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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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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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