Afghan Court Quashes Farkhunda Mob Killing Death Sentences

farkhundaJustice for Farkhunda, a young woman killed by a mob in Kabul, may not be in sight soon as an appeal court in Afghanistan quashed the death sentences imposed on four men who took part in the act.

Eight people, including policemen, were given jail terms and four sentenced to death, but after an appeal, the keeper of the shrine who incited the mob was acquitted.

Women activists were outraged about the decision, which was taken in a secret hearing.

One of the activists, Wasjima Frogh, condemned the judgment in strong terms, insisting that the trial was a scam.

”Farkhunda was killed because she was a woman,” she said, claiming the judges have treated her case lightly.

In Afghanistan, “not only the Taliban, but the whole system is oppressing women”, she added.

Farkhunda was stoned, run over by a car and then burnt to death for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran.

Two Lebanese Men Abducted In Bayelsa

gunmen in bayelsaUnknown Gunmen have killed two policemen and abducted two Lebanese from a construction site in Onuegbum, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The abducted Lebanese were identified as Sarki Abi Chmouli and Ibrahim Abi Pherem, while the the slain policemen were attached to Pache Construction Company, employers of the abducted Lebanese.

The gunmen, according to witnesses, arrived the community on Wednesday at about 12.20pm in speed boats through the waterway.

The gunmen reportedly besieged the sand dredging site and shot repeatedly into the air to scare away passers-by and other workers in the area.

The two policemen responded with gun shots, but were killed by the volley of bullets released by the armed men.

The Bayelsa State Police Command has since confirmed the incident to reporters.

The Police Spokesman, Mr Astimin Butswat, was quoted by Reuters to have said, “we have launched a massive man hunt for the kidnappers and their victims.

“We want to assure Bayelsans to go about their legitimate duties as the Police are on top of the situation.”

Mr Butswat also said that the corpses of the policemen had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre for autopsy.

Kogi Police Parades 45 Criminal Suspects

policeThe Kogi State Police Command has paraded 45 suspected criminals, including a lady for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling activities in the state.

Also paraded among the 45 suspects were 72-year-old Ahmed Andoke, a relative of former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Andoke, and an All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the last House of Assembly election for Okehi State Constituency, Idris Ozi Shuaibu, and a cripple alleged to be in custody of stolen items and financing some criminal gangs terrorizing the state.

Following the upsurge of activities of armed bandits, kidnappers, social miscreants and hoodlums in the state the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, deployed a special anti-crime task force to relocate to the state and quickly address the situation.

The State Governor, Idris Wada, has promised to give out the sum of 5 million naira to anybody with credible information that will lead to tracking down the kidnappers terrorizing the state.

On parading the suspects and their loot, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the squad has in the last three weeks quickly design a template to contain the situation.

Items recovered from the suspects are: 3 faces prepaid meters, AK 47, double barrel guns, locally made Dane guns, cartridges, charms, pump action, cars, cutlasses, military camouflage uniform, ATM cards etc.

Two of the harden criminals popularly called cat and target, were said to be terrorizing people of the Okene axis and were alleged to have killed some Policemen on duty and went away with their guns, were called for questioning.

Though Journalists could not ask questions from the suspects, and this made some of the suspects protest by shouting out, while others claimed it was a  frame up.

The police said the suspects will be charged to court after the completion of their investigation, not until then, they will be under the custody of the Police.

Rivers Chief Of Staff Raises Alarm Over Sudden Withdrawal Of Policemen

Just when it was thought that sanity was beginning to return to Rivers state, the Chief of Staff to the Rivers state governor, Tony Okocha has raised an alarm on the sudden withdrawal of two of the policemen assigned to secure his official residence and others attached to the Secretary to the Rivers state government, Mr George Feyii without any notice.

Mr. Okocha expressed shock over the sudden move, which he alleged the State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu was responsible for, while speaking to Channels Television at his office in the government house, Port Harcourt.

