Teenager Arrested For Tampering UTME Result

A file photo of JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, at a press conference.

 

A 19-year-old candidate in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination has been arrested by the police for allegedly tampering with his result.

The spokesman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Fabian Benjamin, said the arrest followed the suspect’s claim of scoring 380 in the examination conducted in June.

“After several enquiries, 265 kept appearing as his score as against the 380 score,” the JAMB spokesman said via a statement issued on Friday.

Following the alleged alteration of the UTME score, Benjamin said the teenager’s father, John Ifenkpam approached an Enugu-based lawyer, Ikeazor Akaiwe who wrote to JAMB for another opportunity for the boy to retake the examination and demanded N1 billion as damages.

The lawyer was said to have demanded the sum to cover for the physical and emotional trauma the boy had being through from being offered “two separate scores.”

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According to JAMB spokesman, the suspect claimed that his UTME scores from 2019 till 2021 had been “altered” by the board, thereby denying him the opportunity to study his desired course – medicine.

It was gathered that the candidate travelled to Abuja from Enugu with his father and lawyer on Friday to honour an invitation from the management of the board led by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede.

“Initially, the boy was given few minutes to “come clean” in a closed session with his father and lawyers about the results he was parading but insisted that his original score from the examination was 380.

“After going back and forth, the board tendered evidence to counter the claim by John and his legal representatives.

At the Friday meeting, documentary evidence tendered by the board showed that John actually scored 265 not the 380 he had claimed,” the statement added.

On his part, the JAMB Registrar accused the candidate of result tempering, noting that he will be investigated and subsequently prosecuted by the police.

Professor Oloyeded said he was among 11 eleven other candidates who allegedly forged their results that the board would prosecute, adding that the original result issued would be withdrawn pending the end of the investigation.

“We have 11 of them who tampered with their results. Two of them are already being prosecuted. The remaining ones we are going to withdraw their results and prosecute them. The main purpose is to sanitise the system, including our own staff,” the Registrar was quoted as saying.

“There was never any communication of 380 with this boy. Because this boy has accused JAMB, we are going to withhold his result until the investigation is concluded. We are going to request that our interactions with him be subjected to the public.”

On his part, the candidate’s lawyer, Ikeazor, appealed to the board to instead give room for further infestation.

He said, “I will not stand against the investigation. Let there be an investigation but what I will not agree to is to prejudge him.”

But the candidate had insisted that “The result I have been receiving is not the result I am entitled to. I wrote the first JAMB in 2019. The first time they sent 328 later I saw 278 score when I checked it. I printed it. I couldn’t meet up for admission that year. I wanted to study medicine and surgery at the University of Ibadan.

“In 2020 the same thing happened. I scored 343 by the time I went to the portal to print I saw 306. I used the 306 and it gave me admission in UI. But because I didn’t have further mathematics, I had to forfeit it.

“I decided to leave medicine and surgery for them in 2021 so I picked petroleum engineering. In 2021, JAMB issued me two results. I saw 380 the first time I checked then the second I saw 265.”

School Leaver, Graduate Arrested With Drugs At Abuja, Kano Airports

The suspect being paraded by the NDLEA on June 1, 2021.

 

A 23-year-old secondary school leaver, Iwuyi Princewill Chukwuka has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi said Chukwuka was arrested alongside a Europe-based Nigerian, Peter Mkwo for attempting to export nine kilograms of skunk and methamphetamine through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Turkey and Belgium respectively.

Mkwo, 37, was apprehended on May 28 while trying to board an Ethiopian Airline 910 en route Abuja-Addis Ababa-Brussels, Belgium with 3kg of methamphetamine stuffed in the lining of a false bottom of his luggage.

“Under interrogation, Peter claimed he has lived in Belgium for 15 years and worked as a forklift driver in an automobile company, where he earned One Thousand Seven Hundred (1,700) Euro per month. He said he came into Nigeria on 26th April, for the burial of his father who died in August 2019 but buried on 30th April in Awka, Anambra State,” the statement partly read.

“He said after spending two weeks in Awka, he traveled to Uyo for another week to see his sister and later to Lagos to see his girlfriend. He claimed he Lodged in a hotel at Amuwo Odofin in Lagos where he met two men while hanging at the bar by the hotel’s swimming pool where they made a proposal to him to carry the drug for onward delivery to Belgium.

