The United States called Saturday on Iran to apologize for detaining the British ambassador to Tehran, reportedly during protests against the regime.
“This violates the Vienna Convention, which the regime has a notorious history of violating. We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus tweeted.
The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a 37-year-old man, Mutiu Sonola, for beating his wife, Zainab Shotayo, to death.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Thursday.
He explained that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday following a complaint lodged by the father of the deceased at a police station in Abeokuta, the state capital.
“The father of the deceased complained at Ibara Division that he was called on the phone that his daughter was having a misunderstanding with her husband and that she has been beaten to coma by the husband.
“He stated further that he quickly raced to the scene and rushed her daughter to the General Hospital, Ijaye where the doctor confirmed her dead,” Oyeyemi said.
He disclosed that as soon as the suspect realised that his 34-year-old wife was dead, he took to his heels.
On the strength of the report, the Divisional Police Officer in Ibara, Dada Olusegun, was said to have mobilised operatives and went after the suspect.
“His hiding place was eventually located and he was promptly arrested,” the command’s spokesman said, adding, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the man is fond of beating the deceased at any slight provocation and that the incident of that fateful day was a very minor disagreement.”
He noted that the body of the victim has been deposited at the morgue for autopsy.
The Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, has also ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
A former second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Monday Ubani, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
Ubani’s comments come on the heels of the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by operatives of the commission while trying to rearrest the Convener of the ‘Revolution Now’ Protest, Omoyele Sowore.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the legal practitioner noted that the tragic incident has caused embarrassment to the current administration.
“If I am the President of the country and DSS throws my government into this embarrassment, I will even remove the DSS, whoever is in charge of that particular body.
“He (President Buhari) should relieve him (the DSS boss) of his position. He has really, clearly embarrassed this government,” he said.
Speaking further, Ubani who is also a public affairs analyst, regretted that the action of the secret service has portrayed Nigeria in the negative light within the international community.
The ex-NBA chief explained that “what has taken place today is reported all over the world and Google doesn’t forget,” also stressed that foreign partners who may want to do business with the Nigerian government may backtrack based on the nation’s non-adherence to the rule of law.
“We are really in a big economic problem and will require the support of other nations in order to solve it. They look at your history and what is going on with respect to the rule of law and even democratic credentials, you don’t have it. Then they begin to wonder what is going on,” he said.
The unfortunate invasion of the court by DSS operatives has attracted condemnation from prominent Nigerians including Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, among others.
Atiku who described the incident as a rape of the sanctity of the court said the act is unacceptable, stressing that Nigeria is not a dictatorship.
He noted with dismay that he was in extreme anguish of spirit having watched the unfortunate drama that played itself out at the court today.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two persons for alleged illegal transmission of broadcast signals of MultiChoice (DSTV) to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital and environs without authorisation.
Those arrested by operatives of the EFCC Uyo Zonal office on Monday were one Prisca Isaac and Nwosu Precious
According to tweets from the EFCC, both suspects sales representative and technician of a company in the area, Communication Trend Limited.
“The company allegedly charges Three Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N3, 500.00) and Seven Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N7, 500.00) monthly as subscription fees to its customers using DSTV and other decoders without permission,” one of the tweets said.
The arrest followed a petition alleging breach of Multichoice’s English Premiership broadcast rights while some decoders, encoders, and transmitters were recovered.
The anti-graft agency said the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion of its investigation.
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EFCC Arrests Two for Illegal Broadcast of DSTV Signal
The EFCC, Uyo Zonal office on Monday October 14, 2019 arrested two staffs of Communication Trend Limited, Prisca Isaac, Sales Representative and Nwosu Precious, Technician at 111 Atiku Abubakar Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State pic.twitter.com/K3t5rN9Vkm
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The police in Nasarawa State has arrested a 23-year-old man for slicing the throat of his step-mother in Agyaragu village, Lafia Local government Area of Nasarawa State.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nasarawa State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
According to him, the incident happened on stressing that he stabbed the elderly woman with a knife.
But narrating what happened, an eyewitness who confided to Channels Television said the suspect borrowed a knife and cut the woman on the leg who forcefully ran out of their house shouting for help.
The victim who was rushed to the hospital was confirmed dead, a situation which prompted the mother of the alleged suspect to run away for safety after the children of the deceased planned avenging her death.
Homicide detectives from Surulere Division in Lagos State have arrested a woman, Stella Peter, for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bala Haruna to death following an argument over their daughter’s one-year birthday.
An argument ensued between them which turned violent and the woman used a kitchen knife to stab the man in the back which led to his death.
The woman, who confessed to the crime, accused the man of refusing to release money for their daughter’s birthday party.
