Zamfara Police Command Arrest Suspect In Possession Of Human Part 

In this file photo, the crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Police operatives in Zamfara State have arrested a suspect for culpable homicide and being in possession of human part (hand). 

A statement from the Zamfara Police Command on Monday gave the suspect’s name as Jabiru Ibrahim from Dauran district in the Zarmi council area of the state.

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“The suspect was arrested by the joint police and military operatives on anti-banditry operation along Dauran-Zurmi axis and brought to the Police Command Headquarters, Gusau for discreet investigation,” the police command spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, said in the statement.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was among the members of the outlawed group (YANSAKAI) who have been terrorising members of Dauran community through jungle justice, leading to reprisal attacks by bandits terrorists against the innocent members of the public.

“In the course of interrogation, the suspect has confessed that himself and three (3) other members of his gang, now at large, carried out the gruesome killing of one Abdullah, a Fulani by tribe, and later the suspect removed the right hand of the deceased.”

Further investigations are ongoing with a view to nabbing his partners and also unravel the circumstances behind their actions before they are being charged to court, he said.

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Methodist Church Prelate, Two Other Clerics Regain Freedom

A file photo of the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr Samuel Uche.#

 

The kidnapped Prelate of the Methodist Church, His Eminence Samuel Uche, and two other abducted clerics have regained freedom. 

They were released at 6.30 pm on Monday but details are still sketchy as of the time of filing this report. It is also unclear if any ransom was paid before they were released.

The church is also yet to issue a statement about the release of the men who were abducted in Abia State on Sunday. The police spokesman in the state Geoffrey Ogbonna had told Channels Television that the preacher was kidnapped alongside two others – the Bishop of Methodist Church, Owerri Diocese, and the prelate’s chaplain.

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He explained that they were whisked away at about 2 pm on their way from a church programme in Okigwe (Imo State) to Isuochi in Umu Nneochi Local Government Area of Abia State.

In the wake of the incident, the command mobilised men to speed up efforts to rescue the clergymen.

“We have mobilised all the tactical teams to ensure they are rescued and for the possible arrest of the hoodlums,” Ogbonna said at that time.

“We are calling on members of the public to volunteer credible information that would help us in the rescue of the victims and for the possible arrest of the suspects.”

UEFA To Investigate Champions League Final Chaos

Liverpool FC’s supporters light flares near Place de la Nation in Paris on May 28, 2022, prior to the Champions League football match final between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid.
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UEFA announced on Monday it was opening an “independent report” into the security chaos before the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris.

European football’s governing body said the report would “examine decision making, responsibility and behaviours of all entities involved in the final”.

UEFA have appointed Portuguese politician Tiago Brandao Rodrigues to oversee the report on a pro bono basis on the completion of which they will decide upon a course of action.

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“Evidence will be gathered from all relevant parties,” UEFA said.

“The findings of the independent report will be made public,” it promised.

Brandao Rodrigues has served as Portuguese Minister of Education, was a member of the World Anti-doping Agency and was Portugal’s Olympic attaché during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

France on Monday blamed “massive” ticket fraud for the chaotic scenes that marred the Champions League final on Saturday which saw Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0.

But the French government has faced a barrage of criticism from press and politicians in Britain over the policing of the match.

US Demands Iran Release Seized Tankers, Crew

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Ice Energy (L) transfers crude oil from the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Lana (R) (former Pegas), off the shore of Karystos, on the Island of Evia, on May 29, 2022. Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP

 

The United States joined Athens on Monday in strongly condemning Iran’s seizure of two Greek-flagged oil tankers in Gulf waters and demanding their immediate release, calling the abductions a “threat to maritime security.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias agreed in a call “that Iran must immediately release the seized vessels, their cargoes, and their crews,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

“Iran’s continued harassment of vessels and interference with navigational rights and freedoms are a threat to maritime security and the global economy,” Price added.

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“The United States stands with Greece, our key NATO Ally and partner in the face of this unjustified seizure.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized the Greek tankers in the Gulf Friday, days after Athens confirmed it would deliver to Washington Iranian oil it had seized from a Russian tanker.

Tehran said Saturday the crews of the two tankers were in “good health” and not under arrest.

The crews — Greece says nine of its citizens are among the ship workers, but has not specified the number of other sailors on board — have remained on board the two tankers.

Greece has condemned Tehran’s seizures as “tantamount to acts of piracy” and warned its citizens not to travel to Iran.

The Revolutionary Guards — the ideological arm of Iran’s military — had said it seized the tankers “due to violations”, without elaborating further.

Greece said one of the tankers had been sailing in international waters, while the second was near the Iranian coast when it was seized.

Athens said Iranian navy helicopters had landed gunmen on the two tankers.

 

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INEC Test Runs BVAS IN Ekiti Ahead Of Governorship Election

A file photo of an INEC official carrying a bag with electoral materials.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday ran a mock exercise with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in Ekiti, ahead of the state’s governorship election.

BVAS facilitates the accreditation of voters on election day.

Speaking to reporters during the exercise, INEC’s Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu said the exercise had been a success.

“We said we are going to do a mock-test in a few local government areas to further test the functionality of the machines before the election,” Yakubu said. “And so far, so good with the mock.

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“We have visited one of the polling centres in Ado; we are here in Ikere. From there we go to Irepodun/Ifelodun local government for the same reason.

“And overall assessment is that we are happy with the functionality of the machines.”

The INEC Chairman added that the electoral umpire was also interested in the readiness of facilities for the election.

“As you can see, we have renovated the Ikere local government office, just as we have done with many other local government offices. These are not administrative facilities; they are also electoral assets.”

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