Police in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have paraded 48 suspects for various crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary.
The Force Public Relations, CP Frank Mba, who paraded the suspects at the Intelligence Response Team office in Abuja on Tuesday, said a total of 28 assorted weapons including laptops and phones were recovered from the suspects.
The weapons include nine AK-49 rifles, three AK-47, 495 AK-47 live ammunition and 10 laptops.
The suspects paraded include a 36-year-old man, Abubakar Haliru, who was said to have kidnapped his cousin, one 48-year-old Binta Muhammed in Jigawa State.
According to CP Mba, Binta had given Haliru money to purchase four tricycles, but instead of buying the tricycles, he decided to connive with a gang of kidnappers to abduct her.
He said Binta was, however, rescued by men of the Intelligence Response Team.
Another gang of kidnappers said to be operating in the northwest and north-central states was also paraded.
According to the Force PRO, the gang is responsible for the kidnap of one Reverend Father Tony Bawa in Kushin Makaranta area of the state.
Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Babatunde Babade, has been arrested for trafficking illicit drugs.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, said the transport union leader was arrested along with two others – Ilesanmi Shola and Babajide Johnson.
He was caught with 52.5 kilograms of skunk in Akure, the Ondo state capital following intelligence that he was conveying bags of the banned drug in his 1997 model blue Mazda car with registration number: Ekiti JER194 AE from Akure to Ekiti state.
Babade, popularly called BB, was taken into custody along with the two others soon after his arrest at about 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 18, for interrogation. In his statement, he admitted to owning the vehicle used for conveying the drugs.
He further explained that the car had been intercepted earlier by some security agents who detained the two other suspects, his car and eight bags containing cannabis sativa while his brother who drove the vehicle fled.
He, however, claimed that following his intervention, the security agents released the suspects and his car to him after taking two of the eight bags containing the drugs as well as the sum of N60, 000 from him, before he later ran into NDLEA officers while on his way back to Ekiti.
Meanwhile, officers of the Benue State command of the Agency have intercepted another suspected interstate drug trafficker, Odinaka Ugwuanyi along Apir road, Makurdi with 124,000 tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol-5, all weighing 22.55 kilograms.
The suspect arrested at about 8:00 am on Saturday July 17, in a commercial vehicle, said he was from Nsukka local government area of Enugu State.
He, however, claimed another passenger who sat next to him in the vehicle dropped the bag containing the drugs with him and fled upon sighting NDLEA officers.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the efforts of the commanders, officers and men of the agency. He also charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
The Ondo State Police Command has paraded 15 Crime Suspects arrested in Akure and other parts of the state.
Parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Akure on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bolaji Salami, said 12 of them were armed robbers, while the remaining three were arrested for rape.
Salami further disclosed that among the suspects is an eight-man robbery syndicate that specialises in snatching articulated vehicles with its contents at gun-point.
Items recovered from the suspects include nine motorcycles, one pump action gun and one truck and its contents.
In the rape case, three young men namely Ojo Olaniyi, Akinseye Bayo and Akintosoye Ayo were said to have drugged and raped one Ogungbemi Adewumi in Ondo city.
Fielding questions from journalists, one of the robbery suspects, Gbenga Kikiowo, said he started robbery at the tender age of seven.
He said he has never killed anyone before but he has been involved in several robbery operations and has been to jail three times.
He, however, pleaded for forgiveness saying he has repented and is willing to join the security agencies in fighting crime in the society.
The CP said all the suspects have confessed to have committed the crime levelled against them adding that they would be charged to court soon.
A man armed with a knife killed six people and wounded 14 others in a city in eastern China, state media reported Sunday.
The attack occurred Saturday afternoon in the streets of Anqing, Anhui province, 430 kilometres (270 miles) west of Shanghai, state television CCTV said.
The suspect was arrested and an investigation was underway to determine the circumstances of the attack that unfolded in a pedestrian shopping street, Anqing Public Security Bureau said in a statement released on the Weibo social network.
