Gunmen Kidnap Policeman, Three Others In Kaduna

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A policeman and an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Kaduna State.

The two security operatives were kidnapped from their residences at Maraban Rido in Chikun Local Government Area of the state in the late hours of Thursday.

A 14-year-old girl and one other person were also whisked away by the abductors during the operation.

The gunmen were said to have invaded the community at about midnight and went straight to some houses, shooting sporadically, and later took their victims away.

Although police authorities in the state are yet to confirm the abduction of its personnel, the spokesman of NSCDC, Kaduna State Command, Orndiir Terzungwe, however, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He explained that the Civil Defence officer was abducted by the gunmen from his home and taken to an unknown destination.

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Terzungwe disclosed that the command has launched a manhunt of the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the officer and arresting the kidnappers.

The attack comes four days after gunmen abducted an unconfirmed number of students from a school in Kaduna State.

Channels Television learned that the incident took place on August 24, 2020 at Prince Academy in Samba-Kasaya, a village around Buruku area in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Those kidnapped are said to be some JSS 3 students who are preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) before the armed men invaded the school at about 7am and took them away.

Although the police authorities had yet to confirm the incident as at the time of filing the report, a security source in the area said a member of a local group in the village was shot dead by the gunmen while some villagers were also abducted along with the students.

 

Policeman Kills Wife, Self Over Alleged Infidelity

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A policeman simply identified as Tolulope has allegedly shot his wife dead and later committed suicide.

The incident occurred on Tuesday evening in the University town of Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State

The cop, who is attached to Akungba Police Division was said to have pulled the trigger when an argument erupted between him and his wife.

According to neighbours, the couple have running disputes over frequent telephone calls received by the wife from undisclosed persons.

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The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident.

He described the incident as unfortunate, adding that investigation has commenced to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the incident.

Ikoro disclosed that preliminary investigation revealed that the couple were alone in their apartment when the incident happened, making it difficult to know what actually happened.

The couple were survived their two-year-old child and a three-week-old baby.

Dapchi Attack: Boko Haram Kills Eight Policemen, Burns Armoured Vehicle

 

At least eight mobile policemen have been killed in Wednesday’s Boko Haram attack on Dapchi town in Yobe State.

Channels Television confirmed this on Thursday during a visit to the town, the headquarters of Bursari Local Government Area of the state.

The Acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, as well as the Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarim, have confirmed the attack.

Both men were, however, unable to give details of the casualties in the incident.

The insurgents were said to have invaded the town in what appeared to be an attack targeted at security formations in Dapchi.

They attacked the Divisional Police Headquarters and the Nigerian Army formation in the town, while one police armoured vehicle was set ablaze.

According to local sources, they came to Dapchi, about 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, through neighbouring Jumbam village.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, the residents called on the Federal Government to take up proactive measures in curtailing the incessant attacks on their community.

The Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Mohammed Goje, who visited the scene of the attack sympathised with the people of the town.

The attack comes two weeks after some insurgents stormed the town and set ablaze the telecommunication network facility in Dapchi.

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Angolan Policeman Jailed 16 Years For Shooting Street Vendor

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An Angolan court on Friday sentenced a policeman to 16 years in jail for gunning down a street vendor who refused to be evicted.

Juliana Kafriq, 38, was shot dead in March last year after she resisted a police raid on an informal market in the capital Luanda.

The mother-of-three’s killer, police officer Goncalo Sakala Ganga, was found guilty by Luanda’s provincial court and handed a hefty prison term.

Security officials are rarely prosecuted in Angola, where the justice system is accused of being sluggish and mired in corruption.

“The defendant is sentenced to 16 years in prison for voluntary homicide and fined five million kwanza (around $10,000),” judge Nelson Cabangange announced on Friday.

Ganga will also have to pay 50,000 kwanzas ($100) as compensation to the victim’s family, Cabangange added.

The 36-year-old police officer claimed he was shooting in the air and did not intend to “kill someone”.

Defence lawyer Gerson Calei said the sentence was too harsh and that he would appeal the verdict.

“(Ganga) was on duty and his life was at risk,” Calei told AFP. “He did not think he would kill someone so it was involuntary homicide.”

Most of Luanda’s vendors do not have licences and are regularly evicted by the police. But bloodshed is rare and officers do not usually resort to firearms.

Prosecutor Monica Bonita welcomed the judge’s decision and said there was “no doubt” the act was “premeditated”.