“He said the bag containing the drug was brought to him in the hotel by the two men on Friday 28th May before he took off to Abuja where he was to take his flight to Brussels.  He said he was promised Three Thousand (3,000) Euro on successful delivery to one Ishmael, in Belgium. He claimed he accepted the offer to deliver the drug to raise some fund to pay back the money he borrowed from friends during the burial of his father.”

The anti-narcotics agency said the school leaver was arrested with 6.3kg skunk concealed in cray fish and stuffed inside Golden Morn packs during an outward clearance of Turkish airline flight at the departure hall of the Abuja airport.

During interrogation, he claimed he was travelling for a Diploma study in Tourism and Hotel Management at University of Mediterranean, Karpasia, North Cyprus.

Elsewhere in Kano State, a 27-year-old graduate of Accountancy, Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Zakaru Baba was also apprehended at the local wing of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport with 6kg of cannabis sativa.

The consignment was flown from Lagos to Kano on May 29 via Max Air.

NDLEA explained that the suspect confessed ownership of the exhibit, adding that it is the first time the Command has apprehended a suspect via the domestic wing of the Airport, as most arrests and seizures are usually made at the international wing.

Reacting to the arrests, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the NAIA Commander, Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, and his MAKIA counterpart, Mohammed Ajiya, as well as the officers and men of the two Commands for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding the country of illicit substances.

He charged them not to rest on their oars as the Agency intensifies the war against drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

EFCC Arrests Man For Alleged $10,000 Fraud

The suspect quizzed by the EFCC in Lagos. Credit: EFCC

 

The Lagos Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a man for an alleged fraud of $10,000.

In a statement issued on Wednesday via its website, EFCC said the suspect – Adeshina Lukman – obtained money by false pretence and stealing.

According to the anti-graft agency, the suspect was napped on April 14, in the Ipaja/Ayobo area of Lagos, following a complaint received from one Isa Abdulhamid Mohammed.

“Mohammed, in his petition, alleged that one Bashir Haruna Isa, a Bureau De Change operator, sometime in March 2020, approached him with an offer to sell $10,000, while he (Mohammed) would pay the Naira equivalent of the Dollars to him,” the statement partly read.

He further alleged that when Isa requested a Dollar account where the money would be paid into, he was provided with a Wells Fargo Bank account number 4861511475.

Upon receipt of the money paid by one Thomas Joyner in the United States of America into the Dollar account, EFCC said he made a transfer of ₦3.5million being the Naira equivalent of the Dollars into Isa’s account in a new generation bank.

He, however, said that the said sum of $10,000 was reversed from the Wells Fargo account by the bank on the grounds that the transaction was unauthorized and fraudulent.

 

The statement added, “Investigations revealed that Isa allegedly made those transactions on behalf of the suspect, who confessed to being involved in scamming unsuspecting victims and defrauding them of huge sums of money.

“Isa further claimed that he had approached the complainant based on a call he received from one Muttaka Idris to help him provide account details in the USA, where Dollars could be paid into.

“Idris, when apprehended by the EFCC, also claimed that when he received the Wells Fargo account details, he gave it to one Jamil Na-Allah, who had called to also ask him for it.”

In his statement, Na-Allah, also a BDC operator, revealed that he got a call from the suspect, who informed him that he wanted to sell $10,000 and asked for a US account, where the money would be paid into.

Na-Allah further claimed that, upon the payment of the money into the account, the sum of N3, 000,000.00 (Three Million Naira) was paid into his (Na-Allah) account, out of which he transferred the sum of N2, 730,000.00 (Two Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) into the suspect’s account after he had taken his share and that of Idris from it.

He also claimed that all efforts to retrieve the money from the suspect, after he had been informed that the money was reversed from the bank, proved abortive.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

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27 April 2021

Teenage Kidnap Suspect Who Threatened To Sell Victim Arrested In Edo

A file photo of a police vehicle.

 

A kidnap suspect who threatened to sell his 16-year-old victim has been arrested by operatives of the Edo State Police Command.

The 19-year-old suspect, Tajudeen Igikalo, was apprehended at his residence in Egba along the Benin Auchi Road in the state.

