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  •   British police said on Wednesday they had two more men in custody in connection with an incident of armed hostage taking at a Texas synagogue by a man from northwest England Malik Faisal Akram 44 of Blackburn was shot dead by the FBI after a 10 hour siege in the small town of Colleyville in mid January His four hostages including a rabbi were released unharmed As part of the local investigation two men have been arrested this morning in Manchester the North West England counter terrorism police force said in a statement They remain in custody for questioning Police also questioned three other men in Manchester and another in the central English city of Birmingham Akram had planned the attack for at least two years wanting to die a martyr according to audio of his last phone call with his brother published by the London based Jewish Chronicle newspaper The attack was staged in an apparent attempt to secure the release of Pakistani woman Aafia Siddiqui known as Lady Al Qaeda who has been jailed for the attempted murder of US soldiers in Afghanistan Akram was reportedly investigated in 2020 by the British internal security agency MI5 after spending six months in Pakistan But the investigation was closed after just over a month due to a lack of evidence that he was a threat and he was able to travel to the United States without being flagged as a risk Source Credit TheGuardian
    UK police arrest two more men over Texas synagogue attack
      British police said on Wednesday they had two more men in custody in connection with an incident of armed hostage taking at a Texas synagogue by a man from northwest England Malik Faisal Akram 44 of Blackburn was shot dead by the FBI after a 10 hour siege in the small town of Colleyville in mid January His four hostages including a rabbi were released unharmed As part of the local investigation two men have been arrested this morning in Manchester the North West England counter terrorism police force said in a statement They remain in custody for questioning Police also questioned three other men in Manchester and another in the central English city of Birmingham Akram had planned the attack for at least two years wanting to die a martyr according to audio of his last phone call with his brother published by the London based Jewish Chronicle newspaper The attack was staged in an apparent attempt to secure the release of Pakistani woman Aafia Siddiqui known as Lady Al Qaeda who has been jailed for the attempted murder of US soldiers in Afghanistan Akram was reportedly investigated in 2020 by the British internal security agency MI5 after spending six months in Pakistan But the investigation was closed after just over a month due to a lack of evidence that he was a threat and he was able to travel to the United States without being flagged as a risk Source Credit TheGuardian
    UK police arrest two more men over Texas synagogue attack
    Foreign10 months ago

    UK police arrest two more men over Texas synagogue attack

    British police said on Wednesday they had two more men in custody in connection with an incident of armed hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue by a man from northwest England.

    Malik Faisal Akram, 44, of Blackburn, was shot dead by the FBI after a 10-hour siege in the small town of Colleyville in mid-January. His four hostages, including a rabbi, were released unharmed.

    "As part of the local investigation, two men have been arrested this morning in Manchester," the North West England counter-terrorism police force said in a statement.

    "They remain in custody for questioning."

    Police also questioned three other men in Manchester and another in the central English city of Birmingham.

    Akram had planned the attack for at least two years, wanting to die a "martyr," according to audio of his last phone call with his brother published by the London-based Jewish Chronicle newspaper.

    The attack was staged in an apparent attempt to secure the release of Pakistani woman Aafia Siddiqui, known as "Lady Al-Qaeda", who has been jailed for the attempted murder of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

    Akram was reportedly investigated in 2020 by the British internal security agency MI5 after spending six months in Pakistan.

    But the investigation was closed after just over a month due to a lack of evidence that he was a threat, and he was able to travel to the United States without being flagged as a risk.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •  The four people taken hostage in a more than 10 hour standoff at a Texas synagogue were released unharmed police said late Saturday and their suspected captor is dead The siege in the small Texas town of Colleyville in which the suspect was apparently demanding the release of a convicted terrorist had caused great concern from Jewish organizations in the United States as well as from the Israeli government Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said at a news conference that a rescue team broke into the synagogue on Saturday night and rescued the remaining three hostages all adults who were being held inside A first hostage had been released unharmed a few hours earlier The suspect is deceased Miller told reporters FBI Dallas Special Agent Matt DeSarno said the four hostages who included a beloved local rabbi Charlie Cytron Walker did not need medical attention and would soon be reunited with their families He didn t harm them in any way he said There were reports from journalists at the scene of a loud explosion and gunshots at the synagogue shortly before the news conference That was more than 10 hours after police were alerted to the emergency at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville about 25 miles 40 kilometers west of Dallas Officers evacuated the surroundings of the synagogue and cordoned off the area police said ABC News reported that the hijacker was armed and had claimed to have bombs in unknown locations That was not confirmed by police although Miller said bomb techs are cleaning up the scene Citing a US official briefed on the matter ABC reported that the man was demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui a Pakistani scientist who in 2010 was sentenced by a New York court to 86 years in prison for attempted murder of US officials in Afghanistan She is currently being held at the Federal Medical Center FMC prison in Fort Worth Texas DeSarno said at the news conference that the suspect had been identified but did not reveal his identity The FBI special agent would not confirm the suspect s demands but said they were focused on an issue that did not specifically threaten the Jewish community and that he did not believe there was an ongoing threat ABC initially said the man claimed to be Siddiqui s brother but later clarified that his brother is in Houston while other experts said the word the man used in Arabic was more figurative and meant sister in the Islamic faith Siddiqui s attorney said she had absolutely no involvement in the hostage situation in a statement to CNN The lawyer confirmed that the man was not Siddiqui s brother and said she condemned his actions DeSarno said police negotiators had high frequency and high duration contact with the kidnapper There were times when it stalled for periods of time and like many hostage situations the relationship between the negotiators and the hostage taker had been floating around a bit and at times became intense he said Horrifying A live stream of the congregation s Shabbat morning service available on Facebook for about four hours during the standoff appeared to capture audio of a man speaking loudly though it did not show the scene inside the building In it he could be heard saying Call my sister on the phone and I m going to die He was also heard saying Something is wrong in America Ellen Smith a member of the Beth Israel congregation who grew up going to the synagogue described the situation as shocking and horrible in a CNN interview She said the congregation was a tight knit community and the rabbi in particular was the best human being I think anyone could meet But he said it was not shocking that the crisis occurred in a Jewish community Instances of anti Semitism have been on the rise lately but ever since we Jews first walked the Earth we have been persecuted he said It feels almost desperate President Joe Biden has pledged to oppose anti Semitism and the rise of extremism in this country I am grateful for the tireless work of law enforcement at all levels who acted cooperatively and courageously to rescue the hostages he said We are sending love and strength to the members of Congregation Beth Israel Colleyville and the Jewish community Israel s ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog said he was grateful that all the hostages had been released safely No one should be afraid to gather at their place of worship the Council on Jewish Community Relations said in a statement The Council on American Islamic Relations condemned the hostage situation and said it was in contact with Jewish leaders in Colleyville to provide any assistance possible Source Credit TheGuardian
    Hostages freed in Texas synagogue standoff, suspect dead
     The four people taken hostage in a more than 10 hour standoff at a Texas synagogue were released unharmed police said late Saturday and their suspected captor is dead The siege in the small Texas town of Colleyville in which the suspect was apparently demanding the release of a convicted terrorist had caused great concern from Jewish organizations in the United States as well as from the Israeli government Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said at a news conference that a rescue team broke into the synagogue on Saturday night and rescued the remaining three hostages all adults who were being held inside A first hostage had been released unharmed a few hours earlier The suspect is deceased Miller told reporters FBI Dallas Special Agent Matt DeSarno said the four hostages who included a beloved local rabbi Charlie Cytron Walker did not need medical attention and would soon be reunited with their families He didn t harm them in any way he said There were reports from journalists at the scene of a loud explosion and gunshots at the synagogue shortly before the news conference That was more than 10 hours after police were alerted to the emergency at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville about 25 miles 40 kilometers west of Dallas Officers evacuated the surroundings of the synagogue and cordoned off the area police said ABC News reported that the hijacker was armed and had claimed to have bombs in unknown locations That was not confirmed by police although Miller said bomb techs are cleaning up the scene Citing a US official briefed on the matter ABC reported that the man was demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui a Pakistani scientist who in 2010 was sentenced by a New York court to 86 years in prison for attempted murder of US officials in Afghanistan She is currently being held at the Federal Medical Center FMC prison in Fort Worth Texas DeSarno said at the news conference that the suspect had been identified but did not reveal his identity The FBI special agent would not confirm the suspect s demands but said they were focused on an issue that did not specifically threaten the Jewish community and that he did not believe there was an ongoing threat ABC initially said the man claimed to be Siddiqui s brother but later clarified that his brother is in Houston while other experts said the word the man used in Arabic was more figurative and meant sister in the Islamic faith Siddiqui s attorney said she had absolutely no involvement in the hostage situation in a statement to CNN The lawyer confirmed that the man was not Siddiqui s brother and said she condemned his actions DeSarno said police negotiators had high frequency and high duration contact with the kidnapper There were times when it stalled for periods of time and like many hostage situations the relationship between the negotiators and the hostage taker had been floating around a bit and at times became intense he said Horrifying A live stream of the congregation s Shabbat morning service available on Facebook for about four hours during the standoff appeared to capture audio of a man speaking loudly though it did not show the scene inside the building In it he could be heard saying Call my sister on the phone and I m going to die He was also heard saying Something is wrong in America Ellen Smith a member of the Beth Israel congregation who grew up going to the synagogue described the situation as shocking and horrible in a CNN interview She said the congregation was a tight knit community and the rabbi in particular was the best human being I think anyone could meet But he said it was not shocking that the crisis occurred in a Jewish community Instances of anti Semitism have been on the rise lately but ever since we Jews first walked the Earth we have been persecuted he said It feels almost desperate President Joe Biden has pledged to oppose anti Semitism and the rise of extremism in this country I am grateful for the tireless work of law enforcement at all levels who acted cooperatively and courageously to rescue the hostages he said We are sending love and strength to the members of Congregation Beth Israel Colleyville and the Jewish community Israel s ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog said he was grateful that all the hostages had been released safely No one should be afraid to gather at their place of worship the Council on Jewish Community Relations said in a statement The Council on American Islamic Relations condemned the hostage situation and said it was in contact with Jewish leaders in Colleyville to provide any assistance possible Source Credit TheGuardian
    Hostages freed in Texas synagogue standoff, suspect dead
    Foreign11 months ago

