Olympic Swimming Medalist Keller Charged Over Capitol Riot

In this file photo taken on August 12, 2008 US swimmer Klete Keller smiles after winning the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay swimming heat at the National Aquatics Center in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. GREG WOOD / AFP

 

 

US Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller was charged by the Justice Department Wednesday with participating in the January 6 attack on Congress by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Keller was filmed as part of the crowd that illegally entered the huge Rotunda hall of the Capitol after violent protesters broke through police lines and forced their way in.

A statement accompanying formal charges unveiled Wednesday said police identified the three-time Olympian first by what appears to be an official team jacket bearing the large logo “USA” on the back and an arm patch that read “United States Olympic team.”

He was charged with illegally entering the Capitol, violent or disorderly conduct, and obstructing law enforcement.

Keller, 38, competed in the Olympics in 2000, 2004, and 2008, taking two golds and a silver in the 4×200 meter freestyle relays, and two bronzes in the individual 400-meter freestyle.

His 2004 relay gold in Athens was one of the most celebrated races in swimming, with a US star team that included Michael Phelps, against an Australian foursome led by the powerful champion Ian Thorpe.

In the anchor position, he was able to hold off a surging Thorpe for the win, ending years of Australian dominance in the event.

His life after the Olympics was rocky, with a divorce, multiple lost jobs, and plunge into homelessness and living out of his car for a time, he told The Olympic Channel in a 2018 podcast.

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Couple, One Other Arrested In Kaduna For Allegedly Stealing Three-Day-Old Baby

The arrested suspects paraded by the Kaduna State Police Command on November 27, 2020.

 

The police in Kaduna State have arrested a man, his wife, and one other suspect for allegedly stealing a three-day-old baby.

This was confirmed on Friday by the spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige.

He said the suspects: 30-year-old Kabiru Suleiman, Aisha Musa, and Salamatu Musa, were arrested at Abuja Road in the Rigasa area of Igabi Local Government Area of the state, following a complaint of a missing baby on November 9.

The police spokesman explained that the suspects started nurturing the evil plan during the early period of the pregnancy of the mother, by coming closer to the expectant mother in the guise of friendship and succeeded in whisking away the baby three days after delivery to an unknown destination.

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To Jalige, the suspects were arrested by the Command’s Operatives on November 26 in their hideout at Unguwan Baraya Jos Road in Bauchi State where they recovered the baby safely and subsequently handed him over to his parents.

The suspects, according to the police, have confessed to the crime upon investigation and will be charged to court to face the consequences of their action.

The police spokesman also called on the people of the state to be wary of whom they entrust their children and wards.

Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide In Detention – DSS

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a security aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

In a statement issued on Friday by the spokesman of the secret service, Peter Afunanya, the said personnel was detained following the alleged shooting of a vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“The Service hereby confirms that the suspect is one of its personnel deployed to the Speaker’s Convoy as a security detail,” the statement partly read.

“As part of its disciplinary procedures in the instance, he has been taken into detention. In addition, the Service has opened a detailed investigation into the matter.

“And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment.”

READ ALSO: Gbajabiamila Confirms Death Of Vendor Shot By His Security Aide, Suspends Officer

The DSS spokesman assured Nigerians that the service would “be transparent and accountable in handling this,” adding that “it is liaising with appropriate authorities to achieve this objective.”

He also sympathised with the family of the deceased and his loved ones, reiterating the DSS commitment to thoroughly investigate “the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and will surely keep to this.”

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

PRESS RELEASE

DSS INVESTIGATES ALLEGED SHOOTING BY SPEAKER’S SECURITY AIDE

The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the allegation of shooting and killing of one Ifeanyi Okereke by a security aide of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

  1. The Service hereby confirms that the suspect is one of its personnel deployed to the Speaker’s Convoy as a security detail. And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment.
  2. As part of its disciplinary procedures in the instance, he has been taken into detention. In addition, the Service has opened a detailed investigation into the matter. While it pledges to be transparent and accountable in handling this, it is liaising with appropriate authorities to achieve this objective. The Service condoles with the family of the deceased and his loved ones. It has promised a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and will surely keep to this.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D

Public Relations Officer,

Department of State Services,

National Headquarters,

Abuja

20th November, 2020

Rapper Lil Wayne Faces Federal Gun Charge In Florida

(FILES) US rapper Lil Wayne was charged November 17, 2020 in Florida with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year — a federal offense that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

 

US rapper Lil Wayne was charged Tuesday in Florida with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year — a federal offense that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The 38-year-old artist, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, was found to be carrying a gun and bullets when police searched a private plane in Miami in December last year.

