BREAKING: Abducted ACP Rescued Unhurt, Two Male Suspects Arrested

 

Mr Musa Rabo, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) who was abducted over the weekend has been rescued unhurt.

The officer was successfully rescued on Sunday evening by a combined team of Police operatives from Kaduna, Niger and Zone 7 Command Headquarters Abuja, backed-up by members of the elite Special Forces of the NPF.

Two male suspects have also been arrested in connection with the incident.

READ ALSO: Kidnappers Abduct Police ACP In Kaduna

The officer is said to have been travelling in his civil dress, with his private vehicle and without escort or any special security at the time of the incident.

According to a police statement via twitter, Mr Rabo was not targeted as a cop.

“It was purely an opportunistic crime, indiscriminately and maliciously targeted at citizens using that particular road. He was, perhaps, positionally unlucky at the time of the incident!,” the tweet read.

Police say investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Four Killed As Police Fire On Bangladesh Protesters

Demonstrators receive medical treatment in a hospital after police fired on people protesting over a Facebook post by a Hindu who allegedly defamed the Prophet Mohammed, in Barisal on October 20, 2019. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP

 

At least four people were killed and nearly 50 injured on Sunday after police fired on thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims protesting a Facebook post by a Hindu who allegedly defamed the Prophet Mohammed, officials said.

Mob attacks over Facebook posts perceived to be blasphemous have emerged as a major headache for security forces in Bangladesh, where Muslims make up some 90 percent of the country’s 168 million people.

Some 20,000 Muslims demonstrated at a prayer ground in Borhanuddin town on the country’s largest island of Bhola to call for the execution of the young Hindu man, who was arrested Saturday over charges of inciting religious tension.

Police said they opened fire in self-defence after some of the crowd threw rocks at their officers.

“At least four people were killed and up to 50 people were injured,” police inspector Salahuddin Mia told AFP.

He said extra police and border guards were being deployed in the town.

The death toll is expected to rise, with Bhola Sadar Hospital duty doctor Tayebur Rahman telling AFP at least seven of the 43 people taken to hospital were fighting for their lives.

“We have sent the critically injured people to the regional hospital in Barisal (city). Their conditions are not stable,” he said.

In 2016, angry Muslims attacked Hindu temples in an eastern town over a Facebook post was put up allegedly mocking one of Islam’s holiest sites.

In 2012, Muslim mobs torched Buddhist monasteries, houses and shops in the coastal Cox’s Bazar district following a Buddhist youth’s alleged defamatory photo post of the Koran.

Bangladesh has also experienced a number of attacks on people from religious minorities, secular bloggers, publishers, writers and foreigners, many claimed by Islamist militants.

AFP

Dangabar’s Death Stalls Trial In N14bn Police Pension Fraud Case

Lagos Arraigns Danish Man Who Allegedly Killed Wife, Daughter
File photo

 

 

The trial of former director in the Police Pension Office, Mr Esai Dangabar, suffered a setback on Thursday following his death.

This came as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed a motion before Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

In the suit, the anti-graft agency sought to amend the charges in the criminal breach of trust and fraud to the tune of N14 billion in the police pension scheme, following the death of Dangabar who was the principal defendant and was facing charges alongside others.

READ ALSO: Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

At the resumed, proceedings were stalled when the lead defence counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, announced to the court the death of Dangabar whom he said died on July 24, 2019.

In buttressing his point, Awomolo submitted the Garki Hospital death certificate of the defendant to the court and appreciated the concern and the accommodating spirit of the presiding judge, since the commencement of the trial.

“I respectfully appreciate his lordship for always giving the first defendant permission to travel for his treatment before his death. I pray for long life for his lordship,” he stated.

In his reaction, the prosecution counsel A. Atolagbe described Dangabar’s death as unfortunate and extended his condolences to his family.

He, therefore, prayed the court for more time to amend the charges since the deceased was no longer alive.

Atolagbe said, “My lord, I have seen the death certificate of the first defendant. It’s quite unfortunate.

“We will be asking for sometimes to regularise the charges since the deceased is no longer involved.”