He was arrested by men of the Anti-kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit of the command following a report by the victim’s mother that her daughter left home for school on March 25, but did not return home.

Two days after the incident, the victim’s mother received a telephone call from the suspect that her daughter had been kidnapped and that she must pay the sum of N3 million through a provided account number before the victim could be released.

“He (Igikalo) further threatened that she will be killed or be sold to Fulani herdsmen if no payment (is made). On the 29th of March 2021, the victim’s mother paid the sum of N550,000.00 into a bank account number made available by the kidnapper.

“On 30/03/2021, operatives of Anti-kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of the command through Hi-tech intelligence and a painstaking investigation arrested the suspect and rescued the victim in his residence,” a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, Kontongs Bello, read.

According to Bello, the suspect has made a confessional statement while items recovered from him included two laptops, a generator, and an industrial standing fan, that were bought from the proceeds of the ransom paid.

He added that the police recovered cash of N220,000 from the suspect while an investigation was ongoing to arrest his gang members.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Phillip Ogbadu, urged the people of the state to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation.

He assured them that the command would not relent in its effort to rid the state of criminal elements.

What We Know About The Colorado Shooter

 

 

Ahmad Alissa’s chubby face in an undated photo released by police Tuesday contrasts with images of his arrest as the suspect in the Boulder, Colorado mass shooting — that of a shirtless, shoeless man with blood covering one leg escorted away by two officers.

Alissa, 21, faces 10 counts of murder in the first degree in the shooting, police said.

This is what we know about him up to now.

Still no known motive

Alissa was hospitalized and was in stable condition after being shot in the leg in an exchange of gunfire with police during the Monday attack, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold told reporters.

By Tuesday afternoon he was well enough to be booked into jail, Boulder County prison officials said.

Police said they have not established a motive.

Alissa was armed with an AR-15 military-style assault rifle, US media reported, a weapon often used in mass shootings.

More weapons were retrieved from his home, CNN reported.

A fan of martial arts and computers

Alissa — a resident of a suburb of Denver, the city located next to Boulder — “lived most of his life in the United States,” police said.

According to US media, citing a non-verified deleted Facebook account in his name, Alissa was born in Syria in 1999 and moved to the United States in 2002.

The account user described himself as a fan of martial arts and wrestling, along with postings about Islam, criticisms of former president Donald Trump, and some homophobic messages.

Paranoid and ‘bullied’ at school

Alissa’s brother Ali told The Daily Beast online magazine that he was “really sorry” for the victims.

Ali portrayed his brother as being “paranoid” and “anti-social.”

“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head,” Ali said.

Newsweek published excerpts of Facebook postings from what was reportedly Alissa’s personal account — which the social media platform quickly took down once he was named as the main suspect.

In a March 2019 posting Alissa said he believed that “my old school … was hacking my phone.”

Months later, in July, he posted that he “probably could” have a “normal life” if “these racist islamophobic (sic.) people would stop hacking my phone.”

Ali was convinced that there was no political motive behind his brother’s murderous rampage. “It’s mental illness,” he told The Daily Beast.

Formerly an “outgoing kid … after he went to high school and got bullied a lot, he started becoming anti-social,” the suspect’s brother said.

Record of violence

Alissa’s first encounter with police began in high school. He was arrested in 2017 after punching a classmate in the head without warning, local TV station KDVR reported.

To justify the attack Alissa, then 18, claimed that the victim had “made fun of him and called him racial names weeks earlier.”

In 2018 Alissa pleaded guilty to assault in connection with this case, KDVR said.

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I Eliminated My Girlfriend Because Of Economic Hardship, Jealousy – Suspect

A photo of the suspect at the Police Command Headquarters in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

 

 

The Taraba State Police Command has arrested and paraded a 31-year-old man for killing his girlfriend.

A native of Donga Local Government Area, the suspect identified as Munda Bala allegedly conspired with two of his friends and killed his girlfriend.

Briefing journalist at the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, the Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal, said the victim was burnt to ashes and her remains buried in a bush.

He noted that efforts were in top gear to arrest the other two fleeing suspects while the principal suspect would be charged to court.