The Miami Herald reported that Lil Wayne — who has a home in south Florida — admitted the gold-plated pistol found in his luggage was his. He told police the weapon had been given to him as a Father’s Day gift.

Police also found what was believed to be cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, painkillers and more than $25,000 in cash, the newspaper said.

But the sole federal weapons charge filed in federal court in Miami stems from the fact that Lil Wayne was convicted more than a decade ago on a separate firearms charge.

Convicted felons are barred from owning firearms under federal law.

The five-time Grammy winner — who recently made headlines for meeting with and voicing support for President Donald Trump — is next due in court on December 11.

31-Year-Old Man Arrested For Allegedly Killing His Girlfriend In Ogun

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The police authorities in Ogun State have arrested a 31-year-old man, Rexlawson Jonson, for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Patricia John in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state

Jonson, an indigene of Ebonyi State, was said to have gruesomely murdered his 26-year-old lover in a hotel in Ibafo.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

Oyeyemi said the arrest of the suspect followed a report by the manager of the hotel, Adebayo  Aladesuyi who reported that while they were carrying out routine check of the hotel room, they discovered the dead body of the occupant of one of the rooms with bruises on her neck suggesting that the deceased might have been strangulated.

“On the strength of the report, the DPO Ibafo division, Jide Joshua led his detectives to the scene and recovered the corpse to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Shagamu for post-mortem examination,” he said.

He said preliminary investigation later revealed that the deceased checked into the hotel with a man who sneaked out of the hotel after killing the woman.

“Consequently, upon this, the Divisional Police Officer and his men commenced technical and intelligence-based investigation which led to unravelling the identity of the suspect, he was subsequently traced and apprehended by the detectives.”

The suspect was said to have confessed checking into the hotel with the deceased, adding that they had a misunderstanding which led to physical assault.

According to the police spokesman, the suspect said the woman collapsed and gave up the ghost after the assault.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

He also appealed to hoteliers in the state to always have proper documentation of their customers to assist the police in a situation like this.

Police Arrest 17 For Inciting Fresh Protest In Niger

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The police authorities in Niger State have arrested 17 persons for allegedly inciting youths in the state to hold a protest.

This followed the suspected plan by some persons to embark on a protest despite the ban on public demonstrations by the state government in the wake of the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protest across Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Adamu Usman on Tuesday disclosed the arrests in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun.

Usman said most of those arrested were not from the state.

The suspects “are currently under investigation while they will be charged to court for prosecution after investigation,” the police boss said.

Usman asked parents and guardians to prevail on their wards and subjects to remain peaceful and shun any act of lawlessness.

According to him, “the Command is prepared to provide adequate security and peaceful coexistence in the State.”

The commissioner commended youths in the state “for displaying high level of responsibility, calmness, perseverance and restraint in the face of threats and calls from different quarters with deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in the face of unwarranted provocation from other divisive elements, hiding under the umbrella of #EndSARS protest in the country.”

Others praised by the police chief included the state government, traditional institutions, communities and religious leaders, youth leaders and members of the press “for their support and cooperation with the police and other security agencies in the state.”

78 Arrested, Convicted For Curfew Violation, Other Offences In Delta

 

Seventy-eight people have been arrested and convicted in Delta State for violating the curfew imposed by the state government, arson, attempted arson and other varying offences as a fallout of the endSARS protest.

The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing journalists at the State Police Command Headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.

While giving a breakdown of number of arrests made by security operatives, he said 58 persons charged for murder, arson, and attempted arson while others were violators of the curfew imposed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

All the suspects, however, have been tried and convicted with some of them getting an option of fine.

The police boss also commended the residents of the state for being law-abiding, assuring them that they can go about their normal businesses without fear of harassment form criminally minded individuals.

Police Arrest Eight Suspected IPOB Members In Rivers

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The police in Rivers State have arrested eight suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Oyigbo area of the state

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Saturday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni.

According to the statement, the hoodlums were numbering about 500, adding that they invaded Oyigbo and Afam Police Stations, setting them ablaze and damaging about fifteen vehicles including one Armored Personnel Carrier.

