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COVID-19: Angry Muslim Youths Burn Police Station For Stopping Their Prayer In Katsina

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Angry youths in Kusada town in Katsina allegedly burnt down Kusada Divisional Police Station after officers stopped them from observing their Friday March 27, 2020 Jumat prayers.

The police command spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, said one of the rioters also lost his life in the encounter.

According to him, some disgruntled youths, under the leadership of one Malam Hassan, conducted Friday prayer in one of the Juma’at mosques in Kusada, in defiance of the directives of the state government on March 25, banning social gatherings including religious gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“Recall that Katsina state Government under the leadership of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Katsina state, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, CFR, fnim, issued a restriction orders Nos. SEC.2/T/3 and SEC.2/T/14 dated 25th and 27th March, 2020 respectively, directing for the total closure of its borders and suspension of large gatherings for the weekly Friday prayers and Sunday Church services while marriage ceremonies to be conducted in a low key across the state as part of measures taken to curtail the spread of the Corona virus pandemic.

“However, yesterday 27/03/2020 some disgruntled youths under the leadership of one Mallam Hassan tested the will of the state and conducted a Friday prayer in one of the Kusada jummaat mosques. Subsequently, he was arrested for questioning at Area Commander’s office, Malumfashi which did not go down well with some of his followers.

“Consequently, today 28/03/2020 at about 09:00hrs, this particular group organized themselves in such a tumultuous manner, rioting, attacked and over powered the policemen on duty at Kusada Division, set ablaze the police station and DPO’s Quarters. They also burnt down seven motor vehicles and ten motorcycles in custody of the police station.

The Commissioner of Police, Katsina state Command, CP Sanusi Buba, psc ordered for the deployment of police patrol teams and a special joint security task force on the Enforcement of public gathering in the state led by DC Operations, to the area which have already restored normalcy.

Ninety (90) suspected rioters have been arrested while one of the rioters lost his life as a result of the encounter.

Investigation is ongoing.

SP GAMBO ISAH
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, (PPRO)
FOR:COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
KATSINA STATE POLICE COMMAND

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Police Officer And Soldiers Shoot At Each Other, Mistaken For Terrorists

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Two soldiers of the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) and a police officer shot at each other, sustaining serious injuries after the Police officer mistook them as terrorists while carrying out their duty.

The police officer identified as Constable Emmanuel Ngao attached to Bura community in Kenya, reportedly felt challenged by the two KDF soldiers identified as Senior Private David Mbugua and Jeremy Malusi who were on patrol and shot at them.

After the Police officer shot at the soldiers, they also retaliated, shooting each other and leaving Ngao with serious bullet wounds.

Fafi sub-county police boss George Sangalo, whilst confirming the incident, said the three security operatives sustained gunshot injuries and were conveyed to Bura East Sub-County hospital in critical condition.

The report from the police reads,

“Constable Emmanuel Ngao was challenged by KDF soldiers, Senior Private Jeremy Malusi and David Mbugua. He mistook the officers to be militants, he shot and seriously injured them. The soldiers fired back and the policeman was injured on his leg.

“The three officers sustained gunshot injuries and were taken to Bura East Sub-County Hospital and are in critical condition.”

Garisa police commander, however said a full report will be issued after investigation has been concluded.

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Nigerian Military Subjecting Children To Unlawful Detention — Amnesty International

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Rights group, Amnesty International (AI) has accused the Nigerian military of subjecting children in the northeast ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency to unlawful treatment and detention.

The allegation by Amnesty International was contained in a new report on Tuesday titled, “‘We dried our tears’: Addressing the toll on children of Northeast Nigeria’s conflict”.

According to AI, the 91-page report was based on interviews conducted between November 2019 and April 2020 with more than 230 people affected by the conflict, including 119 who were children when they suffered serious crimes by Boko Haram, the Nigerian military, or both.

The group also added that the report also included 48 children held in military detention for months or years, as well as 22 adults who had been detained with children

“The past decade of bitter conflict between Nigeria’s military and Boko Haram has been an assault on childhood itself in Northeast Nigeria. The Nigerian authorities risk creating a lost generation, unless they urgently address how the war has targeted and traumatized thousands of children,” the statement qouted Joanne Mariner, Acting Director of Crisis Response at Amnesty International, as saying.

The rights group said children in areas under Boko Haram control had been subjected to torture and forced to watch public executions and other brutal punishments.

The report quoted a 17-year-old girl who narrated her life in the Sambisa forest after she escaped Boko Haram captivity for four years: “[My] wicked ‘husband’ always beat me… My daily activities included praying, cooking if there was food, [and] going for Quranic lessons. No movement was allowed, and no visiting friends. It was a terrible experience, and I witnessed different punishments, from shooting to stoning to lashing.”

“She, and most other former child “wives” interviewed – including some who returned with children born during captivity – had received little or no assistance in returning to school, starting livelihoods, or accessing psychosocial support,” Amnesty International said.

The report alleged that children who escaped Boko Haram territory were arbitrarily detained for years in military barracks, in conditions amounting to torture or other ill-treatment.

“Most such detentions are unlawful; children are never charged or prosecuted for any crime and are denied the rights to access a lawyer, appear before a judge, or communicate with their families. The widespread unlawful detentions may amount to a crime against humanity,” the report added.

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BREAKING: Nigeria Records 276 New Cases Of COVID-19, Total Now 8,344

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Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 276 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

In its breakdown of the latest results, the NCDC said Lagos reported 161 of the new cases.

Other states with new cases include Rivers with 36, Edo with 27, Kaduna with 19, Nasarawa with 10, and Oyo with six.

There were also four new cases found in Kano, three each in Delta and Ebonyi, two in Gombe and one each in Ogun, Ondo, Borno, Abia, and Bauchi.

The number of discharged cases rose from 2,311 on Monday to 2,385. However, 16 more deaths were recorded, taking the nation’s toll to 249.

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