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Police raid ‘torture centre’ free 259 in Oyo

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Police officers from the Oyo State Police Command on Monday raided an Islamic school located at Ojoo area of Ibadan, the state capital and freed 259 students who were being maltreated, an official has said.

The school is operated by Ismail Olore.

The Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, who led his men to the scene of the incident, said he freed 34 females, 191 males, 11 children, “and 23 sick ones who were allegedly detained and chained for the past two to 10 years ago.”

Olukolu who addressed journalists at the school, said that four suspects have been arrested.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said the victims will be taken to ‘reformation’ centres in order to give them urgent medical attention.

“Oyo State government is involved in the evacuation process, and the police are currently investigating to unravel the incident,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion in the state, Fausat Sanni, said the situation was very pathetic but said: “the state government is currently on top of the situation”.

Mrs Sanni said, “We got a distress call in our office this afternoon, and we came immediately to the scene of the incident. We have made arrangements to evacuate some of them to the hospital, as well as our correctional homes.”

The Director of Ali Institute for Qur’an Memorisation, Ali Abdussalam, had earlier described some ‘schools’ in the city “claiming to be rehabilitation centres’ as torture centres.”

Abdussalam, a former president (Amir), Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), University of Ibadan, spoke during the graduation ceremony of the institute.

He said those centres “should not be linked to Islam because they (owners) do not have good motive before they (centres) were set up”.

“That is why I said that we have a motive. The motive is to breed youth that will change the society for positive. If you observe those places that you just mentioned, you ask yourself, what kind of people established those places? They are people of questionable characters.

“And there is no way that you will be a teacher, when you have a wrong education, the students that you will teach will take after that your wrong education. That is what caused Boko Haram. You will see that they are giving the wrong education. This affected them.”

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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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