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Cambodia Arrests Nigerian, Sierra Leonean For Drugs Smuggling1 minute read

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Cambodia authorities have arrested two African nationals and their Cambodian accomplice for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs from the Asian nation to Australia.

Thirty nine years old Ogadimma Igwe Linus, a Nigerian; and a 29-year-old Sierra Leonean, identified as Conth Abdul, were arrested on Tuesday by the Anti-drug Department in Phnom Penh.

The duo were arrested alongside a woman, Han Lis, who is 28.

The suspects were caught while trying to send 993.42 grams of methamphetamine drug to Australia via FEDEX on 6 October.

The drug was hidden inside books.

The operation was coordinated by the Phnom Penh court prosecutor, Soeung Moneyroth.

The suspects and the evidence were sent to the anti-drug department for case preparation.

The trio will face a tough situation in custody. The Asian country has set up a crackdown on drug use, a battle that is ongoing for three years and has witnessed a series of abuse, torture and corruption.

In May, Amnesty International said the Cambodian government’s three-year-long “war on drugs” campaign has fuelled a rising tide of human rights abuses, dangerously overfilled detention facilities. 

Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, launched his anti-drugs campaign in January 2017, just weeks after a state visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, during which the two leaders pledged to cooperate in combatting drugs.

Yet, like the Philippines’ so-called “war on drugs”, this campaign is rife with egregious human rights violations that are disproportionately affecting poor and marginalized people – irrespective of whether or not they use drugs, the agency said.

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Zimbabwe Arrests Six In Gold Smuggling Case

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Zimbabwean Police have arrested at least four people in connection with a high profile gold smuggling case involving a relative of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The case began after 53-year-old Henrietta Rushwaya, who is the President of Zimbabwe Miners Federation, was arrested at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport while attempting to smuggle 6kg of gold in her handbag to Dubai.

The gold was said to be worth about $333,000.

Steven Tserayi, one of the president’s long-term aides, was detained with her, according to local reports, and has been sacked by the president, but not arrested.

The police in Zimbabwe have confirmed the arrest of at least four people in the case.

The four include Ali Mohammed of the car dealership Ali Japan 786, whom Rushwaya allegedly fingered as the source of the four gold bars found in her luggage; two security services officers – Steven Cherai and Rafius Mupandauya – who may have been involved in the attempt to get Rushwaya through the security checks with her gold; and Gift Karanda who national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi last night said, when confirming the four arrests, had allegedly lied that he was a member of the Central Intelligence Organisation after he went to the airport to assist Rushwaya.

Rushwaya was arrested after airport scanners detected the gold. Police say she did not have the necessary export permits.

Ms Rushwaya, who appeared in court on Tuesday and is awaiting bail, denied the charges.

The prosecution believes that Ms Rushwaya is part of a wider smuggling ring.

Zimbabwe is a major gold producer, and in the past many smuggling rings have benefited from the protection of powerful politicians.

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Lagos Governor Awards Scholarship to Children of Policemen Killed During #EndSARS Violence

The Lagos State Governor added that the hospital bills of officers who were injured during the violence will also be covered by the state government.

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The Lagos State Governor

The Governor of Lagos State , Babajide Sanwo-Olu has awarded scholarships to children of Police officers who were killed by hoodlums during #EndSARS violence in Lagos.

The governor directed the Lagos State Scholarship Board to award scholarship to the children of the slain officers up to the university level.

The Lagos State Police Command bore huge loss in terms of personnel, armoury and properties in the violence.

The Governor of Lagos State said the State Government would also be compensating family members of the officers killed in the violence and that their burial arrangements will be taken care of.

The Lagos State Governor and his deputy standing alongside senior police officers in Lagos

The Governor 0f Lagos State added that the hospital bills of officers who were injured during the violence will also be covered by the state government.

In the same light, The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike also pledged some compensation to police officers and their families who affected by the violence that followed the #EndSARS protest.

Wike announced that the sum of N20 Million will be given to the families of each of the soldiers and police officers killed by members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) in Oyigbo last week.

The Governor of Rivers State also promised to rebuild all burnt police stations in Oyigbo and vowed to ensure that the terrorist organisation no longer exist in Rivers State.

Wike stated this during a condolence visit to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan and families of the slain policemen at the Rivers State Police Command on Wednesday.

“IPOB masterminded the killing of our gallant officers of the Nigerian Police and Army. We want to state clearly that Rivers State Government will support you to make sure that any of the perpetrators of this hideous crime does not go free. Enough is enough. You cannot continue to kill our policemen who have not done anything; who have not committed any crime,” the governor said.

Wike further assured the Commissioner of Police that the State Government will rebuild all police stations burnt by IPOB, and provide necessary support to police officers whose residence were vandalised and rendered homeless.

In response, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police Joseph Mukan thanked the governor and said that the Police and the Army have taken over all IPOB’s stronghold in Oyigbo and will ensure that the group cease to exist anywhere within the State.

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