Police Spokesperson, Bala Elkana disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the couple were not actually married but lived together at 2 Tejuosho Avenue, Surulere Lagos, for three years and have a baby who just turned one.
Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba have taken over and commenced an investigation into the case and the suspect will be charged to court for murder.
Notorious Car Snatchers Arrested
Meanwhile, detectives from Ilemba Hausa Division have arrested two suspects, Gidion Amuzie and God’s power Imafidion and recovered one black Honda accord 2007 which they hid at Jemilugba Street, Ilogbo Lagos.
The suspects, according to a statement signed by the police spokesperson, Bala Elkana specialise in snatching vehicles from the owners or stealing the vehicles from where they are parked.
Elkana said the suspects confessed that they stole the vehicle at a car wash in satellite town Lagos.
Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court.
The suspects are notorious for terrorising the Igando/Egan residential neighbourhood mostly at night time.
“The men arrived the neighborhood on three motorcycles with intent to rob along Ikotun-Igando road but the attempt was foiled by the police. One Oseni Waheed ‘m’ 32yrs was arrested at the scene with one locally made pistol while the rest escaped.
“He led detectives to Aribisala street in Egan where three of his fleeing accomplices were arrested at about 02:30am of 16/09/2019,” the statement read in part.
The suspects, according to the statement, were also on the wanted list of the State CID Yaba for series of robberies and murders including the alleged murder of a Policeman under Amukoko Division during one of their robbery operations.
Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court.
Police Intercept Van Carrying Large Quantity of Cannabis
Police Officers from Area J Command also intercepted a van along Itafaji Street, Lagos Island loaded with twenty bags of Cannabis leaves.
The driver of the van, Usman Adeyemi was arrested while the vehicle was impounded for discreet investigation.
Italian police arrested three people Monday accused of the kidnap, torture and trafficking of migrants hoping to set sail from Libya to Europe.
Their accusers described a catalogue of abuse including the systematic rape of women and the murder of some migrants.
A 27-year old man from Guinea and two Egyptians, aged 24 and 26, were taken into custody in a detention centre in Messina, Sicily, after police gathered testimony against them from other migrants.
The arrested men had crossed the Mediterranean themselves, landing in Lampedusa before being transferred to Sicily.
Witnesses said the three ran a prisoners’ camp in a former military base in Zawyia in Libya, where those ready to attempt the perilous sea crossing were forcibly held until they could pay a ransom.
Those interviewed said they had been “beaten with sticks, rifle butts, rubber pipes, whipped or given electric shocks”, and had seen other prisoners die, police said.
They had also been refused water or medical attention for their wounds or for diseases contracted in the camp, they said.
Anyone unable to pay up was passed on to other traffickers “for sexual and/or work exploitation”, or was killed.
The testimonies were gathered from migrants spread in reception centres across Sicily and on the island of Lampedusa.
“All the women who were with us… were systematically and repeatedly raped,” one witness was quoted as saying.
“They gave us seawater to drink and, sometimes, hard bread to eat. We men were beaten to get our relatives to pay sums of money in exchange for our release,” he said.
“I saw the organisers shoot two migrants who had tried to escape”.
‘Shot for bread’
Another said he was “whipped by electrical wires. Other times I was beaten, even around the head”.
One survivor described how the electric shocks “made you fall to the ground unconscious”, adding that he had “personally witnessed many murders by electric shock”.
Some migrants died of hunger, according to another cited witness, who described seeing a jailer “shoot a Nigerian in the legs for having taken a piece of bread”.
Libya, despite being wracked by chaos and conflict since the 2011 uprising that killed the dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has remained a major transit route for migrants, especially from sub-Saharan Africa.
According to figures from the International Organization for Migration in July, at least 5,200 people are currently trapped in official detention centres in Libya, often in appalling conditions.
There are no figures for the number of people held in illegal centres run by human traffickers, who brutally torture them to try to extort money from their families.
Italy’s tough line on migrants arriving from North Africa, and European Union cooperation with the Libyan coastguard, has seen some of those attempting the crossing picked up at sea and returned to the chaos-wracked country.
The UN and aid groups have warned those returned face rampant human rights abuses in both official and illegal centres.
Nearly 50,000 opposition supporters rallied and dozens were arrested in Moscow on Saturday at one of the largest authorised protests since President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012.
Demonstrators crowded the central Prospekt Andreya Sakharova street, where city authorities deployed a massive police presence, including officers in riot gear, after giving permission for the rally to go ahead.
The White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, counted 49,900 people, while Moscow police gave a much lower attendance figure of 20,000.
Police in Moscow said they detained more than 130 people. A further 80 were arrested in Russia’s second-largest city of Saint Petersburg, according to OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors detentions at protests.
