COVID-19: Police Arrest Couple Who Fled Quarantine In Netherlands

Police patrol around the centre of the Dutch northern city of Zwolle, on November 22, 2021, where an emergency order has been issued after three nights of unrest in the Netherlands over new anti-Covid19 measures.  JOHN THYS / AFP

 

Dutch border police said Sunday they arrested a couple on a plane after they fled a quarantine hotel where Covid-positive passengers from South African flights were staying.

The drama came after Dutch authorities said that 61 people who arrived on two flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Friday had tested positive for the coronavirus, 13 of them with the new Omicron variant.

One of the members of the couple had tested positive for Covid-19 and went into isolation, while the other person was negative but in quarantine, according to Public health authority spokeswoman Stefanie van Waardenburg.

She added that both were back in isolation, but not at the same hotel.

They are a Spanish man, 30 and a Portuguese woman, aged 28, police spokesman Stan Verberkt told AFP.

“The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee at Schiphol has arrested a couple this evening who had fled from a quarantine hotel,” Verberkt said.

“The arrests took place in a plane that was about to take off. They were on a plane that was about to depart for Spain at around 6:00 pm,” he added.

Border police are now laying charges with the Dutch public prosecutor’s office against the couple for jeopardising public safety, he said.

The pair had been handed over to the public health authority, Verberkt confirmed.

It was not known how the couple left the hotel or how the alarm was raised.

The Dutch authorities announced stricter new travel protocols on Friday as alarm mounted around the world about the new Omicron variant, which first emerged in southern Africa.

The 600 people on the two South Africa flights on Friday spent most of the day stuck at the airport being tested in conditions that one person described as “dystopia central”.

Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge had said just hours earlier that authorities in the Netherlands would ensure that people obeyed quarantine rules.

The Covid-positive passengers from the South Africa flights are almost all at the hotel while a handful have been allowed to go into home quarantine. Passengers who tested negative have also been ordered into home quarantine.

“We will control whether they keep to those rules,” de Jonge told reporters.

The health minister added that it could not be excluded that more people than the initial 13 had contracted the Omicron variant.

“We are concerned, but how much we should be at this stage we don’t know yet,” De Jonge said.

Police and security guards were on guard at the quarantine hotel, a spokeswoman for the local mayor said earlier.

“The security is there for a reason,” the spokeswoman said.

AFP

Police Probe Death Of Three Persons In Ondo Apartment

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The police are investigating a case suspected to be murder in which three persons were found dead in the toilet of a residential building in Aratusin Quarters in Akure, Ondo State capital.

The deceased were one Ojo Akinro, his girlfriend, Mary Igwe, and his friend, Lamidi Sheriff.

It was gathered that Mary, who was a nurse, was pregnant.

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The remains of the three were discovered with bloodstains on them when some friends broke into the apartment through the front door to discover that the back door was broken by the suspected killers.

Some of their gadgets such as laptops, GSM phones were said to be found in the apartment.

Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television via the telephone on Sunday

She said the corpses have since been evacuated from the house, adding that investigation is ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the unfortunate incident.

‘Falsely Fabricated’: Army, Police Dismiss Rumoured Clash Between Operatives In Imo

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

The 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, and the Nigerian Police Imo State Command have dismissed rumours making the rounds that there was a clash between the police and Army in Owerri. 

While describing the reports as “falsely fabricated,” the spokesman of the Imo Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam, and the Acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Captain Joseph Baba Akubo, in a statement said it was the handwork of miscreants.

“The malicious and falsely fabricated report is the handwork of criminals who intend to create confusion and give an impression of a lack of synergy amongst the security agencies in Imo State,” the joint statement read.

“The law enforcement and security agencies in Imo State will continue to synergise and bring to book all criminals and halt their activities in the state.”

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Both agencies reiterated their commitment to protect law-abiding citizens and ensure a safe environment for the people to go about their businesses without fear or intimidation.

