The Oyo State Police Command on Wednesday paraded 18 suspects in connection with alleged armed robbery, impersonation, possession of human skull and hijacking a tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Briefing newsmen on Wednesday at the Command’s Headquarters at Eleyele, Ibadan, the Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, said the police also recovered 19 firearms, 24 tricycles, one human skull and a vehicle from the suspects.
The commissioner said that the command mopped up 162 ammunition and 131 cartridges in the state.
He said that the command had not lost sight of its constitutional role of protecting lives and property in spite of the ongoing general elections.
“No society is free of crime and we will continue to deal with the situation as they arise and arrest those involved in crime.
“As we continue to ensure there is peaceful conduct of elections, we will not forget our constitutional role of protecting lives and property.
“We warn those committing crime to desist from such act and remember that crime does not pay,’’ Olukolu said.
According to the commissioner, the police is always ready to give the best and go after criminals as long as the public cooperate with it.
He promised to ensure a peaceful and violence-free Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
NNN reports that among the suspects paraded by the police was a notorious gang which specialised in hijacking truck conveying petroleum products.
“Sequel to this information, a team of operatives swung into action and in the process one member of the criminal gang was arrested.
“He confessed that one other member of the gang nicknamed “Action’’ who is still at large brought the product to him.
“The hijacked PMS had been siphoned into 16 drums and 12 kegs while the truck had been taken to an unknown destination,’’ Olukolu said.
He said that the products recovered from the hideout of the suspects had been transferred to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office at Dugbe, saying that all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.
United States protests against police brutality met with excessive police force
#PoliceBrutality, #PoliceViolence and #PoliceBrutalityProtests, have, among others, become trending hastags on United States social media as protests triggered by the death of George Floyd in police custody witnessed more incidents of excessive police force.
Two police officers of Buffalo, New York, were suspended without pay on Thursday after a viral video showed them pushing an old man to the ground at a protest over Floyd’s death.
“When I saw the video from Buffalo, it made me sick to my stomach. Where was the threat? How can you walk by a person when there’s blood coming out of his head? It’s fundamentally inhumane & frightening,” tweeted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.
The local police department first claimed the man tripped and fell, but the video told a different story. The 75-year-old man is in stable but serious condition in hospital, city leaders said.
In Atlanta, Georgia, six police officers have been fired with five of the facing charges of excessive force against two college students during a protest Saturday.
Body camera footage shows the two students, who were on their way home from picking up food when they got caught in traffic downtown caused by the protest, were hit with tasers by officers before being pulled out of their car.
A Philadelphia police commander has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly beating a student from Temple University with a baton during a protest Tuesday in Center City district, the city’s district attorney said Friday night.
The cop is seen in a cell phone video attacking the student, then jumping on the student and making an arrest.
A police officer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave after a viral video showed him knocking over a protester who was kneeling with her hands up.
The shaky footage shows the officer walked away from a crowd of demonstrators before shoving the protester who was kneeling behind him.
“Hi. You’re probably seeing this pinned tweet because cops are rioting nationwide and I’m trying to keep track,” wrote T. Greg Doucette, an attorney in North Carolina, who has compiled 323 clips of videotaped incidents by Friday evening at his Twitter account @greg_doucette.
“The demonstrations around the country take as their starting point that police are brutalizing citizens of color. Law-enforcement officers and agencies have two ways to respond: They can affirm that complaint with aggressive policing and overwhelming force, or they can work to show they are on the same side, against brutality … but the aggressive strategy clearly doesn’t,” he said.
Afghan fighting, roadside bomb kill 15 including 11 police in Badakhshan
At least 15 fighters including 11 local police personnel were confirmed dead as a clash erupted in Khash district of Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province on Saturday, provincial police spokesman Sanahullah Rohani said.
The clash flared up after Taliban militants launched massive offensives on several security checkpoints, triggering heavy fighting and both sides have suffered, the official added.
According to the official, a police van ran over a mine, leaving 11 officers dead while four militants including Mullah Hamid, the shadow governor of Taliban for Khash district were also killed.
Rohani said that a cleanup operation is underway in the area. The Taliban outfit has yet to make comment.
New York state governor unveils police reform agenda in wake of George Floyd death
Governor of the United States state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced a reform agenda to address police brutality, especially against minority communities, following the death of Minnesota man George Floyd.
The “Say Their Name” agenda will make prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers transparent, ban chokeholds and make false race-based 911 reports a hate crime, said Cuomo at his daily briefing.
Meanwhile, the state’s attorney general will work as an independent prosecutor for deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement, he said.
