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Islamic cleric arrested for chaining 56 people in an illegal rehabilitation center in Zamfara

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Zamfara state government has arrested an Islamic cleric for chaining 56 persons in an illegal rehabilitation center in Gusau town, the state capital for spiritual healings.

The cleric, Malam Iliyasu Abdullahi Maimamari was arrested today by a team of policemen and all the 56 victims were also evacuated and taken to Goverment rehabilitation centres in the state, while those with minor problems were taken to their homes.

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The evacuated persons who included men and women ranging from 13 to 50 years of age were brought to the center by their relatives from different parts of the state with psychiatric and other antisocial problems.

Most of the affected persons have been in chains in the center for several years without proper feeding and in an unhealthy environment, while many of them were not in good health.

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Addressing journalists during the evacuation of the victims, the commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaji Mohammed Sadiq Maiturare said the cleric has been operating the rehabilitation centre illegally without the knowledge of the state government.

According to the commissioner, there were series of complaints from the public with regards to the center where many people were accusing the cleric for persistent beating of those brought before him for spiritual healings.

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He maintained that, the cleric would be taken to court for violation of human rights, calling on the people of the state to always take their wards to the legal rehabilitation centers.

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Suspected ritualists murder 78-year-old widow in Ekiti, drain her blood

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The Ekiti State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the killing of a 78-year-old grandmother and widow by persons suspected to be ritual killers in Ikere Ekiti, Ikere Local Government Area.

The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, described it as “unfortunate and mysterious.”

Abutu said the investigation had begun into the case and that the Criminal Investigation Department had been directed to take over the matter.

He added that the corpse of the woman had been recovered and deposited in the morgue of the State Specialist Hospital in Ikere Ekiti.

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Sources in the locality had earlier told newsmen that the woman, Mrs Sabianah Aranilewa, was not only killed, but her blood was also drained and vital organs removed by the ritual killers.

Also confirming the reports, the deceased’s son, Mr Eyitope Aranilewa, said his mother had earlier gone missing on Friday, May 29, around 6: 45 a.m while washing clothes at her residence along Moshood road, Odo-Oja area of Ikere-Ekiti.

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He said his mother’s friend referred to as Mrs Ojolo first raised the alarm and organised a search party, but efforts to find her proved abortive until 4.00 p.m. when her corpse was found inside a stream with her throat slit and other vital organs removed.

“On that fateful day, I got a distress call that my mother was missing. It was my mother’s friend, Mrs Ojolo who resides within a short distance from her shop that raised the alarm when she did not see her in the shop

“The matter was immediately reported at the police station, but it was not long that information came that her body had been located at a place not far from the home.

“She was slaughtered like a goat and the corpse dumped in a shallow stream, flowing through the back of her home,” he said.

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Boko Haram : Army kills three commanders, others in Borno

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Boko Haram : Army kills three commanders, others in Borno

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed three Boko Haram commanders and 67 other fighters during counter-attacks in Firgi/Banki the axis of Borno state.

The commanders’ neutralization at “Banki junction failed attack,” includes Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima and Nicap among 70 terrorists killed by Army.

Those killed in attack include Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima and Nicap among others, seventy-two members of the sect were also neutralised.

Coordinator Defence Media Operation, Maj-Gen. John Enenche Wednesday in Maiduguri said, “Other high ranking fighters include; Abu Jamratu AL-Naweer, Kaka Bana and Tareta Babakari, were also severely wounded with slim chances of surviving.”

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He said the failed attack on troops’ location occurred at Banki Junction and within the Response Firgi Area of 7 Division strike group.

On how terrorists were killed, he said: “Troops of Operation LAFYA DOLE carried out a counter-attack against the terrorists on May 26, 2020.

“After the attack, human intelligence confirmed the death of some high ranking commanders of the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram.

“Additionally, Seventy-two (72) members of the sect were also neutralised. Others wounded with slim chances of survival include some high profile Commanders and other fighters namely.”

He added that a large number of their equipment including gun trucks, motorcycles and bicycles were destroyed by troops.

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He said the destruction was in collaboration with the Air Task Force during Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters’ withdrawal which was in disarray.

According to him, the blockade of their spy routes, networks, crossing points and logistics supplies had further crippled the terrorists.

He said that the blockade has limited terrorists’ freedom of movement and action to troops’ advantages.

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai also congratulated gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to end security challenges in Northeast.

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Kaduna: Nine killed in fresh attack

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Kaduna: Nine killed in fresh attack

No fewer than nine people have reportedly died in a fresh attack by bandits in Avong Doka village in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

This fresh attack was disclosed by the Chairman of Kajuru local government area, Cafra Caino while speaking to newsmen.

As at the time of filing this report, the Police is yet to comment on the attack.

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Caino said that the gunmen invaded the village in the early hours of today and started shooting sporadically, forcing residents to scamper for safety.

According to the Chairman, nine people died from the attack and many others sustained injuries and they have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

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Caino said the prompt arrival of soldiers stopped the casualty figure from increasing as the bandits ran into the bush.

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Soldiers have now been stationed in the village to avert any further attack, he added.

This is coming barely a week after gunmen burnt down several houses at a Rural Grazing Area settlement in Agwala Dutse village also in Kajuru local government area.

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