In recent weeks, thousands have attended street protests calling for free and fair elections after the exclusion of several opposition figures, including allies of top Putin critic Alexei Navalny, from local Moscow polls next month.
While the rally was authorised, Navalny — who is currently in jail — had urged supporters to walk peacefully through the city afterwards.
Navalny’s associate, Boris Zolotarevsky, told protesters to proceed to Putin’s administration offices. He was detained by police shortly afterwards.
‘Citizens are hostages’
At the rally, some protesters carried placards with slogans such as “Give us the right to vote!” and “You’ve lied to us enough”, while others held up pictures of activists arrested at earlier demonstrations.
“I’m outraged by this injustice at every level. They’re not letting candidates stand who have collected all the necessary signatures. They are arresting people who are protesting peacefully,” said one protester, Irina Dargolts, a 60-year-old engineer.
“It feels like the country is a prisoner and its citizens are hostages… No one represents the people,” said Dmitry Khobbotovsky, an activist for the Open Russia movement funded by Kremlin foe and former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Showing the movement’s appeal to young Russians, one of the country’s most famous rappers, Oxxxymiron, attended the rally and another popular rapper Face performed on stage.
“I’m performing here today so that my people have freedom and the right to choose,” said Face, 22, known for his facial tattoos.
Riot police and the national guard had detained over 2,000 people at the previous two rallies, which were not authorised by city officials, and a dozen protesters face criminal charges and risk jail terms for “mass disorder”.
Most opposition candidates banned from participating in the Moscow election have now been jailed for violating protest laws.
One of the rally speakers was the wife of opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, who is serving a 30-day sentence.
“Each of us has the right to run for office and they are very afraid of that,” said Valeriya Gudkova.
“We have real support from the public and they just have criminals in their electoral commissions.”
‘Attempt to gag us’
As he enters his third decade in power, Putin’s approval ratings have dropped significantly and critics say the authorities fear any outlet calling for wider political change.
The latest demonstration came this week as authorities mounted their harshest attack yet on Navalny’s team, focusing on his anti-corruption foundation which publishes investigations of officials close to Putin.
One of the foundation’s lawyers, Lyubov Sobol, was detained Saturday at her campaign office by police in riot gear, she wrote on social media.
Riot police also raided the studio where Navalny’s supporters were set to run a live broadcast of the protest, activists said.
On Thursday, investigators raided the foundation’s office as part of a probe into alleged acceptance of donations of laundered money and a court froze the foundation’s accounts.
“This is the most aggressive attempt yet to gag us,” Navalny wrote in a blog entry he issued through lawyers while serving a 30-day sentence.
According to a police source, the suspected kidnapper confessed during his arrest that some of the rocket launchers and Ak-47 rifles used by members of his gang in during operations were supplied to him by Chinyere, who he said had contacts with arms dealers in Chad and the Niger Republic.
The source explained that security operatives launched a manhunt on Chinyere at the time they received the information from Evans, the suspect went into hiding after he found out that Evans had been arrested.
He added that Chinyere came out of hiding recently and was trailed to Asaba, the Delta State capital where he was apprehended.
The suspected arms dealer was said to have confessed selling five Ak-47 rifles allegedly to Evans when he was interviewed
He explained that he began selling and making firearms in the year 1990 after he dropped out of primary school and his parents couldn’t afford his school fees.
Chinyere told reporters that he was taught how to produce locally-made guns from his boss who he said have been killed by security operatives for gun-running.
He said, “I learned how to make locally made guns from a village known as Abala and it was one Chinaka Nnawakwo and that thought me the job. I spent three years learning the job before I started making my own.
“I have several customers who were gun-runners coming to buy guns from me in large quantities. I usually sell locally made double-barrel guns for the sum of N10,000 and the single barrel was sold for N6,000, while the locally short guns were sold for N10,000.”
“One of my customers, Samuel Nwakpa, who was coming from the Kaduna State to buy guns from me, was the person who linked me to big arms dealers in Chad and Niger republic.
“They were the people who supplied me the five Ak-47 rifles I sold to Evans which he used for his bank robbery and kidnapping activities. I met Evans when he came to my village to treat his bullet wound and his native doctor Eyinaya Hearth, linked him to me,” the suspect claimed.
He added, “I knew he was using it for armed robbery and for kidnapping. Evans paid me the sum of N1.7million for the five Ak-47 rifles after they were supplied to me in Chad.
“The rifles were concealed in bags of fish and I took my commissions and gave the rest of the money to Nwapka, who also supplied the rocket launchers to Evans.”
Chinyere said before Evans was arrested, he had stopped the business and turned a new leaf, but fled and went into hiding.
“I warned Evans to stop kidnapping when I turned a new leaf but he wouldn’t listen to me,” he lamented.