Kidnapped Syrian Engineer Regains Freedom In Sokoto

  A Syrian engineer who was abducted last week by unknown gunmen in Sokoto state in northern Nigeria has been

 

A Syrian engineer who was abducted last week by unknown gunmen in Sokoto state in northern Nigeria has been released, the police said on Wednesday.

Abdul Nasir was kidnapped on May 16 on his way to a road construction site outside the state capital of Sokoto city by armed men who killed three policemen that tried to rescue him.

“Abdul Nasir was released on Tuesday at about 12:30 am (1130 GMT) by his abductors,” said Sokoto state police spokeswoman Cordelia Nwawe.

“He was dropped off along Arkilla Road on the outskirts of the city”.

Nwawe declined to give further details but said no ransom was paid.

Kidnapping has not been common in Sokoto but cattle rustling and kidnapping gangs operate in neighbouring Zamfara state to the west, which has prompted the deployment of troops.

In March 2011 a British construction engineer and his Italian colleague were kidnapped from their lodgings in Kebbi state, which borders Sokoto to the east.

It later emerged that Boko Haram splinter group Ansaru was behind the abduction.

The hostages were killed in a botched rescue operation involving British and Nigerian forces in a house in Sokoto where they were kept for 10 months.

AFP  

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 Police Arrest IPOB Members In Abia

File Photo The Abia State Police Command has arrested over 40 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba

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The Abia State Police Command has arrested over 40 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba area of the state.

According to the state Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi described the group as terrorist and occultic members that were hiding under religion.

“Only IPOB is declared as a terrorist group in the South East, especially in Umuahia, Abi State. This is a cult group, hiding under the guise of religion.”

The police boss believes that extra care needed to be taken on security agents so as not to arrest innocent citizens seen to be law abiding.

He added, “We are careful so that we do not arrest an innocent person.  Terrorists are not guerrilla fighters or military that wear a uniform. They are faceless people moving with others as law abiding citizens.

“The police is on the ground. We have the capacity to deal with any situation and where the need is, we have the backing of our sister agencies. No group or individual should take the law into their hands. Yes, IPOB has been making their threats and are affecting it now.

“It is deviance to the law, they cannot take the law into their own hands. Last week, under the guise of worshipping, they marched into this place (police headquarters). There was a confrontation in which nine were arrested.”

IPOB members dressed in military camouflage comprise men and women with Biafra flags as they attempt to assemble in strategic locations within the city with a view to carrying out a mass protest.

But the police is ever ready to put the situation under control as the CP has given the assurances that no group would be allowed to destabilise the state.

He, however, warned that the police would not relent in dealing with anyone culpable for causing breakdown of law and order.

The police chief explained that the bomb disposal unit of the police is still investigating the source of explosives in Aba which injured people and called on Abians to be vigilant and volunteer information on happening within their vicinity.

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Dino Melaye Releases Statement, Thanks Nigerians

Someone once said, that, rock bottom is good solid ground and a dead-end street is just a place to turn

Someone once said, that, rock bottom is good solid ground and a dead-end street is just a place to turn around. In the last few weeks, I have been taken to the good solid ground at the rock bottom and they couldn’t go further. I have been brought to the dead-end street but with you standing by my side, I have turned around and bounced back to the chagrin of those who sought to seal my lips from speaking out against tyranny, politics of oppression and blackmail. They, unleashed an endless barrage of physical, psychological, metaphysical and emotional torture and assault on me, but, through the power of the Most High, and you the good people of Nigeria, we have once again, seen the triumph of truth over lies and good over evil.

2. It was Edmund Burke who was quoted as saying that when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, … in a contemptible struggle. I am of all men, a blessed man, to have courageous and dependable people like you as my fellow soldiers in the struggle to free us from the shackles of political strongholds and tyranny. It is to you and my most wonderful and ever knowledgeable people of Kogi State, especially Kogi West, that I owe my deepest gratitude. You stood by me against the state and your own ‘best political self-interest’.

3. The state unleashed its raw power on me and released a 200 man-strong fully armed policemen – on a man without a knife nor a bullet. It did this because I called injustice by its name and called for accountability. For this they sought to break my spirit and destroy me permanently. In their moment of reign, I was fully shackled. With my hands tied to my back, and hurled into a dark solitary confinement waiting for the butchers knife, you, my people stood by me. You came against a raging fire and stood up against tyranny, lies, filthy lucre, injustice, persecution and greed. While in the dark and unable to fight for myself, they sought to take my mandate, which you had freely given to me. But you answered back and quenched deceit in its wake. You stood resolute and unflinching and defended your mandate to me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. In their attempt to break me, they have made me stronger.

