In Anambra, three people were killed as they clashed with the police.


 


Over the weekend, the situation in the Aguleri village, which is located in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state of Anambra, was thrown into chaos after the police opened fire on protesting youngsters from the community.

According to reports, things got off to a rocky start on Saturday morning when the police opened fire on two juveniles they had just apprehended on an expressway. According to the police, the juveniles were involved in online fraud. The result of this was a protest spearheaded by local youngsters against police violence and extortion in their town, which culminated in a march to the police station.

The demonstrators, however, were dispersed with violence by the police, who opened fire, which resulted in a fight between the youngsters and the police. On the other hand, it was said that armed people came to the area later and started shooting at the security officers, which went on for a few hours.

On Sunday, the day after the incident, reinforcements were nonetheless sent to the village.



Culled:https://www.nairaland.com/7443996/3-dead-youths-clash-police


During a raid, Oyo police arrested an "innocent man standing in front of a shop."


Kayyus Taiwo, whose Twitter handle is @taokayaode, described how he was harassed and wrongly detained by members of the Oyo State Police Command for standing in front of a business centre.

Taiwo said that he was detained on October 12 while waiting for the proprietor of the business centre to arrive so that he could duplicate papers.

Taiwo said in a long Twitter thread on October 20 that those police officers had harassed and hurt him on the day in question.

As Taiwo stated, "On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, I was harassed and assaulted by the Nigeria Police Force and wrongfully detained in a cell overnight." " On my way home from work, my supervisor instructed me to assist him to file an application at a computer centre. To do this, I went to a prominent market in Ibadan. I researched the market and discovered a location, but the lady indicated she was unable to execute the job. She then gave me another location to me.

When I arrived, the business was closed from the outside, but the inside was unlocked; there was a sign posted outside that said, "Wait for me, I'll be back in a flash." Consequently, I had to wait. While waiting, this officer arrived. They numbered between seven and nine.

Only a small number of them wore uniforms, while the others wore muftis. They exploded the market, and several people fled. "

His confidence is betrayed.

Taiwo said that he did not budge an inch from where he stood out of a sense of innocence and trust that he had no evidence incriminating him.

"I did not flee since I had nothing to hide. While I was standing there, they came back and asked what I had in my bag. I told them everything.

"It had two pens, one exercise book, my voter and work identification cards, a phone charger, a power bank, and my oga's money."

However, Taiwo's confidence and the innocuous objects in his luggage were insufficient to keep him out of trouble with the authorities.

One of them, maybe their supervisor, simply ordered them to take me; they just took me onto their bus (a white-painted unofficial bus). 
He said that other arrests were made on the route to the station.

I entered and asked them a variety of questions, including 'where are you taking me, what did I do, and what is the name of your station?' I even called my supervisor, who asked me the same questions and asked to talk with them, but they did not respond. They confiscated my phones, and my boss continued to call, "he stated. 
However, they did not let me answer my calls. For about 10 minutes, we continued going. They stopped en route to see someone at a large complex. "

A Shout for Help

At this moment, Taiwo's concern for his own safety increased.

I would have been scared if they hadn't impersonated police officers and abducted me. In the meantime, just around three of them remained on the bus with me, "he wrote. I was able to get to the door and yell for assistance, stating that I had been abducted and that someone should assist me.

I continued to scream as if it were my last means of life, but they never stopped pounding me. I was overpowered and placed in the back of the car, where I was shackled and even threatened.

Brutality and repression

As Taiwo continued to yell for assistance, the cops ran back to where the bus was parked.

"At that point, they all came onto the bus and began pounding me to return." "I continued to yell, but they continued to strike me with the weapons in their hands," he wrote. "Later, we saw another bus like theirs with their policemen inside, and they turned me over to them. There, I discovered another man whom they had similarly tortured, and they pulled one shackle from my hands and used it to bind him as well.

"They left the place because I made a lot of noise, and people were filming us," she said.

THE TRANSFER OF THEIR VICTIMS

Later, Taiwo's 'abductors' would move him to a different car.

