Sri Lanka’s Police Chief Resigns Over Deadly Attacks

Sri Lanka police chief Pujith Jayasundara looks on after launching the first online service delivery of the Sri Lankan police at the headquarters in Colombo on March 7, 2017. Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP

 

Sri Lanka’s top police official, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, has resigned over failures that led to the deadly Easter bomb attacks, the country’s president said Friday.

“The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defence secretary. I’ll nominate a new IGP soon,” President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters.

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Sirisena’s nominee has to be confirmed by a constitutional council.

The resignation comes after the country’s top defence ministry official, defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned on Thursday.

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Kenya Attack: Death Toll Rises To 21 – Police Chief

Relatives stand next to empty coffins at the Chiromo mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya/ AFP

 

The death toll from a bomb and gun attack by Islamist militants on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi has risen to 21, Kenya’s police chief said Wednesday.

“We wish to inform that, as of this evening… six other bodies were found at the scene and one police officer succumbed very suddenly to his injuries,” Joseph Boinnet told reporters.

He said the dead included 16 Kenyans, one Briton, one American and three people of “African descent who are yet to be identified”.

Another 28 people who were injured in the attack had been admitted to hospital without giving details on their condition.

Kenyan security forces ended the attack early Wednesday after a 20-hour operation that rescued hundreds of people and left all five assailants dead, Boinnet had announced earlier.

Catalan Police Chief Probed For Alleged ‘Sedition’

Protestors hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia called by the xenophobic far-right party ‘Platform for Catalonia’ (PXC) in front of the Spanish National Police headquarters in Barcelona, on September 30, 2017. PAU BARRENA / AFP

A Spanish judge has placed Catalonia’s regional police chief under investigation for alleged sedition, a court spokesman said Wednesday, after the force was accused of failing to rein in pro-independence protesters.

The National Court in Madrid summoned Josep Luis Trapero and three other suspects to a hearing on Friday, said the spokesman, who asked not to be named.

The accusations refer to unrest in Barcelona on September 20 and 21 after national security forces raided regional government offices in a crackdown against the independence drive.

That police action was met with furious protests and the Catalan regional police were accused of failing to intervene.

Tensions between Catalonia and the national government have plunged Spain into its worst political crisis in decades.

The spokesman said the four suspects were accused of “a crime of sedition… in relation to the gatherings and demonstrations carried out to forcibly prevent the authorities and their officers from carrying out their duties.”

The crime of sedition is punishable by up to 15 years in prison if committed by a member of the authorities, under Spain’s penal code.

The judge leading the judicial investigation, Carmen Lamela, also summoned the leaders of two prominent Catalan pro-independence civil groups: Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural and Jordi Sanchez of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC).

Those two groups were involved in the September demonstrations. Protesters damaged Civil Guard police vehicles and stopped officers from leaving the building they were searching.

The fourth suspect placed under investigation was another senior Catalan police official, Teresa Laplana.

The region’s leaders defied Madrid by holding a banned referendum on independence on Sunday.

National security forces beat unarmed voters as officers shut down some polling stations.

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London Will Not Be Cowed By Militants – Police Chief

London will not be cowed by militants who have killed 35 people in three separate attacks on the United Kingdom but police will ask for more resources to tackle the threat from marauding assailants, London police chief Cressida Dick told Reuters.

Three Islamist militants rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge last Saturday (June 3) before going on the rampage through the bustling Borough Market area where they slit throats and stabbed people.

Three French, two Australians, one Canadian, a Spanish and a Briton were killed in the attack. Armed police shot dead the three attackers just eight minutes after the first phone call from the public.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dick said she understood that people were concerned about security after attacks in London and Manchester but that the British capital was a safe city that would not be intimidated.

After the London Bridge attack, Prime Minister Theresa May said that Britain was under threat from a new breed of crude copycat militants.

“We are highly effective at preventing attacks in this country and we will step up a gear and do our level best to stop any further attacks,” Dick said.

“But as you point out, highly volatile people who are intent on doing something absolutely terrible and who are quite happy – maybe even pleased – to kill themselves and to use a low tech methods – these are difficult things to defend against.”

When asked if the Metropolitan Police needed more resources she said: “We will want more resources to help us and I am sure the same will be being said in the intelligence agencies.

“But obviously we will be reviewing, for example the number of armed officers we have and how they work, and a whole host of other things that is likely, from my point of view, to take more resources and I will be asking for them.”

Nigeria Is Not Lawless, Police Boss Warns Criminals

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Criminals, NigeriaThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has warned criminals, especially kidnappers in the country never to think that Nigeria is lawless.