Witnesses said Kafriq was shot through the neck behind a bakery in the neighbourhood of Rocha Pinto, where she had been selling goods for over a decade.

“I apologise to the family… to all salespeople and to all Angolans,” said Ganga in a court appearance last week, extending his condolences to the family.

 

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Four More Suspects Arraigned Over Killing Of Policeman In Ondo

 

Four more suspects have been arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, Ondo State capital in connection with the murder of a policeman.

The four young men were alleged to have killed the policeman at the scene of a protest and attack on a church in Akure over a missing one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole.

Gold was declared missing at the children’s section of the church, Sotitobire Miracle Ministry, on Sunday, December 10, 2019, while service was in progress.

Subsequently, a rumor broke out that the remains of the missing boy had been exhumed from the altar of the church.

This sparked up violent protests which led to the burning of the church, looting, as well as the killing of a policeman and a commercial motorcyclist.

Earlier, 14 suspects were arraigned before the court for the same offence.

Speaking to journalists on the development, the spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, CSP Femi Joseph revealed that investigation is still ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

Policeman Arrested For Shooting Corps Member, Two Others In Bayelsa

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The Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested a mobile police officer for unlawful use of his firearm, shooting a corp member and two others.

A statement released by the command on Tuesday said the suspect was arrested on the orders of the State Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia and he is currently in detention at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation  Department (SCID), Yenagoa, the state capital.

“The authorities of Bayelsa Police Command have arrested and taken into custody one Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel for suspicion of Discreditable Conduct and Unlawful Use of his Firearm.

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“The suspect,  a male NCO, who was arrested on the orders of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Uche Anozia is currently in detention at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation  Department, Yenagoa,” the statement read in part.

The incident happened on Monday, January 7, in front of a new generation bank located in Ekeki area of Yenagoa, when the police officer had an altercation with a driver of a commercial bus.

The driver of the 14-seater bus who was conveying passengers returning from the Yuletide celebration was allegedly trying to disembark passengers in front of the bank premises.

A minor disagreement ensued between the driver and the policeman, who allegedly opened fire on the occupants, shooting the driver and two other passengers including a serving corp member.

Following the shootings, pandemonium broke out as angry residents went on a rampage and destroyed the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) located in front of the bank.

The statement added that police operatives later responded to the incident and rushed the victims to the hospital and they are currently responding to treatment.

The commissioner of police condemned the shooting incident and called for calm from the citizens.

He also promised that the case will be comprehensively and speedily investigated, and all indicted persons brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the youth in the area are insisting that the policeman killed the three victims.

Ex-Policeman Jailed For Murder In India

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A former top Indian policeman who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in deadly communal riots more than a decade ago was jailed for life on Thursday over the death of a man in custody in 1990.

In one of the ugliest episodes in independent India, nearly 1,000 people — the majority of them Muslims — were killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots when Modi was premier of the western state.

The trigger was a fire on a train which killed 59 Hindu activists returning from the holy city of Ayodhya to the state capital, Ahmedabad.

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Sanjiv Bhatt said in an affidavit to the Supreme Court in 2011 that he was present at a meeting when Modi ordered police to allow Hindus to “vent out their anger” after the train fire.

But Bhatt, the most prominent of several police officers to make similar claims, later failed to prove his presence at the meeting, with most of his witnesses turning hostile.

Modi was subject to US and British entry bans for years over the riots but has always denied the allegations. He was cleared by a Supreme Court-monitored investigative team.

Bhatt was sacked in 2015 over unauthorised absences from work and has been in prison since last year over another case, where he is accused of planting drugs on a lawyer and arresting him.

On Thursday, Jamnagar district Judge C.M. Vyas found Bhatt and another officer guilty of torturing and murdering a detainee when Bhatt was the police chief of the district in 1990.

Bhatt was sentenced to life in prison for murder and assault, public prosecutor Tushar Gokani told AFP.

Five other policemen were jailed for two years.

Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat for more than 12 years before he won a landslide national election to become the prime minister of India in 2014. He won a second term last month.

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Robbers Kill Policeman In Ekiti

 

A police officer has been shot dead in Ado, the Ekiti State capital while chasing some armed robbers.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday.

According to Ikechukwu, the armed men were said to have robbed a business outfit and while attempting to escape they were sighted and chased by the officer, who was driving in a white Hilux van.

The criminals, on the other hand, kept shooting at the vehicle and in the process, shot and killed the policeman after which they escaped.