4. To you my indefatigable leaders; my irremovable President of the Senate, a man of immeasurable vision for Nigeria and true fighter for the enthronement of true democracy and the rule of law, Sen. (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki. The fearless Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, I thank you both for your steadfastness in the defence of the Nigerian Constitution and the enthronement of the Rule of Law, justice and equity and the emasculation of anti-democratic forces and tyranny everywhere in Nigeria. I am eternally grateful to you.

5. To the entire National Assembly Membership, especially my colleagues in the Senate, I am eternally indebted to you for not playing politics but standing courageously against oppression and terror. You have shown yourself leaders on whom Nigeria’s hope for tomorrow can be assured.

6. To you our governors, ministers, my dear Okun people and leaders, the National Chairman and Kogi State Executive of the PDP, leaders of the Diplomatic Corps, opinion leaders, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, Chief Ricky Tarfa SAN, human rights lawyers and activists, and all my well-wishers and lovers of democracy in Nigeria; the Christian and Muslim Community, all of you that visited me in the National Hospital, after I was injured and subsequently detained at the hospital. I thank you all for your steadfastness in the defence of due process and the rule of law. I also thank you for your courage and solidarity.

7. Our ever foresighted and courageous civil society leadership, the media, leaders of thought across the country, our hard-working youth for whom I will give my last blood, our loving mothers and sisters, I lack words to express to you my profound gratitude for the unbreakable chord of love that binds me to you through thick and thin. You have strengthened my resolve and hardened my flesh against those who seek to devour and make meat of me. You have once again proven to me the axiom in the saying that “in prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.” I am very grateful. For your sake, I remain unbowed.

8. I know many of you worry about my safety and life in this new dispensation where life is no longer sacred in Nigeria. But do not be troubled. My bond of love for you, my good people, makes it impossible for me to consider my self-risk, safety, comfort or opportunity in my unflinching commitment to stand up for you, to stand up for truth and if necessary die for the truth and the emancipation of our people from the chains of poverty and oppression. Though they raise spurious allegations against me, bear false witness against me, though they seek to frighten me and lure me into their bounty of evil, I will fear no foe.

9. Yes, my traducers and torturers wish that I keep quiet; though they seek to seal my lips, to silence my voice forever, I remain ever more resolute and committed. I am committed to this cause for which I am a politician; the cause of the down trodden, to speak truth to power and stand against oppression and injustice. On these issues there will be no compromise. I owe no apologies and I tender none.

10. Like I have always said, you speak the truth, you die, you don’t speak the truth, you die. I have chosen to speak the truth, dead or alive. Rev. Martin Luther King Jnr., once said, “Cowardice asks the question – is it safe? Expediency asks the question – is it politics? Vanity asks the question – is it popular? But conscience asks the question – is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.”

11. To my people, I promise you this and this only. I have taken my position, I will not hold back, I will not hold my peace, I will not be shut down, neither will I shut-up, not as long as injustice and falsehood continues to reign, as long as I will live, I will not bow to Baal.

12. May the Almighty continue to keep you all and be your bulwark until victory is assured. Once again, I thank you all so much.

13. God bless you.

14. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Sen. Dino Melaye (SDM)

Kogi West

Chairman Senate Committee on FCT

‘Transmission Transfusion’ Video Clip: Police Says No Plans To Arrest Journalist

The Nigeria Police Force has denied that it has plans to arrest journalists in connection with the doctored video of

The Nigeria Police Force has denied that it has plans to arrest journalists in connection with the doctored video of the Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris that is currently in circulation.

The police in a statement on Sunday, May 20, 2018, denied that its Kano Command is going after those believed to be responsible for the video that portrayed the IG in a bad light during an event in the northern state.

The statement signed by Magaji Musa Majia, the Kano Command spokesperson on behalf of the state’s commissioner of police, said reports of manhunt for those that released or doctored the video were untrue.

The statement read: “The attention of Kano State Police Command is drawn to trending headlines in some national dailies and online Media that the ’’ Police Launched prove, threaten bloggers arrest’’ over IGP’s trending video.