"We subsequently saw a similar bus with its cops inside. "They turned me over to them, where I discovered another man whom they had also tortured, and they took one of my handcuffs and used it to bind him as well," he wrote.

Within a few minutes, the two buses were completely occupied. They transported us all to their station after 7 p.m. Before we entered the station, they gave us our baggage. " Attempted to connect with his relatives were rejected. "

As soon as Taiwo received his suitcase, he rushed to his phone to call his supervisor and family members.

"While attempting to respond to my brother's text, I got my phone out of my bag and messaged my employer," he wrote.

One of their policemen saw me typing, approached me, smacked me, and took my phone.

"They took our statements and took us straight to jail, even though we hadn't done anything wrong. They tried to get me to go into the cell, but I refused and asked them to bring my brother and employer instead."

The officer forced me inside and shut the gate. The men inside then began hitting me for not entering in the first place. Even though I had been hurt, he took the money out of my pocket after asking if the things in there were animals.

"HE REGAINED HIS FREEDOM AT A COST"

Taiwo said that he finally spent a night in jail for no apparent reason.

He added, "I spent the night there with the stench, the heat, and the aches." "The next day, between 12 and 1 p.m., my brother bailed me out (with money), leaving just four of the nine of us who had spent the night in their cell."

POLICE REACT

The Oyo State Police Command responded to the complaint on Twitter by saying that Taiwo had been told to talk to the Commissioner of Police about the problem.

The police said, "In the spirit of impartiality and openness, he was provided the direct phone number of the Commissioner of Police." In another tweet, the police said that the Police Commissioner has ordered a comprehensive inquiry into the incident.

Culled from:https://fij.ng/article/oyo-police-arrest-innocent-man-standing-in-front-of-a-shop-during-raid/

Nigeria's Secret Police, DSS, holds a radio worker without trial for two months for broadcasting an "offensive song" against Imo Governor Uzodinma.


Uzomah works in the station's technical department, which is owned by IBC, which is a media organisation that is controlled by the State Government. Casmir Uzomah, a radio worker in the state of Imo who has been jailed without charge for the last two months by the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria's secret police, has been arrested and detained by the DSS. According to reports, Uzomah, a member of the staff at the Orient Radio-Television Station, which is run by the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), was taken into custody after the station broadcasted a song that was deemed "offensive" to the Governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma. The song was played on the station. Uzomah works in the station's technical department, which is owned by IBC, which is a media organisation that is controlled by the State Government. Onyinyechi, Uzomah's wife, spoke to the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) about the plight of her husband and the degrading treatment to which he has been subjected since his arrest on August 4. She pleaded with Nigerians and members of the international community to put pressure on the government of Imo and the DSS to release her husband. Uzomah was arrested on August 4 and has been held in degrading conditions since. They need to release my spouse as soon as possible. I am not currently employed, and yet it is imperative that my children attend class. They claimed that he had played a song in which the governor was insulted. Mrs Onyinyechi, who is a mother of five children, stated, "Since then, I have not seen him."

On that day, my sister-in-law contacted me and informed me that the authorities had taken my husband into custody. She said that it was my responsibility to look after the youngsters. Since then, calls to his phone have not been getting through," she continued, revealing that her husband's older sister had gone to the DSS office many times, but they wouldn't let her see him. "Calls to his phone have not been going through since then."

She said that "they didn't let anyone to see him." [citation needed]

Chidi Uzomah, the older brother of the imprisoned radio worker, said that his brother was still in the custody of the DSS and that he did not know when he would be freed. Chidi Uzomah added that he did not know when his brother would be released. Casmir is still being held at the DSS facility at this time. On August 4, 2022, he received an invitation from DSS in response to an enquiry that was sent to him by Declan Emelumba, the Commissioner of Information for the state of Imo. According to ICIR's report, he was recently reported as saying that "since then, he has been imprisoned by DSS, and all attempts to free him have not succeeded."

Chidi had written to the Commissioner of Information, copied HRH Eze Okeke Eze, copied the head of the Ministry of Information, copied the Director General of the Information and Broadcasting Commission, and equally met with the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Diocese, His Grace Lucius Ugorji to intervene and talk with the governor, but "yet no way" was the response Chidi received.