Quoting the bureau, CCTV said the suspect was 25 years old, unemployed, and “angry”.
The authorities had earlier reported five dead. A badly injured victim died in hospital on Saturday, CCTV said.
Knife attacks are not uncommon in China, which heavily restrict access to firearms.
In April, a man with a knife killed two children and injured 16 others at a nursery school in southern China.
In 2018, a man who stabbed nine children to death and wounded another 11 in northern China was sentenced to death.
Violent crime has risen in China in recent decades as the country’s economic boom has created a bigger gap between rich and poor.
Studies have also described a rise in the prevalence of mental disorders.
At least 25 people have died after drinking toxic alcohol in northern India, police said Sunday.
Police have arrested 10 men for selling the liquor in sprawling Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state.
“So far 25 persons have died and a few others are admitted in the hospital and are undergoing treatment. Ten persons have been arrested,” Ajab Singh, a police spokesperson, told AFP.
Local media reported that the liquor was purchased on Thursday from a shop run by two brothers.
Liquor stores in the state had been shuttered under a coronavirus lockdown imposed to combat a devastating wave. About 160,000 people have died countrywide since April 1.
But as case numbers started to slow, Uttar Pradesh allowed liquor sales to resume in some districts on May 11 with restricted hours.
While it is unclear how the liquor in the Uttar Pradesh case was produced, hundreds of people die every year in India from cheap alcohol made in backstreet distilleries, affordable for even the poorest.
Of the estimated five billion litres of alcohol drunk every year in the country, around 40 percent is illegally produced, according to the International Spirits and Wine Association of India.
The liquor is often spiked with methanol — a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze — to increase its potency. If ingested, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.
Last year, 98 people died in the northern state of Punjab after drinking bootleg booze.
And in 2019, some 150 people died in northeastern Assam state, most of them tea plantation workers.
Two people were killed and at least 20 wounded Sunday when three shooters fired “indiscriminately” into a crowd outside a concert in the Miami area, police said, the latest shooting in a year that has seen a surge in both gun sales and gun violence.
The shots erupted near a banquet and events hall in a strip mall in Miami Gardens, a heavily Cuban community of working-class families.
Angelica Green told reporters at the scene that her son and nephew, both 24, were among those wounded. Both were in hospital recovering, though the nephew, hit four times, was in more serious condition.
She had spoken to her son, who was “frantic” when he called right after the shooting. “They say that some guys came out with hoodies and ski masks and just started spraying at the crowd,” she said, adding that it was “very scary.”
The venue was “hosting a scheduled event and several patrons were standing outside,” Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement.
When a Nissan Pathfinder SUV approached the scene, police added, “three subjects exited the vehicle and began shooting indiscriminately into the crowd.”
The trio fled. Their motive was unknown.
On Sunday, about a dozen small yellow cones could be seen on the street outside the hall, marking where bullet casings and evidence were found.
In addition to the two people killed at the scene, at least 20 people were hospitalized, one in critical condition, police said.
In a tweet, the department’s director, Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III, condemned the “cowardly act of gun violence.”
“These are cold-blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd, and we will seek justice,” he said.
Police were seeking help from the community in finding the shooters.
43,000 gun-related deaths
Florida remains marked by the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, in which a gunman killed 49 people, many of them young Cuban-Americans.
And over the past year, gun-related homicides have surged nationwide.
On Wednesday, a public transit worker shot dead nine people at a California rail yard before turning his gun on himself.
A search this week of the shooter’s home — which was set ablaze shortly before the attack — turned up 12 guns, some 22,000 rounds of ammunition and suspected Molotov cocktails.
That followed recent mass shootings in Indiana, California, Colorado and Georgia.
While the coronavirus pandemic slowed workplace violence as more people stayed home, it also saw record gun sales.
In March last year, the number of weekly federal background checks on gun buyers surpassed one million for the first time, the New York Times reported. Then this spring the number hit 1.2 million one week, with many sales going to first-time owners.