The suspect who was paraded with some ashes and bones of his victim admitted to have committed the crime and blamed economic hardship and jealousy for his decision.

He said, “I fell in love with Imbajuri Ambisi. She became my girlfriend; I got her pregnant and she delivered a baby boy and killed him after seven months.

“This got me angry and I couldn’t tell anyone. My money got finished and she ran away to some wealthy guys who engage in the selling of rosewoods to foreigners.”

“This got me jealous and I met two of my friends who advised me that if I really want my heart to be at rest, I have to kill her, hence our decision to eliminate her,” Bala added.

 

More Suspects Paraded

The command’s spokesman also paraded five suspected ritualists whose supposed victim escaped with a deep cut after luring him to cut fingernails for their boss in a forest in Kona Garu, a suburb of Jalingo metropolis.

Investigations, according to the police, indicate that the suspects have been in such nefarious acts for a long time.

Misal noted that the suspects would also be charged to court for prosecution.

Also paraded were five suspected kidnappers and armed robbers who have been terrorising Mahanga Village along the Jalingo-Wukari Expressway.

The police said the suspects were responsible for the security threats along the axis as they stop commercial vehicles and abduct passengers to unknown destinations.

Other suspects were paraded by the police for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, armed robbery, and purchase of stolen properties among others.

All the suspects admitted to have committed the crime they were accused of.

Suspected Gunman Kills Himself After Czech Hospital Rampage

This handout image published by the Czech police on their twitter account on December 10, 2019 shows a suspected gunman who opened fire at the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, eastern Czech Republic, killing six people. HANDOUT / Czech Police / AFP

 

A gunman killed himself on Tuesday after shooting dead six patients at a hospital in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, in what the premier has called “an immense tragedy”.

The attacker gunned down people at close range at the trauma ward of the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, a steel hub located some 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of Prague.

Four men and two women died during the assault, which police said lasted only a few seconds.

Two other people were seriously wounded — one is in a critical condition after being shot in the head and the other is past the worst following surgery, rescue services said. A third person sustained light injuries.

The gunman had chased children out of the waiting room before opening fire, according to the DNES broadsheet daily.

Police said they had not yet determined what drove the 42-year-old to launch the attack but reports suggested he was mentally unstable.

“I was told the dead victims were people sitting in the waiting room of the trauma ward. Fortunately, there were not as many as usual,” Prime Minister Andrej Babis told local media in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

“The gunman was allegedly shooting from a close range, aiming at the head and neck.”

The shooter then fled the scene in a silver Renault Laguna car, sparking a police hunt involving hundreds of officers and two helicopters.

“His mother cooperated with the police — he came home, told her he had shot people and that he was going to shoot himself now,” Babis said at the site of the crime after travelling to Ostrava.

 ‘A catastrophe’ 

The man had turned the gun on himself inside the vehicle as police were about to capture him in a village just northwest of Ostrava, regional police chief Tomas Kuzel said.

“We identified the gunman using hospital cameras. We deployed two helicopters, identified his car… and when one helicopter descended over the car, he shot himself in the head,” Kuzel told reporters.

Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said the man died despite resuscitation efforts.

Police said the gunman had used the Czech-made nine-millimetre semi-automatic CZ 75 pistol in the attack, which took place shortly after 0600 GMT.

“As far as we know, the man is not in our database of legal gun owners,” Kuzel said, adding there was no indication that he had an accomplice.

The man had three entries in his criminal record for violence and theft, said Kuzel.

Czech media identified the killer as a builder from the nearby Opava district.

His boss, named as Ales Zygula, told the public Czech Radio that the attacker had “decided he was seriously ill and that no one wanted to treat him.

“We noticed a slight change in his behaviour,” he added.

Prior to his death, police had urged “maximum possible caution” as they tweeted pictures of the man who had thick black hair and was wearing a red and black jacket and trainers.

Babis described the shooting as “a catastrophe” and said sirens would sound across the country at noon next Tuesday to honour the dead.

“It’s something we’re not used to in our country,” he added. “I absolutely don’t understand the motive of this young man.”

The prime minister has cancelled a two-day trip to Estonia that was scheduled to start Tuesday afternoon.

President Milos Zeman also expressed his condolences.

“I’m with you in my heart, I’m thinking of you in these tragic hours,” he said in a tweet posted by his spokesman.

