GOAT-HELD: Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.
Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323 vehicle.
“The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat,” Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.
“We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat,” he said.
Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Residents came to the police station to see the goat, photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw. —— Reuters.
POLICE-SLAMMED: Police chiefs in China have been slammed for hiring actors to rob a bank as a training exercise – without telling anyone else.
Only the director and the deputy director of the Zhenzhou police department knew it was a drill –everyone else, including the bank, thought it was a real raid.
Four “robbers” rushed into the Post Office Bank, disarmed security and demanded all the people inside drop to the floor. They even snatched a customer’s bag containing Â£20 000, reports Guangzhou Daily.
Critics said police officers, unaware that it was a training drill, could easily have used their guns on the fleeing robbers. They were also concerned about the psychological effect on bank cashiers and customers who had been put through a traumatic situation.
The four robbers ran out of the bank in four different directions. But within two hours, all had been caught by different police divisions in the city.
A police spokesman said later that police didn’t have a preset plan for the drill and all timing, location, and method of robbery were decided on the spot.
“The goal was to test different divisions’ reaction and coordination,” he said. —— Ananova.
DOLL-PRANK: A Romanian schoolgirl is in trouble after a police patrol caught her carrying an inflatable doll in the street.
The girl told police she was going to play a prank on a classmate for his birthday. But the officers explained to her she might be charged with exposing pornographic materials and called her parents to the station.
The girl carried the big-breasted doll all the way from a sex-shop in downtown Constanta city to her high school where she was stopped by police.
The incident is being investigated by the head of the school where the girl is in her 10th grade.
She may be punished with a low grade for behaviour and faces a fine from the police. —— Ananova.
PENGUIN-WEDDING: A Chinese aquarium staged a wedding for two penguins during their mating season.
Â Wuhan East Lake Ocean World planned the wedding for the two black-footed penguins, reports Xinhua
Â The groom, called Little Brat, and his bride, Little Beauty, were dressed up by aquarium staff for the ceremony.
The groom wore a tie and the bride was dressed in a red blouse as they stepped into their icy wedding room to the music of the Wedding March.
For their reception, the love birds enjoyed their favourite dish – spring fish. – Ananova.