"On Monday, October 3, 2022, I personally wrote a letter to the director of DSS, and I delivered that letter to him on that same day. When our client was detained at the beginning of August, our attorney (also) submitted a written request for bail. Yet no reaction," he remarked. Jerry Osuji, who is the President of the Group of Imo State Radio and Television Presenters, said that the association was doing all in its power to secure the journalist's release.

"I have discussed this matter with the DG IBC. He gave me his word that he is interested in finding out how much music was played on the station, he added. Osuji, who also works at the same station as Uzomah, said that he had organised personnel at the station to go to the DSS office in an effort to see the jailed radio worker, but that they were unsuccessful in their efforts. According to Emelumba, the information commissioner in the state of Imo, the song that Mr Uzomah played that resulted in his imprisonment by the DSS was "extremely rude and defamatory." I heard that he played a song on IBC that was highly unpleasant and called the governor a murderer. I heard this from a friend.

This individual just performed a song in which it is said that the governor is a killer and that blood is gushing from his hand. He said that even NBC had questioned the IBC about why they were playing such a song. It has been revealed to me that he took the music from the outside and played it on the radio station. However, I bear no responsibility for his imprisonment in any manner. What might possibly be his reason for acting in such a manner?

The commissioner said that the state administration was innocent of any involvement in his detention. Wilcox Idaminabo, the Director of the SSS in Imo, had previously said that he would reply to inquiries on the arrest on Wednesday, but as of Saturday evening, he had not done so.


Culled:https://saharareporters.com/2022/10/08/nigerias-secret-police-dss-detains-radio-worker-two-months-without-trial-airing

#EndSARS: The Federal Government compensates 74 victims of police abuse with N289 million


74 victims of human rights violations perpetrated by the former Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force have been awarded a total of N289 million in compensation by the Federal Government of Nigeria as part of the #EndSARS campaign (NPF). A presentation of checks to the victims was placed at the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja. The chairperson of the board expressed gratitude to those individuals who had filed complaints with the Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations concerning the prohibited SARS and other police units. She thanked them for having faith in the country's human rights mechanisms and for diligently presenting and pursuing their cases in front of the panel. She gave her word to the people of Nigeria that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which is an independent institution, will continue to carry out its duties as outlined in the National Human Rights Commission Act. These duties include promoting and defending human rights across the nation.

Culled from:https://www.val9ja.com/endsars-federal-government-pays-n289-million-to-74-victims-of-police-brutality/  

Ex-policeman sentenced to life in prison for murdering football fan


Justice Adenike Coker of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja found former police officer Olalekan Ogunyemi guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday and gave him a life sentence for the death of football fan Kolade Johnson.

On March 31, 2019, at a viewing centre in Mangoro, Ikeja, Lagos, Ogunyemi, who was affiliated with the Special Anti-Cultism Squad of the Nigeria Police, shot Johnson in the lower abdomen. The incident took place in a viewing centre.

When the victim was shot by the convicted murderer, he was in the process of watching a football game between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

While he was delivering judgement in case no. ID/9776C/2019 between the State of Lagos and Ogunyemi Olalekan, Justice Coker found the defendant guilty of the charge. So, the defendant was given a life sentence in prison, with the requirement that he serve at least 25 years before he could be released.

On Thursday, when the issue was reopened for hearing, the prosecution counsel for Lagos State, Jubril Kareem, declared his attendance. On the other hand, Abayomi Omotubora appeared for the defence.

The court also handed down a sentence of life in prison for manslaughter against the police officer who was fired.

Olalekan was at first charged with murder, but the court ultimately decided that he was responsible for manslaughter.

During the trial, seven witnesses gave evidence for the prosecution, while only two witnesses gave evidence for the defense.

During the trial, a pathologist by the name of Dr. Oluwaseun Williams testified that 35-year-old Johnson had six bullet wounds.

Culled:https://punchng.com/ex-policeman-bags-life-jail-for-killing-football-fan/

A Melanin Community Activist Sues the Cleveland Police Department in Federal Court, Alleging an Unlawful Arrest!