    Hostages freed in Texas synagogue standoff, suspect dead

    The four people taken hostage in a more than 10-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue were released unharmed, police said late Saturday, and their suspected captor is dead.

    The siege in the small Texas town of Colleyville, in which the suspect was apparently demanding the release of a convicted terrorist, had caused great concern from Jewish organizations in the United States, as well as from the Israeli government.

    Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said at a news conference that a "rescue team broke into the synagogue" on Saturday night and rescued the remaining three hostages, all adults, who were being held inside. A first hostage had been released unharmed a few hours earlier.

    "The suspect is deceased," Miller told reporters.

    FBI Dallas Special Agent Matt DeSarno said the four hostages, who included a beloved local rabbi, Charlie Cytron-Walker, did not need medical attention and would soon be reunited with their families.

    "He didn't harm them in any way," he said.

    There were reports from journalists at the scene of a loud explosion and gunshots at the synagogue shortly before the news conference.

    That was more than 10 hours after police were alerted to the emergency at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Dallas.

    Officers evacuated the surroundings of the synagogue and cordoned off the area, police said.

    ABC News reported that the hijacker was armed and had claimed to have bombs in unknown locations. That was not confirmed by police, although Miller said "bomb techs are cleaning up the scene."

    Citing a US official briefed on the matter, ABC reported that the man was demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who in 2010 was sentenced by a New York court to 86 years in prison for attempted murder of US officials in Afghanistan. .

    She is currently being held at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

    DeSarno said at the news conference that the suspect had been identified, but did not reveal his identity.

    The FBI special agent would not confirm the suspect's demands, but said they were "focused on an issue that did not specifically threaten the Jewish community," and that he did not believe there was an ongoing threat.

    ABC initially said the man claimed to be Siddiqui's brother, but later clarified that his brother is in Houston, while other experts said the word the man used in Arabic was more figurative and meant "sister" in the Islamic faith.

    Siddiqui's attorney said she had "absolutely no involvement" in the hostage situation in a statement to CNN. The lawyer confirmed that the man was not Siddiqui's brother and said she condemned his actions.

    DeSarno said police negotiators "had high frequency and high duration contact" with the kidnapper.

    "There were times when it stalled for periods of time, and like many hostage situations, the relationship between the negotiators and the hostage taker had been floating around a bit and at times became intense," he said.

    'Horrifying'
    A live stream of the congregation's Shabbat morning service, available on Facebook for about four hours during the standoff, appeared to capture audio of a man speaking loudly, though it did not show the scene inside the building.

    In it, he could be heard saying, "Call my sister on the phone" and "I'm going to die."

    He was also heard saying, "Something is wrong in America."

    Ellen Smith, a member of the Beth Israel congregation who grew up going to the synagogue, described the situation as "shocking and horrible" in a CNN interview.

    She said the congregation was a "tight-knit" community, and the rabbi in particular was "the best human being I think anyone could meet."

    But he said it was "not shocking" that the crisis occurred in a Jewish community.

    “Instances of anti-Semitism have been on the rise lately, but ever since we Jews first walked the Earth, we have been persecuted,” he said. "It feels almost desperate."

    President Joe Biden has pledged to "oppose anti-Semitism and the rise of extremism in this country."

    “I am grateful for the tireless work of law enforcement at all levels who acted cooperatively and courageously to rescue the hostages,” he said. "We are sending love and strength to the members of Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville and the Jewish community."

    Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Herzog, said he was "grateful" that all the hostages had been released safely.

    “No one should be afraid to gather at their place of worship,” the Council on Jewish Community Relations said in a statement.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the hostage situation and said it was in contact with Jewish leaders in Colleyville to "provide any assistance possible."

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   A lawsuit that sought to prevent the Nigerian Police and Federation Attorney General AGF from arresting and extraditing DCP Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari who was suspended stalled on Wednesday The lawsuit marked FHC ABJ CS 854 2021 was unable to proceed before Judge Donatus Okorowo due to the absence of counsel for the plaintiff and the defendants The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Incorporated Trustees of the Northern Peace Foundation filed the lawsuit on August 9 2021 pleading with the court to grant a temporary injunction order against the police and AGF pending the hearing and final determination of the substantive claim When the matter was called none of the parties attorneys was in court Judge Okorowo noted that although the case was filed on August 9 2021 none of the defendants had received notice of the available court file According to the judge there is no proof of delivery of the judicial file He also noted that neither the requesting attorney nor the defense attorney were in court Either the applicant has lost interest in the case or the case is dropped he said Okorowo who postponed the matter until February 10 ordered that hearing notices be issued to the parties NAN reports that the matter which was reassigned to Judge Okorowo first came up today Judge Ahmed Mohammed on August 19 2021 refused to grant an ex parte request submitted by the group s lawyer Olukayode Ajulo which sought to prevent the defendants from arresting and extraditing Kyari Ajulo had urged Judge Mohammed to grant the temporary injunction order against the two defendants pending the hearing and the final determination of the substantive claim The ex parte request was fulfilled with a 21 paragraph emergency affidavit But after listening carefully to the lawyer Mohammed refused to grant the request to stop Kyari s arrest and extradition by ex parte means Rather the judge ordered the attorney to convert the ex parte motion into a motion by notice and notify the police and AGF The judge also ordered the plaintiff to notify the two defendants of all court proceedings regarding the case NAN reports that DCP Abba Kyari was allegedly indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in an alleged multi million naira advance fee fraud said to have been perpetrated by a Nigerian national Ramon Olorunwa Abbass popularly known as Hussipuppi YAYA
    Suit seeking to stop Abba Kyari’s arrest, extradition stalled
      A lawsuit that sought to prevent the Nigerian Police and Federation Attorney General AGF from arresting and extraditing DCP Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari who was suspended stalled on Wednesday The lawsuit marked FHC ABJ CS 854 2021 was unable to proceed before Judge Donatus Okorowo due to the absence of counsel for the plaintiff and the defendants The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Incorporated Trustees of the Northern Peace Foundation filed the lawsuit on August 9 2021 pleading with the court to grant a temporary injunction order against the police and AGF pending the hearing and final determination of the substantive claim When the matter was called none of the parties attorneys was in court Judge Okorowo noted that although the case was filed on August 9 2021 none of the defendants had received notice of the available court file According to the judge there is no proof of delivery of the judicial file He also noted that neither the requesting attorney nor the defense attorney were in court Either the applicant has lost interest in the case or the case is dropped he said Okorowo who postponed the matter until February 10 ordered that hearing notices be issued to the parties NAN reports that the matter which was reassigned to Judge Okorowo first came up today Judge Ahmed Mohammed on August 19 2021 refused to grant an ex parte request submitted by the group s lawyer Olukayode Ajulo which sought to prevent the defendants from arresting and extraditing Kyari Ajulo had urged Judge Mohammed to grant the temporary injunction order against the two defendants pending the hearing and the final determination of the substantive claim The ex parte request was fulfilled with a 21 paragraph emergency affidavit But after listening carefully to the lawyer Mohammed refused to grant the request to stop Kyari s arrest and extradition by ex parte means Rather the judge ordered the attorney to convert the ex parte motion into a motion by notice and notify the police and AGF The judge also ordered the plaintiff to notify the two defendants of all court proceedings regarding the case NAN reports that DCP Abba Kyari was allegedly indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in an alleged multi million naira advance fee fraud said to have been perpetrated by a Nigerian national Ramon Olorunwa Abbass popularly known as Hussipuppi YAYA
    Suit seeking to stop Abba Kyari’s arrest, extradition stalled
    Headlines11 months ago

