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Washington Post: ‘US Police shot and killed 987 people In 2017’

A report published on Monday by The Washington Post, Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year.

A total of 987 people were fatally shot by US police in 2017 up from 963 in 2016 and down from 995 in 2015, the Post said.  The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media.

The use of deadly force by US police has attracted increased attention in recent years, highlighted by the high-profile slayings of a number of unarmed black men. Nineteen unarmed African-American men were killed by US police in 2017, up from 17 in 2016 but down from 36 in 2015.

Black males nevertheless continue to be shot at disproportionately high rates, the newspaper said.  Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but makeup just six percent of the total US population.

Overall, police shot and killed 68 unarmed people in 2017, up from 51 in 2016 but down from 94 in 2015. “The national spotlight on this issue has made officers more cautious in unarmed situations,” Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told the newspaper.

According to the Post database, 735 of the people shot and killed by police last year were armed with knives or guns, up from 693 in 2016. Forty-six police officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States in 2017, down from 66 the previous year, according to FBI figures.

Deadly shootings by police in the United States are far more prevalent than in other developed countries.  According to the British group Inquest, police fatally shot four people in the United Kingdom in 2016. Thirteen people were killed by police bullets in Germany in 2016, according to a study by Berlin’s Tageszeitung newspaper.

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New Year Tragedy! Gunmen Kill Husband, Wife, 5 Children In Rivers

Gunmen in the early hours of Monday killed a husband, his wife, five children and eight other worshippers who were returning from the crossover service on New Year Day in Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State.

52 injured victims of the attack are currently receiving treatment in different hospitals in the state.The Nation reports .
The bodies of the 15 victims were still at the pavilion of the local government secretariat in Omoku, with their relatives and friends making efforts to identify them and recover the bodies for burial.

The gunmen were suspected to be militants working for a notorious kidnapper –cum militant, Mr. Igwedibia Johnson, aka Don Waney, who is on the run, following raid on his camp and shrines in the early hours of November 20, 2017, soldiers from 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt.

When contacted on the incident the spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said he has not been briefed on the incident.

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Policeman shoots colleague to death in Bayelsa

It was a “Black Christmas” in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital following the inadvertent killing of a police officer by a fellow policeman during a gun duel between the police and suspected cultists.

An eyewitness who preferred anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the incident occurred on Christmas day at Obele Area of Ovom in Yenagoa, leaving residents in apprehension.

According to the eyewitness, trouble started when a misunderstanding among the feasting cultists degenerated to a fight, resulting to gunshots which eventually attracted a police patrol team to the area.

The Police Command Spokesman, DSP Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident, said the killing was shocking.

“Yes, the incident was between cultists but as the police went to find out what was going on, the cultists started shooting and one of the policemen mistakenly shot an officer.

“Though, we are yet to get the full details because some of our men, who were at the scene, are supposed to brief us over the matter.

“Nevertheless, the Police are intensifying efforts to ensure a crime-free environment for people in Bayelsa this period of Christmas celebration; we deployed over 4,000 personnel for patrol.

“We adopted some strategies like ‘Cordon and Search’; I must tell you, our men and women are fully on operations to safeguard lives and property,” Butswat said.

The spokesman urged the residents to continue with their lawful endeavours and support the police by providing timely and credible information on criminal activities.

“I also urge them to continue to enjoy the Christmas celebration and steer clear of every criminal activity,” he said.

NAN recalls that an armed robbery suspect had also on Dec. 22, killed his fellow robber at a robbery operation around Azikoro village, Yenagoa and eventually turned himself in at Azikoro Police Station

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Man murders his fiancée 5 days before their wedding after she finds out he’s been cheating

A Thai electrical engineer had confessed to the police that he murdered his fiancée less than a week before their wedding.

Ronnachai Panchart, 26, admitted, after being interrogated for several hours, to killing government dental official Nontiya Krowjatturat, 25, early Tuesday morning in Tha Sae district of Chumphon province, reported Bangkok Post.

Ronnachai and Nontiya were supposed to be married on Christmas Eve in Nontiya’s hometown in the province’s Sawi district.

Though police are still trying to pull details from the alleged killer, it seems that infidelity was at the core of the crime.

Police investigators believe that Ronnachai was seeing another woman behind his fiancée‘s back and that he was caught with mystery rich woman when Ronnachai turned up at her finacee’s house and found them there together.

They had a fight, which was also confirmed by Nontiya’s father, who did not go into detail about what the fight was about.

Nontiya, known locally as Dr Por was found dead with gun shot wound to her chest inside the hospital’s staff accommodation that morning.

Tambon Salui hospital officials told police that they heard noise which sounded like a firecracker shortly after midnight from the direction of the victim’s lodging, but did not pay any special attention to it.

Some co-workers became suspicious when the victim did not show up for work in the morning and went to the lodging to find out. They found the door of the lodging locked from inside, but there were traces of the window being burgled.

One of them peeped through a gap in the window and saw a pool of blood on the floor. Then they helped break the door open and found the victim lying dead.

Though the hospital compound has security cameras, the one near her room had been tampered with so that it was facing a different direction. Nearby cameras show a man in a face mask enter the compound at 1am and leave 20 minutes later.

After incriminating clothing worn by the person spotted on CCTV at the scene of the murder was found, police searched Ronnachai’s house and found clothing that matched what the man was wearing in the surveillance video.

Source: Bangkok Post

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Video: Two Nigerian students sentenced to death for trafficking drugs in Malaysia

Two Nigerian college students were handed the death sentence, yesterday, by the Shah Alam High Court, after they were found guilty of trafficking 3.5 kilogrammes of methamphetamine on September 2nd, 2014.

Judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman made the ruling after finding the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against both the accused.