“The Command hereby debunks the news as false in its entirety and an act by mischief makers. No journalist was arrested nor invited by the Command for interrogation over the video clip. It is crystal clear that the Command maintain cordial relationship with the State Chapter of the N.U.J, the Correspondence Chapel and e all bloggers.

“The Media outlets responsible for the report had their correspondents here in Kano but none consulted the Command to verify the news. “No Manhunt of any Journalist what so ever by the Kano Police Command, please.”

The IGP allegedly said: “I mean, transmission, I mean effort, that the transmission cooperation to transmission, I mean transmission to have effect, ehm, apprehend, I mean, apprehensive towards the recommendation, recommended formation effective and effect, I mean, apprehensive at the transmission of…and transmission and transmission for the effective in the police command.

“All effective the transmission, other transmission, I can state without contradiction that I have commissioned what “Over transmission of, over transmission of, over all kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes, I mean, ehm, commission transmission, recommendation transmission.”

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Hip-Hop Artist T.I. Refused Entry, Arrested At Gated Community Where He Lives

Imagine getting the police called on you while you’re trying to enter your own home. This has happened, unfortunately, to

T.I.

Imagine getting the police called on you while you’re trying to enter your own home. This has happened, unfortunately, to more than a few residents of color who live in high-end communities across the country. The latest victim recently was rapper/actor/millionaire T.I.

Having lost his keys and arriving home early in the morning, a security guard, who T.I. claims was asleep on the job, refused to allow T.I. entry into his upscale gated community. T.I. called friends and even his wife, who was inside the residence, to prove he lived there. But things escalated when T.I. claims his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, was disrespected by the guard. According to TMZ, things heated up when the security guard began to curse at Tiny, allegedly yelling, “Who the f–k do you think you is talking to me like this?” Later, according to the guard, things got out of hand and the guard called the police saying he felt threatened by T.I. The police arrested T.I. on charges of and simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, even those technically he was at his own home. T.I was released on bail. The security guard refused to tell T.I. and the police his name.

“In a 10-minute phone call, the guard at Eagles Landing Country Club told a 911 dispatcher early Wednesday (May 16) that a resident kept asking for his name and knocking on the guard shack door. The security guard acknowledged during the call he didn’t recognize the resident, who was identified as Clifford Harris, better known as T.I.,” Billboard reported.

T.I. says he was “wrongfully arrested.”  In surveillance footage from the jail T.I. was escorted to obtained by TMZ, you see T.I questioning the officer about his arrest. He asked the officer, “Why was I arrested?” The officer responded, “You were acting like a fool.”

“The guard continued to refuse entry without justification,” T.I. lawyers, Steven Sadow, said in a statement, referring to T.I. as Tip. “Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police. When the police arrived, they were not interested in hearing Tip’s side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip.”

Eventually, the security guard, later identified as Euwan James, let T.I. inside the neighborhood but after driving up to his home he walked back to the guard shack to ask for the guard’s name. Then is when James called the police.

Featuring: T.I., Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. Credit: WENN.com

 

 

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Police Inspector In Arrested For Receiving Bribe Of N5000

Charles Omotosho, a police inspector attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, in Ikorodu, Lagos State Command, has been

Charles Omotosho, a police inspector attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, in Ikorodu, Lagos State Command, has been apprehended for allegedly extorting N5, 000 from a woman.

Abayomi Sogunle, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, made this known via a press statement on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Inspector Omotosho

He said the alleged police operative was apprehended following a complaint by the victim, through Twitter.

“On 16th May, 2018, the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, PCRRU, received a complaint from a citizen via Twitter [@ife_luv12] that a Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Operative forced her to make a bank transfer of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) to the said SARS operative’s bank account following an arrest for no just cause,” the statement said.

“PCRRU immediately registered the case (Tracking Number PCRRU316356) and initiated an investigation. The officer was promptly identified to be Inspector Charles Omotosho attached to Federal SARS, Ikorodu, Lagos State. He was immediately removed from front-line police duties and taken into custody.”

The statement said, in the course of preliminary investigation, a copy of the officer’s statement of bank account was obtained and the entry of the said transfer was discovered therein.

The police said it has also been established that there was a contact between the officer’s patrol team and the complainant at Ikorodu as contained in the complaint.

“Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, has directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 2 Command Lagos to carry out a detailed investigation and commence immediate necessary disciplinary action against Inspector Charles Omotosho as provided for in the Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004,” the release added.

