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Healing: Police frees 15 chained in Lagos church

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The Lagos State Police Command has rescued at least 15 persons between ages 19 and 50 from chains at an illegal healing church in Isheri-Osun, Egbe Idimu LCDA of Lagos.

It was gathered that the church, situated at 26, Alafia Street, Oriofe Ijegun Isheri, is known as Blessings of Goodness Healing Church.

According to witnesses, some of the victims have been chained for over four years and could barely walk when they were rescued.

Some of the victims, it was learnt, suffered certain health challenges and were thereafter dumped at the facility by their families for spiritual healing.

However, the police acting on tip-off stormed the place around 6:10pm on Thursday night and arrested one Prophet Joseph Ojo, 58, the operator of the healing home, alongside 10 other suspects.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday, police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said the prophet admitted to have been in the healing ministry since 1986, adding that he chained them to prevent them from escaping.

He said: “Some of the victims were said to have spent five years in the detention camp. They are between ages 19 and 50.

“Some of them were brought by their families to seek spiritual help from mental illness and other diseases. The Prophet said he has been in the healing ministry since 1986.

“Investigation is ongoing,”Elkana said.

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Abductors kill traffic warden after payment of ransom

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A Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) marshal, who was kidnapped last month along Birnin-Gari Kaduna highway, has been killed by his abductors, Daily Trust gathered.

The marshal, PM ll Hamza Abubakar Mahuta, was ‎reportedly abducted on October 16 while travelling to Birnin Gwari to spend the weekend with his family members.

It was gathered that, after the abduction, his abductors demanded N5 million as ransom. ‎

‎Sources in Birnin Gwari told our reporter that the body of the marshal was yet to be recovered from his killers as they only informed the family members on phone.

A family source, who did not want to be named confirmed the death of the late marshal, which he said was revealed to them Thursday evening by his killers.

“Hamza was my relation and we got the news of his death yesterday (Monday) around 5:30 pm after the family paid N500,000 ransom to his abductors. We were told they killed him nine days ago but they kept calling that until the ransom is paid before they will release him.

“The kidnappers lied that he was alive until after they collected the ransom before they said he (Hamza) was killed but you know they will not release his corpse,” he said.

When contacted, KASTELEA’s Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Joy George Zemo, said she could not comment on the issue for now because they were trying to get details of the issue.

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Fake EFCC officer bags 3-year jail term

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday secured conviction of Mukhtar Bello over alleged impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

Bello was made to appear before Justice M.T Tukur of Kaduna State High Court.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said this in a statement in Abuja.

Further, Uwujaren explained, “The 43-year-old graduate of the University of Tampa, Florida was arrested on October 31, 2019 after he failed to honour his obligations in a financial transaction with some ladies.

“A scene was created at an ATM point of one of the new generation banks in Kaduna Metropolis as the ladies tried to compel him to make withdrawal, to pay for items he bought from them. An officer of the Commission who had come to make use of the ATM at the time, was shocked to hear Mukhtar repeatedly harassing the ladies saying ” I am an EFCC staff, I will deal with you all”.

“The curious EFCC staff sought to know what the problem was. Mukhtar told him he was from the Abuja office of the Commission but in Kaduna on leave. Further questioning led to the discovery that he was an impostor.

“He was brought to the Kaduna Zonal Office, where another officer who had previously encountered Mukhtar at a relaxation spot in Kaduna immediately recorgnised him “as the EFCC staff from Abuja.”

Statements of other witnesses have also reportedly been taken, affirmming their encounter with Mukhtar, the EFCC fake staff.

But Investigation reportedly revealed that the suspect is known for harrassing and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public by dropping the names of public agencies.

EFCC added, “Before now, he had claimed to be staff of the Federal Character Commission (between 2003 and 2007).
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charges.

“Consequently,Justice Tukur convicted and sentenced him to 3years imprisonment with option of N250,000 fine on each of the three counts”.

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EFCC arraigns Kano sharia court workers over alleged N1.2m fraud

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The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday arraigned Ado Shehu and Ali Muhammad for alleged theft and receipt of gratification.

The duo were made to appear before Justice Amina .A. Aliyu of the Kano State High Court.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren disclosed this in a statement to TIMELY POST in Abuja.

Further, he explained, “complainant, Sanusi Yakubu in a petition, had alleged that one Williams Aondo (now late), who was a staff of Skye Bank, conspired with Shehu and Muhammad, both of whom are staff of Sharia Court, Kano State and instituted a civil action, claiming that he (the complainant) was late, after they noticed inactivity on his account for a few years, not knowing that he was alive and well in Saudi Arabia.

“The petitioner also alleged that the court, acting upon the information presented before it by the said Shehu and Muhammad, ordered his account to be closed and that the sum of N1,255,728.00 (One Million, Two Hundred and Fifty-five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty-eight Naira) that was in the account be remitted to the court for distribution to his heirs”.

Count one of the charge reads: ”That you Ado Shehu, Ali Muhammad and Abba Sanusi, (now at large), sometime in December, 2017 at Kano, Kano State, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, conspired among yourselves to do an illegal act to wit: conspiracy to commit theft against one Sanusi Yakubu and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96(1)(a) and punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law (1987).”

But the defendants reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

On this premise, the prosecution counsel, Zarami Mohammed asked the court for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS).

Defence counsel Rabiu Sani, however, made an oral application of bail for the defendants, which presiding Justice Aliyu granted.

He also admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100,000 each and two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties, Aliyu ordered must be a staff of the judiciary, not less than Grade Level 12 and the other must also be a judiciary staff.

He also ordered that they be remanded in the custody of NCS pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions as the case was adjourned to November 14, for hearing.

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