Police Officers Sentenced To Life For Killing 42 Muslims

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An Indian court Wednesday sentenced 16 police officers to life imprisonment for rounding up and massacring dozens of unarmed Muslims during historic riots in the country’s north decades ago.

The officers were found guilty of shooting 42 men and tossing their bodies into canals, in one of the bloodiest moments of violent clashes between Muslims and Hindus in 1987.

A lower court had acquitted the officers from a special branch of Uttar Pradesh’s police force in 2015 for a lack of evidence.

But a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court overturned that decision, saying they conducted a “targeted killing of unarmed and defenceless people”.

The court found them guilty of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and the destruction of evidence, the Press Trust of India reported.

Grisly photographs submitted as evidence to the court showed lines of Muslim men kneeling at gunpoint as uniformed police stood guard, rifles at the ready in what came to be known as the “Hashimpura massacre”.

The policemen, all of whom have retired, have been asked to surrender to authorities before November 22.

Uttar Pradesh has a long history of violence between its majority Hindu population and a sizeable Muslim minority.

The Hashimpura massacre was one of the deadliest incidents in a long-running feud over a religious site in Ayodhya considered sacred by Muslims and Hindus.

Months of rioting over the Babri Mosque, where Hindus believe a temple was once built to Lord Ram, left an estimated 350 dead in 1987.

In 1992, the centuries-old mosque was razed by Hindu nationalists, sparking further violence that killed more than 2,000.

The murder of Hindu pilgrims returning by train from Ayodhya in 2002 triggered revenge attacks on Muslims in Gujarat state that left more than 700 dead by government estimates.

Hindu groups have lobbied India’s top court to consider their claim to build a temple on the site, but the case been adjourned until January.

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Families Of Police Officers Lament Demolition Of Their Homes

 

Twenty-one families of serving and retired police officers living at the railway premises, Ebutte Meta, are questioning the rationale behind the eviction from their homes.

The victims during a protest on Thursday said they were forced out without due compensation and adequate arrangement by the railway police authority and the railway management.

They are seeking intervention towards proper relocation.

In an interview with the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Railway Command, Mustapha Dandaura, he said that the affected families are illegal occupants who no longer serve with the railway command.

Police Disperse Protesting Students With Tear Gas

Police officers on Monday dispersed protesting students of the College of Education Ilorin, Kwara State with tear gas.

The students were protesting over the non-payment of their lecturers’ salaries, a situation which had denied them the opportunity of commencing their semester examination.

Trouble started on Monday morning when the students converged on their lecture halls for their examinations only for them to meet the classroom empty as the lecturers had opted to boycott the examination.

The aggrieved students then forcefully opened the main gate of the school and started a protest to the Government House in Ilorin, the state capital.

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The protest was, however, cut short along unity road, some meters away from government house as policemen dispersed them with tear gas forcing the students and passersby to scamper for safety.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ayaji Okasanmi, told Channels Television that the students were dispersed because they ‘became uncontrollable and damaged some properties’.

“They are fighting for their teachers, as far as we are concerned, the teachers are capable of fighting for themselves. This morning, the students came out, not only that, they started disturbing and destroying properties of innocent persons. They became uncontrollable.

“When we discovered they had damaged so many vehicles, we had to forcefully disperse them. We also didn’t want hoodlums to hijack the protest,” Okasanmi told Channels Television.

 

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Again, Police Storm Benue Assembly

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Police officers have again stormed the Benue State House of Assembly blocking roads leading to the complex.

The heavily armed officers are seen at the entrance of the House of Assembly, while others blocked the road from the popular Benue Hotel gate.

Some lawmakers were denied entry into the legislative chamber for plenary while six others were allowed entry.

The lawmakers denied entry are the 22 lawmakers who impeached the former Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange.

The officers also dispersed protesting youths with teargas.

The protesting youths are aggrieved over an alleged plot by some lawmakers to begin impeachment proceedings against Governor Samuel Ortom.

