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
He appealed to the general public to comply with all safety measures aimed at the containment of COVID-19.
Kaoje also urged the people of the state to report any suspicious movements in their area to the police through the following phone numbers: 07019699968, 09035631874.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Police confirm arrest of housewife over husband’s death
The Delta State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a housewife, who allegedly killed her husband, Mr Uzougbo Iwebunor, on Friday May 15, in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North LGA of Delta.
“I can confirm that we have the woman in custody over the death of her husband.
“However, we don’t know what actually happened that caused the death of the husband.
“The police have commenced investigation into the matter with a view to unraveling the circumstances surrounding the case,” Onovwakpoyeya said.
A brother to the deceased, Mr Henry Iwebunor, who spoke to newsmen, alleged that his brother was stabbed to death by the wife while asleep.
“On the fateful day, my brother had gone to bed with his wife, however, I was surprised to get a call that my brother has died in the night.
“When I asked his wife what went wrong, she told me that my brother suddenly woke up at mid-night and hit his head on the edge of their iron bed and slumped.
“However, there is evidence that my brother was stabbed to death, because there is stab wound between his shoulders and the left side of his neck.
“Before this incident, the wife has been at loggerhead with my brother over his refusal to write his will.
“She has been forcing my brother to write his will, a development that had cause so much quarrel in the family,” Iwebunor alleged.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
S. African police force hard hit by COVID-19
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been hard hit by coronavirus, losing six members to the virus and having more than 600 others being infected, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday.
Of the six police officrs who succumbed to the virus, two passed away in the Western Cape province on Thursday, Cele said in his update on the levels of compliance and adherence to the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
The Western Cape, the epicenter of the pandemic, has reported a total number of four police officers who have died of the disease, according to Cele.
So far, 611 SAPS members have tested positive for COVID-19, with 101 recoveries, Cele said.
The Western Cape led all the other provinces with 441 confirmed cases involving police officers, to be followed by the Eastern Cape with 47 positive cases, he said.
The SAPS has been proactive by intensively screening and testing police officers, and has sent hundreds of its members into isolation, and over 3,000 into quarantine, Cele said.
Countrywide, there are about 121 police stations and 40 police units where members have tested positive and the premises contaminated, according to Cele.
South Africa remains the epicenter of COVID-19 in Africa, recording a total of 19,137 confirmed cases and 369 deaths as of Thursday.
Police in Imo nab man for allegedly faking abduction of wife, 2 children
Police Imo have arrested one Obinna Anusiem from Umuima Atta in Njaba Local Government Area of the state for allegedly faking the kidnap of his wife, Chinyere and their two children.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Anusiem, 34, was among the 28 suspects arrested by the Police Command in Imo and paraded in Owerri on Friday for alleged various crimes.
The new Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, told journalists that the suspect reported at Njaba Police Station that his wife and two children were kidnapped on April 12 by his cousin, Okechukwu Anusie.
Akinmoyede, however, said that upon “discreet investigation” by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, it was discovered that the suspect (complainant) was actually behind the purported aduction.
He said that it was further discovered that the suspect hid his wife and children in his in-law’s house in Okwudor community in the area.
The police chief said: “He hid them there and maliciously accused Okechukwu of kidnapping them because of land dispute and other family misunderstanding.
“He has confessed commiting the crime. The suspect will soon appear in court.”
The suspect said that he faked the kidnap to punish his cousin who he accused of selling their family land and diverting the proceeds to his personal account without giving him a dime.
“I did not kidnap my wife and children. I only took them to my wife’s place because I want the police to arrest him for selling our land. Please forgive me,” Obinna said.
The new CP said further he would adopt the community policing strategy in fighting crime in the state.
He said, “Imo is peaceful. I met a peaceful atmosphere when I came but I will not allow any criminal to operate freely in the state.”
He also warned officers and men of the command against human rights abuse and receiving bribe.
According to him, any operative caught induging in sharp practices will face severe sanctions.
Edited By: Sam Oditah/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
PCRC, firm donate palliatives to police in Oyo
The Police Community Relations Committee(PCRC) in Oyo State in collaboration with a firm, Crime Alert Security, on Friday donated some food items to the police command in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that food items donated for distribution to officers below the rank of Inspector included rice, beans and eggs.
Speaking at the presentation, Peter Omofoye, the State Chairman of PCRC, said the items were worth N650,000.
He said the gesture would go a long way in cushioning the effects of the pandemic, especially among junior officers.
The PCRC chairman appealed to other organisations to emulate the gesture in order to motivate the officers.
He commended Mr Shina Olukolu, the Commissioner of Police in the state, for supporting the PCRC in the task of achieving its mandate.
“Now that we have issue of COVID-19 pandemic and every other person is being taken care of in terms of palliatives, they (PCRC) deemed it fit that the police too who are also on the frontline require some form of assistance.
“Consequently they brought these food items and I want to appreciate the committee on behalf of the Nigerian Police, Oyo State Command for the gesture.” Olukolu stated.
The commissioner further acknowledged the PCRC as the first institution outside of government that had remembered the police.
Three of the beneficiaries, Aishat Eriaremhen, Esther Ahmed and Christiana Olalekan, all expressed gratitude over the gesture.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)