A Cleveland activist who was arrested for openly carrying weapons on the East Side of the city has sued the city and more than a dozen police officers in federal court. The complaint filed on Monday says that the city broke Antoine Tolbert's civil rights when he was arrested and put in jail overnight on May 23, 2022. In Ohio, open carry of weapons is permitted. As he strolled along St. Clair Avenue, Tolbert carried a shotgun and a pistol in holsters. He is a member of the local activist group New Era Cleveland, which does armed security patrols to stop gun violence. He has also talked to classes of police cadets about how Cleveland police work.

The incident's body camera video reveals that the initial cops on the scene did not arrest the suspect, with one officer stating that an arrest was "a lawsuit waiting to happen." However, when Lance Henderson, a sergeant, arrives, he decides to arrest Tolbert.

Henderson informed an officer on the scene, "He cannot go down the street with a gun in his hand." "Holder is something else. But going along the street while holding a handgun is "You cannot do that."

Initial police reports say that Tolbert was detained for inciting fear and possessing a hidden weapon, but he was subsequently released without formal charges. On the body cam video, you can hear Sgt. Henderson say that one of the charges is illegally handling a handgun, which means carrying a gun in a car.

Tiana Bohanon, Tolbert's attorney, said, "Officers cannot arbitrarily decide to arrest, detain, and transport someone to the county prison simply because they don't like something that they're doing." "He was not carrying a hidden weapon and he was not handling a handgun incorrectly in a motor vehicle."

Tolbert is going to court to get money from the city of Cleveland and the fourteen police officers who were there.

Tolbert lost his new position with the community development group Burten, Bell, and Carr, in addition to spending the night in prison. He also had to move out of his home temporarily because his wife's ex-husband was using a video of what happened to get sole custody of their young child. 


Culled:https://mxoentertainment.com/2022/09/16/black-community-activist-sues-cleveland-police-in-federal-court-alleging-wrongful-arrest/

Officer who murdered Donovan Lewis in Columbus was already terminated.


The Columbus Division of Police released the employee records of an officer who killed an unarmed melanin man. The records showed that the officer had been fired and then hired back. 
Officer Ricky Anderson's record was released three days after the funeral of Donovan Lewis, 20, whom he fatally shot. In Anderson's most recent performance assessments from 2020 and 2019, his superiors said that he surpassed expectations in practically every area. These included communication, reliability, understanding of the work, problem-solving, and officer safety. In addition, Supervising Sgt. Steve Redding observed that the 30-year veteran of the police "often volunteers for additional SWAT operations." "Pfc. Anderson is always aware of his surroundings for his own safety and the safety of others, even when things are hard or stressful," Redding wrote. 
Nonetheless, the 2019 assessment also recognised a problem in the topic of work knowledge, stating that Anderson "took corrective disciplinary action for the Division Directive breach." 
According to Anderson's personnel file, the Director of Public Safety terminated his employment with the Columbus Division of Police in May 2004. A representative from the Department of Public Safety said that Anderson and the Fraternal Order of Police fought the firing, even though the personnel file didn't say why.

The accusation that led to the firing was unrelated to the use of force, according to spokesman Glenn McEntyre.

In 2004, the Columbus Dispatch claimed that Anderson was terminated for receiving payment for guarding a bank while he was not there. The arbitrator decided that the city could not verify which hours Anderson did not work and that the city did not have a consistent history of discharging officers with criminal convictions.

In November of the same year, the arbitrator put Anderson back to work at CPD, saying that the officer should have been suspended for 30 days instead.

The report also featured allegations of Anderson's participation in instances previous to the killing of Donovan Lewis. In a 2018 pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 71, Anderson used stop sticks to force the vehicle to stop. In two different incidents documented in 1995 and 2012, he was awarded for entering burning houses to save people.