    Suit seeking to stop Abba Kyari’s arrest, extradition stalled

    A lawsuit that sought to prevent the Nigerian Police and Federation Attorney General AGF from arresting and extraditing DCP Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari, who was suspended, stalled on Wednesday.

    The lawsuit, marked FHC / ABJ / CS / 854/2021, was unable to proceed before Judge Donatus Okorowo due to the absence of counsel for the plaintiff and the defendants.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Incorporated Trustees of the Northern Peace Foundation filed the lawsuit on August 9, 2021, pleading with the court to grant a temporary injunction order against the police and AGF pending the hearing and final determination. of the substantive claim.

    When the matter was called, none of the parties' attorneys was in court.

    Judge Okorowo noted that although the case was filed on August 9, 2021, none of the defendants had received notice of the available court file.

    According to the judge, there is no proof of delivery of the judicial file.

    He also noted that neither the requesting attorney nor the defense attorney were in court.

    "Either the applicant has lost interest in the case or the case is dropped," he said.

    Okorowo, who postponed the matter until February 10, ordered that hearing notices be issued to the parties.

    NAN reports that the matter, which was reassigned to Judge Okorowo, first came up today.

    Judge Ahmed Mohammed, on August 19, 2021, refused to grant an ex parte request submitted by the group's lawyer, Olukayode Ajulo, which sought to prevent the defendants from arresting and extraditing Kyari.

    Ajulo had urged Judge Mohammed to grant the temporary injunction order against the two defendants pending the hearing and the final determination of the substantive claim.

    The ex-parte request was fulfilled with a 21-paragraph emergency affidavit.

    But after listening carefully to the lawyer. Mohammed refused to grant the request to stop Kyari's arrest and extradition by ex parte means.

    Rather, the judge ordered the attorney to convert the ex-parte motion into a motion by notice and notify the police and AGF.

    The judge also ordered the plaintiff to notify the two defendants of all court proceedings regarding the case.

    NAN reports that DCP Abba Kyari was allegedly indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, in an alleged multi-million naira advance fee fraud said to have been perpetrated by a Nigerian national, Ramon Olorunwa Abbass, popularly known as Hussipuppi.

    YAYA

  •   Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba has ordered investigations into alleged professional misconduct abuse of power and extortion of 22 million in Bitcoin from some citizens in Lagos State The accusations were directed against a deputy superintendent of police Nwawe Cordelia and others who worked at the Force Criminal Investigations Department FCID Alagbon Lagos This follows the creation of a Special Investigation Panel by Mr Alkali Baba to conduct a discreet and transparent investigation into the allegation A statement from Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said This development has become imperative following the report circulating in the media alleging the officers involvement in the extortion of twenty two million Naira in Bitcoin from two young Nigerians Morakinyo Tobiloba Peter and Yusuf Samson Dayo at gunpoint on July 14 2021 while driving on the Ikoyi Ajah highway Lagos state Accordingly DSP Cordelia and the rest of the police personnel allegedly accused in the report were ordered to appear before the Special Investigation Panel Force Headquarters Abuja on Tuesday December 21 2021 to respond to the accusations in her against The Special Investigation Panel is headed by DCP Olaolu Adegbite from the Force Intelligence Office FIB DCP Adegbite has a Master s Degree in Philology Russian Language from the Pushkin Institute Moscow Russia and is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy Quantico Virginia USA DCP Adegbite a member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria MFR was a pioneering investigator for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC where he became Director of Operations 2012 2015 An experienced and detailed investigator he is expected to bring his vast knowledge in investigating corruption related cases to solve this case The Force advises any member of the public who has had similar experiences of bullying or extortion by the officers in question their team or any other FCID Alagbon officer to submit detailed information to allow the panel to achieve a holistic investigation In the meantime it is vital to note that the alleged actions of the police officers in question do not represent the standards and practices of the Nigerian Police Force and as such any officer found absent will be visited with all the wrath of the police law Members of the public are urged to remain calm as the Force will provide timely updates and release the outcome of the investigation
    IGP orders probe into alleged extortion of N22m Bitcoin by police officers in Lagos
      Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba has ordered investigations into alleged professional misconduct abuse of power and extortion of 22 million in Bitcoin from some citizens in Lagos State The accusations were directed against a deputy superintendent of police Nwawe Cordelia and others who worked at the Force Criminal Investigations Department FCID Alagbon Lagos This follows the creation of a Special Investigation Panel by Mr Alkali Baba to conduct a discreet and transparent investigation into the allegation A statement from Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said This development has become imperative following the report circulating in the media alleging the officers involvement in the extortion of twenty two million Naira in Bitcoin from two young Nigerians Morakinyo Tobiloba Peter and Yusuf Samson Dayo at gunpoint on July 14 2021 while driving on the Ikoyi Ajah highway Lagos state Accordingly DSP Cordelia and the rest of the police personnel allegedly accused in the report were ordered to appear before the Special Investigation Panel Force Headquarters Abuja on Tuesday December 21 2021 to respond to the accusations in her against The Special Investigation Panel is headed by DCP Olaolu Adegbite from the Force Intelligence Office FIB DCP Adegbite has a Master s Degree in Philology Russian Language from the Pushkin Institute Moscow Russia and is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy Quantico Virginia USA DCP Adegbite a member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria MFR was a pioneering investigator for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC where he became Director of Operations 2012 2015 An experienced and detailed investigator he is expected to bring his vast knowledge in investigating corruption related cases to solve this case The Force advises any member of the public who has had similar experiences of bullying or extortion by the officers in question their team or any other FCID Alagbon officer to submit detailed information to allow the panel to achieve a holistic investigation In the meantime it is vital to note that the alleged actions of the police officers in question do not represent the standards and practices of the Nigerian Police Force and as such any officer found absent will be visited with all the wrath of the police law Members of the public are urged to remain calm as the Force will provide timely updates and release the outcome of the investigation
    IGP orders probe into alleged extortion of N22m Bitcoin by police officers in Lagos
    Headlines12 months ago

    IGP orders probe into alleged extortion of N22m Bitcoin by police officers in Lagos

    Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali-Baba has ordered investigations into alleged professional misconduct, abuse of power and extortion of # 22 million in Bitcoin from some citizens in Lagos State.

    The accusations were directed against a deputy superintendent of police, Nwawe Cordelia and others, who worked at the Force Criminal Investigations Department, FCID, Alagbon, Lagos.

    This follows the creation of a Special Investigation Panel by Mr. Alkali-Baba to conduct a discreet and transparent investigation into the allegation.

    A statement from Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said: “This development has become imperative following the report circulating in the media alleging the officers' involvement in the extortion of twenty-two million Naira in Bitcoin from two young Nigerians, Morakinyo Tobiloba Peter and Yusuf Samson Dayo at gunpoint on July 14, 2021, while driving on the Ikoyi / Ajah highway, Lagos state ”.