Mustafa Azmir and Jude Nnamdi Achonye, aged 28 and 30, were accused of trafficking the drug at an apartment after they accepted several boxes containing the drug, delivered by a courier company at the apartment in Petaling Jaya.Malaysia

The duo, who studied at a private college in Kuala Lumpur. The offense under the Dangerous Drugs Act provides a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Two Nigerian students sentenced to death for trafficking drugs in Malaysia

Posted by The Bell Times on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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Appeal court affirms ex-banker’s 19-yr jail sentence

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal on Monday, December 18, upheld the judgment of the Kano State High Court which convicted and sentenced a former bank manager, Samuel Owoleye, to 19 years’ imprisonment sometime in 2012.

Owoyele, a manager at the Union Bank Branch, Bank Road, Kano was prosecuted by the commission for offenses bordering on Obtaining by False Pretence.
.On the 20th day of June, 2012, the Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Dije Abdu Aboki found the accused person guilty on the thre

count charge that was preferred against him and convicted him accordingly.

The appellant was subsequently sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on count one, and 7 years imprisonment on count 2 without option of fine. However, on count three, he was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment with option of N300,000 fine.

While the sentence in count one and two were to run concurrently, the appellant was to serve consecutive sentence in count three.

Trouble started for Owoyele on when the commission received a petition  from one Ashiru Munzali Gambo  that the convict obtained the sum N27million under the pretext that he had $185,000 to sell to him.

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Mob sets suspected kidnapper ablaze in Ilorin

A yet to be identified young woman, suspected to be a kidnapper has been lynched and set ablaze by an Irate mob in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The suspect was reportedly caught at an Islamic school while forcefully trying to kidnap a set of twins.

It was gathered that the timely arrival of the children’s mother resulted in the rescue of the twins.

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi said some persons have been arrested in connection with the killing.

Okasanmi said, “Before we got the information, the deed had been done and as we speak, policemen are already there making effort to arrest the culprit and I can assure you we are going to do just that because it is lawless for people to take life of another human no matter the offence and allegation.”

He, however, advised residents to allow the law take its course and not indulge in jungle justice.

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I don’t regret cutting my cousin’s manhood – Suspect

A 25 year old man, Aliyu Mohammadu, who was arrested by men of the Niger state police command for cutting off his cousin’s manhood says he does not regret it. Mohammadu who resides in Babana Borgu in New Bussa local government area of Niger state, attacked his cousin, Ibrahim, for allegedly stealing his N3, 500.

While being paraded at the state police command, Mohammadu said he caught Ibrahim taking the money from his room and ran away. A visibly angry Mohammadu, said he does not regret his action and will do more harm to the victim if he does not get his money back.

What I need is my N3,500, otherwise I am going to do more harm in the family. I have two wives and two children to cater for, I need my money to look after them.

When I confronted him on his way to farm, he told me to go and look for where I kept my money, insisting that I should not disturb him again about the money.

I got annoyed and attacked him with my cutlass which resulted cutting off his manhood. My cousin was rude to me after he made away with my N3,500, he fought me, that was why I cut off genital organ leaving him in a pool of blood,” he said

While speaking to newsmen, the Niger state Police Public Relations Officer, Peter Sunday said the victim was rushed to a specialist hospital in Ilorin, Kwara State for treatment and he is currently undergoing treatment. Mohammadu is currently in police custody

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Boko Haram kill 4 truck drivers, abducts 3 others carrying food for IDPs in Borno

A convoy supplying trucks alleged to be of the UN World Food Programme carrying IDP foods on their way to Gamboru Ngala came under attack Saturday afternoon around Musuni village in northern Borno.

An informed source on Saturday, within the humanitarian agencies in Borno confirmed to DAILY POST that, the trucks may belong to the United Nations WFP.

He said, although the WFP logistics department is yet to confirm if their trucks were attacked, but a signal has been sent from the military for the logistics department to confirm whether trucks that went out to supply food to IDPs in the northern Borno have reached their destination.

According to our source, the heavily armed group of Boko Haram kills four drivers and took away three others together with one truck full with food items for Ngala IDPs.

“The insurgents also burnt one truck as the the soldiers escorting the trucks could not contain them,” he said.

He also said that, only UNWFP trucks carry supply to Ngala in northern Borno while the Danish Refugee Council do the distribution on behalf of UNWFP and for that reason, the trucks attacked may not belong to any other agency, but the WFP.

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‘I derive spiritual power whenever my axe is smeared with victims blood’ – Arrested cultist

Detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command, has arrested one Mr James Olalekan following a tip-off from a member of the public.

The 29-year-old suspected armed robber and cultist – revealed that he takes delight in killing people.

Olalekan who was apprehended Tuesday last week at Egbeda area – disclosed that he has lost count of the number of victims he had killed and that he had been operating for about eight years.

According to New Telegraph, the suspect said in his confessional statement: “I went into robbery, after politicians used and dumped me. I enjoyed shedding blood. As a cultist, whenever my axe is smeared with victims’ blood, I derive spiritual power. The blood makes me bold and powerful; at that point, I can go for any robbery operation.”

The suspect reportedly told the police that he needed blood, because of the commitment he made with some of his spiritual masters; men, who prepared charm for him to aid his criminal operations. He also said that he embraced cultism and armed robbery after the death of his father in order to fend for himself..

His said: “I have taken part in several criminal operations in the South West, but I regret everything. I have nothing to show for it. The money I made was spent on women, spiritual protection and other worthless things. I’m asking for second chance; I will dedicate my life to the service of God and humanity.”

During interrogation, the suspect mentioned names of herbalists that used to prepare charms for him. He also mentioned names of his gang members who are at large.

A police source said: “We are going after those that he mentioned. We shall arrest and prosecute them.”