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Nigeria Police Record 21,296 Arrests for ‘Violent Crimes’

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The Nigeria Police Force has arrested no fewer than 21,296 suspects allegedly involved in “violent crimes”, including kidnapping and armed robbery, in 2020.

Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu gave the figures when he reviewed police operations over the past year at the Criminal Investigation Department and the Force Intelligence Bureau Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Adamu did not say whether any of those arrested had been prosecuted or even convicted.

A statement from the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, however, said “all suspects will be charged” in court on conclusion of investigations.

“The IGP, while reviewing the scorecard of police operations at the Force CID and Force Intelligence Bureau, revealed that a total of 21,296 criminal suspects involved in various violent crimes, were arrested and 3,347 firearms, 133,496 ammunition and 960 stolen vehicles recovered. Also, 1,002 kidnap victims were safely rescued from their abductors and reunited with their families,” the statement read.

“The renewed commitment by the Force to advance the gains recorded in the fight against crimes in the country in 2020, led to the arrested of the eighteen (18) criminal suspects for offences of armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other violent crimes. Eight (8) AK47 rifles, One (1) SMG sterling gun, 236 AK47 Ammunition, 12 pieces of SMG sterling gun ammunition, Two (2) Toyota Camry Saloon Cars, 2006 and 2014 models (already released to the owners), were recovered from them.

“Among those arrested, was one Abubakar Umaru, aka, Buba Bargu, 35, of Kato Shiroro area of Niger State, who is a member and armourer of a kidnap gang that has carried out several kidnap-for-ransom operations along Lokoja-Abuja-Abuja–Kaduna highways and other major highways in the North-Central States of the country.

“The group was said to have carried out the abduction of one Mohammed Ahmadu, aka CONFIRM, 30, who happens to be a kidnap kingpin and leader of another notorious kidnapping group in the North-Central when he went to their hideout in the forest to sell live ammunition to the group.

“The kidnap kingpin was said to have been held hostage and shot in the hand until his gang members paid a ransom N1.5 million for his release. Five AK47 rifles, five magazines and 120 rounds of AK47 ammunition were said to have been recovered from Abubakar Umaru at his hideout in the Forest.

“Similarly, Police operatives arrested five (5) members of an armed robbery syndicate who have their criminal network and base spread across Edo, Delta, Ondo and Lagos States. The suspects namely; Godspower Ebogie, ‘m’, Samede Miracle, ‘m’, Efosa Rowland, aka Double, ‘m’, Michael Ifeanyi Egwuatu, ‘m’, and Ifeanyi Ewurum, aka, Rati, ‘m’ were arrested at various locations and linked to several cases of armed robbery and car snatching at gunpoint under investigations by the Police. Two (2) Toyota Camry Saloon Cars, 2006 and 2014 models, robbed from one Mr Osayuwamen Isokpan and Mr Harrison Eribo on 26/6/2020 and 5/7/2020 respectively in Benin, Edo State were recovered from the gang.

“Meanwhile, the IGP has commended the Police Teams for their dedication to duties which resulted in the successes recorded. While appreciating the citizens for their support so far, the IGP calls for improved partnership and collaboration between the citizens and the Police particularly in the area of providing useful information the Police require in tackling crimes and apprehending unrepentant criminals in the country.

“All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.”

Rights groups have long accused the Nigerian police of arbitrary arrests and detentions without trial, which they continue to deny.

In October 2020, the country was rocked by anti-police brutality protests with the #EndSARS hashtag which went viral.

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DR Congo, Congo-Brazzaville Qualify For CHAN Quarterfinals

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An interesting end to the group games at the African Nations Championship saw the two sides of the River Congo qualify for the quarterfinals.

Democratic Republic of Congo, two-time champions, proved their mettle as they defeated Niger in the third group game to lead the pack with seven points.

Their brothers from Brazzaville also defeated Libya to finish the group as the second-best team with four points.

Congo DR will face hosts Cameroon in a tricky quarterfinal encounter on Saturday while the Republic of Congo will square up against group A leaders, Mali.

In group C, Morocco came from behind to thrash the Cranes of Uganda 5-2 to finish the group with 7 points while the Amavubi of Rwanda sent the streets of Kigali into rapture with a 3-2 victory against the Sparrowhawks of Togo.

Both final group games of group C gave 12 goals as the CHAN came to life.

Morocco will face Zambia, who came second in group D after a 0-0 final day draw against Namibia. Rwanda have set up a quarter-final clash against Guinea in what promises to be an interesting affair in Cameroon.

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Zambian President Grants 246 Death Row Inmates Clemency

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President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has removed 246 inmates, who were on death row, and commutated their sentences to life sentences.

Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, on Wednesday, said that among the inmates includes 225 males and 21 females.

He announced the commuting of the sentences during an event held at Mukobeko Maximum Prison in central Zambia’s Kabwe town which was streamed live on Facebook.

He made the clemency of death to life sentences for over 500 after 332 inmates had their sentences commutated in 2015.

He said the commutation of sentences of inmates would help decongest the section of condemned inmates at the prison which was meant for 50 people but now has over 400 inmates.

The move, he said, was also meant to protect inmates from contracting COVID-19.

In spite of the death penalty being on the country’s statutes, Zambia has not carried out any execution since 1997.

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Nigeria Confirms 15 Additional COVID-19 Deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 15 additional deaths from COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of death toll in the country to 1,522.

The NCDC disclosed this on its website.

The centre also said that 1,303 new cases of COVID-19 was recorded, bringing the total number of infection in the country to 124,299.

The new infections were reported in 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The centre said Lagos, FCT and Nasarawa recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections on Monday, with 478 , 211 and 83 cases respectively.

Others state with new infections are Rivers-72, Kwara-42, Edo-36, Ondo-34, Benue-32, Kaduna-32, Katsina-26, Plateau-26, Kano-25, Taraba-25, Osun-22, Delta-21, Oyo-21, Niger-19, Sokoto-18, Ebonyi-17, Ekiti-14, Gombe-13, Ogun-12, Bauchi-11, Zamfara-eight, Borno-four and Jigawa-one.

The 1,270,523 people have been tested since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020.

The agency also announced that 917 patients have been discharged from isolation centres across the country after testing negative to the virus , raising the total number of patients discharged to 99,276.

It added that the discharged included 542 community recoveries in Lagos State, 103 in Plateau and 22 in Kwara, managed in line with NCDC guidelines.

The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level III, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

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