    Accordingly, DSP Cordelia and the rest of the police personnel allegedly accused in the report were ordered to appear before the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 to respond to the accusations in her against.

    “The Special Investigation Panel is headed by DCP Olaolu Adegbite, from the Force Intelligence Office (FIB).

    “DCP Adegbite has a Master's Degree in Philology (Russian Language) from the Pushkin Institute, Moscow, Russia, and is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia, USA.

    “DCP Adegbite, a member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR), was a pioneering investigator for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where he became Director of Operations (2012-2015).

    “An experienced and detailed investigator, he is expected to bring his vast knowledge in investigating corruption-related cases to solve this case.

    “The Force advises any member of the public who has had similar experiences of bullying or extortion by the officers in question, their team, or any other FCID Alagbon officer to submit detailed information to allow the panel to achieve a holistic investigation. .

    “In the meantime, it is vital to note that the alleged actions of the police officers in question do not represent the standards and practices of the Nigerian Police Force and, as such, any officer found absent will be visited with all the wrath of the police. law.

    "Members of the public are urged to remain calm as the Force will provide timely updates and release the outcome of the investigation."

  •  A vehicle passed through barricades and entered a Christmas parade killing five people and injuring at least 40 others in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday police said The red van broke through barricades at the annual holiday event with videos showing the car passing onlookers directly in the heart of the parade and witnesses saying it sped toward a school marching band We can confirm that 5 people died and 40 were injured However these numbers may change as we collect additional information the Waukesha Police Department said in a statement on their official Facebook page adding that they have a person of interest in custody Sandra Peterson a spokeswoman for the Milwaukee Catholic Church said in a statement that among the injured is one of our Catholic priests as well as several parishioners and children from Waukesha Catholic schools One witness Angela O Boyle whose apartment overlooked the parade in the Milwaukee suburb told CNN All I heard was screaming and then people yelling the names of their children Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson had previously told reporters that officers had recovered the vehicle involved in the attack There were no other threats officials said at the press conference A total of 11 adults and 12 children were taken to six area hospitals Fire Chief Steven Howard told reporters During the incident an officer fired at the truck in an attempt to stop it authorities added Schools will not open Monday and roads will remain closed Thompson said while the investigation continues Deafening screams President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation and the White House was closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha an administration official said Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this terrible incident they said We have reached out to state and local officials to offer the necessary support and assistance While local law enforcement was the first to respond the FBI said it was providing assistance as well Angelito Tenorio candidate for treasurer for the state of Wisconsin was at the parade and told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he saw a truck cross he just stepped on the gas and sped along the parade route And then we hear a loud crash and just deafening screams and screams from people being run over by the vehicle he said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he and his wife were praying for Waukesha tonight and for all the children families and community members affected by this senseless act Several lawmakers expressed their condolences including the two state senators and Democrat Tammy Baldwin wrote on Twitter that she found the violence horrible just heartbreaking His Republican counterpart Ron Johnson offered his prayers for all those injured and thanks for all law enforcement medical personnel and community members who are responding Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he and his wife were praying for Waukesha tonight and for all the children families and community members affected by this senseless act The incident comes after a tumultuous week in the state of Wisconsin following the conclusion of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse an American teenager acquitted after fatally shooting two men during the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality last year in Kenosha located just 50 miles 80 kilometers away kilometers from Waukesha The case and the verdict have underscored racial tensions across the United States Source Credit TheGuardian
    Vehicle strikes Christmas parade in US, killing five and wounding 40
     A vehicle passed through barricades and entered a Christmas parade killing five people and injuring at least 40 others in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday police said The red van broke through barricades at the annual holiday event with videos showing the car passing onlookers directly in the heart of the parade and witnesses saying it sped toward a school marching band We can confirm that 5 people died and 40 were injured However these numbers may change as we collect additional information the Waukesha Police Department said in a statement on their official Facebook page adding that they have a person of interest in custody Sandra Peterson a spokeswoman for the Milwaukee Catholic Church said in a statement that among the injured is one of our Catholic priests as well as several parishioners and children from Waukesha Catholic schools One witness Angela O Boyle whose apartment overlooked the parade in the Milwaukee suburb told CNN All I heard was screaming and then people yelling the names of their children Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson had previously told reporters that officers had recovered the vehicle involved in the attack There were no other threats officials said at the press conference A total of 11 adults and 12 children were taken to six area hospitals Fire Chief Steven Howard told reporters During the incident an officer fired at the truck in an attempt to stop it authorities added Schools will not open Monday and roads will remain closed Thompson said while the investigation continues Deafening screams President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation and the White House was closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha an administration official said Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this terrible incident they said We have reached out to state and local officials to offer the necessary support and assistance While local law enforcement was the first to respond the FBI said it was providing assistance as well Angelito Tenorio candidate for treasurer for the state of Wisconsin was at the parade and told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he saw a truck cross he just stepped on the gas and sped along the parade route And then we hear a loud crash and just deafening screams and screams from people being run over by the vehicle he said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he and his wife were praying for Waukesha tonight and for all the children families and community members affected by this senseless act Several lawmakers expressed their condolences including the two state senators and Democrat Tammy Baldwin wrote on Twitter that she found the violence horrible just heartbreaking His Republican counterpart Ron Johnson offered his prayers for all those injured and thanks for all law enforcement medical personnel and community members who are responding Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he and his wife were praying for Waukesha tonight and for all the children families and community members affected by this senseless act The incident comes after a tumultuous week in the state of Wisconsin following the conclusion of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse an American teenager acquitted after fatally shooting two men during the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality last year in Kenosha located just 50 miles 80 kilometers away kilometers from Waukesha The case and the verdict have underscored racial tensions across the United States Source Credit TheGuardian
    Vehicle strikes Christmas parade in US, killing five and wounding 40
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    Vehicle strikes Christmas parade in US, killing five and wounding 40

    A vehicle passed through barricades and entered a Christmas parade, killing five people and injuring at least 40 others in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday, police said.

    The red van broke through barricades at the annual holiday event, with videos showing the car passing onlookers directly in the heart of the parade, and witnesses saying it sped toward a school marching band.

    “We can confirm that 5 people died and 40 were injured. However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information, "the Waukesha Police Department said in a statement on their official Facebook page, adding that they have a" person of interest in custody. "

    Sandra Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Milwaukee Catholic Church, said in a statement that "among the injured is one of our Catholic priests, as well as several parishioners and children from Waukesha Catholic schools."

    One witness, Angela O'Boyle, whose apartment overlooked the parade in the Milwaukee suburb, told CNN: "All I heard was screaming and then people yelling the names of their children."

    Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson had previously told reporters that officers had recovered the vehicle involved in the attack.

    There were no other threats, officials said at the press conference.

    A total of 11 adults and 12 children were taken to six area hospitals, Fire Chief Steven Howard told reporters.

    During the incident, an officer fired at the truck in an attempt to stop it, authorities added.

    Schools will not open Monday and roads will remain closed, Thompson said, while the investigation continues.

    'Deafening screams'
    President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation and the White House was closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha, an administration official said.

    "Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this terrible incident," they said. "We have reached out to state and local officials to offer the necessary support and assistance."

    While local law enforcement was the first to respond, the FBI said it was providing assistance as well.

    Angelito Tenorio, candidate for treasurer for the state of Wisconsin, was at the parade and told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that "he saw a truck cross, he just stepped on the gas and sped along the parade route."

    "And then we hear a loud crash, and just deafening screams and screams from people being run over by the vehicle," he said.

    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he and his wife were "praying for Waukesha tonight and for all the children, families and community members affected by this senseless act."

    Several lawmakers expressed their condolences, including the two state senators, and Democrat Tammy Baldwin wrote on Twitter that she found "the violence horrible ... just heartbreaking."

    His Republican counterpart, Ron Johnson, offered his "prayers for all those injured" and "thanks for all law enforcement, medical personnel and community members who are responding."

    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he and his wife were "praying for Waukesha tonight and for all the children, families and community members affected by this senseless act."