Justice Hussein who also extended his sympathy to the family of the deceased and adjourned the case until December 5, for necessary amendments to the charges.

Extrajudicial Killing: Lagos Govt Set To Prosecute Four Police Officers

photo of the police officers.

 

The Lagos State Government says it is set to arraign four police officers over their alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings.

The officers were said to have been involved in the killing of two persons identified as Segun Sholaja and Ogheneovo Ebobo.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director, Public Affairs in the Ministry of Justice, Mr Kayode Oyekanmi, while an investigation had commenced into the case, fresh evidence came to light indicting the concerned Police Officers.

Read Also: Four Police Officers Arrested For Extrajudicial killings

“In the course of investigation initiated by the Office of the Attorney General/ Commissioner for Justice fresh evidence came to light indicting the concerned Police Officers,” the statement read.

“This has necessitated a review of the earlier legal opinion issued, and the Attorney General/ Commissioner for Justice has directed that the suspects be charged for the killing of the deceased persons.

“The Attorney General/ Commissioner for Justice assures the general public of the resolve of his office to uphold the Rule of Law in the State”.

Daura Torture House: 67 Minors, Teenagers, Others Found In Chains – Police

 

 

The police have condemned the activities of operators of an illegal Islamic centre discovered in Daura, Katsina State.

This comes hours after security operatives bust what could be described as a torture house where minors, teenagers and adults were subjected to inhumane treatment in the Sabon Garin Daura area of Katsina North Local Government Area of the state.

The incident also comes barely three weeks after the police uncovered a similar illegal centre in Rigasa, an agrarian community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

About 300 children and adults from various parts of the country and neighbouring countries were rescued.


RELATED
Police Uncover Islamic Centre With Chained, Maltreated Children In Daura
Police Rescue 300 ‘Tortured’ Persons In Kaduna


 

A photo combination of some victims rescued from an illegal Islamic centre in Daura, Katsina State.

 

 

Operatives stormed the purported remand home in Katsina on Saturday last week, an operation which led to the freedom of the victims while arrests were made.

The centre is being operated by one 78-year-old Bello Umar of Sabon Garin Daura in Daura LGA of the state.

However, news of the operation went viral on Monday afternoon while the spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, Mr Gambo Isah, confirmed that minors and teenagers were among those rescued.

“In the course of the investigation, sixty-seven persons from the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains.

“Victims were also found to have been subjected to various inhuman and degrading treatments,” Isha said in a statement.

The command warned parents to desist from taking their children to illegal, unauthorised or unapproved rehabilitation centres otherwise known as “Makarantar Mallam Mai – Mari”.

It, however, urged parents to take their recalcitrant children to only government-recognised and approved rehabilitation facilities of centres provided by the government itself.

According to the statement, the victims have already been evacuated to hospital for treatment while efforts are ongoing to reunite them with their respective families.

Updated: Police Uncover Islamic Centre With Chained, Maltreated Children In Daura

 

The Police in Katsina State have uncovered and shut down another Islamic home, housing some children who were said to have been treated inhumanely in the Sabon Garin Daura area of Katsina North.

The building was discovered after some of the boys who had escaped embarked on a protest over allegations of violation of human rights at the centre.

Owned by one of the most famous and respected Islamic scholars in Daura, Bello Mai Almajirai, the centre is said to house people perceived to be outlaws from their parents and the society.

“On 12/10/2019 at about 10:09 hrs, based on a tip-off, the Command succeeded in busting/smashing an illegal detention/remand home being operated by one Mallam Bello Abdullahi Umar, m, aged 78 years of Sabon Garin Daura, Daura LGA of Katsina State”.

Read Also: EFCC Raids Osogbo Nightclub, Arrests 94 Suspected Cyber Fraudsters

The escapees, numbering over 200, ran into the town, narrating how they were being maltreated, a development that sparked outrage in the community against the owner.

Briefing journalists at the center on Monday, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, told reporters that preliminary investigation revealed that Malam Bello had been running the center for about 40 years and later left it in the hands of his son, Umar Bello.