“Mr. Floyd’s murder was the breaking point of a long list of deaths that were unnecessary and abusive, and people are saying ‘enough is enough,'” said Cuomo.
The governor pointed out that stopping police abuse vindicates the “99.9 percent of police who are there to do the right thing” and would also make the community-police relationship work better, he added.
Cuomo said New York should lead the charge and he would work with the state legislature to pass the agenda next week.
Confrontations — some times violent — between protesters and police have erupted during demonstrations nationwide during the past week. The governor said Thursday’s incident in Buffalo of upstate New York between two officers and a 75-year-old man was “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.”
In a video circulating online, two heavily-armed officer pushed the man, who approached them alone during a protest over George Floyd’s death, while asking him to move back.
The man tripped and fell backward with his head hitting the ground. Blood was seen coming from his head while no officer came to tend him immediately, as the video showed.
“Why? Why was that necessary? Where was the threat?” Cuomo questioned. “It’s just fundamentally offensive and frightening. How did we get to this place?”
The governor said he had spoken with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and they agreed that the officers involved should be immediately suspended, a decision that was announced late on Thursday.
Cuomo said he had also spoken on the phone with the old man, who was in serious condition but is “thankfully alive.”
“I believe the district attorney is looking into it from a possible criminal liability point of view, and I applaud the district attorney for moving quickly,” the governor added.
Lagos Police arrest man kissing minor in viral video
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Adeyeye Babatunde, ”M” of Kajola St., Shagamu, Ogun State, for kissing his three-year old step sister in a viral video.
“The state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, directed detectives from the Gender Unit to analyse the video and apprehend the suspect.
“The team got the suspect and he has been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, , for diligent prosecution in court.
“The CP expresses gratitude to Nigerians who helped in bringing the incident to the notice of the police, and urged everyone to continue to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence,” Elkana said.
He said that for complaints on rape, child abuse or domestic violence, the public should call any of the following numbers.
“08175899289, 09062887858, 09062887856, 09062887849, 09062887841, 09062887870, 08023532283, 09062887864, 09062887861 and 09062887860,” Elkana said.
German police attempt to break up anti-racism rally in Hamburg
Police in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday said they had intervened to disperse attendees of an anti-racism rally they claimed were not adhering to coronavirus restrictions.
Around 1,500 people attended the demonstration, which was linked to last week’s killing by United States police of African-American man, George Floyd.
Police declared the event over after just half an hour, claiming attendees had violated police instructions to observe coronavirus restrictions such as keeping a safe distance from one another and wearing a covering over their lower faces.
However, the crowds did not immediately disperse, with photos posted on social media, showing people sitting instead on the ground.
German politician, Christiane Schneider of the hard-left Die Linke, posted a picture on Twitter using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter she claimed showed a police water cannon ready for deployment against the crowd.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Police in Adamawa kill 2 suspected cattle rustlers, recover 15 cows, 171 sheep, rifle
one Yahaya Sale, a resident of Ganji Village in Gombi Local Government Area, reported to police that he received calls from unknown persons, threatening to kidnap and kill him unless a ransom is paid.
“The command upon receiving the report, deployed the anti-kidnap operatives to the area and with the collaboration of some hunters, went after the alleged kidnapers.
“The notorious kidnapers engaged the command’s team in a shootout and as a result, two suspected kidnapers were gunned down while others escaped.
“The command recovered one AK-47 rifle with 39 rounds of live ammunition, one single barrel gun with 16 cartridges, 15 cows and 171 sheep,” Nguroje said.
He urged the people of the state to report suspected persons with gun shot wounds to the nearest police station.
Turks protest in Istanbul against police killing of unarmed United States black man
Turkish people on Friday staged a protest in Istanbul against the killing of an unarmed black man in the United States last week.
The crowd gathered in front of the Trump Towers in the Sisli district of the European side of the largest Turkish city, chanting slogans against the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.
Protesters carried banners, which read: “Long live international solidarity,” “Black lives matter,” and “Justice for George Floyd.”
In a press release, they expressed solidarity with the people in the United States, demanding justice for the murder.
“The killing of George Floyd is not an isolated incident. On the contrary, it is the result of institutional racism in the United States,” the release said.
Several protesters wrote Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” over their facial masks.
On Thursday, a group of people had held a demonstration in front of the United States Consulate in Istanbul.
Ekiti Police Command parades 11 suspects
The Police Command in Ekiti has arrested 11 suspects alleged to have defiled a three and four-year-old girls.
Parading the suspects on Friday, the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Mr Amba Asuquo, said that the 11 suspects were arrested for different criminal cases bordering on cultism, armed robbery, assault occasioning harm, burglary, stealing, impersonation, defilement and rape.