The police spokesman said two police officers were killed and some arms and ammunition carted away by the hoodlums.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

Aftermath Of Oyibo Riot’s: 8 IPOB Members Arrested,15 Police Vehicle Burnt, 2 Police Officers Killed, Ammunition Carted Away By Hoodlums

Three Police Stations in Rivers State came under attack yesterday 21/10/2020 at about 2130hrs when hoodlums numbering about 500 suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) invaded the Oyigbo Area Command, Oyigbo and Afam Police Stations, setting them ablaze and damaging about fifteen vehicles including one Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).

In the wake of the attack, two Police Officers were killed and some arms and ammunition carted away by the hoodlums.

In another attack at the Mile one Police Station, the same rampaging IPOB members who operated under the guise of #ENDSARS Protests made frantic attempt at burning the Mile One Police Station and the office of Eagle Crack Squad but were however repelled by the superior fire power of the Police, as three of them were fatally wounded in the exchange of gunfire, while eight (8) of them were arrested and immediately transferred to State CID where they are currently helping in our investigation.

We have been able to stabilize the Command, though there are still pockets of threats from their remnants at the fringe communities in Oyigbo Local Government Area but no stone will be left unturned till they are arrested and brought to justice.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan, psc(+) is hereby appealing to the good people of Rivers State to remain calm and religiously obey the curfew imposed by the State Government which may though have its attendant inconveniences but however made in good faith and in the overall interest of the citizenry.

So far adequate deployments have been made to cover all the flashpoints and ensure that the hoodlums are kept at arm’s length while appealing to parents and guardians to warn their children to remain law-abiding or else the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on them.

Rivers State has in recent time enjoyed fragile peace which we are poised to sustain. For all intents and purposes, the State is bigger than anybody or group; hence we must all strive to entrench lasting peace in the State. The #ENDSARS protests and the Consequential Demands are being addressed by both the Federal and State Governments; therefore, any attempt to undermine the security of the State will be resisted. The constitutional duty of the Police to protect lives and property is sacrosanct and must be carried out in a most professional manner.

The public is hereby enjoined to report any perceived security threat to the following dedicated lines;

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Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni,

FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,

RIVERS STATE POLICE COMMAND,

PORT HARCOURT.

Five Arrested In Bauchi Over N21.5m Pension Scam

Police patrol

 

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested five suspects over an N21.5 million pension scam in the state.

The suspects are said to be employees of the Local Government Pension Board in the state.

They were apprehended for alleged criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, misappropriation, forgery and fraud amounting to N21,580,000.

This was disclosed by the police spokesman in the state, Ahmed Wakil, via a statement issued on Saturday.

According to him, the arrest followed a petition to the state Commissioner of Police by the state governor, Bala Mohammed, through his Principal Private Secretary.

Those arrested, he said, included the auditor, computer operator and three other workers with the board.

Wakil explained that the suspects inserted seven illegal names of pensioners and fraudulently siphoned various sums of money for a period ranging from six to 36 months.

The statement partly read, “On the 12th of September 2020, at about 1300hrs a letter of complaint from the office of Executive Governor Bauchi State signed by Musa Mohammed Kirfi PPS to the Governor of Bauchi State against the following suspects: Mohammed B. Mohammed, Editor of the board; Musa Bappayo, computer operator of the board and Samaila Musa all staff of Local Government Pension Board.

“The complaint was received through the office of the commissioner of police for discrete investigation.

“When interrogated the above-mentioned persons confessed to have inserted about seven illegal beneficiaries’ names into the pensions records fraudulently as Mohammed Namamu and Abubakar Muazu.

“These Two were the candidates/Beneficiaries introduced by Samaila Musa ‘m’ aged 38yrs of Federal Low-cost who inserted above-mentioned none of them is a civil servant of the state. They were found to have been receiving N65, 000 and N85, 000 per month for the period of 18 months which accumulated to N2,700,000.”

The police spokesman added, “Yasir Sulaiman (37) of Bayan airport has Two candidates, whom he received N320,000 per month for the period of 23 months which accumulated to N7,360,000.

“Garba Bala (39) of Tirwun Bauchi who introduced two candidates and receiving N300,000 per month for 36 months which accumulated to N10,800,000.

“Umar Mohammed Madara (49) of Ibrahim Bako Bauchi has one candidate, whom he receives N120,000 per month for the period of six months which accumulated N720,000.”

The police spokesman explained that efforts were ongoing to arrest other fleeing suspects in connection with the fraud.