Other officers later visited the scene to evacuate the corpse which was, thereafter, taken to the morgue of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).

Man Arrested For Assaulting Policeman In Yellow Vest Protest

A protestor wearing a “yellow vest” tries to kick a French riot policeman during a demonstration against the rising costs of living, in downtown Nantes, western France, on December 29, 2018. 
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French police arrested a former professional boxer on Monday who was seen punching police officers during a “yellow vest” protest in Paris, in shocking scenes that have highlighted the violence of recent protests.

The images filmed on Saturday show a heavily built man in a black duffel coat square up to several police officers before knocking them down in a hail of punches and kicking them on the ground.

One of the officers is then beaten by other protesters wearing yellow vests before he is rescued by fellow riot police in protective equipment and helmets.

The ex-boxer, identified by French media as 37-year-old Christophe Dettinger, is a former heavyweight professional fighter who reportedly works for the local government in the Essonne area south of Paris.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Dettinger, known in the ring as “The Gypsy From Massy”, a town south of Paris, had handed himself into police in the capital.

“He was immediately arrested and will be held accountable for his acts by the justice system,” Castaner added.

Around 50,000 “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets again on Saturday in cities around France to denounce the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron, leading to clashes in Paris, Bordeaux and Rouen.

Several men driving a forklift truck also smashed open the doors to the ministry building of government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux in Paris, who denounced the break-in as an “unacceptable attack on the Republic”.

While the number of protesters has dwindled since December, the determination of a smaller but increasingly radical core of “yellow vest” protesters poses a dilemma for the government.

On Friday, Griveaux said those still protesting were “agitators who want insurrection and, basically, to overthrow the government”.

He called Monday for everyone to take part in a national debate on taxation and the government’s pro-business programme, which is set to begin later this month.

Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin sought to distinguish genuine protesters, who want lower taxes and more help for low-income families, from those “who are in the business of ultra-violence”.

“And faced with ultra-violence, we need to be ultra-severe. It needs to end,” he told RTL radio on Monday.

French police signalled a tougher line last week when they arrested one of the leaders of the “yellow vests”, truck driver Eric Drouet, for organising an unauthorised demonstration.

The move led to criticism from political leaders on the far right and radical left, who have encouraged demonstrators to continue taking to the streets to underline their discontent with Macron’s agenda.

Images of a policeman striking several protesters in the southern city of Toulon on Saturday also risk fanning the flames.

The police officer — a commander who was granted France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on January 1 — was referred to investigators at the weekend after appearing to punch a protester in the face several times.

 ‘Surrender plea’ 

The “yellow vest” demonstrations have been frequently violent since they began in late November, particularly on December 1 when crowds ransacked a museum in the Arc de Triomphe and daubed graffiti on the famed monument.

The French media has been targeted, while mock executions of Macron have also been a feature of some gatherings, notably in the town of Angouleme in southwest France.

Dettinger, the boxer, could face years in jail if convicted over his rampage on Saturday on the Leopold-Sedar-Senghor bridge which links the Tuileries gardens to the Musee d’Orsay in central Paris.

Assaulting a police officer can lead to up to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros (51,000 dollars), though sentences can be increased in certain circumstances.

The French boxing federation issued a statement condemning the violence, saying that it “ran completely contrary to the values of our sport”.

“The French Boxing Federation sends its support to the family and loved ones of the officer who was a victim of this individual, but equally to all the security forces who have been on duty these last weeks,” it said.

Dettinger’s former coach, Jacky Trompesauce, had urged the father of three to give himself up to police earlier on Monday.

“There was something that set it off, which I learned overnight,” Trompesauce told RMC radio on Monday morning, claiming that a woman was attacked by the police, prompting Dettinger to respond with a flurry of punches.

“Yellow vest” protests against fuel taxes began in rural and small-town France in late November, but then mushroomed into a wider revolt during December against the policies and governing style of 41-year-old Macron.

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Policeman Jailed For Raping 13-Year-Old

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A British police officer was jailed for 25 years on Thursday for 37 offences that included raping a 13-year-old girl in the back seat of his car.

Constable Ian Naude told the jury that the sex was consensual and that the girl “seemed to be enjoying it”.

Naude was assigned to a unit dealing with vulnerable youngsters.

It emerged during the trial that he was named as a sexual offence suspect in neighbouring forces before joining the Cheshire Police in England’s northwest.