Efforts to reach the Commissioner of Police in the state, Besan Gwana, proved abortive as call put through his mobile phone were not answered.

This is the second time police officers will storm the Benue Assembly complex within two weeks.

On Friday, July 27 police officers barred 22 lawmakers who impeached Ikyange as Speaker of the Assembly from gaining access to the legislative chamber for plenary.

Gunmen Kill Seven Police Officers In Abuja

Seven police officers have been killed by gunmen in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The policemen were reportedly gunned down on Monday at Galadimawa Junction, just off the international airport road in Abuja.

The reasons for the attack still remains sketchy.

However, it was gathered that the gunmen who were in a vehicle opened fire on the police officers and zoomed off.

The Police have confirmed that seven police officers were killed by armed robbers in the Galadimawa area of the federal capital territory.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, told journalists at a news conference that the men were killed in the line of duty.

Mr Moshood added that the police have commenced an investigation to identify those behind the attack and arrest them.

The incident has since caused panic among Abuja residents.

This attack occurred less than three months after about four police officers were killed in an ambush in Benue State.

Two Stabbed To Death In South Africa Mosque

A police vehicle stands in front of the mosque following a stabbing attack that left two worshippers dead and the attacker shot by the police on June 14, 2018, in Malmesbury, an agricultural town about 50Km north of Cape Town. PHOTO: RODGER BOSCH / AFP

 

A man stabbed two people to death and wounded two others in an attack at a mosque in South Africa on Thursday, before being shot dead by police, officers said.

Police have surrounded the building in Malmesbury near Cape Town outside which a body lay under a tree and a penknife had been discarded nearby, said an AFP correspondent at the scene. The attacker’s motive remains unclear.

It comes just a month after a deadly stabbing at another South African mosque which police said had “elements of extremism” and left an Islamic leader dead.

Police were alerted by early morning worshippers and arrived at Malmesbury’s mosque to find two people had died of stab wounds, Noloyiso Rwexana, spokeswoman for the Western Cape police, told AFP.

Two other people were wounded and are being treated in hospital.

“The suspect believed to be in his thirties and armed with a knife, charged at the police who tried to persuade him to hand himself over,” she said.

“He ignored the calls and tried to attack police. He was shot dead.”

Rwexana said police are now “combing the scene for clues”.

Local media said the suspect was Somali, but police have not confirmed this.

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), which represents the Muslim community in South Africa, said it was “shocked to the core” over the incident, which came at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

‘Way too soon to speculate’

The MJC appealed to the community to not jump to conclusions about the attacker’s motives and said its top leadership would travel to the area to assist the community.

It comes a month after an attack at a mosque in the town of Verulam, on the outskirts of the eastern port city of Durban.

Three unidentified assailants killed a Mosque leader on May 10 by slitting his throat and injured two others after midday prayers.

The assailants in that attack, who also set off a petrol bomb inside the mosque, escaped in a car and remain at large.

Their motive remains unclear, but a police spokesman said at the time that the attack had “elements of extremism. It shows hatred towards the worshippers”.

The Verulam attack was a watershed moment for South Africa, where about 1.5 per cent of the country’s 55 million population is Muslim.

Asked if Thursday’s attack was the first of its kind in the region, police spokesman lieutenant colonel Andre Traut said: “I can’t recall of another incident, but all possibilities are being investigated”.

“It’s way too soon to speculate as to a possible motive — or link with any other incident in the country,” he told the eNCA broadcaster.

The country prides itself on religious tolerance and has been spared the extremist attacks that have dogged other countries on the African continent.

Neighbouring Mozambique has been rocked by a wave of attacks blamed on jihadists in recent months.

Since October around 30 people have been killed with knives and machetes in the country’s far north, a region that has been earmarked as a potential hub for natural gas exploration.

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Four Officers Killed, 11 Missing As Gunmen Ambush Police Team In Benue

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Four police officers were killed and about 11 others are still missing after some gunmen, on Sunday, laid an ambush on police officers in Benue State.

The attack occurred when the police officers were on a patrol from Anyibe to Ayilamo in Logo Local Government Area of the state.