Anderson was put on administrative leave after the shooting death of Lewis. At an apartment, Anderson was executing an arrest warrant with other cops and a K-9. Body camera footage revealed that within one second of opening the door and while wrangling the K9, Anderson shot Lewis as he sat up on a bed in the back corner of the room. 
Elaine Bryant, Chief of the Chicago Police Department, said that Anderson discharged his pistol when Lewis seemed to raise a hand containing something. Moving frame-by-frame through the footage, the individual could be seen lifting his right hand toward the cops while returning his left to a cushion.

Bryant said that a vape pen was discovered on the bed next to the suspect.

Later, the CPD acknowledged that its officers did not discover any firearms near Lewis. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating Anderson's alleged participation in the shooting.

Lewis was murdered less than two years after a Columbus police officer was fired for fatally shooting an unarmed melanin man, Andre' Hill. Hill's cell phone was mistaken for a pistol by Adam Coy, the cop. Later, he was charged with murder.

Culled:https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/columbus/columbus-officer-who-killed-donovan-lewis-was-previously-fired-from-job/

Link to video:https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/columbus/columbus-officer-who-killed-donovan-lewis-was-previously-fired-from-job/

Lagos Police Spokesman: 'I'm Not Proud To Be A Cop' After Seeing Caucasian Cops


In the footage, three Caucasian officers from Crawford, Arkansas can be seen brutally punching a guy they had previously subdued. Benjamin Hundeyin, the ever-vibrant spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, claims he is not proud to be a police officer after seeing a video depicting the activities of Caucasian police officers.

This was posted on Hundeyin's verified Twitter account on Tuesday morning. He is very professional and dedicated to his job. He interacts with the public often and in a friendly way through social media.

In the video, three Caucasian police officers from Crawford, Arkansas are shown repeatedly pounding a guy they have previously subdued, in a manner reminiscent of jungle justice. 
By retweeting a user's video tweet, the Lagos police spokesperson seemed to be shocked by what the cops in the clip were doing.

"In times like this, I am not proud to identify as a police officer. "What the heck?," wrote Hundeyin. 
It is unclear what the victim's offence was.

In addition, it is unclear when the event occurred.

The person who posted the video on Twitter says that the police officers involved have been suspended.

"These vile, heartless Crawford, Arkansas police officers have been suspended for this terrible attack," he added.

"But it is not sufficient. They should be sacked and indicted for attempted murder. "NO MORE POLICE BRUTALITY. "

Meanwhile, Kanyi Daily reported the murder of a masked man, George Floyd, who was held down on his neck with a knee by white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as he complained that he couldn't breathe.

The murder of George Floyd sparked an outcry on social media when a video showed a cop squatting on the melanin man's neck while he wailed for air.

Four Minneapolis police officers have been terminated and punished for their roles in the fatal incident.


Link of video on IG:https://www.instagram.com/p/Cho1D4JgBsr/

Link of video on Rumble:https://rumble.com/v1h598p-lagos-police-spokesman-im-not-proud-to-be-a-cop-after-seeing-caucasian-cops.html

CSO condemns police for assault on FCT minister's driver and wants a transparent probe


HURIWA stated in a media statement that the Commissioner of Police in the FCT may have been told a different but false story by the police operatives responsible for the severe physical brutality meted out to the driver of the Honourable Minister of State for the FCT because the signal reaching our desk suggests that the FCT police hierarchy may have sided with the heinous and despicable crimes against human rights. HURIWA has said that it would pursue the case to ensure justice is served.

"The incident happened on August 18, 2022, in the APC National Party secretariat, where Her Excellency, the Minister of State, FCT, Hajia Ramatu Tijni Aliyu was present as a member of the committee set up to help the North-West."Outside of the event site, it was alleged that one of Her Excellency's drivers was being beaten up and falsely and criminally accused of being a thief while surrounded by police officers and other citizens. The driver was rescued and transported to the hospital for emergency treatment when the crowd was told that he was not a robber but rather Her Excellency's chauffeur.

The police officer and CSO affiliated with the Party Secretariat who attacked him falsely claimed that the driver assaulted them, despite the fact that the driver was being severely beaten by them.

