Shiites Allege Plan By Military To Clamp Down On Members

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, yesterday accused the military of making attempts to clamp down on the group in Katsina State.

The group said that: “Reports from Katsina today (Wednesday) indicated that the Nigerian Army is amassing troops in an attempt to clampdown on the Islamic Movement in the town.”

A statement by the spokesman of the group, Mallam Ibrahim Musa, said that: “Early in the morning armed troops were seen surrounding the main Juma’at mosque, where a peaceful maulud procession of the daughter of the prophet, Nana Fatima (AS) was scheduled to take off.

“Seeing this and due to the peaceful disposition of the Islamic Movement, the venue of this yearly event was changed to another neighbourhood of the town, and the procession went round some major streets of the town and ended without any incident.”

He added that: “However, to our consternation, reinforcement was brought from neighbouring formations of the army, and roadblocks were mounted on almost all the major roads leading to Katsina city.”

Musa continued: “We have been reliably informed that the army is set to replicate the wanton destruction of lives and property it carried out in Zaria last December. The army it seems has vowed to attack the Markaz Islamic Centre in the town any moment from now, possibly kill all its occupants and raze it to the ground, just as it did to Husainiyya Islamic centre in Zaria.“

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Police Clamp Down 15-man Syndicate Over Dollar Counterfeiting

Officers of the Nigeria Police Force that constitute the Lagos State Government crime combat team known as Rapid Response Squad (RRS) yesterday arrested five members of a 15-man syndicate which specialised in dollar counterfeiting and defrauding of members of the public.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspects identified as, Ade Oladele (32), Friday Philip (33), Israel Ibeh (35), Oyewole Thompson (30) and Onyegbuchi Godwin (31) were arrested in Oko Baba Sule and Wilma Bridge around Olodi – Apapa.

The syndicate, led by their gang leader, simply identified as Toronto, were alleged to have defrauded one Chioma Anozie of N210, 000.00 under the pretext of supplying her phones and laptops.

One of the notorious gang members, Oyewole Thompson, was said to have met Anozie in Mile 2 pretending to be a foreigner looking for a marketer to help sell off a huge consignment of mobile phones and laptops.

Before Anozie knew it, she was directed by the syndicate to bring money to get the consignment.

She said, “They told me to bring money. I paid them N210, 000.00 and thereafter I was asked to bring three live chickens in place of a newly born child’s head, a roll of white handkerchiefs and traditional soap for money making rituals.”

Confessing to the crime, Oyewole Thompson, one of the leaders of the gang said,” I was a clearing and forwarding agent before I joined this gang. I was introduced to this business by Sunny T. We wash money. We lie to people that we are foreigners.

“Our Chairman is Toronto, while other members of the gang are Emeka, Ifeanyi, Bobo, Onyinbo, they are still at large.”

Found with the suspects were several denominations of fake US dollars and four mobile phones.

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DPR Threatens to Clamp Down Stations Hoarding Petrol

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday threatened to clamped down indefinitely any petrol filling station engaged in hoarding.

Chioma Njoku, Operations’ Controller for Lagos Zone of the agency, made the assertion in Lagos. Njoku said that the agency’s surveillance teams would clamp down on filling stations hoarding petrol or selling above the approved rate of N87 per liter.

According to her, the department has been inundated with complaints from the public on the arbitrarily fixing of petrol prices above the government approved rate.

She said such actions of the marketers negated the rules of engagement, stressing that DPR would sanction any outlet that indulged in illegal acts. Njoku also charged marketers of petroleum products in Lagos to ensure that the products supply and distribution to the public met the recommended specifications.

She said that DPR had sanctioned some erring marketers caught hoarding petrol and engaging in other sharp practices. She said the DPR would have sanctioned many more stations that were caught with sharp practices but decided to warn them due to the situation at hand. She said also that the current scarcity was artificial and that the DPR would continue to ensure compliance at the filling stations and depots across the country.

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