“We, therefore, call on all law-abiding citizens to ignore the illegal Monday sit-at-home call by the proscribed and irredentist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its affiliate criminal group, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), whose members have continuously used falsehood and threat on law-abiding citizens,” they added.

 

Notorious Bandit Killed In Kaduna

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

A notorious bandit in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State has been killed, police authorities say.

The Kaduna State Police Command stated this via a statement on Saturday, saying that the feat was achieved in a joint operation with other security agencies.

Kaduna police spokesman, Muhammed Jalige, explained that acting on credible intelligence, the operatives raided a facility in the Sabon Tasha area of Chikun local government where the suspected bandits were said to have lodged.

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While the raid was on, Jalige said the suspected bandit on sensing danger, tried to escape by shooting sporadically leading to a gun duel with the security agents.

The notorious bandit was said to have been wounded in the shootout and was thereafter taken to hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival by a medical doctor.

“One notorious bandit popularly called Yellow Magaji AKA Arushe was wounded in the shootout whereas his equally notorious partner Yellow Ashana and others escaped with bullet wounds,” the statement read.

“The wounded bandit was thereafter taken to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital for possible resuscitation in a bit to obtain useful information but was confirmed dead on arrival by a medical doctor.”

Until his demise, police sources noted that Magaji was among a syndicate of bandits terrorising the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Items recovered from the suspect include one AK-47 rifle loaded with 23 rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live ammunition, 14 expended shells of the aforesaid ammunition, and one Boxer motorcycle.

Operatives also arrested for questioning the owner of the facility accused of harbouring the criminals.

Video-Making Teenager Shoots Five-Year-Old Dead In US

Neither the victim nor the teen was identified. Photo: Facebook/Saint Francis – MN Police Department

 

A five-year-old child was shot and killed in Minnesota by a teen who was filming a social-media video with friends, police said.

The shooting happened Thursday on what normally is a festive Thanksgiving Day, but which also saw another five-year-old die in a gun incident near Atlanta, while a man in a Philadelphia suburb died when struck by a stray bullet during Thanksgiving dinner.

In the Minnesota incident, the five-year-old boy was in a house where several teens were making a video, police said in a Facebook post.

When a 13-year-old fired a gun, the young child was struck and killed.

Police in the Brooklyn Park suburb said their initial investigation found the shooting to be accidental but added that the 13-year-old had been arrested and was being held at a juvenile detention center.

Neither the victim nor the teen was identified.

Separately, another five-year-old died in a shooting accident in the Atlanta suburb of South Fulton.

Family members told ABC affiliate WSB-TV that the young girl, identified as Khalis Eberhart, hit a gun sitting on a chair and it went off.

Neighbors said her father ran with her in his arms to arriving paramedics. Khalis, who was described as “a very smart girl,” was taken to hospital, but later died.

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And in the third incident, police said 25-year-old Edilberto Pelaez Moctezuma was having Thanksgiving dinner with his family when a stray bullet struck him, NBC reported.

Police said Kevon Clarke, 19, has been charged with murder. They said he had been involved in a dispute after he and his girlfriend were asked to leave a nearby house.

The deaths were among at least 36 by gunfire on Thanksgiving Day, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.

Gun violence and homicides have soared in the US during the pandemic, making last year the deadliest in decades, with this year set to break that pace.

Through the first five months of this year, about 54 people have died in gun violence every day, according to a Washington Post analysis. That was up from an average of 40 per day during the corresponding period of the previous six years.

AFP

#EndSARS Report: SERAP Sues Buhari, Seeks Arrest Of Indicted Security Personnel

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the arrest of security operatives involved in the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate, and police brutality cases.

Young Nigerians had converged at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020, demanding good governance in the country and an end to police brutality before they were reportedly shot at by security operatives.

A year after, a leaked report by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality set up by the state government to probe the incident had indicted the officers for shooting “unarmed helpless and defenseless protesters, without provocation or justification.”

But SERAP in a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, said the lawsuit was filed in collaboration with 116 concerned Nigerians.