The hospital has reopened after the rampage, while the city of Ostrava has announced it will not light up its monuments after dusk on Tuesday.

Gun rampages are rare in this EU member country of 10.7 million people.

In 2015, a restaurant guest in the southeastern town of Uhersky Brod shot dead seven men and a woman before committing suicide.

In March this year, a patient at a Prague hospital shot two fellow patients after an argument in a room. One of the men died.

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Man Attempts Selling His Three-Year-Old Son For N5m

The suspect, Ayuba John, with his three-year-old son during parade at NSCDC office in Nasarawa State.

 

A 42-year-old man identified as Ayuba John has been arrested by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officials after his failed attempt to sell his three-year-old son.

Ayuba, who is from Obi Local Government area of Nasararwa state was arrested when he showed up to collect the negotiated sum of N5million.

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Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mahmud Fari described the situation as very unfortunate.

He told Channels Television that Ayuba is not a first time offender as he once sold his daughter to someone in Owerri.

“I was moved to tears when I learnt that a biological father took his son to the market to sell him at the sum of N5million. When he was asked why he want to sell his son, he said he wants to argument his financial status.

“We also learnt that this is not his first child to be sold out. He sold his daughter earlier on to somebody in Owerri, and he is selling them out for rituals,” Fari said.

Married to four wives with 23 children, Ayuba blamed the economic hardship in the country for his action.

Police Arrest Fleeing Suspect Accused Of Killing Co-Worker In Lagos

Police Arrest Fleeing Suspect Accused Of Killing Co-Worker In Lagos

 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a domestic accused of killing his co-worker in Magodo area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

He said, “On 05/04/2019 the Command received a complaint from one Bola Ikupoluyi ‘M’ of house No. 16, Tunde Obitayo street, Magodo phase 2, Lagos, that on 04/04/2019, at about 1900hrs, one Monday Odey ‘m’ hit one Abdullahi Yinusa ‘m’ with a shovel on the head and face which led to his death.

“That the suspect absconded to an unknown destination immediately after committing the offence. Both the suspect and the deceased person were security guards working at the residence of the complainant.”

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According to the command’s spokesman, an investigation revealed that the suspect has been accused of stealing valuable items belonging to the complainant such as clothes and bicycles, among others.

He explained that Yinusa had confronted the suspect over his alleged incessant stealing habit but Odey picked offence and threatened to kill Yinusa for challenging him.

The complainant, being their employer, was said to have responded by sacking the suspect and ordered him to vacate the premises immediately.

Angered by his sack, the suspect reportedly returned to the house the same day in the evening under the guise of taking his personal belongings from the house.

He was alleged to have gained access to the premises and murdered Yinusa after which he dumped his body at a canal behind their master’s house and absconded.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti to ensure that no stone was left unturned in tracking the location of the fugitive suspect and bringing him to face the full wrath of the law.

Elkana said following a thorough and painstaking investigation by Homicide detectives from the State CID, the suspect was traced to Iwo in Osun State and apprehended on Thursday.

He added that the suspect confessed to committing the crime and would be charged to court for murder.

Morocco Arrests Three Suspects In Hikers’ Murder

A picture taken on December 18, 2018 shows the mountains near the tourist village of Imlil in the High Atlas range. Moroccan authorities arrested a suspect over the murder of two Scandinavian women in the High Atlas mountains, a popular trekking destination for tourists. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP

 

Moroccan authorities have arrested three fugitive suspects in the grisly murder of two Scandinavian hikers after an intensive manhunt, a source close to the investigation said on Thursday.

The arrests in the city of Marrakesh follow a first arrest on Monday, hours after the discovery of the two women’s bodies in the High Atlas mountains.

The man already in custody is suspected of belonging to an Islamic extremist group.

Danish citizen Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway were on a month-long holiday, Ueland’s mother told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Their bodies were found on Monday, after they had pitched their tent at an isolated mountain site two hours walk from the tourist village of Imlil.

Investigators had on Wednesday night released profiles of the three fugitives.

All three come from Marrakesh, and one of them had “a court record linked to terrorist acts”, police spokesman Boubker Sabik said.