    The incident comes after a tumultuous week in the state of Wisconsin following the conclusion of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, an American teenager acquitted after fatally shooting two men during the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality last year in Kenosha, located just 50 miles (80 kilometers) away. kilometers) from Waukesha.

    The case and the verdict have underscored racial tensions across the United States.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •  Two men found guilty of the 1965 assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X are to have their convictions thrown out one of them posthumously in an admission by US authorities of a historic miscarriage of justice Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance will hold a press conference on Thursday to announce the exoneration of Muhammad A Aziz and Khalil Islam his office said Wednesday Aziz 83 was sentenced to life in prison in 1966 but was released in 1985 Also sentenced to life Islam was released in 1987 and died in 2009 These men did not get the justice that they deserved Vance said in an interview with The New York Times What we can do is acknowledge the error the severity of the error The newspaper said that a 22 month investigation conducted jointly by the Manhattan district attorney s office and lawyers for the two men found that prosecutors the FBI and the New York Police Department withheld evidence that would likely have led to the acquittal of the two men A third man Mujahid Abdul Halim 80 confessed to Malcolm X s murder and was released from prison in 2010 Halim claimed during their 1966 trial that Aziz and Islam were innocent All three were members of the Black nationalist group Nation of Islam which Malcolm X had recently renounced Malcolm X was shot dead by three gunmen on February 21 1965 as he prepared to deliver a speech in a Manhattan ballroom Halim was taken into custody at the scene with a bullet wound to the leg Aziz and Islam were arrested several days later Both denied involvement in the assassination and provided alibis for where they were at the time of the shooting Aziz said in a statement Wednesday that the events that brought us here should never have occurred those events were and are the result of a process that was corrupt to its core one that is all too familiar even in 2021 While I do not need a court prosecutors or a piece of paper to tell me I am innocent I am glad that my family my friends and the attorneys who have worked and supported me all these years are finally seeing the truth we have all known officially recognized he added Innocence Project According to the Manhattan district attorney s office Thursday s press conference will also be attended by civil rights attorney David Shanies and Barry Scheck co director of the Innocence Project Shanies and the Innocence Project a nonprofit which has secured the exoneration of hundreds of wrongfully convicted prisoners in the United States collaborated with Vance s office in re investigating the case The review of the case followed the release of a Netflix docuseries Who Killed Malcolm X The Times said the re investigation did not identify who prosecutors now believe really killed Malcolm X and those who were previously implicated but never arrested are dead Nor did it uncover the police or government conspiracy to murder him the newspaper said It also left unanswered questions about how and why the police and the federal government failed to prevent the assassination Considered one of the most influential African Americans of the 20th century along with Martin Luther King Jr Malcolm X was an outspoken advocate of Black rights Born Malcolm Little in 1925 he fell into petty crime as a young man and became a devout follower of Islam while in prison Upon his release he changed his surname to X as a symbol of the original name of his family lost under slavery He rose to prominence as a minister and spokesman for the Nation of Islam advocating Black self dependence and esteem He also did not shy away from the use of violence for self protection Disillusioned with the Nation of Islam Malcolm X broke away from the group in 1964 and formed the short lived Organization of Afro American Unity to continue the promotion of Black rights Source Credit TheGuardian
    Two men found guilty of Malcolm X murder to be exonerated
     Two men found guilty of the 1965 assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X are to have their convictions thrown out one of them posthumously in an admission by US authorities of a historic miscarriage of justice Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance will hold a press conference on Thursday to announce the exoneration of Muhammad A Aziz and Khalil Islam his office said Wednesday Aziz 83 was sentenced to life in prison in 1966 but was released in 1985 Also sentenced to life Islam was released in 1987 and died in 2009 These men did not get the justice that they deserved Vance said in an interview with The New York Times What we can do is acknowledge the error the severity of the error The newspaper said that a 22 month investigation conducted jointly by the Manhattan district attorney s office and lawyers for the two men found that prosecutors the FBI and the New York Police Department withheld evidence that would likely have led to the acquittal of the two men A third man Mujahid Abdul Halim 80 confessed to Malcolm X s murder and was released from prison in 2010 Halim claimed during their 1966 trial that Aziz and Islam were innocent All three were members of the Black nationalist group Nation of Islam which Malcolm X had recently renounced Malcolm X was shot dead by three gunmen on February 21 1965 as he prepared to deliver a speech in a Manhattan ballroom Halim was taken into custody at the scene with a bullet wound to the leg Aziz and Islam were arrested several days later Both denied involvement in the assassination and provided alibis for where they were at the time of the shooting Aziz said in a statement Wednesday that the events that brought us here should never have occurred those events were and are the result of a process that was corrupt to its core one that is all too familiar even in 2021 While I do not need a court prosecutors or a piece of paper to tell me I am innocent I am glad that my family my friends and the attorneys who have worked and supported me all these years are finally seeing the truth we have all known officially recognized he added Innocence Project According to the Manhattan district attorney s office Thursday s press conference will also be attended by civil rights attorney David Shanies and Barry Scheck co director of the Innocence Project Shanies and the Innocence Project a nonprofit which has secured the exoneration of hundreds of wrongfully convicted prisoners in the United States collaborated with Vance s office in re investigating the case The review of the case followed the release of a Netflix docuseries Who Killed Malcolm X The Times said the re investigation did not identify who prosecutors now believe really killed Malcolm X and those who were previously implicated but never arrested are dead Nor did it uncover the police or government conspiracy to murder him the newspaper said It also left unanswered questions about how and why the police and the federal government failed to prevent the assassination Considered one of the most influential African Americans of the 20th century along with Martin Luther King Jr Malcolm X was an outspoken advocate of Black rights Born Malcolm Little in 1925 he fell into petty crime as a young man and became a devout follower of Islam while in prison Upon his release he changed his surname to X as a symbol of the original name of his family lost under slavery He rose to prominence as a minister and spokesman for the Nation of Islam advocating Black self dependence and esteem He also did not shy away from the use of violence for self protection Disillusioned with the Nation of Islam Malcolm X broke away from the group in 1964 and formed the short lived Organization of Afro American Unity to continue the promotion of Black rights Source Credit TheGuardian
    Two men found guilty of Malcolm X murder to be exonerated
    Foreign1 year ago

    Two men found guilty of Malcolm X murder to be exonerated

    Two men found guilty of the 1965 assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X are to have their convictions thrown out, one of them posthumously, in an admission by US authorities of a historic miscarriage of justice.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance will hold a press conference on Thursday to announce the exoneration of Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, his office said Wednesday.

    Aziz, 83, was sentenced to life in prison in 1966 but was released in 1985. Also sentenced to life, Islam was released in 1987 and died in 2009.

    “These men did not get the justice that they deserved,” Vance said in an interview with The New York Times. “What we can do is acknowledge the error, the severity of the error.”

    The newspaper said that a 22-month investigation conducted jointly by the Manhattan district attorney’s office and lawyers for the two men found that prosecutors, the FBI and the New York Police Department withheld evidence that would likely have led to the acquittal of the two men.

    A third man, Mujahid Abdul Halim, 80, confessed to Malcolm X’s murder and was released from prison in 2010. Halim claimed during their 1966 trial that Aziz and Islam were innocent.

    All three were members of the Black nationalist group Nation of Islam, which Malcolm X had recently renounced.

    Malcolm X was shot dead by three gunmen on February 21, 1965, as he prepared to deliver a speech in a Manhattan ballroom.

    Halim was taken into custody at the scene with a bullet wound to the leg.

    Aziz and Islam were arrested several days later. Both denied involvement in the assassination and provided alibis for where they were at the time of the shooting.

    Aziz said in a statement Wednesday that “the events that brought us here should never have occurred; those events were and are the result of a process that was corrupt to its core — one that is all too familiar — even in 2021.”

    “While I do not need a court, prosecutors, or a piece of paper to tell me I am innocent, I am glad that my family, my friends, and the attorneys who have worked and supported me all these years are finally seeing the truth we have all known, officially recognized,” he added.

    – Innocence Project –
    According to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Thursday’s press conference will also be attended by civil rights attorney David Shanies and Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.

    Shanies and the Innocence Project, a nonprofit which has secured the exoneration of hundreds of wrongfully convicted prisoners in the United States, collaborated with Vance’s office in re-investigating the case.

