JUST IN: British parliament reopens after attack, honours murdered policeman

The British parliament reopened on Thursday with lawmakers holding a moment of silence for victims of the London terrorist attack that killed three people.

The one-minute silence was also observed by London’s Metropolitan Police, city hall and other workplaces across the city.

It started at 9.33 a.m. to signify the 933 badge number of the parliamentary protection officer who died in the attack on Wednesday, 48-year-old Keith Palmer.

Four other members of the public also died.

Labour lawmaker, Helen Hayes, tweeted from the main house, the Commons, that “parliament is sitting as normal today, honouring the memory of PC Keith Palmer, a brave officer who gave his life to protect our democracy.”

The attacker was shot and killed.


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Policeman arrested while trying to steal baby in hospital

The police in Imo State have arrested a police Sergeant, Iseke Koradam, at a hospital in Oke-Uvuru, in the Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state while allegedly attempting to steal a newborn baby.

The Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed that at a press briefing in Owerri, the state capital on Wednesday

The CP said that the police sergeant and his gang who allegedly planned to steal the newborn baby had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.


Court slams N500,000 bail on man who allegedly tore policeman’s uniform.

An Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State on Tuesday slammed a N500,000 bail on a 33-year-oldman, Ranti Netufo, for allegedly tearing the uniform of a police inspector, Seyi Masewonu, attached to the Okitipupa Police Division.

The magistrate, Banji Ayeomoni, also ordered the defendant to produce a surety in like sum, as part of the bail condition.

The accused of no fixed address and occupation is standing trial on a two-count charge of felony and unlawful assault.

The prosecutor, Zedekiah Orogbemi, had told the court that the accused on January 9 around 8:30 p.m. at Hospital Road, Okitipupa, resisted arrest.

He alleged that the accused tore the uniform of the policeman while performing his lawful duty.

The prosecutor said that the offences were contrary and punishable under Sections 516 and 356(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State 2006.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge levelled against him.

The case was adjourned till February 13 for further hearing.


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Robbers kill policeman, injure sergeant in bank raid.

Rivers Police Command said it foiled a bank robbery and lost a personnel at Rumuibekwe area of Port Harcourt on Monday.

Mr Nnamdi Omoni, a DSP and spokesman of the command, revealed in Port Harcourt that a police Sergeant was also wounded during the shoot-out with the robbers.

He said that policemen from the mini-Okoro division on foot patrol encountered the robbers at 10.00am and engaged them when they attempted to invade a new generation bank in the area.

“At Rumuibekwe extension, near the Shell residential area, six armed robbers at 10.00am were heading to carry out an operation at a new generation bank, but were repelled by policemen on foot patrol from Mini-Okoro Police station,” he said.

According to Omoni, during the shoot-out, police personnel died while another was wounded and is receiving treatment in a hospital.

He said no arrest had been made but that the police had commenced serious manhunt for the robbers.

“Efforts are on to apprehend the hoodlums and make them face prosecution. The bank operated today and the police are on top of the situation,” he said.

Omoni appealed to the public to give the police useful information that would assist it fight crime in the state.


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Policeman Gets Life Sentence For Killing Man Over Cup Of Tea

An Egyptian court sentenced a policeman who killed a man over the price of a cup of tea to life in prison on Wednesday, a rare lengthy punishment for police violence in a country that rights activists say has a culture of impunity.

Public anger over allegations of police brutality has been bubbling over the past year, with several incidents spilling over into skirmishes and protests, five years after an uprising in which police officers were a major focus of discontent.

The policeman sentenced on Wednesday shot three people in a Cairo suburb after an argument over the price of a cup of tea, killing one of them and causing a riot. The sentence, issued after he was convicted of murder, can be appealed. Life sentences in Egypt normally run for 25 years.

Activists say police brutality is widespread in Egypt, enabled by a culture of impunity. The Interior Ministry says abuses are isolated and incidents are investigated.

Anger over perceived police excesses helped fuel the 2011 uprising that began on a Police Day holiday and ended the 30-year rule of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak. Since then, police have regained considerable powers and human rights groups say they have returned to their old ways.

In February, a policeman shot dead a driver in the street in an argument over a fare, prompting hundreds of people to protest outside the Cairo security directorate.