HURIWA, via National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated that based on her preliminary investigation, it appears that the security chief of the All Progressives Congress's National Secretariat was overzealous by not exercising his powers judiciously and in civility, but instead descended into the arena of the arrogance of power by allegedly instigating the physical torture of the driver of the honourable minister of state for the federal capital territory, Mr IDOKO, whose human rights were trampled.
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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) is pleased to note that the scope of the Force's operations has been expanded to facilitate the achievement of its general objective, which is to provide a police service that complies with the principles of accountability, transparency, protection of human rights and freedom. The Force is charged with protecting the rights of every Nigerian in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, and any other relevant legislation, as stipulated in Section 4 of the Act. HURIWA is satisfied with the newly found optimism of the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba, to instil professional excellence and dexterity into the duties of the Nigerian police, and we have no doubt that his office will ensure that this poor Nigerian citizen, whose rights were violated by police operatives along with other members of the unruly mob, is brought to justice and his violated rights are adequately redressed.

Culled from:https://news.band/cso-blasts-police-over-attack-on-driver-of-fct-minister-demands-transparent-investigation/

Formerly Charged with Freddie Gray's Murder, Now in Charge of Investigating the Same Division


Following Freddie Gray's death in 2015, the practice of "nickel rides" would be revealed to the public. Lieutenant Brian Rice and Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson were found not guilty. Sergeant Alicia White and Officers William Porter and Garrett Miller had their charges dropped by the state. No one was ever punished for killing Freddie Gray.

No one was ever held accountable, and during the whole thing, several of these cops moved up in the ranks, got raises in pay, and new jobs.

After her participation in Gray's murder, Sgt. White was promoted to captain in the Performance Standards Section of the Baltimore City Police Department earlier this month. In an ironic and sneaky move, a news release says that she will do audits and inspections to make sure that the force follows the rules while on duty.

Hopefully, she is not responsible for enforcing correct procedures when cops transport detainees.

According to the medical examiner, Gray's spinal cord was nearly completely severed as a result of a single "high-energy" injury event.

His neck probably broke when the officer slammed on the brakes, causing the most damage possible to Gray, who had not even been tried in court yet, let alone found guilty.

The fact that law enforcement agents took it upon themselves to administer the death penalty without interference from the legal system is the precise essence of extrajudicial killing. The state's attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby, then announced charges on May 1, 2015. Less than a month later, a grand jury indicted all six police officers who were involved in Gray's arrest and death transport.

It seemed that progress had been made in thinning the thin blue line of impunity until each "unofficially" capital offender evaded punishment in a systematic manner.

Even though the people who killed Freddie Gray were accused of everything from second-degree murder to second-degree manslaughter to official misconduct, they were let go.

Sadly, this appears to be a typical occurrence among police personnel with a history of violent behaviour.

The Washington Post examined the instances of 1,881 policemen who had been dismissed from major police agencies in the United States since 2006 and found that 451 of those officers were restored. They got their weapons and badges and returned to the streets, not because the grounds for their dismissal were not valid, but because their offices committed procedural errors in their dismissal.

"In February, a San Antonio police officer who was seen on dashcam challenging a detained man to a fight for the opportunity to be freed was reinstated." In 2015, we saw the reinstatement to the duty of a district officer accused of sexually assaulting a young lady in his patrol vehicle. And in Boston in 2012, a cop was reinstated after being accused of lying, intoxication, and transporting a suspect away from the scene of a nightclub shooting.

The purpose of police unions is to defend officers' employment, but as the research demonstrates, there are instances in which the positions are maintained even though the cops should not be on the streets.

Charles H. Ramsey, former police commissioner in Philadelphia and chief in the District, told the Post that in the last decade, the District had to rehire 80 of the officers it dismissed, and three of them were rehired more than once.

Ramsey said, "It's disheartening to the rank and file, who don't want these kinds of individuals in their ranks." "It generates a great deal of fear among the population." Our credibility is destroyed anytime such events occur. "

The problem has been passed from one government to the next, no matter which political party has been in charge.

In Anambra, three people were killed as they clashed with the police.

  Over the weekend, the situation in the Aguleri village, which is located in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state of Anambra...