44-Year-Old Pastor Arrested For Raping Daughter

Photo of Pastor, Oluwafemi Oyebola who raped his daughter.

 

The Police in Ogun State says it has arrested a 44-year-old man, Oluwafemi Oyebola, for raping his biological daughter.

Oyebola who is said to be a pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church, Ogo Oluwa Parish in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, was arrested following a complaint by the daughter who reported at Owode-Egbado divisional headquarters that her father had been forcefully having carnal knowledge of her since 2015.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that the 19-year-old reported that shortly after the demise of her mother, she got pregnant for her father three times and he allegedly took her to a nurse where the pregnancies were aborted.

“After the third abortion, the suspect did family planning for her so as not to get pregnant any longer,” the PPRO said.

“Having realised that her father is all out to ruin her life, she ran away from the house and reported to an NGO – Advocacy For Children And Vulnerable Persons Network – consequent upon which she was taken to Owode-Egbado police station for complaint.

“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode-Egbado division, Superintendent of Police, Olabisi Elebute led her detectives to the pastor’s house where he was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect made a confessional statement that all his daughter said is nothing but the whole truth,” the PPRO said.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has now ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

Former Panama Presidents Charged With Money Laundering

Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the Prosecutor’s office in Panama City, on July 2, 2020 amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. – Panama’s former president Ricardo Martinelli must face corruption charges just eight months after he was acquitted of spying on political foes, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday. According to local media, Martinelli has been linked to the so-called “New Business” case in which an editorial group was allegedly bought using public money during his 2009-14 term as president. (Photo by MAURICIO VALENZUELA / AFP)

 

 

Panama’s last two presidents, Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela, were charged Thursday with money laundering, as two separate scandals tarnished the political legacy of the former allies turned enemies.

Martinelli was charged with money laundering over the so-called “New Business” case in which a publishing group was allegedly purchased with government funds during his 2009-14 term.

Martinelli, 68, was in a combative mood as he departed the public prosecutor’s office in Panama City.

“I’m going to be frank with you, this pisses me off, this political persecution that has no end… they want to involve me (in the case) in order to do away with me,” he said, after refusing to testify.

Martinelli was held in pre-trial detention for two years after he was extradited from the United States to face trial for spying on his political foes. He was acquitted on those charges in 2019.

Varela meanwhile “was charged with money laundering in the Odebrecht case,” the public prosecutor’s office told AFP.

The 56-year-old former president is being investigated for allegedly accepting illegal donations to his political campaigns from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Varela, who left office last year, said afterward that he would “come as many times as necessary to prove my innocence, clarify any questions that the public prosecutor has and comply with the country and strengthen the rule of law.”

The appearance of the two former presidents “could mean, if there is any optimism, that… no one is above the law,” Carlos Barsallo, head of the Panamanian office of Transparency International, told AFP.

But “being realistic and prudent and based on previous experiences, we have to wait and see real and definitive results because in Panama, the perception of impunity has prevailed,” he said.

Martinelli won the 2009 election with Varela as his running mate, but their alliance broke down in 2011 when Varela was sacked as foreign minister.

Since then, the two former political allies have become enemies.

 

 

-AFP

Two Arrested Over Demolition Of Nigeria Building In Ghana

The staff quarters of the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana said to have been demolished by a businessman.

 

Two persons have been charged following their arrest over the demolition of the Nigerian high commission building in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

According to a press release from the Criminal Investigation Department in that country, the suspects are being charged with conspiracy to commit crime, namely: unlawful entry and causing unlawful damage contrary to the Criminal and other Offences Act 1960.

The statement noted that the suspects were arrested on Monday, June 22 and will be arraigned before a court of law.

Earlier, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana formally apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari in a telephone call over the incident, promising full investigation into the matter.

The Ghana leader assured President Buhari that he has directed a full investigation into the matter, assuring that justice will be served.

READ ALSO: Ghana President Calls Buhari, Apologises Over Demolition Of Nigerian Mission

It will be recalled that a businessman who claimed ownership of the land housing the Nigerian mission reportedly moved with security personnel to demolish some portion of the staff quarters.

Although the demolition took place on Friday, the man was said to have shown up the previous week with some pieces of evidence to support his claim and began to knock down the fence surrounding the building.

A source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Channels Television that the action of the man was not opposed, adding that the Nigerian High Commission petitioned the Ghanaian Government about it, but there was no response.

Following the incident, many Nigerians including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila have condemned the action.