There were also riots in the northern, Suez Canal city of Ismailia and southern Nile city of Luxor over the authorities’ handling of at least three deaths in police custody in a single week in November last year.

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Tragedy As Policeman Shoots Colleague To Death In Bayelsa Over N20,000

A policeman attached to the Bayelsa Police Command has shot dead his colleague over N20, 000 largesse. The incident occurred early Tuesday morning following an argument between the officers on the sharing formula. The duo went on an operation where they were rewarded with N20, 000.



The deceased was of the opinion that they should give their Divisional Police Officer (DPO) part of the money, while the other objected.

While the argument ensued, the enraged police officer allegedly brought out his gun and shot his colleague.

The deceased, a native of Ondewari community in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of Bayelsa, is survived by two wives and children.

His remains have been deposited at the morgue of Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa.

Sympathisers were seen trooping to the deceased residence at Swali to pay condolences to his family.

Some of them, who spoke with our correspondent, described him as a “jolly good fellow.’’

When contacted, the spokesman for the command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

Policeman Jailed For Posting Messi’s Passport On Social Media

A Dubai court sentenced a policeman to one month in prison on Monday for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi’s passport on social media, local media reported.

The Gulf News daily reported on its website that the policeman, identified only by his initials J.J., was criticised in particular for having “abused the telecommunications system”.

The policeman pleaded guilty and admitted he was wrong to have uploaded the post of Messi’s passport to Snapchat via his smartphone.

The incident occurred in December at Dubai airport, where Messi had landed to attend the Globe Soccer Awards, at which he received the best player award.

The Emirati policeman wanted a photo of himself with the footballer, but was told the star was tired from the flight, The National daily reported last month.

“I then went to the passport control desk and noticed that Messi’s passport had been left there, so I picked it up and shot a video of myself while holding it,” it quoted the policeman as saying.


Policeman Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Murder

A Rivers State High Court has sentenced one Inspector Samuel Timothy of the Nigeria Police to death by hanging for shooting and killing a sachet water dealer, Onyekachi Nwasouba.

The court’s ruling is coming about five years after Nwasouba was murdered by the police at about 5am on November 10, 2010 at No. 34, Old Aba Road, Port Harcourt.

Nwasouba, who was a graduate of Industrial Chemistry, was branded an armed robber by the police while he was on his way to distribute his products to customers within the Port Harcourt metropolis.

The deceased was shot dead by a team of policemen, led by Timothy, at the front of his residence, even after he (Nwasouba) shouted to the hearing of the policemen that he was only a pure water producer and not an armed robber.

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Fake Policeman Arrested In Ibadan, Charged To Court

A 29-year-old suspect, Emmanuel Anebeh, was on Wednesday docked at an Iyaganku Chief Magistrate’s’ Court in Ibadan over alleged impersonation.

The Prosecutor, Cpl. Philip Amusan, told the court that the accused, of no fixed address, faced a two-count charge of impersonation and unlawful possession of a Police Warrant Card.

He said the accused committed the alleged offences on Aug. 14, at about 1:00 a.m. at the Ibadan/Ife Expressway at Egbeda, Ibadan.

Amusan alleged that the accused posed as a member of the Nigeria Police Force by unlawfully wearing a police uniform.

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Texas Policeman Who Killed Black Teen Sacked

A policeman who killed an unarmed black teenager during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership last week has been fired for “making decisions that had catastrophic outcomes”, the city’s police chief said.

Arlington officer Brad Miller, 49, could also face criminal charges once police complete their investigation, Will Johnson, the police chief, said.

Johnson said Miller caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger.

The death of Christian Taylor, 19, came two days before the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Brown’s death helped spur protests and a nationwide “Black Lives Matter” movement to demand reforms to how police treat minorities.

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Gunmen Kill Policeman In Benue

Some yet-to-be identified gunmen on Wednesday shot and killed an Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr. Baba Ibrahim. Ibrahim was killed in the Kastina/Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, where he had gone on a special assignment on cattle rustling.

The spokesman for the Benue State Police Command, Austin Ezeani, said the murdered ASP was on a special assignment from Abuja. Ezeani said, “ASP Ibrahim was brought in from Abuja to lead a team of other officers to unravel the mystery surrounding cattle rustling in the state.