The statement disclosed that the PCRRU has handed the erring officer to the AIG Zone 2 Command Lagos together with a printout of his statement of bank account for “necessary action”.

“Members of the public that are not happy with any encounter with the police are once again advised not to resolve to self-help but should lodge a complaint at PCRRU which is available 24/7 via any of the following channels; Calls Only: 0805 700 0001, 0805 700 0002 | SMS and WhatsApp Only: 0805 700 0003 BBM: 58A2B5DE | Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU |Facebook: www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU Email: complaint@npf.gov.ng OR PolicePCRRU@gmail.com | Website: www.npf.gov.ng/complaint,” the statement noted.

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10 Injured As 2 Suicide Bombers Attack Indonesian Police Headquarters

Police headquarters in Indonesia’s second city Surabaya was on Monday, May 14, 2018, attacked by two militants on a motorcycle

Police headquarters in Indonesia’s second city Surabaya was on Monday, May 14, 2018, attacked by two militants on a motorcycle leaving at least 10 people wounded including officers, authorities said, a day after a deadly wave of suicide bombings hit churches.

Citing CCTV footage from the scene, Frans Barung Mangera, the East Java Police spokesman said a man and a woman on the bike stopped at the security checkpoint.

“That’s where the explosion happened,” he added.

“Two people were riding (on the motorcycle) and a woman was sitting at the back.”

The authorities said the wounded included six civilians and four police.

Ambulances and the bomb squad descended on the chaotic scene with the CCTV images showed the mangled wreckage of a motorbike at the security gate at the headquarters in the heart of the city.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility after the latest suicide bombing.

“This is a cowardly act, undignified and inhumane,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters in Jakarta.

“There will be no compromise in taking action on the ground to stop terrorism.”

The lethal explosion comes just a day after a family of six including two young daughters staged suicide bombings at three churches in Surabaya during Sunday services.

At least 14 civilians have died as a result of that attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, and the toll could climb with more than 40 injured in hospital.

Multiple bombings
The archipelago nation of some 17,000 islands has long struggled with Islamic militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people — mostly foreign tourists — in the country’s worst-ever terror attack.

Sunday’s church bombings was Indonesia’s deadliest attack in years. The attackers — a mother and father, two daughters aged nine and 12, and two sons aged 16 and 18 — were linked to local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, JAD, which supports IS, police have said.

Authorities said they believed some of the family members had recently returned from Syria, where hundreds of Indonesians have flocked in recent years to fight alongside IS in its bid to carve out a caliphate ruled by strict Islamic law.

A further three people in another family were killed and two wounded when another bomb exploded at an apartment complex about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Surabaya, just hours later, police said.

The mother and one child died from the explosion while police said they shot dead the father who was carrying a bomb detonator.

Two other children were injured in the blast and were taken to hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the apartment bomb.

In the church attacks, the mother, identified as Puji Kuswati, and her two daughters were wearing niqab face veils and had bombs strapped to their waists as they entered the grounds of the Kristen Indonesia Diponegoro Church and blew themselves up, police have said.

The father, JAD cell leader Dita Priyanto, drove a bomb-laden car into the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church while his sons rode motorcycles into Santa Maria church, where they detonated explosives they were carrying, according to authorities.

JAD, led by jailed radical Aman Abdurrahman, has been linked to several deadly incidents, including a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left four attackers and four civilians dead.

That was the first assault claimed by IS in Southeast Asia.

Police on Sunday said four suspected JAD members were killed in a shootout during raids linked to a deadly prison riot this week.

Five members of Indonesia’s elite anti-terrorism squad and a prisoner were killed in clashes that saw Islamist inmates take a guard hostage at a high-security jail on the outskirts of Jakarta. IS claimed responsibility.

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Police Confirm Five Killed After Adamawa Village Attack

  The police have confirmed the death of five persons after gunmen attacked in Waduku village in Adamawa State, north-east

 

The police have confirmed the death of five persons after gunmen attacked in Waduku village in Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Othman Abubakar, confirmed the figure to Channels Television during an interview on Friday in Yola, the state capital.

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had invaded Waduku in Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Thursday night, destroying properties belonging to residents in the village.

Some residents disclosed that there had been rumours of an impending attack on the community, a situation that led to the beef up of security in the area.

While the attack took place nevertheless, the Police Public Relations Officer said the people of the village were not taken unawares by the incident.