He lamented about the deteriorating situation at the center, adding that each of the six rooms accommodates over 40 inmates who were subjected to all forms of dehumanising conditions including being chained.

 

The Police CP intimated that 67 persons between the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains.

“In the course of an investigation, 67 persons from the ages of 7 to 40yrs were found shackled with chains.  Victims were also found to have been subjected to various inhuman and degrading treatments.”

He enjoined parents to take their recalcitrant children to only recognized and approved rehabilitation facilities provided or registered by the government.

CP Buba said that the victims have already been evacuated and taken to the hospital for treatment, while efforts are ongoing to reunite them with their families.

Police Rescue Nine Kidnapped Children In Anambra

 

The police in Kano State have rescued nine children kidnapped from the state and trafficked to Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu confirmed this to journalists on Sunday.

He also stated that eight suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime.

 

According to him, the victims had been trafficked from Kano to Onitsha over the last five years.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has lauded the police and all other security agencies for their efforts in rescuing the children.

 

 

“This singular action shows the real and patriotic synergy and commitment of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security Service, Military and all other security agencies in making sure that criminal activities are faced head on,” he said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor, Abba Anwar.

Speaking further, He assured the security agencies of his administration’s continued support and dedication in the area of security.

 

 

He, however, noted that “all hands must be on deck for the state and the nation at large, to enjoy lasting peace.”

Governor Ganduje also called on parents “to be very vigilant with what is happening around them” adding that they should “keep vigil at all times and nothing should be taken for granted.”

Police Make Arrests As Flashmob Protests Erupt In Hong Kong

Protesters (C) walk on a street after setting up a barricade in the Mongkok district in Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. DALE DE LA REY / AFP

 

 

Hong Kong riot police spent much of Sunday afternoon skirmishing with small groups of masked pro-democracy protesters who held flashmob gatherings in multiple locations — although crowds were smaller and less violent than recent weekends.

Rallies erupted in multiple neighbourhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows and erecting barricades.

Police made multiple arrests as they rushed to intercept activists but the clashes were less heavy than earlier this month when the city was virtually shut down by the most intense unrest of the four-month protest movement.

READ ALSO: Turkey Assault Could Displace 400,000 In Syria, Says UN

In the district of Mongkok, riot police burst from an unmarked van that had screeched up to a blockade made of bamboo scaffolding poles and quickly chased down multiple protesters who were pinned to the ground and detained.

In Tai Po district, officers charged into a mall where protesters had tagged a number of businesses with slogans with at least two arrests made.

Similar flashmobs and brief clashes were witnessed in at least three other locations with bystanders often heckling police as they made arrests.

Hong Kong has been shaken by four months of massive democracy protests which have seen increasingly violent clashes between hardcore demonstrators and police, as well as regular transport disruptions.

The wave of protests in the international finance hub was sparked by opposition to a now-scrapped proposal to allow extraditions to mainland China but has since morphed into a larger movement for democracy and police accountability.

The city enjoys unique rights under the terms of its handover to China by Britain in 1997, including freedom of expression and an independent judiciary, but many believe these are under threat from an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Street battles between riot police and small groups of protesters have become a weekly occurrence, hammering the already struggling economy, spooking tourists and undermining Hong Kong’s reputation for stability.

The beginning of October saw a particularly fierce period of unrest with protesters upping their violence as Communist China celebrated its 70th birthday party.

Clashes further intensified after the city’s leader invoked colonial-era emergency laws to ban face masks at protests.

Over the course of a week, protesters went on a vandalism spree, much of it targeting the city’s subway network and pro-China businesses.

Police also increased their response, firing tear gas and rubber bullets with renewed ferocity. Two teenagers were wounded with live rounds during clashes with police.

But the last few days have seen a comparatively calmer period.

Protesters are pushing for an independent inquiry into the police, an amnesty for the more than 2,500 people arrested and universal suffrage.

Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam have repeatedly rejected those demands.

AFP

Police Seek NDDC’s Support To Combat Flood In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

 

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Uche Anozia, has appealed to the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to assist it in checking the flood ravaging its headquarters and some stations in Yenagoa.