    The review of the case followed the release of a Netflix docuseries “Who Killed Malcolm X?”

    The Times said the re-investigation did not identify “who prosecutors now believe really killed Malcolm X, and those who were previously implicated but never arrested are dead.”

    “Nor did it uncover the police or government conspiracy to murder him,” the newspaper said. “It also left unanswered questions about how and why the police and the federal government failed to prevent the assassination.”

    Considered one of the most influential African Americans of the 20th century along with Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X was an outspoken advocate of Black rights.

    Born Malcolm Little in 1925, he fell into petty crime as a young man and became a devout follower of Islam while in prison.

    Upon his release, he changed his surname to “X” as a symbol of the original name of his family lost under slavery.

    He rose to prominence as a minister and spokesman for the Nation of Islam, advocating Black self-dependence and esteem. He also did not shy away from the use of violence for self-protection.

    Disillusioned with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X broke away from the group in 1964 and formed the short-lived Organization of Afro-American Unity to continue the promotion of Black rights.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   Provocative Steve Bannon longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump went to the FBI on Monday to face contempt of Congress charges after refusing to testify about the Jan 6 assault on Capitol Hill It s just noise he said of his indictment as he arrived at the FBI s field office in Washington I want you to stay focused on the message he said promoting his War Room website We are removing the Biden regime A federal grand jury indicted Bannon 67 on Friday for refusing to testify or provide documents to the special House committee investigating the violent attack on the United States Congress by Trump supporters on the day he was due to certify Joe Biden as the winner in the November 2020 presidential election Investigators believe Bannon and other Trump aides and advisers may have information about the White House s connections to the supporters who invaded Capitol Hill Mr Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt each carrying a sentence of one month to one year in prison The indictment was a significant victory for the House Select Committee which fights Trump s efforts to use presidential privilege to prevent the committee from obtaining testimony and documents needed for the investigation Steve Bannon s indictment should send a clear message to anyone who thinks they can ignore the select committee or try to block our investigation no one is above the law said committee chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney in a statement Mr Bannon is expected to appear in court later Monday on arraignment and will likely be released on bail He was among the first of dozens who were called to testify on the violent attack to shut down Congress following Trump s baseless claims that Biden won the election due to massive voter fraud The attack in which five people died succeeded in delaying the joint certification session for the House Senate elections by several hours AFP
    Capitol riot: Trump advisor, Bannon, turns himself into FBI
      Provocative Steve Bannon longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump went to the FBI on Monday to face contempt of Congress charges after refusing to testify about the Jan 6 assault on Capitol Hill It s just noise he said of his indictment as he arrived at the FBI s field office in Washington I want you to stay focused on the message he said promoting his War Room website We are removing the Biden regime A federal grand jury indicted Bannon 67 on Friday for refusing to testify or provide documents to the special House committee investigating the violent attack on the United States Congress by Trump supporters on the day he was due to certify Joe Biden as the winner in the November 2020 presidential election Investigators believe Bannon and other Trump aides and advisers may have information about the White House s connections to the supporters who invaded Capitol Hill Mr Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt each carrying a sentence of one month to one year in prison The indictment was a significant victory for the House Select Committee which fights Trump s efforts to use presidential privilege to prevent the committee from obtaining testimony and documents needed for the investigation Steve Bannon s indictment should send a clear message to anyone who thinks they can ignore the select committee or try to block our investigation no one is above the law said committee chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney in a statement Mr Bannon is expected to appear in court later Monday on arraignment and will likely be released on bail He was among the first of dozens who were called to testify on the violent attack to shut down Congress following Trump s baseless claims that Biden won the election due to massive voter fraud The attack in which five people died succeeded in delaying the joint certification session for the House Senate elections by several hours AFP
    Capitol riot: Trump advisor, Bannon, turns himself into FBI
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    Capitol riot: Trump advisor, Bannon, turns himself into FBI

    Provocative Steve Bannon, longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump, went to the FBI on Monday to face contempt of Congress charges after refusing to testify about the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill.

    "It's just noise," he said of his indictment as he arrived at the FBI's field office in Washington.

    “I want you to stay focused on the message,” he said, promoting his “War Room” website. "We are removing the Biden regime."

    A federal grand jury indicted Bannon, 67, on Friday for refusing to testify or provide documents to the special House committee investigating the violent attack on the United States Congress by Trump supporters on the day he was due to certify Joe Biden as the winner in the November 2020 presidential election.

    Investigators believe Bannon and other Trump aides and advisers may have information about the White House's connections to the supporters who invaded Capitol Hill.

    Mr Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt, each carrying a sentence of one month to one year in prison.

    The indictment was a significant victory for the House Select Committee, which fights Trump's efforts to use presidential privilege to prevent the committee from obtaining testimony and documents needed for the investigation.

    "Steve Bannon's indictment should send a clear message to anyone who thinks they can ignore the select committee or try to block our investigation: no one is above the law," said committee chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney in a statement.

    Mr Bannon is expected to appear in court later Monday on arraignment and will likely be released on bail.

    He was among the first of dozens who were called to testify on the violent attack to shut down Congress following Trump's baseless claims that Biden won the election due to massive voter fraud.

    The attack, in which five people died, succeeded in delaying the joint certification session for the House-Senate elections by several hours.

