New Imo police boss reads riot act to bandits

The new Imo State Police Commissioner, Barr. Taiwo Fredrick Lakanu, was last week received by the Imo State police command during which he warned criminals to quit the state or face extinction.

Briefing the press at the police headquarters, Owerri, the Commissioner of Police disclosed that two notorious gangs of armed robbers who have been terrorizing Aladinma axis Owerri have been arrested and dismantled by the command.

He also said that another gang of criminals specializing in attacking and robbing in commercial tricycles (keke) were incapacitated on Mbaise by Douglas Road.

CP Lakanu stated that the command had recovered a lot of arms and ammunitions from hoodlums in the state adding that his command would adopt other methodologies to completely eliminate crime in the state.

He revealed that Imo State Command is reforming, re-structuring and re-positioning itself for optimal performance through strategic training, re-training and re-organization of the personnel to improve professionalism, ethics and conduct.

The Imo State police boss assured that under his administration that every suspect paraded would be charged to court as he urged Imolites to offer useful information to the police on criminals, assuring of the confidentiality of such information and informants.





Charleston Church shooter faces death sentence

The state prosecutor who will try the man who killed nine black people in June told the families of the victims that the shooter would face the death penalty.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said this week that Dylann Roof, the shooter, deliberately massacred the nine people. According to ABC News, Roof shot each victim multiple times during the June 17 killings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

“This was the ultimate crime, and justice from our state calls for the ultimate punishment,” Wilson said in a statement.

Roof faces nine murder counts and state charges.

Wilson said some of the victims’ families didn’t want the death penalty. Some families spoke at Roof’s first court appearance, saying they forgave Roof.

“In the big picture, if you see why these people are involved, it’s because they were in a church on a Wednesday evening at Bible study,” said Andy Savage, an attorney who represents the families. “They’re not Sunday Christians. They’re 24-7 Christians. They believe in the sanctity of life. They believe in forgiveness. … So for them, to not be proponents of the death penalty is no surprise.”

Said Wilson: “We all agree forgiveness can be an important part of the healing process. But know that forgiveness does not necessarily mean forgoing consequences,” Wilson said.

Wilson said she would present evidence on Roof’s mental state, his juvenile criminal record and his lack of remorse.

Roof’s attorneys have not commented on Wilson’s statements.

Roof will also face federal charges of violating hate crime laws. Federal prosecutors haven’t said if they will also seek the death penalty.



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