He said the villager repelled the attack, leading to the death of three persons on the side of the assailants and two Waduku residents.

Othman Abubakar

 

Othman, however, noted that security personnel have been drafted to the area and normalcy has since been restored in the village.

He condoled with the people of the community over the incident and appealed to the youths to continue to cooperate with the security agencies.

In another interview, Chairman of Lamurde LGA, Mr Vrati Nzonzo, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Nzonzo, who described the attack as unfortunate, lament the occurrence of the incident despite efforts to prevent it.

He said the rampaging assailants stormed Waduku village in large numbers and went berserk, shooting sporadically and setting houses ablaze.

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‘Police Are Working’, Nigerians React To SARS Operative’s Arrest Over Extortion

Inspector Charles Omotosho holding a copy of his statement of bank account which confirms the alleged extortion of N5,000.  

‘Police Are Working’, Nigerians React To SARS Operative's Arrest Over Extortion
Inspector Charles Omotosho holding a copy of his statement of bank account which confirms the alleged extortion of N5,000.

 

Nigerians have commended the police for arresting one of their personnel who was accused of extorting a lady in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The suspect, Inspector Charles Omotosho, who is an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), was said to have forcefully collected N5,000 from the victim.

READ ALSOSARS Operative Arrested For Extorting N5,000 From Woman

The lady had taken to Twitter to condemn the development, an act which prompted the Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) to investigate the incident.

In a news bulletin on Friday through an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Abayomi Shogunle, the PCRRU disclosed that Omotosho was consequently removed from front-line police duties and taken into custody.

It added that a copy of the officer’s statement of bank account was obtained and the entry of the said transfer was discovered therein in the course of a preliminary investigation.

While some Nigerians have lauded the police for the action taken against the suspect, other narrated their ordeal allegedly in the hands of SARS operatives.

A screenshot of the complaint as received by the Police PCRRU via Twitter

 

See twitter reactions below;

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SARS Operative Arrested For Extorting N5,000 From Woman

Inspector Charles Omotosho   The police have arrested one Inspector Charles Omotosho, an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad

SARS Operative Arrested For Extorting N5,000 From Woman
Inspector Charles Omotosho

 

The police have arrested one Inspector Charles Omotosho, an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) over alleged extortion.

Omotosho was apprehended for allegedly arresting a lady in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, after which he was said to have forcefully collecting N5,000 from the victim.

The Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) revealed this on Friday in its news bulletin through an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Abayomi Shogunle.

“On 16th May, 2018, the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) received a complaint from a citizen via Twitter [@ife_luv12] that a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Operative forced her to make a bank transfer of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) to the said SARS operative’s bank account following an arrest for no just cause.

“PCRRU immediately registered the case (Tracking Number PCRRU316356) and initiated an investigation. The officer was promptly identified to be Inspector Charles Omotosho attached to Federal SARS, Ikorodu, Lagos State,” the statement read.

Inspector Charles Omotosho holding a copy of his statement of bank account which confirms the alleged extortion of N5,000.

 

The police unit revealed that Omotosho was immediately removed from front-line police duties and taken into custody after he was identified to have purportedly committed the crime.

It added that a copy of the officer’s statement of bank account was obtained and the entry of the said transfer was discovered therein in the course of a preliminary investigation.

PCRRU noted that it established that there was a contact between the officer’s patrol team and the complainant and others at Ikorodu as contained in the complaint.

A screenshot of the complaint as received by the Police PCRRU via Twitter

 

Consequently, Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos to carry out a detailed investigation.

The IGP also ordered the AIG to commence the immediate necessary disciplinary action against Omotosho, as provided for in the Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

PCRRU said it has handed the erring officer to the AIG Zone 2 Command, Lagos together with a print out of his statement of bank account for necessary action while the outcome would be made public soon.

It, however, urged members of the public who are not happy with any encounter with the police not to resort to self-help but lodge a complaint at PCRRU via any of its readily available means.

The PCRRU channels are, “Calls Only: 0805 700 0001, 0805 700 0002 | SMS and WhatsApp Only: 0805 700 0003 |  BBM: 58A2B5DE  | Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU |Facebook: www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU | Email: complaint@npf.gov.ng OR PolicePCRRU@gmail.com | Website: www.npf.gov.ng/complaint.”

The police unit also vowed that any act of impunity by any of the force personnel would be resisted, maintaining that bail is free.

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