One of the residents confirmed to Channels Television that the attack took place around 6:00 pm.

One police vehicle was reportedly set ablaze, while some houses were also burned down during the attack.

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The Police in Benue State in a statement on Monday confirmed the attack, promising to apprehend the gunmen.

“Sadly, at the moment, four casualties have been suffered by the Police.

“Additional reinforcement (including the Air Asset of the Police) deployed by the Inspector General of Police is in pursuit of the murderous gang. They shall definitely be apprehended with their weapons of destruction and made to face the full wrath of the law,” the police statement read in part.

 ‘Police Officers Must Engage Host Communities To Flush Out Crime’

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The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Austin Iwar, on Monday, said police officers must engage residents of their host communities to successfully combat crime.

The Police Commissioner believes that crime can be fought successfully only when officers work closely with their host communities and ensure their safety and security.

Iwar said this during a training on Community Policing Concept conducted for area commanders and Divisional Police Officers.

Due to the increasing level of crimes all over the world, some countries have adopted various approaches to tackle their peculiar security challenges.

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In Nigeria, the sophistication of crimes and the overstretching of the security apparatus require that the police officers alone can no longer secure the entire society, hence the call to collaborate with their host communities.

The Police boss explaining the purpose of the training programme said it is aimed at equipping the officers with knowledge and skills to execute their tasks effectively.

He said he is certain that the training will refresh the officers’ competencies in basic policing skills, predicated on practical police-community partnership approach to policing components.ly.

“With the workshop content and array of facilitators, I have no doubt that participants at the end of the workshop will return to their duty post more energised and competent to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.”

It is hoped that the impact of this training will manifest in positive outcomes reflected in improved capacity and improved policing services to ensure safer community.

Suicide Bomber Kills 18 Police Officers In Somalia

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A suicide bomber from Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others on Thursday when he blew himself up inside the country’s main police academy, the force’s chief said.

Witnesses said the police were gathered in a square ahead of their early morning parade when the bomber attacked in the capital Mogadishu.

The assault is the latest in a decade-old battle by the jihadists to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government.

“Eighteen members from the police were killed, and 15 others were wounded, after a suicide bomber blew himself inside the academy,” acting police chief General Muktar Hussein Afrah told reporters.

The attacker disguised himself in a police uniform to access the camp, Afrah said.

“Some of the police were already in lines, and others were gathering, when the man in police uniform entered and blew himself up,” said bystander Hussein Ali, describing the carnage.

Medics and ambulance teams rushed to take the wounded to hospital and collect the corpses.

Officers said the toll could have been far worse had the attacker detonated his bomb in the centre of the crowd.

“The bomber could have inflicted more casualties if he could have managed to reach the midpoint where most people were,” police officer Ibrahim Mohamed said.

Later Thursday, police attended the funerals of some of their colleagues killed in the attack.

The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab claimed responsibility and put the toll at 27 dead.

“It was martyrdom operation, in which the mujahedeen targeted the police academy camp,” a statement posted on a pro-Shabaab website read.

The Shabaab lost its foothold in Mogadishu in 2011 but has continued its fight, launching regular attacks on military, government and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere.

In October, a huge truck bombing blamed on the Shabaab killed as many as 512 people, levelling buildings in the capital’s busy Kilometre 5 neighbourhood.

Since then the United States has increased the frequency of air strikes targeting jihadist leaders.

On November 13, the Pentagon said US forces had killed more than 40 Shabaab and Islamic State fighters over four days.

An operation against a Shabaab camp on November 21 killed more than 100 fighters, according to the US Africa Command.

The increase in US raids comes as AMISOM, the AU’s mission in Somalia, prepares to withdraw 1,000 troops from its 22,000-strong force, as part of plans to pull out all soldiers by December 2020.

Washington is worried the reduction will hamper efforts against jihadists.

A UN report last month warned that an Islamic State faction in the north of the country had grown significantly over the past year, carrying out attacks in the Puntland region and receiving some funding from Syria and Iraq.