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The group wants the court to “direct and compel President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate steps to ensure the arrest of soldiers and police officers indicted by the Lagos #EndSARS panel report for the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll-gate, and police brutality cases.”

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1482/2021 filed last Friday, SERAP is also asking the court to “direct and compel President Buhari to bring to justice anyone suspected to be responsible for the shooting of peaceful protesters, and to ensure access to justice and effective remedies for victims, including adequate compensation.”

“It is in the interest of justice to grant this application, as it would improve respect for Nigerians’ rights, the rule of law, and public confidence in government institutions, as well as reduce the growing culture of impunity of perpetrators,” the statement read.

“The safety of protesters in Nigeria remains as precarious as ever, and impunity for crimes against them is growing. Impunity emboldens perpetrators. A failure to bring to justice those indicted for the shooting of peaceful protesters is, in itself, a violation of the rights to life and human dignity.”

“The flagrant lack of accountability for past violations of the rights of protesters has given rise to a growing sense of powerlessness, and resentment not only among victims and their families but among the general public.”

According to the group, the failure to promptly arrest, and bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the shooting of peaceful protesters, and to ensure access to justice and effective remedies for victims and their families amounts to a travesty of justice, as justice delayed is justice denied.

Joined in the suit as Respondent is the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN.

While seeking an order to compel Buhari to ensure that those still being detained solely for peacefully exercising their human rights are immediately and unconditionally released, and all charges against them are dropped, SERAP also wants the President to ensure full and effective respect for the human rights of everyone across the country, including the rights to life, dignity, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association.

The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Opeyemi Owolabi, read in part: “The Buhari administration has the constitutional responsibility to allow victims of human rights violations to find out the truth in regard to acts committed, to know who the perpetrators of such acts are, and to obtain justice and adequate compensation.”

“The right to life is an inherent, core, and non-derogable human right, regardless of the circumstances, and even in times of armed conflict or states of emergency. Summary, extrajudicial, or arbitrary executions are clearly prohibited under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended] and international law.

“The UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary, and Summary Executions affirm that ‘extra-legal, arbitrary, and summary executions’ cannot be carried out under any circumstances.’

“According to the principles, ‘governments shall prohibit orders from superior officers or public authorities authorizing or inciting other persons to carry out any such extra-legal, arbitrary or summary executions. All persons shall have the right and the duty to defy such orders.’

“International law requires that the use of lethal force, such as firearms, is an ‘extreme measure’ that should only be considered when strictly necessary in order to protect life or prevent serious injury from an imminent threat.

“Articles 2(1) and 2(3) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party require State Parties to ‘undertake to respect and ensure’ and provide effective remedies for violations of the rights in the Covenant.

“The remedies must be accessible and effective remedies and take into account the special vulnerability of certain categories of person.

“The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a set of principles relating to states’ obligations to the victims of serious violations of international human rights law that makes clear that states are obligated to investigate violations of international human rights law thoroughly and impartially, and where appropriate, take action against those allegedly responsible.

“States also have the duty to investigate and, if there is sufficient evidence, the duty to submit to prosecution the person allegedly responsible for violations.

“President Buhari has a constitutional duty, being the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, to ensure access to justice and effective remedies for victims, and that there is no impunity for allegations of human rights violations.”

The suit followed the submission of the Lagos #EndSARS panel report on the Lekki shooting incident and police brutality cases to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The leaked report is said to have indicted some soldiers and police officers for “the shooting of protesters, leading to grievous injuries and deaths.

The panel reportedly found that “the shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll-gate on October 20, 2020, was unwarranted, excessive, provocative and unjustifiable in the circumstances of the state of the protests, which was peaceful and orderly.”

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

Woman Arrested For Supplying Arms, Ammunition To Bandits In Zamfara

 

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested for supplying arms and ammunition to bandits in Zamfara State.

Parading the woman in Gusau on Friday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba N. Elkana said the woman, Fatima Lawali was arrested on Thursday, October 25 at about 9.30 pm.

The suspect, who hails from the Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of the state, was nabbed with 991 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition.