Asuquo said that at Ologede area of the state, a man was reported at the Divisional Police Headquarters to have allegedly defiled a four-year-old girl.
According to the Commissioner of Police, the little girl cried to her mother and informed her that the alleged suspect removed her pant and forcefully had sex with her.
Asuquo said that when the girl was taken to the hospital, it was confirmed that she had been penetrated and her hymen broken.
He said that the man was arrested and was assisting the police with its investigation.
Asuquo also paraded another suspect accused of defiling a three-year -old girl.
“On May 30, the mother of the three-year-old victim returned home from hawking fish and discovered that her daughter was looking so rough and stressed.
“After a close examination, she noticed that there were some fluids on the pant of her daughter and further discovered that her daughter must have been defiled by an unknown person.
“The case was reported and the suspect arrested, while further investigation and medical examination showed that there was a penetration,” he said.
The commissioner also said that two other men were arrested while their accomplices escaped after allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl hawking sachet water at the Oja-Oba new Shopping Complex, Ado-Ekiti,
Asuquo said that the two suspects and their partners, who were at large, lured the teenage girl into an uncompleted building and allegedly gang raped her.
He further disclosed that his men are closing in on the killers of a 78-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered in Ikere-Ekiti on May 29.
The commissioner said that the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on May 31 upon receipt of information from a reliable source intercepted a 28-year-old man in Ado-Ekit suspected to be a member of a secret cult.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of Neo Black Movement Of Africa called “AYE Confraternity”.
“One infinix phone was found in his possession which he confessed to have been using to communicate with other members of the AYE secret cult that are involved in the ongoing killing of other rival secret confraternity groups in Ogun State, Lagos state and other states in Nigeria.
” The suspect’s house was further searched and a complete dress customised with the inscription of AYE Emblem and code “0147” was recovered,” he said.
He said that two other suspects were arrested for alleged armed robbery.
“These suspects and others at large armed themselves with guns and invaded the residence of one Ajetomobi Olawale at Oke-Oro Street, Ayetoro-Ekiti and allegedly robbed him of his Nokia handset valued at N15,000 at gun point.,” he added.
A motorcycle parts dealer was also paraded over the alleged case of burglary and stealing.
Asuquo said that the suspect broke into the shop of one Ejiofor Osai, located on Nova road, Ado-Ekiti, and carted away different motorcycle/generator parts.
“Among the parts stolen were timing chain, socket and chain, engine valve, battery, Chinoki bulb, piston, engine bearing and clutch cable valued at N200,000.
“However, it was discovered during investigations that the suspect had restocked his shop with all the stolen goods.
“Further investigation by SARS revealed that the suspect is a serial burglar who had broken into the shop of Ejiofor about seven times and carted away the sum of N420,000 and different types of motorcycle/generator parts worth N1.5million,’’ the commissioner said.
He said that two of the suspects, both from Ife Olukotun Village, Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State, were arrested at Omuo-Ekiti for allegedly impersonating military officers and assaulting a Police Constable, Awoniyi Lawrence.
“The two suspects, who identified themselves as Captains in the Nigeria Army attached to 44 Battalion in Niger State, assaulted the Police Constable, beat him mercilessly and further threatened to break the Constable’s head with a bottle.
“During interrogation by the SARS Operatives, the two suspects confessed and claimed that the army uniform belonged to one of their brothers,’’ Asuquo said.
He said that investigation had been extended to the said captain and all the suspects would be prosecuted upon completion of investigation of their respective cases.
The police commissioner advised residents to be security conscious, vigilant and report any untoward incident or happening observed to the nearest Police Station or call the Police Control Room number on 08062335577.
He gave an assurance that the police would at all times rise up to its responsibility to perform the statutory duty of protection of lives and properties of innocent citizens.
I-G deploys detectives to unravel bank, police station attack in Kogi
The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has deployed crack detectives to unravel the perpetrators of attack on a commercial bank and police station in Kogi.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He said that the detectives are from the Intelligence Response Team, the Special Tactical Squad and Federal-SARS.
Adamu condemned the Thursday attack on Isanlu police station and a commercial bank in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi.
He directed the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone-8 Headquarters, Lokoja, Mr Yunana Babas, to immediately review the security arrangement in Kogi and environ.
He said that the AIG would oversee the investigations, coordinate intelligence as well as investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack.
Adamu condoled families of the police officers and other persons who lost their lives in the course of duty during the encounter with the hoodlums.
He urged Isanlu Community and people of Kogi to remain calm and avail the police with credible information that would help in the arrest of the criminals.
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