He alleged that while he was away for an official meeting, armed policemen totalling about 15 stormed his official residence and ordered out the two policemen, and same was done to another principal officer of the Amaechi administration, Mr, George Feyii, the Secretary to the state government.

He however stated that the sudden withdrawal of the police escorts for two principal officers without prior notice is a huge disappointment and above all a fresh onslaught on the Amaechi led administration by the State Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu, as it portends serious danger to his family and the day-to-day activities of his office as Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt.

It Is Zero Tolerance For Corrupt Officers– Police IGP

The inspector general of police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar has vowed to fish out all the bad eggs in the police, hinting corrupt police officers in the country to begin search for new employment elsewhere.

Addressing participants at the second conference of heads of zonal and state criminal investigation departments in Abuja, Mr Abubakar restated that all corrupt officers will be shown out of the Nigeria police.

The inspector general of police, Mohammed Abubakar restated the need for police officers to be discipline and live above board.

The deputy inspector general of police in charge of investigation, Mr Peter Gana also spoke on his expectations of the conference.

The conference which has the theme, keeping up with new trends in investigation and prosecution of cases, is expected to help in reducing the number of unresolved criminal cases in the country.

The inspector general also stressed the need for diligent investigation and prosecution of cases by police officers.

The Police Boss, who has been sounding this note of warning to the officers since his inception as the IGP,went farther than warning on the issue of corrupt police officers when a police officer was caught on a video footage soliciting for inducement from an unknown motorist. The officer has however been dismissed from the force.

Rivers Lawmaker Narrates What Led To Assembly’s Mayhem

A member of Rivers State House of Assembly, Victoria Nyeche has narrated the events which led to violence amongst the lawmakers in the hallowed chambers on Tuesday.

During an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, she disclosed that the crisis bedevilling the Assembly started on the 6th of May when armed touts disrupted the Assembly’s procession.

Accordiong to her, the initial chaos was what led to the request for more security operatives at Tuesday’s sitting. “Because of this security situation we felt that for us to reconvene; we needed to be assured of our security. So we agreed and the Clerk wrote a letter to the state command that we needed additional policemen” she said.

Mrs Nyeche, who claimed she watched the proceedings from her office via a Close Circuit Television (CCTV), said that the problem started when about seven members were exchanging pleasantries on the floor of the house and suddenly, she saw Mr Evans Bipi raining blows on Mr Chidi Llyod.

The lawmaker stated that Mr Evans Bipi also hit the Speaker, Amachree Otelemaba, who was trying to intervene in the situation.

“Evans grabbed the tripod and started hitting Lloyd with it,” she added.

She said it was when most of the lawmakers ran away, that a faction stayed behind to have a ‘sitting’ that led to the impeachment of the Speaker.

She denounced the authenticity of the impeachment and supported her claim with the law which she quotes that “for the House to sit, you must have 11 members” and to “discuss the impeachment of the Speaker, you must have 22 members”

“So even if 10 members sit down in the chambers, at best they can be said to be having a talk show.”

CCTV Video

Meanwhile the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Rivers state, Sam Nwanosike, has demanded the release of the video recorded by the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) operational in the Assembly.

During a telephone conversation, Mr Sam Nwanosike accused the Mrs Nyeche of being ‘unsure of what she’s saying’.

He alleged that a proper sitting had held and the pro-Amaechi camp only rushed out to call in Governor Amaechi after the Mr Otelemaba, had been impeached.

Mr Nyeche responded stating that the CCTV video has not been made available to be public because the office has been shut off and is being guarded by police men.

She indicated her support for the Senate to take over the duties of the Rivers Assembly.

“Considering what is at stake, I think it is in the best interest of Democracy” for the Senate to take over the duties of the Rivers Assembly.

Police Briefs President On NSCDC Murder

The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba today (Friday) confirmed that  a comprehensive brief has been given to President Goodluck Jonathan on the alleged killing of two civil defense officials by policemen in Lagos state.