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According to the police authorities, she was conveying the ammunition from Dabagi Village in Sokoto State to be delivered to a notorious bandits’ kingpin called Ado Alero who has been terrorising Zamfara and neighbouring states.

“On 25th October 2021 at about 0930hrs, Police Tactical Operatives of the Command in collaboration with FIB/STS led by DSP Hussaini Gimba on Tactical Operations in the state, arrested one Fatima Lawali, F, a native of K/Namoda LGA of Zamfara State,” the police commissioner said.

“Fatima specialised in supplying arms and ammunition to Bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina, and Niger states.

“The suspect was arrested at Gada Biyu area, under Bungudu LGA with nine hundred and ninety-one (991) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition conveying from Dabagi Village in Sokoto State to be delivered to a notorious bandits’ kingpin called Ado Alero who has been terrorising Zamfara and neighbouring states.”

Speaking further, the police boss noted that the Police Tactical Operatives carried out tactical operations at different bandit enclaves in the state following interrogations of the woman and other suspects arrested.

The operations led to a serious gun battle with the bandits where unspecified numbers of bandits were fatally injured while others escaped with possible gunshot wounds.

IGP Deploys New AIG To Zone 2, Lagos And Ogun

A photo combination of IGP Usman Baba and AIG Bode Adeleke.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has approved the deployment of Bode Adeyinka Adeleke, as the new Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 2.

Zone two covers Lagos State and neighbouring Ogun State.

The posting of AIG Adeleke to the Zone, the police say, is part of efforts to strengthen and inject a new administrative structure to the Police zonal formation.

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According to the police, the immediate take over at the  Zone 2 Command, Onikan is necessitated with the promotion of AIG Johnson Kokumo to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police Research and Planning, Abuja.

The change becomes imperative as DIG David Folawiyo, DIG ICT had officially retired from active service last week.

Until this latest development, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Bode Adeleke was the AIG in charge of the Nigeria Police Command, Zone 9, comprising, Abia, Imo and Ebonyi States. He had earlier served as the Commissioner of Police in Delta state and Kebbi state.

The police zonal boss hails from Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State. He is a graduate of Law from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ogun State. He also holds a degree in Education from Lagos State University (LASU).

Police Dismiss Inspector Accused Of Killing Five People

The police in Enugu on November 26, said it had approved the dismissal of Inspector, Edem Ebong, from the Nigeria Police Force for murder. The police also put him up for prosecution.
The police in Enugu on November 26, said it had approved the dismissal of Inspector, Edem Ebong, from the Nigeria Police Force for murder. The police also put him up for prosecution.

 

The Enugu State Police Command on Friday said it has dismissed an Inspector, Edem Ebong, found culpable of shooting and killing five persons, as well as the injury of four others for no justifiable reasons.

The police also approved the prosecution of the former Inspector for murder.

The shooting incident is said to have happened on June 20 at Golf Estate, Enugu.

Ebong had been attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 9 Umuahia at the time.

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“The Enugu State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 13, Ukpo-Dunukofia Anambra State, AIG Muri Umar Musa, LLB, BL, has approved the recommended punishment of dismissal from the Nigeria Police Force and prosecution of Inspector Edem Ebong, hitherto attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 9 Umuahia, for the offence of murder,” a statement signed by police spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, said.

“The approval is sequel to the Command’s conclusion of disciplinary trial and thorough investigation launched into the case of alleged shooting and killing of five persons, as well as the injury of four others for no justifiable reasons, by the Police Inspector, at Golf Estate Enugu, on 20/06/2021.

“To this end, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abubakar Lawal, fdc, while appreciating the general public, particularly residents of the State, for the level of patience and understanding shown while the disciplinary trial and investigation into the case lasted, has reiterated commitment to always deal decisively with Police Officers of the Command, found culpable in disciplinary offences against extant codes of conduct, rules of engagement and standard operating procedures of the Nigeria Police Force, especially as it concerns respect for fundamental human rights of citizens.