    AFP

  •   On June 12 2020 Saab was detained in the Republic of Cape Verde an archipelago west of mainland Africa at the request of the United States WASHINGTON DC United States of America October 18 2021 APO Group Alex Nain Saab Moran Saab 49 Colombian citizen will appear for the first time in federal court in Miami Florida today after being extradited from the Republic of Cabo Verde Saab is charged in an indictment with laundering the proceeds of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act FCPA in a scheme to pay bribes to profit from the rate exchange controlled by the Venezuelan government He is scheduled to appear for the first time today at 1 00 p m before U S trial judge John J O Sullivan of the U S District Court for the Southern District of Florida Specifically on July 25 2019 Saab was indicted along with Alvaro Pulido Vargas aka German Enrique Rubio Salas 55 also a Colombian citizen in an indictment of eight counts with one count of conspiracy in sight of committing money laundering and seven counts bleaching The indictment alleges that from or around November 2011 and until at least September 2015 Saab and Pulido conspired with others to launder the proceeds of an illegal bribery scheme from bank accounts located in Venezuela to and through bank accounts located in the United States According to the indictment Saab and Pulido were awarded a contract with the Venezuelan government in November 2011 for the construction of social housing The defendants and their accomplices then took advantage of the Venezuelan government controlled exchange rate under which US dollars could be obtained at a favorable rate by submitting false and fraudulent import documents for goods and materials that were not were never imported into Venezuela and bribing Venezuelan government officials to approve these documents The indictment alleges that the illegal activity was a bribery scheme that violated the FCPA and involved bribery offenses against Venezuela He also alleges that meetings for the bribe payments were held in Miami and that Saab and Pulido transferred money related to the scheme to bank accounts in the Southern District of Florida As a result of this scheme Saab and Pulido transferred approximately 350 million from Venezuela via the United States to overseas accounts they owned or controlled On June 12 2020 Saab was arrested in the Republic of Cape Verde an archipelago west of mainland Africa at the request of the United States The United States then submitted a formal extradition request which Saab objected to On March 16 the Supreme Court of Cape Verde approved Saab s extradition After a new dispute over Saab s detention and extradition between Saab s lawyers and the Cape Verde Attorney General s office on August 30 the Cape Verde Constitutional Court dismissed his appeal and on October 13 he denied Saab s latest review request and certified the completion of the proceedings regarding Saab s extradition to the United States Cape Verde s justice minister then ordered his surrender in accordance with court orders resulting in Saab s arrival in the United States on October 16 Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A Polite Jr of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice Acting United States Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida and Acting Special Agent in Charge La Verne J Hibbert of the US Drug Enforcement Administration DEA in Miami Field Office made the announcement Deputy Attorney General Polite and Acting U S Attorney Gonzalez congratulated and thanked the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde for its assistance in the extradition of Saab to the United States The Department of Justice s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in securing the arrest and extradition of Saab as did INTERPOL Washington This matter was investigated by the DEA Miami with assistance from the FBI Miami Field Office and the Country Homeland Security Investigation Field Office The FBI s international operations division transported Saab from Cape Verde to the United States Attorney General Alexander Kramer of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division and Assistant U S Attorney Kurt K Lunkenheimer of the Southern District of Florida are continuing the case An indictment is only an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court
    Colombian businessman accused of money laundering extradited to US from Cape Verde
      On June 12 2020 Saab was detained in the Republic of Cape Verde an archipelago west of mainland Africa at the request of the United States WASHINGTON DC United States of America October 18 2021 APO Group Alex Nain Saab Moran Saab 49 Colombian citizen will appear for the first time in federal court in Miami Florida today after being extradited from the Republic of Cabo Verde Saab is charged in an indictment with laundering the proceeds of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act FCPA in a scheme to pay bribes to profit from the rate exchange controlled by the Venezuelan government He is scheduled to appear for the first time today at 1 00 p m before U S trial judge John J O Sullivan of the U S District Court for the Southern District of Florida Specifically on July 25 2019 Saab was indicted along with Alvaro Pulido Vargas aka German Enrique Rubio Salas 55 also a Colombian citizen in an indictment of eight counts with one count of conspiracy in sight of committing money laundering and seven counts bleaching The indictment alleges that from or around November 2011 and until at least September 2015 Saab and Pulido conspired with others to launder the proceeds of an illegal bribery scheme from bank accounts located in Venezuela to and through bank accounts located in the United States According to the indictment Saab and Pulido were awarded a contract with the Venezuelan government in November 2011 for the construction of social housing The defendants and their accomplices then took advantage of the Venezuelan government controlled exchange rate under which US dollars could be obtained at a favorable rate by submitting false and fraudulent import documents for goods and materials that were not were never imported into Venezuela and bribing Venezuelan government officials to approve these documents The indictment alleges that the illegal activity was a bribery scheme that violated the FCPA and involved bribery offenses against Venezuela He also alleges that meetings for the bribe payments were held in Miami and that Saab and Pulido transferred money related to the scheme to bank accounts in the Southern District of Florida As a result of this scheme Saab and Pulido transferred approximately 350 million from Venezuela via the United States to overseas accounts they owned or controlled On June 12 2020 Saab was arrested in the Republic of Cape Verde an archipelago west of mainland Africa at the request of the United States The United States then submitted a formal extradition request which Saab objected to On March 16 the Supreme Court of Cape Verde approved Saab s extradition After a new dispute over Saab s detention and extradition between Saab s lawyers and the Cape Verde Attorney General s office on August 30 the Cape Verde Constitutional Court dismissed his appeal and on October 13 he denied Saab s latest review request and certified the completion of the proceedings regarding Saab s extradition to the United States Cape Verde s justice minister then ordered his surrender in accordance with court orders resulting in Saab s arrival in the United States on October 16 Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A Polite Jr of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice Acting United States Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida and Acting Special Agent in Charge La Verne J Hibbert of the US Drug Enforcement Administration DEA in Miami Field Office made the announcement Deputy Attorney General Polite and Acting U S Attorney Gonzalez congratulated and thanked the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde for its assistance in the extradition of Saab to the United States The Department of Justice s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in securing the arrest and extradition of Saab as did INTERPOL Washington This matter was investigated by the DEA Miami with assistance from the FBI Miami Field Office and the Country Homeland Security Investigation Field Office The FBI s international operations division transported Saab from Cape Verde to the United States Attorney General Alexander Kramer of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division and Assistant U S Attorney Kurt K Lunkenheimer of the Southern District of Florida are continuing the case An indictment is only an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court
    Colombian businessman accused of money laundering extradited to US from Cape Verde
    Africa1 year ago

    Colombian businessman accused of money laundering extradited to US from Cape Verde

    On June 12, 2020, Saab was detained in the Republic of Cape Verde, an archipelago west of mainland Africa, at the request of the United States.

    WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, October 18, 2021 / APO Group / -

    Alex Nain Saab Moran (Saab), 49, Colombian citizen, will appear for the first time in federal court in Miami, Florida today after being extradited from the Republic of Cabo Verde. Saab is charged in an indictment with laundering the proceeds of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in a scheme to pay bribes to profit from the rate exchange controlled by the Venezuelan government. He is scheduled to appear for the first time today at 1:00 p.m. before U.S. trial judge John J. O'Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Specifically, on July 25, 2019, Saab was indicted along with Alvaro Pulido Vargas, aka German Enrique Rubio Salas, 55, also a Colombian citizen, in an indictment of eight counts with one count of conspiracy in sight of committing money laundering and seven counts. bleaching. The indictment alleges that from or around November 2011 and until at least September 2015, Saab and Pulido conspired with others to launder the proceeds of an illegal bribery scheme from bank accounts located in Venezuela to and through bank accounts located in the United States. According to the indictment, Saab and Pulido were awarded a contract with the Venezuelan government in November 2011 for the construction of social housing. The defendants and their accomplices then took advantage of the Venezuelan government-controlled exchange rate, under which US dollars could be obtained at a favorable rate, by submitting false and fraudulent import documents for goods and materials that were not 'were never imported into Venezuela and bribing Venezuelan government officials to approve these documents. The indictment alleges that the illegal activity was a bribery scheme that violated the FCPA and involved bribery offenses against Venezuela. He also alleges that meetings for the bribe payments were held in Miami and that Saab and Pulido transferred money related to the scheme to bank accounts in the Southern District of Florida. As a result of this scheme, Saab and Pulido transferred approximately $ 350 million from Venezuela, via the United States, to overseas accounts they owned or controlled.

    On June 12, 2020, Saab was arrested in the Republic of Cape Verde, an archipelago west of mainland Africa, at the request of the United States. The United States then submitted a formal extradition request, which Saab objected to. On March 16, the Supreme Court of Cape Verde approved Saab's extradition. After a new dispute over Saab's detention and extradition between Saab's lawyers and the Cape Verde Attorney General's office, on August 30, the Cape Verde Constitutional Court dismissed his appeal; and on October 13, he denied Saab's latest review request and certified the completion of the proceedings regarding Saab's extradition to the United States. Cape Verde's justice minister then ordered his surrender, in accordance with court orders, resulting in Saab's arrival in the United States on October 16.

    Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, Acting United States Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida and Acting Special Agent in Charge La Verne J. Hibbert of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Miami Field Office made the announcement.

    Deputy Attorney General Polite and Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez congratulated and thanked the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde for its assistance in the extradition of Saab to the United States. The Department of Justice's Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in securing the arrest and extradition of Saab, as did INTERPOL Washington.

    This matter was investigated by the DEA Miami with assistance from the FBI Miami Field Office and the Country Homeland Security Investigation Field Office. The FBI's international operations division transported Saab from Cape Verde to the United States.

    Attorney General Alexander Kramer of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt K. Lunkenheimer of the Southern District of Florida are continuing the case.

