Three European women went on trial in Tunis on Wednesday for holding a topless anti-Islamist protest, and their French lawyer said he was confident about the outcome, despite the risk of jail sentences.
Police officers are among criminals terrorising Kenyans, a report released by the Kenya Police Service Wednesday has revealed.
The report also says murder and robbery cases are on the rise. A lot of the crimes involve the use of firearms and ammunition held by criminals.
The report, which compares the first five months of the last three years, says there was a threefold increase in the number of officers reported to have been involved in various crimes. Between January and May 2011, 18 officers were charged with various crimes, but in 2012, only 14 officers were charged. However, the number increased to 48 this year, representing a 243 per cent increase.
Following the increase in the number of errant officers, Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo has said that specialised teams like the Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) and crime intelligence personnel will be deployed in affected areas.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) and the Internal Affairs Unit of the Police Service are working together to crack down on errant officers in the wake of an increase in armed crimes especially in Nairobi and the surrounding areas.
“Where errant officers are reported, we will not hesitate to take action accordingly,” Mr Kimaiyo warned on Wednesday.
The report titled, ‘Kenya Police Service Comparative Figures’ shows that killings and robberies have increased in the last five months, while there has been a reduction in economic crimes and drug trafficking.
Cases of suicide
Out of 1,294 people killed between January and May this year, 869 were murdered, constituting about 64 per cent of the total number. Police reported 199 cases of suicide and 155 of death by dangerous driving.
However, there was a reduction in cases of stealing, motor vehicle thefts, other offences against persons, criminal damage, break-ins, theft of stock, offences against morality and theft by servant.
There was also a substantial reduction in the number of cases reported to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption commission (EACC) by about 51 per cent, from 7,326 in 2011 to 3,592 in 2012.
The highest number of crimes was reported in the Rift Valley, followed by Central, Nairobi and Eastern. Western, Coast North Eastern and Nyanza recorded significant reduction in crime.
According to the report, gang activities also increased in the period after the general election especially in Bungoma, Busia, Garissa and the Coast.
Most offenders were men although the number of women offenders reported almost doubled, while that of their male counterparts recorded a slight decline between 2011 and last year.
The number of women offenders almost doubled from 7,837 in 2011 to 14,518 last year while that of their male counterparts recorded at 6.6 per cent decline. Major increases among women offenders were noted in Eastern, Rift Valley and Central regions.
A total of 368 firearms were recovered in 2012 compared to 247 in 2011. There was also a steady decline in the number of ammunition recoveries from 16,388 in 2011 to 12,824 in 2012.
The number of persons reported to the police having committed offences went up in Central, while Nyanza registered the largest decline.
Police attribute the current trend of crime and insecurity to organised gangs, cattle rustling, proliferation of small arms and light weapons and inter-clan wars manifested by retaliatory attacks by armed militias.
Others are poverty, lack of jobs and cultural factors.
To fight crime, Mr Kimaiyo said the police will encourage the public to volunteer information. There will also be increased police presence in crime-prone areas.
Additional security in the form of police patrols and prompt attention to distress calls will also be established.
President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday night joined the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the Japanese Prime Minister at the 2nd Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Awards and Commemorative Banquet at which two distinguished personalities were recognised for their outstanding work in the fields of medical research and medical services aimed at combating infectious and allied diseases.
First Lady Mrs Lordina Mahama and other first ladies on Saturday participated in an International Symposium on HIV and AIDS as part of the on going 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama, Japan.
Trade unions claiming 240,000 members are throwing their weight behind anti-government demonstrations across Turkey.
The KESK confederation of public sector workers was calling a two-day strike starting Tuesday to protest what it called the "fascism" of the governing party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has become one of the focal points of demonstrators' anger.
They have united demonstrators from across the political spectrum against a common foe: security forces who unleashed tear gas and water cannons on them in response to what had been largely peaceful protests against Erdogan's government.
The Turkish Medical Association claimed that at least 3,195 people had been injured in clashes Sunday and Monday. Only 26 of them were in serious or critical condition, it said.
One protester, Mehmet Ayvalitas, died of his injuries, the association said. And the governor of Hatay in southeastern Turkey said that a 22-year-old man, Abdulah Comert, was killed with a firearm by unknown suspects during demonstrations late Monday, the semi-official Anadolou News Agency reported.
The medical association reported that the bulk of the injuries occurred in Istanbul, where the protests began before spreading to Ankara, Izmir, Adana and other locations.
After chaotic scenes in the streets Monday that continued late into the night and sent tear gas wafting through the air, the situation was relatively calm on Tuesday morning in Istanbul's central Taksim Square, near the park where the protest movement began.
Barricades remain up around the square and Erdogan's opponents appear determined to continue the demonstrations despite the prime minister's comment Monday that he expects the situation to return to normal "within a few days."
The protests began after plans were made to raze Gezi Park, the last green space in central Istanbul, and replace it with a replica of 19th-century Ottoman barracks. The development would contain a shopping mall.
What began as a sit-in by a handful of angry residents quickly grew into a larger protest. Riot police moved in, using tear gas and pepper spray. Protesters responded by hurling bottles, setting up barricades, blocking bulldozers and burning trash in the middle of the street.