“He therefore calls on residents of the State to remain law-abiding and promptly report erring Police Officers to the nearest Police Station; or by calling the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08086671202, 08075390883 or 08098880172. Or alternatively send e-mails to [email protected]. He assures that such reports shall be accorded the necessary confidentiality and action.”

Police Arrest Robbery Suspect Dressed Like Herdsman In Ogun

The suspected robber who dresses like herdsman during operation has been arrested in Ogun State.

 

A suspected robber, Biodun Rasheed, who dresses like a herdsman while operating has been arrested in Ogun State, police authorities say.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this via a statement on Thursday, saying the arrest followed a distress call received by policemen attached to Kemta divisional headquarters that robbers were operating at Mile 6 along Ajebo Road Abeokuta.

After receiving the distress call, the police spokesman said the Divisional Police Officer of Kemta division, CSP Opebiyi Sunday, quickly mobilised his patrol team, which was joined by the men of So-Safe corps and Vigilante Group of Nigeria.

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“On sighting the security men, the robbers took to their heels, but they were chased and one of them, Biodun Rasheed, who dressed like Fulani herdsmen to hide his identity, was arrested,” the statement read.

“He is currently helping the police in their efforts to apprehend the remaining members of the gang.”

Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

The police commissioner also warned criminals in the state to either turn a new leave or relocate from the gateway state, as Ogun will be very hot for them henceforth.

Families Of Five Slain Policemen In Zamfara Get N5.136m Cheque

A photo taken on November 25, 2021, shows the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Ayuba Elkanah, presenting a cheque to one of the beneficiaries at the Police Headquarters in Gusau, the state capital.

 

Families of five policemen who died while in active service have been presented cheques in the sum of N5,136,000 in Zamfara State.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba Elkanah, presented the cheques to the next of kins of the slain policemen on Thursday at the Police Headquarters in Gusau, the state capital.

He explained that the gesture was part of the welfare scheme of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to officers and men of the Force.

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While presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries, Elkanah thanked the police chief for the gesture which he said was aimed at alleviating the sufferings faced by families of police personnel who died in service.

He described the gesture as timely, saying it would serve as a morale booster to officers and men of the Force to redouble their commitment in the ongoing fight against criminal elements in the country.

The police commissioner appealed to the beneficiaries to utilise the money judiciously, saying the command had received similar cheques from the Inspector General of Police five times and presented the same to the beneficiaries in the last three months alone.

One of the beneficiaries, Usman Musa, who spoke on behalf of the other benefiting families, thanked the police chief for the gesture and promised to use the money judiciously as advised.

Five Suspected Kidnappers Terrorising Ogun Community Arrested

A photo released by the police on November 24, 2021, shows the suspects arrested in Ogun State.

 

The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested five members of a kidnap syndicate terrorising Obada Oko and its environs in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

In a press statement on Wednesday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, identified the suspects as Aliu Manya, Usman Abubakar, Abayomi Olayiwola, Nasiru Muhammad, and Bello Usman.

He explained that the suspects were apprehended following a tip-off received by policemen attached to Obada Oko Divisional Headquarters that they were sighted on two motorcycles in a forest at Eleja area.

“Upon the information, the DPO of Obada Oko Division, Chief Superintendent of Police, Tijani Muhammed, quickly mobilised his men and in conjunction with other stakeholders, the so safe corps, hunters, and local vigilantes, stormed the forest where the five suspects were apprehended,” Oyeyemi said.

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Among the items recovered from the suspects were illicit drugs such as packs of tramadol, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, three cutlasses, and two motorcycles.

“While an investigation is going on, a victim who was earlier kidnapped and released came forward to identify the suspects as those that kidnapped him,” he added.

“His brother, who took ransom to them, also identified two among the suspects as those who collected the money from him for the release of his brother.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also directed that other members of the gang be hunted and brought to justice, in a bid to rid the state of kidnappers.

Bankole appealed to residents of the state to support the police by providing them useful information that would help in tracking down the fleeing criminals within their areas.