In one of the black and white photos circulated by the authorities, one of the suspects wears long white clothing and a white skullcap, and has a long beard.

A second suspect also has a long beard, while the third has a thin face and a goatee beard.

“The arrests highlight the efficacity of the security forces”, a source close to the investigation told AFP.

The two women were attacked with a knife, according to authorities. One was then beheaded, a source close to the investigation has said.

Authorities are still determining the authenticity of a grisly video posted on social media allegedly showing the murder of one of the women, the investigation source said.

AFP

 

Offa Bank Robbery: Police Confirm Death Of Principal Suspect, Adikwu

 

The Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Kamaldeen Ajibade, has told an Ilorin High Court that the principal suspect in the deadly Offa bank robbery, Michael Adikwu has died in police custody.

He disclosed this to the Justice Halimat Salman on Wednesday, when five suspects in the Offa Bank Robbery of April 5th, 2018 were arraigned before the court.

According to him, the news of the death of the suspect was conveyed to him by the force headquarters of the Nigerian police.

Ajibade also told the court that there would be an amendment to the charges preferred against the accused.

He stated that the amendment was necessary in view of the information about Adikwu’s death, and non-representation of the accused persons by a lawyer.

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He also informed the court that the reason behind such amendment was that the principal suspect had made the statement with the police before his reported death.

The Commissioner also urged the court to grant an adjournment to enable his office to effect the necessary amendment to the charges.

Presiding Judge, in her ruling, Justice Halimat Salman, agreed with the state Attorney General that there was the need to effect some changes in the charges preferred against the accused in view of the reported death of the principal suspect and lack of legal representation for the accused persons.

She, therefore, adjourned the case till November 30.

The suspects that were brought to court are Ayoade Akinibosun, Ademola Abraham, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Niyi Ogundiran and Salahu Azeez.

The court, however, did not take their pleas because of new developments.

Police Arrest Suspect Behind British Parliament Attack

 

A police dog team works behind the cordon around Parliament Square after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, Britain, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Marshall

 

The man arrested for driving into a barrier protecting the Houses of Parliament in a suspected terror attack was a Briton of Sudanese origin from Birmingham, media reports said Wednesday.

Three people were injured when the silver Ford Fiesta drove into cyclists before crashing to a halt outside the House of Lords early on Tuesday morning.

A 29-year-old British man driving the car was arrested at the scene, and named by newspapers as Salih Khater, from the central English city of Birmingham.

Top police counter-terrorism officer Neil Basu said the suspect was not known to intelligence agencies, but The Times reported he was known to police.

The paper reported that Khater is a shop manager in Birmingham and had studied at Sudan University of Science and Technology, citing his Facebook page.

Abubakr Ibrahim, a childhood friend, told the paper: “He is not a terrorist. I have known him since childhood. He is a good man.”

He said Khater was the son of sorghum farmers and had moved to Britain about five years ago in order to earn money to help his family.

The member of parliament for the Hall Green area of Birmingham, Roger Godsiff, tweeted that the suspect was believed to have been from his area.

Police also said on Tuesday they were carrying out searches at two addresses in the city, as well as an address in nearby Nottingham.

Banning vehicles 

Police believe the Ford Fiesta travelled down to London on Monday night, arriving just after midnight.

It then drove around the Tottenham Court Road area — near Oxford Street — before heading to the area around parliament around 6:00 am (0500 GMT).

The alleged attack took place around 7:30 am.

The car crashed into a security barrier, one of many erected on key British sites in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attack in the US, and reinforced in recent years.

Last year, barriers were put on London’s bridges after a man rammed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into barriers outside parliament and stabbing a police officer to death.

Five people were killed and more than 50 wounded. The attacker, Khalid Masood, who had also been living in Birmingham, was shot dead at the scene.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said on Wednesday that he backed the idea of banning vehicles from parts of the area of the attack.

“I’ve been an advocate for a while now of part-pedestrianising Parliament Square,” he told BBC radio.

But he warned any changes must not lose “the wonderful thing about our democracy which is people having access to parliamentarians, people being able to lobby Parliament, visitors being able to come and visit”.

London’s police commissioner Cressida Dick said this was “a matter that will be discussed no doubt between parliamentary authorities, us, the intelligence agencies and indeed the local authorities”.

AFP