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“Where Do We Run To When Police Officers Are Kidnapped?”

A security Analyst, Mr Oladehinde Ariyo, has said that the recent directive that was given by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to Commissioners of Police on the need to be responsible to their officers is like the hunter being hunted, wondering the fate of the ordinary Nigerians.

He made this known while appearing on Channels Television’s State of the Nation on Friday.

“It is a case of the hunter becoming the hunted. As a civilian, if I have a problem the next best thing I am supposed to do is to go to the police for cover, security and protection. Now that policemen are the victims, they are now the people being kidnapped, so where do we go as civilians?” he asked.

The security expert further berated the IG for telling the CPs to be responsible for men in the event of an officer under their watch being kidnapped, while stressing it is a clear indication of our failing infrastructure.

Mr Ariyo added, “It is not enough that he is telling the CPs that everyone under his jurisdiction, he got to cover them and that if everyone gets kidnapped, they will go for it. It is not a big deal, which would have been the norm from day one. It is a reflection or strategy of our failing infrastructure.

“Here, we have a record of blowing hot and cold when the issue is very fresh and very hot. For all I care, he is ease-driving; I have no issue with that. The IG is just driving. Is he now just going to tell them no, that everyone under them (the jurisdiction) is under their cover?

“What he is doing is simply to indict the police, that there has been some laxity on their side. Unfortunately, we are highly under-policed. For a country of about 170 million, unless there are 1m policemen, what are we talking about?” he questioned.

Ogun Police Boss Warns Against Extrajudicial Killing, Rights Abuse

Ogun Police Boss Warns Against Extrajudicial Killing, Rights AbuseThe Ogun State Police Commissioner, Illiyasu Hammed, has warned officers and men of the command against extrajudicial killings as well as human rights abuse in the discharge of their duties.

He handed down the warning in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital at a meeting with Police officers and members of the Police Community Relations Committee.

The Commissioner of Police, while enlisting the support of residents and community leaders in the task of protecting life and property of residents, challenged men and officers to redouble their effort in the coming year.

“I have talked with my men and officers to have a change of orientation on the issues of human rights and dignity of persons.

“Any infraction on the rights of common man will not be tolerated. I am not saying if crime is committed, the right thing should not be done, but we must have respect for the rights of the residents of this state.

“Once you come with clean hands, you get equity. Any law-abiding citizens of this state, as far as I am concerned, is going to be respected in line with section four of the constitution of Nigeria.

“To ensure this, we have to work together with the people. I therefore urge each and every one of you to come along with us and partner with us in terms of protection of life and property through community policing and neighborhood watch.

“When you see something, say something to the appropriate quarters,” he concluded.

Suspected Sea Pirates Killed Four Marine Policemen In Rivers, Resident Says

Police, Sea Pirates, RiversFour marine police officers have been killed by suspected sea pirates in Rivers State in south-south Nigeria, residents of a community in the Niger Delta said.

The incident followed the purported hijack of a gunboat with the policemen on board abducted in Abonnema waterways in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

A community source said the gunboat left Abonnema Wharf Jetty for a routine patrol when it was attacked by the suspected armed militants on Sunday.

One of the corpse was seen floating on Monday with gunshot wounds after the other three had been recovered earlier, with the gunboat missing, the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Nnamdi Omoni told Channels Television that the command had begun compiling its report.

However, the police authority in the state is yet to issue an official statement on the incident as at the time of this report.

This is coming after the military in the region, in operations to end the attacks of militants on oil installations, suffered a setback, losing some officials in a boat mishap.

A boat carrying the officials capsized and efforts to rescue them was hampered by high tides, some residents of the community that came to rescue the officials said.

The military has launched two operations in the region – Operation Delta Safe and Exercise Crocodile Smile – to quell resurgence of militancy in the region that holds the nation’s wealth.

However, splinter groups have continued to emerge even after a group that has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks on oil facilities said it has agreed to ceasefire and begin negotiation with the Federal Government.