    An indictment is only an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

  •   Diplomatic Security Service visit scheduled for later this year to support increased collaboration on human trafficking in Lesotho and southern Africa MASERU Lesotho September 25 2021 APO Group The U S Embassy in Maseru hosted a team of Criminal Justice Information Services CJIS law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI to conduct the first phase of a possible multi year project to create the first national criminal justice center in the Kingdom of Lesotho fingerprint database At the request of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service to help address some of the country s most critical national security priorities CJIS officers have scanned and digitized nearly 70 000 fingerprint files some dating back years 1960 to begin the first phase of the database system Future activities will include an assessment of the Lesotho Forensic Laboratory the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation and additional professional training all with the aim of setting up a modernized digital database The increased collaboration between Lesotho law enforcement agencies and their US counterparts in the creation of the fingerprint database is a significant step forward in significantly advancing Lesotho s border security priorities by providing the skills and equipment to better identify threats to Lesotho s national security and help the country solve other violent crimes Last week s FBI visit kicked off a series of skills sharing activities focused on technological and investigative best practices as part of an expanded law enforcement partnership between the United States and the United States Kingdom of Lesotho A visit by the Diplomatic Security Service is scheduled for later this year to support increased collaboration on human trafficking in Lesotho and southern Africa In early 2022 a team from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service will travel to Lesotho to train the government and law enforcement in investigative techniques
    U.S. Embassy Launches Law Enforcement Partnership with Kingdom of Lesotho
      Diplomatic Security Service visit scheduled for later this year to support increased collaboration on human trafficking in Lesotho and southern Africa MASERU Lesotho September 25 2021 APO Group The U S Embassy in Maseru hosted a team of Criminal Justice Information Services CJIS law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI to conduct the first phase of a possible multi year project to create the first national criminal justice center in the Kingdom of Lesotho fingerprint database At the request of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service to help address some of the country s most critical national security priorities CJIS officers have scanned and digitized nearly 70 000 fingerprint files some dating back years 1960 to begin the first phase of the database system Future activities will include an assessment of the Lesotho Forensic Laboratory the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation and additional professional training all with the aim of setting up a modernized digital database The increased collaboration between Lesotho law enforcement agencies and their US counterparts in the creation of the fingerprint database is a significant step forward in significantly advancing Lesotho s border security priorities by providing the skills and equipment to better identify threats to Lesotho s national security and help the country solve other violent crimes Last week s FBI visit kicked off a series of skills sharing activities focused on technological and investigative best practices as part of an expanded law enforcement partnership between the United States and the United States Kingdom of Lesotho A visit by the Diplomatic Security Service is scheduled for later this year to support increased collaboration on human trafficking in Lesotho and southern Africa In early 2022 a team from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service will travel to Lesotho to train the government and law enforcement in investigative techniques
    U.S. Embassy Launches Law Enforcement Partnership with Kingdom of Lesotho
    Africa1 year ago

    U.S. Embassy Launches Law Enforcement Partnership with Kingdom of Lesotho

    Diplomatic Security Service visit scheduled for later this year to support increased collaboration on human trafficking in Lesotho and southern Africa

    MASERU, Lesotho, September 25, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The U.S. Embassy in Maseru hosted a team of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct the first phase of a possible multi-year project to create the first national criminal justice center in the Kingdom of Lesotho. fingerprint database.

    At the request of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service to help address some of the country's most critical national security priorities, CJIS officers have scanned and digitized nearly 70,000 fingerprint files, some dating back years. 1960, to begin the first phase of the database system. Future activities will include an assessment of the Lesotho Forensic Laboratory, the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation and additional professional training, all with the aim of setting up a modernized digital database.

    The increased collaboration between Lesotho law enforcement agencies and their US counterparts in the creation of the fingerprint database is a significant step forward in significantly advancing Lesotho's border security priorities by providing the skills and equipment to better identify threats to Lesotho's national security and help the country solve other violent crimes.

    Last week's FBI visit kicked off a series of skills-sharing activities focused on technological and investigative best practices as part of an expanded law enforcement partnership between the United States and the United States. Kingdom of Lesotho. A visit by the Diplomatic Security Service is scheduled for later this year to support increased collaboration on human trafficking in Lesotho and southern Africa. In early 2022, a team from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service will travel to Lesotho to train the government and law enforcement in investigative techniques.

  •   The FBI on Tuesday confirmed a body found in Wyoming is missing woman Gabrielle Gabby Petito whose recent disappearance gripped the United States with the local coroner saying her death was a homicide The Teton County coroner said the body found Sunday was that of Petito and initial determination for the manner of death is homicide The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results an FBI statement read US authorities launched a massive search for 22 year old Petito when her family filed a missing person report on September 11 after she mysteriously vanished during a road trip with her boyfriend Petito quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for a cross country adventure in July with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie 23 documenting their journey in a stream of idyllic seeming Instagram posts Laundrie was declared a person of interest in the case and declined to cooperate with police The mystery deepened after he also went missing In the statement the Federal Bureau of Investigations asked for help from anyone who may have had contact with Ms Petito or Mr Laundrie or who may have seen their vehicle between August 27 30 The FBI and our partners remain dedicated to ensuring anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms Petito s death is held accountable for their actions said FBI Denver Special Agent In Charge Michael Schneider The statement also urged anyone with information about Laundrie s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact them Domestic violence reportThe couple embarked on their journey across the United States from New York on the East Coast posting photos of magnificent views of the American West and the two of them smiling happily next to their small white van In one YouTube video published during their trip Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly enjoying a sunset together and strolling on a beach However in August police in Utah responded to a domestic violence report involving Petito and Laundrie Police body cam footage published by US media shows a distraught Petito saying she had had an altercation with Laundrie Speaking to a police officer after their van was pulled over Petito is seen crying and saying she struggles with mental health problems Petito said she slapped Laundrie after an argument but added that she meant no harm The police officer decided no charges would be brought but ordered the couple to spend a night apart to calm down
    Missing US woman Gabby Petito confirmed dead in homicide: FBI
      The FBI on Tuesday confirmed a body found in Wyoming is missing woman Gabrielle Gabby Petito whose recent disappearance gripped the United States with the local coroner saying her death was a homicide The Teton County coroner said the body found Sunday was that of Petito and initial determination for the manner of death is homicide The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results an FBI statement read US authorities launched a massive search for 22 year old Petito when her family filed a missing person report on September 11 after she mysteriously vanished during a road trip with her boyfriend Petito quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for a cross country adventure in July with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie 23 documenting their journey in a stream of idyllic seeming Instagram posts Laundrie was declared a person of interest in the case and declined to cooperate with police The mystery deepened after he also went missing In the statement the Federal Bureau of Investigations asked for help from anyone who may have had contact with Ms Petito or Mr Laundrie or who may have seen their vehicle between August 27 30 The FBI and our partners remain dedicated to ensuring anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms Petito s death is held accountable for their actions said FBI Denver Special Agent In Charge Michael Schneider The statement also urged anyone with information about Laundrie s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact them Domestic violence reportThe couple embarked on their journey across the United States from New York on the East Coast posting photos of magnificent views of the American West and the two of them smiling happily next to their small white van In one YouTube video published during their trip Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly enjoying a sunset together and strolling on a beach However in August police in Utah responded to a domestic violence report involving Petito and Laundrie Police body cam footage published by US media shows a distraught Petito saying she had had an altercation with Laundrie Speaking to a police officer after their van was pulled over Petito is seen crying and saying she struggles with mental health problems Petito said she slapped Laundrie after an argument but added that she meant no harm The police officer decided no charges would be brought but ordered the couple to spend a night apart to calm down
    Missing US woman Gabby Petito confirmed dead in homicide: FBI
    Foreign1 year ago

    Missing US woman Gabby Petito confirmed dead in homicide: FBI

    The FBI on Tuesday confirmed a body found in Wyoming is missing woman Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, whose recent disappearance gripped the United States, with the local coroner saying her death was a homicide.

    The Teton County coroner said the body found Sunday was that of Petito, and “initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results,” an FBI statement read.

    US authorities launched a massive search for 22-year-old Petito when her family filed a missing person report on September 11, after she mysteriously vanished during a road trip with her boyfriend.

    Petito quit her job and packed her life into a camper van for a cross-country adventure in July with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, documenting their journey in a stream of idyllic-seeming Instagram posts.

    Laundrie was declared a “person of interest” in the case and declined to cooperate with police. The mystery deepened after he also went missing.

    In the statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigations asked for help from anyone who “may have had contact with Ms. Petito or Mr. Laundrie, or who may have seen their vehicle” between August 27-30.

    “The FBI and our partners remain dedicated to ensuring anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms. Petito’s death is held accountable for their actions,” said FBI Denver Special Agent In Charge Michael Schneider.

    The statement also urged anyone with information about Laundrie’s “role in this matter or his current whereabouts” to contact them.

    Domestic violence report
    The couple embarked on their journey across the United States from New York on the East Coast, posting photos of magnificent views of the American West and the two of them smiling happily next to their small white van.

    In one YouTube video published during their trip, Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly, enjoying a sunset together and strolling on a beach.

    However, in August, police in Utah responded to a domestic violence report involving Petito and Laundrie.

    Police body cam footage published by US media shows a distraught Petito saying she had had an altercation with Laundrie.

    Speaking to a police officer after their van was pulled over, Petito is seen crying and saying she struggles with mental health problems.

    Petito said she slapped Laundrie after an argument, but added that she meant no harm.

    The police officer decided no charges would be brought but ordered the couple to spend a night apart to calm down.

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