Daily Archives: 29/01/2022

Turkish prosecutors ordered detention of 78 people over alleged Gülen links in a week


Turkish authorities have ordered the detention of 78 people in the last five days due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, according to reports by Turkish media.

The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday issued detention warrants for 20 people including 17 lawyers over alleged links to the movement. Police conducted operations across seven provinces as part of the operation and detained 18 of the suspects.

On Wednesday the chief public prosecutor’s office in Ankara ordered the detention of 29 people including active duty and dismissed gendarmerie officers over alleged Gülen links. Police conducted operations in 20 provinces to detain the suspects.

An additional 11 detention warrants were issued in Manisa and Adana provinces on Thursday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been targeting followers of the Gülen movement, inspired by Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, since the corruption investigations of December 17-25, 2013, which implicated then-prime minister Erdoğan, his family members and his inner circle.

Dismissing the investigations as a Gülenist coup and conspiracy against his government, Erdoğan designated the movement as a terrorist organization and began to target its members. He intensified the crackdown on the movement following an abortive putsch that he accused Gülen of masterminding. Gülen and the movement strongly deny involvement in the coup attempt or any terrorist activity.



Nigeria/Benin: Edo lawyer threatens to sue police for assault, threat to life



A Benin-based lawyer, Douglas Ogbakwa, has threatened to sue the police for assault and threat to his life at Azia Junction checkpoint along the Onitsha-Owerri on Thursday.

Narrating his ordeal to journalists in Benin on Friday, Ogbankwa said trouble started when the public vehicle he boarded got to the said Junction and he saw how passengers were being molested and their cell phones seized by the police for no reason.

According to the lawyer, the vehicle he was in was stopped by the policemen and they were about to molest a passenger, as he came down from the vehicle, he introduced himself as a lawyer. He said the Second in Command of the team got angry and assaulted him, threatening that they would kill him and nothing would happen.

He said, “I was coming from Owerri in public transport and our vehicle and others were stopped by the rude policemen at Azia Junction. The policemen led by a man who introduced himself as Second in Command in charge of Orlu Area Command held me down at about 09:38 hours for over one hour on the excuse that I took a photograph of their Armoured Personnel Carriers which was a ploy to seize my phone. People who regularly ply the road told me this is the way they seize people’s phones and later sell them.

“The so-called Second in Command even told me categorically that he was going to seize my phone and sell it at Awka market. The funniest thing is, the rank and file were even more courteous as they behaved like officers while the officer behaved like the rank and file.

“As the argument continued, some passengers approached the scene to plead on my behalf, but he cocked his gun and was about shooting, which made them flee. Some people said that is how they kill innocent persons, and that if it were to be in the night the incident occurred, they (the policemen) would have shot me.