Then, outraged by the behavior of security forces, demonstrators began attacking police. The protests have since morphed into larger complaints against Erdogan, whom protesters call paternalistic and authoritarian. Police criticized
International groups including Amnesty International have criticized the police response as excessive. In Ankara Sunday night, a CNN crew witnessed authorities roughing up at least one protester. One police officer kicked a CNN videographer, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reported, and a CNN crew in Istanbul Sunday also witnessed bloodied protesters.
Erdogan, who left the country Monday on a four-day trip to North Africa, has responded by dismissing the demonstrations as the work of "extreme elements" and marginal groups.
"My smart citizens will recognize this, then they will give them the right lesson," he said.
But Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, took a somewhat more conciliatory tone Monday, saying "the messages sent in good faith have been received."
In Istanbul, the crowds have been chanting "Tayyip resign" -- referring to Erdogan -- and "Shoulder to shoulder against fascism."
The protests have spread to 67 of Turkey's 81 provinces, according to Anadolu.
Opposition pushing back
Hugh Pope, a senior Turkey analyst with the International Crisis Group, called the protests "completely unprecedented" and said Erdogan was caught off guard. Most demonstrators, Pope said, are "overwhelmingly ordinary people" who simply want their voices heard.
"However, there are other demonstrators who are somewhat more opportunistic in the left-wing factions who normally don't get much in the way of airtime in Turkey and are camped on Taksim Square," Pope said.
Erdogan has defiantly praised his government's accomplishments in overseeing a decade of strong economic growth in Turkey. His party has won the past three elections, most recently securing 49.95% of the vote in 2011.
"What you have is essentially a large group of Turks who feel alienated from this government, in power for 10 years," said Richard Haass, a Middle East analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.
"It's increasingly a one-party country. All the politics happen within it. The opposition is weak, divided, feckless," he said. "You have a lot of people in Turkey who feel both alienated and intimidated by the government, and this is the way they decided to push back."
A service is being held at Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. Some who took part in the 1953 service are in the 2000-strong congregation. Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby said the event honoured "60 years of commitment".
Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police Special Task Force on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism, led by Mr. Friday Ibadin, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, has arrested three Beninese and one Ghanaian for pipeline vandalism in the communities around the Atlas Cove, Lagos.
Mozambique has begun registering voters for upcoming polls amid heightened political tension, with the main opposition Renamo threatening a boycott after its feud with the Frelimo-led government descended into violence.
The Abia State Police Command has arrested a 25-year-old man, Chisom Ihemebirim from Amuzi Obowo in Imo State, for selling his one and half years old son, Chidubem Chisom for N500,000.
The command also arrested one Abraham Ukaiwe, 27, from Asaga Ohafia in AbiaState said to be Ihemebirim’s accomplice in the deal to sell the boy.
Little Chidubem Chisom was said to have been sold to one Mercy Nwachinemere, 45, of Umudi Abayi in Osisioma, Abia State who has also been arrested.
According to the Police Commissioner, Mohammed Tilli Abubakar, little master Chidubem Chisom was recovered from the buyer. Parading the suspects, Abubakar said his men moved into action following a report by one Kasarachi John, 23, from Mbawsi in Isiala Ngwa North Council said to be the estranged wife of Ihemebirim.
Kasarachi John, according to the Police Commissioner, reported that sometime in February 2013, she had a misunderstanding with Ihemebirim, her husband which made her to leave his house.
According to her, shortly after, in March 2013, she received information that their son, Chidubem Chisom, has been sold by the father, Ihemebirim.
Speaking to journalists, Ihemebirim admitted selling the boy for N500, 000. According to him, he used the money to process documents he wanted to use to travel to Libya or Spain. He also claimed that he used part of it to renovate his house.
CP Abubakar said that the fraction of the money was recovered from Ukaiwe, the said accomplice. The command has also arrested a female suspect, Kate Agharanya 41, for conspiring with one and Onyinyechi Nwogu still at large to sell a baby boy for N200, 000.
The matter the police commissioner said was reported by the mother of the baby, one Victoria Nwachukwu, 20 years, of Obazor Asa in Ukwa West area of Abia state who claimed that she delivered the said baby on May 6, 2013, at Chile Maternity Home in Umunka in Ugwunagbo.
Abubakar who said that the matter is still being investigated, announced that both Onyinyechi Nwogu and the unnamed buyer of the baby were still on the run.
Meanwhile, the Abia police Command also arrested and paraded four suspects for robbing a Catholic school, Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy [DMMM] at Mbawsi in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects were Chimezie Omasi, Odinakachi Ugorji, George Ohia and one Confidence, whose surname, the police said was yet unknown. They were said to have robbed the occupants of the school at gun point.
According to the police Commissioner, they robbed the occupants of the sum of N350, 000 cash, four Nokia Handsets and one Laptop valued at N200, 000.
The police commissioner disclosed that when they were arrested the sum of N97, 200, some of the handsets, one locally made single barrel short gun, the laptop and unregistered Ladies Motorcycle said to have bought on the same day by one of the suspects.