The Police Chief gave the warning in a statement on Thursday when operatives of the IGP’s Intelligent Response Team “IRT” arrested notorious kidnapping gang known to have been terrorising law-abiding citizens in Rivers State and its environs.

“The gang met its end when they kidnapped a woman and her one year old daughter from her Port Harcourt home, demanding the sum of 2.5million Naira as ransom for their freedom. Based on credible technical intelligence generated by the IRT, this was however agreed as bait.

“But the end of the kidnapping gang came when in their attempt to claim the said sum of money at the agreed point, operatives of IRT engaged them, rescued the victims and arrested four of the kidnappers who gave their names as: Herbert Oriminagbe, Chijioke Akah, alias Kottos, Kelechi Nwaordu, alias Seedorf and Nelson Ajumogobia, alias Ibios,” the statement said.

In their confessional statements, the gang admitted that they were also responsible for the kidnap of one Undunobuk and other innocent Nigerians.

“Going through a laptop computer recovered from them, it was discovered that the real owner, Undunobuk was once robbed in his Port Harcourt residence and later kidnapped to unknown seaside only to be released on the payment of 1.3 million Naira ransom,” the statement added.

Mr Idris said that the Nigeria Police Force has the technical and intelligence, as well as the capacity and capability to reduce the perceived rise in crime, especially kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and other forms of violent crime.

He therefore urged Nigerians to always inform the Police when they perceive any act of criminality and provide necessary credible information.

Acting Police IG Warns Against Extra Judicial Killings

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Extra Judicial KillingsThe acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has warned all rank and file of the force against extra judicial killings.

The interim Police chief, who gave the caution during his first official outing since his appointment, said that human lives are very precious.

He was speaking at the Passing Out Parade of squadron commanders operation at the Police Mobile Force Training College in Osun State, southwest Nigeria.

Mr Idris asked the officials to avoid any act that may lead to divide and rule in the Police force.

He sounded a stern warning against ethnicity and favoritism which he said he personally observed in the force.

He added that if complaints of favoritism or ethnicity were received against any commander, such would be treated with uttermost seriousness to preserve the unity of the Police.

Metropolitan Police Chief Grilled Over Nigerian Corruption Charges  

Metropolitan Police The UK Metropolitan Police Chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is to be grilled by MPs over claims that Scotland Yard and the CPS were involved in a ‘deliberate cover-up’ of evidence of police corruption.

According to the Daily Mail UK newspaper, embattled Metropolitan Police Chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will be grilled by MPs next week over bombshell claims that Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service were involved in a ‘deliberate cover-up’ of damning evidence of police corruption.

The extraordinary case centres on Scotland Yard’s prosecution of a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who once worked as a cashier at a branch of Wickes DIY store in West London before returning to Nigeria to enter politics.

A court was told that the Met and the CPS repeatedly concealed documents suggesting that officers investigating Mr Ibori for fraud were paid to leak details of the inquiry that could have helped him evade justice.

One detective was said to have received at least 19 unexplained cash deposits totalling thousands of pounds into his bank account, after illegally disclosing sensitive information, a judge heard.

Police In Nigeria Partner Foreign Nations To Check Kidnapping

Community Policing-policeThe Nigeria Police Force has announced partnership with the United Kingdom, China, Italy and the United States of America to address the challenges of kidnapping and other organised crimes.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said some police officers were currently undergoing relevant training in these countries to learn about the dynamics of modern organised crimes.

The Police Chief announced the partnership at a meeting with Police Commissioners in Abuja held to evaluate recent trends of criminality in Nigeria, with a view to finding solution to them.

The meeting is coming on the heels of a call on the government by the Primate of the Anglican Communion to treat the rising cases of kidnapping as a national emergency.

On Monday, Nigeria and Italy signed an agreement on intelligence sharing, capacity building and provision of logistics that would enhance the operations of the Force.

The signing of the agreement was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Italian Prime Minister, Mr Matteo Renzi, in the State House in Abuja on Monday.

Police Give 2-Week Ultimatum To Unregistered Vehicles

IGPThe Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, has advised transporters in the country to register with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and ensure that their vehicle particulars are up to date within two weeks.

Mr Arase made this declaration during a meeting with the national leadership of the NURTW.

The meeting, according to the NURTW, was to commend the Police for the ongoing reorganisation of the system which has led to better policing.

The IGP said that while the Police would continue to sanitize its system, it would not take it lightly with any transporter found on the wrong side of the law.

The Police Chief also warned that failure to comply with the directives would lead to the seizure of any vehicle found wanting.

To this end, the grace of two weeks was announced for all affected transporters to comply with laid down procedures or face the wrath of the law.