The United States has a long, painful history of gun violence — a problem President Joe Biden has branded an “epidemic.”
There were more than 43,000 gun-related deaths in the country last year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo issued an impassioned plea Sunday for action.
“If we don’t fully mobilize as a society against it,” he said on Twitter, “it will get worse before it gets better.”
An employee shot dead at least eight people at a rail yard in California on Wednesday, police said, in the latest mass shooting to hit the United States.
The male suspect also died and several others suffered major injuries in the incident at the public transit maintenance yard in San Jose, just south of San Francisco.
Bomb squads were deployed after reports of explosive devices within the compound, and were trying to “clear out every room and every crevice” of the building, Russell Davis, a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy, told journalists.
“There are eight victims that are pronounced deceased at this point and there is one suspect that’s pronounced deceased,” said Davis, adding those numbers could rise.
“The suspect is a VTA employee,” he added, referring to the local Valley Transportation Authority.
Police had rushed to investigate multiple early morning 911 calls reporting gunshots. No immediate details were provided on whether the shooter was killed by police or took his own life, or about the type of weapon he used.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
“What’s clear, as the president has said, is that we are suffering from an epidemic of gun violence in this country,” she added, renewing calls for Congress to pass long-awaited gun control reforms.
Dozens of patrol cars and fire engines as well as FBI officials lined the streets near the rail yard in San Jose, a Silicon Valley tech hub of almost a million people.
Local officials said the shooting — which was initially reported before 7:00 am local time (1400 GMT) — had taken place at a union meeting, with at least 80 staff on site at the time.
Several people were receiving medical treatment, said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
“Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” he tweeted.
The incident took place in a VTA yard that is used to store and maintain trains.
“Our thoughts and love go out to the VTA family, the organization and what they have had to go through,” VTA board of directors chairman Glenn Hendricks told reporters.
“I could not be more proud of the VTA organization. This is a horrible tragedy that occurred.”
The VTA tweeted that its employees had been evacuated.
US ‘epidemic’ of gun violence
The United States has a long and painful history of deadly gun violence, in the form of a steady daily toll of shootings as well as high-profile mass killings that have targeted schools, work places and shopping centers.
Homicides, mostly gun-driven, have surged in the US over the past year.
Mass shootings have occurred in recent months at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, an office building in California, a grocery store in Colorado and at several spas in Atlanta.
In August 2019, another mass shooting in the Bay Area left two children and a 25-year-old man dead at a garlic festival in Gilroy, around 30 miles (almost 50 kilometers) south of San Jose.
President Joe Biden last month branded US gun violence an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment.”
There were more than 43,000 gun-related deaths in the United States last year, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
A 35-year-old woman, Sukurat Olajoke, mother of six and a resident of Agboole Alakoye in Igbo Ora in Oyo state has been arrested by men of Ogun state police command for killing her own one-month-old baby, and dumped the corpse in Ogun river, in Abeokuta, the state capital.
According to the police public relations officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the suspect was arrested when policemen attached to Enugada divisional headquarters Abeokuta who are on routine patrol with the Divisional police officer SP Baba Hamzat
“They saw the woman throwing something suspicious into the river, the suspicious behavior of the woman, after throwing the object into the river attracted the policemen who quickly apprehended her for questioning,” he said
Police said that the suspect who lives at Agboole Alakoye area of Igbo ora in Oyo state during the course of interrogation confessed that what she threw into the river was the corpse of her one-month-old baby, whom she killed out of frustration.
“She confessed further that, the person who is responsible for the pregnancy of the baby, rejected her and the baby, and since she has no means of taking care of the child, she decided to kill and throw her into the river.”
The command’s police public relations officer said that preliminary investigation revealed that, the suspect had given birth to six other children for three different men, before another pregnancy for one man simply identified as Hakeem who refused to accept the paternity of the child.
“The DPO later engaged the service of local divers, who helped in recovering the corpse of the child, and it has been deposited at the general hospital mortuary,” he stated
The commissioner of police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.