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EXCLUSIVE: How Northern woman was arrested ‘trying to sell 2 boys’ in Anambra

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By Nazifi Dawud 

The Anambra State Police Command has arrested a northern woman allegedly trying to sell two boys, between the ages of two and four, with the help of two native female collaborators.

Speaking exclusively to Kano Focus on Saturday, Haruna Mohammed, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, said the woman (whose name was not revealed) could not give a satisfactory explanation of her relationship to the rescued boys.

This development came just as Governor Abdullahi Ganduje formed a committee to probe the abduction, renaming and forceful conversion of nine native Kano children to Christianity by an Igbo criminal gang, who were arrested by the Kano State Police Command.

The nine children were also sold into slavery in Onistsha, Anambra state, before they were rescued by the police.

Mr Mohammed, a superintendent of police (SP) said the northern woman was believed to have trafficked the two kids from the Northern part of the country to sell them off in Anambra, in cahoots with other members of the trafficking syndicate.

According to him, the northern woman had claimed that one of the boys was her biological son, while the other was the son of her elder sister, who she claimed to be deceased.

SP Mohammed however, said the northern suspect failed to reveal the name of her son’s father, saying she had the boy out of wedlock and could not remember who his father was.

“We asked her the name of her husband, meaning the father of the boy she claimed was her son, but she said she didn’t know the boy’s father because she had him out of wedlock,” he said.

“We believe that she has no relationship with both boys. We suspect that she brought the victims from the north to sell them with the help of the two other woman who are natives,” Mr Mohammed added.

He said the police did not reveal the identities of the suspects so as to get to other members of the criminal kidnap network.

“We are currently interrogating them. If we reveal their names, it might cause other members of the criminal syndicate to flee,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Mohammed, in a statement had said the three women were nabbed on Tuesday by police detectives at Nkpor market/Tarzan junction in Idemili North local government area of Anambra state.

“On the 22/10/2019 at about 10:45am,following intelligence report Police detectives attached to CMU Anambra State Command arrested three female suspects at Nkpor market/Tarzan junction in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.

“Suspects were arrested with two kids all males whose age ranges between 2 and 4 years respectively.

“They could neither give satisfactory explanation about the children nor where they got them.

“Case is under investigation after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang,fdc urges Parents whose children got missing and fall within the above age bracket to report at the PPRO office State Command headquarters Awka for proper identification and collect their children, please,” the statement read.

Following the rescue of the nine Kano children, parents of other missing children in the state released a list and photos of 47 more children suspected to have been abducted and sold in Anambra state. Mr Ganduje’s committee is expected to probe all cases of missing children from 2010 to date.

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Just in: Finance Minister suspends Accountant-general over alleged N80bn fraud

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the embattled Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, from office over his alleged involvement in N80billion fraud being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

KANO FOCUS reports that Idris was arrested on Monday by the operatives of the anti-graft agency over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion.

He was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, had said the commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF  raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.

He said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

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Kano experiences heavy rainfall in next three days – NiMet

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The Nigeria’s meteorological agency, NiMet, has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall within the next three days in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that NiMet announced this in its weather advisory on Tuesday.

“As a result of the expected moderate to heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements,” the agency said.

It added that “there could be disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, likely damage to mud houses and possible disruption in flight operations.”

The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder, hence the falling of weak buildings and displacement of makeshift structures are likely, NiMet said.

Hence, it advised the public to exercise restraint, disconnect electrical appliances before, not during the storm, and avoid standing or parking cars under trees as much as possible.

NiMet urges emergency agencies to be prepared and keep monitoring to avoid low-level areas and fast-flowing runoff waters.

It also advised the public to be prepared for these events to avoid damage from rain-related hazards.

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VP Osinbajo visits scene of  Kano explosion

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has visited the scene of Kano explosive where he commiserated with the government and people of Kano state over the gas and explosion at Sabon Gari area of the state capital.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Vice president arrived at the scene of the explosion in company of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Osinbajo during the visit to the scene of the incident expressed shock that little school children were among those injured.

The Vice President who described the incident as devastating, sympathised with the victims and enjoined relevant authorities to take preventive measures against future occurrence.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and quick recovery of injured victims.

The Vice President and governor Ganduje were received and briefed by the Commissioner of Police Kano Command Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje thanked the vice president for the concern and pledged medical and financial support to victims of the explosion.

The Vice President was in Kano to meet APC delegates ahead of party’s primary elections.

At least nine people are confirmed to have died in an explosion in the Sabon Gari area of Kano state on Tuesday morning.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in a statement said nine corpses have been recovered from the scene of the explosion.

NEMA’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, said the Director-General, Mustapha Habib, who visited the scene of the explosion, coordinated the rescue operations.

Mr Ezekiel said: “Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubbles of a collapsed building beside a primary school following explosions from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano.

“Director-General National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations.

“He mobilised excavators being used for the rescue operations and said NEMA team will ensure complete removal of the rubbles to retrieve all trapped persons.

“Furthermore, the DG instructed the NEMA rescue team to remain at the site until the conclusion of the rescue and to work together with security agencies and other response organisations present at the location.

“NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations involving members, Nigerian Red Cross, military, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano SEMA, the official statement said.

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