In what seemed to be a power show, policemen were said to have shot dead two Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps officers at the NNPC pipelines in Ikorodu, Lagos state on Wednesday.

Some Police operatives attached to the Ikorodu Division of the Lagos State Police Command engaged officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in a gun duel; leading to the death of Gabriel Adaji and Innocent Akegbe, who were part of the Anti-Pipeline Vandalism Squad.

Other NSCDC operatives were said to have escaped with varying degrees of injuries, including gunshot wounds.

Mr. Mba told journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday that the meeting with the president “was part of routine visits to discuss operational issues and also to present the facts of the murder from police perspective”.

He appealed to members of the public to stay calm and wait for details of investigations to be made public.

UniAbuja Students Disrupt Examinations

Examinations at the University of Abuja have been disrupted following protests by students against non-accreditation of some courses at the university.

The school consequently announced postponement of examinations till Monday, the 18th of February.

But the students who were dispersed by security operatives threatened to continue if the issue is not resolved.

Hundreds of students were at the gates of the University of Abuja main campus.

The students embarked on a protest to disrupt examinations fixed by the school.

They vowed to prevent examinations until all pending issues of non-accreditation of courses are immediately resolved.

In April 2012, the Federal Government had approved N2 billion for the school to resolve all issues of non-accreditation but the Vice-Chancellor said he only accessed the money last month. The students are however angry over the seemingly unending promises.

The students proceeded to the mini-campus were there was heavy security presence to prevent any violence but in spite of this, they made desperate attempt to seal up the premises to drive home their grievance.

Some lecturers in solidarity with the students revealed that the vice-chancellor has done more harm than good with the failed assurances to the students. They ask the Federal Government not to keep silent over the white paper report submitted to it.

In the meantime the students have vowed to continue disrupting examinations fixed by the school until there is a concrete solution to resolve their plight.

Gunmen kill three policemen in Bauchi

Three policemen on Thursday met their untimely death as unknown gunmen opened fire on them at a patrol post in Bauchi.

It was reported that there were four policemen on duty at the time of the attack, one of them managed to escape into the bush.

The gunmen who were said to have attacked the policemen around 8:49 am also carted away the three guns belonging to them.

The victims were two inspectors and a corporal who were just deployed to the patrol center.

The Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO] of the Bauchi state command, ASP Muhammad Auyo, said that investigation into the incident has commenced.

He also said a team of well-armed policemen had already been dispatched to the scene of the attack to search for the hoodlums and expressed optimism that the gunmen would be fished out, apprehended and brought to justice.

This comes after at least five people were killed in attacks on a police station, a local government office and a factory owned by Indians in the northeast city of Maiduguri on Thursday.

More Policemen, FRSC officials face trial for setting up roadblocks

It appears more police officers and even the Federal Road Safety Corps officials (FRSC) have decided to turn deaf ears to the IG’s order on the removal of roadblocks from highways.

No fewer than 38 police and 8 FRSC officers are currently facing trial for defying acting Inspector-General’s (Mohammed Abubakar) directive on the dismantling of roadblocks across the country.

The officers were said to have been apprehended by the committee on anti-corruption which was set up by the Force Headquarters to ensure compliance with the IG’s order in different parts of the country.

The officers who are being detained in various police stations nation-wide, may be dismissed if found guilty of the charge on money extortion through roadblocks.

A breakdown of the arrests shows that four police officers were arrested on the Warri-Sapele Road; six at Anambra-Nkwule Junction, five at 9th Mile, Enugu and four at Abia State.

Also, eight FRSC personnel were arrested in Akwa Ibom State and at East-West Road, Bayelsa State while four police officers were arrested in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa-Ibom State as another four were picked up at Itokim Bridge.

Three police officers were also arrested at Itowolo Point; four at Owode Onirin, Lagos State and another four at Okene Road, Lokoja, Kogi State.