The police boss, who was accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jide Kolawole, made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the NDDC Acting Managing Director, Dr. Akwagaga Enyia, at the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.

Anozia lamented that flood had swamped some police stations and barracks under his command and called for urgent assistance from the NDDC to help in restoring full operations in the affected areas.

He stated: “I am seeking intervention with regard to an emergency situation confronting my command. The current flood has submerged most of Bayelsa State Police headquarters and other police posts.”

Responding, the NDDC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Enyia, regretted that the police have had to operate under very difficult conditions. She assured the police that as an interventionist agency, the NDDC would urgently review the situation and act appropriately.

She said that the NDDC would continue to support the police with equipment and other things that can make life easier for those who spend nights and days to protect life and property in the country.

Earlier in July, the NDDC had informed the Commissioner of Police, of its plans to construct a new headquarters and police barracks for the Bayelsa State Police Command, which had been in a makeshift building since the creation of the state.

Six Out Of Nine Kidnapped Victims Regain Freedom – Police

Police Dismiss Inspector For 'Shooting And Killing Kolade Johnson'

 

The Nigeria Police says six out of the nine victims who were kidnapped last Monday around Pegi Community in Abuja have been released.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, confirmed their release to Channels Television on Saturday.

This comes after one of the victims claimed that that five out of nine persons have been released by their abductors.

One of the victims who does not want his name mentioned told channels television that their release came after their families paid a ransom.

READ ALSO: Police Begin Search For Nine Kidnapped Abuja Victims

Speaking on their experience, the victim who pleaded anonymity said that they were whisked away and hidden inside a hill in Nasarawa state, fed with stony rice and unhygienic water and environment

He also confirmed a child of a senior DSS official is one of those released.

He alleged meeting other victims in captive, witnessed others brought into the camp and leaving several others in the hill.

However, the Police Force PRO said that full details of their release will be made public.

Gunmen Kill Man, Kidnap Father And Two Children In Abuja

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community

 

Gunmen have killed one person and abducted three others in the Kuje Area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The attackers were said to have stormed Dafara community on Wednesday night and in the process, killed a local vigilante official and abducted a security officer and his two children.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Anjuguri Manzah.

According to Manzah, the police have already begun a joint counter-operation against latest kidnapping in Abuja and its environs.

“The joint operation comprising the police and other security agencies is also being extended to other identified black spots within the Federal Capital Territory.

“The operation is aimed at rescuing hostages, arresting the suspects and permanently checkmating the emerging security concerns especially around Kuje-Robuchi axis,” the statement said.

The Command’s spokesman added that the security agencies were working assiduously to rescue the victims and urged residents to be calm and support the ongoing operation with useful information.

He gave assurance that the police would not relent in their efforts until the activities of the hoodlums and other crimes were permanently checked.

Manzah said further steps were also being made to engage relevant stakeholders in various communities as part of a renewed effort to check such crime.

Kaduna Kidnap: Police Decry ‘Change Of Tactics By Enemies Of Peace’

Police Engage Suspected Kidnappers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Kill Nine
A file photo of police officers on patrol.

 

 

The Nigeria Police Force has decried what it called the recent change of tactics by those working against peace in society.

This followed the abduction of Mr Francis Maji, the principal of Government Technical College Kajuru, a boarding secondary school in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Hours after the incident, police authorities in the state confirmed in a statement that armed men invaded the school in the early hours of Thursday and started shooting sporadically while Maji was abducted in the process.

The statement said, “On receipt of the information, a team of policemen were immediately mobilised to the area with a view to rescuing the victim and arresting the perpetrators.

“The police timely intervention helped in preventing the hoodlums from gaining access to the students’ hostel. The command has also fortified security within the general area.”

According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, Ali Janga, gave assurance that the command is working round the clock to tame the recent change of tactics by the enemies of peace who now resort to soft targets.

Mr Janga, therefore, called on the public and parents not to be deterred by the recent attacks by hoodlums on schools, saying the police were making relentless efforts to prevent the occurrence of such incident.

He said the command remained resolute in its commitment to the safety of all citizens in the state.