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FBI charge six men accused in plot to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer

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The FBI has charged six men over an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

 

According to an FBI complaint Thursday, the alleged plot included plans to overthrow several state governments that the suspects “believe are violating the US Constitution,” including the government of Michigan and Whitmer.

 

FBI charge six men accused in plot to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmer has been the target of multiple death threats after issuing stay at home orders to curb coronavirus.
In April, protesters and militia gathered at the state capitol for a rally telling her to lift her stay-at-home order.

At one point in the spring, armed protesters entered the state capitol, where it is legal to openly carry firearms, and demanded an end to Michigan’s state of emergency.

The FBI became aware of the plot to kidnap Whitmer in early 2020 through social media and have now listed the group of individuals.

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The six individuals charged in the Western District of Michigan with conspiracy to kidnap are Michigan residents Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, and Delaware resident Barry Croft.

According to Court documents released Thursday October 8, the FBI planted an undercover agent to travel to Dublin, Ohio, on June 6 for a meeting with Croft, Fox and about 13 others.

“They discussed different ways of achieving this goal from peaceful endeavors to violent actions … Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” according to the complaint.

At a point during the meeting, the group discussed methods of increasing their members and Fox reached out to a “Michigan base militia group,” according to the FBI complaint.

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By June 14, a second confidential informant confirmed that Fox was introduced to the leader of the militia group and they met in Grand Rapids, Michigan ahead of the plot.

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The informant audio recorded conversations with Fox in which he allegedly said he needed “200 men” to storm the Capitol building in Lansing and take hostages, including governor Whitmer.

According to the FBI complaint, Fox explained they would try the governor of Michigan for “treason” and he said they would execute the plan before the November 2020 elections.

On June 20, Fox, Garbin and others met at Fox’s business in Grand Rapids where attendees turned over their cell phones that would be placed in a trap door hidden under a rug on the main floor after they met in a basement.
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“The attendees discussed plans for assaulting the Michigan State Capitol, countering law enforcement first responders, and using ‘Molotov cocktails’ to destroy police vehicles.

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The attendees also discussed plans for an additional meeting during the first weekend of July when they also would conduct firearms and tactical training,” according to the criminal complaint.

The five defendants attended court today, Thursday afternoon.

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican, strongly condemned the threat against the governor.

“A threat against our governor is a threat against us all,” Shirkey said in a statement.
“We condemn the actions of the group of individuals that plotted against Governor Whitmer and state government. These people are not patriots. There is no honor in their actions. They are criminals and traitors, and they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Kensington Palace releases statement to mourn Prince William and Kate Middleton’s dog, Lupo

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have been left heartbroken after their dog Lupo died over the weekend.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a statement via their official Instagram account to mourn the dog.

 

Sharing a picture of their puppy, Kensington Palace wrote: “Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away. He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. – W & C”.

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Kensington Palace releases statement to mourn Prince William and Kate Middleton

 

Lupo featured in many pictures with the royals, including one of the first official photos of Prince George.

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Kensington Palace releases statement to mourn Prince William and Kate Middleton

 

The English cocker spaniel was bred from a dog which was owned by Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate’s parents.

 

He was given to the couple in 2011, and is believed to have helped them pick a name for Prince George.

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The couple are said to have written names on various pieces of paper and scattered them on the floor.

 

Lupo wandered through them, but stopped when he reached the name George.

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President Buhari receives Justice Ayo Salami-led probe panel report on suspended Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday November 20, received the report of the Justice Ayo Salami-led probe panel on alleged corruption charges against suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

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At the brief ceremony which was held at the Executive Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja, Justice Salami handed boxes of documents said to be volumes of the report to the President.

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Recall that after Magu was accused of corruption and abuse of office by the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the panel was constituted by President Buhari and given given 45 days to carry out the assignment. The time frame was however extended further after the panel requested for more time.

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Nigerian police denies reports its officer shot newspaper vendor dead in Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has denied reports that a policeman attached to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, fired the stray bullet that killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja on Thursday, November 19.

 

A statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Yusuf Mariam, preliminary investigation shows that the security agent who fired the shot was not a policeman as it has been widely reported.

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The statement reads

 

“The FCT Police Command wishes to unequivocally refute the allegation making round sections of the media that a Police officer attached to the convoy of the Speaker of the House of Representatives shot at a newspaper vendor within the Three Arm Zone on Thursday 19th November,2020.

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“Contrary to the misleading information, preliminary investigation into the unfortunate incident reveals that the security aide who shot at the vendor is not a member of the Nigeria Police Force.

“However, the Commissioner of Police FCT CP. Bala Ciroma has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident.

“While commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police wishes to guarantee members of the public that the Command will be lucid in its investigation and ensure the findings are made public.”

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