The court heard that the constable had visited the 13-year-old’s home three days earlier to investigate a domestic violence case.

He was found guilty of picking her up off the street and raping her in the back seat.

“In order to impose your will on a young girl… you used and abused your position as a Cheshire Police officer, thereby enabling you to satisfy your lust and perversion,” said judge Clement Goldstone.

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Military Court Sentences Policeman To Life In Prison For Killing Protester

 

A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has jailed a police officer for life for killing a demonstrator opposed to President Joseph Kabila, a judicial source said Tuesday.

“Police officer Agbe Obeid is sentenced to life in prison for having shot Eric Boloko at point-blank range with live ammunition on Sunday, February 25,” in Mbandaka, a registry official at the military tribunal in the northwestern city told AFP.

“This trigger-happy policeman shot the young man as he was peacefully going home (after a demonstration). I hope that he will really serve out his sentence,” said Fabien Mongunza, president of the civil society movement in Equateur province, of which Mbandaka is the capital.

“This verdict has calmed people’s minds because the tension was noticeable. Military justice has done well to swiftly convict this policeman,” Mongunza added.

Boloko was one of two people reported killed by security forces during weekend marches in Congolese cities banned by Kabila’s regime but supported by the influential Roman Catholic church.

The protests were prompted by Kabila’s failure to quit power when his second elected five-year mandate expired in December 2016 and by delays in holding elections, now scheduled for the end of 2018.

‘Stop these shameful practices’

Marches in Mbandaka on December 31 and January 21, called by a group of intellectuals close to the church, took place with no serious incidents, several witnesses said.

A policeman who shot prominent activist Rossy Mukendi of the Collective 2016 citizen’s movement in the capital Kinshasa on Sunday has been arrested, according to police spokesman Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu.

Mukendi died of his wounds, prompting one lobby group, the Congolese Association for Access to Justice, to speak of a premeditated “assassination”.

The chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Tuesday lamented the deaths at the protests, calling on Congolese authorities to “shed light on the events” of Sunday.

He asked “Congolese political actors to show more responsibility and defence and security forces to exhibit the greatest restraint”.

Also on Tuesday, local press watchdog Journalists in Danger denounced the government’s decision to cut internet across the country for 10 hours on Sunday.

“Stop these shameful practices, which seriously harm freedom of information and further tarnish the image” of the country, the watchdog said in a statement.

Anti-Kabila protests on New Year’s Eve and on January 21 had left 15 people dead at the hands of the security forces, according to tolls given by organisers and the United Nations.

The government said that just two people died.

Protest organisations have said there will be no let-up until Kabila declares publicly that he will step down after the presidential poll planned for December 23.

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Policeman Bags Life Jail For Killing Anti-Kabila Protester

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A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has jailed a police officer for life for killing a demonstrator opposed to President Joseph Kabila, a judicial source said Tuesday.

“Police officer Agbe Obeid is sentenced to life in prison for having shot Eric Boloko at point-blank range with live ammunition on Sunday, February 25,” in Mbandaka, a registry official at the military tribunal in the northwestern city told AFP.

“This trigger-happy policeman shot the young man as he was peacefully going home (after a demonstration). I hope that he will really serve out his sentence,” said Fabien Mongunza, president of the civil society movement in Equateur province, of which Mbandaka is the capital.

“This verdict has calmed people’s minds because the tension was noticeable. Military justice has done well to swiftly convict this policeman,” Mongunza added.

Boloko was one of two people reported killed by security forces during weekend marches in Congolese cities banned by Kabila’s regime but supported by the influential Roman Catholic church.

The protests were prompted by Kabila’s failure to quit power when his second elected five-year mandate expired in December 2016 and by delays in holding elections, now scheduled for the end of 2018.

Marches in Mbandaka on December 31 and January 21, called by a group of intellectuals close to the church, took place with no serious incidents, several witnesses said.

A policeman who on Sunday shot prominent activist Rossy Mukendi of the Collective 2016 citizen’s movement in the capital Kinshasa has been arrested, according to police spokesman Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu.

Mukendi died of his wounds, prompting one lobby group, the Congolese Association for Access to Justice, to speak of a premeditated “assassination”.

Anti-Kabila protests on New Year’s Eve and on January 21 left 15 people dead at the hands of the security forces, according to tolls given by organisers and the United Nations.

The government said that just two people died.

Protest organisations have said there will be no let-up until Kabila declares publicly that he will step down after the presidential poll planned for December 23.

AFP